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abroad their own fhame in speaking to the discredit of their relatives ; contempt of and despising one ano. ther, All these are quite opposite to conjugal love it 2. Against that faithfulness they owe to one another, in respect of their bodies, is infidelity in the gross breach

PresCaving means is all idleness, mismanagement, and wastery. And in respect of their fouls, is unconcernedness about them, being at no pains to inttruct, admonish, and watch over one another; and if at any time they tell them of their faults, it is to their reproach, being before others, or in their passion, so that it can do no good. And much more then whey become snares and hinderancés to one another instead of meet helps, leading and provoking their relatives to fin againft God, and ruin their own fouls.

Wives particularly sin against their husbands, by casting off all reverence to them, carrying themselves imperiously towards them, being disobedient, wilful, and intractable, and like Vashti, Elth. i. 10. 11. 12. who would not come to the king, when sent for by him, will not go an inch by their own will to pleale them. It is not their honour to command, whose province God has made it to obey, Ezek. xvi. 39. Eph. 11 Husbands sin against their wives in dealing untenderly, with them, tyrannising and domineering over them in a masterful way, not protecting them from the insults of others, nor providing for them; giving them that are their wives no trust, but making them like Nabal accountable to the utmoit farthins: por encouraging and praising them when they do well; most of all in beating them, in ute only with furious or mad men, Eph. v. 25. 29.

Secondly, Aş to parents and children :

1. Children fin against their parents by disobedience to them. Such are in the midst of the black roll, Rom. i. 3o. and are in a ncar way to ruin, Prov. xxx.

V. ult.

17. So do they by all irreverence to them, and slighting and dishonouring them in word and deed, Deuts xxvü. 16. and much more by curling of them, Exbda xx1. '17.' Many again fin against God and theiripit rents, being unteachalle, and will not hearkens to theit inftruction, Prov. v. 7.; they will not take i harp word from them, but their hearts rise against them and it too, Prov. xiii. 18.; and others, though they will bear with words, yet they are stubborn, and will' not fubmit to correction, Deut. xxi. 18. 19. And what will we say of those that like cursed Ham make a jest of their parents infirmitres, waste their substance, and prove unnatural and hard-hearted to them when they are old and in distress? Prov. xix. 26. Tinally, they if by disposing of themselves to callings or in marriage without consent of their parents, Gen. xxvi, 34. 35.

2. Parents fin against their childrer many ways, while they are not concerned for then while infants, but many are careless as to the lyringing up of their children to some honest employnient, but by encou. raging them in idleness, prove a fnare to them. Most men, if they bring their children to be able to shift for a livelihood to themselves, think they have done enough, while they "have been ať pains to bring them up for God. Many will learn them to work that will not learn them to read, pray, 6'6. What fhall''we Tay of those that will learn them to ban, fwear, 'lie, pick and fieal, and encourage them in lucl things? Some kill tlicir children by cockering of tliem; they indulge them fondly to their ruin. And how indifcreetly will parents dote on one child by another, where it is not grace but mere fancy that inakes the

difference? Gen. xxv.28. Some, on the other handia I are wofülly harsh to their children, and break theis

spirits, by holding them so short by the head that they are driven to cxtremities, using them as drudges ra. ther than as children, immoderately beating them when they are in a fault, and inveighing again? tica want our reward from the chief Shepherd, who will give us a crown of life. If we be unfaithful, wo will be unto us for betraying our trust.

I give you a few advices.

1. Remember always that it is God whom ye have to do with. This will make you little to regard mens feud or favour, if ye do your work agreeable to God's


2. Study to act in dependence on the Lord ; for he sends none a-warfare on his own charges. Eye his promised aslistance when ye set about your work.

2. Labour to believe, that the way of uprightness and faithfulness is the fure way. When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him, Prov. xvi. 7. He that rebuketh a man, aftera wards shall find more favour than he that flattereth him, Prov. xxviii. 23. Lets mens corruptions say what they will, their consciences will speak in favour of faithful dealing.

4. Watch over your own persons, that in your perfonal walk


be blameless and exemplary, 1 Tim. iii. 1. 2. 3. If ye be untender in your walk, ye will do more hurt than ye can do good. Being honoured to be goverrors in the houte of a holy God, ye must be holy as the Master is holy ; tender in your words, circumspect in your actions, and therefore watchful over your hearts.

5. Watch over your families. Every one that has a family, is obliged to this, and you in a special manner, 1 Tim. iii. 4. 5. The finful practices of those of your family will reflect a peculiar dishonour on you, and by you on your Lord and Master. Therefore your families should be a church, wherein God is to be duly worshipped morning and evening; and good difcipline kept up, by admonition, reproof, and watchfulness.

6. Ye must watch over one another, each over his fellow.elders, knowing, that any thing scandalous in one of the society reflects a dishonour on the whole,

and by them on the Lord himself. And if ye be not careful on that fide, there will be little good


your watching over the flock. And thefore strict discipline among yourselves is absolutely necessary.

Use ll. As to you the people, I would exhort you to make conscience of your duty towards your officers. Alas! for the little conscience that is made of that a. mong us.

I am sure we may find matter of mourning this day in that matter.

Instead of honouring of them, many despise and pour coatempt on them, more than otherwise they would do, thus vilely treating their facred office.

Instead of submission and obedience, what refractoriness and spurning of discipline for scandalous of fences ! Some cannot endure to be told of their faults ; but if we admonish or reprove them even privately, they are made worfe instead of better, and rather than take a reproof, they will give up with ordinances,

Instead of being careful of their reputation, some will bawl out upon them, and abuse them on every occasion. And there is nothing with many more readily received, than the vomit of malicious and {piteful spirits against ministers and elders, which is greedily licked up, 1 Cor. iv, 13.

Hence it is that mens hands are weakened, and they are discouraged in their work, while they see the people of that temper, Hof. iv, 4. And hence it is that it is so very hard to get men to undertake the office of elders; for they see that if they engage therein, they must be the very butt of the malice and spite of bitter spirits; and that if they will be faithful, they engage themselves in a fighting 'life, and that the stream will go against them. But allow me to put you in mind of three things.

1. Whose part you act in that matter. It is the part of Satan' against these men and yourselves too.. Can you fall

upon a inore expedite way to advance the kingdom of the devil in the congregation, than tQ, discourage and weaken the hands of those that are fet over you in the Lord? Is there a fairer way to rout the army than to make thcir leaders useless ?

2. Whose servants they are. They are clothed with a commission from the King of the church; and the contempt poured on them, reaches to their Master : He that despiseth you, says he, despiseth me, Luke x. 16. Will the laws of the land avenge the affronts done to a petty officer, who comes to execute the sentence of a civil court? did David severely avenge on the Ammonites their maltreating of his fervants whom he sent on a congratulatory message to them, as ye find in 2 Sam. x.? and will not the Lord Jesus resent in his wrath the maltreatment of those that are clothed with his commiffion?

3. Lastly, Are ye not the profeffed subjects of the kingdom of Christ? why then will ye not submit yourselves to the laws of his house? why will ye not be 'obedient in the Lord to those whom he sets over you, complying with their exhortations, admonitions, and rebukes? Luke xix. 27. Why do not ye strengthen their hands in the Lord's work? If ye have any interest in Zion's King, it is the work of our common Lord, which you are obliged to in a private way, as well as they by virtue of their office; and therefore ye are bound to co-operate with them in what ferves to promote the interest of that King, whose servants you profess to be.

I proceed now to consider the relation betwixt political fathers and their children ; that is, magistrates and subjects,

First, I shall fhew the duty of subjects to magistrates.

1. They owe them fingular respect and honour, 1 Pet. ii. 17. They are to be honoured by us in our hearts, thinking of and esteeming them reverently, and carrying a reverent fear and awe of them within pur breafts, 1 Sam. xxvi. 16. 17. Prov. xxiv. 21,

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