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SERMON II. The Case of Hezekiah and the Messengers.
Preached at Paris.
SERMON VI. National Mercies considered. On the Inaugura
tion of his present Majesty.
. SERMON I. !
2 SAMUEL xix. 21. ist Part, But Abisbai faid, Shall not Shimei be put to
death for this?
-T T has not a good aspect-- This is
the second time Abishai has proposed
Shimei's destruction; once in the 16th chapter, on a sudden transport of indignation, when Shimei cursed David, —“Why should this " dead dog, cried Abishai, curse my lord the
king; let me go over, I pray thee, and cut off “ his head."— This had something at least of gallantry in it; for in doing it he hazarded his own; and besides the offender was not otherwise to be come at: the second time, is in the text; when the offender was absolutely in their power ---- when the blood was cool ; and the fuppliant was holding up his hands for mercy,
-Shall not Shimei, answered Abishai, be put to death for this? So unrelenting a pursuit looks less like justice than revenge, which is so cowardly a pallion, that it renders Abishai's