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withal shall we be clothed?
32. (For after all these things
do the Gentiles seek for your
heavenly Father knoweth that
ye have need of all these things.
33. But seek ye first the king-
dom of God, and his righteous- is the evil thereof.

ness; and all these things shall
be added unto you. 34. Take
therefore no thought for the
morrow: for the morrow shall
take thought for the things of
itself. Sufficient unto the day

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Let us not foolishly think that we can serve God and any worldly idol at the same time. Thou art the only true God, and thee only must we serve. All that we are,

that we have, or that we are capable of, is thine: though it were infinitely more, it is all due to thee; and what can the world give us to flatter us away from thy service? It can give no more but what we eat or drink, or wherewith we are clothed; and need we fear the want of any of these from thee? Thou who givest us life, canst thou not easily give us food? Thou who givest us a body, canst thou not give us raiment? O heavenly Father, we see thee feeding the birds of the air, and surely thou wilt not suffer us to want food, when employed in thy service. Thou clothest the grass and flowers of the field; surely thou wilt not suffer us to go unclothed. As thou hast provided a costly spiritual garment for our souls, thou wilt not think much to clothe our bodies, Let us not therefore, O Father, be anxious about these things, as the poor blinded heathens are, who know not thee. Thou knowest that we have need of these things; this ought to satisfy us all our anxiety cannot add one cubit to our stature; it only increases the evils of this life, which are so great already. We thank thee for making that to be our duty which is our greatest comfort and interest: to be anxiously careful about nothing in this world, but to cast all our cares on thee. Help us to seek thy kingdom, that it may be established and may flourish in our hearts, and in the hearts of as many others as possible; and thy righteousness, that we may be justified and sanctified by it. In seeking these great and necessary blessings, may we have earnest desires and a lively faith in thy promises, and we shall not be disappointed: and the things of this life, so far as they are needful, thou wilt add.

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Most wise and gracious Saviour! give us rightly to understand this prohibition. Surely it does not mean that we should not reckon those men unholy whose lives are impious and impure, and before whom thou commandest us, in the next words, not to expose holy things, lest they should trample them under their feet. What then does it imply? It certainly implies, in the first place, that we should not be forward, or rash, or uncharitable in forming our opinions of men. And next, that we should put the most candid and favourable construction upon their actions and words, that they will bear. Above all, that we should beware of judging what their lot will be through eternity, as the greatest sinners may become eminent saints by thy omnipotent grace. Lord Jesus! help us faithfully to observe these things, and if more is implied, thou canst teach us.

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Give us also rightly to understand what thou sayest of pulling the mote out of our brother's eye. It cannot be meant that we should not reprove (with meekness) the sins of others; for thou hast said in thy law, "thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart; thou shalt in any "wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon "him." But thou wouldst have us to beware of being more concerned about a smaller fault of our brother than a greater of our own, and to begin at home, first giving

diligence that the beam may be cast out of our own eye, and then we shall see clearly to cast out the mote out of our brother's eye. Lord, grant we may conscientiously observe this.

SECT. XXI.

Encouragements to prayer.

7. Ask, and it shall be given; he give him a stone? 10. Or you; seek, and ye shall find; if he ask a fish, will he give knock, and it shall be opened him a serpent? 11. If ye then, unto you: 8. For every one being evil, know how to give that asketh receiveth; and he good gifts unto your children, that seeketh findeth; and to him how much more shall your Fathat knocketh it shall be opened. I ther which is in heaven give 9. Or what man is there of you, good things to them that ask whom if his son ask bread, will | him?

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Praise and thanks to thee for these encouraging words. Thou hast assured us that our prayers shall be heard when we ask, and seek, and knock, according to the will of God. Thou hast thrice asserted this comfortable truth, and confirmed it farther from the example of an earthly parent, who, however churlish and ill-natured, will not mock his child crying to him for bread; and lastly hast said, "If ye then being evil know how to give

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good gifts to your children, how much more shall your "Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" O joyful, transporting revelation of the heart of God towards sinful men! in confidence of this truth delivered by him who came from thy bosom and fully knows thy mind, we humbly beg, O heavenly Father, that thou wouldst give us thy holy Spirit to interest us in the Saviour. This is the bread of life, without which thou knowest our souls must perish. We trust thou wilt not, thou canst not deny it us. Amen,

12. Therefore all things what- | them: for this is the law and soever ye would that men should the prophets. do to you, do ye even so to

Lord, give us so to do to men as we would they should do to us, and to love them as ourselves. And let our

whole conduct towards them be full of that compassion, and mercy, and condescension, which we humbly hope for from thee, O Father, through the merits of Christ.

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Let us not think we are

O shew us the path of life. safe in following a multitude. Deliver us from the broad way of a thoughtless mind, a carnal heart, and a loose irregular life. O save us from walking in the ways of the covetous, or the ambitious, or the sensual, or the profane, or any of the unregenerate. May we press to get through the strait gate of true conversion, and walk in the narrow way of truth and holiness, after thee our Redeemer. We bless thee, that though this is a narrow way, it is full of pleasantness and peace, and leads to eternal life.

SECT. XXII.

Cautions against false Prophets.

15. Beware of false prophets, | forth good fruit, is hewn down, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves: 16. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17. Even so 17. Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19. Every tree that bringeth not

and cast into the fire. 20. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Let us not believe every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they are of God, by that plain and infallible test which thou hast given us, "their fruits;" by these we shall know them. Here we are taught this important truth, that true religion does not lie in professions of re

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gard for thee, but in doing the will of our Father. alas! we are naturally ignorant of the will of thy Father. Lord, teach us, for thou knowest it; and teach us to do it; for even when to will is present with us, how to perform that which is good, we find not. When the Jews asked thee, What shall we do that we may work the works of God? thou answeredst them, "This is the "work of God, to believe on him whom he hath sent." Here then we have the first step, "to believe in thee." Lord, we believe; help our unbelief. We find also it is said in thy word, "This is the will of God, even your "sanctification." And this perfectly agrees with the former, for the heart is purified by faith. Grant, therefore, that by faith in thee we may be sanctified wholly in soul, body, and spirit, and may present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God. And And may the Holy Ghost make us not conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God; and study every day, every hour to perform it. Lord, what wilt thou have us to do? Shew us thy way; teach us thy paths, for thou art the God of our salvation: on thee do we wait all the day.

23. And then will I profess | depart from me, ye that work unto them, I never knew you: iniquity.

Let us not deceive ourselves by imagining we can be thy disciples, if we be workers of any iniquity; for thou hast declared that thou wilt say to such, 66 I never knew

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you; depart from me.' Lord, we renounce, by thy. grace, all known iniquity; and if there be any iniquity in us which we know not, merciful Saviour, discover it, and deliver us from it, that it may not be our ruin. We trust in thee that thou wilt do this, and that thou wilt not send us away as those whom thou never knewest.

SECT. XXIII.

Conclusion of Christ's Sermon on the Mount.

24. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him

Junto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25. And the rain descended, and the

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