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with the tongue.
V.31. The ear that beareth the reproof of life, abideih
among Prov.17.10. i reproof entroth more into a wife
man, ihan an hundred ftripes into a fool. Prov.28.23. He that rebuketh a man, afterwards
shall find more favour lhan be that flattereth Eph.5.11. And have no fellow hip with the in
fruitful works of darkneß, but rather reprove
them, Mat.18.15. Moreover if thy brother shall treffus against thee,
go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone, if he shall hear thee, thos hast gained thy brother. V.16. But if he shall not bear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be effa.
blished. V.17. And if he shall neglect to hear them, telit
unto the church, but if he neglect to hear the Church, let him be unto thee, as an Heatbes man and a Publican.
Cannot beccer begin chis Chapter, than by
sercing down that strict charge the Apostle directs Timothy to give co rich mien, in 1 Tim 6, | 17, 18, 19. Charge them that are rich in this world (He saies not intreat or perswade them, but charge them, charge it mpon their consciences) that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth res richly all things to enjoy. V.18. That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicati. V. 19. Laying wp in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
From this and other Scriptures, we may ga. tber, thac the duties chac concern chc rich, are these following.
1. They ought to look to it, and be especially careful that they be really religious and truly Godly. They have many great engagements to it: God hath dealt bountifully with them: The things of this world serve them, and flow in onto them. When poor people must take pains and
. work hard to earn their bread, before they eat ic: They have their Tables spread to their hands. God hath raised them above many of their Bre. thren, and therefore they ought to honour, love, and obey him from whose bounty alone chey receive all their plency. And as they have greater engagements, so they have greater opportunities and advantages to be religious than others have. They may spend more time opon cheit fonks than poor people can. They have more lei. fure ( if they have hearis so co employ it) to attend che means of Grace, and to work out their falvation. They should consider, chough they are rich in this world, yet there is anos ber world that is to be look'd after. Though they enjoy che good things of this life, yec chere is a life * come which must be car'd for. Though they are eacreafdwich worldly goods, yet if they have all their portion here, they are most miserable. Secing 'cis well with them here on earth, their main design should be co secure their state in Grace, and their title to Heaven. They should abou all things be careful to lay hold on eternal life. This life chey cannot bold, nor their riches, estates, and possessions here: They fhould chere fore lay bold on that which chey may hold, and which will never fail them. They should be wise as to eakc the right course to be beirs of
Kingdom of Heaven; that when they must bid farewell to this life, and their estates here, they may enter opon that glorious inheritance. And yet strange it is to see how this one thing absolutely necessary is neglected by far the greater part of chem that are rich in this world. In chose places where Silver and Gold are found ( they Tay) there groweth neither grele nor plant, nor ocher thing that is any thing worth. Many rich mens hearts are as barren of true Piety, as those countries are of grasse : Feb (peaking of ruch, saies, Chap.21.13. They end their duies in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave, 1.14. Therefore they say unto God depart from us, for we desire not the knowledge of thy waies. v.15. What is the Almighty shat we should ferove him? find what profit should we have, if we pray unto, Erim ? 'Tis grown almost into a Proverb, a ittle Religion goes far in a rich man or Gentleman. low do such persons usually bleß themselyesin few formal outward performances of religious lucies? And if they live not in the greffe defilerents and pollutions of the world, buc are of a air and civil conversacion 46 to men, how easily
as 2:30 they dispense with themselves from engaging in the stricter and more serious parts of Religion ? Nay, those things wherein the life and vower of Godlineffe consists, are (too often) natter of their scorn; and fighted and neglected by them as more ado chan needs. And thus it
often happens that they that have fulnesje of estate, have leannesle of soul, as 'cis, Pfal.106.15
, And they that are well provided for in this life
. E take no due care to provide for eternity, nor lo lay up for themselves a good foundation against the rime to come, i Tim.6.19. They chat should be examples of Piety and goodnesle co those among whom they live, and by their power, wealth and F greatnesse should countenance and promote the power of Godlineffe, prove many cimes the greaceft discouragers of it. Solomon observed chis as a fore evil under the Sun, Eccles.5.13. Riches kept for the owners thereof 10 their batt
.. And noc only for their hurt, but the hurt of w many others round about them. Many could ne le ver have been such great finners, and dishonon ar ers of God, if they had noc had so great states.
al 11. They ought to be exceeding thankful untis God. The more God hath bestowed upon ther.co the greater is cheir debt of thankfulnefle, and to the greater is their duty of obedience. If the Lord en hath lifted them up, if he hath shined upon the Tabernacle, and given them power to get wealth as 'cis, Deut.8.28. Let chem not facrifice to th: ? own net , to cheir own wit or wisdom, theo own labour or industry, but thankfully ackoor ledge his favour, whose blessing maketh rich Prov. 10.23: Lec chem consider, Promo cometh neither from the East, nor from the 17