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not behind him, but fled towards the middle of the plain
The neighbours also came out to see him run, and, as he ran, fome mocked, others threatened, and some cried after him to return: among those thar did so, there were two who were resolved to fetch him back by force'. The name of the one was Obftinate, and the name of the other Pliable. Now, by this time, the man was got a good distance from them; but, however, they were resolved to pursue him, which they did, and, in a little time, they overtook him.
Then said the man , Neighbours, wherefore are ye come? They said, To persuade you to go
e The Pilgrim, notwith ftanding the cries of his wife and children, fies towards the plain. The ties of affection are strong,the effectual calls of grace are stronger. Thus Abraham, when called to leave his own country and kindred, obeyed, and went out, he knew not whither.
f Obstinate and Pliable are determined to bring him back by force.- Vain attempt! When God begins to work, it is not in the power of men or devils to hinder it-Hə will work, and none shall let it.
& Pliable is casily perfunded to go with Christian. We read in scripture of one who came to our Lord, and said, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goeft; but when he was told of the hardships he was to expect, we read no more of his following Christ. - A man may be persuaded to take up the profession of religion by reason and argument ; but fpiritual conviction of fin, and found conversion to Chriit, is the work of the Holy Gholt.
back with us. But he said, That can by no means be: you dwell, said he, in the city of Destruction (the place also where I was born), and I fee that, dying there, sooner or later, you will fink lower than the grave, into a place which burns with fire and brimstone: be content, good neighbours, to go along with me. What, faid Obstinate, and leave our friends and our comforts behind us? Yes, said Christian (for that was his name); for all which you shall forsake is not worthy to be compared with a little of that which I am seeking to enjoy; and if you will go along with me, and hold it, you shall fare as I do; for where I go, there is enough and to spare : come away, and prove my words.
Obst. What are the things you seek, since you leave all the world to find them?
Chr. I seek an Inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away: it is laid up in heaven, and there it is safe, to be bestowed, at the time appointed, on them that diligently seek it, You may read it so, if you will, in my book. Obst, Tush;
book: will you go back with us, or not? Chr. No, not I; because I have laid
my the plough.
Olft. Come then, neighbour Pliable, let us turn again, and go home without him : there is a company of these crazy-headed coxcombs, who, when they take a fancy by the end, are wiser in their own eyes than seven men who can render a reason.
Pli. Then said Pliable, don't revile ; if what the good Christian says is true, the things which he looks after are better than ours; my heart inclines to go with my neighbour.
Obst. What! more fools still ! Be ruled by me, and go back: who knows whither such a brainsick fellow will lead you? Go back, go back, and be wise.
Chr. Nay, but do thou come with thy neighbour Pliable; there certainly are such things to be had, of which I have been speaking; and many more glories besides: if you believe not me, read it here in this book; and as for the truth of what is expressed therein, behold all is confirmed by the blood of him who made it.
Pli. Well, neighbour Obstinate, I begin to come to a point ; I intend to go along with this good man, and to cast in my lot with him.-But, my good companion, do you know the way to this desired place?
Chr. I am directed by a man, whose name is Evangelist, to speed me to a little gate that is before us, where we shall receive instructions about the way.
Pli. Come then, good neighbour, let us be going. So they went both together. Obst. And I will go back to my place"; I will
Though Obstinate goes back, and Pliable goes on with Christian, there was no more grace in one than in the other,