Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?One of these days, when someone tells me he's a good man, I may remember to ask him if he's a faithful man. If he's got a girlfriend/partner/wife, is he faithful to her both in thought and in action, or do his eyes and mind wander when an attractive woman comes into view. Has he made promises and kept them? His goodness is useless if not backed up by faithfulness.
but a faithful man who can find? who answers to the character he gives of himself, or others upon his own representation give him; who is as good as his word, and, having promised assistance and relief, gives it; and who, having boasted that he has done a kindness to such an one and such an one, does the same likewise to another when applied to; or who sticks to his friend, and does not forsake him in his adversity, but supports and supplies him whom he knew in prosperity; it is hard and rare to find such a man
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