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Chap.

3

a.

an

F_xpofition upon

the

Bock.,

of

o

x.

Verf.

I.

And

When

God

bath fpoken long

to

a

people

who

regard

it nor,

e c

ra.feth

to

ïi

e

,k

any

more,

huc

faith,

Why

f;.ould

ye

he

taught

any

more

?

Let the Prophets

tongue cleave to

the

roof

of his

motitrt,

let

him be

dumb

and

filent,

as

the

word

is

(,Ez,ek.3.26.)

hou

¡halt

be

dumb, and

(halt

not

be

a reprover

(why

)for

they

are

;a

rebellious houfe.

After

all rhy

fpeaking,

they continue rebelling,

therefore

fpeak no

more.

We

read the

like dreadful!

prohibiti-

on (

Hof:

d.

4.

)

Let

no

man

flrivc

nor

reprove

another (

let

all"

wayes

of reclaiming this people

be

laid

afide ) For thy

people

are

as

they

that

(trove

with the

Prieft

;'That

is, they are

obdurate

and

defperately ingaged

in

wickednefle (

Hof

4.

t7.)

Ephraim

is

joyned

to

Idols

(he

cleaveth

and flicketh fall

to them,

he

will

not

be pulled

from

his

ovine

inventions)

Let him

alone.

Thus

God

faith

to

his

Prophets

and

Miniflers,ceaf

,

he faith

to

his

Ordinan-

ces,

ceafe,

when

fanners

will

nor

ceafe

to

fin

and

doe wickedly

againfl

the

Lord. The

fame

unprofitable and incorrigible

people

are threatned

in

the

fame manner by

another

Prophet (Amos

8.

9.')

It

jhali

come to

paffe in

that

day,

faith

the

Lord

God,

that

I

wilt cau

fe

the Sun

to

goe

downe

at

none.

And

(ver.

t

a.

) I

will

fend a famine

in

the

Land,

not

a famine ofbread, but

of hearing

the

words

of the Lord.

God

would flop

the

raining down

of

heavenly

Manna,

and the

people fhould not

heare,

becaufe they would

nor.

Such

was

the

fentence of Chrifl

again]]

the

ewes

(Math.

z

3.3

7.)

O

)erufalem, ferufalem,

thou

that

104

the Prophets,

and

ftones

them which

are

feat

unto thee,

how

often

would

I

have

gathered

thy

children together as

a

hen

gathereth

her

chickens

under

her

wings,

but

ye would

not

?

What

follows

this refufall

?

read

and

tremble

(

ver.

313.)

Behold

your

houfe is

left

unto you defolate,

for

I

fay un-

to

you,

ye (half notfee me

henceforth,

&c.

As

if

he had

Paid,

becaufe

ye have

been

fo

unteachable ,

therefore

ye (hall

be taught

no

more.

It

is

fad, when we give

God

occafion

to

give over

either

(peaking

to

us

or

affil

ing us.

God

will

not

alwayes

Ilrive with

the

unwillingneiîe,

much leffe

with the

wilfulnefhe

of

man

;

nor

will

men be

alwayes

doing

that

ro

men,

which

they fee.doth'thena;

no

good.

So

thefe

three

men

coifed, &c.

Secondly,

Note

hence

;

When men

are

obfhnate and

will

.not be

reclaimed,

it

is good to

give

over.

Why.fhould

they who

in

any

kind

are abfolutely

refolved, be

further

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