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abivat their own hame in speaking to the discredit of their relatives ; contempt of and despiling one ano. ther. All these are quite opposite to conjugal love.
2. Against that faithfulness they owe to one another, in relpect of their bodies, is infidelity in the gross breach of the marriage-contract, desercing and leaving one another, and defrauding one another. In respect of their mezos is all idleness, mismanagement, and wastery.
e in relat of their souls, is unconcernedness about them, being at no pains to inftruct, admonith, and watch cry one another; and if at any time they tell tner meir faults, it is to their reproach, being before
s vr in their passion, so that it can do no good. vih more then whey become fnares and hin.. wait to one another instead of meet helps, lead omme Viking their relatives to fin against God, and Litir own souls.
es particularly sin against their husbands, by ...off all reverence to them, carrying themselves gravully towards them, being disobedient, wilful,
atractable, and like Vashti, Elth. i. 10. ll. 1 2. hy do would not come to the king, when sent for by tikt, will not go an inch by their own will to pleate
ep. It is not their honour to command, whose province God has made it to obey, Ezek. xvi. 30. Eph.
flofbands sin against their wives in dealing untenHurly with them, tyrannising and domineering over them in a masterful wày, not protecting them from tha insults of others, nor providing for them; giving them that are their wives no trust, but making them like Nabal accountable to the utmott farthing; nor 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, As to parents and children :
1. Children fin against their parents by disobedience to them. Such are in the midst of the black roll, Hon.i.
30. and are in a ncar way to ruin, Prov. xxx.
17. So do they by all irreverence to them, and slighting and dishonouring them in word and deed, Deuts xxvii. 16. and much more by cursing of them, Exbda xxi. '17. Many again fin against God and theiripit rents, being unteachalle, and will not hearkens to thieiti instruction, Prov. v. 7.; they will not take a 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 submit to correction, Deut. xxi. 18. 19. And what will we say of those that like cursed Ham make a jest of their parents infirinitres, waste their substance, and prove unnatural and hard-hearted to them when they are old and in distress? Prov. xix. 26. Finally, they fin by disposing of themselves to callings or in marriage without confenc of their parents, Gen. xxvi,
. 2. Parents sin against their children many ways, while they are not concerned for theny wliile infants ; but tfianý are careless as to the bringing up of their children to fome honelt 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 lcarn them to read, pray, dc. What shall we say of those that will learn them to ban, fvear, lie, pick and fiea!, and encourage then in such things? Some kill thcir children by cockering of them; they indulge thein fondly to their ruin. And how indiscreetly 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 hand, ! are wofully harsh to their children, and break theis
spirits, by holding them to short by the head that tley are driven to extremities, using them as drudges ra. ther than as children, immoderately beating them when they are in a fault, and inveighios again.. ticu
with bitter words, Col. iii. 21.; indiscreet ianchiun tender dealing wich them with respect to their callings or marriages.
subburi Thirdly, As to masters and servants : mistita:
1. Servants fin against their masters by irreverent, disrespectful, and faucy carriage towards them, with out any respect to the honour which God calls them to give to their masters. Many are disobedients and will plainly tell, that they will not do what they are bidden; or if they do it, they will do it in such amah, ner, as ihall vent their pride and paffion. ': Though the scripture commands not to answer again, they will answer, and have the last word too, and by no means will submit to reproofs. Many are unfaithful to their masters, their service is eye-fervice, unfaithful fervice, either by their master to loss, or by dishonesty in that which is under their hands. Some professing servants arei by their way a scandal to religion in families where they are. Others are a plague to the family by the averfione they Shew to every good thing or religious duty, as ifitheir masters were no more concerned in them, if they work their work, Eph. V. 56 60! 29' (91: poit
2. Masters fin against their fervants, not allowing them fufficient maintenance, but' niggardly pinching them, keeping back their wages from them in whole or in part, and so oppreffing the hireling; rigorously keeping them at work, inot allowing them convenient time for reft, nor worshipping of God in secret, or attending on public ordinances. And so they ân ágamit them by continual chiding and uneafiness to them, and carelefsness with respect to their souls good, Eph.
147 1W 901 Fourt hly, As to ministers and people : marina, 2
1. People fin againft their ministers, by their flight ing and despising them, and nowise treating them as the messengers of Christ; going on in their evil ways over the belly of all warnings and reproofs, being stubborn and refusing subjection to discipline; llan
dering of them, creating them trouble, by forfakingin of ordinances, ec. or any wife making their works burdenfome, or them to drive heavily in it; and to restraining prayer for them.
: 1127 Ministers fin against people by an unconcernednefs about their fouls case, laziness and unib faithfulness in discharge of their duty, proving fumbling-blocks to their people by a loofe walk, o andynot being earneft in prayer for them, for their blessing of God on them and their message. bord ad Ag to ruling elders and people, I have nothing to add to what I said before. en Fifthly, As to magiftrates and subjects : Mis 11911 Subjects fin against their magistrates, by carry. mg disrespectfully to them, rebelling againft them is and disobeying their juft laws, reviling and speak-is ingridespitefully of them, denying them subjection and their just dues, and not praying for them. maris 912. Magiftrates fin against subjects by using their power to satisfy their lufts, and giving bad example) to others, by tyranny and oppression, unjutt Jawozrit and discountenancing piety and virtue, and opposing themselves to the kingdom of Chrift.
Sistbly, As to the aged and younger : How little respect do the younger shew to the aged ! Inftead ofii that honour due to age, people are ready to befoolt; them, if not to account them witches or wizards,70 forgetting that either they must come to their age 1 themselves, or die by the way. On the other handois fexs old people carry fo to the younger, as to consi mand respect by their exemplary piecy and holines; bąt, on the contrary, gray hairs are often found in's the way of wickedness.
Seventhly, As to the weaker and stronger in gifts: It is often the fin of the weaker to envy the stronger, and if they can to misrepresent them. The weak judge the ftrong, and the Itrong despite and fiumble the weak.
Das is against one another, undervaErs, earying and grieving at the good
T, ad ufurping pre-eminence over one
rd fource of all this is, (1.) Want of i of God; for while people are not
in God, how fhould they be in their I. J.) Pride and selfishness, while ca cei dintelf, and not the good of others. nas may be very humbling to all of us. Joves life is clean in any of these rela
even those who are very dutiful in
rutions as to the matter, may be guil e mach of this command, in so far as what
saeti things does not proceed from gra. mes; for indeed the first command must
ng in all the rest.
come now to the reafon annexed to this ; which is, “ A promise of long life
perity (as far as it ihall serve for God's witheir own good) to all such as keep silumandment." id is i promise to encourage the conscientious warance of the duties here required. The a
seils us, that it is the firft command with )1, 12, 2.
1. How is this command the first with proni kucing the second has a promise also ?
It is the first command of the second table : 4 N is the most weighty of them all, as compre
ving all the rest in it; so that we cannot sin apot the rest, but we must first break over the
isimor this which encompalleth all the rest. For Heisannot violate another's life, chastity, ác, but i ditt vilates the honour due to him by this com12.nd. And it is the only command that has a speriil promile of a particular mercy annexed to it. The promile annexed to the second command is but