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were sent to them. and their city made desolate; and the servants were sent into the highways, to invite the nations of the world promiscuously. But when the king came to see the guests, he took particular notice of their having wedding garments, without which the feast was profaned; and one being found who had not on a wedding garment, that man was bound hand and foot, and taken away and cast into outer darkness, where is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Glory be to thee, that we are, at this day, all invited to the marriage-supper; that the King of heaven has made a marriage for thee his Son with thy church; and that a feast of fat things, and of wines well refined, is prepared for all people upon thy holy mountain. And Wisdom crieth in the public places, "Come eat of my "bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. "Ho every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; "and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." Thou, O Lord, didst stand and cry, "If any man is athirst, let him come unto me and drink." We most gladly come; for there is bread enough in our Father's house, and we perish with hunger. We come to thee who art pleased to invite us; our souls thirst for that living water. Lord, give us to drink of it; and oh let us not be like him who wanted the wedding garment. What is that wedding garment, Lord? We read in thy word of truth, that the great multitudes which no man can number, that shall stand before the throne and before the Lamb, shall be clothed with white robes, which they have washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb. Lord, give us a robe of this kind. We read also, that thy church shall be arrayed in fine linen, which is the righteousness of saints. Oh give us thy righteousness imputed to us, and the righteousness of thy Spirit implanted in us. Be thou the Lord our righteousness; made of God to us righteousness and sanctification; so we shall have no cause to fear our being rejected in the day of trial.

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SECT. LXXXII.

Jesus silences the Pharisees and Herodians.

15. Then went the Pharisees, | and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. 16. And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man; for thou regardest not the person of men. 17. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Cæsar, or not? 18. But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and

said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 19. Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21. They say unto him Cæsar's. Then saith he unto them, Render, therefore, unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar's, and unto God the things that are God's. 22. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

Thy enemies acknowledged thy truth and impartiality: Lord, give us to be true and impartial. We would humbly inquire of thee the way of life; not to tempt thee as they did, but that we may be saved. O teach us to render to all men, high and low, what is theirs, and to God what is God's and give us a portion of thy divine wisdom, that we may always use sound speech, which cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of us. Thou always overcamest evil with good. The malice and cunning of thy adversaries, when they took counsel how they might entangle thee in thy talk, served only to shew, that the scripture was fulfilled which saith of thee, "The

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Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him; the Spirit of "wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and "might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the "Lord, and shall make him of quick understanding "in the fear of the Lord."

SECT. LXXXIII.

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Jesus confutes the Sadducees concerning the Resurrection.

23. The same day, came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection,

and asked him, 24. Saying, Master, Moses said, (Deut. xxv. 5.) If a man die, having

no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 25. Now there were with us seven brethren and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and having no issue, left his wife unto his brother. 26. Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 27. And last of all the woman died also. 28. Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. 29. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the pow

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er of God. 30. For in the resurrection, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 31. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32. I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? (Exod. iii. 6.) God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 33. And when the multitude heard this they were astonished at his doctrine.

They argued with thee from the books of Moses, which they professed to believe. Thou answeredst them from the same authority, that Moses called the Lord, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. "Now he is not the God of the dead, but of "the living." One of thy inspired servants says of the patriarchs, "God is not ashamed to be called their God, "for he hath prepared for them a city.' By comparing these words with thine, we see, that "to be their God, implied they should be happy; and thou hast assured us that they are so just now in the kingdom of God, where their souls dwell, and shall in due time have their bodies reunited to them in glory. Lord, give us to imitate the faith and patience of these holy men, that we may be gathered to them when we die; yea, Lord, that we may go to thee, who hast said, "I ascend to my Father, and your "Father, and to my God, and your God."

SECT. LXXXIV.

Jesus declares the substance of the Law and of the Prophets.

34. But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 35. Then one of them which was a law-¡

yer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36. Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt

love the Lord thy God, with | it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Lev. xix. 18.) 40. On these two commandments, hang all the law and the prophets.

all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Deut. vi. 5.) 38. This is the first and great commandment. 39. And the second is like unto

Praise to thee for taking occasion from this question, proposed with no good intention perhaps, to declare this great truth, that supreme love to the Lord our God, is the first and great commandment; and that the second is like to it," to love our neighbour as ourselves;" and that all the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments. The reason that is naturally in all men, approves of these words. Whatever diversity there is of human laws, and schemes of morality, they all agree in acknowledging, that love to God and love to mankind are the essentials of a right temper and right practice. Lord, we are persuaded we cannot be completely happy, until we love thee, with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our strength, and with all our mind. We cannot otherwise answer the end for which we were made, nor have full rest in our souls, nor be what we ought to be. Glory to thy name, O heavenly Father, for promising in the new covenant, which thou hast confirined by the blood of Christ, to write thy laws in the heart. Oh write the first law in the first place upon our hearts; and make us also to love our neighbours as ourselves. And we beseech

thee for Christ's sake, that thou wouldst by thy holy Spirit give us the highest degree of this love attainable in this life, and soon bring us (whenever thy work is done) to that degree of it which reigns in heaven.

41. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42. Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. 43. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord? saying, 44. The Lord said unto my

| Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. (Ps. cx. 1.) 45. If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? 46. And no man was able to answer him a word; neither durst any man, from that day forth, ask him any more questions.

They had asked several questions; but the questions of greatest importance to sinners are those that relate to the Messiah, the Saviour; how he may be known and believed in. This is the first step, "to believe in him "whom God hath sent." This is the foundation of all religion, and of all good life, to know thee, O Lord Jesus, the promised seed, and the Lord of all. We adore thee,

ás humbling thyself to be the Son of David. We desire to be entirely subjected to thy government; and we rejoice to know that thou must reign till thou hast brought all thine enemies under thy feet. Lord, convert and change them, and make them thy willing and loyal subjects. SECT. LXXXV.

The Scribes and Pharisees refuted.

CHAP. XXIII.

THEN spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2. Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3. All, therefore, whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4. For they bind heavy burdens, and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6. And love the

uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7. And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8. But be not ye called Rabbi; for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10. Neither be ye called masters: for I one is your Master, even Christ. 11. But he that is greatest among you shall be your ser12. And whosoever shall exalt himself, shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

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When we see teachers of thy religion resembling the Pharisees, in not practising what they preach, let us not stumble at it: thy word is true, and thy precepts are just, let men do what they please. Lord, keep all thy servants in the work of the ministry from those things which thou hast condemned in the Pharisee. Let us not impose upon others what we are not willing to do ourselves. Let us not do any of our works to be seen of men.

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