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through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.-28: 8 Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.
401. Laying on of hands in giving charges and designating to office.
Num. 27: 22 Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation: 23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.
Ac. 13: 2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul, for the work whereunto I have called them. 3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them
1 Tim. 4: 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.-5: 22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.
2 Tim. 1: 6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance, that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
402. Lewdness a common vice.
Jer. 9: 2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of way-faring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men. -23: 10 The land is full of adulterers.
Ezk. 22: 9 In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood: and in thee they eat upon the mountains: in the midst of thee they commit lewdness. 11 And one hath committed abomination with his neighbor's wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter-in-law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father's daughter.
Mat. 12: 39 He answered and said to them, An evil and adulterous generation.
Jn. 8: 7 When they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last.
Gal. 5: 19 The works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness.
1 Pet. 4: 3 The time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable adolatries: 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you. [Gen. 19: 5. Lev. 18: 22-25. 1 S. 2: 22. Hos. 7: 4.]
403. Lewdness deceitful and alluring.
Pr. 5: 3 The lips of a strange woman drop as a honey-comb, and her mouth is smoother than oil.- -6: 23 The commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: 24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. 25 Lust not after her beauty in thy heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. [Pr. 7: 10—18.]
404. Lewdness forbidden.
Ex. 20: 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Mat. 5: 27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Ac. 15: 20 We write unto them that they abstain from pollutjons of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
Rom. 13: 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Ep. 5: 3 Fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
Col. 3: 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience.
1 Tim. 1: 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men-stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.
1 Pet. 2: 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
[Gen. 39: 7-9. Lev. 18: 20-23, and 19: 29. Pr. 31: 3. Hab. 2: 15, 1 Th. 4: 3—5.]
405. Guilt and condemnation of lewdness
Gen. 39: 9 How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
Lev. 20: 10 The man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbor's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
Pr. 2: 18 Her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. 19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.-5: 3 The lips of a strange woman drop as a honey-comb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: 4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. 8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: 9 Lest thou give thine honor unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: 10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labors be in the house of a stranger; 11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed. 12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof. 7: 22 He goeth after her straightway as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 23 Till a dart strike. through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. 24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the. words of my mouth. Let not thy heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. 26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. 27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
Ec. 7: 26 I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.
Jer. 23: 14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evil-doers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. 15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall.
Mal. 3: 5 I will come near to you to judgment: and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adul
[Pr. 6: 26-34, and 9: Jer. 5: 7-9. Hos. 4: 11.
Condemned and punished.
terers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
1 Cor. 5: 11 Now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner: with such an one no not to eat.-6: 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. — 10: 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
[See Numbers 25: 1-9.]
Gal. 5: 19 The works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Ep. 5: 5 This ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Heb. 13: 4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
Jude 7 As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Rev. 21:8 The fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.22:15 Without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16-18, and 29: 3. Ec. 7: 25, 26. Rom. 1: 27.]
406. Liberality enjoined.
Ec. 11: 1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. 2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
Mat. 10: 8 Freely ye have received, freely give.
Lk. 3: 11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none: and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.-12: 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms: provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a 'treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 16: 9 I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness, that when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 13 Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things, and they derided him.
[See 412, 526.]
Ac. 20: 35 I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
2 Cor. 8: 7 As ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
Gal. 6: 9 Let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
1 Tim. 6: 17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Heb. 13: 16 To do good, and to communicate, forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.