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The Pure LANGUAGE Of the Spirit of Truth, Set forth for the confounding falſe Languages, act­ed out of pride, ambition, and deceit.OR Thee and Thou, In its place is the proper Language to any ſingle perſon whatſoever.Proved by ſeveral Examples, that is herein laid down by plain Scripture, for the convinceing, and ſtopping the mouths of gainſayers: many more Examples might have been laid down, but what is herein men­tioned and proved by Scriptures are ſufficient for the ſame.

THe Word of the Lord God, to all you who cannot bear the pure language of the Scriptures, and to all who are in the Spirit, and the language they were in that gave forth the Scriptures.

Firſt, Ye that have profeſſed the Scriptures to be your rule, Prieſts, People, Judges, Nobles, and Kings, Fathers, Profeſſors and Rulers, who, thee and thou the Lord God, and Chriſt in your prayers, and when any thee & thou you as aforeſaid, you are them who are ready to murder, here you do manifeſt to be them that are out of the faith of our Lord Jeſus Chriſt, and ſuch as ſeeks honours one of another, John2 5.44. and you are ſuch who exalts your ſelves above all that is called God, 2 Theſ. 2, 4. who your ſelves Thee and Thou God, and cannot take that your ſelves, which you give unto God, and Chriſt, here that which muſt be abaſed is exalted, which the hand of the Lord is againſt. God ſaid Thee and Thou to Adam, and Adam ſaid Thee and Thou to God again, and God ſaid Thee and Thou to Moſes, and Moſes ſaid Thee and Thou to God again: Jacob ſaid Thee and Thou to Laban, and Laban ſaid Thee and Thou to Jacob again, Thee and Thou is the proper language throughout the Scripture to any ſingle perſon of what degree or account ſoever, ſearch and ſee.

Secondly, You who profeſſe the Scriptures to be your rule, all who are offended at the proper, and alſo the plain language of the Spirit of truth: and Thee and Thou, to any ſingle perſon whatſoever, either King, Lord, Duke, Judge, Captain or Officer, you are ignorant of the life of the Scripture, and alſo ignorant of the language of the Spirit of truth, and knowes not the life of the holy men of God; that ſaid, Thee, and Thou to all ſorts of people in the ſingle perſon, where and whatſoever, as you may read at large in the books of Moſes, Samuel, and the books of Kings, Chronicles, and the writings of the Prophets and holy Apo­ſtles: they all, upon any occaſion whatſoever, ſpoke Thee and Thou, the words in their place are proper to any ſingle perſon, as the Scripture largely witneſſeth.

I inſtance ſome examples for the better information of the ſimple ones ſake, who deſire to walk blameleſly before the Lord, and alſo to ſtop the mouth of the deceipt therein: ſilence all fleſh, and ſtand ſtill ſubtilty.

Firſt Example. In the beginning God ſpake to Adam in paradiſe, and ſaid Thou to him there, as you may read Gen. 2.7, 8. & 16, 17. Verſes: and Adam in the paradiſe there ſaid Thou to God again, read Gen. 3.9, 10, 11, to the end of the chapter.

The ſecond Example. The Lord God of heaven and earth, Creator and Governour thereof, he ſpoke to his ſervant Moſes, as a man ſpeaks to his friend, and in his word ſaid Thee and Thou to him, and Moſes the ſervant of the Lord ſpake of God again, and ſaid Thee and Thou to him, and God was not offended at him for it, neither did he ſay it was un­mannerly or uncivill, as proud fleſh doth now, neither did he ſay, take him away, I am in authority, and what a baſe word is this to Thou me, as exalted proud fleſh doth in theſe dayes: Gods preſence, power and authority hath union with Thee and Thou, then that power and authori­ty that cannot beare Thee and Thou is not of God, but judged with the higheſt power, even that which is of God, When Moſes did thou the powerfull God, and in his preſence when he ſpake face to face with him, as a man ſpeaks to his friend, God was not offended at him for it, but loved him dearly, and ſaid, his preſence ſhould go with him, and his goodneſſe ſhould paſſe before him. Read ye the ſweet and pure language between God and Moſes, who friendly did Thee and Thou each other, and the love ſtood firm; and with God and his friends it is the ſame3 ſame now as it was, Exod. 33.11, 12, 13, 14. to the end of the chapter. But they that are the ſervants of the Devil cannot beare the language be­twixt God and his ſervants, but ſhewes another language, and ſo mani­feſts whoſe ſervants they be, of the Devill.

The third Example. When God ſpake to Jacob, he ſaid Thee and Thou to him, and Jacob at that time when he ſpake with God and ſaw his face, he then in the preſence of the Lord did ſay Thee and Thou to him again, and the Lord God was not offended at Jacob, for ſaying thou to him, as proud fleſh and the ſervants of the Devil are offended at the word Thou, ſpoken by the ſervants of the Lord in this generation, the living God, he was ſo well pleaſed with Jacob, who ſaid Thou, to him, that he bleſſed him, and gave him power, and ſaid, As a Prince haſt thou power with God, and with men, and haſt prevailed, Gen. 32.26, 27, 28. read that ſweet language betwixt God and Jacob, which is now betwixt God and his ſeed, which language is called uncivill or unman­nerly now with the Serpent and his ſeed, to ſay Thee and Thou, but God did not tell Jacob that it was uncivill, neither did he ſay it was un­mannerly, to ſay Thou to him. And in his preſence, when he ſaw Gods face, and was preſerved, and received the bleſſing from the Lord, Gen. 32.28, 29, 30.

A fourth Example. Between godly parents and their children. For, godly parents did Thou their children, and children did Thou their pa­rents again, and they were not offended at them for it (as pride is now) when Jacobs Sons did Thou their godly father,Gen. 43.1, 2, 3, &c. Gen. 47.29, 30 Jacob did not ſay to his ſons that it was an uncivill and unmannerly word, (as proud and ungod­godly parents are ready to ſay now to ſuch children as fear and obey the Lord) but read the paſſages betwixt Jacob and his ſons, who ſaid thee and thou to each other; as words came in their places; and let their pra­ctice judge your pride and deceipt, who are of the Serpent and his ſeed, that are at enmity with the ſeed of God, and are offended at thee and thou, which they were not, nor are not now who are of Jacob and his ſeed, bleſſed for ever, but the Serpent and his ſeed are accurſt, and caſt out from God, therefore are they offended at the children of God, for ſpeaking the language of the Spirit of truth, witneſſed before amongſt the holy men of God. Read Gen. 43.1, 3, 4, 5. Gen. 47.29, 30. and Gen. the 48. & 49. chapters.

The fifth Example. Jeptha, who was a Judge in Iſrael, he did thee and thou his daughter; and the Judges daughter did thee and thou the Judge her Father again; and though he were a Judge, he was not offen­ded at his daughter for ſaying, Thou to him, being one that feared God,Iudg. 11.34, 35, &c. and ſerved him, neither did he call it uncivill or unmanerly: as proud fleſh doth now, and ſuch parents as are untaught the fear and obedi­ence to the Lord, which cannot bear the language of the Spirit of truth, either from their children or others that are in the truth, witneſſed in the holy Scriptures, for that example Read Judges Verſes.

4The ſixth Example. Naomi did Thou Ruth her daughter in Law, and Ruth did Thou Naomi her mother in Law again,Ruth 1.16.17. &c. and it were nei­ther uncivill nor unmannerly, as pride and ambition ſaith it is now, that is offended at the pure proper language, who cannot bear thee and thou, read that example of Ruth and Naomi, to judge your pride who are out of their practice, and offended at plainneſſe of ſpeech, Ruth 1.16. &c. Ruth 3.5.6.

The ſeventh Example. Between maſters and ſervants: Maſters did thee and thou their ſervants, and ſervants did thee and thou their Ma­ſters again, and were not offended at them for it. Abraham did thee and thou his ſervant, Gen. 14.2. & 4. and Abrahams ſervant did thee and thou his maſter again, and he were not offended at him for it, Gen. 24.5.6, &c. though he was great and rich, Gen. to the 43. &c. he were not offended at his eldeſt ſervant for ſaying thou to him and to his kindred,Gen. as proud fleſh, and ſuch as are great and rich, who are of the ſerpents ſeed, are offended now at thee and thou, either from their ſervants, or ſuch as truly fear the Lord and ſerve him, therefore do they not follow Abraham the father of the faithfull, judge your ſelves with the life of his words; and for your better information in that, read the 24. chapter of Geneſis.

The eighth Example. Read thoſe other Seripures alſo, where ſervants did thou their maſters, though great and rich, even Kings, &c. 1. Sam. 1. Sam. verſes. 1 Kings

The nineth Example. Abrahams ſervant did thou the damſell, Gen. 24.47. Rebecha, when he went to take her to be his maſters ſons wife, he did thou the damſell Rebecha and her parents, and they were not offended at him for it, but Rebecha's brother ſhewed great kindneſſe to him, as the reſt did, and he called him the bleſſed of the Lord, Gen. 24.31. &c.

The tenth Example. When Daniel and the three Children were exa­mined before the King, they ſaid thou to him, even to the King, in an­ſwer to their examination before him, Dan.

The eleventh Example. The Chaldeans did thou the King, and he were not offended at them for it, read Dan.

The twelfth Example. Jeremiah the true Prophet of the Lord did thou the Prieſt and the Governour, when the Prieſt ſmote Jeremiah on the face, out of the pride of his wicked heart, and cauſed the ſervant of the Lord to be ſet in the ſtocks in the high gate of Benjamin: Read Ier. to the 9. verſe.

The thirteenth Example. Chriſt Jeſus the dear Son of God, in an­ſwer to his examination before the judgment-ſeat did thou the Judge, as in his examination and anſwer may be ſeen more fully. Read the Scriptures for proof to that Example, John Matth. Matth. 27, 11. Mark 15.1.2. John

5The 14. Example. When Paul was before the King, and Gover­nours, and Officers, he did Thou the King, and Thou the chief Prieſt, and thou the Governours, and Officers, when he ſpake to any one in particular, in anſwer to his examination before them, or other­wiſe, as he was moved to ſpeake to any one of them in the particular, and he was not put in priſon for ſaying thou to the King, though the high Prieſt ſmote him on the face, as Prieſt Paſhur ſmote Jeremiah, ſhewing forth the pride and wickedneſſe of their hearts, and here the Prieſts and proud fleſh may read their figures & ſuch as are like Prieſts like people. Hoſea 4.9. Hoſea 6.9. Silence proud fleſh, of what ſort ſoever, that cannot bear thou the word of the Lord, from his ſer­vants that do his Commands alſo: Read the example of Paul in an­ſwer to his examination before the Judgment-ſeat, who did thou the King, and thou the Judge,Acts &c. and thou the Governours and Officers that he had to ſpeak to, and with them one by one or in partitulars, for proof of that example ſee Acts 24.10.11. &c. Acts 25.9.10. &c. at large, Acts 23.24.25, 26. Chapters.

I is a particular, thee is a particular, and Thou is a particular, Single pure proper and plain unto one.

Wee is many, Ye is many, they is many, and You more then one. That which cannot bear thee and thou, to a ſingle perſon what ſort ſo­ever, is exalted proud fleſh and is accurſed with a curſe, and caſt out from God, but ſuch are the ſerpent and his ſeed, therefore ſilence deceipt, pride and ambition, who art of that ſeed and under that curſe ſtop thy mouth, who profeſſeth the Scriptures to be thy rule, and takes them to talk of as the Serpent did, Matth. 23.33. but works contrary to them as ſuch e­ver did, and when any ſayes thee or thou to thee, thou ſnuffs like the wilde Aſſe: Read thy ſelfe, Jer. 2.23.24. with the life of the Scriptures art thou judged, 1 Cor. 2.15. And with the Scripture art thou alſo caſt out from the people of God, who hath not yet learned their Language, who lives in the luſt, hypocriſie, pride and ambition,Matth. 23.27.28, 29. to the 34. who haſt profeſ­ſed the Scripture to be thy rule, but now thy hypocriſie is diſcovered, who cannot endure the language and life that gave forth the Scripture, there­fore art thou manifeſt to be the Serpent, and the painted harlot, which was ever judged with the Sprit of truth, in which is the pure language, which is the Judge of all falſe languages, and the Judge of unclean ſpi­rits, which uncleane ſprits now themſelves do manifeſt, which gnaw their tongues, and gnaſh their teeth,Rev. 16.10.11. Iſa. 8.21.22. fret themſelves at the pure language of the Spirit that gave forth the Scriptures. Matth. Zeph. 3.8.9. &c.

R. F.

Many other examples might be inſtanced, but theſe are ſufficient to convince and ſtop the mouthes of gainſayers, about that which in the Examples before mentioned.

Written from us, whom the world calls Quakers; who witneſſe and6 practiſe the pure, proper, and ſingle plain Language, as the holy men and people of God of old time did, which the Scriptures bears teſtimony unto, &c.

R. Forneworth.

Nakedneſſe a ſigne or figure.

When the Lord ſpake to Iſay, in the year that Tartan came to Aſh­dod, at the ſame time ſpake the Lord by Iſay the ſon of Amos, ſaying, go and looſe thy ſackcloth from off thy loynes, and put off thy ſhoes from off thy feet: And he did ſo, walking naked and barefoot, and the Lord ſayd, like as my ſervant Iſay hath walked, naked and barefoot three years for a ſigne and a wonder upon Egypt and Ethiopia, Iſay. So ſhal the King of Aſſyria lead away the Egyptians priſoners, and the Ethiopians Captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the ſhame of Egypt, and they ſhall be afraid and aſhamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory, 4, 5. Verſes.

Now if the Lord in this generation ſpeak to any to put off their gaw­dy attire, and to go in ſackcloth, and to be a figure to the people, that ſo ſhould all the pride and glory of the world and of the pomp and Egyp­tian craft be caſt off and layd aſide:

That would be a wonder to this generation, to them that truſt in fleſh and go down to Egypt for help, and if the Lord ſhould in this generati­on cauſe one to put off his garments and his ſhoes, and go naked and barefoot, three dayes, to ſhew to all, that as he is naked and barefoot three dayes before them, without covering, ſo muſt they be all uncovered, and their ſhame & nakedneſſe appear before the Lord, and before all, it would make them ſtartle, & they would wonder at it, in this Egyptian proud luſtful generation, as they wondered at Eſay, when he went naked and barefoot 3. years for a ſigne. The Lord ſaith, ſtrip, go make you bare, caſt off all your cloaths of diſhoneſty, and do not cover you with a profeſ­ſion, and pretence of godlineſſe, and ſtill walk in craftineſſe, guile and deccit, for your ſhame ſhall appear, and all your covers will be too nar­row to hide you, for the vail is renting away that hath been ſpread over all nations, Woe to the crown of pride, behold ye deſpiſers, wonder and periſh, for I will work a work in your dayes, which you will in no wiſe believe, though a man declare it to you, beware least that come upon you which is ſpoken of in the Prophets.

Read and underſtand, ſhame and confuſion is coming upon all Egypt, Ethiopia and Idumea, and the people of Gods curſe, one woe is paſt and behold a ſecond woe is coming.

7Dwell in the light, which is the condemnation of the ungodly, for all they that are contrary to the light, are without the cloathing of God, a­mong ſuch doth the Lord ſend ſome of his Children, to go naked and put off their cloaths; a figure and a ſigne of their nakedneſſe, who are naked from god, and cloathed with the filthy garments, ſo ye all dwel­ling in the light, which never changeth, ye ſtumble not but are led out of darkneſſe, and from among the unbeleivers, where the ſignes are ſent, and ſuch as are from God, which light leads up to God, in which is the unity, ſo in the light all dwell.


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TextThe pure language of the spirit of truth, set forth for the confounding false languages, acted out of pride, ambition, and deceit. Or, thee and thou, in its place is the proper language to any single person whatsoever. Proved by several examples, that is herein laid down by plain Scripture, for the convinceing, and stopping the mouths of gainsayers: many more examples might have been laid down, but what is herein mentioned and proved by Scriptures are sufficient for the same.
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Bibliographic informationThe pure language of the spirit of truth, set forth for the confounding false languages, acted out of pride, ambition, and deceit. Or, thee and thou, in its place is the proper language to any single person whatsoever. Proved by several examples, that is herein laid down by plain Scripture, for the convinceing, and stopping the mouths of gainsayers: many more examples might have been laid down, but what is herein mentioned and proved by Scriptures are sufficient for the same. R. F. (Richard Farnworth), d. 1666.. 7, [1] p. Printed for Giles Calvert at the black spread Eagle neer the west end of Pauls,[London] :1655.. (Caption title.) (Imprint from colophon.) (Page 6 signed: R. Forneworth.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: "March 1 1654".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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