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Serm. Service, the Earth, Air and Sea, and all I.

Things in them; and not only so, but the heavenly Bodies also, the Sun 'to rule the Day, and the Moon and Stars to give him. Light in the Night Season ; for tho’these may have other Uses in Nature, yet as long as they serve the Uses of Man, it is the fame to him as if they were made for him only, and require the same grateful Acknowledgments.

2. The Wisdom of God in the Works of the Creation should teach us not only Thankfulness, but Humility. For indeed, if we consider that, among the infinite Variety of Things with which we are incompass’d, there is not one of them that is thoroughly known and understood by Man, à few Properties only of a Thing being enough for an Age or two to find out, and the least Blade of Grass having Wonders enough in it to confound the greatest Philosopher, what Avenues can there possibly be for Pride to enter? Well then might it be said, that Pride is founded in Ignorance, and well might the most knowing be also the most humble.

3. The Wisdom of God discover'd in the Works of the Creation should teach us not only to be thankful and humble, but to be good, and to lead such Lives as may

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I. Blessings which we were design'd to contemplate and enjoy. And indeed, if we are truly grateful and humble, these Virtues will naturally lead us to this; for all the A&tions of a good Life are but so many Branches that spring from them. Whoever has a juft Sense of Gratitude to God, and is poffefs’d of a truly humble Mind, will also of course be temperaté, fober, just, and every thing else that is good and praiseworthy; he will put that Value upon

Men and Things which they deserve ; he will consider himself, not only as the Workmanfhip, but the Image of God; and therefore will be very cautious of doing any thing that tends to throw a Slur upon him whose Image and Superscription he bears. In fhort, he will do every thing to answer the Ends of his Creation, and to contribute to the Glory of his great Creator. Which that we may all do, God of his infinite Mercy grant, &c.

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Things in them; and not only so, but the heavenly Bodies also, the Sun 'to rule the Day, and the Moon and Stars to give him. Light in the Night Season ; for tho’ these may have other Uses in Nature, yet as long as they serve the Uses of Man, it is the fame to him as if they were made for him only, and require the same grateful Acknowledgments.

2. The Wisdom of God in the Works of the Creation should teach us not only Thankfulness, but Humility. For indeed, if we consider that, among the infinite Variety of Things with which we are incompass’d, there is not one of them that is thoroughly known and understood by Man, a few Properties only of a Thing being enough for an Age or two to find out, and the least Blade of Grass having Wonders enough in it to confound the greatest Philosopher, what Avenues can there possibly be for Pride to enter? Well then might it be said, that Pride is founded in Ignorance, and well might the most knowing be also the most humble.

3. The Wisdom of God discover'd in the Works of the Creation should teach us not only to be thankful and humble, but to be good, and to lead such Lives as may

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and is poffess’d of a truly humble Mind,
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SERMON II.

Јов xxviii. 28.
And unto Man he said, Behold,

the Fear of the Lord that is
Wisdom, and to depart from

Evil is Understanding.
SERM.

N the foregoing Chapter, to which
II.

this has Relation, Job had been
protesting against the Doctrine of

his Friends, who all along affert,
ed that Amictions were ever the Consequence
of Sin, and that some remarkable Venge-
ance always attended wicked Men; which
nevertheless he grants that it does sometimes
happen to be true, tho' he denies it to be
always a constant Rule and Method of God's
Proceedings: And being aware that they
would be apt to suspect the Impartiality of
this way of acting, and would not be able
to reconcile it to the Justice of God, he

shews

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