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Kingdom of Chrift within us, by promoting the Love and Practice of Evangelical Purity and Holiness; and let us likewise frequently put up our most ardent Requests for the Enlargement of his Vifible Administration without us; be feeching God, in the Words of our Church, that he would please, of his Gracious Goodness, shortly to accomplish the Number of his Elect, and to haften the Kingdom of his Dear Son!

To Him, with the Father and the Ho-
ly Ghoft, be afcribed all Honour, Do-
minion, and Might, now and for
ever! Amen.

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A Scorner Incapable of True Wisdom.

A.

SERMON

Preach'd before the

QUEEN

AT

WHITEHALL;
October 28. 1694.

PRO V. xiv. 6.

A Scorner feeketh Wisdom, and findeth

it not.

169

IT

V.

T is the Wiseft among the Children SER M, of Men, who speaks; and about That, which most nearly concerns Us, and He best understood, even the Method of attaining True Wisdom: It becomes us,

therefore,

V.

SER M. therefore, to give the most fix'd and ferious Attention, we can, to what he is saying.

A Scorner, faith he, Jeeketh Wisdom, and findeth it not. Where we are, first, to enquire, Who it is, that is represented to us, under the Character of a Scorner; and, then, in what Senfe he is faid to feek Wisdom, but not to find it.

The Scorner is One, who is frequently mention'd in this Book of Proverbs; and against whom the Author of it hath levell'd no fmall Number of his Apophthegms, and wife Sayings. We find in the Pfalms, and Prophetick Writings alfo, many Glances at him, many Complaints of him: fo that the Nation of the Jews did, it seems, abound mightily with this Sort of Men; and they were a Great and Particular Grievance to the Followers of True Piety and Wisdom.

Their Character feems, in fhort, to have been This. They were Men, that, with much ado, had made a fhift to get rid of Good Principles, and fuch stiff Opinions, as they found inconfiftent with a Loofe

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a Loose Practice. As they had not any
Religion themselves, fo their Way was
to defpife Those who had; to look down
with Pity and Contempt upon a poor de-
luded Under-World; Beafts of Burthen
that follow'd, in a Track, after their
Leaders; Slaves to receiv'd Rules, and
Precarious Opinions, to Foolish Empty
Forms and Obfervances; but who never
once reafon'd freely, or thought for Them-
felves. They were unfortunately fallen
into a Time, when frequent Commotions
hapned in the Jewish State (as the Cafe
remarkably was, in the Age before Solo-
mon came to the Throne) and had feen
feveral Sorts of Men uppermoft, and, con-
fequently, several Notions of things pre-
vailing by Turns. This contributed
mightily to unfettle their Thoughts, or
(as they call'd it doubtless) to enlarge
them; to create in them a flight Opinion
of the Eternal Differences of Right and
Wrong, Good and Evil; and to make
them laugh at Thofe, who were Eager on
any Side, or for any Cause whatsoever,
which they did not get by,

They

SERM.
V.

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