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thority, and it is his duty, to take order, that unity and peace be preserved in the church, that the truth of God be kept pure and entire, that all blafphemies and here.' fies be suppressed, all corruptions and abuses in worship and discipline prevented or reformed, and all the ordihances of God duly settled, administered, and observed f:

for verfities of coñgués. V. 29. Are all wifdom of thy God, that is in thine apostles ? are all prophets are all hand, fet magiftrates and judges, teachers are all workers of mi- which may judge all the people that racles ? Eph. iv. 1 1. And he gave are beyond the river, all such as fome, apostles: and some prophets : know the laws of thy God; and and fore, evangelifts; and fome, teach ye them that know them not. paltors, and teachers; v. 12. For v. 26. And whofoever will not do the perfecting of the saints, for the the law of thy God, and the law of work of the ministry, for the edify: the king, let judgment be executed ing of the body of Christ. Cor. speedily upon him, whether it be iv. 1. Let a man fo account of us, upro death, or to banishment, or to as of the ministers of Christ, and confiscation of goods, or to impriHewards of the mysteries of God. fonment. V. 27. Blesfed be the V. 2. Moreover, it is required in Lord God of our fathers, which hath Itewards, that a man be found faith- puc fuch a thing as this in the king's ful. Rom. Xi 15. And how shall heart, to beautify the house of the they preach, except they be sent? Lord which is in Jerusalem: v. 28. as it is written, How beautiful are And hath extended mercy unto me, the feet of them that preach the go- before the king, and his counsellors, spel of peace, and bring glad tidings and before all the king's mighty prinof good things! Heb. V.

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Ifrael, chief men to go up with me.s f If. xlix. 23. And kings shall be Lev. xxiv, 16. And he that blafphethy nurfing-fathers, and their queens meth the name of the Lord, he lhall thy nursing - mothers : they hall surely be put to death, and all the bot down to thee with their face congregation shall certainly stone toward the earth, and lick up the him: as well the stranger, as he that dult of thy feet, and thou shalt is born in the land, when he blafknow that I am the Lord: for they phemeth the name of the Lord, shall shall not be ashamed that wait for be put to death. Deut. xiii. 5.

Ard mé. Psal. cxxii. 9. Because of the that prophet, or that dreamer of bouse of the Lord our God, I will dreams shall be put to death, (beseek thy goud. Ezra vii. 23. What- cause he hath spoken to turn you afoever is commanded by the God of way from the Lord your God, which heaven, let it be diligently done, brought you out of the land of Efor the house of the God of heaven: gypt, and redeemed you out of the for why should there be wrath against house of bondage, to thrust thee out the realm of the king and his sons of the way which the Lord thy God V: 25. And thou, Ezra, after the comipanded thee to walk in) la


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for the better effecting whereof, he hath power to call fynods, to be present at them, and to provide that whatsoever is transacted in them be according to the mind of

IV. It is the duty of people to pray for magistrates h, to honour their persons i, to pay them tribute and other.

dues fhalt thou put the evil away from for controversies, when they returnthe midst of thee. v. 6. If thy bro- ed to Jerusalem. v. 9. And he charther, the son of thy mother, or thy ged them, saying, Thus shall ye do fon, or thy daughter, or the wife in the fear of the Lord, faithfully, of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is and with a perfect heart. as thine own soul, entice thee fecret. And what cause foever shall come to ly, saying, Let us go and serve other you of your brethren that dwell in gods, which thou hast not known, their cities, between blood and thou, nor thy fathers. v. 12. If thou blood, between law and commandshalt hear say in one of thy cities, ment, statutes and judgments, ye which the Lord thy God hath given shall even warn them that they tresthee to dwell there, saying, 2 Kings pass not against the Lord, and so xviii. 4. He removed the high pla- wrath come upon you, and upon ces, and brake the images, and cut your brethren: this do, and ye shall down the groves, and brake in pieces not trespass. V. II. And behold, the brazen serpent that Mofes had Amariah the chief priest is over you, made: for unto those days the chil. in all matters of the Lord; and Zedren of Israel did burn incense to badiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler it, and he called it Nehushtan. of the house of Judah, for all the (1 Chron. xiii. 1. to the oth verse. king's matters : also the Levites 2 Kings xxiii. 1. to the 26th, verse.) shall be officers before you. Deal 2 Chron. xxxiv. 33. And Josiah took courageously, and the Lord fall be away all the abominations out of all with the good. (2 Chron. xxixth the countries that pertained to the and xxxth chapters.) Matth. ii. 4. children of Israel, and made all that And when he had gathered all the were present in Ifrael to serve, even chief priests and scribes of the peoto serve the Lord their God. And ple together, he demanded of them all his days they departed not from where Christ should be born. v.5. following the Lord, the God of their And they said unto him, In Bethfathers. 2 Chron. xv. 12. And they lehem of Judea: for thus it is writentered into a covenant, to seek the ten by the prophet. Lord God of their fathers, with all IV. h Tim. ii. 1. I exhort there. their heart, and with all their soul; fore, that first of all, fupplications, V. 13. That whosoever would not prayers, intercessions, and giving of seek the Lord God of Israel, should thanks be made for all men: V. 2. be put to death, whether small or For kings, and for all that are in great, whether man or woman. authority; that we may lead a quiet

§ 2 Chron. xix. 8. Moreover, in and peaceable life in all godliness Jerusalem did Jehofhaphat set of the and honesty. Levites, and of the priests, and of i i Pet. ii. 17. Honour all men. the chief of the fathers of Israel, Love the brotherhood. Fear God, for the judgment of the Lord, and Honour the king.


dues k, to obey their lawful commands, and to be subject to their authority for conscience fake l. Infidelity, or difference in religion, doth not make void the magistrate's just and legal authority, nor free the people from their due obedience to him m; from which ecclefiastical persons are not exempted n; much less hath the Pope any power or jurisdiction over them in their do . minions, or over any of their people ; and least of all to deprive them of their dominions or lives, if he shall judge

them k Rom. xiii. 6. For, for this cause thou go up to Jerusalem, and there pay your tribute also: for they are be judged of these things before me? God's ministers, attending continu. v. 10. Then said Paul, I stand at ally upon this very thing. v. 7. Cesar's judgment - feat, where I Render therefore to all their dues : ought to be judged ; to the Jews tribute to whom tribute is due, cu have I done no wrong, as thou very ftom to whom custom, fear to whom well knowelt. v. 11. For if I be an fear, honour to whom honour. offender, or have committed any

1 Rom. xi. 5. Wherefore ye thing worthy of death, I refuse not must seeds be subject, not only for

to die: but if there be none of these wrath, but also for conscience sake. things, whereof these accuse me, no Tit. ii. 1. Put them in mind to be man may deliver me unto them. subject to principalities and powers, I appeal unto Cesar. 2 Pet. ii. i. to obey magiftrates, to be ready to But there were false prophets also cvery good work.

among the people, even as there m 1 Pet. ii. 13. Submit your shall be false teachers among you, selves to every ordinance of man who privily shåll bring in damnable for the Lord's sake: whether it be heresies, even denying the Lord that to the king, as fupreme: v. 14. Or bought them, and bring upon themunto governors, as unto them that selves swift destruction,

v. 10. But are fent by him for the punifhment chiefly them that walk after the flesh, of evil doers, and for the praise of in the luft of uncleanness, and dethem that do well. v. 16. As free, spise government: presumptuous are and not using your liberty for a they, self-willed, they are not acloke of maliciousness, but as the fraid to speak evil of dignities : servants of God.

v. 11. Whereas angels, which are n Rom. xiii. 1. Let every soul be greater in power and might, bring subject unto the higher powers. For not railing accufation against them there is no power but of God; the before the Lord. ` Jude 8. Likewise powers that be,are ordained of God. also these filthy dreamers defile the 1 Kings ii

. 35. And the king put flesh, despise dominion, and speak Benaiah the son of Jehoiadah in his evil of dignities. v.9. Yet Michael room over the host: :and Zadok the the archangel, when contending priest did the king put in the room with the devil, he disputed about of Abiathar. Ačts xxv. 9. But Fe- the body of Moses, durft not bring Aus, willing to do the Jews a plea- against him a railing accusation, but fure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt said, The Lord rebuke thee.


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CHAP. XXIV. Of Marriage and Divorcé.

ARRIAGE is between one man and one woman: MAR

neither is it lawful for any man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband at the same time a.

II. Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife b; for the increase of mankind with a legitimate iflue, and of the church with an holy seed c; and for preo venting of uncleanness d.

111. It is lawful for all forts of people to marry, who


But there (peak evil of those things wife: and they shall be one flesh, which they know not : but what Matth. xix. 5. And Said, For this they know naturally, as brute-beasts; cause shall a man leave father and in thofe things they corrupt them- mother, and shall cleave to his wife: selves. v. 11. Wo unto them; for and they twain shall be one flesh. they have gone in the way of Cain, v, 6. Wherefore they are no more and ran greedily after the error of twain, but one flesh. What there. Baläam for reward, and perished in fore God hath joined together, let the gaid-saying of Core.

not man put asunder. Prov. ii. 17. 0 2 Theff. ii. 4. Who opposeth Which forsaketh the guide of her and exalteth himself above all that youth, and forgetteth the covenant is called God, or that is worshipped; of her God. so that he as God fitteth in the tem 11. b Gen. ii. 18. And the Lord ple of God, thewing himself that he God said, it is not good that the is God. Rev. xiii. 15. And be had man should be alone : I will make power to give life unto the image of him an help 'meet for him. the beast, that the image of the c Mal. ii. 15. And did not he beart should both speak, and cause make one ? yat had he the residue that as many as would not worship of the Spirit: and wherefore one ? the image of the beast should be that he might seek a godly feed : killed. v. 16. And he causeth all, therefore take heed to your spirit

, both small and great, rich and poor, and let none deal treacherously a. free and bond, to receive a mark in gainst the wife of his youth. their right hand, or in their fore di Cor. vii. 2. Nevertheless, to heads : v. 17. And that no avoid forn cation, let every man might buy or sell, save he that had have his own wife, and let every the mark, or the name of the beast, woman hare her own hi stand. v. 9. or the number of his name.

But if they cannot contain, let them I. a Gen. ii. 24. Therefore shall marry: for it is better to marry a man leave his father and his mo than to burn.. ther, and shall cleave unto his



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are able with judgment to give their consent e : yet it is the duty of Christians to marry only in the Lord f. And therefore, such as profess the true reformed religion, should not marry with Infidels, Papists, or other idolaters: neither should such as are godly be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are notoriously wicked in their life, or maintain damnable heresies g.

IV. Marriage III, e Heb. xii. 4. Marriage unto thy fons, and their daughters is honourable in all, and the bed go a-whoring after their gods, and undefled: but whoremongers and make thy fons go a-whoring after adulterers God will judge. Tim. their gods. Deut. vii. 3. Neither iv. 3. Forbidding to marry, and shalt thou make marriages with commanding to abstain from meats, them; thy daughter thou shalt not which God hath created to be recei- give unto his son, nor his daughter ved with thanksgiving, of them shalt thou take unto thy son. which believe and know the truth. For they will turn away thy son 1 Cor. vii. 36. But if any man think from following me, that they may that he behaveth himself uncomely serve other gods : so will the anger towards his virgin, if she pass the of the Lord be kindled against you, flower of her age, and need so re and destroy thee fuddenly. i Kings quire, let him do what he will, he xi. 4. For it came to pass when Sofinneth not: let them marry. v. 37. lomon was old, that his wives turnNevertheless, he that standeth sted- ed away his heart after other gods : fast in bis heart, having no necessity, and his heart was not perfect with but hath power over his own will, the Lord his God, as was the heart and hath so decreed in his heart,that of David his father. Neh. xiii. 25. he will keep his virgin, doth well. And I contended with them, and 5. 38. So then, he that giveth her cursed them, and smote certain of in marriage, doth well : but he that them, and pluckt off their hair, and giveth her not in marriage, doth bet- made them swear by God, saying, ter. Gen. xxiv. 57. And they faid, Ye fhall not give your daughters We will call the damsel, and enquire unto their sons, take their at her mouth. v. 58. And they cal- daughters unto your fons, or for led Rebekah, and said unto her, yourselves. v. 26. Did not Solomon Wilt thou go with this man? and king of Israel sin by these things ? She said, I will go.

yet among many nations was there f 1 Cor. vii. 39. The wife is no' king like him, who was beloved bound by the law as long as her hus- of his God, and God made him band liveth : but if her husband be king over all Ifrael: nevertheless, dead, she is at liberty to be married even him did outlandish women to whom she will; only in the Lord. cause to sin. V. 27. Shall we then

8 Gen. xxxiv. 14. And they said hearken unto you to do all this unto them, We cannot do this great evil, to transgress against our thing, to give our sister to one that God, in marrying strange wives? is uncircumcised : for that were a Mal. i. 11. Judah hath deale treareproach unto us. Exod. xxxiv. 16. cherously, and an abomination is And thou take of their daughters committed in Israel, and in Jerusa:




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