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Against Foolish Talking And Jesting - Part 1

"Nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient."-- Ephes. v.4. Moral and political aphorisms are seldom couched in such terms that they should be taken as they sound precisely, or according to the widest extent of signification; but do commonly need exposition, and admit exception: othe... Read More

Against Foolish Talking And Jesting - Part 2

"Nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient."-- Ephes. v.4. II. 1. All profane jesting, all speaking loosely and wantonly about holy things (things nearly related to God and religion), making such things the matters of sport and mockery, playing and trifling with them, is certainly p... Read More

Against Rash And Vain Swearing - Part 1

"But above all things, my brethren, swear not." St. James v. 12. Among other precepts of good life (directing the practice of virtue and abstinence from sin) St. James doth insert this about swearing, couched in expression denoting his great earnestness, and apt to excite our special attention. Ther... Read More

Against Rash And Vain Swearing - Part 2

"But above all things, my brethren, swear not." St. James v. 12. VII. Let us consider that swearing is a sin of all others peculiarly clamorous, and provocative of Divine judgment. God is hardly so much concerned, or in a manner constrained, to punish any other sin as this. He is bound in honour and... Read More

Of Evil-Speaking In General - Part 1

"To speak evil of no man."--Titus iii. 2. These words do imply a double duty; one incumbent on teachers, another on the people who are to be instructed by them. The teacher's duty appeareth from reflecting on the words of the context, which govern these, and make them up an entire sentence: put them... Read More

Of Evil-Speaking In General - Part 2

"To speak evil of no man."--Titus iii. 2. "Every man," saith the wise man, "shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer;" but no man surely will be ready to kiss those lips which are embittered with reproach, or defiled with dirty language. It is said of Pericles, that with thundering and lightni... Read More

The Folly Of Slander - Part 1

"He that uttereth slander is a fool."--Prov. x. 18. General declamations against vice and sin are indeed excellently useful, as rousing men to consider and look about them: but they do often want effect, because they only raise confused apprehensions of things, and indeterminate propensions to actio... Read More

The Folly Of Slander - Part 2

"He that uttereth slander is a fool."--Prov. x. 18. I have formerly in this place, discoursing upon this text, explained the nature of the sin here condemned, with its several kinds and ways of practising. II. I shall now proceed to declare the folly of it; and to make good by divers reasons the ass... Read More

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