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116.160

always void

of

offence

toward God and toward

men; and

on

the

contrary,

it

is a

very ill thing at

any time

to have

offence

toward

either

of

them lying

on

the

confcience.

The

fifth

is,

It

is

the

duty

of

all

men,

and

more

efpe_-

'

cially

of

believers, to walk

fo,

as

they

may always

keep

a confcience void

of

offence

;

yea, it

is

not only

a

duty,

but

we

may

look

on

it

as

an

excellent

mean

for

advancing

of

holinefs.

The

f

xth

is,

Where

men honeffly

aim

to

keep

a

con

fcience

always void

of

offence,

it

will be

an

exercifing

and

uptaking

thing.

The

feventh

is,

-Where this

exercife

is

negle

&ed, and

not

ferioufly

carried

on

the

confcience

is

left

to

Rumble

at,

and

to

abound with,

offences.

As for

the

frig,

That

there

are

many

kinds

of

offences

which people

are fubje& to,

toward

God

and

men

;

it

is

a

thing

uncontroverted

by all, and

we

need

fay

little

of

it;

Only,

i. There

are

fins

againft the firft table,

which

are

offences

toward God, being immediately

againft

him

;

and

there

.are

fins

againft

the

fécond

Table,

which,

altho9

they be

againft

God, yet

immediately they touch and

re-

fle& on men.

z.

There

are

fins

againft

God that

are

fecret,

which God only

is

witnefs

to

;

and

there

are

open

fins,

which fcandalize

men.

Paul

endeavoured to efchew

all thefe

;

for

àll

are

fins

againft

the

law

of

God, and

wounding

of

the

Confcience.

The

fecund

is,

That

there

is a

confcience

within every

ynan,which takes

notice

of

every

piece

of

his

carriage

and

is

accordingly

affected

with

it,

and

affects

him

for

it

:

This

is

the ground

of

all

that

follows,and had

need to

be

more

particularly

fpoken

unto.

This truth

then

contains

thefe

three

things,

i.

That

there

is

a

Confcience

in

every man,

that

takes

notice

of

every piece

of

his

way

and walk

;

hence

it

is

faid

to

bear

witnefs,

z

Car.

1.

12.

I'his

is

our

re-

joycing,

the

to

flimony

of

our

Confcience,

&c.

and

it

is

alío

faid,

to

accufe

or

excufe

,

Rom.

2.

15

.

It

witneffes

for

men,

and excufes

and

cornforts

them

when

they do

well

;

and

witneffeth

againft

them,

accufeth and

reproveth

then

when

they do

evil

;

and

fo

is

to

them

as a check, captors

or

cenfor.

The

apoftie's

aim,

to

have

a

Confcience

void

of ofe

ce,fuppones,

that

be

and every

man

has

a confci-

encet