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cing Us, and Them, and our Countrey, to Distress and Destruction; Therefore our Obligation to Detest, and Bewail, and Disclaim Their Sins, ariseth from the Necessary Love of GWand True Zeal for his Honour, from our Love of our Brethren Themselves, and of our Countrey, and from the Natural Principle of Selfpreservation. And, as the Obligation of this Duty is built upon these strong Foundations, so the Reasons of its Acceptance with God, have been, Above, Deduced from the fame Fundamental Principles; To which I shall only add God's Declared High Approbation of it, in the ixth Ch. of Ezek. where, representing the Corruptions of 'Jerusalem, and His purposes of Destroying it, upon account of Them, He fixeth a Special Mark of Favour upon the men that Sigh, and that Cry for all the Abominations that be done in the midft thereof.

The Sum of what hath been said, concerning our Whole Duty is This: The Safety of the Kingdom depends upon God's Favours to it; God's Favours to the Kingdom depend upon its Conformity to

U i His His Will', The National Conformity to God's Will depends upon such a Conformity of the Particular Persons, which the Community consists of; and the PerfeBion of that National Conformity Riseth in Proportion to the Numbers of such Conformable Persons, whose Spiritual State is Distinctly seen and Estimated, in One View, by the Omniscient God; Such a Conformity of Particular Persons to God's Will implies their utter Aversion to all Evil, whether in Themselves or in Other persons, and Their Intire Love of all Goodness; Such Their Aversion and Love do Imply Their Sincere Repentance for their Own Sins, and their Detestation of the Sins of their Brethren, and all the Proper Consequences of Both; Therefore the Safety of the Kingdom depends upon such our Repentance and Deteflation, and the Proper Fruits and EfseBs of Them.

II. The Second and Last thing to be taken notice off, is, the Punishment which we may expeB, if our Duly be not Fulfilled.

We should Seriously and Attentively Possess our Minds with the Thoughts of the Judgments, which hang over us, that

we we may be the more Earnest in our Devout Addresses to the Wise Governour of the World 1 upon whom Alone it depends, whether They shall, in Fury, break in upon us, or, in Mercy, be With-held from us. Let the Quick Sense, of our Danger add Quickness to the Sense, and Fidelity. to the Discharge of our Duty. Let our Imaginations give us a View, and may we never have any Other View than what Imagination can give, of the Vast Miseries we should labour under, is that Horrid and Relentless Minister of Death, which is now wasting our Neighbouring Nations, should make an Inroad into our Own. 'Tis not Easy to be conceived, how we shall be Oppressed, and. Sunk under Consternation and Confusion, is this mighty Conqueror shall find us in a State of Impenitence, if we shall be Surprized with thofe Gloomy and Dismal Days, when thousands fljall fall beside us, and ten thousands at our right hand, and we our Selves shall be under Constant and Piercing Apprehensions, of having our Own Tortured Bodies added to the Heaps of the Fallen. Life will lofe its Vakte,

U 3 when when all the the Comforts and Beauties of it are Vanished, and when it appears in no Colours but the Sable and Mournful ones of Perplexity and Astonishment; When we shall be continually Haunted with a Dread, not Unlike to that of Cam, that every one that meeteh us, will Slay us; When we shall, at once, wish for the Comfort of Conversing with our Friends, and yet Shrink under that Wish, lest They should indeed prove our Enemies, and Undefignedly give us the Mortal Wound; When at once, Natural Appetite shall push us forward to a necessary Supply of Nourishments and more Cautious Thought Forbid our Approaches to • it, lest it should be Impregnated with the Fatal Poyson; When we shall be Incessantly racked with Fear of Admitting thev very Air, we Live by, lest we should draw in Death with it; When Time shall be Intirely swallowed up in One Uninterrupted Funeral; When we shall be ever Uncertain, whether the Terrors of the Present Moment are Risen as High, as Terrors can Rife, or, whether the Next Moments, proving as Deceitful as the Present

sent, shall bring on a Scene of stillGhastlier Thoughts, or Ghastlier Sights, than Those that usher'd in the moments, which Now sit so very Heavy, that they seem to have lost their Fleeting Nature, and to Dwell upon us; When Clouds of Horror Drive so thick over our Minds, that there is no Room for one Gladsom Ray of Light, or Comfort to break in between them; and, When we shall be scarce able to Determine, whether such a Death, or such a Dread, be the Greater Evil.

We are at present to consider, what our Opinions of things will then be; how Willing and Ready we shall then be, to purchase Reliefunder our Insuperable Difficulties, Freedom from our Insupportable Reflexions, and an Intire Sense of Safety, at any Rate, or by any means; either, by an Utter Detestation of the Sins of Other Men, without respeft of Persons, or without any Other Respect and Difference, than That of turning the Greatest Weight of our Abhorrence, upon the Iniquities and Abominations of Those, who seem to have been the Greatest Occasions of our Misery; or, by Boldly Exhort

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