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ture, as well as to Religion. 'Tis high SERM. Time now to exert the Dominion of
X. Reason over Fancy and Opinion. However it goes with the World without us, let us remember that we are Men and Christians. Let us not be such Cheats to ourselves to make · imaginary Evils real ones, but consider that we have a Mind to look after, which will determine our Happiness or Misery, according as we accustom it to a right or a wrong way of thinking. In a word, As long as we live in this World, let us endeavour to make ourselves and others as happy as we can. We have
Vices and Infirmities, as well as other People, and therefore we ought to bear with one another, and not conclude a Peace with our own Follies, and at the same time proclaim War against those of other People. In short, let us furnish our Minds with true Religion, which will give us fuch a chearful and eafy Deportment in every Condition of Life, as will make us truly happy; for ber Ways are Ways of Pleasantness, and all ber Paths aré Peace,
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And He said, What haft thou
done? The Voice of thy Brother's Blood
crieth unto from the Ground.
N this Chapter we have a XI.
short Account of Cain and Abel, and the first propaga
ting the World after Adam and Eve were driven out of Paradice: It is very concise indeed, tho' it is as long as the Nature of the Thing would admit of: For it cannot reasonably be expected, that the Scripture should give, a particular Account of every thing; that would have been neither necessary nor useful: Not necessary, because the Intent and Design of it was not to teach
Men Systems of History and Chrono- SERM:
Hence appears the Folly of those,
The Truth of it is, such Questions as these are as useless as they are foolish . and insignificant, and argue a little Mind, and a trifling Understanding.
on But this only by the Way. Now as to the Persons here concern'd in the Text, all that we need know is, that one was a Keeper of Sheep, and the other ä Tiller of the Ground; and that, they offer'd each an Offering to the Lord; Abel of the Firstlings of his Flock, and Cain of the Fruit of the Ground; but we find both were not equally accepted, for the Lord had Respect unto Abel, and his Offering; but unto Cain and his Offering, for want of a right Qualification, he had not Respect; upon which Account Cain was very wrath, and his Countenance fell, i.e. he did not only look dejected, and full of Sorrow, but full of Revenge too; though there
manner of Reason or Ground for this Wrath or Sullenness; for it was not his God, nor his Brother, that was the Cause of his Offering's not being accepted, but himself; For, says the Lord to him, if thou dost well, Thalt thou not be accepted? And if thou dost not well, Sin lieth at the Door. And this is the Way of most wicked Men, who, like Cain, when they feel a necessary Remorse attending their evil Actions, discharge their Wrath upon any one rather than themselves, who are the Delinquents, and the Persons to whom the Wrath
belongs; and not only but have Afsu- SERM.
the dreadful Experiment
receive, and would soon disappear for ever, now began to live, and call to Heaven for Vengeance, . And he said, What bast thou done ? H h 2