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appear with one Shield besore it; but should be turned back the fame Way he came, and should I Al by the Sword in his own Country.

Accordingly, all this soon came to pas', as the due Reward of that impious Prince's Blasphemy against the Almighty, and his open and manisest Breach of the First Commandment, in exalting himself above Goo, and declaring he should not deliver Jerusalem out of his Hand?. For, sirst, News was brought him, that the King cf Ethiopia had denounced War against him, and was marching to attack him; Secondly, that very Night, she Lord sent the destroying Angel into his Camp, who slew one Hundred and Eighty sive Thoufand of his Men, which obliged him to return with Shame and Consusion of Face to Nineveh; and, Thirdly, as he was there worshipping in the Temple of his false God, Nisroeh, he was there persidiously and cruelly slain, in the very Act oi Idolatry, by his two unnatural. Sons, Adramelech and Sharezer.

Now, what was very remarkable in this Instance, is, that this Tyrant might read the Enormity of his Sin, in his Punishment; he had rebelled against, and set at desiance his Heavenly Father, and God permit! Satan to stir up his wicked Sons to rebel against, desy, and murder him; he was so far from having none other than the true Gov.,thzt he would not se much as allow him to be a God, but exalted himself above him ; and the Lord immediately shews himself to be an avenging God, and his Master, by cutting off almost his whole Army in one Night, rendering abortive all his haughty D'signs, and forcing him to return with Shame into his own Country; then, after this severe Judgment which might have convinced him he was the only True God, instead of humbling himself under his mighty Hand, acknowledging his Offence, and imploring his Pardon,


he immediately has recourse to worshipping his own false God, and is fLin in the very Act; that is, in the very Violation of the First Command.

The next Example we shall cit*, upon this Head, which is likewise very remarkable, is that of that mighty Monarch Nebuchadnezzar. This haughty and impious Prince, having over-run Egypt, reduced Tyre^ subdued the Kingdoms of Israel and Jit* dab, deltroyed Jerusalem, and conquered all before him, being pufsed up with his Greatness, took it into his Head, to command r{-' his Subjects, of what . ever Relig'on, Nation, and Language, to worship a golden Image, which he caused to be erected in a large Plain, in the Province of Bahylon; and the Pena ty of Disobedience, to this Command, was no less than being calt into a burning siery Furnace.

Now, this very Command was the grossest Disobedience that possibly could be ; and a downright setting aside of the sirst divine Mandate ; but, asif this was not Insult enough, when SbadrachtMeshach, and Abed-nego, three captive Jtius, who had been brought away from Jerusalem, peremptorily refused to obey thL impious Law as being directly contradictory to the First Commandment, he ordered them, w.thout any Pity, to be thrown into the beforemen ioneJ Furnace; having sirst insolently asked them, IVho it that God, that shall deliver you out of my Hands? And though the Living God, whom they lierved, soon shewed him he was able to work their Deliverance, by preserving them unhurt in the Midst of the Flames, yet was his Guilt and Ofsence not a Jot the less.

However, the Lord, in his ir.linite Mercy, did not think sit to take immediate Vengeance on him • but allowed him some Respite, in order to see if he would amend; nay, so very gracious was God to this haughty Prince, as he had made him his Instrument, to execute his Judgments upon Tyre, Judab, and Egypt, that besore he would punish him, f r his impious Pride, he gave him fair Warning thereof by a Dream, which the Prophet Daniel interpreted unto him, and even allowed him Time for Repentance.

But this powersul Monarch being quite intoxicated with his own Greatness, and forgetsul of that God who had raised him so high, as he was walking in his sumptuous Phlace, and contemplating the Magnisicence thereof, with that prodigious Work, the Hanging Gardens, so famous, and io highly celebrated amongst the Antients, and at he was taking a View, at the fameTime, of the astonishing Grandeur of his Capital, the mighty Babylon, could not forbear crying our, in Raptures at his own Performances, Is not this great JJabylon, that I bwve built for the House of the Kingdom, by the Might of my Pow er, and for the Honour of my Majesty!

Thus ascribing every Thing to himself, and robbing God of his Glory, he was guilty of a manisest Breach of the First Commandment; as well as the highest Ingratitude, for the extraordinary Blessir.gs he had received at his Hands: No sooner, therefore, were the Words out of his Mouth, than this dreadsulSenter.ee was pronounced against him, by a Voice from Heaven: O King Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken, the Kingdom is departed from thee. And immediately the so-iGng-delayed Punishment,of his Pride and Impiety, was executed upon him.

What was very remarkable therein, was, that it was exictly proportionable and conformable to his Offence; as he had aimed, whilst in Power, at exalting himself, ard being honoured above the Degree of the greatest of Men, so he was now le

veiled and degraded below that of the meanest; as he had seemed, by the absolute Obedience he exacted to his Commands, however unreasonable, not to think the rest of Mankind ef the fame Species with himself, so now the rest of Mankind would not treat him as of the fame Species with themselves; as he had no more Regard or Compassion for them, if they any ways offended him, than for brute Beasts, so now was he driven from the Society of Mankind, and forced to herd with the Beasts of the Field.

And this terrible Penance was he to undergo, for the whole Space of seven Years; deprived of Reason ; deprived in a manner of Human Shape; his Hairs being grown like Eagles Feathers, and his Nails like Birds Claws; being reduced besides to eat Grafs like the Oxen, and having not the least Shelter from the Inclemency of the Weather, but being at all Times expofed to the Rajn and Dew of Heaven. Such was the Punishment of the impious Pride of that once great Prince! Can the Heart of Man conceive one more terrible, on this Side the Grave, or a more consummate Misery I

After such an Example made of so mighty a Monarch, would one think it was possible, another Prince of the fame Family should so far forget it, as to become himself guilty of the fame heinous Ofsence! And yet we sind Beshazzar, one of his Descendants, and most probably his Grandson, if not his immediate Successor, and his Son, as he is stiled by the Prophet Daniel, not only utterly unmindsul thereof, but even exceeding him in Impiety, and that very heinous Sin, for which his mighty Ancestor and Parent had siissvred so excessive and severe a Humiliation. As this was a considerable Aggravation of his Offence, and as the Ways of God are always equal, it was not to be expected, that he should escape


the Divine Vengeance, any more than his Grandfather; en the contrary, it is greatly to be seared, as there is no Mention made of his Repentance, that his Punishment far exceeded that of his illustrious Predecessor; who has lest behind him upon Record, in Holy Writ, a memorable Proof of his Penitence, and Acknowledgment of the Sovereignty, Power, Truth, and Juflice of the Most High; but of that more in the Sequel.

The unhappy Belshazzar, then, who was by no means a Prince of the fame Capacity and Abilities as Nebuchadnezzar, instead of applying himself diligently and steadily to the governing and desending his People, (which was the more needsul, as the famous Bahylon itself, that so-much celebrated Capital cf his Kingdom, was then straitly besieged, by a formidable Army of Meies and Persians, under the joint Command of Cyaxares, called in Scripture Darin/ thtMede, and cf Cyrus the Great,) spent most of his Time, yi not all, in Revelling and Debauchery. This Course of Lise, though exceeding sinsul and scandalous at any Juncture, and even in a profound Peace, was much more so on this Occasion; and was a Proof of downright Stupidity, and even Infatuation.

In effect, it really was so; and was of God himself; who had long besore purpofed to destroy Balylon, for her inhuman Barbarity and Cruel y to his People, thejfews; and for her insupportable Pride, which was exceedingly aggravated at this Time, by the facrilegious Impiety of her Monarch, which undoubtedly silled up the Measure of her Iniquity, and called for instant Devastation and Subversion. This evidently appears, because all the Particulars, that happened at that famous Siege, had been plainly foretold by the Prophet Isaiah, and even Cymt named, (and that about ThreeHucdred Years beiore


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