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,rcv,b

4.

tra

Being)

when

there

is

not

a

raids,

but either

the

mart

muff

do

or forbear

;

yet,

in

this cafe,

it

is

bell for

a marl

to

betake himfelf

to

the

fafeff

fide, and to

hazard

on

fuïfering

rather

than

on

fin

:

As

for

example,

a

man muff

either

do

fach

a

thing,

of

the

iawfulnefs

whereof

he

doubteth,

or be in

hazard

of

lofing

much,

or

all

that

he

bath

in

the world

;

he knoweth

that

fuffèring,frrrply

con

-

&dered,

is

no

fin,

and

he

is

forne

way

mailer

(to

fay

fo)

of

his own

fuffering,but

not

of

his

doing,fince

he

doubt

-

eth

;

and his

doubting

layeth

this obligation

on

him,

ra-

ther

to abffain

than

to

do,

and to

rake

his

hazard

of

fuf

fering,

for

in

dzrbiis

tutius

eft

abfitinere;

and in

this

cafe

no man's

authority

can

oblige and

bind

the

Confcience

to

a

thing

as

duty, neither

can

it

be

loofed

by

mere autho-

rity,

or refpe&

to

them

when

it

doubteth

;

becaufe

no

man's mere

authority

can

quiet

and fatisfy

the Confci-

ence, nor

ke°p

the

man skaithlefs

before

God,

when

on

fuch

an

account he

loth

any

thing doubtingly.

A 4th

fort

is a fcrupi'ing

Confcience,

which differeth

from the

former

in

this, that it

is

clear

in

the

main

of

duty,

but

fcrupleth

and

is

unclear

in force

accidental

thing,

that goeth along

with it

:

As

for

inffance, when

one would

pray,

and

apprehendeth,

That

in

praying

he

will

take

God's

name in

vain,

becaufe it may

be

forne

blaf-

phernous

thought

is

inje

&ed into

his

mind

;

or,

when

a

man

is

about

tome

neceflary

duty

of

his lawful

calling,

and bath fòmething

like

an

impulfe

of

Confcience to

pray,

which haunreth, and

forne way

vexeth

him

;

this

is a

fcruple,

but

upon

a

light ground,

and bath little or

tto reafon

for

it,

yet

it

is

born

in

with

violence

;

and

therefore,

in

this

cafe,

a

man

is

obliged

rather

to

go

over

the fcruple,

and

follow his

duty

:

For,

alr_ho'

be Mould

endeavour to

fatisfy his Confcience

by

reafón,

in

this

cafe,

as

in

the

former

;

yet,

when

the duty

is

clear,

he

fhould trample

upon

what

would

hinder him,

and

go

on

with the

duty,

and

in fo

doing,

he

trampleth

not upon

his Confcience,

but

upon

that which

cometh

in

to

mar

him

in

his

duty,

and

followeth,

or

(to

fpeak fo)

dog.

geth

his

Confcience.

A

5th

fort,

is

a

weak

and

infirm

Cenfefence,

which

efpe-

cia ly

r

irdiffcrent things

hindereth

a

man to ufe

his fi-

ber-