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hath power to call fynods, to be present at them, and to provide that whatsoever is transacted in them be according to the mind of God g.
of the God of heaven: for why thrust thee out of the way which should their be wrath against the the Lord thy God commanded thee realm of the king and his sons, v. to walk in) so thalt thou put the e25. And thou, Ezra, after the wif- vil away from the midst of thee, v. dom of thy God, that is in thine 6. If thy brother the fon of thy mohand, fet magiftrates and judges, ther, or thy fon, or thy daughter, who may judge all the people that or the wife of thy bosom, or thy are beyond the river, all such as friend, which is as thine own soul, know the laws of thy God; and entice thee secretly, saying, Let us teach then thật know them not. go and serve other gods, which thou v. 26. And wholoever shall not do haft not known, thou nor thy fathe law of thy God, and the law of thers. v. 12. If thou, shalt hear fay the king, let judgment be executed in one of thy cities, which the Lord fpeedily upon him, whether it be thy God hath given thee to dwell unto death, or to banilhment, or to there, saying. 2 Kings xviii. 4. He contifcation of goods, or to impri- removed the high places, and brake foninent. v. 27. Blessed be the Lord the images,and cut down the groves, God of our fathers, who hath put and brake in pieces the brazen fer: such a thing as this in the king's pent that Mofes had made: for unheart, to beautify the house of the to those days the children of Israel Lord which is in seruíalem: v. 28. did burn incense to it, and he called And hath extended mercy unto me, it Nehushtan (1 Chron, xiii, 1. to before the king, and his counsellers, the 9. vertę. 2 Kings xxiii. 1. to the and before all the king's mighty 26. verse.) 2 Chron. xxxiv. 33. And princes: and I was itrengthened as Josiah took away all the abominathe hand of the Lord my God was tions out of all the countries that upon ine, and I gathered together pertained to the children of Israel, out of Ifrael chief men to go up with and made all that were present in me. Lev. xxiv, 16. And he that Israel to serve, even to serve the blafphemeth the name of the Lord, Lord their God. And all his days he ihall surely be put to death, and they departed not from following all the congregation shall certainly the Lord, the God of their fathers. ftone him: as well the stranger, as 2 Chron. xv. 12. And they entered he that is born in the land, when into a covenant, to seek the Lord he blasphemeth the name of the God of their fathers, with all their Lord, jhall be put to death. Deut. heart and with all their soul; v. 13, xiii. 5. And that prophet, or that that whosoever would not seek the dreamer of dreams, thall be put to Lord God of Israel, should be put death (because he hath spoken to to death, whether small or great, turn you away from the Lord your whether man or woman. God, who brought you out of the 8 2 Chron. xix. 8. Moreover, in land of Egypt, and redeemed you Jerusalem did Jehofhaphat set of but of the house of bondage, to the Levites, and of the priests, and
IV. It is the duty of people to pray for magistrates h, to honour their personsi, to pay them tribute and other duesk, to obey their lawful commands, and to be subject to their authority for conscience sakel. Infidelity, or difference in religion, doth not make void the magistrate's just and legal authority, nor free the people from their due obedience to him m: from which ecclesiastical persons are not exempted n;
much of the chief of the fathers of Israel, authority; that we may lead a quiet for the judgment of the Lord, and and peaceable life in all godfiness for controversies, when they return. and honesty. ed to Jerusalem.v.9. And he charg i 1 Pet. ii. 17. Honour all men, ed them, saying, Thus shall ye do in Love the brotherhood. Fear God. the fear of the Lord, faithfully and Honour the king. with a perfect heart. v. 10. And k Rom. xii. 6. For, for this cause what cause soever shall come to you pay you tribute also: for they are of your brethren that dwell in their God's ministers, attending contiçities, between blood and blood, nually upon this very thing: v.7. between law and commandment, Render therefore to all their dues, Itatutes and judgments, ye shall e- tribute to whom tribute is due, curven warn them that they trespass tom to whom custom, fear to whom not against the Lord, and so wrath fear, honour to whom honour, come upon you, and upon your bre. T Rom. xiii. 5. Wherefore ye must thren:
: this do, and ye shall not tref, needs be subject, not only for wrath, pass. v. 11. And behold, Amariah but also for conscience sake. Tit. iii, the chief priest is over you in all 1. Put them in mind to be subject matters of the Lord; and Zebadiah to principalities and powers, to othe fon of Ishmael, the ruler of the bey magistrates, to be ready to evea house of Judah, for all the king's ry good work. matters: also the Levites shall be mi Pet, ii. 13. Submit yourselves officers before you. Deal couragi. to every ordinance of man for the oufly, and the Lord shall be with Lord's sake, whether it be to the the good. (2 Chron. xxix. and xxx. king, as supreme, v. 14. or unto xhapters.) Mat. ii. 4. And when he governors, as unto them that are had gathered all the chief priests fent by him, for the punishment of and scribes of the people together, evil doers, and for the praise of them he demanded of them where Christ that do well. v. 16. As free, and Thould be born. v. 5. And they not using your liberty for a cloke of faid unto him, In Bethlehem of Ju- maliciousness, but as the servants of dea: for thus it is written by the God, prophet.
Rom. xiii. 1. Let every soul be IV.bi Tim.ii. s. I exhort there. fubject unto the higher powers. For fore, that first of all, supplications, there is no power but of God: the prayers, intercellions, and giving of powers that be, are ordained of thanks be made for all men: v.2. God. 1 Kings ii. 35. And the king For kings, and for all that are in put Benaiah the son of Jehpindah in
much less hath the pope any power or jurisdiction over them in their dominions, or over any of their people; and least of all to deprive them of their dominions or lives, if he shall judge them to be hereticks, or upon any other pretence whatsoevero. CHAP. XXIV. Of Marriage and Divorce.
. ARRIAGE is to be between one man, and one woman; neither is it lawful for any man to have more than one
wife, his room over the hoit; and Zadok spise dominion, and speak evil of the prie!t did the king put in the dignities. v. 9. Yet Michael the room of Abiathar. Acts xxv.9. But archangel, when contending with Festus willing to do the Jews a plea- the devil, he disputed about the bofure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt dy of Moses, durft not bring against thou go up to Jerusalem, and there him a railing accusation, but said, be judged of these things before me the Lord rebuke thee, v. 10. But v. 10. Then said Paul, I stand at these speak evil of those things Cesar's judgment feat, where I which they know not: but what ought to be judged: to the Jews they know naturally, as brute have I done no wrong, as thou ve- beasts, in those things they corrupt ry well knowest. v. 11. For if I be themselves. v. 11. Wo unto them, an offender, or have committed a for they have
gone in the way of ny thing worthy of death, I refuse Cain, and ran greedily after the ernot to die: but if there be none of ror of Balaam for reward, and pethese things whereof these accuse rished in the gain-faying of Core. me, no man may deliver me unto o 2 Thess. ii. 4. Who opposeth them. I appeal unto Cesar. 2 Pet. and exalteth himself above all that i. 1. But there were false prophets is called God, or that is worshipalso among the people, even as there ped; so that he as God fitteth in thall be false teachers among you, the temple of God, shewing himself who privily shall bring in damnable that he is God. Rev. xiii. 15. And herefies, even denying the Lord that he had power to give life unto the bought them,and bring upon them- image of the beast, that the image selves swift destruction. v, 10. But of the beast should both speak, and chiefly them that walk after the flesh cause that as many as would not
luft of uncleanness, and de- worship the image of the beast should spise government, presumptuous are be killed. v. 16. And he causeth all, they, self-willed: they are not afraid both small and great, rich and poor, to speak evil of dignities; V. 11. free and bond, to receive a mark in Whereas angels who are greater in their right hand, or in their forepower and might, bring no railing heads: v. 17. And that no man accusation against them before the might buy or sell, fave he that had Lord. Jude 8. Likewise also these the mark, or the name of the beast, Bithy dreamers defile the flesh, de or the number of his name.
wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband ac the same time a.
II. Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wifeb; for the increase of mankind with a legitimate iffue, and of the church with an holy seed c; and for preventing of uncleannessd.
III. It is lawful for all sorts of people to marry, who are able with judgment to give their consente. Yet it is the duty of Christians to marry only in the Lordf: and therefore such as profess the true reformed religion, should not marry with
I. a Gea. ii. 24. Therefore shall III, e Heb. xiii. 4. Marriage is a man leave his father and his mo- honourable in all, and the bed unther, and shall cleave unto his wife: defiled: but whoremongers and aand they shall be one flesh. Mat. dulterers God will judge. i Tim. xix. s. And said, For this cause iv. 3. Forbidding to marry, and Ihall a man leave father and mo- commanding to abstain from meats, ther, and thall cleave to his wife: which God hath created to be reand they twain thall be one flesh: ceived with thanksgiving, of them v. 6. Wherefore they are no more who believe and know the truth, twain, but one flesh. What there i Cor. vii. 36. But if any man think fore God hath joined together, let that he behaveth himself uncomely no man put asunder. Prov. ii. 17. towards his virgin, if the pass the Which forsaketh the guide of her flower of her age, and need fo reyouth, and forgetteth the covenant quire, let him do what he will, he of her God.
finneth not: let thein marry. v.37. II. b Gen. ii. 18. And the Lord Nevertheless, he that standerh sted. God said, It is not good that the fast in his heart, having no necesliman should be alone: I will make ty, but hath power over his own hiin an help meet for him.
will, and hath so decreed in his c Mal. ii. 15. And did not he heart that he will keep his virgin, make one? yet had he the residue doth well. v. 38. So then, he that of the Spirit: and wherefore one? giveth her in marriage, doth well; that he might seek a goodly seed: but he that giveth her not in mara therefore take heed to your spirit, riage, doth better. Gen. xxiv. 57. and let none deal treacherously a And they said, We will call the gainst the wife of his youth. damsel, and enquire at her mouth.
di Cor. vii. 2. Nevertheless, to v.58. And they called Rebekah, and avoid fornication, let every man said unto her, Wilt thou go with have his own wife, and let every this man? and she said, I will go. woman have her own husband. v. fi Cor.vii. 39. The wife is bound 9. But if they cannot contain, let by the law as long as her husband them marry: for it is better to mar. liveth: but if her husband be dead, TY than to burn.
she is at liberty to be married to
infidels, papists or other idolaters: neither should such as are godly be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are notoriously wicked in their life, or maintain damnable herefiesg.
IV. Marriage ought not to be within the degrees of consanguinity or affinity forbidden in the word h; nor can such incestuous marriages ever be made lawful by any law of man, or consent of parties, so as those persons may live together as
whom she will only in the Lord. of his God, and God made him king
& Gen, xxxiv. 14. And they said over all Israel: neverthelels, even unto them, We cannot dothisthing, him did outlandith women cause to to give our filter to one that is uncir- fin. v, 27. fhall we then hearken cumcised: for that were a reproach unto you to do all this great evil, unto us, Exod. xxxiv. 16. And thou
to transgress against our God, in takeoftheir daughtersunto thy fons, marrying itrange wives? Mal. ii. and their daughters go a whoring '11. Judah hath dealt treacherousafter their gods, and make thy fons ly, and an abomination is commitgoa whoring after their gods. Deut. ted in Ifrael, and in Jerusalem : for vii. 3. Neither lhalt thou make mar Judah hath profaned the holiness riages with them; thy daughter of the Lord, which he loved, and thou shalt not give unto his son, nor hath married the daughter of a his daughter ihalt thou take unto strange god. v. 12. The Lord will thy son. v. 4. For they will turn cut off the man that doth this: the away thy son from following me, master and the scholar out of the tathat they may serve other gods: bernucles of Jacob, and him that so will the anger of the Lord be offereth an offering unto the Lord kindled against you, and destroy of hosts. 2 Cor. vi. 14. Be ye not thee suddenly. 1 Kings xi. 4. For it unequally yoked together with uncame to pass when Solomon was old, believers : for what fellowihip hath that his wives turned away his heart righteousness with unrighteous, after other gods: and his heart was
nefs? and what communion hath not perfect with the Lord his God, light with darkness? as was the heart of David his father. IV. (Lev. xviii. chapter.) 1 Cor. Neh. xiii. 25. And I contended with v. 1. It is reported commonly that them, and cursed them, and smote there is fornication among you, and certain of them, and pluckt of their such fornication as is not so much hair, and made them swear by God, as named amongst the Gentiles, that saying, Ye shall not give your daugh- one should have his father's wife. ters unto their sons, nor take their Amos ii. 7. That pant after the dust daughters unto your fons, or for of the earth on the head of the poor, yourselves. v. 26. Did not Solomon and turn aside the way of the meek: king of Israel sin by these things and a man, and his father will go in Yet among many nations was there unto the same maid, to profane my. no king like him, who was beloved holy name.