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Faith -- Early works to 1800   ( lcsh )
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Salvation,


Faith and Good Works


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HOMILIES

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BY JOHN WESLEY, M. A.
S :Late Fellow of LINCOLN-COLLECE, OxFORD,




THE THIRTIEE&TH ED1ITION


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.H E that defires more perfectly to underfland there
grcat Doarines of Chrifitianity, ought diligently
to -read the 11o.1 SCRIPTUREs especially St. Paul's
epift!es, to tOe Rva.s ad. th Galatians. And
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i, Whofb~ver gi.veth his mind to the Holy Sdriptures,




44 mind, and teach him tCh'oe things which are neceffary
- for him. Mans human and iorldly wifdsm or
t science is not needful to the undcrilanding of fcrip.
4 ture; but the R~ieelaironj of the fIoly Ghofl, who
6e infpireth the true meNaning unto them that with hu-
n mility and diligence fearch for it."

Hetriily of Racising the Holy Scriptures.




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Of the Sa.dvation of Mankind.
A. B ECAUSE all men are fitiners ainfL God, and
SBbrcakers of his law', therefor,.-ciin ro mxar by his
rorks~be ju iiiifice and rnqde rightcmits before God. Bu~t
every man is cun ftra.nCd to f ek for another rightieouf'
refS, or jiiftification, to be receivcr1'.:i G~ods own ;Land.
And thisjultifica'tiori, ot r q1hcoufnefs which we 1'cccivc
of God's Imc)-cy,, and Chriit's merits embraced by faitb,
is taktn, accepted, arid alloxvd ofGod for ouir picrfccl
and fuli juLffihc taor. IFor the move clear znd full un-
der[tan d g liereoF, it is our p1a rt.-ever to rcmc Inbehr, hoLW
tiiaL all the Wuflcd, being vrapt in fin, God fent his only
Son into the wo rld, to0 f 11CI 11 VL,!w frO I-, U-in fby hbed-
ding his .I bodO to rnAk-e fatd faftilon to his. Fjathc r for oiir
fins, to affuage his 'iraignation conceived, gainft us.
1 fraornuch that infan ts being baptized, and dying i1q
their infancy, are by this f-crifice waflted from their
fins. Arid they who in aEt or deed fin.after Lheir hap-
tifMn, wheri they turln again to God unfeipcdly, are like-
if wafficd by this facrifce from their fins, in fuch 6qrF
that there rermaineth not any fpot of fin, that fhallt b
imputed to theieDv~unation. This is that juR1fication
or rightc~ouifnefs, which St. Paul fpcaketh of, when lie
faith, Gal. i i 16. "6 No man is jumftfied by tea woZrk4s of Mhe
law, but by faith in _7fiz ] Chrt Andl again, "6 We 4re
jiup#l~fd by 1he' fA of Ch rift, and not by the works ofl the,
4 w :-fir by the works of thp lawJlall n oRftejh bej,~ied.
j. Thb great wifclon of Go;d, in this inyt try of our
thdemption, hath tempered his jufflee and merTy toge--
r. His metcy he fheweth, in d.-ivciirg us from Our
-1i}aivity, without acquiring any random to be paid or
amerds to be made on o ur parrs : which thing by us 41had
been impoffible to be done. And whereas it Lly not in
us to do that, he provided a ranfor for tis, that was, tbh
preciotis body and blood of his own Son, who, befidcs,
this ranfom, fulfilled tbt law for us peikfily. And fa
thc juflice of God and his mercy icembnracd tovrther,
fafilhcd the grcat znyltcry of our ted-.,mption.
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4. 01 this juice and mercy of God knit together,
ifyaketh St. P~zulin The third chapter to thc Romano.
AU Aehav inned aznd comefjirt of the glory of God : but are
jrftiijied freedy by hisgrace, thro' tkh redemption lfat is in-
Jtfus Chrif: whom God hEahfil forth Jo be a prgpitkia~on,
*Aro'faitk in his Uao.'. And in the ioth, Chrig is the end
Ifte law oIr righteouf-res to eery one thae /elieveehtk and*
In the 8th chapter, thatU wh-ich was zW7Po/rie by qhe
i;Jo n sch as it is wcaP through thei fl,' G6 d find ", his
own Son in the like rfis qrffinjfU_1 flip, % ctbftr fin KcO n dv ne
pn in t 4 eflCA A a I tt rieh t e-0mfne f of I/he 1mw nigh (befuf& 1-
led in us, Whk Waik. ntJ afier thcfin but qft'er the fPirit.
r. In thefe placesthe apofrqez tonclI01i efrpecall1 y three
things, which mu if gq toguthe r in our ,cj L Ri fic atrioi Upon
God's part, his grcat mercy and grace; upom Chrif1's pafrr
the fatirsf-afion of G7od'sjafticc' by the offering his body,
and fheddiing his blood, w*ith fulfilling of the law pyrc
icaly and thorotughly ; and uil up our part, a true and
lk'elv faith in the merits of Jefii- Chbrift. So th at in our
jultifickdion there is not only God's mercy and-gracc, but
his juflice aifo., And fo the plrace of God duth not ihut
out the rightcoufnefs of God in our ju!tification'; but
Only fihvtteuh out the rightcoulrlefs of inan ; that is to fy,
the -ightcouffnefs of our wotks.
6. And Lherdfore St. Paz/ declaretbh nothing on the
'behalf oF man, collcerning hi~s Ji.ificriion, but only a
truck and lively faith, which itf-clf is the gift of God.
'And yet thei faith do!Jh not fhut mit repcrtance. hopc,
Jove, a nd t h ear of God, to be'joined with faith in evcry
mari that is juilifed. Bit it fh (ttoth them out from the
ufilce ofjifiifviing. So thatt ilttho' they be all prefeznt
together in hirii that is jufLf'ed, yct they jFu{Hify not all
to eib lh erik
1 Nciilier doth faith flut out good works, cecef-
faridy to bt donie afterwards* of duty toward-s (God
(for we -re rroff. bounden to rcrve God, in doiilg good
worb.sP coiimantdcd in fcripture, all the days of our life.)
b ut w% TpJv inot do themT1 to this intent, to be juftifiod
by doing tbem, For all the good works we can do, arc
not able to d&ferve our juftification : but our juf&fCihC
lion cometh fr-Eely of thc mere mcrcv of God : 'and of
fco great and f e-- nicrcy, that whereas all the world was
,ot able to pay any part rowards their random, it plea-
fed him, without aniy of our dferving, to prepare for
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us the moft precious jewels of ChI'ifl1s body and blod,
wherrby ouir ranrom might be paid, the law fulfilled,
and his jufticc idisfiedtd So that ChriAf is now the
rivhteouilln fs Of a'l them that truly believe in him. ije'
f07- tIem pailr their ra nfom hy his -deat Hie for i4em. fa
filled t he law in h is fifi ; fo that now in b i mn, an d by hi n.
every Chriftian inay be called a fulfiller of the law. Far-.
aTmuch as that. which their infirmity lacked, Cjrifl'S
rifhteoufnefs bath supplied.
8. Ye have heard: that no mnan can bej tjftified by his.
own works, inafmuch as no man fulfilleth the 'aw
And St. Paa4 in his epiffle to the Gafatians,. proveth-
thC famrnel'fying, If there had been a law given whic f). rWd
havejujftlJ, erily r-ghteoufi/efs fiould havtef beenC by the
Iiawx And again: tI righteofinefs ca-me by the law, tAen is
Ch'rifi dcad in vain. And to the Ephefians he faith,.
(chap ii,) By grace are ye faved thrl faih ;- 421d that-
not oJynrfdv es: it is Ike gift of God' not 4of r*or~s, leJ? anyl
Inan J6oId bcaft And to be thort, the fum of -all 'Paut's.
difputation is this, If tigacoufnefs ccme of works, then it
CoMMt1J not of grace .- and if it come of grace, t/zln it cooieth
twot OJf worA-s And to this end tend all tile prophets, as
St. Peter faith, (A s x. .43s) To him give al1 the profketr
?vitnefs, that theo' his natme', w/wfomver behmLv~th in him;,. ]iail'
'recCIue remi zfnz of qjns.
919 And that we are jI itified, only by this true and lively"
Faith in Chrilt, peak all the ancient authors.; ecf
prcially St. Cprinan, Origi' St. CizryJ~vfioM, Jlaery, Ba'
fA, St. Anibro aiid St. Azufglin : by which they take
away clearly all merit of our works, and wholly afcribe
0o;"r juiffficahton unto Chrift onily. This faiLi thc jHyoy
&~rip6tzire t~achh us, i. Ute frong -ock and fowicdation (J
Ihk Chrifian, religion. This dvorine all an(dent auzaorj of
Chrifl's 'church do atprove. This do4rinefittet, jo yp zAt
tru eC g~ury of Chhri ft, and bea tei do wn a 1 vain rz ?ojy cf mn .
"ti5 wkhafoci'er den itk is not #o be 6awcconted for a CirfArt~an
mSon oror r afeler forth of Chrifthsgiry; butjor an ad-
vcrfar:y to Chrift and his gij~el and for a J r e (Ink `z
mnan'r vain Priory.
10. But that this true doftlrne of juhi icall ion by faith
may be Atruly undrftood, ob(erCye,, that jUhlifiction is
the office of (;(;a Gnly ; arld is not -a. thitr7g whllich we
ten der to him, but whITch we receive of him by' iis fre e
3uezcy, thro'tihe only merits of his belovcd Son. And
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the true fenfe of this do&rine, we are ju fifidfreely by
faith without works; or, we arejujfl~ed by faith in ChrifL
only, is not, that this i ourown at to believe in Chrilft or
is our faith in Chrift, which is within us, dothjuf ify
us ( for that were to account ourselves to be jufti'fied
by fome af or virtue that is within ourfelvcs) but that
altho' we have faith, hope, and charity within us, and
do never fo many works thereunto; yet we muft re.
nounce the merit of all, of faith, hope, charity, and all
other virtues and good works, which we cither have
done, fhbll do, or can do, as far too weak to deserve our
justification: for which therefore we muft truit only in
God's nercy, and the sacrifice which Chrift offered for
us on the crofs.
1 As then John Baptifl, as a great and godly a man
as he was, yet in this matter of forgiving fin prut the
people from him. and pointed them to Chrift, saying,
Behold the lamb of God which taketh away the fls of -the
.world: even fo as great and godly a virtue as faith is, it
putteth us from itself, and pointeth us to Chrift, to
have only by him remilfion of fins' r jaftification. So
that our faith, as it were, faith unto us thusl: It is -not
I that taketh away your fins. It is Chrift only, and to
him alone fend you for that purpof ; fef-aking all your
good virtues, words, thoughts, and works, putting your truft
in Chrinf only.
S2. And in truth, neither our faith nor our works do
justify us; that is, deferve remiffion of our fins: but
God himself doth justify us, of his own mercy, thro*
the merits oF his Son only. Neverthelefs, because by
faith given us of God, we embrace the promise of
.God's mercy, and of the remillion of our fins; there-
fore the scripture faith, thatfaith doth jufify, faith w.ith-
out works. And as it is all'one to fay, faith wizthout
wor.s, and onrlyaith dothjufi!y us, therefore the anci-
ent fathers from time to ti;me fpeaks thus; only faitk
juiifdth us ; meaning no other than St. Paul means when
he faith, Faith without worksjujiifcth us. And becauft
this is wrought thro' the only merits of Chrift and not,
thro' our merits, or thro' the merit or any virtue we,
have within us, or of any work. that comet from us.:
therefore in that rdcpcCl, we renounce,, as. i. were'
again, faith, works, and all other virtues. For our
corruption throw' original fin is :fo great, that all our.
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faith charity, -words and works, ednnot, merit or defcrve
any part of our jufificaion for us. And therefore we
thus peak, humbling ourselves to God, and- giving to
our Saviour Chrift all the glory of our justification*
13. Tojulify then, is the office of God to man,
Our office and duty to God is not to pafs our time fin-
fully or unfruitfully : for this were to ferve the devil,
and not God. For that faith which bringeth not forth
repentance, but either evil works, or no good works,
is not a pure and living faith, but a dead and devilish
one, as St. Paul and St. James call it. For even the
devils believe, That Chri[t was born of a virgin: that
he wrought all kinds of miracles, declaring himfelf very
God: that Jor our fakes he fufcred a mofi painful death,
to redeem us from death everlafling : that he roft again the
third day that he ascended into heaven, and flUtth at
the right hand of the Father,and at the end of tih world Jfall
come again t judge both, the quick and the dead. Thefe
articles of our faith the devils believe, and fo they be.
lieve all that is written in the Old and New Tefka-
ment. And yet for all this fath, they be but devit.
They remainfJiil in their damnable fate, lacking the very
true Chri/ian faith.
14. Tie right and true Chriflian faith, is not only to be-
liene, that Holy Scripture, and the articles of our faith,
are true : but afo to have a fre Iruft and confidence to be
faved from everl(fling damnation by Chrift; thereof dotk
follow a movingg heart to obey his commandments.
15. And this true Chriftian faith, neither any devil
hath, nor yet any man, who in outward profeffion,
in his receiving the facraments, in going to church,
and in ~li outward appearances, feemeth to be a Chrif-
tian, and yet in his liFe theweth the contrary. For
how cn a man have this true faith, fure trift and con-
fdence in God, that by the merits of Chrift his fins are
forgiven, and he reconciled to ite favour of God, when he
denieth Chrift in. his uorks ? Surely no ungodly man.
can have this faith and truft in God.
S6, I fwe do truly believe, that whereas we were con.&
damned to hell and-death everlafling, God hath given.
his own Son to tale our rnture upon him, and to fuffer
death for our offences, tojffify us, and to reilore us.
to life evertla~ing; if we truly believe that he hath
-rmadeus his dear chiu~idrcbrethren unto hi only Son.
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and inheritors with him of his eternal kingdom of hea-
ven; thefe great and merciful benefits of God will
move us- to render ourselves unto God wholly with all
our hearts, might, and power, to ferve in all good
works, to feek in all things his glory ; evermore dread-.
ing to offend in word, thought, or deed, fuch a merci-
fu! God and loving Redeemer. They will alfo move
us, to be ever ready for his fake to give ourselves to
our neighbours, and as much as lieth in us, to ftudy:
with all our endeavour, to do good to every man...--
Thefe are the fruits of our faith, to do good, as much.
as lieth in us, to every man and above all things,
and in all things, to advance the glory of God: to
~hoin be praise and honour, world without end,
OF TRUE CHRISTlAN~ I.TH.
STR 'HE firft coming unto God is through faith,
Whereby we are justified before God; but left
any man Ihould be deceived, for want of right under-
fanding thereof, it is diligently to be noted, that faith
is taken in fcripture two ways: there is one faith,
which the scripture calleth a dead faith ; and this
by St. .ames, is compared to the faith of devils, who
beiteve and tremble, and yet do nothing well: and fuch
a'faith as this have wicked Chriftians, who profefs they
Anow God, but in works deny him.
2. This faith s, a perfuafion that there is a God, and'
a belief of all the truths contained in his word, So tkat
it conffleth only in beliting that the word of God is true
And this is not properly called faith. But he that readcth
CGfar's commentary, tho' he believeth it to be true,
yet is not properly faid to believe in Cafar, of whom
be looketh for no benefit: even fo he that believeth
all the Bible to be true, and yet liveth ungodly, is not
properly faid to believe in God: for he hath not luch
a faith: and truft in God, whereby he furely looketh
for grace, mercy, and cverlatling life at God's hand.,-
For inafmuch as faith without works is dead, it is not
faith, as a dead man is not a man.
3. Another faith there is in scripture, which is not
idle or unfruitful, but ( as St. Paul declares ) workirzg
by love. And as that is called a dead faith, fo this may
be called a quick or living faith. This is not nly a be
lie of the arik calof our jaith M but o" a fure trauf and
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cnJdence in the mercy of God through our Lord Jetus
Chrift, and a fedfaqf hope of al good things at God's
hand a confidence, that tho' we should fall from
bim by fin, yet if we return to him by true repentance,
he will forgive our offences for his Son's fake; and
make us inheritors of his everlafting kingdom: that
in the mean time he will bc-our prote aor and defender,
and not withdraw his mercy finally from us, if we
commit ourfclves wholly unto him, hang only upon.
him, ready to obey and ferve him. This is true, liv-
ing, Chriftian faith ; which is not in the mouth, and
outward profcefion only, but it liveth and flirreth in.
hardly in the heart : and this faith is not without hope
and trult in God, nor without the love of God, and
of our neighbour, nor without the fear of God, nor
without the defiW to hear God's word, and to follow
the fame, in avoiding evil, and gladly doing all good
*works.
4. Of this faith, three things are fpecially to be
noted; firft, that it is fruitful in bringing forth good
works; fecondly, that without it can no good works
be done; thirdly, what good works this faith doth
bring forth,
5. For the firft, as light cannot be hid, but will
flew itself at one place or other: fo true faith cannot
be hid, but will break out, and thew itself by good
works, And as the living body of a man ever excrcis-
eth fuch things as belong to a living body, for nou-
rifhment and preservation of the fame.; even.fo the
foul that hath a living faith, will be always doing
fome good work, which (hall declare that it is living.
Therefore, if any ihan fancy he is fet at liberty from
doing good works, it is a mranifeft token, he hath no
true faith; yea, he knoweth not what true faith
mehneth. For the true Chriffian faith is, not only a
belief of all the things of God which are contained irn
Holy Scripture; but alio an earned trult 'and confi-
dence in God, that he is careful over us, as the father is
over the child whom he loveth, and that he will be
merciful to us for his Son's fake. And this true faith,
when we consider what God hath done for us, is alfo
.moved
It is the dofliine of the Church olEngland, to which every
MjLif er of the Church ha b Ulfc ibed, in fub cribing the 35th arti
de that, without, or before this can no good work be done.





moved throw' thecontiniaal ,afalnce of the Spirit of Go4
to fErve and pleafe him, to keephis favour, to fcar
his difpleafure, to continue his obedient children,
hmcwing thankfulnefs by oblervin:g his commandments,
and that free, 'for true love chiefly, and not for
dread of puniifhment, or love of temporal reward;
considering how clearly, without our dcfcrvings, we
have freely received the mercy and pardon.
.Thefrefore if it do no appear in our conversation,
th1e faitj we pretcnd to- bave is but feigned: because
tru-e Faith is mnirfefly (hewn by good living, and by
words al I ; as S Atguia/,it faith, Good liv ing cannot be
fe4par aed from true-faith, which worketh by love : and St.
Chryfojiam, Faith is fu l of good works.r; and as fon s a
;man beliCeth, he fall be adorned with them. How plen-
tiful it is of good works, St. Paul teacheth at Targe in
the 1 i t chapter to the Hebrerts; evidently declaring,
that true faith is no unfruitful thing, but a thing of
perfect virtue, of wonderful operation and strength,
bringing forth all good motions and good works,
S7. Every man therefore mnft diligently examine
himself, whett:er he hath this -faith in his heart or not.
XIe that feeleth his heart fet to feek God's honour,
and leadeth not his life after his desire, but fetteth
his mind to ferve God for his own fake, and for his
Gke to love all his neighbours, whether they be friends
or adverfaries, doing good to every man, ( as opportu-
nity ferveth, and willingly hurting no man ; fuch a man
may well rejoice in God, perceiving by his life, that
he-hath a living faith. But he that doth not live ac-
cording to God's words, decciveth himfelf, if he think
he believeth in him,
8. Let us then by our workS declare our faith to be
the living, Chriftian faith: and by fuch virtues as
ought to spring out of faith, Let us acd to, or in our
fait., virtue ; in our virtue, knowled; ; in our knowledge,
temperance in our teiperancc, patience : in our patience,
godlineflz ; in our godlinbs, bro terly kindness ; and in bro-
therly kindnefs, charity.
So fill we both certify our confcience, that we are
in the .right faith, and alfo conrfm other men. If
you feel and perceive fuch a faith in.you, rejoice in it.
Let it be daily increasing more and more by good
works; fo Ihall yqu be fure that you hall pcafe God,
and when his will is, receive the end of your faith, ev
mie fltaIVion of ypour flUr.
9. The






9, Theficond thing that was noted of true faith wis,
that Withour it can no good work be done : for a.x the
branch canOat bar ftrut of ZtfElf, faith our Saviour
Chrift, except it abide in the vine ; no ih re can ye except ye
abide in me. I tm Ike vAiz ; ye ar e te branches ; he that
abideth in me and li i him, he bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me. ye can do nothing. And St. Paul pro-
veth that Enockh hd faith, because he pleaded God ; for
tithoAut faihE, faith he, it is i)nbifbe to plaf him.
io. Faith giveth life to the ifoal; and they are as
inuch dead to God who wait faith, as they are to the
world, whole bodies want fouls. Without faith all
we do is but dead before God, be it ever fo glorious
before man. Even as a piflure is but a dead rcprefert.
ttiotn of the thing itself; fo are lte works of thole
rwho have not faith before God. They are but shadows
of gro6d and living things, and not good and living
things indeed: for without faith no work is good before
God. I V e inuft fet n6 good works before faith. .
* LLet no man, faith St. Auigfi~i, reckon Ifport his
good works before his faith; for where faith was
not, good works were not. There is owe ork irn
w which ,ef ar ll good works, that is, faith which' Work.
Seth-by love. If thobi haft ihis thou haft the ground
Sof all good works : without thi* thou haft only the
shadows of them.-
,i. To the faiie puirofet, hii St. CAf vflom, Many
who have not' thA.itrue faith, yect flourili iri works
of mercy; but te chief work is lacking, toi hclis
Sin him whom God hath fent.' So foon as a man
Slaath faith, he thail flourifh in goodd ,works. For
' Taith is full of 'good Works, anld nothing is good
Without faith. They that i~ic in good works with.
Sout faith, arc like dead men who hbve goodly and
Precious tombs. Faith cannot but be iIaked without
Good works, for then t is'rio triie faith; and whet.
it is adjoined to works, yet it tis abve the works. -
For as men firft have life, and alier arc nourifhed;
Sfo mu ft our faith in Chrift go before, and after be
Snourilhcd with-good works. As life may be with-
out nourhImenut, but nouriflhent can't be without
life. A mTan mnft needs beo iiourifhetl by good work ,
t but firlt he mult ixave faith. He that dDth good
works






Works, yet without faith, he hath no life. I can
fhew a man that by faith without works lived and
came to heaven : but without faith never man had
a life. The thief that was hanged when Chrifl fuffer-
cd did believe only; and the molf merciful God jut:f
4 tified him. Faith by itself faved him ; but works by
A themfelv,.s never juftified any man,
is. The third thing to be noted of true faith is,
what good works it doth bring forth. And this Chrift
himself hath plainly declared, I/thou wili cnter into life,
keep the commandments, So that we are taught by
Chrift's own mouth, that the works of the command-
ments of God are the true works of faith, the very
way thA doth lead to life everlafling.
13. Wherefore, as ye have any regard for everlafl-
ing life, apply yourfelvcs above all things to read and
hear God's word; mark diligentlyiwhat his command-
merts are and with all yourendeavour follow the fame.
FirfE you muft have an affured faith in God, and give
yourfelves wholly unto him; love him in prosperity
and adversity, and dread to offend him evermore.
Then for his fake, love all men, friends and foes, be-
caufe they are his creatures and image,, and redeemed
ty Chrift as ye are. Caft in your mind how you may
do good unto all men, unto your powers, and hurt
none. Obey all your fuperiors and governors ; fervF
your matters faithfully and diligently; difobey not
your fathers and mothers, but honour, help, and pleafe
.them to your power. Opprefs not, kill not, beat not,
neither flandcr nor hate any man : but love all men,
peak well of all men, help and fuccour every man as
you may, yea even your enemies that hate you, that
peak evil of you, and hurt you. Take no man's
goods nor covet your neighbour's goods; but be con-
tent with your own and bellow them charitably, as
need rcequireth. Flee all idolatry, witchcraft, perjury:
commit no manner of adultery, fornication, or other
unchaitity in will or deed, And labouring continually
in thus keeping the commandments, which, wrought
in faith, God hath ordained to be the pathway
unto heaven, you hall not fail to come to that ever-
lafling life, where you fall live in glory and joy with
God for ever.
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