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If a Ruler hearken to Lies, all his Servants are wicked; therefore the Law isllacked, and Judgment doth never go forth: For the Wicked doth compass about the Righteous, therefore wrong Judgment proceedeth, and then a Man'sGift maketh Room for him, and bringeth him before great Men.
Many seek the Ruler's Favour ; but every Man's Judgment cometh from the Lord.
When the Righteous are in Authority, the People rejoice ; but when the Wicked beareth Rule, the People mourn.
6 When the King fitteth upon the Throne of his Kingdom, the Book of the Law of God (hall be with him, and he shall read therein all the Days of his Life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God; to keep all the Words of his Law, and his Statutes, to do them; that his Heart be
; not lifted up above his Brethren, and that he turn not aside from the Commandment, to the Right or to the Left; to the End that he may prolong
; his Days in his Kingdom, he and his Children.
* It is an Abomination to Kings to commit Wickedness; for the Throne is established by Righteousness.
i The Prince shall not take of the Peoples Inheritance by Oppreffion, to thrust them out of their Poffeflion.
k The Honour of Kings is to search out a Matter.
Hab. l. 4.
Prov. 18. 16. of Prov. 29. 12. S'Prov. 29. 2•
& Deut. 17.18, 19, 20. 26. 12. i Ezek. 46. 28.
Prov. 15. 2.
! It is not for Kings to drink Wine, nor for Princes strong Drink; left they drink and forget the Law, and pervert the Judgment of any of the Afflicted.
Mercy and Truth preserve the King, and his Throne is upholden by Mercy.
* Take away the Wicked from before the King, and his Throne shall be established by Righteousness.
• A wife King that fitteth in the Throne of Judgment, scattereth away all Evil with his Eyes. He delivereth the Spoiled out of the Hand of the Oppressor ; he removeth Violence and Spoil, and taketh away Factions from the People.
P As a roaring Lion and a ranging Bear, so is a wicked Ruler over the poor People.
9 The Prince that wanteth Understanding is also a great Oppreffor; and he that receiveth Gifts overthroweih the Land; but he that hateth Covetoufness, shall prolong his Days.
• Hear this, ye Heads and Princes, that abhor Judgment, and pervert all Equity.
* For the Transgression of a Land many are the Princes thereof. Let every Soul be subject unto the
Subje&ts. higher Powers; for there is no Power but of God: The Powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the Power, refifteth
i Prov. 31.4, 5.
m Prov. 20. 28.
n Prov. 25. 5. Prov. 20, 26, 8. Jer. 22. 3.
Ezek. 45. 9.
P Prov. 9 Prov. 28. 16.
Prov. 29. 4•
Prov. 28. 16. * Micah 3.90 s Prov. 28. 2. t Rom. 13. 1, 2,
the Ordinance of God; and they that resist shall receive to themselves Damnation : For Rulers are not a Terror to good Works, but to the Evil. Wilt thou not then be afraid of the Power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have Praise of the same : For he is the Minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is Evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the Sword in vain: For he is the Minister of God, a Revenger to execute Wrath upon him that doth Evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for Wrath, but also for Conscience sake. Forthis Cause pay you Tribute also; for they are God's Miniters, attending continually upon this very Thing.
u Submit yourselves to every Ordinance of Man, for the Lord's Sake; whether it be to the King, as Supreme; or unto Governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the Punishment of Evil. doers, and for the Praise of them that do well. As free, and not using your Liberty for a Cloke of Maliciousness, but as the Servants of God.
* Be subject to Principalities and Powers ; and obey Magistrates.
According to the Sentence of the Law which they thall teach thee, and according to the Judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do.
y Honour the King.
z Render unto Cæfar the Things which are Cæsar's.
a Fear thou the Lord and the King, and meddle not with them that are given to change.
• Who can stretch forth his Hand against the Lord's Anointed, and be guiltlers ?
c Thou shalt not revile the Gods, nor curse, ar speak Evil of the Ruler of thy People.
& Curse not the King, no not in thy Thought.
c Where the Word of a King is, there is Power ; and who may say unto hiin, What dost thou? But by long forbearing is a Prince persuaded.
f. Is it fit to say to a King, Thou art wicked? and to Princes, Ye are ungodly?
. The King's Wrath is as the roaring of a Lion; whofo provoketh him to Anger, finneth against his own Soul.
h Presumptuous are they and self-willed, that despise Government, and are not afraid to speak Evil of Dignities.
i Whosoever will not do the Law of God, and the Law of the King, let Judgment be executed fpeedily upon him ; whether it be unto Death, or to Banishment, or to Confiscation of Goods, or to Imprisonment.
The Duties of the MINISTERS of CHRIST.
k Those that have received the Ministry of the Word, are to be accounted of as the Ministers of Christ, and Stewards of the Mysteries of God.
o i Sam. 26. 9. c Exod. 22. 28. Acts 23. 5. d Ecclef. 10. 20. e Ecclef. 8. 4. Prov. 25. 15.
f Job 34. 18. & Prov. 19. 12. Prov. 20. 2.
h 2 Pet. 2. IO. 26. k Col. 4. 17. Acts 6.4. 1 Cor. 4. 10
i Ezra 7.
Moreover it is required of Stewards, that a Man be found faithful.
! Having then the Ministry given to them, let them wait on their Ministring. He that teacheth, on Teaching; he that exhorteth, on Exhortation; he that ruleth, let him do it with Diligence; For they are Labourers together with God, and we to whom they minister are God's Husbandry ; we are God's Building: Not that they have Dominion over our Faith, but are Helpers of our Joy. For by Faith we stand.
** They are Ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech us by them. They pray us, in Christ's Stead, to be reconciled to God. · And as Workers together with him they befeech us, that we receive not the Grace of God in vain.
"Let them therefore take heed to the Ministry which they have received in the Lord, that they fulfil it ; not abusing their Power in the Gospel; giving no Offence in any Thing, that the Ministry be not blamed. Suffering all Things, left they should hinder the Gospel of Christ, and in all Things approving themselves as the Ministers of God.
• Let them minister, as of the Ability which God giveth ; behaving themselves holily, and justly, and unblameably, among them that believe; and walking in Wisdom toward them that are without ; that God in all Things may be glorified, through Jesus Christ.
1 Cor. 4. 2.
1 Cor. 3. 9,
2 Cor. 6. I. 1. 24.
n Col. 4. 17 1 Cor. g. 18. 2 Cor. 6. 3 I Cor. 9. 12.
2 Cor. 6. 4. o i Pet. 4. II. 1 Thefl. 2. 10.
1 Pet. 4. 11.
Col. 4. So