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That use unlawful Means for the ads.
vancing of their own, by the Dimniution of anothers Eftate; as by, 1. Lying 2. Perjury 3. Defrauding, 1 Tbel. iv. 6. 6. That' withhold the Labourer's Hire,
Fac. V. 4. 7. That do not endeavour what they can to
preserve anothers Eftate. 8. That do not relieve the Poor, Luk. xvi. 2.
Matt. XXV. 14. 9. That consent with Thieves, Psal. 1. 18.
Prov. xxix. 24. 1. Before the Act, by counselling them to it,
I Reg. xxi. 7. 8. Prov. i. 11, 12, 13. 2. Directing them in it. 2. In the Theft.
1. By aiding, Isaiah i. 23. 2. Not hindring it. 3. After it. 1. By receiving stolen Goods to keep for the
Thief. 2. By buying them for himself. 3. By concealing from others the Thief,
or the Theft, or stolen Goods. 10. A Man may be a Thief in God's Ac
count, by abusing and robbing his own
deavour lawfully to preserve and en
crease it, Ecclef. iv.si 2. If through Prodigality he lavish it a
way, Prov. xxi. 17. 3: If through Niggardliness he robs and
denies himself the Enjoyment of it, Ecclef. ii. 26.
Avoid this Sin.
2. It is a crossing and opposing the Order and
3. Who are once infected with it, can scarce be brought off from it.
4. Theft will never make a Man the richer, Male parta, male dilabuntur.
s. But the poorer, bringing a Curse on whaç he hath.
6. If discovered it will bring you to Temporal;
7: Howsoever to an eternal Death, 1 Cor. 6.
L & T Į T, xix. 11. Nor deal falfly, nor lie one to another.
I. THAT is it to deal fallly? That is,
to do contrary to our Promises and Profeffions. I. To God. 1. By not performing what we promised,
Numb. xxx. 2. Ecclef. V: S. Pfal. Ixxvi. II. 2. By not loving and desiring him as we
we make fhew of, Ezek. xxxiii. 31.
fels, 2 Tim. ii. 9.
1. God deals truly with you.
justly with you.
Psal. xxviii. 3. Jer, ix. 8. 2. To do them good, when we strive to in
jure them. 3. By defrauding and cozening them in
our dealing with them, i Thef. iv. 6. Consider, 1. Whatsoever we defraud our Neighbour
of, tho’ it be in our poffeffion, fis not
2. Tho' Men cannot perceive our Frauds,
God doch, Psal. cxxxix. 3. Our Frauds will be all láid open at the
Day of Judgment. 4: What will it profit you to cheat your Brother here, and damn your own Souls
hereafter ? Matt. xvi. 26.
pented when we have not.
That our Spiritual Estate is good, when
it is not. Consider, 1. Your false Dealing will not bring you
nearer to, but carry you farther from
Heaven. 2. God will deal truly with your Souls
hereafter, for your dealing falsly with
them here. Nor Lie. II.What is it to Lie? Testimonium falfum; or,Falsa vocis fignificatio cum intentione fallendi
. Aug. And so it differs, Et ab sententia & enunciatione paré :
2. The Form, with an intent of Deceiving. . 2: How many kinds :
i. Jocofum, Jefting
In it are,
III. How appears it to be a Sin ? 1. It is forbidden by God, Command. IX.
Eph. iv. 25. 2. God abhors it, Prov. vi. 16, 17, c. xii. 3. The Devil is the Father of it, Hob. 8.
44 4. It is part of the old Man, Eph. iv. 25.
Colof. 3. 9. 5. It is contrary, not only to the Will, but
Nature of God. 6. It is contrary to Nature,and an Abuse of
the Tongue; which is, Index Animi. Καθ' εαυτό το μεν ψεύδος φαύλον και ψεκτον, Αrift. Απόφασης της κυρίε τετο και συγχωρώ απαξ ειπόντης
Őti tó feudos en rã ne láar Bar Bahl. 7. It is a Sin that shall certainly be pu
nished, Psal. v. 6. Prov. xix. 5, 9. OBJECTIODIS. 1. An officious Lie, or Wrong, hurts no Body,
Answ. Yes. 1. GOD. II. Your Neighbour ; causing him to Err.. IIJ. Your Selves : For, 1. The Lyar destroys his Credit: Mendaces
faciunt ut vera dicentibus non credatur. Hier. 2. Damns his Soul hereafter. But,
2. Suppose my Eftate depends upon it. I must not give Heaven for Earth.
3. Suppose my Neighbour's Life;
4. Or mine own. I must not destroy my Soul for a Body: