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that thy Days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee in the Land which the Lord thy God giveth chee.

Deut. xxvii. 16. Cursed be he that fetteth light by his Father or his Mother, and all the People thall fay, Amen.

Exod. xxi. 15. And he that smireth his Father or his Mo:her ihall be surely put to Death. And he that curseth his Father or his Mother fhall furely be put to Death.

Prov. xx. 20. Whoso curseth his Father or his Mother, his Lamp shall be put out in obscure Darkness.

Ecclefiaftic. iii. 3,-10. Whoso honoureth kis Father, maketh an Attonement for his Sins ; and he that honoureth his Mother, is as one that laycth up Treasure. Whoso honoureth his Father, Thall have Joy of his own Children ; and when he maketh his Prayer, he shall be heard. He that honoureth his father, ihall have long Life ; and. he that is obedient unto the Lord, will be a Comfort to his Mother. He that feareth the Lord, will honour his Father, and will do service to his Parents as to his Matters. Honour thy Father and Mother both in Word and Deed, that a Bleffing may come upon thee from them : For the Blessing of the Fathers establisheth the Houses of the Children; but the Curse of the Mother rooteth out Foundations.

Prov. xxx. 17: The Eye that mocketh at his. Father, and despiseth to obey his. Mather, the Ravens of the Valley fall pick it out, and the young Eagles shall eat it..

It's Children's Duty. Parents to obey, (Stay :
Who in their Childood were their strength and.
In all their Days is seen paternal Care ;
Who to provide for them do never spare.
All honour to them let us always give,
And. ne'er be disobedient while we live.


Texts which show that we should not ac

custom ourselves to too much Speaking. PE

Rov.xvij. 27. He that hath Knowledge spa

reth his Words; and a Man of Understanding is of an excellent Spirit.

fames i. 19. 26. Wherefore, my beloved Bre. thren, let every Man be swift to hear, flow to. speak. If any Man among you fèem to he religious; and bridleth not his Tongue, but decelvech his own Heart, thiş Man's Religion is vain.

Ecclefiaft v. 2. Be not rash with thy Mouth, and let not thine Heart be hafty to utter any thing before God; for God is in Heaven, ard thou upon Earth, therefore let thy Words be few. Prov. xv. 2.

The Tongue of the Wise useth Knowledge aright, but the Mouth of Fools poureth out Foolishness.

Ecclefiaftic. xx. 7. 8. A wise Man will hold his Tongue 'till he fee Opportunity ; but a Babler and and a Fool will regard no Time. He that useth many Words shall be abhorred, and he that taketh. to himself Authority therein hall be hated ?

Prov. x. 29. In the Multitude of Words there wanteth not Sin : But he that refraincth his Lips is. wise. The Tongue of the Just is as choice Silver : The Heart of the Wicked, is little worth. Wile: Men lay up Knowledge : But the Mouth of the Foolish is near Destruction. Prov. xy, 4.

A wholsome Tongue is a Tree. of Life : but Perverseness therein is a Breach in the Spirit.

Prov. xviii. 21. Death and Life are in the Power of the Tongue; and they that love it, shall eat the Fruit thereof. Prov. xiii. 3. He that keepeth his Mouth keep


eth his Life : But he that openeth wide his Lips, shall have. Destruction,

Ecclefiaftic. xxi. 26. The Heart of Fools is in their Mouth: But the Mouch of the Wise is in their Heart.

Prov. xxi. 23. Whoso keepeth his Mouth and his Tongue, keepech his Soul from Troubles.

If Men would of their Speeches cautious be,
From Inconveniences it would them free:
But Fools, unthoughtful, do themselves betray,
For they full foon are known by what they fay.

Texts of Backbiting and defaming the Re

putations of our Neighbourse

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Roverbs xviii, 8. The Words of a Talebearer

are as Wounds, and they go down into the innermost Parts of the Belly.

Prov. xxv. 23. The North Wind driveth away. Rain : So doth an angry Countenance a back. biting Tongue.

Prov, xxvi. 28. A lying Tongue hateth those that are affi&ted by it, and a Hattering Mouth workerh Ruin. : Prov. xx. 19. He that goeth about as a Talebearer, revealech Secrets : therefore 'meddle not 2 with him that hattereth with his Lips.

Levit, xviv. 16. Thou shalt not go up and down as a Tale-bearer among thy People.

James iri. 6. And the Tongue is a Fire, a World of Iniquity : So is the 'Tongue amongst our Members, that it defileth the whole body, and fettech on fire the Courfe of Nature ; and it is set on fire of Hell.

Ecclefiaftic. xxviii. 13. to 19. Curse the Whilperer and double-tongued, for such have destroyed


many that were at Peace. A back-biting Tongue hath disquieted many, and driven them from Nation to Nation ; strong Cities hath it pulled down, and overthrown the Houses of great Men. A back-biting Tongue hath call out virtuous Women, and deprived them of their Labours. Whoso hearkeneth unto it shall never find Rest, and never dwell quietly. The Stroke of the Whip maketh Marks in the Flesh ; but the Stroke of the Tongue breaketh the Bones. Many have fallen by the Edge of the Sword, but not so many as have fallen by the Tongue.

Ecclefiaftic. xxviii. 28. A Whisperer defileth his own Soul, and is hated wheresoever he dwell

James iv. 11. Speak not evil one of another, Brethren.

Prov. iii. 7. Devise not Evil againft thy Neighbour.

Pfalm xv. 29. He that back-biteth not with his Tongue, nor doth evil to his Neighbour, nor taketh up a Reproach against his Neighbour.

Exod. xxiii. 1. Thou shalt not raise a false Report : Put not thine Hand with the Wicked to be an unrighteous Witness.

Psalm xxxiv. 13. 14. Keep thy Tongue from evil, and thy Lips from speaking Guile. Depart from Evil, and do good ; seek Peace, and pursue it. Heb. xxii. 14

Follow Peace with all Men, and Holiness, without which no Man fhall see the Lord.


Those Men are surely very much to blame,
Who are inclin'd their Neighbours to defame;
It would be better in themselves to fee
One Fault, than find an hundred Faults in me.

Texts which shew how difagreeable

Wrath, Anger, Envy, and Hastiness are to pure Religion.

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Ames iii. 13, 14, 16. Who is a wise Man and

endued with Knowledge amongst you ? Let him thew out of a good Conversation his works with Meekness of Wisdom. But if ye have bitter Eavying and Strife in your Hearts, glory not, and lye not against the Truth. For where Envying and Strife is, there is Confufion, and every evil Work.

Klatt. v. 43, 44. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou thalt love thy Neighbour and hate thine Enemy : But I say unto you, Love your

Enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully wse you and persecute you. Prov. xiv. 17.29. He that is soon angry

dealeth foolishly : And a Man of wicked Devices is hated. He that is flow to Wrath is of great Un. derstanding : But he that is hasty of Spirit exalteth Folly.

Prov. XV. 18. A wrathful Man itirreth up Swife : But he that is How to Anger appeaseth Strife.

Prov. xvi. 32. He that is flow to anger is better than the Mighty : And he that ruleth bis Spirit, than he that taketh a City.

Prov. XX. 12. Hatred ftirreth up all Strifes ; but Love covereth all Sins.

Prov.xix, 11. The Discretion of a Man deferrett his Anger, and it is his Glory to pass over a Transgreffion

It is an Honour for a Man ti cease from Strife, but every Fool will be meddling


Prov. XX, 3:

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