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The Marriage Ring, Or, The Mysteriousness and Duties of Marriage

The Marriage Ring, Or, The Mysteriousness and Duties of Marriage

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. JEREMY TAYLOR, D. D.,


PART I.

THIS is a great mystery: but I speak concerning
Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every
one of you in particular so love his wife even as
himself; and the wife see that she reverence her
husband. — Ephes. v. 32, 33.
BY REV. JEREMY TAYLOR, D. D.,


PART I.

THIS is a great mystery: but I speak concerning
Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every
one of you in particular so love his wife even as
himself; and the wife see that she reverence her
husband. — Ephes. v. 32, 33.

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THE MARRIAGE RIG, OR, THE MTSTERIOUS- ESS AD DUTIES OF MARRIAGE. BY REV. JEREMY TAYLOR, D. D., PART I. THIS is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. evertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. — Ephes. v. 32, 33. The first blessing God gave to man was society : and that society was a marriage, and that marriage was confederate by God himself, and hallowed by a blessing : and at the same time, and for very many de- icending ages, not only by the initinct of *E|et(, 'Sooin.vjvis, fixva. Brunck. You that are rich, umenius, you may multiply your family ; poor men are not so fond of children, but when a family could drive their herds, and set their children upon camels, ajd lead them till they saw a fat soil watered with rivers, and there sit down without paying rent, they thought of nothing but to have great families, that their own relations might swell up to a pa-
 
triarchate, and their children be enough to possess all the regions that they saw, and their grandchildren become princes, and themselves build cities, and call them by the name of a child, and become the foun- tain of a nation. This was the consequent of the first blessing, "increase and multi- ply." The next blessing was, "the pro- mise of the Messias," and that also in- creased in men and women a wonderful desire of marriage : for as soon as God hail chosen the family of Abraham to be the blessed line, from whence the world's Re deemer should descend according to the flesh, every of his daughters hoped to have the honour to be his mother, or his grand • mother, or something of his kindred : and to be childless in Israel was a sorrow to the Hebrew women great as the slavery of Egypt, or their dishonours in the land of their captivity .f But when the Messias was come, and the doctrine was published, and his minis- ters but few, and his disciples were lo sufier peisecution, and to be of an unsettled dwell- ing, and the nation of the Jews, in the bosom and society of which the church especially did dwell, were to be scattered and broken * Quemlibct hominem cui non est uxor, mini- mc esse hominem : cum eiiam in scriptura dicatur, *'Masculum et fceminam creavit eos, et vocavit nomen eonim Adam seu hominem." R Eliezer dixit in Gen Bab. Quicunque negli^it prseceptum de multipiicatione human! generis, habendum esse velut homicidam. t Christiani et apud Athenas, tuc rod ayeiuiw «at) iipryatfjiiw i)»*e, refert Julius Pollux 1. 3. irtfi
 
ar^um. Idem etiam Lacedemone et Romn. Viae Festum verb. Uxorium aique ibi Jos. Seal l2 126 THE MARRIAGE RIG. Bi.RU. XVII. «i^ in pieces with fierce calamities, and the world was apt to calumniate and suspect and dishonour Christians upon pretences Qnd unreasonable jealousies, and that to all these purposes the state of marriage brought many inconveniences; it pleased God in tliis new creation to inspire into the hearts of his servants a disposition and strong de- sires to live a single life, lest the state of marriage should in that conjunction of things become an accidental impediment to the dissemination of the gospel, which called men from a confinement in their domestic charges, to travel, and flight, and poverty^ and dij£c'jlty, and martyrdom: upon this necessity the apostles and apos- tolical men published doctrines, declaring the advantages of single life, not by any commandment of the Lord, but by the spi- rit of prudence, 6ta tfiv ivt^ti^ofw o^oyxi^v, for the present and then incumbent ne-

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