gives a sinner a view only of his guilt, will always produce such results. We see him anxious, but whence does it arise ? and whither tend ? He is not grieved and broken-hearted, be- cause he has injured God. By no means. He is troubled, be- cause he has exposed himself by his sins to punishment ; be- cause he is detected, and he hopes in some way to effect his deliverance from the death, which his sins deserve. At one time he tries to hide his guilt — at another to excuse it. At one time he dwells on the imperfection of human nature, and the power of temptation in the present state — thus justifying him- self, and tracing his sins to God as the cause ; at another time he pleads that he has done all he is able in his attempts to comply with the commands of God, when, in fact, he has made no attempt to return to his offended Sovereign, but has only labored to escape from his hand, and found himself unable. At one time he blames God and his servants because they have not given him such strong views of his situation as to be suf- ficient to move him to escape by his own power and virtue the wrath to come. Here it is manifest that he still trusts in himself, and refuses to give himself up without reserve to God. The guilty person cannot endure the thought of meeting the person whom he has injured. How can he, unless extremely hardened, behold him, who cannot but look upon him with expressions of anger and scorn? God is angry with the wicked every day. *' He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh (that is at the weakness, and folly of sinners) — the Lord shall have them in derision." To be smitten is quite as tolerable as Sermon on Matthew xi. 29. 179 to be despised. The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity ; but a wounded spirit, who can bear ? ow God, who is infinite in knowledge, in wisdom, and in benevolence, has devised, adopted, and published a method of salvation, exactly suited to the wants of this rebellious world.