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judgment, and I find that I am not willing to do the lirit, not abie to do the second. Then faid Evangeliit
, Why not willing to † job 26. die, fince this life is attended with so many evils? The man answered, Because I fear that Ex. 22. '4.
this burden that is on my back will link me 15.30, 33, lower than the grave; and I shall fall into
| Tophat. And, Sir, if I am not fit to go to judgment, and from thence to execution ; and the thought of these things make me cry.
Then faidwangeliit, If this be thy condition, why ftandelt thou fill? He answered, Because I know not whi
ther to go. Then he gave him a parchment Conviction roll, and there was written within, $ Flee from of the necefsity the wrath to come. of flying. The man therefore read it, and looking up
on Evangelift very earnefly, faid, Whither P/ 119.105. muft I fly? Then said Evangelift, pointing with 2 Pet. 2. 19, his finger over a wide field, Do you see yonder * Christ, and wicket.gate? 'The inan said, No. Then said the way can- the other, Do you see yonder shining light? not be found He said, I think I do. Then faid Evangelift, without the Keep that light in your eye, and go up, direct. word. ly thereto,
* ro shalt thou see the gate ; ac which when thou knockeft, it shall be told unto thee what thou shalt do. So I saw in my dream that the man began to run: Now he had not run far froni his own
door, but his wife and children perceiving it, Luke 14. 16. began to cry after him to return; but the man Gen. 19. 17. put his fingers in his ears, and ran on crying,
Life, life, eternal life: So he looked not beThey that hind him, but fled towards the middle of the Ay from the plain, wrath to come Christian no sooner leaves the world, but meets are a gazing. Evangelift, who lovingly him
greets ftock to the
With ridings of another : And doth show world.
Him how to mount 10 that from this below. Jer. 20. 10. The neighbours also came out to see him run,
and as he run, some mocked, others threatened, and some cried afrer him to return; and among thofe that did fo, there were two that were resolved to fetch him
back by force. * The name of the one was ObflinateObfinate, and the name of the other Pliable. and Pliable Now by this time the man was got a good follow him. diltance from them ; but however, they were
resolved to pursue him, wlich they did, and in a little time they overtook him. Then said the man,
neighbours, Wherefore are ye come? They said, To perSuade you to go back with us; buc he said, That can by no means be: You dwell, said he, in the city of Deltruction, (the place allo where I was born) I see it to be fo:And dying there, sooner or later, you will link lowe; than the grave, into a place that burns with fire and brimstone :: Be content, good neighbours, and go along with me.
|| What! said Obftinate, and leave our friends and our comforts behind us!
|| Obfinate. Yes, said Christian, (for thar was his name) Christian. because that All which you shall forsake is not
worthy to be compared with a litlle of that, • 2. Cor. that I am seeking to enjoy; and if you will go alcog with me, and hold it, you shall fare as myself, for where I go is † enough and to spare ;. come away and prove my words.
it Lu. 15.27 Obtinaie, What are the things you feek, fince you leave all the world to find them ?
Christian, I seek an I inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and thai fadeth not away ; $ 1 Pet. 14. and it is laid op in heaven, s and safe, there § Heb. 11. to be betowed, at the time appointed, on hem that diligently seek it. Read it fo, if you will, in my book. Obf. Tush, said Obftinate, away with your book; Will
back with us or no? Chr. No, not I, because I have laid mine brand to the of plough.
+ Lu. 9. 26 Obft. Come then, neighbour Pliable, let us turn back again and go home, without him: There is a company of these crazy-headed coxcombs, that when they take a fancy by the end, are wiser in their own eyes than feven men that can render a reason.
Pui. Then said Pliable, Don't revile ; if what the good Christian fays. is, true, the things he looks after are better than ours ; my heart inclines to go with my neighbour.
Obji. What! more fools fill? Be ruled by me, go back; who knows whither such a brain-fick fellow will lead you? Go back, go back, and be wife.
Chr. Nay, But do thou * come with thy muighbour Pliable; there are such things to Christian be had which I spoke of, and many more glories ana Obstinate belides; it, you believe not me, read here in pull.jor Plie his bowk, and for the truth of what is expressd able's Joule
therein, behold all is confirmed by the + blood + Heb.9.17. of him that made it. 18,19,20,21. Pliable. Well, neighbour Obitinate, (faid
Pliable con- Pliable) I begin to come to a point, I intend tented to go to go along with this good man, and to cast in with Chri- my lot with him; but, my good companion, Aran Do you know the way to this defired place :
Chr. I'am directed by a man whose name is. Evangelist, to speed to a little gate that is before us, . where we shall receive instructions about the way. Pli. Come then, good neighbour, let us be going,
Then they went both together. Obftinate Obit. And I will go back to my place, said goes railingObitinate; I will be no companion of such back, milied, fantastical fellows,
Now I law in my dream that when Obsti.. * Talk ben nate was going back, Christian and Pliable daveen Chrifti went t talking over the plain.; and thus they : an and Phe began their discourse. . able.
Chr. Come, neighbour Pliable, how do you’
do; I am glad you are perfuaded to go along with me? Had even Obstinate himself but felt what I have felt of the powers and terrors of what is yet anseen, he : would not thus lightly have given us the back.
Pli. Come, neighbour Christian, since there are none but us-two here, tell me now farther what the things are, and how to be enjoyed whither we are going.
Cbr: I can Hbetter conceive of them with ||God's things my mind, than speak of them with my tongue: unspeakable... But yet fince you are defirous to know, I will
read of them in my book. Pli. And do you think that the words of your book are ; certainly true
Chr. Yes verily, for it was made by him $ Tit. 1. 2. that cannot lie. U. 45. 27.
Pli. Well said, What things are they? 40.,10. 17, Chr. There is an endless kingdom to be in.: 27, 29. habited, and everlasting life to be given us,
that we may inhabit the kingdom for ever. * 2 Tim.4.8. Pli. Well said, and what else? Rev. 22, 4
Chr. There are crowns of glory to be given us; and * garments that will make us shine like the sun in the firmament of heaven...
Pli. This is very pleasant, and what else ? + If. 1.58.
Cbr. There shall be no more crying + nor Rev. 7. 16, sorrow; for he that is owner of the place will 17, ch. 21. 4. wipe away all tears from our eyes.
Pli. And what company shall we have there?
Chr. There we shall be with Seraphims 2nd Cherubims, creatures that will dazzle your * 11. 6. 2. eyes to look on them. There also you shall 1 T hel 4. 16, meet with thousands and ten thousands, that 17. Rev. have gone before us to that place ; none of v. 11. them art hurtful, but loving and holy; every one walking in the sight of God, and Itanding in the prefence with acceptance for ever: In a word, there we shall see the * elders with their golden * Rev. 4. 5. crowns : There we shall see I holy virgins with Ch. 14. 1, their golden harps. There we shall see ll men 105. that by the word are cut to pieces, burnt in 1170.12. 25. flames, eaten of beasts, drowned in the seas, for the love that they bare to the lord of the place; all well and cloathed with g immorta. ☆ 2 Cor. 1, 2, lity, as with a garment.
3, 5. Pli. The hearing of this is enough to ravish one's heart; but are these things to be enjoyed ? How shall we get to be sharers thereof ?
Chr. The lord, the governor of the country hath recorded that * in this book, the substance of which, if we he truly willing to have it, he will be- * Ifa: 55.12. How them upon us freely.
Pli. Well, my good companion, glad am I ch. 6. 37. to hear these things: Come on, and let us Rex, 21. 6. mend our pace.
Chr. I cannot go so fast as I would by reason of this burden that is on my back.
Now I saw in my dream, ihat just as they had ended this talk, they crew nigh to a very miry Nough that was in the midt of the plain; The fiough of and they being heedlels did bort suddenly fall Delpond, into the bog. The name of the clouch was Delpond. Here therefore they wallos for a time being greatly bedaub'd with dirt; and Chriftian, because of ihe burden that was on his back, began to ink in the nire.
Pli, Then faid Pliable, Ah! nuighbour Chrifliaa, where ale you ?ow?
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