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Ila 58.6. Is not this the fast that I have cho

Sex?-V.7. Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out, to thy boufe? when thon seest the naked, that shou cover bim, and that thou hide not thy self from shine own flesh: V.10. And if thou draw out thy soul to the hun.

gry, and satisfie the afli&ted soul; then shall zhy Ligbt rise in obscurity, and thy darkneß

the noon day. Acts 10.4. And he said unto him , Cornelius,

t by Pragers, and thine Almes are come up for 4

memorial before God. Heb.13.16. But to do good, and to communicate,

forget not, for with such Sacrifices God is well

pleased. Prov.22.9. He that hath a bountiful eye, shall

be blessed, for be giveth of his bread to the

poor. Prov.28.27. He sbat giveth unto the poor shall

not lack, but he ibat bideth his eyes shall bave

many a curse. Prov. 11:34. There is that scattereth, and yet er.

creafetbs and there is that withholdeth more

than is meet, but it sendeth to poverProv.21.13. Whofo foppeth bis cares at the cry

of the poor, he also hall cry himself, but shall not be heard.


I come now to speak of the Duties belonging to the poor. Poverty hach its dangers, evils and templati

. onis, as well as riches and abundance. And there are Duties belonging to those that are poor, 2 well as to the rich; and they are these chat fol low.

1. They ought to take heed of murmuring or repining againft God; and co be well-pleased and contented with the condition and station wherein he hath placed them. We are Gods Creatures, and he hath a right to do with us what he will. I Sam, 2. 7. The Lord maketi poor, da makethrich; he bringetb low, and lifterh up. And who art thou o man, that repliest again, God? Shall the thing formed say to him that for ed it, why halt thou made me thus ? Hath not ik: potter pawer over the clay, of the same lump 11 make one veßel to honour , and another to dilo noir? &c. As the Apostle reasons , Rom.9.20, 21. Let not che poor therefore murmare again Gods dealing with them, but labour to be mei satisfied with their Lot. Let them not compare their condicion with those they count more prosperous and happy than themselves, bac racher with then they see more miserable : And then they will have cause to blessé God for their ows portior. Let them pray earnestly to the Lord, tor that great blessing of a contented mind, wich

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out which, the wealthiest condition is very uneasie and irkfom; and with which the poorest is pleafing and delightful. I have learned (faith Paul,

Phil. 4.11, 12, 13.) in whatever state I am therewith to be content. I know how to be abased,

and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed, both to be full and to be hungry, both 10 abound and to suffer need, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth mes

II. They ought to be very humble. With their low condition, they should carry a lowly mind. They should give due respect to those, whom God hach set above them in the world and from whom they receive benefit. There are some poor people that have as ugly a pride and

insolenty of Spirit in them, as is co be found any where among men. There is a leathern pride, and'a rufset insolency, 'cis not alwaies conch'd under gorgeous apparel : But surely those whom God hach made low in this world, should be lowly in their own eies. They should labour to be poor in Spirit, deeply sensible of their fpiritual wants and chen there is a great blessednesse belongs unto thein, Mat. 5. 3. Blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Therich must be thus

poor, if they intend to come to Heaven.

III. They should be diligent and painful in their Callings. The Apostles Charge is, 2 Thel.


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3.10. That they that will not work, should not ea idlenesse aod lazineffe is the son of many poor people. If they would work, they mighe cat their own bread, and not be chargeable to

any. man to whom God givech health and induftig te gec his living, is poftest of a great treafwc, and 1 stock yielding him daily rent. The labour that gets

him bread, gers him also an appetite to ex it, and peep to refresh him when he is weary, and healih to continue his labour, Ecclef. S. 12. The sleep of a labouring man is frocet, whether be cat little or much, but the abundance of the rich will not wffer him to sdep. His many Children give him leffe care, then femo Children to the rich, and leß trouble to provide for them. For in rich mens houses, the Charge growech al waies as the Children grow. In poor families that live byla bour, the Gharge growes beffe as the childres grow up. The Sons serve the Father, in die werk, the Daughters pix by their mother. Their portios is their Trade and Labour, by which (with Gods bleffing ) they live confortably.

IV. They should be frugal, not prefently as soon as ever they have goc a little monej, going to the Ale-house, and drinking it away (2 too many do ) buc should lay it up to supply their necessities. And they should be carefni and provident to improve the opportunities ebu God pucs into their hands. As in such rims when inork is plenty and provisions cheap, they should then lay up something against a time of

need, and not hacken their industry, and grow Norhful; nor be proud and scorutal, lavishing

out all theyget, on their backs and bellies; and so Ewhen work is scarce, provisions dear, and sickness comes, they Juffer want, through their own im

providence, and become burdensom to o chers, o V. Above all things they ought to be exceeding careful of the welfare of their souls, and very diligent to work out their salvation. And now, o all ye that are poor in this world, Come, and lec us reason cogecher. Your outward condition in this life, ('tis confeßd) is mean and poor , and posfibly you cannos expect it will be much mended; get lift up your hearts, and comfort your felves with this consideration, you are us capable of the Kingdom of Heaven, and the Glory of the world to come, as any others ; if you ( through your own folly and negligence ) be not wanting to your selves. Here ( possibly) with all your labour , you cannot raise your felves to any confiderable estates. He would be a welcorne man unto you, that could direct you how in an honest and just way, by using due care and industry, you might attain a hundred pounds a year, Hom diligently would you listen to his advice, and how earnestly and punctually obferve his Directions ? Now therefore come on, and consider seriously, whether it will not be an extream

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