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THE B I B L E,
WITH REFERENCE TO THE
SOCIAL DUTIES OF MAN.
ABOMINATIONS. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imagi. pations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren.
(Prov. vi. 17-19. A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
[Prov. xi. 1. Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.
[Prov. xii. 22. They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD.
[Prov. xi. 20. ADULTERY. Thou shalt not commit adultery. [Exod. xx. 14.
Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth ano. ther, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband, committeth adultery.
(Luke, xvi. 18. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
(James, iv. 4. B
AFFLICTION-AGÉ. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
[Math. v. 27, 28. But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding : he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
[Prov. vi. 32. AFFLICTION. Notwithstanding, ye have well done that ye did communicate with my affliction.
[Phil. iv. 14. Choose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.
(Heb. xi. 25.
AGE. Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God. (Lev. xix. 32.
The glory of young men is their strength, and the beauty of old men is the grey head. [Prov.xx. 29.
Hearken unto the father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.
(Prov. xxiii. 22, The fear of the Lord prolongeth days. But the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
[Prov. X. 27. The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
(Prov. xvi. 31. ALMSGIVING. When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger.
[Lev. xix. 9, 10. When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands. When thou beatest thine olive-tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow. When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vine.
3 yard, thou shalt not glean it afterward : it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
[Deut. xxiv. 19-21. Blessed is he that considereth the poor : the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive, and he shall be blessed upon the earth : and thou wilt not deliver him into the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.
[Psalm xli. 1-3. There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The literal soul shall be made fat; and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
(Prov. xi. 24, 25. Cast thy bread upon the waters : for thou shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
[Eccles. xi. 1, 2. Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them; otherwise ye have no reward of your Fa. ther which is in heaven. Therefore, when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth : That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, himself shall reward thee openly.
[Matt. vi, 1-4. And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury : and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
(Mark xii. 41-44. He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly, and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bounti. fully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart,
so let him give ; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
[2 Cor. ix. 6-8.
(Eph. iv. 26. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil-speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.
[Eph. iv. 31. BLASPHEMY. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
[Exod. xxi. Whosever curseth his God shall bear his sin. And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.
(Lev. xxiv. 15, 16. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blas. phemy shall be forgiven unto men : but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
[Math. xii. 31. BORROWING. If a man borrow ought of his neighbour, and it be hurt, or die, the owner thereof being not with it; he shall surely make it good.
(Exod. xxii. 14. BROTHERLY LOVE. Let brotherly love continue.
(Heb. xiii, 1. If thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee, then thou shalt relieve him; yea though he be a stranger, or a sojourner: that he may live with thee. Take thou no usury of him, or increase : but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. And if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee; thou shalt
5 not compel him to serve as a bond-servant: But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the year of jubilee : And then shall he depart from thee, both he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return.
(Lev. xxv. 35-41. Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart.
(Lev. xix. 17. Thou shalt not see thy brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them; thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother. And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not; then thou shalt bring it unto thine uwn house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again. In like manner shalt thou do with his ass, and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of thy brother's, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise : thou majest not hide thyself. Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them; thou shall surely help him to lift them up again.
[Deut. xxii. 1-4,
CHARITY. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of pro. phecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge ; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove moun. tains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; cha. rity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth ; Bear. eth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth : but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail : whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. And now abideth faith, hope,