HOMILY ON THE READING OF SCRIPTURE

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<bkdv3 n="113">A FRVITFVLL
<bkdv3 n="114">EXHORTATION TO<f t="r">
<bkdv3 n="115">the reading and knowledge of holy
<bkdv3 n="116"><f t="i">Scripture.<f t="r">
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-1"><bkdv3 n="117"><f t="bl">V<f t="r">N<f t="sc">TO<f t="r"> a Christian man there can bee
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-2"><bkdv3 n="118"><f t="bl">nothing either more necessarie or profi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-3"><bkdv3 n="119">table, then the knowledge of holy

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<bkdv3 n="120">The prayse of
<bkdv3 n="121">holy Scrip{\-}
<bkdv3 n="122">ture.
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-4"><bkdv3 n="123"><f t="bl">Scripture, forasmuch as in it is con{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-5"><bkdv3 n="124">teyned <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> true word, setting
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-6"><bkdv3 n="125">foorth his glory, and also mans duety.
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-7"><bkdv3 n="126">And there is no trueth nor doctrine ne{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-8"><bkdv3 n="127">cessarie for our iustification and euerla{\-}

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<bkdv3 n="128">The perfecti{\-}<f t="r">
<bkdv3 n="129">on of holy
<bkdv3 n="130">Scripture.
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-9"><bkdv3 n="131"><f t="bl">sting saluation, but that is ( or may
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-10"><bkdv3 n="132">bee) drawne out of that fountaine and
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-11"><bkdv3 n="133">Well of trueth. Therefore as many

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<bkdv3 n="134">The know{\-}
<bkdv3 n="135">ledge of holy
<bkdv3 n="136">Scripture is
<bkdv3 n="137">necessary.
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-12"><bkdv3 n="138">as bee desirous to enter into the right
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-13"><bkdv3 n="139">and perfect way vnto <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, must ap{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-14"><bkdv3 n="140">plie their mindes to know holy Scripture, without the which, they
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-15"><bkdv3 n="141">can neither sufficiently know <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> and his will, neither their office
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-16"><bkdv3 n="142">and duty. And as drinke is pleasant to them that bee drie, and meate

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<bkdv3 n="143">To whom the
<bkdv3 n="144">knowledge of
<bkdv3 n="145">holy Scrip{\-}
<bkdv3 n="146">ture is sweet
<bkdv3 n="147">and pleasant.
<bkdv3 n="148">Who be ene{\-}
<bkdv3 n="149">mies to holy
<bkdv3 n="150">Scripture.
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-17"><bkdv3 n="151">to them that be hungrie: so is the reading, hearing, searching, and stu{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-18"><bkdv3 n="152">dying of holy Scripture, to them that bee desirous to know <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> or
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-19"><bkdv3 n="153">themselues, and to doe his will. And their stomackes onely doe loathe
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-20"><bkdv3 n="154">and abhorre the heauenly knowledge and food of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word, that
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-21"><bkdv3 n="155">be so drowned in worldly vanities, that they neither fauour <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-22"><bkdv3 n="156">nor any godlinesse: for that is the cause why they desire such vanities,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-23"><bkdv3 n="157">rather then the true knowledge of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. As they that are sicke of

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<bkdv3 n="158">An apt simili{\-}
<bkdv3 n="159">tude, decla{\-}
<bkdv3 n="160">ring of whom
<bkdv3 n="161">the Scripture
<bkdv3 n="162">is abhorred.
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-24"><bkdv3 n="163">an ague, whatsoeuer they eate and drinke (though it bee never so plea{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-25"><bkdv3 n="164">sant) yet it is as bitter to them as wormewood, not for the bitternesse
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-26"><bkdv3 n="165">of the meate, but for the corrupt and bitter humour that is in their own
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-27"><bkdv3 n="166">tongue and mouth: euen so is the sweetnesse of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word bitter,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-28"><bkdv3 n="167">not of it selfe, but onely vnto them that haue their mindes corrupted

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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-29"><bkdv3 n="170">with long custome of sinne and loue of this world. Therefore forsaking

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<bkdv3 n="171">An exhortati{\-}
<bkdv3 n="172">on vnto the
<bkdv3 n="173">diligent rea{\-}
<bkdv3 n="174">ding and sear{\-}
<bkdv3 n="175">ching of the
<bkdv3 n="176">holy Scripture
<bkdv3 n="177"><cit work="NT. Matthew 4.4"><f t="i">Matth. <f t="r">4.</cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-30"><bkdv3 n="178"><f t="bl">the corrupt iudgement of fleshly men, which care not but for their car{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-31"><bkdv3 n="179">kasse: let vs reuerently heare and read holy Scriptures, which is the
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-32"><bkdv3 n="180">foode of the soule. Let vs diligently search for the Well of Life in the
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-33"><bkdv3 n="181">bookes of the New and Old Testament, and not runne to the stinking
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-34"><bkdv3 n="182">puddles of mens traditions (deuised by mens imagination) for our iusti{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-35"><bkdv3 n="183">fication and saluation. For in holy Scripture is fully contayned what
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-36"><bkdv3 n="184">we ought to doe, and what to eschew; what to beleeue, what to loue,

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<bkdv3 n="185">The holy
<bkdv3 n="186">Scripture is a
<bkdv3 n="187">sufficient do{\-}
<bkdv3 n="188">ctrine for our
<bkdv3 n="189">saluation.
<bkdv3 n="190">What things
<bkdv3 n="191">we may learne
<bkdv3 n="192">in the holy
<bkdv3 n="193">Scripture.
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-37"><bkdv3 n="194">and what to looke for at <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> hands at length. In these Books
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-38"><bkdv3 n="195">we shall finde the father from whom, the sonne by whom, and the holy
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-39"><bkdv3 n="196">Ghost, in whom all things haue their being and keeping vp, and these
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-40"><bkdv3 n="197">three persons to be but one <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and one substance. In these books
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-41"><bkdv3 n="198">we may learne to know our selues, how vile and miserable we be, and
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-42"><bkdv3 n="199">and also to know <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, how good he is of himselfe, and how hee maketh
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-43"><bkdv3 n="200">vs and all creatures partakers of his goodnesse. We may learne also
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-44"><bkdv3 n="201">in these Bookes to know <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> will and pleasure, as much as (for
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-45"><bkdv3 n="202">this present time) is conuenient for vs to know. And (as the great
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-46"><bkdv3 n="203">Clerke and godly Preacher <f t="r">Saint <name t="ps">Iohn Chrysostome</name> <f t="bl">sayth) whatsoeuer is
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-47"><bkdv3 n="204">required to saluation of man, is fully contayned in the Scripture of
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-48"><bkdv3 n="205"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. He that is ignorant, may there learne and haue knowledge.
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-49"><bkdv3 n="206">He that is hard hearted, and an obstinate sinner, shall there finde euer{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-50"><bkdv3 n="207">lasting torments (prepared of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> iustice) to make him afrayd,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-51"><bkdv3 n="208">and to mollifie or soften him. He that is oppressed with misery in this
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-52"><bkdv3 n="209">world, shall there finde releefe in the promises of euerlasting life, to his
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-53"><bkdv3 n="210">great consolation and comfort. He that is wounded by the Diuell on{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-54"><bkdv3 n="211">to death, shall finde there medicine whereby he may bee restored againe
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-55"><bkdv3 n="212">vnto health. If it shall require to teach any trueth, or reprooue false
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-56"><bkdv3 n="213">doctrine, to rebuke any vice, to commend any vertue, to giue good
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-57"><bkdv3 n="214">counsell, to comfort or to exhort, or to doe any other thing requisite for
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-58"><bkdv3 n="215">our saluation, all those things (sayth <f t="r">Saint <name t="ps">Chrysostome</name><f t="bl">) we may learne

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<bkdv3 n="216">Holy Scrip{\-}
<bkdv3 n="217">ture mini{\-}
<bkdv3 n="218">streth suffici{\-}
<bkdv3 n="219">ent doctrine
<bkdv3 n="220">for all degrees
<bkdv3 n="221">and ages.
<bkdv3 n="222"><cit work="NT. Matthew 4.4"><f t="i">Matth. <f t="r">4.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="223"><cit work="NT. Luke 11.28"><f t="i"> Luke <f t="r">3.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="224"><cit work="NT. John 17.17"><f t="i">Iohn <f t="r">17.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="225"><cit work="OT. Psalms 19.7-10, 119.105"><f t="i">Psal. <f t="r">19.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="226">What com{\-}
<bkdv3 n="227">modities and
<bkdv3 n="228">profits, the
<bkdv3 n="229">knowledge of
<bkdv3 n="230">holy Scripture
<bkdv3 n="231">bringeth.
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-59"><bkdv3 n="232"><f t="bl">plentifully of the Scripture. There is (sayth <f t="r"><name t="ps">Fulgentius</name><f t="bl">) abundantly
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-60"><bkdv3 n="233">enough, both for men to eat, and children to sucke. There is, whatsoe{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-61"><bkdv3 n="234">uer is meet for all ages, and for all degrees and sorts of men. These
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-62"><bkdv3 n="235">Bookes therefore ought to bee much in our hands, in our eyes, in our
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-63"><bkdv3 n="236">eares, in our mouthes, but most of all in our hearts. For the Scrip{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-64"><bkdv3 n="237">ture of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> is the heauenly meat of our soules, the hearing and
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-65"><bkdv3 n="238">keeping of it maketh vs blessed, sanctifieth vs, and maketh vs holy, it
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-66"><bkdv3 n="239">turneth our soules, it is a light lanterne to our feet, it is a sure, stedfast,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-67"><bkdv3 n="240">and euerlasting instrument of saluation, it giueth wisedome to the
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-68"><bkdv3 n="241">humble and lowly hearts, it comforteth, maketh glad, cheereth, and
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-69"><bkdv3 n="242">cherisheth our conscience: it is a more excellent iewell or treasure, then
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-70"><bkdv3 n="243">any gold or precious stone, it is more sweet then hony, or hony combe,

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<bkdv3 n="244"><cit work="NT. Luke 10.42"><f t="i">Luke <f t="r">10.</cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-71"><bkdv3 n="245"><f t="bl">it is called the best part, which Mary did choose, for it hath in it euerla{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-72"><bkdv3 n="246">sting comfort. The wordes of holy Scripture be called words of euer{\-}

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<bkdv3 n="247"><cit work="NT. John 6.68"><f t="i">Ion. <f t="r">6.</cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-73"><bkdv3 n="248"><f t="bl">lasting life: for they bee <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> instrument, ordayned for the same
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-74"><bkdv3 n="249">purpose. They haue power to turne through <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> promise, and
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-75"><bkdv3 n="250">they be effectuall through <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> assistance, and (being receiued in

<bkdv3 n="251"><fw t="catch">a faithfull</fw>

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<bkdv3 n="252"><fw t="header"><f t="r">to holy <f t="bll">SCRIPTVRE<f t="bl">.</fw><fw t="pag">3</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-76"><bkdv3 n="253">a faithfull heart (they haue euer an heauenly spirituall working in them:
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-77"><bkdv3 n="254">they are liuely, quicke, and mighty in operation, and sharper then any

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="255"><cit work="NT. Hebrews 4.12"><f t="i">Heb.<f t="r"> 4.</cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-78"><bkdv3 n="256"><f t="bl">two edged sword, and entreth thorow, euen vnto the diuiding asunder
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-79"><bkdv3 n="257">of the soule and the spirit, of the ioynts and the marrow. <name t="ps">Christ</name> calleth

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<bkdv3 n="258"><cit work="NT. Matthew 7.24"><f t="i">Matth. <f t="r"> 7.</cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-80"><bkdv3 n="259"><f t="bl">him a wise builder, that buildeth vpon his word, vpon his sure and sub{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-81"><bkdv3 n="260">stantiall foundation. By this word of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, wee shall bee iudged: for

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<bkdv3 n="261"><cit work="NT. John 12.48"><f t="i">Ioh. <f t="r"> 12.</cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-82"><bkdv3 n="262"><f t="bl">the word that I speake (sayth <name t="ps">Christ</name>) is it, that shall iudge in the last day.
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-83"><bkdv3 n="263">Hee that keepeth the word of <name t="ps">Christ</name>, is promised the loue and fauour of

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<bkdv3 n="264"><cit work="NT. John 14.23"><f t="i">Ion. <f t="r"> 14.</cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-84"><bkdv3 n="265"><f t="bl"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and that hee shall bee the dwelling place or temple of the blessed
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-85"><bkdv3 n="266">Trinity. This word, whosoeuer is diligent to read, and in his heart to
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-86"><bkdv3 n="267">print that he readeth, the great affection to the transitory things of this
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-87"><bkdv3 n="268">world, shall be minished in him, and the great desire of heauenly things
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-88"><bkdv3 n="269">(that be therein promised of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">) shall increase in him. And there is
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-89"><bkdv3 n="270">nothing that so much strengtheneth our faith and trust in <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, that
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-90"><bkdv3 n="271">so much keepeth vp innocency and purenesse of the heart, and also of out{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-91"><bkdv3 n="272">ward godly life and conuersation, as continuall reading and recording
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-92"><bkdv3 n="273">of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word. For that thing, which (by continuall vse of reading
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-93"><bkdv3 n="274">of holy Scripture, and diligent searching of the same) is deepely printed
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-94"><bkdv3 n="275">and grauen in the heart, at length turneth almost into nature. And
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-95"><bkdv3 n="276">moreouer, the effect and vertue of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word is, to illuminate the
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-96"><bkdv3 n="277">ignorant, and to giue more light vnto them, that faithfully and diligent{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-97"><bkdv3 n="278">ly read it, to comfort their hearts, and to encourage them to performe
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-98"><bkdv3 n="279">that, which of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> is commanded. It teacheth patience in all aduer{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-99"><bkdv3 n="280">sity, in prosperity, humblenesse: what honour is due vnto <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, what

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<bkdv3 n="281"><cit work="OT. 1 Sam 14.4-23"><f t="r">1. <f t="i">Reg. <f t="r">14.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="282"><cit work="OT. 2 Chronicles 20.7, 17, 29"><f t="r">2. <f t="i">Par. <f t="r">20.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="283"><cit work="NT. 1 Corinthians 15.57"><f t="r">1. <f t="i">Cor. <f t="r">15.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="284"><cit work="NT. 1 John 5.4"><f t="r">1. <f t="i">Iohn. <f t="r">5.</cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-100"><bkdv3 n="285"><f t="bl">mercy and charity to our neighbor. It giueth good counsell in all doubt{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-101"><bkdv3 n="286">full things. It sheweth of whom wee shall looke for ayde and helpe in
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-102"><bkdv3 n="287">all perils, and that <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> is the onely giuer of victory, in all battels
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-103"><bkdv3 n="288">and temptations of our enemies, bodily and ghostly. And in reading of

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<bkdv3 n="289"><f t="r">Who profit
<bkdv3 n="290">most in rea{\-}
<bkdv3 n="291">ding GODS
<bkdv3 n="292">word.
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-104"><bkdv3 n="293"><f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word, hee most profiteth not alwayes, that is most ready in
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-105"><bkdv3 n="294">turning of the booke, or in saying of it without the booke, but hee that is
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-106"><bkdv3 n="295">most turned into it, that is most inspired with the holy Ghost, most in his
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-107"><bkdv3 n="296">heart and life altered and changed into that thing which hee readeth: he
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-108"><bkdv3 n="297">that is dayly lesse and lesse proud, lesse wrathfull, lesse couetous, and lesse
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-109"><bkdv3 n="298">desirous of worldly and vaine pleasures: he that dayly (forsaking his old
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-110"><bkdv3 n="299">vicious life) increaseth in vertue more and more. And to bee short, there
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-111"><bkdv3 n="300">is nothing that more maintayneth godlinesse of the minde, and driueth
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-112"><bkdv3 n="301">away vngodlinesse, then doeth the continuall reading or hearing of
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-113"><bkdv3 n="302"><f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word, if it be ioyned with a godly minde, and a good affection,

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<bkdv3 n="303"><cit work="OT. Isaiah 5.13, 24"><f t="i">Esa. <f t="r">5.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="304"><cit work="NT. Matthew 22.29"><f t="i">Matth. <f t="r">22.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="305"><cit work="NT. 1 Corinthians 14.20, 37-38"><f t="r">1. <f t="i">Cor. <f t="r">14</cit>
<bkdv3 n="306"><f t="r">What dis{\-}
<bkdv3 n="307">commodities
<bkdv3 n="308">the ignorante
<bkdv3 n="309">of G<f t="sc">ODS<f t="r"> word
<bkdv3 n="310">bringeth.
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<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-114"><bkdv3 n="311"><f t="bl">to know and follow <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> will. For without a single eye, pure in{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-115"><bkdv3 n="312">tent, and good minde, nothing is allowed for good before <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. And
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-116"><bkdv3 n="313">on the other side, nothing more darkeneth <name t="ps">Christ</name>, and the glory of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-117"><bkdv3 n="314">nor bringeth in more blindnesse, and all kindes of vices, then doeth the
<ttdv4 n="I.1.1-118"><bkdv3 n="315">ignorance of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word.

<bkdv3 n="316"><fw t="sig">A2</fw><fw t="catch"><f t="bll">THE</fw>

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<bkdv3 n="317"><f t="r"><fw t="pag">4</fw> <fw t="header"><f t="r">The II. part of the knowledge</fw>

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<heading>
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-119"><bkdv3 n="318">{P} The second part of the Sermon of the knowledge
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-120"><bkdv3 n="319"><f t="i">of holy Scripture. <f t="r">
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<p>
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-121"><bkdv3 n="320"><f t="bk">I<f t="bl">N the first part of this Sermon, which exhorteth to the
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-122"><bkdv3 n="321">knowledge of holy Scripture, was declared wherefore
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-123"><bkdv3 n="322">the knowledge of the same is necessary and profitable to
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-124"><bkdv3 n="323">all men, and that by the true knowledge and vnderstan{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-125"><bkdv3 n="324">ding of Scripture, the most necessary points of our duty
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-126"><bkdv3 n="325">towards <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> and our neighbours are also knowne.
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-127"><bkdv3 n="326">Now as concerning the same matter, you shall heare
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-128"><bkdv3 n="327">what followeth. If we professe <name t="ps">Christ</name>, why be we not ashamed to be ig{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-129"><bkdv3 n="328">norant in his doctrine? Seeing that euery man is ashamed to bee igno{\-}

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="329"><f t="r">G<f t="sc">ODS<f t="r"> word
<bkdv3 n="330">excelleth all
<bkdv3 n="331">sciences.
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-130"><bkdv3 n="332"><f t="bl">rant in that learning which he professeth. That man is ashamed to bee
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-131"><bkdv3 n="333">called a Philosopher, which readeth not the bookes of Philosophie, and
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-132"><bkdv3 n="334">to be called a Lawyer, and Astronomer, or Physition, that is ignorant
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-133"><bkdv3 n="335">in the bookes of Law, Astronomie, and Physicke. Now can any man
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-134"><bkdv3 n="336">then say that he professeth <name t="ps">Christ</name> and his religion, if hee will not applie
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-135"><bkdv3 n="337">himselfe (as far foorth as he can or may conueniently) to read and heare,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-136"><bkdv3 n="338">and so to know the bookes of <name t="ps">Christes</name> Gospell and doctrine? Although
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-137"><bkdv3 n="339">other sciences be good, and to be learned, yet no man can denie, but this
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-138"><bkdv3 n="340">is the chiefe, and passeth all other incomparably. What excuse shall wee
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-139"><bkdv3 n="341">therefore make (at the last day before <name t="ps">Christ</name>) that delight to read or heare
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-140"><bkdv3 n="342">mens fantasies and inuentions, more then his most holy Gospell? And
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-141"><bkdv3 n="343">will finde no time to doe that which chiefly (aboue all things) wee should
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-142"><bkdv3 n="344">doe, and will rather read other things then that, for the which we ought
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-143"><bkdv3 n="345">rather to leaue reading of all other things. Let vs therefore applie our{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-144"><bkdv3 n="346">selues, as far forth as we can haue time and leasure, to know <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-145"><bkdv3 n="347">word, by diligent hearing and reading thereof, as many as professe
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-146"><bkdv3 n="348"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and haue faith and trust in him. But they that haue no good

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="349"><f t="r">Vaine excu{\-}
<bkdv3 n="350">ses disswading
<bkdv3 n="351">from the
<bkdv3 n="352">knowledge of
<bkdv3 n="353">G<f t="sc">ODS<f t="r"> word.
<bkdv3 n="354">The first.
<bkdv3 n="355">The second.
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-147"><bkdv3 n="356"><f t="bl">affection to <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word (to colour this their fault) alledge common{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-148"><bkdv3 n="357">ly two vaine and feyned excuses. Some goe about to excuse them by
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-149"><bkdv3 n="358">their owne frailenesse and fearefulnesse, saying that they dare not reade
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-150"><bkdv3 n="359">holy Scripture, least through their ignorance, they should fall into any
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-151"><bkdv3 n="360">errour. Other pretend that the difficulty to vnderstand it, and the <app>h d<rdg resp="IL">hard</rdg></app>{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-152"><bkdv3 n="361">nesse thereof is so great, that it is meet to be read only of Clarkes and lear{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-153"><bkdv3 n="362">ned men. As touching the first: Ignorance of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word, is the

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="363"><cit work="NT. Matthew 22.29"><f t="i">Matth. <f t="r">22.</cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-154"><bkdv3 n="364"><f t="bl">cause of all errour, as <name t="ps">Christ</name> himselfe affirmed to the Saduces, saying
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-155"><bkdv3 n="365">that they erred, because they knew not the Scripture. How should they
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-156"><bkdv3 n="366">then eschew errour, that will be still ignorant ? And how should they
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-157"><bkdv3 n="367">come out of ignorance, that will not reade nor heare that thing which
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-158"><bkdv3 n="368">should giue them knowledge? He that now hath most knowledge, was at
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-159"><bkdv3 n="369">the first ignorant, yet he forbare not to reade, for feare hee should fall into
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-160"><bkdv3 n="370">errour: but he diligently read, lest he should remaine in ignorance, and

<bkdv3 n="371"><fw t="catch">through</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="5" sig="A3r" side="outer" forme="3">

<bkdv3 n="372"><fw t="header"><f t="r">of holy <f t="bll">SCRIPTVRE</s>.</fw><fw t="pag">5</fw>

<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-161"><bkdv3 n="373"><f t="bl">through ignorance in error. And if you will not know the truth of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-162"><bkdv3 n="374">(a thing most necessary for you) lest you fall into errour, by the same rea{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-163"><bkdv3 n="375">son you may then lie still, and neuer goe, lest (if you goe) you fall in the
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-164"><bkdv3 n="376">mire: nor eat any good meat, lest you take a surfet, nor sow your corne,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-165"><bkdv3 n="377">nor labour in your occupation, nor vse your merchandise, for feare you
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-166"><bkdv3 n="378">lose your seed, your labour, your stocke, and so by that reason, it should be
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-167"><bkdv3 n="379">best for you to liue idly, and neuer to take in hand to doe any manner of
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-168"><bkdv3 n="380">good thing, lest peraduenture some euill thing may chance thereof. And
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-169"><bkdv3 n="381">if you be afrayd to fall into errour, by reading of holy Scripture: I shall
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-170"><bkdv3 n="382">shew you how you may read it without danger of error. Read it humbly

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="383"><f t="r">How most
<bkdv3 n="384">commodious{\-}
<bkdv3 n="385">lie and with{\-}
<bkdv3 n="386">out all perill
<bkdv3 n="387">the holy Scri{\-}
<bkdv3 n="388">pture is to bee
<bkdv3 n="389">read.
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-171"><bkdv3 n="390"><f t="bl">with a meeke and lowly heart, to the intent you may glorifie <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-172"><bkdv3 n="391">not your selfe, with the knowledge of it: and read it not without dayly
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-173"><bkdv3 n="392">praying to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, that he would direct your reading to good effect: and
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-174"><bkdv3 n="393">take vpon you to expound it no further, then you can plainely vnderstand
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-175"><bkdv3 n="394">it. For (as <f t="r">Saint <name t="ps">Augustine</name><f t="bl"> sayth) the knowledge of holy Scripture, is a
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-176"><bkdv3 n="395">great, large, and a high place, but the doore is very low, so that the high
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-177"><bkdv3 n="396">|&| arrogant man cannot run in: but he must stoope low, and humble him{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-178"><bkdv3 n="397">selfe, that shall enter into it. Presumption and arrogancy is the mother
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-179"><bkdv3 n="398">of all error: and humility <app>endeth <rdg resp="1844>nedeth</rdg></app>to feare no error. For humility will only
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-180"><bkdv3 n="399">search to know the truth, it will search, and will bring together one place
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-181"><bkdv3 n="400">with another, and where it cannot finde out the meaning, it will pray,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-182"><bkdv3 n="401">it will aske of other that know, and will not presumptuously and rashly
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-183"><bkdv3 n="402">define any thing, which it knoweth not. Therefore the humble man
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-184"><bkdv3 n="403">may search any trueth boldly in the Scripture, without any danger of
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-185"><bkdv3 n="404">errour. And if he be ignorant, he ought the more to read and to search ho{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-186"><bkdv3 n="405">ly Scripture, to bring him out of ignorance. I say not nay, but a man
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-187"><bkdv3 n="406">may prosper with onely hearing, but hee may much more prosper, with
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-188"><bkdv3 n="407">both hearing and reading. This haue I sayd, as touching the feare to

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="408"><f t="r">Scripture in
<bkdv3 n="409">some places is
<bkdv3 n="410">easie, and in
<bkdv3 n="411">some places
<bkdv3 n="412">hard to bee
<bkdv3 n="413">vnderstood.
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-189"><bkdv3 n="414"><f t="bl">reade, thorow ignorance of the person. And concerning the hardnesse of
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-190"><bkdv3 n="415">Scripture, he that is so weake that he is not able to brooke strong meat,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-191"><bkdv3 n="416">yet he may sucke the sweet and tender milke, and deferre the rest, vntill
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-192"><bkdv3 n="417">he wax stronger, and come to more knowledge. For <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> receiueth the
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-193"><bkdv3 n="418">learned and vnlearned, and casteth away none, but is indifferent vnto all.
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-194"><bkdv3 n="419">And the Scripture is full, as well of low valleyes, plaine wayes, and
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-195"><bkdv3 n="420">easie for euery man to vse, and to walke in: as also of high hilles |&| moun{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-196"><bkdv3 n="421">taynes, which few men can climbe vnto. And whosoeuer giueth his

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="422"><f t="r">G<f t="sc">OD<f t="r"> leaueth
<bkdv3 n="423">no man vn{\-}
<bkdv3 n="424">taught, that
<bkdv3 n="425">hath good
<bkdv3 n="426">will to know
<bkdv3 n="427">his word.
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-197"><bkdv3 n="428"><f t="bl">minde to holy Scriptures, with diligent study and burning desire, it can
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-198"><bkdv3 n="429">not bee (saith <f t="r">Saint <name t="ps">Chrysostome</name><f t="bl">) that hee should bee left without helpe.
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-199"><bkdv3 n="430">For either <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> Almighty will send him some godly doctour, to teach
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-200"><bkdv3 n="431">him, as hee did to instruct <f t="r"><name t="ps">Eunuchus</name><f t="bl">, a noble man of <f t="r"><name t="pl">Aethiope</name><f t="bl">, and Trea{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-201"><bkdv3 n="432">surer vnto Queene <f t="r"><name t="ps">Candace</name><f t="bl">, who hauing affection to reade the Scrip{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-202"><bkdv3 n="433">ture (although hee vnderstoode it not) yet for the desire that hee had
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-203"><bkdv3 n="434">vnto <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word, <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> sent his Apostle <f t="r"><name t="ps">Philip</name><f t="bl"> to declare vn{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-204"><bkdv3 n="435">to him the true sense of the Scripture that he read: or else, if we lacke a
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-205"><bkdv3 n="436">learned man to instruct and teach vs, yet <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> himselfe from aboue,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-206"><bkdv3 n="437">will giue light vnto our mindes, and teach vs those things which are ne{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-207"><bkdv3 n="438">cessary for vs, |&| wherin we be ignorant. And in another place <f t="r"><name t="ps">Chrysostome</name><f t="bl">

<bkdv3 n="439"><fw t="sig">A 3</fw><fw t="catch">sayth,</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="6" sig="A3v" side="inner" forme="3">

<bkdv3 n="440"><f t="r"><fw t="pag">6</fw> <fw t="header"><f t="r">The II. part of the Exhortation</fw>

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="441"><f t="r">How the
<bkdv3 n="442">knowledge of
<bkdv3 n="443">the Scripture
<bkdv3 n="444">may be attay{\-}
<bkdv3 n="445">ned vnto.
<bkdv3 n="446"><cit work="NT. Matthew 7.7-8"><f t="i">Matt. <f t="r">7.</cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-208"><bkdv3 n="447"><f t="bl">sayth, that mans humane and worldly wisedome or science, needeth not
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-209"><bkdv3 n="448">to the vnderstanding of Scripture, but the reuelation of the holy Ghost,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-210"><bkdv3 n="449">who inspireth the true meaning vnto them, that with humility and dili{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-211"><bkdv3 n="450">gence doe search therefore. He that asketh, shall haue, and he that seeketh
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-212"><bkdv3 n="451">shall finde, and he that knocketh, shall haue the doore open. If wee reade

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="452"><f t="r">A good rule
<bkdv3 n="453">for the vnder{\-}
<bkdv3 n="454">standing of
<bkdv3 n="455">Scripture.
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-213"><bkdv3 n="456"><f t="bl">once, twice, or thrice, and vnderstand not, let vs not cease so, but still con{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-214"><bkdv3 n="457">tinue reading, praying, asking of other, and so by still knocking (at the
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-215"><bkdv3 n="458">last) the doore shall be opened (as <f t="r">Saint <name t="ps">Augustine</name><f t="bl"> sayth.) Although many
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-216"><bkdv3 n="459">things in the Scripture be spoken in obscure mysteries, yet there is no{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-217"><bkdv3 n="460">thing spoken vnder darke mysteries in one place, but the selfe same thing
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-218"><bkdv3 n="461">in other places, is spoken more familiarly and plainly, to the capacity
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-219"><bkdv3 n="462">both of learned and vnlearned. And those things in the Scripture that

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="463"><f t="r">No man is
<bkdv3 n="464">excepted
<bkdv3 n="465">from the
<bkdv3 n="466">knowledge of
<bkdv3 n="467">G<f t="sc">ODS<f t="r"> will.
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-220"><bkdv3 n="468"><f t="bl">be plaine to vnderstand, and necessary for saluation, euery mans duty is
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-221"><bkdv3 n="469">to learne them, to print them in memory, and effectually to exercise them.
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-222"><bkdv3 n="470">And as for the darke mysteries, to bee contented to bee ignorant in them,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-223"><bkdv3 n="471">vntill such time as it shall please <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> to open those things vnto him.
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-224"><bkdv3 n="472">In the meane season, if he lacke either aptnesse or opportunity, <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-225"><bkdv3 n="473">will not impute it to his folly: but yet it behoueth not, that such as bee
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-226"><bkdv3 n="474">apt, should set aside reading, because some other be vnapt to read: neuer{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-227"><bkdv3 n="475">thelesse, for the hardnesse of such places, the reading of the whole ought
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-228"><bkdv3 n="476">not to be set apart. And briefly to conclude, (as <f t="r">Saint <name t="ps">Augustine</name><f t="bl"> sayth) by

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="477"><f t="r">What persons
<bkdv3 n="478">would haue
<bkdv3 n="479">ignorance to
<bkdv3 n="480">continue.
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-229"><bkdv3 n="481"><f t="bl">the Scripture, all men be amended, weake men bee strengthened, and
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-230"><bkdv3 n="482">strong men be comforted. So that surely, none bee enemies to the rea{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-231"><bkdv3 n="483">ding of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word, but such as either bee so ignorant, that they
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-232"><bkdv3 n="484">know not how wholesome a thing it is: or else be so sicke, that they hate
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-233"><bkdv3 n="485">the most comfortable medicine that should heale them: or so vngodly,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-234"><bkdv3 n="486">that they would wish the people still to continue in blindnesse and igno{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-235"><bkdv3 n="487">rance of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">.

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="488"><f t="r">The holy
<bkdv3 n="489">Scripture is
<bkdv3 n="490">one of G<f t="sc">ODS<f t="r">
<bkdv3 n="491">chiefe bene{\-}
<bkdv3 n="492">fits.
</note>

<p>
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-236"><bkdv3 n="493"><f t="bl">Thus wee haue briefly touched some part of the commodities of
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-237"><bkdv3 n="494"><f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> holy word, which is one of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> chiefe and principall
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-238"><bkdv3 n="495">benefits, giuen and declared to mankinde heere in earth. Let vs thanke
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-239"><bkdv3 n="496"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> heartily, for this his great and speciall gift, beneficiall fauor, and
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-240"><bkdv3 n="497">fatherly prouidence. Let vs bee glad to reuiue this precious gift of our

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="498"><f t="r">The right
<bkdv3 n="499">reading, vse,
<bkdv3 n="5241">and fruitfull
<bkdv3 n="501">studying in
<bkdv3 n="502">holy Scrip{\-}
<bkdv3 n="503">ture.
<bkdv3 n="504"><cit work="OT. Psalms 56.4"><f t="i">Psal. <f t="r">50.</cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-242"><bkdv3 n="505"><f t="bl">heauenly Father. Let vs heare, reade, and know these holy rules, in{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-243"><bkdv3 n="506">iunctions, and statutes of our Christian religion, and vpon that we haue
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-244"><bkdv3 n="507">made profession to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> at our baptisme. Let vs with feare and reue{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-245"><bkdv3 n="508">rence lay vp (in the chest of our hearts) these necessary and <app>fruitfnll <rdg resp="IL">fruitfull</rdg></app> les{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-246"><bkdv3 n="509">sons. Let vs night and day muse, and haue meditation and contempla{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-247"><bkdv3 n="510">tion in them. Let vs ruminate, and (as it were) chew the cudde, that
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-248"><bkdv3 n="511">we may haue the sweet iuice, spirituall effect, marrow, hony, kirnell, taste,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-249"><bkdv3 n="512">comfort and consolation of them. Let vs stay, quiet, and certifie our con{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-250"><bkdv3 n="513">sciences, with the most infallible certainty, trueth, and perpetuall assu{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-251"><bkdv3 n="514">rance of them. Let vs pray to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> (the onely authour of these hea{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-252"><bkdv3 n="515">uenly studies) that wee may speake, thinke, beleeue, liue and depart
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-253"><bkdv3 n="516">hence, according to the wholesome doctrine, and verities of them. And
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-254"><bkdv3 n="517">by that meanes, in this world we shall haue <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> defence, fauour,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-255"><bkdv3 n="518">and grace, with the vnspeakeable solace of peace, and quietnesse of con{\-}

<bkdv3 n="519"><fw t="catch">science,</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="7" sig="A4r" side="inner" forme="3">

<bkdv3 n="520"><fw t="header"><f t="r">to holy <f t="bll">SCRIPTVRE</s>.</fw><fw t="pag">7</fw>

<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-256"><bkdv3 n="521"><f t="bl">science, and after this miserable life, we shall enioy the endlesse blisse and
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-257"><bkdv3 n="522">glory of heauen: which he grant vs all that died for vs all, <name t="ps">Iesus Christ</name>,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-258"><bkdv3 n="523">to whom with the Father and the holy Ghost, bee all honour and glory,
<ttdv4 n="I.1.2-259"><bkdv3 n="524">both now and euerlastingly.

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