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thus doubly injured, and plunged at once into the greatest guilt and suffering. A spiteful tongue robs us of our reputation, the thief takes our substance, the assassin our life; these are not however the greatest losses: our everlasting welfare is put into our own hands, and can never be wrested from us without our consent. The worst injury a man can suffer, is always his own act. Vice is voluntary: and it is this only can deprive us of the light of that countenance, which is Pf. xliv. 4. better than life; and deliver us up to eternal death ; to that outer darkness, where there is Matth. weeping, and gnashing of teeth; where their Mark ix. worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 44.

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SEVENTH COMMANDMENT. PARTI.

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which forbids polygamy, and allows not divorce but in the case of adultery, may be found perhaps a more equitable, and even merciful law, than some men seem to think it; indeed the more merciful, for these very restraints which appear so strict and rigorous.

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