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$able towards others, And be especially careful chou dost not make the failings and miscarriages of others, (which should be matter of grief to thee, and see thee upon praying for them, i fohn 5.16.) to serve thee for mirth and sport : And yet this is the usual entertainment of this corrupt world. But the Apostle rels us, 1 Cor.13.6. Charity rejoycech noc' in iniquicy; and there fore it cannot make che fins and failings of others, its recreation.
10. Do not recice jests made upon Scripture, or concrived out of Scripture phrase, wbich can hardly be cold, or heard, wichout leaving in the mind some diminution of the Majesty, and Authority of Gods Word; the Dignity whereof all ought to maintain. Therefore 'cis ill crusting our corruptions with the bare reporting of fuch jests made by wicked wics, on Scripture abused, for fear of the bad effects that
may enfue thereupon. Our congue is our glory, Psal.57 8. With that we should blesse the Lord at all times, his praise should be continually in our mouthes, Pfal. 34 1. With that we thould labour co do good to others with whom we converse. Let us not then pervert ic from the righc use. Moral infection Spreads abroad by words, as the peftilential
doth by 4 Corripe breath.
1. Speak with greit modesty, when the macter any way relates to thine own commendation. A mins praise fmels sweet est of aro
thers mouth, but stinks out of his own
12. Speak noc ill of any, except it be upon just occasion, and in order to some good, that God may have Glory thereby, and the persons whom thou speakest, may be warned, and admonished.
13. In stead of speaking ill, or censuring thy brocher, privatly admonish him ; but do it noc in a masterly way, but in the Spirit of meeknesse, Let love sweeten thy words. When love rules in the heart, the law of kindnesse is in the tongue.
14. Lastly, Consider what Solomon faies, Prov.10.19. In the multitude of words, there wanteth not fin, and he that refraineth his lips is wist. Duc and beficcing filence is many cimes a greac preserver of innocency; but when the congue runs very fast, and speaks more than comes to its share, 'cis ordinarily a fervant either co pride or pafsion. Pfal.39.1. I said, I will take heed to my waies,
that I fon not with my tongue, I will keep my month with a bridle, while the wicked is before
Pfal. 17.3. I am purposed that my mouth shall not
transgreffe. Pfal.141.3. Set A watch (0 Lørd) before my
mouth, keep the door of my lips: Mar.12.34. O generation of vipers, how can ye being evil speak good things for out of the 4
dance of the beart the mouth speakech. V.35. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart, bringeth forth good things: and an evil
man out of the evil treasure, bringeth forth eV.36. But I say unto you, that
idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account
thereof in the din of judgment. Prov. 13:3. He that keeperb his mouth, keepeth
his life, but he that openeth wide his lips shall
have destruction. Jam.1.26. If any man among you seem to be reli
gious, and brialeth not his tongue, but decei
weth his own heart, this mans religion is vain. Jam.3.2. For in many things we offend all; if
any man offend not in word, the fame is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the wobole body. V.3. Behold, we pet bins in the horses mouthes,
that they may obey us, and we turn about their whole body. V.4. Behold alfo the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce wirdes, yet are they turned about with a very small belm,
whitherfoever the Governour lifteth. V.5. Even so the tongue is a little member, and
boasteth great things, behold, how great a poatter a little fire kindleth! 7.6. And ihe tongne is a fire, a world of iniqui. in so is the tongue amongst our mem
bers; that it defiletb the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature, and is set on
fire of Hell. Col.4.6. Let your speech be alway with Grace, fea
soned with salt, i hat ge may know how ge ought
to answer every man. Eph.4.29. Let no corrupt communication proceed
ont of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minifter Grace unto
the hearers. Eph.5.3. Bu fornication, and all uncleannesse,
or couetowsnes, let it not be once named amongst gou, as becometh Saints. V.4. Neither filthinesse, nor foolish talking, nor jefting, which are not convenient, but rather
giving of thanks. i Cor.15.33. Be not deceived; evil communicas
tions corrupt good-manners. Plal.106.33. They provoked his spirit, so that be
(i... Moses) spake unadvisedly with his
lips. Prov.15.28. The heart of the righteous studieth to answer, but the mouth
wicked poureth out evil things, 1 Sam.2.3. Talk no more fo exceeding proudly,
let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him ačti.
ons are weighed. Prov.10.11. The moutb of a righteous man is a
well of life, but violence covereth the mouth of be wicked.
V.19. In the multitude of words there wantetb
not fin, but he that refraineth his lips is wife. V.20. The tongue of the just is as choice filver:
the heart of the wicked' is litile worth. V.21. The lips of the righteous feed many : but
fooles die for want of wisdome, Prov.17.27. He that hath knowledge, Spareth his
words, and a man of underfanding is of an ex«
cellent spirit. Pfal.37.30. The mouth of the righteous speaketh
wisdome, and his tongue talketh or judgment. Pfal. 34.12. What man is be that deföreth life,
and loveth many daies, that he may fee good? V.13. Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips
from speaking guile. Přál.12.4 who bave said, with our tongue will
wve prevail, our lips are our own; who is Lord Pfal.140.3. They have sharpned their tongues like
a Serpent, adders poison is under their lips.
Selah, Rom:3.13. Their throat is an open sepulchre,
with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of alpes is under their lips. V.14. whose month is full of cursing and bitter
nelle. Prov. 16.27. An ungodly man diogeth up evil:
and in his lips there is a burning fire. Prov.15.4. A wholesom tongue is a tree of life:
but perversenes i herein, is a breach in the spirit,