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fufFered

him to

get

no

refi

until

the

ill

-turn

was

done;

under pretext

of

keeping

his

oath.

Herod was

predomi-

nantly

fwayed

by

thofe who

fat

at

table with him, and

would

have

thought that

he

was

to be

excufed becaufe

otherwife

he

could

not

forfooth keep

his

oath,

who

yet

had broken

many

an

oath, and

made

no bones

of

them.

For

the

fecond

tefion,

How

may

the

impulfe of

Con-

felence

be known and difcerned from

the

impulfe

of

cre-

dit,

intereft, inclination,

will and

afleEtion

?

.dnfwer,

By

the

word,

To

the

law,

and

to

the teflimony,

Ifa,

8.

2o..

Confcience

is

fubje&e

to

that,

and

Confcience

never

readily

pufheth

againff

duty

holden out

by

the word;

Confcience

would never bid

Herod

take

away

the

life

of

an

innocent

man.

2.

If

a

man be

dark

and

doubtful

in

a

particular,

Confcience, as Confcience,

is

always

tingle

;

but

credit,

inte-

reft,

and the

like,

have always

fome

by-

refpe&, which

ffealeth

in,

and

drowneth

Confcience,reprefenting to

it,that

fuch and

filch

lofs

or prejudice

will

follow

on

fuch

a

thing.

Intereff

and

reputation

will make

a

man

fay,

I

would not do fuch

a

thing

if

I could

do

otherwife;

but,

thall I hazard all

my

eflate,

and

pofìly

my

life

alío

?

this

I

may

not

do;

and when

intertff

and

particularity

prevail, they

make him to

ffep

over

Confcience,

and

to

think that

he

doth

no

fault

é

When

it

is

force

particular

hazard

that

fwayeth

him,

intereft

is

fatisfied

from

a

fitp-

pofed necefíity,

.

but

enfcience

acknowledgeth

not

that

rule

;

in outward things,

when

the

man can

do

no

other-

wife, it will

put

him

to

chufe

fuftèring:

3.

When cre-

dit,

intereft,

and

the

like

pufh,

their

impulfe

is

partial

and violent, but

the

impulfe

of

Confcience

is

impartial

and

fober

Confcience

fwaying

the

man,

puíheth

him

from the

awe

of

God,

and

'from

love

to

him, and

to

all

that

is

known

to

be

duty,

impartially

;

as

to

pray,

read,

meditate, confer,

E?c.

but

when

intereft, credit or inch

--

natiòn

fway

him, they

will

drive

him to

one

thing and

not to

another,

and more efpecially to

that

which may

fatisfy

his

humour, and

that

violently

t

But, for the more

exerciting

duties

of

religion,

as

to humble

himfelf

before

God,

to

repent

of

fin,

to

meditate,

Ere.

it

loth

not

puff

?,

or

but

very

coldly

and

flowly. As force

men

will

have,

an

impulfe

to provide for

their

families,

and they will

ride

and