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THE

MUTE CHRISTIAN

UNDER THE

SMARTING ROD;

WITH

SOVEREIGN ANTIDOTES

TOR Every Case:

A Christian with an Olive Leaf in his Mouth, when under
the greatest Afflictions, Trials, Troubles, and dark-
est Providences; with Answers to Questions and Ob-
jections, calculated to promote submission and silence
under all the changes that may be experienced in this
World.

Rev. THOMAS BROOKS,

Author of Precious Remedies, Apples of Gold, &c. &c.

THE 48TH EDITrON CORRECTED.

With a Recommendatory Preface by the

REV. MR. BALI,

Of Jewry Street Chapel.

LONDON:

Printed by W. Nicholson, Warner-street,

? OR W. BAYNES, 64, PATERNOSTER.-ROW.

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PREFACE.

r I *HAT the Righteous are peculiarly subject 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 b? 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. Doddridge, "Where the matter is so remarkably excellent, "a :che and pious reader rcill not be over so". licitous about the Style;" and for the few antiquated expressions which occur, the candid reader is intreated to make due allowance, 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 Impression of it having been entirely sold off some lime, and lately very much sought after; a New Edition it is humbly hoped, may still be of service to the Church of Christ, especially at a lime when we are threatened with national calamities, in addition to those of a private nature.

J. BALL.

January 24th, 1804.

No. 16, (iloster Terrace

George's in the East

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To all afflicted and distressed, Christians through' out the world.

Dear Brethren,

THE choicest saints aTe born to troubles, as the sparks fly upwards, Psal. xxxiv. 19. Job v.'l. Psal. lxxxviii. 3, 4. Many are the troubles of the righteous. If they were many, and not troubles, then, as it is in the proverb, the more the happier; or if they were troubles, and not many, then the fewer the better. But God, who is infinite in wisdom, and matchless in goodness, hath ordered troubles, yea, many troubles to come crowding in upon us on every side. As our mercies, so our crosses seldom come single; they usually oome treading one upon the heels of another; they are like April showers, no sooner is one over, but another comes. And yet, Christians, it is mercy, it is rich mercy, that every affliction is not an execution, that every correction is not a damnation. The higher the waters rose, the nearer Noah's ark was lifted up to heaven; the more thy afflictions are increased, the more thy heart shall be raised heaven-wards.

Because I would not hold you too long in the porch, I shall only endeavour two things: 1. To give you the reasons of my appearing A

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