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thy Word. tation; ' , as they foresce are like Tica 6, Joung men likewise exhort robe fober

minded 2 Tim,2.22. Flee also youthfuil lusts, but follow

righteousneß, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord ont of a pure heart.

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. vant fear the Lord from my youth. VIII. And Lastly, Ler chem t'; 2 Chron. 34. 3. For / Foliah ) in the eighth

gear of his reign, while he was yet young, began to seek after she God of David his Father,

&c. be poflis'e ) t foil hem, by dr ' 2 Tim.3.15. And that from a child them hast dalous practices. Ler them therefekts make thee wife unto salvation. fec che glory of God before their eye: 2 John v.4. Trejoyced greatly that I found of thy themselves, and leaning on his goodul, ceived a Commandment from the Father. Ecclef. 1. Remember now thy Creates must be held in with bit and bridle, left they

not, nor the years draw nigh, when Jer.22.21. 1 spake unto thee in thy prosperity, but

known the holy Scriptures, which are able to

ther into fome erroneous Doctrines, or

deavour to walk humbly with God,

children walking in the Truth, as we have rePlal.32.9. Bege not as the Horse, or as the Mule,

which have no understanding, whose mouth

serve them from falling.

come neer 'unto thee

dains of thy youth, while the evil

[ay. I have no pleasure in them. Piov Pow. 1.17. Ilmve then that love m?, *.*

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bis way? by taking heed thereto according to

thy Word. Tic.2 6. Toung men likewise exhort to be sober

minded, 2 Tim.2.22. Flee also youthfal lufts, but follow | righteousnes, faith, charity, peace, with them

that call on the Lord ont of a pure heart. 1 Kings 18. 13. But i sobadiah) thy fer

vant fear the Lord from my youth. 2 Chron. 34. 3. For / Fosiah ) in the eighth :: year of his reign, while he was yet young, began

to seek after the God of David' his Father,

&c. 2 Tim.3.15. And that from a child thou hast e known the holy Scriptures, which are able 10 * make thee wife unto salvation.

John v.4. Trejoyced greatly that I found of the children walking in the Truth, as we have received a Commandment from the Father. Pfal.32.9. Bege not as the Horse, or as the Mule,

which have no understanding, whose moweb : must be held in with bit and bridle; left they

come neer 'unto thee. er.22.21. 1 pake unto thee in thy prosperity, but

i hou faidst I will not hear; this hath been try manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedft noe TOV.1.24. Because I called, and ye refused, i

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of Grace, and continued unconverted till

converted or no.'Tistare to hear of any that have gone on in a long course of carelesleneß and securi

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525 V.25. But ye have set at nogle dopor. This world, and the contentments thereof

are and would none of my reproof

(in a manner) done with them. The evil daies V.26. I also will’laughs at your local are come upon them, wherein (they must needs

say ) they bave no pleasure in them. 2.
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Ufually Lev. 19. 32. Thou shalt rise up before it they laboär under many weaknesses and bodily in head, and honour the face of the oldest firmities: If they have not the comfort of a good

Corscience to support them, and to be the staffe Ila.3.5. And the people shall be apprefal of their age, how exceeding miserable must they

one by another, and every one by his Sit needs be? 3. If they have lived long under the ancient, and the base again the old age, 'tis a hundred to one whether they ever be ble'i

So much of the Duties belonging ! !), and been habituated and hardned in fin, chac persons.

I come now to speak to the Auckt die in their fins, they will receive a greater conThe main and principal care of thor' than for young linners. They have contracted

Thould be, to make all from a greater debt. The heap of their fins is greater : between God and their own their Sun is setting, their races de rimes in their fins, chan for finners that are threeftate in Grace, and their Titkco Glory judgment for Er and Onan who were cut off beThough the

younger may die, Let all ancient persons cherelore cul-purse, that have had mavy warnings, and -ion.

in their old age have turned to God. See the Reasons before mencioned, p. 510. 4. If they

demnation. The furnace will be hotter for them

in years,

20. Certainly it will be more tolerable in the day of

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die, and after death comes judgment.

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Het per te force or four core years old. If the Fudge at the

usßizes do meet with an old theef; or an old

Aill go on in their wickeånefle , they feldom scape. Let all old impenitent" finners think of this. How may God say of such, Heer's an old

, Covetows, worldiy-minded man, an old (we arer, or

drunkard,

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- maybe 1. This world, and the contentments thereof are if (in a manner) done with them. The evil daies ya are come upon ther, wherein ( they must needs

say ) they have no pleafure in them. 2. Usually af bill they labour under many weaknesses and bodily inof firmities: If they have not the comfort of a good 2. Conscience to support them, and co be the staffe bir mode of their age, how exceeding miserable must chey mehkil needs be? 3. If they have lived long under the

of Grace, and continued unconverted till i i old age, 'tis a hundred to ore whether they ever be

converted or no. 'Tis rare to hear of any that have

gone on in a long course of carelesseneß and fecurilanga 29, and been habituated and hardned in sin, that

in their old age have turned to God. See the Reasons before mentioned, p. 510. 4. If they die in their fins, they will receive a greater condemnation. The furnace will be hotter for them

contracted - a greater debt. The head of their fias is greater :

Certainly it will be more tolerable in the day of cujudgment for Er and Onan who were cuc off besimes in their fins, chan for sinners that are threebfcore or fourscore years old. If the Fudge at the

sßizes do meet with an old theef, or an old fut-purse, that have had mavy warnings, and

still go on in their wickednesse , they seldom fcape. Let all old impenitent" finners think of chis. How may God say of such, Heer's an old sovetous, worldly-minded man, an old (We arer, or

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Ill. Though their condition be very sad and

ihese four things.

1. God hath Zeclar'd a greater delight in the

their destruction and damnation, Ezek: 33. II.

of the Duties of the old Chap.18. Of the Duties of the old. drunkard, an old hater of Godlin se, edly of Religion, an old ignorant, content are yet it is not

desperate

, if they wild seglecter of Family-duties, e le tue bear themselves

. For" let them com mulier instructed his children and ferommets

, an but in Atead thereof, has given themed conversion of finners, mbetber young or old, than in them up in the nurture and admonitions" ple, aisd done me a great dealof dishes

. I have forborn bim fourty, fire. $ay unto them, as I live faith the Lord God; t. bas ofien quenched the good morning that the wicked súrn from bis my Ambassadors could never prevalry leave his fans. Now therefore o gedie, o House of Israel?

* this day, this week, this year require

. him, and bring him to judgment

. O bor ing sad is the case of an old uncement

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and live, turn ys , turn ye from your evil waies

, for why will ye 3. The promises of God do stand in force, and will be made good to repenting returning sinners whether young or old. True Repentance is never too late, but late repentance is seldom trke. Al forts of sins are pardonable to reall penitents and true believers.

3. There is efficacy and virtne enoughin Chrifts

woman!

For, 1, The lease of their lives as alwal blood to cleanje not only young, but old sinners from

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4. Christ is willing to accept old sinners, if they

-55, trembling joyats, Eccles, 12.3, bim, and close with hims on his own terms, being

y warnings they must go hence, dimero will repent and forsake their sons, and really turn to nd the Light is darkned, the keepers willing to take him not only for their Saviour, but

for their Lord and King, and to gield up themselves in fincere obedience to bini, and to be guided and

10 bem chey must not stay long net governed by bis Grace and holy Spirit. Christ did

emble, ihe strong men bow themelues vinders cease, &c. Their bodily seakaga

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;. ve but a little time to watch, and the Bri ll come, 3od if chey get not Oylintother i, they will be fer ever fox oxs.

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