Imatges de pÓgina

Doft thou remember, that after this life we must give an account of all our actions?


Haft thou exercised a daily care and watchfulnefs over thy deceitful heart, refifting its importu nities and lufts?

Haft thou contented thyfelf with only the form and outside of religion and godliness, neglecting the life and power thereof?

Haft thou diligently and earnestly implored the aid and affiftance of the holy fpirit of God, to renew and fanctify thee?

Doft thou study to attain a true humility, and to become fenfible of thy own follies and frailties?

Doft thou refift the first rifings of pride, and an immoderate opinion of thy own understanding, and study to improve it to God's glory and the good of mankind?

Doft thou endeavour after a meek and quiet fpirit? Haft thou not behaved with pride and haughtinefs in converfation and carriage?

Haft thou not been angry without caufe, or a bove juft caufe?

Haft thou not been pettish and froward in little things, and upon meer mistakes, and involuntary errors of others, for want of reviewing things in their juft nature, weight, and meafure?

Art thou contented with the condition which God, hath allotted thee in this world?

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Haft thou not been immoderately concern'd and anxious about prefent things?

Haft thou not been too covetous of the world, its riches, honours, and pleasures?


Haft thou not fought to gain, or to keep them by finful means?

Doft thou not envy others, because their condition is more plentiful and profperous than thy own? Haft thou been diligent in doing thy own bufinefs, and to provide thofe things that are needful and expedient for thyself and family, and fuch as depend upon thee?

Haft thou endeavoured to make thyself useful in the world, and charitable to thy fellow-creatures? Haft thou restrained thy appetites? haft thou not committed excess in eating and draking, in sleep, or recreations?

Doft thou spend more time in fleeping and recrea tions, than is a neceffary and convenient refreshment? Doft thou chufe and defire fuch recreations only as are honeft and innocent?

Doft thou faft and pray for the fubduing and mortifying of thy lufts?

Haft thou never been guilty of adultery, fornication, or any other actual pollution and uncleannefs, and been careful to avoid all fuch objects and difcourses, as are apt to excite filthy defires in thy heart?

Haft thou not had an impure heart, or unclean affections, or offended by any unchaste thoughts, words, or actions?

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Doft thou use moderation in thy apparel, fuitable to thy condition and abilities?

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N. B. Thus far, all perfons of what age, fex, or condition foever, ære concerned to examine themselves diftintly in relation to the fins they



bave committed against GOD, their Neighbour, and Themfelves. But upon the following heads, enquiry is only to be made as they fball agree with every one's particular circumftances and relations in lifend Sawovda

- The duty of a child to the parent.*


AST thou reverenc'd and honour'd thy pa rents, obey'd their lawful commands, and attended to their wife counfels and instructions, and that for confcience-fake?

Doft thou fhew all love and gratitude to them for thy being and education?

Doft thou heartily wish and pray for their life and profperity?

Haft thou, according to thy ability, made a comfortable provifion for them, if reduced to want? → Doft thou dutifully conceal and excufe their failings and infirmities?

Haft thou been difobedient to them; dishonoured them in thy mind, or carried thyfelf rudely and irreverently in thy behaviour towards them?

Haft thou mocked, or spoken evil of them? Haft thou not been stubborn and obftinate towards thein, and endeavoured to caft off thy fubjec tion to them?

Doft thou not fecretly wish the death of thy parents, out of impatience to be delivered from their government, or poffeffed of their eftate?

Didft thou difpofe of thyfelf in marriage, without their advice or confent?


This duty may be found explained at large in the met WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 8. Sections V. and VI

The duty of a parent to the child.*


RT thou diligent in thy calling, to enable thyfelf to nourish and sustain thy children? Haft thou diligently preferred the eternal interest of thy children before their temporal ?

Haft thou taught them, as they were capable of learning, to know, fear, love and worship God with a perfect heart, and a willing mind?

Haft thou taught them how to govern their paffions, and to moderate their affections to worldly things; and encouraged them, by thy own example, to follow that which is good?

Doft thou watch over their behaviour, and fee that they practise what they have been taught?

Haft thou not been too fond and indulgent to them; fuffering them to go on in their follies and fins, without fuch correction and reproof, as induty thou waft bound to give them?

Art thou any ways acceffary to the fins of thy children, by any ill example fet them? or by giving them fuch an education, as would naturally lead them into pride and vanity?

Haft thou done thy part to provide what was ne ceffary and convenient for their living, and comfortable fubfiftence and being in the world?

Doft thou bless them, and commend them to the favour and guidance of God?


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*This duty may be found.explained at large in the act WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 8. Sections VII. and VIII.

The duty of brethren and fifters.*


AST thou had a tender affection, and a compaffionate concern for thy brethren and fifters, endeavouring to promote their good, both spiritual and temporal?

Doft thou always strive to keep up brotherly love and unity in the family?

Doft thou not fecretly with their death or disgrace, to make thy own fortune the more plentiful? Haft thou commended them to God in thy pray ers? Or,

Haft thou been unconcerned for their welfare, and deftitute of natural affection towards them?

The duty of a wife to her husband.+

AST thou refused to comply with thofe commands, in which God requires thee to obey and ferve, to love and honour thy husband?


Art thou loving to him, and defirous to render his life as eafy and comfortable as thou canft? Haft thou provoked him, or published his faults? Haft thou spoken ill of him?

Haft thou borne with his infirmities?

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Haft thou given him caufe of jealoufy, or been unfaithful to his bed?

Haft thou been frugal in the management of thy expences, with refpect to the circumstances and condition of thy husband? Haft

This duty may be found explained at large in the W WHOLE DUTY OF Man, Sunday 9. Section I.

+ This duty may be found explained at large in the New WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 9. Section II, &.

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