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nourished, but to be cut down. It's the great mercy of God, if poverty and want do not follow Noth and idleness, He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack Hand; but the Hand of the diligent maketh rich, Prov. 10.4. Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep,and an idle Soul shall suffer hunger, Prov. 19. 15. Love not sleep, left thou come to poverty; open thine Eyes and thou shalt be satisfied with Bread, Prov. 20. 13. Drousiness shall cover a Man with Rags, Prov. 23. 21. The desire of the Rothful killeth him ; for bis Hands refuse to labour, Prov. 21.25. The nuggard will not Plow by reafon of the cold, therefore shall be beg in Harvest and bave nothing, Prov.20.4. The Soul of the suggard de fireth, and bath nothing ; but the Soul of the diligent shall be made fat, Prov. 13. 4. Go to the Ant, thou suggard, consider her ways, and be wise: She provideth her meat in the Summer, and gathereth ber food in the Harvest. How long wilt thou Neep O luggard ? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little flumber, a little folding of thy Hands to sleep. So shall thy poverty come as one
that travelleth, and thy want as an armed Man, - Prov. 6. 6, &c.
· Let the poor consider again, if he have now made himself poor by faring too fumptuously every Day, whilft he had it to do so withal. Vain and finful Expences in a little time, may exhaust and empty a large and full Purse. And he that wastes what he hath, and throws away prodigally and riotously that which he should live upon, hath no body bur bimself to blame for his want, and if he find none to pity him, or to succour him in his need, he must acknowledge it God's righteous judgment upon him for his Sin. The
drunkard drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty, Prov. 23. 21. Therefore be not amongst Wine-bibbers, ao mongst riotous eaters of Flesh, v. 20. Let not thy lusts devour as much at a meal, as would sustain thee alive, and in good health a whole Montb. It is very just, he should fast two Dars, that eats and drinks up the allowance for three Days in one. A mean Estate is enough for a moderate and Jober Person to live on bo h long and comfortably. Temperance is very rarely sensible of any want, and he that will rather come to want, than live temperately, deserves to be punished with his own choice. He that will will waste bis fubstance with riotous living, deserves to be Tan:alized at the Swine-trcugh..
Was ir nor thy negle&ting the Works of thy honest calling, to lead a merry and a jovial Life amongst thy vain Companions, that hath reduced thee to want and beggery? Was it not thy profuse Spending what was giyen thee for the fupport of thy self and Family, and for the relief of such as stood in need ; in vain Pleasures, and foolish Delights, 'on thine own and other Men's Sins and Wantonnels? Hath nor the Wealth thou once wast Master of, help'd thee rather to oppress the poor, than to relieve them; to bribe the rich, rather than to succour the Fatherless ; to feed the lusts of thy Companions, rather than to maintain tbe Cause of the Widow ? And is it not then just with God to leave thee now to eat of the Fruit of thine own way, and to be filled with thine own Devices? He that loveth pleasure, shall be a poor Man; be that loveth Wine and Oil, shall not be rich, Prov. 21.17. And be that tilleth bis Land, shall have plenty of Bread; but be that fol
loweth after våin Persons, Soall bave poverty enough, Prov. 28. 19. He that oppresseth the poor to encrease his riches, and giveth to the rich, shall surely come tò want, Prov. 22. 16. There is that scatteretb, and yet encréaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal Soul shall be made fat; and be that watereth, shall be watered also himself. He that withholdet b Corn, the People shall curse him; but blesing Mall be upon the head of him that selleth it, Prov. II. 24, &c.
Have we not neglected God, whilst we had enough? Did we depend upon him, and pray unto him for his Blessing daily, and praise him for all his Gifts? Did we trust to him only, and cast all our care upon him, and in every thing by prayer and sugplication, with thanksgiving, make our requests known unto him? Phil. 4. 6. Were we contented with God's Allowance ? Were we not greedy and covetous of more than enough ? Made we not an idol of our wealth ? And did we not love it more than God? If we pray'd to God for a fupply of our Wants, did we nor therefore ask, and not receive, Because we asked amifs, that we might consume it upon our lufts? Jam. 4. 3. · Did we not use evil and vain srts to make our selves Rich? Wealth gotten by vanity, shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall encrease, Prov. 13. 11. Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, Prov. 10. 2. An inheritance may be gotten haftily at the beginning ; bit the end thereof all not be blessed, Prov. 20. 21. He that basteth to be rich, bath an evil Eye ; and ccfidereth not that poverty shall come upon him, Prov. 28. 22:
It well becometh every poor Man to examine himself, whether or no he have been the cause of
his own poverty by any such ways as these,before he comfort himself with thoughts of his being in God's favour, and entitled by his poverty to God's prote&tion. For he that hath by vain and wicked courses brought himself into, or because of the same, continuerh in that Condition, is as little favoured by God, as he is usually pitied. by Men.
What then was it in Lazarus that commended him to God? Why, Lazarus had heard Moses and the Prophets, he believed and obeyed the word of God, which he spake by them; he attained through the grace of God to fincere Piety, and became devoted to God's worship and service, and formed his Life and Conversation according to the will of God. Had the rich Man done fo too, his riches had not hurt him. And the poor Man's doing so fanctified his poverty, and made him rich towards God, and Ture of God's Blessing. He fought first the Kingdom of God, and his Righteousness, and left it freely to God to add oiher Things, when and in what measure he pleased : Knowing well, that the needy shall not alway be forgetton, the expectation of the poor fhall not perish for ever, Psal. 9. 19. He heareth the cry of the afflicted, Job 34. 28. He delivereth the poor in his Affliction, and openeth their Ears in Oppression, Job 36. 15. Thou, o God, haft of thy goodness prepared for the poor, Psal. 68. 10. God hath chosen the poor of this World, rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom, which he hath promised to them that love him,
Fam, 11. 5. It was his love to God, that made all things work together for his good, Rom. 8. 28. So that his light Afli&tion, which was but for a mo
irent, wrought for him a far more exceeding and es ternal weight of glory. 2 Cor. 4. 17.
Lazarus was as bumble, as he was poor ; as lowly in his own eyes, as he was despicable in the rich Man's. He lay with patience, and a contented mind at the rich man's gate. His soul was as humble, as his eft ate was low, or his body afflicted. He envied not the rich Man's plenteous and glorious condition, nor longed for his sumptuous fare, nor was ambitious to be ser at his Table. We hear nor from him the least murmuring at God's Providence, nor any complaining of hard measure, in that God had not provided as plentifully for bim, as for worse men. He was not of che Temper of those sturdy and ftomachful Vagrants too common amongst us, to the reproach of any Government, wherein they are suffer'd; who wear, and curse, and rail at all who do not give them whatsoever they crave. He neither bates the rich man, nor wisheth him the least burt, no Passion ariseth in his heart against him, nor đoth an angry word proceed out of his Mouth. All that he desired was no more, but to have some share of those crumbs to allwage his prefent Hunger, which were ordinarily thrown to the rich man's dogs.
Let all poor people imitate Lazarus in these chirigs. Let them fee that they be truly. pious, and serve God faithfully in their low estate. Let them labour to be rich in faith, and the genuine Children of faithful Abraham, who ar God's call, left all to follow him, as did the holy Apostles of Christ, and as our bleffed Jesus hach comnianded all Men to be ready to do. Let them trust to God's promifes made unto the Godly poor, and in fincere piery wait patiently and con