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that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the
For he is the minister of God to thee for good : but if thou do that which is evil, be afraid : for he beareth not the sword in vain : for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
SE V E N T H
COMM A N D M ENT. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
The lips of a strange woman drop as a honey comb, and her mouth is smoother than oil : but her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two edged sword. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house, lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel : lest strangers be filled with thy wealth, and thy labours be in the house of a stranger, and thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, and say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof ? For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead: none that go into her return again, neither take they hold of the
paths of life.
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like, of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things, shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth : fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Prov. 2: 18, 19.
1 Peter 2: 11.
Exod. 20: 14. Prov. 5: 3-9. Prov. 5: 10-12. Gal. 5: 19-21. Matt. 5: 27, 28. Col. 3: 5, 6.
Neither let us commit fornication as some of them (the children of Israel,) committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them, in like manner giving themselves over to fornication and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengence of eternal fire.
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Hearken unto me, now therefore, 0 ye children, and attend the words of my mouth: that they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words. For at the window of my house, I looked through my casement, and behold among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding. He goeth after her straightway as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks. Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths; for she hath cast down many wounded : yea many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour neither rob him: ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard,
Eph. 6. 6. 1 Cor. 6 : 9, 10.
Prov. 7: 5-7.
Prov. 7: 22-27.
1 Cor. 10 : 8. Jude 7.
in weight, or in measure. If thou sell aught unto thy neighbour, or buyest aught of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall not oppress one another. Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small: thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small: but thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have. A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight. Israel hath sinned, for they have stolen, and dissembled, and they have put it amongst their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies because they were accused : neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed thing from amongst you. Let none of
suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evil doer, or as a busy body in other men's matters. Render therefore to all their dues, tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another. Let him that stole, steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands, the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish.
Know ye not that the unrighteous, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God?
Lev. 25: 14. Deut. 25 : 13-15. Prov. 11:1. Josh. 7:11, 12. 1 Peter 4:15. Rom. 13:7, 8. Eph. 4: 28. Hos. 4: 2, 3. 1 Cor. 6: 9, 10.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Be not witness against thy neighbour without cause : and deceive not with thy lips. Thou shalt not go up and down as a tale-bearer among thy people : the words of a tale-bearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
The tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: but the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue, keepeth his soul from troubles. Death and life are in the power of the tongue : and they that love it, shall eat the fruit thereof.
Wherefore, laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and evil speakings, as new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby. Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak vil of no man.
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.
A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour,
Exod. 20 : 16. Prov. 24: 28. Prov. 18: 8. James 3: 5-3. Prov. 21 : 23. Prov. 18: 21, I Peter 2:1, 2. Titus 3:1, 2. Ps. 34 : 13. Prov. 4: 24 Prov. 10: 18. Ps. 55: 21.
is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow. They bend their tongue like their bow for lies : but they are not valiant for truth upon the earth : for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the Lord. And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth, they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. Their tongue is as an arrow shot out, it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait.
The lip of truth shall be established for ever : but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Lying lips are abomination to the Lord : but they that deal truly are his delight. A false witness shall not be unpunished ; and he that speaketh lies shall not escape. Wherefore, putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking guile.
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. These six things doth the Lord hate; yea seven are an abomination unto him. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood: a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief: a false witness that speaketh lies : and him that soweth discord among brethren. A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
The fearful, and the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire, and brimstone, which is the second death. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Jer. 9: S. Jer. 5: 8. Prov. 12: 19-22. Prov. 19 : 5.
Eph. 4: 25. James 1 : 26. Prov. 6: 16-19. Prov. 19: 9. Rev. 21 : 8. Rev. 22: 15.
1 Peter 3: 10.