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Hast thou openly by force, or secretly by theft, taken away the goods of thy neighbour, or betrayed him in any manner committed to thy trust and management ?

Art thou ready to make reftitution accoringtothy power, forthewrong and injustice thou hast at any time done thy neighbour · Halt thou not scoffed at or vilified thy neighbour, for deformity of body or weak. ness of mind?

Hast thou had a more special love to all true and sincere Christians, meekly borne with their infirmities, and heartily desired and sought their welfare?

Hast thou relieved the wants and necessities of thy neighbour according to thy ability, as one that is affected with thein, and as being thyself also in the body, and liable to the same wants, diftreffes, and troubles with others ?

Dostthou approvethyselfcareful of thofe of thy family, thy friends and relations, or any other that are committed to thy care, to counsel, to comfort, to reprove, as occafion is given, and need requires ? · Hast thou been mild and gentle in thy carriage towards thy inferiors ; courteous, affable, and obliging towards thy equals ; and dost thou pay due honour and reve. rence to thy superiors in church and state, for conscience sake, as having their authority from God?


Dost thou show due thankfulness and gratitude to all thy benefacturs ?

Arithou ready, after the example of our blessedSaviour,to forgive, and to dogoodto, and to pray for thy enemies, and dost thou not seek or desire opportunities of revenge?

Doft thon enforce upon thy mind, as oft as thou ineerest with any provocation to revenge or resentment, as much as poffible to live peaceably with all men ? III. Concerning our duty towards ourselves*.

TAST thou lived without the thought I and confideration, that thou wastcreated by God to be eternally happy or miserable after this life ; notwithstanding thy: interest and duty and the express command of God, call and oblige thee to be much and frequent in the exercise thereof? · Hast thou duly considered the terms and conditions, upon which God hath promifed to make thee everlastingly happy?

Hast thou not wasted thy time in idle. ness, or any unprofitable vanity?

Hast thou laid to heart the shortness and uncertainty of this present life, and daily m proved it to the best advantage ?

Dost thou remember, that after this life we must give an account of all our actions?


* This duty may be found explained at large in the New WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 13, Section 1, &c. .

Hast thou exercised a daily care and watchfulness over thy deceitful heart, refisting its importunities and lufts?

Hast thou contented thyself with only the form and outside of religion and godliness, neglecting the life and power thereof?

Hast thou earnestly iinplored the affistance of the Holy Spirit of God, to renew and fanctify thee?

Dost thou study to attain a true humility, and to become sensible of thy own follies and frailties?

Doft thou resist the first risings of pride, andan immoderate opinion of thy ownun. derstanding, and study to improve it to God's glory, and the good of mankind ?

Dost thou endeavour after a meek and quiet spirit?

Hast thou not behaved with pride and haughtiness in conversation and carriage?

Hast thou not been angry without cause, or above just cause?

Hast thou not been pettish and froward in little things, and upon mere mistakes, and involuntary errors of others, for want of reviewing things in their juft nature, weight and measure ?

Art thou contented with the condition which God hath allotted theein this world?

Hast thou not been immoderately concerned and anxious about present things ?

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nd Haft thou not been too covetous of të the world, its riches, honours, and plea

sures? he Haft thou not sought to gain, or to keep i them by sinful means?

Dost thou not envy others, because their i condition is more plentiful and prosperous than thy own?.

Haftthou been diligent in doing thyown a business, and to provide those things that

are needful and expedient for thyself and

family, and such as depend upon thee? di Hast thou endeavoured to make thyself

useful in the world, and charitable to thy fellow-creatures ?

Hast thou restrained thy'appetites?' haft thou not committed excess in eating and drinking, in lieep, or recreations?

Dost thou spend more time in ficaping and recreations than is a neceílary and

convenient refreshment? è Doit thou choose and desire such recrea

tions only as are honest and innocent ?. - Dost thou fast and pray for the fubduing and mortifying of thy lufts?

Hast thou never been guilty of adultery, fornication, or any other actual pollution and uncleanness, and been careful to avoid all such objects and discourses as are apt to cxcite filthy desires in thy heart? Hast thou not had an impure heart, or



unclean affections, or offended by any un. chalte thoughts, words, or actions?

Dost thou use moderation in thy apparel, suitable to thy condition and abilities?

Directions. N. B. Thus far, all persons of what age, sex, or condition sorrer, are concerned to examine thonselres distinctly in relation to the sins they have committed against GOD, their in neighbour, and them elves. But upon the following heads inquiry is only to be made as they shall agree with every one particular circumstance and relation in life.

The duty of a child to the parent*.. V YAST thou reverenced and honoured O thy parents, obeyed their lawful commands, and attended to their wise counsels and initructions, and that for conscience fake?

Doft thou show all love and gratitude to them for thy being and education ? .

Dost thou heariily wish and pray for their life and prosperity ?.

Hast thou, according to thy ability, made a comfortable provision for them, if reduced to want?

Dost thou dutifully conceal and excuse their failings and infirmities?

Hast thou been disobedient to them ; dishonoured them in thy mind, or carried thyself rudely and irreverently in thy behaviour towards them? Haltthoumocked, orspoken evilofthem?


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*This cuts may be fou d exp' ines! at large, in the N: w WHOLE DVIY Oë dían, unday 8, Sections V. aus VI.

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