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the

way, and when thou

Deft

down,

and when

then

rife(

up:

And thou fitalt

bind

them

for a fign

upon

thy

hand,

andthey fhall

be as

Front

lets betweenthine

Ryes

:

And

thou

:halt

write them

on

the

Pods

of

thy

Houle, and on

thy Gates.]

Yet nowmany

thoufand Families

call'd Chriflians,

account

this

much

Puritanifm,

and

needlefs

precifenefs

;

as

if

the Scripture (even the

Go/pel

of

Salroation) were

only

for the

ufe

of

lriefls

;

yea,

fome

that

difemn

the

Papills

re/taint

ofthe Laity

unlicew'd,

from

reading

it

tranjlated

in

a

known Tongue, dowerfe

thanTopifblyre-

frain

themfelves.

And

thole

that

in

Bapttfm

vow'd

to

bring

up

their

Children

as

Chrifi`ians

in

the

knowledge

of

the

Gofpel

of

Chrift,

perftdioufly

break

that

%lemn

Vow,

as

they hypocritically made

it

;

and

by

ungodly negligence betray

to

Satan the

Souls

oftheir

Children

(and

themfelves) which

they

have

devoted to

God.

Children:

Reader,

ke,gfor

the'

fake

o

f

Churrch

and

Kingdom,t

that

your

ou

will

confcionably

á

d

feriou

fly

fit

up Family= Re,igion,

calling

upon God,

ftnging

his

Praifes,

aiodinfirm

ing

your

Children

and Servant: in the

Scripture

and

C'atechifm,

and

in

a

wife

and

diligent

Education

of

Youth.

Hear

me,

as

if

I

beg'd

it

of

you

with

Tears

on

my

Knees.

alas,

what

doth

the

World

fifjer

by

the

neglefl

of

this

!

It

is

oat

of

ungod-

ly Families

that

the

World loath ungodly

Rulers,

ungodly

Miniflers and

afwarm

of

Serpentine Enemies

of

Holinefs

and Peace, and their

own

Salvation. What

Country

groaneth

not under the

Confufions,

Miferiesand horrid

Wockednefs,

which

are all

the

Fruits

ofFami

y

-ne

lefts,

and the

carelefs

and

ill

Education

of

Youth

?

It

is

a

work

ofgreat

skill-and confiant

care to

inf

ruil and

educate

your

Children

and

to

keep

them

from tempting

Company

and

Snares.

To cry

out

of

dumb

or

un-

faithful

faithful

Mino(lers,

while

you

are

worfe

at

horn

your folves,

is

but

fell-

condemns-

tint:

Are

Mtnifier:

more

oblig'd

to

care

for

your Children:

Souls,

by

Nature,

or

by

will

not

do

for

one

tHouJhold or your

ownCh

y

ildren

?t

The

whole

rfi charge

Band

which

"port

it

yours

s

If

Families treacheroufly

neglef1

their part,

and

then

look

that

all

fbould be

done

at

the

Church,

you

may

as

wifely

fend

Boys

to

the

Vniverftles,

before

they

are

taught

to

read

or

wrote,

in

lower

Sehools.

If

there

be

any

hope

of

the

amendment

ofa

wicked, mtferable,

diflrahied

World,

it

mull

be

mofily done by

Fami!

-Religion,

and

the

Cbriflian Education

of

Youth, Godlinefs

is profitable

to

all things

;

but

the

themfelves,

God

Children

the

Servva

ts,wwilvary

quickly

be fuymmon'd

to

of

Souls,

ac-

taunt

;

efpecialy

theft

that

fbould

as

Rulers

be

Exemplary

to

the Vulgar,

and

are

afbam'd

to own

ferioto

Family-

Religion,

as

if

all

beyond tome

formal

Hypocrifie

and

Lip-labour,

he

elps

Difhonour to

e'er

their

t

need

it,

ir,

that

when

they

read

the

New

Tejlathent daily

in their

Houfes,

they may

(not

read all the Psraphrafe

to

their

Families,

but) fuch

particulars

of

Expo:

tion

and

Dofirinal

Notes,

as

they

find

men

fuitable

to

their

cafe.

And

I

think

it

will

not

be

unufeful to

the

younger

and

weaker

fort of

Mini/iers,

and

the

poor

ones,

that

cannot

buy

larger

Commentaries,

and

:frith

Men

willgive

their

Tenants

and Neighbours

fuel,

Boas as

are

Tunable

to

the Infiruftion

of

Fami-

lies, and the

People

will diligently

ufe

them,

it

may

do

much to

keep up

faving

Knowledge

and Trainee,

where the

publick

Miùiflry

faileth

moll. The

God

of

Mercy

teach foolijb Men

to

have

Mercy

on

their Families and

themfeloes.

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