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tree, slaying the children in the vallese under the clifs of the rocks. Isaiah, lvii, 5. And didsi debase themselves unto hell, v.9. Aod again, in another place, Jeremiah saith, lift up thine eyes unto the bighi places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness, and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wicked
Therefore the showers have been witbholden, and there hath been no lalter rain ; and thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou refusedest to be ashamed. Jeremiah, iii, 2. And again, he saith I have seen also in the prophets - of Jerusalem an horrible thing; they commit adultery, and walk in lies ; they strengthen also the hands of evil doers, that pone cloth return froes his wickedness; they are all of them unto nie as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. Jeremiah xsiii, 14. And again, behold the whorish state of Jerusalem and their great abominations which are fully described in the 16 chap. of Ezekiel. Now the Lord hari been mindful of them, and done them good, and blessed them will plenty; but instead of returuing gratitude and thanklul prayers and praises unto their God for the same, they indulged theinselves in all nianner of whorish practices, so that they were coupled worse than Sodom. How weak is thive heart sailli the Lord God, seeing Thou does all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman? and behold ihe Judgment of the Lord in this chapter, pronounced against them for their evil werks. And again, the prophet sprahs much of their proud, luste tull, and nooristo practices in the 23d chapter, and of the judgments of Good pronounced against them for the saine, Aud muu, my reailers, these lusiful and whorish practices if they are not restrained from, will lead men and women into blood-shedding to support and satisfy their wicked and lustful appetites, and if not repented of it appears that such will be judged as blood-sheeders. See c. xvi. 38, xxiii, 45, Rev. svii, 6. And again, hear the word of the Lord by Nahum the Prophet, concerning Nineveh that great city. The horse men litreth up burn the bright sword and the glittering spar; ani cliere is a mulitude of slain, and a greal bumber of carcases; ane ticere is none eud of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses; and for wbat cause ? Because of the multitude of the whioredoms of ihe wellfavoured barlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth
nations through her witchcraft. Nahum iïi, 3. And again, behold the Revelation to John the Divine concerning this great sin, and he saith, there came one of the seven angels and talked with me, saying unto me, come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore i hat sitteth upon many waters: with whom the Kings of the Earth have committed fornication, and the inhabiters of ihe earth have been nade drunk with the wine of her fornication. So be carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness; and I & woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, and the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones aud pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abomi. nations and filthiness of her fornication; and upon her fore. bead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. Rev. xvii, 1. Aud again, it is said that all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth bave commited fornication with her, c. xviii, 3. And he saitla nnto me, the waters which thou sawest, wbere the whore sitieth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the women which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth, c. xvii, 15, 18. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of siauts, and of all that were slain upon the earth, c. xviii, 21, And I heard another voice fiot.. Heaven, saying, come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and tbat ve receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto Heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works; in the cup which she hath filled fil to her double. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burnt with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. Rev. xviii, 4. And after these thiogs I beard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia: Salvation, and Glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God. For true and righteous are his judgments; for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and toath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. Rev. xix, 1. Now it appears to me by scripture, if I mistake not, that those Babylonians was descendants from Ham, who mocked his father in his weakness. Gen. ix, 22. And it brought a curse upou kim, and it seems to be a great sore and growing evil among the Babylonians, and it is greatly to be feared it was to the destruction of wany thousands of souls. But still I believe that the Reve. lation hath an allusion to all who continually practice this wicked and lustful sin in the world, therefore, mock not thy tender father nor thy tender mother in their weakness, peither grieve them as long as they live, that a blessing may come upon you by their prayers from the Lord, for the prayers of a righteous man availeth much. (See my Book called by this name.) Now hear what King Solomon saith concerning these things, a man which I believe experienced as much or more thau any man by the allurements of women. O behold his good counsel which he gives in bis Proverbs, and how he recommends to us wisdom and the fear of the Lord, and he saith it is to deliver thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereih with her words, which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and for. getteth the covenaut of her God, for her house inclineth unto death, and her path unto the dead. Prov. ii, 16. But at the first her lips seeni to drop as av honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil; but her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword Her feet go down to deaih, her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou capst not know them. Hear me now, therefore, O ye chil. dren, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of ber bouse; lest thou give thine honour unto others, and aby years unto the cruel; lest strangers be filled wish thy wealth, and thy labours be in the bouse of a stranger, and and thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, and say, how have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof. Pov, v, 3. Aud he saith again, Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread; and the adulo tress will huut for the precious life. Can a mau take fire in his bosom, and his clothes uot be burned ?
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upon hot coals, and his feel not be burnedSo he that goeih in to his neighbour's wife, shall not be innocent. Whoso committeth adultery with a woman, is weak; he that doetb it destroyeth his own soul. Prov. c. vi. And again, Sulo:non, here by liis much experience setteih forth ibe crafliness of a whore, and the way ip which she intices a young wap!on1. For at the window of any house I looked through my casement, and beheld among the simple ones, Iiliscerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, passing through the streets near her corner; and he went the way to her house, in tlie twiliglit, in the evening, in lle black and dark night: aud, beholil, there met hiina woman, will the allire of an biarlot, ami subril of heart. She is loud and stubborn; her feet abiile not in her house; Now is slie willout, now in the streets, and liesh in wait at
So she caughi liim, aw kissed him, and with an impudent face saiil 1.000 liim, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I gioiel my vows. Therefore cane I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I liave found thee. I have bedeched my bed with coverings of Tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. 'I have perfumed my bed with myrslı, alves, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our till of love wil the morning: let us sulate ourselves with loves. so will hier much fair speech she caused bim to yield, with the Ballering of her lips she forced him. So he goeih after her straightway, as an ox goeili tu ihe slaugliter, or as a fool in the correction of the nocks; till a dart strike through lois lixer; as a birid hasteth to the share, and knoweth not that it is for his life, Hearken unto me now, Oye children, and attend to the words of my mouil. Let not thine leart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. for she haili castilloso many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. ller house is the way to beil, going down to the chambers of death. l'rov. c. vii. Forslie sittet at the door of her house, on a srat in the ligh places of the city, to call ide
passengers who go right on their ways: whosa is simple, let hiin turi in bilher: and as for lim that wanteth understanding, she -sailli to him, stolea waters are sweet, and breat carea in :secret is pleasant. Bui le knoweth not that ile ilea i ase. There; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
Prov. ix, 14. Therefore, riy readers, be noi deccised, Coint is out mocked, for whatsoever a att soweth, itul stabil de
also reap; for be that sowath to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the spirit, shall of the spirit reup life everlasting. Gal. vi. 7. And again, we see that the law and command of God is this, thou shall not approach unto a woman uncover her nakedness as long as she is put apart for her. uncleanness. Lev. xviii, 19. But see how far sinful men and women come short of this, and hear what St. Paul saith concerning the Gentiles, and see how far they was from his holy law. For they changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Aniell, Rom, i, 25. And for this cause God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nalure. And likewise also the nen, leaving the natural use of the woman, beroerd in their lust one towards another : men with mer, so that they were filled with all manner of wickedness. See Romans, c l. And again, hear and see wbat the law of Moses saith of tbese things. Leviticus, c. 20. But now, my fellow-sinners, I would advise you to hear what the Disciples of Christ say. Dearly beloved, I beseech you to abstain froun fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. 1 Peter, ii, 11. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, that is to say, Gospel Grace. For the night of ignorance with us ought to be far spent, because the gospel day is at haud.
Let us, therefore, cast off the work of dark. ness, and let us put on the armour of light, and make not provision for the flesh to fulfil the lust thereof. For all that is in the world the lusi of ihe flest), and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the father; but is of the world, and the world passeth away, and the lusts thereof. But he that doeth ihe will of God a bideth for ever. Therefure, all you that read this book, be ye aware of this great and sore evil, because I believe ibat there is no sin that is much more delestable in the sight of God than this sin w bich I have stated, neither do I think that there is any sin kept in practice much more than this sin, that is to say, either by longing or lustful thoughts, or the desire of ibe evil heart, or buy private and open practices. Whosoever lookrth upon a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart, saith our Lord. Mall, v, 28. Now the best way to resist this great and sore evil, is by grace and hun.ble prayer, through Christ, aud 10