Caryl - Houston-Packer Collection BS1415 .C37 v6

54 Chap. 18, e/fn expiitien upon the 'Book, of jo s. . Vert-. .1 draw from the danger, though the net be fpread in his very fight. The bird is fo hungry f,:erthe Conic ftrowed by the net, that though you lay the net in his fight yet it is in vaine, the bird will come and venture for the corne ; we may exemplifie it thus; That when men are given up to any haft it is in vaine that the net is fpread in their very eye ; though they fee the danger of finne, and be told of it; though it be fad, ifyou goe there, you perith ifyou goe in filch a way, you will be damn'd and un- done ; though the net be layd in their very eye, yet it is in vaine, for they fee the baite and they muff goe forwards, pleafure and profit, upon which luft is fet, carries them on againli all counfel and perfwafion. Thus it is in vaine to fuck filly birds, they get nogood by it they will not be warned though ;he net be fpread in their very eye. ( Ifa. 26. Chap. verf. ) Lord, when thy hand is liftedup, they will notfee it ; fo it is in this cafe, thefe fooles will not fee what theydoe fee, they are fo blinded with fomewhat that fin promifeth that though they be told of the danger, they will not take notice of the danger. When man is departed fromGod who is light, he fees no danger , no evill, thoughhe fee it. He hath no fptrituall yea no rationall fight of that, ofwhich he cannot but have a fenfitive fight. He falls into the fnare which he fees , yet ( which aggravates his mifery ) he knowes not that he is fallen. But rather fecondly, In vaine is the netg)read in thefight ofany fowle ; that is, it is in vaine for the fowler : for if the bird fee the net, he will hardly come into it, therefore it is that fowlers make it a great part of their art to keep the net and fnare fecret. And So/omen intimates, that ifany man hearing of the danger, with- draw not, he is morea foole then the bird, for he will not come into a feene danger. Who can pity thofe who are taken in a trap which they law, and yet would not avoyd ; They whoperifh up- on thefe termes, feeme tobe in love with perifhing. The trap ir kycifo. him in the way. From all layd together, the net, thefnare, thegrinxe, the trap, and the fnare a fecond time all prepared for the wicked man. Obferve ; Firdt , Wicked menare catcht at unawares, A trap, a fnare, a net , note furprizall ; There are like firata- gems