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daily martyrs in bearing the cross after thee, and crucifying the flesh with its affections and lusts. Lord, do not deny us that grace which is necessary to support us

under those inward conflicts.


The Disciples of Jesus are the light of the World.

13. Ye are the salt of the | for nothing, but to be cast out, earth but if the salt have lost and to be trodden under foot of

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Salt gives a relish to what is insipid, and preserves from corruption. Lord, grant that our conversation and the disposition of our minds may not be nauseous or insipid to thy beloved Spirit, as those of carnal and earthly men are; but may they be such as are acceptable to God through thy meditation, and edifying to men. O make our hearts right with thee; and let no corrupt communication proceed out of our mouth, but that which is good for the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers. And in our whole behaviour may wefollow after the things which make for peace, and things whereby one may edify another. And help us ever to remember, that as salt, if it lose its savour, is of all things in the world most useless, and incapable of being seasoned; so he who professeth to be thy disciple, but hath an unsavoury and unedifying life, is the most contemptible of all mankind, and nothing can make such a person supportable either to God or man.

unto all that are in the house. 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in hea

14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light | ven.

Dost thou not here teach us, O Lord, that though we are to abhor being like the Pharisees, who did their works to be seen of men; yet we are not to be ashamed of being thy disciples, nor of employing any talents thou hast given us in thy service. Lord, keep us from a

foolish affectation of singularity: let us never seek to differ from the world in matters of no consequence: but neither let us seek to keep ourselves undiscovered among them by sinful compliance, or sinful omissions. Lord Jesus, grant that our light may so shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father

which is in heaven.



The Law expounded.

17. Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called

the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Let us not think that thou camest to destroy the law or the prophets. As to the ceremonial law, thou wast subject to it, and didst also fulfil its numerous types. Thou didst accomplish the predictions of the prophets, and didst perfectly fulfil the moral law by thy obedience and sufferings. Thou also givest thy holy Spirit to write this law on the hearts of thy followers. Let us not then break one of the least of its commandments, or teach men so; but may we be careful to do and teach them all. And let us not be satisfied with the righteousness of the Pharisees, though it was highly esteemed by many; but may we have right views of the universal extent, and of the spirituality and strictness of thy law and may we incessantly seek after conformity to it in all points, and be sensible of our guilt in every instance of the want of such conformity in thought or inclination, as well as in word or deed. Glory to thee, O Lord our righteousness, that thou hast provided a righteousness for us exceeding that of the Scribes and Pharisees, by fully answering


every demand of the pure and perfect law of God. this righteousness we will boast all the day long. Blessed be thy name, that thou hast also promised to write thy law upon our hearts: O accomplish this daily more and more, that without spiritual pride we may see that our righteousness, in this respect also, does really exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees.

21. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, (Exod. xx. 13.) Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22. But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23. Therefore, if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother

hath ought against thee, 24.
Leave there thy gift before
the altar,
the altar, and go thy way; first
be reconciled to thy brother,
and then come and offer thy
gift. 25. Agree with thine ad-
versary quickly, whiles thou art
in the way with him; lest at
any time the adversary deliver
thee to the judge, and the judge
deliver thee to the officer, and
thou be cast into prison. 26.
Verily I say unto thee, Thou
shalt by no means come out
thence, till thou hast paid the
uttermost farthing.

These words of thine are very different from the practice of multitudes, who call themselves thy disciples; but let not this perplex or discourage us in the observation of them. Lord, keep us from being angry without a cause. Lord, keep us from "speaking contemptuous or reviling words: and if at any time we fall into this sin, may we be restless till we have humbled ourselves before thee, and asked forgiveness of the person whom we have injured. Let us not dare to approach thee in prayer, much less at thy holy table, till we first be reconciled to our brother. Ŏ righteous God! thou art of necessity the adversary of all the transgressors of thy holy, just, and good law. May every impenitent sinner know his danger, and make haste to be reconciled to thee, through the blood of thy Son. Heavenly Father, let us not deceive ourselves: we desire to agree with thee while we are in the way with thee, upon thine own terms, with our whole heart. We thankfully embrace that blessed me

thod of reconciliation through the blood of the cross, and the sanctification of the Holy Spirit. We renounce and forsake utterly, by thy grace, whatever is displeasing to thee. Blessed be thy name for thy amazing condescension in beseeching such mean sinful creatures to be reconciled to thee, the infinite God. Blessed be thy holy name, that Christ, in whom thou art well pleased, is our peace. He hath gone to prison for us, and discharged our debt; and thou hast released him, and received him up into heaven, and set him at thy right hand; and he is to be our Judge, who is our Saviour.


Christ's continuation of exposition of the Law.

it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should pe

27. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, (Exod. xx. 14.) Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28. But Irish, and not that thy whole say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut

body should be cast into hell. 31. It hath been said, (Deut. xxiv. 1.) Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32. But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry. her that is divorced, committeth adultery.

Lord, keep us not only from every word and act, but from every thought that is impure. May we remember, that our bodies are members of Christ, and temples of the Holy Spirit; and that if any man defile the temple of God, him will God destroy.

33. Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, (Lev. xix. 12.) Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34. But I say unto you, Swear not at all:

neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: 35. Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. 36. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because

thou canst not make one hair | yea; nay, nay: for whatsoever white or black : 37. But let is more than these, cometh of your communication be, Yea, evil.

Preserve us from rash words, and from all kind of cursing and swearing. When we are called upon to make oath, may we go about it with the greatest reverence, as a most solemn act of thy worship. May we be modest in our assertions; may we be cautious and deliberate in resolving, but firm in executing those resolutions which are agrecable to thy will. May we be slow in promising, but faithful and strict in performing; and may we daily fulfil our vows to thee, O Lord,


Retaliation forbidden;pand Love to our enemies inculcated,


$8. Ye have heard that it hath been said, An for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: (Deut. xix. 21.) 39. But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall sinite thee on thy right cheek, turn'to him the other also. 40. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat,

let him have thy cloke also, 41. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. 43. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy:

Let us not insist on retaliation. When we meet with an affront or injury, may we bear it with meekness, and look to thee, who, when thou wast reviled, reviledst not again, and when thou sufferedst, didst not threaten; that we may know what thou wouldst have us to do. We will not be afraid of exposing ourselves to farther insult, while we have thee to take our part. Keep us from being litigious may we rather give up our right, so far as is consistent with thy will. Whosoever shall compel us to go a mile, may we go with him twain. May we give to him that asketh us, and not turn away from him that would borrow of us. May we be ready to distribute to the necessities of others, knowing that thou canst and will repay it, and that we shall never be losers in obeying thy commands. Lord, make thy will clear to us, and we need not be afraid of doing it. Thou canst pre

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