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and rebellion b, again their perfons c, "and places d, in their lawful counfels e, commands, and corrections f; curfing, mocking g, and all fuch refractory and fcandalous carriage, as proves a thame and dishonour to them and their government b.

Q.19.What is required of fuperiors towards their inferiors? A. It is required of fuperiors, according to that power they receive from God, and that relation wherein they ftand, to love i, pray for k, and blefs their inferiors;

felf proudly against the ancient, and the bafe against the honourable.

b 2 Sam. xv. from v. 1. to 12. And je came to pafs after this, that Ab falom prepared him chariots and borfes, &c.

c Exod. xxi, 15. And he that fmiteth his father or his mother, fhall furely be put to death.

dr Sam. x. 27. But the children of Belial faid, How fhall this man fave us? and they defpifed him, and brought him no prefents; but he held his peace.

1 Sam. ii. 25.-Notwithstand ing they (viz. the fons of Eli) hear kened not unto the voice of their father, because the Lord would flay them.

f Deut. xxi. 18. If a man have a stubborn and rebellious fon, who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and that when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: v. 19. Then fhall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of the city, and unto the gate of his place: v. 20. And they fhall fay unto the elders of his city, This our fon is stubborn and rebel. lious, he will not obey our voice, he is a glutton and a drunkard.

V. 21.

And all the men of his city hall flone him with ftones, that he die: fo halt thou put evil away from among you, and all Ifrael hal! hear, and fear.


g Prov. xxx. 11. There is a generation that curfeth their father, and doth not blefs their mother. v.17. The eye that mocketh at his father, and defpifeth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley fhall pick it out, and the young eagles fhall eat it.

6 Prov. xix. 26. He that wasteth his father, and chafeth away his mother, is a fon that caufeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

129. Col.iii. 19. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Tit. ii. 4. That they may teach the young women to be fober, to love their hufbands, to love their chil dren,

k 1 Sam. xii. 23. Moreover, as for me, God forbid that I should fin against the Lord in ceafing to pray for you, but I will teach you the good and the right way. Job i. 5. And it was fo, when the days of their feafting were gone about, that job fent and fanctified them, and rofe up early in the morning, and offered burnt-offerings, according to the number of them all for Job` faid, It may be that my fons have finned, and curfed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. / Kings vii. 55. And he flood, and bleffed all the congregation of Ifrael, with a loud voice, faying, v. 56. Bleffed be the Lord, that hath given reit unto Lis people


to instruct m, counsel and admonish them; countenancing a commending p, and rewarding fuch as do well q; and discoun tenancing r, reproving, and chastising fuch as do ill; protecting t, and providing for them all things neceffary for foul

rael, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed-Heb. vii, 7. And without all contradiction, the lefs is bleffed of the better. Gen. xlix. 28. All thofe are the twelve tribes of Ifrael: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and bleffed them; every one accord ing to his bleffing he bleffed them.

Deut. vi. 6. And these words, which I command thee this day, fhall be in thine heart. v. 7. And thou fhalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and fhalt talk of them when thou fitteft in thine house, and when thou walkeft by the way, and when thou lieft down, and when thou rifelt VP.

Eph. vi. 4. And ye fathers'provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

o Pet. iii. 7. Likewife ye hufbånds dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife as unto the weaker veffel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindred.

p 1 Pet. ii. 14. Or unto governors, as unto them that are fent by him for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praife of them that do well. Rom. xiii. 3. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou fhalt have praite of the fanic.

9 Efth, vi. 3. And the king faid, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? then

faid the kings fervants that miniftred unto him, There is nothing done for him.

r Rom. xiii. 3. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good; and thou fhalt have praise of the fame: v. 4. For he is the minifter of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid for he beareth not the fword in vain: for he is the minfter of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil.


Prov. xxix. The rod and reproof give wifdom: but a child left to himself, bringeth his mother to fhame. I Pet. ii. 14. See above in letter p.)

t Job xxxix. 12. Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherlefs, and him that had none to help him. v. 13. The blefling of him that was ready to perish, came upon me: an. I caufed the widows heart to fing for joy. v. 14. I put on righteoufaefs, and it clothed me; my judgment was a robe and a diadem. v. 15. I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame, v. 16.I was a father to the poor; and the caufe which I knew not, I fearched out, v. 17. And I brake the jaws of the wick, and pluck the fpoil out of his teeth. Ifa. i. 10. Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodon; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. v. 17. Learn to do well, feek judgment, relieve the oppreffed, judge the fa


foul and body w: and, by grave, wife, holy and exemplary carriage, to procure glory to God x, honour to themfelves y, and fo to preferve that authority which God hath put upon

them z.

Q.130. What are the firs of fuperiors?

A. The fins of fuperiors are, beside the neglect of the duties required of them a, an inordinate feeking of themselves b, their own glory c, ease, profit, or pleasured; command

therlefs, plead for the widow.

Eph. vi. 4. And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

I Tim. v. 8. But if any provide not for his own, and especially for thofe of his own houfe, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

x 1 Tim. iv. 12. Let no man defpife thy youth, but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in converfation, in charity, in fpirit, in faith in purity. Tit. ii. 3. The aged women likewife, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not falfe accufers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things. v. 41 That they may teach the young women to be faber, to love their hufbands, to love their children.

v. 5.

To be difcret, chaile, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own hufbands, that the word of God be not blafphemed..

y Kings iii. 28. And all Ifrael, heard of the judgment which the king had judged, and they feared the king for they faw that the wifdom of God was in him, to do judg


z Tit, ii, 15. These things fpeak and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man defpife


130. a Ezek. xxxiv. 2. Son of map, prophesy against the shepherds

of Ifrael, prophefy, and fay unto them, Thus faith the Lord God unto the fhepherds, Wo be to the thepherds of Ifrael that do feed themselves: fhould not the fhepherds feed the flocks?. v. 3. Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed; but ye feed not the flock. V. 5. The dif eafed have ye not ftrengthened, neither have ye healed that which was fick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye fought that which was loft; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled


9 Phil. ii. 21. For all feck their own, not the things which are Jefus Chrift's.

John v. 44. How can ye be. lieve, who receive honour. one of another, and feek not the honour that cometh from God only? John vii. 18. He that fpeaketh of himself, feeketh his own glory; but he that fecketh his glory that fent him, the fame is true, and 20. unrighteoufnefs is in him.

of Ifa, Ivi, 10. His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; fleeping, lying down, loving to flumber. v. 11. Yea, they are greedy dogs, who can never have enough, and they are thepherds that


manding things unlawful e, or not in the power of inferiors to performf; counselling g, encouraging b, favouring them in that which is evil; diffuading, difcouraging, or difcountenancing them in that which is good k; correcting thein unduly 1, careless expofing, or leaving them to wrong, tempta


cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain from his quarter. Deut, xvii. 17. Neither fhall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither fhall he greatly ntul tiply to himself filver and gold.

Dan, iii. 4. Then an herald cried aloud, to you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages. v. 5. That at what time ye hear the found of the cornet, flute, harp, fackbut, pfaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchad nezzar the king hath fet up. v. 6. And whofo falleth not down, and worshippeth, fhall the fame hour be caft into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. As iv. 17. But that it fpread no further among the people, let us ftraitly threaten thea, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name, v, 18. And they called them, and commanded them not to fpeak at all, nor teach in the name of Jefus.

f Exod, v. from verfe 1o. to the 18. And the task mafters of the peo ple went out, and their officers, and they fpake to the people, faying, Thus faith Pharoah, I will not give you ftraw, &c. Mat. xxiii. 2, Saying, The feribes and Pharifees fit in Mofes feat. v. 4. For they bind heavy burdens, and grievous to be born,—

g Mat. xiv. S. And the, being before instructed of her mother, faid, Give me here John Baptift's head in charger, Compared with Mark vi.

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24. And he went forth, and faid unto her mother, What shall I ask? and the faid, The head of John the Baptift.

b 2 Sam. xiii. 28. Now Abfalom had commanded his fervants, faying, Mark ye now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine; and when I fay unto you, Smite Amnon, then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous and be valiant.

1 Sam. iii. 13. For I have told him, that I will judge his houfe for ever, for the iniquity which he knoweth: because his fons made themselves vile, and he reftrained them not,


k John vii. 46. The officers anfwered, never man fpake like this man. v. 47. Then answered them the Pharifees, Are ye alfo deceived? v. 48. Have any of the rulers, or of the Pharifees believed on him? 49. But this people who knoweth not the law are curfed. Col. iii. 21, Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, left they be difcouraged. Exod. v. 17. But he faid, ye are idle, ye are idle; therefore ye fay, Let us go and do facrifice to the Lord.

/ 1 Pet. ii. 18. Servants be fubject to your mafters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but alfo to the froward. v. 19. For this is thank worthy, if a man for confcience toward God endure grief, fuffering wrongfully. v. 28. For what glory is it, if when ye be buf

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tion and danger m; provoking them to wrath n; or any way dif honouring themselves, or leffening their authority, by an unjust, indifcreet, rigorous or remifs behaviour o.

Q. 131. What are the duties of equals?

A. The duties of equals are to regard the dignity and worth

feted for your faults, ye fhall take it patiently? but if when ye do well, and fuffer for it, ye take it patiently; this is acceptable with God. Heb. xii. 10. For they verily for a few days chaftened us after their own pleafure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holingfs. Deut. xxv. 3, Forty ftripes he may give him, and not exceed: left if he fhould exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should feem vile

unto thee.

Gen. xxxviii. 11. Then faid Judah to Tamar bis daughter in law, Remain a widow at thy father's houfe, till Shelah my fon be grown: (for he faid, Left peradventure he die alfo as his brethren did) and Tamar want and dwelt in her fa ther's houfe. v. 26. And Judah acknowledged them, and faid, She hath been more righteous than I because I gave her not to Shelah my fon: and he knew her again no


Acts xviii. 17. Then all the Greeks took Softhenes the chief rular of the fynagogue, and beat him before the judgment-feat: and Gallio cared for none of those things.

Eph. vi. 4. And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath : but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

o gen. ix. 21. And he drank of the wine and was drunken, and he was uncovered within his tent. 1 Kings xii. 13. And the king (Rehoboam) anfwered the people Boughly, and forfook the old men's


counfel that they gave him: v. 14. And fpake to them after the counsel of the young men, faying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke; my father alfo chaftifed you with whips, but I will chaftife you with fcorpions. v. 15. Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the caufe was from the Lord.-v. 16. So when all Ifrael faw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people anfwered the king, faying, What portion have we in David? neither bave we inheritance in the fon of Jeffe: to your tents, O Ifrael: now fee to thine own house, David. So Ifrael departed unto their tents.

Kings i. 6. And his father had not displeased him, viz. Adonijah at any time, in faying, Why haft thou done fo? 1 Sam. ii. 29. Wherefore kick ye at my facrifices, and at mine offerings which I have commanded in my habitation, and honoureft thy fons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefeft of all the of ferings of Ifrael my people. v. 30. Wherefore the Lord God of Ifrael. faith, I faid indeed, that thy houfe, and the house of thy father fhould walk before me for ever: but now the Lord faith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me, I will honour; and they that despise me, shall be lightly efteemed. v. 31. Behold, the days come that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy fa ther's houfe, that there thall not be an old man in thine house.

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