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When yesin foagainst the Brethren, and wound their weak Conscience, ye sin against Chrift.

k. Hast thou Faith? Have it to thyself before God. All Things indeed are pure; but it is Evil for that Man who eateth with Offence,

I Wo unto him that giveth his Neighbour Drink; that puttest thy Bottle to him, and makest him drunk.

m Whoso causeth the Righteous to go astray in an evil Way, he shall fall himself into his own Pit.

* Be thou an Example of the BeSetting a good lievers, in Word, in Conversation, Examples

in Charity, in Faith, in Purity.

The Duties of HUSBANDs and WIVES.

When Woman was taken out of Husbands.

Man; and afterwards brought unto the Man to be an Help-meet for him, Adam said, This is now Bone of my Bones, and Flesh of my Flesh. Therefore shall a Man leave his Father and his Mother, and shall cleave unto his Wife, and they shall be one Flesh.

p He which made them at the Beginning, made them Male and Female ; and said, For this Cause thall a Man leave Father and Mother, and shall cleave to his Wife; and they twain shall be one Flesh. Wherefore they are no more twain, but one Flesh: What therefore God hath joined together, let no Man put asunder.

I Hab. 2. 15.

i i Cor. 8. 12. k Rom. 14. 22, 20. m Prov. 28. 10. 8 i Tim. 4. 12. o Gen. 2. 23, 22, 18, 23, 24. p Mat. 19. 4, 5, 6.


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& Moses, because of the Hardness of their Hearts, suffered the Jews to give a Writing of Divorcement, and to put away their Wives; but": from the Beginning it was not so. And Christ now says unto us, Whosoever shall put away his Wife, except it be for Fornication, causeth her to commit Adultery. And if he thall marry another, he committeth Adultery: And whosoever shall marry her that is put away or divorced, committeth Adultery.

If any Brother have a Wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put


For how knowest thou, O Man, whether thou shalt save thy Wife?

• Husbands, love your Wives, and be not bitter against them.

? Let every one of you in particular so love his Wife even as himself: So ought Men to love their Wives as their own Bodies. He that loveth his Wife, loveth himself; for no Man ever yet hated his own Flesh, but nourisheth and cheritheth it, even as the Lord the Church.

• Husbands, love your Wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it; for we are Members of his Body, of his Flesh, and of his Bones. For this Cause shall a Man leave his Father and Mother, and thall be joined unto his Wife, and they two Thall be one Fieth.

* Ye Husbands, dwell with your Wives according 10 Knowledge, giving Honour unto the Wife, as unto the weaker Vellel, and as being Heirs together of the Grace of Life.

Mat. 5.

9 Mat. 19. 8, 7, 8, 9. Mat. 5. 32. Mat. 19. 9. rs Cor. 7. 12, 16.

s Col. 3. 19. 32.

t Eph. 5. 332 » Eph. 5. 25, 30, 31.

w 1 Pet. 3• 7 L3


28, 29.

* Drink Waters out of thine own Cistern: Let thy Fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the Wife of thy Youth, and be thou satisfied always with her Love. For she is thy Companion, and the Wife of thy Covenant.

y Embrace not the Bosom of a Stranger. Take heed to your Spirit; and let none deal treacherously against the Wife of his Youth.

z The Woman which hath an HufWives.

band, is bound by the Law to her Hufband so long as he liveth ; but if the Husband he dead, she is loosed from the Law of her Hufband. So then, if while her Husband liveth Me be married to another Man, the shall be called an Adulteress: But if her Husband be dead, she is free from that Law; fo that she is no Adulterels, though the be married to another Man.

Let not the Wife depart from her Husband: But and if the depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her Husband.

b The Woman which hath an Husband that believeth not, if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For what knowest thou, O Wife, whether thou shalt save thy Husband?

Ć Wives, submit yourselves unto your own Husbands, as unto the Lord: For the Husband is ibe Head of the Wife, even as Christ is the Head of the Church. Therefore as the Church is subject unto Christ, fo let the Wives be to their own Husbands in every Thing.

2. 15.

* Prov. 5. 15, 18, 19.

Mal. 2. 14.

y Prov. 5. 20. Mal. 2 Rom 7.7, 3. * 1 Cor. 7. 10, 11.

b i Cor. c Eph. S 22, 23, 24,


7. 13, 16.

. Let the Wife see that she reverence her Hur. band.

. Let the Woman learn in Silence, with all Subjection. The Woman is not suffered to teach, nor to usurp Authority over the Man, but to be in Silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve: And Adam was not deceived, but the Woman being deceived, was first in the Transgreflion.

Ye Wives, be in Subjection to your own Husbands; that if any obey not the Word, they also may without the Word be won by the Conversation of the Wives, while they behold your chalte Conversation coupled with Fear.

& For after this manner, in the old Time, the holy Women who trusted in God were in Subjection unto their own Husbands; even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord; whose Daughters ye are as long as ye do well.

h A virtuous Woman is a Crown to her Hufband; but she that maketh alhamed is as Rottenness in his Bones.

The strange Woman who forsaketh the Guide of her Youth, and forgetteth the Covenant of her God, her House inclineth unto Death, and her Paths unto the Dead.

k The Contentions of a Wife are a continual Dropping.

A prudent Wife is from the Lord. The Heart of her Husband doth fafely trust in her : She will do hiin Good and not Evil all the Days of her Life.

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3. 1, 2.

d Eph. 5. 33.
é 1 Tim. 2. 11, 12, 13, 14.

f , Pere $ 1 Pet. 3. 5, 6.

Prov. 12. 4.

i Prov. 2. 16, 17, 18. * Prov. 19. 13.

| Prov. 19. 14. Prov. 31. 11, 12,

She openeth her Mouth with Wisdoini, and in her Tongue is the Law of Kindness. She looketh well to the Ways of her Household, and eateth not the Bread of Idleness. Her Childien arise up, and call her bleiled; her Husband also, and he praiseth her.


m Ye Fathers, provoke not your Child Parents.

dren to Wrath; but bring them up in the Nurture and Admonition of the Lord; having thein in Subjection with all Gravity.

n' The Words which God hath commanded you, ye fhall lay up in your Heart; and ye shall teach them diligcnily unto your Children. And ye shall command your Children, and your Household after you, to keep the Way of the Lord, to do Justice and Judgment, and to observe to do all .the Words of his Law.

• Train up a Child in the way he should go ; and when he is old he will not depart from it.

P Chaften thy Son betimes, while there is Hope; and let not thy Soul spare for his crying: For

Foolishness is bound in the Heart of a Child ; but the Rod and Reproof give Wisdom. And if thou withhold not Correction, thou shalt deliver his Soul froin Hell.

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ma Eph. 6. 4.

I Tim. 3. 4. Prov. 31. 26, 27, 28.

n Deut. Deut. 1 f. 18. Deut. 6. 7.

Gen. 18. 19. 6. 6.

Deut. 31. o Prov. 22. 6. P Prov. 19. 18. 12.

Prov. 13. 24. Prov. 19. 18. Proy. 22. 15.

Prov. 29. 15. 13, 14


Prov. 23•

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