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Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart.-Matt. xi, 29.

One of them which were with Jesus, stretched out his hand and drew a sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, &c. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place; for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.-Matt.xxvi. 51, 52. v. 39.

The Samaritans did not receive Christ; and when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of: for the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives.-Luke -ix. 52-56.

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Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.-Rom. xii. 19. ⠀

-Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not, &c. is not easily provoked; thinketh no evil.-1 Cor. xiii. 4, 5.

In malice be ye children. but in understanding be men.- -1 Cor. xiv. 20.

The fruit of the Spirit is, &c. longsuffering, gentleness, &c. meekness, temperance.-Gal. v. 22, 23.

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, &c. be put away from you.-Eph. iv. 31. Col. iii. 8.

Let your moderation be known unto all men.-Phil. iv. 5.

Put on bowels of mercies, &c. forbearing one another, and forgiving one another. If any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.-Col. iii. 12, 13.

Be patient toward all men: see that none render evil for evil unto any man.-1 Thess. v. 14, 15. 1 Pet. iii. 9.

The servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle unto all men, &c. patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves: if God peradventure, &c.-2 Tim. ii. 24, 25.

To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers: but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.-Titus iii. 2.

Let every man be slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.-James i. 19, 20.

The wisdom that is from above, is, &c. gentle and easy to be intreated, &c. James iii. 17.

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing, &c. knowing that ye are, &c. Be ready always to give an answer unto every man, &c. with meekness. Pet. iii. 9. 15.

SECT. VI. To pity them, shew them Mercy, pray for them, and requite them Good for Evil: Love for Hatred.

Ir thou meet thine enemy's ox or ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again. If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him; thou shalt surely help with him (or wouldest cease to leave thy business for him: thou shalt surely leave it to join with him).Exod. xxiii. 4, 5. Deut. xxii. 1—4.

If thy brother be waxen poor, &c. thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger or a sojourner; that

he may live with thee.Levit. care of the wounded, in the parable, xxv. 35. commended.Luke: x. 30, &c.

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He that considereth the poor, or sick, the Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing.-Ps. xli. 1-3.

The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.-Prov. xi. 17.

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.--Prov. xii. 10.

He that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.-Prov. xvii. 5.

If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat: and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: for thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee. Prov. xxv. 21, 22. 2 Chron. xxviii. 11. 15. Prov. xxiv. 11, 12..

Seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it; for in the peace thereof shall have peace. Jer. xxix. 7.


Blessed are the merciful, &c. love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, &c. that ye may be the children of your heavenly Father; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, &c. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the Publicans the same?-Matt. v. 7. 4446. Luke vi. 32, 33. 35, 36.

Christ had compassion on the multitude, and did them good.-Matt. ix. 36. xiv. xv. 32.


The Samaritan's compassion and

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See that none render evil for evil unto any man, but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.-1 Thess. v. 15.

I exhort, &c. that supplications and prayers, &c. be made for all men, 1 Tim. ii. 1.

He shall have judgment without mercy that hath shewed no mercy. James ii. 13...

The wisdom that is from above, is, &c. full of mercy and good fruits.→→ James.iii. 17.

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing; but contrariwise blessing.-1 Pet. iii. 9.

SECT. VII. To behave humbly and

courteously toward all, giving them due Respect.

THE children of Heth said to Abraham, Hear us, my lord; Thou art a mighty prince among us; in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead, &c. And Abraham stood up and bowed himself to the people of the land, &c.-Gen. xxiii. 5-7. 11, 12.

Jacob bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near his brother Esau, &c. Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant, &c. Let me find grace in the sight of my lord.-Gen. xxxiii. 3. 14, 15.

Thou shalt rise up before the hoary

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head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God; I am the Lord. Levit. xix. 32. Rom. xiii. 7. If thou meet any man, salute him not and if any salute thee, answer him not again.--2 Kings iv. 29.

Let me not give flattering titles unto men, &c. my Maker would soon take me away.Job xxxii. 21, 22.

God threatened it as an evil, that the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.-Isa. iii. 5.

If ye salute your brethren only, what do you more than others? do not even the Publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.-Matt. v. 47, 48.

When ye come into an house, salute it.-Matt. x. 12.

When thou art bidden, &c. sit not down in the highest room, lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; and he that bade thee and him, come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest om, &c. Sit in the lowest room &c. then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. Luke xiv. 8-10.

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I am not mad, most noble Festus, said Paul; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.-Acts

xxvi. 25.

I, &c. communicated that gospel, -&c. but privately to them that were of reputation.-Ġal. ii. 2.

Honour (or esteem) all men.1 Pet. ii. 17.

Finally, &c. be courteous.-1 Pet. .iii. 8.

The elder, unto the elect lady, &c. And now I beseech thee, lady.-2 John 1. 5.

The children of thy elect sister greet thee.-2 John 13.

To avoid all unnecessary
Society and Fellowship with wicked

THEY shall not dwell in thy land,

lest they make thee sin against me.Exod. xxiii. 32, 33.

When Jehoshaphat had helped the wicked king of Israel, Jehu, the son of Hanani the seer, went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them who hate the Lord? Therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord.-2 Chron. xix. 1, 2.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. Ps. i. 1.

Who shall abide in thy tabernacle? &c. He in whose eyes a vile person is contemned.-Ps. xv. 1. 4.

I have not sat with vain persons; neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evildoers; and will not sit with the wicked.-Ps. xxvi. 4, 5.

I will not know a wicked person, &c. He that worketh deceit, shall not dwell within my house. He that telleth lies, shall not tarry in my sight.-Ps. ci. 4. 7. cxix. 115..

Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, &c. with him that hateth peace. I am for peace, &c. they for war.Ps. cxx. 5-7.

Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with a perfect hatred.Ps. cxxxix. 21, 22.

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not: walk not thou in the way with them: refrain thy foot from their path.-Prov. i. 10. 15.

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.-Prov. xiii. 20.

Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.-Prov. xiv. 7.

Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go; lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.— Prov. xxii. 24, 25.

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Be not thou envious against evil men: neither desire to be with them. -Prov. xxiv. 1, 2.

I wrote to you in an epistle, not to keep company with fornicators; yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, &c. for then must ye needs go out of the world.-1 Cor. v. 9, 10. Eph. v. 5-7.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, &c. What communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?—2 Cor. vi. 14, 15.




the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsover the Son will reveal him. -Matt. xi. 27.

How can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? &c.-Matt. xii. 29.

A rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven, &c. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter, &c. With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible.-Matt. xix. 23–26. Luke xviii. 24—27.

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, but of God, &c.-John i. 13. iii. 3, &c.

A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.-John iii. 27.

No man can come unto me, except BY HIM; TO BELIEVE IT, the Father which hath sent me, draw him, &c. Except it were given unto him of my Father.-John vi. 44. 65. As the branch cannot bear fruit of

26-28. Luke xvii. 20, 21. xix. 1, itself, except it abide in the vine: no


Matt. xii. 28.

SECT. I. Man, of himself, not able to do these Things.

EXCEPT the Lord build the house, they labour in vain who build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. - Ps. cxxvii. 1.

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Man's goings are of the Lord: how can a man then understand his own way?—Prov. xx. 24.

A deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul; nor say, Is there not a lie in? &c.Isa. xliv. 20.

O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. -Jer. x. 23. Prov. xvi. 9.

Can the Ethiopian change his skin? &c. then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil?-Jer.

xiii. 23.

No man knoweth the Son, but the Father: neither knoweth any man

more can ye, except ye abide in me, &c. for without (or severed from) me, ye can do nothing.-John xv. 4, 5.

The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.-Rom. viii. 7.

The natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.-1 Cor. ii. Î4. John viii. 43.

By the grace of God, I am that I .am, &c. Not I, but the grace of God which was with me.-1 Cor. xv. 10. Gal. ii. 20.

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God. -2 Cor. iii. 5.

The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, &c. so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.-Gal. v. 17. Rom. vii. 15. 18.

By grace are ye saved, through

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I. In General.-Col. i. 10, 11.

And the Lord thy God shall circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.-Deut. xxx. 6.

The hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment, &c. by the word of the Lord. 2 Chron. xxx. 12...

. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength. -Ps. viii. 2. Matt. xxi. 16. ... Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right (or constant) spirit within me, &c. Restore to me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me by thy free spirit.-Ps. li. 10. 12.

The God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Ps. lxviii. 35...

I will go in the strength of the Lord God, &c.-Ps. lxxi. 16.

Turn us again, O God, &c. Quicken us, and we will call upon thy name, &c.-Ps. lxxx. 3. 18.

I am the Lord thy God, &c. Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Ps. lxxxi. 10.

.. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee, &c. The Lord will give grace and glory; and no good thing will he withhold, &c.-Ps. lxxxiv. 5. 11.

All my springs are in thee.-Ps. lxxxvii. 7.

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Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countejoice all the day long, &c. for thou nance in thy name shall they reart the glory of their strength.-Ps. lxxxix. 15-17..!

Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.-Ps. cx. 3. Exod. xxxv. 21.

Trust to the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding: in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Prov. iii. 5, 6.

The preparations (or disposings) of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, are from the Lord.— Prov. xvi. 1.

Man's goings are of the Lord.Prov. xx. 24.

Draw me, we will run after thee.~ Cant. i. 4. Jer. xxxi. 3. Hosea xi. 3, 4.

He that is left in Zion, &c. shall be called holy, &c. when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, &c. by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning-Isa. iv. 3, 4.

Thou also hast wrought all our works in us (or for us): by thee only will we make mention of thy name. Isa. xxvi. 12, 13. ~

Behold, your God will come: then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped: then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desart, &c. the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs, &c. and the highway shall be there, &c. the way-faring men, though fools, shall not err therein.-Isa. xxxv. 4-8.

I, the Lord, have called thee in righteousness, &c. will give thee, &c. for a light to the Gentiles to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prisonhouse. Isa. xlii. 6, 7.

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