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That ye walk worthy of the Lord, be sober, and hope to the end. &c. strengthened with all might, ac- 1 Pet. i. 13. cording to his glorious power, unto What glory is it, if when ye be all patience and long-suffering.-Col. buffetted for your faults, ye take it i. 10, 11.
patiently? But if when ye do well, But now you also put off all these, and suffer for it, you take it patiently, anger, wrath, malice, &c. put on meek- this is acceptable with God.—1 Pet. ness, long-suffering, forbearing one ii. 20. another.Col. iii. 8. 12, 13.
Whose adorning, let it not be that Be patient towards all men.- outward, &c. but the hidden man of 1 Thess. v. 14.
the heart, in that which is not corBut thou, O man of God, &c. fol- ruptible; the ornament of a meek low after patience, meekness.—1 Tim. and quiet spirit, which is in the sight vi. 11. 2 Tim. iii. 10.
of God of great price, &c. He that The servant of the Lord must not will love life, &c. let him seek peace, strive ; but be gentle unto all men, and ensue it, &c. Be ready always to &c. patient (or forbearing); in meek- give an answer to every man that ness instructing those that oppose asketh you a reason of the hope that themselves, if God, &c.—2 Tim. ii. is in you, with meekness and fear. 24, 25.
1 Pet. iii. 3, 4. 10, 11. 15. That the aged men be sober, grave, The end of all things is at hand; temperate, sound in patience.--Titus be ye therefore sober.—1 Pet. iv. 7. ii. 2.
Add, &c. to knowledge, temperPut them in mind, &c. to be no ance; and to temperance, patience. brawlers, gentle, shewing all meek- ---2 Pet. i. 6. ness unto all men,-Titus iii. 2.
Ye have need of patience, that Sect. xi. To take heed to our Lips, after have done the will of God,
that our Words be not rash, but ye ye might receive the promise.—Heb.
true, seasonable, well ordered, and X. 36.
savoury. Let us run with patience the race The angels said, they would not go that is set before us, looking unto in with Lot; yet being pressed, did go Jesus.--Heb. xii. 1-3.
in.-Gen. xix. 1–3. 2 Kings ii. 16,17. The trying of your faith worketh Ye shall not, &c. lie one to another. patience. But let patience have her --Levit. xix. 11. 14. perfect work, that ye may be perfect How forcible are right words? But and entire, wanting nothing, &c. Let what doth your arguing reprove ? every man be, &c. slow to wrath ; Job vi. 25, 26. for the wrath of man worketh not the Ye are forgers of lies, &c. O, that righteousness of God, &c. Receive you would altogether hold your peace, with meekness the ingrafted word.- and it should be your wisdom. Will James i. 3, 4. 19-21.
you speak wickedly for God? and talk Who is a wise man? Let him shew deceitfully for him ?-Job xiii. 4,5.7. out of a good conversation his works He that speaketh flattery to his with meekness of wisdom. But if ye friends, even the eyes of his children have bitter envying and strife in your shall fail.—Job xvii. 5. hearts, &c. For where envying and My lips shall not speak wickedness, strife is, there is confusion, &c. But nor my tongue utter deceit.-Job the wisdom that is from above, is first xxvii. 4. pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy Now Elihu had waited till Job had to be intreated, &c.-James iii. 13, spoken, because they were elder than 14. 16, 17.
he, &c. He said, I am young, and ye Gird up the loins of your mind ; very old; wherefore I was afraid, and
durst not shew you my opinion.- and of his greatness, goodness, and Job xxxii. 4. 6.
memorable acts.-Ps.cxlv.5-7. 11, 12. I uttered that I understood not ; Put
from thee a froward things too wonderful for me, which Í mouth : and perverse lips put far knew not, &c. wherefore I abhor my- from thee.-Prov. iv. 24. self.-Job xlii. 3. 6.
These six things doth the law hate, Thou shalt destroy them that speak, &c. a lying tongue, &c. a false witleasing.-Ps. v. 6.
ness, that speaketh lies.—Prov. vi. They speak vanity every one with 16, 17. 19. his neighbour : with flattering lips, A prating fool shall fall : the with a double heart do they speak. mouth of a righteous man is a well The Lord shall cut off all Aattering of life, &c. In the lips of him that lips, &c. who have said, With our hath understanding, wisdom is found, tongue will we speak, our lips are our &c. He that hideth hatred with lying own, who is Lord over us --Ps. xii. lips, and he that uttereth a slander, 2-4. xxxi. 18.
is a fool. In the multitude of words Lord, who shall abide in thy taber- there wanteth not sin ; but he that nacle ? &c. He that speaketh the refraineth his lips, is wise.
The truth in his heart, he that backbiteth tongue of the just is as choice silver, not with his tongue.-Ps. xv. 1-3. &c. The lips of the righteous feed Isa. xxiii. 15.
many, &c. The mouth of the just I am purposed that my mouth shall bringeth forth wisdom, &c. The lips not transgress.-Ps. xvii. 3. cxli. 3. of the righteous know what is accept
What man is he that desireth life? able.- Prov. x, 10.13.18—21.31,32. &c. Keep thy tongue from evil, and He that speaketh truth sheweth thy lips from speaking guile.--Ps. forth righteousness, &c. Lying lips xxxiv. 12, 13.
are an abomination to the Lord: but The mouth of the righteous speak- they that deal truly are his delight.eth wisdom, and his tongue talketh Prov. xii. 17. 22. of judgment.-Ps. xxxvii. 30. cxix. He that keepeth his mouth, keep46. 172.
eth his life : but he that openeth I said, I will take heed to my ways, wide his lips, shall have destruction, that I sin not with my tongue, I will &c. A righteous man hateth lying.keep my mouth with a bridle, while Prov. xii. 3. 5. the wicked is before me.-Ps.xxxix. 1. A soft answer turneth
wrath : cxli. 3.
but grievous words stir up anger. Thou gavest thy mouth to evil; The tongue of the wise useth knowand thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou ledge aright: but the mouth of fools sittest and speakest against thy bro- poureth out foolishness, &c. A wholether, &c.-Ps. 1. 19, 20.
some tongue is a tree of life: but The wicked,&c. go astray as soon as perverseness therein is a breach in they are born, speaking lies.-Ps.lviii.3. the spirit, &c. The lips of the wise
The mouth of them that speak lies disperse knowledge, &c. A man hath shall be stopped.-Ps. Ixiii. 11. joy by the answer of his mouth : and
My tongue also shall talk of thy a word spoken in due season, how righteousness all the day long.-Ps. good is it? The heart of the righlxxi. 24. cxix. 46. 172.
teous studieth to answer: but the It went ill with Moses for their mouth of the wicked poureth out evil sakes ; because they provoked his things.- Prov. xv. 1, 2. 4. 7. 23. 28. spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly Righteous lips are the delight of with his lips.-Ps. cvi. 32,33. kings: and they love him that speaketh
I hate and abhorlying.-Ps.cxix. 163. right, &c. The heart of the wise The saints should speak of God, teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning unto his lips. Pleasant words there are also divers vanities : but are as an honey-comb, sweet to the fear thou God.-Eccles. v. 2, 3. 7. soul.-Prov. xvi. 13. 23, 24.
The words of wise men are heard Excellent speech becometh not a in quiet.--Eccles. ix. 17. fool : much less do lying lips a prince. The words of a wise man's mouth He that hath a perverse tongue, fall- are gracious (or grace), &c. A fool eth into mischief, &c. He that hath also is full of words ; a man cannot knowledge, spareth his words, &c. tell what shall be.-Eccles. x. 12. 14. Even a fool, when he holdeth his The words of the wise are as goads, peace, is counted wise: he that and as nails fastened by the masters shutteth his lips, is esteemed a man of assemblies.-Eccles. xii. 11. of understanding.-Prov. xvii. 7. 20. I hearkened, and heard; but they 27, 28.
spake not aright, &c.—Jer. viii. 6. A fool's lips enter into contention : They bent their tongues like their and his mouth calleth for strokes, &c. bow, for lies : but are not valiant for His mouth is his destruction, and his the truth, &c. will not speak the lips the snare of his soul. The words truth; they have taught their tongue of a talebearer (or whisperer) are as to speak lies, &c. Their tongue is wounds, &c. He that answereth a as an arrow shot out, it speaketh matter before he heareth ; it is folly deceit. One speaketh peaceably to and shaine unto him, &c. Death and his neighbour with his mouth ; but life are in the power of the tongue, in his heart he layeth in wait.&c. The rich man answereth roughly. Jer. ix. 3. 5. 8. Acts vi. 9. 11. 13. -Prov. xviii. 6-8. 13. 21. 23. 1 Kings xxi. 7, 8.
He that speaketh lies shall not The Lord hath a controversy, &c. escape, &c. he shall perish.—Prov. because there is no truth, &c. By xix. 5. 9.
swearing and lying,&c.-Hosea iv. 1, 2. Whoso keepeth his mouth and his The prudent shall keep silence in tongue, keepeth his soul from troubles. that time, for it is an evil time. -Prov. xxi. 23.
Amos v, 13. A word fitly spoken, is like apples Keep the doors of thy mouth from of gold in pictures of silver.—Prov. her that lieth in thy bosom.-Micah xxy. 11.
vii. 5. Answer not a fool according to his Speak ye every man the truth to folly, lest thou also be like unto him. his neighbour.—Zech. viii. 16. Answer a fool according to his folly, Let your communication be yea, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
yea; nay, nay; for whatsoever is Prov. xxvi. 4, 5.
more than these cometh of evil. Let another man praise thee, not Matt. v. 37. thine own mouth: a stranger, not How can ye, being eyil, speak good thine own lips.-Prov. xxvii. 2. things ? for out of the abundance of
A fool uttereth all his mind: but the heart the mouth speaketh. A a wise man keepeth it in till after- good man, out of the good treasure wards. Seest thou a man that is of the heart, bringeth forth good hasty in his words? there is more things : and an evil man, out of the hope of a fool than of him.-Prov. evil treasure of his heart, bringeth xxix. 11. 20.
forth evil things. But I say unto A time to keep silence, and a time you, That every idle word that men to speak.-Eccles. iii. 7.
shall speak, they shall give account Be not rash with thy mouth : and thereof in the day of judgment : for let not thine heart be hasty to utter by thy words thou shalt be justified, ; any thing before God, &c. Let thy and by thy words thou shalt be conwords be few, &c. for in many words demned.-Matt. xii. 34-37.
Every scribe instructed, &c. is like They learn to be idle, &c. and not unto a man that is an householder; only idle, but tattlers also, and busywhich bringeth forth, &c. both new bodies ; speaking things which they and old.-Matt. xiii. 52.
ought not.- 1 Tim. v. 13. Those things which proceed out of Doting about questions, and strifes the mouth, come forth from the heart, of words ; whereof cometh envy, and they defile the man.-Matt. xv. 18. strife, railing, &c. perverse disput
And all wondered at the gracious ings of men of corrupt minds, &c.— words which proceeded out of his 1 Tim. vi. 4, 5. mouth.—Luke iv. 22.
Charging them before the Lord, Peter (too rashly) said unto Christ, that they strive not about words to Thou shalt never wash my feet.- no profit, but to the subverting of John xiii. 8.
the hearers, &c. Shun profane and Ananias and Sapphira lied to the vain babblings, for they will increase Holy Ghost, and were both smitten unto more ungodliness ; and their dead.-Acts. v. 1-10.
word will eat as doth a canker, &c. Bless, and curse not.-Rom. xii. 14. But foolish and unlearned questions
In the church I had rather speak avoid, knowing that they do gender five words with my understanding, strifes.—2 Tim. ii. 14. 16, 17. 23. that I might teach others also, than In all things shew thyself a patten thousand words in an unknown tern, &c. Sound speech, that cannot tongue, &c. It is a shame for women be condemned ; that he that is of the to speak in the church.—1 Cor. xiv. contrary part may be ashamed. 19. 35.
Titus ii. 7. 8. ' Evil communications corrupt good Speak evil of no man, to be no manners.--1 Cor. xv. 33.
brawlers, &c.-Titus iii. 2. Wherefore putting away lying, Let every man be swift to hear, speaking every man truth with his slow to speak, &c. If any man among neighbour, &c. Let no corrupt com- you seem to be religious, and bridleth munication proceed out of your mouth, not his tongue, but deceiveth his own but that which is good, to the use of heart, this man's religion is vain.edifying (or to edify profitable) that James i. 19. 26. it may minister grace unto the hear- If any man offend not in word, the ers : and grieve not the Holy Spirit same is a perfect man, and able also of God, &c. Let all bitterness, &c. to bridle the whole body. Behold, and clamour, and evil speaking be put we put bits in the horses' mouths, &c. away.-Eph. iv. 25. 29–31. The ships, though great, &c. yet are
But fornication, &c. let it not be they turned about with a very small once named amongst you, as bo- helm whithersoever the governor listcometh saints ; neither filthiness, nor eth : so the tongue is a little member, foolish talking, nor jesting, which are and boasteth great things, &c. And not convenient.--Eph. v. 3, 4. the tongue is a fire, a world of ini
also put off all these, quity : so is the tongue amongst our &c. blasphemy, filthy communication members, that it defileth the whole out of your mouths. Lie not one to body, and setteth on fire the course another, &c.—Col. iii. 8, 9.
of nature : and it is set on fire of Let your speech be always with hell. For every kind of beast, &c. grace, seasoned with salt, that ye have been tamed of mankind; but may know how ye ought to answer the tongue can no man tame : it is every man.-Col. iv. 6.
an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Neither give heed to fables, &c. Therewith bless we God, even the which minister questions, rather than Father : and therewith curse we men, godly edifying.-1 Tim. i. 4.
&c. Out of the same mouth pro
But now you
ceedeth blessing and cursing. My and said, 0, this people have sinned brethren, these things ought not so a great sin, and have made them gods to be.-James iii. 2-4. 6-10. of gold, &c.—Exod. xxxii. 31. Deut.
Speak not evil one of another, ix. 16. 18—20. brethren: for he that speaketh evil And Aaron shall lay both his hands of his brother,and judgeth his brother, upon the head of the live goat, and speaketh evil of the law.-James iv. ll. confess over him all the iniquities of
Wherefore laying aside all malice, the children of Israel, and all their &c. and evil speaking.—1 Pet. ii. 1. transgressions, and all their sins, &c.
Not rendering, &c. railing for rail- -Levit. xvi. 21. ing: but contrariwise, blessing, &c. If they shall confess their iniquity, He that will love life, and see good and the iniquity of their fathers ; days, let him refrain his tongue from with their trespasses which they have evil, and his lips that they speak no trespassed against me: and that also guile.—1 Pet. ii. 9, 10.
they have walked contrary unto me, But these, as natural brute beasts, &c. then will I remember my cove&c. speak evil of the things that they want.-Levit. xxvi. 40. 42. understand not.—2 Pet. ii. 12.
When a man or woman shall comThe Lord, &c. to convince all, &c. mit any sin, &c. then they shall conof all their hard speeches, which un- fess their sin which they have done. godly sinners have spoken against Numb. v. 6, 7. him.-Jude 14, 15.
Joshua said unto Achan, Give glory All liars shall have their part in to the God of Israel, and make conthe lake which burneth, &c. and there fession, &c.—Josh. vii. 19. shall in no wise enter in, &c. who- And David said unto Nathan, I soeverworketh abomination, or maketh have sinned against the Lord. a lie.-Rev, xxi. 8. 27.
2 Sam. xii. 13. Without' are dogs, &c. and who- David's heart smote him, &c. And soever loveth and maketh a lie. David said unto the Lord, I have Rev. xxii. 15.
sinned greatly in that I have done.
2 Sam. xxiv. 10. Sect. xiv. To confess and mourn for
Wicked Ahab his mourning kept Sin, depart from it, and watch off the threatened judgments in his against it: the Arguments, God's days.—1 Kings xxi. 27. 29. Complaint against, and Reasoning Ezra said, I am ashamed, and blush with Sinners : his Threatenings and to lift up my face to thee, my God: Judgments against Sin and Sinners. for our iniquities are increased over
our head, and our trespasses, &c.1. What Sin is.
Ezra ix. 5, &c. x. 6. 2 Kings xxii. By the law is the knowledge of sin.- 11. 13. 19. Rom. iii. 20. vii. 7. 13.
Nehemiah confesseth thus : Both I Sin is the transgression of the law. and my father's house bave sinned : - John iii. 4.
we have dealt very corruptly against All unrighteousness is sin.--1 John thee, and have not kept, &c. -Neh. i. v. 17.
6, 7. ix. 16, &c. Whosoever shall keep the whole Job saith, I have sinned: what law, and yet offend in one point, he shall I do unto thee, 0 thou preserver is guilty of all.— James ii. 10. of men Job vii. 20. ix. 2, 3.
If any say, I have sinned, and perII. To confess our Sins unto God; verted that which was right, and it
both our own and others ; and to profited me not. He will deliver his mourn for them.
soul, &c. Job xxxiii. 27, 28. AND Moses returned unto the Lord, Job answered the Lord, and said,