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hibit Divorce sought for natural Cases, is against Na-



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


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


CHAPTER XIII The ninth Reason, because Marriage is

not a mere rnal Coition, but a human ciety ; 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


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 123

CHAPTER IV. The Solution of Rivetus, that God dispensed

by some unknown Way, ought not to satisfy a Christian



CHAPTER VIII. The true Sense how Moses suffered Di-

vorce for Hardness of Heart


CHAPTER IX. The Words of the Institution how to be

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



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

apostolic Law cannot be sound


CHAPTER XV. That Divorce was not given for Wives

only, as Beza and Par us write .


CHAPTER XVI. How to be understood that they must be

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

Man should not sunder


CHAPTER XIX. Christ's Manner of 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


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

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

which is vainly feared will grow her eby. 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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