face of the Almighty ; and because he could not be revenged upon God, he would be revenged upon his brother. o wonder an act of such horrid and complicated guilt was most provoking to God ; and that the blood thus cruelly shed, cried unto him. It cried unto him, as the author of life, and the righteous gover- nor of the world, who ordereth and disposeth of the lives of his creatures. It cried to him for vengeance against a wretch who had broken the law of the creation, and usurped the prero- gative of the Creator. It cried to him as a holy God, to whom the righteous sufferer was very dear, and in whose sight " the death of his saints is precious." Considering Abel's pious cha- racter, it is very probable that he poured out his dying breath in prayer for his cruel brother, that God would forgive him. But his blood cried for vengeance; that is, the circumstances of the case and the guilt of the murderer demanded a just retribution from the most High. So " the cry" of the sins of Sodom is said to " reach unto heaven ;" and in many places of scripture the same phrase is used. Before I dismiss this head, I would ob- serve, that this apostle saith that Abel, " being dead, yet speak- eth," Heb. xi. 4. He not only testifies, that there is a future state, and a reward for the righteous in it, but he warns all persecutors and murderers, intimates how great their; guilt is, and what a dreadful execution awaits them. If the blood of one righteous person cried for vengeance, how terrible will be their doom, who have " shed the blood ol the saints and mar- tyrs of Jesus in abundance !" How sad the case of the Romish churcli in particular, " in which," as St. John observes, " is found DIS. XI,] THE BLOOD OF SPRIKLIG. 87 the blood of prophets, and saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth," Rev. xviii. 24. The voice of so much blood crieth, and will be heard. And in the day when God comes to " make inquisition for blood," it will be the utter ruin of that cruel, persecuting church. Let us beware of this guilt ourselves. There is persecution of the tongue, cruel mockings and sneers of those who are more righteous than their persecutors. Dread the thought of having the blood of others crying against you.