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V.7. The lips of the wise disperse knowledge :

but the heart of the foolish doth not so. Prov.14.3; 118. the mouth of the foolish is arod of

pride, but the lips of the wise Mall preserve

them. Prov.12.18. There is that speaketh like the pier.

cings of a sword: but the tongue of the wife is

health, Prov.17.5. Whoso mocketh the poor, reproacbeth

his maker : and he that is glad at calamities,

Jhall not be unpunisbed.
Prov.31.26. She openeth her mouth with wisdom,

and in her tongue is the Law of kindnesse. į Tic.3.1,2. Put them in mind, &c. To speak evil

of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shew

ing all meekneffe unto all men. Mat.5.22. But i say unto you, that whosoever is

angry with his brother without a cause, shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say unto his brother, Racha, shall be in danger of the councel, but whosoever shall say, thou fool,

fall be in danger of hell-fire. | Levit.19.16. Thou shalt not go up and down as a

tale-bearer among thy people. Prov. 11.13. A tale bearer revealeth secrets, but

he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth rhe matProv.25 18. A man that beareth false witmise a

gainst his neighbour, is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow,


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Prov.20.19. He that goeth about at a talebearer,

revealeth secrets, therefore meddle not with

him that flattereth with his lips. Pfal.15.1, Lord who shall abide in thy Tabernet

cle ?? V.2. He that speaketh the truth in his heart. V.3. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, ser doth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a re

proach against his neighbour. Jer.18.18. And they said, come, let us devise de

vices against Feremiah, come let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any

of his words. Job.5:21. Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the

tongue, neither shalt thou be afraid of destructi.

on when it comesh. Pfal.31.20. Thou shalt hide them in the secret of

thy presence from the pride of man; thou shalt keep them fecretly in a pavilion, from the strife

of tongues. Prov.6.1. Myfon, if thou be furety for thy friend

if thou haft stricken thy hand with a stranger, V.2. Thox art snared with the words of thy month,

thos art taken with the words of thy mouth. Prov.12.13. The wicked is shared by the trans

gression of his lips : but tbe just shall come out

of trouble. 183.63.8. Fer he said, surely they are my people,

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Prov.6.16. These fix things doth the Lord hate,

yes, feavens are an abomination unto him. V.17.

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, &c. Zeph.3.13. The remnant of Israel fball not de

iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their month: for they shall feed, and lie down, and none shall make

them afraid Levit. 19.19. And ye shall not swear by my Name

falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of

I buy God: I am the Lord. Prov.21.6. The getting of treasures by a lying

tongue, is a vanity toffed to and fro of them that Prov.17.14. The beginning of strife is as when

one letterk out water ; therefore leave off con.

tention, before it is medled with. Prov.18.6. A fooles lips enter into contention, and

bis mouth calleth for stroakes. Ecclef.5.6. Suffer not thy moutb to cawse thy flesh

to fin; neither say thou before the Angel ibas is w as an errour, wherefore should God be angry at tby voice, and deftroy the work of thine hands. Numb.12.8. Wish bim will I peak moutb to

month, even apparently, and not in dark speeches, and the fimilitude of the Lord shall be behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to

peak againft may fervant Moses? 1 Tim.5.19. Agains an Elder receive not an af


feek death.

cufation, but before two or three witneses. Prov.27.2.A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty,

but a fooles wrath is heavier than them both. Levit. 19.17. Thou shalt not hete thy brother in

thine heart : thoa shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer

fin upon him. Eph.5.11. And bave no fellowsip with the uno fruitful works of darknes, but rather reprove

them. Pfal.141.5. Let the righteous (mite me, it shall

be a kindnesse, and let him reprove me, it shall be an excellent oile, which shall not break my

bead. Prov.15.5. A fool despiseth his Fathers ixfrucli

on; but be that regardeth reproof is prudent. 1 Pet. 3.8. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having

' compaffion one of another, love as brethren,

be pitiful, be courteous. V.9. Not rendring evil for evil, or railing for railing, but contrariwife bleffing, knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inhee rit a bleffing.' Fourthly, Watch over thy Actions.

The Apostle gives us an excellent exhortation in the sb to the Ephef. v. 15. See that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. And in i Pet.1.15. We are commanded to be holy in all manner of conversation. True and real Christianity is a careful businesse. There is a great deal


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of watchfulnesse and circumspection required to keep our Consciences void of offence towards God, and towards men. O how sad a fight is it to see men in words professing Christ, and yet in works denying him! Shew me thy Faith by thy works, Saies St.Fames. And our Saviour in Mat.5.16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may fee your good workes, and glorifie your Father which is in Heaven. The men of the world have their cies on the lives and conversacions of Professors, they know not what they do in their closets, they care not much what they do in the congregation; they look what the tenour and course of their lives is. O therefore let those that name the Name of Christ depart from all iniquity! Let such as profess themselves real Christians, and true converts, take heed of being taken tardy in such things, which meer moral men (that are strangers to the life of Grace) cannot be justly charged with.

Be very careful cherefore of, and watchfull over all thy actions. Take heed the Name of God be not blafphemed, nor bis honour wounded by any ungodly action of thine: Take heed of bring ing a scandal on Religion, and a reproach on the Gospel. If ever thou wouldit win others to Religion, thou must be exemplary in holinesse and righteoufwesse chy self; it is a woful thing to be an offence, and stumbling block to others, and to be an occasion

of keeping them off from embracing the waies of God, O cherefore cake


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