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... SERMON XCIL THE EVIL AND UNREASONABLENESS OF COVETOUSNESS. .
And he said unto them, Take heed and beware of covetousness; for a
man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he
possesseth.-- Luke xii. 15, In my two last discourses on this
subject, I have represented the evil and unreasonableness of the
-vice of covetousness in four particulars. I proceed now to the
fifth and last particular, whereby I told you the evil and
unreasonableness of it would appear; vi?, That riches are so far
from being the happiness of human life, that they usually
contribute very much to our misery and sorrow; as will evidently
appear, if we consider these four things: First, The labour and
care which the covetous man is at in getting of a great estate,
Secondly, The anxiety of keeping it, together with the fears of
losing it. Thirdly, Thetroubleand vexation of having lost'it.
Fourthly, The heavy and dreadful account which every man must give
of a great estate. First, The labour and care which the covetous
man hath in getting a great estate, He that will be rich must sweat
for it, and refuse no pains and trouble; he must '- rise up early
and lie down late, and eat the bread of carefulness." A slave that
digs in the mines, or rows in the galleys, is not a greater drudge
than some covetous worldlings are; only, with this difference, that
the covetous man thinks that he labours and takes all these pains
for himself; whereas the slave understands the matter more truly,
and thinks that he does it for another. But besides the pains he
takes, he is full of care and anxiety. How is he, through the
greedy desire of having, racked between the hopes of getting and
the fear of missing what he seeks? The apostle observes what
tormenting cares accompany this vice: (1 Tim. vi. 10...
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