HOMILY ON THE DECLINING FROM GOD

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<bkdv3 n="2958"><f t="rl">A SERMON HO{VV}<f t="r">
<bkdv3 n="2959">dangerous a thing it is to fall from God.
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<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2960"><cit work="OT. Ecclesiastes 10.13"><f t="r">Eccl. 10.<f t="bk"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-1"><bkdv3 n="2961">O<f t="bl">F our going from <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, the wise man
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-2"><bkdv3 n="2962">saith, that pride was the first beginning:
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-3"><bkdv3 n="2963">for by it mans heart was turned from
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-4"><bkdv3 n="2964"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> his maker. For pride (saith hee)
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-5"><bkdv3 n="2965">is the fountaine of all sinne: he that hath
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-6"><bkdv3 n="2966">it, shall be full of cursings, and at the end
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-7"><bkdv3 n="2967">it shall ouerthrow him. And as by pride
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-8"><bkdv3 n="2968">and sinne wee goe from <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, so shall

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2969"><cit work="OT. Hosea 5.5-6, 6.6, 8.13"><f t="r">Ozee.5.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-9"><bkdv3 n="2970"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> and all goodnesse with him goe
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-10"><bkdv3 n="2971">from vs. And the Prophet <f t="r"><name t="ps">Osee</nameame><f t="bl"> doth
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-11"><bkdv3 n="2972">plainely affirme, that they which goe a{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-12"><bkdv3 n="2973">way still from <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> by vicious liuing,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-13"><bkdv3 n="2974">and yet would goe about to pacifie him
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-14"><bkdv3 n="2975">otherwise by sacrifice, and entertaine him thereby, they labour in vaine.
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-15"><bkdv3 n="2976">For, notwithstanding all their sacrifice, yet hee goeth still away from
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-16"><bkdv3 n="2977">them. For so much (saith the Prophet) as they doe not apply their minds
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-17"><bkdv3 n="2978">to returne to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, although they goe about with whole flockes and
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-18"><bkdv3 n="2979">heards to seeke the Lord, yet they shall not find him: for he is gone away
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-19"><bkdv3 n="2980">from them. But as touching our turning to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, or from <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-20"><bkdv3 n="2981">you shall vnderstand, that it may bee done diuers wayes. Sometimes
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-21"><bkdv3 n="2982">directly by Idolatry, as Israel and Iuda then did: sometimes men goe

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2983"><cit work="OT. Isaiah 31.1-3"><f t="r">Esai.31.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-22"><bkdv3 n="2984">from <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> by lacke of Fayth, and mistrusting of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, whereof <f t="r"><name t="ps">Esay</name><f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-23"><bkdv3 n="2985">speaketh in this wise, Woe to them that goe downe into Egypt to seeke
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-24"><bkdv3 n="2986">for helpe, trusting in horses, |&| hauing confidence in the number of chari{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-25"><bkdv3 n="2987">ots, and puisance or power of horsemen. They haue no confidence in the
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-26"><bkdv3 n="2988">holy <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> of Israel, nor seeke for the Lord. But what followeth?
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-27"><bkdv3 n="2989">The Lord shall let his hand fall vpon them, and downe shall come both
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-28"><bkdv3 n="2990">the helper, and hee that is holpen: they shall bee destroyed altogether.
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-29"><bkdv3 n="2991">Sometime men goe from <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> by the neglecting of his Commande{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-30"><bkdv3 n="2992">ments concerning their neighbours, which commandeth them to ex{\-}

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2993"><cit work="OT. Zachariah 7.9-10"><f t="r">Zach.7.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-31"><bkdv3 n="2994">presse hearty loue towards euery man, as <f t="r"><name t="ps">Zacharie</name><f t="bl"> said vnto the people
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-32"><bkdv3 n="2995">in <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> behalfe. Giue true iudgement, shew mercy and compassi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-33"><bkdv3 n="2996">on euery one to his brother, imagine no deceit towards widowes, or chil{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-34"><bkdv3 n="2997">dren fatherlesse and motherlesse, toward strangers, or the poore, let no
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-35"><bkdv3 n="2998">man forge euill in his heart against his brother. But these things they
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-36"><bkdv3 n="2999">passed not off, they turned their backes, and went their way, they stop{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-37"><bkdv3 n="3000">ped their eares that they might not heare, they hardened their hearts as
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-38"><bkdv3 n="3001">an Adamant stone, that they might not listen to the Law, and the wordes

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<bkdv3 n="3003"><fw t="header"><f t="r">of falling from God.</fw><fw t="pag">53</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-39"><bkdv3 n="3004">that the Lord had sent through his holy Spirit, by his ancient Pro{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-40"><bkdv3 n="3005">phets. Wherefore the Lord shewed his great indignation vpon them.
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-41"><bkdv3 n="3006">It came to passe (saith the Prophet) euen as I told them: as they would

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3007"><cit work="OT. Jeremiah 7.24"><f t="r">Iere. 7.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-42"><bkdv3 n="3008">not heare, so when they cryed, they were not heard, but were scattered
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-43"><bkdv3 n="3009">into all kingdomes which they neuer knew, and their land was made de{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-44"><bkdv3 n="3010">solate. And to be short, all they that may not abide the word of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-45"><bkdv3 n="3011">but following the perswasions and stubbornnesse of their owne hearts,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-46"><bkdv3 n="3012">goe backeward and not forward (as it is said in <f t="r"><name t="ps">Ieremie</name><f t="bl">) They goe and

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3013"><cit work="OT. Jeremiah 7.24"><f t="r">Iere.7.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-47"><bkdv3 n="3014">turne a way from <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. Insomuch that <f t="r"><name t="ps">Origen</name><f t="bl"> saith, Hee that with
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-48"><bkdv3 n="3015">mind, with study, with deedes, with thought, and care applyeth and gi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-49"><bkdv3 n="3016">ueth himselfe to <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word, and thinketh vpon his Lawes day and
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-50"><bkdv3 n="3017">night, giueth himselfe wholly to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and in his precepts and Com{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-51"><bkdv3 n="3018">mandements is exercised: this is hee that is turned to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. And on
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-52"><bkdv3 n="3019">the other part hee sayth, Whosoeuer is occupied with Fables and
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-53"><bkdv3 n="3020">Tales, when the worde of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> is rehearsed, hee is turned from
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-54"><bkdv3 n="3021"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. Whosoeuer in time of reading <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word, is carefull
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-55"><bkdv3 n="3022">in his minde of worldly businesse, of money, or of lucre, hee is tur{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-56"><bkdv3 n="3023">ned from <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">: whosoeuer is intangled with the cares of posses{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-57"><bkdv3 n="3024">sions, filled with couetousnesse of riches, whosoeuer studieth for the
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-58"><bkdv3 n="3025">glory and honour of this world, hee is turned from <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. So that af{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-59"><bkdv3 n="3026">ter his minde, whosoeuer hath not a speciall minde to that thing that is
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-60"><bkdv3 n="3027">commanded or taught of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, hee that doeth not listen vnto it, em{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-61"><bkdv3 n="3028">brace, and print it in his heart, to the intent that hee may duely fashi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-62"><bkdv3 n="3029">on his life thereafter, hee is plainely turned from <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, although
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-63"><bkdv3 n="3030">hee doe other things of his owne deuotion and mind, which to him seeme
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-64"><bkdv3 n="3031">better, and more to <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> honour. Which thing to be true, wee bee
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-65"><bkdv3 n="3032">taught and admonished in the holy Scripture by the example of king
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-66"><bkdv3 n="3033"><name t="ps">Saul</name>, who being commanded of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> by <name t="ps">Samuel</name>, that he should kill
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-67"><bkdv3 n="3034">all the Amalekites, and destroy them clearely with their goods and cattel:

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3035"><cit work="OT. 1 Samuel 15.3"><f t="r">1.King.15.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-68"><bkdv3 n="3036">yet hee, being mooued partly with pitie, and partly (as he thought) with
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-69"><bkdv3 n="3037">deuotion vnto <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, saued <name t="ps">Agag</name> the King, and all the chiefe of their cat{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-70"><bkdv3 n="3038">tell, therewith to make sacrifice vnto <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. Wherewithall <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> be{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-71"><bkdv3 n="3039">ing displeased highly, sayd vnto the Prophet <name t="ps">Samuel</name>, I repent that e{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-72"><bkdv3 n="3040">uer I made <name t="ps">Saul</name> King, for hee hath forsaken me, and not followed my
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-73"><bkdv3 n="3041">words, and so he commanded <name t="ps">Samuel</name> to shew him, and when <name t="ps">Samu&shy</name>;
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-74"><bkdv3 n="3042"><name t="ps">el</name> asked wherefore (contrary to <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word) he had saued the cattel,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-75"><bkdv3 n="3043">he excused the matter, partly, by feare, saying, hee durst doe none other,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-76"><bkdv3 n="3044">for that the people would haue it so, partly, for that they were goodly
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-77"><bkdv3 n="3045">beastes, hee thought <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> would bee content, seeing it was done of a
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-78"><bkdv3 n="3046">good intent and deuotion, to honour <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> with the sacrifice of them.
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<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-79"><bkdv3 n="3047">But <name t="ps">Samuel</name> reproouing all such intents and deuotions (seeme they
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-80"><bkdv3 n="3048">neuer so much to <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> honour, if they stand not with his word,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-81"><bkdv3 n="3049">whereby wee may be assured of his pleasure) said in this wise, Would
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-82"><bkdv3 n="3050"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> haue sacrifices and offerings? Or rather that his word should
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-83"><bkdv3 n="3051">be obeyed? To obey him, is better then offerings, and to listen to him is
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-84"><bkdv3 n="3052">better then to offer the fat of Rammes: yea, to repugne against his voyce
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-85"><bkdv3 n="3053">is as euill as the sinne of soothsaying: and not to agree to it is like abo{\-}

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<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-86"><bkdv3 n="3056">minable Idolatrie. And now forasmuch as thou hast cast away the word
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-87"><bkdv3 n="3057">of the Lord, he hath cast away thee, that thou shouldest not be king.
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<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3058"><f t="i">The turning
<bkdv3 n="3059">of God from
<bkdv3 n="3060">man. <f t="bl">
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<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-88"><bkdv3 n="3061">By all these examples of holy Scripture, we may know, that as wee
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-89"><bkdv3 n="3062">forsake <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, so shall hee euer forsake vs. And what miserable state
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-90"><bkdv3 n="3063">doeth consequently and necessarily follow thereupon, a man may easily
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-91"><bkdv3 n="3064">consider by the terrible threatnings of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. And although hee consi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-92"><bkdv3 n="3065">der not all the sayd miserie to the vttermost, being so great that it passeth
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-93"><bkdv3 n="3066">any mans capacitie in this life sufficiently to consider the same: yet hee
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-94"><bkdv3 n="3067">shall soone perceiue so much thereof, that if his heart bee not more then
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-95"><bkdv3 n="3068">stonie, or harder then the Adamant, he shall feare, tremble, and quake, to
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-96"><bkdv3 n="3069">call the same to his remembrance. First the displeasure of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> to{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-97"><bkdv3 n="3070">wards vs is commonly expressed in the Scripture by these two things:
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-98"><bkdv3 n="3071">by shewing his fearefull countenance vpon vs, and by turning his face,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-99"><bkdv3 n="3072">or hiding it from vs. By shewing his dreadfull countenance, is signifi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-100"><bkdv3 n="3073">ed his great wrath: but by turning his face or hiding thereof is many
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-101"><bkdv3 n="3074">times more signified, that is to say, that he clearely forsaketh vs, and gi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-102"><bkdv3 n="3075">ueth vs ouer. The which significations bee taken of the properties of
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-103"><bkdv3 n="3076">mens manners. For men towards them whom they fauour, commonly
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-104"><bkdv3 n="3077">beare a good, a chearefull, and a louing countenance: so that by the face
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-105"><bkdv3 n="3078">or countenance of a man, it doeth commonly appeare what will or minde
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-106"><bkdv3 n="3079">hee beareth towards other. So when <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> doeth shew his dreadfull
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-107"><bkdv3 n="3080">countenance towards vs, that is to say, doeth send dreadfull plagues
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-108"><bkdv3 n="3081">of Sword, famine, or pestilence vpon vs, it appeareth that hee is greatly
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-109"><bkdv3 n="3082">wroth with vs. But when he withdraweth from vs his Word, the right
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-110"><bkdv3 n="3083">doctrine of <n p="ps>Christ</name>, his gracious assistance and ayde (which is euer ioyned
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-111"><bkdv3 n="3084">to his word) and leaueth vs to our own wit, our owne will and strength:
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-112"><bkdv3 n="3085">he declareth then, that he beginneth to forsake vs. For whereas <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-113"><bkdv3 n="3086">hath shewed to all them that truely beleeue his Gospel, his face of mercie
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-114"><bkdv3 n="3087">in <name t="ps">Iesus Christ</name>, which doeth so lighten their hearts, that they (if they
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-115"><bkdv3 n="3088">behold it as they ought to doe) be transformed to his Image, be made par{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-116"><bkdv3 n="3089">takers of the heauenly light, and of his holy Spirit, and bee fashioned to
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-117"><bkdv3 n="3090">him in all goodnesse requisite to the children of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">: so, if they after
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-118"><bkdv3 n="3091">doe neglect the same, if they bee vnthankefull vnto him, if they order not
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-119"><bkdv3 n="3092">their liues according to his example and doctrine, and to the setting forth
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-120"><bkdv3 n="3093">of his glory, he will take away from them his Kingdome, his holy word,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-121"><bkdv3 n="3094">whereby hee should reigne in them, because they bring not foorth the
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-122"><bkdv3 n="3095">fruit thereof that he looketh for. Neuerthelesse, his is so mercifull, and of so
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-123"><bkdv3 n="3096">long sufferance, that he doeth not shew vpon vs that great wrath sudden{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-124"><bkdv3 n="3097">ly. But when we begin to shrinke from his word, not beleeuing it, or not
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-125"><bkdv3 n="3098">expressing it in our liuings: first hee doeth send his messengers, the true
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-126"><bkdv3 n="3099">preachers of his word, to admonish and warne vs of our duetie: that as
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-127"><bkdv3 n="3100">hee for his part, for the great loue hee bare vnto vs, deliuered his owne
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-128"><bkdv3 n="3101">Sonne to suffer death, that wee by his death might be deliuered from
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-129"><bkdv3 n="3102">death, and be restored to the life euerlasting, euermore to dwell with him,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-130"><bkdv3 n="3103">and to bee partakers and inheritours with him, of his euerlasting glory
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-131"><bkdv3 n="3104">and kingdome of heauen: so againe, that we for our parts should walke
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-132"><bkdv3 n="3105">in a godly life, as becommeth his children to doe. And if this will not

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<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-133"><bkdv3 n="3108">serue, but still we remaine disobedient to his word and wil, not knowing
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-134"><bkdv3 n="3109">him, nor louing him, not fearing him, not putting our whole trust and
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-135"><bkdv3 n="3110">confidence in him: and on the other side, to our neighbours behauing
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-136"><bkdv3 n="3111">our selues vncharitably, by disdaine, enuie, malice, or by committing
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-137"><bkdv3 n="3112">murder, robbery, adultery, gluttony, deceit, lying, swearing, or other like
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-138"><bkdv3 n="3113">detestable workes, and vngodly behauiour, then he threatneth vs by ter{\-}

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3114"><cit work="NT. Hebrews 3.11"><f t="r">Hebr.3.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="3115"><cit work="OT. Psalms 15">Psal.15.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="3116"><cit work="NT. 1 Corinthians 6">1.Cor.6.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-139"><bkdv3 n="3117">rible comminations, swearing in great anger, that whosoeuer doth these
<ttdv4 n="I.8.1-140"><bkdv3 n="3118">workes, shall neuer enter into his rest, which is the kingdome of heauen.

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<heading>
<bkdv3 n="3119"><f t="r">The second part of the Sermon
<bkdv3 n="3120"><f t="i">of falling from God. <f t="bk">
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<p>
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-141"><bkdv3 n="3121">I<f t="bl">N the former part of this sermon, yee haue learned how
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-142"><bkdv3 n="3122">many manner of wayes men fall from <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">: some by
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-143"><bkdv3 n="3123">idolatrie, some for lacke of faith, some by neglecting of
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-144"><bkdv3 n="3124">their neighbors, some by not hearing of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-145"><bkdv3 n="3125">some by the pleasure they take in the vanities of worldly
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-146"><bkdv3 n="3126">things. Yee haue also learned in what misery that man
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-147"><bkdv3 n="3127">is, which is gone from <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">: and how that <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> yet of
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-148"><bkdv3 n="3128">his infinite goodnesse to call againe man from that his miserie vseth first
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-149"><bkdv3 n="3129">gentle admonitions by his Preachers, after he layeth on terrible threat{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-150"><bkdv3 n="3130">nings. Now if this gentle monition and threatning together doe not
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-151"><bkdv3 n="3131">serue, then <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> will shew his terrible countenance vpon vs, hee will
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-152"><bkdv3 n="3132">powre intolerable plagues vpon our heads, and after he will take away
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-153"><bkdv3 n="3133">from vs all his ayde and assistance, wherewith before hee did defend vs
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-154"><bkdv3 n="3134">from all such manner of calamitie. As the Euangelicall prophet <f t="r"><name t="ps">Esay</name><f t="bl"> a{\-}

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3135"><cit work="OT. Isaiah 5.1-2"><f t="r">Esay 5.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-155"><bkdv3 n="3136">greeing with <name t="ps">Christs</name> parable doeth teach vs, saying, That <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> had
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-156"><bkdv3 n="3137">made a goodly vineyard for his beloued children, hee hedged it, he walled
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-157"><bkdv3 n="3138">it round about, he planted it with chosen vines, and made a Turret in

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3139"><cit work="NT. Matthew 21.33"><f t="r">Mat.21.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-158"><bkdv3 n="3140">the middest thereof, and therein also a vine-presse. And when he looked
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-159"><bkdv3 n="3141">that it should bring him foorth good grapes, it brought forth wild graps:
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-160"><bkdv3 n="3142">and after it followeth, Now shall I shew you (saith <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">) what I wil
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-161"><bkdv3 n="3143">doe with my vineyard: I will plucke downe the hedges, that it may
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-162"><bkdv3 n="3144">perish: I will breake downe the walles that it may bee troden vnder
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-163"><bkdv3 n="3145">foot: I will let it lie wast, it shall not be cut, it shall not bee digged, but
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-164"><bkdv3 n="3146">briers and thornes shall ouergrowe it, and I shall command the cloudes
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-165"><bkdv3 n="3147">that they shall no more raine vpon it.
<p>
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-166"><bkdv3 n="3148">By these threatnings we are monished and warned, that if we which
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-167"><bkdv3 n="3149">are the chosen vineyard of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, bring not foorth good grapes, that is
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-168"><bkdv3 n="3150">to say, good workes that may bee delectable and pleasant in his sight,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-169"><bkdv3 n="3151">when hee looketh for them, when he sendeth his messengers to call vpon
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-170"><bkdv3 n="3152">vs for them, but rather bring foorth wild grapes, that is to say, sowre
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-171"><bkdv3 n="3153">workes, vnsauery, and vnfruitfull: then will hee plucke away all de{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-172"><bkdv3 n="3154">sence, and suffer grieuous plagues of famine, battell, dearth, and death,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-173"><bkdv3 n="3155">to light vpon vs. Finally, if these serue not, he will let vs lie waste, he

<bkdv3 n="3156"><fw t="catch">will</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="56" sig="E4v" side="outer" forme="3">

<bkdv3 n="3157"><f t="r"><fw t="pag">56</fw> <fw t="header">The II. part of the Sermon</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-174"><bkdv3 n="3158">will giue vs ouer, he will turne away from vs, he will dig and delue no
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-175"><bkdv3 n="3159">more about vs, hee will let vs alone, and suffer vs to bring foorth euen
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-176"><bkdv3 n="3160"><app>fuch <rdg resp="IL">such</rdg></app> fruite as wee will, to bring foorth brambles, bryers, and thornes,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-177"><bkdv3 n="3161">all naughtinesse, all vice, and that so abundantly, that they shall cleane
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-178"><bkdv3 n="3162">ouergrow vs, choke, strangle, and vtterly destroy vs. But they that in
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-179"><bkdv3 n="3163">this world liue not after <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, but after their owne carnall libertie,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-180"><bkdv3 n="3164">perceiue not this great wrath of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> towards them, that he will not
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-181"><bkdv3 n="3165">digge, nor delue any more about them, that hee doeth let them alone e{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-182"><bkdv3 n="3166">uen to themselues. But they take this for a great benefit of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, to
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-183"><bkdv3 n="3167">haue all their owne libertie: and so they liue, as if carnall libertie were
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-184"><bkdv3 n="3168">the true libertie of the Gospel. But <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> forbid (good people) that e{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-185"><bkdv3 n="3169">uer we should desire such libertie. For although <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> suffer sometimes
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-186"><bkdv3 n="3170">the wicked to haue their pleasure in this world, yet the ende of vngodly
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-187"><bkdv3 n="3171">liuing is at length endlesse destruction. The murmuring Israelites had

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3172"><cit work="OT. Numbers 11.31-33"><f t="r">Numb.11.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-188"><bkdv3 n="3173">that they longed for, they had Quailes ynough, yea, till they were wea{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-189"><bkdv3 n="3174">ry of them. But what was the end thereof? Their sweete meate had
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-190"><bkdv3 n="3175">sowre sauce: euen whiles the meate was in their mouthes, the plague
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-191"><bkdv3 n="3176">of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> lighted vpon them, and suddenly they died. So, if wee liue
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-192"><bkdv3 n="3177">vngodly, and <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> suffereth vs to follow our owne willes, to haue
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-193"><bkdv3 n="3178">our owne delightes and pleasures, and correcteth vs not with some
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-194"><bkdv3 n="3179">plague: it is no doubt but hee is almost vtterly displeased with vs. And
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-195"><bkdv3 n="3180">although hee be long ere he strike, yet many times when he striketh such
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-196"><bkdv3 n="3181">persons, hee striketh them at once for euer. So that when he doeth not
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-197"><bkdv3 n="3182">strike vs, when he ceaseth to afflict vs, to punish or beat vs, and suffereth
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-198"><bkdv3 n="3183">vs to runne headlong into all vngodlinesse, and pleasures of this world
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-199"><bkdv3 n="3184">that wee delight in, without punishment and aduersity, it is a dreadfull
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-200"><bkdv3 n="3185">token that hee loueth vs no longer, that he careth no longer for vs, but
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-201"><bkdv3 n="3186">hath giuen vs ouer to our owne selues. As long as a man doeth prune
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-202"><bkdv3 n="3187">his vines, doeth dig at the rootes, and doeth lay fresh earth to them, hee
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-203"><bkdv3 n="3188">hath a mind to them, he perceiueth some token of fruitfulnes that may
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-204"><bkdv3 n="3189">be recouered in them, but when hee will bestow no more such cost and la{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-205"><bkdv3 n="3190">bour about them, then it is a signe that hee thinketh they will neuer bee
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-206"><bkdv3 n="3191">good. And the father, as long as he loueth his childe, he loketh angerly, he
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-207"><bkdv3 n="3192">correcteth him when hee doeth amisse: but when that serueth not, and
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-208"><bkdv3 n="3193">vpon that he ceaseth from correction of him, and suffereth him to do what
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-209"><bkdv3 n="3194">he list himselfe, it is a signe that he intendeth to disinherit him and to cast
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-210"><bkdv3 n="3195">him away for euer. So surely nothing should pearce our heart so sore,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-211"><bkdv3 n="3196">and put vs in such horrible feare, as when wee know in our conscience,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-212"><bkdv3 n="3197">that we haue greeuously offended <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and doe so continue, and that yet
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-213"><bkdv3 n="3198">he striketh not, but quietly suffereth vs in the naughtines that wee haue

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3199"><cit work="OT. Psalms 51.11"><f t="r">Psal.51.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-214"><bkdv3 n="3200">delight in. Then specially it is time to cry, and to cry againe, as Dauid
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-215"><bkdv3 n="3201">did: Cast mee not away from thy face, and take not away thy holy spi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-216"><bkdv3 n="3202">rit from mee. Lord turne not away thy face from mee, cast not thy ser{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-217"><bkdv3 n="3203">uant away in displeasure. Hide not thy face from mee, least I bee like
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-218"><bkdv3 n="3204">vnto them that goe downe to hell. The which lamentable prayers of
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-219"><bkdv3 n="3205">him, as they doe certifie vs what horrible danger they be in, from whom
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-220"><bkdv3 n="3206"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> turneth his face (for the time, and as long as he so doth:) so should

<bkdv3 n="3207"><fw t="catch">they</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="57" sig="E5r" side="inner" forme="2">

<bkdv3 n="3208"><fw t="header"><f t="r">of falling from God.</fw><fw t="pag">57</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-221"><bkdv3 n="3209">they mooue and stirre vs to cry vpon <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> with all our heart, that wee
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-222"><bkdv3 n="3210">may not bee brought into that state, which doubtlesse is so sorrowfull,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-223"><bkdv3 n="3211">so miserable, and so dreadfull, as no tongue canne sufficiently expresse,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-224"><bkdv3 n="3212">nor any heart canne thinke. For what deadly greefe may a man suppose
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-225"><bkdv3 n="3213">it is to bee vnder the wrath of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, to bee forsaken of him, to haue
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-226"><bkdv3 n="3214">his holy spirit the authour of all goodnesse to bee taken from him, to bee
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-227"><bkdv3 n="3215">brought to so vile a condition, that hee shall bee left meete for no better
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-228"><bkdv3 n="3216">purpose, then to bee for euer condemned in hell? For not onely such pla{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-229"><bkdv3 n="3217">ces of Dauid doe shew, that vpon the turning of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> face from
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-230"><bkdv3 n="3218">any persons, they shall bee left bare from all goodnesse, and farre from
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-231"><bkdv3 n="3219">hope of remedie: but also the place rehearsed last before of <name t="ps">Esay</name>, doeth
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-232"><bkdv3 n="3220">meane the same, which sheweth, that <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> at length doeth so for{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-233"><bkdv3 n="3221">sake his vnfruitfull vineyard, that hee will not onely suffer it to bring
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-234"><bkdv3 n="3222">foorth weedes, bryers, and thornes, but also further to punish the
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-235"><bkdv3 n="3223">vnfruitfulnesse of it. Hee saith hee will not cut it, hee will not delue it,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-236"><bkdv3 n="3224">and hee will commaund the cloudes that they shall not raine vpon it:
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-237"><bkdv3 n="3225">whereby is signified the teaching of his holy word, which Saint <name t="ps">Paul</name>,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-238"><bkdv3 n="3226">after a like manner, expressed by planting and watering, meaning that
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-239"><bkdv3 n="3227">hee will take that away from them, so that they shall bee no longer of
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-240"><bkdv3 n="3228">his kingdome, they shall bee no longer gouerned by his holy Spirit, they
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-241"><bkdv3 n="3229">shall bee put from the grace and benefits that they had, and euer
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-242"><bkdv3 n="3230">might haue enioyed through <name t="ps">Christ</name>, they shall bee depriued of the hea{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-243"><bkdv3 n="3231">uenly light, and life which they had in <name t="ps">Christ</name>, whiles they abode in
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-244"><bkdv3 n="3232">him: they shall bee (as they were once) as men without <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> in this
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-245"><bkdv3 n="3233">world, or rather in worse taking. And to be short, they shall bee giuen in{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-246"><bkdv3 n="3234">to the power of the deuill, which beareth the rule in all them that be cast
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-247"><bkdv3 n="3235">away from <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, as hee did in <name t="ps">Saul</name> and <name t="ps">Iudas</name>, and generally in

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3236"><cit work="OT. 1 Samuel 15.23, 16.14"><f t="r">1.Kings.15.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-248"><bkdv3 n="3237">all such, as worke after their owne willes, the children of mistrust and
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-249"><bkdv3 n="3238">vnbeliefe. Let vs beware therefore (good Christian people) least that wee
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-250"><bkdv3 n="3239">reiecting or casting away <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word (by the which we obtaine and
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-251"><bkdv3 n="3240">retaine true faith in <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">) bee not at length cast of so farre, that wee
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-252"><bkdv3 n="3241">become as the children of vnbeleefe, which bee of two sortes, farre di{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-253"><bkdv3 n="3242">uerse, yea, almost cleane contrarie, |&| yet both be very farre from retur{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-254"><bkdv3 n="3243">ning to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">; the one sort, onely weighing their sinfull and detestable
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-255"><bkdv3 n="3244">liuing, with the right iudgement and straightnesse of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> righte{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-256"><bkdv3 n="3245">ousnesse, bee so without counsaile, and bee so comfortlesse (as they all
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-257"><bkdv3 n="3246">must needes bee from whom the spirit of counsell and comfort is gone)
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-258"><bkdv3 n="3247">that they will not bee perswaded in their heartes, but |&|that; either <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> can
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-259"><bkdv3 n="3248">not, or else that hee will not take them againe to his fauour and mercie.
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-260"><bkdv3 n="3249">The other, hearing the louing and large promises of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> mercie,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-261"><bkdv3 n="3250">and so not conceiuing a right faith thereof, make those promises larger
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-262"><bkdv3 n="3251">then euer <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> did, trusting, that although they continue in their sin{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-263"><bkdv3 n="3252">full and detestable lyuing neuer so long, yet that <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> at the end of their
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-264"><bkdv3 n="3253">life, will shew his mercie vpon them, and that then they will re{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-265"><bkdv3 n="3254">turne. And both these two sortes of men be in a damnable state, and
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-266"><bkdv3 n="3255">yet neuerthelesse, <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> (who willeth not the death of the wicked) hath

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3256"><cit work="OT. Ezekiel 18.32, 33.11"><f t="r">Ezec.18.
<bkdv3 n="3257">and 33.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-267"><bkdv3 n="3258">shewed meanes, whereby both the same (if they take heede in season)

<bkdv3 n="3259"><fw t="catch">may</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="58" sig="E5v" side="outer" forme="2">

<bkdv3 n="3260"><f t="r"><fw t="pag">58</fw> <fw t="header"><f t="r">The II. part of the Sermon</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-268"><bkdv3 n="3261">may escape. The first, as they doe dread <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> <app>righfull <rdg resp="IL">rightfull</rdg></app> iustice in punish{\-}

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3262"><f t="i">Against de{\-}
<bkdv3 n="3263">speration. <f t="bl">
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-269"><bkdv3 n="3264">ing sinners (whereby they should bee dismayed, and should despaire in
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-270"><bkdv3 n="3265">deede, as touching any hope that may be in themselues) so if thy would
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-271"><bkdv3 n="3266">constantly or stedfastly beleeue, that <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> mercy is the remedy appoin{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-272"><bkdv3 n="3267">ted against such despaire and distrust, not onely for them, but generally
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-273"><bkdv3 n="3268">for all that bee sorry |&| truely repentant, and will therewithall sticke to
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-274"><bkdv3 n="3269"><f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> mercie, they may be sure they shall obtaine mercie, and enter into
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-275"><bkdv3 n="3270">the port or hauen of safegard, into the which whosoeuer doth come, bee
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-276"><bkdv3 n="3271">they before time neuer so wicked, they shall be out of danger of euerlasting

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3272"><cit work="OT. Ezekiel 33.19"><f t="r">Ezec.3.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-277"><bkdv3 n="3273">damnation, as <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> by Ezechiel saith, what time soeuer a sinner doth
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-278"><bkdv3 n="3274">returne, and take earnest and true repentance, I will forget all his wick{\-}

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3275"><f t="i">Against
<bkdv3 n="3276">presumption. <f t="bl">
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-279"><bkdv3 n="3277">ednesse. The other, as they be ready to beleeue <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> promises, so they
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-280"><bkdv3 n="3278">should bee as ready to beleeue the threatnings of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">: as well they
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-281"><bkdv3 n="3279">should beleeue the law, as the Gospel: as well that there is an hell |&| euer{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-282"><bkdv3 n="3280">lasting fire, as that there is an heauen, and euerlasting ioy: as well they
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-283"><bkdv3 n="3281">should beleeue damnation to be threatned to the wicked and euill doers,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-284"><bkdv3 n="3282">as saluation to be promised to the faithfull in word and workes, aswell
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-285"><bkdv3 n="3283">they should beleeue <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> to be true in the one, as in the other. And
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-286"><bkdv3 n="3284">the sinners that continue in their wicked liuing, ought to thinke, that
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-287"><bkdv3 n="3285">the promises of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> mercy, and the Gospell, pertaine not vnto
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-288"><bkdv3 n="3286">them being in that state, but only the law, and those Scriptures which
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-289"><bkdv3 n="3287">contayne the wrath and indignation of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and his threatnings,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-290"><bkdv3 n="3288">which should certifie them, that as they doe ouer boldly presume of Gods
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-291"><bkdv3 n="3289">mercy, and liue dissolutely: so doth <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> still more and more withdraw
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-292"><bkdv3 n="3290">his mercy from them, and he is so prouoked thereby to wrath at length,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-293"><bkdv3 n="3291">that he destroyeth such presumers many times suddenly. For of such S.

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3292"><cit work="NT. 1 Thessalonians 5.3"><f t="r">1.Thess.5.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-294"><bkdv3 n="3293"><f t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</name><f t="bl"> sayd thus, When they shall say it is peace, there is no danger, then
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-295"><bkdv3 n="3294">shall sudden destruction come vpon them. Let vs beware therefore of
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-296"><bkdv3 n="3295">such naughty boldnesse to sinne. For <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, which hath promised his
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-297"><bkdv3 n="3296">mercie to them that bee truely repentant (although it bee at the latter
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-298"><bkdv3 n="3297">ende) hath not promised to the presumptuous sinner, either that he shall
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-299"><bkdv3 n="3298">haue long life, or that he shall haue true repentance at the last end. But
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-300"><bkdv3 n="3299">for that purpose hath hee made euery mans death vncertaine, that hee
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-301"><bkdv3 n="3300">should not put his hope in the ende, and in the meane season (to <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-302"><bkdv3 n="3301">high displeasure) liue vngodly. Wherefore, let vs follow the counsell of
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-303"><bkdv3 n="3302">the wise man, let vs make no tarrying to turne vnto the Lord: let vs
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-304"><bkdv3 n="3303">not put off from day to day, for suddainly shall his wrath come, and in
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-305"><bkdv3 n="3304">time of vengeance hee will destroy the wicked. Let vs therefore turne
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-306"><bkdv3 n="3305">betimes, and when wee turne let vs pray to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, as <f t="r"><name t="ps">Ose</name><f t="bl"> teacheth,

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="3306"><cit work="OT. Hosea 14.2"><f t="r">Osee 14.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-307"><bkdv3 n="3307">saying, Forgiue all our sinnes, receiue vs gratiously. And if wee turne
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-308"><bkdv3 n="3308">to him with an humble and a very penitent heart, hee will receiue vs
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-309"><bkdv3 n="3309">to his fauour and grace for his holy Names sake, for his promise sake,
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-310"><bkdv3 n="3310">for his trueth and mercies sake, promised to all faithfull beleeuers in Ie{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-311"><bkdv3 n="3311">sus <name t="ps">Christ</name> his onely naturall Sonne: to whom the onely Sauiour of
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-312"><bkdv3 n="3312">the world with the Father and the holy Ghost, be all honour, glory, and
<ttdv4 n="I.8.2-313"><bkdv3 n="3313">power, world without end. Amen.

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