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brought up children, if she have of men ; and there be eunuchs, which lodged strangers, if she have wash- have made themselves eunuchs for ed the saints' feet, if she have re- the kingdom of heaven's sake. He lieved the afflicted, if she have dili- that is able to receive it, let him regently followed every good work. ceive it. But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wan- | 1 Cor. 7: 25. Now concerning ton against Christ, they will marry ; virgins, I have no commandment of having damnation, because they have the Lord: yet I give my judgment as cast off their first faith. And withal one that hath obtained mercy of the they learn to be idle, wandering Lord to be faithful. I suppose
thereabout from house to house; and not fore that this is good for the present only idle, but tattlers also, and busy- distress; I say, that it is good for a bodies, speaking things which they man so to be. Art thou bound unto ought not. I will therefore that the a wife ? seek not to be loosed. Art younger women marry, bear chil- thou loosed from a wife ? seek not a dren, guide the house, give none oc
wife. But and if thou marry,
thou casion to the adversary to speak re
hast not sinned: and a virgin proachfully. For some are already marry, she hath not sinned. Nevturned aside after Satan. If any man ertheless, such shall have trouble or woman that believeth have wid- in the flesh; but I spare you. ows, let them relieve them, and let But this I say, brethren, The not the church be charged; that it time is short. It remaineth, that may relieve them that are widows both they that have wives, be as indeed.
though they had none; and they that Mar. 19: 3. The Pharisees also weep, as though they wept not ; and came unto him, tempting him, and they that rejoice, as though they resaying unto him, Is it lawful for a joiced not; and they that buy, as man to put away his wife for every though they possessed not; and they cause ? And he answered and said that use this world, as not abusing unto them, Have ye not read, that it. For the fashion of this world he which made them at the begin- | passeth away. But I would have ning, made them male and female, you without carefulness. He that is and said, For this cause shall a man unmarried, careth for the things that leave father and mother, and shall belong to the Lord, how he may cleave to his wife: and they twain please the Lord: but he that is marshall be one flesh ? Wherefore they ried, careth for the things that are are no more twain, but one flesh. of the world, how he may please his What therefore God hath joined to- wife. There is difference also begether, let not man put asunder. | tween a wife and a virgin. The unThey say unto him, Why did Moses married woman careth for the things then command to give å writing of of the Lord, that she may be holy, divorcement, and to put her away? both in body and in spirit: but she He saith unto them, Moses, because that is married, careth for the things of the hardness of your hearts, suf- of the world, how she may please fered you to put away your wives: her husband. And this I speak for but from the beginning it was not your own profit ; not that I may cast so. And I
Whosoever a snare upon you, but for that which shall put away his wife, except it be is comely, and that ye may attend for fornication, and shall marry upon the Lord without distraction. another, committeth adultery : and But if any man think that he behawhoso marrieth her which is put veth himself uncomely toward his away, doth commit adultery. His virgin, if she pass the flower of her disciples say unto him, If the case age, and need so require, let him do of the man be so with his wife, it is what he will, he sinneth not : let not good to marry. But he said unto them marry. Nevertheless, he that them, All men cannot receive this standeth steadfast in his heart, havsaying, save they to whom it is giv- ing no necessity, but hath power en. For there are some eunuchs, over his own will, and hath so dewhich were so born from their moth-creed in his heart that he will keep er's womb; and there are some eu- his virgin, doeth well. So then he nuchs, which were made eunuchs that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in ray, but (which becometh women marriage doeth better. The wife professing godliness) with good is bound by the law as long as works. Let the women learn in siher husband liveth, but if her hus- lence with all subjection. But I sufband be dead, she is at liberty to be fer not a woman to teach, nor to married to whom she will, only in usurp authority over the man, but the Lord. But she is happier if she | to be in silence. For Adam was first so abide after my judgment, and I formed, then Eve. And Adam was think also, that I have the Spirit of not deceived, but the woman being the Lord.
deceived was in the transgression. Rom. 7: 2. The woman, which Notwithstanding, she shall be saved hath a husband, is bound by the law in child-bearing, if they continue in to her husband so long as he liveth: faith, and charity, and holiness, with but if the husband be dead, she is sobriety. loosed from the law of her husband. 1 PETER 3: 1. Likewise, ye
wives, be in subjection to your own Duties resulting from it. husbands; that, if any obey not
the word, they also may without 1 Cor. 7: 3. Let the husband ren- the word be won by the conversader unto the wife due benevolence, tion of the wives, while they behold and likewise also, the wife unto the your chaste conversation coupled husband.
with fear. Whose adorning, let it Eph. 5:21. Submitting yourselves not be that outward adorning of one to another in the fear of God. plaiting the hair, and of wearing of Wives, submit yourselves unto your gold, or of putting on of apparel ; own husbands, as unto the Lord. but let it be the hidden man of the For the husband is the head of the heart, in that which is not corruptiwife, even as Christ is the head of ble, even the ornament of a meek the church: and he is the Savior of and quiet spirit, which is in the the body. Therefore as the church sight of God of great price.
For is subject unto Christ, so let the after this manner in the old time the wives be to their own husbands in , holy women also, who trusted in every thing. Husbands, love your God, adorned themselves, being in wives, even as Christ also loved the subjection unto their own husbands, church, and gave himself for it. even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, 28. So ought men to love their calling him lord ; whose daughters wives, as their own bodies. He that ye are, as long as ye do well, and loveth his wife loveth himself, for are not afraid with any amazement. no man ever yet hated his own flesh, Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with but nourisheth and cherisheth_it, them according to knowledge, giveven as the Lord the church. For ing honor unto the wife, as unto the we are members of his body, of his weaker vessel, and as being heirs flesh, and of his bones. For this together of the grace of life; that cause shall a man leave his father your prayers be not hindered. and mother, and shall be joined unto
1 Tim. 5: 14. I will that the his wife, and they two shall be one younger women marry, bear chilflesh. This is a great mystery: but I dren, guide the house, give none ocspeak concerning Christ and the casion to the adversary to speak church. Nevertheless, let every one reproachfully. of you in particular so love his wife Titus 2: 4. That the aged woeven as himself : and the wife see men teach the younger women to be that she reverence her husband. sober, to love their husbands, to
Col. 3: 18. Wives, submit your- love their children; to be discreet, selves unto your own husbands, as chaste, keepers at home, good, obeit is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love dient to their own husbands, that your wives, and be not bitter against the word of God, be not blasthem.
phemed. 1 Tim. 2: 9. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in Duties in Regard to Unbelievers. modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broidered 1 Cor. 7: 10. Unto the married hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly ar- I command, yet not I, but the Lord,
let not the wife depart from her , lamp; and the law is light; and rehusband; but and if she depart, let proofs of instruction are the
of her remain unmarried, or be recon- life; to keep thee from the evil ciled to her husband. And let not woman, from the flattery of the the husband put away his wife. tongue af a strange woman. Lust
If any brother hath a wife that not after her beauty in thine heart, believeth not, and she be pleased to neither let her take thee with her dwell with him, let him not put her eyelids. For by means of a whoraway. And the woman that hath an ish woman, a man is brought to a husband that believeth not, and if he piece of bread; and the adulteress be pleased to dwell with her, let her will hunt for the precious life. Can not leave him. For the unbelieving a man take fire in his bosom, and husband is sanctified by the wife, his clothes not be burned? Can one and the unbelieving wife is sanctified go upon hot coals, and his feet not by the husband; else were your be burnt? So he that goeth in to his children unclean; but now are they neighbor's wife; whoso toucheth holy. But if the unbelieving de- her shall not be innocent. part, let him depart. A brother or sister is not bound in such cases: 7: 4. Say unto wisdom, thou art but God hath called us to peace. For my sister, and call understanding thy what knowest thou, O wife, wheth- kinswoman, that they may keep er thou shalt not save thy husbsnd? | thee from the strange woman, from and how knowest thou, O husband, the stranger which flattereth with whether thou shalt save thy wife?- her words. For at the window of 39. The wife is bound by the law, my house, I looked through my as long as her husband liveth ; but casement, and beheld among the if her husband be dead, she is at lib- simple ones, I discerned among
the erty to be married to whom she will, youths, a young man void of underonly in the Lord.
standing, passing through the street, Deut. 7: 3. Neither shalt thou
near her corner; and he went the way make marriages with them (the to her house ; in the twilight, in the heathen] thy daughter thou shalt dark and black night. And behold, not give unto his son ; nor his there met him a woman with the daughter shalt thou take unto thy attire of a harlot, and subtle of heart.
For they will turn away thy So she caught him and kissed him son from following me, that they and with an impudent face said unto may serve other gods.
him, I have peace offerings with (See the Transgression of Solomon. me; this day have I paid my vows; 1 Kings 11: 1. Of Israel. Ezra therefore came I forth to meet thee, 9: 2-12. Neh. 13: 23.)
diligently to seek thy face, and I
have found thee.-21. With much Fornication.
fair speech she caused him to yield;
with the flattering of her lips she Prov. 5: 3. For the lips of a forced him. He goeth after her strange woman drop, as a honey- straightway, as an ox goeth to the comb, and her mouth is smoother slaughter, or as a fool to the correcthan oil. But her end is bitter as tion of the stocks, till a dart strike wormwood, sharp as a two-edged through his liver, as a bird hasteth sword. Her feet go down to death; to the snare, and knoweth not, that her steps take hold on hell. Lest it is for his life. — 26. She hath cast thou shouldest find the path of life, down many wounded; yea many her ways are movable; thou canst strong men have been slain by her: not know them.-8. Remove thy | her house is the way to hell, going way far from her, and come not down to the chambers of death. nigh the door of her house ; lest thou 9: 13. A foolish woman is clamgive thy honor unto others and thy orous; she is simple and knoweth years unto the cruel. ... And thou nothing. For she sitteth at the door mourn at the last, when thy flesh of her house, on a seat in the high and thy body are consumed, and places in the city, to call passengers, say, How have I hated instruction, who go right on their way, whoso and my heart despised reproof! is simple, let him turn in hither; and
6: 23. The commandment is a as for him that wanteth understand
ing, she saith to him, Stolen waters, the full, then they committed adulare sweet, and bread eaten in secret tery, and assembled themselves by is pleasant! But he knoweth not troops in the harlots' houses: shall that the dead are there, and that I not visit for these things, saith the her guests are in the depths of Lord, and shall I not be avenged on hell.
such a nation as this? 2: 13. Her house inclineth unto 9: 2. They be all adulterers. death, and her paths unto the dead. 23: 10. The land is full of adulNone that go unto her return again, terers. The land mourneth. neither take they hold of the paths EZEK. 22: 11. One hath comof life.
mitted adultery with his neighbor's 1 Cor. 6: 13. Now the body wife; another hath defiled his daughis not for fornication, but for the ter-in-law; and another hath humLord ; and the Lord for the body. bled his sister. - 14. Can thy heart And God hath both raised up the endure, or thy hands be made strong, Lord, and will also raise up us by in the day that I shall deal with his own power. Know ye not, that thee? your bodies are the members of JOHN 8: 7. He that is without Christ? shall I then take the mem- sin among you, let him first cast a bers of Christ, and make them the stone at her. ... And they which members of a harlot? God forbid. heard it, being convicted by their What! know ye not that he which own conscience went out, one by is joined to a harlot is one body? one, beginning at the eldest, even for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. unto the last. But he that is joined unto the Lord Gal. 5: 19. The works of the is one spirit. Flee fornication. flesh are these; adultery, fornicaEvery sin that a man doeth, is with- tion, uncleanness. They that do out the body; but he that commit- such things shall not inherit the teth fornication, sinneth against his kingdom of God. own body.
Eph. 5: 5. No whoremonger nor Prov. 22: 14. The mouth of a
hath any inheritance strange woman is a deep pit: he that in the kingdom of Christ and of is abhorred of the Lord shall fall God. Because of these things comtherein.
eth the wrath of God on the chilEccl. 7: 26. I find more bitter dren of disobedience. than death the woman whose heart Heb. 19: 4, Whoremongers and is snares and nets.
adulterers God will judge.
Fearful Prevalence of this Sin.
II. Parental Relation. Sodom and Gomorrah. Gen. 19. Gen. 18: 19. I know him, (AbraThe Benjamite. Judges 19: 22. ham,) that he will command his Universal Polygamy and concu- children and his household after him, binage.
and they shall keep the way of the The heathen described. Rom. LORD, to do justice and judgment, 1: 24.
that the Lord may bring upon AbraLot and his daughters. Gen. ham that which he hath spoken of 19: 31.
him. Reuben with his father's concu- Deut. 6:6. These words,... shall bine. Gen. 35: 22.
be in thy heart, and thou shalt teach Dinah, Jacob's daughter ravished them diligently unto thy children. by Shechem. 34: 2.
11: 19. Ye shall teach them to Judah, with his daughter-in-law. your children, speaking of them 38: 12.
when thou sittest in thy house, and Joseph tempted by Potiphar's when thou walkest by the way; wife. 39: 7.
when thou liest down, and when Eli's sons. 1 Sam. 2: 22.
thou risest up. David with Uriah's wife. 2 Sam. Eph. 6: 1. Children, obey your 12: 4.
parents in the Lord: for this is right. Solomon loved many strange wo
Honor thy father and mother, (which 1 Kings 11: 1.
is the first commandment with promJER. 5: 7. When I fed them to lise,) that it may be well with thee,
and thou mayest live long on the his own house, he hath denied the
can number the dust of the 1 'Tim. 5:1. Rebuke not an elder, earth, then shall thy seed be numbut entreat him as a father; and the bered. (15:5–17:1–5: 6.) younger men as brethren; the elder Ps. 127: 3. Children are an heriwomen as mothers; the younger as tage of the Lord. sisters: with all purity.
37: 25. I have been young and Prov. 23: 22. Hearken unto thy now am old; yet have I not seen the father that begat thee, and despise righteous forsaken, or his seed begnot thy mother when she is old. – ging bread. 24. The father of the righteous shall 102: 28. The children of thy sergreatly rejoice; and he that beget- vants shall continue, and their seed teth a wise child shall have joy of shall be established before thee. him. My father and thy mother Isa. 44: 3. I will pour my blessing shall be glad, and she that bare thee upon thine offspring. shall rejoice.
MAT. 19: 14. Suffer little children 15: 20. A wise son maketh a glad to come unto me, and forbid them father, but a foolish man despiseth not; for of such is the kingdom of his mother.
22: 6. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he Consequences of neglecting these Duties. is old he will not depart from it.
Ex. 20:5. I am a jealous God, IT Isa, $8: 19. The fathers to the | visiting the iniquity of the fathers children shall make known thy upon the children, to the third and truth.
fourth generation. JOEL 1: 3. Tell ye your children 1 Sam. 2:30. Wherefore the LORD of it, and let your children tell their God of Israel saith, I said, indeed, children, and their children another that thy house and the house of thy generation.
father should remain before me forProv. 13: 24. He that spareth the ever; but now, the Lord saith, Be it rod hateth his son; but he that lov- far from me; for them that honor eth him chasteneth him betimes. me, I will honor; and they that de
14:8. Chasten thy son while there spise me, shall be lightly esteemed. is hope, and let not thy soul spare 3:11. Behold, I will do a thing in for his crying.
Israel, at which both the ears of 22: 15. Foolishness is bound up in every one that heareth it shall tingle. the heart of a child; but the rod of In that day I will perform upon Eli correction shall drive it far from all things which I have spoken conhim.
cerning his house : when I begin, I 23: 13. Withhold not correction will also make an end; for I have from the child ; thou shalt beat him told him that I will judge his house, with a rod; and shalt deliver his for the iniquity which he knoweth; soul from hell.
because his sons made themselves 29: 15. The rod and reproof give vile and he restrained them not. wisdom; but a child left to himself Prov. 28: 24. Whoso robbeth his bringeth his mother to shame. – 17. father or his mother, and saith, It is Correct thy son, and he shall give no transgression, the same is a comthee rest; yea, he shall give delight panion of a destroyer. unto thy soul.
30: 17. The eye that mocketh at 2 Cor. 12: 14. The parents ought his father, and despiseth to obey his to lay up for their children.
mother, the ravens of the valley 1 Tim. 5: 8. If a man provide not shall pluck it out, and the young for his own, specially for those of eagles shall eat it.