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SECT. XVI. Concerning other actions.

AND, indeed, there is nothing excellent to be found in the philosophic writings of the Greeks, or in the opinions of the Hebrews, or of any other nation, which is not contained here, and moreover ratified by divine authority. For instance; concerning modesty,321321   1 Pet. iii. 3. temperance,322322   Tit. ii. 12. 1 Tim. ii. 9. goodness,323323   2 Cor. vi. 6. Gal. v. 22. Coloss. iii. 12. 1 Cor. xiii. 4. 110 moral virtue,324324   Phil. iv. 8. 1 Tim. ii. 2. iii. 4. Tit. ii. 7. prudence,325325   Matt. x. 16. Ephes. i. 8. the duty of governors and subjects,326326   1 Tim. ii. 2. Rom. xiii. 1 Pet. ii. 13, 17. parents and children,327327   Coloss. iii. 20, 21. Ephes. vi. 1, 2, 3, 4. masters and servants,328328   Ephes. vi. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Coloss. iii. 22, 23, 24, 25. husbands and wives:329329   Ephes. v. 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 33. Coloss. iii. 18, 19. 1 Tim. ii. 12. and particularly, abstaining from those vices which, under a spew of virtue, deceived many of the Greeks and Romans, viz. the desire of honour and glory.330330   Matt. xviii. 4. xxiii. 12. Luke xiv. 11. xviii.14. John v. 44. Ephes. iv. 2. Coloss. ii. 18, 23. 1 John ii. 16. Phil. ii. 3. 1 Thess. ii. 6. 1 Pet. i. 24. v. 5. The sum of it is wonderful for its substantial brevity—that we should love God above all things, and our neighbour as ourselves;331331   Matt. ix. 18. xxii. 37, 39. Luke x. 27. Rom. xiii. 9, 10, 11. Gal. v. 14. James ii. 8. that is, we should do to others as we would have them do to us.332332   Matt. vii. 12. Luke vi. 31. This was commanded by the emperor Alexander; see Dion, and he that wrote the life of this emperor in Latin. Perhaps some may object against what we have now said of the excellency of Christ’s commands, the great difference of opinions amongst Christians, from whence have arisen so many various sects: —


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