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V.7. The lips of the wife disperse knowledge:

but the heart of the foolish doth not so. Prov.14.3. In the mouth of the foolish is arod of

pride, but the lips of the wife shall preserve

them. Prov.12.18. There is that speaketh like the pier.

cings of a sword: but the tongue of the wife is

health, Prov. 17.5. Whoso mocketh the poor, reproacbeth

his maker : and he that is glad at calamities,

jhall not be unpunished. Prov.31.26. She openeth her mouth with wisdom,

and in her tongue is the Law of kindnesse. Tic.3.1,2. Put them in mind, &c. To speak evil

no man, to be ne brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekneffe unto all men. Mat.5.22. But i say unto you, that whosoever is

angry with his brother without a cause, shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say unto his brother, Racha, shall be in danger of the councel, but whosoever shall say, thou fool,

shall be in danger of hell-fire. Levit. 19.16. Thou shalt not go up and down as a

tale-bearer among thy people. Prov 11.13. A tale bearer revealeth secrets, but

he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matProv.25 18. A man that beareth false witmise a

gainst his neighbour, is a maul, and afword, and a sharp arrow,


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Prov. 20.19. He that goeth about as a talebearer,

revealeth fecrets, therefore meddle not with

bim that flattereth with his lips. Pfal.15.1. Lord who shall abide in thy Tabernet

cle? V.2. He that speaketh the truth in his heart. V.3. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, vor doth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a re

proach against his neighbour. Jer.18.18. And they said, come, let us devise de

vices against Feremiah, come let u smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any

of his words. Job.5:21. Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the

tongue, neither shalt thou be afraid of destructie

on when it comesh. Pfal.31.20. Thou shalt hide them in the secret of

thy presence from the pride of mar; thou shalt keep them fecretly in a pavilion, from the strife

of tongues. Prov.6.1. My son, if thou be surety for thy friend

if thou haft stricken thy hand with a stranger, Viz. Thou art fnared with the words of thy month,

thos art taken with the words of thy mouth. Prov.12.13. The wicked is (rared by the trans

gression of bis lips : but tbe just shall come out

of trouble? 1/2.63.8. Fer he said, surely they are my people,

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Prov.6.16. These fix things doth the Lord hates,

gea, seavens are an abomination unto bim.
V.17. A prond look, a lying tongue, and hands

that shed innocent blood, &c.
Zeph.3.13. The remnant of Ifrael shall not do

iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tong'we be found in their month: for they shall feed, and lie dowon, and none shall make them afraid. Levit. 19.12. And ye shall not swear by my Name

falsely, neither shalt thou profane the Name of

e by God: I am ihe Lord. Prov.31.6. The getting of treafures by : « lying

tongue, is a vanity toffed to and fro of them that

feck death. Prov.17.14. The beginning of strife is as when

one lentetb out water, therefore leave off come

tention, before it is medled with. Prov.18.6. A fooles lips enter into contention, and

bis mouth calleth for stroakes. Ecclel.5.6. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh

to fons; neither say those before the Angel ibat is w as an errons, wherefore should God be angry at tby voice, and destroy the work of thine hands. Numb.12.8. Witb bim will I speak mowl to

mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches, and the fimilitude of the Lord shall be

beheld: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? 1 Tim.5.19. Againk an Elder receive not an af


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cusation, but before two or three witneses. Prov.27.2.A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty,

but a fooles wrath is heavier than them both. Levit.19.17. Thou fhalt not hete thy brother in

thine heart : thou shalt in any wife rebuke thy

neighbour, and not Søffer sin upon him. Eph.5.11. And bave no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkneß, but rather reprove

them. Pfal.141.5. Let the righteous (mite me, it shall

be a kiwdnese, and let him reprove me, it shall be an excellent oile, which shall not break my

bead. Prov.15.5. A fool despiseth his Fathers ixfrulli

or; but be that regardeth reproof is prudent. 1 Pet. 3.8. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having

compaffion one of another, love as brethren,

be pitiful, be courteous. V.9. Not rendring evil for evil, or railing for railing, but contrariwife bleffing, knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inhe. rit a blessing. Fourthly, Watch over thy Actions. · The Apostle gives us an excellent exhortation in the 5tb to the Ephef. v. 15. See that y! walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. And in i Pet.1.15. We are commanded to be holy in all manner of conversation. True and real Chriftianicy is a careful businesse. There is a great deal


of watchfulnesse and circumspection required to keep our Consciences void of offence towards God, and towards men. O how fad a fight is it to see men in words professing Christ, and yet in works denying him! Shew more thy Faith by thy works, faies Sc.Fames. And our Saviour in Mat.5.16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may fee your good workes, and glorifie your Father which is

in Heaven. The men of the world have cheir sk eies on the lives and conversacions of Professors,

they know not what they do in their closets, they care not much what they do in the congregation; they look whac che tenour and course of their lives is. Otherefore let those that name the Name of Christ depart from all iniquity! Let such as profess themselves real Christians, and true converts, take heed of being taken tardy in such things, which meer moral men (chat are strangers to the life of Grace) cannot be justly charged with.

Be very careful cherefore of, and watchfull over all thy actions. Take heed the Name of God be not blafphemed, nor bis honour wounded by any ungodly action of thine : Take heed of bring ing a scandal on Religion, and a reproach on che Gospel. If ever thou wouldít win others to Religion, thou must be exemplary in holinesse and righteoufwesse thy self; it is a woful thing to be an offence, and stumbling block co others, and to be an occasion of keeping them off from embracing the waies of God, O cherefore cake


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