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Concerning Man's Duty towards his Meighbour.


I. Of our Duty to our Neighbour, page 170. II. Of the Duty of

tbe People to their Prince, page 173. III. Of the Duty of a

Prince to his Subjects, page 174. IV.Of the Duty of Civil Ma-

giftates, page 175. V.Of the Duty of the Laity to their Mini-

Aers, page 176. VI. Ministers, by wbom commisioned, page 178.

VII. Their Duty, page 179. VIII. Their superior Advantages,

page 179. IX. Are subječt to the Laws of their Country, page

181. K. Of Detraction against them, page 184.


CHA P. X. SUNDAY X. I. The Duty of CHILDREN to Parents, page 186. II. Their Love,

page 186. III. Their Obedience, page 189. IV. In respect of Marriage ; and V. going to Law, page 190. VI. The Duty of PARENTS to Children, page 192. VII. In point of Education, page 193. VIII. In providing for them, 195. IX. Of disinberiting a Child, page 199.X. The duty of a Wife to her husband, page 202.

XI. Concerning her Behaviour, page 205. XII. Her Dress, page 207. XIII. Of Contention in a married State, page 209.

CHA P. XI. SUNDAY XI. 1. The Duty of HUSBANDS to Wives, page 213. II. Of Adultery

in Husbands, page 216. III. Of Provision for Wives, page 218. IV. Of Brotherly Love, page 219. V. Of the Duty of SerVANTS to their Masters, page 222. VI. Rules for Servants, page 225. VII. Servitude is of God's Appointment, page 227. VIII. Of the Duty of MASTERS, page 228. IX. Of Friendship, page 231. X. How to make choice of Companions, page 234. XI. How we become partakers of other Mens Sins, page 235

CHA P. XII. SUNDAY XII. 1. Of Lying, Equivocation, Flattery, Jefts, page 237. II. Of False

Witness, Reports, and giving of Evidence, page 239. III. Of Truth, Promises, Backbiting, Envy, and Detration, page 240. IV. Of Theft, Oppression, not paying of Debts, false Securities, fraudulent Compositions, Bargains, Dealings, page 244. V. The just Measure in Dealing, page 249. VI. The Danger of evilgotten Wealth, page 252. VII. Of Murder, the Wickedness thereof, page 254. VIII. When lawful to take away a Man's Life, page 255. IX. Of Self-Murder, in melancholy Persons, in Prifoners, page 256. X. Of Duelling, Dif-membering, and Wounding, &c. page 262.

CHA P. XIII. SUNDAY XIII. 1. Of Covetousness, Riches, and Contentment, page 353. II. Of

Charity, page 355. III. To the Souls of Men, page 357. IV. To their Bodies, page 361. V.Of Prosecutions, page 363. VI. Of Almsgiving, and how to be praktised, in regard to the Objeet ; in regard to our Circumstances; and in what Method and Proportion, page 365.

CHA P. XIV. SUNDAY XIV. I. Of Credit, page 370. II. Of Malice, page 371. III. Of For

giveness, page 372. IV. Of Peace-making, Quarrels, Contention, and going to Law, page 373.



Concerning Man's Duty towards himself. V. Of Humility or Humbleness of Mind, page 374. VI. Of Self

conceit, page 377. VII. Of Pride and Pasion, page 378. VIII. Of Meekness ; it prevents raj. Judgment, immoderate Refentments, and Hatred, promotes Reconciliation and good Neighbourhood, &c. page 380.

CHA P. XV. SUNDAY XV. 1. Of Christian Prudence, page 386. II. Its Use, page 388. III.

of confideration and Inconsideration, page 390. IV. of Christian Gontentment, Covetousness, Murmuring, Ambition, Discontent, page 392. V. Of Diligence, page 397. VI. Of Temptations, page 399. VII. Of Watchfulness, page 400. VIII. of Idleness and Industry, page 402.

CHA P. XVI. SUNDAY XVI. I. Of Zeal, page 405. II. Of Chastity and Debauchery, page 408.

III. How to overcome unchaste Temptations, filthy I boughts, Words and Looks, page 409. IV. How to preserve Chastity, page 411. V. Of Temperance in Meat and Drink, page 414. VI. Of Intemperance, it admits of no Excuse, page 415. VII. How to be overcome, page 418. VIII. Of ihe Use of Time, page 419. IX. Of Modesty in Apparel, page 423. X. Of Excess in Apparel, page 425. XI. Of Dress or putting on of Apparel, page 426.

CHA P. XVII. SUNDAY XVII. I. Of Fortitude, Patience, and Impatience, page 429. II. Of Self

denial, page 436. III. Of final Repentance, or preparation for Death. Disregard of the World, Resignation, Truf in God, &c. page 437 IV. Of Death; its Time, page 443. V. Advantages, page 445. VI. Influence on us, page 449. VII. How to Number our Days, page 450. VIII. And compose the Mind for Death, page 452. IX. Of the Shortness of Life, and its Improvement, page 453. X. Of the Middle State, page 456. XI. Of the Dangers of a mispent Life, page 457. XII. We can die but once, page 458. XIII. Of the Fear of Death, page 459. XIV. How to be remedied, page 461. XV. In what Christian Perfe&tion confifts, page 462.


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I. What we are caught by Natural and Revealed Religion.

II. The great branches of our duty to God and man. NI.
Our duty to God. IV. Of faith. V. The promises. VI.
Of hope. VII. Of presumption. VIII. Of despair. IX.
Love of God. X. Of fear; and XI. Trust in Cod.




HE light of nature discovers to us the being of

a God, and so much of his infinite
perfection, as to teach us that he is of natural

religion. all

good, and hateth every thing that is evil : that he loveth those that avoid the evil and chuse the good, and will with severe justice punish the evil doers. So that the light of nature searcheth out the goodness and justice of God; man's duty and subjection to his creator ; and disposes us to receive the perfect will of the Almighty.

This is called natural religion, which all men might know, and should be obliged unto by the mere principles

of reason, improved by consideration and experience, without the help of revelation. And they who live by it fhall also be judged by it, their consciences accusing or else excusing one another. But

The dimness of this is much cleared up by revealed religion, or that method by which God makes him

Of revealed self or his will known to mankind, over and above

religion. what he hath made known to us by the light of nature, in such a manner and in such instances, that all our



Is reasonable and certain.

own reasonings could never have attained unto. Not that hereby God did mean to put out any part of that natural light, which he had set up in our souls; but to give greater light unto men. And therefore the possibility of revealed religion is evident from the nature of God, and the capacities of men, as well as from that proof which is produced to satisfy us concerning a mission from God. An infinite being that created our souls capable of know

ing him and loving him, can never want power to communicate farther light to our minds, and

make brighter discoveries of his will and pleasure : and man thus made after his own image can use those talents he is endowed with, both in receiving and delivering the matter of the revelation, especially when it offers itself in a manner suitable to those talents. And when such things are difcovered as by prophecy, which none but God could reveal; and such things done as by miracles, which none but an almighty, at least a power more than human, could effect; we are as sure such evidences are proofs of a supernatural revelation, as we are that the creation of the world is a demonstration of the being of a God. Now this is a matter fo evident, that it hath been generally believed among all mankind, even among the heathens who were destitute of true revelations and the consent of all nations, that there is such a principle as inspiration in the world, doth make it plain, that it carries no opposition to natural light, that God should reveal his mind by some particular persons to the world: forasmuch as the great ignorance and corruption of human nature, and that misery and guilt which mankind had contracted, made it both necessary and expedient for man. For though natural light ascertains the being of a deity, and shews us how reasonable it is to pay our adorations to that power that created and preserves us; yet it does not sufficiently direct us in the

way and manner of performing it: and though it gives us some hopes of

pardon upon our repentance, from the general notion of God's goodness; yet it prescribes us no certain method for the obtaining our reconciliation. So that Why necef

Revealed religion was necessary both to relieve fary. the wants of men in a natural state, and to recover


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