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little, fliall Kingdoms that are raifed or de- prelled, fay to him in whole hands they are, to difpofe of them as he pleafes, Why halt thou made me thus? Hath not the Potter Power over the Clay of the fame Lump, to make this a Vellel of Honour, and that of Dilhonour (l)? But what halt thou to fay, O Man of judea, if God willing to lhew his Wrath, and have his Power taken notice of in his Execution of it, did with much long fufl-“ering (m) bear with



power over the clay, of the fame lump to make one vellel unto honour, and another unto difho- nour ?

to {hew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long- fuffering the velfels of wrath fitted to deflrutti- on :


at (1) Vejfel unto Honour, and Vwfel unto Dijbonour, fignifies a thing defigned by the Maker to an honourable or difhonourable Ufe: Now why it may not defign Nations as well as Perfons, and Honour and Profperity in this World as well as eternal Happinefs and Glory, or Mifery and Punifhment in the World to come, I do not fee. In common Reafon this figurative Expreflion ought to follow the fenfe of the Context : And I fee no peculiar Privilege it hath to wreft and turn the vifible meaning of the place to {ome- thing remote from the SubjeEt in hand. I am fure no fuch Authority it has from fuch an appropriated lenfe fettled in Sacred Scripture. This were enough to clear the Apoftle’s fenfe in thefe words, were there nothing elfe 5 but fer. r8. 6, 7. from whence this inftance of a Potter is taken, fhews them to have a temporal Senfe, and to relate to the Nation of the


I zz (m) Endmed wiib mud: Ion fuflerin . Immediately after the inflance of Pbaraob, whom God faid he railed up to ew his ower in him, ver. r7. ’tis fubjoyn’d, var. :8. and wbom be will be bardcnetb, plainly with reference to the Story of Pbaraob, who is faid to harden himfelf, and whom God is laid to harden, as may be feen Exod. 7. g, 2.2, 2.3. 8c 8. 15,31. 8c 9. 7, 12., 34. 8c to. I, zo, a7. 8c rr. 9, to. 8c 14. 5. What God's part in hardning is, is contained in thefe words, endured wit]: nmcb longfufiring. God fends Mofe: to Pbaraob with Signs, Plmriwlfis Magicians do the like, and fo he is not prevailed with. God fends Plagues; whilfl the Plague is upon him, he is mollified, and promifes to let the People go: But as foon as God takes off the Plague, he returns to his Obllinacy, and refufes, and thus over and over again; God’s being intreated by him to wvith-draw the feverity of his Hand, his gracious Compliance with P/mraolfs defire to have the Puniihment removed, was what God did in the Cafe, and this was all Goodnefs and Bounty : But Pbaraob and his Peo- ple made that ill ulc of his forbearance and long-fulfering, as llill to harden themfelves the more for God‘s Mercy and Gentlenefs to them, till they bring on rhemfelves exemplary Dellruéiion from the vifible Power and Hand of God imploy’d in it. This carriage of theirs God fore-faw, and f0 made ufe of their obfiinate perverfe Temper for his own Glory, as he himfelf declares, Exod. 7. ;—-$. 8c 8. 18. 8c 9. r4, t6. The Apoflle, by the infiance of a Potter’s power over his Clay, having demonflrared, that God by his Domi- nion and Soveraignty, had a Right to fet up or pull down what Nation he pleated; and might without any injuflice take one Race into his particular Favour to be his peculiar People, or rejeét them as he thought fit, does in this verfe apply it to the Subject in hand,

(t-iiz.) the carting off of the jewifli Nation, whereof he fpeaks here in Terms that plaiaxtlly m e

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