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an Vol. VII.


The Goodness of God.


The Lord is Good to all, and his tender

Mercies are over all his Works.


HE Subject which I have now
proposed to treat of, is certain-

ly one of the Greatest and Noblest Arguments in the 'World, the Goodness of God, the Highest and most Glorious Perfection, of the best and most Excellent of Beings, than which nothing deserves more to be considered by us, nor ought in Reason to affect us more. The Goodness of God is the'cause, and the continuance of our Beings, the Foundation of our Hopes, and the Fountain of our Happiness; our greatest comfort, and our



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fairest Example the chief Object of our Vol. VII. love and praise and admiration, the

joy and rejoycing of our hearts; and therefore the Meditation and Discourse of it must needs be pleasant and delightful to us; the great difficulty will be,to confine our selves upon so copious an Argument, and to set bounds to that. which is of so vast an extent, the Lord is good towall

, and his tender mercies are over all his works.

Which words are an Argument, which the divine Plalmist useth, to stir

up himself and others to the praise of God: At the 3. v. he tells us, that the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised; and he gives the reason of this, v. 8. and 9. from those Properties and Perfections of the Divine Nature, which declare his Goodness, the Lord is gra= cious, and full of compassion, slop to anger; and of great mercy ; the Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works; where you have the Goodness of God declared together with the amplitude and extent of it, in respect of the objects of it; the Lord is.good to all.

In the handling of this Argument, I shall do these four things.


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