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Common rights of man.
4. A right to employ their gifts, and talents in the instruction, reproof and edification of others ?
Lev. 19. 17. Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him.
Mk. 16. 15. Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Rom. 12. 6. Having then gifts, differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching: Or he that exhorteth on exhortation.
1 Cor. 10. 29. Why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?
1 Cor. 12. 7. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 21. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the teet, I have no need of you.
Col. 3. 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another. 5 To enjoy the fruits of our own industry.
Ec. 5. 18. It is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion. Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.
Ec. 3. 22. There is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him? 6. To form conjugal relations, and enjoy conjugal society.
Gen. 2. 18. It is not good that the man should be alone. Ec. 9. 9.
Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity which he
hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labor which thou takest under the sun.
Mat. 19. 6. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
Ep. 5. 31. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
7. A right to control and train up our offspring for usefulness and happiness.
Gen. 18. 19. I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Dt. 6. 6. And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thy heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children.
Ep. 6. 4. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
8, A right to insist that all should bear a proper portion of the burdens of life.
2 Cor. 8. 13. For I mean not that other men be eased and
you burdened: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want : that there may be equality: As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.
604. Was oriental bond-service always a forced relation ?
Gen. 14 14. And when Abraham heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.
Duties of masters-Duties of servants.
Lev. 25. 47. If a sojourner or stranger wax rich by thee, and thy brother that dwelleth by him wax poor, and sell himself unto the stranger or sojourner by thee, or to the stock of the stranger's family : After that he is sold, he may be redeemed again. 39.
Job 31. 13. If I did despise the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-servant, when they contended with me; What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb ?
605. Ought servants to be justly rewarded for their services ?
Dt. 24. 14. Thou shalt not oppress a hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates: At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it, for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin unto thee. 18. But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bond-man in Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee thence : therefore I command thee to do this thing.
Jer. 22. 3. Thus saith the Lord; Execute ye dgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place,
Mic. 6. 8. What doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thyGod?
Col. 4. 1. Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
1 Tim. 5. 18. The laborer is worthy of his reward. 606. What duties are required of servants ? Ep. 6. 5. Servants, be obedient to them that are
your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
Col. 3. 22. Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service as men-pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to ihe Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
1 Tim. 6. 1. Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. "These things teach and exhort.
Tit. 2. 9. Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
1 Pet. 2. 18. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thank-worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently; but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
Golden rule-Partiality and prejudice.
607. Did the Mosaic code restrain cruelty to servants ? Ex. 21. 26. If a man smite the eye of his servant,
eye of his maid, that it perish; he shall let him go free for his eye's sake. And if he smite out his manservant's tooth, or his maid-servant's tooth, he shall let him go free for his tooth's sake.
Dt. 23. 15. Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee: He shall dwell with thee, even among you in that place which he shall choose in one of thy gates where it liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress him.
603. What is the scriptural and golden rule of treating our fellow creatures ?
Mat. 7. 12. All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Mat. 22. 37. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Gal. 5. 13. By love, serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
609. 1re partiality, prejudice, scorn and contempt forbidden ?
Ps. 12. 5. For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
Is. 58. 9. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon-day. [See 528.]