Practical Sermons, Preached at Hendon, in Middlesex

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 102 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1793 Excerpt: ... SERMON XII. ON CENSORIOUSNESS Acts xxviii. 6 Howbeit, they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly; but aster they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god. ST. Paul being shipwrecked on the island of Malta, in his passage to Rome, not only was the happy instrument of saving the whole ship's company, consisting of two hundred and seventy-six persons, but when he came on shore, he also gave proof to the Maltese of the divine interposition of providence in his favour; for, having " gathered thered a bundle of sticks, and laid them oil the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer; whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live." It is probable, that, at that time, no medicine was discovered that could cure the serpent's venom, and therefore the patient was generally left to his fate; for we do not read thut any of the mariners, who were indebted to St. Paul for their lives, or that any of the islanders, offered to him the least assistance, or even any conjectural means of cure. Nay, even in this age of medical industry and improvement, I believe that the poison of certain of the viper tribe in hot clim: .tes, may be considered' as the opprobrium of the medical art. But whether this be so or not, it appears that St. Paul used no means of core; he only "sliook off the beast into the fire, and he felt no harm. Howbeit, they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no no barm come to him," then their rath censure was instantly...

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