2. Others scorne to be corrected: which disdaine they ma∣nifest many waies: as
1. By muttering, and saying they came not for that end. But though that were not the maine end of their subiection, yet is it a meanes to keepe them vnder subiection: and therefore to be endured by them.
2. By running away, as *Hagar.
3. By strugling and striuing with their master or mistresse: and taking the staffe or wand by the end: or by holding the hands of those that correct them.
Obiect. Shall I suffer my selfe wrongfully to be beaten, when I can helpe my selfe and hinder it?
Answ. 1. Seruants may not be their owne Iudges whether their correction be iust or vniust: for men are so prone to sooth themselues and to extenuate the euill actions which they doe, as if they be not corrected till they thinke it iust, they would neuer be corrected.
2. To endure punishment (that I may vse Saint PetersPage 614 word) is not otherwaies thanke-worthy. If iustly thou beest punished, thou hast but thy desert. If forcibly so as thou canst not resist, necessity maketh thee beare it. The sturdiest theeues that be, being pinnied, suffer themselues to be turned ouer, because they see a necessity. But Christ (whose e exam∣ple in this case is set before seruants) f could haue freed him∣selfe but would not. If seruants endure for conscience sake, they will not resist, though they be able.
3. Others if they be smitten by master or mistresse, will giue as much as they receiue, they will smite againe: a practise vnbeseeming any Christian, but most vnseemely for Christian seruants: who manifest thereby a despight of Gods image and power in their masters.
4. Others are so possessed with a deuill, as they will seeke all the reuenge they can, if they be corrected: whence it com∣meth to passe that some hot, heady, hardy youth, sticke not to challenge their masters into the field: and others, more mali∣ciously minded, secretly endeuour to take away the life of their masters. Many that haue not the opportunity to practise such villanies, doe notwithstanding in their hearts wish their masters destruction, and make most fearefull imprecations against them; whereby they make themselues guilty of blood before God.