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fear God; and, like Joseph, say how can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God. Gen. xxxix, 9. Now this will expel this sin out of the body and soul. At som« certain times, I believe, when nothing else perhaps will not. Therefore, let us look to the Bleeding Lamb, and pray for repentance, mercy, and grace, so that we may be delivered from this great and sore evil before it be too late. Amen.

THE CRUELTY OF THE WICKED.

Oh behold what Satan, disobedience, and sin hath done, and how cruel it hath made the offspring of Adam. Now it appears that after the fall, that Eve conceived and bore Cain, and said I have gotten a man from the Lord. But perhaps she was not rightly aware what sin had done, and the sting which it had left in their offspring, and likely she thought that lie would become their help, support, and joy, and comfort. But, alas! he become their grief, shame, and sorrow, and I say, as I have said in another place, we know not what enemy bangs at the breast of a mother; for we see that after Cain that Eve bare Abel his brother, and in process of time it came to pass that they brought their offerings unto the Lord, and the Lord had respect unto Abel, and his offering: but unto Cain, and to his offering* he had not respect, because his ways was not right in the sight of the Lord. And it appears that this filled his heart with hatred, envy, and malice against his righteous brother. But still, we see what fair conditions the Lord set before Cain concerning his acceptance. But it appears that all would not suffice nor assuage his wroth, and it is said, that Cain talked with Abel, his brother, and lam readv to think that he talked with him very unreasonable, unfair, and awkward. But again, nietliinks that on the oilier I.and that AM talked vuth him reasonable, fair, aiul ryht, and with

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good sense. But il appears thai all would not suffice, for we see that with cruel hands and a sinful and malicious heart and spirit, how that he rose up ami slrw his righteous brother. A Caw, with cruil hands, tliou didst destroy thy mother's love and father's joy. ami the voice of Abel'* blood cried unto the Lord from the ground, f"r 'ie '"!""l no mercy from the hand of his brother upon the earth. Therefore, it appears that he rried uuio the Lord that ha might look upon it, and through Christ h* himself inn nil the mercies of heaven. Uul if the Lord had no more mercy on us than we sometimes have for one allotner, I say then if it were so, then we should he almost destitute of in- rev. Cut bless the Lord it is u"t so, hut his blood speaks heller things than that of Abel's. Now, according to our laws, which appear to be just and right, I say hy this law, man's blood seems to cUim justice. But blest he the Lamb of God, for his blood claims rrrercy. And again, alter the flood we see how pride, lust, wickedness, and ciully btgm to spiing up in the evil In art of man, for we read of i tie sodomites, and there we see that how lustlul, wicked, and cruel they were; for melhiuks that they would have destroyed Lot with the two Ang-ls of Heaven, had it lain in their power. But by the power of the Lord these blessed bites smote them with blindness, so that lliev could not hurt their precious souls. And, peihap*, |he>e sodomite's never saw no more at all, for it appears that in a little tine they died by the fire ot his vengeance, iu misery, groans, and fears. Now, Lot had said to his so.is-irt-l.ivv which imarried his daughters, up get ye out of this place for the Lord will destroy this city; but he se,.mcd as one that mi.eked unto his soris-in law. Oh, now what a lively figure is this of the punishment of (he wicked in'hell fire; how inanv there seeiuetli to be, it is to be lamented, who, vvli-ti they are forwamed of the lake of fire and brimstone, make a mock of it and will not believe it. till, like the soos-iu Uw 'of Lot, they come to feel the scorching heat as they did the burning of Sodom and Gomorrah. Therefore, my readers, these things are left upon record, for von and lor me, for an example that we follow not I heir Meps; and stdl here 'is in this subject something very remarkable, but 1 must omit. But one thing be \e aware of, and that is, see that ye tight not against the holy messengers of God. Gen. c. 19. And again, we also read of the cruelty of Pharaolu Kingof Egypt, who knew not God; ami how he commanded the midwives to kill the dear infants u( Israel as soon n, tln'V was delivered from tut.ir mother's woiub, even m the Umip of their sharp travail, pain and sorrow. But still the Lord had mercy upon them, and at his good he took away the Ling's life. E\od. ii, 23. And again, we see how cruel tin. Philistines was to put out the eyes of Samson, or bored. out his eves, and hound him with tetters of brass; and he did grind in the p. i.on house. Judges, xvi,'21. Ah, Samson, was nut thine heart enticed by a woman, and did not not she deceive thee, and cause thy strength to fail, 'ami brought thee into bondage and shortened thy davs. Hut again, we also reail that some of the Kinirs of Israel was very cruel and wicked in their days, even Saul the first King of Israel, for we see and read how that he slew the Priests of the Lord. At that time when he pursued after David to lake away his life, for we read and see how that David in the lime of his distress came to Nob to the Priest, whose naiue was Ahiinelech and requested some relief, and by David's subtile and fair speech Aninielich in the integrity of his heart, i( appears, supplied his necessary wants. And Saul, David's enemy, hearing of it was wroth with Ahiinelech, and would not h ar his cause. But commanded anl slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did "ear A linen iphod. lie slew those which he had no command to siuv, and he spared some ot thin which the Lord had commanded him to slav. See 1 Sam. xv. 9. But it appears that Doeg was the informer or instigator to this Milked act, and it appears that David speaks oJ it in lhe.5'2 Psaliu. but notwithstanding there may be something of the just judgment of God in this. See L Sam. ii 20 toil; i i. i1. lint nevertheless it appears that Saul was very cruel and wicked in doing of it, for it is said tuat he smolo Nob the city of the priest with the edge ofjhe sword, both men and women, children and sucklings, and the dumb animals thereof, s.nole he with the edge of the sword, I Sam. xxii. 18, 19. But it came to pass, alter this, tl at his nwu sword departed not from htm, lor in the day of battle lie was soie wounded by the archers, and he commanded Ins arniourbnaier to slay him, but he would not; therefore S*ut took a sword and fell upoh it, and so he ended hi*.

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days. He was cruel to others, and at last he became duel to himself. 1 Sam. xxxi. 4. And again, we see that Ahab, King of Israel, was very cruel and wicked in his reign, and so was Jezebel his wife, for they was so worldly minded and no covetous and so cruel that tbey brought in a false accusation of blasphemy against Naboth, and took away lib life to the intent of taking possession of his field. 1 Kings, xxi. 13. But observe, my brethren, it was in the days of old as it is now, that is to say, sometimes we see in this life that the innocent are condemned and loose their lives, mid the guiltv go free. But this denotes that there is a judgment day to be, and the Lord by the mouth of Elijah denounceth judgment against Aliah and Jezebel his wife, aud this was their end in this life. Ahab was wounded in the battle and he died, and the dogs licked up his blood, 1 Kings, xxii, 38. And Jezebel, Ahab's wife was thrown down out of a window and the dogs eat up her flesh. 2 Kings, ix, 33, 34, 85. According to "the v.ord of the Lord which he spake by Elijah the Prophet. 1 Kings, xxi, 23, 24. See my little Book called "The Power of God against the Wicked." And we see and read that many of the Kings of Israel and Judah were very wicked and cruel in their days, such as Manasseh, aud many more, and see how this grieved the spirit of the holy one. But many a time was the Lord mer ciful unto them and to save them out of the hands of theii enemies, and would not stir up all his wrath. O how man) times he sent unto them his messengers of love because he bad compassion upon his people, and on his dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people till ihere was no remedy. 2 Chron. xxxvi, 16. And the City of Jerusalem was besieged until there was uo bread, and the city was brokeu up and the King of Babylon took the city and burned it with fire, and he was so cruel that he look tlie KingZedekiah and his sons, and they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon. 2 Kings, xxv, 7See Jer. xxxix, 6. But again, we see how that the King of Babylon had the mastery of the children of Israel, aud car•xied them away captive, but not becanse he was righteous,

Imt because they was wicked, therefore ihe Lord delivered them into his hands. And we read also in the Booti of Daniel of his idolatry, pride, and cruelty. For it is said, that he made an image of gold, whose height!) was threescore cubits and the breadth thereof six cubits, and lie commanded that all his people, nations & lauganges, should fall down and worship his intake which he had made, and, being so full of pride and cruelty, commanded that those that worshiped it uot, should the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Dan. iii, O. And at that lime the Children of Israel was in bondage as k Were, and lay under his mercy as he thought, hut at the same time there was, as it appears, a few righteous souls among ihern, of whom was Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and these men, it is said, regarded not the king's decree, they served not his Gods, nor worshipped his golden image, which he had set up? Dan iii, 12. Then the king to shew his pride and power was io cruel that he commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven time* more than it was wont to be heated. And he comroandtd the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrath, Meshach, aud Abed-nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. T hen ihese men were bound in iheit coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fitry furnace. Therefore because the kind's commandment was urgent, and furnace exceeding hot, the flame.of the tire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego* And these three men, Shadrach, Menhach, and Abed-nego, ft II down hound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace, v.23. But the Lord was with them there, and delivered their righttous souls, so that they received no hnrt, v. 27. And it/appears to me that Nehuchadnrzzarthe King would have made something like a hell for the righteous, but hell itself was never made for the righteous, neither shall they endure it although the earth may be set on fire. 2 Peter, iii, 10, i'2. Tor the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open to {their prayers. But it is true, I suppose, that some have been burnt at the stake, and thai tor the cause of holy religion. But surely this was suffered of God, and that to he for some wi«e pur.

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