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Ghoft, which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? If any Man defile the Temple of God, him fhall God deftroy : For the Temple of God is holy, which Temple

ye are.

a Keep thee from the evil Woman, from the Flattery of the Tongue of a ftrange Woman: Luft not after her Beauty in thine Heart, neither let her take thee with her Eye-lids. Can a Man take Fire in his Bofom, and his Clothes not be burnt ?

b Remove thy Way far from a strange Woman, and come not nigh the Door of her House; left thou give thine Honour unto others; left Strangers be filled with thy Wealth; and thou mourn at the laft, when thy Flesh and thy Body are confumed, and fay, How have I hated Inftruction, and defpifed Reproof?

Let not thine Heart decline to her Ways.; for her Houfe is the Way to Hell. Thou goeft after her, as an Ox goeth to the Slaughter, till a Dart ftrike through thy Liver; as a Bird hafteth to the Snare, and knoweth not that it is for his Life.

d If mine Heart hath been deceived by a Woman, or, if I have laid wait at my Neighbour's Door; this is an heinous Crime, yea, it is an Iniquity to be punished by the Judges: For it is a Fire that confumeth to Deftruction, and would root out all mine Increase.

e Whofoever looketh on a Woman to luft after her, hath committed Adultery with her already in his Heart

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CONTENTMENT.

I know both how to be abafed, and I know how to abound: every where, and in all things, I am inftructed, both to be full, and to be hungry, both to abound, and to fuffer need. I have learnt, in whatfoever State I am, therewith to be content.

b Let every Man abide in the fame Calling wherein he was called. Art thou called, being a Servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.

Seek not ye what ye fhall eat, or what ye fhall drink: be careful for nothing; neither be ye of doubtful Mind: But rather feek ye the Kingdom of God, and all these things, which your Father knoweth that ye have need of, fhall be added unto you.

d Afk not Riches, Wealth, or Honour, nor the Life of thine Enemies, neither yet long Life; but afk Wisdom and Knowledge for thy felf: and God fhall fupply all thy Need, according to his Riches in Glory.

e Take heed to your felves, left at any time your Hearts be overcharged with the Cares of this Life.

f I would have you without Carefulness: that they which weep, may be as tho' they wept not; and they that rejoice, as tho' they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as tho' they poffeffed not; and they that use this World, as not

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1 Cor. 7.120, 21. E
Luke 12.

· Phil. 4, 12, 70Li Luke 12. 29. Phil. 4. 6. d 2 Chr. 1. 11. Phil. 4. 19. 7.1 Cor. 7, 32, 30, 31,

29, 31, 30, 31. • Luke 23. 34.

abufing

abufing it: For the Fashion of this World paffeth away.

a Say not thou, What is the cause that the former Days were better than these? For thou doft not enquire wifely concerning this. b Let us not envy one another.

c The Spirit that dwelleth in us lufteth to Envy; but Charity envieth not.

d Let not thine Heart envy Sinners; but be thou in the Fear of the Lord all the Day long: For furely there is an end, and thine Expectation fhall not be cut off.

e Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the Glory of his House is increased: For, tho' while he lived he bleffed his Soul; yet when he dieth he fhall carry nothing away; his Glory fhall not defcend after him.

f A found Heart is the Life of the Flesh; but Envy the Rottennefs of the Bones.

8 Let your Converfation be without Covetoufnefs; and be content with fuch things as ye have: For God hath faid, I will never leave thee, nor forfake thee.

h Take heed, and beware of Covetousness: For a Man's Life confifteth not in the abundance of the things which he poffeffeth.

i Thou shalt not covet any thing which is thy Neighbour's.

k Labour not to be rich; but, having Food and Raiment, let us be therewith content: For they that will be rich fall into Temptation, and

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a Snare, and into many foolish and hurtful Lufts, which drown Men in Deftruction, and Perdition.

a The Love of Money is the Root of all Evil; which, while fome have coveted after, they have erred from the Faith, and pierced themselves through with many Sorrows: But thou, O Man of God, flee these things.

b Lay not up for your felves Treasures upon Earth, where Moth and Ruft doth corrupt, and where Thieves break through and fteal: but lay up for your felves Treasures in Heaven, where neither Moth nor Ruft doth corrupt, and where Thieves do not break through nor fteal: For where your Treasure is, there will your Heart be alfo.

Rejoice not because thy Wealth is great, and because thine Hand hath gotten much. Will God efteem thy Riches? No, not Gold, nor all the Forces of Strength.

d Godliness, with Contentment, is great Gain: For we brought nothing into this World; and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

e A little that a righteous Man hath is better than the Riches of many wicked.

f Better is a little with the Fear of the Lord, than great Treasure and Trouble therewith.

g He that is greedy of Gain troubleth his own House.

h He that maketh hafte to be rich fhall not be innocent.

1 Tim. 6. 10, II.

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Job 31. 25. Job 36. 19.
Prov, 15. 16.

Pl. 37. 16.

PIOV. 28. 20.

1 Tim. 6.9.j

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b Mat. 6. 19, 20, 21. d1 Tim. 6. 6, 7. Prov. 15. 27.

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a An Inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof fhall not be blessed.

b Woe to him that ladeth himself with thick Clay.

c Woe unto you that are rich; for ye have received your Confolation.

d No covetous Man, who is an Idolater, hath any Inheritance in the Kingdom of Chrift. And how hard is it for them that truft in Riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!

• Woe unto them that joyn House to House, that lay Field to Field, till there be no place; that they may be placed alone in the midst of the Earth.

f Woe to him that coveteth, that he may fet his Neft on high; that he may be delivered from the Power of Evil.

8 Curfed Children are they, who have an Heart exercised with covetous practices.

h Give me, O Lord, neither Poverty nor Riches; feed me with Food convenient for me: left I be full, and deny thee, and fay, Who is the Lord? or left I be poor, and steal, and take the Name of my God in vain.

SELF-DENIAL, and MORTIFICATION.

iThus faith our Saviour, If any Man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his Crofs daily, and follow me.

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