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ermon

r.

erne,

and

that it

takes

notice

of

every

thing,

and will

take

offence

if

it

be

a

thing that

thwarts with it.

We

!hall not

in this place

Rand

to debate what

Confcience

is,

whether it

be

a

power

or

a

faculty,

an

habit

or

an

of

;

which,

as

it

would not be much

for

your

edification,

fo

it

would tranfcend the

reach

of

many

of

you

:

Only

in

the

general

we may

call

it

a

power

wherewith

God

hatis

endowed the

foul

of

man

to

take

notice

of

all

his

thoughts,

words

and

anions.

2.

We

fay,

It

is

accordingly

affe

&ed

with

every thing

:

When

the

man does

right,it

is

pleafed;

and

when

he

does

wrong,

it

is

offended and

wounded,

s

we

may

fee,

i

Cor.

S.

to,

z

r.

fo,

z

Sam.

24.

5.

it

is

laid,

David's heart

fmote him

;

and,

Prov.

IS.

14.

this

is

called a

wouxded

fpirit.

3.

As

it

is

afï'e

&ed,

fo

it

affe

&s

the

perfon

:

,

When

a man has

done well,

it

excufes

and

clears

him

;

and

when

he

has

done

evil

and wronged

it,

it

challenges

and

accufcs

him

;

in

which

refpe

&,

Con

-

fcience

is called

a

judge, pronouncing

fentence, by

abfol-

ving

or

condemning

men.

Scripture, and

the experi-

ence

of all forts

of

people and

times,

clear

and

prove this;

.

The

fcripture

Pays

of

heathens,

Rom.

2.

i

5.

That

their

Confcience

bears

them witnefs,

and

their

thoughts the

mean

while

accufe

or

excufè

one

another

;

it

holds out

this

to

have

been in

Adam, who immediately

after

the fall,

Gen.

3.10.

Mays,

I

heard

thy

voice,

and

was

afraid

;

terror

feized

on

him :

It

mentions this

alfo

to have been in

7ofeph's

bre-

thren,

who,

Gen.

42. 2I.

fay,

We are

verily'

guilty

con

-

cerning

our

Brather

;

and

in David,

in

that

forecited iSam.

24.

5.

where

'tis

faid,that

his

heart

fmote

him:

'

Tis clearly

elfo fappofed,

i

Yohn

3.19,

20,

2.1.

where

the

apoffle

Pays,

If

our

heart

condemn

us,

God

is

greater than

our

heart,

and

knoweth

all

things

;

if

our

heart

condemn

us

not,

then have

we

confidence

towards

God

;

where

we

would take

notice,

that

what

is

here,

and fometimes

in

the

old teffament,

called the heart,

is

in

the text, and elfewhere,

called

the

Confcience,

w

hich.fuppofeth

this

to

be

in

every

`man

:

It

is

further

clear from

the daily experience

of

all in all times;

for

fometimes

it

is

pnufing

to

duty,

fometimes

it

is

chal-

lenging for the

omiff

on

of

duty, or

for

commiffion

of

the

contrary

evil

;

fometimes it

is

(peaking

peace, fometimes

it

ig

marring

peace, and denouncing war

as

it were

;

all

which