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his spirit, than he that taketh a city. lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest -Prov. xvi. 28, 32. xxv. 28.
souls.Matt. xi. 29. The beginning of strife is as when Behold, thy king cometh unto thee, one letteth out water, &c. He that meek, &c.-Matt. xxi. 5. hath a froward heart, findeth no good:
Christ rebuked James and John and he that hath a perverse tongue, for their anger against the Samarifalleth into mischief.-Prov. xvii. tans.-Luke ix. 52–55. 14. 20.
In your patience, possess ye your The discretion of a man deferreth souls.—Luke xxi. 19. his anger : and it is his glory to pass
Who will render to every man acover a transgression,
&c. A man of cording to his deeds : to them who great wrath shall suffer punishment; by patient continuance in well doing, for if thou deliver him, yet thou must seek for glory, &c. eternal life.do it again.-Prov. xix. 11. 19. Rom. ii. 6, 7.
It is an honour for a man to cease Tribulation worketh patience; and from strife: but every fool will be patience, experience; and experience, meddling.–Prov. xx. 3.
hope, &c.-Rom. v. 3—5. Make no friendship with an angry If it be possible, as much as lieth man: and with a furious man thou in you, live peaceably with all men. shalt not go.—Prov. xxii. 24. Dearly beloved, avenge not your
He that hath no rule over his own selves, but rather give place unto spirit, is like a city that is broken wrath : for it is written, Vengeance down, and without walls.-Prov.xxv.28. is mine, &c. Be not overcome of evil.
As coals are to burning coals, and — Rom. xii. 18, 19. 21. wood to fire, so is a contentious man Let us therefore follow after the to kindle strife.-Prov. xxvi. 21. things which make for peace.-Rom.
A stone is heavy, &c. but a fool's xiv. 19. wrath is heavier, &c. Wrath is cruel, Charity suffereth long, and is kind : and anger is outrageous : but who is charity envieth not, &c. is not easily able to stand before envy (or jea- provoked, &c.—1 Cor. xiii. 4,5. lousy) ?-Prov. xxvii. 3, 4.
The works of the flesh, &c. are He that is of a proud heart stirreth wrath, strife, &c. but the fruit of the up strife.-Prov. xxviii. 25.
Spirit is peace, long-suffering, gentleWise men turn away wrath, &c. Dess, &c. meekness, temperance, &c. Seest thou a man who is hasty in his —Gal. v. 19, 20.22, 23. word (or matters)? there is more If any man be overtaken in a fault, hope of a fool than of him, &c. An ye which are spiritual restore such a angry man stirreth up strife ; and a one in the spirit of meekness; confurious man aboundeth in transgres- sidering, &c.-Gal. vi. 1. sion.—Prov. xxix. 8. 20. 22.
Walk worthy of the vocation whereThe patient in spirit is better than with ye are called, with all lowliness the prond in spirit. Be not hasty in and meekness ; with long-suffering, thy spirit to be angry; for anger forbearing one another in love. Be resteth in the bosom of fools.-Eccles. ye angry, and sin not: let not the vii. 8, 9.
upon your wrath : neiThe meek also shall increase (or ther give place to the devil. Let all add to) their joy in the Lord.—Isa. bitterness, and wrath, and xxix. 19.
clamour, and evil speaking be put Blessed are the meek, for they shall away from you, with all malice.inherit the earth, &c. Blessed are the Eph. iv. 1, 2. 26, 27.31. peacemakers for they shall be called Let your moderation be known the children of God. Matt. v. 5. 9. unto all men : the Lord is at hand.
Learn of me, for I am meek and - Phil. iv. 5.
That ye walk worthy of the Lord, be sober, and hope to the end.&c. strengthened with all might, ac- 1 Pet. i. 13. cording to his glorious power, unto What glory is it, if when ye be all patience and long-suffering.-Col. buffetted for your faults, ye take it i. 10, 11.
patiently? But if when ye do well, But now you also put off all these, and suffer for it, you take it patiently, anger, wrath, malice, &c. put on meek- this is acceptable with God. -- 1 Pet. ness, long-suffering, forbearing one ii. 20. another.-Col. iii. 8. 12, 13.
Whose adorning, let it not be that Be patient towards all men. outward, &c. but the hidden man of 1 Thess. v. 14.
the heart, in that which is not corBut thou, O man of God, &c. fol- ruptible ; the ornament of a meek low after patience, meekness.--1 Tim. and quiet spirit, which is in the sight vi. 11. 2 Tim. iii. 10.
of God of great price, &c. He that The servant of the Lord must not will love life, &c. let him seek peace, strive ;
but be gentle unto all men, and ensue it, &c. Be ready always to &c. patient (or forbearing); in meek- give an answer to every man that ness instructing those that oppose asketh you a reason of the hope that themselves, if God, &c.—2 Tim. ii. is in you, with meekness and fear.24, 25.
1 Pet. iii. 3, 4. 10, 11. 15. That the aged men be sober, grave, The end of all things is at hand; temperate, sound in patience.-Titus be ye therefore sober. - 1 Pet. iv. 7. ii. 2.
Add, &c. to knowledge, temperPut them in mind, &c. to be no ance; and to temperance, patience. brawlers, gentle, shewing all meek- --2 Pet. i. 6. ness unto all men.
Titus iii. 2. Ye have need of patience, that Secr. XIII. To take heed to our Lips, after ye have done the will of God,
that our Words be not rash, but ye might receive the promise.-Heb. true, seasonable, well ordered, and X. 36.
savoury. Let us run with patience the race The angels said, they would not go that is set before us, looking unto in with Lot; yet being pressed, did go Jesus.--Heb. xii. 1-3.
in.-Gen. xix. 1-3. 2 Kings ii. 16,17. The trying of your faith worketh Ye shall not, &c. lie one to another. patience. But let patience have her -Levit. xix. 11. 14. perfect work, that ye may be perfect How forcible are right words? But and entire, wanting nothing, &c. Let what doth your arguing reprove ? every man be, &c. slow to wrath ; Job vi. 25, 26. for the wrath of man worketh not the Ye are forgers of lies, &c. 0, that righteousness of God, &c. Receive you would altogether hold your peace, with meekness the ingrafted word.- and it should be your wisdom. Will James i. 3, 4. 19-21.
you speak wickedly for God? and talk Who is a wise man? Let him shew deceitfully for him ?-Job xiii. 4,5.7. out of a good conversation his works He that speaketh flattery to his with meekness of wisdom. But if ye friends, even the eyes of his children have bitter envying and strife in your shall fail.—Job xvii. 5. hearts, &c. For where envying and My lips shall not speak wickedness, strife is, there is confusion, &c. But nor my tongue utter deceit.-- Job the wisdom that is from above, is first xxvii. 4. pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy Now Elihu had waited till Job had to be intreated, &c.—James iii. 13, spoken, because they were elder than 14. 16, 17.
he, &c. He said, I am young, and ye Gird up the loins of your mind ; very old; wherefore I was afraid, and
durst not shew you my opinion. and of his greatness, goodness, and Job xxxii. 4. 6.
memorable acts.-Ps.cxly.5–7. 11, 12. I uttered that I understood not; Put away from thee a froward things too wonderful for me, which I mouth : and perverse lips put far knew not, &c. wherefore I abhor my- from thee.—Prov. iv. 24. self.Job xlii. 3. 6.
These six things doth the law hate, Thou shalt destroy them that speak &c. a lying tongue, &c. a false witleasing.-Ps. y. 6.
ness, that speaketh lies.-Prov. vi. They speak vanity every one with 16, 17, 19. his neighbour : with flattering lips, A prating fool shall fall : the with a double heart do they speak. mouth of a righteous man is a well The Lord shall cut off all Hattering of life, &c. In the lips of him that lips, &c. who have said, With our hath understanding, wisdom is found, tongue will we speak, our lips are our &c. He that hideth hatred with lying own, who is Lord over us ?—Ps. xii. lips, and he that uttereth a slander, 2—4. xxxi. 18.
is a fool. In the multitude of words Lord, who shall abide in thy taber- there wanteth not sin ; but he that nacle ? &c. He that speaketh the refraineth his lips, is wise, The truth in his heart, he that backbiteth tongue of the just is as choice silver, not with his tongue.-Ps. xv. 1-3. &c. The lips of the righteous feed Isa. xxiii. 15.
many, &c. The mouth of the just I am purposed that my mouth shall bringeth forth wisdom, &c. The lips not transgress.-Ps. xvii. 3. cxli. 3. of the righteous know what is accept
What man is he that desireth life? able.—Prov. x. 10.13.18–21.31,32. &c. Keep thy tongue from evil, and He that speaketh truth sheweth thy lips from speaking guile.-Ps. forth righteousness, &c. Lying lips xxxiv. 12, 13.
are an abomination to the Lord : but The mouth of the righteous speak- they that deal truly are his delight.eth wisdom, and his tongue talketh Prov. xii. 17. 22. of judgment.-Ps. xxxvii. 30. cxix. He that keepeth his mouth, keep46. 172.
eth his life : but he that openeth I said, I will take heed to my ways, wide his lips, shall have destruction, that I sin not with my tongue, I will &c. A righteous man hateth lying.--keep my mouth with a bridle, while Prov. xiii. 3. 5. the wicked is before me.-Ps.xxxix. 1. A soft answer turneth away wrath : cxli. 3.
but grievous words stir up anger. Thou gavest thy mouth to evil; The tongue of the wise useth knowand thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou ledge aright: but the mouth of fools sittest and speakest against thy bro- poureth out foolishness, &c. A wholether, &c.-Ps. 1. 19, 20.
some tongue is a tree of life: but The wicked,&c. go astray as soon as perverseness therein is a breach in they are born, speaking lies.-Ps.lviii.3. the spirit, &c. The lips of the wise
The mouth of them that speak lies disperse knowledge, &c. A man hath shall be stopped.-Ps. Ixiii. 11. joy by the answer of his mouth : and
My tongue also shall talk of thy a word spoken in due season, how righteousness all the day long.-Ps. good is it? The heart of the righlxxi. 24. cxix. 46. 172.
teous studieth to answer: but the It went ill with Moses for their mouth of the wicked poureth out evil sakes; because they provoked his things.—Prov.xv. 1, 2.4. 7. 23. 28. spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly Righteous lips are the delight of with his lips.-Ps. cvi. 32,33. kings: and they love him that speaketh
I hate and abhorlying.-Ps.cxix. 163. right, &c. The heart of the wise The saints should speak of God, teacheth his mouth, and addeth learn
ing unto his lips. Pleasant words there are also divers vanities : but are as an honey-comb, sweet to the fear thou God.—Eccles. v. 2, 3. 7. soul.-Prov. xvi. 13. 23, 24.
The words of wise men are heard Excellent speech becometh not a in quict.--Eccles. ix. 17. fool : much less do lying lips a prince. The words of a wise man's mouth He that hath a perverse tongue, fall- are gracious (or grace), &c. A fool eth into mischief, &c. He that hath also is full of words ; a man cannot knowledge, spareth his words, &c. tell what shall be. Eccles. x. 12. 14. Even a fool, when he holdeth his The words of the wise are as goads, peace, is counted wise: he that and as nails fastened by the masters shutteth his lips, is esteemed a man of assemblies.-Eccles. xii. 11. of understanding.-Prov. xvii. 7. 20. I hearkened, and heard ; but they 27, 28.
spake not aright, &c. Jer, viïi. 6. A fool's lips enter into contention : They bent their tongues like their and his mouth calleth for strokes, &c. bow, for lies : but are not valiant for His mouth is his destruction, and his the truth, &c. will not speak the lips the snare of his soul. The words truth; they have taught their tongue of a talebearer (or whisperer) are as to speak lies, &c. Their tongue is wounds, &c. He that answereth a as an arrow shot out, it speaketh matter before he heareth; it is folly deceit. One speaketh peaceably to and shame unto him, &c. Death and his neighbour with his mouth ; but life are in the power of the tongue, in his heart he layeth in wait.&c. The rich man answereth roughly. Jer. ix. 3. 5. 8. Acts vi. 9: 11. 13. -Prov. xviii. 6-8. 13. 21. 23. 1 Kings xxi. 7, 8.
He that speaketh lies shall not The Lord hath' a controversy, &c. escape, &c. he shall perish.—Prov. because there is no truth, &c. By xix. 5. 9.
swearing and lying, &c.-Hosea iv. 1, 2. Whoso keepeth his mouth and his The prudent shall keep silence in tongue, keepeth his soul from troubles. that time, for it is an evil time.-Prov. xxi. 23.
Amos v. 13. A word fitly spoken, is like apples Keep the doors of thy mouth from of gold in pictures of silver.-Prov. her that lieth in thy bosom.-Micah xxv. 11.
vii. 5. Answer not a fool according to his Speak ye every man the truth to folly, lest thou also be like unto him. his neighbour.—Zech. viii. 16. Answer a fool according to his folly, Let your communication be yea, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
yea; nay, nay; for whatsoever is Prov. xxvi. 4, 5.
more than these cometh of evil.Let another man praise thee, not Matt. v. 37. thine own mouth: a stranger, not How can ye, being evil, speak good thine own lips.—Prov. xxvii. 2. things ? for out of the abundance of
A fool uttereth all his mind: but the heart the mouth speaketh. A a wise man keepeth it in till after- good man, out of the good treasure wards. Seest thou a man that is of the heart, bringeth forth good hasty in his words ? there is more things : and an evil man, out of the hope of a fool than of him.—Prov. evil treasure of his heart, bringeth xxix. 11. 20.
forth evil things. But I say unto A time to keep silence, and a time
idle word that men to speak.-Eccles. iii. 7.
shall speak, they shall give account Be not rash with thy mouth : and thereof in the day of judgment : for let not thine heart be hasty to utter by thy words thou shalt be justified ; any thing before God, &c. Let thy and by thy words thou shalt be conwords be few, &c. for in many words demned. --Matt. xii. 34-37.
Every scribe instructed, &c. is like They learn to be idle, &c. and not unto a man that is an householder, only idle, but tattlers also, and busywhich bringeth forth, &c. both new bodies ; speaking things which they and old.—Matt. xiii. 52.
ought not.—1 Tim. v. 13. Those things which proceed out of Doting about questions, and strifes the mouth, come forth from the heart, of words ; whereof cometh envy, and they defile the man.-Matt. xv. 18. strife, railing, &c. perverse disput
And all wondered at the gracious ings of men of corrupt minds, &c.words which proceeded out of his 1 Tim. vi. 4, 5. mouth.—Luke iv. 22.
Charging them before the Lord, Peter (too rashly) said unto Christ, that they strive not about words to Thou shalt never wash my feet. no profit, but to the subverting of John xiii. 8.
the hearers, &c. Shun profane and Ananias and Sapphira lied to the vain babblings, for they will increase Holy Ghost, and were both smitten unto more ungodliness; and their dead.-Acts. v. 1-10.
word will eat as doth a canker, &c. Bless, and curse not.-Rom. xii. 14. But foolish and unlearned questions
In the church I had rather speak avoid, knowing that they do gender five words with my understanding, strifes.—2 Tim. ii. 14. 16, 17. 23. that I might teach others also, than In all things shew thyself a patten thousand words in an unknown tern, &c. Sound speech, that cannot tongue, &c. It is a shame for women be condemned ; that he that is of the to speak in the church.—1 Cor. xiv. contrary part may be ashamed. — 19. 35.
Titus ii. 7. 8. Evil communications corrupt good Speak evil of no man, to be no manners. -1 Cor. xv.
brawlers, &c.—Titus iii. 2. Wherefore putting away lying, Let every man be wift to hear, speaking every man truth with his slow to speak, &c. If any man among neighbour, &c. Let no corrupt com- you seem to be religious, and bridleth munication proceed out of your mouth, not his tongue, but deceiveth his own but that which is good, to the use of heart, this man's religion is vain. edifying (or to edify profitable) that James i. 19. 26. it may minister grace unto the hear If any man offend not in word, the ers : and grieve not the Holy Spirit same is a perfect man, and able also of God, &c. Let all bitterness, &c. to bridle the whole body. Behold, and clamour, and evil speaking be put we put bits in the horses' mouths, &c. away.-Eph. iv. 25. 29–31. The ships, though great, &c. yet are
But fornication, &c. let it not be they turned about with a very small once named amongst you, as bc- helm whithersoever the governor listcometh saints; neither filthiness, nor eth : so the tongue is a little member, foolish talking, nor jesting, which are and boasteth great things, &c. And not convenient.-Eph. v. 3, 4. the tongue is a fire, a world of ini
But now you also put off all these, quity : so is the tongue amongst our &c. blasphemy, filthy communication members, that it defileth the whole out of your mouths. Lie not one to body, and setteth on fire the course another, &c.-Col. ii. 8, 9.
of nature : and it is set on fire of Let your speech be always with hell. For every kind of beast, &c. grace, seasoned with salt, that ye have been tamed of mankind; but may know how ye ought to answer the tongue can no man tame : it is every man.-Col. iv. 6.
an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Neither give heed to fables, &c. Therewith bless we God, even the which minister questions, rather than Father : and therewith curse we men, godly edifying.-1 Tim. i. 4.
&c. Out of the same mouth pro