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and practices: (1) the maligning, (2) scorning,(3) reviling, (4) or any ways opposing of God's truth, grace, and ways; (5) making profession of religion in hypocrisy, or for sinister ends; (6) being ashamed of it;(7) or a shame to it, by charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard,

Acts xix, 13. (1) 2 Tim. iv. 3, 4. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itch ing ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. Jude 4. Rom xiii. 13, 14. 1 Kings xxi. 9, 10.

(2) Acts xiii. 45. But when the Jews saw the mul. titudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 1 John iii. 12.

(3) 2 Pet. iii. 3. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last day scoffers, walking after their own lusts. Ps. i. 1.-nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

(4) Pet. iv. 4. Wherein they think it strange, tha ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking

(5) Acts xiii. 45, 46, 50. See figure (3), above. But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. Acts iv. 18.–And commanded them not to speak at all, nor teach, in the name of Jesus. Acts xix. y. 1 Thess. ii. 16. Heb. x. 29.

(6) 2 Tim. iii. 5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Matt. xxiii. 14. Wounto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer. Matt. vi. 1, 2, 3, 5, 16.

(7) Mark viii. 38. Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father, with the holy angels.

evil of you.

uncomfortable, (1) unwise, (2) unfruitful, (3) and offensive walking (4) or backsliding from it. (5)

Q. 114. What reasons are annexed to the third commandment?

A. The reasons annexed to the third commandment, in these words, “the Lord thy Godand for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain,(6) are, because he is the Lord and our God, therefore his name is not to be profaned, or any way abused by us;(7) especially because he will be so far from acquitting and sparing the trans

(1) Ps. lxxiii. 14, 15. For all the day long have 1 been plagued, and chastened every morning, &c.

(2) Eph. v. 15, 16, 17. See then that ye walk cir. cumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.- Wherefore be

ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 1 Cor. vi. 5, 6.

(3) Isa. v. 4. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes. 2 Pet. i. 8, 9.

(4) Rom. ii. 23, 24. Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? For the name of God is blaspherned among the Gentiles, through you.

(5) Gal. iii. 1, 3. O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you ?-Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh Heb. vi. 6.

(6) Ex. xx. 7.

(7) Lev. xix. 12. And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.

gressors of this commandment, as that he will not suffer them to escape his righteous judg. ment, (1) albeit many


the censures and punishments of men. (2)

Q. 115. Which is the fourth command. ment?

A. The fourth commandment is, Remember the Sabbath-day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates ; for in six days the Lord mude heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath-day and hallowed it. (3)

Q. 116. What is required in the fourth commandment?

A. The fourth commandment requireth of all men the sanctifying or keeping holy to God such set times as he hath appointed in his word, expressly one whole day in seven;

(1) Deut. xxviii. 58, 59. If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law, that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD; then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance. Zech. v. 2, 3, 4. Ezek. xxxvi. 21, 22, 23.

(2) 1 Sam. ii. 12, 17, 22.1 Sam. iii. 13.
(3) Ex. xx. 8, 9, 10, 11.

which was the seventh from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, and the first day of the week ever since, and so to continue to the end of the world; which is the Christian Sabbath, (1) and in the New Testament called The Lord's day. (2)

Q. 117. How is the Sabbath or Lord's day to be sanctified?

A. The Sabbath, or Lord's day, is to be sanctified by an holy resting all that day, (3) not only from such works as are at all times sinful, but even from such worldly employments and recreations as are on other days lawful; (4) and making it our delight to spend

(1) Gen. ii. 3. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it he had rested from all his work. I Cor. xvi. 1, 2.-Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him. Acts xx. 7; And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow. John xx. 19 to 27. Matt. v. 17, 18. Isa. lvi. 2, 4, 6, 7. Blessed is the man that doeth this, -that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, &c.

(2) Rev. i. 10. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day:

(3) Ex. xx. 8, 10. Remember the Sabbath-day, to keep it holy.-In it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, &c.

(4) Ex. xvi. 25 to 29. And Moses said, Eat that today; for to-day is a Sabbath unto the Lord : to-day ye shall not find it in the field. Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in it :here shall be none, &c. Jer. xvii. 21, 22. Thus saith the Lord, Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the Sabbath-day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on

the whole time (except so much of it as is to be taken up in works of necessity and mercy)(1) in the public and private exercises of God's worship. (2) And, to that end, we are to prepare our hearts, and with such foresight, diligence, and moderation, to dispose, and seasonably to despatch our worldly business, that we may be the more free and fit for the duties of that day. (3) the Sabbath-day, neither do ye any work; but hallow ye the Sabbath-day, as I commanded your fathers. Neh. xiii. 15 to 23. In those days saw I in Judah some tread ing wine-presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens.—Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath-day?

(1) Matt. xii. 1 to 14. At that time Jesus went on the Sabbath-day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not Lawful to do upon the Sabbath-day. But he said unto them, &c.

(2) Lev. xxiii. 3. Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, a holy convocation. Isa. Iviii. 13. —And call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words. Luke iv. 16.-And, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbathday, and stood up for to read. Acts xx. 7.

(3) Ex. xx. 8. Remember the Sabbath-day, to keep It holy. Luke xxiii. 54, 56. And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on, &c. Neh. xiii. 19. And it came to pass, that, when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the Sabbath,

I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the Sabbath.

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