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MEDLINGMEEKNESS. Art thou bound unto a wife seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
(1 Cor. vii. 27. The Pharisees came into Jesus, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the begipning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife : and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. They say unto him, Why did Moses then com. mand to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hard. ness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives : but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adul. tery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
[Matth. xix. 3.9.
He that passeth by and medleth with strife, belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
(Prov. xxvi. 17.
The meek shall eat and be satisfied. (Ps. xxii. 26.
The meek will He (the Lord) guide the meek will he teach his way.
(Ps. XXV. 9. The meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. (Ps. xxxvii. 11.
God arose to judgement to save all the meek of the earth.
(Ps. lxxvi. 9. The Lord lifteth up the meek, he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
(Ps. cxlvii. 6. The Lord taketh pleasure in his people, he will beau. tify the meek with salvation.
[Ps. cxlix. 4. The Lord with righteousness shall jndge the poor, and reprove with equity, for the meek of the earth.
(Isai. xi, 4.
MERCY. A meek and quiet spirit is in the sight of God of great price.
(1 Pet. iii. 4. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth,blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(Mat. v. 3, 5, Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meeknees, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and for. giving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giv. ing thanks to God and the Father by him. (Col. iii. 12-17.
Foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose them. selves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the spare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
[2 Tim. ii. 23-26.
MERCY. God will shew mercy unto thousands of them that love him, and keep his commandments. (Exod. xx. 6.
If thou seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart, and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice, (for the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the cove. nant of thy fathers, which he sware unto them.
[Deut. iv. 29-31. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, 56
MERCY. hath quickened us together with Christ; (by grace ye are saved ;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus; That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness towards us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith ; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
(Ephes. ii. 4-8. The kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that, being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
(Titus, iii. 4-7. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Matth. v. 7. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is mer. ciful.
[Luke, vi. 36. If ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
[Matth. xii. 7. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judg. ment.
(St. James, ii. 13. Mercy and truth preserve the king, and his throne is upholden by mercy.
(Prov. XX. 28. And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteous. ness.
[Isai, xvi. 5. The merciful man doeth good to his own soul.
(Prov. xi. 17. Thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever. [Ps cxxxviii, 8. With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful.
[Ps. xviii. 25. Whoso forsaketh his sins shall have mercy.
(Prov. xxviii, 13. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts : and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
57 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.
(Prov. iii. 3. MIRTH. A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance. He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
[Prov. xv. 13-15. MODERATION. Hast thou found honey eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
[Prov. 25. 16.
MURDER. Thou shalt pot kill.
(Exod. xx. 13. And surely your blood of your lives will I require: at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed : for in the image of God made he man.
[Gen. ix. 5, 6. He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death. And if a man lie not in wait, but God deli. ver him into his hand: then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee. But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.
[Exod. xxi. 12-14, If a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall pot be punished for he is his money. [Exod. xxi. 20, 21,
He that killeth any man shall surely be put to death. And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; beast for beast. And if a man cause a blemish in his neigh. bour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him ; Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again. And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it; and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death. Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stran. ger, as for one of your own country. (Lev. xxiv. 17-22.
MURDER. Thou shalt give life for life,
[Exod. xxi. 23. Every one that killeth any person, if be smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer : the murderer shall surely be put to death. And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer : the murderer shall surely be put to death. Or if he smite him with an hand-weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a mur. derer : the murderer shall surely be put to death. The revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer : when he meeteth him, he shall slay him. But if he thrust him of hatred, or hurl at him by laying of wait, that he die; or in enmity smite him with his hand, that he die ; he that smote him shall surely be put to death; for he is a murderer ; the revenger of blood shall slay the mur. derer when he meeteth him. But if he thrust him sud. denly without enmity, or have cast upon him any thing without laying of wait, or with any stone wherewith a man may die, seeing him not, and cast it upon him that he die, and was not his enemy, neither sought his harm; then the congregation shall judge between the slayer and the revenger of blood according to these judgments: and the congregation shall deliver the slayer out of the hand of the revenger of blood, and the congre. gation shall restore him to the city of his refuge, whither he was fled; and he shall abide in it unto the death of the high priest, which was anointed with the holy oil. But if the slayer shall at any time come without the bor. der of the city of his refuge, whither he was fled; and the revenger of blood find him without the borders of the city of his refuge, and the revenger of blood kill the slayer : he shall not be guilty of blood; because he should have remained in the city of his refuge until the death of the high priest; but after the death of the high priest the slayer shall return into the land of his possession. So these things shall be for a statute of judgment unto you, throughout your generations, in all your dwellings. Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses : but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die. Moreover, ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death : but he shall be surely put to death.
[Numb. xxxv. 15-31.