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S E R M 0 N XXIV.
Death of Christ, by their illegal Trial and Condemna.
“ And they were inkant with loud voices,
S E R M N XXV.
Place of his Execution.
company of people, and of women, which also be wailed
Daughters of Jerusalem weep not for me, but weep for
upon the Cross.
“ and fore knowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked
ed aod ordered the Title affixed to the Cross of Christ.
" him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew; This is
gainst the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts;
pened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the
Naughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so
seven laft Words ; the first of which is here opened.
SE R M 0 N XXXI.
S E R M 0 N XXXII.
“ And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto
S E R M Ο Ν XXXIII.
a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani ; that
accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, faith,
ed out his Soul.
“ he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit ;
S E R M 0 N XXXVII.
aod excellent Eads thereof.
ADVERTISEMENT by the PUBLISHER.
In this Edition, all the Greek and Latin Notes, which were either Illustrations of the Text or contained instructive Matter, are, for the sake of those that are not acquainted with the Greek and Latin Languages, Translated; except those which the Author himself had Englished in the Text, where his Traflations is marked with " inverted Commas,
HOSE of the name of Flavel derive their pedigree from
one who was the third great Officer that came over with
William the Conqueror ; but this worthy Divine was far from that weakness and vanity to boast of any thing of that nature; being of the Poet's mind, who said,
Et genus, et proavos, et quae non fecimus ipsi,
Vix ea noftra vocoHis father was Mr. Richard Flavel, a painful and eminerit minister. He was first minister at Broomsgrove in Worcestershire, then ag Hafler, and removed from thence to Willerley in Gloucestershire, where he continued till 1600, whence he was outed upon the restoration of king Charles II, because it was a sequestred living, and the Incumbent then alive: This did not so much affect Mr. Flavel, as that he wanted a fixed place for the exercise of his pastoral function. He was a person of such extraordinary piety, that those who conversed with him, said, They never heard one vain word drop from his mouth. A little before the turning out of the Nonconformist ministers, being near Totness in Devon, he preached from Hofea vii. 6. The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come, Ifrael fall know it. His application was so close, that it offended fome people, and occasion. ed his being carried before some Justices of the Peace; but they could not reach him, so that he was discharged. He afterwards quitted that country, and his son's house, which was his retiring place, and came to London, where he continued in a faithful and acceptable discharge of his office, till the time of the dreadful plague in 1665, that he was taken and imprisoned in the mapaer following. He was at Mr. Blake's house in CoventGarden, where some people had met privately for worship: whilft Voir l..
he was at prayer, a party of foldiers brake in upon them, with their swords drawn and demanded their preacher, threatning fome, and flattering others to discover him, but in vain. Some of the compädy threw a coloured cloak over him, and in this disguise he was, together with his hearers, carried to Whitehall ; the women were dismissed, but the men detained, and forced to ly all that night upou the bare foor'; and, because they would
five pounds each, were sent to Newgate, where the peftilence raged most violently, as in other places of the city. Here Mr. Flavel and his wife were shut up, and seized with the ficknets: They were bailed out, but died of the contagion; of which their son John had a divine monition given him
by a dream, as we shall observe in its proper place. Mr. Richard Flavel left two sons behind him, both ministers of the gospel, viz. John and Phineas.
John the eldest was born in Worcestershire. It was observ. able, that whilst his mother lay-in with him, a nightingale made her nest in the out-side of the chamber-window, where the used to sing most sweetly. He was religiously educated by his father, and having profited well at the grammar schools, was fent early to Oxford, and settled a commoner in Univerfity. College. He plied his studies hard, and exceeded many of his contemporaries in university learning.
Soon after his commencing batchelor of arts, Mr. Walplate, the minister of Diptford in the county of Devon, was rendred uncapable of performing his office by reason of his age and infirmity, and sent to Oxford for an affiftant; Mr. Flavel, tho' but young, was recommended to him as a perfon duly qualified, and was accordingly settled there by the standing com. mittee of Devon, April 27, 1650, to preach as a probationer and assistant to Mr. Walplate.
Mr. Flavel considered the weight of his charge, applied himself to the work of his calling with great diligence; and being affiduous in reading, meditation and prayer, he increased in ministerial knowledge daily, (for he found himself that he came raw enough in that respect from the university) so that he attained to an high degree of eminency and reputation for his aseful labours in the church.
About six months after his fettling at Diptford, he heard of an ordination to be at Salisbury, and therefore went thither with his testimonials, and offered himself to be examined and ordained by the presbytery there: They appointed him a text, upon which he preached to their general fatisfaction ; aud have ing afterwards examined in as to his learning, &c. they set