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to

the

Reader.

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them,

or

to untie

any

of the

knots

of

that curled

con

-

junetion)

let him alone,

let

him

fin

on, and

by

finning

rreafure

up

to

himfelf

wrath

againft

the

day

of

wrath,

and revelation

of

the righteous judgment

of

God. Be-

fide,

that

fuch

a

filent,

fleeping

and ffupified

confcience,

through

often

treading

challenges

under

foot, will

at

lait

waken and

flee

in

thé

ungodly man's

face,

and,

as

a

fierce

maflive

dog,

or ravening

wolf,

take

him

by

the

throat,

and

became his

Burrio

and

tormentor,

and

perhaps, for

eviting

the

trouble

and

terror of

it,

put

him

(tho

a

poor

and pitiful, defperate

and

diflra

&ed shift)

to

be

his

own

murderer

and executioner

;

or,

if

it

fhould

keep

filence

to death,

and

even

then

not

difquiet

him,

yet

it

will

in

hell,

as

a

never-dying

worm, gnaw

the

heart

of

him,

and,

as a

ravenous

vulture, tear out

as

it

were

his

very

bowels;

and

by

its

yelling and

roring,

by

its

biting and

renting

the

very caul

of his

heart,

make

him

a

hell to

himfelf

in

hell,

and

fo

make

a

double

hell

to':him:

Alas

!

even

the

godly themfelves, may, by fomewhat

of

this

guilt,

raife

great

florins

of

trouble and difquiet in

their

own

confciences.

Sixthly,

We

would by

all

means

guard

againft

coun-

teraBeing

and running

crof

to

the plain

and

downright

di&}ates

of

our

confciences, efpecially when clearly

in-

formed

by the

word

;

for

this

is a

high-daring,

mala-

pert,

affronting,

defpifing and difowing

of

God's

depu-

ty,

and

as

it

were

a

violent

putting him off

the

bench

;

the

language

whereof

is,

that

if

God

himfelf the

Lord

of

the

confcience,

were,

or

could

poffibly be,

as

much

in

the

man's

reverence,

as

he

fuppofeth

his

confcience

to

be,

he

would deal with him

at the

fame

rate,

and

ferve

him

with the

fame

meafure

:

This

brings on dedolency,

flu

-

pidity

and

cauterizing

of

confcience,

makes

flout againft

God,

bold and

impudent

in finning

;

it

makes

the

man's

heart harder

then

an

adamant, it

makes him to

be

ora

brazen brow, and to put

on

a

whore's

forehead,

fo

that

he will

not at

all think

fhame,

nay, not

fo

much

as

blush,

but

confidently

wipe

his

mouth,

and fay,

What

have

I

clone?

and

very readily it brings

on

all

the

dread-

ful

effe&s

mentioned

in

the foregoing

Caution

;

and

fills

the

world

of

the

vifible

Church

with

prodigies

of

pro

-

fanity