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BOOK THE FOURTH.
The Bonk of IVhoredom, and the Cruelty of the Wicked.
Now I have searched the Scriptures and I find that this is one of the most common and most dangerous sins that a Mar or Woman can practice on the Earth, becanse, it is most abominable in the sight of God, and it hath such a connexion with almost all other sins, as it pollutes the son!, flesh, and seed, and makes it none other than fit for the fuel of hell. Therefore, read this book, and that with great attention, and ste the result of this great evil, and the thousands which it kath slain, unil see the crurlty of the wicked, and let us look to the bleeding Lamb, and pray for mercy and grace so that
be delivered from this great and sore evil before it is too late.
Now I consider this sin to be one of the greatest sins, which is committeil under the wlinie Ileavens. But now, my readers, we sre that God blessed man at the beginning, and made him lapps, and he was pure, and in love with his Maker.
And Coil blessed thein, anel (od said unto them, " le fruitful, and multiply, and replenish ihe Earth. Gen. i.
27, 23. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not astiamed, Gen. ii. 25 They knew no shame, because they knew no sin; and had they continued in that state, eurely, the their actions, works, and conceptions had been in love with each onher, and holy 10. Their God, But it
appears that it was suffered that man should be tried, and ly his yielding to the temptation of the devil, and disa obedience in the command of his Gioil. Il appears by this, that their rya's were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made thema
And so it appears ibat they soon found a guilty conscience, aud that their holy liature was changed from a love of virtue, 10 that of vive. But agani, methukis
that there was a monitor, or conscience. working within, which made their flesh and hearts tremble, saying, what hast thou done, thou hath got nothing but the bulk of the sius of the whole world in thy nakedness, to appear before an holy God. And now, my rraders, I may still lead on to the
way of mal's restoration through Christ our Lord. But as this Book is called the Book of Whoredom, I shall, therefore, proceed on to some of those lustful and wicked acts which men have committed, which things you may find in Holy Writ.
And ouw I consider that there was something of this great evil in man before the Flood, for it said that men took them wives of all which they chose, and that the imaginatiou of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually, Gen. vi. 25. And their wickedness was so great so thai the Lord destroyed them from off the face of the earth. Gen. vii, 23. And it appears again that after the Flood, that this sore evil sprang up again in Ham, which mocked bis father in his weakness. Gen. ix. 22. And it appears to me that he was the father of many wicked valions, and per bajis of Sodon and Gomorrah, whom the Lord destroyed by brimstone and tire. Gen. xix. 24. And after these things we read again and see how that the Children of Israel committed whoredom with the daughters of Moab, and i hey called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods, and the people did eat and bowed down to their gods, and Israel joined bimself unto Baal-peor, and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel. And the Lord said unto Moses, take all the heads of the people and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel. And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, slaj ye every one his men that were joiued unto Baal-peor. And behold oue of the Children of Israel came and brought unto his bretliren a Midianitish woman in the sigbt of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation af the Children of Israel, who were weeping before the tabernacle. And when Phinehas, the sou of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw il, he aniong
the congregation and took a javelio in bis hand ; and he went after the man of Israel juto the tent and thrust both of them tbrongh, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed froin The Children of Israel. And those that died in the plague were twenty and fuur thousand. Numbers xxv. 1. Aod
now we see the results of this great evil. And the pride and the wicked lust of this nature, if it is not restrained from, will ruin the body and sink the poor soul iuto hell. Therefore, if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God, with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire; where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. Mark ix, 7. And agaio, after those things, in the time of the judges of Israel, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning ou the side of Mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Bethlehem Judah, and his concubine played the wliore against him, and went away from him unto her father's house, and was there four whole months. And her husband arose and went after her, to speak friendly unto her, and to bring her back again. And when he came to her father's house, her father received him joyfully, and he abode with him four days. And it appears that they were peaceable and merry together, and his father in-law wished ihem to have stayed louger. But it seems that he did not wish to become burdensome to his father-in. law. Therefore his desire was to return home again, so the Levite and his concubine, and his servant, returned home again, and they came over against Jebas. Now the day being far spent, his servant wished his master to lodge there. But his master said unto him, we will not turn aside hither into the city of a stranger that is not of the Children of Israel, but we will pass over to Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin; and it came to pass that when the Levite was in the streets of the city, he sat him down, for there was no man that took them into his house to lodging. But behold there was an old man coming from his work out of the field, and when he came to them he spoke friendly unto them and took them into his house to lodge them. But pow, it appears, that there was some very wicked men in this city, and they besel the house so that the Levite was obliged to let them have his concubine to do what they pleased with her; and they knew her and abused her all ihe night, so that it appears she was found dead at the door in the morning. And the Levite took her up upon an ass and gat him to his place. And it appears that he laid it to heart so much that he took a knife and divided her into twelve picces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel for them to consider what they bad best do concerning this evil matter. And it was so that all that saw it said there. was no such deed done or seen fron the day that the Children of Israel cane up out of the Land of Egypt. See Judges xix. And they took counsel, and sent to the Children of Benjamio, iheir brother, saying, deliver to us the men the Children of Belial which are in Gileab that we unay put them 10 death. But the Children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren, the Cl.ildren of Israel. But the Children of Benjamin gathered themselves together to balile against their brethren and now this shocking event which took place through this sin ul and lustful and wicked act which had been committrd. It appears, if I mistake not, that the Benjamites destroyed of the Israelites down to the ground forty thousand; and the Children of Israel destroyed down to the ground of the Children of Benjansiu twenty and five thousand men and upwards And this great and sore event srens to bave occurred from the abuse which was done to the Levites concubine. And it appears :hat there was more de stroyed of the Children of Israel than there were of the Children of Benjamin, yet the Benjamiles seemed to be most in fault. Judges ss. And what can we say concerning These things ? who can tell, it may be that the children of lärael, probably had committed some sin of uncleanliness. But lot so much public 10 the werle por su abusive, and if they had, wo wonder why both parties were destroyed. But O how marvelous and inisterious are lliy works and judgments O Lord, are not thy ways and wisdom in Hie lieavens, and in ihe skie, and in ilie derp walers. 0, ! mtreat ihee to bumble my soul in thy sight, lest for fear that I should fall into some great evil aud thou cut nie off from the earik. And again, we also see that David com. mitted a very great sin by committing adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. 2 Sain. ni. 2. Now this sin of Cavid's in committing adultery was very greal, but this is. noi all, for he added to it, for it appears that he caused Urial to fall by the sword of the Children of Animon, to conceal liis own wickedness. Aud again, David's sin was very great in ibis sense, low he being represented as a man of Guil, and at the same time indulge bimself in this wicked act, it was therefore a hurt to the cause of God, dit also gave great occasion in the enemies of the Lord
caution for every one that professeth to be a christian, that is, to keep himself by grace unspotted from the world. James i, 27. But now I had rather come short bere, for it appears that David sincerely repented, and whom the Lord condemus not. Let not me condemn, but behold my lille Book called Repentance, and see how this sin grieved his precious soul. But again, and David took her, who had been the wife of Uriah, to be bis wife, but the child and after this, she bare him another son, and he called his name Solonion, and the Lord loved him; and after this, in a dream, God said unto Sulomon, ask what I shall give thee, and in the choice which God gave him, he asked, and preferring understanding and wisdom, rather than long life, or riches, or the life of his enemies. And the thing which Solomon asked for, pleased the Lord, so that the Lord gave him wisdom, peace, bonour, and riches. 1 Kings, c. iii. And he was counted the wisest man upon the earth. And now, I say, look and behold this great man, and that he seems to be strengthened and fortified against all evil and temptations. Bui see how he was drawn away, and that by the allurement of women. King Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites. Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the Childrın of Israel, Ye shall not go into ihen, neither shall they come in unto you; for surely they will turn awas your heart after their Gods; Solomon cléave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. And by the allurement of women and proud lusts he fell away to idolatry, and paid homage to strange Gods. 1 Kings, xi. 1. Therefore, he that thinkest he standetli, let bim take heed, lest he fall. But now, I. shall leave the bad deeds of Solomon here, hoping that he repented, and that his soul is at rest in glory; and you may see his sweet counsel and exhortation, and that is for us to avoid and to shun those evils. In some of my works following, which is most woriny of your notice, but blessed is the man that is like Job, for he seems innocent of these things, & ob. serve what he saith of these things, he saith it is an henious crime, a fire that consumeth to destruction, Job, xxxi, 9. And again, hear what Isaiah saith concerning these charactors; they enflame themselves with idols under every green