Andreas Hyperius on self-examination

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Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
... For, to examine a man’s own self, is nothing else, than for him thoroughly to try, narrowly to search, and diligently to prove, who and what manner of person he is; & in what case he inwardly feeleth his own conscience. To the same effect, purpose and meaning doth the Apostle in an other place say, Let every man prove his own works: And again, Prove your selves whether ye be in the faith: examine your selves.

He therefore is to be understood, rightly, duly, and truly to examine himself, which diligently and carefully searcheth out, trieth, groapeth, & inwardly rippeth up every corner of his conscience, and so narrowly fifteth both his works, actions and faith, that he leaveth nothing in his whole man, either outwardly or inwardly, whereof he maketh not a true and perfect presentment unto his Conscience, and (as it were) strictly enditeth and judicially arraigneth at the Bar, as before a most severe Judge. ...

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