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Chap. 22. An Expefitien upon the Boeke of Jo B. Vert t o. 9 t all feare which rifeth from geilt, or for terror of confcience. Suddenfear troubletb tbef ; That is, thy confcience flyes in thy face and affrights thee ; thy feare flows not from anyoutward troubles that threaten thee, or fromwants that affli& thee, but from thofe wickedneffes which have been committed by thee; thyconfcience vexeth and tormenteth thee, not onely with fear, butwith fuddain fear; fear rufheth upon thee unexpetiedly, violently, like an armed man.Sudáenfear troubleth thee. Taking fear inall or any one of thefe interpretations. Note. Suddenfor furpri.etb fecureft fingers. When they fhall fay peace and quietnefTe, then forrow and anguifh cme upon them as paine upon a woman in travel!, and they (hall not efcape. The Prophet invifion (Zech. 5. c .) Saw a flying roll ; That flying roll was the Curfe : And it was called a flying roll, to note the fpeedy and fudden coming of thofe judgements that werewritten in it ; T hey came not one - ly, upon the fpurre, but upon the winge. They carne flying ; Flying is a fwift motion, and that motion is applyed to judge. ment, when once Godgiveth it a Commiffion to come. Hence alto (Deut 32. 41.) the fword is called a lightning fword, or a !word that bath lightning in it ; IfI (fayth the Lord) whet eny glittering(or lightning)/word.The (word ofthe Lord is as Light- ning; it bath burning and fwifmefs in it;divine vengeance com- eth as Lightning. It is called alto the overflowing (courge (I/a. 28. 15.) ' Tis a fcourgebecanfe the lathes ofit caufe much faint and paine, and 'cis an overflowingPurge. to note the fuddennes of it ; The (courge comes in like a mighty flood. Again, This fuddennefs offeare, or of things feared, may have reference unto the fecurity of wicked men, who though they have often heardofdangers, and judgements have been threatneti upon them, yet they alwayes come fuddenly upon them, becau!e they never prepare for them. To fuch as are un- prepared, evills are alwayes fudden, how often foever they have beenwarned of them. As to him that is prepared, death is never fudden, though hedye) as we vulgarly phrafe it) a fud- N z den