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and to requite their parents : for that A wise servant shall have rule over is good and acceptable before God, a son that causeth shame, &c.—Prov. &c. If any provide not for his own xvii. 2. house, &c. If any man or woman that Accuse not a servant unto his believeth, have widows, let them master, lest he curse thee, &c.-Prov. relieve them, &c. Tim. v. 4. XXX. 10. 8. 16.

Woe unto him, &c. that useth his Perilous times shall come, &c. Men neighbour's service without wages, shall be disobedient to parents, &c. and giveth him not for his work. without natural affection. - 2 Tim. Jer. xxii. 13. iii. 143.

A servant honoureth his master, Teach the young women, &c. to &c. If I be a master, where is mylove their children. Titus ii. 4. fear ? -Mal. i. 6.

I will come near to you to judgSect. 11. Masters to their Servants, ment, and I will be a swift witness and Servants to their Masters.

against those thatoppress (or defraud) Hagar despised her mistress. When the hireling in his wages, &c.—Mal. Sarah dealt hardly with her, she fled iii. 5. from her face. And the angel of the The disciple is not above his masLord said unto her, Return to thy ter, nor the servant above his Lord. mistress, and submit thyself under-Matt. x. 24. her hands.-Gen. xvi. 4. 6-9.

The parable of the unjust steward. See the faithfulness and industry -Luke xvi. 1, &c. of Abraham's servant, in the business Which of you, having a servant of fetching a wife for his master's plowing, or feeding cattle, will say son.Gen. xxiv,

unto him by and by, when he is come With all my power I have served from the field, Go and sit down to your father, and your father hath de- meat ; and will not rather say unto ceived me, and changed my wages him, Make ready, wherewith I may ten times.-Gen. xxxi. 6, 7.

sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, Thou shalt not oppress an hired &c. and afterward thou shalt eat and servant, poor and needy, of thy bre- drink. Doth he thank that servant ? thren, or of thy strangers, &c. At &c. I trow not.--Luke xvii. 7-10. his day thou shalt give him his hire, Art thou called being 'a servant ? neither shall the sun go down upon care not for it : but if thou mayest it : for he is poor, and setteth his be made free, ose it rather. For he heart upon

it.-Deut. xxiv. 14, 15. that is called in the Lord, being a Levit. xix. 13. ;.

servant, is the Lord's freeman, &c. 'If I did despise the cause of my Let every man wherein he is called, man-servant, or of my maid-servant, therein abide with God.-1 Cor. vii. when they contended with me : what 21, 22. 24. then shall I do, when God riseth up? Servants, be obedient to them that and when he visiteth, what shall I are your masters according to the answer him? Did not he that made Aesh, with fear and trembling, in me in the womb, make him? And did singleness of your heart, as unto not one fashion us in the womb - Christ. Not with eye-service as men Job xxxi. 13-15.

pleasers, but as the servants of Christ, As the eyes of servants look unto &c. from the heart, with good will, the hand of their masters, and as the doing service as to the Lord, and not eyes of a' maiden unto the hand of to men, &c. And ye, masters, do the her mistress, so our eyes wait upon same things unto them, forbearing the Lord, &c.--Ps. cxxiii. 2, &c. (or moderating) threatening, know. The king's favour is toward a wise ing that your master also is in heaven: servant, &c.-Prov. xiv. 35.

neither is there respect of persons


with him. Eph. vi. 5-9. Col. iii. 22-24.

CHAP. XVII. Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal : know- BELIEVERS, THEIR DUTY TOWARD ALL ing that ye also have a Master in

MEN, THOSE WHO ARE WITHOUT, heaven:-Col. iv. 1.

UNBELIEVERS, ENEMIES. · Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters

Sect. 1. In General. worthy of all honour, that the name Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, of God and his doctrine be not blas- nor oppress him : for ye were stranphemed. And they that have be- gers in the land of Egypt. Ye shall lieving masters, let them not despise not afflict any widow or fatherless, them, because they are brethren : but &c.Exod. xxii. 21, 22. rather do service, because they are Thou shalt not curse the deaf, not faithful (or believing) and beloved put a stumbling-block (or offence) partakers of the benefit: these things before the blind, &c.-Levit. xix. 13,14. teach and exhort. If any man teach He doth execute the judgment of otherwise, and consent not to whole- the fatherless and widow, and loveth some words, &c. he is proud, know- the stranger, &c. Love ye therefore ing nothing, &c.—1 Tim. vi. 1-4. the stranger, for ye were strangers,

Exhort servants to be obedient &c.-Deut. x. 18, 19. Job xxxi. 32. unto their own masters, and to please Who'shall dwell in thy holy hill ? them well in all things, not answer- &c. he that doeth no evil to his neighing again (or gainsaying) : not pur- bour.-Ps. xv. 1. 3. loining, but shewing all good fidelity, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, that they may adorn the doctrine of saying, Execute true judgment, and God our Saviour in all things.- Titus shew mercy and compassion every i. 9, 10.

man to his brother, and oppress not Go to now, ye rich men, weep and the widow, nor the fatherless, the howl for your miseries, &c. Behold, stranger, nor the poor : and let none the hire of the labourers which have of you imagine evil against his broreaped down your fields, which is of ther in your heart.- Zech. vj. 9, 10. you kept back by fraud, crieth : and viii. 16, 17. Prov. iii. 29. Isa. the cries of them which have reaped lviii. 6, 7. are entered into the ears of the Lord. Give not that which is holy onto James v. 1. 4.

the dogs : neither cast ye your pearls - Servants, be subject to your mas before swine, lest they trample them ters with all fear, not only to the good under their

feet, and turn again and and gentle, but also to the froward. rent you. Therefore all things whatFor this is thankworthy, if a man for soever ye would that men should do conscience toward God endure grief, to you, do ye even so to them : for suffering wrongfully. For what glory this is the law and the prophets.is it, if when ye be buffetted for your Matt. vii. 6. 12. Luke vi. 31. faults, ye shall take it patiently? Behold, I send you forth as sheep But if when

do well, and suffer for in the midst of wolves : be


there it, ye take it patiently, this is ac- fore wise as serpents, and harmless ceptable with God. For even here- as doves.--Matt. x. 16.. unto were ye called.- 1 Pet. ii. 18–21. And herein do I exercise myself, Sect. iv. Magistrates to Subjects, offence toward God and toward men.

to have always a conscience void of and Subjects to Magistrates.

Acts xxiv. 16. See Magistrates and Magistracy Recompense to no man evil for at large.

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evil: provide things honest in the

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sight of all men.-Rom. xii. 17. Levit. is good, both anong yourselves, and xix. 18.

to all men.- Thess. v. 14, 15. Render therefore to all their dues, That the aged men be sober, grave, tribute to whom tribute is due, cus- temperate, sound in faith, charity, tom to whom custom, fear to whom patience. The aged women likewise, fear, honour to whom honour. Owe &c. In all things shewing thyself a no man any thing, but to love one pattern of good works, &c. sound another : for he that loveth another speech that cannot be condemned ; hath fulfilled the law, &c. Love that he that is of the contrary part worketh no ill to his neighbour.- may be ashamed, having no evil Rom. xiii. 7-10.

thing to say of you.--Titus ii. 2, 3. Give none offence, neither to the 6-8. Jews nor to the Gentiles, &c. even as Put them in mind, &c. to be ready I please all men in all things, not seek- to every good work, &c. To be no ing mine own profit.- 1 Cor. x. 32,33. brawlers, but gentle, shewing all

Charity thinketh no evil.—1 Cor. meekness unto all men : for we, &c. xiii. 5.

-Titus iii. 1-3. Providing for honest things, not Wherefore laying aside all malice, only in the sight of the Lord, but and all guile, and envies, and all evil also in the sight of men.--2 Cor. speakings, &c. abstain from fleshly viii. 21.

lusts which war against the soul; Look not every man on his own having your conversation honest things, but every man also on the amongst the Gentiles, that whereas things of otters, &c. Do all things they (or wherein they) speak against without murmurings and disputings : you as evil doers, they may by your that ye may be blameless and harm- good works, which they shall behold, less (or sincere) the sons of God, glorify God in the day of visitation. without rebuke, in the midst of a For so is the will of God, that with crooked and perverse nation, among well doing ye may put to silence the whom ye shine (or shine ye) as lights ignorance of foolish men, &c. Honour in the world. Phil. ii. 4. 14, 15. (or esteem) all men.—1 Pet. ii. 1. 11,

Let your moderation be known 12. 15. 17. Job xvii. 5. unto all men: the Lord is at hand.- Sanctify the Lord God in your Phil. iv. 5.

hearts, and be ready always to give Walk in wisdom toward them that an answer to every man that asketh are without, &c. Let your speech be you a reason of the hope that is in always with grace, &c. that ye may you, with meekness and fear; having know how to answer every man. a good conscience; that whereas they Col. iv. 5, 6.

speak evil of you, as of evil doers, The Lord make you to increase and they may be ashamed that falsely acabound in love, &c. toward all men. cuse your good conversation in Christ, - 1 Thess. iii. 12. Eph. v. 2. &c.—1 Pet. iii. 15–17.“

That ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work. Sect. 11. In particular : not to judge with your own hands, &c. That ye

them, or speak evil of them. may walk honestly toward them that Thou givest thy 'mouth to evil, &c. are without, and that ye may have thou sittest and speakest against thy lack of nothing (or of no man).- brother, &c. thou thoughtest that I 1 Thess. iv. 11, 12.

was altogether such an one as thyself, We exhort you, brethren, &c. be &c.-Ps. 1. 19–21. patient toward all men. See that Judge not, that ye be not judged : none render evil for evil unto any for with what judgment ye judge, ye man : but ever follow that which shall be judged.-Matt. vii. 1, 2.

Judge nothing before, the time, are alike abomination to the Lord. until the Lord come. Cor. iv. 5. Prov. xx. 10. Amos viïi. 5.

Charity, &c. thinketh no evil. To do justice and judgment, is I Cor. xiii. 5.

more acceptable to the Lord than saPut them in mind to speak evil of crifice, &c. It is joy to the just to no man, &c. for we ourselves also do judgment. Prov. xxi. 3. 15. were sometimes foolish, disobedient. Micah vi. 6—8. -Titus iii. 1-3.

Remove not the ancient land mark Speak not evil one of another, &c. (or bound) which thy fathers have who art thou who judgest another?- set. Enter not into the fields of the James iv. 11, 12.

fatherless, for their Redeemer is Wherefore laying aside, &c. all mighty, he shall plead their cause evil speakings.--1 Pet. ii. 1.

with thee.-Prov. xxii. 28. xxiii, 10, 11.

As a madınan, &c. so is the man SECT. II. Be just, righteous, true, that deceiveth his neighbour, and

and faithful to and with them, in all saith, Am I not in sport ?-Prov. things of Trust and Dealing.

xxvi. 18, 19. Laban's unjust dealing with Jacob. God complained against Israel: -Gen. xxxi. 38, &c.

none calleth for justice, nor any That which is altogether just (or pleadeth for truth. -- Isa. lix. 4. justice) shalt thou follow, that thou, Woe unto him that buildeth his &c.-Deut. xvi. 20.

house by unrighteousness, and his Ye shall not, &c. deal falsely, nei- chambers by wrong: that useth his ther lie one to another. Thou shalt neighbour's service without wages, not defraud thy neighbour, neither &c. -Jer. xxii. 13. rob him, &c. ye shall do no un

In thee have they dealt by oppresrighteousness in judgment, in mete- sion with the stranger. Ezek. yard, in weight, or in measure: just xxii. 7. 29. balances, just weights, a just ephah, Daniel was faithful in his trust, and a just hin, shall ye have : I am neither was there any error or fault the Lord your God.—Levit. xix. 11. found in him.--Dan. vi. 4, 5. 13.35,36. Jobxvii.5. Levit. xxv. 17. What doth the Lord require of thee, · If thou sell ought unto thy neigh- but to do justly? &c.—Micah vi. 8. bour, or buyest ought of thy neigh- The just Lord is in the midst bour's hand, ye shall not oppress one thereof; he will not do iniquity.another.-Levit. xxv. 14.

Zeph. iii. 5. Thou shalt not have in thy house Have we not all one Father? Hath divers measures, a great and a small. not one God created us? Why do we -Deut. xxv. 14.

deal treacherously every man against Ziba, by his politic dealings, and his brother ?-Mal. ii. io. lie to David, rendered Mephibosheth John said unto the Publicans, Exobnoxious to David's displeasure, and act no more than that which is apthereby obtained all his possessions. pointed you, &c. And to the soldiers -2 Sam. xvi. 1-4.

he said, Do violence to no man, &c. The righteous Lord loveth righ- be content with your wages, &c. teousness.-Ps. xi. 7.

Luke iii. 13, 14. A false balance is an abomination He that is faithful in that which is to the Lord: but a just weight is his least, is faithful also in much, &c.-delight.-Prov.xi. 1. xvi. 11. Micah Luke xvi. 10–12. vi. 10, 11.

Render therefore to all their dues, Divers weights (or a stone and a tribute to whom tribute, &c. Owe stone): and divers measures (or an no man any thing, but to love one ephah and an ephah), both of them another.-Rom. xiii. 7, 8.

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Nay, you do wrong and defraud, God, might be careful to maintain &c. know ye not that the uprighteous good works : these things are good shall not inherit, &c.—1 Cor. vi. 8, 9. and profitable unto men; and let

That no man go beyond and de- ours also learn to maintain good fraud his brother in any matter, be- works (or profess honest trades) for cause the Lord is the avenger of all necessary uses, &c.-Titus iii. 8. 14. such.—1 Thess. iv. 6.

Follow peace with all men-Heb. Follow after righteousness. xii. 14. 1 Tim. vi. 11.

But if ye have bitter envying and The hire of the labourers, which is strife, &c. this wisdom descendeth of you kept back by fraud, crieth, not from above, but is, &c. The and the cries, &c. have entered, &c. wisdom that is from above is first -James v. 4.

pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy Sect. Iv. Live peaceably, not inter- of righteousness is sown in peace of

And the fruit

to be intreated, &c. meddling with others; nor idle, nor them that make peace.- James iii. trifling

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peace and pursue it.---Ps.xxxiv. From whence come wars and fight14. cxx. 7.

ings among you? come they not hence, Withdraw, thy foot from thy neigh- even of your lasts :-James iv. 1. bour's house, lest he be weary of , Let none of you suffer, &c. as a thee, and hate thee.-Prov. xxv. 17. busybody in other men's matters.-

Accuse not a servant to his master, 1 Pet. iv. 15. lest he curse thee, &c.-Prov. xxx. 10. He that will love life, &c. let him

Blessed are the peacemakers, for seek peace and ensue it.--1 Pet. iii. they shall be called the children of 10, 11, God. Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the

Not to be discontented, other.--Matt. y. 9. 39.

angry, or revengeful against them: If it be possible, as much as lieth

but to behave themselves meekly, in you, live peaceably with all men;

gently, and patiently toward them; dearly beloved, avenge not your

bearing Wrong selves.--Rom. xii. 18, 19.

O Lord God, to whom vengeance beIf the unbelieving depart, let him longeth.-Ps. xciv. 1. depart, &c. but God hath called us Lot speaks to the wicked men thus, to peace.—1 Cor. vii. 15.

I pray you brethren, do not so wickThat ye study to be quiet, and to edly, &c.Gen. xix. 5—7. do your own business, and to work, Šimeon and Levi's cruelty in slay&c.-Thess. iv, 11.

ing the Shechemites greatly blamed. We hear that there are some which Gen. xxxiv. 25, 26. 30. xlix. 5–7. walk among you disorderly, working David resolved in haste to destroy not at all, but are busybodies: now Nabal's house, because of Nabal's them that are such, we command and unkindness; but Abigail having inexhort, &c. that with quietness they terposed, he blessed God for her work, &c.--2 Thess. iii. 11, 12. counsel, and forbore his revenge.-

Withal they learn to be idle, wan- Sam. xxv. 32–34. . Levit. xix. 18. dering about from house to house: Prov. xx. 22. xxiv. 29. and not only idle, but tatlers also, Israel's

's rage against Judah was reand busybodies; I will, &c. that they buked by the prophet.—2 Chron. give no occasion to the adversary xxviii. 9, 10. to speak reproachfully.-- Tim. v. Fret not thyself because of evil13–15.

doers, neither be thou envious against That they which have believed in the workers of iniquity: for they

Sect. v.

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