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%. The Taking from our Neighbour what is already in his Poffef fion.
Of the first sort is , The not Paying of Debts. Which, tho' a very great Injustice, is now so Common, that, as The Whole Duty of Man hath Observed; Men tan now-a-days with as great confidence deny him that asks a Debt, as they do him that asks an Alms. Nay, many times 'tis made Matter of Quarrel for a Man to Demand his Own. But as the fame excellent Author doth Admonish; 'This is so great Injustice, that I fee not how a Man can look upon any thing he possesses as his own Right, whilst he thus denies another his. It is the Duty of every man in Debt, rather to strip himself of all, and cast himself again naked upon Gods Providence, than thus to feather his Nest with the Spoih: ■,uj t of
* of' bk Neighbours. Sund. XL SS. ix. --•- <** •■ ;.v - i •-•■-'• '^'- >
The Second Part of 7£g/> is,
x. 77;e faking from our Neighbour what is already in his Possejfim.'-:
And this Injury may be done, Either,
i. More Openly and Violently. As by Robbing on the Highway. Or, by breaking into Houses and Plundering them. Or,
x. By Pilfering, or private taking away a Man's Goods unknown to him. Which we call Stealing.
Both these are such A&s of Injustice, as make Men odious to God, and unfit for Human Society. They expose the Guilty, not only to Temporal Death in this World ,• but also to Eternal Death and Damnation in the
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next. As they are faithfully Admonislied by The Whole Duty of Man. Sund.XII. SS. i.
3. The Third Part of Injustice, whereby Injury may be done to our Neighbour's Estate, is
OF which there may be as many Instances, as there are Occasions of Dealing between Man and Man.
Which yet may All be reduced to these Two Generals.
1. Matters of Trust.
n. Matters of Traffick, or Bargaining.
1. A Man may be guilty of Deceit in Matters of Trust. Whether that Trust was committed to him j As an Executor, A Guardian, A Steward, or A Friend.
The Sick Man therefore is to Examine, in which of these Capacities pacities he hath been entrusted j and How, and in what Manner, he hath discharged that Trust.
1. If he hath been an Executor , He is then to Examine; Whether he hath acted punctually according to the intent of the Will i And if his Deceased Friend hath given him any private Directions, of something to be done, which he did not think, fit to Publish in the Will; he must then recollect, Whether he hath been faithful in observing those Directions?
Wherein he is the more concerned to be sincere; Because, tho' as to the Letter of the Will, the Law will make him honest; yet as to those private Directions, he is left to the Conduct of his own Conscience.
But if he hath been false to his Trust, and hath not honestly paid Debts or Legacies, according
to to the intention of the Deceased, but hath enriched himself by what is assigned to Others ,• 1ef him then know , That tho' the Dead cannot call him to an Account , God will certainly do it.
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i. If he hath been a Guardian^ and had the Tuition of Orphans, Ideots, or Madmen , let him strictly examine himself; Whether he hath been faithful in the Discharge of that Trust?
Hath he honestly managed the Estate of such helpless Orphans or Ideots; Disposing all their Concerns to the best Advantage i
Hath he been kind and affectionate to their Persons, and pitied their Weakness?
But if he hath insulted over them, and taken the advantage of their Non-Age, and other Natural Defers; If he hath Op.;- - - pressed