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Levit. xix. 11.
Te shall not feal, &c.
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.
OBJECT. Act. iv. 32.
2. The Poffeffors sold the Land, and brought it to the Apostles, ver. 34, 35.
3. Peter tells Ananias, his Lands were his own,
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.
4. The Civil Law. III. Who are guilty of ir? 1. Such as violently take any Thing from
. That intend it.
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.
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