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Death of Chiilt, by their illegal Trial and Condemna.
Place of his Execution.
“ company of people, and of women, which also bewailed
upon the Cross.
" and fore-knowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked
ed aod ordered the Title affixed to the Cross of Christ.
“ him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew; This is
tariness thereof. :
“ gainst the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts;
tience thereof. .
“ peaed not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the
feven laft Words; the first of which is here opened,
" they know not what they do,"
SÉ R M O N XXXIII.
" a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama Jabachthani ; that
" accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith,
“ gar, he faid, [It is finished]; and he bowed his head, and
S E R M o N XXXVI. ii
ed out his Soul.
" he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit ;
aod excellent Eads thereof..
“ and wound it in linen cloaths, with the spices, as the inan-
ADVERTISEMENT by the PUBLISHER.
• In this Edition, all the Greek and LATIN Notes, which were either Illustrations of the Text or contained instructive Matter, are, for the fake of those that are not acquainted with the GREEK and Latin Languages, Translated; except those which the Author himself had Englished in the Text, where his Traslations is marked with “ inverted Commas,
MR. JOHN F L A V E 1,
MINISTER OF DARTMOU TH.
inued from thenegrove in W
W H OSE of the name of Flavel derive their pedigree from
one who was the third great Officer that came over with
William the Conqueror; but this worthy Divine was far from that weakness and vanity to boast of any thing of that na
ture; being of the Poet's mind, who said, . Et genus, et proavus, et quae non fecimus ipsi,
Vix ea nostra vocoHis father was Mr. Richard Flavel, a painful and eminent minister. He was first ininister at Broomsgrove in Worcestershire, then as Haller, and removed from thence to Willerley in Gloucestershire, where he continued till 1600, whence he was outed upon the restoration of king Charles II, because it was a fequeftred living, and che Incumbent then alive : This did not so much affect Mr. Flavel, as that he wanted a fixed place for the exercise of his pastoral function. He was a person of such extraordinary piety, that those who conversed with him, said, They never heard one vain word drop from his mouth. A little before the turning out of the Nonconformist ministers, being near Totness in Devon, he preached from Hosea vii. 6. The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come, lfrael fall know it. His apó plication was so close, that it offended fome people, and occasioned his being carried before some Justices of the Peace; but they could not reach him, so that he was discharged. He afterwards quitted that country, and his son's house, which was his retiring place, and came to London, where he continued in a faithful and acceptable discharge of his office, till the time of the dreadful plague in 1665, that he was taken and imprisoned in the manger following. He was at Mr. Blake's houfe in Coveot. Garden, where some people had met privately for worship: whilft
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he was at prayer, a party of foldiers brake in upon them, with their swords drawn and demanded their preacher, threatning fome, and flattering others to discover him, but in vain. Some of the compāðy threw a coloured cloak over him, and in this disguise he was, together with his hearers, carried to Whitehall; the women were dismissed, but the men detained, and forced to ly all that night upou the bare floor; and, because they would not pay five pounds each, were sent to Newgate, where the pestilence raged most violently, as in other places of the city. Here Mr. Flavel and his wife were shut up, and seized with the sickness: They were bailed out, but died of the contagion; of which their fon John had a divine monition given him by a dream, as we shall observe in its proper place. Mr. Richard Flavel left two sons behind him, both ministers of the gospel, viz. John and Phineas.
John the eldest was born in Worcestershire. It was observable, that whilst his mother lay-in with him, a nightingale made her nest in the out-side of the chamber-window, where the used to sing most sweetly. He was religiousy educated by his father, and having profited well at the grammar schools, .. was sent early to Oxford, and settled a commoner in University College. He plied his studies hard, and exceeded many of his contemporaries in university learning.
Soon after his commencing batchelor of arts, Mr. Walplate, the minister of Diptford in the county of Devon, was rendred uncapable of performing his office by reason of his age and iofirmity, and sent to Oxford for an alliftant; Mr. Flavel, tho' but young, was recommended to him as a perfon duly qualified, and was accordingly settled there by the standing com. mittee of Devon, April 27, 1650, to preach as-a probationer and assistant to Mr. Walplate.;
Mr. Flavel considered the weight of his charge, applied himself to the work of his calling with great diligence; and being assiduous in reading, meditation and prayer, he increased in ministerial knowledge daily, (for he found himself that he came raw enough in that respect from the university) so that he attained to an high degree of eminency and reputation for his aseful labours in the church. .
About six months after his fettling at Diptford, he heard of an ordination to be at Salisbury, and therefore went thither with his testimonials, and offered himself to be examined and ordained by the presbytery there: They appointed him a text, upon which he preached to their general fatisfaction; and have . ing afterwards examiaed hin as to his learning, &c. they set
but, and wasvon, Apalplat