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:xxvi

The

eifite

to

the

Rea

er.

be

at

midnight,raife

all

the

family,

and

put

them

into

forne

fright

;

as

if

thieves

and robbers

were

breaking

in

upon

them

:

But

they

think the

lefs

of

this,

and

bear

the bet-

ter

with

it,

as

being

fure

that,

when

the

thief

or robber

comes

in

very

deed,

he will give them

the

alarm

;

and

there

are very few, or

none,

that

will

not far

rather

chufe

to

have

one

or two,

yea

feveral

falle

alarms,

tho'

fome-

what

difquieting, than

to

want

a

true

one

when there

is

juff

ground for

it,

and

when by

means

thereof

they

may

prevent the cutting

of

their throats,

or fpoiling

of

their

goods.

Let

then

the

Confcience

be well informed by the

word

;

let

its

dietates, according thereunto,

be

tenderly

complied

with,

and none

of

them countera&ed

;

and

let

its checks,

challenges, accufations, with

its

anfwers,

teffimonies

and

excufes,according to

their

refpe&ive grounds

and reafons,

be carefully

liffned to

and admitted.

In

a

word,let

all

flu

dy

once to

have

a

good

Confcience,

and to

be always exer-

cifed

to

keep

it

void

of

offence

toward God

and

toward

men

:

And then great honour and

glory

would-

redound

to

God,

the

Lord

and Sovereign

of

the

Confcience

fuitable

and

due deference would

be given

to

his

word,

as

that

whereby

the

Confcience

is

rightly

informed

;

the peace

of

mens own Confciences would

flow

as a

river,

the

offen-

ding

and !fumbling

of

others

would be much prevented,

the

profeffion

of

the

do&rine

of

the

gofpel

of

Chrift

would

be

much adorned

and.

beautified

;

and

men

of

all

ranks,

ftations, capacities and

relations,.

as

magiftrates and

fubje

&s, paftors

and.,

flocks, husbands and

wives,

parents

and

children,maffers

and.

fervants, teachers

and fchollars,

buyers

and fellers,

Eyc.

would be

Wettings

from God

one

tb

another, whichwould

make

a

little

heaven upon

earth

To

all which thefe

few

excellent

formons

are fingularly

con-

tributive.

That

they

may

therefore

come with

a

fpecial

blefiìng

to all the

readers

of

them,

and more

particularly

to

the

inhabitants

of

the city

of

Glafgow,

where they

w

,ere

preached

many years ago,

is

the delire

of

air

fervant

in tke

oJJel,

November

r

ft,

y

C.

1654.

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