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by Birch and Todd from Milton's MSS. is AHAB; beginning at the synod of false prophets. Of councils, however, composed as he supposes them to have been in the early times of Christianity, he speaks otherwise, Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, Prose Works, I. 338, 339.

P. 502. 15-18. The same interpretation of 1 Cor. v. 5. is given in the Treatise of Civil Power, &c. III. 345.

P. 631. 35. Respecting abstinence from self-commendation, except where the occasion requires it. See Milton's spirited account of himself, in reply to the calumnies circulated against his character, Defensio Secunda pro Populo Anglicano, V. 229. Nunc quoniam iste congestis in me tot una serie mendaciis, apud exteros infamem reddere conatus est, peto ne quis rem secus interpretetur, aut in invidiam trahat, neve moleste ferat, si de me plura quam vellem et dixi supra, et porro dicam: ut si oculos a cæcitate, nomen ab oblivione aut calumnia non possum, vitam tamen possim ab ea saltem obscuritate quæ cum macula sit, in lucem vindicare, &c.


P. 700. 16, &c. Compare the Treatise of Civil Power, &c. III. 322. Chiefly for this cause do all true protestants account the pope antichrist, for that he assumes to himself this infallibility over both the conscience and the Scripture.'

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and Psal. xxxiii. 12. blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah. Prov. xi. 11. by the blessing of the upright the city is exalted. xiv. 34. righteousness exalteth a nation. xxviii. 2. for the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof. See also Isai. iii. and xxiv. xlviii. 18. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! See also Jer. v. Ezek. vii.

The consequences of impiety to nations are described, Isai. iii. 7. in my house is neither bread nor clothing, make me not a ruler of the people. lvii. 9, 10, 13. thou wentest to the king with ointment-. Hos. v. 13. when Ephraim saw his sickness, &c. vii. 11, 12. Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart-. xii. 1. Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind-. Habak. ii. 12. woe to him that buildeth a town with blood.

PUBLIC ECCLESIASTICAL DUTIES consist in the reciprocal obligations of ministers, and of the church considered collectively and individually.

THE DUTIES OF MINISTERS TOWARDS THE CHURCH IN GENERAL, AND TOWARDS INDIVIDUAL BELIEVERS IN PARTICULAR, are stated in the first book, in the chapter on ministers. Towards the church in general: Jer. i. 7, 8. say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, &c. v. 17-19. gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee. xv. 10, 11. woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth. xviii. 19, &c. remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them. xx. 7, &c. thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived... I am in derision daily. Isai. lviii. 1. cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression. Ezek. ii. 6. thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, &c. iii. 8, 9. behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces-. xxxiii. 2-31.

What makes a nation happy, and keeps it so,
What ruins kingdoms, and lays cities flat;
These only with our law best form a king.

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speak to the children of thy people, &c. Matt. iv. 19. follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. viii. 21, 22. suffer me first to go and bury my father; but Jesus said unto him, Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead. ix. 11. why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? but when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. v. 36. he was moved with compassion on them, because they were scattered abroad. x. 14. whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, &c. xiii. 52. every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. xviii. 12. if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, &c. Acts xiii. 51. they shook off the dust of their feet against them. xviii. 6. selves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them-. 2 Cor. ii. 17. we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God, but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. 1 Thess. ii 5. neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, Tit. ii. 7. in all things showing thyself a pattern of good works.

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Opposed to the above are the ignorant, the slothful, the timid, flatterers, the dumb, false teachers, the covetous, the ambitious. Isai. ix. 15. the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. Ezek. xliv. 8. ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves; as was done by bishops formerly, and is not unfrequently practised by magistrates in the present day, thus depriving the people of their privilege of election. Isai. lvi. 10. his watchmen are blind, &c. For an example of flatterers, see 2 Chron. xviii. 5. the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred men, &c. Neh. vi. 12. lo, I perceived that God had not sent him. Jer. ii. 8. the priests said not, Where is Jehovah? v. 14. because ye speak this word, &c. v. 31. the prophets prophesy falsely. vi. 13, 14. from the least of them even unto the greatest, &c. viii. 9. lo, they have rejected the word of Jehovah, and what wisdom is in them? x. 21. the pastors are become brutish. xiv. 13-15, 18. thus saith Jehovah concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, &c.

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