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withmans deftruc7ion. I © on, much like thofeofJob, chap, 3 .v. z r, r 2, i3,1.4. Thequeftionhere then is not,Which of the twain is better or greater good; but, Which is the leffer of the two evils. And yet it this fenfe it is improper to fay annihi- lation is the leffer evil, becaufe it leaveth no fubjet wherein good or evil can be recei- ved. ro be noth n7 is not more defirable then ro be in hell : Both of them are ex- tremely hateful!, and have in them nullam rationem bonitatis gut appetibilitatús. It is as much as if Chrift had faid, When M Judas fhall feel the eternal! mifery wherein- to he (hall' be plunged, hewill breakout in- to that impollible wifii, o that I ha.dnever receiveda being! If fuch a wifh could take place, no degree of goodneffe or happineffe could thereby accrue unto the perfon, be- caufè the perfon thereby is made nothing. This Scripture will import thus much, That whereas ablatiomali bath rationern boni, the condition which removeth the greater evil is to the intelleliveappetite more wel- comeor defirable. Now the greateft evils imaginable, are, To be flained with fìnne e7- ternally, To be eternally fubje+ c to the wrath of God for lime, and, To be eternally tor- mented for the fame. A tormented foul therefore cannot upon a deliberate election defire to havenever been, which it a.ppre- herdeth as merely ian poffibie 5 but it may in 6 3 a psi