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James iv. 11. He that judgeth his brother iudgeth the law, but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law but a judge.
Ver. 12. There is one law-giver who is able to save and to destroy, who art thou that judgest another? See 1 Cor. v. 10, 13. Luke xvi. 15. See thos that despised Christ. Ch. xviii. 11. See the proud Pharisee.
LXVII. Setting good example. Matt. v. 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Col. iv. 5. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without. 1 Thess. iv. 12. Neh. v. 9.
1 Tim. iv. 12 Be thou an example of believers.
OF ENTICING OTHERS.
LXVIII. Of enticing others, and being enticed to sin. Jer. xx. 10. My familiars watched for my halting, saying, peradventure he will be enticed, and we will prevail against him, and we will take our revenge on him.
Ver. 11. But the Lord is with me, therefore they shall not prevail. Prov. i. 10. If sinners entice thee, consent thou not. Ver. 11 to 14.. Ver. 15. Walk not thou in the way with them, refrain thy foot from their path.
xxviii. 10. Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit.
Hab. ii. 15. Woe to him that giveth his neighbour drink, and naaketh him drunken, &c.
Rom. xiv. 13. Let no man put a stumbling-block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. Ver. 21. 1 Cor. viii. 9, 12, 13. 2 Cor. xi. 29.
1 Tim. v. 22. Be not partaker of other men's sins, keep thyself pure. Rev. ii. 14. I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. Numb. xxv. 1. See false teachers deceive the people. Commandment Fifth. Neh. vi. 13. Instance.
LXIX. Of gratitude or returns of friendship. Instances thereof. Exod. ii. 20. Reuel to Moses.
1 Sam. xv. 6. Saul to the Kenites.
2 Sam. x. 2. David to Hanun.
ix. 17. David to Jonathan's family.
xix. 32 to 38. David to Barzillai. 1 Kings ii. 7.
LXX. Ingratitude. Instances. Gen. xl. 23. Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph but forgat him.
Judg. viii. 35. The children of Israel did not shew kindness to the house of Gideon according to all goodness which he had shewed unto Israel.
Ps. xxxv. 12. They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul. Ps. xxxviii. 20.-cii. 5.
Ver. 13. But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was
Ps. xxxv. 14. I humbled my soul with fasting, I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother, I bowed down heavily as one that mourneth for his mother.
Ver. 15. But in my adversity they rejoiced. Ps. cix. 4, 5.
Prov. xvii. 13. Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. See 1 Sam. xxiii. 5, 12.-xxv. 21. Jer. xviii. 20, 21. Eccl. ix. 14, 15.
DUTIES TOWARD OURSELVES.
1. THE temperate use of meat and drink allowed. Eccl. ii. 24. There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. Ch. iii. 13. -v. 18, 19, 20.
1 Tim. iv. 3. Meats God hath created to be received with thanksgiving, of them which believe and know the truth.
Ver. 4. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.
- Ver. 5. For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
v. 23. Use a little wine for thy stomach's sake, and thine often infirmities.
II. Intemperance in meat and drink forbidden. Deut. xxi. 20. If the parents shall say to the elders of the city, this our son is stubborn and rebellious, he is a glutton and a drunkard ;
Ver. 21. All the men of the city shall stone him with stones that he die.
Prov. xxi. 17. He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man, he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
xxiii 1. When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee;
Ver. 2. And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
Ver. 3. Be not desirous of his dainties, for they are deceitful meats. Prov. xxiii. 20. Be not amongst wine-bibbers, amongst riotous caters of flesh.
Ver. 21. For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty. xxviii. 7. He that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father. xxx. 22. The earth cannot bear a fool when he is full of meat. Matt. xxiv. 48. If the evil servant shall say in his heart, my Lord delayeth his coming;
Ver. 49. And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken,
Ver. 50. The Lord of that servant, shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour when he is not aware of.
Ver. 51. And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with hypocrites, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Luke vi. 25. Woe unto you that are full for ye shall hunger. xxi. 34. Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be wercharged with surfeiting and drunkenness and the cares of this ife, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Rom. xiii. 13. Let us walk honestly as in the day, not in rioting nd drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness.
Ver. 14. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not proision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
1 Cor. vii. 31. Use this world as not abusing it.
ix. 25. Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.
Ver. 27. I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection, lest that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast away.
Phil. iii. 19. Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, whose glory is their shame, who mind earthly things.
1 Thess. v. 7. They that sleep, sleep in the night, and they that be drunken, are drunken in the night.
Ver. 8. But let us who are of the day he sober. Tit. ii. 12. Live soberly, &c.
1 Pet. iv. 5. The wicked think it strange that ye run not to the same excess of riot.
2 Pet. i. 6. Add to knowledge, temperance.
ii. 13. They shall receive the reward of unrighteousness that count it pleasure to riot in the day time: spots they are, and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings.
Jude ver. 12. Feeding themselves without fear. See Amos vi. 6. III. Drunkenness, the evils thereof. Prov. xx. 1. Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Prov. xxiii. 29. Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babblings? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
Ver. 30. They that tarry long at the wine, they that go to seek mixt wine.
Ver. 31. Look not on the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
Ver. 32. At the last it bitteh like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
Ver. 33. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Ver. 34, 35.
Isa. v. 11. Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink, that continue until night, till wine inflame them.
Ver. 22. Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink.
Ivi. 12. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink, and to-morrow shall be as this day and much more abundant.
1 Cor. v. 11. I have written to you, if any one that is called a brother be a drunkard, with such an one not to keep company, nor to eat with him.
1 Cor. vi. 10. Drunkards shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal. v. 19. The works of the flesh are these, adultery, &c. Ver. 21. Drunkenness, revellings, and such like, they that do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Ver. 23.
Eph. v. 18. Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.
IV. Of making others drunk. Esther i. 3. King Ahasuerus made a feast unto the nobles and princes,
Ver. 5. And to all the people that were present. Ver. 7. And gave them drink, &c.
Ver. 8. The drinking was according to law, none did compel, for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure..
Hab. ii. 15. Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that putteth thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayst look on their nakedness.
Ver. 16. Thou art filled with shame for glory; drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered, the cup of the Lord's right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. See 2 Sam. xi. 13. Isa. lvi. 12.
Unhappy instances of drunkenness in Noah. Gen. ix. 21. In Lot, Gen. xix. 32. Nabal. 1 Sam. xxv. 36. Elah. 1 Kings xvi. 9, 10. Benhadad. I Kings xx. 16 to 22. See wicked clergymen, their drunkenness. Also magistrates perverting judgment through drunkenness.
V. Sleep. Prov. vi. 9. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard, when wilt thou awake out of sleep?
Ver. 10. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep.
Ver. 11. So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth and thy want as an armed man.
xx. 13. Love not sleep lest thou come to poverty, open thine es and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
xxiii. 21. Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
xxvi. 14. As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the sh ful upon his bed.
VI. Labour commanded, and promises to the laborious, the diligent and industrious. Gen. iii. 19. In the, sweat of thy face, shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground.
Exod. xx. 19. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work.
Prov. x. 4. He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand, but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
xii. 11. He that ulleth his land shall have plenty of bread, but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding. Ch. xxviii. 29.
Ver. 24. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule, but the slothful shall be under tribute.
Ver. 27. The slothful roasteth not that which he took in hunting, but the substance of the diligent man is precious.
xiii. 4. The soul of the sluggard desireth and hath nothing, but the soul of the diligent shalt be made fat.
Prov. xiii. 11. Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished; but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
xiv. 23. In all labour there is profit, but the labour of the lips tendeth only to penury.
Prov. xxi. 5. T..e thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness, but of every one that is hasty, only to want.
xxii. 21. Seest thou a man diligent in his business, he shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before mean men.
xxxi. 27. A good wife eateth not the bread of idleness. Eccl. v. 12. The sleep of a labouring man is sweet.
xi. 6. In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening with-hold not thy hand.
Rom. xii. 11. Be not slothful in business.
Eph. iv. 28. Let him that stole steal no more, but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
1 Thess. iv. 11. We beseech you, that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands.
Ver. 12. That ye may walk honestly towards them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
2 Thess. iii. 10. We command you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
Ver. 11. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly working not at all, but are busy bodies.
Ver. 12. Now them that are such we command and exhort, by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quictness they work and cat their own bread.
Ver. 14. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 1 Tim. v. 13.
OF THE SLUGGARD.
VII. Of the sluggard, the slothful and idle. See several of the foregoing texts, where these persons are compared with the diligent, &c. Prov. vi. 6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise.
Ver. 7. Which having no guide, overseer or ruler,
Ver. 8. Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
x. 26. As vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
xv. 19. The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns, but the way of the righteous is made plain.
xviii. 9. He that is slothful in his work, is brother to him that is a great waster.
xix. 15. Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep, and an idle soul shall suffer hunger,
Ver. 24. A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth. Ch. xxvi. 15.
xx. 4. The sluggard will not plough by reason of the cold, therefore shall be beg in harvest and have nothing.
xxi. 25. The desire of the slothful killeth him, for his hands refuse to labour. Ch. xiii. 4.
xxii. 13. The slothful man saith, there is a lion without, I shall 17