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as that holy man did, Pfal. cxix. 80. “ Let' my heart be foged "in thy statutes, that I be pot ashamed.".

Counsel 2. Always suspect and examine your ends in what you de. Sincerity and hypocrify lie much in your ends and defigos; as they are, so are you. The intentions of the heart lie deep'; a mao may do the same action to an holy end, and his person and lervice be accepted with God; which another doing for a corrupt cod, it may be reckoned his fin, and both his perton and service be abhorred by the Lord. We find two med ridiog io one chariot, and both of them concerned in the fame expe. dition, Jehu, the fon of Nimshi, and Jonadab, the fon of Rechab, 2 Kings x. 15, 23. But though the work they en gaged in was one, and the fame, yet the different ends they aimed at, wade the fame action an excellent dury in Jonadab, and an act of vile hypocrify in Jehu : Idem quod duo faciunt, non eft idem : It was the faying of a good fool, com meoded for a good action : the work indeed is good, but I fear the ends of it. Self ends are creepiog, and infinuating things into the best actioos.

Coupsel 3. Scare yourselves with the daily fears of the for that is in, and the misery that will follow hypocrisy. Look up on it as the most odious fio in the eyes of God and men : 10 want holipels, is bad enough, but to diffimulate and pretend it, when we have it not, is double impiety: to make religico, the molt glorious thing in the world, a mere ftirrup to prefermcot, and a covert to wickedocfs : O how vile a bióg is it! · God made Chrilt a facrifice for fin, and the hypocrite will make him a cloak for fin.

And as to the punishments that follow it, they are suitable to the pature of the sin ; for as hypocrify is out of meafure finfot, so the reward and punishment of it will be out of meafure dread. ful. Matth. xxiv. 51. “ He fhall cut him afuoder, and appoint “ him his portiva with hypocrites; there faall be weepiog and “ goalhing of teeth.”. · Counsel 4. Be daily at work in the mortification of those lufts that breed bypocrisy. It is plain, without much fifting, that pride, vain-glory, felf-love, and a wordly heart, are the feeds out of which this curs.d plant fpriogs up in the fouls of men. Dig buc to the roat, and you shall certainly find these thiogs there ; and till the Lord help you to kill and mortify these, hypocrisy will spring up in all your duties to God, and in all your converfes with men.

Counsel 5. Attend the native voice of your own consciences in the day of sickness, fear or trouble, and take pocial notice of its

checks, or upbraidings, which, like a Aitch in your fide, will gird you at such times : Commonly jo that lies your greatest danger: Beware of that evil which conscience brands and marks at such times, whether it be your living in the practice of some fecret fin, or in the neglects of some known duty: These frights of conscience mark out the corruption, wherein your : danger mostly lies.

Coupfel 6. Let us all that profess religion he uniform and feady in the profesion and practice of it, without politic referves, and bye-ends.

o take heed of this Laodicean, neutrality and indifferency which Chrift hates : Be sure your ground be good, and then be sure you stand your ground. The religion of time-fervers is but hypocrifyThey have Quices in their consciences which they can open or shut as occafion requires : Every fox will have at least two holes to his dea, that if one be stopt, he may escape at the other. The hypocrite poseth himself so eveoly in a mediocrity, that, as it is laid of Baldwin, Let Aothony wia, let Augustus win, all is one : So let Christ win, or let Apti: chrift win, he hopes to make every wind that can blow service. able to waft him to the port of his own interest.

The hypocrite hath always more of the moon than of the fun ; Jütle light, many spots, and frequent changes : It is easier to him to bow to the cross, thap to bear the cross; to fin, than to {uffer.

Our own fory tells as of a poor fimple woman, that lived both in the reigns of queen Mary and queen Elizabeth, and would constantly lay her prayers both in Latin and English, that she might be sure to please ope fide or other; and let God, faid she, take which likes him beft. What is noted as an act of ridiculous fimplicity in, her, the time-ferving hypocrite accovots a point of deep policy, in himself.

The times under Dioclefiag were Pagan ; under Constantiae, Christian ; under Coastaptius, Arian ; under Julian, Apostate ; apd. uoder Joviao, Chrisian again : Apd all this within the space of sevenry years, the age of one man. O, what shifting and thuffling was there among the men of that generation. The changes of weather shew the unsoundness of men's bodies, and the chaoges of times, the unfoundaess of their souls,

Chriftiao, if ever thou wilt manifelt and maintain thine integrity, be a man but of one design, and be sure that be an hosel aod good desiga, to secure heaven, whatever becomes of

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earth: To hold fast integrity, whatever thou art forced to let go for its fake.

* Take heed of pious frauds : Certainly it was the devil that first married these two words together, for they never did, oor can agree becwixt themfelves, oor was ever such a marriage made in heaven.

Never study to model religion, and the exercises thereof, in a consistency with, or fubferviency to your fleshly interests : - If your religion be bor a mock religion, your reward shall be but a mock heaven, that is a real hell.

O the vanity and inutility of these projects and designs ! Men strive to cast themselves into fuch modes, and fint themselves tö such measures of religion, as they think will beft promote, or secure their earthly interests : but it often falls out, contrary to their expectation, that their deep policies are ridiculous fol. Jies; they become the grief and shame of their friends, and the scorn and song of their enemies. And often it fares with them, as with him that placed himself in the middle of the table, where he could neither reach the dish above him, por that be. Jow him, Efuriunt medii, doc. and, which is the very best of it, if earthly interest be accommodated by fipful neutrality, and a Laodicean in differency in religion, yet so good man should once feel a temptation to embrace it, except he think what is wanting in the sweetoefs of his sleep, may be fully recompenfed to him by the stateliness of his bed, and richer furniture of his chamber; I mean,' that a fuller and higher condition in the world, can make him amends for the loss of his ioward peace, and the quiet repose of a good cooscience: These bye-ends and self-interests are the little passages through which bypocrisy creeps in upon the professors of religion.

O let this be your rejoicing, which was Paul's, « The testi“ mony of your conscience, that in all sincerity and godly fime' “s plicity, not in Aleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, you “ have had your conversations in this world,” 2 Cor. i. 12.

Let that be your daily prayer and cry to heaven, which was David's, Pfal. xxv. 21. " Let integrity and uprightness preserve “ me, for I wait on thee. ..

Counsel 7. Keep your hearts day and night under the awe of God's all-feeing eye : Remember he beholds all your ways, and ponders all your thoughts ; how covertly foever hypocrify may be carried for a time, all must and will out at lalt, Loke xii. 3. Secrefy is the main inducement to hypocrisy, but it will fall out with the hypocrite, as it did with Ortocar the king of Bohemia, who refused to do homage to Rodolphus the emperor, till at last

war, he was was to contrived raken all away

chastifed with war, he was content to do him homage private. ·ly in a tent : But the tent was so cootrived by the emperor's

servants, that, by drawing one cord, it was taken all away; and fo Ottocar presented on his knees doing homage in view of three armies.

Reader, Awe thy heart with God's eye, know that he will briog every secret thing into judgment. Thus did Job, and it preferved him, Job xxxi. 1, 4. Thus did David, and it preServed him, Pfal. xviii, 21, 22, 23. Thus do thou als), and it will preserve thee blameless, and without guile to the day of Christ.

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OR, The Advice of CHRIST to a distressed Mother, bewailing the Death of her dear and only Son: Wherein the Boundaries of Sorrow are duly fixed, Excesses restrained, the common Pleas answered, and divers Kules for the support of God's afflicted Ones prefcribed.

The EPISTLE DEDICATOR Y... To his dearly beloved brother and fifter, Mr. J.C. and Mrs. E.C.

the Author wisbeth grace, mercy, and peace.
THE double eye of oature and grace, beside the many

I endearing passages that for so many years have lioked and glewed our affections so intimately, cannot but beget a render sympathy in me with you, under all your troubles, and make

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me say of every apliction which befals you, Half's mine. I find it is with our affections, as with the Atrings. of muGcal instru: ments exactly set at the fame height, if one be touched, the other trembles, though it be at some distance.

Our affections are one, and so in a great mealure have been our afflictinos also. You cannot forget that in the years lately past, the Almighty visited my tabernacle with the rod, and in one year, cut off from it the root, and the branch, the tender, mother, and the only son. What the effects of those strokes, or rather of my own upmortified passions were, I have felt, and you and others have heard. Surely I was as a bullock unaccuf tomed to the yoke. Yea, I may say with them, Lam. iii. 19, 20. “Remembering misc affliction and my mifery, the worm. " wood and the gall, my soul hath them fill in remembrance, " and is humbled io me."

I dare not say that ever I felt my heart discontentedly rising and swelliog against God; no, I could fill justify him, when I most feasibly fmarted by his haod: If he had plunged me into a sea of sorrow, yet I could lay, in all that sea of sorrow, there is not a drop of injustice : But it was the over-heatiog, and Quer-actiog of my food and uomortified affections and passions that made so sad impreslions upon my body, and caft me voder those distemper3 which soon embitiered all my remaining com: forts to me.

It was my earnest desire, so foon as I had strength and oppor. tunity for so great a journey, to visit you, that so, if the Lord. had pleased, I might both refresh, and be refreshed by you, after all my fad and disconfolate days. And you caopot ima. gine what content aod pleasure I projected in that visit; but it proved to us, as all other comforts of the same kiod ordioaril, do, more in expectation than in fruition : For how foon after our joyful meeting and embraces did the Lord overcast and darken our day, by sending death into your taberoacle, to take away the defire of your eyes with a stroke! To crop off that sweet and only bud trom which we promised ourselves fo much comfort. But no more of that, I fear I am gone too far already. It is not my design to exasperate your troubles, but to heal them; and for that purpose have I sent you these papers, which I hope may be of use both to you and many others in your condition, sioce they are the after-fruits of my owa troubles ; things that I have not commended to you from another hand, but which I have, io fome measure, proved and tasted in my owo trials.

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