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26

'The Life

o.f

GOD

was the bleifed

J

efus,

who feldonl. taflcd

then~

·when they

~caH1e

in his way, butne–

ver ftepped out of his road. to fcck

them.

Though

he allowed others the .comforts

of wedlock,. and honoured n1arriage with

his prefence; yet he .chofe the fevcrity of

a

virgin life,

and·

never

knew the

nuptial

bed; and though at the fa:11e tin1c he [up–

plied the

'vant

of wine with

a

miracle, yet

he woul'd not work one for ·the relief of

his own hunger in the wilderncfs: fo gra–

cious

and

divine

was

the temper

.of

his

foul,

allowing to others

fuch

lawful

gratificati–

ons a.s himfelf

thought good to

abH:ain

from, and

fuprlying

not

only their n1orc

extreme and preiling neceilitics, but

alfo

their i111all

and

lefs

confiderable wants.

We many times hear

of

our Saviour's fighs,

and groans, and tears; but never that he ·

laughed,

and

but once

that

he

rejoiced

in

fpirit; ·

fo

that through his whole life he

did

exactly anfwer that charaCter given

of

biin

by the prophet of old, that he was

G m111

~jjorrows,

und acquainted with grief.

Nor were the troubles

and

difaccommoda–

tions

or

his li

feather

than

matters o f

choice.

Fur nev-.: r did

there any

appear

on the

fiage

o t

the \vorld with greater advantages

to

have

r a i~: d

hL11felf

to the

high~..fl fecula~

fd!oty.

I-Ie

who

could

bring

together fuch

a