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nothing for the Wrongs and Grievances of the Mind.

An objection, that the Mind should be better looked to

before Contract, answered

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CHAPTER IV. The second Reason of this Law, because

without it, Marriage, as it happens oft, is not a Remedy

of that which it promises, as any rational Creature would

expect. That Marriage, if we pattern from the Begin-

ning, as our Saviour bids, was not properly the Remedy

of Lust, but the Fulfilling of Conjugal Love and Help-

fulness

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CHAPTER V. The third Reason of this Law, because with-

out it, he who has happened where he tinds Nothing but

remediless Offences and Discontents, is in more and

greater Temptations than ever before

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CHAPTER VI. The fourth Reason of this Law, that God

regards Love and Peace in the Family, more than a com-

pulsive Performance of Marriage, which is more broke

by a grivous Continuance, than by a needful Divorce 102

CHAPTER VII. The fifth Reason, that Nothing more hin.

ders and disturbs the whole Life of a Christian, than a

Matrimony found to be incurably unfit, and doth the

same in Effect that an idolatrous Match

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CHAPTER VIII. That an idolatrous Heretic ought to be

divorced, after a convenient Space given to Hope of

Conversion

107

CHAPTER IX. That Adultery is not the greatest Breach of

Matrimony. That there may be other Violations as

great

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CHAPTER X. The sixth Reason of this Law, that to pro.

hibit Divorce sought for natural Cases, is against Na-

ture

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CHAPTER XI. The seventh Reason, that sometimes Con-

tinuance in Marriage may be evidently the Shortening or

Endangering of Life to either Party ; both Law and Di-

vinity concluding, that Life is to be preferred before

Marriage, the intended Solace of Life

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CHAPTER XII. The eighth Reason, it is probable or rather

certain, that every one who happens to marry, hath not

the Calling ; and therefore upon Unfitness found and

considered, Force ought not to be used

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CHAPTER XIII The ninth Reason, because Marriage is

not a mere carnal Coition, but a human Society ; where

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BOOK SECOND. CHAPTER I. The Ordinance of Sab-

bath and Marriage compared. Hyperbole no unfrequent

Figure in the Gospel. Excess cured by contrary Ex-

Christ neither did nor could abrogate the Law of

Divorce, but only reprieve the Abuse thereof

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CHAPTER III. That to allow Sin by Law, is against the

Nature of Law, the End of the Lawgiver, and the Good

of the People. Impossible therefore in the Law of God 128

CHAPTER IV. The Solution of Rivetus, that God dispensed

by some unknown Way, ought not to satisfy a Christian

Mind

124

CHAPTER VIII. The true Sense how Moses suffered Di-

vorce for Hardness of Heart

126

CHAPTER IX. The Words of the Institution how to be

understood; and of our Saviour's Answer to his Disci.

ples

128

CHAPTER XIV. That Beza's Opinion of regulating Sin by

apostolic Law cannot be sound

131

CHAPTER XV. That Divorce was not given for Wives

only, as Beza and Par us write . .

133

CHAPTER XVI. How to be understood that they must be

one Flesh ; and how that those whom God hath joined,

Man should not sunder

134

CHAPTER XIX. Christ's Manner Teaching. St Paul

adds to this Matter of Divorce without Command, to

show the Matter to be of Equity, not of Rigor. That

the Bondage of a Christian may be as much, and his

Peace as little, in some other Marriages besides idola.

trous. If those Arguments therefore be good in that

one Case, why not in those other ? Therefore the Apos-

tle himself adds εν τοις τοιούτοις

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CHAPTER XX. The Meaning of St Paul, that 'Charity be.

lieveth all things. What is to be said to the License

which is vainly feared will grow hereby. What to those

who never have done prescribing Patience in this case.

The Papist most severe against Divorce, yet most easy

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