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13. No servant can serve two masters for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 14. And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. 15. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomi

nation in the sight of God. 16. The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. 17. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. 18. Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband, committeth adultery.

It is no wonder, worldly minds should deride thy disciples, when they dared to deride thee. Lord, save us from the wickedness of those Pharisees, who justified themselves before men, but had hearts not right towards God. May we be more careful to have thy approbation than that of men; and let us not in our judgment be guided by the esteem of men, seeing thou hast declared, "That what is highly esteemed amongst men, is abomination in the sight of God."


Of the Rich Man and Lazarus.

19. There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20. And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21. And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores: 22. And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man

also died, and was buried; 23. And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom : 24. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things:

but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you, cannot; neither can they pass to us that would come from thence. 27. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house; 28. For I have five brethren: that he may tes

tify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Lord, teach us the lessons thou wouldst have us to learn from this description. Here we see the reality of a future state of unspeakable happiness or misery; and that this happiness or misery begins immediately after death: for the rich man died, and lift up his eyes in hell, being in torments. Lazarus died, and was carried by angels into Abraham's bosom.-We see also the misery of wicked men ainidst the greatest riches and pleasures of this life. What did it avail this rich man to be clothed in purple and fine linen; to fare sumptuously every day for a few years; and then to go to the torments of hell?--And the happiness of thy saints, amidst poverty, pain, loathsome diseases, extreme contempt. It is in this life only that they have these evil things, which are soon over, and are succeeded by the everlasting consolations of heaven.--That the wicked in hell may seek an alleviation of their misery, but it will be in vain.--That there is an unpassable gulf betwixt heaven and hell. That the damned may desire that their relations should not come into the place of torment.---And that if men will not hearken to thy written word, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.

These truths, Lord, we see in this remarkable description. Whatever else thou wouldest have us to learn from it, be pleased graciously to make us know. And, oh, give us dispositions of heart suitable to what we have learned, and to act accordingly. Save us from living in pleasure and delicacy, and from being unmerciful to the

poor, or unmindful of thein. And, oh, make us like Lazarus in grace, and then we shall not need to be uneasy, though thou shouldst see fit to make us like him in other respects. We shall have no cause of complaint or discouragement at all. Yea, Lord, thou canst by thy holy Spirit fill us with such a joyful hope of soon being taken to heaven, as will raise us above all temporal evils whatsoever.


Jesus teaches to avoid giving Offence, and inculcates Forgiveness.


THEN said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him through whom they come! 2. It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little


3. Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying I repent; thou shalt forgive him.


Here, Lord, thou hast taught us to rebuke our brother when he trespasseth against us; and at the same time, if he repent, to forgive him: and though he should provoke us ever so often, yet, if he still repent, not to be weary of forgiving him. Öh, grant us a heart to do this. How obdurately wicked shall we be, if we do otherwise, after what (we trust) thou hast done for us. Jesus, how often hast thou forgiven us! And though it were not so, here is the greatest encouragement just now to seek thy pardoning mercy, "If he trespass against "thee," thou hast said, "seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent, thou shalt forgive." Lord, the frequency of our sins, our falling into them again and again after professing repentance, is a dreadful thing; but we repent, Lord Jesus, by thy grace, of this most wicked, provoking, and ungrateful impiety. Oh, be pleased to forgive us, thou who hast taught us to forgive our bro


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ther. Indeed, our offences against thee are far more heinous, as thou art infinitely higher than man, and we are under unspeakably greater obligations to thee. But thy mercy is also far greater than the best of theirs: blessed be thy name: we will yet therefore hope for pardon from thee. There is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared; with thee there is mercy; with thee there is plenteous redemption; and thou wilt redeem Israel from all his iniquities.


Jesus illustrates the Power of Faith, and shews the Nature of Obedience.

5. And the apostles said unto | the Lord, Increase our faith. 6. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustardseed, ye might say unto this sycamine-tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. 7. But which of you, having a servant plowing, or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 8. And will not rather say unto him, Make

ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, tili I have eaten and drunken ; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 9. Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.

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wise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which was our duty to do.

Lord, give us faith; that ineffably precious faith in thee, which purifies the heart, which works by love, which overcomes the world, which is active in every good work; and increase this faith, that we may abound in love, and in all the fruits of righteousness to thy glory; looking on no duty as too difficult, no task as hard or unseasonable, if it be prescribed by thee. When we have been labouring or suffering according to thy will, let us not think we are to get rest or comfort immediately; but may we hold ourselves in readiness to serve thee farther, as thou shalt call for our poor service. And when we shall have done all these things that are commanded us, (as thou knowest we come short in every ́


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thing,) may we be ready from the heart to say, "We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which is our duty to do." Lord, give us to seek continually to serve and glorify thee: as for our rest, and peace, and comfort, we leave them in thy hand. Deal with us as thou pleasest. We hope in thy mercy.


The Lepers cleansed.

11. And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria aud Galilee. 12. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13. And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15. And one

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We join with these lepers in lifting up our voice, and saying," Jesus, Master, have mercy upon us.' Thou seest this hateful and horrid leprosy, how it has infected our whole souls. Oh, have mercy on us. Thou commandest us to read thy cleansing word, to hear it preached, to pray, and to use the other means of grace. use them, Lord, at thy command, depending on thy Spirit alone for their efficacy. Oh, grant, that while we observe thy directions, we may find ourselves cleansed; and save us from the black crime of ingratitude. would turn back, and with a loud voice glorify thee; we would fall down on our faces at thy feet, and give thee thanks. Glory be to thee for delivering us in any measure from the reigning power of sin. Thanks for bringing us back to thee when we were on the brink of hell. Thanks for revealing thy Father to us, we would fain


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