Taylor - Houston-Packer Collection BS2755 .T394 1619

EptflkofS. PaultoArara. \iHAPI' mofl bate and fordid, in his dyet,apparell,andwhole sourfe,and is loath tobellow any thing that is goodon himfelfe. Thus he hath the things, but little or nogood of them : for what is the goodnes of a thing, be- tides thevfe of it ? thepoflèfl'ron is but a title beyond the vfe. And this notebraudeth a number of men , whole whole life bath blame nothing but a gatheringof goods, and a failing fromhimfelfe of goods gathe- red, vntill he bath fo abounded, as he can fee no bottomenor endofhis vvcalth,and then the moll nigardly perCon can be content to fet out him- felfe and his,cuen to riot and prodigalirie : as it was obferued in the co- uetous rich man, Luk.i 2.19. when his ground was fo fruitful!, that he had no more place to lay it: and when he had laid vp goods inough for manyycares, then he could fay,foul: lineat eafe, eateand drinke, but ne- uer before. 3. e/; withdrawing of the heart and hand from good du- ties , and negle6l of the goodoftne Church , and of the poore. Good words indeedeare goodcheape , and faine would they do Tome thing fo farre as mouth-mercie canextend: but the truth is, Lazarus can (caree get the crummes; but their dogges are dearer vnto them, then the poore members ofChrifl: fee Iatnes z.r 6. or if they part with any thing to any godlyvfe, it is wrung from them, as water out of flints ; delaies are made either till the prefent opportunitie bee omitted ; or till there be no remedie : whereas the Lord loueth a chearefull giuer: and Salomon faith ; fay not to thy neighbour , Come againe tomorrowe, if now thou haft it. q. A grudging of confidence in them, as in a firong hold: Prou, a 0.1 5. Therich mans-goods are his firong citie : Luk. 1 a. the rich man faits to his foule,foule take thy reff:and wherupon fhould it ref{? thou haf{enoogh for manyyeares: but what a Poole prooued lice himfelfe thus to reckon without his hol { ?hecould gather riches together,but hecould not tell who(hould enioy them. So what other is the couetous mans confidcnce,then the leaning vpon there flaffes of reed,whichwhile they thicke to Tut{nine chemfelues by, they fhitier into peeces, and pearce the handof their holder. And whence are thofe fo frequent inward dif- courfes and reafonings ofthe diffident heartsof moil men, yea oftenof goodmen, whoare too ready to dreameof anvnthaken profperitie: as Dauid, I Paid in my prolperitie I_hall neuer bee mooted , and this wealth cannot decay; but from this ground, that the heart is withdrawne from God,and Pet vpon the creature : oh thefé goods will f{sod by mee , what dearth,what ;cknes,what changes foeuer come,l Ilia' be able to (hilt & fend for one : and thus whereas the bountifùlnesofGod_hould lead vs to himfelfe , it keepeth downe the heart from becing railed towards him, who is the portionof his people ; fo as it is too well contented to liue without him,as findingmore fweetnes in the pawnes ofhis lone, then in himfelfe,, Ica fIorrddiddus.rt lcNonvnquam Teruo melius veflirec,Horat. 3 z.Cor.9.7. 4 Pfal,g9,á.