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and rebellion b, again their persons c, and places d, in their lawful counsels e, commands, and corrections f; curling, mocking g, and all such refractory and scandalous carriage, as proves a dhame and dilhonour to them and their government h.

Q.119. What is required of superiors towards their inferiors?

A. It is required of superiors, according to that power they receive from God, and that relation wherein they stand, to love i, pray for k, and bless their inferiors t';


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self proudly against the ancient, and & Prov. xxx 11. There is a genethe base against the honourable. ration that curseth their father, and

b 2 Sam. xv, from v. 1. to 12. And doch pot bless their mother. 1.17. it came to pass after this, that Ab Tlc eye that mocketh at his father, salom prepared him chariots and and despisech to obey his mother, borfes, &c.

the ravens of the valley shall pick it c Exod. xxi, 15. And he that out, and the young fmitech his father or his mother, eat it. Shall surely be put to death.

b Prov. xix. 26. He that walteth di Sam. x. 27. But the children his father, and chascth away his of Belial laid, How shall this man mother, is a son that causeth Thame, fave us and they defpised him, and and bringeth reproach. brought him no presents; but he 129. ¿Col.ui.


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your wives, and be nor bitter against e'i Sarn. ii, 25.-Notwithstand them. Tit. 1. 4. That they may teach ing they (viz. the sons of El) hear the young women to be fober, to love kened not unto the voice of their their husbands, to love their chil, father, because the Lord would say dren, them.

k i Sam. xii. 23. Moreorer, as for s Deut. xxi. 18. If a man have a me, God forbid that I should Go aAtubborn and rebellious son, who gainst the Lord in cealing to pray will not obey the voice of his father for yous but I will teach you the or the voice of his mother, and that good and tbe right way. Job i, 5. when they have chaftened him, will And it was so, when the days of not hearken unto them : v. 19. Then their seafting were gone about, that fall his father and his mother lay job sent and facelified them, and hold on him, and bring him out unto rose up carly in the morning, and the elders of the city, and unto the offered burnt-offerings, according gate of his place : v. 20. And they to the number of them all: for Job Thall say unto the elders of his city, said, It may be that my sons have This oor ron is stubborn and rebel. finned, and curred God in their lious, he will not obey our voice, he hearts. Thus did Job continually, is a glutton and a drurikard. v. 21. 1. Kings riii. 55. And he stood, and all the men of his city Mall and blessed all the congregation of flone him with stones, that he die: Ifrael, with a loed voice, saying, so bait chou put evil away from a. v. 56. Blessed be the Lord, that mong you, anul al Israel shall bear, hath giren reit unto his people llPodlear.


to instruct m, counsel and admonith them n; countenancing, commending p, and rewarding such as do wellq; and discounEenancing r, reproving, and chastising such as do illl; protecting t, and providing for them all things neceffary for


rael, according to all that he pro- faid the kings fervants that minimised: there hath not failed-Heb.' (tred unto him, ere is nothing vii. 7. And without all contradicti- done for him. øn, the less is blessed of the better, r Rom. xiii. 3. For rulers are not Gen. xlix. 28. All these are the a çerror to good works, but to the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid that their father spake unto them, of the power do that which is and blessed them; every one accord good; and thou shalt bave praise of iog to his blefling he blessed them. the fame : v. 4. For he is the mini

mi Deut. vi. 5. And these words, ster of God to thee for good. But if which I command thee this day, shall thou do that which is evil, be a. be in thine heart. v. 7. And thou fraid : for he beareth not the sword Salt teach them diligently unto thy ia vain : for he is the minster of children, and salt talk of the God, a revenger to execute wrath when thou fittelt in thine house, and upon him that doth evil. when thou walkelt by the way, and s Prov. xxix, The rod and rewhen thou lielt down, and when proof give wisdom : but a child left

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to himself, bringeth his mother to * Eph. vi. 4. And ye fathers'pro- thame. 1 Pet. ii. 14. See above in voke got your children to wrath: letter p.) but bring them up in the nurture 1 Job xxxix. 1 2. Because I deliver and admonition of the Lord, ed the poor that cried, and the fa

0 1 Pet. iii. 9. Likewise ye huf. therless, and him that had none to bånds dwell with them according to help him. v, 13. The bleting of

, knowledge, giving honuur uutu the him that was ready to perish, came wife as upto the weaker vessel, and upon me : an.' I caused the widow's as being heirs aogether of the grace heart to fing for joy. v. 14. I put of life; that your prayers be not on righteouiness, and it clothed me; hindred.

my judgment was a robe and a dia. p i Pet. ii. 14. Or unto governors, dem. v. 15. I was eyes to the blind, as unto them that are sent by him and feet was I to the lame. V, 16.1 for the punishment of evil doers, and was a father to the poor ; and the for the praise of them that do well, cause which I knew not, I searched Rom. xii. 3. For rulers are not a ter out, v. 19. And I brake the jaws of ror to good works, but to the evil. the wicked, and pluckt the spoil out Wilt thou theo not be afraid of the 'of his teeth, bo i. 10. Hear the power ? do that which is good, and word of the Lord, ye rulers of Soihou shalt lave praise of the lanc. dona; give ear uato the law of our

q Elth, vi, 3. And the king faid, God, ye people of Gomorrah. v. 17. What henour and dignity hath been Leara iu do well, leek judgment, donc to Mordecai for this ? thcarchive the opprefd, judge the fa


foul v and body w: and, by grave, wise, holy and exemplary carriage, to procure glory to God x, honour to themselves y, and so to preserve thar authority which God hath put upon them z. : Q.130.1/hat are the firs of superiors?

A. The sins of superiors are, beside the neglect of the duties required of them a; an inordinare seeking of them. selves b, their own glory c, ease, profit, or pleasured; com


therless, plead for the widow. of Israel, prophesy, and say unto

v Eph. vi. 4. And ye fathers, pro- them, Thus laith the Lord God voke not your children to wrath; unto the ihepherds, Wo be to the but bring them up in the nurture thepherds of Israel that do feed and admonition of the Lord. themselves : should not the thep

w i Tin. V. 8. But if any provide herds feed the docks?. v. 3. Ye eat not for his own, and especially for the fac, and ye clothe you with the those of his own house, he bath de- wool, ye kill then that are fed; but nied the faith, and is worse than an ye feed not the flock. v.5. The dilinfidel

eased bave ye not ftrengthened, nei* 1 Tim. iv, 12. Let no man de. ther have ye healed that which was spise thy youth, but be thou an ex- fick, neither have ye bound up that ample of the believers, in word, in which was broken, neither have ye conversation, in charity, in spirit, in brought again that which was drifaith in purity. Tit. 1. 3. The aged ven away, neither have ye fought women likewise, that they be in be- that which was lost; but with force haviour as becometh holiness, not and with cruelty have ye ruled false accusers, not given to much them. wine, teachers of good thiogs. V. 4. 9 Phil. ij. 21. For all seck their 'That they may teach the young wo- own, not the things which are Jesus niea to be sober, to love their huf- Christ's. bands, to love their children.

c John v. 44. How can ye be. To be discret, chaite, keepers at lieve, who receive honour one of bome, good, obedient to their own another, and seek not the honour hubands, that the word of God be that corneth from God only? Joha not blafphemed.

vii, 18. He that speaketh of himself, y s Kings iii. 28. and all Ifraelfeeketh his own glory; but he that heard of the judgment which the seeketh his glory ilmi sent him, the kiog had judged, and they feared fame is true, and co.unrighteous. the king: for they saw that the wif- ness is in bim. dom of God was in him, to do judo- alla, lvi, 10. His watchmen are medle

blind; they are all ignoraat, they a Tit, ii, 15. These things speak are all dumb dogs, they caneor 20d exhort, and rebuke with all bark; sleeping, lying down, loving authority. Let Do man despise to flumser. Vll. Yea, they are thee.

greedy dogs, who can never have 130. a Ezek. xxxiv. 2. Son of enough, and they are drepteres that mare prophesy against the Bepherds

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perform f ; counselling g, encouraging h, favouring them in that which is evil i; disuading, discouraging, or dircountenancing them in that which is good k; correcting thein unduly 1, careless exposing, or leaving them to wrong, tempta


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cannot understand : they all look to. 24. And the went forth, and said their own way, every one for his unto her mother, What shall I ask? gain from his quarter. Deut, xvii. and the said, The head of John the 17. Neither shall he multiply wives Baptist. to himself, that bis heart türa not b 2 Sam. xii. 28. Now Abrnom away: neither fhall he greatly ntul. had commanded his servants, saying, tiply to himself filver and gold. Mark ye now when Ampon's heart

e Dan, iii. 4. Then an herald cried is merry with wine ; and when I say aloud, to you it is commaaded, o unto you, Smite Amnon, thea kill people, nations, and languages. v. 5. him, fear not: have not I command.


: That at what time ye hear the sound ed you? be courageous and be vaof the cornet, flute, harp, fackbut, fiant, plaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of i 1 Sam. iii. 13, For I have told mugc, ye fall down and worship him, that I will judge his house for the golden image shat Nebuchado ever, for the iniquity which he nez.zar the king hath set up: v, knoweth : because his fons made And whoso falleth not down, and themselves vile, and he restrained worshippeth, shall the same hour be them not. caft into the midst of a burning fiery k john vii. 46. The officers an. furnace. As iv, 14. But that it swered. never man pake like this {pread no further among the peo. V. 47. Then answered them ple, let us straitly threaten then, the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? that they speak benceforth to Do V. 48, Have any of the rulers, or of man in this name, v, 18. And they the Pharisees believed on hinna ? v. called them, and commended them 49. But this people who knoweth not to speak at all, nor teach in the not the law are curied. Col. iii. 21. name of Jesus.

Fathers, provoke not your children f Exod, v. from verse 10. to the to anger, left they be discouraged. 18. And the task malters of the peo. Exod. v. 17. But he faid, ye are ple went out, and their officers, and idle, ye are idle; therefore ye say, chey spake to the people, saying. Let us go and do facrifice to the Thus f-ith Pharoah, I will not give Lord. you straw, &c. Vat. xxii. 2. Saying, Pet. ii. 13. Servants be subThe feribes and Pharisees st in Mo- ject to your masters with all fear, fes feat. v. 4. For they bind heavy not only to the good and gentle, buc

V. burdeos, and grievous to be born,- allo to the froward, 1, 19. For this

g Mat. xiv. 8. And she, being be- is thank worthy, if a man for confore in tructed of her mother, said, science toward God endure grief, Give me here John Beptist's head in suffering wrongfully. v. 28. For e charger, Compared with Mark vi, what glory is it, if when ye be buf,



tion and danger m; provoking them to wrath n; or any way dishonouring themselves, or lessening their authority, by an unjust, indiscreet, rigorous or remiss behaviour o.

Q. 131. What are the duties of equals?
A. The duties of equals are to regard the dignity and worelt


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fered for your faults, ye Mall take counsel that they gave him; v. 14. it paticolly? but if when ye do well, And spake to them after the counsel ånd fuffet for it, ye take it patient of the young men, saying, My fxly; this is acceptable with God. ther made your yoke heavy, and I Heb. xii. 1o. For they verily for a will add to your yoke; my father few days chaftened us after their also chastised you with whips, but ovu pleafure ; but he for our prosit, I will chastise you with scorpions. that we might be partakers of his V. 15. Wherefore the king heark. holinsss

. Deut, xxv. 3. Forty ftripes ened not unto the people ; for the he may give him, and not exceed: cause was from the Lord,. 16. telt if he should exceed, and beat So when alt Israel faw that the king him above these with many stripes, hearkened not unto them, the peoa then thy brother should seem vile ple answered the king, saying, What upto thee.

portion have we in David ? neither Gen. xxxviii

. 11. Then said ju. bave we inheritance in the fon of dah to Tamar bis daughter in law, jelle: to your tents, O ffrael : now Remain a widow at thy father's fee to thine own house, David. So house, eill Shelah my son be grown: Ifrael departed unto their tents. (for be said, Lest peradventure he Kings i. 6. And his father had not die also as his brethren did) and displeased him, viz. Adonijah at any Tamar want and dwelt in her fa. time, in saying, Why hast thou ther's house. v. 26. And Judah ac. done so ? 1 Sam. ii. 29. Wherefore knowledged them, and said, she kick ye at my facrifices, and at mine hath been more righteous than 1: offerings which I have commanded beause I gave her not to Shelah my in my habitation, and honourelt thy fon: an he knew her again no sons above me, to make yourselves more. Acts sviii. 17. Then all the fat with the chiefest of all the ofGreeks took Sosthenes the chief ru. ferings of Israel my people. v. 30. ber of the synagogue, and beat him Wherefore the Lord God of Israel, before the judgmeot-sear : and Gal- faith, I said indeed, that thy house, lio cared for none of those things. and the house of thy father should

Eph. vi. 4. And ye fathers, pro. walk before me for ever : but now voke nor your children to wrath : the Lord faith, Be it far from me; bar bring them up in the purture for them that honour me, I will no aod admonition of the Lord. nour; and they that despise me, shall sen, ix. 21. And he drank of be lightly esteemed.

v. 31. Behold, the wine and was drunken, and he the days come that I will cut off was uncovered within his tent. thine arm, and the arm of thy fa• Kings xii. 13. And the king ther's house, that there shall not be Rehoboanı) answered the people an old man in thine house. Boughly, and forfook the old men's


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