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Shakti and Shakta

John Woodroffe

Letters on the Aesthetical Education of Man

Friedrich Schiller

Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll

The Characters of Theophrastus


God's terrible voice in the city ... the history of the ... plague and fire in London ...

by Thomas Vincent


This whole Psalm breathes forth nothing but grace and goodness unto the people of God, from the beginning of it, to the end; yea, in the verse of my text where God speaks most terribly and righteously it) the judgments and destructions which he bringeth upon their enemies, yet he is called the God of their salvation; and those terrible things by which God speaks, are not only a righteous answer unto their enemies' sins, but also a gracious answer unto his people's prayers: by terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us.,

I shall net speak of terrible things in the

restrained sense, as they befall only the enemies of God's people, and the wicked, whilst the righteous do escape, and it may be hereby are preserved; but as they may befall any people, not excluding God's people, whom the Lord may answer by terrible things in righteousness.

Two doctrines we may observe.

Doct. 1. That God doth sometimes speak unto a people by terrible things.

Doct. 2. That when God doth speak most terribly, He doth answer most righteously.

First. That God doth speak sometimes unto a people by terrible things. Here I shall show,

1. Hon) God may be said to speak.

2. What those terrible things are by which God doth sometimes speak.

3. Why God doth sometimes speak unto a people by terrible things; and then apply,

V. How God may be said to speak.

God, being a Spirit, hath no mouth nor tongue properly as men have, who have bodies; and therefore his way of speaking is not like ours (though sometimes he hath created a voice in as articulate a sound, as if it had proceeded from the mouth of man, to declare his will,) but there are several ways in which God hath spoken, and doth speak unto the children of men, by which he doth as really and effectually make known his mind, as if he spake with man's voice.

1. God hath spoken formerly unto men immedlately, in extraordinary ways, and that sometimes more terribly; as when he gave the law upon Mount Sinai, when the Mount burned with fire, and there was blackness, and darkness, and tempest, thunderings and lightnings, and the sound of the trumpet exceeding loud, and the voice of words so exceeding terrible, that it made the whole camp to tremble; and Moses himself said, "I exceedingly fear and quake," Exod. xix. 16; Heb. xii. 18—21.

This way of God's speaking, the children of Israel were not able to bear; therefore they desired that Moses might speak unto them; but that God would not speak unto them thus any more, lest they should die, Exod. xx. 19.

At other times God spake with a more still and gentle voice, and in a more mild way, as when he spake to Samuel in the night, he thought at first that it had been the voice of Eli, 1 Sam. iii. 4, 5. Thus God spake unto Abraham, unto Jacob, unto Moses, to whom it is said, "He spake face to face, as a man speaketh to his friend," Exod. xxxiii. 11.

God spake also in an extraordinary way to his prophets of old, when he made known unto them his counsel, that they might declare it unto the people; sometimes he spake unto them with an audible voice, which he created when no shape was seen; sometimes by angels, who appeared in bodies, which they laid down again when they had delivered their message; sometimes by dreams and visions in the night; sometimes by Urim and Thummim; sometimes by | more secret inspirations of the Spirit.

In the last days of God's extraordinary speaking, he spake by the most extraordinary person, namely, by his own most dearly beloved, and only begotten Son, Heb. i. 1,2; whom he sent out of his bosom to declare himself, John i. 18; and reveal what he had heard of the Father, John xv. 15, who brought life and immortality to light by the Gospel, and made known God's purpose and grace in man's salvation, 2 Tim. i. 9, 10; and uttered such things as were kept secret front the foundation of the world, Matt, xiii. 35. The Gospel began to be spoken of by the Lord Jesus himself, and was continued and confirmed by his Apostles, who were his witnesses, to whom God alsd did bear witness with signs, and wonders, and divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his will,

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