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piety is

Acts xxii. 16.

7 8.

Serm. the world, and be the cause of much good;
II. both temporal and spiritual, to many per-

sons. You will promote the happinesse of
men by kind offices. You may strengthen,
encourage, and edify some good men : and
may reclaim some finers by your counsel and
6. Early, and constant, and persevering

honorable. It is to the advantage of Mnason, that he is called an old dif

ciple. St. Paul speaks honorably of fome, Rom. xvi. who were in Christ before him. He hum1 Cor. xv. bles and abases himself, when he says: And

last of all be was seen of me, as of one born out Rom. xvi. of due time.

And the first fruits of any place unto Christ, they and theirs, are some

times particularly mentioned by him in his 1 Cor. xvi. epistles, and affectionatly recommended to 15. 16.

the special regard of others.

The coming to a full determination in this point, and turning our feet without delay to God's commandments, will contribute to the comfort and peace of our minds. For we are then fited for life, and for death : and prepared for all the events of this variable and inconstant state of things. It must be a great advantage, to know, and consider


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this: to be able to view death, and all the SERM. evils of life, without terrour, or much dif

II. composure of mind.

8. Lastly, they who give themselves up
to God in their youth, and serve him faith-
fully all their days, may hope for some distin-
guishing honour in the great day of recom-
penie. Indeed some, who set out late, may
outgo others, that began more early. They
excel, it may be, in personal abilities and at-
tainments : by which they are peculiarly
qualified for important services in the cause
of God and religion. But usually they who
begin early, and perfevere to the end, will
have the advantage.

these things be serioufly attend-
ed to, and considered by all of us! Are we
not grieved, that some things have been so
long deferred? Let us not defer any longer.
Let not this present exhortation be slighted,
least we should not have another. Felix and Acts xxiv.
Drusilla once desired to hear Paul of Christ's
doctrine, and Felix trembled. But he de-
ferred for that season. And we do not
know, that he trembled again : or ever
gave Paul another opportunity of entering
again upon the like argument,


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Let us then beg of God, to incline oui hearts to his testimonies: and to teach us his statutes, that we may keep them unto the end.


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MICA H. vi. 8.
He bath shewed thee, o man, what

is good. And what doth the Lord
require of thee, but to do jusly,
and to love mercie, and to walk
humbly with thy God?


N the preceding verses a very Serm. I. I

important question is proposed : upon the Wherewith fall I come before

the Lord, and bow myself before the most high God? It is answered in the words of the text. What God chiefly re



Serm, requires of men is, that they do juftly, and III.

love mercie, and walk humbly with him.

This is the immediate occasion of the words. But I presume it may be useful to take a more extensive and distinct view of

the preceding context. Ver. 1.2.

The chapter begins with these words. Hear ye now, what the Lord faith. Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the bills bear thy voice. Hear ye, o mountains, the Lord's controverse, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the Lord bath a controverse with his people, and he will plead with Ifrael.

It is not unusual for God to bespeak the attention of inanimate creatures, and appeal to them for the justice of his proceedings, more emphatically to represent the stupidity

and thoughtlefsnefse of men. So by Moses Deut.

of old: I call beaven and earth to witness iv. 26: against you

this day. Give ear, o ye beavens, . Xxxii, 1,

and I will speak : Hear, o earth, the words of my mouth.

So also by later Prophets : H. i. 2.

Hear, o beavens, and give ear, o earth. For

the Lord has Spoken: I have nourished up Ezek. vi.

children, and they bave rebelled against me.

see also

2. 3•

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