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Levit. xix. 11.

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THAT is it to

Fraudulenty to take away or withhold another Man's Goods without his

Knowledge and Will. 1. God hath the absolute Propriety in, and is the first Owner of all Things in the World, Gen. xiv. 19.

2. He is pleased to put fome Things into the Hands of Men to dispose of and manage under bim.

1. For the Employment of their Faculties. 2. For the maintaining of their outward Man. $ For their Trial here, in order to their Estate

hereafter. 3. He entrusts all with something, but not all alike ; but some more, some less, Matt. XXV. T.

4. Every one hath a real and particular Title, under GOD, to the Goods entrusted with him, so that they are not common, as the Fratrisellians and Anabaptists hold. 1. We are commanded not to cover our Neigh

bour's House 2. To give to him that asketh, Matt. V.42.

A&, XX. 35. 3: St. Paul laboured, AF. XX. 34. 1 Thes. ii. 9.


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OBJECT. Act. iv. 32.
Answ. 1. It is said that he poffeffed.

2. The Poffeffors sold the Land, and brought it to the Apostles, ver. 34, 35.

3. Peter tells Ananias, his Lands were his own,

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There was a Communication of Estates to one another, but no Community in Estates.

Omnia indiscreta sunt apud nos præter uxores, Tertul. Apol.

Not as that all Things were Common' as to the right Title and Possellion, but to the Use and Enjoyment.

s. He that taketh away or withholdeth what another hath a civil Right unto, ftealeth.

To Theft then is required, 1. That a Man take away, or withhold, 2. Any Thing that another hath a civil

Right to, whether Common or Sacred, Mal. iii. 8. 3. Without his Knowledge, and contrary

to his Will. II. How appears the Greatness of the Sin ?

1. It is against the Law of God, Eph. iv. 28.
2. The Law of Nature, Matt. yii. 12.
3. The Law of Nations.

4. The Civil Law. III. Who are guilty of ir? 1. Such as violently take any Thing from

2. That do bus cover it. Command. X.

. That intend it.
4. That do any Injury to anothers Estate.

5. That s. That use unlawful Means for the ad

vancing of their own, by the Dimniution of anothers Estate ; as by, 1. Lying 2. Perjury 3.

Defrauding, 1 Tbel. iv. 6. 6. That withhold the Labourer's Hire,

Fac. V.4. 7. That do not endeavour what they can to

preserve anothers Estate, 8. That do not relieve the Poor, Luk. xvi. 2.

Matt. XXV. 14. 9. That consent with Thieves, Psal. 1. 18.

Prov. xxix. 24• 1. Before the Ad, by counselling them to it,

I Reg. xxi. 7. 8. Prov. i. 11, 12, 13. 2. Diređing them in it. 2. In the Theft. 1. By aiding, Isaiab i. 23. 2. Not hindring it. 3. After it. 1. By receiving stolen Goods to keep for the

Thief. 2. By buying them for himfelf. 3. By concealing from others the Thief,

or the Theft, or stolen Goods. 10. A Man may be a Thief in God's Account, by abusing and robbing his own Estate; as, 1. That through Idleness he doth not en

deavour lawfully to preserve and en

crease it, Ecclef. iv. 5: 2. If through Prodigality he lavish it a

way, Prov. xxi. 17. 3. If through Niggardliness he robs and

denies himself the Enjoyment of it, Ecclef. ii. 26.





Avoid this Sin. 1. God hates it, Pfal. I. 17, 18, 21, 22.

2. It is a crossing and opposing the Order and Providence of God.

3: Who are once infected with it, can scarce be brought off from it.

4. Theft will never make a Man the richer, Male parta, male dilabuntur.

s. But the poorer, bringing a Curse on what he hath.

6. If discovered it will bring you to Temporal;

7. Howsoever to an eternal Death, 1 Cor. 6.

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1. Repent of what ye have done in this

2. Refrain the Company of Thieves.
3. Wean your Minds from Earth.
4. Often think of the Judgment-Day.


LEVIT. xix. 11.

Nor deal falfly, nor lie one to another. 1 WHAT

THAT is it to deal fallly? That is,

to do contrary to our Promises and Professions. 1. To God. 1. By not performing what we promised,

Numb. XXX. 2. Eccles. V: 5. Pfal. Ixxvi. II. 2. By not loving and desiring him as we

pretend. 3. By not worshipping and serving him as

we make shew of, Ezek. xxxiii. 31. 4. By not living up to the Gospel we pro

fels, 2 Tim. ii. 9. But consider, 1. God deals truly with you. 2. He will not be mocked, Gal. vi. 7. 3.

If you deal fally with him, he will deal

juftly with you. 2. To our Neighbours. 1. Pretending to love, when we hate them,

Psal. xxviii. 3. Fer. ix. 8. 2. To do them good, when we strive to in

jure them. 3. By defrauding and cozening them in

our dealing with them, i Thef. iv. 6. Consider, 1. Whatsoever we defraud our Neighbour

of, tho' it be' in our Posseffion, 'tis not

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