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these three propositions in his notes on the Marrow, and more largely in that excellent work of his just flow published, entitled, A View of the Covenant of Works from the sacred Records. It is a pity that this book was not publiihed along with his view of the Covenant of Grace, as they are both on the Tame plan, they mutually illustrate each other, and the latter is a continuation of the former. Its emerging now out of its long obscurity, may be considered as a great mercy to the generation, and a seasonable and valuable acquisition to the cause of Christianity. It may be very fafely said, that these two books are by far the most elaborate, judicious, and evangelical treatises on thefe subjects that have hitherto appeared in the Christian church. So that, in respect of them and his other excellent writings, we may fay of our author, as did the late Mr Ralph Erskine,

His golden pen to future times will bear
This fane, till in the clouds his Lord appear.

Since the time of passing the above-mentioned acts, fo injurious to some pricious gospel-truths, a flood of Pelagian, Arminian, Socinian, and Arian errors has overspread the land, and errors ever five of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity, are publicly taught from some pulpits, nay published to the world, without check or control. And if the foundations be destroyed, what fball the righteous do?

Our author has spoke pretty fully of the abounding fin and impiety of the age; which, alas, has fearfully increased since his time, particularly horrid and profane swearing, perjury, fornication, adultery, robbery, and murder; fo that because of these things the land mourneth. And if we add thereto our fashionable and polite diversions, such as theatrical entertainments, balls, &c together with contempt of the gospel, profanation of the Lord's day, luxury, pride, corruption, and abuse of mercies, which the Lord has visibly punished, for several years past, by unfavourable seasons and dearth of the necessaries of life,

we may lay our account with some heavy judgements being inflicted upon us.

There are some particulars mentioned by our author as grounds of the Lord's controversy with the land, which some of our modern clergy will not be disposed to view in the same light. But the friends of truth will surely think, that the opinion of the GREAT Mr Boston is more to be regarded than that of moral haranguers, or the whole tribe of our historian, philofophical, poetical, and tragedian divines, who seem to be far from relihing the pure truths of the gospel, and doctrines of the reformation.

The following sermons may therefore be considered as the testimony of a faithful minister, who has long ago entered into his Master's joy, against the overspreading errors, wickedness, and abominations of the day, and as pointing out the duty of faints and finners in such perilous times,

As one or two of the sermons are but short, some may be apt to think that they are not so full as they were delivered. It appears that Mi Bofton was not a verbose, but concise preacher; and his intimate friends and contemporaries affert, that he generally wrote his fermons as full as he delivered them.

It shall only be further added, that if the author's excellent book, just published, entitled, A View of the Covenant of Works from the sacred Records, shall meet with due encouragement, as the importance and utility of the subject give ground to think it will, the prefacer is authorised to say, that the Rev. Mr Boston, the author's grandfon, who is poffefred of all his manuscripts, will be induced to publish fome other excellent treatises and fermons of our author, which are very elaborate and exact, on subjects of the last importance to the souls of men. And it is hoped, that his great work on the Shorter Catechism, which is now transcribir.g for the press, will meet with ample encouragement, especially as his former works have met with a kind reception, and had a ra.

pid sale.

Edinburgh, April 28. 1772.

LING booksellers, and J. REID and J. GRAY printers, Edinburgh; by J. Bryce printer and bookseller, Glasgow, price 2 s. fewed, and 2 s. 6 d. bound,

A VIEW of the COVENANT of WORKS

from the SACRED RECORDS.

Wherein the parties in that covenant, the reality of

it, its parts conditionary, promissory, and minatory, our father Adam's breaking of it, the imputation of that breach to his posterity, and the state of man under that broken covenant, and under the curse thereof, are distinctly considered.

To which are annexed, by way of supplement,

Several fermons on the method of recovery from the

ruins of the fall by Jesus Christ, and the difference between the covenant of works and the covenant

of grace:

By the late Reverend and Learned
MR THOMAS BOSTON,

Minister of the Gospel at. Ettrick,
Author of the Fourfold State, A View of the:

Covenant of Grace, de.

NEVER BEFORE PRINTED..

Commissions from booksellers in town or in the coun.

try, for copies of the above book in quires, may be addressed to J. Reid Printer, Bailie Fyfe's close, Edinburgh, who gives them out on account of the Editor, the Rev. Mr Michael Boston minister. at Falkirk, the author's grandson.

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VI. The certain, though flow accomplishment of threatened judgements.

EZEKIEL xii. 23.

Say unto them, The days are at hand, and the ef

feet of every vision.

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VII. A caveat against seeking great things in an

evil day.

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JEREMIAH xlv. 5.
And seekest thou great things for thyself?. seek them

not; for bebold, I will bring evil upon all flesb,
Jaith the Lord: but thy life will I give unto thee

for a prey in all places whither thou goeft.
VIII. Mercy often interposes to prevent the exe-
cution of judgements.

HOSEA xi. 8.
How fall I give thee up, Ephraim ? how fall I

deliver thee, Israel? how sball I make thee as
Admah? how fball I set thee as Zeboim ? mine
heart is turned within me, my repentings are
kindled together,

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IX. The duty of owning God in our civil affairs
recommended and urged.

JOSHUA ix. 14.
And the men took of their vi&tuals, and asked not

counsel at the mouth of the Lord.

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X. Resolute cleaving to the Lord Jesus illustrated

and enforced.

Acts xi. 23.
And exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart

they would cleave unto the Lord.

III

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