❧A premonition for euery disposition: Published for the profit of all if it be well applied. By Charles Gybbon.
❧ TO THE READER

Art thou

  • Jnsolent, or ignorant of thy estate,
  • Jnticed, or enclined to euill,
  • Jntangled, or ouercome of euill.

beholde

  • Thy apparant miserie.
  • Gods pronounced iudgment.
  • Gods promised mercie.

And it may

  • Humble thee in presuming.
  • Terrifie thee in attempting.
  • Comfort thee in dispayring.

A Mappe of mans miserie.

‘I know mine owne wickednes, and my sinne is euer before me.’Psal. 51. 3.
  • ‘WHat is man, whereto serueth he?’ Ecclus, 18, 6
  • ‘He is like a thing of naught.’ Psalme, 144, 4
  • ‘He is made of the dust of the ground.’ Gene, 2, 7,
  • ‘He is shapen in wickednes and conceiued in sinne.’ Psalm, 51, 5,
  • ‘He is by nature the Childe of wrathe.’ Ephe, 2, 3,
  • ‘He is by his owne knowledge but a beast.’ Iere, 51, 7,
  • ‘He cannot of himselfe thinke a good thought.’ 2, Cor, 3,
  • ‘The earth was cursed for his sinne.’ Gene, 3, 17,
  • ‘Dum creatures are destroyed for his cause.’ Zeph. 1. 3
  • ‘It repented the Lord that he had made man.’ Gene, 6, 6,
  • ‘He is borne vnto trauaill as the sparks flie vpwarde.’ Iob. 5, verse 7,
  • ‘His dayes are sorrowes and his trauaile greefe.’ Eccles, 2, 23,
  • ‘His glory is but dunge and wormes.’ 1, Mala, 2, 62
  • ‘His helpe is but vaine.’ Psalm, 60, 11,
  • ‘His time is like the shaddowe vpon the earth.’ 1, Chro, 29, 15,
  • ‘His life is but a spanne long.’ Psal. 39, 6,
  • ‘When he hath doone his best he is but an vnprofitable Seruaunt.’ Luke, 17, 10,

A Mirror of Gods iustice.

‘If thou ô Lorde straightly markest iniquities who shalbe saued.’Psal. 130. 3.
  • ‘IT is a feareful thing to fall into ye hands of God.’ Heb. 10,
  • ‘As his mercy is great so is his punishmēt.’ Ecclus, 16, 12
  • ‘He is a great God mighty and terrible.’ Deu, 10, 17,
  • ‘He is a God of reuenge.’ Deut, 32, 35
  • ‘He is able to cast both body and soule into hell.’ Math, 10
  • ‘If a man sinne against the Lord who shall pleade for him.’ 1, Sam, 2, 25,
  • ‘Vengeance belongeth vnto me, I will recompence (sayth the Lorde)’ Deut. 32, 35,
  • ‘Euery mā shal haue reward according to his work.’ Ap. 22
  • ‘The reward of sinne is death.’ Rom, 6, 23
  • ‘He that committeth sinne is of the deuill.’ 1, Ioh, 3, 8
  • ‘The face of the Lord is against such as doo euill.’ 1, Pet, 3, 12,
  • ‘There shalbe no end of plagues to the euil man.’ Pro, 24, 20
  • ‘He spared not the Angels that had sinned, but cast them in to vtter darknes.’ 2, Pet, 2, 4,
  • ‘He destroyed Kings for all they be as Gods vpon the earth.’ Acts, 12, 23,
  • ‘He punished rich men for all they had the welth of thys worlde.’ Luke, 16, 23,
  • ‘For with him is no respect of persons.’ Act, 10, 34,

A mention of his mercie.

‘According to the multitude of thy mercies put away mine iniquities.’Psal. 51. 1.
  • ‘IT is better to fall into the handes of God then of men, (for his mercies are great.)’ 2, Sam, 24, 14
  • ‘As his greatnes is so is his mercie.’ Ecclus, 2, 21,
  • ‘He is a gratious God and a mercifull.’ Micha, 4, 2
  • ‘He is a God of patience and consolation.’ Rom, 15, 5
  • ‘He is rich in mercie.’ Ephe, 2, 4,
  • ‘His mercy is aboue all his works.’ Psalm, 145, 9,
  • ‘He is ready to forgiue.’ Esay, 55, 7,
  • ‘Before they cry I will heare, and whilst they are yet thin­king what to speake I wil answer (saith ye lord)’ Esa, 65, 25
  • ‘He taketh no plesure in the death of sinners.’ Ezech, 18, 32
  • ‘He maketh as though hee sawe not the sinnes of men, be­cause they should amende.’ Wysd, 11, 20
  • ‘He sent his own son to cal sinners to repentance.’ Mat, 9, 13
  • ‘Though sin aboundeth, grace superaboundeth.’ Rom, 5, 15
  • ‘He pardoned Dauid for all he had commiteed both whore­dome and murther.’ 2, Sam, 12, 13
  • ‘He receiued the prodigall son into fauor againe.’ Luk, 15, 22
  • ‘He receiued the theefe into Paradise for all hee was a most haynous malefactor.’ Luke. 23. 43
  • ‘For at what time a sinner doth hartily repent him, ye Lorde hath promised to forgiue him.’ Ezech. 18. 21. 22.
Our life we leade Gods lawes to learne, with will to do the same:
We read to know, and know to liue, and liue to prayse Gods name.

❧A caueat for Rich-men: Be rich in Faith.
¶To the ende you may vse and bestowe your goods to your owne good, and his glory that gaue them, consider of these sen­tences pronounced against such as abuse them. And

Amongst others, reade

  • Esay, chap. 5. verse. 8.
  • Amos, chap. 8. verse. 4.
  • Iames. chap. 5. verse. 1.

‘Like Sheepe they lye in graue, Death deuoureth them.’ Psalm. 49. 14.

¶Speciall causes to dehort you from such greedines in gathering, and griplenes in keeping your goods.
  • 1. ‘The desire of money is the roote of all euill.’ 1. Tim. 6. 10.
  • 2. ‘A mans life standeth not in his goods though he haue aboundance.’ Luk. 12. 15
  • 3. ‘When he dieth he shall carrie nothing awaie with him.’ Psalm. 49. 14. 17
  • 4. ‘His goods will not auaile him in the day of wrath.’ Prou. 11. 4.
¶Hauing goods, you ought to giue and doo good with them, partlie to this ende.
  • 1. For the glorie of GOD. ‘Honour GOD with thy riches.’ Prouerbs. 3. 9.
  • 2. For good example to others. Let your light so shine before men that they may sée your good works. Math. 5. 16.
  • 3. For a signe of the sinceritie of your prosession.
  • A good Trée bringeth forth good fruite. Math. 7. 18. Iames. 2. 18.

If you would knowe to whom you shoulde giue, reade

  • Iob, chap. 31. verse, 16.
  • Esay, chap. 58. verse, 7,
  • Luke, chap. 14. verse, 13.

Zacheus gaue the one halfe of his goods to ye poore. Luke. 19. verse 8.

Why you ought to giue to the poore.

  • Because God hath commaunded ye should giue. Deu. 15. 10.
  • Giue to the poore for commaundement sake. Ecclus. 29. 9.
  • Because hee hath made them as his instruments to trye your harts & charitie, as appeareth. Deu. 15. 11. Mat. 26. 11

Howe you ought to bestowe your beneuo­lence. It must be doone

  • Simply.
  • Chéerfully.
  • Liberally.

  • For GOD loueth no vaine ostentation. Math. 6. 2.
  • For he loueth a chéerful giuer. Ecclꝰ. 35. 10
  • For it is a plague to a rich man to want a liberall hart. Eccles. 6. 1. 2. &c.
¶What good insueth in giuing to the poore.
  • 1. He that giueth to thē lendeth to ye lord. Pro. 19. 17. and shal not lack. Pro. 20. 27
  • 2. He layeth vp a good store for himselfe against the day of necessity. Tob, 4, 9.
  • 3. He shall haue great reward in heauen. Math. 25. 40.
¶What hurt followeth by with-holding from such.
  • 1. He that hideth his eyes from them shall haue manie curses. Pro. 28. 27.
  • 2. If they curse thée in ye bitternes of their soule their praier shalbe heard. Ecclꝰ. 4
  • 3. He that stoppeth his eare at their cry, shall cry and not be heard. Pro. 21. 13.
  • 4. He that sheweth no mercy, shall haue mercilesse condemnation. Iam. 2. 13.

¶Therfore do good whilst ye may, remembring this saying.

‘What shall it aduantage a man to winne the whole world, and afterward loose his owne soule.’ Luke. 9. 25.

❧A comfort for Poore-men: Be poore in Spyrite.
¶To the ende thou maist beare thy poouerty more patientlie, enter into this consideration.

  • 1. Hast thou not a house to hold thy head in. Our Sauiour Christ himselfe had not wheron to rest his head. Math. 8. 20.
  • 2. Hast thou little foode or rayment. Paule suffered hunger & cold, & yet (saith he) I haue learned in whatsoeuer state I am in, therwith to be cōtent. Phil. 4.
  • 3. Hast thou any thing at all. Solomon saith, better is a little with the feare of GOD, then great treasure and trouble therewith. Prou. 15. 16.
  • 4. Hast thou no­thing at all. Dauid saith, he that seeketh the Lord shall lack no manner of thing that is good. Psalm. 34. 10.
  • 5. Hast thou a fewe crosses and cares in this worlde. We must by many enter the kingdome of heauen. Acts. 14. 22.
  • 6. Hast thou many mi­series & afflictions. All that wee suffer héere are not counted woorthy the glory of the life to come. Rom. 8. 18.

Thy pouerty may be laide vpon thée

  • For trial of thy faith & patience,
  • For thyne amendement.

As it was vppon

  • Iob. Iob. 1.
  • The prodigall son.
¶Seeing pouertie and riches come of God, vse these three things in thy extremitie.
  • 1. Pray­er. Not to dispayre of Gods prouidence. For he is faithful, & wil lay no more vpon thée thē he will make thee able to beare. 1. Cor. 10. 13.
  • 2. Pati­ence. to take thy crosse thankfully. For it is an easie thing in his sight, suddainlye to make a poore man rich. Ecclus. 11. 21.
  • 3. La­bor. to get thy liuing if it be possible. For better it were to die thē beg. Ecclꝰ. 40. 28 and it is a blessed thing to giue rather then receiue. Act. 20. 35.

¶If thou doost consider what inconueniences and euils be incident, and come oftentimes with prosperitie and riches, thou woul­dest be better contented with thy poore estate.

Dauid sayde in his prosperitie hée should not be mooued. Psalm. 30. 6.

Riches often times

  • Withdraw vs frō wel dooing.
  • Mooue vs to securitie.
  • Be the meanes of our miserie.

as appeare by the par­ble of

  • The yong man. Mar. 10.
  • The rich man. Luk. 12.
  • Diues and Lazarus.

Héerof it is said. A rich man shall hardly enter the kingdom of heauen. Mat. 19. 23.

¶Therefore comfort thy selfe with these consolations, remem­bring this saying:

‘Godlines is great riches if a man be content with that he hath.’ 1. Tim. 6. 6.

AT LONDON Printed by I. C. for Thomas Gubbin. Anno. Dom. 1588.

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