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If ye worship not the image which I have made; ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. King Darius signed the writing and the decree. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God.
They (the rulers) called them, and commanded them not to speak at all, nor teach, in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. ought to obey God rather than men.
DUTIES TO MANKIND.
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.
Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
A certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, What is written in the law? How readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself. said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jerico, and fell among thieves. which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan. as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in off and wine; and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of hin And on the morrow, when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again I vi
repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou was neighbour unto him who fell among the thieves? and he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then Jesus said unto him, go, and do thou likewise.
Covet earnestly the best gifts. Having gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophecy 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: he that giveth let him do it with simplicity: he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.
Do good; be kindly affectioned; be harmless; be blameless; do justly; and render to all their dues.
DUTIES OF MASTERS AND SERVANTS.
MASTERS, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers.
Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour.
Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
A servant honoureth his master. He that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame.
Be content with your wages.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men: knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
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.
DUTIES OF MINISTERS AND PEOPLE.
How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
O man of God, follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Strive not about words to no profit, but to the
subverting of the hearers. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ; to whom be praise and dominion for and ever. Amen.
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions, and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness; from such withdraw thyself.
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression. Thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.