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hak coins, f usury, or by any other way forbidden by God; as 147 also all g covetousness, all abuse and waste of his gifts.
f Psa. 15. 5. Luke 6. 35. & 1 Cor. 6. 10. Q. 111. But what doth God require in this command ?
A. That I promote the advantage of my neighbour in I say 4 every instance I can or may; and deal with him as 1 h de
sire to be dealt with by others : further also that I faithLink fully labour, so that I i may be able to relieve the needy.
h Mat. 7. 12. i Prov. 5. 16. Eph. 4. 29.
A. That I bear false witness a against no man ; nor falsily b any man's words; that l be no backbiter, c nor slanderer ; that I do not judge, or join d in contemning any man rashly, or unheard ; but that I e avoid all sorts of lies and deceit, as the proper works f of the devil, unless I would bring down upon me the heavy wrath of Goil: likewise that in judgment and all other dealings I love tlie truth, speak it uprightly g and confess it; also that I defend and promote, h as much as I am able, the honour and good character of my neighbour.
a Prov. 19. 5, 9. and 21. 28. 6 Psa. 15. 3. c Rom. 1. 29, 30. d Mat. 7. 1, &c. Luke 6. 37. e Lev. 19. 11. f Prov. 12. 22. and 13.5. & 1 Cor, 13. 6. Eph. 4. 25. h 1 Pet. 4. 8.
XLIV. LORD'S DAY. Q. 113. What doth the tenth commandment require of us ?
A. That even the smallest inclination or thought, contrary to any of God's commands, never rise in our hearts; but that at all times we hate all sin'with our whole hearts, a and delight in all righteousness.
a Roin. 7. 7, &c. Q. 114. But can those, who are converied to God, perfectly keep these commands ?
A. No: but even the holiest men, while in this life, have only small beginnings of this b obedience; yet so, that with a c sincere resolution, they begin to live, not only according to some, but all the cominanils of God.
b Rom 7. 14. c Rom. 7. 22, 15, &c. Jarpes 3. 2. R. 115. Why will God then have the ten commands so strictly preached, since no man in this life can keep them?
A. First : that all our life time, we may learn d more and more to know our sinful nature, and thus become the more earnest in seeking the remission of sin, e and righteousness in Christ; likewise, that we constantly endeavour and pray to God for the grace of the holy spirit; that we may become more and more conformable to the image of God, till we arrive at the perfection proposed to us, in a life to come.f
d I Joba 1.9. Rom. 3. 20. and 5. 13. and 7. 7. e Rom.7.24. fi Cor. 2.21. Bil. 3. 12, 13, 14.
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A. Because it is the chief part of a thankfulness which God requires of us : and also because God will give his grace and holy spirit to those only, who with sincere desires continually ask them of him, and b are thankful for them. a Psa. 50. 14, 15. b Mat. 7. 7, 8. Luke 11. 9, 13. Mat. 13. 12. Psa. 50. 15.
Q. 117. What are the requisites of that prayer, which is acceptable to God, and which he will hear ?
A. First, that we from the heart pray to the one true God only, who hath c manifested himself in his word, for all things, he hath commanded us to ask of him: d secondly, that we rightly and thoroughly know our need and misery, that so we may e deeply humble ourselves in the presence of his divine majesty : thirdly, that we be fully persuaded that he, notwithstanding we are f unworthy of it, will, for the sake of Christ our Lord, certainly g hear our prayer, as he has h promised us in his word.
c Jolin 4. 22, 23. d Rom. 8. 26. 1 John 5. 14. e Joha 4. 23, 24. Psa. 145. 18. f 2 Chron. 20. 12. g Psa. 2. 11. and 34. 18, 19. Isa. 66. 2. h Rom. 10. 13. and 3. 15, 16. James 1. 6, &c. John 14. 13. Dan. 9. 17, 18. Mat. 7. 8. Psa. 143. 1.
Q. 118. What hath God commanded us to ask of bim?
A. All i things necessary for soul and body; which Christ our Lord has comprised in that prayer, he himselfj has taught us.
i James 1. 17. Mat. 6. 33. j Mat. 6. 9, 10, &c. Luke 11. 2, &c. Q. 119. What are the words o Sthat prayer ?
Å. Our father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us d'her debts, as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into
temptation ; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kinge don, the power, and the glory, for ever. AMEN.
XLVI. LORD'S DAY.
A. That immediately, in the very beginning of our prayer, he might excite in us a child-like reverence for, and confidence in God, which are the foundation of our prayer : namely, that God is become our Father in Christ,a and will much less deny us what we ask of him in true faith, than our parents will refuse us earthly things.
a Mat. 6. 9. b Mat. 7. 9, 10, 11. Luke 11. 11. Isa. 49. 15. Q. 121. Why is it here added, “ IV hich art in heaven?”
A. Lest we should form any c earthly conceptions of God's heavenly majesty, and that we d may expect from his almighty power all things necessary for soul and body. c Jer. 23. 24. d Acts 17. 24. Rom. 10. 12.
»------XLVII. LORD'S DAY. Q. 122. Which is the first petition ?
A. a “Hallowed be thy name ;" that is, grant us first rightly b to know thee, and to c sanctify, glorify and praise thee, in all thy works, in which thy power, wisdom, goodness, justice, mercy and truth, are clearly displayed; and further also, that we may so order and direct our whole lives, our thoughts, words and actions, that thy name may never be blasphemed, but rather d honoured and praised on our account.
a Mat. 6. 9. b John 17. 3. Jer. 9. 23, 24. Mat. 16. 17. James 1.5; € Psa. 119. 137, 138. Luke 1 46. Psa. 145.8, 9. d Psa. 115. 1. and 71. 8.
XLVIII. LORD'S DAY.
A. a“ Thy kingdom come;" that is, rule us so hy thy word and spirit, that we may b submit ourselves more and more to thee; preserve anii c increase thy church; destroy the d works of the devil, and all violence which would exalt itself against thee; and also, all wicked counsels devised against thy holy word; till the full e per
a Mat. 6. 10. b Mat. 6. 33. Psa, 119. 5. c Psa. 51. 18. di John 3.. & Rom, 16, 20. e Rev. 22. 17, 20.
fection of thy kingdom take place, f wherein thou shalt be all in all.
fi Cor. 15. 28.
XLIX. LORD'S DAY. Q. 124. Which is the third petition ?
A. a Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven ;" that is, grant that we and all men may rénounce b our own will, and without murmuring c obey thy will, which is only good ; that so every one may attend to and d perform the duties of his station and calling as willingly and faithfully, as the e angels do in heaven.
a Mat. 6. 10. b Mat. 16. 24. Tit. 2. 12. Luke 22. 42. 1 Cor. 7. 24. Eph. 4. 1. e Psa. 105, 20.
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L. LORD'S DAY.
A. a “Give us this day our daily bread;" that is, be pleased to provide us with all things b necessary for the body, that we may thereby acknowledge thee to be the only fountain of all c good, and that neither our care nor industry, nor even thy gifts can d profit us without thy blessing; and therefore that we may withdraw our trust from all creatures, and place e it alone in thee.
a Mat. 6. 11. b Psa. 145. 15. Mat. 6, 25, &c. c Acts 17. 25. and 14. 17. d 1 Cor. 15. 58. Deut. 8. 3. Psa. 127. 1, 2. e Psa. 62. 11. and 55. 22.
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LI. LORD'S DAY. R. 126. Which is the fifth petition ?
A. a“ And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors;" that is, be pleased for the sake of Christ's blood, b not to impute to us poor sinners, our transgressions, nor that lepravity, which always cleaves to us; even as we feel this evidence of thy grace in us, that it is our firm resolution, from the heart to c forgive our neighbour. a Mat. 6. 12. 6 Psa. 51. 1. 1 John 2. 1, 2. Mat. 6. 14, 15.
...... LII. LORD'S DAY. Q. 127. Which is the sixth petition?
A. a " And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil ;" that is, since we are so weak in ourselves, that we can
a Mat. 6. 13.
not stand b a moment; and besides this, since our mortal enemies, c the devil, the d world, and our own e tiesh cease not to assault us; do thou therefore preserve and strengthen us by the power of thy holy spirit, that we may not be overcome in this spiritual warfare; f but constantly and strenuously may resist our foes, till at last weg obtain a complete victory.
b Rom. 8. 26. Psa. 103. 14. c 1 Pet. 5. 8. d Eph. 6. 12. John 15. 19. c Roin. 7. 23. Gal. 5. 17. f Mat. 26. 41. Mark 13. 33. g 1 Thes. 3. 13, and 5. 23. Q. 128. How dost thou conclude thy prayer
? A. h“ For thin is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever;" that is, all these we ask of three, because thou, being our King and Almighty, art wilbug and able to i give us all good; and all this we pray for, that thereby not we, but thy holy name j may be glorified for ever.
h Mat. 6. 13. i Rom. 10. 12. 2 Pet. 2. 9. j Joha 14. 13. Psa. 115. 1. Phil. 4. 20.
Q. 129. What doth the word “ Amen" signify ?
A. k “ Amen" signiñes, it shall truly and certainly be: for my prayer is more assuredly heard of God, than I feel in my heart that I desire these things of him.
k 2 Cor. 1. 20. 2 Tim. 2. 13,
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may be delivered from all my sins and miseries : the third, how I shak express my gratitude to God for such deliverance,
THE FIRST PART.
OF THE MISERY OF MAN.
A. That is contained in the ten commandments, which he hath revealed in scripture, as follows:
Exodus xx. and Deut. 5. 4, 5, &c. I am the Lord thy God, which have brought tree out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
1. Com. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.