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a provident care and study to get P, keep, use, and dispose these things, which are necessary and convenient for the sus

tentation of our nature, and suitable to our condition ?; a i merd all their dues : tribute to whom tri. teth up his bowels of compassion from due bute is due, custom to whom custom, him, how dwelleth the love of God fear to whom fear, honour to whom in him ? Eph iv. 28. Let him that

stole steal no more : but rather let him m Lev. vi. 2. If a soul sin, and com- labour, working with his hands the en Jett mit a trespass against the Lord, and thing which is good, that he may have I heas lie unto his neighbour in that which to give to him that needeth. Gal vi. ce, al was delivered him to keep, or in fel- 10. As we have therefore opportunity, ut ati lowship, or in a thing taken away by let us do good unto all men, especially iv. 54 violence, or hath deceived his neigh. unto them who are of the household lat wilt bour ; Ver. 3. Or have found that of faith. thyself which was lost, and lieth concerning 0 1 Tim. vi. 6. But godliness with echestit

, and sweareth falsely; in any of all contentment is great gain. Ver. 7. For hough these that a man doeth, sinning there. we brought nothing into this world,

in : Ver 4. Then it shall be, because and it is certain we can carry nothing if fair

, he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he out. Ver. 8. And having food and ev wit shall restore that which he took vio. raiment, let us be therewith content. 5.40 lently away, or the thing which he Ver 9. But they that will be rich fall e seni hath deceitfully gotten, or that which into temptation, and a snare, and into whom was delivered him to keep, or the lost many foolish and hurtful lusts, which on the thing which he found, Ver. 5. Or all drown men in destruction and perdih ch that about which he hath sworn false- tion. Gal vi. 14 But God forbid that deck ly; he shall even restore it in the I should glory, save in the cross of our

principal, and shall add the fifth part Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world

more ihereto, and give it unto him to is crucified unto me, and I unto the alket whom it appertaineth, in the day of his world.

trespass-offering. Compared with Luke p 1 Tim. v. 8. But if any provide xix: 8. And Zaccheus stood, and said not for his own, and specially for those

unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of his own house, he hath denied the uit of my goods I give to the poor; and if faith, and is worse than an infidel rd of I have taken any thing from any man ? Prov. xxvii. from Verse 23. to be Op

by false accusation, I restore him four- end. Be thou diligent to know the fold.

state of thy flocks, and look well to n Luke vi. 30. Give to every man thy herds. Ver. 24. For riches are not that asketh of thee: and of him that for ever,--Eccl. ii. 24. There is no. taketh away thy goods, ask them not thing better for a man, than tha: he again. Ver. 38. Give, and it shall be should eat and drink, and that he given unto you: good measure, press- should make his scul enjoy good in his ed down, and shaken together, and labour. This also I saw, that it was running over, shall men give into your from the hand of God. Eccl. jii 12. I bosom. For with the same measure know that there is no good in them, that ye mete withal, it shall be mea but for a man to rejoice, and to do gured to you again. 1 John iii. 17. Bat good in his life Vér 13. And also whoso hath this world's good, and that every man should eat and drink, seeth his brother have need, and shut- and enjoy the good of all his labour,

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gagements w; and an endeavour, by all just and lawful .means, to procure, preserve, and further the wealth and outward estate of others, as well as our own*. it is the gift of God. 1 Tim. vi. 17. a stranger, thou art snared with the Charge them that are rich in this words of thy mouth, &c. Prov. xi. 15. world, that they be not high-minded, He that is surety for a stranger shall nor trust in uncertain riches, but in smart for it; and he that hateth surethe living God, who giveth us richly tiship is sure. all things to enjoy : Ver. 18. That x Lev. xxv.35. And if thy brother they do good, that they be rich in good be waxen poor, and fallen in decay works, ready to distribute, willing to with thee, then thou shalt relieve him; communicate. Isa. xxxviii. 1. In those yea, though he be a stranger, or a so. days was Hezekiah sick unto death : journer ; that he may live with thee. and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Deut. xxii. 1. Thou shalt not see thy Amez, came unto him, and said unto brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine hide thyself from them : thou shalt in house in order; for thou shalt die, any case bring them again unto thy and not live. Matt. xi. 8. -Behold, brother. Ver. 2. And if thy brother they that wear soft clothing are in he not nigh unto thee, or if thou know king's houses.

him not, then thou shalt bring it into 1 Cor. vij. 20. Let every man abide thine own house, and it shall be with in the same calling wherein he was thee until thy brother seek after it, and called. Gen. ii. 15 And the Lord God thou shalt restore it to him again. Ver. took the man, and put him into the 3. In like manner shalt thou do with garden of Eden, to dress it, and to his ass, and so shalt thou do with his keep it. Gen, iji. 19. In the sweat of raiment; and with all lost things of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou thy brother's, which he hath lost, and return unto the ground :

thou hast found, shalt thou do like. s Eph. iv. 28. Let him that stole wise: thou mayest not hide thyself. steal no more: but rather let him la- Ver. 4. Thou shalt not see thy brobour, working with his hands the ther's ass or his ox fall down by the thing which is good, that he may have way, and hide thyself from them: to give to him that needeth Prov. x. thou shalt surely help him to lift them 4. He becometh poor thai dealeth with up again. Exod. xxiii 4. If thou meet a slack hand: but the hand of the di.. thine enemy's ox or his ass going a. ligent maketh rich

stray, thou shalt surely bring it back t John vi. 12. When they were fill to him again. Ver. 5. If thou see the ed, he said unto his disciples, Gather ass of him that hateth thee lying unup the fragments that remain, that der his burden, and wouldest' forbear nothing be lost Prov. xxi. 20. There to help him, thou shalt surely help is a treasure to be desired, and oil in with him. Gen. xlvii 14. And Joseph the dwelling of the wise: but a fool. gathered up all the money that was ish man spendeth it up.

found in the land of Egypt, and in the u 1 Cor. vi. from Verse 1. to 9. Dare land of Canaan, for the corn which any of you, having a matter against they bought : and Joseph brought the another, go to law before the unjust, money into Pharaoh's house. Ver. 20. and not before the saints ? &c. And Joseph bought all the land of

w Prov vi. from Verse 1. to 6. My Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians son, if thou be surety for thy friend, sold every man his field, because the if thou hast stricken thy hand with famine prevailed over them: so the

Q. 142. What are the sins forbidden in the eighth commandment?

A. The sins forbidden in the eighth commandment, besides the neglect of the duties required y, are, theft?, robbery, man-stealing', and receiving any thing that is stolen"; fraudulent dealing“, false weights and measures ®, removing land-marksf, injustice and unfaithfulness in contracts between man and mans, or in matters of trusth; oppression', extortion, usury', bribery m, vexatious law-suits”, land became Pharaoh's. Phil. ii. 4. Divers weights, and divers measures, Look not every man on his own both of them are alike abomination to things, but every man also on the the Lord. things of others. Mat. xxii. 39. And f Deut. xix. 14. Thou shalt not the second is like unto it, Thou shalt remove thy neighbour's land-mark, love thy neighbour as thyself.. which they of old time have set in

142. y James ii. 15. If a brother or thine inheritance.- Prov. xxiii. 10. sister be naked, and destitute of daily Remove not the old land-mark; and food; Ver. 16. And one of you say enter not into the fields of the fatherunto them, Depart in peace, be ye less. warmed and filled ; notwithstanding & Amos viii. 5. Saying, When will ye give them not those things which the new-moon be gone, that we may are needful to the body, wivat doth it sell corn? and the sabbath, that we profit? 1 John iji 17. But whoso hath may set forth wheat, making the this world's good, and seeth his bro- ephah small, and the shekel great, and ther have need, and shutteih up his falsifying the balances by deceit? Psal. bowels of compassion from him, how xxxvii. 21. The wicked borroweth, dwelleth the love of God in him? and payeth not again..

2 Eph. iv. 28. Let him that stole b Luke xvi. 10. He that is faithful steal no more ; but rather

in that which is least, is faithful also in a Psai. Ixij. 10. Trust not in op- much: and he that is unjust in the least, pression, and become not vain in rob- is unjust also in much. Ver 11. If therebery :

fore ye have not been faithful in the 6 1 Tim. i. 10. (The law was made) unrighteous mammon, who will comfor whoremongers, for them that de- mit to your trust the true riches? Ver. file themselves with mankind, for men 12. And if ye have not been faithful stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, in that which is another man's, who and if there be any other thing that is shall give you that which is your own? contrary to sourd doctrine.

i Ezek. xxii. 29. The people of the c Prov. xxix. 24. Whoso is partner land have used oppression, and exerwith a thief hateth his own soul : he cised robbery, and have vexed the poor heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not, and needy; yea, they have oppressed Psal. I. 18. When thou sawest a thief, the stranger wrongfully. Lev. xxv. then thou consentedst with him 17. Ye shall not therefore oppress one

d 1 Thess. iv. 6. That no man go another; but thou shalt fear thy God: beyond and defraud his brother in any for I am the Lord your God. matter : because that the Lord is the k Mat. xxiii. 25. Woe unto you, avenger of all such, as we also have scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for forewarned you, and testified. ye make clean the outside of the cup

e Prov. xi. 1. A false balance is and of the platter, but within they are abomination to the Lord: but a just full of extortion and excess. Ezek, weight is his delight. Prov. xx. 10. xxii. 12. In thee have they taken gifts

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unjust inclosures and depopulations o; ingrossing commodities to enhance the price P; unlawful callings, and all other unjust or sinsul ways of taking or withholding from our neighbour what belongs to him, or of enriching ourselves"; covetousness; inordinate prizing and affecting worldly goods † ; distrustful and distracting cares and studies in getting, keeping, and using them '; envying at the prosperity to shed blood : thou hast taken usury sand pieces of silver. Ver. 24. For a and increase, and thou hast greedily certain man, named Demetrius, a silgained of thy neighbours by extortion, ver.smith, which made silver shrines and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord for Diana, brought no small gain unGod.

to the craftsmen; Ver. 25. Whom he | Psal. xv. 5. He that putteth not called together, with the workmen of out his money to usury, nor taketh like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye reward against the innocent. know that by this craft we have our

m Job xv. 34. For the congregation wealth. of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire go Job xx. 19. Because he hath opshall consume the tabernacles of bri. pressed, and hath forsaken the poor; bery.

because he hath violently taken away n 1 Cor. vi. 6. But brother goeth to an house which he builded not James law with brother, and that before the V.4. Behold, the hire of the labourers, unbelievers. Ver. 7. Now therefore which have reaped down your fields, there is utterly a fault among you, be- which is of you kept back by fraud, cause ye go to law one with another: crieth; and the cries of them which why do ye not rather take wrong? have reaped are entered into the ears why do ye not rather suffer yourselves of the Lord of sabaoth. Prov. xxi. 6. to be defrauded ? Ver 8 Nay, ye do The getting of treasures by a lying wrong, and defraud, and tha: your bre. tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro thren. Prov. ïïi. 29. Devise not evil of them that seek death. against thy neighbour, seeing hedwell. & Luke xii 15. And he said unto eth securely by thee. Ver. 30. Strive them, Take heed, and beware of covenot with a man without cause, if he tousness : for a man's life consisteth have done thee no harm.

not in the abundance of the things e Isa. v. 8. Woe unto them that which he possesseth. join house to house, that lay field to t 1 Tim. vi. 5. Perverse disputings field, till there be no place, that they of men of corrupt minds, and desti. may be placed alone in the midst of tute of the truth, supposing that gain the earth! Micah ii. 2. And they co is godliness: from such withdraw thyvet fields, and take them by violence; self. Col. iii. 2. Set your affection on and houses, and take them away: so things above, not on things on the they oppress a man and his house, earth. Prov. xxiii. 5. Wilt thou set even a man and his heritage.

thine eyes upon that which is not ? for p Prov. xi. 26. He that withhold- riches certainly make themselves eth corn, the people shall curse him: wings, they fly away as an eagle tobut blessing shall be upon the head wards heaven. Psal. Ixii. 10-If richof him that selleth it.

es increase, set not your heart upon 9 Acts xix 19. Many also of them them. which used curious arts brought their u Mat. vi. 25. Therefore I say unto books together, and burned them be- you, Take no thought for your life, fore all men: and they counted the what shall ye eat, or what ye shall Price of them, and found it fifty thou- drink; nor yet for your body, what ye

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of others w, as likewise idleness *, 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 2.

Q. 143. Which is the ninth commandment?

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

Q. 144. What are the duties required in the ninth commandment?

A. The duties required in the ninth commandment are, the preserving and promoting of truth between man and man, and the good name of our neighbour, as well as our owne: appearing and standing for the truth d; and from the

shall put on : is not the life more than rags. Prov. xxviii. 19. He that tillmeat, and the body than raiment ? eth his land shall have plenty of bread: Ver. 31. Therefore take no thought, but he that followeth after vain persaying. What shall we eat !--Ver. sons shall have poverty enough. 34. Take therefore no thought for the % Eccl. iv. 8. There is one alone, morrow; for the morrow shall take and there is not a second ; yea, he thought for the things of itself: suffi. hath neither child nor brother: yet cient unto the day is the evil thereof. is there no end of all his labour, neiEccl. v. 12. The sleep of a labouring ther is his eyes satisfied with riches, man is sweet, whether he eat little or neither saith he, For whom do I lamuch: but the abundance of the rich bour, and bereave my soul of good? will not suffer him to sleep.

This is also vanity; yea, it is a sore traw Psal 1xxiji. 3. For I was envious vail. Eccl. vi. 2. A man to whom God at the foolish, when I saw the prog- hath given riches, wealth, and honour, perity of the wicked. Psal. xxxvii. 1. so that he wanteth nothing for his Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, soul of all that he desireth, yet God neither be thou envious against the giveth him not power to eat thereof, workers of iniquity Ver. Rest in but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, the Lord, and wait patiently for him: and it is an evil disease. 1 Tim. v. 8. frer not thyself because of him who But if any provide not for his own, prospereth in his way, because of the and specially for those of his own man who bringeth wicked devices to house, he hath denied the faith, and is pass.

worse than an infidel. x. 2 Thess. iii. 11 For we hear that 143. a Exod. xx. 16. there are some which walk among you

144. b Zech, viii. 16 These are the disorderly, working not at all, but are things that ye shall do, Speak ye every busy-bodies. Prov. xviii. 9. He also man the truth to his neighbour : exethat is slothful in his work is brother cute the judgment of truth and peace to him that is a great waster.

in your gates. y Prov xxi. 17. He that loveth C 3 John, Ver. 12. Demetrius hath pleasure shall be a poor man: he that good report of all men, and of the loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. -truth itself: yea, and we also bear reProv. xxiit. 20. Be not among wine- cord, and ye know that our record is bibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh, Ver 21. For the drunkard and the d Prov. xxxj. 8. Open thy mouth glution shall come to poverty; and for the dumb in the cause of all such drowsinesss shall clothe a man with as are appointed to destruction. Ver.

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