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Pride.

Pride.

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BY SAMUEL HORSFALL

ECCLESIASTICUS XXIII. 4.

O Lord Father and God of my life, give me not a
proud look, but turn away from thy servant al-
ways a haughty mind.
BY SAMUEL HORSFALL

ECCLESIASTICUS XXIII. 4.

O Lord Father and God of my life, give me not a
proud look, but turn away from thy servant al-
ways a haughty mind.

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PRIDE. BY SAMUEL HORSFALLECCLESIASTICUS XXIII. 4. O Lord Father and God of my life, give me not a proud look, but turn away from thy servant al-ways a haughty mind. What is Apocryphal is not always to be slighted. Jesus, the son of Sirach, in the book of Ecclesiasti-cus, has published many wise sayings, that would not have disgraced the enlightened monarch of Is-rael, whose Proverbs make a part of our sacred vo-lume; and which, though not of equal authenti-city with the other parts of sacred writ ; yet as pos-sessing sound maxims of piety and wisdom, per-fectly conformable to the moral law, were deemed too beneficial to be disregarded, and were there-fore placed amongst the Addenda of the Old Testa-ment, for the benefit and instruction of future ages. 2 E
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210 SERMON XV. The wisdom of the prayer of the text will be seen, I hope, by what 1 shall now offer against the detestable sin of pride j as no man can give a greater affront to his Maker, than to have a " Proud '' look," that regards his fellow-creatures with dis-dain; and a " Haughty mind,'* that considers every mark of humiHty in others, as the charac-teristic of a mean and grovelling spirit. To rescue the humble from this unjust reproach; to set this most amiable virtue in its true light, by a repre-sentation of pride in its most odious colours, shall be the business of the following discourse. That a man, formed from the dust of the earth, should arrogate a dignity to himself, because the Almighty hath given him a " Reasonable soul,'* and *' Placed him a little lower than the Angels," is a proof of his ignorance of the divine economy, who made all mankind of the same dust, in order that no pre-eminence of one man over another
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should be arrogated, beyond those subordinate dis-tinctions essential to the security and welfare of men living together in society. But we are not here speaking particularly of SERMON XV. 21i pride, on account of any superiority as to rank or station a man may chance to hold in society, but of that innate self-arrogance, which assumes a " Proud look** and a " Haughty mind** towards all, with whom it hath any thing to do. This vice assumes many forms, according to the possession it has taken of the soul. In some it shews itself in a supercilious air; an affectation of the politeness of the gay world; and clothing itself in smiles, endeavours to hide its ignorance in the ridiculous gestures of a fashionable coxcomb. No man indicates more inconsistency: one day he condescends to be familiar, the next he passes
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