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Yxiv

I'he

Epif?le

all

our moral

a

&ions

;

neither

are many,

even

of

our

na-

tural

a

&ions,

as

circumftantiated, quite excluded

from

its

concern) for that

infenfibly weakens

the

voice,

checks

and rebukes

of

confcience in more momentuous matters,

and

may

predifpofe

and

prepare

to

trifle with it

in

thefe

too,

and

may

provoke

God,

whole

deputy

confcience

is,

to enjoyn it

filence,

and

to

Puffer

the

man

to

go

on

fe-

curely

in

fin

without

checkor

challenge, while

yet

in

the

mean time he fecretly commands

it

to

write up,

and

keep

a

record

of

all thefe

Items againff

him,

and

in

due

time

to

fet

them

all in

order,

to

marshal,

as

it were,

and

draw them up

in

rank

and

file

before

him in

a

terri-

ble

manner,

and

to

give

him at

once

a

molt furious

charge

:

Challenges

and

accufations

of

confcience,

that

have been (mothered

for

the time,

and

flighted,

after

ly-

ing

long filent,

have

in

force

notable ftrait

and difficulty

arifen

and

got

up

upon

men many years

thereafter

;

as

thefe

of

fcjeph's

brethren

did

on

them, full

twenty

years at

leaf}

after

their

pitilefs, cruel, unnatural,

in-

humwñe

and

barbarous

ufage

of

their

poor

innocent

younger

brother.

A

fecure,

filent

and non-challenging

ill

concience,

is

amongft

the

worft

of

ill

coníkiences,

and in

force

refpe&

worfe

than

a

turbulent,

ftormy

and

roring

ill confcience,

(if

it

come

not to the height

of

defpair)

becaufe difpofing

the

man atheiftically

to

think,

that

becaufe

God

by

himfelf, and

his

deputy the

con-

fcience,

keeps

filence,

he

is

therefore like

unto

the

man

himfelf,

and

that neither

he nor his

deputy

will ever

fpeak

again,

nor

reprove for

thofe things, but

that

he

hath

quite forgotten

them

all,

and will not

any more

call

to

a

reckoning

for

them. O

that

fuch

as

forget God,

and flight

his

challenges and reproofs

by

their

own con-

fcience,

2vould

confider

this,

left he

tear

them

in

pieces,

when

there

will

be

none

to

deliver

!

It

may alfo

provoke

him

to

fpeak

that

very angry

and

terrible word,

Hof.

4.

17.

more

terrible

force

way,

than

if

he

íhould íày,

Famine,

fire,

fword, peftilence, and

wild beafts fall

on

the

man

;

he is

joined

to

his

idols

(and

fo

ifraitly

joined

that

he will

lilfen

to

no

challenges

of

his confcience

checking

him

for maintaining the

conjun&ion

;

nor

to

any

fuggeflion

of

it, perfwading him to divorce from

them,