VI. SELF, SELF-HURTER.
WHEN God, at the first day of judgment
arraigned Eve, she transferred her fault on the serpent which beguiled her.
[Gen. iii. 13.] This was
one of the first-fruits of our depraved nature.
But ever after regenerate men in Scripture,
making the confession of their sins (whereof
many precedents), cast all the fault on themselves alone: yea, David, when he numbered the people, though it be expressed
that Satan 110provoked him thereunto,
[1 Chron. xxi. 1.] and though David
probably might be sensible of his temptation, yet
he never accused the Devil, but derived all the guilt on himself: I it is that have sinned:
[1 Chron. xxi. 17.] good reason, for Satan hath no impulsive power;
he may strike fire till he be weary (if his
malice can be weary); except man’s corruption
brings the tinder, the match cannot be lighted.
Away, then, with that plea of course: “The
Devil owed me a shame.” Owe thee he might,
but pay thee he could not, unless thou wert as
willing to take his black money as he is to