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Saviour to Himself, Luk. iv. 18. He Æjjserm. anointed me to preach the Gospel to the Poor, to preach deliverance to the captives, to fit at Liberty them that are
bruised. Lastly, of such a Person, who thus delights to do the Will of God, it may be declared, though he be a Servant, that yet he is the Lord's jree Man, 1 Cor. vii. 22; that because the Son has made him free, therefore be is free indeed, Joh. viii. 36; or (as it is in the Words of the Text,) that be knows the Truth, and the Truth doth make him Free,
A Virtuous Mind the best Help to understand True Religion.
Dan. xii. 10. latter part.
And none of the Wicked Jhatt understand; But the Wije Jhall understand.
O seek a man's true and finalSerh, Interest, by parting with some H. present and inconsiderable Ad- ^VN# vantages for the lake of more and much greater ones to eome, is the proper Act of Wisdom; and the general Character of Folly, is the purchasing some trivial present Benefit, at the
Serm.hazard of much better and more valuable things in reversion. For This reason, in Scripture-phrase, Religion and Virtue are almost always signified under the denomination of Wisdom j and Folly, is but another Name for Sin. The Sinner and the Fool, are always reciprocal Terms; and no man is stiled Wise by the Spirit of ii God, upon any other account than that of being Religious. For unto man he said; The Fear os the Lord, That is Wisdom i and to depart from Evil, is Understanding* Job xxviii. 28. And This is so much the known language of Scripture, that I need in this place but just mention it. Thus Ecclef. ii. 13. Then I Jaw, fays Solomon, t that Wisdom excelleth Folly, as far as Light j excelleth Darkness; the Meaning is, that Religion and Virtue is as much more, .ex- « celknt and more profitable to men than
% Wickedness, as one thing can be preferable to another. And in the Words of the Text; None of the Wicked shall under- \ jland: But the Wife, (those who are such in opposition to the Folly of Wickedness, that is, the Righteous) shall under- \ sland. \ To Under/land, may be taken in Iwoserm. Senses; Either to signify the understanding of these particular Prophecies; cx^^^ the understanding the true nature of Religion in general. In Both these Senses, the Words are very proper and emphatical; and in Both, they are very remarkably fulfilled. If we take them in the former Sense; None of the Wicked stall understand; i. e. none of them shall apprehend the true meaning and intent of these Prophecies; But the Wise, viz. the righteous and well-disposed, the careful and diligent inquirers, shall understand them: If we take them, I fay, in This Sense, then They were very remarkably fulfilled upon the Jews in our Saviour's time; who, notwithstanding that this Prophecy of Daniel contained as clear a Prediction as could be desired, of the Time and Manner of our Saviour's appearing in the Flesh j yet through their obstinate prejudices against Him and his dotfrine, they resolved not to fee it: And because there were other passages in the Prophecy, more obscure, and difficult to be interpreted; therefore they would by no means be perswaded to understand what was plain. The like to