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bribery m, vexatioụs law-suits n, unjust inclosures and depopulations o; ingrossing commodities to inhance the price p, unlawful callings 9; and all other unjust or finful ways of taking or with-holding from our neighbour what belongs to him, or of enriching ourselves r; covetousness inordinate prizing and affecting worldly goods t; distrustful and distracting cares and studies in

: getting, out his money to ufury, por 'taketh found it fifty thousand pieces of reward against the innocent.

filver. v. 24. For a certain man m Job xv. 34. For the congre-' named Demetrius, a filver-smith, gation of hypocrites shall be deso- which made filver-thrines for Diana, late, and fire shall consume the ta- brought no small gain unto the bernacles of bribery.

craftsmen; v. 25. Whom he called n i Cor. vi. 6. But brother goeth together with the workmen of like to law with brother, and that before occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know the unbelievers. V. 7. Now there. that by this craft we have our fore there is utterly a fault among wealth. : you, because ye go to law one with rJob xx. 19. Because he hath another: why do ye not rather take oppressed, and hath forfaken the wrong? why do ye not rather suffer poor, because he hath violently tayourselves to be defrauded? v.8. ken away an house which he builded Nay, ye do wrong and defraud, and not. James y. 4. Behold, the hire that your brethren. Proy.iii. 29. of the labousers, which have reaped Devise not evil against thy neigh- down your fields, which is of you bour, seeing he dwelleth securely kept back by fraud, crieth: and the by thee. v. 30. Strive not with a cries of them which have reaped, are man without cause, if he have done entered into the ears of the Lord of thee no harm.

Sabaoth. Prov. xxi. 6. The geto If. y. 8. Wo upto them that ting of treasures by a lying tongue, join house to house, that lay field to is a vanity toffed to and fro of them field, till there be no place, that that seek death. they may be placed alone in the Luke xii. 15. And he said unto midst of the earth. Mic. ii. 2. And them, Take heed, and beware of they covet fields, and take them by covetousness: for a man's life conviolence; and houses, and take them fifteth not in the abundance of the away; so they oppress a man and things which he possesseth. his house, even a man and his heri: ti Tim. vi. 5. Perverfe difputings tage.

of men of corrupt minds, and destip. Prov. xi. 26. He that with- tute of the truth, supposing that holdeth corn, the people shall curse gain is godliness : from such withhim : but blessing shall be upon the draw thyself. Col.iii. 2. Set your head of him that selleth it.

åffection on things above, not on q Acts xix, 19. Many also of them things on the earth. Prov. xxiii. 5. which used curious arts, brought Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that their books together, and burned which is not for riches certainly them before all men ; and they make themselves wings, they fly counted the price of them, and away as an eagle towards heaven.

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getting, keeping, and using them v ; envying at the presperity of others w; as likewise idleness x, prodigality, wasteful gaming; and all other ways whereby we do unduly prejudice our own outward estate y, and defrauding ourselves of the due use and comfort of that estate which God hath given us z.

Q. 143. Which is the ninth commandment?

À. The ninth commandment is, Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour a.

Q: 144. What are the duties required in the ninth command



A. The duties required in the ninth commandment

are, Pfal. 1xii. 10.-If riches increafe, his work, is brother to him that is a set not your heart upon them. great waster.

v Matth. vi. 25. Therefore I say y Prov. xxi. 17. He that loveth unto you, Take no thought for your pleasure shall be a poor man: he life, what ye shall eat, or what ye that loveth wine and oil shall not be Thall drink, nor yet for your body rich. Prov.xxiii. 20. Be not amongst what ye shall put on : is not the life wine-bibbers; amongst riotous eat. more than meat, and the body than ers of flesh. v.21. For the drunkard raiment? v. 31. Therefore take no and the glutton shall come to pover. thought, saying, What shall we eat? ty; and drowsiness shall clothe a man -v. 34. Take therefore no thought with 'rags. Prov. xxviii. 19. He for the morrow: for the morrow that tilleth his land, shall have plenshall take thought for the things of ty of bread : but he that followeth itself, sufficient unto the day is the after vain persons, shall have poverty evil thereof. Eccl. v. 12. The sleep enough. of a labouring man is sweet, whether 2 Eccl. iv. 8. There is one alone, he eat little or much: but the abun- and there is not a second : yea, he dance of the rich will not suffer him hath neither child nor brother; yet to sleep.

is there no end of all his labour,neiw Pfal. Ixxiii. 3. For I was en- ther is his eyes satisfied with riches, vious at the foolish, when I saw the neither faith he, For whom do I laprosperity of the wicked. Psal. bour, and bereave my soul of good ? Xxxvii. i. Fret not thyself because This is also vanity, yea, it is a fore of evil-doers,neither be thou envious travel. Eccl. vi. 2. A man to whom against the workers of iniquity. v. God hath given riches, wealth, and 7. Rest in the Lord, and wait pa. honour, so that he wanteth nothing tiently for him: fret not thyself be- for his soul of all that he desireth, cause of him who prospereth in his yet God giveth him not power to eat way, because of the man who bring- " thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this eth wicked devices to pass.

is vanity, and it is an evil difease. x 2 Theff. ii. 11. For we hear i Tim. v. 8. But if any provide not that there are some which walk a- for his own, and specially for those mong you disorderly, working not of his own house, he hath denied the at all, but are busy bodies. Prov. faith, and is worse than an Infidel.' xviii. 9. He also that is nothful in 143. a Exod. xx. 16.

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are, the preserving and promoting of truth between man and man b, and the good name of our neighbour, as well as our own c; appearing and standing for the truth d ; and from the heart e, sincerely f, freely g, clearly b, and fully i, speaking the truth, and only the truth, in matters of judgment and justice k, and in all other things whatsoever l; a charitable esteem of our neigh

bours 144. 8 Zech. viii. 16. These are thee, glory to the Lord God of IF the things that ye shall do, Speak ye rael, and make confesfion unto him; every man the truth to his neigh- and tell me now what thou hast bour : execute the judgment of truth done, hide it not from me. and peace in your gates

i 2 Sam. xiv. 18. Then the king 3 John 12. Demetrius hath good answered and said unto the woman, report of all men, and of the truth Hide not from me, I pray thee; the itself; yea, and we also bear re- thing that I shall alk thee. And the cord, and ye know that our record woman said, Let my lord the king is true.

now speak. v. 19. And the king d Prov. xxxi. 8. Open thy mouth said, Is not the hand of Joab with for the dumb in the cause of all thee in all this? And the woman such as are appointed to destruction. answered and said, As thy soul v.9. Open they mouth, judge righte- liveth, my lord the king, none can ously, and plead the cause of the turn to the right hand or to the left poor and needy.

from ought that my lord the king e Pfal. xv. 2. He that walketh hath spoken : for thy servant Joab uprightly, and worketh, righteoufs he bade me, and he put all these ness, and speaketh the truth in his words in the mouth of thine hand. heart:

maid : v. 20. To fetch about this f 2 Chron. xix. 9. And he char: form of speech hath thy servant ged them, saying; Thus shall ye do Joab done this thing : and my lord in the fear of the Lord, faithfully, is wise,and with a perfect heart..

k Lev. xix. 15 Ye shall do no si Sam. xix. 4. And Jonathan unrighteousness in judgment; thou spake good of David unto Saul his shalt not respect the person of the father, and said unto him, ler not poor, nor tonour the perion of the the king sin against his servant, a. mighty : but in righteousnels shalt gainst David : because he hath not thou judge thy neighbour. Prov. finned against thee, and because his xiv. 5. A faithful witness will not works have been to thee-ward very lie : but a false witness will utrer good. v. 5. For he did put his life lies. v. 25. A true witness delivereth in his hand, and sew the Philistine, fouls, but a deceitful witness speak. and the Lord wrought a great sal. eth lies. vation for all Ifrael : thou sawest it, 12 Cor. i. 17. When I therefore and didit rejoice: wherefore then was thus minded, did I use lightness? wilt thou fin against innocent blood, or the things that I purpoft,do I pure 10 Nay David without a cause ? pose according to the flesh, that with

6 Josh. vii. 19. And Joshua said me there should be yea, yea, and nay, anto Achan, My son, give, I pray nay? v. 18. But as God is true, our



bours m, loving, defiring, and rejoicing in their good name n; forrowing for o, and covering of their infirmities p; freely acknowledging of their gifts and graces q, defending their innocency r; a ready receiving of a good report s, and unwillingness to admit of an evil report concerning them t; discouraging tale-bearers o, flat:

terers word toward you, was not yea and he that repeateth a matter, sepanay. Eph.iv. 25. Wherefore putting rateth very friends. 1 Pet. iv. 8. away Tying, speak every man truth And above all things have fervent with his neighbour: for we are charity among yourselves : for cha. members one of another.

rity shall cover the multitude of sins. m Heb. vi. 9. But, beloved, we q 1 Cor. i. 4. I thank my God arë persuaded' better things of you, always in your behalf, for the grace and things that accompany salvation, of God which is given you by Jesus though we thus speak. i Cor. xiii. Christ; v. 5. That in every thing 7. (Charity) beareth all things, be- ye are enriched by him, in all ut

lieve: h all things, hopeth all things, terance and in all knowledge. F. 7. · endureth all things.

So that ye come behind in no gift; n Rom. i. 8. First, I thank my waiting for the coming of our Lord God through Jesus Christ, for you Jesus Christ. 2 Tim. i. 4. Greatly all, that your faith is spoken of defiring to see thee? being mindful throughout the whole world. 2 of thy tears, that I may be filled with John 4. I rejoiced greatly, that I joy? v. 5. When I call to rememfound of thy children walking in brance the unfeigned faith that is in truth, as we have received a com- thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmandment from the Father. 3 John mother Lois, and thy mother Eu. 3. For I rejoiced greatly when the nice; and I am persuaded, that in brethren came and testified of the thee also. truth that is in thee, even as thou q Sam. xxii. 14. Then Ahimewalkeft in the truth. v. 4. I have lech answered the king, and said, no greater joy than to hear that my And who is so faithful among all children walk in the truth.

thy fervants, as David, which is the 02 Cor. ii. 4. For out of much king's son-in-law, and goeth at thy affliction and anguish of heart, I bidding, and is honourable in thine wrote unto you with many tears; house? not that you should be grieved, but si Cor. xiii. 6. (Charity) rejoithat ye might know the love which cech not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in I have more abundantly unto you. the truth : v. 7. Beareth all things: 2 Cor. xii. 21. And left when I come believeth all things, hopeth all again, my God will humble me a- things, endureth all things. . mong you, and that I shall bewail t Psal. xv. 3. He that backbitech many which have finned already, and not with his tongue, por doth evil have not repented of the unclean to his neighbour, nor taketh up a ness and fornication, and lascivious- reproach against his neighbour. ';. Dess, which they have committed. u Prov. xxv 23. The north-wind

p Prov. xvii. 9. He that coverezh driveth away rain: so doth an angry a transgression, seeketh love; but countenance a backbiting tongue.

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terers w, and flanderers *; love and care of our own good name, and defending it when need requireth y; keeping of lawful promises z; studying and practising of whatfoever things are true, honest, lovely, and of good report a..

Q. 145. What are the fins forbidden in the ninth commandment ? ;.

A. The fins forbidden in the ninth commandment are, all prejudicing the truth, and the good name of our neighbours, as well as our own b, especially in public judicature c;

giving w Prov, xxvi. 24. He that hateth, art come down that thou mightest dissembleth with his lips, and layeth see the battle. 2 Sam. xvi. 3. And up deceit within him. v.25. When the king said, And where is thy he speaketh fair, believe him not: master's fon? And Ziba said unto for there are seven abominations in the king, Behold, he abidech at Jehis heart. :

rusalem: for he said, To day shall * Psal. ci. 5. Whofo privily ilan- the house of Israel restore me the dereth his neighbour, him will I cut kingdom of my father. 2 Sam. i.9. off :

He said unto me again, Stand,I pray y Prov. xxii. 1. A good name is thee, upon me, and slay me : for rather to be chosen than great riches, anguilh is come upon me, because and loving favour rather than silver my life is yet whole in me. . 10. and gold. John viii. 49. Jesus an-, So I stood upon him, and slew him, swered, I have not à devil; but I because I was sure that he cou id not honour my Father, and ye do disho live after that he was fallen: and pour me.

. I took the crown that was upon his z Psal. xv. 4.—He that sweareth head, and the bracelet that was on, to his own hurt, and changeth not. his arm, and have brought them

a Phil. iv. 8. Finally, brethren, hither unto my lord. v. 15. And whatsoever things are true, what. David called one of the young mon, foever things are honest, whatsoever and said, Go near, and fall upon things are just, whatsoever things him. And he smore him that he are pure, whatsoever things are died. v. 16. And David said unto lovely,whatsoever things are of good him, Thy blood be upon thy head: report; if there be any virtue, and for thy mouth hath testified againit if there be any praise, think on these thee, saying, I have gain the Lord's things.

anointed. 145.b 1 Sam. xvii. 28. And Eliab c Lev. xix. 15. Ye shall do no his eldest brother heard when he uprighteousness in judgment; thou spake unto the men;, and Eliab's halt not respect the person of the apger was kindled againit David, poor, 'nor honour the person of the and he said, Why camelt thou down nighty: but in righteousness shalt hither? and with whom halt thou thou judge thy neighbour. Hab. i. left those few sheep in the wilder. 4. Therefore the law is Nacked, and ness? I know thy pride, and the judgment doth never go förth : " for naughtiness of thine heart; for thou the wicked doth co.npass about the


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