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Prov.16,31. The hoary bead is a Crown of Glory,

if it be found in the way of righteousnefje. the Job 32.7. Ifaid daies fbould speak, and milija

tude of years should teach wisdom, Job.s.26. Thou shalt tome to thy grave in a full

age,like is a shock of Corn cometh in,in bis Jean fon. Plal.71.9. Cast me not off in the time of old age,

forsake me not when my ftrengto faileth. Vii8. Non also, when I am old and gray heada

ed, O God forsake me not, &c. Ifa.46.3. Hearken unto me o House of Facob, and

all the remnant of the House of Israel, which are born by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb. V.4. And even to your old age I am he, and even to hoary hairs will I carry you; I have made, and I will bear, even I will carry, and will deli

ver you. ob 20.11. His bones are full of the firs of his

gontb, which shall lie down with him in ihe

dust. Tal.25.7. Remember not the fins of my youth, nor

my transgressions ; according to thy mercy remember thou me, for thy goodnesse Lake, O

Lord. ob 13.26. For thou writeft bitter things against me,

and makest me to pofelle she iniquities of my youth. Sim.19.35. I am this day fourscore years old, NO 2

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hear any more the voice of fungina finging women? wherefore then by

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Puaki92.14. They shall bring forth to limbs and senses, humbly blefe God for so great 2 Cor.4.16. For which cause seja 'Tis an ancient saying, He that is in bealth, is

they shall be far and flourishing. amercy. Few people value their bealth enough A though our outward man perill, y rich, and know's it not. Want would reach us Ifa.40.31. But they that wait aperta call to mind and consider how many distracted;

renew their strength, they had my wifeafed, maimed, deformed people there are in

wings as 'Eagles, they had run, as the world, and 'cis Gods peculiar mercy chac 2 Tim.4.6. For I am now ready tok Hon make them very humble and thankful : Let

ry, they full walk, and not faiß. They are not such, or worfe. Let this consideraV.7. I have fought a good fighl, Ibrind saying, with holy David; what shall Irena

the time of my departure is at hand. Ahem be often lifting up their heart's to the Lord, V 8. Henceforth there is laid up for a Pal. 116. 12. Bleß the Lord o my soul, and all my course, I have kept the Faithe ler to the Lord for all his Benefits towards ime ? of righteousnes, which the Lord ik hal is within me blesse his holy Name. Blefjethe Fudge Ahall give me at that day, aw Cordo my foul, and forget not all his benefits,

but unto all thom also shat lopetal, 103.1,2. Not unto us O Lord, not unto us ; only

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wat onto aby Name give glory, Pial, 115.1. And et their main care be in time of health co work But their Salvation, to secure their state in Grace, hd their title to Glory, and to lay a good foundatind

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use of their understandings, entirenelle of limbs and senses, humbly bleje God for lo grese a mercy. Few people value their bealth enough.

ris an ancient saying, He that is in health, is ich, and know's it not. Want would reach us he worth of mercies. Let such therefore oféen all to mind and confider how many diftracted; 'i seafed, naimed, deformed people there are in he world, and 'cis Gods peculiar mercy: chac hey are not such ; or worfe. Let this confideraon make chem very humble and thankful : Lee sem be often lifting up their hearts to the Lord, nd saying, with holy David, what shall Irena or to the Lord for all his Benefits towards ime ?.. sal. 116. 12. Bleß the Lord o my soul, and all al is within me blesse his holy Name. Blefle the ord o may fowl, and forget not all his benefits, sal. 103.1, 2. Not unto us O Lord, not unto'us it unto tby Name give glory, Pal.115.1. And t their main care be in time of health cowork ut their Salvation, co secure their state in Grace, nd their title to Glory, and to lay a good foundati.

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542 on against the time of sicknes. "Tissu ei ing sad, when a dying person is the robit that prepares not for deach beforebisht There is hardly any thing wherein 4 Minifter ed in those Graces, he fould me care dy Philofophy when he is going to be along the condition of most being function in tbe faculty. In health, while a mass ihey need a serious awakening and rouzing out of and steady use of his reason, before but the deep sleep of carnal security, and co be made mind clonded, or his heart annoyed with their everlasting state. But while we do tbis, che 4Matement, he should apply hima fick party and ibose that attend, are apt to think this great Art and Skil, bow to die we go about to drive them to despair, not underto the sick, be carefully minded andra li mean, utterly and finally) is this; when a the following Direétions therefore than

standing the true nature thereof : For to despair, MAN

shall conclude that bis fins are greater than cna them that are in health. To turn to L" be forgiven, that God is irreconcileable to him, and to seek reconciliation with him in therefore 'tis in vain to fet himself torepont, or Chrift, to devote and consecrate our humble his soul, or turn from his firs, but (seeing to him, to walk in a teady course of this condition is desperate) resolves to go on in his

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former course, to enjoy the pleasures of fin bere, while he may bave them, seeing when this life is done, nothing remaines for him but certain damnation : Such a man as this may be truly said to

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dience before him, and to do all this judgment and choice, out of love to Go! defire to please him, before deithifera any neer approach unters, will be able when fickneß artaches us. Whereas to are negligent and carelesse of chefe ghians needs run chemselves upon such deperates

heart. But for any person to be to make me as

and such great incertainties, that a majka Jins, to see his own utter inability to help himself, sidering man would age for all the must do to be saved, to have his h:art full of doubts their condition.

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to see himself for the present in a loft condition, and under the wrath and curse of God by reason of his so be enquiring and earnefly solicitous what he andfears and trombles, concerning the state of his

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Directions to the Sick,

There is hardly any thing wherein a Minister is at a greater lose, than what to say co fick perCons: che condition of most being such, chac hey need a serious' awakening and rouzing out of the deep feep of carnal security, and to be made Tensible of the great danger they are in, as to heir everlasting state. But while we do tbis, che fick party and tbose that attend, are ape to think we go about to drive them to despair, noc undertanding the true nature thereof : For co despair,

I mean, sutterly and finally) is this ; when a nan sball conclude that bis fins are greater than cha e forgiven, that God is irreconcileable to him, and herefore it is in vain to set himself torepent, or umble his soul, or turn from his fins, but (seeing is condition is desperate) resolves to go on in his ormer course, to enjoy the pleasures of fon bere, while he may have them, seeing when this life is lone, nothing remaines

for him but certain damnaion : Such a man as this may be truly said to lespair. But for any person to be so awakened, as o see himself for che present in a loft condition, ind under the wrath and curse of God by reason of his ins, to see his own utier inability to help himself, o be enquiring and earneftly follicitous what he must do to be saved, to have his h.art full of doubts and fears and troubles, concerning the state of his

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