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Government of the Tongue

by Richard Allestree

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Allestree meant The Government of the Tongue to serve as a partner to his treatise on biblical interpretation, The Lively Oracles Given to Us. While the latter deals with the proper use and application of the received Word, The Government of the Tongue deals with that of the spoken word. He draws primarily from the book of Proverbs and the general letter of James. First, he discusses why God gifted humankind with speech, then how humankind has since abused it. Serving for many years as provost of a boys’ boarding school, Allestree writes practically and instructively.

Kathleen O’Bannon
CCEL Staff
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Richard Allestree
Source: Wikipedia
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Born: 1619
Died: January 28, 1681
Related topics: Bible, Christian life, Conduct of life, Contentment, Courtesy
Basic information: Richard Allestree or Allestry (1619 – 28 January 1681) was a Royalist churchman and provost of Eton College from 1665.
Popular works: Government of the Tongue, Lively Oracles Given to Us: or the Christians Birth-right and Duty in the Custody and Use of the Holy Scripture.