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and garments of everlasting praise for your present fpirit of heaviness.
This holy grief, as you learn from the context, may be a means of securing you against temporal judgements; at any rate, it will fweeten them, and shall undoubtedly be fucceeded with fulness of joy at God's right hand.
will remember, that grief for abounding iniquity, if pure and genuine, is always accompanied with vigorous eňdeavours to reclaim tranfgressors. This, then, my brethren, is what God demands and expects from you. Let every one in his station contribute his aid for the fuppression of vice, and for promoting the interests of pure and undefiled religion. · Let us join hand in hand in this necessary work and labour of love. Fired with zeal for the glory of God, and fervent charity to the souls of men, let us not only fig) and cry for the abominations that are done in the midst of our land, but do all that we can to prevent the ruin of a sinful nation. Hereby we shall become public blessings while we live, and shall at last, through the mercy of God in Christ, have an entrance ministered unto us into that better world, where all tears shall be wiped away from our eyes, where the inhabitants are altogether unstained, and the joys absolutely perfect; where, with one heart, and one voice, we shall celebrate the praises of Zion's King ;-ascribing glory and honour, dominion and power, to him that fitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb, for ever and ever. Amen.
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily; therefore the beart of the fons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
"Hough God had not favoured us with
an explicit revelation of his will, yet that absolute perfection which reason must attribute to the Supreme Being, would naturally lead us to conclude, that he cannot look upon sin without the greatest abhorrence'; and in consequence thereof, that his impartial justice, and almighty power, will not always suffer that abominable thing which he hates, to pass unpunished. Accordingly we find, that the conscience of man, till a long habit of finning hath rendered it callous and ina sensible, gives a reluctant assent to the equity of such punishment, by that anguish which it raiseth in the finner's mind upon the commission of any gross and heinous transgression.
This made Judas to cry out after his vile treachery, “ I have
betrayed innocent blood.” Nay, so powerfully was his heart smitten with a sense of the demerit of his crime, that, despairing of pardon, he in a manner anticipated the sentence of condemnation, and became the executioner of Divine justice, by laying violent hands
himself. And the Apostle Paul testifies concerning the Gentile world, that even they, by the light of nature, and the dictates of unaffifted reason, « knew " the judgement of God ;” and universally acknowledged, with respect to many acts of atrocious wickedness, “ that they who cê committed such things were worthy of “ death."
But the sacred records have put this matter beyond all uncertainty. There “ the 6 wrath of God is revealed from heaven “ against all unrighteousness and ungodli-“ nefs of men:” and a curse is denounced against every one, without exception, “ who si continueth not in all things which are " written in the book of the law to do them.'
So that a sentence is passed, and stands in force, against every evil work: and the words of Solomon, which I have chosen for the subject of the following discourse, represent to us,-on the one hand, the marvellous patience of God in suspending the execution of this righteous fentence ;-and, on the other hand, mens vile abuse of this unmerited goodness. Instead of being led to repentance, they grow bolder in fin; and
because sentence against their evil works is
not speedily executed, therefore their heart 6s is fully set in them to do evil.”
There is an awful emphasis in the last of these expressions: it denotes the extreme wickedness that finners may arrive at; not only to commit fin when assaulted with violent temptations, but to make an habicual trade of it; nay, to employ themselves in it with delight. Their heart is so fully fet in them to do evil, that all their faculties
Thus we read of fome u who drink iniquity like water;"_" who " devise mischief upon their beds, and set 6 themselves in a way that is not good;"' nay put themselves to incredible pains, Vol. II.
bend that way.