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MATTH. xi. 28. Come unto me, all ye that labour,

and are heavy-laden, and I will give you reft.

TITE are now,

IJI. To inquire, What sort of a labour finners have in these things ? For the sake of plainness, it will be necessary to consider this labour, 1/, As it respects their lusts ; adly, As it respects the law. We are,

Ift, To consider this labour of finners, as it respects their lufts, their going up and down among the creatures, extracting from them a comfort and pleasures, which they take for happiness.--I shall here show the properties of this labour, and thus confirm the point, that they are engaged in a wearisome labour. .

1. It is hard labour, and fore toil : Jer. ix. 5. “ They weary themselves to commit iniquity.” None win the devil's wages for nought, they eat no idle bread where he is tak-master, and they must needs run, whom he drives. The devil's


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sufficiency for them, even as the Israelites could not find stubble enough to prepare their bricks, ver. 12. 13. 14. If any appearance of del:erance, the labour is made the harder. Says Paul, Rom. vii. 9. “I was alive without the law once ; but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died."-It is hard labour,

(3.) If ye consider the effects this labour hath,. 1/t, on the souls of men. The minds of men have a toilfome talk, where sin is on the throne : Isa. V. 20. “ Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” That foul must needs be in a continual fever, while inordinate affections are in their strength, as in all out of Christ. A fermentation of luits cannot but make a tossed mind. Anxiety and cares of the world stretch the mind, as on tenter-hooks. A conceived slight, like that of Ahab, 1 Kings, xxi. 4. sets the proud man's heart in a fire of wrath and revenge, and squeezes the fap out of all their enjoyments, as in the instance of Haman; Esther, v.9. 13. Envy slays the filly one, lust strikes as a dart through the liver ; anger, malice, difcontent, and the like, make a man his own executioner; they are toffed between hopes, fears, and vanity, tumbled hither and thither with every wind of temptation, as a ship without either pilot or ballast. 2dly, Even the body is oftimes hard put to it in this labour. The covetous rises early, eats the bread of sorrow for what is not; the drunkard uses his body worse than his beast. More bodies have fallen facrifices to lufts, one way or another, than ever fell by all the hardfhips either in or about religion.

2. It is base, mean, and abject labour : See Jer. ii. 21.. compared with ver. 23. and 24. Were wę

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