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have not the gift of continency, conjugal love, and cohabitation; diligent labour in our callings; shunning all occasions of uncleanness, and resisting temptations there


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Q. 139. What are the sins forbidden in the seventh commandment?

A. The sins forbidden in the seventh commandment, besides the neglect of the duties required, are adultery, fornication, b rape, incest, incest, sodomy, and all unnatural


■ 1 Cor. vii. 9. But if they cannot contain, let them marry.

v Prov. v. 18, 19. Rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times, and be thou ravished always with her love.

≈ 1 Pet. iii. 7. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge. 1 Cor. vii. 5. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time,-and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

1 Tim. v. 13, 14. And withal they learn to be idle. -I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house. Prov. xxxi. 27.

y Prov. v. 8. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house.

z Prov. v. 7. and depart not 23, 27.

Hear me now, therefore, O ye children, from the words of my mouth. Prov. iv.

a Heb. xiii. 4. Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Eph. v. 5. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person,-hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Gal. v. 19.

2 Sam. xiii. 14. Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice but, being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her. Mark vi. 18.-John had said unto Herod,


lusts; all unclean imaginations, thoughts, purposes, and affections; all corrupt or filthy communications, or listening thereunto; wanton looks, impudent or light behaviour, immodest apparel; prohibiting of lawful,


It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. 1 Cor. v. 1, 13.

c Rom. i. 26, 27. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one towards another. Lev. xx. 15, 16. If a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death; and ye shall slay the beast. And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman and the beast: they shall surely be put to death their blood shall be upon them.

d Matt. xv. 19. Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications. Col. iii. 5. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Matt. v. 28.

Eph. v. 3, 4. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient. Prov. vii. 5, 21. That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words, &c. Prov. xix. 27.

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f Isa. iii. 16. The daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched-forth necks, and wanton eyes. 2 Pet. ii. 14. Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin.

g Prov. vii. 10, 13. And behold, there met him a wo man with the attire of an harlot, and subtile of heart.So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him

h 1 Tim. iv. 3. Forbidding to marry.




and dispensing with unlawful marriages;' allowing, tolerating, keeping of stews, and resorting to them; entangling vows of single life, undue delay of marriage; having more wives or husbands than one at the same time; unjust divorce " or desertion; idleness, gluttony, drunkenness, unchaste company; lascivious songs, books, pictures, dancings, stage-plays and all other provocations



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i Lev. xviii. 1–21.

2 Kings xxiii. 7. He [Josiah] brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the Lord.Lev. xix. 29. Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.-Jer. v. 7. How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me,when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.

Matt. xix. 10, 11.

1 1 Tim. v. 14, 15. I will therefore that the younger women marry,-for some are already turned aside after Satan. Gen. xxxviii. 26.

m Matt. xix. 5. For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh. 1 Cor. vii. 2.

Matt. v. 32. But I say unto you that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced, committeth adultery. Mal ii. 16.

• See letter (w) page 301. 1 Cor. vii. 12, 13. P Ezek. xvi. 49. Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her.-See letter (), above.

q Eph. v. 11. And have no fellowship with the undarkness. Prov. v. 8.

fruitful works of

r Rom. xiii. 13. not in rioting and

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; drunkenness, not in chambering and

to, or acts of uncleanness either in ourselves or others."

Q. 140. Which is the eighth commandment?

A. The eighth commandment is, Thou shalt not steal. t

Q. 141. What are the duties required in the eighth commandment?

A. The duties required in the eighth commandment are, truth, faithfulness, and justice in contracts and commerce between man and man; " rendering to every one his due;▾ restitution of goods unlawfully detained from the right owners thereof; " giving and lend



wantonness. 1 Pet. iv. 3. For the time past of our lives may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings. Ezek. xxiii. 14, 16.-When she saw men portrayed upon the wall,—she doted upon them. Isa. xxiii. 15, 16. Mark vi. 22.

Rom. xiii. 14. Make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. 2 Pet. ii. 17, 18.-To whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

t Ex. xx. 15.

■ Psa. xv. 2, 4. He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness.-He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. Micah vi. 8-What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly? Zech. viii. 16.

Render-to all their dues; tribute to

v Rom. xiii. 7. whom tribute, &c.

Lev. vi. 4, 5. He shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the

ing freely, according to our abilities, and the necessities of others; * moderation of our judgments, wills, and affections, concerning worldly goods; a provident care and study to get, keep, use, and dispose of those things which are necessary and convenient for the sustentation of our nature, and suitable to our condition; a lawful calling, and diligence in it;°



lost thing which he found, or all that about which he hath sworn falsely, &c. Luke xix. 8.

Deut. xv. 7, 8, 10. Thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thy hand from thy poor brother; but thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved, when thou givest unto him. Gal. vi. 10. Luke vi. 30, 38.

1 Tim. vi. 8, 9. Having food and raiment, let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation, and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

2 1 Tim. v. 8. But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

a Prov. xxvii. 23, 24. Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds; for riches are not for ever, &c. Eccl. iii. 12, 13. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.-It is the gift of God. 1 Tim. vi. 17, 18. Charge them that are rich in this world,—that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate.

b Eph. iv. 28. Let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good.-Eccl. ix. 10. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might. Rom. xii. 5 to 8.

• Prov. x. 4. The hand of the diligent maketh rich.

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