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The Present State of MAN by Nature. His Mortalitv.
* It is appointed unto Men once to dye.
b The Daysof Man are determined; th* number of his Months are with the Lord; He hath, appointed his Bounds that he cannot pass.
c The Dust shall return to the Earth as it was; and the Spirit lhall return unto God whosave it.
d What Man is he that liveth and shall not see Death? And who shall deliver his SouL from the hand of the Grave? There is no Man that hath Power over the Spirit, to retain the Spirit; neither hath he Power in the Day of Death; and there is no Discharge in that War, neither shall Wickedness deliver those that are given to it
e The inward Thought of the rich is, that their Houses shall continue for ever, and their Dwelling-places to all Generations: nevertheless, Man jbeing in Honour, abideth not.
f Wife Men likewise dye, <w well at the foolish and brutish Person: And they that trust in their Wealth,, and boast themselves in the multitude of their Riches; None of them can by any jneans redeem the Soul of his Brother; nor give to God a Ransom for himself, that he should still Jive for ever, and not see Corruption.
» No Man is sure of Life; but, they that are exalted for a little while, are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off, as the tops of the Ears of Corn. Death lhall feed on them, and. their Beauty lhall consume in the Grave.
b Man dieth, and wasteth away; yea, Man giveth up the Ghost, and where is he? He shall return no more to his House, neither shall his Place know him any more. There is hope of a Tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout out again, and that the tender Branch thereof will not cease; but Man lieth down, and tiseth not till the Heavens be no more.
c One Generation passeth Sway, and another Generation cometh. And the Memory of them that an dead is forgotten: Also their Love, and their Hatred, and their Envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a Portion for ever, in any thing that is done under the Sun.
d Man goeth to his long Horn*, and the Mourners go about the Streets.
e By one Man Sin entred into the World, and Death by Sin, and fo Death passed upon all Men.: For in Adam all dye.
The Shortness and Uncertaimtt of his Life.
f Man that is born of a Woman, is of few Days.
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"Job a4. at, 24. Ps. 4S. 14. » Job 14.10. Job 7. is, Job 14. 7, Ix. • Eccl. 1.4. Eccl. 9- j. «jEecl. 12. 5. ;Rom. j. ia, 1 Cot. ij.at.
Mob 14. 1.
D 4 1 Behold
* Behold, O Lord, thou hast made our Days as an Hand-breadth; and our Age is as nothing before thee.
* All Flesh is as Grass, and all the Glory of Man as the Flower of Grass. The Grass withereth, and the Flower thereof salleth away. As for Man his Days are as Graft: As a Flower of the Field, so he slourisheth; for the Wind passeth over it, and it is gone, and the place thereof /hall know it no more. We all do sade as a Leaf.
cMan sleeth also as a Shadow, and continueth not; his Days are like a Shadow that declineth; and there is none abiding.
d Our Days are swifter than a Post. They are passed away as the swift Ships. We spend our Years as a Tale that is told.
e Here we have no continuing City, but arc Strangers and Sojourners before the Lord, as were all our Fathers. For what is our Life? It is even a Vapour that appeareth for a little time,, and then vanisheth away.
f We dwell in Houses of Clay, whose Foundation is in the Dust,, which are crushed before the Moth. There is but a step between tu and, Death.
t Man also knoweth not his time: ha as the Fift1es that are taken in an evil Net, and as the Birds that are caught in the Snare, so are the Sons of Men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.
*Ps- 39- s. b 1F«- I.24- rr- 1°5.I5, X. If «4~«.
•Job 14 2. p^. 102, 11. 1 Ch1. 1». 15. d Job Jv I5, 2«. Pf 90. p. 'Heb 13.14. 1 Ch1. 25- 15.
Jam 4 14. f Job 4. 19. % 1 San. 20, 3.
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» One dieth in his full Strength, being wholly at ease and quiet: His Breasts are full of Milk," and his Bones are moistned with Marrow. Another dieth in the Bitterness of his Soul, and never eateth with Pleasure: His Days are spent without Hope, and the Number of his Month* is cut off in the midst. And anothtr saith to his Soul, Soul, thou hast much Goods laid up for many Years, take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry; and yet, that very Night his Soul shall be required of him.
b All Flesh shall perish together. In a moment fl1all they dye; and the Mighty shall be taken away without hand.
c Lord make us to know our «nd, and the measure of our Days, what k is; that we may know how frail we are.
The Pa1n and Trouble he is subject to.
d Man is born unto trouble, as the Sparks §f upwards.
« Iho the Days of Man are few, yet are they full of trouble. Few and Evil are the Days'of the Years of our Pilgrimage.
1 All the Days of Man are Sorrows, and his Travel Cries. His Fleft1 upon him shall havff Pain, and his Soul within him (hall mourn.
6 Many Evils and Troubles continually befal him. He is l1able t» all manner of Sickness, and all manner of Disease; and, through fear'of Death, he is all his life-time subject to Bondage.
•Job ai. 11, 14, 25 Job 7. 6. Job -.1. n. Luke Is. Ja,»«. hJob 34 1 3,20. <TU 1».+ 'Job'5.'/y t Job 14.1 Gtn 47, p. fEcct 2. 2,3. Job 14. 22. * «i Deufi 5 1,17. Mn. 4. 2J"J Heb. i. 35
a All things arc full of Labour, Man cannot Mtter it. And fore is the Travel which God hath given to the Sons of Man, to be exercis'd therewith.
b The whose Creation groaneth and travelleth in Pain together until now; and we our selves groan within our selves, waiting for the Redemption of our Body: For we are not yet come to the Rest, and to the Inheritance which the. Lord our God giveth us.
The Va-nit* of Humane Condition.
c Who knoweth what is good for Man in this. Life, all the Days of his vain Life which he spendeth as a Shadow.
<* Surely every Man walketh in a vain shew; surely they are disquieted in vain.
e Men of low degree are Vanity,, and Men-of high degree are a Lye. Verily, every Man, at h1s best State, is altogether Vanity.
* The Thoughts of Men are Vanity.
e Our Converfation, received by Tradition from our Fathers, is vain.
h And what Profit hath a Man of all his Labour which he taketh, and of the Vexation of his Heart, wherein he hath labour'd under the Sun?
• He laboureth in vain, he spendeth his Strength for nought.