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b. not be available for the making him happy,
dition among the Miserable, than those that
but that, considering all these things, we should El be fedfan, unmoveable, always abounding in 1 Cor.25.
these. Works of the Lord, forafmuch as we
tue ; and to Virtue, Knowledge-; and to Know. 5, Coc. ** ledge, Temperance ; and to Temperance, Patience;
and to Patience, Godlines ; and to Godlines, Brotherly Kindness; and to Brotherly Kindness, Charity. By our good Works, making our Calling Verle 10. and Élection sure, (so some Copies have the
loth verfe of 1 Pet. 1.) that doing these things .. . - we may never fall; but an Entrance may be mi
niftred to us abundantly into the everlasting Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Chriftir
.cii, 'On the 29th of September, 1680. io!
Pfälm cxij. 4....
13 mise-of this Life, as well as of that
which is to come. Of this Proposis Lo t ion of his, the Psalm we have now before us, may seem to be an Explication or Paraphrase.
For in this Pfalm Two things are designed, a Description of the Pious Man and a Description of his Bkjedness in this Life: Each of which is done in five Instances or Particulars.
The Terms wherein the Pious Man is here, describ’d, are these following.
First, He is one that feareth God, and greatly
Secondly, He is one that is Righteous and
:- Thirdly, He is one that is prudent and difereet in the managing of his Affairs, ver. 5. He guideth his Affairs with Discretion...!
Fourthly, He is one whofé Heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord, ver. 7. E . · Lastly, He is one that is extreamly Charitàble. He is gracious and full of Compassion, ver. 4. He sheweth Favour and lendeth, ver. 5. He hath dispersed, he hath given to the Poor, ver. 9.
Now the Blessedness of such a Man as this, as to this Life, is describ'd in the five Instances following. · The first of which is, A great and happy Pofterity; thus, ver. 2. His Seed Mall be mighty upon Earth; the Generation of the Upright Jhall be blessed.
The second is, A Plentiful and an Ample Fortune ; thus in the third verse, Riches and Plenteousnes Mall be in his House. i. i The third is, A lasting Fame - and Reputation ; thus again in the third verse, His Righteousness remaineth for ever; and likewise in the sixth verse, He shall be bad in everlasting Remembrance. ..
The fourth is, Honour, and Power, and Dignity, even such as shall excite the Envy of the Wicked; thus in the ninth verse, His Horn Mall be exalted with Honour, the Wicked ball fee 'it, and shall be grieved, &c. "
The fifth is, Great Safety and Peace in the Midst of Dangerous and Troublesome Times: Thus in the Text, To the Upright there ariseth Light in the Darkness, i. e. Light in the greatest Straights and Difficulties; for that is the
Meaning of Darkness in this place. Times of Darkness, in the Scripture-language, are Evil, * and Difficult, and Dangerous Times. Now M upon account of this Ligbt that ariseth to the we Upright Man in Evil-times, it comes to pass ili as it followeth, ver. 6, 7, 8. that fuch a one 6 Nall not be moved for ever, neither phall be be afraid of evil-tiding, for bis Heart is established, and he phall not shrink until he fee bis Desire a upon his Enemies. Or, as the Chaldee perhapsire better renders it, until he fee Redemption in Dich press. : This is the juft Analysis of the whole Pfalm. Now of these several Characters whereby the Pious Man is defcrib'd, I have had pitch'd upon that of his Uprightness to give ker an Account of, and to recommend to you at on this time. And of the several Instances of a the Blessedness of such a Man, I have pitch'd th upon that of Safety and Peace in the midst of Perilous and Troublesome Times. These two Points I have chosen to entertain you upon, as judging them moft suitable to the present Occasion, and to our present Circumstances. And we find them both join'd together in the Words of the Text, To the Upright there ariseth Light in the Darkness.. - Here then we have two Things to confider; First, The Person to whom the Promise here made, or the Blessedness here mentioned doth belong; It is the Upright Man. Secondly, The Promise, or the Blessedness it self; It is Light in Times of Darknessa
'I begin with the Character of the Person to whom this Promise is made, He is the Upright Man, or, as in our more common Language we express him, the Honeft Man, the Man of Integrity. We all know so well what is meant by these Words, that it would render the thing more difficult to offer Critically to give Light to them. As all those General Terms, whereby a Man's whole Duty is expreft in Scripture, have their several Respects and Considerations which difference them one from the other, though they be all equally comprehensive ; fo hath this Term of Uprightness. That which it immediately and particularly respects is the Goodness of a Man's Principles, and the Suitableness of his Actions to them. Or thus, The Conformity of a Man's Mind to the Eternal Rules of Righteousnels, and the Conformity of his Actions to the Principles of his Mind. This is that upon account of which any Person is denominated Upright, and contrary to this is all Hypocritical and Partial Dealings in Mat
ters of our Duty. So that if we would give | the Definition of an Upright Man, it should be
in such Terms as these: He is a Man that in all things follows the Dictates of his Conscience. Or, he is one, that makes his Duty the Rule of his Actions. Or, he is one, that always proposeth to himself Righteous Ends, and pursues those Ends in Righteous Ways.
This is the general Description of the Upright Man: But for the more lively Display of him, and the rendring him, as more Amiable so more Imitable, it will be fit that we represent