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which he (ware unto thy Fathers, as it is shis
day. Prov.10.23. The blessing of the Lord it makesh
rich, and he addeth no forrow with it. Pfal.75.5. Lift not up your horn on high, peak
not with a stiff neck.
East, nor from the West, nor from the south.
one, and setteth up another.
thee to hunger, and fed thee with Manna,
doch inan live,
the Lord direteth bis steps.
morrow we will go into fuch a city, and contia
labour in vain that build it, except the Lord
V.2. It is in vain for you to rise up early, to fit up late, to eat the bread of sorrowes, for yo he giveth his beloved sleep. Pfal.37.5. Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust .. also in him, and he shall bring it to paffe. V.6. And he shall bring forth thy righteousnelle as the light, and tby judgment as the noon dag: V. 7. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him, fret not thy self because of him who profpereth in his way, because of the man who brine
geth wicked devices to passe. · V.16. A little that a righteous man hath, is
better than the riches of many wicked. V.23. The steps of agood man are ordered by the i Lord, and he delighteth in his way. V.24. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly caft down, for the Lord upholdeth him with his
hand. V.25.' I have been
and now am old, get have I not seen the righteous for saken, nor his feed begging bread. V.35. I have seen the wicked in great power,
and spreading himself like a green bay-tree, V.36. Tet he passed away, and Lo, he was not,
yea I fought him but he could not be found. V.37. Mark the perfect man, and behold the
pright, for the end of that man is peace, i Sam.2.6. The Lord killeth, and maketh alive,
be bringeth down to the grave, and bringetb up. V.7. The Lord maketh poor, and makethrich,
he bringeth low, and lifteth up. V.8. Heraileth up out of the dust, and
tben lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among Princes, and to make them inherit the Throne of Glory, for the pillars of the earth are the Lords, and he hath set the world upon
them. V.9. He will keep the feet of his Saints, and the wicked shall be filent in darkness, for by Arength shall no man prevail
. Phil. 4.11. Not that I speak in respect of want,
for I have learned in whatsoever state I am,
therewith to be coutent. V.12. I know both how to be abased, and I know
how to abound: every where, and in all things I am instructed, both to be fill, and to be bune gry, both to abound, and to suffer need.
Seventhly, Charge upon thy felf with all feriousnesse, chat great and neceffary duty of daily watchfulnesse.
Be not like those whose manner is to spend a liccle time in praier in the morning, and then to take their leave (as it were) of God, for all the day after ; but unto earnest and fervent prajer, adde serious watchfulnesse.
And for thy betcer direction herein, I shall here first give thee a short draught, or scheme
of the several particulars I treat of under this head.
First, There are foure things thou must watch over's Namely,
1. Thy Thoughts.
4. Thy Actions. Secondly, Six things thou must watch againft; Namely,
1. Against those fins show art mot inclined to by temper, and natüral constitution,
2. Against the fins thou art most obnoxious to, by reason of the particular calling, condition, ftate, and course of life.
3. Against the fons of the times and places wherein thon livest.
4. Against all occasions and temptations that show foreseeft are likely to endanger til Joule.
5. Against dishonouring God in the use of lawful things.
6. Against Brrour and seduction of mind. Thirdly, one thing thou must watch for ; Namely,
For opportunities to glorific God; to do good to others; and to receive good to thy ovome foule.
The Motives to quicken thee to this doey are these three.
1. Most of the fins we commit, we fall into through carelesneffe, and want of watchfulnesse.
2. The Devil the tempter is alwaies watchfull . to betray us.
3. The neceffity of perseverance, whereunto a concurrence of our care and diligence is required.
First, The first thing I would advise thee carefully co watch over is thy thoughts. Be very careful, not co lodge, or entercáin any finfall thoughes in thy mind: Sinful thoughts are che Reubens, the first-born of original fin, and the beginning of its strength. They exceedingly defile che soul, and are the first movers to evil, and very abominable in the fight of God. Oh what reason have we to be humbled for the vain, wanton, foolish, proud, wrathful, covetous, blasphemous, idle, wfeles, unconcerningi thoughts chac do many times annoy us.
Let us cherefore confider of loine remedies against finfull thoughts.
1. Sectle in thy mind a ftrong and deep apprehension of Gods Onint-prefence, and Omni. science; and over-awe thi thoughts with this, that they are all seen, and observed, and taken notice of by him.
2. Remember, that though in the worlds wicked proverb, thoughts are free ; becausč man cannot discern them, nor punidh chem, yec they are 'not free from Gods observation, not from bis Law, which being spiritual, bindes