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Zeph. ii. 8. I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon.

Ver. 9. As I live, saith the Lord God of Israel, surely Moab shalt be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrha. Ver. 10, 11. Luke vi. 22. Blessed are ye, saith Christ, when men shall reproach you for my sake.

2 Cor. xii. 10. I take pleasure in reproaches for Christ. Heb. x. 3. 1 Pet. iv. 14. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye. See Job. v. 21. Ps. xxxi. 20.-cxx. 2.


CXC. Reviling practised by the wicked, and endured by the godly. Exod. xxii. 28. Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people, Acts xxiii. 4, 5.

1 Cor. vi. 10. Neither thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, &c. shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Matt. v. 11. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, &c. xxvii. 39. They that passed by reviled Christ.

Mark xv. 32. They that were crucified with him reviled him. John ix. 28. The Pharisees reviled him whose eyes Christ opened. 1 Cor. iv. 12. Being reviled we bless.

1 Pet. ii. 23. Christ when he was reviled, reviled not again. See Isa. li. 7. Zeph. ii. 8. in the foregoing section.


CXCI. Railing 2 Cor. v. 11. Keep not company with a railer. 1 Tim. vi. 4. Strifes of words whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, &c.

1 Pet. iii. 9. Love as brethren; not rendering railing for railing. 2 Pet. ii. 11. Angels bring not a railing accusation against the wicked.

Jude ver.9. The angel durst not bring a railing accusation against the devil. Ver. 13.

Instances of the wicked's railing. Senacherib, 2 Chron. xxxii. 17. Nabal, 1 Sam. xxv. 14. Persons at Christ's crucifixion, Mark xv. 29. A malefactor, Luke xxiii. 39.


CXCII. Evil communications. Isa. ix. 17. Every mouth speaketh folly. God's anger is not turned away, &c.

1 Cor. xv. 33. Be not deceived, evil communications corrupt good


Eph. iv. 29. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

v. 3. Fornication and uncleanness, let it not be once named amongst you.

Ver. 4. Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking or jesting, which are not convenient.

Matt. xii. 36. For every idle word, that men shall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the day of judgment. A

Col. iii. 8. Put off all these, anger, wrath, blasphemy, filthy communications out of your mouth.

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iv. 6. Let your speech be always with grace.

2 Pet. ii. 7. God delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked. See Isa. ix. 17.

CXCIII. Unprofitable disputes about religion. 1 Tim. i. 4. Neither give heed to fables which minister questions rather than godly edifying. See 1 Tim. vi. 4, 5. 2 Tim. ii. 14, 16, 17. Tit. iii. 9.


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Exod. xxii. 28. Thou shalt not curse the ruler of thy people. Lev. xix. 14. Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind:

Job xxxi. 30. Job said, neither have I suffered my mouth to sin, by wishing a curse to his soul that hated me.

Eccl. x. 20. Curse not the king in thy thought, curse not the rich. Matt. v. 44. Bless them that curse you, Rom. xii. 14. Bless and

curse not.

James iii. 9. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. Ver. 10. These things ought not to be so.

CXCV. Cursing practised by the wicked. Gen. xii. 3. I will curse him that curseth thee. Chap. xxvii. 29.

Judg. xvii. 2. Micah's mother cursed about her silver.

2 Sam. xvi. 5. Shimei cursed David. Ver. 12. He is punished.. I Kings ii. 8, 46.

Ps. x. 7. The mouth of the wicked is full of cursing.

lix. 12. For the sin of their mouth, for cursing and lying consume them in wrath. Ver. 13. Ps. lxii. 4.

cix. 17. As he loved cursing let it come unto him.

Ver. 28. Let them curse, but bless thou.

Prov. xxvi. 2. The curse causeless shall not.come.

xxix. 24. The wicked heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.

Isa. viii. 21. The wicked shall fret themselves and curse their king and their God.

Jer. v. 10. Every one of them doth curse me wrongfully.

xxiii. 10. Because of cursing the land mourneth.

Matt. xxvi. 74. Peter began to curse and to swear, when he denied

his master.

Acts xxiii. 12. The Jews bound themselves with a curse, neither to eat nor drink, till they had killed Paul.

See Numb. xxii. 6 to 17.-xxiii. I to 25. Deut. xxiii. 4. Jos. xxiv. 9. Neh, xiii. 2. Where Balak hires Balaam to curse Israel.


CXCVI. The righteous, their care of their words. Job ii. 10. In all this Job sinned not with his lips.

xxvii. 4. Job said, my lips shall not speak wickedness.

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Job xxxiii. 3. My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart. Ps. xxxix. 1. David said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue, I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked is before me.

cxli. 3. Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, keep the door of my lips.

Prov. viii. 6. Wisdom saith, the opening of my lips shall be right things.

xvi. 23. The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and adde th learning to his lips.

Mal. ii. 6. Iniquity was not found in Levi's lips.

: CXCVII. They praise God with their mouths. Ps. xvii. 1. My prayer goeth not out of feigned lips.

xl. 9. I preached righteousness, I refrained not my lips.

lxiii. 3. My lips shall praise thee.

lxvi. 14. I will pay my vows which my lips have uttered when I was in trouble.

Ixxi. 23. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee. cxix. 13. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy


Ver. 171. My lips shall utter praise when thou hast taught me thy


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Hos. xiv. 2. We will render the calves of our lips.

Heb. xiii. 15. Let us offer the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name. See Mal, iii. 16. Matt. xiii. 52.

CXCVIII. The words of the righteous, the just, &c. toward men. Job vi. 25. How forcible are right words. Prov. xv. 23. Eccl. xii. 10, 11.

Ps. xxxvii. 30. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

Prov. x. 11. The mouth of the righteous is a well of life.

Ver. 13. In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found.

Ver. 20. The tongue of the just is as choice silver.

Ver. 21. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for want of wisdom.

Ver. 31. The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom, but the froward tongue shall be cut out.

Ver. 32. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

xii. 6. The mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

Ver. 14. A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth. Chap. xiii. 2.

Ver. 18. There is that speaketh like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is health.

xiv. 3. In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

xv. 1. A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up strife.

Ver. 2. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright, but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

Prov. xv. 4. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Ver. 7. The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but the heart of the foolish doth not so.

Ver. 28. The heart of the righteous studieth to answer, but the mouth of the foolish poureth out evil things.

xvi. 13. Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and they love him that speaketh right.

Ver. 21. The sweetness of the lips increaseth knowledge.

Ver. 24. Pleasant words are as an honey-comb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.

xviii. 20. A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth, and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

Ver. 21. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Prov. xx. 15. The lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

xxii. 11. He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

Ver. 17. Hear the words of the wise, they shall be fitted in thy lips. Ver. 18.

xxiii. 16. My reins shall rejoice when thy lips speak right things. xxiv. 26. Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer. Eccl. vii. 19. The words of the wise are heard in quiet, more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

x. 12. The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious, but the lips. of a fool will swallow up himself. Ver. 13, 14.

Matt. v. 37. Let your communications be yea, yea, nay, nay, for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

xii. 35. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth good things.

xiii. 52. Every scribe instructed into the kingdom of heaven, is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

Luke iv. 22. Gracious words proceeded out of Jesus mouth.

Eph. iv. 29. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

v. 3. Fornication and all uncleanness, let it not be once named a mongst you.

Ver. 4. Neither filthiness nor foolish talking, and jesting, which are not convenient, but rather giving of thanks.

your mouth.

Col. iii. 8. Put filthy communications out of iv. 6. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

James i. 26. If any man seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, that man's religion is vain.

iii. 2. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man.



CXCIX. Of covetousness. Exod. xx. 17. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his man servant, nor his maid servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. Deut. xv. 21. Rom. vii. 7.-xiii. 19. Ps. cxix. 36. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to


1 Cor. v. 11. I have written to you, if any one that is called a brother be covetous, &c. with such an one no not to eat.

Eph. v. 3. Covetousness, let it not be once named among you as becometh saints.

Col. iii. 5. Mortify your members, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Heb. xiii. 5. Let your conversation be without covetousness. CC. Threatenings against covetous persons. Ps. x. 3. The wicked blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.

Isa. lvii. 17. For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth and smote him.

Jer. vi. 12. Their houses shall be turned unto others with their fields.

Ver. 13. For from the least of them even to the greatest, every one is given to covetousness. Ch. viii. 10.

xxii. 17. Thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetous


Ver. 18. Therefore, saith the Lord, they shall not lament him. Ver. 19. He shall be buried with the burial of an ass.

li. 13. O Babylon, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covet


Mic. ii. 1.Woe unto them, they covet fields and take them by violence.

Hab. ii. 9. Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil.

Mark vii. 22. Thefts, covetousness, &c. Ver. 23. Defile the man. Rom. i. 29. Being filled with all unrighteousness, covetousness, &c. Ver. 34. They that commit such things are worthy of death.

1 Cor. vi. 9. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Ver. 10. Neither thieves nor covetous shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Eph. v. 5. No covetous man hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. See Ezek. xxxiii. 28, 31.

See instances of covetous persons punished. Balaam, Numb. Chap. xxii. and xxiii. Compare 2 Pet. ii. 15. Jude ver. 11. Rev. ii. 14. His death, Numb. xxxi. 8, 16. Achan, Jos. vii. 5 to 25.

1 Kings xxi. 1 to 16, 19, &c. 2 Kings ix. 25.

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