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the time, and becometh like to a brute beast.

2. Because Gods love is violated by drunkennelle; do you re. member how sharply God punished old Eli the Priest of the Lord, for not reproving his ungodly fons, to whom he said, Thou honourest thy fons more then me. The drunkard loveth his strong 1Sam. z. drink above the Lord; therefore he threatneth them,

Awake pe drunkards, and weep, and howle all ye drinkers of jacl 1.5. Wine, because of the new Wine,

for it is cut off from your mouth. Observe it tha 'he biddech drunki ds awake,both because drunkennesse doch begec drowsinesse ; & quia vigilando dormiunt, 5 for they say and do they know not what, and he loweth chem

that as Coundly as they sleep, they shal no: sleep out his judgment, but shall feel the storme thereof; it is a contrary course that God holdech wich them that love and serve him; for he biddech chem,

Isa. 26. 20 Come my People enter into thy chambers, and fout thy doors abost tbee; hide ihy self as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpasi. There is a question in the cases of conscience in the Canon

Queft. Law, Utrum ebrietas excufet à peccato, Whether drunkenneffe may excuse from sin; we have many examples of men in their drink, fome speaking profanely and lewdly to the dishonour of God swearing and blafpheming: others depraving and flandering their neighbours: Others furioufly smiting and hurting, some killing; their excuse is,alas they were not themselves, and their drunkennelle is the excuse of cheir fault.

I find ic favourably judged in the Canonifts, Excufat ebrietas non à toto fed à tanto, it excuseth not altogether, but in part.

Some go further, and search whether the drunkenneffe be a common disease of the Party, and that he usech in his drink to behave himselfso: and in that case being found culpable, he is adjudged to be irregular; but if a man be by the temptation of such whom he takech to be his friends overtaken with drink, who is known to be one that useth not to commit that fault, the law doth favour such a one. Others refolve it thus,

Ebrius eft irregularis ut ei imputantur ad pænam omnia que les
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Chaldeans for the fins commitced in their drunkennesfe, because it was wilful. Vide lege Exod. 21. 28,29,

The school distinguisheth well between voluntary and involuncary drunkenneffe.

They call that voluntary drunkennesse, when men do fic at the wine till it inflame them, knowing the ftrength of wine, and their own weakneffe, and seek it with delight in it. Oxe used to gore,

Involuntary they call that which overtakerka man, not using, not loving it, who also is sorry for it, and wary to decline it

"hereafter : and that they hold excuseth à tanto, in part. us Me thinks this should be a great argument to diffwade drun

kenneffe, and to make men afraid of it; for God is the punisher of ic; the God that formed thee, and gave thee being, the God that took thee from thy mothers wombe, the God thar hath preserved thee from thy youth up until now; That great

Gọd who breweth and filleth a Cup, and maketh all the wicked Pl.75. 8.thereof drink it off dregs and all.

This Is ay callech The Cup of the Lords fury, and he giveth his own children a taste of it, not ad ruinam, but ad dignam emendationem, not to their ruine but amendment ; it is called allo The

Cup of trembling.
Jer.25.15 God himself calleth it The wine cup of his fury,
Ez.22. 32. It is called in Ezechiel Deep and large,

And as the Apostle faith, speaking of the judgment to come, 2.Cor, 5.11 Knowing therefore the terrour of the Lord we perswade men.

If men will not be perfwaded, let him that is filthy be filthy ftill; let him that is a drunkard be a drunkard ftijl: But as the

Apostle St. Peter faith, if we look well about us, Pet.4. 3.

The time part of our life may Juffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousneffe, Infts, excesse of wire,revellings, banquettings, &c.

Yet better late then never; for if God have taken the matter into his hand, David will tell you that that hand of God is

strong; strong is thy band, faith he, this is dextra subveniens swis, Pfal.63.8

suscipit me dextera tua: and it is dextra inveniens, I by hand Pfali21, 8 Small find ont all thine enemies, the right hand fall find out those that bate thee

Ifa. 5.1.17

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It is a fearful tbing to fall into that hand.
Thy right hund is full of righteousnesse.

-Pfal.48. That righteousnesfe will give suum cuique, to every one his own; it payeth home; he keeps it in his bosome of purpose to spare men, and to give them time of repentance.

But I must tell you that the Saints of God are so impatient of the wrong done to the name of God, that they cry unto him, O God how long small the adversary reproach? Ball the enemy blase

pheme thy name for ever? why Withdrawest thou thy band? even Ethy right hand, pluck it out of thy bosome.

2. How he will punish.
1. He will fill them with shame for glory, which shame is
S further expreft, Shameful spewing Mall

be on ihy glory:
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2, He will punish them with their own sinne; for he faich,
Drink thon alfo, and let thy fore-skin be uncovered.

I. With shame.
You are not to learn that all sin is folly, and all Gioners are
fools; but no transgressor in any kind doch more make a foole
of himself then the drunkard doth; for he proclaimeth his own
shame, as he walketh up and down the streets; as he sitteth in
the house, his words, his gestures, his actions do all shame him,as
Solomor saich,
when he that is a fool walketh by the way, bis wisedome faileth

Eccl.10.32 him, and he saith to every one that he is a foole : so deth a drunkard shame bimself by telling every one that he is drunk.

This were a great punishment if custome of linning, and multitude of liners in this kind had not hardned the foreheads of them that transgreffe in this kind, that they feel not the cod of (hame,

I may say with the Prophet of the drunkards of our days, as he spake of the idolaters of his time, Were they ashamed when

Jer, 6.157 they had committed abomination? nay they were not ashamed, neither could they blush.

But let no man despise the good opinion of his neighbour; Tober men care not how little conversacion they have with drunkards, they seek to avoid them, and all that fear God abhor their evil manners. Yet they glory and boast how much themselves have drunk, SI 2

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how many they have made drunk; but as the Apofle faith,
Their glory is their foame.

And though they be not sensible of it in the heat of their
wine, and in the custome of their sinne, the end thereof will be

bitternelle; for the wise mantelleth them, At the last it biteth Pro.23 32 like a Serpent, and stingerb like an adder.

When shame once begins to smart, it goeth to the quick. Re member Adam in paradise..

I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was Gen.3.10 naked, and I hid my felf:

The Lord will come in the cool of the day to us, and we shall: hear his voyce in the evening of our cime, and then our shame fhall come with a fting, even the sting of servile fear and cast up our account.

R What fruit cheo of those things whereof we are alħamed? then is God even with you.

For he criech out to you, How long Wilt thou turn my glory: Go into fame? Do not drunkards do so, who make their bodies which should be the Temples of the Holy-Ghoft, the styes of uncleannesse?

The Holy Ghost you see is plain and homely in his phrase of
speech; these drinks which they poure into their bodies luxuria
ously, shall not make their hearts glad; they shall not comfort
the stomack, they shall not nourish

the body.
The stomach shall complain of them as a wrong, and cast
them up as a burthen too heavy for it to bear ; nature it felf
shall cxonerate it self, and resist, regest it in a shameful vomit.
And to use Gods own phrase, God shall spew these workers

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to him he shall cast up again;for he wil say nauseat anima mea,my
foul loatheth, he is even sick of them and their service.

And if God once fet upon us to shameus,who then shall have pire 16, 155

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tbee 0 Jerusalem ? or Who shall bemoan thee? or Who fall ga afide to ask thee how thox doft ?:

2. He will punish them with their own sin, Drink thou alfa and let the fore-skin be uncovered.

1. This calleth to your remembrance a doctrine formerly des fivered out of Obadiab,

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That God requitech finners with the same measure that they bave measured to others.

2. This reneweth allo the remembrance of another doctrine shere delivered, that

God punisheth fin by fin; as there Edom trusted in the help of men, that was their fault ; and that God laid upon them after for a punishment.

so here, the fault of the Chaldears was their making men. drunk, that they might see their nakednesse, and that is their pu. nishment; now they shall be drunk and their nakednesse discovered.

There I handled this question how God would be Author of. this kinde of punishment, and innocenc in the finne of the offendor;

Resolving it thus; that God will withdraw his grace, and forfake them that forsake him, and leave them to the fourse and. Arong streame of their own corruptions, as the Apostle faith, God gave them up to uncleannesse through the lusis of their owne.

"Rom.t.24) hearts, to dishonour their bodies.

Verf, 260 For this cause God gave them up to. vile affections.

We carry stuffe enough about us to punish us withall; if God do but make rods of our own corruptions, he will soone be armed against us.

You shall finde in that place of the Apostle, that in man there are two things to which for sin they are yeelded up by God him self-in his justice.

s. Ensuulais ofis yapdi'wy. V. 146
2. Eis addonias.
Thele two do differ much; for

1. Concupiscence is but a grudging of a disease, but waIG is the very Itrength of the fit.

2. Concupiscence is within the heart and affections, but this pa. thos is active and in operation, and so corrupt the whole man.

God leaveth the wicked co both these im Juride is the minority tado is the strength of fin..

Thus as Augustine saith some fins are not tormenta peccansi. um, but incrementa vitiorum, and men do not feele any punish:

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