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Sect. v.

To live peaceably, avoid the Lord come; who will both bring

whispering', tale-bearing, and whatto light the hidden things of dark

soever tends to provoke, divide, or ness, &c.—1 Cor. iv. 3—5.

disturb the Peace among Brethren. Charity suffereth long, &c. seeketh ABRAM said unto Lot, let there be no not her own, is not easily provoked, strife, I pray thee, between me and thinketh no evil, &c. beareth all thee, &c. for we be brethren, &c. If things, believeth all things, hopeth thou wilt take the left hand, then all things, endureth all things.- I will go to the right; or if thou deI Cor. xiii. 4, 5. 7.

part to the right hand, then I will

go In malice be ye children.- 1 Cor. to the left.-Gen. xiii. 8, 9. xiv. 20.

Thou shalt not raise (or receive) a The fruit of the Spirit is, &c. long- false report.-Exod. xxiii. 1. suffering, gentleness, &c. meekness. Lord, who shall abide in thy taber-Gal. v. 22, 23. Titus iii. 2. nacle ? &c. he that backbiteth not

Brethren, if (or although) a man with his tongue, &c. nor taketh up a be overtaken in a fault, ye which are reproach against his neighbour.-Ps. spiritual restore such a one in the xv. 1. 3. spirit of meekness : considering thy- See the mischief which followed self lest thou also be tempted : bear the false reports of Doeg to Saul, and ye one another's burdens, and so fuł. of Ziba to David. -1 Sam. xxii. fil the law of Christ.Gal. vi. I, 2. 2 Sam. xvi.

Walk worthy of the vocation where- Seek peace, and pursue it.-Ps. with ye are called, with all lowliness xxxiv. 14. and meekness, with long-suffering, It was not an enemy that reproached forbearing one another in love, &c. me, then could I have borne it ; but Be ye tender-hearted, forgiving one thou, a man, mine equal, &c. We another, even as God for Christ's walked unto the house of God in sake hath forgiven you.- Eph. iv. 1, company.-Ps. lv. 12–14. 2. 32.

Whosoever privily slandereth his But now you also put off all these; neighbour, him will I anger, wrath, malice, &c. Put on I am for peace, &c. they are for war. therefore, as the elect of God, &c. -Ps. cxx. 7. bowels of mercies, &c. meekness, Behold, how good and how pleasant long-suffering, forbearing one ano- it is for brethren to dwell together ther, and forgiving one another. If in unity!—Ps. cxxxiii. 1. any man have a quarrel (or complaint) These things doth the Lord hate, against any, even as Christ forgave &c. him that soweth discord among you, so also do ye.-Col. iii. 8. 12, 13. brethren-Prov. vi. 16. 19.

Let every man be, &c. slow to A tale-bearer revealeth secrets : wrath : for the wrath of man work- but he that is of a faithful spirit coneth not the righteousness of God. cealeth the matter.—Prov. xi. 13. James i. 19, 20.

Only by pride cometh contention. Speak not evil one of another, bre- -Prov. xiii. 10. xxviii. 25. thren; for he that speaketh evil of A whisperer separateth chief his brother, speaketh evil of the law, friends. Prov. xvi. 28. &c. Who art thou that judgest ano- He that repeateth the matter, sepather? - James iv. 11, 12,

rateth friends, &c. The beginning of Above all things have fervent cha: strife, is as when one letteth out rity among yourselves : for charity water : therefore leave off contention shall (or will) cover the multitude of before it be meddled with.--Prov. sins.—1 Pet. iv. 8.

xvii. 9. 14. xxyi. 21.

The words of a tale-bearer are as Charity envieth not. -1 Cor. xiii. 4. wounds. Prov. xviii. 8.

For I fear, &c. lest there be deIt is an honour for a man to cease bates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backfrom strife, &c. He that goeth about bitings, whisperings, &c.—2 Cor. as a tale-bearer, revealeth secrets : xii. 20. therefore meddle not with him that Brethren, &c. live in peace, and flattereth.-Prov. xx. 3. 19.

the God of love and peace shall be Where there is no tale-bearer, the with you.—2 Cor. xiii. 11. strife ceaseth, &c. The words of a If ye bite and devour one another, tale-bearer are as wounds, &c.—Prov. take heed that ye be not consumed xxvi. 20—22. Levit. xix. 16. one of another, &c. The fruit of the

The forcing of wrath bringeth forth spirit is, &c. peace, long-suffering, strife.-Prov. xxx. 33.

gentleness, &c. Let us not be deCan two walk together, except they sirous of vain glory, provoking one be agreed ?-Amos iii. 3.

another, envying one another.-Gal. Blessed are the peacemakers, for v. 15. 22. 26. Eph. iv. 2. they shall be called the children of Endeavouring to keep the unity of God, &c. Leave there thy gift, &c. the Spirit in the bond of peace. There first be reconciled to thy brother, and is one body, &c. Let all bitterness, then come and offer thy gift.—Matt. and wrath, and anger, and clamour, v. 9. 23, 24.

&c. be put away from you.-Eph. iv. Every kingdom divided against it- 3—6. 31. self, is brought to desolation.—Matt.

Let nothing be done through strife, xii. 25.

or vain glory, &c.-Phil. ii. 3. If thy brother shall trespass, &c. That ye study (or ambitiously go and tell him his fault between striving) to be quiet, and do your own thee and him alone.—Matt. xviii. 15. business, &c.—1 Thess. iv. 1l.

One is your Master, even Christ, Be at peace among yourselves.and all ye are brethren.-Matt. xxiii. 8. 1 Thess. v. 13.

Have peace one with another.- They learn to be idle, wandering Mark ix. 50.

about from house to house; and not If it be possible, as much as lieth only idle, but tatlers also, and busyin you, live peaceably with all men. bodies: speaking things which they -Rom. xii. 18.

ought not.--1 Tim. v. 13. 2 Thess. Let us therefore follow after the iii. 11, 12. things which make for peace, and Doting about questions and strifes things wherewith one may edify ano- of words, whereof cometh envy, ther.-Rom. xiv. 19.

strife, railing, &c.-1 Tim. vi. 4. Ye are yet carnal : for whereas 20. iv. 6. there is among you envyings, and Charging them, &c. that they strive strife, and divisions (or factions), are not about words to no profit, &c. ye not carnal, and walk as men? Shun profane and vain babblings, &c. For while one saith, I am of Paul, &c. Follow peace with them that call on are ye not carnal ?-1 Cor. iii. 3, 4. the Lord, &c. but foolish and unlearni. 10-12.

ed questions avoid, knowing that they Is it so, that there is not a wise do gender strifes.—2 Tim. ii. 14. 16, man amongst you ? no, not one that 17. 22, 23. shall be able to judge between his The aged women, that they be not brethren ? but brother goeth to law false accusers (or makebates). with brother, &c. now, therefore, Titus ii. 3. there is utterly a fault among you,

Avoid foolish questions, &c. conbecause ye go to law, &c.—1 Cor. tentions, and strivings about the law: vi. 5-7.

for they, &c.-- Titus iii. 9.

Follow peace

with all men.—Heb. Open rebuke is better than secret xii. 14.

love.-Prov. xxvii. 5. If ye have bitter envying, and strife He that rebuketh a man, afterwards in your hearts: glory not, &c. This shall find more favour than he that wisdom descendeth 'not from above, flattereth with the tongue.-Prov. &c. for where envying and strife is, xxviii. 23. there is confusion and every evil work: If thy brother shall trespass against but the wisdom that is from above, thee, go, and tell him his fault beis, &c. peaceable, gentle, and easy to tween thee and him alone, &c. If be intreated, &c. And the fruit of he will not hear thee, then take with righteousness is sown in peace of thee one or two more, &c.—Matt. them that make peace.-James iii. xviii. 15–17. Luke xvii. 3, 4. 14—18.

Ye also are full of goodness, filled Whence come wars and fightings with all knowledge: able also to adamong you? Come they not hence, monish one another.—Rom. xv. 14. even of your lusts? &c. Speak not Paul rebuked Peter for not walking evil one of another, brethren.—James uprightly.-Gal. ii. 11–14. iv. 1. 11.

If a man be overtaken in a fault, Wherefore, laying aside all malice, ye which are spiritual, restore such &c. and envyings, and evil speakings. a one in the spirit of meekness.-1 Pet. ii. 1.

Gal. vi. 1. Whose adorning, let it not be that Let the word of Christ dwell in you outward, &c. but let it be the hidden richly, &c. teaching and admonishing man, &c. of a meek and quiet spirit, one another.-Col. iii. 16. which is in the sight of God of great Comfort (or exhort) yourselves toprice, &c. not rendering evil for evil, gether, and edify one another, even or railing for railing: he that will as also ye do, &c. Warn them that love life, and see good days, &c. let are uuruly (or disorderly); comfort him seck peace, and ensue it.—1 Pet. the feebleminded. — 1 Thess. v. 11. iii. 3. 9-11.

14. 1 Cor. viii. 1.

If any man obey not, &c. have no To rebuke, reprove, ex- company with him, &c. but admonish hort, admonish, and warn each him as a brother.--2 Thess. iii. 14,15. other concerning Sin and Duty. Rebuke not an elder, but intreat And to take such Rebukes kindly him as a father, and the younger men from each other.

as brethren: the elder women as

mothers, the younger as sisters, &c. I. To Rebuke, &c.

Them that sin rebuke before all, that Thou shalt not hate thy brother in others also may fear.—1 Tim. v. thine heart: thou shalt in any wise 1, 2. 20. rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer Exhort one another daily, &c. lest sin upon him (or that thou bear not



be hardened through the sin for him).-Levit. xix. 17.

deceitfulness of sin.—Heb, iii. 13. He that reproveth a scorner, get- Let us consider one another, to teth to himself shame, &c. Reprove provoke unto love and to good works : not a scorner, lest he hate thee.- not forsaking the assembling of ourProv. ix. 7, 8.

selves, &c. but exhorting one another. Debate thy cause with thy neigh- -Heb, x. 24, 25. bour himself, and discover not a se- Brethren, if any one of you do err cret to another, &c. As an earring from the truth, and one convert him; of gold, &c. so is a wise reprover let him know, that he, &c. shall save upon an obedient ear.-Prov. xxv. a soul from death, and shall hide a 9. 12.

multitude of sins.-James v. 19, 20.

Sect. vi.

Of some have compassion, making a A wise son heareth his father's indifference: and others save with fear, struction : but a scorner heareth not pulling them out of the fire: hating rebuke, &c. Poverty and shame to even the garment spotted by the flesh. him that refuseth instruction ; but - Jude 22, 23.

he that regardeth reproof, shall be II. To take Rebuke, Admonition, honoured. --Prov. xiii. 1. 18. &c. well from each other.

A fool despiseth his father's in

struction, but he that regardeth reWuen David bad rashly resolved proof is prudent, &c. He that hateth to cut off all Nabal's family: and reproof shall die. A scorner loveth Abigail had met him, and humbly not one that reproveth, &c. The ear and wisely admonished him; Da- that heareth the reproof of life, vid accepts of the advice, and saith, abideth among the wise. He that Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, refuseth instruction, despiseth his which sent thee this day to meet me: own soul, &c.-Proy, sv. 5. 10. 12. and blessed be thy advice; and bless- 31, 32. ed be thou which hast kept me this A reproof entereth more into a day from shedding of blood, &c. I wise man, than an hundred stripes have hearkened to thy voice.-1 Sam. into a fool.-Prov. xvii. 10. XXV. 22–33.

As an ear-ring of gold, &c. so is a When Nathan had told David his wise reprover upon an obedient ear.sin in the matter of Uriah; David Prov. xxv. 12. said, I have sinned against the Lord. He that being often reproved hard-2 Sam. xii. 7. 13.

eneth his neck, shall suddenly be desWhen Joab had told the king of troyed, and that without remedy. his error, in mourning so for Ab- The rod and reproof give wisdom. salom, as to discourage his subjects Prov. xxix. 1. 15. who had fought for him; David heark- It is better to hear the rebuke of ened and arose, and sat in the gate, the wise, than the song of Joab advised.-2 Sam. xix. 5—8. Eccles. vii. 5.

Let the righteous smite me, it shall Am I therefore become your enemy, be a kindness; and let him reprove because I tell you the truth ?-Gal. me, it shall be as excellent oil which iv. 16. shall not break my head.-Ps. cxli. 5. Submit yourselves one to another

A wise man will hear, and will in- in the fear of God.--Eph. v. 21. crease learning.--Prov. i. 5.

Ye younger, submit yourselves unto He that rebuketh a scorner, getteth the elder; yea, all of you be subject to himself shame; and he that re- one to another; and be clothed with buketh a wicked man, getteth a blot. humility.—1 Pet. v. 5. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; rebuke a wise man, and he will VII. To confess to, and pray e'ach love thee: give instruction to a wise

for other. man, and he will be yet wiser, &c. When a man or woman shall commit Prov. ix. 7–9. xix. 25.

any sin, that men commit, to do a tresHe is in the way of life that keep- pass against the Lord, &c. then they eth instruction: but he that refuseth shall confess their sin which they have reproof, erreth (or causeth to err).- done: and he shall recompense his Prov. x. 17.

trespass, &c. and give it unto him Whoso loveth instruction, loveth against whom he hath trespassed.knowledge: but he that hateth re- Numb. v. 6, 7. proof, is brutish, &c. He that heark- And

many that believed, came and eneth unto counsel, is wise. Prov. confessed, and shewed their deeds. xii. 1. 15.

Acts xix. 18, 19.

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Sect. ix.

Paul confesseth, that beyond mea- with one mind striving together for sure he persecuted the Church of the faith.-Phil. i. 27. God, and wasted it, &c.-Gal. i. 13. If there be therefore

any consola1 Tim. i. 12, 13.

tion in Christ, &c. fulfil ye my joy, Confess your faults one to another, that ye be like-minded, &c. being of and pray one for another, that ye one accord, and of one mind: let nomay be healed.-James v. 16. thing be done through strife or vain

If any man see his brother sin a glory, &c.-Phil. ii. 143. sin, not unto death, he shall ask, Whereto we have already attained, and he shall give him life for them let us walk by the same rule, let us which sin not unto death.—1 John mind the same thing.–Phil. iii. 16. v. 16.

I beseech Euodias, &c. that they

be of the same mind in the Lord. To be of one mind. Phil. iv. 2. Behold, how good, and how pleasant Finally, be ye all of one is for brethren to dwell together in 1 Pet. iii. 8. unity! like the precious ointment upon the head, &c.—Ps. cxxxiii. 1,2.

To walk wisely and chaChrist prays that they might be

ritably one towards another : and kept; that they may be one as we

in things indifferent to have reare, &c.—John xvii. 11. 22.

spect to the Meek ; to avoid OfAnd the multitude of them that

fences. believed were of one heart, and of If we had known what this meaneth, one soul. -Acts iv. 32.

I will have mercy and not sacrifice, We, being many, are one body in ye would not have condemned the Christ : and every one members one guiltless.—Matt. xii. 7. Hosea vi. 6. of another. Be of the same mind

The Pharisees accused the disciples one towards another.-Rom. xii.5.16. for plucking corn, and Christ' for

Now the God, &c. grant you to be healing a withered hand, on the like-minded one toward another, ac- sabbath day; till he said unto them, cording to Christ Jesus ; that ye may Which of you having one sheep, &c. with one mind and one mouth glorify fall into a pit on the sabbath day, God, even the Father.-Rom.xv. 5, 6. will not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

I beseech you brethren, &c. that ye &c. It is lawful to do well on the all speak the same thing: and that sabbath days.—Matt. xii. 1–4.10— there be no divisions ; but that ye be 12. Luke vi. 1, &c. Matt. xv. 2. perfectly joined together in the same Whoso shall offend one of these mind, and in the same judgment. little ones which believe in me, it 1 Cor. i. 10.

were better that a mill-stone were Whereas there is among you, &c. hanged about his neck, and that he divisions : are ye not carnal ? &c. were drowned in the depth of the One saith, I am of Paul, &c.- sea. Woe unto the world because of I Cor. iii. 3, 4.

offences: for it must needs be that When ye come together in the offences come, but woe to that man church, I hear that there be divisions by whom the offence cometh.—Matt. among you.1 Cor. xi. 18.

xviii. 6, 7. Luke xvii, 1, 2. Finally, brethren, &c. be of one His disciples say unto him, If the mind.-2 Cor. xiii. 11.

case of the man be so with his wife, Endeavouring to keep the unity of it is not good to marry; but he said the spirit in the bond of peace. unto them, All men cannot receive There is one body, and one spirit.- this saying, save they to whom it is Eph. iv. 345.

given: for there are some eunuchs That ye stand fast in one spirit, which were so born, &c. and there are

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