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SIN.

105 one that sinned, so is the gift : for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one: much more they which receive abun. dance of grace, and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign in life by one Jesus Christ). (Rom. v. 12–17.

What shall we say then ? shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection : knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now, if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: knowing that Christ, being raised from the dead, dieth no more ; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin there. fore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof: neither yield ye your members as instruments of uprighteousness unto sin ; but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you : for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness ? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin; but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteous. dess. I speak after the manner of men, because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your mem

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SIN. bers servants to uncleanness, and to iniquity unto ini. quity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now, being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

[Rom. vi. 1-23. Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him ; let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

[James, v. 19, 20. Fools make a mock at sin.

(Prov. xiv. 9. But the sting of death is sin.

[i Cor. xv. 56. He that committeth sin, is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him : and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil. [1 John, iii. 8-10.

Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope! That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it ! Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter !

(Isai. v. 18-20. Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest; which are these : adultery, fornica. tion, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have

SLANDER-SLAVERY-SLOTH.

107 also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. [Gal. v. 16-21.

Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

[1 Tim. V. 20.

SLANDER. Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off.

[Ps. ci. 5. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neigh. bour.

[Exod. xx. 16. A inan that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

[Prov. xxv, 18.

SLAVERY He that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.

[Exod. xxi. 16.

SLOTH.

He that is slothful in his work, is brother to him that is a great waster.

[Prov. xviii. 9. The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

[Prov. xii. 4. He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand : but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. He that gathereth in summer is a wise son : but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

[Prov. X. 4, 5. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule : but the sloth. ful shall be under tribute. The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting : but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

(Prov. xii. 24, 27. The way of the slothful man is a hedge of thorns.

[Prov. xv. 19. A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

[Prov. xix. 24. The desire of the slothful killeth him : for his hands refuse to labour. He coveteth greedily all the day long.

[Prov. xxi. 25, 26. I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard

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of the man void of understanding; and, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well : I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep : so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed

(Prov. xxiv, 30–34, The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold ; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

[Prov. xx. 4. Go to the ant, thou sluggard ; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, pro. videth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard ? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep : so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

(Prov. vi. 6-11. As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him. [Prov. X. 26.

The slothful man saith, there is a lion in the way, a lion is in the streets. As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

[Prov. xxvi, 13-16. Be not slothful in business.

(Rom. xii. 11. [See Idleness.]

SOCIAL DUTY.

The end of all things is at hand, be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer. Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves : for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another, with. out grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

(1 Pet. iv. 7-10. Beloved, let us love one another : for love is of God; and every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is

SOCIAL DUTY.

109 love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar : for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. (1 John, iv. 7-11, 20, 21.

Whosoever doeth not righteousness, is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death into life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother, abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his bro. ther is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

[1 John, iii. 10-15. Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of ano. ther ; love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous; not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing; but contrari. wise blessing, knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. He that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile,

[1 Pet. iii. 8-10. A certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Jesus, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law ? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right; this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And

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