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8

Chap. 32.

An

Expofation

upon

the

Bock

of

o B.

Verf.

]

..

further

moved

?

(AEts

2t.

t4.)

When

Pads

friends

fame

hewould-

not

be

perfwaded,

they,cea;

ed :

they had

ufed much perfwafion to

-keepe him from going

up

to

ferirfdlem, becaufe

of the

fufferings

that

were prophe

+.ied

Should

befall him

there, yet

when he

hood

out,

in

an

holy obhinacy again('

them,

cloathed with

a

gracious

fpirit of

courage

to

Puffer

for

Chrifl

:;

when

he

woaald

not be

per-

fwaded they ceafed,

fayinq,

the

will of

the Lord

be done.

As

it

was

the

height

of Paul;

holuaefs

that he would

not

:be perfwaded,

he

was

obhinate

for

Gods cafee, or

for

the doing

of

a

duty

;

fo

it

is

the height of

many mens

wickednetfe that they will not

be

per -

fwaded, they

are

obtlinate

againff

God,

or agatnh the

doing of

their

duty.;

Such

as

are

infe'aed

with

the

full

of

contending,

will maintaine

that

opinion

pertivacioully,

which

they

cannot

maintaine.

tritely. As

Come

hrtve

for

the love of victory, rather

then

of truth

;

fo

others ilrive

becaufe

they love

hrife

even

more

then victory,

and had_rather

contend then conquer,

becaufe that

puts

..an

.

end

to hrife.

In

fuck cafes

they

doe belt

who dna

no

more;

And if

jobs cafe

had

been

fuch,

if

he

had

held up

the

dif-

courfe, not

for

truth but for victory, or

becaufe

'he

would

have

the lah word,

like

a

clamorous Sophifler,

who

hath

alwayes fome-

what

to

fay,

though nothing

to the

purpofe

;

In that cafe,

I

fay,

yobs.friends had done wifely

incealing

to

anfwer

;

They

indeed

did

well upon

their

owne fuppofition,

though

as

to the

truth.

of

Tabs

condition they failed greatly. lob

was

not

a

man

of

that fpi-

ric,

he

that perfills

in holding and

defending

truth

,

is

not oblii-

nate

but conhant.

Further,

as

to

the ground

why

they ceafed, according to their

.fuppofition,

Obferve

To

be

righteous

in

ear

owne

eyes

is`hastefaill both to God

and

good

men.

A man

is

never

fo

vile

in

the

eyes

of

thofe

who can

diicerne

him,

as

when he

is

righteous

in his

owne

;

how

righteous foaver

any man

is,

he

fhould be

little

in owning

it. To

infili much upon

our

,owne

righaeoufnelfe, favours rankly

of

a

Phárifee

(

Lake

a

8,

9.

)

Chrifl fpake

a

parable

to

this purpofe (

that's the

title

of

the

Parable)

(ver.

g.)

And

hefÿal`e

this parable

anta certain which

trailed to

themfelves

that

they

were

righteous, and

dej

ifed others.

Then