even as a nurse cherisheth her chil. K God.

things to shame you, but as my be.

seral relati

0, 127.

1. The ho

we reverenc

over us in place of authority, whether in family', church', afíormance or commonwealth.

Q. 125. Why are superiors stiled Father and Mother?

A. Superiors are stiled Father and Mother, both to teach uprin them in all duties towards their inferiors, like natural parents, to express love and tenderness to them, according to their several relations"; and to work inferiors to a greater willingness and cheerfulness in performing their duties gobed to their superiors, as to their parents :

Q. 126. IVhat is the general scope of the fifth commandment?
A. The general scope of the fiftń commandment is, the sileri


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unto us,

2 Kings v. 13. And his servants and admonition of the Lord. 2 Cor

. Es came near, and spake unto him, and xii. 14.–For the children ought not said, My father, if the prophet had tid thee do some great thing, would

to lay up for the parents, but the

parents for the children. 1 Thess. God." est thou not have done it ? how ii. 7. But we were gentle among you, much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

dren. Ver. 8. So, being affectionf 2 Kings ii. 12. And Elisha saw ately desirous of you, we were it, and he cried, My father, my willing to have imparted unta you, father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.—2 Kings xiii. 14.

not the gospel of God only, but also

our own souls, because ye were dear Now Elisha was fallen sick, of his

Ver. 11. As ye know how sickness whereof he died : and Joash

we exhorted, and comforted, and the king of Israel came down unto

charged every one of you, as a father him, and wept over his face, and

doch his children. Numb. xi. 11. said, O my father, my father, the

And Moses said unto the Lord, chariot of Israel, and the horsemen

Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy i apie thereof! Gal. iv. 19. My little

servant ? and wherefore have I not children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed

found favour in thy sight, that thou

layest the burden of all this people 8 Isa. xlix. 23. And kings shall be

upon me? Ver. 12. Have I conceived thy nursing-fathers, and their queens

all this people? have I begotten

them, that thou shouldest say unto thy nursing-mothers : they shall bow down to thee with their face

me, Carry them in thy bosom (as a toward the earth, and lick up the

nursing-father beareth the sucking dust of thy feet, and thou shalt know

child) unto the land which thou that I am the Lord: for they shall

swarest unto their fathers ? not be ashamed that wait for me.

il Cor. iv, 14. I write not these 125. b Eph. vi. 4. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath:

loved sons I warn you. Ver. 15. For but bring them up in the nurture

though ye have ten thousand instruc-
tors in Christ, yet have ye not many

in you.

fathers :

performance of those duties which we mutually owe in our several relations, as inferiors, superiors, or equals *.

Q. 127. What is the honour that inferiors owe to their superiors ?

A. The honour which inferiors owe to their superiors is, all due reverence in heart', word.", mn, and behaviour"; prayer

and thanksgivingforthemo; imitationoftheirvirtues and graces P; willing obedience to their lawful commands and counsels 9;



fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have for Adonijah; and the king rose up begotten you through the gospel. to meet her, and bowed himself un. Ver. 16. Wherefore I beseech

you, to her, and sat down on his throne, be ye fullowers of me.

2 Kings and caused a seat to be set for the v. 13. (See letters]

king's mother; and she sat on his 126.

Eph. v. 21. Submitting right hand. yourselves one to another in the 01 Tim. ii. 1. I exhort therefear of God. 1 Pet. ii. 17. Honour fore, that, first of all, supplications, all men. Love the brotherhood. prayers, intercessions, and giving of Fear God.

Honour the king. thanks, be made for all men : Ver. 2. Rom, xii. 10. Be kindly affectioned

For kings, and for all that are in one to another with brotherly love; authority; that we may lead a quiet in honour preferring one another.

and peaceable life in all godliness 127. I Mal. i. 6. A son honoureth and honesty. his father, and a servant his master ;

P Heb. xiii. 7. Remember them if then l be a father, where is mine

which have the rule over you, who honour? and if I be a master, where

have spoken unto you the word of my fear? caith the Lord of hosts God: whose faith follow, considering unto you, O priests, that despise my

the end of their conversation. Phil. name: and ye say, Wherein have iii. 17. Brethren, be followers toge. we despised thy name? Lev. xix. 3.

ther of me, and mark them which Ye shall fear every man his mother

walk so, as ye have us for an ensample. and his father, and keep my sabbaths:

. Eph. vi. 1. Children, obey your I am the Lord


parents in the Lord; for this is . Prov. xxxi. 28. Her children right. Ver. 2. Honour thy father arise up, and call her blessed ; her

and mother, (which is the first comhusband also, and he praiseth her,

mandment with promise.) Ver. 5. A Pet. iii. 6. Even as Sara obeyed Servants, be ebedient to them that Abraham, calling him lord: whose

are your masters according to the daughters ye are as long as ye do flesh, with fear and trembling, in wel, and are not afraid with any singleness of your heart, as unto

Christ : Ver. 6. Not with eye-serLev. xix. 32. Thou shalt rise up

vice, as men-pleasers, but as the . before the hoary head, and honour

servants of Christ, doing the will the face of the old man, and fear thy

of God from the heart;

Ver. 7. God: I am the Lord. ü. 19. Bathsheba therefore went un.

1 Kings With good-will doing service, as

to the Lord, and not to king Solomon, to speak unto him

1 Pet. ii. 13. Subnit yourselves








Prov. xxiii. 22. Hearken unto thy die, because ye have not kept your

due submission to their corrections"; fidelity to', defence', and maintenance of their persons and authority, according

to to every ordinarce o! man for the father that begat thee, and despise Lord's sake: whether it be to the

not thy mother when she old. king, as supreme; Ver. 14. Or unto Exod. xviii. 19. Hearken now unto governors, as urto them that are

my voice, I will give thee counsel, sent by him for the purishment of and God shall lie with thee. Ver. 24. evil-doers, and for the praise of

S. Moses hearkened to the voice of them that do well. Rom. xii. l.

his father-in-law, and did all that he Het every soul be subject uito the had said. higher powers. For there is no Heb. xii. 9. Furthermore, power but of God: the powers

have had fathers of our Aesh which that be ordained of God.

corrected us, and we gave them Ver. 2. Whosoever therefo:e re

reverence: shall we not much rather sisteth the power, resis:eth the ordinance of God: aid they that resist spirits, and live? 1 Pet. ii

. 18. Ser

be in subjection unto the Father of shall receive to themselves damnation. Ver. 3. For rulers are not a terror

vants, be subject to your masters

with all fear, not only to the good to good works, but to the evil.

and gentle, but also to the froward. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the

Ver. 19. For this is thank-worthy, if power ? do that which is good, and

a man for conscience toward God' Thou shalt have praise of the same :

endure grief, suffering wrongfully. Ver. 4. For he is the minister of

Ver. 20. For what glory is it

, if God to thee for good. But if thou

when ye be buffeted for your faults do that which is evil, be afraid; for

ye shall take it patiently but if he beareth not the sword in vain : when


do well, and suffer for it, ye for he is the minister of God, a

take it patiently; this is acceptable revenger to execute wrath upon

with God. him that doeth evil. Ver. 5. Where

s Tit. ü. 19. Exhort servants to be fore ye must needs be subject, not

obedient unto their own masters, and only for wrath, but also for con

to please them well in all things; not science' sake. Heb. xiii . 17. Obey answering again

. Ver. !0. Not puro them that have the nile over you, and submit yourselves: for they

loining, but she wing all good fidelity; watch for your souls, as they that

that they may adorn the doctrine of

God our Saviour in ail things. must give accoumt; that they may do it with joy, atd. not with grief;

ti Sam, xxvi, 15. And David said for that is inprofitable for you.

to Abner, Art not thou a valiant Prov. iv. 3. For I was my father's

man? and who is like to thee in Is

rael? wherefore then hast thou not son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. Ver. 4. He

kept thy lord the king? for there taught me also, and said unto me,

came one of the people in to destroy Let thine heart retain my words:

the king thy lord. Ver. 16. This keep my commandments, and live,

As the Lord liveth, ye are worthy to

thing is not good that thou hast done.

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to their several ranks, and the nature of their places"; bearing with their infirmities, and covering them in love", that so they may be an honour to them and to their government",

Q. 128. TVhat are the sins of inferiors against their superiors?

A. The sins of inferiors against their superiors are, ali neglect of the duties required toward them"; envying


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master, the Lord's anointed. 2 Sam. there will I nourish' thee, (for yet
. 3. But the people answered,

there are five years of famine, lese Thou shalt not go forth: for if we

thou, and thy househoid, and all flee away, they will not care for us;

that thou hast, cove to poverty: neither if half of us die, will they

Gen. xlvii. 12. A::d Joseph nourished care for us: but now thou art worth

his father, and his brethren, and all ten thousand of us; therefore now it

his father's household, with bread, , is better that thou succour us out of according to their families. the city. Esther vi. 2. And it was

W 1 Pet. ii. 18. Servants, be sub- found written, that Mordecai had jeci iü your musicro

yil !l fear, told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of

not only to the good and gentle, hat the king's chamberlains, the keepers

also to the froward. Prov. xxiii. 22. of the door, who sought to lay hand

Hearken unto thy father that begat on the king Ahasuerus.

thee, and despise not thy mother " Mat. xxii. 21. They say unto

when she is old. Gen, ix. 23. And him, Cesar's. Then saith he unto

Shem and Japheth took a garmerit, them, Render therefore unto Cesar

and laid it upon both their shoulders, the things which are Cesar's; and

and went backward, and covered: unto God the things that are God's.

the nakedness of their father; and Rom. xiii. 6. For, for this cause pay

their faces were buickward, and you tribute also; for they are Gou's

they saw not their father's nakedministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Ver. 7. Render * Psal. cxxvi. 3. 1.2, children are therefore to all their dues : tribute

an heritage of the Lord; and the to whom tribute is due, custom to

fruit of the womb is lis reward. whom custom, fear to whom fear, Ver. 4. As arrows are in the hund honour to whom honour.

1 Tin. of a mighty m.n; so are children of v. 17. Let the elders that rule. well

the youth. Ver. 5. Huppy is the be counted worthy of double liono:r,

man that hath his quiver full of them: especially they who labour in the

they shall not be ashanted, but they word and doctrine. Ver. 18. For

shall speak with the enemies in the the scripture saith, Thou shalt not

gate. Prov. XX*!. 23. Her hus and muzzle the ox that treadeth out the

is known in the gates, when he sit. corn: and, The labourer is worthy

tet? among the elders of the land. of his reward. Gal. vi. 6. Let him

128, Y Mat. xv, 4. For God comthat is taught in the word communi mauded, saying, lionour thy father cate unto him that teacheth in ail

and mother; and, He that curseth good things. Gen. xlv. 11. And

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death. Ver. 5. But ye say, Whoso. save us? And they despised him, and ever shall say to his father or his mo. brought him no presents: but he ther, it is a gift, by whatsoever thou

held his peace. mightest be profited by me; Ver. 6. ei Sam. ii. 25.-NotwithstandAnd honour not his father or his mo. ing they (viz. the sons of Eli) ther, he shall be free. Thus have hearkened not unto the voice of ye made the commandment of God their father, because the Lord would of none effect by your tradition.

slay them. Numb. xi. 28. And Joshua the f Deut. xxi. 18. If a man have a son of Nun, the servant of Moses, stubborn and rebellious son, which one of his young men, answered and will not obey the voice of his father

, said, My lord Moses, forbid them. or the voice of his mother, and that, Ver. 29. And Moses said unto him,

when they have chastened him, will Enviest thou for my sake? Would

not hearken unto them; Ver. 19. God that all the Lord's people were

Then shall his father and his mother prophets, and that the Lord would lay hold on him, and bring hini out put his Spirit upon them.

unto the elders of his city, and unto al Sam. viii. 7. And the Lord

the gate of his place: Ver. 20. And said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the

they shall say unto the elders of his voice of the people in all that they

city, This our son is stubborn and say unto thee: for they have not sebellious, he will not obey our rejected thee, but they have rejected

voice; he is a glutton and a drunk. me, that I should not reign over


Ver. 21. And all the men of them. Isa. iii. 5. And the people shall be oppressed, every one by

his city shall stone him with stones,

that he die: so shalt thou put evil another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself shall hear, and fear.

away from among you; and all Israel proudly against the ancient, and the 8 Prov. XXX. 11. There is a gene. base against the honourable.

ration that curseth their father, and b2 Sam. xv. from Verse 1. to 12.

doth not bless their mother. Ver. 17. And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots, and

The eye that mocketh at his father, horses, 65.

and despiseth to obey his mother, the C Exod. xxi. 15. And he that smit.

ravens of the valley shall pick it out, eth his father or his mo her shall

and the young eagles shall eat it.

h Prov. xix. 26. He that wasteth surely be put to death. di Sam. x. 27. But the children

his father, and chaseth away his mo; of Belial said, How shall this man

ther, is a son that causeth shane, and bringeth reproach.

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