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Temper of Mind, which is necessary for the Discovery of Divine Truth; and the Enquiry into that Degree of Evidence, that ought to be expected in Divine Matters. For, if a/ our Knowledge be derived from God, and if it has pleased God to require a certain Degree of Probity, Seriousness, Impartiality, and Hamility of Mind; together with hearty Prayers to him for his Direáion, Blessing, and/Assistance; and a proper Submission to him, before he will communicate his Truths to Men; I mean, at least, communicate the same so as sha/make a due Impression upon their Minds, and turn to their real Profit and Edification, to their true Improvement in Virtue and Happiness : And if Men at any time come to the Examination either of the Works or Word of God, without that Temper of Mina, and without those Addresses for his Aid, and Submission to his Will, which He has determined shall be the Conditions of his Communications to them ; especially if they come with the contrary Dispositions, with a Wicked. Partial, Proud, and Ludicrous Temper, and with an utter Disregard to God, his Providence, Worship, and Revelation ; as their Researches will come to nothing. If I say, this be the Case, as to Divine Knowledge, as I believe it is, it cannot but be highly necessary for us as to consider of this Matter Žeforehand, and to endeavour after the proper

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