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Q 129. What is required of superiors towards their inferiors? 4. It is required of superiors, according to that power they receive from God, and that relation wherein they stand, to

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129. Col. iii. 19. Husbands, love Your wives, and be not bitter against them. Tit. ii. 4. That they may *h the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children. *'Sam, xii. 28. Moreover, as for * God forbid that I hold in *gainst the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the £ol and the right way. Job i. 5. . was so, when the days of | ir feasting were gone about, that ob sent and sanctified them, and . "Pearly in the morning, and ered burnt-offerings, according to * number of them all ; for Job * It may be that my sons have * and cursed God in their hearts. o did Job continually. o: viii. 55. Aid he stood, Israel essed all the congregation of Wer With a loud voice, saying, t ... . Lord, that "on rest unto his people Israel o: to all that i. i. A. hith not failed—Heb. vii. 7. es: Without all contradiction, the * is blessed of the better. Gen. o All these are the twelve their f Israel; and this is it that bless #. spake unto them, and his . them; every one according to fog he blessed them. whi." vi. 6. And these words, shall command thee this day, tho * in thine heart; ver, 7. And " halt teach them diligentl

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them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. * Eph. vi. 4. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Ilord. ° I Pet. iii. 7. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. P 1 Pet. ii. 14. Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evil-doers, and for the praise of them that do well.

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Q. 130. What are the sins of superiors? -
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auties required of them", an imordinate seeking of them

sword in vain : for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. s Prov. xxix. 15. The rod and reproof give wisdom; but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame... I Pet. ii. 14. [See above in Jetter P.] t job xxix. 12. Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. ver, 13. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came uPon me; and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. , Ver, 14. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diaden. ver, 15. I was eyes to the

blind, and feet was I to the lame. .

ver, 16. I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not searched out. ver, 17. And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth. Isa. i. 10. Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear, unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. Ver. 17. Learn to do well, seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. “Eph. vi. 4. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath : but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

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w 1 Tim. v. 8. But if any provio not for his own, and ** ly for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is wo" than an infidel.

; : Tim. iv. 12. Let no " despise thy youth; but be thou amo. ample of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, 1n faith, in purity. Tit. ii. 3. The ag women likewise, that to be in be. haviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to * wine, teachers of good things; ver, 4. That they mo teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, ver. 5. To be discree, chaste, keep. ... home, good, oh”. their own husbands, that the word of Go

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randed you? be courageous, and be valiant. i i Sam. iii. 13. For I have told him, that I will judge his house for ever, for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. k John vii. 46. The officers answered, Never man spake like this man. Ver, 47. Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived ver. 48. Have any of the rulers, or of the Pharisees, believed on him ver, 49. But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. Col. iii. 21. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. Exod. v. 17. But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle; therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the Lord. 11 Pet. ii. 18. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. Ver. 39. For this is thank-worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. Ver. 20. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently; this is acceptable with God. Heb. xii. 10. For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holi

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Q. 131. What are the duties of equals 3

4. The duties of equals are, to regard the dignity and Worth of each othero, in giving honour to go one before another"; and to rejoice in each others gifts and advance

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Q. 132. What are the sins of equals 3

4. The sins of equals are,

besides the neglect of the du

ties required", the undervaluing of the worth', envy

"g the gifts", grieving at the advancement or prosperity

but I will chastise you with scorFono, Ver, 15. Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the Lord.—Ver, *59, when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the role answered the king, saying,

hit portion have we in Dj} "ther have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: ow see to thine own house, David. i. *! departed unto their tent. di Kings i. 6. And his father had not o him (viz. 4donijah) at any o **aying, Why hast thou done

‘...] Sam, ii. 29. wherefore kick }**my, acrifices, and at mine of ering which I have commanded in o habitation, and honours: thy : above mes to make yourselves * With the chiefest of all the oft. Wi. of Israel my people : Ver. 30. o: the Lord God of Israel andth said indeed, that thy house, walk .* of thy father, should th efore me for ever; but now e Lord *ith, Be it far from me; o. that honour me I will ho. ei. i. they that despise me shall o ghtly esteemed, ver, 3. p. off #: *YS come, that I will cut i. *m, and the arm of thy an i. So, that there shall not be * man in thine house,

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131. P 1 Pet. ii. 17. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. * Rom. xii. 10. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. * Rom. xii. 15. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Ver. 16. Be of the same mind one towards another. Mind not high things, but condescend to nen of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Phil. ii. 3. Let nothing be done through strife or vain-glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Ver. 4. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 132. * Rom. xiii. 8. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. t 2 Tim. iii. 3. Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. * Acts vii. 9. And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt; but God was with him.

Gal. v. 26. Let us not be desirous of

vain-glory, provoking one another, envying one another. w Numb,

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