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ßrazenfSerpento

type

of

Ghrift

3°5

their

colour. Through

abundance

of

poifon

they had

a

Why

fiery

fhining

and

gliflring skinne, and

they

feemed

as

if

they

ferpents.

had

been made

of

fire.

A

refemblance

wee

have

in our

fnakes,that

fcerne

to

thine

and

fparkle

again{I

the

Sunne.

2.

From their

effea.

For

with

their

fling

they

infufed

fuck

poifon into

the

bodies

of

the

Ifraelites,

as

flirred

up

in

them

an

outragious

heat and

fire.

Now

thefe

difeafes

are

moil

painful', and

fo

tormentfiill

as

if

a

wild

-fire

were

in

the bowels, feeding upon

the

bones,

marrow,

and

members.

3.

From their

end.

Firft

becaufè

they

were appointed

by

God,

and

after

a

fort

inflamed and

kindled

with

delire

of

revenge

of

the

Lords

wrongs

;

and

they

fo

fiercely affaulted

the Ifraelites,

as

if

a

raging

and

devouring

fire

had

feafed

upon

them,

which no

way

they

could

avoid.

Secondly,

that

in

their

punifh-

ment

they

might

bee

admonifhed,

both

what

a

fearefiill

fire

of

Gods wrath they

had

kindled

by

their

fin

againfl

themfelves;

as

alto

that

they

had

deferved

a

more

feare-

full fire in hell

to

feize upon

their

whole

man

everla-

flingly.

3.

Why

flinging

ferpents

?

Anfw.

To

imply

unto

Why

singing

Firfl,

that

finne is

the

fling

of

this

old

ferpent;

even

ferp:nts.

a

poifoned fling

that

bee bath

thrufft

into

all

mankind.

But

with

this difference;

in

that this poifon

is

farre

more

generali,

and

the

wounds

infinitely

more

mifchie-

vous

then were

thofe

of

the

fiery

ferpents.

For,

I.

They

Bung

a

few

Ifraelites, but

not

all

;

but this ferpent hath

flung

all

mankind,

none

excepted.

2.

They flung the

bodies

onely; but

thefe,foules

and

bodies

alto.

3

They

flung

one part

of

the body

;

this

fer

pent

all

parts,

and

whole

man. 4. They

to

a

temporali death,

this

to

an

eternal'.

Secondly,

to

imply

that

finne

is the

fling

of

a

fiery

fer-

pent.

i.

set

on fire

with

wrath

and

cruelty, and defire

Temptations

to

poifon and

deflroy

us,

Revd. 12.17.

2. Setting on

called fiery

us

with

fiery

darts.

For

fo his

temptations

are called

A

..,ates,

why.

X

(Ephef.