THE Proverbs are like Manna scatter∣ed upon the ground by Solomon, which his Servants gathered up, and put into the Pot for the benefit of Gods people. It is labour in vain to seek the dependance of them one upon another; for they do not (like Jacob and Esau) catch one another by the heel. The Text therefore being an in∣dependent Proposition, I will first open the words, then draw some doctrinal conclu∣sions from them.
Children.] To have Children, is every way in Scripture commended for a great blessing, Psal. 127. 3. Lo, Children are an Page 138 Heritage of the Lord, &c.] Lo, being pre∣fixed, implyeth, that a numerous posterity is an admirable blessing. Worldlings look up∣on many Children as a great Charge, not as a temporal blessing. Children are an Heri∣tage of the Lord.] Implying they do descend from God, as an Inheritance from the Fa∣ther to the Child. The word implyeth a free gracious blessing.
Childrens Children] Here is blessing upon blessing. That thou art a Father of a Child is a blessing: and that thy Child is a Father of Children is a superadded blessing. This was the blessing of Rebecca by her friends at her departure. Grow into thousand thou∣sands, Gen. 24. 60. Blessed is the man that hath his quiver full of Children, saith the Psalmist. When the Lord would shew the manner of his blessing to the Jews after their return from captivity, he thus describes it. The streets of the City shall be full of Boyes and Girls, Zech. 8. 5. It is not only a re∣ward and blessing to the rich to be full of Children, but it is specified as a blessing upon the p•or; that the Lord will make him a family like a flock of sheep, Psal. 107. 4•.
Are the Crown of old men.] That is, it is the honour of old men: or, posterity is a crown of honour. Then the 3d generation is a treble Page 139 Crown of honour. Joseph saw Ephraims Children, of the third generation: the Children also of Machir, the Son of Manasseh, were born upon Joseph's knees, Gen. 50, 23. Of the Lord's blessing the last daies of Job more than the first; it is said that Job had seven Sons, and three Daughters; and that after this Job lived an hundred and forty years, and saw his Sons, and his Son's Sons, even four generations, Job 42. 13, 16.
And the glory of Children are their Fathers. As the Children are the ornament and ho∣nour of old age: so the aged Fathers are to be an honour of their dear Posterity. Honour descendeth from Father to Children, and ascendeth from Children to Fathers.