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TWELVE SERMONS,

ON

1. Hypocrisy and Cruelty.
2. Drunkenness.
3. Bribery.
4. The Rights of the Poor.
5. Unjust Judges.
6. The Sluggard.

BY WILLIAM COBBETT.

7. Murder.
8. Gaming
9. Public Robbery.
10. The Unnatural Mother
11. Forbidden Marriage.
12. Parsons and Tithes.

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LONDON:

Printed and Published by J. M. Cobbett, No. 183, Fleet Street.

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CONTENTS.

Bribery.

4th. The Rights of the Poor, and the Punishment of

Oppressors.

5th. God's Judgment on Unjust Judges.

6th. The Sluggard.

7th. God's Vengeance against Murderers.

8th. The Gamester,

9th. God's Vengeance against Public Robbers.

Oth. The Unnatural Mother.

11th, The Sin of Forbidding Marriage.

12th. On the Duties of Parsons, and on the Institution

and Object of Titbes.

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NABOTH'S VINEYARD,

OR,

GOD'S VENGEANCE AGAINST HYPOCRISY

AND CRUELTY

" And she wrote in the letters, saying Proclaim a fast, and “ sét NABOTH on high among the people: and set two men, sons " of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, şaying :

Thou didst blaspheme God and the King. And then carry “ him out, and stone hiin, that he may die.”

I Kinys, Ch. XXI., V.9, 10.

HYPOCRISY, in the general acceptation of the word, is dissimulation, or deceit, with regard to vir. tuous thoughts and conduct, and especially with regard to religious matters. It is a pretending to feel, what we do not feel, to believe what we do not believe, to practise what we do not practise. It is an odious vice : it is greatly mischievous, because, by assuming the garb of, it reflects, in the hour of detection, disgrace upon, virtue itseif: it' must be founded in evil design, because it proceeds from cool deliberation and calculation: it includes lying and fraud : its patural tendency is to produce injury to our neighboar and to dishonour real religion : accordingly,

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