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Ser. III. stance if we take in the future, and the
w hole ; this being implied in the Notion of a good and perfect Administration of things. Thus they who have been so wise in their Generation as to regard only their own supposed Interest, at the Expence and to the Injury of others, shall at last find, that he who has given up all the Advantages of the present World, rather than violate his Conscience and the Relations of Life, has įnfinitely better provided for himself, and secured his own Interest and Happiness.
JAMES i. 26.
T HE Translation of this Text would Ser.IV.
be more determinate if it were ren
dered more literally thus: If any Man among you seemeth to be religious, not bridling his Tongue, but deceiving his own Heart, this Man's Religion is vain. This determines that the Words, but deceiveth his own Heart, are not put in Opposition to reemeth to be religious, but to bridleth not his Tongue. The certain de
Ser. IV.terminate Meaning of the Text then being
t hat he who seemeth to be religious and brid->
In treating upon this Subject, I will consider,
First, What is the general Vice or Fault here referred to; or what Disposition in Men is supposed in Moral Reflections and Precepts concerning bridling the Tongue.
Secondly, When it may be said of any Ser. IV. 4 one, that he has a due Government over himself in this respect.
1. Now the Fault referred to, and the Disposition supposed, in Precepts and Reflections concerning the Government of the Tongue, is not Evil-speaking from Malice, nor Lying or bearing false Witness from indirect selfish Designs. The Disposition to these and the actual Vices themselves, all come under other Subjects. The Tongue may be employed about and made to serve all the Purposes of Vice, in tempting and deceiving, in Perjury and Injustice. But the Thing here supposed and referred to, is Talkativeness; a Disposition to be talking, abstracted from the Consideration of what is to be said, with very little or no Regard to, or Thought of doing, either Good or Harm, And let not any imagine this to be a slight Matter,and that it deserves not to have so great Weight laid upon it, till he has considered what Evil is implied in it, and the bad Effects which follow from it. It is perhaps true, that they who are addicted to this Folly would choose to confine themselves to Trifles and indifferent Subjects, and so intend only to be guilty of being imper
Ser. IV.tincnt : But as they cannot go on for ever m talking of Nothing, as common Matters
will not afford a sufficient Fund for perpe.