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• stolen ; (1) fraudulent dealing, (2) false weights
and measures, (3) removing land-marks, (4) injustice and unfaithfulness in contracts between man and man, (5) or in matters of trust; (6) oppression, (7) extortion, (8) usury,(9)
gers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men-stealers. Ex. xxi. 16.. Gen. i. 28.
(1) Prov. xxix. 24. Whoso is partner with a thief, hateth his own soul. Ps. 1. 18. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him.
(2) 1 Thess. iv. 6. That no man go beyond and de fraud his brother in any matter; because that the Lord i the avenger of all such.
(3) Prov. xi. 1. A false balance is abomination to the Lord. Prov. xx. 10. Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.
(4) Deut. xix. 14.. Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's land-mark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance. Prov. xxiii. 10.
(5) Amos viii. 5.-Making the ephah small and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit. Ps. xxxvii. 21. The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again.
(6) Luke xvi. 11. If, therefore, ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
(7) Ezek. xxii. 29. The people of the land have used oppression. Lev. xxv. 17. Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God.
(8) Matt. xxiii. 25. Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Ezek. xxii. 12. - Thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord God.
(9) Ps. XV. 5. He that putteth not out his money to usury
bribery, (1) vexatious lawsuits, (2) unjust enclosures and depredation; (3) engrossing commodities to enhance the price, (4) unlawful callings, (5) and all other unjust or sinful ways of taking or withholding from our neighbour what belongs to him, or of enriching ourselves; (6) covetousness, (7) inordinate prizing and affecting worldly goods; (8) distrustful and distracting cares and studies in getting, keeping,
(1) Job xv. 34.-Fire shall consuine the tabernacles of bribery. Isa. xxxiii. 15.
(2) Prov. iii. 30. Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm. 1 Cor. vi. 7.
(3) Isa. v. 8. Wo unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be ed alone in the midst of the earth! Mie. ii. 2.They covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away.
(4) Prov. xi. 26. He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him; but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
(5) Acts xix. 19, 24, 25. Many of them also which used curious arts, brought their books together, and burned them before all men, &c.
(6) James v. 4. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth : and the cries of them which have reaped, are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Prov. xxi. 6. The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death. Job xx. 19. (7) Luke xii. 15.-Take heed and beware of covet
Prov. i. 19. (8) 1 John ii. 15, 16. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him, &c. Prov. xxiii. 5. Ps. lxii. 10.
and using them;(1) envying at the prosperity of others; (2) as likewise idleness, (3) prodigality, wasteful gaming; and all other ways whereby we do unduly prejudice our own outward estate : (4) and defrauding ourselves of the due use and comfort of that estate which God hath given us. (5)
Q. 143. Which is the ninth conimandment?
A. The ninth commandment is, Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. (6)
(1) Matt. vi. 25, 34. Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on-Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morìow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Eccl..v. 12.-The abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
(2) Ps. Ixxiii. 3.- I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. James v. 9. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned.
(3) 2 Thess. iii. 11.-We hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.-Prov. xviii. 9.
(4) Prov. xxi. 17. He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. Prov. xxiii. 20, 21. Be not among wine-bibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: for the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty. Prov. xxviii. 19.
(5) Eccl. iv. 8. 'There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good ? Eccl. vi. 2. (6) Ex. XX. 16.
Q. 144. What are the duties required in the ninth commandment?
A. T'he duties required in the ninth commandment are, the preserving and promoting of truth between man and man,(1) and the good name of our neighbour, as well as our own; (2) appearing and standing for the truth; (3) and from the heart, (4) sincerely, (5) freely, (6) clearly, (7) and fully, (8) speaking the truth, and only the truth, in matters of judgment and justice, (9) and in all other things. whatsoever; (10) a charitable esteem
(1) Eph. iv. 25.-Putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
(2) 3 John 12. Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record : and ye know that our record is true.
(3) Prov. xxxi. 9. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
(4) Ps. xv. 2. He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
(5) 2 Chron. xix., 9. And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the Lord, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
(6) Jer. ix. 3.They are not valiant for the truth upon the earth. .1 Sam. xix. 4, 5.
(7) Jer. xlii. 4.-Whatsoever thing the Lord shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you. Josh. vii, 19. Acts xx. 20.
(8) Acts xx. 27.--I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 2 Sam. xiv. 18, 19, 20.
(9) Lev. xix. 15.-Thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighboar. Prov. xiv. 5. A faithful witness will not lie; but a false witness will utter lies.
(10) Isa. Ixiii. 8.–Surely they are my people, children
of our neighbours; (1) loving, desiring, and rejoicing in their good name; (2) sorrowing for, (3) and covering of their infirmities; (4) freely acknowledging of their gifts and graces, (5) defending their innocency ; (6) a ready receiving of a good report, (7) and unwillingness to admit of an evil report concerning them; (8) discouraging tale-bearers, (9)
that will not lie. Col. ii. 9. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds. 2 Cor. i. 17.
(1) Heb. vi. 9. But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. . 1 Cor. xiii. 4, 5.-Charity thinketh no evil.
(2) 3 John 4. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. Rom. i. 8.
(3) 2 Cor. xii. 21. And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness, and fornication, and lasciviousness, which they have committed. Ps. cxix. 158.
(4) Prov. xvii. 9. He that covereth a transgression seeketh love. 1 Pet. iv. 8.
(5) 1 Cor. i. 4, 5. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; that in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge. 2 Tim. i. 4, 5.
(6) Ps. lxxxii. 3. Defend the poor and fatherless : do justice to the afflicted and needy.' 1 Sam. xxii. 14.
(7) 1 Cor. xiii. 4, 6, 7. Charity-rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth believeth all things, hopeth all things.
(8) Ps. xv. 3.—Nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. (9) Prov. xxv. 23. The north wind driveth
rain: so doth an angry countenance/a backbiting tongue.