Fonseca - Houston-Packer Collection. BX1756.F66 D5713 1629

136 iZeth. 30. Whytons would bocaft into theSea. Longlifean enlargement of Sinne. Betlruftion dogges aSinner wherefocucrhetgoes. Vpon the \'Vednefday after admiration, Is it poffiblethata man fhould fleepe inthe middeft offuch a terri- bleTempef r The cries and lamentations of allfeeke to appeafe thefurie of the winds, and dooft thou fleepe ? The Sea-Gods are afFraid andthe Fifties retyre themfelues intotheir holes in the deepe, and dooft thou fleep r Arifefor fhame, and call vponthyGod, fìnceothers call vpon theirs. Whither it were that they did prefumethat lonas was Tome Saint, (which they mightgather fromhis mo- deftie, andhis Prophet-like attyre) or whither they hadheardofthe great won- ders doneby his God ; (for many were the things that were fpoken ofhim among the Gentiles,which weremeruailous in their eyes) I leaue itto the con_ ftruäionof theDifcreet. Mittamusfortes, Let vs call lots. Theywhifperedamongft themfelues, That fare there was fome notable villaine,fomewicked perfon,amongthe paffengers, for whofe fake the gods had fhewed themfelues foangrie againft this their (hip, and thofe that went in her ; for one euil man thatis vpheldand maintained inhis lewd courfes,and is fauoured andproteáted bythofe with whombeeHues and conuerfes, isable to deftroyaCitie, and tocorrupt a whole Commonaltie,ifhe beenot correfedandpunifhed intime. Accordingto that of Ezechiel, Corruent fulcientes.Ægyptum,Theyafa that maintain Egyptfhallfall, andthepride of her power fhall comedowne. Euerie one then faid to his companion , Let vs caft Lots, Etfiiamas quart hoc malumfit nobis,That wemay knowfor [chafe car thieeuill is vponvs ; or (as the Hebrew bath it) Incuiusnam hoc malum nobis, Let vs know who is inthe fault wbywe doeall thus fuffer. Theythereforecaft lots,notonce alone,but againe and againe ; for theLot falling frill vpon one,it was an efpecial effeétof Gods prouidence, andagreat token, that hee would difcouer him that was faultie. It thereforefalling frill vpon Ions, theMariners and the ref that were in the fhip, laid hands onhim, and(as Saint Hieromebath noted it)madehimthis (tort, but difcreet interrogation, What is thyoccupation,and whence commeft thous Whichis thyCountrie,and ofwhat People artthou r Touching his Office,his voyage, andhis Countrie, the Prophet ofhis owneaccord,without beeing put tothe torment, confeffed all vnto them : he told them he was an Hebrew, and that he fought to Aie from the GodofIfrael,whohad made theSea andthedrie Land ; and that this was the caufe of this their furious tempeft, and fierce forme. Thenfaid theyvntohim,What (hall we doe vnto thee,that the f`eamay be calmevntovs ? (for the feawrought, and wastroublous.) Mittitemeinmare,Takemeand talimeinto thelea,fofhal thefiabe calmevatsyou : for Iknow, chaffer myfake thisgreat tempefl isvponyou. This was no defperation inJonas, nor any deli re to hafenhis owne death ;but that hemight not perfift any longer in offending his God, whereofhe wasnow forie, andearnefly repen- ted himofthe errour hehad committed. If I line (thought hewithhimfelfe)I fhall fall tomorrow into the like follie againe. And therefore let no m'an pre- fume that it (hall bebetter with him tomorrow, than it was yefterday, or the other daybefore : and thoughamanmay purpofe amendmentto himfelfe, and delire it, yet is it no wifedome to prefume thereupon. Hence itarifeth, that the multipl icationofyeares doth but multiplieour greater condemnation. Remigabant viri,/jc.The men rowed:. bring the Ship to land. They fought to faue the life ofJonas with the danger oftheir owne Hues ; and defpifing their owne proper perill, they tookecare of' another mans good; which is the vt- nioft that a godly man can doe. The feuentie Interpreters indeereit force. thingmore,faying, vimfaciebant, Theydid (as it were) offer violenceto the fea, and