1. Is it a sin to fret at the disposals of God's providence? Yes: for shall we receive good of the hand of the Lord, and shall we not receive evil also? Job 2:10. Is it a sin to quarrel with them? Yes: for they that murmured were destroyed of the destroyer, 1 Cor. 10:10. Is it an evil thing to undervalue the mercies we have? Yes: as the Israelites that said, There is nothing besides this manna, Numb. 11:6. And to aggravate the afflictions we are under? Yes: as they that said, We die, we perish, we all perish, Numb. 17:12. May we in any thing be discontented? No: for we must in everything give thanks, 1 Thess. 5:18.
2. Is it a sin against this commandment to envy our neighbour's welfare? Yes: for charity envieth not, 1 Cor. 13:4. Is envy an offence to God? Yes: for is our eye evil because his is good? Matt. 20:15. Is it hurtful to ourselves? Yes: for envy is the rottenness of the bones, Prov. 14:30. Is it the cause of much mischief? Yes: for where envy is, there is confusion, and every evil work, James 3:16. Is it a sin to be pleased with our neighbour's hurt or loss? Yes: he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished, Prov. 17:5.
3. Is it a sin to desire to sin? Yes: Lust not after evil things, as they also lusted, 1 Cor. 10:6. Does all sin begin in the lustings of the heart? Yes: for lust, when it hath conceived, bringeth forth sin, James 1:15. Is it a sin to desire any temporal good inordinately? Yes: as Rachel, that said, Give me children, or else I die, Gen. 30:1. And is it a sin to lust after the delights of sense? Yes: as the Israelites who wept again, saying, Who will give us flesh to eat? Numb.11:4. Must we therefore suppress all sinful desires? Yes: and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof, Rom. 13:l4.
4. Is it a sin to set our hearts upon worldly wealth? Yes: Love not the world, nor the things that are in the world, 1 John 2:15. Is covetousness an offence to God? Yes: for it is idolatry, Col. 3:5. Will it be a vexation to ourselves? Yes: for he that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, Eccl. 5:10. Will it be a vexation to our families? Yes: for he that is greedy of gain troubles his own house, Prov. 15:27.
5. And injurious to our neighbour? Yes: for they that lay house to house, and field to field, would be placed alone in the midst of the earth, Isa. 5:8. Is covetousness the cause of much sin? Yes: for they that will be rich, fall into temptation and a snare, 1 Tim.6:9. Must we therefore watch against it? Yes: Take heed, and beware of covetousness, I.uke 12:15. And must we abstain from all the practices of it? Yes: Let your conversation be without covetousness, Heb. 13:5. And must we pray earnestly against it? Yes: Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness, Ps. 119:36.