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tiost was i flued out against him. Forasmuch as he had not to pay, his Lord commanded him ( according to. die Jewish Custom} to be fold, and his Wife. and Children, and all that he had^ and payment to be made. v. z^. Upon this, the Servant very submissively begs his forbearance,,. promising in some competent'time to pay him All. ...:.;

And his Lord was1 so moved with Companion, that he very freely forgave him the whole Debt. - . . .,v ..''. .' . . . \- .•, , Buddie Ending one of his'fellow-Servants who ow'd him One hundred Pence; though he fell at his Feet and besought him,yet he would not hear him, but shook him by the Throat,.and cast him into Trisort.

Then his Lord was wroth, (Vas much moved at the Uncharitablenefs of this hard-hearted Wretch) and said, 0 thou wicked

SerServant! should/I nots thou ^ have had Compassion on thy Fellow-servant, even as J had pity on thee ..> Aad he delivered him to the Tortnentorsy till he should pay all that was due unto him. v. 34. .... Observe here in this Parable the fad Fate of an implacable '.semper/and what such Wretches are ito .'expect;: ^.s. .V

To those who are of that Number, the Application of this Parable is dreadful. So likewise (faith our Saviour) shall my heavenly Father do also unto you , is ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their Trespasses, v. 3.5..

So likewise , &c. How is it that he slrall do urtto you? The foregoing Verse informs you. He delivered him to the Tormentors, till he should fay all that was due unto him. And then presently adds: So likewise shall my heavenly Father do unto you. That is, If ye from your hearts forgive not every one his Brother their Trespasses, my heavenly Father will deliver you to the Tormentors , //// you jhall pay all that is due unto him.

A most dismal astonishing Sen-'" tence. And it concerns all revengeful Persons most seriousty to consider it.

Ano^, First , Who are these Tormentors, to whom they shall be Delivered?

Now these, as the Scripture informs us , are the Devil and his Angels; those malicious, implacable, revengeful Spirits. And how dismal and astonishing it is, to be delivered over to such Hellish Tormentors, is beyond words to express.

But, Secondly , for how long time shall his Heavenly Father deliver the Revengeful to these Tormentors? 'Tis, till they shah pay all that is due unto him. But F when

when shall that be? When slialJ Jnfinitejustice be satisfied/ When sliall an Infinite Debt be paid by a, Finite Creature? And here 'tis plain, since there is no Proportion betwixt Finite and Infinite^, it can never be. When they .ace. so Miserable, as to be thrown ii?tp that Infernal Prison, they fixtU%y no means come out thencey till they have paid the uttermost Farthing. That is , Never.

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Thus he jhall have Jttdfyngnt without Mercy , who Jhemeth no Mercy. Jam. x. 1-3. With what Measure ye mete to others, it shall htmeasured toym again. MattH. .7. z. If we forgive, God wiH forgive us. If we fltew Mercy, we sliall obtain Mercy,

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WHen therefore ye Pray (and beg of God the Forgiveness of your Sins), /wg/w, af/j£ have ought against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may

forgive you your Trespasses. Marie li. 2.5.

Then came Peter to him , and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me , and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus faith unto him, I say not unto thee till seven times; but until seventy times seven. Matth. 18. 2,1, z 2.,

Put on therefore (as the Elect of God, holy and beloveds iowels of Mercies , kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering.

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another , if any man have a quarrel against any t even F % at

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