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• the wicked flee when no man pursueth. xxix. 25.
the fear of man bringeth a snare.' Isai. xli. 13, 14. • fear not, thou worm Jacob.' Neh. vi. 11. should such a man as I flee ? Matt. xxiv. 6. ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars : see that ye be not troubled. Rev. xxi. 8. the fearful and upbelieving .... shall have their part in the lake that burneth
Secondly, rashness, which consists in exposing ourselves to danger unnecessarily. 'Prov. xiv. 16. 6a wise man feareth and departeth from evil; but the fool rageth, and is confident.' This fault is exemplified in Amaziah, 2 Kings xiv. 3. come, let us look one another in the face ;' and in Josiah, 2 Chron. xxxv. 20-22. " he sent ambassadors unto him, saying ..... nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him- Christ has taught us to avoid it by his example. John vii. 1. he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. xi. 53, 54. • Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews. Matt. x. 23. · when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another.'
Patience consists in the endurance of misfortunes and injuries. Psal. lxix. 7. for thy sake I have borne reproach, shame hath covered my face.' Prov. xi. 12. " he that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour ; but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.' xvii. 27. he that hath knowledge spareth his words, and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. xix. 11. the discretion of a man deferreth his anger.' Eccles. vii. 21. 6 also take no heed unto all words that are spoken, lest thou hear thy servant curse thee.' Isai. 1. 7, 8. • I have set my face like a flint—' Matt. v. 39. • Resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee
on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.' I Cor. vi. 7. 'why do ye not rather take wrong ? 1 Thess. v. 14. be patient towards all men.' See above on patience towards God. Compensation for injuries, nevertheless, is occasionally exacted even by pious men. Acts xvi. 37. they have beaten us openly uncondemned,' &c.
The opposites to this are, first, impatience and effeminacy of temper. Prov. xxiv. 10. “if thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.'
Secondly, an hypocritical patience, which voluntarily inflicts upon itself unnecessary evils. This is exemplified in the prophets of Baal, 1 Kings xviii. 28. they cut themselves after their manner with knives;' and in the flagellations of the modern Papists.
Lastly, a stoical apathy ; for sensibility to pain, and even lamentations, are not inconsistent with true patience; as may be seen in Job and the other saints, when under the pressure of affliction.*
* This distinction is well illustrated in the character of Samson, through out the drama which bears that name.
OF THE DUTIES OF MAN TOWARDS HIS NEIGHBOUR,
AND THE VIRTUES COMPREHENDED UNDER THOSE
HITHERTO we have treated of the duties of charity and justice owing from man to himself ; we are next to consider the same virtues as exercised towards our neighbour.
Charity towards our neighbour consists in loving him as ourselves. Lev. xix. 18. “thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself; I am Jehovah.' 1 John iv. 11. • beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also: to love one another. Under the name of neighbour are comprehended all to whom we have the opportunity of rendering service or assistance. Luke x. 36, 37.
which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him ?" he that showed mercy on him ;' as in the present instance the Samaritan showed mercy on the Jew, although estranged from him in so many respects.
Chiefly however believers : Gal. vi. 10. 6 as we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all
men, especially unto them that are of the household of faith ;' inasmuch as, in addition to the ordinary tie of affinity, we are connected with them by a spiritual bond : Eph. iv. 3. endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.' Next in degree are those most closely allied to us by relationship or friendship. Rom. ix. 3. • I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh; who are Israelites1 Tim. v. 4. let them learn first to show piety at home, and to requite their parents ; for that is good and acceptable before God.'
Even our enemies are not to be excluded from the exercise of our charity, inasmuch as they are not excluded from our prayers. Exod. xxiii. 4, 5. if thou meet thine enemy's ox or ass going astray,' &c. Prov. xxv. 21, 22. “if thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink ; for thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and Jehovah shall reward thee.' See also Rom. xii. 14, 20. Matt. v. 44. love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you—.' Matt. vi. 15. “if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.' Luke xxii. 51. he touched his ear and healed him.' xxiii. 34. Father, forgive thema' Rom. xii. 17. recompense to no man evil for evil.' v. 21. be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.' 1 Thess. v. 15. see that none render evil for evil unto any man.' 1 Pet. iii. 9. not rendering evil for evil.' We are taught the same by the example of God himself. Matt. v. 44. love your enemies ..... that ye may be the children of your Father which is in
heaven. Rom. v. 8. «God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.'
The opposite of this virtue is, first, uncharitableness towards our neighbour. James ii. 15, 16. if a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,' &c.
Secondly, hypocritical charity. Matt. vi. 2-4. when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do—.
Thirdly, an excessive and preposterous love. 1 Sam. ii. 29. thou honourest thy sons above me-, xvi. 1. how long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him ?' Matt. x. 37. «he that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me.
Fourthly, hatred of our neighbour. ,1 John iii. 15. whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer. iv. 8. he that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love.
Fifthly, a meddling disposition. Prov. xxvi. 17. he that passeth by and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.'
Hatred, however, is in some cases a religious duty; as when we hate the enemies of God or the church.* 2 Chron. xix. 2. shouldest thou love them that hate Jehovah?' Psal. xxxi. 6. I have hated them that regard lying vanities. cxxxix. 21, 22. do I not hate them, O Jehovah, that hate thee? Prov. xxviii. 4. they that forsake the law, praise the wicked; but
* But ye will say, these (the prophets) had immediate warrant from God to be thus bitter; and I say, so much the plainlier is it proved, that there may be a sanctified bitterness against the enemies of truth. Apology for Smectymnuus, Prose Works, I. 232.