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X. Second Part of the same Homily
Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man
that layeth hold on it, that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and his bands from doing any evil. Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer.
the beginning God, by his almighty power, wisdom, and goodness, created both heaven and earth, the sun, the moon, and stars, the fish in the sea, and all other creatures for the use of man; that he also created man in his own image, and gave him power and rule over the rest of the creation, in order that he might use all these good creatures
according to the command he had received, and that he might prove himself thankful and obedient for all the benefits so liberally and graciously bestowed upon him, without any desert or merit of his own; for as to his bodily composition, he was made out of the dust of the earth, and all the good in him proceeded from the pure inspiration of the breath of God, by which he became a living soul, or an animated creature, indued with powers and virtues which he could not otherwise have obtained. Now though we ought at all times, and in all places, to have in remembrance, and to be thankful to our gracious Maker, according to the words of the Pfalmift; Twill-magnify the Lord always; and again, wherefoever the Lord bearelb rule, O my soul praise the Lord: yet it appears to be God's good will, that we should gather ourselves together at stated times, and in particular places, for the purpose of magnifying his name, and that his glory may be published in the congregation of his saints or faithful servants. As to the time which the Almighty hath appointed for his people to afsemble. solemnly together, for the purpose of his holy worship, it is clearly established by the fourth commandment; Remember, faith God, that thou keep boly the Sabbath day ; upon which day, it is very clear, from what we find in the Acts of the Apostles, that the people were accustomed to resort together, to hear diligently the law, and the prophets read unto them: now although this commandment of God doth not in all cases oblige christians to observe the laws concerning the Sabbath fo very ftriftly as the Jews did, either in respect of refraining from some acts of work (which are allowable in case of positive necessity), as of keeping particularly the seventh day, after the manner of the Jews (lince our Sabbath, or day of rest, is the firfi day of the week, or Sunday, set apart and kept in honor jointly of our Savior Chrift, who, as he made the world,