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-Q. 3. What are the acts of unchastity and uncleanness which are forbidden?

A. The acts of unchastity and uncleanness which are forbidden, are either such as are without marriage, or in those that are married.

Q. 4. What are the acts of unchastily and uncleanness without marriage forbidden?

A. The acts of unchastity and uncleanness without marriage forbidden, are, f. Self-pollution, and all lascivious spilling of man's own seed. Gen. xxxviii. 9, And Onan knew that the seed should not be his, and he spilled it on the ground. 2. Fornication and adultery. Gal. v. 19, Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lascivious ness. Lev. xviii, 20, Thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her. 3. Incest. Lev. xviii, 6, None of you shall approach unto any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness; I am the Lord. 4. Rape, and all forcing of any unto the sin of uncleanness. Deut. xxii. 25, If a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her, the man shall die. 5. Sodomy. Lev. xviii. 22, Thou shalt not lie with mankind,as with womankind; it is abomination. 6. Buggery. Lev. xviii. 23, Thou shalt not lie with any beast, to defile thyself therewith; it is confusion.

Q. 5. What are the acts of unchastity and uncleanness forbidden between those that are married?

A. The acts of unchastity and uncleanness forbidden between those that are married, are all unseasonable and immoderate use of the marriage bed. Lev. xviii. 19, Thou shalt not approach unto a woman, to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness. 1 Cor. vii. 5, Defraud ye not one another, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer.

Q. 6. What are those actions forbidden which do tend to unchastity and uncleanness?

A. the actions forbidden which do tend to unchastity and uncleanness, are, 1. Drunkenness. Gen. xix. 33, And they made their father drink wine that night; and the first-born went in, and lay with her father. 2. Gluttony and idleness. Ezek. xvi. 49, 50, Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, Pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her; and she committed abomination before me. 3. Wanton gestures and attires. Isa. iii. 15, The daughters of Zion walk with stretched forth necks,and wanton eyes, walking, and mincing as they go. Prov. vii. 10, 13, There met him a woman, with the attire of an harlot; and she caught him, and kissed him. 4. Frequenting light and lewd company, reading lascivious books, beholding unchaste pictures, or doing any thing which may provoke lust.

Q. 7. Wherefore ought all to forbear all unchastity, and uncleanness, especially the grosser acts of fornication and adultery?

A. All ought to forbear unchastity and uncleanness, especially the grosser acts of fornication of adultery, 1. Because fornication and adultery is a sin very offensive and dishonourable unto God. 2 Sam. xi. 4, 27, And David sent messengers, and took her: and she came in upto him, and he lay with her. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord. 2. Because fornication and adultery is very pernicious and hurtful unto themselves that are guilty of it. 1. It is a sin against their body, which defileth it, and oftentimes wasleth and consumeth it. 1 Cor. vi. 18, Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doth is without the body: but he, that committeth fornication, sinneth against his own body. Prov. v. 8, 11, Remove thy way far from her, lest thou mourn at last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed. 2. It is a sin against their soul, which doth blind the mind, waste the conscience, and, in the issue, doth bring destruction upon the soul. Hosea iv. 11, Whoredom and wine take away the heart (that is, the understanding..) Prov. vi. 32, \Whoso committelh adultery with a woman, lacketh understanding; he that doth it, deslroyeth his own soul. 3. It woundeth and blotteth the name. Prov. vi. 32, 33, Whoso committeth adultery, a wound and dishonour shall he get, and his reproach shall not be wiped away. 4. It wasteth the estate and substance. Prov. v. 10, Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth, and thy labours be in the house of a stranger. Prov. vi. 26, For by means of a whorish woman, a man is brought to a piece of bread. 5. It bringeth many to an untimely end. Prov. vi. 26, The adultress will hunt for the precious life. Prov. vii. 26, She hath cast down many wounded; yea, many strong men have been slain by her. 6. Because fornication and adultery are injurious to others: the party with whom oncleanness is committed, is involved in the same guilt; and if the party be married, it is an injury to the other married relation.

Q. 73. Which is the eighth commandment? A. The eighth commandment is, Thou shall not steal.

Q. 74. What is required in the eighth commandment?

A. The eighth commandment requireth the lawful procuring and furthering the wealth and outward estate of ourselves and others.

Q. 1. What doth the eighth commandment respect?

A. The eighth commandment doth respect the wealth and outward estate of ourselves and others.

Q. i. What doth the eighth commandment require) in reference unto our and others' wealth and outward estate I

A. The eighth commandment doth require, in reference unto our own and others' wealth and outward estate, the procuring and preservation thereof.

Q. 3. May we use any means for the procuring and preserving of our own and others' wealth and outward estate?

A. We must use none but lawful means for the procuring or preserving of our own or others' wealth or outward estate.

Q. 4. How may and ought we to endeavour the procurement and preservation of our own wealth and outward estate?

A. We may and ought to endeavour the procurement and preservation of our own wealth and outward estate, 1. By making: choice of a lawful and fit calling for us; and therein to abide with God. Gen. ii. 15, And the

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Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to dress it, and to keep it. Gen. iv. 2, And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 1 Cor. vii. 2d, 24, Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Brethren, let every man wherein he is called, therein abide with God. 2. By a moderate care in our callings, to provide such things of this world's good things for ourselves, as are honest and decent and useful for us. Prov. xxxi.. 16, She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hand she planteth a vineyard. Rom. xii, 17, Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 3. By prudence and discretion in the managing of the affairs of our callings to the best advantage. Psal. cxii. 5, A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Prov. ii. 11, Discretion shall preserve thee, and understanding shall keep thee. 4. By frugality, in decent sparing and unnecessary expences, wasting nothing, and denying ourselves the extravagant and costly cravings of our carnal desires and appetites. Prov. xxi. 20, There is a treasure to be desired, and oil in the dwelling of the wise: but a foolish man spendeth it up. John vi. 12, When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Titus ii. 12, Teaching us, that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, &c. 5. By diligence and laboriousness in our callings. Prov. x. 4, The hand of the diligent maketh rich. Prov. xiii. 11, Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he, that gathereth by labour, shall increase. Eph. iv, 29, Let him that stole,steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 6. By seeking unto the Lord for his blessing upon endeavours, and dependence upon him in the use of means for temporal provisions. Prov. x. 22, The blessing of the Lord it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. Philip- iv. 6, Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known unto God. 1 Pet. v. 7i Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 7. By a cheerful use of the good things which God giveth lis ourselves, so far as we have need, and a ready distribution to the necessity of others. Prov. xi. 24, 25, There is that scatterelh, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholding more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat; and he, that watereth, shall be watered also himself. 8. By seeking our due, in a moderate endeavour to keep or recover that which doth of right belong unto us, when wrongfully sought or detained from us.

Q. 5. Is it lawful in the sight of God, to make use of the laws of men, to recover or defend that which is our own, when it is said by our Saviour, Matth. v. 40, If anyman will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And by the apostle, 1 Cor. vi. 7, JVonu, therefore, there is utterly a fault among you, because yjs go to law one with another: why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

A. 1. Neither of these places of scripture do absolutely forbid the making use of the law at all, or at any time, for the defence or recovery of our right. 2. That of our Saviour doth forbid contention, and rather than to uphold it, to part with some of our right, such as a coat or a cloak, or any such smaller goods, which without much prejudice we might spare; but it doth not hence follow, if another should wrong us in a greater matter, and seek to undo us, that we ought to let him take all which we have in the world, without- seeking our right by the laws under which we live: for if this were so, all sincere Christians would'quickly be robbed and spoiled by the wicked, among whom they live, of all their livelihood. 3. That of the apostle doth forbid Christians going to law one with another before the heathen and infidel magistrates, which was a scandal to the Christian religion, which they did profess; and he telleth them, they ought rather make up their differences *about wrong and right among themselves, and to suffer wrong rather than to do any thing to the prejudice of the gospel; but this doth not prohibit Christians, in a Christian common.

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