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kind, it is pride; and in this respect, this is the captaia

Sia, the most general and universal fia in all the world. - Vobelief may have chat oame, and be well called our mar.

ter sin' in respect of jurification, but the chief fin, which is our greatest moral vice, and carries continually the greatest power with it in respect of faoctification, it is the dio of pride. All other fins do a kind of homage to pride,

as to their king and lord.' Other lips that we (Ipeaking - from feeliog) do call our master fins, are made use of by God to humble bis faints, and to eat out this on, and therefore this lio of pride is in that respect also the chictes fin. As we see in trees there is a master root, so in ori

ginal sin the master root is pride; and therefore God who Cresifs all other sins, is said especially to relift this fio afas i off, Psal. cxxxviii. 6. he cannot abide the sight of it. Now Satan that knows this fuil well, labours with mighr and main to provoke all men to this fin; it was his owa lin, the very fin that made him of a blefled angel a cursed

devil, and therefore he chiefiy labours to derive this sin to om all the sons of men; and indeed he fo far prevailed on our

first pareots by telling them, ye sball be as gods, Gep. 1. 5. that ever Gnce this lin hath claimed a kind of re

gency in the hearts of all: as we are sinful, so we are all j' proud, all would be fattered to an elteem of themselves,

te Jball be as gods, is a temptation to all sorts of mco. Hence we say pride is a weed that grows in every grouod, yea, on humility itself. Do we not fee men pretend to humility for their greater rise in the world? What self.dear nia) and hardship will men and women endure for this ve

ry fin? Witness naked breasts, and caked arms, and oak. bis ed shoulders, we all hold of Adam in capite; pride was

the first and great sin in Adam, and so it is in all his seed; i we had this lust from him, and he had this luft from the the angels: O the pride of angels! it gives then their fall; tu and O the pride of Adam! it gave him his fall; and Othe

pride that is in us! and therefore without repentance we == may also perish by this epidemical fig.

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SECT. XI. Of cur Wrestling with Satan to overconte this Sin in joms

particulars. THAT by God's grace we may be able to wrelle

1 with Satan and this fio; we may do well to ob. serve some things in particular, and then deal with it in geacral.

1. la particular. Pride is either converfapt aboni caroal objects, as pride of beauty, strength, riches, apps. rel, doc. or abont spiritual objects, as pride of gifts, graces, privileges. I shall speak to both these.

1. For the former, as the objects are several, fo is respect of them feverally, consider thus,

1. For beauty. Consider thy beauty is but skin deep;! and never was any so beauviful, but the flowers of the field, such as the role and lily, do in beauty of colours go beyond them. This made the wise man fay, Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vanity, but a woman that feareth the Lord, foe sball be praised, Prov. xxxi, 30. that is the true comeliness and best beauty which a picture cannot express. Art thou fair and beautiful, faith Chryioiiom, why, this is the glory of daws and not of mon; thou art pot fairer than the peacock or the swap : Do we not les harlots and effeminate men have a great share iu this glosy? Besides, what lothsome matter lieth hid under this fair škio? What filthy excrements are they that issue out of the nose, eyes, and ears, and pores, aod other pallages ? It the fountain within were but viewed whence all these come, how might this humble thee? I may add this ill of beau. ty, it is used most frequently by the devil most ordinarily for a bait to lin, it is a shining fame to set men's hearts of fire with unlawfullulls. But if there were nothing else, alas! to what purpose art thou proud of a thing so muta. ble, a little scratch impaireth it, and a greater wound doth quite deform it; a day's sickness doth much abate it, or if it be out of a week's continuance, it doth quite deface it; yea, so fading is it, that a little sun-fhine robbelb us of it; or if it be preserved from the violence of extraordinary accidents, yet time will by little and little steal it away. When old age cometh, it ploughs deep furrows in the

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most beautiful visage, it changeth the colour, and when death comes, the most amiable countenance will be de. formed, that they who most admired it will then loath it. Oh that thou would turn the edge of thy affections from this earthly trash to spiritual and heavenly beauty! Oh that thou wouldst mind the beauty of the mind, which coofifts in virtue, and the fanctifying graces of God's Spi:

it! Old age shall never make any wrinkles in the face of nice this, sickness shall never hurt this, violence shall pever deguts face this, grief aod forrow Thall aot impair this, death it.

Yelf shall not blemish or disgrace this, but rather it ihall 31,5 crown this beauty of grace with the beauty of glory.

2. For strength. Copsider this is common to men and & beasts; how vaio is it therefore that any should be proud 3 of such base vanities ? Art thou strong, faith Chrysostom,

and art thou therefore proud? Why the lion is bardier
than thoù, and the boar is stronger than thou; yea, rob.
bers, thieves, ruffians, and thy owo fervants excel thee ·
herein, and dost thou think this is a thing praise worthy?
Thou art strong, but can this deliver thee from those inco-
merable dangers unto which this frail life is daily subject ?
The king is not saved by the multitude of an host, neither is
the mighty man delivered by his great Arength, Pfal. xxxiii.
16. It can neither defend thee from the judgments of God,
Qor from the assaults of the devil; it can neither deliver
thee from fickoels oor death. Oh that thou wouldst be
strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might, Eph.
vi. 10; II. Oh that thou wouldst put on the whole ar-
mour of God, that thou mightest be able to stand against
the wiles of the devil, Phil. iv. 13. Why, this is strength
to purpose, hereby thou mightest be able to do all

biogs thro' Christ that firengthoeth thee, hereby thou
mightest stand manfully in the day of battle against all the
assaults of thy fpiritual enemies; bodily firength without
this is little worth: Oh what will become of thee in the
day of trial?

3. For riches; consider thy riches will not avail in the day of the Lord's fierce wrath; what is a fat portion to a leap soul ? Outward things never mend us, but often worsep us, for a man to be proud of riches, it as if an

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horse should be proud of his trappings, thy riches are but thoras, which unless a man hold warily, he is sure to be pricked: Hence are fo many epithets of riches in fcripture, that they may wean our aff ctions from priding in then, as the mammon of unrighteousness, the riches of tbe world, the deceitfulness of riches, Luke xvi. 6. 1 Tim. vi. 17. Mat. xiii. 22. Augustine adds, that they are an evil master, a treacherous fervant, fathers of Aattery, sons of grief, 2 cause of fear to those that have them, and a cause of sorrow to those that want them. Oh that men, Christians, profelfors of religion, hould ever be choaked with these thorns, or intangled with these soares, or especially QVártaken with pride, of such sordid, carnal, worldly things.

4. For apparel; consider, that this was the effect of fin; had our first parents continued in their state of innocency, they had remained glorious in themselves, but

fin brought shame, and this Game they would cover by - the help of garments: What then is our apparels but a daily monitor to call our fin and shame to remembrance? Oh that men should raunt themselves in this vanity! As if a thief beiog adjudged to wear an halter for his crimés, should make him one of silk, or golden twist, and because ii glitters, should presently grow proud of that, which indeed should humble him: Why, our apparel is the vesy siga of our fin, and shall we convert that which is givin us to hide our sin, into sia itself? Before Adam ligned, the most gorious garment would have been to him but as a cloud to the sun, and after Adam linned (to put him in mind of his sin and shane) God clothed him got with silks or velvets, curiously embroidred with gold and Silver, but with beasts-/kins, surely this was to humble him, and not to puff him up with pride; this was to mind himn of his brutih condition, yea of his frailty and mortality, feeing the creatures for his fake, were already subject to death and vanity. Oh that thou would't mind the word, which bids thee array thyself with fbamefacedness and modefty, not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly apparel,, 1 Tim. ii. 9. I Pet, iii. 3. Oh that thou wouldst' consider thyself a pilgrim upon the earth, and

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therefore thou shouldlt oot go as a citizen, or courtier of this world! Oh! that as a nobleman would be ashamed to borrow cloths of a beggar, so thou wouldst rather bea. shamed than glory in the ornaments which thou borrowest from inferior creatures, as froin one his feece, and from another his skin, and from another his feathers, and from another his bones, and from another his entrails, excre. ments, what not? Why alas, beasts, and birds, and filly worms, have the first title, and most natural interest to all thou wearest, and thou comelt to it only by conqueft, violence and force of arms? Oh that thou wouldit remem ber, that thy gay apparel doth not make thee more religi. ous, humble, just, and temperate, it doth not abate thy pride, but rather encreudeth it, it doth not extinguish the heat of lust, but rather inflames it; it doth not warm thy

beart with charity, nor expel the force of Satan's darts, E but rather causeth thy love to freeze, and lays open thy

soul to Satan's blows! A vicious, mao adorned with glori. ous garments, is like a dead corps Ituck with Aowers, or like the stately temples of Egypt, which had the outward courts, porches, walls, and roofs richly adorned with gold and silver, and curious carving and engraving, but if a mad went into the inmost parts to see the idol which was

there worshipped, instead of lome stately image set out acEcording to the rest of the bravery and pomp, he could find

nothing but the base picture or resemblance of some cat, or crocodile, or ugly serpent: These men who load them. felves with costly apparel, if this outward glory were but removed, and they more narrowly searched into the iomost temple of their hearts, instead of God's image shining ia its spiritual graces, we should find perhaps crocodiles and

serpents, lusts aod pride, and wastongess immodelty, and -- fuch like fios. O that men professiog mortification should ever be thus vain!

2. For the other objects of pride, as they are more {pi.. ritual, so it concerns Christians to be more heedful: A meer natural man is proud of his beauty, strength, riches, apparel, or the like; but a Christian is chiefly prone to be puffed up with higher and more raised perfections, as being more suitable to his Christian calling. Now as these

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