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a Ye shall not rule. one over another with Rigour; for ye are Brethren.
b Woe unto him that useth his Neighbour's Service without Wages, and giveth him not for his Work.
c He that troubleth his own House shall inherit the Wind.
& Servants, he obedient to them that Servants, are your Masters, according to the Flesh; not with Eye-service, as Men-pleasers, but in Singleness of Heart, fearing God: And, as the Servants of Christ, doing the Will of God from the Heart; with Good-will doing Service, as to the Lord, and not to Men ; knowing, that whatsoever good thing any Man doth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
e Servants , obey your Masters in all things, and please them well in all things; not answering again, not purloining, but shewing all good Fidelity.
f Servants, be subject to your Masters with all Fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward: For this is thank-worthy, if a Man, for Conscience-fake towards God, endure Grief, suffering wrongfully.
g Be content with your Wages.
h'They that have believing Masters, let them not despise them, because they are Brethren; but rather do them Service, because they are faithful and beloved, Partakers of the Benefit.
* Lev. 25. 46. • Jer. 22. 13. • Prov. 11. 294. & Eph 6. s. Col, 3. 22. Eph. 6. 6, 7, 8. . Col. 3. 22. Tit, 2. 9, 10.
i Pet, 2. 18, 19. 39.Luke 3, 14:
po 3 Tim, 62,
a Let as inany Servants as are under the Yoke, count their own Matters worthy of all Honour; that the Name of God, and his Doctrine, be not blafphemed.
The Duties of MAGISTRATES and SUBJECTS.
Magistrates. b The Judges, and Officers, that
Mall be Rulers over you, shall be able Men, such as fear God, Men of Truth, hating Covetousness : And they thall judge the People at all Seasons, and hear the Causes between their Brethren, and judge righteously between every Man and his Brother, and the Stranger that is with him.
c They fhall not wrest Judgment. They shall not respect Persons in Judgment; but they thall hear the small as well as the great. They thall not respect the Person of the Poor, nor honour the Person of the Mighty: Neither take a Gift; for a Gift doth blind the Eyes of the wise, and pervert the Words of the righteous. They shall not be afraid of the Face of Man, for the Judgment is God's.
d Take heed what ye do, ye that are Judges; for ye judge not for Man, but for the Lord, who is with you in the Judgment. Wherefore let the Fear of the Lord be upon you; and, judge not unjustly, nor accept the Persons of the wicked, nor overthrow the righteous in Judgment: Defend the poor and fatherless; do Justice to the afflicted and needy ; and deliver them out of the Hand of the wicked.
a i Tim. 6. 1.
b Deut. 16. 18. Deut. 1. 13. Ex 28. 21, 22. Deut. 1. 16. Deut. 16. 19. Deut. 1. 17. Lev. 19. 1.5. Deut. 16. 19. Deut. 1. 17. d 2 Chr. 19. 6, 7. PI. 82. 2. Prov. 18.5. PR, 82, 3, 4.
a And, what Cause foever shall come to you, of your Brethren, between Blood and Blood, between Law and Commandment, Statutes and Judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the Lord, and so Wrath come upon you, and upon your Brethren.
b Thus Thall ye do, in the fear of the Lord, faithfully, and with a perfect Heart.
cIf there be a Controversy between Men, and they come unto Judgment, that the Judges may judge them, then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked: And if the wicked Man be worthy to be beaten, the Judge shall cause him to be beaten before his Fate, according to his Fault, by a certain number of Stripes ; left if he exceed, and beat him above thele, with many Stripes, then thy Brother should seem vile unto thee.
d The Fathers shall not be put to Death for the Children; neither shall the Children be put to Death for the Fathers : Every Man fhall be put to Death for his own Sin.
e Woe unto them that decree unrighteous Decrees, and that write Grievousness, which they have prescribed ; to turn aside the needy froin Judgment, and to take away the Right from the Poor, the Widows, and the Fatherless.
f He that ruleth over Men must be just; ruling in the Fear of God.
c Deut. 28
a 2 Chr. 19. 10.
2 Chr, 19. 9. I, 2, 3 d Deut, 24. 16.
• 11, 10, 1, 2. f
2 Sam. 23, 3,.
a If a Ruler hearken to Lies, all his Servants are wicked : Therefore the Law is slack'd, and Judgment doth never go forth; for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong Judgment proceedeth; And then a Man's Gift inaketh room for him, and bringeth him before great Men.
b Many seek the Ruler's Favour ; but every Man's Judgment cometh from the Lord.
c When the righteous are in Authority, the People rejoice; but when the wicked beareth Rule, the People mourn.
d When the King fitteth upon the Throne of his Kingdom, the Book of the Law of God hall be with him; and he shall read therein all the Days of his Life; that he may learn to fear the Lord his God; to keep all the Words of his Law, and his Statutes, to do them; that his Heart be not lifted up above his Brethren, and that he turn not aside from the Commandment, to the right, or to the left; to the end, that he may prolong his Days in his Kingdom, he, and his Children.
e It is an Abomination to Kings to commit Wickedness; for the Throne is established by Righteousness.
* The Prince shall not take of the People's Inheritance, by Oppression, to thruft' them out of their poffeffion.
& The Honour of Kings is to search out a Matter.
* Prov. 29. 12. Hab. I. 4. Prov. 18. 16. b Prov. 29. 26.
c Prov. 29, 20
& Deut. 17. 18 • Prov. 16. 12. Ezek 46.-18. % Prov. 25. 2
a It is not for Kings to drink Wine, nor for Princes strong Drik; left they drink, and forget the Law, and pervert the Judgment of any of the afflicted.
• Mercy and Truth preserve the King, and lisThrone is upholden by Mercy.
c Take away the wicked from before the King, and his Throne shall be established by Righteousness.
d A wise King, that fitteth in the Throne of Judgment, fcattereth away all Evil with 'his Eyes : He delivereth the spoiled out of the Hand of the Oppreffor; he removeth Violence, and Spoil, and taketh away Exactions froin the People.
e As a roaring Lion, and a raging Bear, fo is a wicked Ruler over the poor people.
f The Prince that wanteth Understanding, is also a great Oppreffor; and he that receiveth Gifts, overthroweth the. Land; but he that hateih Covetousness shall prolong his Days.
8 Hear this, ye Heads and Princes, that abhor: Judgment, and pervert all Equity.
h For the Transgresiion of a Land, many are the Princes thereof.
i Let eyery
Soul be subject unto the Subject sa Higher Powers; for there is no Power but of God: The Powers that be, are ordained of God. Whosoever, therefore, refifteth the Power, refifteth the Ordinance of God; and they that resist, Thall receive to themselves Dam..
Prov. 31. 4, s.
c Prov. 25. S. a Prov. 20. 26, 8. Jer. 22:- 3. Ezek. 45. 9. e Prov, 28. 1S.
* Prov. 28, 16 Prov. 29. 4. Prov. 28. 16. 8 Mic. 3.9.
b Proy. 28. 2. Rom. 13.1, 2,