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ings, stonings, and fightings, with which we were assailed, God still preserved us. And surely, “ if it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us, then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us. Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth,” Psalm cxxiv.
2, 3, 6.
Thus, Christian reader, have I briefly related how God bent his bow, and made it ready, and how He shot out his arrows, and destroyed the persecutors. If my reader is one of the number who can open his mouth against the religion of Jesus Christ, he had better sit down first, and consult with himself whether he is able, hand joining in hand, although to the number of ten thousand, to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand. If he is not, he had better send an embassage of confession and prayer, while he is a great way off, and desire the conditions of Gospel peace, Luke xiv. 31, 32. Real religion is the cause of God; and, whoever opposes it, God will defend it. No opponent can conquer in this battle. “There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.”
Perhaps, reader, thou art one who art happily delivered from this impious war, and made willing to be a good soldier of Jesus: if so, then rejoice with Paul, and say, ,
he hath shewed forth all longsúffering and patience in me, as a pattern to others who shall hereafter believe on him to life eternal. But, if thou art one of the persecuted, take encouragement from hence; stand fast in the Lord, and watch his hand. “God shall shoot at them (thy enemies] with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded. So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away. And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.”
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
WILLIAM HUNTINGTON, S.S.
SET THING HOUSE IN ORDER, FOR THOU SHALT DIE. ISA. XXXVIII. 1.
Dear Brethren and Sisters in the Faith of our Lord
As I have heard frequent disputes, and been witness to many differences, in various families, concerning the final settlement of their temporal effects; and as I wish to avoid such like contentions, I thought it highly necessary to make my Last Will and Testament, according to those laws which alter not, Dan. vi. 12. And, as I have found you, under God, my best friends in time of need, I thought it proper to present to your view a printed copy of the same, that you may thereby have the satisfaction of knowing in what manner I have disposed of both my living and dead stock, which you may suppose is of no great value. To prevent, too, those endless animosities, law-suits, and wrongs, which the innocent so repeatedly sustain after the decease of well-meaning, but illadvised testators, I have for eight years past solicited one to undertake to be my sole executor,