David Dickson on entrusting our business to divine providence

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Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
Vers. 13. Go to now, ye that say, To day or tomorrow we will go into such a City, and continue there a year, and buy, and sell, and get gain.

The third Admonition, especially to buyers, touching the correcting of their slothful neglect of Divine Providence in undertaking businesses: He convinces them of this sin, from the words mimically propounded. The Arguments of the Exhortation are six.

1. It is contained in form of citation to God’s Tribunal, Go to, &c. As if he should say, this prophane and wicked manner of deliberation, which doth not acknowledge the Providence of God, can neither bear the trial of God, nor men judging aright: For as if you were Lords of your lives, and of your strength, and success of your labours, so ye speak, ye dare not defend this carriage before God: Therefore ye are held guilty of prophaneness, for these forms of speaking used by you.

Vers. 14. Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow: for what is your life? it is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanishes away.

Argum. 2. Ye foolishly determine touching the time to come, when we are all ignorant what will be to morrow: Therefore here you are accused of prophaneness.

For what] Argum. 3. Ye forget your mortality, and the frailty of your life, which is like a vapour, appearing for a little time, by and by cast down by the wind, it vanisheth away: Therefore here ye are deservedly accused of prophaneness. ...

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