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Saviour to Himself, Luk. iv. 18. He has SER M.
A Virtuous Mind the best Help to
DAN. xii. 10. latter part.
O feek a man's true and final SER M. Intereft, by parting with some present and inconfiderable Advantages for the fake of more and much greater ones to come, is the proper Act of Wisdom; and the general Character of Folly, is the purchafing some trivial present Benefit, at the hazard
SERM. hazard of much better and more valuable
To Understand, may be taken in two SER M. Senses; Either to fignify the understand- II. ing of these particular Prophecies; the understanding the true nature of Religion in general. In Both these Senfes, the Words are very proper and emphatical; and in Both, they are very remarkably fulfilled. If we take them in the former Senfe; None of the Wicked Shall underftand; i. e. none of them fhall apprehend the true meaning and intent of these Prophecies; But the Wife, viz. the righteous and well-difpofed, the careful and diligent inquirers, shall understand them: If we take them, I fay, in This Sense, then They were very remarkably fulfilled upon the Jews in our Saviour's time; who, notwithstanding that this Prophecy of Daniel contained as clear a Prædiction as could be defired, of the Time and Manner of our Saviour's appearing in the Flesh; yet through their obftinate prejudices againft Him and his doctrine, they refolved not to fee it: And because there were other paffages in the Prophecy, more obfcure, and difficult to be interpreted; therefore they would by no means be perfwaded to understand what was plain. The like to