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with his hands the thing which is be naked, &c. and one of you say good, that he may have to give to unto them, Depart in peace, &c. and him that needeth.--Eph. iv. 28. ye give them not, &c. what doth it
Paul commends the Philippians for profit ?--James ii. 5. 15, 16. their sending to his relief : and said, Use hospitality one to another, Not because I desire a gift ; but I without grudging. As every man desire fruit that may abound to your hath received the gift, so let him account, &c. My God shall supply minister the same one to another, as all your needs, &c.-Phil. iv. 14- good stewards, &c. If any man mi17. 19.
nister, let him do it as of the ability This we commanded you, that if which God giveth, that God in all. any would not work, neither should things may be glorified, through Jesus he eat, &c: We command, &c. that Christ.—1 Pet. iv. 9–11. with quietness they work, and eat Whoso hath this world's good, and their own bread.—2 Thess. iii. 10-12. seeth his brother have need, and
If any widow have children or shutteth up his bowels of compassion nephews, let them learn first to shew from him; how dwelleth the love of piety (or kindness) at home, and to God in him? My little children, let requite their parents; for that is us not love in word, neither in tongue, good and acceptable before God. And but in deed and in truth.-1 John iii. if any provide not for his own, and 17, 18. especially for those of his own house (or kindred), he hath denied the
CHAP. XVI. faith, and is worse than an infidel, The DUTIES OF BELIEVERS, TOWARDS &c. If any man or woman that be
EACH OTHER, AS THEY STAND RElieveth, have widows, let them relieve them; and let not the church be charged. Tim. v. 4. 8. 16.
Charge them that are rich in this Sect. I. Husbands to Wives, and world, &c. that they do good, that
Wives to Husbands. Of Marriage, they be rich in good works, ready to
&c. Of Women. distribute, willing to communicate; And the Lord said, It is not good laying up in store a good foundation. that the man should be alone : I will i Tim. vi. 17-19.
make him an help meet for him, &c. The Lord give mercy unto the Adam said, This is now bone of my house of Onesiphorus, for he oft re- bone, and flesh of my flesh; she freshed me, &c. and in how many shall be called woman, because she things he ministered to me at Ephesus, was taken out of man. Therefore &c.—2 Tim. i. 16. 18. Philem. 7. shall a man leave his father and his
God is not unrighteous, to forget mother, and shall cleave unto his your work, &c. which ye have shewed wife : and they shall be one flesh.toward his name, in that ye have Gen. ii. 18. 23, 24. ministered to the saints, and do mi God commanded Abraham to nister.—Heb. vi. 10.
hearken to his wife in the case of Be not forgetful to entertain Ishmael and Isaac.—Gen. xxi. 12. strangers : for thereby some have Jacob loved Rachel more than entertained angels unawares, &c. To Leah, &c. and when the Lord saw do good, and to communicate, forget that Leah was hated, he opened her not: for with such sacrifices God is womb; but Rachel was barren.well pleased.--Heb. xiii. 2. 16. Gen. xxix. 30, 31.
Hath not God chosen the poor of And when Rachel saw that she this world, rich in faith, and heirs of bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied the kingdom? If a brother or sister her sister, and said unto Jacob, Give
TO ANOTHER IN THE
me children, or else I die. And A virtuous woman is a crown to Jacob's anger was kindled against her husband ; but she that maketh Rachel ; and he said, Am I in God's ashamed, is as rottenness in his bones. stead? who hath withheld from thee - Prov. xii. 4. xviii. 22. the fruit of the womb Gen. XXX. The contentions of a wife are a 1, 2. 1 Sam. i. 5.
continual dropping, &c. A prudent Zipporah the wife of Moses said to wife is from the Lord.—Prov. xix. him, A bloody husband art thou to 13, 14. me.—Exod. iv. 25, 26.
It is better to dwell in the wilderMoses sanctified the people, &c. ness, than with a contentious and an and he said unto the people, Be ready angry woman.-Prov. xxi. 19. against the third day: come not at Who can find a virtuous woman? your wives, &c.—Exod xix. 14, 15. for her price is far above rubies.
None of you shall approach unto The heart of her husband doth safely any that is near of kin to him (or trust in her, so that he shall have no remainder of his flesh) to uncover need of spoil. She will do him good, their nakedness : I am the Lord. and not evil, all the days of her life. The nakedness of thy father- or thy She seeketh wool and fax, and mother, &c.—Levit. xviii. 6-19. worketh willingly with her hands, &c. Matt. xiv. 3, 4.
- Prov. xxxi. 10, &c. xiv, J. Neither shalt thou make marriages Whosoever shall put away his wife, with them, &c.—Deut. vii. 3, 4. saving for the cause of fornication,
The woman shall not wear that causeth her to commit adultery: and which pertaineth unto a man; nei- whosoever shall marry her that is ther shall a man put on a woman's divorced, committeth adultery. garment: for all that do so, are abo- Matt. v. 32. xix. 9. mination unto the Lord thy God: The Pharisees said, Is it lawful for Deut. xxii. 5.
a man to put away his wife for every Hannah wept and did not eat. cause? And he answered and said Then said Elkanah her husband to unto them, Have ye not read, that he her, Hannah, why weepest thou ? and which made them at the beginning, why eatest thou not ? and why is thy made them male and female ? &c. heart grieved ? am not I better to wherefore they are no more twain, thee than ten sons ? So Hannah but one fesh. What therefore God arose, &c.—1 Sam. i. 8, 9.
hath joined together, let not man put Saul sent messengers to David's asunder, &c. Moses, because of the house, to watch him, and slay him in hardness of your hearts, suffered you the morning. And Michal, David's to put away your wives ; but from wife, told him, &c. And let him the beginning it was not so. If, &c. down through a window; and he it is good not to marry, &c. but all went and fled, and escaped.—1 Sam. men cannot receive it, &c. he that is xix. 11, &c. She afterwards despised able, let him receive it.—Matt. xix. him.- 1 Chron. xv. 29.
3—12. Israel's sin in taking strange wives, The woman which hath an husand their sorrow and reformation. band, is bound by the law to her Ezra ix. x.
husband so long as he liveth: but if Job's wife said unto him, Dost the husband be dead, she is loosed thou still retain thine integrity ? from the law of her husband. So curse God and die. But he said then, if while her husband liveth, unto her, Thou speakest as one of she be married to another man, she the foolish women speaketh. What! shall be called an adulteress : but if shall we receive good ? &c.—Job. i. her husband be dead, &c.—Rom. vii. 9, 10. 1 Kings xi. 1. 4. xxi. 25. 2, 3.
It is good for a man not to touch a for as the woman is of the man, even woman : nevertheless, to avoid for- so is the man also by the woman, &c. nication, let every man have his own – 1 Cor. xi. 3. 8, 9. 11, 12. wife, and let every woman have her Let your women keep silence in own husband. Let the husband ren- the churches : for it is not permitted der unto the wife due benevolence : unto them to speak, but to be under and likewise also the wife unto the obedience, as also saith the law. husband. The wife hath not power And if they will learn any thing, let of her own body, but the husband : them ask their husbands at home : and likewise also the husband hath for it is a shame for women to speak not power of his own body, but the in the church.-1 Cor. xiv. 34, 35. wife. Defraud ye not one the other, Be ye not unequally yoked togeexcept it be with consent for a time; ther with unbelievers ; for what felthat ye may give yourselves to fast- lowship hath righteousness with uning and prayer, and come together righteousness, &c.—2 Cor. vi. 14–16. again, that Satan tempt you not for Deut. vii. 3, 4. 1 Kings xi. 1-4. your incontinency, &c. I say there- xxi. 25. fore to the unmarried and widows, It Wives, submit yourselves unto is good for them, if they abide, even your own husbands, as unto the Lord : as I. But if they cannot contain, let for the husband is head of the wife, them marry: for it is better to marry &c. therefore as the church is subject than to burn. And unto the married, to Christ, so let the wives be to their I command, yet not I, but the Lord; own husbands in every thing. HusLet not the wife depart from her bands, love your wives, even as Christ husband: but, and if she depart, let also loved the church, &c. So ought her remain unmarried, &c. Let not men to love their wives, as their own the husband put away his wife, &c. bodies : he that loveth his wife, And if any brother hath a wife that loveth himself: for no man ever yet believeth not, and she be pleased to hated his own flesh, &c. Let every dwell with him; let him not put her one of you in particular so love his away, &c. for the unbelieving hus- wife, even as himself : and the wife band is sanctified by the wife, &c. see that she reverence her husband. else were your children unclean ; but -Eph. v. 22–25. 28. 33. pow are they holy, &c. For what Wives, submit yourselves unto your knowest thou, O wife! whether thou own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. shalt save thy husband ? &c. The time Husbands, love your wives, and be is short ; it remains, that both they not bitter against them.-Col. iii. that have wives be as though they 18, 19. had none, &c. An unmarried life In like manner also, that women commended.—1 Cor. vii. 1-16. 29. adorn themselves in modest apparel, 32, &c.
&c. Let the woman learn in silence Have we not power to lead about with all subjection : but I suffer not a sister, a wife, as well as other a woman to teach, or usurp authority apostles, and as the brethren of the over the man, but to be in silence. Lord, and Cephas ?-1 Cor. ix. 5. For Adam was first formed, then Eve :
The head of the woman is the man, and Adam was not deceived, &c.— &c. The man is not of the woman, 1 Tim. ïi. 9–14. but the woman of the man ; neither I will, therefore, that the younger was the man created for the woman, women marry, bear children, guide but the woman for the man, &c. the house, give none occasion to the Nevertheless, neither is the man adversary to speak reproachfully.without the woman, neither is the 1 Tim. v. 14. woman without the man in the Lord : The aged women likewise, that
they be in behaviour as becometh kindred, and
take a wise unto my son holiness, &c. that they may teach the Isaac, &c.--Gen. xxiv. 3, 4. xxviii. 1, young women to be sober, to love 2. 7-9. their husbands, &c. to be discreet, Isaac, when he was old, called his chaste, keepers at home, good, obe- son Esau, that he might bless him dient to their own husbands, that the before he died, &c. Rebekah said, &c, word of God be not blasphemed.- If Jacob take a wife of the daughters Titus ii. 3—5.
of Heth, &c. what good shall my life Marriage is honourable in all, and do me ? Gen. xxvii, 1–5.46. xxvi. the bed undefiled: but whoremongers 34, 35. and adulterers, God will judge. Esau took wives of Ishmael's family, Heb. xiii. 4.
on purpose because the daughters of Wives be in subjection to your own Canaan pleased not his father and husbands, that if any obey not the mother.-Gen. xxviii. 7-9. word, &c. Holy women adorned them When Esau saw the women and selves, being in subjection to their the children with Jacob, he asked own husbands, even as Sarah obeyed him, Who are those with thee? and Abraham, calling him lord, &c. Like- he said, The children which God hath wise ye husbands, dwell with them graciously given thy servant.-Gen. according to knowledge ; giving xxxii. 4, 5. Ps. cxxviii. 1. 3, &c. honour unto the wife, as unto the Rachel said to her father, Let it weaker vessel, and as being heirs to- not displease my lord, that I cannot gether of the grace of life, that your rise up before thee, &c.-Gen.xxxi.35. prayers be not hindered. - 1 Pet. Israel loved Joseph more than all ii. 147.
his children, because he was the son
of his old age; and he made him a Parents to their Children, coat of many colours, &c. therefore and Children to their Parents.
his brethren hated him, and could not CHILDREN acknowledged to be from speak peaceably unto him, &c. When God, as a desirable thing; and bar- Jacob supposed him to be dead, he renness a reproach. Gen. iv. 1. 25. rent his clothes, and put sackcloth xv. 2,3. xvi. 2. xxv.21. xxx. 1, 2.23. upon his loins, &c. refused to be 1 Sam. i. 5, 6. 10,11. Luke i. 24, 25. comforted; and he said, For I will
Noah being uncovered within his go down into the grave unto my son tent, Ham saw it, and told his bre- mourning : thus his father wept for thren without: who took a garment him.-Gen. xxvii. 3, 4. 33–35. xlii. and laid it upon both their shoulders, 36.38. and went backward, and covered the Simeon and Levi destroyed the nakedness of their father. And Noah Shechemites: their father Jacob rearising, from the relation afterwards buked them : they justified it.-Gen. blessed them, and cursed their bro- xxxiv. 25, 26. 30, 31. ther who told them.-Gen. ix. 20-27. When Jacob was told that Joseph
Abraham shall surely become a was yet alive, his heart fainted, for he great and mighty nation, &c. For I believed them not, &c. afterwards the know him, that he will command his spirit of Jacob revived, and he said, children and his household after him: I will go and see him before I die.and they shall keep the way of the Gen. xlv. 26—28. Lord, to do justice and judgment. Joseph met his father, and fell on Gen. xviii. 18, 19.
his neck, and wept on his neck a good Thou shalt not take a wife unto my while ; and Israel said unto Joseph, son of the daughters of the Canaan- Now let me die, since I have seen thy ites, amongst whom I dwell: but thou face.—Gen. xlvi. 29, 30. 1. 1. shalt go unto my country, and to my When Joseph brought his sons
unto his father Israel, Joseph bowed him, &c. and all the men of his city himself to the earth. Gen. xlviii. shall stone him,&c.-Deut. xxi. 15–21. 9-12.
Cursed be he that setteth light by The sons of Israel did unto hiin his father' or his mother.-Deut. according as he commanded them : xxvii. 16. for, &c.—Gen. 1. 12, 13.
Gather, &c. men, women, and chilThat thou mayest tell in the ears dren, &c. that they may hear, &c. of thy son, and of thy son's son, what that they may learn and fear the Lord, things I have wrought in Egypt, and &c.—Deut. xxxi. 12. my signs, &c. that ye may know that Set your hearts unto all the words, I am the Lord.—Exod. x. 2.
&c. which ye shall command your When thy son shall ask, What children to observe, to do all the means the offering of the first-born ? words of this law.-Deut. xxxii. 46. &c. Thou shalt say unto him, By When your children shall ask their strength of hand the Lord brought fathers in time to come, saying, What us out of Egypt, &c. and slew all the mean these stones? Then ye shall let first-born. Exod. xiii. 14, 15. xii. your children know, saying, Israel 25-27.
came over this Jordan on dry land : Honour thy father and thy mother, for the Lord your God dried ир.
the that thy days may be long upon the waters.—Josh. iv. 20—23. Deut. iv. land, &c.—Exod. xx. 12.
9, 10. vi. 20, 21. Moses went out to meet his father Ruth's great love to her motherin-law, and did obeisance, and kissed in-law recorded.—Ruth i. 15–17. him ; and they asked each other of Eli was very old, and heard all that their welfare.—Exod. xviii. 7. his sons did unto all Israel : and
He that smiteth his father or his how they lay with the women, &c. mother, shall be surely put to death, and he said unto them, Why do you &c. He that curseth (or revileth) his such things ? for I hear of your
evil father or his mother, shall surely be dealings by all this people: nay, my put to death. — Exod. xxi. 15. 17. sons, for it is no good report that I Levit. xx. 9.
hear, &c. If a man sin against the Ye shall fear every man his mother Lord, who shall intreat for him ?and his father : I am the Lord.- 1 Sam. ii. 22–25. Levit. xix. 3.
I will perform against Eli all things I will make them to hea, my words, which I have spoken, &c. for the ini&c. and that they may teach their quity which he knoweth ; because children, &c.—Deut. iv. 10.
his sons made themselves vile, and he These words which I command restrained them not (or frowned not thee this day, shall be in thine heart : upon them).-1 Sam. iii. 11-14. and thou shalt teach them diligently Bathsheba, king Solomon's mother, (or whet, or sharpen) unto thy chil- went unto him: he rose up to meet dren: and shall talk of them, &c. her, and bowed himself unto her, and Thou shalt say unto thy son, We were caused a seat to be set for her on his servants, &c.—Deut. vi. 6, 7. 21. right hand.-1 Kings ii. 19. xi. 18, 19.
prays fur his son Solomon, A man may not disinherit his first- and instructs him to keep the law.
If a man have a stubborn 1 Chron. xxii. 11–13. 2 Chron. and rebellious son, which will not ii. 1, &c. obey the voice of his father, or the Job offered burnt-offerings for his voice of his mother, and that, when sons continually: for Job said, It they have chastened him, will not may be that my sons have sinned, &c. hearken unto them : then shall his job i. 5. father and his mother lay hold on I will utter dark sayings of old,