It is impossible to read this and not substitute Ah, America, America! for “Ah, England, England!”
(Thomas Brooks, “The Privy Key of Heaven” 1665)
“You have a whore’s forehead, you refuse to be ashamed!” Jeremiah 3:3
“Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all!
They do not even know how to blush!” Jeremiah 6:15
They had sinned away shame–instead of being ashamed of sin. Continuance in sin had quite banished all sense of sin and all shame for sin; so that they would not allow nature to draw her veil of blushing before their great abominations. How applicable these scriptures are to the present time, I will leave the prudent reader to judge.
But what does the prophet do, now that they were as bold in sin, and as shameless as so many harlots; now that they were grown up to that height of sin and wickedness; now that they were above all shame and blushing; now…
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