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Let there be none honest amongst us

And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at evening. Judges 19:16

Though an “old man,” yet a “workman,” and at “field work,” and “till the evening.”

It was wonder that this honest man had not been banished out of Gibeah, as once Hermodorus was out of Ephesus, merely for his honesty and frugality. At which time also this law was made there, ουδεις ημων ονηιστος εστω.

Let there be none honest amongst us: let no man excel others in any point of good husbandry; or if he do, let him be packing.

Which law of theirs, when Heraclitus heard of, he said, it was pity they were not all hanged for public pests and botches of mankind.

Die rather than lie

Judges 11 Ver. 39. That she returned unto her father.

As Damon did to Dionysius;

as Regulus the Roman did to the Carthaginians,

though it were to receive punishment;

they would not break their words, but die rather than lie.

It is good to appear for God, though there be few or none to second us

Judges 6 Ver. 31. And Joash said unto all that stood against him. (Joash, Gideon’s father, against those who wanted to kill Gideon for burning the idols) […] if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar.

Which were the many headed multitude, that untamed beast.

But Joash, by a sudden change of his heart, for he was till now an idolater, and on the defence of his son, bravely withstandeth them, and putteth Baal to plead for himself, which he was ill enough able to do.

And by this one seasonable speech, though he were but a single man, he hindered the mischievous multitude from murdering Gideon, who soon after delivered them out of the hand of the Midianites.

So Nicodemus, by a word spoken in time, dissolved the council that was gathered together against Christ. {#Joh 7:50-53}

It is good to appear for God, though there be few or none to second us: who knows what may be the success?

When could you meet the Angel of the Lord

Judges 6 Ver. 12. And the angel appeared unto him (to Gideon).

As he was threshing.

So God called Moses and David from following the ewes, Elisha from the ploughing, the apostles from fishing, washing, and mending their nets, &c.

He usually appeared to the busy visions, like as Satan doth to the idle in manifold temptations.

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