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CHAP. XXIV. Of Marriage and Divorce. !!! ARRIAGE is to be between one man and one wo:

man; neither is it lawful for a man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one busband at the faine cime a.

11. Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of hulband and wife b; for the increase of mankind with a legitimate ifsue, and of the church with an holy feed c; and for preventing of uncleanness d.

Ill. It body of Moses, durft not bring a. La gen, ii24. Therefore shall gainst him a railing accusation, but á man leave his father and his mo. said, the Lord rebuke thee.

ther, and shall cleave to his wife : But thele Speak evil of those things and they shall be one flesh. Mat. which they know not; but what xix. 5. And said, For this cause they know naturally, as brute beasts shall a man leare bis father and moin those things they corrupt them- ther, and shall cleave to his wife : selves. v. 11. Wo unto them, for, and they twain shall be one flesh: v. they have gone in the way of Cain, 6. Wherefore they are no more and ran greedily after the error of twain but one flesh. What thereBalaam for reward, and perished in fore God bath joined together, let the gais.saying of Core.

no map put asurder. Prov. ii. 17. 02

Theff. j. 4. Who opposeth and Which forsaketh the guide of her exalteth himself above all that is youth, and forgetteth the covenant called God, or that is worshipped; of her God. so that he as God litteth in the tem- II. b Gen. ii. i8. And the Lord ple of God, shewing himself that he God said, li is not good that the is God. Rev. xiii, 15. And he had man should be alone: I will make power to give life unto the image of him an help sheet for him. the beast, that the image of the € Mal. ii. 15. And did not he beast should both speak, and cause make one? yet had he the residue that as many would not worlip of the Spirit: and wherefore one ? the image of the beas hauld be that he m ght seek a godly feed : killed, v. 16. and he caufeth all, therefore take heed to your spirit, bosh small and great, rich and poor, and let none deal treacherously afree and bond, 10 receive a niark in gainst the wife of his youih. their right hand, or in their fore- d i Cor, vii. 2. Nevertheless, to bezds : v. 17. And thai no man avoid fornication, let every man might buy or sell, save he that had have his own wife, and let every the mark, or the name of the beast, woman have her own husband. V. of the number of his name.


9. But

olul. It is lawful for all forts of people to marry, who are able with judgment to give their consent e. Yet it is the duty of Christians to marry only in the Lordf; and therefore such as profels the true reformed religion, should not marry with infidels, papišts or other idolaters: neither should such as are godly be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are notorioully wicked in their life, or maintain damnable heresies. g.

IV. Mare 9. But if they cannot contain, let unto them, We cannot do this thing, them marry: for it is better to mar: to give our íster to one that is uncirry than to buro.

cumcised: for that were a reproach. III. Heb. xiii. 4. Marriage is ho

Marriage is ho- unto us. Exod. xxxiv. 16, and thou nourable in all, and the bed unde. take of their daughters unto thy fled: but whoremongers and aduló fons, and their daughters go a terers God will judge. 1 Tim. iv. 3. whoring after their gods, and makes Forbidding to marry, and command thy fons go a whoring after their ing to abstain from meats, which gods. Deut. vii, 3. Neither thalt God hath created to be received thou make marriages with them; with thanksgiving, of them whoi thy daughter thou shalt not give believe and know the truth, I Cor. unto his son, nor his daughter thalt vü. -36. · But if any man think that thou take unto thy fon. v. 4. For he behaveth himself uncomly to- they will turn away thy fon from wards his virgin, if the pass the following me, that they may ferve flower of her age, and need fo re- other gods : so will the anger of the quire, let him do what he will, he Lord be kindled against you, and finneth oot: let them marry. v. 37. destroy thee suddently. 1 Kings xi. Nesertheless, be that standeth sted. 4. For it came to pass when. Solofaft in his heart, having no necesi- nion was old, that his wives turned ty, but hath power over his own away his heart after other gods : will, and bath so decreed in his and his heart was not perfect with heart that he will keep his virgin the Lord his God, as was the heart deth well. v. 38. So then, be that of David his Father. Neh, xiii. 25. giveth her in marriage, doth well; And I contended with them, and but he thai giveth her not in mar. cursed them, and smote certain of siage doth better. Gen. xxiv. 57. them; and pluckt off their hair, and Add they said, we will call the made them swear by God, saying, damsel, and enquire at her mouth. Ye shall not give your daughters v. 58. Aod they called Rebekah, unto their fons, por take their åod laid unto her, Wilt thou go daughters unto your sons, or for With this man and the said, I yourselves. v. 26, Did not Solomon

king of Ifrael Gin by these things? fi Cor. si. 39. The wife is bound Yet among many nations was there .by the law as long as her husband no king like him, who was beloved liveth: but if her husband be dead, of his God, and God made him king fhe is at liberty to be married to over all Israel: nevertheless, even whom she wilt; only in the Lord.' him did outlandish women caufe to & Gen, xxxiv. 14. And they said fin, v. 27. Shall we then bearken


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161V. Marriage ought not to be within the degrees of confan. guinity or affinity forbidden in the word b; nor can fuch in cestuous marriages ever be made lawful by any law of man, op consent of parties, so as those persons may live together as man and wife i. The man may not marry any of his wife's kindred nearer in blood san he may of his own, nor the woman of her husband's kindred nearer in blood than of her own k.

V. Adultery or fornication committed after a contraet, being detected before marriage, giveth just occasion to the innocent party to diffolve that contract I. In the case of adultery after


anto you to do all this great evil, to these the nations are defled which I tranfgress against our God, in mar cast out before you. V. 25. And the rying strange wives ? Mal. i. 11. land is defiled : therefore I do visit Judah hath dealt treacherously, and the iniquity thereof upon it, and an abomination is commited in If the land itself vomiteth out her in. rael, and in Jerusalem: for Judah hath habitants. 1. 26. Ye Thall there, profaned the holiness of the Lord, fore keep my statutes and my judg. which he loved, and hath married ments, and thall not commit any of the daughter of a strange god. v. 12. these abominations: neither any of The Lord will cut off the man that your own nation, nor any stranger doth this ; the master and the scholar ihat sojourneth among you: v. 27. out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and (For all these abominations have him that offereth an offering unto the men of the land done, which the Lord of hosts, 2 Cor. vi. 14. Be were before you, and the land is ye not unequally yoked together defiled.). v. 28. That the land (pue with unbelievers : for what fellow, not you out also, wheo ye defile it, thip hath righteousness with un- as it (pued out the nations that were righteousness? and what commu• before you. Rior hath light with darkness? k Lev. xx. 19. And thou shalt not

IV. b(Lev. xvii, chapter.) 1 Cor, uncover the nakedness of thy mo**. 2. It is reported commonly that ther's fifter, nor of thy father's there is fornication among you, and fifter : for he uncovereth his near such fornication as is not so much kio: they shall bear their iniquity. as named amongst the Gentiles, that V. 20. And if a man shall lie with one should have his father's wife, his uncle's wife, he hath uncovered Amos ii. 7. That pant after the his uncle's nakedgess: they thall duft of the earth on the head of the bear their sin, they shall die childless. poor, and curn aside the way of the Y. 21. And if a man shall take his meek: and a man, and his father brother's wife,it is an unclean thing • will go in unto the same maid, to he hath uncovered his brother's Dakprofane iny holy name.

edness, they shall be childless. ci Mark vi. 18. For John had faid V, 2. Mat. i. 18. Now the birth vato Herod, it is not lawful for of Jesus Christ was on this wise : thee to have thy brother's wife, When as his mother Mary was e Lev xviii

. 24. Defile not yourselves spoused to Joseph, before they came in any of these things : for in all


marriage, it is lawful for the innocent party to suc out a divorce m, and, after the divorce, to marry another, as if the offending party were dead n.

VI. Although the corruption of man be such as is apt to tu. dy arguments, uaduly to put asunder those whom God hath joined together in marriage; yet nothing but adultery, or such wilful disertion as can no way be remedied by the church or civil -magiftratc, is cause fufficient of diffolving the bond of marriage o: wherein a public and orderly course of proceeding is to be observed ; and the perfons concemned in it, not left to their own wills and discretion in their own cafe p.



Rogerher, she was fourd with child law of her hufband. v. 3. So then, of the Holy Ghost. 5. 19. Then if while her husband liveth, she be Joseph her husband being a juft man, inarried to another man, she fball and not willing to make her a pub. be called an adulteress: but if her lic example, was minded to put husband be dead, she is free from her away privily.. 6. 20. But while that law; so that she is no adultehe thought on these things, behold refs, though the be married to ano

the angel of the Lord appeared un- ther man, to him in a dream, saying, sofeph, VI, o Mat. xix. 8. He faith unco thou son of David, fear not to take them, · Moses, because of the hardupto thee Mary thy wife ; for that ness of your hearts, suffered you to which is conceived in her is of the put away your wives : but from the Holy Ghoft.

beginning it was not so. 9. (Sec m Mat. v. 31. It hath been said, letter n. , Cora vii. 15. But if the Whosoever shall put away his wife, unbelieving depart, Jee him depart. let bim give her a writing of divorce- A brother or a Gister is not under ment. v. 32. But I say unto you, bondage in such cases: but God halla mbat whosoever shall put away his called us to peace. Mat. xix. 6. wife saving for the caufe of forni- Wherefore they are no more twain, cation, caufeth her to commit adul- but one felh. What therefore God tery: and whosoever fhall marry hath joined together, let po man her that is divorced, commsittech a- put asunder dultery.

p Deur, XXIV.I. When a man hath 1 * Mat. xix. 9. And I say unto taken a wife and married ber, and you, Whosoever shall pat away his it come to pass that she find 00 fawife, except it be for fornication, vour in his eyes, because he hath and shall marry another, commit- found some uncleanness in her : "chen teth adultery: and whosoever mar- let him write her a bill of divorcerieth her which is put away, doth ment, and give it in her hand, and commit adultery, Rom, vii. 3. For send her out of his house.' v. 4. the woman which hath an husband, And when the is departed out of his is bound by the law to her husband house, the may go, and be another fo lang as he liveth: but if the bus. man's wife. v. 3. And if the latter, baad bc dead, fe is loosed from the husband hate ber, and write her a

Char. XXV. Of the Church.


HE catholic or universal church which is invisible, confifts

of the whole number of the Elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered unto one, under Christ the head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all a.

II. The visible church, which is also catholic or universal under the gospel (nor confined to one nation, as before under the law) consists of all those throughout the world, that profess the true religion b, together with their chil

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bill of divorcement, and giveth it is is the beginning, the first born from her hand, and seodeth her out of the dead; that in all things he might his house; or if the latter husband have the pre-eminenee, die, who took her to be his wife; 11.b 1 Cor. i. 2. Unto the church V. 4. Her former husband who sent of God which is at Corinth, tc them her away may not take her again to that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, be bis wife, after that she is defiled: called to be saints, with all that for that is abomination before the in every place call upon the name : Lord, and thou shalt not cause the of Jesus Christ our Lord, both land to fin, which the Lord thy God theirs and ours. - I Cor. xii, 12; giveth, thee for an inheritance. For as the body is one, and hath

1. a Eph. i. 10. That in the dis. many members, and all the mem. pensation of the fulness of times, bebers of that one body, being mady, might gather together in one all are one body : so also is Chrift. v things in Christ, both which are 13. For by one Spirit, are we all in heaven, und wich are on baptized into one body, whether earth, even in bim, v, 22. And we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we hath put all things under his feet, be bond or free : and have been all and gave him to be the head over made to drink into one spirit. Psal. ii. all things to the church, V. 23. 8. Ask of me, and I shall give thee Which is his body, the fulness of the heathen for thive inheritance, and him that filleth all in all. Eph. v. the uttermolt parts of the earth for 23. For the husband is the head of thy posseflion. Rev. vii. 9. After the wife, even as Christ is the head this i bebeld, and lo, a great mulof the church; and he is the Saviour titude, which no man could numof the body.' v, 27. That he night ber, of all nations, and kindreds, present it to himself a glorious and people, and tongues, ftood bechurch, not having spot or wrinkle, fore the throne, and before the or any such thing; but that it Lamb clothed with white robes, and should be holy, and without blemish, palms in their hands. Rom. xv. 9. \.32. This is a great mystery : but And that the Gentiles might glorify

speak concernog Christ and the God for his mercy, as it is written, church. Col. i. 18. And he is the For this cause I will confess to thee head of the body, the church : who


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