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SE R M ON VIII.

TIME and CHANCE.

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SERMON. VIII.

ECCLESIASTES IX. II.

I returned and saw under the sun, that

the race is not to the fwift,-nor the battle to the strong, -neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor get favour to men of skill, -bat time and chance bappeneth to them all.

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HEN a man casts a look upon

this melancholy description of the world, and fees, contrary to all his guesses and expectations, what different fates attend the lives of men,-how oft it happens in the world, that there is not eyen bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, &c.-- he is apt to conclude with a sigh upon it,----in the

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words,-tho' not in the sense of the wise man,—that time and chance happeneth to them all.-That time and chance, apt seasons and fit conjunctures have the greatest sway, in the turns and disposals of mens fortunes. And that, as these lucky hits (as they are called) happen to be for, or against a man,--they either open the way to his advancement against all obstacles,-or block it up against all helps and attempts. That as the text intimates, neither wisdom, nor underftanding, nor skill shall be able to furmount them,

However widely we may differ in our reasonings upon this observation of Solomon's, the authority of the observation is strong beyond doubt, and the evidence given of it in all ages so alternately confirmed by examples and complaints, as

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