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erat hoc, quod vir duos sorores duccret. The vilest deeds which the old Arabs did, in the time of their ignorance, was this, that a man married two sisters."

The CHURCH of Christ has always viewed incest as an heinous and detestable crime. Under the dispensation of the Old Testament, the enormity of the sin was deeply impressed upon the public mind, and always punished by cutting off, or excommunicating the offenders, and, in some instances, by death. The law was plain and absolute. No excuse or paliation would be admitted. - When John reproved Herod for taking the wife of his brother Philip, he expressed the prevailing sentiment of the Jews, as well as the direct language of the law of God. If Philip were then alive, which is not certain, (for Herod had two sons named Philip; one was called Philip Herod, the other Philip Antipater *) it would have been adultery. But he was guilty of a more


*   Verissimum est inter Herodis magni filios, qui novem fuere, duos appellatos fuisse Philippos: sed horum alterum, qui natus erat ex Simonis Pontificis filia, dictum fuisse Philippum Herodem; quomodo et iste de quo haec narrator historia Antipater aut Antipes Herodes dicebatur; atque isto addimento Philippum hune ruinorem distinctum ab altero majore, qui Trachonitides fuit Tetrachsa.


heinous sin than adultery, and the intrepid Baptist arraigns him, not for adultery, but for incest. "It is not lawful for thee to have THY BROTHER'S WIFE;" she is thy sister in law, she is too near of kin, it is incest. Mark vi. 18.

A case of incest occurred early under the Christian dispensation, and was immediately noticed and punished. The incestuous person, by the command of the Apostle, and in the adorable name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ was, without delay or remonstrance, instantly cast out and excommunicated from all the privileges of the Church. 1 Cor. v. 3. 5.

The PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANS were distinguished for their ardent piety and exemplary morals. So rigid were they and unconforming to the wicked maxims and licentious customs of the world, that they excited the astonishment and enmity of the Heathen among whom they lived. In nothing were they more remarkable than in their continence and chastity. If any of their communion were chargeable with the appearance of immodest behaviour or uncleanness, it was noticed with horror and


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