Of domesticall duties eight treatises. I. An exposition of that part of Scripture out of which domesticall duties are raised. ... VIII. Duties of masters. By William Gouge.
Gouge, William, 1578-1653.

5. Obiect. We are expresly forbidden to be dseruants of men.

Answ. To be a seruant in that place is not simply to be in sub∣iection * vnder another, and to doe seruice vnto him, but to be Page  594 so obsequious to a man, so addicted to please him, and so sub∣iect to his will, as to doe whatsoeuer he will haue done: to re∣gard nothing but his pleasure: to prefer it before Gods word and will. It is not therefore the thing it selfe, but an excesse therein which is there forbidden.