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ters of assemblies. By these, my son, be xv. 5. He that regardeth reproof is thou admonished.
prudent. Rom. xv. 14. I myself am persuaded of Ver. 31, 32. The ear that heareth the reyou, my brethren, that ye are full of good. proof of life, abideth among the wise. He ness, filled with all knowledge, able also that heareth reproof getteth understandto admonish one another.
ing. Col. iii. 16. Let the word of Christ xvii. 10. A reproof entereth more into dwell in you, in all wisdom, teaching and a wise man, than a hundred stripes into admonishing one another.
a fool. 2 Thess. iii. 14, 15. If any man obey xix. 25. Reprove one that hath under. not our word by this epistle, note that man, standing, and he will understand knowand have no company with him, that he ledge. may be ashamed. Yet count him not as xxv. 10. As an ear-ring of gold, and an an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. ornament of fine gold, so is a wise re
prover on an obedient ear. LVII. To rebuke one another, and to Eph. v. 11. Have no fellowship with hearken to rebuke. Lev. xix. 17. Thou the unfruitful works of darkness, but ra. shalt in anywise rebuke thy neighbour, ther reprove them.-Ver. 13. All things and not suffer sin upon him.
that are reproved, are made manifest by Prov. xxviii, 23. He that rebuketh a the light. man, afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
LX. Of not hearkening to reproof. Ch. xxvii. 5.
Prov. x. 17. He is in the way of life that xxiv. 25. To them that rebuke the keepeth instruction, but he that refuseth wicked shall be delight, and a good bless. reproof erreth. ing shall come upon them.
xii. 1. Whoso loveth instruction loveth Matt. viii. 33. Jesus rebuked Peter. knowledge, but he that hateth reproof is Luke xxiii. 40. One of the malefactors brutish. rebuked the other.
xviii. 10. Correction is grievous to 1 Tim. v. 20. Them that sin rebuke him that forsaketh the way, and he that before all, that others may fear.
hateth reproof shall die.-Ver. 12. A
scorner loveth not one that reproveth him, LVIII. Of not giving and receiving re. neither will he go unto the wise. buke. Prov. ix. 7,8. He that reproveth a xxix. 1. He that being often reproved, scorner getteth to himself shame, and he hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be de. that rebuketh a wicked man getteth to stroyed, and that without remedy. himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, Isa. xxix. 20, 21. The terrible one is lest he hate thee; rebuke a wise man, and brought to nought, and the scorner is he will love thee.
consuined, and all them that watch for xiii. 1. A scorner heareth not rebuke. ( iniquity are cut off: that make a man
Amos v. 10. The wicked hate him an offender for a word, and that lay a that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor snare for him that reproveth in the gate, him that speaketh uprightly:
and that turn aside the just for a thing of Matt. vii. 6. Give not that which is nought. holy unto dogs, neither cast ye your pearls Hos. iv. 4. Let no man strive, nor rebefore swine; lest they trample them prove another; for thy people are as they under their feet, and turn again and rend that strive with the priest.
Luke iii. 19. Herod being reproved 1 Tim. v. 1. Rebuke not an elder, but by John, for Herodias' sake, his brother entreat him as a father.
Philip's wife, and for all the evil he had
done, shut up John in prison. LIX. To reprove one another. Ps. cxli. John iii. 20. Every one that doeth 5. Let the righteous smite me, it shall evil hateth the light; neither cometh to be a kindness; and let him reprove me, the light, lost his deeds should be reit shall be an excellent oil, which shall proved. not break my head. Prov. xxvii. 6.
Prov. vi. 23. Reproofs of instruction LXI. Gentleness, Gal. v. 22. The fruit are the way of life.
of the Spirit is gentleness, kindness. xiii. 18. He that regardeth reproof James iii. 17. The wisdom from above shall be honoured.
is pure, peaceable, gentle, &c.
Examples. Isa. xl. 11. Christ will xxvij. 9. Ointment and perfume rejoice gently lead those that are with young.
the heart; so doth the sweetness of a 2 Cor. x. 1. I beseech you by the gen- man's friend, by hearty counsel. tleness of Christ.
Ver. 10. Thine own friend and thy 1 Thess. ii. 7. We (the apostles) were father's friend forsake not, neither go into gentle among you.
thy brother's house in the day of thy ca2 Tim. ii. 24. The servant of the Lord lamity; for better is a neighbour that is must be gentle. Tit. ini. 2.
near, than a brother far off.
Ver. 17. Iron sharpeneth iron; so a KINDNESS.
man sharpeneth the countenance of his
friend. LXII. To show kindness commanded.
John xv. 13. Greater love hath no Rom. xii. 10. Be kindly affectioned one
man than this, that a man lay down his to another.
life for his friends. 1 John iii. 16. Acts 1 Cor. xiii. 4. Charity suffereth long, and is kind.
2 Cor. vi. 4. Approving ourselves as the ministers of God.–Ver. 6. By pure. Job vi. 14. I'o him that is afflicted, pity
LXV. Unfaithfulness in friendship. ness, by kindness, &c. Eph. iv. 32. Be ye kind one to another, should be shewed from his friend, but
he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.tender hearted.
Ver. 27. Col. iii. 12. Put on as the elect of God, less, and ye dig a pit for your friend. Ch.
Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherholy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kind.
xvi. 2.-xxi. 34. ness, humbleness of mind, meekness, &c. 2 Pet. i. 7. Add to godliness brotherly mine eye poureth out tears unto God.
xvi. 20. My friends scorn me, but kindness.
xvii. 5. He that speaketh flattery to LXIII. To give comfort. Job xxix. 25. his friends, even the eyes of his children
shall fail. Job said, I sat as one that comforteth the
xix. 14. My kinsfolk have failed, and Isa. xl. 1. Comfort ye, comfort ye my Ver. 19. All my friends abhorred me,
my familiar friends have forgotten me.people, saith your God. 2 Cor. i. 4. God comforteth us, that we
and they whom I loved are turned against may be able to comfort them that are in
Ps. xxxviii. 11. My lovers and my trouble.
friends stand aloof from my sore, and ii. 7. Ye ought to forgive and comfort him, (the offender,] lest perhaps such an my kinsmen stand afar off.
xli. 2. Mine own familiar friend in one should be swallowed up of too much
whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, 1 Thess. iv. 18. Comfort one another.
hath lifted up his heel against me.
lv. 12–14. If it was an enemy that rev. 11. Comfort yourselves together. Ver. 14. Comfort the feeble-minded.
proached me, then I could have borne it.
But it was thou, a man, mine equal, my Instances of comfort. Shewn by Joseph, Gen. 1. 21.—By Job's friends, Job ii. 11. guide and mine acquaintance. We took - xlii. 11.
sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in company.
lxix. 20. I looked for comforters, but FRIENDSHIP.
I found none. LXIV. Friendship, and faithfulness lxxxviii. 18. Lover and friend thou therein. Job xix. 21. Have pity upon me, hast put far from me. O ye my friends, for the hand of God Prov. xiv. 20. The poor is hated even hath touched me. Ch. vi. 14.
of his own neighbour, but the rich hath Prov. vi. 3. Make sure thy friend.
xvii. 17. A friend loveth at all times; xix. 4. Wealth maketh many friends, and a brother is born for adversity. but the poor is separated from his neigh
xviii. 24. A man that hath friends, must bour. Ver 6, 7. shew himself friendly; and there is a xxii. 24. Make no friendship with an friend that sticketh closer than a brother. angry man.
xx. 6. Most men will proclaim every one xxv. 19. Confidence in an unfaithful his own goodness; but a faithful man who man in time of trouble, is like a broken
tooth and a foot out of joint.
xxvi. 14. He that blesseth his friend without sin among you, let him first cast with a loud voice, rising early in the a stone. morning, it shall be counted a curse to Rom. ii. 1--3. Thou art inexcusable, him.
O man, whosoever thou art that judgest, Lam. i. 2. All her friends have dealt for wherein thou judgest another thou treacherously with her.
condemnest thyself, for thou that judgest Mic. vii. 5. Trust ye not in a friend, doest the same things. We are sure that put ye not confidence in a guide. the judgment of God is according to truth,
Zech. xiii. 6. I was wounded in the against them that commit such things. house of my friends.
Thinkest thou, O man, which judgest Of bearing with one another's weak- them which do such things, and doest the nesses in matters of religion. Rom. xiv. 1. same, that thou shalt escape the judgment Him that is weak in the faith receive you, of God ? but not to doubtful disputations.
xiv. 2-4. One believeth that he may xv. 1. We then that are strong ought eat all things; another who is weak, to bear the infirmities of the weak, and eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth not to please ourselves.
despise him that eateth not; and let not 1 Cor. xiii. 7. Charity beareth all things, him which eateth not, judge him that endureth all things.
eateth. Who art thou that judgest an. Gal. vi. 1, 2. Brethren, if a man be other man's servant? to his own master overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, he standeth or falleth. restore such an one in the spirit of meek. Ver. 5. One man esteemeth one day ness; considering thyself, lest thou also be above another; another esteemeth every tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, day alike: let every man be fully perand so fulfil the law of Christ.
suaded in his own mind.
Ver. 10. Why dost thou judge thy
brother? or why dost thou set at nought FORBEARANCE.
thy brother? for we shall all stand be.
fore the judgment-seat of Christ.–Ver. LXVI. Forbearance. Forbearing to 12, 13. . Every one of us shall give an judge one another on account of differences. baccount of himself to God. Let us not Isa. Ixv. 2. 5. A rebellious people which therefore judge one another any more. walketh in a way not good, after their Gal. vi. 5. Every man shall bear his own own thoughts; which say, Stand by thy- burden. self, come not near to me, for I am holier 1 Cor. iv. 5. Judge nothing before the than thou: these are a smoke in my time, until the Lord come.
James iv. 11, 12. He that judgeth his Isa. Ixvi. 5. Hear the word of the brother judgeth the law; but if thou judge Lord, ye that tremble at his word. Your the law, thou art not a doer of the law brethren that hated you, that cast you out but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, who for my name's sake, said, Let the Lord is able to save and to destroy; who art be glorified; but he shall appear to your thou that judgest another ? See 1 Cor. v. joy, and they shall be ashamed. Compare 10. 13. Matt. i. 11. Luke vi. 22, 23.
See those that despised Christ, Luke Matt. vii. 1, 2. Judge not, and ye shall xvi. 15. See also the proud Pharisee. Ch. not be judged. (Luke vi. 37.) For with xviii. 11. what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged ; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
GOOD EXAMPLE. Ver. 3-5. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but LXVII. Setting good example. Matt. considerest not the beam that is in thine v. 16. Let your light so shine before own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy men, that they may sec your good works, brother, Let me pull out the mote out and glorify your Father which is in of thine eye; and behold, a beam is in heaven. thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first Col. iv. 5. Walk in wisdom toward cast out the beam out of thine own eye, them that are without. 1 Thess. iv. 12. and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out Neh. v. 9. the mote out of thy brother's eye.
1 Tim. iv. 12. Be thou an example of John viii. 7. Jesus said, He that is believers.
OF ENTICING OTHERS.
LXVIII. Of enticing others, and being LXIX. Of gratitude, or returns of
Kings ii. 7.
LXX. Ingratitude. Instances. Gen. xl.
Judg. viii. 35. The children of Israel Hab. ii. 15. Woe to him that giveth did not show kindness to the house of his neighbour drink, and maketh him Gideon, according to all the goodness drunken, &c.
which he had shewed unto Israel. Rom. xiv. 13, Let no man put a stum- Ps. xxxv. 12. They rewarded me evil bling-block, or an occasion to fall in his for good, to the spoiling of my soul. (Ps. brother's way.
Ver. 21. 1 Cor. viii. 9. xxxviii. 20.-cii. 5.) Ver. 13. But as for 12, 13. 2 Cor. xi. 29.
me, when they were sick, my clothing 1 Tim. v. 22. Be not partaker of other was sackcloth. men's sins: keep thyself pure.
Ver. 14, 15. I humbled my soul with Rev. ii. 14. I have a few things against fasting, I behaved myself as though he thee, because thou hast there them that had been my friend or brother; I bowed hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught down heavily, as one that mourneth for Balak to cast a stumbling-block. before his mother. But in my adversity they rethe children of Israel, to eat things sa- joiced. Ps. cix. 4, 5. crificed unto idols, and to commit fornica- Prov. xvii. 13. Whoso rewardeth evil tion. Numb. xxv. 1. See False teachers for good, evil shall not depart from his deceive the people : Commandment Fifth. house. See 1 Sam. xxiii. 5. 12.-xxv. 21. Instance, Neh. vi. 13.
Jer. xviii. 20, 21, Eccl. ix. 14, 15.
is sanctified by the word of God and
prayer. 1. THE temperate use of meat and v. 23. Use a little wine for thy stodrink allowed. Eccl. ii. 24. There is mach's sake, and thine often infirmi. nothing better for a man, than that he ties. should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. II. Intemperance in meat and drink Ch. iii. 13.-v. 18, 19, 20.
forbidden. Deut. xxi. 20, 21. If the pa1 Tim. iv. 3—5. Meats God hath rents shall say to the elders of the city, created to be received with thanksgiving, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, of them_which believe and know the he is a glutton and a drunkard; all the truth. For every creature of God is men of the city shall stone him with good, and nothing to be refused, if it stones that he die. be received with thanksgiving. For it Prov. xxi. 17. He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine 2 Pet. i. 6. Add to knowledge tem. and oil, shall not be rich.
perance. Prov. xxiii, 1-3. When thou sittest ii. 13. They shall receive the reward to eat with a ruler, consider diligently of unrighteousness that count it pleasure what is before thee; and put a knife to to riot in the day-time; spots they are, thy throat, if thou be a man given to ap- and blemishes, sporting themselves with petite. Be not desirous of his dainties, their own deceivings. for they are deceitful meats.
Jude 12. Feeding themselves without Ver. 20, 21. Be not amongst wine- fear. See Amos vi. 6. bibbers, amongst riotous eaters of flesh. For the drunkard and the glutton shall III. Drunkenness; the evils thereof. come to poverty.
Prov. xx. 1. Wine is a mocker, strong xxviii. 7. He that is a companion of drink is raging; and whosoever is deceive riotous men shameth his father.
ed thereby is not wise. Xxx. 22. The earth cannot bear a fool xxiii. 29, 30. Who hath woe? who hath when he is full of meat.
sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath Matt. xxiv. 48–51. If the evil servant babblings? who hath wounds without shall say in his heart, My Lord delayeth cause ? who hath redness of eyes? They his coming; and shall begin to smite that tarry long at the wine, they that go his fellow-servants, and to eat and drink to seek mixt wine. with the drunken; the Lord of that ser- Ver. 31–33. Look not on the wine vant shall come in a day when he look. when it is red, when it giveth his colour eth not for him, and in an hour that he in the cup, when it moveth itself aright; is not aware of, and shall cut him asun. at the last it biteth like a serpent, and der, and appoint him his portion with stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall hypocrites: there shall be weeping and behold strange women, and thine heart gnashing of teeth.
shall utter perverse things. Ver. 34, 35. Luke vi. 25. Woe unto you that are
Isa, v. 11. Woe unto them that rise full, for ye shall hunger.
up early in the morning, that they may xxi. 34. Take heed to yourselves, lest follow strong drink; that continue until at any time your hearts be overchargca night, till wine inflame them.-Ver. 22. with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the Woe unto them that are mighty to drink cares of this life, and so that day come wine, and men of strength to mingle upon you unawares.
strong drink. Ch. lvi. 12. Come ye, say Rom. xiii. 13, 14. Let us walk honestly they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill as in the day; not in rioting and drunk. ourselves with strong drink, and to-mor. enness, not in chambering and wanton- row shall be as this day, and much more ness: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, abundant. and make not provision for the flesh, to
1 Cor. v. 11. I have written to you, fulfil the lusts thereof.
If any one that is called a brother, be a 1 Cor. vii. 31. Use this world as not drunkard, with such an one not to keep abusing it.
company, nor to eat with him. ix. 25. Every man that striveth for the vi. 10. Drunkards shall not inherit the mastery is temperate in all things.-Ver. kingdom of God. 27. I keep under my body, and bring it Gal. v, 19. The works of the flesh are into subjection, lest that by any means these, adultery, &c.— Ver. 21. Drunken. when I have preached to others, I myself ness, revellings, and such like: they that should be a cast-away.
do such things shall not inherit the kingPhil. iii. 19. Whose end is destruc. dom of God. Ver. 33. tion, whose god is their belly, whose Eph. v. 18. Be not drunk with wine, glory is their shame; who mind earthly wherein is excess, but be filled with the things.
Spirit. 1 Thess. v. 7, 8. They that sleep, sleep in the night, and they that be drunken, IV. Of making others drunk. Esther are drunken in the night. But let us i. 3. 5. King Ahasuerus made a feast who are of the day, be sober. Tit. ii. 12. unto the nobles and princes, and to all Live soberly, &c.
the people that were present.— Ver. 7. 1 Pet. iv. 5. The wicked think it and gave them drink, &c.-Ver. 8. The strange that ye run not to the same ex- drinking was according to law, none did cess of riot.
compel; for so the king had appointed to