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fave be that had the Mark, or the Name of the Beast, or the Number of his Name.
And for a farther Comment on the Word wovebo, let us return to the xiiich Chapter and 3d Verse, where it is written, All Nations have drank of the line of the Ilrat of ber Fornication ; and the Kings of the Earth have committed Fornication with her, and the Merchants of the Earth are waxea rich, through the abundance of her DelicaCins. Here it is evident, that in order to receive any Idea from the Words, it is neceilary to substitute Profiitution in the room of Fornication in both Places.
The Text, therefore, being rescued from the Errors of Tranflators, and confidered with the context, conveys to us very plainly this Lellon, that Babylon owed her DeItruction to the Prostitution and Corruption of her Citizens; and that whoever fall hereafter be fo corrupt in his Heart, so prostitute in his Soul, as to worship ane cher for Gain, and do all his vile Purposes for Hire; this Man skall drink of the Wine of the Wrath of God, which is poured out without Mixture, into the Cup of bis Indignation; and he shall be tormented with Fire and Brimstone, in the Presence of his holy Angels, and in the Presence of the Lamb'; and the Smoke of his Torment shall ascend
( 5 ) for ever and ever, and he mall have no Rest Day nor Night. The inspired Writer concludes in a very remarkable manner, with a Repetition of the Crime. They (says he) who worship the Beast and his Image, and whojoever receiveth the Mark of his Name.
I. To fix and plainly point out to you
the Nature of chai Proftitution, which is levelled at in the Text.
II. To dissuade you from it, by many
worldly Motives ; but above all, by the Fear of chat Judgment here de
nounced against it. III. To apply the whole to the present
And, I. For the Nature of this Prosti
We are not to suppose, that by receiving the Mark of the Beait can be meant receiving Money by lawful and honeft Means. We must not imagine, chat we are forbid the Exercise of Commerce, which is useful to a whole Society as well as profitable to che Merchant himself. On the contrary, St. Paul, in his Epistle to Titus, Chap. iii. 14. advises the Christians