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Devil's Head, and the Devil should bruisé his Heel. God would put Enmity between the Devil and him, that is to say, they should be Opposites and Antagonists to one another; and that the Messiah should quite crush the Head, that is, the Power and Sovereignty of the Devil: And that the Devil, on the other hand, should do him some flight Hurt, signified by bruising or biting his Heel, which should not affect his Head, or any principal Part of his Body

TAKING this therefore for the Sense, it implies, 1. That the Race of Mankind should be continued. 2. That the Devil should be permitted to tempt them, even as he was permitted to tempt our first Parents, tho' not exactly in the same way. 3. That God, as a new Act of Grace to Man, would appoint his only-begotten Son as an Opposite or Antagonist to Satan, to his Works and Agents, to enlighten and help Mankind in their spiritual Conflicts, to maintain a Kingdom in the World opposite to the Kingdom of Darkness, by various Teachings and Dispensations from Age to Age, till he should come in the Flesh, be born of a Woman, and by his Doctrine, Example, Obedience, and Death, give the last Stroke, by way of moral Means, to the Power and Works of the Devil. This, I presume, is the utmost that can be made of this Place. Christ, in Favour of Man, now

seduced, seduced, and liable to be hereafter seduced by the Devil, is made an Enemy to that Enemy; and should at length, though not without suffering, bruise his Head, and totally crush his Kingdom and Power.

2. Sentence is past upon the WOMAN, ver. 16. which is easy to be understood ; namely, that she should bring forth Children with more Pain and Hazard than otherwise The would have done; and moreover, be in greater Subjection to the Will and Controul of her Husband. And this likewise


serve as a fufficient Comment upon the last of the five above-mentioned Places ; namely, 1 Tim. ii. 14. And Adam was not [first] deceived, but the Woman being deceived, was in the transgresfion : Which is given only as a Reason why the Woman ought not to teach, or ufurp Authority over the Man, but to be in Silence : See ver. Il,

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3. LASTLY, The Sentence

The Sentence upon the MAN, ver. 17, 18, 19. first affects the Earth, upon which he was to fubfift. The Ground Mould be encumbred with many noxious Weeds, and the Tillage of it more toilsome than before, which would oblige the Man to procure a Sustenance by hard Labour, till he should die, and drop into the Ground from whence he was taken. Thus Death entered


by by Sin into the World, and Man becamt mortal by transgrefsing God's Law.

III. AFTER Sentence pronounced, these Things happened.

1. WHEREAS Adam had before called his Wife Isha, Woman, he now called her Eve, which signifieth Life, or Life-giving ; probably for Joy that Mankind were to be propagated from her, when he expected nothing but immediate Death in Consequence of his Transgression.

2. The Labour to which they were condemned, and probably the weaker Condition of their Bodies, requiring they should be no longer naked, the LORD God, in Love and Tenderness

, made them coats of skin, and clothed them. :

3. The LORD God sent the Man out of the garden to till the common and less fruitful ground, out of which he was taken. And being doomed to Mortality, it was also proper

he thould be excluded from the Tree of Life. For that Tree can be considered, with any Shew of Truth, only as either a Pledge and Sign of Immortality; or, as an appointed Means of preventing the Decay of the human Frame, fupposing Adam had' continued obedient. Consequently the Tree had relation only to


the Duration of his Being: and his Exclusion from it had relation to nothing but his being subjected to Death. Accordingly we find, when Immortality thall be restored, the Benefit of this Tree shall, in some. Sense or other, be restored, Rev. xxii. 2.


".. This is all that I can see, relating to " the Affair before us, in this place. Now “. obferve, 1. A Curse is pronounced upon " the Serpent, and upon the Ground: but

no Curse upon the woman and the Man. “For although they are here manifestly sub

jected to Sorrow, Labour, and Death, yet us there are not inflicted under the Notion of a Curse. The Spirit of God, it is ob". servable, wholly abstains from the Use of “ that Word, even with regard to their out«. ward Condition, and much more with re

gard to their Souls, Not one Word of a “ Curse upon their Souls, upon the Powers “ of their Minds, their Understanding and “ Reason. Not one Word of darkening or *. weakening their rational Powers; not one Word of clogging those with any additional “ Difficulties. This is undeniable. “ ferve well : Here is not one Word, or the “ least Intimation, of any other Death, but " that Dissolution, which all Mankind unC 2


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dergo when they cease to live in this " World, whatever that Diffolution be. For

to this Diffolution alone, the Words of the

great Judge evidently restrain this Death. Ver. 19. Till thou return unto the ground,

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art, and to dust thou shalt return. This “ refers clearly to the Account of Man's “ Creation. Gen. ii. 7. And the LORD God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and " breathed into his nostrils the breath of life ; " and man became a living Soul. Thus Man « was made. And the judicial Act of Con“ demnation clearly implieth a taking him to “ pieces, or turning him again into the “ Ground from whence he was taken, de

prived of that Life which God had breathed e into him. This also seems to me unde“ niable; and surely must be admitted, if “ the Scriptures are really any Means of true

Knowledge, or a Rule of Faith. si ferve, That we, their posterity, are, in fact,

subjected to the fame Afflictions and Mor

tality here by Sentence inflicted upon our “ first Parents. Concerning which Afictions " and Mortality we may truly affirm ; that “ tho' they are occasioned by the Sin of our “ first Parents ; tho' they were not inflicted “ till they transgressed, and so descend to us “ in Consequence of their Transgression;

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