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Womens Speaking
Justified, Proved and Allowed of by the
Scriptures,


All such as speak by the Spirit and Power of the
Lord Jesus:


And how women were the first that preached
the Tidings of the Resurrection of Jesuus,
and were sent by Christ’s Own
Command, before He ascended
to the Father, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.John
20. 17
.

“And it shall come to pass, in the last dayes, saith the Lord, ‘I
will pour out of my Spirit upon all Flesh; your Sons and Daughters
shall Prophesie’
,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Acts 2. 27. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joel 2.28.
“It is written in the Prophets, ‘They shall be all taught of God’,
saith Christ,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.John 6.45.
“And all thy Children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall
be the Peace of thy Children,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Isa. 54.13.
“‘And they shall teach no more every man his Neighbour, and every
man his Brother, saying, “Know the Lord”; for they shall all
know me, from the least to the greatest of them’
, saith the Lord.”

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jer. 31.34.

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Womens Speaking Justified,
Proved and Allowed by
the Scriptures.

Whereas it hath been an Objection in the minds of many, and
several times hath been objected by the Clergy, or Ministers, and
others, against Womens speaking in the Church; and so consequently
may be taken, that they are condemned for medling in the
things of God; the ground of which Objection, is taken from the Apostles
words, which he writ in his INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.first Epistle to the Corinthians, chap.chapter 14.
vers.verse 34, 35.
And also what he writ to Timothy in the first Epistle; chap.chapter
2. chap.chapter 11, 12. But how far they wrong the Apostles intentions in these
Scriptures, we shall shew clearly when we come to them in their course and
order. But first let me lay down how God himself hath manifested his
Will and Mind concerning women, and unto women.

And first, when “God created Man in his owne Image: in the Image
of God created he them, Male and Female: and God blessed them, and
God said unto them, ‘Be fruitful, and multiply’: And God said, ‘Behold,
I have given you of every Herb’
, &c.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1. Here God joyns them
together in his own Image, and makes no such distinctions and differences
as men do; for though they be weak, he is strong; and as he
said to the Apostle, “His Grace is sufficient, and his strength is made manifest
in weakness,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Cor. 12. 9. And such hath the Lord chosen, even
“the weak things of the world, to confound the things which are mighty; and
things which are despised, hath God chosen, to bring to nought things that
are,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 1. And God hath put no such difference between Male and
Female as men would make.

It is true, “The Serpent that was more subtile then any other Beast of the
Field,”
came unto the Woman, with his Temptations, and with a lie:
his subtilty discerning her to be more inclinable to hearken to him,
when he said “If ye eat, your eyes shall be opened”: and the woman saw
that “the Fruit was good to make one wise,” there the temptation got into
her, and she did eat, and gave to her Husband, and he did eat” also, and A2 so A2v 4
so they were both tempted into the transgression and disobedience;
and therefore God said unto Adam, when that he hid himself when
he heard his voice, “‘Hast thou eaten of the Tree which I commanded thee
that thou shouldest not eat?’
and Adam said, ‘The Woman which thou gavest
me, she gave me of the Tree, and I did eat.’
And the Lord said unto the
Woman,
‘What is this that thou hast done?’ and the Woman said, ‘The
Serpent beguiled me, and I did eat’
.”
Here the Woman spoke the truth
unto the Lord: See what the Lord saith, versverse. 15. after he had pronounced
Sentence on the Serpent; “I will put enmity between thee and the
Woman, and between thy Seed and her Seed; it shall bruise thy head, and
thou shalt bruise his heel,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 3.

Let this Word of the Lord, which was from the beginning, stop the
mouths of all that oppose Womens Speaking in the Power of the Lord;
for he hath put enmity between the Woman and the Serpent; and if
the Seed of the Woman speak not, the Seed of the Serpent speaks;
for God hath put enmity between the two Seeds, and it is manifest,
that those that speak against the Woman and her Seeds Speaking, speak
out of the enmity of the old Serpents Seed; and God hath fulfilled his
Word and his Promise, “When the fulness of time was come, he hath sent
forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the Law, that we might receive
the adoption of Sons,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gal. 4.4, 5.

Moreover, the Lord is pleased, when he mentions his Church, to
call her by the name of Woman by his Prophets, saying, “I have called
thee as a Woman forsaken, and grieved in Spirit, and as a wife of Youth,”

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Isa. 54. “Again, How long wilt thou go about, thou back-sliding Daughter?
For the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, a woman shall
compass a Man,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Jer. 31. 22. And David, when he was speaking of
Christ and his Church, he saith, “The Kings Daughter is all glorious
within, her cloathing is of wrought Gold; she shall be brought unto the
King: with gladness and rejoycing shall they be brought; they shall enter
into the Kings Pallace.”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal. 45. And also King Solomon in his Song,
where he speaks of Christ and his Church, where she is complaining and
calling for Christ, he saith, “If thou knowest not, O thou fairest among
women, go thy way by the footsteps of the Flock,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Cant. 1.8.c.5.9. And
John, when he saw the wonder that was in Heaven, he saw “a woman clothed
with the Sun, and the Moon under her feet, and upon her head a Crown
of twelve Stars; and there appeared another wonder in Heaven, a great red
Dragon stood ready to devour her Child”
: here the enmity appears that
God put between the woman and the Dragon, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Revelations 12.

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Thus much may prove that the Church of Christ is a woman, and
those that speak against the womans speaking, speak against the Church
of Christ, and the Seed of the woman, which Seed is Christ; that is
to say, Those that speak against the Power of the Lord, and the Spirit
of the Lord speaking in a woman, simply by reason of her Sex, or
because she is a Woman, not regarding the Seed, and Spirit, and
Power that speaks in her; such speak against Christ, and his Church,
and are the Seed of the Serpent, wherein lodgeth the enmity. And
as God the Father made no such difference in the first Creation, nor
never since between the Male and the Female, but alwayes out of his
Mercy and loving kindness, had regard unto the weak. So also, his
Son, Christ Jesus, confirms the same thing: when the Pharisees came to
him, and asked him, if it were lawful for a man to put away his Wife?
he answered and said unto them, “‘Have you not read, That he that made
them in the beginning, made them Male and Female’
, and said, ‘For this
cause shall a Man leave Father and Mother, and shall cleave unto his Wife,
and they twain shall be one flesh, wherefore they are no more twain but one flesh;
What therefore God hath joyned together, let no man put asunder’
,”

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 19.

Again, Christ J esus, when he came to the City of Samaria, where
Jacobs Well was, where the Woman of Samaria was; you may read,
in INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.John 4. how he was pleased to preach the Everlasting Gospel to her;
and when the Woman said unto him, “‘I know when the Messiah cometh,’
(which is called Christ) ‘when he cometh, he will tell us all things’;
Jesus saith unto her, ‘I that speak unto thee am he’”
; This is more than
ever he said in plain words to Man or Woman (that we read of) before
he suffered. Also he said unto Martha, when she said, she knew
that her Brother should rise again in the last day, Jesus said unto her,
“‘I am the Resurrection and the Life: he that believeth on me, though he were
dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth shall never die.
Believest thou this?’
she answered, ‘Yea, Lord, I believe thou art the Christ,
the Son of God’
.”
Here she manifested her true and saving Faith, which
few at that day believed so on him, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.John 11. 25, 26.

Also that Woman that came unto Jesus with an Alabaster Box of
very precious Oyntment, and poured it on his Head as he sat at meat;
it’s manifested that this Woman knew more of the secret Power and
Wisdom of God, then his Disciples did, that were filled with indignation
against her; and therefore Jesus saith, “Why do ye trouble the Woman?
for she hath wrought a good work upon me; Verily, I say unto you,
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this that this Woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Matt. 26.
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mark. 14. 3
. Luke saith further, “She was a sinner,” and that she stood
at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with her tears
and did wipe them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and annointed
them with Oyntment”
. And when Jesus saw the Heart of the Pharisee
that hath bidden him to his house, he took occasion to speak unto
Simon as you may read in INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luke 7. and he turned to the woman, and
said, Simon, “seest thou this Woman? Thou gavest me no water to my feet,
but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hair of her
head: Thou gavest me no kiss, but this Woman, since I came in, hath not
ceased to kiss my Feet: My Head with Oyl thou didst not annoint, but this
Woman hath annointed my Feet with Oyntment: wherefore I say unto thee,
her sins, which are many, are forgiven her, for she hath loved much,”

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luke 7. 37. to the end.

Also there was many women wich followed Jesus from Galilee,
ministring unto him, and stood a far off when he was Crucified, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat.
28. 55.
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mark 15. Yea even the women of Jerusalem wept for him,
insomuch that he said unto them, “Weep not for me, Ye Daughters of Jerusalem,
but weep for your selves, and for your Children,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luke 23.
28
.

“And certain Women which had been healed of evil Spirits and Infirmities,
Mary Magdalen, and Joanna the Wife of Chuza, Herods Stewards
Wife, and many others which ministred unto him of their substance,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luke
6. 2, 3
.

Thus we see that Jesus owned the Love and Grace that appeared in
Women, and did not despise it, and by what is recorded in the Scriptures,
he received as much love, kindness, compassion, and tender
dealing towards him from Women, as he did from any others, both in
his life time, and also after they had exercised their cruelty upon him,
for Mary Magdalene, and Mary the Mother of Joses, beheld where he
was laid: “And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalen, and Mary
the Mother of James, and Salom, had brought sweet spices that they might
annoint him: And very early in the morning, the first day of the week,
they came unto the Sepulchre at the rising of the Sun, And they said among
themselves who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the Sepulchre?
And when they looked, the stone was rolled away for it was very great:”

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mark 16. 1, 2, 3, 4. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luke 24. 1, 2. “and they went down into the sepulchre,
and as”
Matthew saith, “The Angel rolled away the stone, and he
said unto the Women, ‘Fear not, I know, whom ye seek, Jesus which was Crucified A4r 7
Crucified: he is not here, he is risen’
,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 28. Now Luke saith thus:
that “there stood two men by them in shining apparel, and as they were perplexed
and afraid, the men said unto them, ‘He is not here; remember how
he said unto you when he was in Galilee, That the Son of Man must be
delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise
again’
, and they remembered his words, and returned from the Sepulchre,
and told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest”
.

It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the Mother of James,
and the other Women that were with them, which told these things to
the Apostles, “And their words seemed unto them as idle tales, and they believed
them not”
. Mark this, ye despisers of the weakness of Women,
and look upon your selves to be so wise: but Christ Jesus doth not so,
for he makes use of the weak: For when he met the women after he
was risen, he said unto them, “All Hail”, and they came and held him
by the Feet, and worshipped him, then said Jesus unto them, “Be not afraid,
go tell my Brethren that they go into Gallilee, and there they shall
see me,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mat. 28. 10. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mark 16. 9. And John saith, when Mary was
weeping at the Sepulchre, that Jesus said unto her, “‘Woman, why weepest
thou? what seekest thou?’
And when she supposed him to be the Gardiner,
Jesus saith unto her, ‘Mary’; she turned her self, and saith unto him, ‘Rabboni,’
which is to say master: Jesus saith unto her, ‘Touch me not, for I
am not yet ascended to my Father, but go to my Brethren, and say unto them
I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God’
,”

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.John 20. 16, 17.

Mark this, you that despise and oppose the Message of the Lord God
that he sends by women, what had become of the Redemption of the
whole Body of Man-kind, if they had not believed the Message that
the Lord Jesus sent by these women, of and concerning his Resurrection?
And if these women had not thus, out of the tenderness
and bowels of love, who had received Mercy, and Grace, and fo rgiveness
of sins, and Virtue, and Healing from him, which many men also
had received the like, if their hearts had not been so united and knit
unto him in love, that they could not depart as the men did, but sat
watching, and waiting, and weeping about the Sepulchre untill the time
of his Resurrection, and so were ready to carry his Message, as is
manifested, else how should his Disciples have known, who were not
there?

Oh! blessed and glorified be the Glorious Lord, for this may all the
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knew God, is alwayes ready to except against the weak; but the weakness
of God is stronger than men, and the foolishness of God is wiser then
men.

And in INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Act. 18. you may read how Aquila and Priscilla took unto them
Apollos, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly; who
was an eloquent man, and mighty in the Scriptures: yet we do not read
that he despised what Priscilla said, because she was a Woman, as many
now do.

And now to the Apostles words, which is the ground of the great
Objection against Womens speaking: And first, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 14. let the
Reader seriously read that Chapter, and see the end and drift of the
Apostle in speaking these words: for the Apostle is their exhorting the
Corinthians unto charity, and to desire Spiritual gifts, and not to speak
in an unknown tongue, and not to be Children in understanding, but
to be Children in malice, but in understanding to be men; and that
the Spirits of the Prophets should be subject to the Prophets, for God is
not the Author of Confusion, but of Peace: And then he saith, “Let your
Women keep silence in the Church,”
&c.

Where it doth plainly appear that the women, as well as others,
that were among them, were in confusion, for he saith, “How is it Brethren?
when ye come together, every one of you hath a Psalm, hath a Doctrine,
hath a Tongue, hath a Revelation, hath an Interpretation? let all
things be done to edifying”
. Here was no edifying, but all was in confusion
speaking together: Therefore he saith, “If any man speak in an
unknown Tongue, let it be by two, or at most by three, and that by course,
and let one Interpret, but if there be no Interpreter, let him keep silence in
the Church”
. Here the Man is commanded to keep silence as well as
the woman, when they are in confusion and out of order.

But the Apostle saith further, “‘They are commanded to be in Obedience,’
as also saith the Law; and ‘if they will learn anything, let them ask their
Husbands at home, for it is a shame for a Woman to speak in the Church’
.”

Here the Apostle clearly manifests his intent; for he speaks of women
that were under the Law, and in that Transgression as Eve was, and such
as were to learn, and not to speak publickly, but they must first ask their
Husbands at home, and it was a shame for such to speak in the Church: And
it appears clearly, that such women were speaking among the Corinthians,
by the Apostles exhorting them from malice and strife, and confusion,
and he preacheth the Law unto them, and he saith, “in the Law it is written,
‘With men of other tongues, and other lips, will I speak unto this people’,”

vers.verse 21.

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And what is all this to Womens Speaking? that have the Everlasting
Gospel to preach, and upon whom the Promise of the Lord is fulfilled,
and his Spirit poured upon them according to his word, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Acts 2.
16, 17, 18
. And if the Apostle would have stopped such as had the Spirit
of the Lord poured upon them, why did he say just before, “If any
thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace?”

and “you may all prophesie one by one.” Here he did not say that such Women
should not Prophesie as had the Revelation and Spirit of God
poured upon them, but their Women that were under the Law, and in
the Transgression, and were in strife, confusion and malice in their speaking,
for if he had stopt Womens praying or prophesying, why doth he
say: “Every man praying or prophesying having his head covered, dishonoureth
his head; but every Woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered,
dishonoureth her head? Judge in your selves, Is it comely that a
Woman pray or prophesie uncovered? For the Woman is not without the Man,
neither is the Man without the Woman, in the Lord,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 11. 3, 4, 13.

Also that other Scripture, in INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Tim. 2. where he is exhorting that
Prayer and Supplication be made every where, lifting up holy Hands
without wrath and doubting; he saith in the like manner also, That
“Women must adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefastness and sobriety,
not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearl, or costly array”
; He saith,
“Let Women learn in silence with all subjection, but I suffer not a Woman to
teach, nor to usurp authority over the Man, but to be in silence; for Adam
was first formed, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the Woman being
deceived was in the transgression”
.

Here the Apostle speaks particularly to a Woman in Relation to her
Husband, to be in subjection to him, and not to teach, nor usurp authority
over him, and therefore he mentions Adam and Eve: But let
it be strained to the utmost, as the opposers of Womens Speaking
would have it, that is, That they should not preach nor speak in the
Church, of which there is nothing here: Yet the Apostle is speaking
to such as he is teaching to wear their apparel, what to wear, and what
not to wear; such as were not come to wear modest apparel, and such
as were not come to shamefastness and sobriety, but he was exhorting
them from broidered hair, gold, and pearls, and costly array; and such
are not to usurp authority over the Man, but to learn in silence with
all subjection, as it becometh Women professing Godliness with good
works.

And what is all this to such as have the Power and Spirit of the Lord BJesusB1v10
Jesus
poured upon them, and have the Message of the Lord Jesus given
unto them? must not they speak the Word of the Lord because of
these undecent and unreverent Women that the Apostle speaks of, and
to, in these two Scriptures? And how are the men of this Generation
blinded, that bring these Scriptures, and pervert the Apostles Words,
and corrupt his intent in speaking of them? and by these Scriptures, endeavour
to stop the Message and Word of the Lord God in Women, by
contemning and despising of them. If the Apostle would have had
Womens speaking stopt, and did not allow of them, why did he entreat
his true Yoak-fellow to help those Women who laboured with him in
the Gospel? INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Phil. 4. 3. And why did the Apostles joyn together in
Prayer and Supp lication with the Women, and Mary the Mother of
Jesus, and with his B rethren, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Acts 1. 14. if they had not allowed,
and had union and fellowship with the Spirit of God, wherever it was
revealed in Women as well as others? But all this opposing and gainsaying
of Womens Speaking, hath risen out of the bottomless Pit, and
spirit of Darkness that hath spoken for these many hundred years together
in this night of Apostacy, since the Revelations have ceased and
been hid, and so that spirit hath limited and bound all up within its bond
and compass, and so would suffer none to speak, but such as that spirit of
Darkness, approved of, Man or Woman.

And so here hath been the misery of these last Ages past, in the time
of the Reign of the Beast, that John saw when he stood upon the Sand
of the Sea, rising out of the Sea, and out of the Earth, having seven
Heads and ten Horns, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 13. In this great City of Babylon, which
is the woman that hath sitten so long upon the Scarlet-coloured Beast,
full of names of Blasphemy, having seven Heads and ten Horns; and
this Woman hath been arrayed and decked with gold, and pearls, and
precious stones; and she hath had a golden Cup in her hand, full of
Abominations, and hath made all Nations drunk with the Cup of her
Fornication; and all the world hath wondred after the Beast, and hath
worshipped the Dragon that gave power to the Beast; and this woman
hath been drunk with the blood of the Saints, and with the blood of
the Martyrs of Jesus; and this hath been the woman that hath been
speaking and usurping authority for many hundred years together:
And let the times and ages past testifie how many have been murdered
and slain, in Ages and Generations past; every Religion and Profession
(as it hath been called) killing and murdering one another, that would
not joyn one with another: And thus the Spirit of Truth, and the Power of B2r 11
of the Lord Jesus Christ hath been quite lost among them that have done
this; and this mother of Harlots hath sitten as a Queen, and said, “She
should see no sorrow,”
but though her dayes have been long, even many
hundred of years, for there was power given unto the Beast, to continue
forty and two months, and to make war with the Saints, and to overcome
them; and all that have dwelt upon the earth have worshipped him, whose
names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb, slain from the
foundation of the world.

But blessed be the Lord, his time is over, which was above twelve
hundred Years, and the darkness is past, and the night of Apostacy
draws to an end, and the true light now shines, the morning-Light
the bright morning Star, the Root and Off-spring of David, he is risen,
he is risen, glory to the highest for evermore; and the joy of the morning
is come, and the Bride, the Lambs Wife is making her self ready, as a
Bride that is adorning for her Husband, and to her is granted that she shall
be arrayed in fine linnen, clean and white, and the fine linnen is the
Righteousness of the Saints: the Holy Jerusalem is descending out of
Heaven from God, having the Glory of God, and her light is like a Jasper
stone, clear as Christal.

And this is that free Woman that all the Children of the Promise are
born of; not the Children of the bond-woman, which is Hagar, which
genders to strife and to bondage, and which answers to Jerusalem which
is in bondage with her Children; but this is “the Jerusalem which is free,
which is the Mother of us all”
; And so this bond-woman and her children,
that are born after the flesh, have persecuted them that are
born after the Spirit, even untill now; but now the bond-woman and
her Seed is to be cast out, that hath kept so long in bondage and in slavery,
and under limits; this bond-woman and her brood is to be cast
out, and our Holy City, the New Jerusalem, is coming down from Heaven,
and her Light will shine throughout the whole earth, even as a
“Jasper stone, clear as Christal”, which brings freedom and liberty, and perfect
Redemption to her whole Seed; and this is that woman and Image of
the Eternal God, that God hath owned, and doth own, and will own for
evermore.

More might be added to this purpose, bo th out of the Old Testament
and New, where it is evident that God made no difference, but gave
his good spirit, as it pleased him both to Man and Woman, as Deborah,
Huldah, and Sarah. The Lord calls by his prophet Isaiah, “Hearken unto me,
ye that follow after Righteousness, ye that seek the Lord, look unto the Rock B2 from B2v 12
from whence ye were hewen, and to the hole of the Pit from whence ye were
digged; look unto Abraham your Father, and to Sarah that bare you,
for the Lord will comfort Sion,”
&c. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Isa. 5. “And Anna the Prophetess,
who was a Widow of fourscore and four years of age, which departed not
from the Temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day,
she coming in at that instant,”
(when old Simeon took the Child Jesus in
his arms, and) she gave thanks unto the Lord, and spake of him to all
them who looked for Redemption in Jerusalem,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luke 2. 36, 37, 38. And
Philip the Evangelist, into whose house the Apostle Paul entered, who was
one of the Seven, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Acts 6. 3. He had four Daughters which were Virgins,
that did prophesie, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Acts 21.

And so let this serve to stop that opposing Spirit that would limit
the Power and the Spirit of the Lord Jesus, whose Spirit is poured upon
all flesh, both Sons and Daughters, now in his Resurrection; and since
that the Lord God in the Creation, when He made man in his own Image,
he made them male and female; and since that Christ Jesus, as
the Apostle saith, was made of a Woman, and the power of the Highest
overshadowed her, and the holy Ghost came upon her, and the holy
thing that was born of her, was called the Son of God, and when he was
upon the Earth, he manifested his love, and his will, and his mind, both
to the Woman of Samaria, and Martha, and Mary her Sister, and several
others, as hath been shewed; and after his Resurrection also manifested
himself unto them first of all, even before he ascended unto his
Father. “Now when Jesus was Risen, the first day of the week, he appeared
first unto Mary Magdalene,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Mark 16. 9. And thus the Lord Jesus hath
manifested himself and his Power, without respect of Persons; and so let
all mouths be stopt that would limit him, whose Power and Spirit is infinite,
that is pouring it upon all flesh.

And thus much in answer to these two Scriptures, which have been
such a stumbling block, that the ministers of Darkness have made such
a mountain of; But the Lord is removing all this, and taking it out of
the way.

M. F.

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A further Addition in Answer to the Objection concerning Women keeping
silent in the Church; “For it is not permitted for them to speak, but to
be under obedience; as also saith the Law, If they will learn anything,
let them ask their Husbands at home, for it is a shame for a
Woman to speak in the Church”
: Now this as Paul writeth in INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor.
14. 34.
is one with that of INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Tim. 2. 11. “Let Women learn in silence,
with all subjection.”

To which I say, If you tie this to all outward Women, then there
whe re many Women that were Widows which had no Husbands
to learn of, and many were Virgins which had no Husbands; and Philip
had four Daughters that were Prophets; such would be despised, which
the Apostle did not forbid: And if it were to all Women, that no Woman
might speak, then Paul would have contradicted himself; but they
were such Women that the Apostle mentions in INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Timothy, That “grew
wanton, and were busie-bodies, and tatlers, and kicked against Christ”
: For
Christ in the Male and in the Female is one, and he is the Husband, and
his Wife is the Church, and God hath said, that his Daughters should
Prophesie as well as his Sons: And where he hath poured forth his Spirit
upon them, they must prophesie, though blind Priests say to the
contrary, and will not permit holy Women to speak.

And whereas it is said, “I permit not a Woman to speak, as saith the Law”:
but where Women are led by the Spirit of God, they are not under the
Law, for Christ in the Male and in the Female is one; and where he is
made manifest in Male and Female, he may speak, for “he is the end of the
Law for Righteousness to all them that believe”
. So here you ought to make
a distinction what sort of Women are forbidden to speak, such as were
under the Law, who were not come to Christ, nor to the Spirit of Prophesie:
For Hulda, Miriam, and Hanna, were Prophets, who were not
forbidden in the time of the Law, for they all prophesied in the time of
the Law: as you may read, in INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Kings 22. what Hulda said unto the
Priest, and to the Ambassadors that were sent to her from the King, “Go,”
saith she, “and tell the Man that sent you to me, Thus saith the Lord God of
Israel, ‘Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and on the Inhabitants thereof,
even all the words of the Book which the King of Judah hath read, because
they have forsaken me, and have burnt Incence to other Gods, to anger me
with all the works of their hands: Therefore my wrath shall be kindled
against this place, and shall not be quenched.’
But to the King of Judah, that sent B3v 14
sent you to me to ask counsel of the Lord, so shall you say to him, Thus saith
the Lord God of Israel, ‘Because thy heart did melt, and thou humblest thy self
before the Lord, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against
the Inhabitants of the same, how they should be destroyed; Behold I
will receive thee to thy Father, and thou shalt be put into thy Grave in peace,
and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place’”
.
Now let us see if any of you blind Priests can speak after this manner,
and see if it be not a better Sermon then any of you can make, who are
against Womens speaking? And Isaiah, that went to the Prophetess,
did not forbid her Speaking or Prophesying, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Isa. 8. And was it not
prophesied in INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Joel 2. that “Hand maids should Prophesie”? And are
not Hand-maids Women? Consider this, ye that are against Womens
Speaking, how in the Acts the Spirit of the Lord was poured forth upon
Daughters as well as Sons. In the time of the Gospel, when Mary
came to salute “Elizabeth in the Hill Country of Judea, and when Elizabeth
heard the salutation of Mary, the Babe leaped in her Womb, and she was
filled with the Holy Spirit; and Elizabeth spoke with a loud voice, Blessed
art thou amongst Women, blessed is the fruit of thy Womb; whence is this to
me, that the Mother of my Lord should come to me? for lo, as soon as thy
Salutation came to my ear, the Babe leaped in my Womb for joy, for blessed
is she that believes, for there shall be a performance of those things which
were told her from the Lord.”
And this was Elizabeths Sermon concerning
Christ, which at this day stands upon Record: And then Mary said,
“My soul doth magnifie the Lord, and my Spirit rejoyceth in God my Saviour,
for he hath regarded the low estate of his Hand-maid: for behold, from
henceforth all Generations shall call me blessed; for he that is mighty, hath
done to me great things, and holy is his Name; and his Mercy is on them
that fear him, from Generation to Generation; he hath shewed strength with
his Arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imaginations of their own hearts;
he hath put down the mighty from their Seats, and exalted them of low degree;
he hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent
empty away: He hat h holpen his Servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spake to his Father, to Abraham, and to his Seed forever.”
Are
you not here beholding to the Woman for her Sermon, to use her words
to put into your Common Prayer? and yet you forbid Womens Speaking.
Now here youu may see how th ese two women prophesied of Christ,
and Preached better then all the blind Priests did in that Age, and better
then this Age also, who are beholding to women to make use of
their words. And see in the Book of Ruth, how the women blessed her B4r 15
her in the Gate of the City, of whose stock came Christ. “The Lord make
the woman that is come into thy House like Rachel and L eah, which built
the house of Israel; and that thou mayest do worthily in Ephrata, and be
famous in Bethlehem; let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamer
bare unto Judah, of the Seed which the Lord shall give thee of this young
woman. And blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without
a Kinsman, and his Name shall be continued in Israel.”
And also see in
the first Chapter of Samuel, How Hannah prayed and spake in the Temple
of the Lord, “Oh Lord of Hosts, if thou wilt look on the trouble of thy
Hand maid, and remember me, and not forget thy Hand-maid.”
And read
in the second Chapte r of Samuel, How she r ejoyced in God, and said,
“My heart rejoyceth in the Lord; My Horn is exulted in the Lord and my
mouth is enlarged over my enemies, because I rejoyce in thy Salvation; there
is none holy as the Lord, yea, there is none besides thee; and there is no God
like our God: Speak no more presumptously, let not arrogancy come out of
your mouths, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him enterprises are
established; the Bow, and the mighty Men are broken, and the weak hath
girded to themselves strength; they that were full, are hired forth for bread,
and the hungry are no more hired; so that the barren hath born seven, and she
that had many Children, is feeble; the Lord killeth, and maketh alive;
bringeth down to the Grave, and raiseth up: the Lord maketh poor, and maketh
rich, bringeth low and exalteth, he raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and
lifteth up the Beggars from the dunghil to set them among Princes, to make
them inherit the seat of Glory; for the Pillars of the earth are the Lords, & he
hath set the world upon them; he will keep the feet of his Saints, and the wicked
shall keep silence in darkness, for in his own might shall no man be strong;
the Lords Adversaries shall be destroyed, and out of Heaven shall he thunder
upon them; the Lord shall judge the ends of the World, and shall give power
to his King; and exhalt the Horn of his Anointed.”
Thus you may see what
a woman hath said, when old Ely the Priest thought she had been d runk,
and see if any of you blind Priests that speak against Womens Speaking,
can Preach after this manner? who cannot make such a Sermon as this
woman did, and yet will make a trade of this Woman and other womens
words. And did not the Queen of Sheba speak, that came to Solomon, and
received the Law of God, and preached it in her own Kingdom, and “blessed
the Lord God that loved Solomon, and set him on the throne of Israel, because
the Lord loved Israel for ever; and made the King to do Equity and Righteousness?”
And this was the language of the Queen of Sheba. And see what
glorious expressions Queen Hester used to comfort the People of God, which B4v 16
which was the Church of God, as you may read in the book of Hester,
which caused joy and gladness of heart among all the Jews, who prayed
and worshipped the Lord in all places, who jeoparded her life contrary to
the Kings command, went and spoke to the King, in the wisdom and
fear of the Lord, by which means she saved the lives of the People of
God; and righteous Mordecai did not forbid her speaking, but said, “If
she held her peace, her and her Fathers house should be destroyed;”
and herein
you blind Priests are contrary to Righteous Mordecai.

Likewise you may read how Judith spoke, and what noble acts she
did, and how she spoke to the Elders of Israel, and said, “Dear Brethren,
seeing ye are the honorable & elders of the People of God, call to remembrance
how our Fathers in time past were tempted, that they might be proved if they
would worship God aright; they ought also to remember how our Father Abraham
being tryed through manifold tribulations, was found a friend of
God; so was Isaac, Jacob, and Moses, and all they pleased God, and were
stedfast in Faith through manifold troubles.”
And read also her prayer in
the Book of Judith, and how the Elders commended her, and said, “All
that thou speakest is true, and no man can reprove thy words, pray therefore
for us, for thou art an holy Woman, and fearest God.”
So these elders of
Israel, did not forbid her speaking, as you blind Priests do; yet you will
make a Trade of Womens words to get money by, and take Texts, and
Preach Sermons upon Womens words; and still cry out, Women must
not speak, Women must be silent; so you are far from the minds of the
Elders of Israel, who praised God for a Womans speaking. But the
Jezebel, and the Woman, the false Church, the great Whore, and tatling
women, and busie-bodies, which are forbidden to Preach, which have a
long time spoke and tatled, which are forbidden to speak by the True
Church, which Christ is the Head of; such Women as were in transgression
under the Law, which are called a Woman in the Revelations.
And see further how the wise Woman cryed to Joab over the Wall,
and saved the City of Abel, as you may read, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Sam. 20. how in her,
wisdom she spoke to Joab, saying, “‘I am one of them that are peaceable
and faithful in Israel, and thou goest about to destroy a City and Mother
in Israel; Why wilt thou destroy the Inheritance of the Lord?’
Then went
the woman to the people in her wisdom, and smote off the head of Sheba,
that rose up against David, the Lords Anointed: Then Joab blew the
Trumpet, and all the People departed in peace.”
And this deliverance was
by the means of a Womans speaking; but tatlers, and busie-bodies, are
forbidden to preach by the True Woman, whom Christ is the Husband, to C1r 17
to the Woman as well as the Man, all being comprehended to be the Church;
and so in this True Church, Sons and Daughters do Prophesie, Women
labour in the Gospel; but the Apostle permits not tatlers, busie-bodies,
and such as usurp authority over the Man would not have Christ Reign,
nor speak neither in the Male nor Female; Such the Law permits not
to speak, such must learn of their Husbands: But what Husbands have
Widows to learn of, but Christ? And was not Christ the Husband of
Philips four Daughters? And may not they that learn of their Husbands
speak then? But Jezebel, and Tatlers, and the Whore that denies
Revelation and Prophesie, are not permitted, which will not learn of
Christ; and they that be out of the Spirit and Power of Christ, that
the Prophets were in, who are in the Transgression, are ignorant of
the Scriptures; and such are against Womens speaking, and Mens too,
who Preach that which they have received of the Lord God; but that
which they have preached, and do preach, will come over all your
heads, yea, over the head of the false Church, the Pope; for the Pope
is the Head of the False Church, and the False Church is the Popes Wife:
and so he and they that be of him, and come from him, are against
Womens speaking in the True Church, when both he and the false Church
are called Woman, in INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Revel. 17. and so are in the Transgression that
would usurp authority over the Man Christ Jesus, and his Wife too, and
would not have him to Reign; but the Judgement of the great Whore is
come. But Christ, who is the Head of the Church, the True Woman
which is his Wife, in it do Daughters Prophesie, who are above the
Pope and his Wife and a top of the them; And here Christ is the Head of
the Male and Female, who may speak; and the Church is called “a Royal
Priesthood”
; so the Woman must offer as well as the Man, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 22. 17.
“The Spirit saith, Come, and the Bride saith, Come”: and so is not
the Bride the Church? and doth the Church only consist of Men? you
that deny Womens speaking, answer: Doth it not consist of Women as
well as men? Is not the Bride compared to the whole Church? And doth
not the Bride say, “Come”? Doth not the Woman speak then? the Husband
Christ Jesus, the Amen, and doth not the false Church go about
to stop the Brides Mouth? But it is not possible for the Bridegroom is with
his Bride, and he opens her Mouth. Christ Jesus, who goes on Conquering,
and to Conquer, who kills and slays with the Sword, which is the words of
his Mouth; the Lamb and the Saints shall have the Victory, the true Speakers
of Men and Women over the false Speaker.

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The End.

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Postscript

And you dark Priests, that are so mad agai nst Womens Speaking
and it’s so grevious to you, did not God say to Abraham,
“let it not be grevious in thy sight, because of the Lad, and because
of thy bond-woman? In all that Sarah hath said to thee, hearken
to her voice”
(Mark here) the Husband must learn of the Woman,
and Abraham did so, and this was concerning the things of God,
for he saith “in Isaac shall thy seed be called”, and so Abraham did
obey the voice of Sarah, as you may read in INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Genesis 21. and so he
did not squench the good that was in his wife, for that which he spoke
to Abraham was concerning the Church.

And you may read Deborah and Barack, and so how a Woman
Preacht and sung INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Judges 5. what glorious triumphing expressions
there was from a Woman, beyond all the Priests Servants, whom
Barack did not bid be silent, for she Sung and Praised God, and
declared to the Church of Israel, which now the hungry Priests that
denyes Womens Speaking makes a trade of her words for a livelyhood.

And in INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Judges 13. There you may see, how the Angel appeared
to a Woman, and how the Woman came to her Husband and told
him, saying, “a man of God came to me, whose Countenance was
like the Countenance of a Man of God, and said that she should
Conceive and bare a Son”
, and again the Angel of the Lord appeared
to the Woman, and she made hast and ran, and shewed her
Husband and said unto him, “behold, he hath appeared unto me
that came unto me the other day”
, and when the Angel of the Lord was C2r 19
was gon, the Womans Husband said, “we should surely dye because we
had seen God”
, and then you may read how the Woman comforted her
Husband again, and said, “if the Lord were pleased to kill us he
would not have shewed us all these things, nor would this time have
told us such things as these”
, and this was a Woman that taught.