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endure is tbem : For why should they be more careful and diligent in the work which you command 'them, than you in the work' which God commandeth you? Are you the better Mas Aters? or, will you find them better work? or, will you pay them better wages? I know God needet b got your service, as you do sboirs. But he commanderb it, for ot ber ends, though he need it nor. And should any be more careful to please you, that are but worms and dult, then you should be to please your Maker ? If an idle lisc be beft, why do you blame it in your servants 7 If it be not, why do you live such lives yout felves?

14. By Idleness you thew that when you do labour, it is but for your carnal felves, and that it is not God whom you ferve in your daily callings. He that will labour when he is poor, and feclech chc necelfity of it, and will give over all, and live idly, and playfully when he is risb, doth show that he laboureth not in obedience to God (or ello he would continue it) but mcerly to supply his bodily wants. You have your reward then from your felves, and you cannot in rcalon expect any from God. But true Believers have inother rule, by which they live, Col. 3. 23, 24. Wbatsoever ye di, do it beariily, as 80 the Lord, and not to men; knowing obat of tbe Lord ye hall receiverbe reward of tbe inberitance, for yo serve the Lord Cbrift.

15. Idleness is a forfeiture of your prote&tion, and of your daily bread. God is not bound co keep you to play, and loiter, and do nothing. You have not a plenary right to your meat, if you live in wilful idleness. I thewed you Gods Commends before. Gods Promise of prosperity, is, Thou Malt cat ibe labour of tby bands, Plal. 128. 2. (And il miny in England that have moft, should cat no other than the labour of their hands, it would cure their fulness.) The diligent woman, Prov. 31. 27 doth nor cat ebe bread of idleness. And Paul makcch it a ChurchCanon, 2 Tbes. 3. 6. 10, 12 and commanderb and exhortetb *, in tbe Nome of tbe Lord Jesus Christ, that all work with quiet, wels, and eat their opon breed; and that tbe Cburch witbdrado rbimselves from every Brotberibst walketb disorderly; and chac if any would not work, xeitber should be eat.

16. The idle robibemselves and orbers: You rob your selves of the fruit of your own labours; and you rub your Masters,

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or your Families, of whomfoever you thould labour for, Prou. 18.9. He ibat is flotbful ix bis work, is Brotber to bin that is a great water, Prov. 21. 25. The defire of tbe pitbful killesb bim, because bis bands refuse to labour; that is, 1. The sluggiftines of the wisher femisheto him: And 2. The bunger or delire for menterb him when he hath not the thing desired, Ecclef.10.18. By mucb flot babe building dec ayetb; and by idleness of the bands, Ebe bouse droppetbrbrougb, Prov. 19.15. Şlothfulness saftet b into a deep sleep; and ax idle foul mall fuffer bunger. And he that providerb not for bis own (kindred and relacions) but efpecially for those of bis family, barb denyed the Fairb, and is worsetben an Infidel, 1 Tim. 5. 8. Hath no one need of you? hath no one hired you? hath no one any right to your labours, that you are so long idle? If none have need of you, what do you in the world?

17. The idle are drones and burdens of the Commonwealtb: And the bett ordered Governments have made Law's againt them, as they did against other pornicious crimes, 2 Tbel. 3.8. Paul laboured day and night, iba be might not be ebargeable to any. And you think because you have enough, that other men muf labour for you, but you may live idly without any blame. You live then upon the labours of others, but who livech upon yours? Yca I have known fomc, lazy persons, that because they are profeffons of zeal in Religion; or because they are Minilters or Scholars, liveidly in their callings, and take chcit casc, and think that all others that have riches are bound to maintain them (like the Popish begging Fryers) and they say, He is covetons that cherisheth not them in idleness; and he that giveth not to them, doth them wrong when Poul.commandeth that they should not eat : And when we ask them how they live, they say, Upon the providence of God: And when the tenderncls of people causech them to contribute to relieve these drones, they hypocritically admire the providence of God, who provides for them, and live in idleness, and callic living upon providence.

18. Idleness depriverb you of the great deligbe of doing good. There is no such pleasure in this world, as is found in succefful doing good : No man knowcth it but he that tryeth it, (and chat without any conceits of merit, in commutative

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Justicc.) To do good in Magittracy for the picty, peace and
fascry of the people i co do good as Ministers, for the saving of
souls ; to do good as Parents, to educate a holy seed; co do
good as Physicians, to save mens lives, &c. It is a pleasure ex-
ceeding all. voluptuousness. And this the idle wilfully reje&t.

19. You lose al obe repard of well doing at the last, and fall
under the doom of the unprofitable Servani, Mat. 25. who mult
be caft into outer darknes. You must answer for all the talents
of time, and health, and Arer.gih, and parts, to him who will
judge all according to what they have donc in the body: And
where shall the idle chen appear?

20. Idleness will deftroy your bealth and lives : Nothing but fulness (which is its companion) doth bring fo many housands upscasonably to the grase. And do you neither love your Couls, nor your lives? Are you only for your present calc?

21. Idleness breedesb melancboly, and corruptetb obe fantasie and mind, and so unfitserb you for all that is good. Therefore the Idle that will do no good, arc fain to devisc some vanity to do ; some game, or play, or dress, or complement, &c. or else they would grow addle-brained, and a lhame and burden to thensselves. The constant labours of a lawful culling is one of the bcft cures of melancholy in the world, if it be done with willingness, success and pleasure.

22.Laftly, Idleness is ibeNursery of a world of vices. It is the field
of temptation, where Satan loweth his tares while men arc
Sleeping. When they are idle, they are at leisure for luftful
thoughts; for wanton dalliance; for idle talk; for needless
sports, and playes, and vifits; for gaming, and riotous fcaft-
ing, drinking and excels; for pride, and in hundred vain cu-
riotics : Yca for contentions and mischievous designs : Need-
less and linful things must be donc, when ncccffary duties are
laid by.

And if they are poor, idlene s preparesh them to murmure
and be discontent, and fallout, and contend with one another;
to defrand others, and to steel. These and more are the nalu.
al fruits of Idļeness.
But here I muft annex two Cautions.

1. That (nonc makc this a presence for a worldly mind
and life ; nor think that Rcligion is a fruit of Idleness nor fay

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as Pharub did of the Ifraelites, when they would go facrifice to God, To are idle, Exod. 5. 17. fe is Idlencls that maketh not nen ungodly: They are convinced that it is betta to neditate on Gods Word, and call upon his Name, and give all diligence to make our calling and clc&tion fure : But they ure idle, and fay, There is a Lion in the way ; what i weari Nofs is it! we shall never endure it : As if their fouls and Heaven were not worth their labour, and as if they would go to Helf for case; and as if the feast of joy and glory werc por worth the labour orenting of receiving it.

2. Make not this a pretence to oppress your servants with unmcrcifal labours, beyond their ftrengths or fuch as fo weary them, and take up all their time, that they have not leisure to much as to pray. It is Gods great mercy to servants, that hic hath separated the Lords day for a holy reft; or else many would have little rot, or mcans of boliness. Some think that ethers can never labour cnough for them, because they pay them wages j and yet that

they are bound to do nothing them. felycs, even because God hath given them more pages and We alib than he hath given to others.

More particular Dirc ions are as followeth. 1. Give up your selves by absolute fubje&tion to God as his fervants ; and then you can never rcft in an idle unfcrviceable Life

2. Take all that you have, 15 Gods talents, and from his truft; and then you dare not but prepare in the use of them, for your account. 09:00 to sro 9

3. Live as those that are certain to die, and Alll uncertain of the time, and that know what an eternal weight of joy or misery dependeth upon the fpending of your present time, And then you dare not live in Idlcncfs. Live but as men whose fouls are awake, to look before them into another world, and you will fay (as fhave long been forced to do) O how thort are the daics ! how long are the nights ! how swift is time! how flow is work ! how far am I behind-hand! I am afraid left my life will be finished before the work of life; and left my time will be donc, while mansh of my work teaineth undons.

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4. Ask your felves what you would be found doing it death now surprize you d and whether work or idlencls will be bcft in the scricw ? :

5. Try a laborious life of well-doing a whils, and the ori pericnce will draw you'on. Met

s broalbs 315 3. Try your loves by a landing resolution, and engageyou felves in necessary business, and that in-a fet and tased course that neceffity and resolution may keep you from an idle lifc.

7. Forsake the company of the idle and voluptuous, and accompany the laborious and diligent. 24f1211 8. Study well how to do the greatch good you can

that the worth of the work may draw you on For they that are of little'ufe, for want of parts, or skil, or opportunity, are more liable to be tempted into idleness, as thinking their work is to no purpose : when the well-furnilaed person doth long to be cxcrcising his wisdom and vertuc in profitable well-doing. cinson. D'LÉO 16 yadi sodi 137 bus

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IV. HE fourth fin of Sadom, and of Prosperity, mention-

ed, Ezek. 16. 49.is, Ibey did not Arengthen the band of the poor and needy. Againk which at the present I Thall give you but these brief Directions.

Dircd. i. Love Gad your Creator and Redeemer, and than you will love the poorch of your Brethren for his fakc. And love will calily perfwide you to do them good,

Dircd. 2. Labour moft diligently to cure your inordinate felf-love, which maketh men care little for any but shemielves, and fuch us are useful to themselves : And when once you love your neighbount as your felves, it will be as calie to perswade you to do good to them as to your selyes, and more care to difswade you from hurting them than your (dvcs; (becaufc fenfuality tempteth you fronglier to hurt your felves, than any thing doth to bust chem.) Dirca.

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Overvalus not the things of the world; and then yon will not make a great matter of parting with them, for anothers good. I

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