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Keep us from ostentation, and from loving honour from men, and preferment to others, and salutations, and honourable titles. May we call no man our master, or teacher; for thou, O Lord, art our only Master, and our fellow-christians are our brethren, over whom we have not such authority, nor they over us. And may we call no man on earth our father; for one is our Father, who is in heaven. Nor let us receive these titles from others; but may we remember, that he who is greatest among thy disciples shall be the servant of the rest; even as thou camest not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give thy life a ransom for many: and that whosoever shall exalt himself, shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself, shall be exalted. And oh, grant that our humility may be unaffected and sincere. Thou knowest we have good reason to be humble all our days.

SECT. LXXXVI.

Jesus rebukes the Scribes and Pharisees for their Hypocrisy.

13. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for shut ye up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pre

tence make long prayer: there-
fore ye shall receive the greater
15. Woe unto you,
damnation.
scribes and Pharisees, hypo-
crites! for ye compass sea and
land to make one proselyte; and
when he is made, ye make him
two-fold more the child of hell
than yourselves.

Thou hast, in these woes against the Pharisees, directed thy disciples, and particularly pastors and teachers, to a quite opposite conduct. Lord, give us therefore to remove, as much as we can, all obstacles and discouragements that may hinder men from entering into the kingdom of heaven; to excite and encourage them to enter, and to give them an example by going on before them: to do justly and kindly to all men, especially to the widow and fatherless, and weak and destitute; remembering that this is an essential part of that pure and undefiled religion before thee our God and Father in Jesus Christ, and the God and Father of all who trust in thy

name through him: and to abhor making prayer, or any religious duty, a cloak to unjust or unworthy practices of any kind. Lord, let us not for a pretence make long prayers may we have our eyes fixed upon thee in that exercise, and then we hope our prayers shall never turn to our damnation.

16. Woe unto you, ye blind | guides! which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor. 17. Ye fools, and blind! for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? 18. And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. 19. Ye fools, and blind! for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? 20. Whoso, therefore, shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. 21. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. 22. And he that shall swear by

heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. 23. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypo crites! for ye pay tithe of mint, and anise, and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 24. Ye blind guides! which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. 25. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup, and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26. Thou blind Pharisee! cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Lord, pity, and pardon, and convince of their folly and wickedness, those who are at a great deal of pains to make proselytes to a party, while they suffer them to be as much or more the children of hell than they were before. Give us to be concerned, that souls may be brought to Christ. Let us not be indifferent about any of thy truths or ordinances; but may we still cleave to them all. At the same time, may we never be satisfied, that men should externally join with the purest church upon earth, unless their souls be united to Christ, and Christ formed in them. Lord, keep us from all profanation of thy name, attributes, ordinances, words, or works. May we remember, that to swear by any these, is to swear in effect by thee, whose they are; and

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keep from all foolish and unfair distinctions, as to the obligation of vows and promises. Let us not trifle with things of a sacred or of a moral nature. While we are careful to keep the least of thy commandments, may we be still more careful to keep the greatest. May we beware of omitting such duties as may be compared to the tything of herbs; but may we have chiefly in view judgment, mercy, and faith. Lord, let us not strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. May we seek first to have the inside cleansed, that the outside may be clean also.

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Lord, make our hearts clean by thy holy Spirit: let not sinful or vain thoughts lodge within us. While our outward appearance is plain and unaffected, may our souls (instead of sepulchres full of all uncleanness, as they once were) be temples of God. Lord, let us not pretend to honour the dead saints, and persecute the living; but may we love them and do them good while they are on earth, and imitate their faith and practice when they have finished their course, and are gone to heaven. O how unhappy are those who fill up the measure of the sins of their forefathers, and bring on themselves, when their iniquities are full, the righteous judgments of God! Lord, let not this be the misery of this sinful land. Blessed be thy name, that thou hast made persecution for conscience-sake to cease from among us. O! root out that contempt and hatred of serious religion which still abounds.

SECT. LXXXVII.

Christ's Lamentation over Jerusalem.

34. Wherefore, behold I send | shall come upon this generation, unto you prophets, and wise | 37. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, men, and scribes and some thou that killest the prophets, of them ye shall kill and cruci- and stonest them which are sent fy; and some of them shall ye unto thee, how often would I scourge in your synagogues, and have gathered thy children topersecute them from city to city; gether, even as a hen gathereth 35. That upon you may come her chickens under her wings, all the righteous blood shed up- and ye would not! 38. Behold, on the earth, from the blood of your house is left unto you derighteous Abel unto the blood solate. 39. For I say unto you, of Zacharias son of Barachias, Ye shall not see me henceforth, whom ye slew between the tem- till ye shall say, Blessed is he ple and the altar. 36. Verily I that cometh in the name of the say unto you, All these things Lord.

Lord Jesus, how great is thy pity! how tender is thy care for perishing souls! Often wouldst thou have gathered the children of sinful Jerusalem, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings; but they would not. Often hast thou invited and called us to hide ourselves in the refuge of thy wounds, and, alas! we have wickedly refused but now we would fain come, and hope thou wilt not reject us; for thou hast said, "Him that cometh દ unto me, I will in no wise cast out." We deserve to be rejected it is a wonder of thy mercy and patience, that we are not given up to the lusts of our own hearts. Glory to thee for this desire of waiting still upon thee. Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of "eternal life.' If we perish, let us perish at thy feet; but we trust thou wilt save us, O merciful Son of God, who camest to seek and save that which was lost, and who has given so many evident proofs of thy willingness, as well as ability, to save the chief of sinners.

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SECT. LXXXVIII.

The Destruction of the Temple and Jewish Polity foretold.

CHAP. XXIV.

AND Jesus went out and de- for to shew him the buildings of

parted from the temple: and his disciples came to him,

the temple. 2. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these

things? Verily I say unto you, I stone upon another, that shall There shall not be left here one not be thrown down.

It seems, the Jewish temple was a very beautiful, strong, and magnificent structure. Thy disciples admired, no doubt, the strength and greatness of it; but they were told by thee, that one stone should not be left upon another, because Jerusalem did not know the time of her visitation: and thy prediction had been long ago fulfilled. Lord, convince the inhabitants of great and populous cities, that if, like the wretched Jews, they reject thee, and despise thy gospel, their great buildings and temples, and all that they boast of, may soon be brought to the dust.

3. And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of

the end of the world? 4. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you, 5. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Here are many things applicable both to thy coming to judge Jerusalem, and thy coming to judge the whole hu man race. Let us not be surprised, that thy predictions should bear the character of their author, with whom "a thousand years are as one day," and should have various steps and degrees of accomplishment, till every thing be fulfilled. It is not for us, Lord, to know the times and the seasons; but may we be helped to make a right improvement of what thou hast been pleased to declare. Thou hast given warning against many deceivers, and false Christs, and false prophets, who would shew signs and wonders, insomuch that (if it were possible) they would deceive the very elect. History informs us, that many such arose before the destruction of Jerusalem, and that many have risen since; and it is not improbable that many will yet arise. Lord, give us to take heed that no man deceive us. We thank thee for the word of truth, for the infallible rule: O do not deny us the teachings of thy holy Spirit, that we may rightly understand it; and

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