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46

Sermon

r.

when

men

condemn,

as

we

may

fee

in

P'

aul

here

;

when

Men

give

in

a

lible

and

accule,

it

will

difcharge,

as

.

lets

2.3.

z

.

Alen

and brethren,

I

have

lived

in

all

good

Con-

fcience

before

God

until

this day.

And,

when Confcience

bath abfolved, it maketh

cheerful.

as

2

Car.

I.

12.

our

°ejoicing

is

this,

the

to

fümony

of

our

Confcience,

&c.

And

3.

5obn

3.

20.

If

cur

heart

condemn

us

rot,

then have we

confidence

toward

God.

So

then,

we fee

Confcience

hath

thefe

three

great

ufes

and ends,

z.

To

keep

people

in

awe

of

God,

and

of

his

greatnefs, and

to keep

them

in

mind

that

they

muff

give

an

account to

him.

2.

To

hold

them

at

their duty,

and

they

Mould be

very

loth

to

con

-

tradi&

it.

3.

If

duty

be negle

&ed,

to

record

all

their

faults, and to accule and fentence them

therefore,

and

írèver

to

leave

purfuing

them

;

for

Confcience

will con

-

tinue

as

a

worm

in

hell

gnawing

for

ever

and

ever.

The

fry

ft

úfe

ferves to

hear

in

this

truth

on

you,

That

there

is

filth

a

Thing

as

Confcience.

The

moil

ignorant

and

profane and haughty

of

you

all, whither young or

old,

one

and

other of

you,

have

a

Co7,fcience,

that taketh

particular

notice

of

very

thing

in

ycur

walk,

that

recd.

Meth

all, that accufeth or

excufeth;

and

the

ye take

not

heed

to it now, ye

will

on

day be

made

to know

it

:

Take

it therefore

for

a

certain

truth,

that

ye have

filch

a

thing

within

you,

that

ÿe

have

a

knowledge

with

your knowledge,

even

a

Confcience

that

remembreth

when

ye

would

forget°

The

minding

of

this

is

ufeful,

1.

To

make people

calf

out with

fin

rather

than

with their

Confcience.

2.

To

make

warry that

they take not

liberty

in

fecret

to

fin.

3.

To

make them

take kindly

with reproofs

for

fin;

remember therefore that there

is

a

Confcience

in every

One

of you.

Ye

will

poflibly

think

it

needlefs

to preis

this,

and

I

with

it were

fo

but

we

may

íhortly point

at

thefe evidences, to prove,

that

may

On

the matter

think

they

have not

a

Confcience.

The

Firft

is,

That

they

take

fo

little

pains to

prevent

a

quarrel

from

there

Confcience. How many

omit, baulk

and

flep over

duty,

and go

on in

fin

?

which

they

dfuríl

not

do,

if

they

believed

that

they had

a

Confcience.

n

The

few

challenges

that

molt have

under

many

fins,'

and