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The Salem Covenant of 1629

We Covenant with the Lord and one with another; and doe bynd our selves in the presence of God, to walke together in all his waies, according as he is pleased to reveale himselfe unto us in his Blessed word of truth.

The Enlarged Salem Covenant of 1636

That we covenant with the Lord and one with another, and we doe bynd our selves in the presence of God, to walke together in all his waies, according as he is pleased to reveale him selfe unto us in his Blessed word of truth. And doe more explicitly in the name and fear of God, profess and protest to walke as followeth through the power and grace of our Lord Jesus.

1. first wee avowe the Lord to be our God, and our selves his people, in the truth and simplicitie of our Spirits.

2. We give our selves to the Lord Jesus Christ, and the word of his grace fore the teaching, ruleing and sanctifyeing of us in matters of worship, and conversion resolveing to cleave to him alone for life and glorie; and oppose all contrarie wayes, cannons, and constitutions of men in his worship.

3. Wee promise to walk with our brethren and sisters in the Congregation with all watchfulness, and tendernis avoiding all jelousies, suspitions, backbyteings, conjurings,  provoakings, secrete riseings of spirit against them, but in all offences to follow the rule of the Lord Jesus, and to beare and forbeare, give and forgive, as he hath taught us.

4. In publick or private, we will willingly doe nothing to the ofence of the Church but will be willing take advise for ourselves and ours, as ocasion shall be presented.

5. Wee will not in the Congregation be forward eyther to show our owne gifts or parts in speaking or scrupuling or there discover the fayling of our brethren or sisters butt attend an orderly cale there unto; knowing how much the Lord may be dishonoured, and his Gospel, in the profession of it, sleighted by our distempers, and weaknesses in publyck.

6. Wee bynd ourselves to studdy the advancment of the Gospell in all truth and peace, both in regard of those that are within, or without, noe waye sleighting our sister Churches, but useing theire Counsell as need shalbe; nor laying a stumbling block, before any, noe not the Indians, whose good we desire to promote and soe to converse, as wee may avoyd the verrye appearance of evill.

7. Wee hearby promise to carrye ourselves in all lawful obedience, to those that are over us in Church or Common weale, knowing how well pleasing it wilbe to the Lord, that they should have encouragement in their places, by our not greiveing theyre spirites through our irregulareties.

8. Wee resolve to approve our selves to the Lord in our particular callings, shunning ydlenes as the bane of any state; nor will wee deale hardly, or oppressingly with Any, wherein wee are the Lords stewards: alsoe

9. promyseing to our best abilitie to teach our children and servants, the knowledge of God, and of his will, that they may serve him alsoe and all this,e not by any strength of our own, but by the Lord Christ, whose bloud we desire may sprinckle this our Covenant made in his name.

Reprinted from Richard Pierce, ed. The Records of the First Church in Salem, Massachusetts, 1629-1736 (Salem: Essex Institute, 1974).

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