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191

us

do,

though

unacquainted

with

thofe fubtiltiés

by

which only we

ufe

to

defend

our

felves

from

the

crime

of

Perjury.

The

other

in

refpef

of

our

felves, for fear

of perjury;

which molt

grie-

vous crime undoubtedly we

commit,

if that

more

benign

interpretation

chance

to

deceive us,

which made

us

bold

to take

the

Oath.

This

rea-

fon

refteth

on

that

general,

and

molt profitable

rule,

which bids

us

[in

doubtful

cafes

take the

fafer

fide

:

]

But

it

is

the

fafer

not to

fwea',

when

the

words

of

the

propofèd

Oath,

according to

the

common

and

obvious

fenfe

6f

the

words,

feem to contain

fome-

what unlawful

in them

;

rather

than by

a

Lax

In-

terpretation

fo

to

foften them for our

own

ufe,

that

we

may

the more

fecurely fwear

them

:

See-

ing we

know

that

fuck

an

Oath

may

be refuted

without

danger

of

perjury,

but

we

know,

not

that

it

can

be

taken

without

danger

or

fear

of

it.

P.

46, 47, 197. Yet

we

muff

take

heelighat

this ftr;U interpretation turn not

into

a

rigid

one

-

of

common

right

thefe

exceptions

and

con-

ditions

(of

promifory

Oaths

)are

ever

underftood:

[r. If

God

permit

:

2.

Saving

the

Right

of

others,

And,

as

far

as

is

lawful;

frying

the Right

of Supe-

riours

:

3.

Things

fianding as

they do,

or

in

the fame

Bate

:

As far

as

I

am

able,

&c.]

P.

49.

But

if

any

admit more

dubious

excep.

tions

-

-he

boldly

and

rathly

removeth

God's

boun-

daries

of

an

Oath,

and

openeth

a

wide

door to

all

kind

of

Perjury.

P.

i93.

The third

Cafe

is,

when

one

impofeth

an

Oath

of

an

ambiguous

fenfe,

only

requiring

that

thofe words

be fworn,

permitting the

fwearer

to

underftand

the words

in

what

fenfe

he

will

:

I

íäy,

it

mat

defervedly be

fufpeted

that

an

Oath

offered