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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: sent any thing that is remarkable and great either to be the matter of sorrow or thanksgiving: for other things a general care is proportionable. 23. Let all these things be done prudently and moderately ; not with scruple and vexation. For these are good advantages, but the particulars are not divine commandments ; and therefore are to be used as shall be found expedient to every one's condition. For, provided that our duty be secured, for the degrees and for the instruments every man is permitted to himself, and to the conduct of such, who shall be appointed to him. He is happy, that can secure every hour to a sober or a pious employment: but the duty consists not scrupulously in minutes and half hours, but in greater portions of time ; provided that no minute be employed in sin, and the great portions of our time be spent in sober employment, and all the appointed days and some portions of every day be allowed for religion. In all the lesser parts of time we are left to our own elections and prudent management, and to the consideration of the great degrees and differences of glory that are laid up in heaven for us, according to the degrees of our care, and piety, and diligence. The benefits of this exercise. This exercise, besides that it hath influence upon our whole lives, hath a special efficacy for the preventing of 1. Beggarly sins, that is, those sins which idleness and beggary usually betray men to ; such as are lying, flattery, stealing, and dissimulation. 2. It is a proper antidote against carnal sins, and such as proceed from fulness of bread and emptiness of employment. 3. It is a great instrument of preventing the smallest sins and irregularities of our life, which usually creep upon idle, disemployed, and curious persons. 4. It not only teaches us to avoid...
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