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not pass, Job xiv. 5; his prescience and predetermination do not at all hinder the influences of natural causes, but he knows and disposeth of them also, equally with their effects. And thus those things, that are with us reputed the most contingent, are also fore-seen and fore-ordered, as well as others. The drawing of a bow of a certain man at a venture, was as well known and determined, as the death of that king that fell thereby, 1 Kings xxii. 34. The whole story of Hezekiah's life and death was alike predestinated, Ija, xxxviii ; yet he was fick unto death, and had then certainly died, had not God lengthned out his life yet fifteen years, and had he not followed his appointment in making use of the plaster of figs. Paul's most comfortable words in his dangerous voyage to Rome, There shall be no loss of any man's life among you, Acts xxvii. 22. was a true report of the sure unchangeable and eternal counsel of God: Yet had not the pipmen abode in the ship, they could not have been saved, Acts xxvii. 31. The death and continuation of life of every man, and of every individual living creature is certainly determined ; yet they shall both of them as necessarily follow their constituted means, as day and night, do the presence or absence of the sun.
But yet, once more, it is more than probable, that such noble medicines may be found out and prescribed, that may innovate the
strength of all the parts of old men, and bring their temperament back again to equality ; that may so fortify nature, and consume or expel whatsoever is contrary thereunto; as life and vigour may be restored to such a measure, which may safely be called, the renewing of youth. It is said of captain Naaman the leper, after he had made use of the ordinance of God for his recovery, that his fleß came again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean, 2 Kings V. 17. And thus through the blessing of God upon our weak endeavours, we daily fee brought again from the grave's mouth, and restored to perfect health and strength, many that were confe&ti morbo, spent and consumed with a difease; and why some that are confecti senio, wasted with age, may not in like manner be renewed, seems not at all impoffible. Nay, this Elihu, one of Job's friends, doth abundantly prove, from the power and providence of God, when he faith ; His flesh Mall be fresher than a child's, he shall return to the days of his youth, Job. xxxiii. 25. And those critical returns of nature, (which are vulgarly called lightnings before death) that do usually continue but for two or three hours, or days at the most, are notwithstanding sometimes, by the strength of nature only, lengthned out to so many weeks or months; and there can no reason be given, why a skilful and fuccessful artist may not be made instrumental for the farther prolonging them, with greater
comfort, to so many years or luftras. The whole creation now grown old expecteth and waiteth for a certain rejuvenescency, with which ere long it shall surely be blessed, Rom. viii. 19, 20: In the mean time, this is presented unto us in a figure, in those several transformations and renovations of the ant, and filk-worm, and many such insectiles, which are soon brought to extream old age by their incessant labour ; in recompence whereof, by a wonderful metamorphosis, they are renewed into brisk and lively flies. And there are abundance of more perfect creatures also, which depofiting their old skins, or shells, or some such emblem of their age, are at certain seasons brought back again to a youthful state, and such are snakes, lizards, crabs, crevises, eagles, king-filhers, and such like; and why some such thing as this, or at least something analogous hereunto, may not be wrought upon man, the most perfect creature of all the earth, I am sure no one can give an account. David in his doxology intimates, that there may, saying, concerning God in his providences, He satisfieth thy mouth with good things, so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles, Pfal. ciii. 5. Yet were not these things thus visibly demonstrated to us, God might in his tonuTOKING copíc, Eph.li. 1. alter the course wherein hitherto he hath manifested himself, and in some things he hath given us assurance that
he will; the way that hitherto he hath been pleased to take to bring our bodies to glory and immortality, hath been through misery, dust, and darkness, but in the last day he will take a nearer course to do the same thing ; Behold, I few you a mystery, we fall not all sleep, but mall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump, for the trumpet Shall round, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed, 1 Cor. xv. 51, 52.
These magnalia naturæ, (viz. the preventing, alleviating, and curing (as far as is attainable) the diseases before mentioned, the retarding of age, the prolonging of life, the renewing of youth) that have scarce entred the thoughts of vulgar pretenders to physick; have been as unto the practic part under our consideration, with like care and industry, as what you here see in the theory, and that from principles gathered up, not only from reason, reading, and experience ; but from some eminent instructive expressions of holy writ, which are not obvious to every cursory and superficial reader: all which may also be communicated to you in a convenient season.
T H E
I N D E X.
THE introduction, from Page 1, to 11.
The use of the Scripture, p. 12. The foveral inter- :
pretations of this place, p. 3. The true, p. 4. The names of age, p. 4, 5. The bounds, p. 5,6,7. The The analysis, p. 8. The only panacea, p. 9, 10.
VERSE I. from Page 11, to Page 20.
The exhortation, p. 11. The general diseases and in:
lets to all the reft, p. 12. The certainty of this ftate, ibid. The continuation, p. 13. How EVIL DAY'S are to be underfood, p. 14, 15. What old age is called good, p. 15, 16, 17, 18. How PLEASURE is to be understood, p. 18, 19, 20. Incredible in age, ibid.
VERSE II. from Page 20, to Page 48.
The feveral interpretations of this verse, p. 20, 21, 22. The proper, p. 23. The union of soul and body, ib.