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42

tr

;Yrautz

n.

us,

or offomething deputed

in

us

byGod

to

keep

a

record

of

all

our carriage

and

particular

a&ions,and

fo

'tis looked

on

as

force way

different from

us

;

Hence

it

is

called

a

teflimony, the

teflimony

of

our Confcience

;

hence

alfo

a

man

will

appeal

to his

Confcience

:

And

it

Both,

when

in

any

rneafure

in

exercife, impartially

and

incorruptly

hear

wit-.

nefs

;

and

a man's

Confcience

will

fpeak

againfl:

him,

as

if

it

were

at all

no

part

of

him,

neither

can he command

it

fi-

lence.

However then

we call

ir,

It

is

a

power

deputed

in the

foul

of

man

by

God,ta1eing

orders

from

hirn,andfrorn

his

revea-

led

will

and

'wcrd,

and

accufing

or

excufing the

man as

be

reels

:

It

is

called,

Pray.

2o.

27.

The candle

of

the

Lord;

it

is

above man

in

its fentencing

and

accufing, and

will not

be commanded

by

him.

To

clear

it

yet

a

little

further,

there

are

in Confcience

thefe

three

things,

i.

There

is

the

laying

down

of

tome

ground,

fuch

as

the

law

or

the word

of

God,

by

which

it

puts

a

man

to

trial

;

which

is

that

we

call

the

major

or

firft propefition

of

the argument

:

As we may fee

in

5udas

when

his

cnfcience

wakened

;

it

lays

down

this

ground (which

is

done

by

light)

He that

is

guilty

of

in-

nocent blood, hath broken

the

law

of

God,

and

may

ex-

pe& horrible

wrath.

2.

There

is

an

affuming,

which

is

the

minor

or

fecond

propofition

of

the

argument, or

the

4ffumption,

if

the

man be

guilty,

of

'Tuck

and

fuch

fin

;

as

thus,

But

I

rudas

am

guilty

of

innocent biood,and

have

broken

the

command

of

God

(and

this

the

Confcience

by,

its

tel'hmony

conlrmeth.)

Then,

3.

It

draweth the

con-

clufnon,

and

fpeaks

forth

the

man's

lot,

and

gives

out

his

Doom, what

he

may

expe&

;

as

in

the

prefent inflance,

Thou

irdas

mayft

expect:

horrible wrath

from

God:

This

Confcience applies

and

lays

home

unto him.

Every

Con

-

feience

has

thefe

three

in

lets

or

more.

The

way

of

Con-

fcience its reafoning and

concluding,

is

different from

a

man's knowledge and

light;

for

a

man may

fee fin,

and

not

be'touched

with it

:

It

differs

Iikewife

from

the

me-

ivory,

for

a

man

may

remember

that

which

affe&eth him

not

:

It

differeth

from

felf

examination,

for

that,

if

it

be

Mere

examination, brings

a

man

only to

know

that

he

lies

Under

fuch

and

fuch

fins,fo

and

fo

ctrcumflantiated.

Tho'

it

make

ufe

of

all thefe

three

as its

inftrunients, yet

it

goes