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SERMON XIV

Os Christ's Descent into Hell.
[Preached on Easter-Day]

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Psalm xvi. 9, io. Wherefore my Heart was glad, and my glory rejoiced; my Flesh also Jhall rest in Hope. For why? Thou Jhalt not leave my Soul in Hell; neither shalt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.

H E Afflictions and Calami- Sum. ties which fall upon Many XIV. men in this present State, are ^VN*1 of such a nature, that, were it not for the Hopes which True Religion and the Knowledge of God affords, their only Comfort would Vol. V. Y be

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S E R M. be That expectation of Death, which XIV- Job thus elegantly expresses, ch. iii. 17,

^s1*^ There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the Weary be at Rest: 'There the Prisoners rest together, they hear not the Voice of the- Opprejfour: The Small and Great are There, and the Servant is free from his Master. But True Religon affords virtuous and good Men a very different Prospect; and teaches them to expect, that, if God does not think fit to deliver them out of their Troubles Herey (which yet he sometimes does in a very extraordinary and unexpected Manner;) yet even the Grave itself puts not an end to his Power of Redeeming them j but he can and will raise them up again, to a future and a better Life. So that they may look upon Death itself not barely as a putting an end to their present Afflictions, but as a Passage to a Glorious and Immortal State. Wherefore my Flejh also, fays the Holy Psalmist, Jhall rest in Hope: For why? Thou Jhalt not leave my Soul in Hell; neither Jhalt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.

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The Psalm, of which these wordsSermare a part, seems to have been written XIV. by David in the time of some particu- **S*^* lar personal Calamity. Ver. 1. Preserve me, 0 God; for in thee have 1 put my Trust. The Ground of This his Trust, he expresses to be his Adherence to the True Religion, in opposition to the Idolatry of the Nations about him: Ver. 4, 6. They that run after another God, jhall

have great Trouble; but The Lord

himself is the Portion of Mine inheritance, and of my Cup. The particular affliction, which he here refers to, whatsoever it was; he acknowledges, proved beneficial to him, in fixing his Mind more fteddily upon things relating to his spiritual estate: Ver. 8. I will thank the Lord for giving me warning; my Reins also chasten me in the night-season: I have set God always before me; for he is on my right hand, therefore I Jhall not fall. And then he adds, in the words of the Text, the Comfort arising to him from the sense of this Improvement: Wherefore my Heart was glad, and my Glory rejoiced; my Flejh al

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S E R M. Jb Jhall rest in Hope: For why? Thou wilt XIV- not leave my Soul in Hell; neither Jhalt

U""V"SJ thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption. 'T i s remarkable here, that the former part of these words; My Heart was glad, and my Glory rejoiced; are cited, Acts ii. 26, according to the Rendring of the LXX, My Heart rejoiced, and my Tongue was glad. Which not only, in other words, expresses the very same sense , but (hows us also what it is, that the Psalmijl, in Other Passages, means by his Glory. Psal. xxx. 12, To the end that my Glory, (that is, that my Tongue,) may sing Fraise to thee, and not be silent. And Psal. lvii. 9, Awake up, my Glory; awake, lute and Harp; I my self will awake right early: That is; Both with my Voice, and with Instruments of Musick, will I sing Praise unto thee.

The latter part of the words; My ; Flesh also Jhall rest in Hope: For why? thou wilt not leave my Soul in Hell, neither fialt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption: are by Many understood to be a highly figurative expression in the Psal

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