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A. The seventh Commandment requireth the Prefervaition of our own and our Neighbour's Chastity in Heart, Speech, and Behaviour.
Quest. 72. What is forbidden in the seventh Commandment?
A. The seventh Commandment forbiddeth all unchaft 1. Thoughts, Words and Actions.
2. 1. What is the first Duty required in this Commandment?
A. The first Duty required in this Commandment is, the Preservation of our own Chaflity in Heart, Lip, and Life ; i Theff
. iv. 3, 4. For this is the Will of God, even your Sanctification, that ye should abstain from Fornication. That every one of you should know how to polless his Veld in Sanctification and Honour.
And Eph. iv. 29. Let no corrupt Communication proceed out of your Mouth, &c.
Q. 2. Why must we preserve our own Chastity ? A. Because our Bodies are, or ought to be the Temples of the Holy Ghost, 1 Cor. vi. 15, 19. Know ye not that your bodies are the Members of Chrift, Shall I then take the Members of Christ, and make them the Members of an Harlot ? God forbid. What know ye not that your body is the Temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? And it is the express Charge of God that they be kept pure and clean, 1 Theff
. iv. 3, 4. For this is the Will of God, even your Sanctification, that ye should abstain
from Fornication. That every one of you should know how to poflefs his Velfel in Sanctification and Honour.
Q. 3. What is the second Reason
A. The second Reason is, because of the Evil of it to ourselves : As (1.) It injures the Body, 1 Cor. vi. 18. - He that committetb Fornication, finneth against his own Body, (2.) It levels us with the Heathen, Eph. iv. 17, 19. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye benceforth walk not as or her Gentiles walk,-Who being past feeling, have given themselves over unto Lasciviousness,
10 work all uncleanness
with Greediness. (3.) Dishonours our Names, Prov. vi. 32, 33. But whoso committeth Adultery with a Woman, a Wound and Diftonour Mall he get, &c. (4.) Scatters our Estates, Prov. V. 10. Left Strangers be filled with thy Wealth, and thy Labours
be in the House of Strangers. (5). Destroyeth the Soul, Prov. vi. 32.-He that doth it, destroyeth his own Soul.
Q. 4. What Age is most incident to this Sin?
A. 'The youthful Age is most apt to be drawn into this Sin, Prov. vii. 7. And behold among the fimple ones, I discerned among the Youths, a young Man void of Understanding. And 2 Tim. ii. 22. Flee aljo youthful Lufts, &c.
Q. 5. Hów far doth this Command extend itself?
A. It extends itself to the Heart, Mind and Fancy, as well as to the Body and external Actions, Matth. v. 28. But I say unto you, that whosoever locketh on a Woman, to luft after her, hath committed Adultery with her already in his Heart.
Q. 6. What are the usual Inducements to this Sin?
A. The usual Inducements to this Sin are, (1.) Idleness and fulness of the Creatures, Ezek. xvi. 49, 50. Behold, thia was the Iniquity of thy Sister Sodom; Pride, fulness of Bread, and abundance of Idleness was in her, and in her Daughters, &c. (2.) Wanton Gestures, Ifa. jii. 16. Moreover, the Lord laith, because the Daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with firetched forth Necks, and wanton Eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their Feet. (3.) Filthy Communication, Eph. v. 4. Neither Filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jefting, which are not convenient, &c.
Q. 7. What's the firit Remedy again it this lin?
the Spirit of God within us, to fanctify and rule us, Gal. v. 16.
-Walk in the Spirit, and ye jhall not fulfil the Lusts of the Flesh.
Q. 8. What is the second Remedy?
A. The keeping of a strict Watch over the Heart, Prov. iv. 23. Keep thy Heart with all Diligence, &c. And over the external Senses, Job xxxi. 1. I made a Covenant with mine Eyes: why then Jould I think upon a Maid?
Q. 9. What is the third Remedy against it?
A. Deep and ferious Confideration of the Danger of this Sin, and what God threatens against Adulterers, Hebr. xiii. 4. --Whoremongers and Adulterers God will judge, 1 Cor. vi.
-Be not deceived, neither Fornicators, nor Idolaters, Adulterers, no effeminate,---sipall inherit the Kingdom of God: And how he describes them, Prov. xxii. 14. The Mouth of
frange women is a deep Pit; he that is abhorred of the Lord jhall fall therein.
Q. 10. What is the fourth Remedy againft it?
A. Prayer, Pfal. cxix. 37. Turn away mine Eyes from beholding Vanity, &c. And to evidence our Sincerity in Prayer, we muit ftudy to fhun all Occasions of this Sin, Pfal. xviii. 23. I was also upright before him; and I kept myself from mine Iniquity. Q. 11. What is the first Inference hence ?
A. What cause those have to bless God, that have been kept from this Sin; though the best ought to be humbled for their Heart Pollutions.
Q. 12. What is the second Inference from hence ?
A. Let it warn Parents to do what in them lyes to prevent the Ruin of their Children by this Sin, (1.) By filling their Heads and Hands with lawful Business. (2.) By serious Admonitions and Prayers for them. (3.) By keeping them from vain and tempting Company. (4.) by disposing them seasonably in suitable Marriage.
Q. 13. What's the third Inference from hence?
A. Let those that are defiled with this Sin, repent seriously of it, as David did, Pfal. li. 8. Make me to hear Joy and Gladness, that the Bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. And apply the Blood of Christ by Faith'; for in so doing, it may be pardoned, 1 Cor. vi. 11. And fucb were some of you:
je are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justifed in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of our
Of the eighth Commandment.
HICH is the eighth Commandment ? W
A. The eighth Commandment is, [Thou shalt not feal.]
Quest. 74. What is required in the eighth Commandment?
A. The eighth Commandment requireth the lawful procuring and furthering the Wealth, and outward Etiate of ourselves and others. Queft
. 75. What is forbidden in the eighth Commandment?
A. The eighth Commandment forbiddeth whatsoever doth, or may, unjustly hinder our own, or our Neighbour's Wealth, or outward Efate.
Q, 1. What is presupposed in this Commandment?
A. It presupposeth that God hath given every Man a propriety in his Eltate, and that no Man's Goods are common to others, except by his Consent in Times and Cases extraordinary, A&ts ii. 44. And all that believed were together, and had all Things common.
Q. 2. What is required in this Commandment ?
A. It requires of every Man diligence in a lawful Calling, to get and preserve an Eftate for his own and others good, Prov. xiii. 11. He that gathereth by Labour, fall increase, Eph. iv. 28. — But rather let him labour, working with his Hands the Thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Q. 3. What else is required in this Commandment ?
A. It requires us not only to get and keep the Things of the World in a lawful Manner, but to distribute and communicate them to those that are in Want, and not cast them into Temptations of Sin or inevitable Ruin, lfa. lviii. 10. And if thou draw out thy Soul to the Hungry, and satisfy the aflicted Soul : then shall thy Light rise in Obscurity, and thy Darkness be as the Noon-Day, 1 John iii. 17. But whoso bath this World's Good, and feeth his Brother hath Need, and putteth up his Bowels of Compasion from him, how dwelleth the Love of God in him?
Q. 4. What else is required in this Commandment?
A. It requires in every Man a publick Spirit to procure and promote the Good and Prosperity of others, 1 Cor. x. 24. Let no Man seek his own; but every Man another's Wealth.
Q. 5. What else is required in this Command ?
A. It requires Reftitution of all Goods unjustly gotten, or taken from others, Levit. vi. 4. Then it shall be because he hath finned and is guilty, that be shall restore that which he took violently away, or the Thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, &c. And the restoring of Pawns and Pledges, when it's due, Ezek. xviii. 7. And hath not oppressed any, but hath reFored to the Debtor bis Pledge, &c. Or Things loft, if we can discover the true Owners.
Q. 6. What is the first Sin forbidden in this Command ?
A. It forbids all couzening and cheating of others in our
Matter, &c. Prov. xxvi. 28. A lying Tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it, and a flattering Mouth worketh Ruin.
Q. 7. What's the second Thing forbidden in this Command?
A. It forbids all Exaction and Oppression of our Neighbour, by going beyond them, or working on their Necesfities, or detaining their Dues, Lev. xxv. 14. And if thou fell ought unto thy Neighbour, or buyest ought of ihy Neighbour's Hand, ye shall not oppress one another, Prov. xxiv. 28, 29. not a Witness against thy Neighbour without Cause: and deceive not with thy Lips. Say not, I will do so to him, as he hath done
I will render to the Man according to his work. Q. 8. What is t'e third 'Thing forbidden in this Command ?
A It forbids all unlawful Weights and Measures, which is no better than Theft in God's Account, Mic. vi. 10, 11. Are there yet the Treasures of Wickedness in the House of the wicked, and the fcant Measure that is abominable? Shall I count them pure with the wicked Ballances, and with the Bag of deceitful Weights ?
Q. 9. What is the fourth Sin forbidden in this Command?
A. It forbids all Family Frauds by Children, Prov. xxviii. 24. Whofo robbeth his Father, or his Mother, and faith, it is no Transgreffion, the same is the Companion of a Destroyer. Or Servants, Tit. ii. 9, 10. Exhort Servants to be obedient unto their own Masters, not purloining, but shewing all good Fidelity, &c.
Q. 10. What is the fifth Thing forbidden in this Command ?
A. It forbids all tempting of, or encouraging others to defraud those who have any Trust committed to them, Pfal. 1. 18. When thou saweft a Thief, then thou consentedft with him, Prov. xxix. 24. Wbofo is Partner with a Thief, hateth his own Soul, &c.