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24.

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which plainly evidence,

that there

is

fuch

a

thing

in men

:

So

Herod,when

he

heard ofChrift's

miracles,his

confcie.nce

puts him in mind

of

Sohn

theBaptiftt

whom

he

had behead

-

ed,and difquiets him

with

fears

that

john

might

have

been

railed

from

the

dead

;

fomething

of

it

appears

likewife

in

Ahab, when it

puts

him to

put

on

fackclorh

:

All

which

(I

fay)

plainlrevidence, that

there

is

fuch

a

thing

in men

;

and

betide,

full fcripture-proof there

are none,

but,

if

they

obferve,

they

will find

their

thoughts

the

mean

while

either

accufing

or

elfe

excufing them.

For

further

clearing

of

this,

we

fhall (peak

a

little,

To

what

this

Confcience

is,

if

it

be poffible fatisfyingly

to

explain

it.

2dly,

To

the

ufe

and ends

of

it,

and

why

God

bath placed this in

man

;

where

we

fhall

thew

the

feveral forts

of

Confcience

that

are

in

men, good and evil.

For

the

firft,

to

wit,

What

Confcience

is

;

we

may,

for

coming

to

the underftanding

of

it, confider the

name

Con

fcience,

which

lignifies a

co-

knowledge,

or

a

knowledge

going

along with

our

knowledge; which

we

may

confider,

FFirf,

As

looking

to

God's knowledge

going alongft

with

ours, and ours

going

alongft

with

hìs,and

thus

it

implies,

as

his

knowledge

of all

our

thoughts, words and

ways,

fo

our

knowledge

together

with

his

of

thefe,

or

our

taking

notice

of

them with

refpe&

to his

knowledge.

Secondly,

We

may

confider

it

as

a

reflex knowledge joined

with

a

dire&

knowledge

;

as

for

inftance,when

a

man

hath

a

di_

rea

knowledge

of

prayer

as

his

duty,and

a

reflex know

-

ledge

going

along with the

pra

&ice

or

exercife

of

the

du_

ty,whereby

he

fees

and difcerns

himfelf, either

to

behave

fuitably

in

it,or

to be faulty

;

in

this

refpe&

Confcience

is

a

practical

knowledge,

taking

notice by

a

reflex

a&

of

a

man's

ways.

idly,

We

may confider it

as a

comprehending a

knowledge

of

God's law,and

then

it

lignifies a

knowledge

of

ourfelves,

compared

with the

law

:

It

lath knowledge

of

the

rule,

and

fo

of

what

is

duty,

and

what

is

fin

;

and

,

withal

it

bath

in

it the

knowledge

of

ourfelvrs and

of

our

conformity

or

difconformiry

to

the rule.

Confcience

then,

in this refpe&,

is

a

man's

knowledge

of

God's

will, and

of

himfelf

as

compared

with

it.

4thly,

We

may

confider

this co-knowledge

as

it

it fuppofeth,befide

the

knowledge

o

f

ou

rfe

vc

s)thc

knowledge

of

fomething taking notice

of

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