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a There is no remembrance of former things, neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come, with those that shall come after.
6 The thing that hath been it is that which shall be; and, that which is done, is that which shall be done; and, there is no new thing under the Sun.
c Surely, our Fathers have inherited Lyes, Vanity, and things wherein there is no profit : and tho' their way were Folly, yet their Pofterity approve their Sayings.
d Behold, is it not of the Lord that the People labour in the very Fire, and weary themselves for very Vanity? They weave the Spider's Web: their Webs shall not become Gar. ments; neither shall they cover themselves with their Works. Wherefore turn not aside from following the Lord; for then shall you go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver, for they are vain. For the Creature was made fubject to Vanity.
e I would not live always, because my Days are Vanity. As a Servant earnestly defireth the Shadow, and as an Hireling looketh for the reward of his Work; so longeth my Soul for thee, O God, because thy Loving kindness is better than Life.
· Eccl. 1. 11.
* Eccl. 1. 9.
• Jer. 16. 19. Pl. 49. 13.
Hab. 2. 13. If. 59. 5, 6. 1 Sam. 12. 20, 21. Rom. 8, 20. Job 7. 16, 2. Pf. 63. 1, 3.
The IGNORANCE of MAN.
a Vain Man would be Wise, tho' Man be born like a wild Ass's Colt. He saith, he will be Wife, but it is far from him : For the Thoughts of the Wise are vain.
We are but of yesterday, and know nothing. cWe wait for Light, but behold Obfcurity; for Brightness, but we walk in Darkness : 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, we have made us crooked Paths.
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 deviseth his way, but the Lord directeth his Steps.
f If any Man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
8 Boaft 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.
i Where is the Wise? Where is the Scribe? Where is the Disputer of this World? Their Wifdom, and their knowledge, it hath perverted them ; They are wearied in the Multitude of their
Job 11. 12. Eccl. 7. 23. I Cor. 3. 20. * Job 8. 9. • if. 59. 9, 10.
d If. 59. 8.
Jer. 10. 23. Prov.
f 10. 24. Prov. 16. 9. 1 Cor. 8. 2. g Prov. 27. 1. Jam. 4. 14. Job 32.9. si Cor. 1. 20. I 18. 47. 10, 13.
Counsels. For the Wisdom of this world, and of the Princes of this World, cometh to nought.
a There is a way that seemeth 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 Wifdom 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 INSUFFICIENCY OF MAN.
d We are not sufficient, of our felves, to think any thing, as of our selves; but our sufficiency is of God.
e 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 Permission, 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, Lord, haft 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 sheweth Mercy. Neither is he that planteth any thing,
I Cor. 2.6.
'b Prov. 19. 3.
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 ?
b There is no King faved by the multitude of an Hoft: 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: Let them speak the word, and it shall nor stand. For God is with us.
The SINPULLNESS of MAN.
e By one Man Sin entred into the World; And by his Disobedience many were made Sinpers.
God made Man upright ; hut they have sought out many Inventions.
8 Our first Father hathfinned, and our Teachers have transgressed against the Lord; and all Flesh hath corrupted his way upon the Earth.
h What 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,
1 Cor. 3. 7.
b Pf. 33. 16. « Pf. 60. 12, IL Job 6. 11. d Pr.-21.-11. If. 8.10. • Rom. s. 12, 19.
7. 29. Gen. 6. 12. Job 15. 14. PS. si. so
slf. 43. 274
and in Sin did his Mother conceive him; and the Imagination of Man's Heart is Evil from his Youth.
a We are a Seed of Evil-doers; who are risen up in our Fathers stead, an increase of sinful Men, to augment the fierce Anger of the Lord.
6 We have finned againft the Lord our God, we, and our Fathers, from our Youth even unto this Day; and we are all of us, 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 afide, 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 finned, and come short of the Glory of God; and, the whole World lieth in Wickedness.
e If we say 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 sinneth not; but, in many things we offend all; and, it is impossible but that Offences will come: Who then can say, 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 finneth not ?
f The Scripture hath concluded all Men, both Jews and Gentiles, under Sin; that every Mouth
Pl. st. s. Gen. 8. 21. a If. 1.4. Num. 32. 14.
Jer. 3. 25. Eph. 2.3. « Pf. 14. 2, 1, 3. ail. 53. 6.. Rom. 3. 23. 1 Joh. sa 19. és John 1. 8. Mic. 7. 1. Kin 8. 46. Jam. 3. 2. Lake 17. 1. Prov. 20. 9. Eccl. 7. 20. Gal. 3. 22. Rom, 3, 9, 19.