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pay unreasonably, because thou seeft he extreamly
price is that which exceeds the true worth of the the one thing, considered with those moderate gains poi which all tradesmen are presumed to be allowed Es in the sale of their commodities. Consider fodeberly what the thing is wortb, and for what thou to wouldst afford it to another (of whom chou badst i no such advantage) and accordingly rate it co Litla him. Do nothing to any man, but what thy This self, or any honeft-minded man (according to tij; right reason, and common juffice) would be comis tent to have done to him. The truth is, in the
whole businesse of traffick, there are so many ople portunities of deceit, thac a man had need fortifie já himself with firm resolutions, and have in his i heart a great love of justice, or he will be in dax= i ger to fall under temptation.
VI. Do not ingrofse corn in a time of scarcity, Prov. 11.26. He that withholdeth corn, the people Mall curse him. And that both buyers and sel.
lers may be perswaded to make Conscience of " these things, lec chem consider,
1. The commonnejse of injustice is a reproach to Christianity. The Name of Chrijt is blafphemed among Turks and Infidels, by the injustice, fraud, and deceit that is practised among too ma- ny that call themselves Christians : And me
thinks, this very reason should make us abher
2. A secret curse usually goes along with ill gotten goods, and a strange unprosperousnelle (for che most part) attends ill gotten estates: Whereas the blessing of God doth wonderfully accompany juft and righteous dealing ; and makes that which is so got to proper.
3. What will it profit a man to gain never so much, and lose his soul? Thou ibinkest ( may be) thou hast been very cunning, when thou hast over reached chy Neighbour, but considerest not, there is another all the while overreaching thee, and cheating thee of that which is infinitely more precious, even thy immortal foul. And alás! What will it ease thee in Hei, co think thou hast left a great deal of wealth behind chee upon Earth?
4. Remember, what is unrighteously got by defranding and injuring another, must not only be repented of before God, but restitution thereof, or other satisfaction made to the party wronged. For God pardons no son we will pertinaciously retain and live in, Prov.28.13. He that covereth his fins, shall not profper, but whoso confeßeth and forsaketh them, shall find mercy And he that re storeth not ill gotten goods, liveth still in his fin, and repenteth not of it; seeing restitution is an in separable fruit of true repentance. Take heed therefore of all unjust getting, and all unjust detaining : For in such cases, restitution is to be made in kind or value to the person wronged, if
alive : If he be dead, to his heirs: If they cannot be known, to the poor. And equity requireth that the time be considered, wherein his right has been detained from him.
For reftitution we have,
1. Gods Command. God requireth if any thing be gotten either by violence, fraud, or dea ceit, restitution should be made to the true owner, Lev.6.2. If a foul fin, and commit a trespasseagainst the Lord, and lie unto his weighbour in that which was delivered him to keep,or in fellowship,or in athing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour ; V.3. or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth
falfly, in any of all these that a man doth, sinning therein: V.4. Then it shall be, because he hath finned and is guilty, that he shall restore i hat rohich he took vio
Zently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully I gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or she lost thing which he found,
2. We have examples for ir. Fosephs brethren restored the money found in their facks, Gen.41. 12. Zacheus practised it, Luke 19.8. And 24cheus stood, and said unto the Lord, behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor, and if I
have taken any thing from any man by false accusaution, I restore him fourfold. Yea, Fudas himself, 1 being convinced of his sin, made reftitution,
Macch. 27. 3. Then Fudas which had betraied him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented
C Concerning just dealing Che himself, and brought again the skingpire ver to the chief Priests and Elders
. 3.There is this great reason for it: Forever pentance is not fincere, if we do not labore eta do our fins again: Now he that repreh s gotten goods, livech still in his fin, and does labour to retract and revoke it, as he cene
be do. And because many are loath to come hard duty of reftitution, for fear of lawet proach that may acrue to them tbereby
; these desire some Godly Minister
, or some ja Christian friend to transact that befiz: them; whọ (if they see cause) may conced names, and yet present the fatisfaétion tion by them sent to the injured posts whoever in singlenesse of heart, and a
LE and presence of God, do thus labour es their fin, and clear their souls of guile br. rather to part with some of their fubla. Ez to retain what they ought not ;
I am met will find abundance of comfort in fo dari
, Upon all these confderations labour tom that which is the root of all injustice, be NC Covetowsneffe. And remember, that spade tional accounts, trwe Piety and exact Now! the best policy. A little righteously gone then the great treasures of the wicked. Tim.6.6. Godlinefse with contenteert gain.
V.9. But they that will be rich fall into templari.
brother in any matter, because that the Lord is the avenger of all sach, as we also have fore
warned you, and testified. Eph.s.s. For this ye knowo, that no whoremonger,
nor unclean perfon, nor covetous man who is an Idolater, hash
ipheritance in the Kingdom of Christ, and of God. Ley.25.14. And if thou sell ought unto thy
neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbours hand,
ye shall not oppresse one another. Ezek. 33. 15. If the wicked restore the pledge,
give again that he hath robbed, walk in the Statutes of life without committing iniquity, he
Shall surely live, he shall not die Numb. 5.6. Speak unto the Children of Israel,
when a man or woman shall commit any sin, that men commit, to do a trespaß against the Lord,
and that person be guilty, V.7. Then they shall confesse their fin which they
have done, and he shall recompense his trespalle with the principal thereof,& add upto it the fifth