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3. Though the advantage may never be seen by you, yet it may lay a foundation for their happiness, when far from you. Good education may be like feeds in the ground, which may lie dead till a Mower come, and then it will bud and bring forth fruit. It may be, when thy eyes are shut, and thy children in some far country, God maý trýst them with some awakening providence, that may put life in the feed thou hast rown. It is the unhap-. piness of many in this day, that they are not acquaint with the first principles of religion; and therefore, when evil befals them afar off, or a. mong persons ignorant of God, whither their wickedness drives them, then there is nothing in them to work upon. Providences that are the most rousing, are like showers falling upon earth, without seed in it, that surely will have no product.
Thirdly, We have likewise an inducement to this, from its advantage to servants. Servants are called children in scripture: Naaman's servants. call him father, 2 Kings 'v. 13. and no doubt a fatherly care there should be of servants. They are undoubtedly at least to come in amongst the first rank of neighbours, whom ye Mould love as' yourself. Now, they have a double advantage.
I. It is the way to bring them to saving ac-: quaintance with the Lord, . Abraham will com--, mand his house after hin, and they jhall keep the way of the Lord,' Gen. xviii. i. · 2. It is the way to make him useful as a ler . . . . .
vant to thee; and what he doth this way, is both his advantage and thine.
3. When he comes to be a master, it is like to engage hiin to the same course ; and this will be not only his, but his posterity's advantage."
Fourthly, The advantage of this to the public, both church and state, should invite you: for, consider,
1. Hereby you train up persons fit to serve God. and their country faithfully, in public employ.. ments either in church or state.
2. Hereby ye propose a good example to engage others to those ways that are for the good and honour of the state. They that are good Christians, will ever be good subjects.
3. Thou contributest a notable part toward the maintenance both of church and state, in as much as thou endeavourest, as far as thy power reaches, to keep the subjects of either of them up in their
fear of God, and their duty toward both church · and commonwealth.
VII. On the other hand, consider the fad and lamentable consequences of a neglect in this matter, with respect to your children and servants, yourself and the public. .
First, I say, consider the sad disadvantages with refpečt unto the children themselves. They are left,
1. Destitute of that which is most profitable and useful for them, in time, and after time : for Godliness is profitable for all things, having the promises of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
2. They are exposed, as it were, to wild beasts. If you will not educate them in the way of the Lord, the devil, and their own corruptions, will educate thim in the way to hell ; if ye will not
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teach them to pray, the devil will teach them to swear. A young man, void of understanding, is a .. prey to every destroying lust. See Prov. vii,6,7, etc.
3. Not only so, but hereby they are, as it were, hedged and fenced against both ordinances and providences, through their ignorance of God, and the principles of religion; they can be bettered by neither of them."
Secondly, It is sadly disadvantagious with respect unto the public: for,
1. The public loses the use and advantage, which either church or state might have had by them, if they had been duly educate. Again,
2. Instead of being helpful, they are hurtful..
3. Not only hurtful, but even destructive and ruining : for, to corrupt a family, is in effect to corrupt a nation ; because a family quickly spreads itself, and is like to carry this plague along with it.
Thirdly, It is sadly disadvantagious to you: for,
1. It is not like that your children shall prove, as they otherwise might, the stay and comfort of your old age ; it is not probable, that they who have not been dutifully used by you, shall use you dutifully. Lycurgus made a law, that chil. dren, which were not well educate, should not provide for their parents when old..
2. They are like to procure thee forrow, in as much as they are like to run to evil, and fall in. to mischief; which will be so much the heavier to thee, because thou art faulty in it. The Switzers have a law, that when children are guilty of any capital offence, parents are to be the executioners, to teach that they are to blame in this matter.
3. They are like, not only to perish, but to sink you with them. They will be as so many mil. stones tied about your neck, to make you sink the
deeper under the wrath of God; and your misery
if, Wouli ve deal to any purpose in this matter? Tiren Be Sure that ye be personally reli. gious,
2dly, Begin carly to be fo; put off no time, but fer about the study of it now.
34y; Srudy much the worth of fouls, the worth of children and servants, souls. 1
4thly, 'Learn weil the meaning of that command, Love ihy neighbour as thyself.
Finally, Stutty'to be lively in religion, and then ye will go on without constraint.
Now, upon the whole, consider; And if it Jeem evit to you this day to serve the Lord, chule ye whom ye will serve : But, through grace, the advice I give; I resolve to follow: But as for me, and my house, we will serve the Lord. ::