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zard of the meanest mans soul, being infinitely more wort hij our disquier, than any thing of the other kind can be. Therefore when Masters or MiBreßes are presently on fire for any little negligence and fault of a servant towards themselves, and 1 yet can without trouble see them run into great fins and miscarriages against Gød, 'cis a sign they consider cheir own concernments too much, and Gods Honour and their servants fouls too little,

But as 'cis the duty of Masters to admonish and reprove their servants in case of fault, so they must also look to do it in a due manner, i. e. may be most likely to do good; not in passion and rage, which can never work the servant to any thing but the defpifing and hating of them. Their rebukes must be just, sparing, moderate, Eph 6 9. Forbearing threatning, or moderating threatning, as fome render the Word. They must reprove in such a sober and grave manner as may convince them of their faults, and may plainly shew chem that 'tis love and good will to their souls, and a de fire of their amendment that makes them thus reprove them. But if no warnings nor reproofs will reftrain them from ill courses, neither will they be corrected by words, as 'ris. Prov. 29.19. . then ( in due circumstances ) moderate correction of another fort, may not be inexpedient.

VIII. To listen to their just grievances, and redresse chem, Fob 31. 13. If i did despise the


cause of my man-fervant, or of my maid-Servast, when they contended with me. v, 14. What they Shall I do when God riseth up? And when he vifiteth, what shall I answer him?

IX. And Laftly, to pay them their wages, and justly to perform to them those conditions on which they were hired,

And chat Maßers may be the more careful and conscientions in these things, let them con fider,

1. They bave a Master in Heaven, who is Omniscient, righteous, and just, to whom they must give an account of the usage of their meanej servant on earth, Eph. 6.9. And ye Masters, de the same things to your servants, farbearing threatning; knowing that your Mafter alfo is in Heaven, neither is there respect of persons with him. Do the same things, i.e. That which is good and right, and shall be rewarded of the Lord. For Service, give due recompense; for good will in serving, return good will by encouraging ; if Servants be faithful, be ye good and gentle; if they obey you in the Lord, do ye command them in the Lord, i.., Only things just, equal, and pleafing to God.

2. They and their servants are of the fame mould, all of the earth as to the body; and their Servants have reasonable souls, capable of Grace here, and Glory hereafter, as well as they. They should not cherefore use them like flaves. They should not carry themselves imperionfly, har{bly, churlifbly, and Nabal-like unto them.


3. Those Servants that are truly gracious, are Gods freemen, and so fellow feruants with their

converted Masters, in respect of God. They are - members of the same mystical body, whereof a Christ is the Head; and may have a greater mea

fure of Grace here and so a higher place in Heaven, a greater degree of Glory hereafter than their Masters.

4. And Lastly, lec them consider hom eafily God could have set them in their servants place, į and their servants in theirs. And therefore let

them give them such ssage as themselves would think fit and reasonable, had God disposed them

into the condition of Servants. :: Pfal.101.3. I will behave my self wisely in a per:

fect way; I will walk within my house with a perfeet heart. V.6. Mire eies fhall be upon the faithful of the

Land, that they may dwell with me; he that walketh in a perfect way, he shalt ferve me, V.7. He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within

my house, he that telleth lies full not tarry in my

fight. Col. 4.1. Masters give unto your servants that

which is just and equal, knowing that ge also have a Master in Heaven. 1 Eph.6 9. And ye Masters do the same things unto them, forbearing threarning; knowing that


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your Master also is in Heaven, neither is there

respect of persons with him. Exod. 21.26. And if a man smite the eye of his

servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish, he Thal lit bim go free for his eies sake. V.27. And if he (mite out his mán-fervants tooth, or his maid servants tooth, he foall lot

him go free for his tooths fake. Lev.25.43 Thou shalt not rule over him withris gour, bat friale fear thy God. So much of the Duties of Masters.

I now come to speak of those that belong to Servants.

1. Reverence. Servants ome to their Ma

2. Obedience. fters thefe four Duties, 3. Faithfulnesse.

4. Diligence. I. All due Reverence, and that of three forts.

1. In their hearts; honouring them, and fears ing to give them any just occasion of distaft.

2. In their words, speaking refpe&tfully to theta, and to others of them.

3. In their behaviour, carrying themselves with due regard and respect towards chem ; remembring the superiority, power, and authority they have over them, 1 Tim 6.1. Let u mary fervants as are under the yoke, count their own Masters wortby of all honour, &c. Mal. 1.6.


| if i be a Master, where is my fear? &c. 1 Pet.2.18,

Servants be subject to your own Masters with all fear, &c. Noc with a savish, but a Christi, ani ingenuous fear, which makes a man careful not to negle&t any duty, he is bound to perform, nor to.offend, or provoke any person whom he ought to please.

II. obedience,

1. In carefully minding and observing their in. structions and counsels. especially those given them for the good of their souls.

2. In performing and executing their lawful and just Commands. This is exprefly required by the Apostle, Tit. 2.9. Exhort servants to be obedient to their own Masters, and to please them well in all things, &c. And this obedience must not be a grumbling, unwilling one, but ready and chearful, as 'cis, Eph.6.7. With good will doing service.

And to belp them herein, they are to consider, It w to the Lord, and not only unto men,(as 'cis in the next Words) that they pay this obedience, which may make them the more cheerful in it. Christian Servants should look beyond their Masters unto God, who hath placed them in that condition, and enjoyned them this obedience. Whatsoever ye. do, faich the Apostle, Col.3.23.

(i, e. of your own duty, or your Masters bafinesse) do it heartily, asunto the Lord, i. e. as before God, and in his fight, deliring to glorific God, and ap

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