nothing ; God being able to nourish with his word the bodyas well as the soul. Trust in God, in the greatest necessities,saves abundance of disquiets, temptations, and sins. He whogave us life before we could desire it, can he want eitherpower or will to conserve it, after having loaded us with bene-fits, and given us his own Son ?Vol. I.— 662 MATTHEW.5. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth himon a pinnacle of the temple,The most holy persons, as well as Christ, are often left tothe power of the devil. The devil lifts up, only in order tocast down and destroy. We could never believe how muchpower the devil still retains over us, so long as our regenera-tion and adoption continue imperfect, did we not see an in-stance of it even in the person of Christ, the Son of God bynature, over whom he never had any manner of right. It isin our stead, and for our sakes, that he suffers this outrageousattempt of the evil spirit ; and it is by this that he weakenshis power, diminishes his rights, and hinders him from en-croaching upon us.6. And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down:for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: andin their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thyfoot against a stone.The curiosity of Adam, presumptuous confidence in God'sassistance, and superstitious credulity, are cured by this secondtemptation. It is because Christ is the Son of Gfod, that hetakes so much care not to tempt his Father. His confidenceis perfect, but prudent, subject to the disposition of God, andregulated by his will. The devil lays snares for us by themeans of the Scripture, and of the most sacred things. Heoften inspires into souls a false confidence in God, in orderto make them lose the true, and thereby cast them intodespair, when they see they are deserted by God in thatdanger into which they have so rashly brought themselves.7. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt theLord thy God.To desire to know the power and mysteries of God by sensi-ble experience, is no other than to tempt him. Faith is suffi-cient to a sincere heart. We render ourselves unworthy of the protection of God, and of the supports of his ordinaryprovidence, when we create new wants to ourselves withoutnecessity, and contrary to his will. Nothing is more commonthan to tempt God ; and because it is a sin so very common,we take no notice at all of it.