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Reader, I have fent the teftimony out, title page, and the date of the year in which it was first printed, nearly as I found it; I have only altered here and there a mistake, which I think was the printer's. I have only added a title, and this preface to the work--pray forgive me this wrong—and have put here and there a little note, with the initials of W.H. S.S. which are the tokens in every epiftle, fo I write. That thou mayeft read it to profit, and profit by reading, is the prayer and defire of
this author's coufin, and
thy fervant to command,
IN THE TIME OF
TEMPTATI O N.
THE SAME BEING
AN EXTRACT OF THE UNWORTHY AUTHOR'S EXPE RIENCE OF THE FOLLOWING PARTICULARS:
I. The miraculous prefervation of his
III. How the fpirit of bondage took him, and what fearful work it made in his foul.
IV. How the fpirit of adoption fuc
ceeded the spirit of bondage, healing and binding up the deep wounds caufed in his foul thereby.
COME AND HEAR, ALL YE THAT FEAR GOD, AND I WILL DECLARE WHAT HE HATH DONE FOR MY SOUL. PSALM lxvi. 16.
I WILL PRAISE THEE, FOR I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE; MARVELLOUS ARE THY WORKS, AND THAT MY SOUL KNOWETH RIGHT WELL. PSALM CXXXIX. 14.
BY I. B. AN UNWORTHY MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL.
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR, 1699.
To his very much refpected and highly honoured Friend Mr. Nicholas Skinner, Merchant of London,
Worthy and Honoured SIR,
THE laudable character given you by fome Minifters of Chrift, and other good fouls, now, I charitably hope and believe, praifing God in glory; especially the experimental taste I myfelf have had of your goodness, fince Providence made me fo happy in your acquaintance, hath encouraged me to prefix your worthy and deferving name to this small Tract; whofe design and chief tendency is to encourage poor dejected souls, under the hidings of God's face, to caft themselves on that never-failing goodness of God in Chrift, until God's fet time for deliverance comes; and alfo to ftir up experienced and grown believers to a becoming adoration and praising of that adorable name and wonder-working Providence of the glorious and tremendous JEHOVAH, which hath fo confpicuously appeared in the deliverance wrought for me his poor nothing creature, both for foul and body; and who am to this very day kept alive and upheld by that divine manutenency of his own,