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Avarice of Nabal.

Avarice of Nabal.

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BY HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D,


1 Samuel xxv. 10, II.

BY HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D,


1 Samuel xxv. 10, II.

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AVARICE OF ABAL.BY HERY KOLLOCK, D. D,1 Samuel xxv. 10, II.And JVabal ansivered David'^s servants, and said. Who lsDavid f and who is the son of Jesse ? there be many:servants now-a-days that break away every man frornhis master. Shall I then take my bread, and my water,and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and giveit unto men, whom I knoiv not whence they be ?Such is still the language of the avaricious man ;such are still the excuses made by the insensibleheart, when it seeks some pretexts to exempt it fromrelieving the wants of the unhappy. When we pleadfor the afflicted, abals are still to be found, whoreply only by words of railing and contempt againstthe children of sorrow ; only by representing theconferment of alms, and the support of charitableinstitutions, as an encouragement to indolence andvice; only by reminding us, that their wealth is their* This Sermon was preached for the benefit of the SavannahOrphan Asylum.262 SERMO cxxxvn.own, and that they have a right to dispose ol it ac-cording to their pleasure. To show you the base-ness and criminahty of such characters, to answerthe excuses which they make against the exerciseof benevolence, and to urge you to the performanceof the opposite virtues, is the design of the ensuing
 
discourse.Say not that this is an Unnecessary subject; that?here are few abals among you ; few that can closetheir hearts against the cries of distress, and thetears of helpless infancy: we know it; with delightwe speak of your generosity. These children be-fore me, fed, clothed, instructed by your bounty, area living proof that you have hearts that can led forothers.But, brethren ! though we doubt not your benevo-lence, the subject will not be useless: it will con-firm in their laudable conduct those whose kindnessto the poor anil the unhappy we have often expe-rienced ; it will guard our youth against the indul-gence of that cruel, covetous spirit, which wouldrender them curses to society, rob them of the es-teem of the community, and deprive them • of thesweetest enjoyments; and should tliere be a single•abal present, perhaps, through tlie iniluence of theSpirit of grace and of love, his heart of stone maybe taken from him, and a heart of llesli bestowed,which will induce him liberally to contribute to thisimportant and interesting iiihlitution.Before entering on the immediate subject of thisdiscourse, it will be proper to give a brief view of the history with which the text is connected. Da-vid, at this period of his life, was pmsued by Saul,who, from jealousy and envy, ardently wished \n>iiestruction. Wandering, a poor distressed exile.MISCELLAEOUS. 263among mountaine, caves, and wildernesses, hewas often reduced to the want of the necessa-ries of life. On such an occasion, he sent some ot
 
his followers to the wealthy abal, and in terms themost courteous and gentle, entreated his kindness.To this kindness he had indeed a just claim, sincehe had carefully protected the flocks and posses-sions of abal from the injurious assaults of others.But, instead of giving any assistance, instead of spar-ing to David a small portion of that expensive feastwith which he was at this time gratifying his vanityand his appetite, abal only answered in the con-temptuous and reproachful words of the text. "Whois David, and who is the son of Jesse ? There bemany servants now-a-days that break away everyman from his master. Shall I then take my bread,and my water, and my flesh that I have killed formy shearers, and give it unto men whom I know notwhence they be ?" Let us consider the frivolity of these his excuses.I. Excuse made by abal : My possessions arcstrictly and properly my own^ and I have a right to cm-ploy them as I please. " Shall 1 take my bread, andmy water, and my flesh." This is also an excusethat we still hear daily presented by the covetousand uncharitable.But common as is this excuse, it is not only de-monstrably false, but also awfully impious, and.strikes directly at the providence, the government,and the sovereignty of the Most High God, o !Your wealth is not your own : natural, as well as re-vealed religion, declares that you are only stewards,to whom God has given a certain portion of wealthand talents to be employed for him, and accordingto his pleasure, and for your use, of which you must^64 SERMO CXXXVII.render an account to him at the judgment-day. He

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