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to do on the sabbath-days? 3. | bread, and gave also to them And Jesus answering them, said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungered, and they which were with him; 4. How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shew

that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat, but for the priests alone? 5. And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XII. v. 1—13.

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6. And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught; and there was a man whose right hand was withered. 7. And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath-day, that they might find an accusa- | tion against him. 8. But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he


arose and stood forth. 9. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath-days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? 10. And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so and his hand was restored whole as the other. 11. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XII. v.9-14. p. 56, 57.]


Jesus prayeth to God, and chooseth twelve Apostles.

12. And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and con

tinued all night in prayer to God.

From these and other instances in the Gospel history, it is evident that thou wast much given to prayer; and all thy disciples are called to pray without ceasing. What a glorious privilege, above all that the world has to give. What a perpetual source of peace, confidence, hope, and joy. We thank thee, Lord Jesus, that ever thou wast pleased to teach us in any measure to pray; we had never known true comfort else: Blessed be the time that ever we were led to pour out our hearts to our

heavenly Father, and to attend to the voice of his promises, and to taste the sweetness of prayer. But thou seest how we are hindered in it. O Father, give us thy holy Spirit, to help our infirmities, for Christ's sake, who hath engaged his word that thou wilt give him to them that ask thee. We are utterly unworthy; but the more unworthy the more needful; and thou hast said, "I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be "clean from all your filthiness; and from all your idols "will I cleanse you; and I will put my Spirit within you." O, graciously fulfil these promises, for which we now humbly inquire of thee. We will by thy grace believe and embrace them; and in dependance on thy Spirit will pray more and more. We know not what to


pray for as we ought; but we hope he will make intercession in us. We hope he will deliver us from vain sinful thoughts, wanderings, affectation, unseasonable reflections, and all other hindrances. We hope he will thoroughly sanctify our whole souls and bodies, and give us a lively faith of the truths revealed in thy word; a deep reverence for thy presence; a true faith in thy beloved Son our mediator with thee; a right sense of our unworthiness, and guilt, and vileness; a clear sight of our spiritual wants, and of the blessings we ought to pray for, to ourselves and others; a continual hunger and thirst after these blessings; a zeal for thy glory, and for the advancement of thy kingdom, and the accomplishment of thy will; not to seek great things in this world, but to be content with daily bread; a heart full of love to all, and forgiveness to those who have wronged us; a sincere care to escape temptations, and to be delivered from the power of sin and Satan; and a cordial delight, like that of the blessed in heaven, in ascribing all dominion, and power, and glory, to thy most excellent name for ever and ever.

We trust he will do all these things for us, and what else he knows we need. We are sure he is able; and thy promises make us sure of his willingness. We will therefore rest in it that he will be in us a spirit of grace and supplication, and a spirit of adoption, making us

pour out our whole hearts with filial reverence to our compassionate condescending Father.

And, O blessed Redeemer, in whom alone we have access to the Father, by thy holy Spirit, when we have an opportunity of retiring into solitary places for prayer, we would remember with holy reverence thy high example. What an honour is it to be called to the imitation of it. O wash us in thy blood, and make us holy..

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[See the Reflections on Matt. X. v. 1—~4. p. 46, 47.]

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They who sought to touch thee, did it with some degree of persuasion of thy power and willingness to heal them. Lord, we believe (help thou our unbelief) that thou art able and willing to heal the diseases of our souls. We trust in thee, and wait for the healing of them all, by the virtue that goes out of thy divine person.

[See also the Reflections on Matt. IV. v. 23—25. p. 13.]


Christ's Discourse on a Plain.

20. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. 21. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. 22. Blessed are ye when men shall hate and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. 23. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap


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Lord, give us rightly to understand thy words, the words of eternal life. Grant us poverty of Spirit; and if external poverty shall come upon us in the way of our duty, let us not be discouraged; may we hunger and thirst after righteousness: and though we should be ready to starve for want of daily bread, let our souls feed on thy promises. Give us to weep for our own sins, and for the sins and miseries of others, and for the contempt poured upon thy dying love. And if our afflictions should be such, as may draw tears from us without sin, may these tears be poured out to thee, and may we never indulge grief to excess, when thou hast promised consolation, and canst make all things work together for good. And if we shall be hated, and separated, and reproached, and have our name cast out as evil, for thy sake; may we rejoice, and leap for joy. On the other hand, Lord, save us from those dreadful woes : a blessing from thee is enough to fill the heart of a poor, starving, weeping, hated, despised creature, with gladness; but a woe is enough to destroy all the riches, and fulness, and mirth, and honour of this world, and to turn them into misery. Lord, save us from being rich in

worldly wealth, and destitute of thy grace; from being satisfied with the enjoyments of this life; from living in thoughtless gaiety and mirth, unconcerned about thy glory and about our own and our neighbours salvation; and from pleasing ourselves with a good name among men, while we are not approved by thee.

27. But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you; 28. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. 29. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one check, offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. 30. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 31. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. 32. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have, ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.. 35. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37. Judge not, and ye shall not

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be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: S8. Give, and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again. 39, And he spake a parable unto them: Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 40. The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 42. Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite! cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye. 43. For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit: neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 44. For every tree is known by his own fruit: for of thorns men

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