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for us,

78 No need of any mediators but Chrift.Ch.2.

builds under the staires, where Chrift sees her, but not publickly.

Seventhly, see here the Church needs

not Angels and Saints to mediate for Verse 14. her, her owne voyce is sweet and coun* Ioh. 16. tenance comely in Gods estimation: * At

that day yee shall aske in my name, and I say not to you that I will pray the Father for you, for the Father himself loveth you because yee have loved me. Christ tels us, hee thall have no great need to pray

for God himselfe loveth us, to heare our voyce,

and to see us ; let us then not be afraid to put forth our voyces : labour then for such a spirit as to grieve for our finnes, and to rejoyce in Gods mercies; for God is pleased with that : hee is a true citizen of Sion, that when hee abounds in Gods mercies,yet hee weepes for his sins ; and when he weepes for his sinnes, yet hee is thankefull for Gods

mercies. Use 8. Againe, observe, the Church shall

alwayes be troubled with some enemies, Verse 16. Take us the foxes that spoile the vines :

There shall be ever some Sanballat, or Tobiah, or some other to be nibbling at the Church of God: wonder not at this,


Ch.2. The Churches enemies shall be rained. 79 for this will be so; but observe touching these enemies of the Church,

First, they shall deale subtilly and craftily with her. Secondly, they may

disturb and hinder her peace and proceedings; but

Thirdly, they shall in the end be restrained, as in Revel. 19.20. And the beast was taken , and with him the false Prophet that wrought miracles before him, &c. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. Therefore let such foxes know the time will come when Christ will either take them, and chaine them, and bind them up, as he did Sanballat, Tobiah, Shether-boznai* : or else * Ezra 6.

6,7. hang them up, as he did Haman and his sonnes. Let men then take heed that they doe not push at the Church , for God will either chaine them up, or hang them out of the way.

Lastly, here wee may see, when the use 9. enemies of the Church are restrained or destroyed, and corruptions weeded out ofit, the Church then enjoyeth sweet, and safe, and full fellowship with the Lord Jesus, and hee with her: Hee gives her pledges of his favour , and she gives

80 Corruptions removed,Christ is enjoyed. Ch.2.

him pledges of pure worshipping him; He feeds them with his ordinances, they him with their sacrifices. And they that would procure Christ this, let them provide for weeding out of their finnes; as usury, wicked marriages, profanations of Gods Sabbaths, &c. Such Churches shall be sweet, and much sweet solace shall they enjoy one with another, Christ with them, and they with him.


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CHAP. 3+ Y night on my bed I fought him whom my foule loveth, I fought him, but I found him 2 I will rise now, and goe about the city in the Streetes, and in the broad wages, I will seeke him whom my foule loveth : I fought him but I found him not.

3 The watch-men that go about the city found me, to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my sonle loveth?

4 It was but a little that I passed from them but I found him whom my fonle loveth:1 keld him and would not let him goc , untill I had bronght him into my mothers house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.


Verse 1.

When night with the Church. Ch.3.

The comfortable issue of her seeking
Christ is set forth,

First, By her finding of him, verse 4.
Secondly, By her holding of him, ver.4.

Thirdly, By her bringing of him into her mothers house, verse 4:

Fourthly, By her charge to the daughters of Ferufalem, to walk circumspectly, that this estate be not interrupted, verse 5.

By night: ] that is in time of darknesse, and publicke calamity; when Antiochus Epiphanes, the little horne waxed excee. ding great, wasted the pleasant land, cast some of the host and starres of heaven to the ground; when hee tooke away the daily facrifice , and trode downe the Sanctuary, and cast downe the truth to the ground; when he robbed the Temple , murthered the people, spoiled the City, made lawes for profaning the Sabbath, for offering Swines Aesh, for neg. lecting Circumcision, when he set up the Statues of Fupiter Olympias , the abomination of desolation in the holy place, when he burnt the bookes of the Law, and made it death to have a Testament; when he brake downe the Altar and set up another, when hee put women to


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