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The

Epit

le

to

the

Reader.

g

reatefh

body

of

fcflJ

,

their

finne

against

God

brings

a

csrfe

on

them

that

oppofe

God,

and

though

they may

pro

-

Jper-

fir

a

feat

n,

for

the

tryall

orcaf

igatton

of

Gods

chrl.

*Elm.,

!;drew,

yet at length

like the

*

rod

in

the

fathers band

they

are

burnt

or broken.

God

at

length

refolvcs

even

unto

nothing,

all

the

powers

which

exalt

themfelves

a-

gain

Heaven,

as

is

rnanife

f

in

the

fall

of

the

Midianites,.

Goliah,Abfolom,Zera

the

,thiopian,

the

King

of

Af

firia,

andinfrniteothers.

2.

Confider,

how

they

who

for

fafety forfake

Chriff,

Jer.

=q.

;:

and

betake

themfelves

unto

an arme

of

fiefh,

Have no

o-

ther

but a

withered

reed to

!cane

on, no other

then

afindy

Foundation to build

upon.

They

go like

the

children

in

the

Prophet

with their

veffels

to empty

pits,

and

returne

afhamed,

they

limiter

themfelves

with

they

men of

Shechem

under

a

bramble,

where

they

are

pier-

,J

ud.

9

ced

and

goared,

inflead

of

being

fhadowed

their

ima-

l

ginary

way

and

rueanes

of

fiepportation,

turnes

to

their

reali

lhame

and ruine

:

all

worldly powers

to

them

that

de'ert

the

Lord lefus,

prove

not

onely

vaine

hel-

pers,

hut

mifrable

defiroyers

:

for

thus

faith

the

Lord,

Curfcdbe

the

man

that

ttufleth

in

man,

and

makcth,

3er=7 ?6

fiefh

his

arme,

and

whole heart deparreth from the

Lord,

for he

fhall

be

like

the heath

in

the

defarr,

and (hall

not

fee

when goòd

cornreth,

but

fliall

inhe-

rit

the parched places

in

the

wilderneffe

in

a

fait land,

and

not inhabited.

Wken a

people

have

moll

ofman for

them,

and

leaJh

of

God

with

them,. then are

Ithey

u

freally

neareft unto

utter

ruine.

3. Confider

how

they who

goe

from

Chrif'

and

unite

themfelves

to

the profane

and

difaff

lked,multitude

for

piety,

doe engage

themfelves

in

a

common

quarrell

againft