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VIII.

Enjoins

An honest and prudent care for the improvement of possessions; and the diligent exercise of lawful calling.

Faithful and disinterested anxiety for the advantage of others, and justice and liberality in all dealings.

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Prohibits

Prodigality, and waste of property; and neglect of opportunities of advantage.

Theft and dishonesty of all descriptions.

Every desire, associa tion, or inducement which may lead to the being dishonest, or may make

others so.

Levity, talkativeness; and carelessness of our own reputation.

Judicial false-witness, detraction, falsehood, insincerity, vanity, and indulgence of evil reports.

All attempts to deprepreciate our neighbour, and all feelings which give rise to them.

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From Scripture.

SECTION 1.

Psal. xix. 7. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple Eccles. xii. 13. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter; fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Prov. vi. 23. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Matt. vii. 12. Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Rom. xii. 1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Micah vi. 8. He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Matt. xxii. 35–40. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Rom. vii. 23. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Heb. x. 16. This is the covenant that I will make with them

after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them. Rom, ii. 14, 15. 25. For when the Gentiles which have not the law, these do by nature the things contained in the law, having not the law, are a law unto themselves; which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing, or excusing one another; for circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. John i. 17. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John vii. 19. Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me? Rom. viii. 7. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. Rom. iii. 27. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay; but by the law of faith. 1 Cor. ix. 20, 21. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; to them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 1 Tim. i, 5-11. Now the end of the commandment is charity, out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved, have turned aside to vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers. For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing

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