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hands to the interdicted Tree of Knowledge, and disdain to be less than Gods that is, than those whom God himself often dignifies by the same Name, Our Governours. We would be understanding what we han’t Abilities to apprehend, and be managing what we do not understand, and if we can't arrive to do this, we think Our felves pretty well reveng'd by Censuring those that do. Hence it is that every place swarms so with Politicians, that Men set up for more Understanding in Government than in their own Trades and Professions; that Matters of State are debated in the Streets, and the Shops, and the Marketplace, & wherever else the judicious Rabble meet. Here 'tis agreed and concluded How well all things would be order'd, if They had the Management ? How happy would the poor Nation be', if their Wil dom might be heard and their Counsel taken? How smoothly would the whole Current of Publick Business run, if They were to cut out the Channel for it, and direct its Course ? If such Ministers that they could Name were remov'd, and such Methods of Government alter'd for Others, that they have for weighty Considerations prepared in their Stead? Thus are each Man's own Affairs neglected for the Publick, and as soon as ever they have ceas'd to fol
low one part of our Apoftle's Rule in my Text, To do their own business, they presently proceed to go directly contrary to the other part of it, and make it their Study not to be Quiet. For when they are resolv'd that things Thall never go right 'till they please them, and will never be pleas d 'till all affairs are carry'd on according to their Model, when are they like to be at reft, or to meet with any Satisfaction? And when out of their own wild Imagination and Fancy, they form dismal Apprehensions and Fears of they know not what Evils, to happen they know not when, do not they truly and properly Study not to be Quiet? do they not industriousy Contrive their own Uneasyness? But their own is not enough, to be mad alone looks too much like doing only their Own Business, they instill their Jealousies and Suspicions into Others, infecting all with whom they converse with the Diseases of their distemper'd Brains, and can't endure like other Madmen to be distracted in the Dark and without Company. If therefore we desire to keep Our selves secure, from the mischievous Practices of these more dangerous Busybodies, if we would preserve our own Quiet (and by that we contribute as much as in us lies or belongs to us to preserve that of the Publick 000) we ought to be very cautious, how we
let any of these restless and busy Spirits insinuate themselves into us. We ought to be extremely suspicious of their First Ap. proaches, to consider what Sort of Men they are, whether they are not using us for their own Ends and practising upon our easy Natures. Here all our Fears and Jealousies are not only commendable, but necessary; we must look upon 'em as our moft pernicious Enemies, that would rob us of the moft precious Jewel of human Life, the Happiness of being Quiet. . For Fears and Suspicions when once admitted are like that Evil Spirit in the Gospel, by which the miserable Wretch that is pofleft is thrown sometimes into the Fire, and sometimes into the Water, that is, is violently carry'd away into the moft pernicious and dangerous Extremes. And we ought to be the more obftinately resolv'd against so much as hearkening to any of their Suggestions, by considering how hard it is to stop when we are once in Motion, how hard it will be to recover our footing, and be again fixt and stedfaft, when we could not preserve our first Station ; for how much easyer will they find it to push us on that are going, than it was to move us when we stood ftilli
And this Resolution will be strengthen d, and this Study to be Quiet promoted by
considering, that'tis our Duty to resign ourselves up wholly to the Disposal of Providence, that orders all things moft Wisely and for our Good, to stand ftill and see the Salvation of the Lord, to be thankfull for the great Deliverances he has already wrought, not in the least miftrusting his Fatherly Care of us, & a Continuation of these or greater Blessings from Him the gracious Dispenser of all that we have receiv'd before.
But have we a Mind to be Happy and Quiet, have we really as we so much pretend a Concern for the Publick Welfare as well as our Own? let us learn of the Psalmift how to procure both, Pfal. 34. 12. What Man is be that lufteth to live, and would fain see good days? Keep thy tongue from Evil, and thy Lips that they speak no Guile, Eschew evil and do good, seek Peace and ensue it. This is admirable and Divine Advice upon this Occasion, Amending our selves by Repentance and a New Life, Eschewing Evil and Doing Good, reforming whatever is amiss in our selves, not censuring the Management of Others especially our Governours, keeping thus our tongue from . Evil and our Lips, that they speak no guile, is, holy David tells us, the sure and certain Way to what we só much desire, to see good Days. On the contrary, to overlook Our selves and lay all Miscarriages upon Others, is rather the Way
to new Confusions than Quiet, this being not to Repent but to make a Satyr.
We are all of us also, that wish well to Sion, that have any regard to the Good of our Church and Nation, earnestly both in publick and private to pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, knowing that whatever other Endeavours are us’d, God is the only Author of Peace and Giver of Quiet, according to that of Elihu in Job 34. 29. When He giveth Quietness, who can make Trouble? and when he hideth his Face, wbo can behold Him? whether it be done against a Nation or a Man only? If therefore every one of Us would use but our single Endeavours, if we would turn each from his own Wickedness, and do that which is lawsull and right, and if to these Endeavours we would join our most hearty and fervent Prayers to God, we should no doubt find, and to our Comfort experience, that the Lord is True, whose Promise it is, Isaiah 32. 17. And the Work of Righteousness shall be Peace, and the Effect of Righteousness, Quietness and Assurance for ever. And my People Jhall dwell in a peaceable Habitation, and in sure Dwellings, and in quiet refting Places.
II. Which leads me to thew Secondly the Advantages of this Duty of being Quiet, and that briefly, because in what has already