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they not have concluded that he had made his peace with God? Nay, farther, if some had known that he had died in his sins, and yet that he died so-like a lamb, would they not have concluded, that either God doth not know our sins, or that he likes theni, or that he wants power, or
' will, or heart, or skill, to'punish them, since Mr. Badman himself went from a sinful life so quietly, so 'peaceable, and so like a lamb, as he did ? :
Wise. Without controversy, this is an heavy judgment of God upon wicked men; one goes to hell in peace, another goes to hell in trouble; one goes to hell being sent thither by the hand of his companion ; one goes thither with his eyes shut, and another goes thither with his eyes open; one goes this her roaring, and another goes thither boasting of heaven and happiness all the way he goes; one goes thither like Mr. Badmah himself, and others go thither as did his bretliten. But above all, Mr. Badnian's death, as to the manner of dying; is the fullest of snares and traps to wicked men'; therefore they that die as he, are the greatest stumble to the world: they go, and go, they go'on peaceably from youth to old age, and thence to the grave, and so to hell, without noise: “They go as an ox to che slaughter, and as a fool to the correction of the stocks;" that is, both senselessly and securely. O! but being come at the gates of hell: O!' but when they see those gates set open for them: 0! but when they see that that is their home, and that they muts go in thither ; then their peace and quietness flies away for ever; then they roar like lions, yell like dragons, howl like dogs, and tremble at their judgment, as do the devils themselves. Oh! when they see they must shoot the gulf and throat of hell ! when they shall see that hell hath shut her ghastly jaws upon them; when they shall
open their eyes, and find themselves within the belly and bowels of hell! then they will mourn, and weep, and hack, and knash their teeth for pain. But this must not be (or if it must, yet very rarely) till they are gone
out of the sight and hearing of those mortals whom they do leave behind them alive in the world. *
Atten, Well, my good neighbour Wiseman, I perceive that the sun grows low, and that you have come to a conclusion with Mr. Badman's life and death; and therefore I will take my leave of you. Only first let me tell you, I am glad that I have met with you to-day, and that our hap was to fall in with Mr. Badman's state. I also thank you for your freedom with me, in granting of me your reply to all my questions. I would only beg your prayers, that God will give me much grace, that I may neither live nor die as did Mr. Badman.
Wise. My good neighbour Attentive, I wish your welfare in soul and body, and if aught that I have said of Mr. Badman's life and death may be of benefit unto you, I shall be heartily glad ; only I desire you to thank God for it, and to pray heartily for me, that I with you may be kept by the power of God, through faith, unto salvation.
Atten. Amen. Farewel.
Though the wicked sometimes escape trouble, yet they are not ultimately delivered from it; all their preservations from evil, are bat reseryations for future and further evil : they are not so much preserved from, as reserved to, future wrath.
End of the life of Mr. Badman.
PHARISEE AND PUBLICAN,
Several weighty things are handled : as, the nature of
prayer and of obedience to the law ; together with the way and method of God's free grace in pardoning penitent sinners, by imputing Christ's righteousness to them,
TO THE READER.
Courteous READER, HAVE made bold once again to present thee with some of my
meditations'; and they are now about the Pharisee and the Pablican ; two men in whose condition the whole is comprehended, both as to their state now, and condition at the judgment. Where fore in reading this little book thou must needs read thyself. I do not say thou must understand thy condition, for it is the gift of God must make thee do that. Howbeit, if God wil bless it to thee; it may be a means to bring thee to see whose steps, thou art treading, and so at whose end thou art like to arrive. And let me beg this at thy band, now thou art about to read, reserve thy judgment or sentence as to me, until thou hast passed through the discourse.
Justification is treated of here, and the way for men to be saved,
I have also, O! Publican, as my skill hath served me, for thy encouragement, set before thee the Pharisee and the Publican in their true colours, and shewed thee that, though the Publican seemed to be far behind, yet in running he got the prize from the lofty Pharisee.
I say; Art thou a Pharisee, here is a Pharisee for thee! Art thou a Publican? here is a Publican for thee!
God give thee the Publican's heart, if thou art in the Publicanos sins, that thou mayest partake, with the Publican, mercy,
So wishest thy friend,
JOHN BUNYAN. A