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withholdeth more than is meet, but considereth not that poverty shall it tendeth to poverty. The liberal come upon him.-Prov. xxviii. ll. soul shall be made fat, &c. He that 20. 22. trusteth in his riches shall fall. - Give me neither poverty nor riches : Prov, xi. 4. 24, 25. 28. Ezek. vii. 19. feed me with food convenient for me;
There is that maketh himself rich, lest I be full and deny thee, and say, yet hath nothing; there is that maketh Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor himself poor, yet hath great riches, and steal, and take the name of my &c. Wealth gotten by vanity shall God in vain.-Prov. xxx. 8, 9. Gen. be diminished, &c.- Prov. xj. 7.11. xxviii. 20.
The poor is hated even of his own Vanity of vanities, all is vanity, &c. neighbour; but the rich hath many And I gave my heart to seek and friends.- Prov. xiv. 20. xix. 4. search out by wisdom, concerning all
Better is a little with the fear of things that are done under heaven, the Lord, than great treasure, and &c, and behold all is vanity and vertrouble therewith, &c. He that is ation of spirit, &c. I am come to greedy of gain troubleth his own great estate, and have gotten more house.—Prov. xv. 16. 27.
wisdom than all they, &c. and I gave Better is a little with righteous- my heart to know wisdom, and to ness, than great revenues without know madness and folly. I perceived right: the lot is cast into the lap, that this also is vexation of spirit: but the whole disposing thereof is of for in much wisdom, is much grief: the Lord.-Prov. xvi. 8. 33.
and he that increaseth knowledge, The rich man's wealth is his strong increaseth sorrow.-Eccles. i. 2. 13. city, and as an high wall in his own 14. 16-18. conceit.-Prov. xviii. 11.
I will prove thee with mirth, thereAn inheritance may be gotten fore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this hastily at the beginning, but the end also is vanity. I said of laughter, It thereof shall not be blessed.-Prov. is mad: and of mirth, What doth it? .xx. 21.
I sought in mine heart to give myself He that loveth pleasure shall be a unto wine, &c. I made me great poor man; and he who loveth wine works: I builded me houses, I planted and oil, shall not be rich.—Prov. me vineyards: I made megardens and xxi. 17.
orchards, &c. I got me servants and The rich and the poor meet to- maidens,&c. I had great possessions gether; the Lord is the maker of of great and small cattle, &c. also them all.-Prov. xxii. 2.7.
silver and gold, &c. I got me men Labour not to be rich; cease from singers and women singers, and the thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set delights of the sons of men, as musithine eyes upon that which is not ? cal instruments, and that of all sorts, for riches certainly make themselves &c. whatsoever mine eyes desired, I wings; they fly away.-Prov. xxiii. kept not from them: I withheld not 4,5.
mine heart from any joy, &c. Then Hell and destruction are never full, I looked on all, &c. and behold, all so the eyes of man are never satisfied, was vanity and vexation of spirit: &c. Riches are not for ever; and and there was no profit under the doth the crown endure to every ge- sun, &c. I hated all my labour, &c. xeration?-Prov. xxvii. 20. 24. because I should leave it unto the
The rich man is wise in his own man that shall be after me: and who conceit, &c. A faithful man shall knoweth whether he should be a wise abound with blessings; but he that man, or a fool? yet shall he have rule maketh haste to be rich, shall not be over all my labour, &c. Nothing betinnocent, &c. he hath an evil eye, and ter for a man, than that he should
eat and drink, &c. This also I saw, All flesh is grass, and all the goodthat it was from the hand of God.- liness thereof is as the flower of the Eccles, ii. 1-11. 18, 19. 24. field : the grass withereth, the flower
I know that there is no good in fadeth, &c.—Isa. xl. 6-8. them, but for a man to rejoice and to Thou saidst, I shall be a lady for do good in his life; and also that every ever, &c. Hear now this, thou that man should eat and drink, and enjoy art given to pleasures, that dwellest the good of all his labour: it is the carelessly; that sayest in thine heart, gift of God.-Eccles.ji, 12, 13. v. 19. &c. I shall not sit a widow, neither
There is one alone, and there is shall I know the loss of children: not a second : yea, he hath neither but these two things shall come to child nor brother; yet there is no end thee in a moment, in one day, the of all his labour, neither is his eye loss of children and widowhood : satisfied with riches; neither saith they shall come upon thee in their he, For whom do I labour, and be- perfection.—Isa. xlvii. 7-9. reave my soul of good? This is also Are there any among the vanities vanity.-Eccles. iv. 8. Prov. xxvii. 20. of the Gentiles that can cause rain ?
He that loveth silver, shall not be &c. Art not thou he, O Lord our satisfied with silver; nor he that God?—Jer. xiv. 22. loveth abundance, with increase; this Let not the wise man glory in his is also vanity. When goods increase, wisdom: neither let the mighty man they are increased that eat them; and glory in his might; let not the rich what good is there to the owners man glory in his riches.-Jer. ix. 23. thereof, saving the beholding of them H e that getteth riches, and not by with their eyes? The sleep of a la- right, shall leave them in the midst bouring man is sweet, whether he of his days; and, at his end, shall be eat little or much; but the abun- a fool.-Jer. xvii. 11. dance of the rich will not suffer him to I have made the earth, the man, sleep,&c. Riches kept for the owners and the beast that are upon the thereof, to their hurt, &c. What pro- ground, &c.— I have given it unto fit hath he that hath laboured for the whom, &c.-Jer. xxvii, 5, 6. wind ?-Eccles. v. 10–13. 16. Their silver and their gold shall
A man, to whom God hath given not be able to deliver them in the day riches, wealth, and honour, so that of the wrath of the Lord; they shall he wanteth nothing for his soul of all not satisfy their souls, neither fill that he desireth, yet God giveth him their bowels.-Ezek. vii. 19. Zeph. i. not power to eat thereof, &c. All 17, 18. the labour of man is for his mouth; Thou hast gotten thee riches, and and yet the appetite (or soul) is not hast gotten gold and silver into thy filled.—Eccles. vi. 2. 7.
treasures, &c.—and their heart is Woe unto them that join house to lifted up because of thy riches; house, that lay field to field, till there therefore, thus saith the Lord, &c. be no place, &c. Woe unto them that —Ezek. xxviii. 447. rise up early in the morning, that She said, I will go after my lovers, they may follow strong drink, &c. that give me my bread, and my water, and the harp and the viol, &c. are in my wool, and my flax, mine oil, and their feasts, &c.--Isa. v. 8. 11, 12. my drink, &c. She did not know
Doth the plowman plow all day that I gave her corn, and wine, and to sow? for his God doth instruct oil, and multiplied her silver and gold; him to discretion, and doth teach therefore I will return, and take away him; for the fitches are not threshed, my corn in the time thereof, &c.&c. This also cometh forth from the Hosea ii. 5-9. Lord of hosts.-Isa. xxviii. 24-29. God threatens such who took their
pleasures in those things, and were more than me, &c. or son or daughter not afflicted for their sin.- Amos vi. more than me, is not worthy of me; 3, &c.
and he that taketh not his cross and Although the fig tree shall not followeth after me, is not worthy of blossom, neither shall fruit be in the me, &c. he that loseth his life for my vines : the labour of the olive shall sake, shall find it.--Matt. x. 37—39. fail, &c. yet I will rejoice in the Lord, Luke xiv. 26. I will joy in the God of my salva- He that received seed among the tion.-Hab. iij. 17, 18.
thorns, is he that heareth the word, When will the new moon be gone, and the care of this world, and the that we may sell corn; and the sab- deceitfulness of riches, choke the bath, that we may set forth wheat? word, &c.—Matt. xiii. 22. Luke viji. &c.- Amos viii. 5, &c.
14. Mark iv. 19. Is it a time for you, O ye, to dwell Herod, to please Herodias's daughin your ceiled houses, aud this house ter, and others, orders the cutting off lie waste ? &c. Consider your ways, John Baptist's head.-Matt. xiv. ye have sown much, and bring in 3–10. Mark xv. 15. little: ye eat, but ye have not enough, What is a man profited, if he shall &c. i did blow upon it: Why? gain the whole world, and lose his saith the Lord of hosts. Because of own soul ?-Matt. xvi. 26. Luke ix. mine house that is waste, and ye run 25. Mark viii. 36, 37. every man unto his own house. Judas's covetousness made him to Hag. i. 4-9.
betray Christ into the hands of the Ask ye of the Lord rain in the Jews.—Matt. xxvi. 15. time of the latter rain : so the Lord Go and sell that thou hast, and shall, &c. give them showers of rain. give, &c. But when the young man —Zech. x. 1.
heard that saying, he went away sorLay not up for yourselves treasures rowful, for he had great possessions. on earth, where moth and rust doth Then said Jesus, &c. that a rich man corrupt, and where thieves break shall hardly enter into the kingdom through, &c. for where your treasure of heaven.—Matt. xix. 21–23. Luke is, there will your heart be also. No xviii. 24. Mark x. 21–28. man can serve two masters, &c. ye The disciples'ambition made them cannot serve God and mammon. to envy each other. Christ rebuked Therefore I say unto you, Take no them.-Matt. xx, 21, &c. thought for your life, what ye shall Those who were invited to the eat, &c. Is not the life more than feast, made light of it, and wept their meat, and the body than raiment? ways; one to his farm, another to his Behold the fowls, &c. are yenot much merchandise, &c.—Matt. xxii. 4, 5. better than they! Which of you, by Luke xiv. 16_21. taking thought, can add one cubit The devil tempted Christ with unto his stature? &c. Your heavenly the things of this world.-Luke iv. Father knoweth that you need these 4-6. things: but seek ye first the kingdom Woe unto you that are rich, for ye of God, and his righteousness, and have received your consolation : woe all these things shall be added unto unto you that are full, for ye shall you.—Matt. vi. 19-21. 24-34. hunger: woe unto you that laugh
When Christ had suffered the evil now, for ye shall mourn and weep: spirits to go into the herd of swine, woe unto you when all men shall so that they were drowned: the whole speak well of you.-Luke vi. 24-26. city came out, and besought Jesus to Christ said to one, Follow me: but depart.--Matt. viii. 31-34. he would bury his father first ; apo
He that loveth father or mother ther would go bid them farewell which were at home. — Luke ix. 59–61, be put out of the synagogue : for Matt. viii. 21, 22.
they loved the praise of men more Martha, Martha, thou art care- than the praise of God.-John xii. fùl and troubled about many things; 4-6. 42, 43. but one thing is needful, &c.—Luke In the world ye shall have tribulaX. 40, 41.
tion: but, be of good cheer, I have Jesus said, Take heed, and beware overcome the world.—John xvi. 33. of covetousness; for a man's life con- I pray not that thou shouldest take sisteth not in the abundance of the them out of the world, but that thou things which he possesseth, &c. The shouldest keep them from the evil.rich man said to his soul, Soul, thou John xvii, 15. hast much goods laid up for many Jesus answered, My kingdom is years : take thine ease, eat, drink, not of this world: if my kingdom were and be merry: but God said unto of this world, then would my serhim, Thou fool, this night thy soul vants fight, that I should not be deli. shall be required of thee: then whose vered, &c.—John xviii. 36. shall those things be which thou hast Pilate sought to release Jesus: but provided? So is he that layeth up the Jews cried out, saying, If thou treasure for himself, and is not rich let this man go, thou art not Cæsar's toward God.-Luke xii. 15—22. friend, &c. When Pilate therefore
The parable of the rich man and heard that saying, he brought Jesus poor Lazarus.-Luke xvi. 20, &c. forth, &c.—John xix. 12, 13. 15, 16.
Take heed to yourselves, lest at any Matt. xv. 15 time your hearts be overcharged with What house will ye build for me? surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares saith the Lord, &c. Hath not my of this life; and so that day come upon hand made all these things ?-Acts you unawares.—Luke xxi. 34. vii. 49,50. xiv. 15. 17.
Judas, for money, betrays Jesus When Paul had cast the evil spirit Christ. — Luke xxii. 3-6. Matt. out of the damsel, and her masters xxvi. 14, 15.
saw that the hope of their gain was How can ye believe, which receive gone, they caught Paul and Silas, &c. honour one of another, and seek not and said, That they did exceedingly the honour, that cometh from God trouble the city, &c. -- Acts xvi. only ?--John v. 44.
18–22. Labour not for the meat which pe. God, that made the world, and all risheth, but for that which endureth things therein, seeing that he is Lord unto everlasting life.--John vi. 27. of heaven and earth, &c. giveth to
He is of age, ask him; he shall all life, and breath, and all things. speak for himself. These words spake Acts xvii. 24, 25. his parents, because they feared the So Demetrius, a silversmith, and Jews: for the Jews had agreed al- others of the same trade, who made ready, that if any man did confess silver shrines for Diana, &c. comthat he was Christ, he should be put plained against Paul for preaching out of the synagogue: therefore, said the gospel, and cried up Diana, behis parents, He is of age, ask him.- cause they were like to lose their John ix. 21-23,
gain, if men esteemed not Diana as Judas, displeased at the use of a goddess.-Acts xix. 24-28. the ointment, upon pretence of giving Yourselves know that these hands to the poor : but it was because he have administered unto my necessibare the purse, &c. Among the chief ties, and to them that were with me, rulers also, many believed on bim: I have shewed you all things; how but, because of the Pharisees, they that so labouring, ye ought to supdid not confess him, lest they should port the weak: and to remember the
words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, from this present evil world, accordIt is more blessed to give than to re- ing to the will of God and our Father. ceive.-Acts xv. 34, 35.
Gal. i. 3. 4. The carnal mind is enmity against The flesh lusteth against the spirit, God: for it is not subject to the law &c. so that ye cannot do the things of God, neither indeed can be.- that ye would.-Gal. v. 17. Rom. viji. 7.
God forbid that I should glory, sare Make no provision for the flesh, to in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ; fulfil the lusts thereof.-Rom. xii. 14. by whom (or whereby) the world is
Ye see your calling, brethren: how crucified unto me, and I unto the that not many wise men after the flesh, world.-Gal. vi. 14. not many noble are called; but God Covetousness, let it not be once hath chosen the foolish things of the named among you, as becometh world to confound the wise, &c. that saints, &c. For this ye know, that no flesh should glory in his presence. no whoremonger, nor unclean person, -1 Cor. i. 26. 29.
nor covetous man, who is an idolater, All things are lawful for me, but I hath any inheritance in the kingdom will not be brought under the power of Christ and of God.- Eph. v. 3. 5. of any: meats for the belly, and the 2 Cor. vi. 10. belly for meats : but God shall de- Whose end is destruction, whose stroy both it and them.-1 Cor. vi. god is their belly, whose glory is in 12, 13.
their shame: who mind earthly things. The time is short: it remaineth, – Phil iii. 19. that both they that have wives, be as Let your moderation be known, though they had none: and they that &c. the Lord is at hand: be careful weep, as though they wept not; and for nothing ; but in every thing by they that rejoice, as though they rejoic- prayer and supplication, with thanksed not: and they that buy, as though giving, let your requests be made they possessed not: and they that use known to God, &c. I have learned this world, as not abusing it ; for the in whatsoever state I am, therewith fashion of the world passeth away, &c. to be content; I know both how to He that is married, careth for the things be abased, and how to abound: every that are of the world, how he may where and in all things, I am inplease his wife. -1 Cor. vii. 29–34. structed both to be full and to be
I keep under my body, and bring hungry; both to abound and to suffer it into subjection, lest that by any need, &c. But my God shall supply means when I have preached, &c. - all your need, according to his riches 1 Cor. ix. 27.
in glory, by Jesus Christ.-Phil. iv. The devil is called the god of this 5,6. 11, 12. 19. world.-2 Cor. iv. 4.
Set your affection (or mind) on The sorrow of the world worketh things above, not on things on the death.—2 Cor. vii. 10.
earth, &c. Mortify, therefore, your Ye know the grace of our Lord Je- members, &c. inordinate affection, evil sus Christ: that though he was rich, concupiscence, and covetousness, yet for your sakes, he became poor, which is idolatry.—Col. iii. 2.5. that ye, through his poverty, might Meats, which God hath created to be rich.—2 Cor. viji. 9.
be received, &c. For every creature God is able to make all grace of God is good, and nothing to be abound toward you, that ye always refused.- 1 Tim. iv. 3, 4. 1 Cor. x. having all sufficiency in all things, 25—27. &c.--2 Cor. ix. 8.
She that liveth in pleasure (or deJesus Christ, who gave himself for licately) is dead while she liveth.our sins, that he might deliver us 1 Tim. v. 6.