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.

§. 131. Of masters subiection to a greater master.

The latter part of this verse containeth a reason to enforce the directions in the former part. The reason in summe layeth downe that subiection wherein masters are vnder God. A point whereof none of them could be ignorant, and therefore he thus setteth it downe, knowing: for, *

All men know that there is an higher then the highest on earth.* The light of nature reuealeth as much, no Pagan, much lesse Christian, can be ignorant thereof. In that speaking to ma∣sters he telleth them that they haue a master, thereby he giueth them to vnderstand, that

They which are in authoritie, are also vnder authoritie: masters * haue a master. For God is Lord of Lords, Master of masters. In this respect saith Ioseph a great Gouernour, am not I vnder God?

These two little particles (euen your, or your also) adde some * emphasis: hauing reference to seruants, as if he had said, as well your master, as your seruants master. Some Greeke co∣pies, for more perspicuitie, thus read it (both your and their ma∣ster)* the sense is all one which way soeuer we read it: It shew∣eth that in relation to God,

Masters and seruants are in the same subiection, and vnder a * like command. There is one master, euen Christ: and all men whosoeuer are brethren, fellow-seruants.