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the melancholy presages of the imagination ; and whenever they intrude, he makes no other use of them than to take the warning, collect himself, and prepare for the coming evil ; leaving the degree, duration, and the issue of it with him, who is the sovereign Disposer of all events, in a quiet dependence on his power, wisdom and goodness.

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Self knowledge leads to a wise and steady conduet.

U. AS self knowledge will keep a man calm and equal in his temper, so it will make him wise and cautious in his conduct.

A precipitant and rash conduct is ever the effect of a confused and irregular hurry of thought. so that when by the influence of self knowledge, the thoughts become cool, sedate and rational, the conduct will be so too. It will give a man that even, steady and uniform behaviour in the management of his affairs, that is so necessary for the dispatch of business; and prevent many disappointments and troubles which arise from the unsuccessful execution of immature or ill judged projects.

In short most of the troubles which men

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know' their own with them is, because they hate self inspection.

Jousiuosmi pot to gang, vlodgapiam ad meet with in the world may be traced up to this source, and resolved into self We may complain of providence, and complain of men ; but the fault, if we examine it, will commonly be found to be our own. prudence, which arises from self ignorance, either brings our troubles upon us, or increases them. Want of temper and conduct will make any affliction double.

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Pride is ever the offspring of self ignorance! The reason men are pain and self sufficient is, and the reason they are not better acquainted Let'a man but turn his eyes within, scrutinize himself, and study his own heart, and he will

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Whence is it that young people are generally so vain, self sufficient and assured, but because they have taken no time nor pains to cultivate a self acquaintance ? and why does pride and stiffness appear so often in advanced. age, but because men grow old in self ignorance? A moderate degree of self knowledge would cure an inordinate degree of self complacency.

Humility is not more necessary to salvation, than self knowledge is to humility,

It would effectually prevent that bad disposition which is too apt to steal upon, and infect some of the best human minds (especially those who aim at singular and exalted degrees of piety) viz. a religious vanity or spiritual pride ; , which without a good deal of self knowledge and self attention will gradually insinuate into the heart, taint the mind, and sophisticate our virtues before we are aware ; and in proportion to its prevalence make the christian temper de

grade into the Pharisaical. It 31 Might I be allowed to choose my own lot, I should think it much more eligible to want my spiritual comforts, than to abound in these at the expense of my humility. No; leta penitent, a contrite spirit be always my portion ; and may I ever so be the favourite of heaven, as I never to forget that I am the chief of sinners. Knowledge in the sublime and glorious mys

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teries of the christian faith i and ravishing contemplations of God and a future state, are most desirable advantages; but still I prefer charity which edifieth, before the highest intellectual perfections of that knowledge which puffeth

* Those spiritual advantages are certainly best for us, which increase our modesty and awaken our caution, and dispose us to suspect and deny ourselves. The highest in God's esteem, are meanest in their own. And their excellency consist in the meekness and truth, not in the pomp and ostentation of piety, which affects to be seen and admired of men.

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spirit of meekness and charityaw game - The more a man is acquainted with his own failings, the more he is disposed to make allowances for those of others. The knowledge he hath of himself, will incline him to be as severe sin bis animadversions on his own conduct, as he is on that of others; and as candid to their

faults as he is to his own. 2. There is an uncommon beauty, force, and propriety in that caution which our Saviour gives us, And why beholdest thou the mote that

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st own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote in thy brother's

In which words these four things are plainly intimated ; 1. That some are much more quick-sighted to discern the faults and blemishes of others, than their own; can spy a mote in another's eye, sooner than a beam in .their own.

2. That they are often the most forward to correct and cure the foibles of othi. ers, who are most unqualified for that office. The beam in their own eye makes them altogether unfit to pull out the mote from their brother's, A man half blind himself should never set up for an occulişt. 93. That they who are inclined to deal in censure should always begin at home, 4. Great censoriousness is great hy, pocrisy Thou hypocrite,' &c. all this is nothinterthis common failing of the human nature, the heathens were yery,

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