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.'ToedweY'o

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that

if

he

did

let him go, and condemned

him

not

to

death,

he

was

not

Cefar's

friend, he

forthwith proceeded

to the condemnatory

fentence, and

delivered him

to

the perfecuting

and

murdering yews

to

be crucified

;

and,

poor wretch,

he

imagined, that

the

filly

lhift

of

waffling

his

hands in

water,

would

wafh

and

purge

his

deeply

defiled

Confcience

from the guilt

and

pollution

contra&ed

by

fhedding

of

that

innocent and

moll

pre-

cious blood

;

but

it

fluck faífer

to,

and

was

more

ftíffiy

barkned

on his

Confcience,

than to be

fo

eafiily

wafhed

off:

And,

with fuch

poor

and pitiful

shifts,

do

fuch

men

think

or

fancy to

pacify

their

Confciences,

and

to

purge

them

from

the

defilements

of

the

greateft,

mof}

clamant and

horrid

crimes.

If

Pilate had

any

real

demur

in his

Con-

fcience

about the thing

(as

very

probably

he

had)

his

counteraecing

it

on

to

bafe

and

unworthy

accounts,

and

then

foolifhly fancying,

that

by fuch

an

empty

ceremo-

ny,

as

waffling his

hands

in

water,

he

could

be waffled

from the guilt

of

fo

atrocious

a

crime, were

high aggra-

vations

of it.

5thly,

When

men

pretend

Confcience

as

the

reafon

of

their

not

committing

the

leaft fin,

nav

of

their

not doing

Nome

things

that

are

very debatable,

whe-

ther

they

be

fins

or

not

;

while

in

the

mean

time

they

make

no

Confcience

to

ftretch

forth their

hand to, nay

with

an

high hand

to

adventure

on

the

commiffion

of

fins,

that are

incontrovertably

very

great

and

grofs:

As

the

Pharifees

pretended

Confcience

for

their

not

going

to

the

judgment -hall,

left,

forfooth,

they

Jhould

be

defiled,

and

fo

unfitted

to

eat

the

pafover

;

who yet made no

fcruple

malicioufly

to embrew

their

wicked hands

in

the

blood

of

the perfon,

that

was

God, typified

by

the

pafover.

6thly,

When

Confcience,

or

a

confcientious

re-

gard,

is

pretended

for

divine inflitutions and

ordinances,

merely

and mainly from

picque

and

prejudice

at

the

moil

tender

and

confcientious

perfons,

as

if

their

war-

rantable

and confiftent

pra

&ices

were

the

groffef{

vio-

lations and

greaten

vilifyings

of

them,

and plain incon-

tinencies with

a

jut'

regard for

them

:

How

often

thus

did the

Scribes

and

Pharifees

quarrel

with

our

Lord

and

his difciples,

as

breakers

and profaners

of

the fabbath,

bemire

of

fotnethings done

by him, and them

thereon,

not