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that thy Days may be prolonged, and that it may so well with thee in the Land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Deut. xxvii. 16. Cursed be he that setteth light by his Father or his Mother, and all the People fall fay, Amen.

Exod. xxi. 15. And he that smireth his father or his Mo:her ihall be surely put to Death. And he that curseth his Father or his Mother fhall surely be put to Death.

Prov. xx. 20. Whoso curseth his Father or his Mother, his Lamp hall be put out in obscure Darkness.

Ecclefiaftic. iii. 3,-10. Whoso honoureth his Father, maketh an Attonement for his Sins; and he that honoureth his Mother, is as one that laycth up Treasure. Whoso honoureth his Father, Shall have Joy of his own Children ; and when he maketh his Prayer, he shall be heard. He that honoureth his Father, shall have long Life; and he that is obedient unto the Lord, will be a Comfort to his Mother. He that feareth the Lord, will honour his Father, and will do service to his Pa. rents as to his Matters. Honour thy Father and Mother both in Word and Deed, that a Blessing may come "upon

thee from them : For the Blessing of the Fathers establisheth the Houses of the Children; but the Curse of the Mother rooteth out Foundations.

Prov. XXX. 17. The Eye that mocketh at his Father, and despiseth to obey his. Mather, the Ravens of the Valley shall pick it out, and the young Eagles shall eat it..

It's Children's Duty. Parents to obey, [Stay :
Who in their Childood were their strength and.
In all their Days is seen paternal Care ;.
Who to provide for them do never spare.
All honour to them let us always give,
And. ne'ér be disobedient while we live..

Texts which show that we should not accustom ourselves to too much Speaking.

Rov. xvii. 27. He that hath Knowledge spaP?

reth his Words ; and a Man of Understanding is of an excellent Spirit.

Fames i. 19. 26. Wherefore, my beloved Brethren, let every Man be swift to hear, flow to. speak. If any Man among you seem to he religious; and bridleth not his Tongue, but decelvech his own Heart, this Man's Religion is vain.

Ecclefiaft v. 2. Be not rath with thy Mouth, and let not thine Heart be hafty to utter any thing before God; for God is in Heaven, and thou upon Earth, therefore let thy Words be few.

Prov. xv. 2. The Tongue of the Wise useth „Knowledge aright, but the Mouth of Fools poureth out Foolishness.

Ecclesiastic. xx: 7. 8. A wise Man will hold his Tongue 'till he fee Opportunity ; but a Babler and and a Fool will regard no Time. He that useth many Words shall be abhorred, and he that taketh. to himself Authority therein thall be hated ?

Prov. X. 29. In the Multitude of Words there wanteth not Sin: But he that refraincth his Lips is. wise. The Tongue of the Just is as choice Silver : The Heart of the Wicked, is little worth. Wile: Men lay up Knowledge : But the mouth of the Foolish is near Destruction.,

Prov. xv, 4. A. wholsome Tongue is a Tree. of Life : but Perverseness therein is a Breach in the Spirit.

Prov. xviii. 21. Death and Life are in the Power of the Tongue; and they that love it, thall eat the Fruit thereof. Prov. xiii. 3. He that keepeth his Mouth keep

eth. many

eth his Life : But he that openeth wide his Lips, shall have Destruction.

Ecclefiaftic. xxi. 26. The Heart of Fools is in their Mouth: But the Mouth of the Wise is in their Heart.

Prov. xxi. 23. Whoso keepeth his Mouth and his Tongue, keepeth his Soul from Troubles.

If Men would of their Speeches cautious bes,
From Inconveniences it would them free:
But Fools, unthoughtful, do themselves betray,
For they full soon are known by what they say.

Texts of Backbiting and defaming the Reo

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Roverbs xviii, 8 The Words of a Talebearer

are as Wounds, and they go down into the innermost Parts of the Belly.

Prov. xxv. 23. The North Wind driveth away: Rain : So doth an angry Countenance a back. biting Tongue.

Prov. xxvi. 28. A lying Tongue hateth those that are afficted by it, and a Hattering Mouth worketh Ruin.

Prov. xx. 19. He that goech about as a Talebearer, revealeth Secrets : therefore meddle not with bim that fattereth with his Lips.

Levit. xviv. 16. Thou shalt not go up and down as a Tale-bearer among thy People.

James iii. 6. And the Tongue is a Fire, a World of Iniquity : So is the Tongue amongst our Members, that it defileth the whole Body, and fetteth on fire the Courfe of Nature, and it is set on fire of Hell.

Ecclefiaftic. xxviii. 13. to 19. Curse the Whilperer and double-tongued, for such have destroyed

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many that were at Peace. A back-biting Tongue hath disquieted many, and driven them from Nation to Nation ; strong Cities hath it pulled down, and overthrown the Houses of great Men. A back-biting Tongue hath call out virtuous W Tomen, and deprived them of their Labours.

Whoso hearkeneth unto it shall never find Rest, and never dwell quietly. The Stroke of the Whip maketh Marks in the Flesh ; but the Stroke of the Tongue breaketh the Bones. Many have fallen by the Edge of the Sword, but not so many as have fallen by the Tongue.

Ecclefiaftic. xxviii. 28. A Whisperer defileth his own Soul, and is hated wheresoever he dwelleth.

James iv. 11. Speak not evil one of another, Brethren.

Prov. iii. 7. Devise not Evil againft thy Neighbour.

Pfalm xv. 29. He that back-biteth not with his Tongue, nor doth evil to his Neighbour, nor taketh up a Reproach against his Neighbour.

Exod. xxiii. 1. Thou shalt not raise a false Report : Put not thine Hand with the Wicked to be an unrighteous Witness.

Psalm xxxiv. 13. 14. Keep thy Tongue from evil, and thy Lips from speaking Guile. Depart from Evil, and do good; seek Peace, and pursue it.

Heb. xxii. 14. Follow Peace with all Men, and Holiness, without which no Man shall see the Lord.

Those Men are surely very much to blame,
Who are inclin'd their Neighbours to defame;
It would be better in themselves to fee
One Fault, than find an hundred Faults in me.

Texts which shew how disagreeable

Wrath, Anger, Envy, and Hastiness are to pure Religion.

Ames iii. 13, 14, 16. Who is a wise Man and

thew out of a good Conversation his works with Meekness of Wisdom. But if ye have bitter Envying and Strife in your Hearts, glory not, and lye not against the Truth. For where Envying and Strife is, there is Confusion, and every evil Work.

Klatt. v. 43, 44. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy Neighbour and hate thine Enemy : But I say unto you, Love your Enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you.

Prov. xiv. 17. 29. He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly : And a Man of wicked Devices is hated. He that is slow to Wrath is of great Un. derstanding : But he that is hasty of Spirit exalteth Folly.

Prov. XV. 18. A wrathful Man Atirreth up Suife: But he that is How to Anger appeaseth Strife.

Prov. xvi. 32. He that is now to anger is bet. ter than the Mighty: And he that ruleth bis Spirit, than he that taketh a City.

Prov. XX. 12. Hatred ftirreth up all Strifes ; but Love covereth all Sins.

Prov.xix, 11. The Discretion of a Man deferrett his Anger, and it is his Glory to pass over a Transgression

Prov. xx, 3. It is an Honour for a Man ti cease from Strife, but every Fool will be meddling

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