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John Winthrop, A Modell of Christian Charity, 1630
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Winthrop, John, 1588-1649
the propperty of these guifts to himselfe as Ezek: 16.17. he there calls wealthe his gold and his silver and Prov: 3.9. he claimes theire service as his due honour the Lord with thy riches etc. All men being thus (by divine providence) rancked into two sortes, riche and poore; under the first, are comprehended all such as are able to live comfortably by theire own meanes duly improved; and all others are poore according to the former distribution. There are two rules whereby wee are to walke one towards another. Justice and Mercy. These are allwayes distinguished in theire Act and in theire object, yet may they both concurre in the same Subject in eache respect; as sometimes there may be an occasion of shewing mercy to a rich man, in some sudden danger or distresse, and allsoe doeing of meere Justice to a poor man in regard of some perticuler contract etc. There is likewise a double Lawe by which wee are regulated in our conversacion one
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