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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
Eftate ; as,
1. That through Idleness he doth not en-

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.

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Avoid this Sin.
1. God hates it, Pfal. I. 17, 18, 21, 22:

2. It is a crossing and opposing the Order and
Providence of God.

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.

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MEAN S.
1. Repent of what ye have done in this

Kind.
2. Refrain the Company of Thieves.
3. Wean your Minds from Earth.
4. Often think of the Judgment-Day.

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L & T Į T, xix. 11. Nor deal falfly, nor lie one to another.

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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

pretend.
3. By not worshipping and serving hịm as

we make fhew of, Ezek. xxxiii. 31.
By not living up to the Gospel we pro-

fels, 2 Tim. ii. 9.
But consider,

1. God deals truly with you.
2. He will not be mocked, Gal. vi. 7.
3. If you deal falfly with him, he will deal

justly with you.
7. To our Neighbours.
1. Pretending to love, when we hate them,

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

pur own.

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.
Our Selves.
1. Pretending to our selves that we have re-

pented when we have not.
2. That we have Believed.
3. That we do good Works.

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 :

1.

2. The Form, with an intent of Deceiving. . 2: How many kinds :

i. Jocofum, Jefting
2. Perniciofum, for the doing or avoiding

Evil.
3. Officiofum, for the obtaining of some
Good.

III, How

In it are,

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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 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:

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