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A.D.65 6 But she that liv- 6. For a loose and voluptuous
eth in pleasure, is Widow is to be looked on as a dead while she liveth. Member lost and dead to the ChriTian Church ; and so incapable of being maintained by its Charity
7 And these things 7. Be sure, therefore, to divulge give in charge, that and execute their Orders carefully, they may be blame that none but truly good Women less.
may be chosen in, to partake of the
Churches Maintenance. 8 But if any pro
8. And none, but such as are realvide not for his own, ly destitute. For whatever Chriand especially for
for ftian, that is able to do it, neglects those of his own
to provide for his nearest Relations house, he hath deni. ed the faith, and is (especially his Parents and Children) worse than an infidel. acts in direct Contradiction to one of
the essential Duties of Christianity, and is guilty of a Crime, that even a Heathen would be ashamed of.
9 Let not a widow 9. Let none be chosen into the be taken into the Number of these Church-Widows, number, under three- under the Age of Sixty ; nor any score years old, ha.
that has, upon needless and huving been the wife of
moursome Occasions, procured a
Divorce, or for good Reasons been Divorsed from one Husband, and Married another.
10 Well reported 10. Nor any, but what are of for good works; known to have discharged their if she have brought Duties of Life well ; such as the up children, if the Care of their Families; the Pious have lodged ftran- Education of their Children ; to gers, if she have washed the faints feet, if have been Hospitable to Strangers, the have relieved the Charitable to the Poor and Amictafflicted, if she have ed, and ready to do the meanest diligently followed e- of good Offices to any Chriftian very good work,
Brethren. 11 But the younger
11 & 12. And be sure to take widows refue : for in none that are very Young, for when they have be- such Women are too apt to grow gun
gun to wax wanton weary of the grave and retired Life A. D. 65;
ted to Marry into Heathen * Fami- * ?2ueir. 12 Having dam
See Verse 15
Scandal of the Church..
I will therefore 14. Instead, therefore, of being
in Breeding and well Educating
ment of their Families; that so no Occasion be given to the Adversaries of our Religon, to reflect upon it, from their Indiscretions and Miscarriages.
15 For some are 15. And this Caution is but too already turned aside necessary at this Time : For, you after Satan.
know, some of these young Widows have actually done as I say, and even renounced their Ver. 11, Christian Profeflion.
16 If any man or 16. I charge, again ||, That every | Ver. 8, 9. woman that believ- Christian, that has wherewithal to eth, have widows, let do it, maintain the Widows that them relieve them, belong to his own Family, and not and let not the church throw them upon the Churches Chabe charged ; that it may relieve them that rity ; that so a large Provision
may are widows indeed.
be made for such as are really desti
tute of other Relief.
1. D. 65. cially they who la- hard in the Conversion of others to mbour in the word and the Faith, or in Instructing and Edidoctrine.
fying such as have already received it.
ix. 9, 12,
18 For the scrip- 18. This is but just, according,
xture faith, Thou shalt to the Rule of the very Mofaical • See 1 Cor. not muzzle the
Law *, that forbids even an Ox to be that treadeth out the 13. corn: and, The la debarred from feeding upon the Cern,
. x bourer is worthy of
while he is labouring to tread it out his reward.
from the Straw.
And what you are
obliged to from our Saviour's own Words, The Labourer is worthy of his Hire (Matth. x. 1o. Luke x. 7.) 19 Against an el
19. But, to return to the Cafe 1. Ver. 16 der receive not an ac. of Censuring a Presbyter of the
cusation, but before Church. Entertain no Complaint two or three wit.
against such Officers, so far as to nesses.
determine and give Sentence upon it, but upon the utmost Caution, and full Evidence of Two or Three Witnefles, at least.
20 Them that fin, 20. But, if the Evidence given rebuke before all, that against him plainly prove him to others also may
be guilty of any considerable Crimes let him be publickly Censured, for a Warning and Reftraint to others.
21 I charge thee, 21. And I adjure you by God, before God and the and the Lord Jesus Christ, whose Lord Jesus Christ, Minifter you are ; and by the
and angels, ! See 1 Cor. that thou abserve these good Angels, that are Inipectors XI. 10. Heb . things, without prefer. over, and Miniftring Spirits to
the Christian Church, to Govern i. 4., and ring one before ano. Rev. i. 4. ther, doing nothing the Church committed to you, a
by partiality. Parapb.
greeably to the Rules I have given
you, without the least Prejudice or Partiality to any Person whatever.
22 Lay hands sud- 22. Use strict Care and Examidenly on no man, nei- nation, before you admit any Perther be partakers of son into Holy Orders, or receive other mens fins : keep any Notorious Offender into the thy self pure.
from the Gospels
* Communion of the Church again. For by granting A.D.65. either of these Admissions, to unworthy People, you entail a Share of their Guilt upon your self: And therefore keep your self clear.
23 Drink no longer 23. Though your Sacred Office water, but use a little obliges you to great Temperance in wine for thy stomach's the Use of Wine ; yet remember, fake, and thine often Wine was given us for necessary infirmities.
Refreshment; and, as you have a weak Stomach, and are of an infirm Constitution, I ad-, vise you to use it as a Cordial, and not confine your self wholly to Water. 24 Some mens fins
24 & 25. As to the Caution I are open beforehand, gave you (Ver. 22.) you need not going before to Judg- understand it. of Persons whose Prinment ; and some men
ciples or Practices are plain and nothey follow after.
25 Likewife also the torious. Some are so openly scangood works of some dalous, that there need no Witnerare manifest before. ses to come in against them ; while hand; and they that others are of so good and clear a are otherwise, cannot Reputation, that little or no Examibe hidt.
nation will serve to their Admission,
either into the Church as Penitents, or into Holy Orders. But fome there are, that have the Art to conceal and varnish over their Crimes for the present, and appear fair. But due Time and Care, will discover and prevent them from imposing themselves upon you ; at least, you will have done your Part, and difcharged your own Conscience t.
* Which was usually done with laying on of Hands.
t. And they that are otherwise cannot be hid : Not, they canRot be hid at all, but they cannot be hid long and always.
Ibid. They that are otherwise. Perhaps this may refer, not to the Sins of bad Men, in the foregoing Verse, but to the good Works of others in this Verse. So the Apostle's Similitude is Compleat and Elegant ; viz. That neither the secret Vices of some, nor the hidden Virtues of others, shall be long and always concealed: So the Excellent Dr. Clarke's Serm. Vol. 1. p. 254.
Christianity exempts none of its Profesors from their Na
tural and Civil Obligations : Not Servants or Slaves
ser- ET all Christians, that are 2.1.65. Lvants as are un Servants (or Slaves) to Hea
der the yoke, count then Masters, respect and serve || See Pref. toebe Ephel
. their own masters wor- them diligently ; and not, by their $ 40 thy of all honour : Disobedience to them, bring a Scanthat the name of God,
dal upon the Christian Religion ; as
if it diffolved any Man from his Nat
2 And they that 2. And, as the Privilege of Chri.
they labour for those who are Part-