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Preach'd before the

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St. James's-Chapel,

ON

THURSDAY, June 7. 1716.

BEING THE
Day of Publick Thanksgiving to

Almighty God, for Supppressing the
late Unnatural Rebellion.

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By the Right Reverend Father in God, WILLIAM Lord Bishop of Sarum.

Publith'd by His Mafety's Special Command.

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Who delivered us from so great a Death,

and doth deliver; in whom we trust,
he will yet deliver us.

F these Words I may say, what
our Saviour did to his Hearers,
of a Passage that he quoted out
of the Prophet Esay, in the 4th
of St. Luke, that this day is this

Scripture fulfilled in your ears.
God Almighty has, in a wonderful Manner,
delivered us from a very great Death; he has,
by a Series of strange Providences, continued
this great Deliverance to us hitherto; and I
hope we are met this Day, with a sincere Pur-
pose, to express both our grateful Sentiments of
what he has done, and still does for us; and
our Confidence and Trust in him, that he wil
yet deliver us. To forward and affift

you

in which Design, I shall

I. Consider St. Paul's Deliverance, which he refers to in this Text; a Deliverance from

Death,

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Deatli, a great Death, and so great a Death; and of which he was in such imminent Danger, that he tells us, in the Verse but one before, that he despaired of Life.

II. I shall take a View of our own Case. And if we have been threatned with a very great Death, the Destruction of all that is dear to us; (and this we have been so near unto, that, in the Eye of Man, there was no Prospect of Escape; but we were press’d, as the Apostle words his Case, out of Measure, above Strength, above our own Strength and Power to help our felves, even to Desperation ; so that none could save us, but he that he tells us saved him, even be that raised the Dead;) and if we have been delivered from this great Death, and are still delivered; I may, I suppose, with good Reason, press you to imitate our Apostle's Behaviour upon his Deliverance.

1. By acknowledging God to be the Author and Continuer of our Deliverance.

2. By offering up our Praises and Thankfgivings to him for thein.

3. By raising in our selves, from a juft Sense of what God has done, and does do for us, a Ground of Trust and Confidence in hiin for the future, that he that has delivered, and does deliver, will also yet deliver us.

I. I am to consider St. Paul's Deliverance; a Deliverance from a great Death. That this great Death was some imminent Danger that he was in in Asia, is certain, from the 8th Verse of this Chapter ; where he says, I would not have you ignorant, brethren, of the trouble that came to us in Asia : From whence, the same Thread of Discourse is continued down to the Text. But what Particular Trouble it was, that he met with there, being not agreed upon by Learned Men ; I shall beg your Patience, while I endeavour to settle that Point.

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Some of the Ancients, particularly Tertullian, (who is also followed by modern Commentators) do suppose the great Death, or great Danger of Death, mention'd in the Text, to be the same with that which he refers to in the 15th Chapter of his First Epistle ; where he speaks, v. 32. of his fighting with beasts at Ephesus; which was the Metropolis of the Lesler Afia. And some are for understanding both one and the other, of an actual Encounter that he had with wild Beasts, on the Theatre there ; to which he was condemn’d, as a Criminal'; and from which he was miraculously deliver’d, by the mighty Power of God. But I must confess, I think the Reason urged against this Interpretation, is of great Weight ; viz. That it cannot be supposed, that so remarkable a Passage of his Life, so wonderful a Preservation, would have been omitted; either by himself, in the uth Chapter of this Epistle, where he particularly enumerates several of his Dangers and Deliverances ; or by St. Luke, in the

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