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ti

6

Chap.

3

3.

An

ExpoStion

upon

the Bsck,of

J

o

8._

Verf.

x

it

fhall

alfo

prove

ase

permfa.

he.affirmes

the

general!

'viciotífnzife

ofnature,

he mull needs imply

his

owne

(

Chap.

is.

i4..

)

K

hat

is

man

that

he

fhould

be cleane

?

andhe

which

itborne

o

f

a

woman,

that

he

f

mild be

right

cous

?

Behold he

putteth

no

teuft

in

his Saints, yea

the

hea

"tens

are

not

cleanè

in,hìs

fight,

how

much

more

abominable

and filthy

is man

?,

In

this univeriall

conclufion,

he

included)

himeife,

therefore

fob

was far

from being righteous

in

his owne eyes in any,proud opinion of his owne

righteoufneffe

or

freedome

from

any

thine

offin.

So

much

for the opening

of

'thole

words,

containing

the

reafon

why his

friends ceased to

an

-

t

ter;

Ilecaufé he was

righteous

in

his

owne eyes.

It

was

the

del

gnc of

thefe

three

men not

only

to convince

fob that he was

a

firmer,

but

to

bring

him

-upon

iris

knees

as

a

no-

torious

tanner

;

And yet all

their

allegations

and

arguments could

not bring him to

it

;

My right

eoufneff

i

(laid

he,.Chapt.

27.6.

)

I

hold

fait,

I

will

not`'let

it

goe.

Now,

when they

law

him thus re

folved

and

flie

in maintaining

the

goodneffe

of

his caufe, and

the

integrity of

his

fpirir, they

quitted the

bofinefle, or

as

the

text faith,

seated

toanf

eer.

Hence note

We caufe

to

doe

when

We

cannot

attaine

our

end ix doing.

Imp

bit

:'um

When

we'

fee

it

is

in vaine to perfwade, we give over perfwa-

nuÜus

co-

ding, Defpayre of

working our

end,

puts

an

end

to

our

working.

of

Indutlry

is

at

a

fiand, yea withdraweth when inipoffibilities-ap-

peare. And

though

nothing be

impollïble

unto

God, yet

we find

God

himfelfe

"giving

over

both

fpeaking and

fmiting when

he

feeth he

islike

to

doe no

good

by

eyther.

Thus he expreffeth

`his

purpofe

( Ifa.

r.

's.

)

when

he

had

fpent

many

rods of fore

Judgements

`&

afflictions

upon

that people,

when

he

had

flricken

them till,

from

the crowne of the head,

to the

foie of

the

feete,

they

Were

nothing but

a

continued wound, and yet they received

'not.corredion

;

he

prefently

reafonsthus,t'hy

fhoraldye be

fricken

any

more, ye

will revolt more

and

more.

As if

he had faid, The

end.

why

I

(mote

you

was

to

amend

you,

to

bring

you

home:

to

my

felfe,

to

caufe you

to

turne

back,

or

returne from

your evill wayes,

but 1

fie

1

have loft

my labour, and fpent

not

only

my rods

but

my

for-

pions

in vairrenpon

you, therefore

I

will

caufe

from

this kind of

work,

why

!bold

ye

be

ftricl

en

any

more,

ye will revolt

more

and

ore.