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The Ignorance of MAN.
»Vain Man would be Wise, tho' Man be born Jike a wild Ass's Colt. He saith he will be Wife, but it is sar from him: lor the Thoughts of the Wile are vain.
b We are but of yesterday, and know nothing.
c We wait for L1ght, but behold Obscurity; tor Brightness, but we walk in Darkness: we grope for the Wall like the Blind; we stumble at Noon-day as in the Night.
d The way of Peace we know not, there is no Judgment in our Goings, wehave made us crooked Paths.
t The way of Man is not in himself: It is not in Man that walketh to direct his Steps. Man's Goings are of the Lord; how can a Man then understand his own way? His Heart deviscth his way, but the Lord directeth his Steps.
f If any Man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth noth1ng yet as he ought to know.
S Boast not thy self of to Morrow; for thou knowest not what a Day may bring forth. We know not what shall be on the Morrow.
h Great Men are not always Wise, neither do the Aged understand Judgment.
- Where is the Wise? Where is the Scribe? Where is the Disputer of this World? Their Wisdom, and their Knowledge, it hath perverted them ; They are wearied in the Multitude of their
Counsels. For the Wisdom of this World, and of the Princes of this World, cometh to nought.
» There is a way that scemeth right unto a Man; but the end thereof are the ways of Death.
b The Foolishness of Man perverteth his way: and his Heart fretteth against the Lord.
c Where shall Wisdom be found, and where is the place of Understanding? Man knoweth not the Price thereof; neither is it found in the Land of the Living.
The Weakness and Insuffic1ency of MAN.
d We are not sufficient, of our selves, to think any thing, as of our selves; but our sufficiency is of God.
« We have no Might, neither know we what to do, but our Eyes are upon thee, O Lord. We could have no Power at all, except it were given us from above. And we cannot go beyond the Commandment, or Permijfion, of the Lord, to do good or bad, less or more, of our own Mind.
f It is God that worketh in us, both to will and to do, of his good Pleasure. Thou, Lprd, hast wrought all our good Works in us; So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that fheweth Mercy. Neither is he that planteth any thing.
neither he that watereth, but God that giveth the increase.
»Which of us, by taking thought, can add one Cubit unto his Stature; or, can make one Hair white or black?
*, There is no'King faved by the multitude of an Host: And a mighty Man is not delivered by much Strength.
c Through God we shall do valiantly, but vain is the help of Man in Trouble. For what is our Strength, that we should hope?
d The Wicked imagine mischievous Devices, which they are not able to perform. Let them take Counsel together, and it shall come to nought: Les them speak the word, and it shall not stand. For God is with us.
The Sinnjllness of MAN.
* By one Man Sin entred into the World; And by his Disobedience many were made Sin-' nets. *
'' God made Man upright; but they have sought out many Inventions.
g Our first Father hath sinned, and our Teachers have transgressed against the Lord; and all Flesh hath corrupted his way upon the Earth.
h\Vhat is Man, that he should be clean? And he which is born of a Woman, that he should be Righteous? Behold he was shapen in Iniquity,
and in Sin did his Mother conceive him; and the Imagination of Man's Heart is Evil from his Youth.
» We are a Seed of Evil-doers; ivh» are risen up in our Fathers stead, an increase of s1nful Men, to augment the fierce Anger of the Lord.
t, We have sinned against the Lord our God, we, and our Fathers, from our Youth even unto this Day; and we are all ofw, by Nature the Children of Wrath.
c The Children of Men are corrupt; they have done abominable Works: There is none that doth good; they are all gone aiiue, they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doth good, no not one.
d All we, like Sheep, have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way: All have sinned, and come short of the Glory of Gad; and, the whole World lieth in Wickedness.
« If we fay that we have no Sin, we deceive our selves, and the Truth is not in us: For, there is none upright among Men; there is no Man, that finneth not; but, in many things we offend all; and, it is impossible but that Offences will come: Who then can fay, I have made my Heart clean; I am pure from my Sin; When there is not a just Man upon Earth, that doth Good, and sinneth not?
1 The Scripture hath concluded all Men, both Jews and Gentiles, under Sin; that every Mouth
b Jtr. j. 2j. Eph. 2 .j. « Ps. 14. 2, 1, 1.
*ls. jj. «. Rom. j. 2j. 1 Joh. j. 19. «1Johnt. ». Mic. 7. I. 1 Kin g. 46. Jam. J. 2. Lake 17. 1. Prov. 20. 9. Eccl. 7. 20. 'O1l. i'.2r. Horn, 3, 9, '»•
may be stopped, and all the World may become guilty before God. For as many as are of the Works of the Law, are under the Curse; for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the Law, to do them; therefore, by the Deeds of the Law there shall no Fleih be justified in the Sight of God. And now, for a long season, a great part of the Gentile World, hath been without the true God, and w1thout a teaching Priest, and without Law; and these have had their Conversation in the Lusts of the Flesh, fulfilling the Defires of the Flesh, and of the Mind, and walking according to the Course of this World.
a How abominable, and filthy is Man, who drinketh Iniquity like Water?
b The Heart of Man is deceitful, above all things, and desperately wicked , who Gan know it!
c Men love Darkness rather than Light because their Deeds are evil.
d Because Sentence against an evil Work i$ not executed speedily; therefore; the Heart of the Sons of Men is fully set in them, to do Evil.
t The Way of Man is froward, and strange; and the Way of Peace have they not known.
f The Heart of the Sons of Men is full of Evil; and Madness is in their Heart wh1le they live, and after that they go to the Dead.