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E Luke iii. 14. And he said unto them. Do violence to
no man, neither accuse any falsely. 2 Sam. xvi. 8. 2
Sam. i. 9—16.

• k Lev. xix. 15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness la
Judgment. Hab. 1. 4.

i Prov. ux. 6. A false witness shall not be on-

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false witnesses, ^ wittingly appearing and plead-
ing for an evil cause, out-facing and over-
bearing the truth ;^ passing unjust sentence,^
calling evil good, and good evil ; reward-
ing the wicked according to the work of
the righteous, and the righteous according
to the work of the wicked ; "* forgery, " con-
cealing the truth, undue silence in a just
cause, " and holding our peace when iniquity
calleth for either a reproof from ourselves, ^

panished ; and he that speaketh lies ahall not escape.
Prov. *vi. 16, 19.

J Acts vi. 18. And set up false witnesses, which said,
This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against
this holy place, and the law.

k Jer. ix. 8. And they bend their tongues like their
bow for lies ; but they are not yaliant for the truth upon
the earth. Psa. xii. 8, 4. The Lord shall cut off— the
tongue that speaketh proud things ; who have said. With
our tongue will we prevail, our lips are our own ; who is
lord over us. Psa. lii. 1, 2, 3, 4. Acts xxiv. 2, 5.

1 ProY. xTii. 15. He that justifieth the wicked, and he
that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination
to the Lord. 1 Kings xxi. 9 — 14.

■» Isa. V. 23. [Woe unto them|| which justify the wicked
for reward, and take away the righteousness of the right-
eous from him.

> 1 Kings xxi. 8.

• Ley. T. 1. And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of
swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known
of it ; if he do not utter it, then he shall bear bis iniquity.
Acts V. 8. — Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled
thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back
part of the price of the land ?

9 Lev. xix. 17. Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy
neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Isa. Iviii. 1.
Cry aloud^ spare not ; lift up thy voice like a trumpet,

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or complaint to otherB;^ speaking the trath
unseasonably,' or maliciously to a wrong
end, ■ or perverting it to a wrong mean-
ing,* or in doubtful and equivocal expres-
sion, to the prejudice of truth or justice;*
speaking untruth, ^ lying, ^ slandering, * back-
biting, ^ detracting, * tale-bearing * whisper-

and show my people their transgresfiion, and the house of
Jacob their sins. 1 Elngs i. 6.

4 Isa. lix. 4. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth
for truth : they trust in vanity.

' ProT. zxix. 11. A fool uttereth all his mind : but a
wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

■ 1 Sam. xxii. 9. 10. Then answered Boeg the Edomite,
which was set over the seryants of Saul, and said, I saw
the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of
Ahitub. And he inquired of the Lord for him, and gave
him — the sword of Goliath the Philistine. Psa. lii. 1.
V^hy boastest thou thyself in mischief, mighty man?

t Psa. Ivi. 6. Every day they wrest my words. Matt
zzvi. 60, 61. — ^At the last came two false witnesses, and
said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple
of God, and to build it in three days. (Compare John
it 19.)

■ Gen. iii. 5. God doth know, that in the day ye eat
thereof, then your eyes shall be opened ; and ye shall be
as gods, knowing good and evil. Gen zzvi. 7, 9.

^ Isa. lix. 13. Conceiving and uttering from the heart
words of falsehood. ,

^ Col. iii. 9. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye
have put off the old man with his deeds. Lev. xix. 11.

* Psa. 1. 20. Thou sittest and speakest against thy
brother : thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

7 Psa. XV. 8. He that backbiteth not with his tongue.
Rom. i. 80. Backbiters, haters of God.

* James iv. 11. Speak not evil one of another, brethren.
Tit. iii. 2. To speak evil of no man. Jer. xxxviii. 4.

* Lev. xix. 16. Thou shalt not go up and down as m
tale-bearer among thy people.

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ing,* scofiBng, • reviling,* rash/ harsh,*
and partial censuring ; ' misconstruing in*
tentions, words, and actions;^ flattering,^
vain glorious boasting,^ thinking or speak*
ing too highly or too meanly of our*
selves or others ; ^ denying the gifts and

^ Rom. i. 29. Fall of— deceit, malignity ; whisperers.
ProT. XYi. 28.

« Isa. xxviii. 22. Now therefore be ye not mockers,
lest your bands be made strong. Gen. jud. 9. Gal. It.

* 1 Cor. Ti. 10. Nor drunkards, nor reyilers, — shall
inherit the kingdom of God.

e Matt Tii. 1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.

f James ii. 18. He shall have judgement without
mercy, that hath showed no mercy. Acts xxviii. 4.

ff John Tii. 24. Judge not according to the appear-
ance, but judge righteous judgment. — Rom. ii. 1. Gen.
xxxTlii. 24.

k Rom. lii. 8. And not rather, (as we be slanderously
reported, and as some aferm that we say) Let us do evil,
that good may come ? whose damnation is just. Psa.
IxLX. 10. When I wept and chastened my soul with fast-
ing, that was to my reproach. 1 Sam. i. 18, 14, 15. 2
Sam. X. 8. Neh. yi. 6, 7, 8.

i Psa. xii. 2, 8. With flattering lips, and with a dou-
ble heart do they speak. The Lord shall out off all flat-
tering lips.

J 2 Tim. iii. 2. For men shall be lovers of their own
selves, — boasters.

k Luke xviii. 11. The Pharisee stood and prayed
thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not
as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or
even as this publican. Gal. v. 26. Let us not be de-
sirous of vain-glory, provoking one another, envying
one another. Ex. iv. 10, 14. And Moses said unto the
Lord, my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither hereto-
fore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant : but

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graces of God ; ^ aggravating smaller faults ; *
hiding, excusing, or extenuating of sins, when
called to a free confession ; '^ unnecessarily
discovering of infirmities;*^ raising false ru-
mours ;p receiving and countenancing evil
reports,^ and stopping our ears against just
defence ; ' evil suspicion ; ■ envying or griev-

I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. — And the
anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses. Acts
zii. 22.

* Job xxvii. 6, 6. God forbid that I should justify
you : tiU I die I will not remoye mine integrity from me.
My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go : my
heart shall not reproach me so long as I liye.

" Isa. xxix. 20, 21. All that watch for iniquity are
cut off; that make a man an offender for a word. Matt
vii. 3.

> Gen. iii. 12, 18. And the man said, The womaQi
whom thou gayest to be with me, she gaye me of the tree,
and I did eat. — And the woman said. The serpent be-
guiled me, and I did eat. Proy. zxyiii. 18. He that
coyereth his sins shall not prosper. 2 Kings y. 25. Gen.
iy. 9.

Proy. xxy. 9. Debate thy cause with thy neigh-
bour himself ; and disooyer not a secret to another. Gen.

P Ex. xxiii. 1. Thou shalt not raise a false report

4 Jer. XX. 10. I heard the defaming of many, — Report,
say they, and we will report ii. All my familiars watched
for my halting, saying, Peradyenture he will be enticed,
and we shall preyail against him, and we shall take our
revenge on him. Proy. xxix. 12.

' Acts yii. 67. Then they cried out with a loud yoice,
and stopped their ears. Job xxxi. 13, 14. If I did des-
pise the cause of my man-seryant, or of my maid-servant,
when they contended with me ; what then shall I do when
God riseth up ? and when he visiteth, what shall I an-
swer him ?

* 1 Cor. xiii. 4, 6. Chariti* — thinketh no evil. 1 Tinu

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ing at the deserved credit of any ; * endearour-
iBg or desiring to impair it, ^ rejoicing in their
disgrace and infamy ; ^ scornful contempt, ^
fond admiration ; * breach of lawful promises ;^^
neglecting such things as are of good report ; '
and practising or not avoiding ourselves, or not
hindering what we can in others, such things as
procure an ill name. *

< Matt. xxi. 15. And when the chief priests and scribes
fl&w the wonderful things that he did, and the children
crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of
Dayid, they were sore displeased. Num. xi. 29.

Dan. vi. 8, 4. Then this Daniel was preferred above
the presidents and princes. — Then the presidents and
princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning
the kingdom. Ezra iv. 12, 13.

▼ Jer. xlyiii. 27. For was not Israel a derision unto
thee ? was he found among thieyes ? for since thou spa-
kest of him, thou skippedst for joy.

w Matt, xxyii. 28, 29. And they stripped him, and put
on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a
crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in
his right hand ; and they bowed the knee before him, and
mocked him, saying, HaU, King of the Jews I Psa. zzxy.
16, 16.

' 1 Cor. iii. 21. Let no man glory in men Jude 16.

Having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
^Acts xii. 22.

f Rom. i. 81. Without understanding, covenant-break*
ers. 2 Tim. iii. 8.

* 2 Sam. xii. 14. Thou hast given great occasion to
the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme. 1 Sam. ii. 24.

» Phil. iii. 18, 19. For many walk, of whom I have
told ^ou often, and now tell you even weeping, that they
are the enemies of the cross of Christ : whose end is de-
struction, whose god is their belly, and i^hose glory is in
their sham 6, who mind earthly things. 2 Pet. ii. 2. And
many shall follow their pernicious ways ; by reason of

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Q. 146, Which is the tenth eominandment f

A, The tenth commandment is, Thou shalt
not covet thy neighbour's house^ thou shatt
not covet thy neighbour's wife^ nor his mar^
servant^ nor his maidservant^ nor his ox, nor
his asSy nor any thing that is thy neigh*
hours, ^

Q. 147. What are the duties required m
the tenth commandment f

A, The duties required in the tenth com-
mandment are, such a full contentment with
our own condition, ** and such a charitable
frame of the whole soul towards our neighbour,
as that all our inward motions and affections
touching him, tend unto and further all that
good which is his. ^

Q. 148. What are the sins forbidden in the
tenth commanjiment f

A. The sins forbidden in the tenth com-
mandment are, discontentment with our own
estate;* envying,' and grieving at the good

whom the way of truth be evil spoken of. 2 Sam. xii. 18.

b Ex. XX. 17.

c Heb. xiii. 5. Let your conyersation be without cov-
etousness ; and be content with such things as ye
haye : for he hath said, I will neyer leaye thee. 1 Tim. yi. 6.

A Rom. xii. 16. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and
weep with them that weep. Phil. ii. 4. Look not every
man on his own things, but eyery man also on the t))ing8
of others. Job xxxi 29. 1 Tim. i. 6.

• 1 Cor. X. 10. Neither murmur ye, as some of them
also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
1 Kings xxi. 4.

' Gal. Y. 26. Let us not be desirous of Tain glory.

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of our neighbour, * together with all inordinate
motions and affections to any thing that is his. ^

Q. 149. Is any man able perfectly to keep
the commandments of God?

A. No man is able, either of himself, * or by
any grace received in this life, perfectly i;o keep
the commandments of God ; ^ but doth daily
break them in thought, ^ word, and deed. *

provoking one another, envying one another. James iii.
14, 16. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your
hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. For
vhere envying and strife is, there is confusion, and
every evil work.

t Psa. cxii. 9, 10. His horn shall be exalted witli
honour. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved. Neh.
ii. 10.

•» Rom. vii. 7. I had not known sin, but by the law ;
for 1 had not known lust, except the law had said, Thofli
Shalt not covet. Deut. v. 21. Neither shalt thou desire
thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neigh-
bour's house, his field, or his man-servant, or his maid-
servant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neigh-
bour's. Col. iii. .6. Mortify — inordinate affection, evil
concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Rom.
ziii. 9.

i James iii. 2. In many things we offend all. Job xv,
14, What is man, that he should be clean ? and he which
is born of a woman, that he should be righteous ? John
XV. 6. — Without me ye can do nothing.

i Eccl. vii. 20. There is not a just man upon earth,
that doeth good and sinneth not. 1 Kings viii. 46. For
there is no man that sinneth not. 1 John i. 8. If we say
that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth
is not in us.

k Gen. viii. 21. The imagination of man's heart is
evil from his youth. James i. 14 — Every man is tempted,
when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Gen. vi. 6. See letter (;'), above.

I f sa. xix. 12. Who can understand his errors ? cleanse



Q. 160. Are all transgressions of the law
of Gfod equally heinous in themselves^ and in
the sight of Qod f

A. All transgressions of the law of God are
not equally heinous ; but some sins in them-
eelves, and by reason of several aggravations,
are more heinous in the' sight of God than
others. "*

Q. 151. What are those aggravations that
make some sins more heinous than others ?

A, Sins receive their aggravations,
1. From the persons offending:'' If of riper age,* greater experience,
or grace ; ^ eminent for profession, *

thou me from secret faults. Rom. iii. 9, 19. — We haye
before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all
under sin — Every mouth may be stopped, and all the
world may become guilty before God. James iii. 2, 8.
In many things we o£fend all. — The tongue can no man
tame ; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

» Heb. ii. 2, 8. If the word spoken by angels was
{Steadfast, and eyery transgression and disobedience re-
oeiyed a just recompense of reward : how shall we escape,
if we neglect so great salvation ; which at the first began
to be spoken by the Lord ? Ezra ix. 14. Psa. Ixxviii.
17, 82, 56.

B Jer. ii. 8. The priests said not, Where is the Lord ?
and they that handle the law knew me not : the pastors
also transgressed against me, and. the prophets prophe-
sied by Baal.

« Job zxxii. 9. Great men are not always wise : nei-
ther do the aged understand judgment. Ecol. iv. 13.

p 1 Kings xi. 9. And the Lord was angry with Solo-
mon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of
Israel, which had appeared unto him twice.

4 2 Sam. xii. 14. By this deed thou hast giyen

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gifts, ' place, ' office, * guides to others, * and
whose example is likely to *be followed bj
others. ^

2. From the -parties offended : ^ If im-
mediately against God, ' his attri*

great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blasphe

1 Cor. V. 1.
' James iy. 17. To him that knoweth to do good, and

doeth it not, to him it is sin. Luke zii. 47. — That servant
which knew his Lord's will, and prepared not himself,
neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with
many stripes.

■ John iii. 10. Jesus answered and said unto him, Art
thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things t
Jer. ▼. 4, 6.

< 2 Sam. xii. 7, 8, 9. And Nathan said to Dayid, Thoa
art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I an-
nointed thee king over Israel, — and I gave thee thy mas*
ter^s house : — wherefore hast thou despised the command*
ment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight ? £zek. Tiii
11, 12.

« Bom. ii. 21, 22, 24. Thou therefore that teachest
another, teachest thou not thyself? Thou that preachest|
a man should not steal, dost thou steal ? Thou that say-
est a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit
adultery ? — For the name of God is blasphemed among
the Gentiles, through you.

V Gal. ii. 14. But when I saw that they walked not
uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said
unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest
after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why
compellest thou the Gentiles to liye as do the Jews?

2 Pet. ii. 2.

^ 1 John Y 10. He that believeth on the Son of God
hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God,
hath made him a liar ; because he belieyeth not the record
that God gave of his Son. Matt. xxi. 88, 89.

< 1 Sum. ii. 25. If one man sin against another, the
judge shall judge him ; but if a man sin against the Lord^

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bates, ' and worship * against Christ, and
his grace ; * the Holy Spirit, ^ his witness, •
and workings ; * against superiors, men of
eminency, • and such as we stand especially
related and engaged unto ; ' against any of

who shftU entreat for him ? Acts t. 4. Thou hast not
lied unto men, but unto God.

y Rom. ii. 4. Or despisest thou the riches of his good-
ness, and forbearance, and long-suflFering ; not knowing
that the goodness of God leadeUi thee to repentance ?

* Mai. i. 14. Cursed be the deceiver, which hath in
his flock a male, and yoweth, and sacrificeth unto the
liord a corrupt thing. 1 Cor. x. 21, 22. — Ye cannot be
^rtakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils,
bo we provoke the Lord to jealousy ? are we stronger
than he ?

*■ John iii. 18, 86. He that believeth not is condemned
Already, because he hath not believed in the name of the
only begotten Son of God — He that believeth not the Son
ehall not see life ; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
fieb. xii. 25.

^ Heb. X. 29. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose
)re, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under
foot the Son of God, — and hath done despite unto the
Spirit of grace ? Matt. xii. 81, 82.

e 'Eph. iv. 30. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God,
whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

^ Heb. vi. 4, 6, 6. For it is impossible for those who
^ere once enlightened — and were made partakers of the
Holy Ghost; — if they shall fall away, to renew them
agtdn unto repentance.

• Num. xii. 8. Wherefore then were ye not afraid
to speak against my servant Moses ? — Jude 8. Isa. iii. 6.

' Prov. XXX. 17. The eye that mocketh at his father,
and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley
shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. Psa.
x\i' 9. Tea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted,
which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against
me. Psa. It. 12 to 14.

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the saints, * particularly weak brethren, ^ the
Bonis of them or any other ; ^ and the common
good of -^11 or many. ^

3. From the nature and quality of the of*
fence ; ^ if it be against the express letter of
the law, ^ break many commandments, con-
tain in it many sins : " if not only conceived
in the heart, but break forth in words and
actions, "" scandalize others, ^ and admit

( Zech. ii. 8. He that toucheth you toucheth the ap-
ple of his eye.

^ 1 Cor. yiii. 11, 12. And through thy knowledge shall
the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died ? But
when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their
weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. Bom. xiy. 13,
16, 21.

i Ezek. xiii. 19. And will ye pollute me among my
people for handfuls of barley, and for pieces of bread, to
slay the soals that should not die ?

i 1 Thess. ii. 15, 16. Who both killed the Lord Jesus,
and their own prophets, and have persecuted us — to fill
up their sins alway : for the wrath is come upon them to
the utmost. Matt, xxiii. 34 — 38.

k Isa. iii. 9. They declare their sin as Sodom, they
hide it not. Prov. vi. 30 to 33.

1 Ezek. XX. 12, 13. I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a
sign between me and them — ^and my Sabbaths they greatly

■* Col. iii. 5. Mortify therefore your members which
are upon the earth : fornication, uncleanness, inordinate
affection, evil concupiscence, and oovetousness, which is
idolatry. 1 Tim. vi. 10.

■ Mic. ii. 1, 2. Woe to them that devise iniquity, and
work evil upon their beds I when the morning is light,
they practise it because it is in the power of their hand.
And they covet fields, and take them by violence.

• Rom. ii. 28, 24. Thou that makest thy boast of the
law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God ?

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of no reparation : ' if against means, ^
mercies, ' judgments, ■ light of nature, ^
conviction of conscience,* puWic or
private admonition, ^ censures of the

For the name of God is blasphemed among the (}entile8
through you, as it is written. Matt, xviii. 7.

p Prov. vi. 82, 83, 84, 85. But whoso committeth adul-
tery with a woman — a wound and dishonour shall he get ;
and his reproach shall not be wiped away. For jealousy
is the rage of a man ; therefore he will not spare in the
day of yengeance. He will not regard any ransom.
Matt. xvi. 26. — What is a man profited, if he gain the
whole world and lose his own soul ? or what shall a man
give in exchange for his soul ?

q Matt. xi. 21, 22, 23, 24. Woe unto thee, Chorazin I
woe unto thee, Bethsaida 1 For if the mighty works which
were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they
would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
But I say unto you it shall be more tolerable for Tyre
and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you, &C
John XY. 22.

«• Deut. xxxii. 6. Do ye thus requite the Lord, fool-
ish people and unwise ? Is not he tby father, that hath
bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established
thee ? Isa. i. 2, 3. Ezra ix. 13, 14.

■ Jer. V. 3. Lord, are not thine eyes upon the
truth ? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved ;
thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to re-
ceive correction: they have made their faces harder than
Ik rock; they have refused to return. Amos i v. 8 — 11.

* Rom. i. 20, 21. For the invisible things of him from
the creation of the world are clearly seen, being under-
stood by the things that are made, even his eternal power
and Godhead ; so that they are without excuse, &c.

« Rom. i. 32. Who, knowing the judgment of God,
that they which commit such things are worthy of death ;
not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do
them. Dan. v. 22.

^ Prov. xxix. 1. He that, being often reproved, hard*

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ehurcli,^ civil ponishmeBts ; ' and our
prayers, purposes, promises, ^ vows, • cove-
nants; * 'and engagements to God or men : ^
if done deliberately, • wilfully, ^ presumptu-

eneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that
vithout remedy.

^ Matt. xTiii. 17. If he neglect to hear the chnrch,
let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Tit. iii. 10.

* Proy. zxyii. 22. Though thou shouldest bray a fool
in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his
foolishness depart from him.

y Psa. IxxTiii. 84, 86, 87. When he ^slew them, then
they sought him ; and they returned, and inquired early
after God. — ^Nevertheless they did flatter him with their
mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. —
For their heart was not right with him, neither were
they steadfast in his ooyenant. Jer. xlii. 6, 6, 20, 21,

* Eocl. T. 5. Better is it that thou shouldest not tow,
than that thou shouldest tow and not pay. Proy. xx. 2&
It is a snare to the man who deyoureth that which is holy,
and after yows, to make inquiry.

•■ Ley. xxyi. 25. And I will bring a sword upon yon,
that shaU ayenge the quarrel of my coyenant. Jer.
zxxi. 82.

b Proy. il. 17. Which forsaketh the guide of her youth,
and forgetteth the coyenant of her God. Ezek. xyii. 18.
Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the coyenant,
when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these
things, he shall not escape.

Psa. xxxyi. 4. He deviseth mischief upon his bed ;
he setteth himself in a way that is not good ; he abhor-
reth not evil.

d Jer. yi. 16. Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the
ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the
good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for
your souls. But they said. We w^ll not walk therein.

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ously,* impudently,' boastingly,' ipalicious-
ly, ^ frequently,* obstinately, ^ with de-
light, * continuance, ^ or relapsing after re-
pentance. ™

• Num. XY. 80. But the soul that doeth aught pre-

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