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Xf. the Almighty, that <we fiould serve "Mm? and what profit should lAe have if nx>e 'pray unto him? Job xxi. 14. Concerning -such persons as These it is, that the' Scripture threatens; Every' oHe 'thdt is frond in Hearts is an abomination to the Lord; though hand join in hand, he shall not U unpunished, Prov. xvi. 5. It is generally supposed by Divines,, that the original ;Sin even of the Devil himself was Pride; because St Paul speaking of a man's being lift up with Pride, calls it his falling into the condemnation of the Devil. And this, is hot'at all improbable; provided, by Pride, be understood, tiot (with the vulgar ) his attempting to resist God Almighty by Force, which is ;absurd and impossi
.ii . ble and childish to imagine; but his presuming, upon the Greatness and Dignity of his Nature, insolently to transgress some V>f the' Divine Commands. And something like this, 'is the Cafe o¥
. wi. - Powerful Tyrannical Princes, who prbud'' ly despise the Thoughts and 'Expectation of God's righteous judgment. For which reason, the' Prophet .saiah so describes
the the Destruction of the King of £ablyont Serm. that the Words are, not without probability, thought to be an Allusion to the Fall of Satan; ch. Ttiv. 12, How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer; Son of the morning I how aft thou cut down to the ground, which did ft weaken the Nations! For thou bafl said in thine Heart, I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the Stars of God, I will ft also upon the mount of the Cotigregation, 'in the sides of the North; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the moft High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to Hell, to the fides of the Pit. And They
that fee thee pall ..—fay, Is this the man
that made the Earth to tremble ? —r-that
Si.ViM.of the Kingdom, by the might of my Power\ and for the honour of my Majesty? But when his Heart was lifted up, and bis Mind hardned in Pride, be was deposed from bis king/y throne, and they took bis glory from him-, And he was driven from the Sons of men, and his Heart was made like the Beafls, and his dwelling was with the wild AJ'es, ch. v. 20; that is, his Understanding was taken from him, and he imagined himself to be turned into a Beast.
A N D the Instance of Pharaoh, Exod. V. 2, Wim is the Lord, that 1 should obey
his Voice? 1 know not the Lord, neither
will I let Israel go: Therefore the Lord sent all his plagues upon his Heart, and upon his Servants, and upon his People, ch. ix. 14.
And that of Herod, Acts xir. 21, Upon a Jet day, Herod arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration; And the people gave a Jhout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man; And immediately the Angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory, and he was eaten of wormst
and end gave up the Ghost. The Jngel of the S E R M . Lord, that is, a sudden disease, by the XI. direction of Providence, came upon him: '-^'VNt The Figure is the seme as that which St Paul uses, when he calls a temporal Affliction the Mesjenger or Aigel of Satan to buffet him, 2 Cor. xii. 7. So 1 7ft. ii. iS. ~ V.-- -\ >
Another Example, is that of Haman, in the Book of Esthers who when he would have facrificed a whole Nation to his Pride and Haughtiness, God justly suffered him to fall by the fame ignominious Death which he had contrived for another.
And that of spiritual Babylon or Christian Tyranny and the Spirit of Persecution in the Revelation, ch. xviii. 7, How much Jbe has glorified herself, and lived delicU ously, so much torment and sorrow give herj For she faith in her heart, I Jit a Ofyeen, and am no -widow, and frail see no sorrow; Therefore pall her plagues come in one day j death and mourning and famine; and she shall be utterly burnt with Fire; for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
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XL proceedings in all which and the like instances, cannot be tnoie elegantly expressed, than in the words of the wife Son of Sirach, Eccluslx. Fridv; is hateful her fore Gad and Man, and by both doik commit Iniquity \'t*r-r^-Why is Earth land
Ashes proud f, The beginning of Pride
is, when-one departeth from Gad, ,and:his Heart is turned away from his Maker: For Pride is the beginning of Sin; and te that hath dt, shallpour out abomination., and therefore the Lord brought upon, them strange calamities, . and overthrew them utterly: The Lord hath cajl down - the Thrones of proud Princes, and set tp the meek in their stead: The Lord hath plucked up the roots of the proud Nations, and plante4 tie lowly in their place: The Lord overthrew., tfye Countries . of the Heathen, and destroyed them to the Foundations of the Earth ..'—Pride was mt made famen, nor furious Anger for them that are born of a woman. This therefore is the second Argument to deter men from Pride; the Consideration of its tœing particularly hateful to God.