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LIFE IN GOD'S FAVOUR,

A SEASONABLE

DISCOURSE

IN

DEATH-THREATENING TIMES,

BEING THE SUBSTANCE OF SEVERAL SERMONS

Upon Pfal. xxx. 5,

IN HIS FAVOUR IS LIFE.

BY OLIVER HEYWOOD,

MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL.

A NEW EDITION.

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The Editor thinks it necessary to inform the public, that, in order to render this work more generally acceptable, he has taken the liberty of abridging a few paffages; and as fome expeffions are too antiquated for the taste of readers at the present day, he has endeavoured a little to modernise the language, where it could be done without altering the fenfe of the author.

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AN

INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS

To the

READER.

AMONG all the useful difcourfes which the press hath of late expofed to public view, I have not, as I remember, met with any which purpofely and directly treated of the subject of this essay. notwithstanding it must be owned to be needful, ufeful, and at all times seasonable. It is not a point of controversy, but a maxim to which men generally subscribe, that, In God's favour is life.

All forts of men plead for God's favour, and, in general, pretend to it. This is the cafe with perfons of all religions, and of all persuasions. Men cannot bear the thoughts of an exclufion from it, whatever be their ftate or their conduct. Both the religious and the profane make pretenfions to it. The rich and great cannot fay they are above it, the poor and mean think themselves entitled to it. The grofsly ignorant dream of God's favour, as their fanctuary, though the Moft High hath said of such, "It is a people of no understanding, therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and

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