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p He that hath my Word, faith the Lord, let him speak my Word faithfully.
. Let him speak as the 'Oracles of God; preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching those Things which concern the Lord Jesus, with all Confidence and Boldness.
* We are not, (faith St. Paul) as many, which corrupt the Word of God; but as of Sincerity, but as of God, in the Sight of God, speak we in Christ. Not handling the Word of God deceitfully, but by Manifestation of the Truth, commending ourselves to every Man's Conscience in the Sight of God. Our Exhortation is not of Deceit, nor of Uncleanness, nor in Guile; but as we are allowed of God to be put in Trust with the Gospel, even fo we speak, not as pleasing Men, but God, which trieth our Hearts. Neither at any Time used we flattering Words, nor a Cloke of Covetousness, nor of Men fought we Glory. For we preach not ourselves, but
Chrift Jesus the Lord.
8 I have made thee a Watchman unto the House of Israel, (faith the Lord) therefore hear the Word at my Mouth, and give them Warning from me.
When I say unto the Wicked, Thou fhalt surely die, and thou giveft him not Warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked Man from his wicked Way, to save his Life; the fame wicked Man shall die in his Iniquity, but his Blood will I require at thy Hand : Yer if thou warn the Wicked, and he turn not from his Wickedness, he shall die in his Iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy Soul. P Jer. 23. 28. 9 1 Pet. 4. 11. Acts 28. 31. Acts 4.
2 Cor. 4. 2, 1 Theft. 2. 3, 4, 5, 6. • Ezek. 3. 17, 18, 19.
2 Cor. 2. 17.
2 Cor. 4. 5.
' Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy Voice like a Trumpet, and thew my People their Tranfgrellion, and the House of Jacob their Sins.
u Thou shalt Speak my Words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear. Precept must be upon Precept, Precept upon Precepi, Line upon Line, Line upon Line, here a little, and there a lique.
w Preach the Word : Be instant, in Season, out of Season.
* Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all Long-suffering and Doctrine. Watch thou in all Things; do the Work of an Evangelist; make full Proof of thy Ministry; confirming the Souls of the Difciples, and exhorting them to continue in the Faith.
y Be not negligent to fir the Brethren up, by putting them always in Remembrance of those Things that pertain unto Life and Godliness, though they know theni, and be established in the present Truth. And exhort, comfort, and charge every one of them, (as a father doch his Chil. dren) that they would walk worthy of God, who hath called them unto his Kingdom and Glory. So thalt thou be a good Minister of Jesus Christ; for in doing this, thou shalt both save thyself, and then that hear thee.
Study therefore to sew thyself approved unto God, a Workman that needeth'not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. And take
i Ifa. 58. I.
u Ezek. 2. 7.
Isa. 28. 10. W 2 Tim. 2 Tim. 4. 21, 5.
Acts 14. 22.
y 2 Pet. 1, 12, 13, 12, 3, 12. I Theff. 2. 11, 12.
I Tim. 4, 6, 16. 1 2 Tim. 2. 15.' 1 Tim. 4. 16.
heed unto thyself and unto thy Doctrine; left that by any means, when thou haft preached to others, thou thyself shouldest be à Calt-away.
a Thou which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? Thou that preacheft a Man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a Man should not commit Adultery, doft thou 'commit Adultery? Thou that abhorreft Idols, doft thou commit Sacrilege? Be not thou of the Number of those who say, and do not : who bind heavy Burdens, and grievous to be borne, and lay them on Mens Shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one of their Fingers.
• God having in due Times manifested his Word through Preaching, and this being written for our Learning in the Scriptures; let those to whom the Word is committed, according to the Commandment of God our Saviour, open the Book in the sight of all the People, and read in the Book, in the Law of God distinctly, and give the Sense,' and cause them to understand the Reading.
· The Priests shall teach the People the Difference between the Holy and the Profane; and cause them to difcern between the Unclean and the Clean.
They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the Name of their God; for the Bread of their God they do offer. And the Lord hath chosen them to minister unto him, and to bless in the Name of the Lord.
1 Tim. 4. 16. 23. 3, 4.
Nahum 8. 5, 8. Deut. 21. 5.
1 Cor. 9. 27.
Titus l. 3
d Lev. 21. 6. c Ezek. 44. 15, 23.
e Let the Elders of the Church feed the Flock of God which is among them, taking the Overfight thereof, not by Constraint, but willingly; not for filthy Lucre, but of a ready Mind; neither as being Lords over God's Heritage, but being Examples to the Flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, they shall receive a Crown of Glory that fadeth not away.
f Take heed unto yourselves and to all the Flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you
Overseers. For grievqus Wolves shall enter in among you, not sparing the Flock; also of your own selves shall Men arise, speaking perverse Things, to draw away Disciples after them, Therefore watch, and remember this Warning.
& Thus faith the Lord God: Wo be unto the Pastors that destroy and scatter the Sheep of my Pasture.
Wo be to the Shepherds that feed themfelves, but feed not the Flock; that have not strengthened the Difeased; neither have healed that which was fick; neither have bound up
that which was broken ; neither have brought again that which was driven away; neither have fought that which was lost; but with Force and with Cruelty have ruled them.
Wo be to the Priests that have violated my Law, and have profaned my holy Things; that are departed out of the Way, and have caused many to stumble at the Law, and have corrupted
e 1 Pet. 5. 1, 2, 3, 4.
f. Alts-20. 28, 29, 30, 31. % Jer. 23. 2, I. Ezek. 34. 2, 38-4
i Ezek. 22. 26. Mal. 2. 8.
my Covenant. I also will make them contemptible and base before all the People, according as they have not kept my Ways, but have been partial in the Law.
k If a Man defire the Office of a Bishop, hc defireth a good Work. A Bishop then must be blameless, as the Steward of God; vigilant, and of good Behaviour, sober, just, holy, temperate; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to Wine, no Striker, not a Brawler, but patient ; not covetous, not greedy of filthy Lucre; but a Lover of Hospitality, a Lover of good Men; one that ruleth well his own House, having his Chil. dren in Subjection with all Gravity ; (for if a Man know not how to rule his own House, how shall he take Care of the Church of God?) Not a Novice, left being lifted up with Pride, he fall into the Condemnation of the Devil. Moreover he must have a good Report of them which are without, left he fall into Reproach and the Snare of the Devil : And he must hold fast the faithful Word, as he hath been taught, that he may be able by found Doctrine both to exhort and to convince the Gainsayers.
*Speak thou the Things which become found Doctrine. These Things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all Authority. For there are many unruly and vain Talkers and Deceivers, whose Mouths must be stopped; wherefore rebuke them fharply, that they may be found in the Faith.
Mal. 2.8, 9.
Tim. Titus 1. 8, 7. 1 Tim. 3. 3.
Titus 1. 8. 1 Tim. 3. 4, 5, 6, 7. Titus 1.9. } Titus 2. 1, 15. Titus 1. 10, 1J, 13.