An Exposition Upon the Prophet Jonah


Contained in certaine Sermons, preached
in S. Maries Church in Oxford.

By GEORGE ABBOT Professor of Divinitie,
and Maister of Universitie Colledge.
JOHAN. 9.4.
The night cometh when no man can worke.

Imprinted by Richard Field, and are to be
sold by Richard Garbrand.

PUBLISHED BY Richard Field


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And let every man for himselfe give no rest to his God, but begge of him oftentimes, to double and multiply his gracious spirite on him. For how dangerous are these wayes, wherein we here do walke? What perils and great hazards are every day about us? What drawings on are there to sinne? what entisements to iniquity? How is the Divell more ready, to swallow us into hell, then the fish was to swallow Jonas? What Atheisme doth increase? what worldly lusts & affections?

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Yea we may see many more things, to pricke us on to sollicite the Lord of all importunely. The dearth which doth now raigne in many parts of this land, which doth little good to the rich, but maketh the poore to pinch for hunger, and the children to cry in the streetes, not knowing where to have bread. And if the Lord do not stay his hand, the dearth may be yet much more. In like sort, the safety of Gods Church, which in England and in Ireland, yea in many parts else of Christendome, as Scotland, Fraunce, and Flaunders, much dependeth under God, on the good estate of her Majesty, the hand maide of Christ Jesus: whose life we see to be aimed at, by the cursed brood of Sathan, unnaturall home-bred English. And were it not that his eye who doth never slumber nor sleep, did watch over her for our good, it had oft bin beyond mans reason, that their plots shold have bene prevented. The spoiles of the Turke in Hungary, and his threats to the rest of Christendome, should wring from us this consideration, that he is to be called on, who can put a hooke in his nostrels, and turne him another way, as he once did by Sennacherib. There should be in us a sympathy, and fellow-feeling with our brethren. These things in generall to all, and in particular to each, should remember us to breake forthinto invocation with the Prophet. It is that which God loveth in us: it is that which Christ with his precept and example, hath taught unto us. He prayed oft to his father, and continued whole nights in praier, and as Saint Cyprian doth well gather, if he did so who sinned not, what should we do who sinne so deepely?

He prayed to the Lord his God.

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begging, christian, hazard, prevent, sin, sympathy

Source text

Title: An Exposition Upon the Prophet Jonah

Author: George Abbot

Publisher: Richard Field

Publication date: 1600

Edition: 2nd Edition

Place of publication: London

Provenance/location: This text was transcribed from images available at Early English Books Online: Bibliographic name / number: STC (2nd ed.) / 34 Physical description: [8], 638, [2] p. Copy from: Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery Reel position: STC / 275:17

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Original author(s): George Abbot

Language: English

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  • 1 ) p. 204


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