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CONTENTS OF THE SECOND VOLUME.

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Serinon LXXX.-Ön the Delay of Con-

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Sermon LII.-Christian Casuistry, 3 Sermon LXXVII.-On Numbering our
Sermon LIII.—The necessity of Progres Days-Part II.

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sive Religion,

9 Sermon LXXVIII.—The true Glory of a

Sermon LIV.-The Moral Martyr,

18 Christian-Part I.

218

Sermon LV.-The Fatal Consequences of Sermon LXXVIII.— The true Glory of a

a Bad Education,

22 Christian-Part II.

222

Sermon LVI.-General Mistakes,

28 i Sermon LXXIX.-On the Fear of Death

Sermon LVII.-The Advantages of Piety, 35

-Part I.

225

Sermon LVIII.—The Repentance of the Sermon LXXIX.-On the Fear of Death

Unchaste Woman,

42 - Part II.

229

Sermon LIX.— The Vanity of attempting

Sermon LXXIX.-On the Fear of Death

to oppose God,

52 ---Part III.

232

Sermon LX.—Imaginary Schemes of Hap-

piness,

58 version-Part I.

241

Sermon LXI.—Disgust with Life, 64 Sermon LXXX.-On the Delay of Con-

Sermon LXII.-The Passions,

71 version-Part II.

251

Sermon LXIII.-Transient Devotions, 82 Sermon LXXX.—On the Delay of Con-

Sermon LXIV.-The different Methods version-Part III.

260

of Preachers,

92 Sermon LXXXI.-On Perseverance, 271

Sermon LXV.-The Deep things of God, 98 : Sermon LXXXII. On the Example of

Sermon LXVI.-The Sentence passed the Saints-Part I.

278

upon Judas by Jesus Christ,

108 Sermon LXXXIII.-On the Example of

Sermon LXVII.-The Cause of the De the Saints-Part II.

285

struction of Impenitent Sinners, 115 Sermon LXXXIV.-St. Paul's discourse

Sermon LXVIII. –The Grief of the Righ before Felix and Drusilla,

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teous for the Misconduct of the Wicked, 121 Sermon LXXXV.-On the Covenant of

An Essay on the Conduct of David at the God with the Israelites,

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Court of Achish,

129 Sermon LXXXVI.--The Seal of the

Bermon LXIX.— The Song of Simeon, 140 Covenant,

307
Sermon LXX.—Christ's Valedictory Ad-

Sermon LXXXVII.-The Family of Je-

dress to his Disciples-Part I.

147 sus Christ,

313

Sermon LXX.—Christ's Valedictory Ad-

Sermon LXXXVIII.—St. Peter's Denial

dress to his Disciples-Part II.

151 of his Master,

320

Sermon LXXI.—Christ's Sacerdotal Pray-

Sermon LXXXIX.- On the Nature of

er-Part I.

156 the Unpardonable Sin,

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Sermon LXXI.—Christ's Sacerdotal Pray Sermon XC.-On the Sorrow for the

er-Part II.

159 Death of Relatives and Friends, 334

sermon LXXII.-The Crucifixion-Part Sermon XCI.--On the Wisdom of Solomon, 341

I.

165 Sermon XCII.— The Voice of the Rod, 347

fermon LXXII.- The Crucifixion-Part Sermon XCIII.-Difficulties of the Chris-

II.

169 tian Religion,

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lermon LXXIII.-Obscure Faith--Part I. 173 Sermon XCIV.-Consecration of the

lermon LXXIII.-Obscure Faith-Part Church at Voorburgh,

363

II.

177 Sermon XCV.-On Festivals, and parti-

lermon LXXIV.-The Believer exalted cularly on the Sabbath-Day,

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together with Jesus Christ-Part I. 181 Sermon XCVI.-The calamities of Eu-

lermon LXXIV.-The Christian a Par-

rope,

377

taker in the Exaltation of Jesus Christ Sermon XCVII.-A Taste for Devotion, 384

-Part II.

185 Sermon XCVIII.-On Regeneration-

Sermon LXXV.-For a Communion Sab Part I.

391

bath-Part I.

190 Sermon xcvIII.-On Regeneration,

sermon LXXV.-For a Communion Sab Part II.

394

bath-Part II.

193 Sermon XCVIII-(NOW FIRST TRANS-

Sermon LXXVI.—The Rapture of St. LATED.) The Necessity of Regenera-

Paul-Part I.

200 tion-Part III.

Sermon LXXVI.—The Rapture of St. Sermon XCIX.—(TRANSLATED BY M. A.

Paul-Part II.

203 BURDER. NOW FIRST PRINTED.) The

Sermon LXXVI.—The Rapture of St. Conduct of God to Men, and of Men

Paul-Part III.

207 to God,

411

Sermon LXXVII.—On Numbering our Sermon C.-The Address of Christ to

Days—Part I.

209 John and Mary,

417

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SERMON LII.

CHRISTIAN CASUISTRY.

PROVERBS iv. 26.

Ponder the path of thy feet, and all thy ways shall be established.

The sentence which we have now read, in- | arises concerning the subject, to which it is cludes a subject of immense magnitude, more applied, and this requires a second elucidation. , proper to fill a volume, than to be comprised The term step is usually restrained in our lanin a single sermon; however, we propose to guage to actions of life, and never signifies a express the subject of it in this ono discourse. mode of thinking; but the Hebrew language When we shall have explained the subject, we gives this term a wider extent, and it includes will put it to proof; I mean, we will apply it all these ideas. One example shall suffice. to some religious articles, leaving to your piety “My steps had well nigh slipped,” Ps. lxxiii. the care of applying it to a great number, and 2, that is to say, I was very near taking a false of deriving from the general application this step; and what was this step? It was judging consequence, if we ponder the paths of our that the wicked were happier in the practice feet, all our ways will be established.” of licentiousness, than the righteous in obeying

I suppose, first, you affix just ideas to this the laws of truth and virtue. Solomon, in the metaphorical expression, ponder the path words of my text, particularly intends to reguof thy feet.” It is one of those singular figures late our actions; and in order to this he intends of speech, which agrees better with the genius to regulate the principles of our minds, and the of the sacred language than with that of ours. affections of our hearts. “ Ponder the path of Remark this once for all

. There is one among thy feet, and all thy ways shall be established,” many objections made by the enemies of reli- for so I render the words. Examine your steps gion, which excels in its kind; I mean to say, deliberately before you take them, and you it deserves to stand first in a list of the most will take only wise steps; if you would judge extravagant sophisms: this is, that there is no rightly of objects, avoid hasty judging; before reason for making a difference between the you fix your affection on an object, examine genius of the Hebrew language and the idiom whether it be worthy of your esteem, and then of other languages. It would seem, by this you will love nothing but what is lovely. By objection, that a book not originally written in thus following the ideas of the Wise Man, we the idiom of the language of scepticism can not will assort our reflections with the actions of be divinely inspired. On this absurd principle, your lives, and they will regard also, somethe Scripture could not be written in any lan- times the emotions of your hearts, and the guage; for if a Greek had a right to object operations of your minds. against inspiration on this account, an Arabian, We must beg leave to add a third elucidaand a Persian, and all other people have the tion. The maxim in the text is not always same. Who does not perceive at once, that practicable. I mean, there are some doctrines, the inspired writers, delivering their messages and some cases of conscience, which we cannot at first to the Jews, " to whom were committed fully examine without coming to a conclusion, the oracles of God,” Rom. iii. 2, spoke pro- that the arguments for, and the arguments perly according to the idiom of their language? against them, are of equal weight, and conseThey ran no risk of being misunderstood by quently, that we must conclude without a conother nations, whom a desire of being saved clusion; weigh the one against the other, and should incline to study the language for the the balance will incline neither way. sake of the wisdom taught in it.

This difficulty, however, solves itself; for, How extravagant soever this objection is, after I have weighed, with all the exactness of 80 extravagant that no infidel will openly avow which I am capable, two opposite propositions, it, yet it is adopted, and applied in a thousand and can find no reasons sufficient to determine instances. The book of Canticles is full of my judgment, the part I ought to take is not figures opposite to the genius of our western to determine at all. Are you prejudiced in languages; it is therefore no part of the sacred favour of an opinion, so ill suited to the limits canon. It would be easy to produce other which it has pleased God to set to our knowexamples. Let a modern purist, who affects ledge, that it is dangerous or criminal to susneatness and accuracy of style, and gives lec- pend our judgments! Are your consciences so tures on punctuation, condemn this manner of weak and scrupulous as to hesitate in some speaking, "ponder the path of thy feet;" with cases to say, I do not know, I have not deterall my heart. The inspired authors had no mined that question? Poor men! do you know less reason to make use of it, nor interpreters to yourselves so little? Poor Christians! will you affirm, that it is an eastern expression, which always form such false ideas of your legislator? signifies to take no step without first delibe- And do you not know that none but such as rately examining it. The metaphor of the live perpetually disputing in the schools make text being thus reduced to truth, another doubt it a law to answer every thing? Do you not

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