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MUTE CHRISTIAN

UNDER THE

SMARTING ROD;

WITH

SOVEREIGN ANTIDOTES

FOR EVERY CASE:

OR,

A Christian with an Olive Leaf in his Mouth, when under

the greatest Afflictions, Trials, Troubles, and darkest Providences; with Answers to Questions and Objections, calculated to proinote submission and silence under all the changes that may be experienced in this World.

BY THE

Rev. THOMAS BROOKS, Author of Precious Remedies, Apples of Gold, &c. &c.

THE 48TH EDITION CORRECTED.

With a Recommendatory Preface by the

REV. MR. BALL,
Of Jewry Street Chapel.

LONDON :

Printed by W. Nicholson, Warner-street,
FOR W. BAYNES, 54, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

IAN

2 APR 1970

PREFACE.

THAT the Righteous are peculiarly sub

ject to affliction in the present world, is a sentiment no less just than it is general, the way to Heaven has always been a thorny road, and it is still through much tribulation that we must enter into the Kingdom. Our troubles indeed, are not all of the same kind; neither is the same proportion measured out to every Saint, but each heart knows its own bitterness, and all believers more or less, are made to feel the chastening Rod of their Heavenly Parent, the lot is cast into the lap and the disposal is of God; but whatever be the nature, the magnitude, and the number of personal trials, the best remedy we can apply to them, is, to let patience have her perfect work, chearfully to submit to the Hand of God, and to say the Cup which my Heavenly Father giveth me, "Shall I not drink it?” When thus resigned, affliction will cease to be affliction, because it has produced the end designed by it. Then we shall learn with the Apostle, in whatever state we are placed, therewith to be content, in the comfortable persuasion, that all things shall work together for our good. The efforts of the

pious Author of this popular little Volume, are eminently calculated to accomplish this desirable object, and it may truly be said, that in very many instances, his labour has not been in vain in the Lord.

Purity of style will not be expected in a Book, written so many years ago; but to adopt the language of Dr. DODURIDGE, Where the matter is so remarkably excellent, a vise and pious reader will not be over solicitous about the Style;" and for the few antiquated expressions which occur, the candid reader is intreated to make due allowarce, by considering the time in which the Author lived,

The Work having met with so large a share of the Public approbation, as to have passed through nearly Fifty Editions since its first Publication, and the last lonpression of it having been entirely sold off some time, and lately very much sought after; a New Edition ii is humbly hoped, may still be of service to the Church of Christ, especially at a time when we are threatened with national calamities, in addition to those of a private nature.

J. BALL.

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