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ThethitFlagwith the 3 Golden Doves set up as a favourablel,
Signal before he Tovn of Mansoul by order of Emanuels.
placed as many: and the rest were conveniently placed in several parts
round about the town. Five of the best battering rams, that is, of the biggest of them, were placed upon mount Hearken, a mount caft up hard by Ear-gate, with intent to break that open. (a)
Now when the town of Mansoul saw the The heart of multitude, and the soldiers that were come Mansoul begias up against the place, and the rams and slings, to fail. and the mounts on which they were planted; together with the glittering of the armour, and the waving of their colours; they were forced to shift and thift, and again to Shift their thoughts; but they hardly changed for thoughts more stout, but rather for thoughts more faint; for though before they thought themselves sufficiently guarded, yet now they began to think that no man knew what would be their hap or lot. When the good prince EMANUEL had
The white flag thus beleaguered Mansoul, in the first place hung out. he hangs out the white flag, which he caused to be set up among the golden flings that were planted upon mount Gracious. And this he did for two reasons: 1. To give notice to Mansoul, that he could and would yet be gracious, if they turned to him. 2. And that he might leave them the more without excuse, should he deItroy them, they continuing in their rebellion.
So the white flag, with the Three Golden Doves on it, was hung out for two days together, to give them time and space to consider. But they, as was hinted before, as if they were unconcerned, made no reply to the favourble signal of the Prince.
* (a) The Lord, the eternal Spirit, must first give the hearing ear, and the understanding heart, ere any saving work can be begun ; but, after that happy period, the soul will readily hearken to the voice of God, in his word, will become sensible of it's ruinous state, and flee to Christ for pardon and peace, thro’ his atoning blood, and justifying righteousness.
Then he commanded, and they set the The red dig red flag upon that mount called Justice. It bung out.
was the red flag of captain Judgment, whose efcutcheon was the Burning Fiery Furnace : also this stood waving before them in the wind for several days togethet. But look how they carried it under the white flag, when that was hung out, fo did they also when the red one was: and yet he took no advantage of them. (a)
Then he commanded again that his ferThé black flag vants should hang out the black flag of Dehung out.
fance against them, whore escutcheon was the Three Burning Thunderbolts. But as unconcerned was Mansoul at this, as at thofe that went before. But when the Prince faw that neither mercy nor judgment, nor execution of judgment, would or could come near the heart of Mansoul, he was touched with much compunction, and said, Surely this strange carriage of the town of Mansoul doth rather arife froin ignorance of the manner and feats of war, than from a secret defiance of us, and
abhorrence of their own lives; or, if they Christ makes not war as the know the manner of the war of their own, wond does.
yet not the rires and ceremonies of the wars in which we are concerned, when I make wars upon mine enemy Diabolus.
Therefore he sent to the town of Mansoul, to let thema know what he meant by those figns and ceremonies of the
flag; and also to know of them which of He leads to ? know if they the things they will chufe, whether grace would have and mercy, or judgment, and the execution mercy or judg- of judgment. All this while they kept the
gates fhut as fast as they could. Their guards
(a) This, and the preceding part, exhibit a glorious disa play of the goodness, long suffering, and forbearance of God! Judgment and mercy, life and good, death and evil, are set before finners, for their choice.-And though election be intirely of free grace, yet at the great day the whole world of the ungodly and unjustified will be guilty and felfcondemned at the bar of a holy God, the righteous judge of quick and dead. See Deut. xxx. 15. 19. John iii. 19.
Let obtinate finners hear and tremble.
were also doubled, and their watch made us strong as they could. Diabolus also plucked up what heart he could, to encourage the town to make resistance. (a)
The townsmen also made answer to the prince's mesfenger, in substance, according to that which follows:
Great Sir, as to what, by your messenger, you have signified to us, whether folk's answer. we will accept your mercy, or fall by your justice; we are bound, by the law and custom of this place, and can give you no positive answer : for it is against the law, government, and the prerogative royal of our king, to make either peace or war without him. But this we will do, we will petition that our prince will come down to the wall, and there give you such a treatment as he shall think fit and profitable for us.'
When the good Prince EMANUEL heard Emanuel grievthis answer, and saw the slavery and bondage ed at the folly of the people, and how contented they were to abide in the chains of the tyrant Diabolus, it grieved him at the heart. And indeed, when at any time he perceived that any were contented with the slavery of the giant, he would be affected with it.
But to return again to our purpose. After the town had carried this news to Diabolus, and had told him moreover, that the Prince, that lay in the leaguer without the wall, waited upon them for an anfwer; he refused, and huffed as well as he could, but in heart he
Diabolus afraida was afraid.
Then said he, I will go down to the gates myself, and give him such an answer as I think fit. So he went down to Mouth-gate, and there addressed himself to
(a) This is a true, bat awful picture of all natural men; they harden their hearts, stop their ears against the truth, and resist the counsel of God against themselves; and the enemy, by various devices and temptations, keeps them under the power of spiritual blindness and unbelief,