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the things of the all, to whomerence from hence ;
every one that stealeth shall be cut off, as on this fide, according to it I will bring it forth, faith the Lord of hosts, and it Thall enter into the house of the thief.
Q. 13. What is the first inftruction hence ? . A. Let all that are guilty of this fin repent, and restore, as they expect mercy from God; Eph. iv. 28. Let him that stole, steal no more, &c. Luke xix. 8. And Zacheus stood, and faid unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor, and if I have taken away any thing from any man by false accusations, I restore him fourfold.
Q. 14. What is the last inference from hence ?
A. To excite all, to whom God hath given a competency of the things of the world, that they bless God for keeping them from the temptations of this fio; Prov. xxx. 8, 9. Give me deither poverty por riches, feed me with food convenient for me : Left I be full, and deny thee, and say, who is the Lord?. Or left I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Of the ninth Commandment. Quest. 76. W Hich is the ninth commandment ?
V A. The ninth commandment is, [Thou sbalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.]
Quest. 77. What is required in the pioth commandment ?
A. The ninth commandment requireth the maintaining and promoting of truth between man and man, and of our own and our neighbour's good name, especially in witness-bearing.
Queft. 78. What is forbidden in the pinth commandment ?
A. The ninth commandment forbiddeth whatsoever is prejudicial to truth, or injurious to our own or our neighbour's good
Q: 1. What is the general scope and aim of the ninth commandment ?
A. The piath command aims chiefly at the preservation and promoting of truth amongst men ; Zech. viii. 16.--Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour, &c. This being of in-, dispeosible neceflily to the fubfiftence and welfare of human fociety; Eph. iv. 25. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour, for we are members one of another. :
l. 2. What is the first thing required particularly in this command ?
Ai This command requires every man to take care of preserving his own good name, by ordering his conversation in vpiverfal integrity; 1 Pet. iii; 15, 16. But fanctify the Lord God
in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscieuce; that whereas they speak evil of you, as of evil-doers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation io Christ.
Q. 3. What is the second thing required in this command ? .
A. It requires all due care to preterve the good oame aod honour of other men, as well as our own ; for Christians are Dot to be of narrow and private fpirits, which centre only in their owo interests and conceroment ; Phil, ii. 4. Look not every man on his own things ; but every man also on the things of others.
Q. 4. How are we to preserve the good Dames of others ? · A. We are to preserve the good names of others by an in. ward esteem of all the good that is io them; Phil. ii. 3.-la lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves. And manifesting our ioward esteem of them by a wise and seafogable expression thereof for their encouragement in the ways of godlipels; Rom. i. 8. First, I thank my God through Jelus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
Q. 5. How else are we to defend other mens Dames ?
A. By our readiness to receive with joy the reports of that good that is in them; 3 Joho 3. For I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. And discountenancing all reproaches maliciously vented against them ; Psalm xv. 31-Nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
e 6. But what if the report be evidently true ?
A. In that cafe we are to grieve for their miscarriages, as the effect and fruit of our love to their souls; 2 Cor. ii. 4. For out of much affliction and anguish of heart, I wrote voto you with many tears, not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might koow the love which I have more abundantly up to you. And to discharge our duties privately and faithfully, in order to their recovery ; Matth. xviii. 15, 16, 17. Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass agaiast thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone, &c. Winking at, and concealing io love, their lesser and common infirmities; i Pet. iv. 8. And above all things have terveat charity among yourselves : For charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Q. 7. What is forbidden in the ninth commandment ?
and false reports, which are highly injurious to their good Dames ; Col. iii. y. Lie oot one to another, &c.
e. 8. What else is forbidden in the ninth commandment:
n. It efpecially forbids perjury, or falfe swearing, whereby not only the naines, but estates and lives of the innocent are iajured and ruined; Pfalm xxxv. 11, Falfe witnesles did rise up. They laid to my charge things that I kaew Dot; Prov. xix. 5. A false witness thall not be unpopished: And he that speaketh lies shall not escape. A fin which God will punish; Mal. iii. 5. And I will come near to you to judgment, and I will be a swift witness agaiast the forcerers, and agaiuft the adulterers, and a. gainst false swearers, &c.
ē 9. What elfe is forbidden in this commandment ?
A. It forbids all whispering and backbiting of others fecretly ; 2 Cor. xii. 20.-Left there be debates, envyings, wraths, Itrifes, backbitings, whisperings, &c. And all tale-carryiog from one to another, to our neighbour's injury; Lev. xix. 16. Thou shalt not go up and down as a tale-bearer among the people, &c. And 1 Tim. v. 13.-.And not only idle, but tallers alfo, aod -1 busy-bodies, fpeaking things which they ought not.
e. 10. What else doth the ninth commandment forbid ? .
A. It forbids all rash and unwarraotable judging of other men's hearts and final estates, wbich is usually accompanied with ig. porance of our owo ; Matth. vii. 1, 3. Judge not, that ye bie not judged. And why beholdelt thou the mote that is in thy bro. ther's eye, but considereft not the beam that is in thise own eye?
e 11. What else is forbidden in this commandment ?
4. It forbids the eclipfiag of the true worth and honour of others, by a proud exaltiog of ourselves ; 1 Cor. xiii. 4, s. Charity envieth not, charity vaudteth dot itself, is not poffed up, doc. Or by crying up one to the disparagement of another
and another, 'I am of Apollos, are ye not carnal ? &c. · Q. 12. What is the first iaference from hence ?
A. That the best Christians have cause to be humbled for the sins of the tongue, whereby God is dishonoured, and o. thers are injured ; James iii, 2. If any man offead oot in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole bo. dy. And 'verse 5, 6. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boafteth great thiogs : behold how great a matter a little fire kindleth. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity : so is the tongue amongst our members, that it défileth the whole body, and fetteth on fire the course of aature; and it is set on fire of hello
13. What is the second interence from hence ? A. It is our great concernment to walk with thac piety and Justice towards God and meå, as to cut off all juft occafions of reproach from otit dames; 2 Cor. xi, 12. But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from the which deSire occasions, etc. Tim. Vi 14. I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give Done occa Gon to the adversary to fpeak reproachfully:
Q. 14. What is the third inference from this commandbede ?
A. To bless God that our dames are kept sweet and honour. able in the world among good meo ; Joho 1 2. Demetrius hach a good report of all men, c. Or if we be reproached, it is by none but wicked men, and that for our duty to God; Dio: vi: gi Tben laid thefe men, we hall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it agaiol hita con cerning the law of his God.
of the tenth Commandment. Queft. Hich is the tenth commandmetit?
V A. The tenth commandinent is; [Thou sbalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neigh. bour's wife, nor his mtan servant, nor his maid-fervant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. ]
Queff. 8ê. What is required in the tenth commandment?
A. Tbe tenth commendment requireth full contentment with our otun condition, with a right and charitable fraine of spirit towards zur neighbour, and all that is his.
Queft. 81. What is forbidden in the tenth commandmede ? . A. The tenth commandment forbiddeth all difcontentment with our own eft ate, envying of grieving at the good of our neighbour, and all inordinate motions and affečtions to any thing that is his.
Q. 1. What is the principal (ope åod aim of the tenth com. the deney hat is the principal
A. It is to prevent all occafions of tranfgreffing the otheť precepts of the fecond table, by reftraining this fia of covetouf. befs in the heart ; Pfalm cxix. 35, 36, Make me to go in the path of thy commandments, for therein do I delight. Joclipe my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetoulness. .
2. What doth this tenth command require of us in refe. rence to ourselves?
A. It requires of us perfect contentment and fatisfaction with that eltare and condition wherein God hath placed us in · VOL. VIII,
the world ; Heb. xiii. 5. Let your conversation be without:co vetousness, and be content with such things as ye have, & có Reckoning it to be good for us to be in that state we are, though never so low or afflicted; Psalm cxix. 67. Before I was afflicted, I went astray; but now have I kept thy word. Aod verse 71. It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn thy ftatotes.
Q. 3. Is contentment with God's appointmeots attainable in this life?
. , A. Some Christians have attained to a very great measure, and eminent degree of contentment in the midst of changeable and afflictive providences; Phil. iv, 11. I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Pralo xvi. 5, 6. The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me io pleafant places : yea, I have a goodly heritage.
Q. 4. Is there no danger of the fin of discontent in a full and prosperous condition ?
A. Fulness of the world secures ao man from the sin of dif. contentment with his own, or covering that which is another's; because the desires enlarge as the estate doth ; Psalm lxii. 10.If riches jocreafe, set not your heart upon them. An instance whereof we have in Ahab, 1 Kings xxi. 4. And Ahab came in to his house heavy and displeased, because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him : for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers; and he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.
Q. 5. Whence doch discontent with our condition spring?
A. It springs partly from our ignorance of God's wisdom and love in ordering all for our good; Rom. viii, 28. Aod we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, &c. Partly from our in considerateocis of the vanity of the creature; 1 Tim. vi. 7,8. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certaio we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content. Aod partly from our unbelief; Matth. vi. 31, 32. Therefore take po thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or what shall we drink? Or wherewithal shall we be cloathed? (For after all these thiogs do the Gentiles seek ;) for your heavenly father kæoweth that ye have need of all these things. · Q. 6, 19 contentment with our own estate all that this commandment requires ?
A. No ; it requires a charitable frame of spirit towards our