kindness, and for thy 'Truth; Jor thou ha si magnified thy Word, above all thy Name. Psal. cxxxviii. i, 2. God has done it above every other Way, in which he had made himself known; and he does so still, by bringing to pass the Events.foretold by the Prophets of the Old Testament, and by the blessed Jesus, and the Apostles, and Prophets of the New. It is therefore incumbent on all Christians to take Notice of them, so far as they shall oome within their Knowledge; and to observe the Dealings of the supreme Governour of the World, with their own Country, and their Neighbours, and likewise with themselves; whether the Events, which occur be merciful, or afflictive.

The Works of the Lord (both those of Creation, and those of his Providence) are great, sought out of all them, that have Pleasure therein. His Work (of Providence, as well as of Creation) is honourable, and glorious; and his Righteousness endureth for ever. He hath made his wonderful Works to be remembred. Psal. cxi. 2, 3, 4. We ought therefore to observe, and remember them.

A Disregard of the Acts of the righteous and gracious God in his Government of the World, and more especially in what relates to our own Country, our own Cities, ties, and Families, and Persons; is a provoking Disregard of himself.


Because they regard not the Works of the Lord, nor the Operation of his Hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up. It is said Psal. xxviii. 5.

The two first of these Letters were published, 1750. under the Title of Sacred Declarations, considered, &c. and are now published again, with others subservient to the same Design.

I Have in these Letters collected a Summary both of the Law, and Gospel, and a Summary of the Predictions of Punishment appointed for the Wicked; and of the Predictions of Blessings for the Righteous, for all true Believers in this Life, at Death, and afterwards; and on these Accounts, it may be useful for Christians frequently to look into them.

The last Letter is added on the Account of the Importance of its Contents, and the many Advantages which may be obtained, by diffusing the Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures among the People.

In the poetical Lines cited in these Letters, I have here and there changed a Word to render them more expressive of my own Thoughts.



I. Those Ministers of the Word of God of

every Denomination, who either set bad Examples, or

live in the Neglect of the Duties they owe to the Peo-

ple under their Care. p. n. Why these are men-

tioned in the first Place, the Reasons as signed, ibid.

p. 12. &c. by the Expressions Watchmen, and

Shepherds, who are meant, ibid.

II. Prophane Persons, are another Sort of Sin-

ners, p. 14. &c. Who are such. ibid. The Hein-

ousness of their Guilt, ibid, are Objects of God's

Curse, and Scorn, p. 15.

III. Idolators, also are Objects of God's threatned

Judgments, p. 15. There are two Sorts of Idola-
try, viz. One a Transgression of the first Command-
ment, viz. When Persons own, and acknowledge any
Creature as God, or pay religious Refpeil, or Re-
verence by any inward Action of their Mind, or out-
ward Gesture of their Bodies to a Creature as God,
and as the Object of their Worship, ibid.

The other Sort of Idolatry, is making any Image

to be the Means of worshiping the true God, and

performing any Acts of religious Worship to it. p. 16.

and this is a Transgression os the second Command-

ment, ibid.

T^e Heinousness of this Idolatry.displayed, p. 17.

IV. Proud Persons, are particularly threatned

with Punishment, in the Time of God's Visitation of

a People for their Sins. p. 18. The common Incen-

tives to Pride mentioned, ibid. What Pride is. p. 19.

Tkrer.tntngs against the Proud, ibid, &c.

V. Those who are Lovers of Pleasures, more

than of God, are Objects of divine Threatnings.

p. 20. &c.

Who are such described, ibid. Is a Man takes

all Opportuniti.s of being in the Company of one Ac-

quaintance, and induftriousty shuns the Company and

Conversation of another, it is a Demonstration that

he loves the one, and dislikes the other; and thus as

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