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CHAP. XXIH. Of the civil Magistrate.
TOD, the supreme Lord and King of all the world, hath

ordained civil magistrates to be under him, over the people, for his own glory, and the public good; and, to this end, hath armed them with the power of the sword, for the de bence and encouragement of them that are good, and for the punishment of evil-doers a.

II. It is lawful for Christians to accept and execute the office of a magistrate, when called thereunto b: in the managing whereof, as they ought especially to maintain piety, justice and

peace, Mat. xix. 11. But he said unto the powers that be, are ordained of them, All men cannot receive this God. 1.2. Whosoever therefore refaying, fave they to whom it is give filteth the power, resisteth the ordien. V, 12. For there are some eu- nance of God: and they that relat, nuchs, who were so born from their shall receive to themselves damnamother's womb; and there are some ţion. v. 3. For rulers are not a tercunqchs, who were made eunucbs ror to good works, but to the evil. of men: and there be expuchs, who Wilt thou then not be afraid of the þave made themselves eunuchs for power? du that which is good, and the kingdom of heaven's fake: he thou shalt have praise of the fame. that is able to receive it, let him re- v. 4. For he is the minister of God to ceive it. i Cor, vii. 2. Neverthe. thee for good. But if thou do that lefs, to avoid fornication, let every which is evil, be afraid; for he man have his own wife, and let beareth not the sword in vain : for şvery woman have her own husband, he is the mioister of God, a reven1.9. But if they cannot contain, letger,to execute wrath upon him that them marry: for it is better to mar- doth evil, 1 Pet. ii. 13. Submit your jy than to burn. Eph. iv. 28. Let selves to every ordinance of man for him that stole, steal no more: but the Lord's fake : whether it be to rather let bim labour, working with the king as supreme, v. 14. Or unhis hands the thing which is good, to governors, as unto them that are that he may have to give to him sent by him, for the punishment of that needeth. 1 Pet. iv. 2. That he evil doers, and for the praise of them Do longer should live the rest of his that do well. time in the flesh, to the lusts of meni, 11. 6 Proy, viii, 15. By me kings but to the will of God. 1 Cor. vii

. reigo, and princes decree justice. v. 23. Ye are bought with a price, be 16. By me princes rule, and nobles, not ye the servants of men. even all the judges of the earthi

1. a Rom. xü. 1. Let every soul Rom. Xüüis , 2, 4. (See in leto be subject unto the higher powers. ter a.). For there is no power but of God:


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peace, according to the wholsome laws of each commonwealth (; fo, for that end, they may lawfully, now under the New Testament, wage war upon just and ncessary occasions d.

III. The civil magistrate may not affume to himself the administration of the word and facraments, or the power of the keys of the kingdom of heaven e: yet he hath authority, and it


Pral, ii. ro. Be wise now there. lius, a Centurion of the band called fore, Oye kings : be instructed, ye the Italian band, v. 2. A devolit man, judges of the earth. v. 11. Serve the and one that feared God with all his Lord with fear, and rejoice with house, who gave much alms to the trembling. v. 12. Kiss the Son, left people, and prayed to God alway. he be angry, and ye perish from the Rev. xvii, 14. These shall make way, when his wrath is kindled but

war with the Lamb, and the Lamb a little; blessed are all they that put hall overcome them: for he is their cruft in him. I Tim. ïi. 2. For Lord of lords, and King of kings; kings, and for all that are in autho- and they that are with hirn, are calrity, that we may lead a quiet and led, and chosen, and faithful. v. 16. peaceable life in all godliness and ho" And the ten horns which thou faw.. nesty. Psal. Ixxxii, 3. Defend the est upon the beast, these shall bate poor and fatherless : do justice to the whore, and shall make her desothe afflicted and needy: v. 4. Deli. late, and naked, and shall eat her ver the poor and needy; rid them Aefh, and buru her with fire. out of the hand of the wicked. 2 Sam. ? III. & Chron. xxvi. 18. And they" : xxiii. 3. The God of Israel faid, the withstood Uzziah the king, and said Rock of Israel spake to me, He that unto him, it appertaineth not unto ruleth over men must be just, ruling thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto in the fear of God. i Pet. ii.'13 the Lord, but to the priests the fung". (See in letter a.)

of Aaron, that are confecrated to d Luke iii. 14. And the soldiers burn incense : go out of the fanétulikewise demanded of him, saying, ary, for thou haft trespaffed : neiand what shall we do? And he said ther shall it be for thine honour from unto them, Do violence to no man, the Lord God. With Mat. xvii. 17. neither accuse aay fally, and be con- And if he shall neglect to hear them, teot with your wages. Rom. xiii. 4. tell it unto the church; "but if he (See letter a.) Mat. viii. 9. For I am neglect to hear the church, let him a man under aúthority, having solo be unto thee as an heathen man, diers under me : and I say to this and a publican. And Mat; xvi, 19. man, go, and he goeth: and to a• And I will give unto thee the keys nother, Come, and he cometh: and of the kingdom of heaven, and to my fervant, Do this, and he doeth whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, ia v. 10. When Jesus. heard it, he shall be bound in heaven: and what. marvelted, and said to them that foever thou shalt loose on earth, shall fulluwed, Verily, I say unto you, I he loofed in heaven. I Cor, xii. háre not found so great faith, no niot 28. And God hath set fome io tho in Ifrael. Acts x, 1. There was á church, first apostles, secondarily certain man in Cefarea called Corac. prophets, thirdly teachers,' after


is his duty, to take order, that unity and peace be preserved in the church, that the truth of God he kept pure and entire, that all blasphemies and heresies be suppressed, all corruptions and abuses in worship and discipline prevented or reformed; and all the ordinances of God duly settled, administred, and observed f;


that miracles, then gifts of healings, thou, Ezra; after the wisdom of thy: helps, governments, diversities of God, that is in thine hand, fet ma. tongues. v. 29. Are all apostles ? gistraces and judges, who may judge are all prophets? are all teachers ? all the people that are beyond the are all workers of miracles? Eph. river, all such as know the laws of iv. 11. And he gave some, apostles : "thy God; and teach ye them that and fome, prophets : and fome, e. know them not. v. 26. And whoso. vangelists: and some pastors and ever shall not do the law of thy teachers; v. 12. For the perfecting God, and the law of the king, let of the saints, for the work of the judgment be executed speedily upon ministry, for the edifying of the him, whether it be unto death, or body of Christ. 1 Cor. iv, 1. Let a to banishment, or to confiscation of man so account of us, as of the mi- ' goods, or to imprisonment. v. 27, aihters of Christ, and stewards of the Blessed be the Lord God of our fa, mysteries of God. v. 2. Moreover it thers, who hath put such a thing as is required in ftewards, that a man this in the king's heart, to beautify be found faithful. Rom. x. 15. And the house of the Lord which is in how shall they preach, except they Jerusalem : v. 28. And hath ex: be feet?, as it is written, How beau- tended mercy unto me, before the tiful are the feet of them that preach king, and his counsellers, and before the gospel of peace, and bring glad all the king's mighty princes; and tidings of good things ! Heb, v. 4. I was strengthened as the hand of and no man taketh this honour un- the Lord my God was upon me, and 10. himself, but he that is called-of I gathered together out of Israel God, as was Aaron.

chief men to go up with me.

Lev, .fifa. xlix. 23. And kings fhall be xxiv. 16. And he that blafphemeth thy nursing fathers, and their queens the name of the Lord, he hall sure, thy nursing mothers : they fhall bow ly be put to death, and all the con down to thee with their face towards gregation shall certainly stone fim : the earth, and lick up the dust of thy as well the stranger, as he that is feer, and thou shale know that I am born in the land, when he blaf, the Lord : for they shall not be a- phemeth the name of the Lord, thalt famed that wait for me. Psal. cxxii, be put to death. Deuti wifi. 5. And 9. Because of the house of the Lord that prophet, or that dreamer of our God, I will seek thy good. Ezra dreams, Ihall be put to death (bez vii. 23. Whatsoever is commanded cause he hath spoken to turn you by the God of heaven; let it be dilic away from the Lord your God, who gently done, for the house of the brought you out of the land of eGod of heaven; for why should gypt, and redeemed you out of the there be wrath against the realm of house of bondage, to thrult ihee

, out the king acd his sons.“ V. 25. And of the way which the Lord thy God



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in them be according to the mind of God g. IV. It is the duty of people to pray for magiftrates b, to ho



corpmanded thee to walk in) so fhalt Levites, and of the priests, and of thou par the evil away from the the chief of the fathers of Israel, midit of thee. 9. 6. If thy brother for the judgment of the Lord, and the fon of thy mother, or thy son, for controverfics, when they returo, or thy daughter, or the wife of thyed to Jerusalem. v. 9. And he bosorn, or thy friend, which is as charged them, saying, Thus shall ihine own soul, entice thee secretly ye do in the fear of the Lord, faith Jaying, Let us go and serve other fully and with a perfect heart. v, gods, which thou hast not knowo, 10. And what cause soever fhall thou nor thy fathers. v. 12. If thou come to you your

brethren that balt hear lay in one of thy cities, dwell in their cities, between blood which the Lord thy God hath gives and blood, between law and com, chee to dwell there, saying, 2 Kings mandment, Statutes and judgments, xvjü. 4. He removed the high pla- ge shall even warn them that they ces, and brake the images, and cut trelpais not against the Lord, and down the groyes, and brake in pic so wrath come upon you, and upon çes the brazen ferpent that Mofes your brethren : this do, and ye shall had made: for upto those days the not trespals. v. 11. And behold, Achildren of Israel did burn incense mariah the chief priest is over you in to it, and he called it Nehushtan, all matters of the Lord : and Zeba. (1 Chron. xiii, 1. to the g. verse, diah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of

Kings xxiii, 1, to the 26. verfe.) the house of judah, for all the king's

Chron, xxxiv. 33. Aud Josiah couk matters : also the Levites shall be of away all the abominations out of ficers before yon. Deal couragiously, all the countries that persained to and the Lord shall be with the good. the children of Israel, and made all (2 Chron. xxix. and xxx. chapters.) that were present in Israel to serve, Mat, ü. 4. And when he had gaeven to serve the Lord their God. thered all the chief pritsts and scribes od all his days they departed not of the people together, he demandfrom following the Lord, the God ed of them where Christ thould be of their fathers. 2 Chron. xv, 13. born. v. 5. And they said unto him, And they entred into a covenant, In Bethlehem of Judah: for thus it to seek the Lord God of their fa is written by the prophet. thers, with all their heart and with IV.b 1 Tim.ü. 1. Texhort thereall their soul; v. 13, That whoso. fore, that gift of all supplications, ever would not seek the Lord Gud prayers, intercesions, and giving of of Israel, lould be put to death, thanks be made for all meo: v. 2. whether {mall or great, whether For kings, and for all that are in nan or woman,

authority ; that we may lead a quiet $3 Chron. xix. 8. Moreover, in and peaceable life in all godliness Jerusalem did jehothaphar fet of the and honesty,

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dues k; kto o bey their lawful commands, and to be subject to their authority for contcience fake I. Infidelicy, or indifference in religion, doth not make void the magiftrare's just and legal authority, vor free the people from their due obedience to him m: from which ecclesiastical persons are not exempted n; much less hath the pope any power or jurisdiction over them in their dominious, or over any of their people; and least of all to deprive them of their



1 Pet, ii. 17. Honour all men. of Abia thar. Atts xxv. 9. But Feftus, Love the Brotherhood. Fear God. willing to do the Jews a pleasure, Honour the king,

answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou & Rom. xiii. 6. For, for this cause go up to Jerusalem, and there be pay you tribute also; for they are judged of these things before me God's ministers, attending continu- v. 10. Then said Paul, I stand at ally upon this very thing. v. 7. Cesar's judgment-seat, where. 4 Render therefore to all their dues, ought to be judged; to the Jews tribute to whom tribute is due, cu. have I done no wrong, as thou very Atom to whom custom, fear to whom well knoweft. Il. For if I be fear, bonour to whom honour, an offender, or have committed any

I Rom xiii. 5. Wherefore ye must thing worthy of death, I refuse not needs be subject, not only for wrath, to die; but if there be none of these hut also for conscience lake. Tit. v. things whereof these accuse me, no 1. Put them in mind to be subject to man may deliver me unto ihem, principalities and powers, to obey. I appeal upto Cefar. 2 Pet. ä, 1, magilirates, to be ready to every

. But there were false prophets also good work,

among the people, even as there mi Pet. ii, 13. Submit yourselves shall be false teachers among you, to every ordinance of man for the who privily shall bring in damnable Lord's lake, whether it be to the herelies, even denying the Lord that ķiog, as supreme, 5. 14. Or unto bought thens, and bring upon them. governors, 'as unto them that are selves swift destruction. V. 10. But feat by him, for the punishment of chiefly them that walk after the dela evil doers, and for the praise of in the luft of uncleanness, and dethem that do well. v.16. As free, fpise government, presumptuous are and not using your liberty for a they, felf-willed: they are not afraid cloke of nuiliciousness, but as the to speak evil of dignities ;. v. 11, servants of God.

Whereas angels, who are greater in n Rom. xiii. 1. Let every loul be power and might, bring no railing fubject unto the higher powers. For accusation against them before the there is no power but of God; the Lord. Jude 8. Likewise also thiete powers that be, are ordained of God. filthy dreamers defile the field, deí Kinge üi. 35. And the king put spise dominion, and speak evil of Benaiah the son of Jehoiadah in his dignities. V. 9.. Yet Michael the Toom over the host; and Zadok the archangel, when contending with priest did the king pue ia the room the devil, he disputed about the


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