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"hast provided?" Lord, be merciful to those who have great estates, that they may not have it for their chief concern what they shall do to bestow their fruits; but may rather inquire what they shall do to be saved. Let them not think it is the right way to bestow their fruits, to hoard them up; but may they do good with them; may they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate. Let them not think the wealth of this world can give rest to their immortal souls, which can never be happy but in thee. Let them not deceive themselves with the expectation of long life, when this very night their souls may be required of them; but, oh, let it be their great care to be rich towards God. And give us, Lord Jesus, an interest in thy unsearchable riches, and then we shall have good reason to say to our souls; "Soul, thou hast inexhaustible treasures laid up for all the years of eternity. Take "thy rest, eat of the hidden manna; drink of the pure "river of water of life, proceeding out of the throne of "God, and of the Lamb; and rejoice in the Lord "always." Thus we may pass this life; and when thou sendest thine angels to take away our souls, we shall be still happier. Glory to thy name.

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SECT. XLIX.

Jesus encourages his Disciples to trust in God.

22. And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put 23. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24. Consider the ravens : for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them. How much more are ye better than the fowls? 25. And which of you with taking thought can add

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to his stature one cubit? 26. If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow; they toil not, they spin not and yet I say unto you, That Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28. If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? 29. And seek

not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32. Fear not, little flock; for it is

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your Father's good pleasure to
give you the kingdom.
Sell that ye have, and give
alms: provide yourselves bags
which wax not old, a treasure
in the heavens that faileth not,
where no thief approacheth,
neither moth corrupteth. 34.
For where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.

Thou art the good shepherd, who gavest thy life for the sheep. May we be among thy little flock whom thou knowest, and who know thee, and hear thy voice, and follow thee, and will not follow a stranger. Be thou our shepherd, Lord Jesus, and we shall want nothing, and shall need fear no evil: for it is thy Father's good pleasure to give us the kingdom. Adored be his free sovereign grace! Thou sayest, Sell that you have and "give alms." Be pleased graciously to teach us in what manner we are to understand these words, and how to apply them to ourselves. Whatever we have, Lord, is at thy disposal. Blessed be thy name, we hope thou hast given us to have our treasure and our heart in heaLord, put this beyond all doubt.

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SECT. L.

Christians are to be watchful, and ready for the coming of Jesus.

35. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; 36. And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the lord, when he cometh, shall find watching: verily I say unto you, That he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth

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and serve them. 38. And if he
shall come in the second watch,
or come in the third watch, and
find them so, blessed are those
servants. 39. And this know,
that if the good man of the
house had known what hour the
thief would come, he would
have watched, and not have
suffered his house to be broken
through. 40. Be ye therefore
ready also for the Son of man
cometh at
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May we stand ready to receive our heavenly Lord at whatever hour he shall come. When thou knockest, by a fit of sickness, or by some unforeseen 'accident, may we open to thee immediately.' Thou hast said,

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"Blessed are those servants whom the Lord when he "cometh shall find watching: Verily I say unto you, "that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.' Oh, give us the grace of watchfulness, to which so high and glorious promises are made; promises too high to be fully comprehended in this life. May we beware of sloth and security. May we watch against our spiritual enemies. May we wait for thy second coming, or for thy calling us home to thee. May we wait for these events with the desire of those who watch for the morning, and with a vigilance suitable to the suddenness and unexpectedness of them, as to the particular time. For thou comest at an hour when we think not.

SECT. LI.

Talents not improved will be punished.

41. Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? 42. And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43. Blessed is that servant, whom his lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing. 44. Of a truth I say unto you, That he will make him ruler over all that he 45. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the men-servants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46.

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The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Lord, make all who have the care of precious souls, faithful and wise stewards. Grant, particularly, that all pastors and instructors of youth, and heads of families, may be such. May they, in their several stations, feed the souls committed to their care with the pure word of God; rightly dividing it, and giving every one his portion of meat, and in due season. Lord, give us to be found by thee, when thou comest, so doing. And may we be animated in this course by the hope of thy high approbation. But save us from resembling the wicked servant, who saith in his heart, "My Lord delayeth his coming, and begins to beat the men-servants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken.” As we would not share in the dreadful punishment, of being cut off and having our portion with the unbelievers; keep us at the utmost distance from his crimes ; from every thing like lording it over thy heritage; every degree of intemperance; every thing indecent. And the rather, because we cannot plead ignorance of our Lord's will in these things.

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SECT. LII.

Jesus foretels that Divisions will arise, on account of the Gospel; and reproves the Jews.

house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the

49. I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I if it be already kindled? 50. But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplish-daughter, and the daughter ed! 51. Suppose ye that I am against the mother; the mocome to give peace on earth? ther-in-law against her daughI tell you, Nay; but rather di- ter-in-law, and the daughtervision: 52. For from hence-in-law against her mother-inforth there shall be five in one law.

Let us not think it strange that the fire of division, and persecution, was kindled on the earth by thy Gospel; when we consider the wickedness of unconverted souls, the spite and rage of Satan, and the indispensable obligation which thy saints find themselves under, to forsake

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their nearest relatives rather than forsake thee. neither the flame that. Christianity was to raise in the world, nor thy own dreadful sufferings, discouraged thee from going on in thy glorious work of saving immortal souls. For this thou wast determined to be baptized with the baptism of thy blood, and wast straitened till it was accomplished. Eternal praise to the unshaken constancy and unconquerable height of thy redeeming love.

54. And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower: and so it is. 55. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat: aud it

cometh to pass. 56. Ye hypocrites! ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? 57. Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?

Thou canst appeal to the judgment which all men are able even of themselves to give of what is just and right. Their consciences are ready to bear testimony for thee, if they would hear them. Lord, awaken all the opposers of thy Gospel to attend, to these inward admonitions, before it be too late.

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[See the Reflections on Matt. V. v. 25, 26. p. 21.]

SECT. LIII.

Jesus teaches the Necessity of Repentance. The Parable of the Vineyard.

CHAP. XIII.

THERE were present at

that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2. And Jesus

answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3. I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye.

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