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with Patience the Race that is set before us.

a Te shall be righteous before God; working that which is Good, and Right, and Truth, before the Lord; following him fully; and walking in all the Commandments and Ordinances of the Lord blameless.

o Follow after Righteousness, Godliness, Faith, Love, Patience, Meekness: Fight the good Fight of Faith ; lay hold on eternal Life: that ye may stand perfect, and compleat in all the Will of God.

c Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any Virtue ; if there be any Praise ; think on these things. For he that in these things serveth Christ, is acceptable to God, and approvod of Men.

d Whether ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the Glory of God.

e As God hath distributed to every Man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk; caring for the things of the Lord, that he may be holy both in Body and Spirit.

f Let your Speech be always with Grace, feafoned with Salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every Man.

& If any Man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his Tongue, but deceiveth his own Heart, this Man's Religion is vain. Heb. 12. 1. a Luke 1. 6. 2 Chr. 31. 20. Num. 14. 24. Luke 1. 6. I Tim. 6. 11, 12. Col. 4. 12. - Phil. 4. 8. Rom. 14. 18. di Cor. 1o. 31. I Cor. 7. 17, 34.

8 Jam. 1. 26.

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f Col. 4. 6

CHA P. IX.

Concerning the PERFECTION

of HOLINESS.

The Perfe£tion of a Christian consists in using his utmost Endeavours to perform, with Sincerity and Žeal, the whole will of God; to grow in Grace, and excel in all manner of Virtue; and to perfsvere in the Ways of Piety and Holiness, to the End of his Life.

UNIVERSAL OBEDIENCE.

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Bhor that which is Evil; cleave to that

which is good. Cleanse your selves from all Filthiness both of Flesh and Spirit, perfecting Holiness in the Fear of God.

Lay apart all Filthiness, and Superfuity of Naughtinels : And, keep your felves unspotted from the World.

c Whatever is an Abomination to the Lord thy God thou shalt utterly detest, and thou shalt utterly abhor it: For it is a cursed thing.

d Let thine Eyes look right on, and let thine Eye-lids look freight before thee: Ponder the Path of thy Feet, and let all thy Ways be established: Turn not to the right Hand, nor to the left: Remove thy Foot from Evil.

e Let us lay aside every Weight, and the Sin which doth so easily befet us ; and let us run

* Rom. 12. 9. 2 Cor. 7. I. b Jam. 1. I1, 27. c Deut. 7. 25, 26.

a Prov. 4. 25, 26, 27. Heb. 12. 19

with Patience the Race that is set before us.

a Ye Mall be righteous before God; working that which is Good, and Right, and Truth, before the Lord; following him fully; and walking in all the Commandments and Ordinances of the Lord blameless.

b Follow after Righteousness, Godliness, Faith, Love, Patience, Meekness: Fight the good Fight of Faith ; lay hold on eternal Life: that ye may stand perfect, and compleat in all the Will of God.

c Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report ; if there be any Virtue ; if there be any Praise ; think on these things. For he that in these things serveth Christ, is acceptable to God, and approvod of Men.

d Whether ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the Glory of God.

e As God hath distributed to every Man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk; caring for the things of the Lord, that he may be holy both in Body and Spirit.

f Let your Speech be always with Grace, seasoned with Salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every Man.

8 If any Man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his Tongue, but deceiveth his own Heart, this Man's Religion is vain. Heb. 12. 1. a Luke 1. 6. 2 Chr. 31. 20. Num. 14. 24. Luke 1. 6. I Tim. 6. 11, 12. Col. 4. 12. - Phil. 4. 8. Rom. 14. 18. di Cor. 10. 31. I Cor. 7. 17, 34 Col. 4.

8 Jam. 1. 26.

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a In the multitude of Words there wanteth not Sin: He therefore that hath Knowledge, spareth his Words, and taketh heed to his Ways, that he offend not with his Tongue.

b If any Man offend not in Word, the same is a perfect Man, and able also to bridle the whole Body. For out of the abundance of the Heart the Mouth speaketh.

c Whofo keepeth his Mouth, and his Tongue, keepeth his Soul from Troubles.

d He that will love Life, and see good Days, let him refrain his Tongue from Evil, and his Lips, that they speak no Guile : For Death and Life are in the Power of the Tongue.

e Every idle Word that Men hall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the Day of Judgment: For by thy Words thou shalt be juftified, apd by thy Words thou shalt be condemned.

f Let us cast down Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth it self against the Know.. ledge of God: and bring into Captivity every Thought to the Obedience of Christ, For, the thought of Foolishness is Sin.

& Woe unto you that pay. Tythe of Mint, and Anise, and Cummio, and have omitted the weightier Matters of the Law, Judgment, Mer-' cy, and Faith: These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

h Woe unto them which truft in themselves, that they are righteous, and de pile others; because they are not as other Men are, Extrtioners, Un

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a Prov. 10. 19. Prov. 17. 27. Pf. 39, 1. Jam. 3. 2.. Mat. 12. 34• c. Prov. 21. 23.

di Pet. 3. 10. Proy. 18. 21. e Mat. 12. 36, 37.

# 2 Cor. 1o. S. Prov. 24. % & Mat. 23. 23,

Luke 18. 9, 11.

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juft, Adulterers; when they are, at the same time, guilty of as great sins.

a Shall we continue in Sin, that Grace may abound? God forbid. Shall we fin, because we are not under the Law, but under Grace? God forbid. Let us not do Evil that Good may come. For, if the Truth of God hath more abounded, through my Lie, unto his Glory, yet I am juftly judged as a Sinner.

Let every one that nameth the Name of Chrift, not only depart from Iniquity; but abftain from all appearance of Evil.

c Let not your Good be evil spoken of: Provide things honeft, not only in the Sight of the Lord, but in the Sight of Men. Cut off occasion from them which defire occasion: that they may be alhamed, which speak Evil of you, and fallly accuse your good Conversation in Christ. For fo is the Will of God, that by well-doing, ye may put to filence the Ignorance of foolish Men.

d All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient. All things are lawful for me; but I will not be brought under the power of any.

e Whosoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all: For he that said, Do not commit Adultéry, faid also, Do not kill. Now, if thou commit no Adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a Transgreffor of the Law.

f So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the Law of Liberty.

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Luke 18. II. * Rom. 6. 1g. 2, 15. Rom. 3. 8, 7.

2 Tim. 2. 19. 1 Theff. s. 22. c Rom. 14. 16. Rom. 12. 17. 2 Cor. 8. 21. 2 Cor. 11. 12. 1 Pet. 3. 16., I Pet. 2. 15.

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1 Cor. 10. 23. I Cor. 6. 12. Jam. 2..Jo, 11. Jam. 2. 12.

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