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when indeed she was praying.– give you : but if ye forgive not men 1 Sam. i. 12, &c.
their trespasses, &c.--Matt. vi. Saul too rashly resolved Jonathan 14, 15. his son should die, ere he heard the Judge not, that ye be not judged, cause why he had tasted honey, con- &c. Why beholdest thou the mote trary to his father's charge to Israel. that is in thy brother's eye, but con- Sam. xiv.
siderest not the beam that is in thine When Absalom designed his rebel- own eye? or how wilt thou say to lion, there went two hundred men thy brother, Let me pull out? &c.out of Jerusalem with him, and they Matt. vii. 1.3,4. Gen.xxxvii. 23,&c. went in their simplicity, and they Ifthy brother shall trespass against knew not any thing.-2 Sam.xv. 10,11. thee, go and tell him his fault be
David conceived evil of Mephibo- tween thee and him alone: if be shall sheth without cause, through Ziba's hear thee, thou hast gained thy brolie.--2 Sam. xvi. 3, 4. xix. 24, &c. ther, &c. Peter said, Lord, how oft
Elijah judged ill of all Israel; that shall my brother sin against me, and none were left free from idolatry but I forgive him ? till seven times ? Je. himself, though there were seven sus saith unto him, I say not unto thousand (as God told him) which had thee, until seven times, but until not bowed to Baal.—1 Kings xix. seventy times seven, &c. I forgave 10. 18.
thee all that debt, &c. Shouldest not Lord, who shall abide in thy taber- thou also have had compassion on thy nacle? &c. he that backbiteth not, fellow-servant, even as I had pity on &c. nor taketh up (or receiveth, or thee? and his Lord was wroth, &c. endureth) a reproach against his So likewise shall my heavenly Father neighbour.-Ps. xv. 1.3.
do also unto you, if ye from your The Lord is merciful and gracious, hearts forgive not every one his broslow to anger.-Ps. ciii. 8.
ther their trespasses.--Matt. xviii. Hatred stirreth up strifes : but 15. 21, 22, 32-35. love covereth all sins, &c. He that The disciples blamed the woman as uttereth a slander is a fool.-Prov. wasting the ointment, but Christ jusx. 12. 18.
tified her.—Matt. xxvi. 7, &c. The simple believeth every word, If thy brother trespass against thee, but the prudent man looketh well to rebuke him; and if he repent, forhis going, &c. He that is soon angry give him : if he trespass against thee dealeth foolishly.- Prov. xiv. 15. 17. seven times in a day, &c. thou shalt
A wicked doer giveth heed to false forgive him.-Luke xvii. 3, 4. lips (a liar giveth ear to a naughty Judge not according to the appeartongue), &c. He that covereth a trans- ance, but judge righteous judgment. gression, seeketh love for procureth-John vii. 24.
Joseph of Arimathea was a disciThe discretion of a man deferreth ple, yet confessed not Christ openly, his anger: and it is his glory to pass for fear.—John xix. 38, 39. over a transgression.-- Prov. xix. 11. The believers of the circumcision
All that watch for iniquity are cut rashly judged of Peter, and contended off: that make a man an offender for with him for eating with the Gentiles: a word.—Isa. xxix. 20, 21. but when Peter gave them an account
Whosoever is angry with his bro- of the cause, they held their peace, ther without a cause, shall be in &c.--Acts xi. 1-4. 18. danger of the judgment.--Matt. v. Love worketh no ill to his neigh22-24.
bour.--Rom. xiii. 10. If ye forgive men their trespasses, But with me it is a very small your heavenly Father will also for- thing that I should be judged of you,
or of man's judgment (or day), &c.Judge nothing before the time, until Sect. v. To live peaceably, adoid the Lord come; who will both bring
whispering, tale-bearing, and what
whispering to light the hidden things of dark
soever tends to provoke, divide, or ness, &c.—1 Cor. iv. 3—5.
disturb the Peace among Brethren. Charity suffereth long, &c. seeketh ABRAM said unto Lot, let there be no not her own, is not easily provoked, strife, I pray thee, hetween me and thinketh no evil, &c. beareth all thee, &c. for we be brethren, &c. If things, believeth all things, hopeth thou wilt take the left hand, then all things, endureth all things. I will go to the right; or if thou de1 Cor. xiii. 4, 5. 7.
part to the right hand, then I will go In malice be ye children. -1 Cor. to the left.-Gen. xiji. 8, 9. xiv. 20.
Thou shalt not raise (or receive) a The fruit of the Spirit is, &c. long- false report.-Exod. xxiii. 1. suffering, gentleness, &c. meekness. Lord, who shall abide in thy taber-Gal. v. 22, 23. Titus iii. 2. nacle? &c. he that backbiteth not
Brethren, if (or although) a man with his tongue, &c. nor taketh up a be overtaken in a fault, ye which are reproach against his neighbour.-Ps. spiritual restore such a one in the xv. 1. 3. spirit of meekness: considering thy See the mischief which followed self lest thou also be tempted: bear the false reports of Doeg to Saul, and ye one another's burdens, and so ful. of Ziba to David.--.1 Sam. xxii. fil the law of Christ.Gal. vi. 1, 2. 2 Sam. xvi.
Walk worthy of the vocation where - Seek peace, and pursue it.-Ps. with ye are called, with all lowliness xxxiv. 14. and meekness, with long-suffering. It was not an enemy that reproached forbearing one another in love, &c. me, then could I have borne it; but Be ye tender-hearted, forgiving one thou, a man, mine equal, &c. We another, even as God for Christ's walked unto the house of God in sake hath forgiven you.-Eph. iv. 1, company.-Ps. lv. 12–14. 2. 32.
Whosoever privily slandereth his But now you also put off all these; neighbour, him will I cut off.-Ps.ci. 5. anger, wrath, malice, &c. Put on I am for peace, &c. they are for war. therefore, as the elect of God, &c. -Ps. cxx. 7. bowels of mercies, &c. meekness, Behold, how good and how pleasant long-suffering, forbearing one ano- it is for brethren to dwell together ther, and forgiving one another. If in unity!-Ps. cxxxiii. 1. any man have a quarrel (or complaint) These things doth the Lord hate, against any, even as Christ forgave &c. him that soweth discord among you, so also do ye.-Col. ü. 8.12, 13. brethren.-Prov. vi. 16. 19.
Let every man be, &c. slow to A tale-bearer revealeth secrets : wrath: for the wrath of man work- but he that is of a faithful spirit coneth not the righteousness of God.- cealeth the matter.--Prov. xi. 13. James i. 19, 20.
Only by pride cometh contention. Speak not evil one of another, bre- - Prov. xiii. 10. xxviii. 25. thren; for he that speaketh evil of A whisperer separateth chief his brother, speaketh evil of the law, friends.-Prov. xvi. 28. &c. Who art thou that judgest ano. He that repeateth the matter, sepather?--James iv. 11, 12.
rateth friends, &c. The beginning of Above all things have fervent cha- strife, is as when one letteth out rity among yourselves : for charity water : therefore leave off contention shall (or will) cover the multitude of before it be meddled with.-Prov. sins.-1 Pet. iv. 8.
xvii. 9. 14. xxvi. 21.
The words of a tale-bearer are as Charity envieth not.- 1 Cor. xiji. 4. wounds.—Prov. xviii. 8.
For I fear, &c. lest there be deIt is an honour for a man to cease bates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backfrom strife, &c. He that goeth about bitings, whisperings, &c.--2 Cor. as a tale-bearer, revealeth secrets : xij. 20. therefore meddle not with him that Brethren, &c. live in peace, and flattereth.-Prov. xx. 3. 19.
the God of love and peace shall be Where there is no tale-bearer, the with you.—2 Cor. xii. 11. strife ceaseth, &c. The words of a If ye bite and devour one another, tale-bearer are as wounds,&c.-Prov. take heed that ye be not consumed xxvi. 20—22. Levit. xix. 16. one of another, &c. The fruit of the
The forcing of wrath bringeth forth spirit is, &c. peace, long-suffering, strife.-Prov. xxx. 33.
gentleness, &c. Let us not be deCan two walk together, except they sirous of vain glory, provoking one be agreed ?-Amos iii. 3.
another, envying one another.-Gal. Blessed are the peacemakers, for v. 15. 22. 26. Eph. iv. 2. they shall be called the children of Endeavouring to keep the unity of God, &c. Leave there thy gift, &c. the Spirit in the bond of peace. There first be reconciled to thy brother, and is one body, &c. Let all bitterness, then come and offer thy gift.—Matt. and wrath, and anger, and clamour, v. 9. 23, 24.
&c. be put away from you.—Eph. iv. Every kingdom divided against it- 3–6. 31. self, is brought to desolation.—Matt. Let nothing be done through strife xii. 25.
or vain glory, &c.-Phil. ii. 3. If thy brother shall trespass, &c. That ye study (or ambitiously go and tell him his fault between striving) to be quiet, and do your own thee and him alone.—Matt. xviii. 15. business, &c.—1 Thess. iv. 11.
One is your Master, even Christ, Be at peace among yourselves.and all ye are brethren.-Matt. xxiii. 8. 1 Thess. v. 13.
Have peace one with another. They learn to be idle, wandering Mark ix. 50.
about from house to house; and not If it be possible, as much as lieth only idle, but tattlers also, and busyin you, live peaceably with all men. bodies: speaking things which they -Rom. xii. 18.
ought not.—1 Tim. v. 13. 2 Thess. Let us therefore follow after the ïji. 11, 12. things which make for peace, and Doting about questions and strifes things wherewith one may edify ano- of words, whereof cometh envy, ther.-Rom. xiv. 19.
strife, railing, &c.—1 Tim. vi. 4. Ye are yet carnal: for whereas 20. iv. 6. there is among you envyings, and Charging them, &c. that they strive strife, and divisions (or factions), are not about words to no profit, &c. ye not carnal, and walk as men? Shun profane and vain babblings, &c. For while one saith, I am of Paul, &c. Follow peace with them that call on are ye not carnal ?-1 Cor. iii. 3, 4. the Lord, &c. but foolish and unlearni. 10-12.
ed questions avoid, knowing that they Is it so, that there is not a wise do gender strifes.—2 Tim. ii. 14. 16, man amongst you? no, not one that 17. 22, 23. shall be able to judge between his The aged women, that they be not brethren? but brother goeth to law false accusers (or makebates).with brother, &c. now, therefore, Titus ii. 3. there is utterly a fault among you, Avoid foolish questions, &c. conbecause ye go to law, &c.-- 1 Cor. tentions and strivings about the law: vi. 5-7.
for they, &c.— Titus iii. 9.
Follow peace with all men.—Heb. Open rebuke is better than secret xii. 14.
love.-Prov. xxvii. 5. If ye have bitter envying, and strife He that rebuketh a man, afterwards in your hearts : glory not, &c. This shall find more favour than he that wisdom descendeth not from above, flattereth with the tongue.- Prov. &c. for where envying and strife is, xxviii. 23. there is confusion and every evil work: If thy brother shall trespass against but the wisdom that is from above, thee, go, and tell him his fault beis, &c. peaceable, gentle, and easy to tween thee and hiin alone, &c. If be entreated, &c. And the fruit of he will not hear thee, then take with righteousness is sown in peace of thee one or two more, &c.—Matt. them that make peace.-James iii. xviii. 15–17. Luke xvii. 3, 4. 14-18.
Ye also are full of goodness, filled Whence come wars and fightings with all knowledge: able also to adamong you? Come they not hence, monish one another.-Rom. xv. 14. even of your lusts ? &c. Speak not Paul rebuked Peter for not walking evil one of another, brethren.-James uprightly.-Gal. ii. 11-14. iv. 1.11.
If a man be overtaken in a fault, Wherefore, laying aside all malice, ye which are spiritual, restore such &c. and envyings, and evil speakings. a one in the spirit of meekness. -1 Pet. ii. 1.
Gal. vi. 1. Whose adorning, let it not be that Let the word of Christ dwell in you outward, &c. but let it be the hidden richly, &c. teaching and admonishing man, &c. of a meek and quiet spirit, one another.-Col. iii. 16. which is in the sight of God of great Comfort (or exhort) yourselves toprice, &c. not rendering evil for evil, gether, and edify one another, even or railing for railing : he that will as also ye do, &c. Warn them that love life, and see good days, &c. let are unruly (or disorderly); comfort him seek peace, and ensue it.—1 Pet. the feebleminded.-1 Thess. v. 11. iii. 3. 9-11.
14. I Cor. viii. 1.
If any man obey not, &c. have no Sect. vi. To rebuke, reprove, exhort, company with him, &c. but admonish
admonish, and warn each other con- him as a brother.--2 Thess.iii. 14,15. cerning Sin and Duty. And to Rebuke not an elder, but entreat take such Rebukes kindly from each him as a father, and the younger men other.
as brethren: the elder women as
mothers, the younger as sisters, &c. I. To rebuke, &c.
Them that sin rebuke before all, that Thou shalt not hate thy brother in others also may fear.- 1 Tim. v. 1, thine heart: thou shalt in any wise 2. 20. rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer Exhort one another daily, &c. lest sin upon him (or that thou bear not any of you be hardened through the sin for him).-Levit. xix. 17. deceitfulness of sin.-Heb. iii. 13.
He that reproveth a scorner, get- Let us consider one another, to teth to himself shame, &c. Reprove provoke unto love and to good works: not a scorner, lest he hate thee.- not forsaking the assembling of ourProv. ix. 7, 8.
selves, &c. but exhorting one another. Debate thy cause with thy neigh- —Heb. x. 24, 25. bour himself, and discover not a se- Brethren, if any one of you do err cret to another, &c. As an ear-ring from the truth, and one convert him; of gold, &c. so is a wise reprover let him know, that he, &c. shall save upon an obedient ear. -Prov. xxv. a soul from death, and shall hide a 9. 12.
multitude of sins.-James v. 19, 20.
Of some have compassion, making A wise son heareth his father's ina difference: and others save with struction: but a scorner heareth not fear, pulling them out of the fire: rebuke, &c. Poverty and shame to hating even the garment spotted by him that refuseth instruction ; but the flesh.—Jude 22, 23.
he that regardeth reproof, shall be II. To take Rebuke, Admonition, &c.
honoured.-Prov. xii. 1. 18.
C. A fool despiseth his father's inwell from each other.
struction, but he that regardeth reWhen David had rashly resolved to proof is prudent, &c. He that hateth cut off all Nabal's family: and Abi- reproof shall die. A scorner loveth gail had met him, and humbly and not one that reproveth, &c. The ear wisely admonished him; David ac- that heareth the reproof of life, cepts of the advice, and saith, Blessed abideth among the wise. He that be the Lord God of Israel, which refuseth instruction, despiseth his sent thee this day to meet me : and own soul, &c. Prov. xv. 5. 10. 12. blessed be thy advice; and blessed 31, 32. be thou which hast kept me this day A reproof entereth more into a from shedding of blood, &c. I have wise man, than an hundred stripes hearkened to thy voice.—1 Sam. xxv. into a fool.-Prov. xvii. 10. 22-33.
As an ear-ring of gold, &c. so is a When Nathan had told David his wise reprover upon an obedient ear. sin in the matter of Uriah ; David - Prov. xxy. 12. said, I have sinned against the Lord. He that being often reproved hard-2 Sam. xii. 7. 13.
eneth his neck, shall suddenly be deWhen Joab had told the king of his stroyed, and that without remedy. error, in mourning so for Absalom, The rod and reproof give wisdom.as to discourage his subjects who had Prov. xxix. 1. 15. fought for him; David hearkened and It is better to hear the rebuke of arose, and sat in the gate, as Joab the wise, than the song of fools.advised.-2 Sam. xix. 5-8.
Eccles. vii. 5. Let the righteous smite me, it shall Am I therefore become your enemy, be a kindness; and let him reprove because I tell you the truth ?-Gal. me, it shall be as excellent oil which iv. 16. shall not break my head.-Ps.cxli. 5. Submit yourselves one to another
A wise man will hear, and will in- in the fear of God.-Eph. v. 21. . crease learning.–Prov. i. 5.
Ye younger, submit yourselves uoto He that rebuketh a scorner, getteth the elder; yea, all of you be subject to himself shame; and he that re- one to another; and be clothed with buketh a wicked man, getteth a blot. humility.- 1 Pet. v. 5. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee : rebuke a wise man, and he will. VII. To confess to, and pray love thee: give instruction to a wise
each for other. man, and he will be yet wiser, &c.- When a man or woman shall commit Prov, ix. 7-9. xix. 25.
any sin, that men commit, to do a He is in the way of life that keep- trespass against the Lord, &c. then eth instruction : but he that refuseth they shall confess their sin which reproof, erreth (or causeth to err).- they have done : and he shall recomProv. x. 17.
pense his trespass, &c. and give it Whoso loveth instruction, loveth unto him against whom he hath tresknowledge: but he that hateth re- passed.-Numb. v. 6,7. proof, is brutish, &c. He that heark- And many that believed, came and eneth unto counsel, is wise. Prov. confessed, and shewed their deeds. xii. 1. 15.
Acts xix. 18,19.