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Let not thine heart decline to her ways; for her house is the way to hell. Thou goest after her as an ox goeth to the slaughter, till a dart strike through thy liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

? If mine heart hath been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door; this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all my increase.

Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

* To avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife; and let every woman have her own husband; for it is better to marry than to burn. And marriage is honourable in all; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Let the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

Let the aged women likewise be in behaviour as becometh holiness; teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands; that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Let the men intreat the younger women as sisters, with all purity.

Fornication and all uncleanness, let it not be

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v. 28.

1 Prov. vii. 25. 27. 22, 23, 2 Job xxxi. 9. 11, 12.

3 Matt. +1 Cor. vii. 2. 9. Heb. xiii. 4.

51 Tim. v. 14. 6 Titus ii. 3, 4, 5. 7 1 Tim. v. 1, 2.

8 Eph. v. 3, 4.

once named amongst you, as becometh saints; nei. ther filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient,

· Put all filthy communication out of your mouth; for it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of some in secret.

* The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man; neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord.

• Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.

The Lord will reserve the unjust until the day of judgment, to be punished; but chiefly them that walk after the flesh, in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government: having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin. These, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, shall utterly perish in their own corruption; even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them, in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

* Neither fornicators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

• No whoremonger nor unclean person hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

'Let no man deceive you with vain words ; for because of these things cometh the wrath of God

upon the children of disobedience.

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1 Col. iii. 8.
Eph. v. 12.

2 Deut. xxii. 5.
4 2 Pet. ii. 9, 10, 14. 12. Jude 7.
Eph. v. 5.

7 Eph. v. 6.

* Matt. v. 8. 51 Cor. vi. 9, 10.

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* But if a man purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

DILIGENCE.

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· Let every man labour, working with his hands. the thing which is good; that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Six days in the week shalt thou labour, and do all thy work.

Be not slothful in business. * In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand; for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that; or whether they both shall be alike good.

* There are some which walk disorderly, working not at all, but are busy-bodies: now them that are such, we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus, that with quietness they work and eat their own bread. If any man will not work, neither should he eat.

There are women also which learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and are not only idle, but also tattlers and busy-bodies, speaking things which they ought not. But a virtuous woman looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her: ways and be wise; which having no guide, over

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1 2 Tim. ii. 2). 2 Eph. iv. 28. xii. 10, 11.

| Eccles. xi. 6. ? | Tim. v. 13. Prov. xxxi. 10. 27.

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3 Exod. xx. 9.

4 Rom. 6 2 Thess. iii. 11, 12. 10. 8 Prov. vi. 6, 7, 8.

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seer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way.

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of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorps.

3 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.

* He that is slothful in his work, is brother to him that is a great waster.

* In all labour there is profit; and the thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness.

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished; but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before

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* The hand of the diligent maketh rich; but the soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing.

Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep: and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

10 How long wilt thou sleep, O Sluggard ? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep : so shall thy poverty come as one that travaileth, and thy want as an armed man.

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1 Prov. xxvi. 13.

2 Prov. xv. 19.

3 Prov. xxvi. 15. 4 Prov. xviii. 9.

5 Prov, xiv. 23. Prov. xxi. 5. xiji. 11. 7 Prov. xxii. 29.

8 Prov. x. 4. Prov. xiii. 4. 9 Prov. xix. 15.

10 Prov. vi. 9, 10, 11.

CONTENTMENT.

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"I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound; every where, and in all things, I am instructed, both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I have learnt in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

· Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called, being a servant ? care not for it; but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. Seek not ye what shall eat, or what ye

shall drink; be careful for nothing; neither be ye of doubtful mind: but rather seek ye the kingdom of God, and all these things, which your Father knoweth that ye have need of, shall be added unto you.

* Ask not riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet long life ; but ask wisdom and knowledge for thyself; and God shall supply all thy need, according to his riches in glory.

5 Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with the cares of this life.

I would have you without carefulness; that they which weep, may be as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; and they that use this world, as not abusing it. For the fashion of this world passeth away.

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1 Phil. iv. 12. 11.
2 1 Cor. vii. 20, 21,

3 Luke xii. 29. Phil. iv, 6. Luke xii. 29. 31. 30, 31.

4 2 Chron. i. 11. Phil.

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