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Cleáne

perfons,

types

of

Chrig.

165

I

___.----.--

defcribing

the

fouleneffe and

rifery

of

the

difeafe.

I.

Leprofie

proceeds from

poifoned

and

corrupted hu-

mours in the body

:

So

firme

is nothing

elCe

but the poi

-

fon

and

corruption

of

the

foule. And

this

fpirituallle-

profie

is

farre

more

miferable

then

e

e

other

;

for that

of

the

body

is

onely

apunifhment,

this

is

aguilt.

And

who

can

deny

but the

corruption and poifon

ofthe

folk

and

fpirit,

is

farre

more

poi(onfull

and

mortal!

then

poifon

of

the

flefh

?

2.

Bodily

leprofie

is a

difeafe

of

fume

men

:

finne

is

of

all

men,

and

of

all

the

man.

Bodily

leprofie fpreads

over

all

parts

of

the

body,

but cannot

reach

the

foule

:

but

this

fpreads over

the

whole

man

;

the

foule and

all

the

faculties are

weakened

and

tainted

;

there

is,

not

a

debility

onely, but

acorruption

in

the

un-

derftanding, will,

confcienee,

memory,

in

all

affeFtions,

in

all fences,

in all

parts

;

no

man no

part

of

man

exem-

pted

or

excepted.

3.

No

difeafe is

more

ftinking,

and

hatefull

to

men

then

leprofie

:

So

nothing

is

fo

hate

-

full and abominable

to

-God

as

finne

;

his

eyes cannot

abide

to

behold

it

;

bee

will not

endure it

in his

deareft

fervants,

no

nor

Angels

themfelves, unrevenged

;

bee

efleemes

the

finner

as

dung.

4.

No

difeafe

more

con-

tagious

and

infectious

:

A

lepermuff

meddle

with

no-

thing

unleffe

bee would

defile

it

:

All

bee

can

doe

is

to

make

others

uncleane

by

breathing, touching,

conver-

fìng.

The

plague

of

peftilence is

not

fo

infe6tious

as

the

plagsae

of

leprofie,

fo

called,

Levit.i

3.2o.

infecting

bodes,

walls,

veffells, garments

:

Nothing

is

fo

infef

i-

eus

as

finne,which

not

onely föules

the perlon

or houle,

but heaven and

earth

and

all

creatures are

fubjec`t

to the

vanity

of

it.

Neither

can

an

impenitent

(inner

doe any

thing

but make

himfelfe and

others

uncleane, by

thefil-

thy breath

of

his

corrupt communication,by

his

wicked

example and converfation

:

No

leaven is fo

(pleading,

no

pitch

fo

cleaving. 5.

Leprofie

of

all

difeafes

feparated

the

infected

perfons

from

the fellowship

of

all

men

M

3

both

Sinne

declared

odious.

God

hates.

In`eFìion.

fis:commdini-

cation.