The Prose Works of John Milton
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 182 pages
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.... he heareth the word, and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word. Secondly, obstinacy in error, or in a wrong purpose. Psal. xix. 13. keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me; then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Jer. ii. 35. behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned. Acts vii. 51. ye stiff-necked, and uucir- cumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost. CHAP. III.?Or THE VlBTUES BELONGING TO THE WORSHIP or God. Special virtues are those which pertain only to a particular branch of our duty; namely, to our duty towards God, or towards man. Oub Tjutt TOWiBDS God relates to His Immediate Woe- Ship or Seevice; which is either internal or external. Internal worship consists mainly in the acknowledgement of the one true God, and in the cultivation of devout affections towards him. Deut. vi. 4. hear, 0 Israel; Jehovah our God is one Jehovah; as in the first book, on God. Opposed to this is, first, atheism. Psal. xiv. 1. the fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. also liii. 1. See more on this subject in the first book, as above. Secondly, polytheism, or the acknowledgement of more gods than one, except in the sense authorised by Scripture itself. Gal. iv. 8. when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. DEVOUT AFFECTIONS TOWAEDS GOD are LOVE, TRUST, HOPE, GEATITUDE, FEAE, HUMILITY, PATIENCE, OBEDIENCE. Deut. x. 12, 13. what doth Jehovah thy God require of thee, but to fear Jehovah thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve Je...