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W in those days, while Jesus them, “O! brood of vipers ! who CHAP: III.
dwelt at Nazareth, cometh hath warned you to flee from the ppeare John the Baptist in the desert of wrath that is approaching? Bring & er ofte Judea, saying, “Repent ye, for forth therefore fruits suitable to reaptist.
the kingdom of heaven, (the gos- pentance, and say not within your
pel dispensation) draweth near.” selves, We have Abraham for 9
3 This is he who was spoken of by our father ;' for I say unto you, 2. xl. 3. Isaiah the Prophet, saying, “ The that from these stones God is able
voice of one crying in the desert, to raise up children unto Abraham :
make straight a high-way for our root of the trees, so that every tree, 4 God.” And this John had his which beareth not good fruit, wilí
raiment of camel's hair, with a lea- be cut down and cast into the fire.
his food was s locusts and wild to repentance: but he who is com5 honey. Then many of the people ing after me is mightier than I,
of Jerusalem, and of all parts of whose sandals I am not worthy to
Judea, and of all the country about carry; he will baptize you with a 6 Jordan, went out to him; and purifying spirit and with fire: for 12
were baptized by him in the river his fan is in his hand, and he will
Jordan, upon confession of their thoroughly cleanse his foor, and 7 sins. But when he saw many of lay up his wheat in the garner, but
the Pharisees and Sadducees com- will burn up the chaff with * un-
* This gospel is generally believed to guage; but it is of little moment. The
tion of Jesus.
Then cometh Jesus from Gali-1" All these things I will give thee CHAP
lee to Jordan, unto John, to be if thou wilt fall down, and worship Baptism of baptized by him. But John re-me.” Then saith Jesus unto him, 10 Jesus.
fused, saying, “ I have need to be" Begone, thou adversary, for it is 1.4 baptized by thee, and comest thou written, Thou shalt worship the Deut.
to me?” And Jesus answered and Lord thy God, and pay religious vi. 13. 15 said unto him, “Suffer me now, service to him only." Then the 11
for thus it becometh us to perforın devil leaveth him, and angels
every righteous ordinance." Then came and ministered unto him. 16 John suffereth him. And as soon Now, when Jesus had heard that 12
as Jesus was baptized and gone up John was delivered up to prison, His resia out of the water, lo! the heavens he withdrew into Galilee. And dence at
Capernaum were opened unto John and he saw having left Nazareth, he came and the spirit of God descending like a dwelt in Capernaum, which is on i 3
dove, and lighting upon Jesus, the north side of the lake of Tibe-
saying, “ This is my beloved Son, and Naphtali; so that it was ful-
Then was Jesus led up by the Prophet Isaiah, “The land of Ze-14
spirit into the desert, to be ? tried bulon, and the land of Naphtali, Isa. ix. Tempta- by the devil: And when he had countries near the lake, by the sides 2.
fasted forty days and forty nights, of Jordan, in Galilee of the Gentiles ;
command that these stones be shadow of death, light hath sprung
said, “ It is written, Man liveth to preach, and to say, “Repent,
thing which is appointed by God'." near.”
him to the holy city, and setteth lake of Galilee, he saw two bre_ Calls Pehim on a wing of the temple, and thren, Simon called Peter, and ter, An6 saith unto him, “ As thou art the Andrew his brother, casting a net James, and
Son of God, cast thyself down; into the lake, for they were fish-John.
for it is written, 'He shall give his ers; and he saith unto them, “Come 19 Psalm xci. angels charge concerning thee, with me, and I will make you fish
and they will bear thee upon their ers of men ;” and immediately 20
hands jest thou strike thy foot they left their nets and followed 7 against a stone'.” Jesus said unto him. And going forward thence, 21
him, “ It is also written, « 'Thou he saw two other brethren, James vi. 26.
shalt not 'tempt the Lord thy the son of Zebedee, and John his 8 God'.” Again, the devil taketh brother, in the vessel with Zebedee
Jesus with him to a very high their father, preparing their nets, imountain, and showeth him all and he called them ; and immedi- 22 the kingdoms of the world, and the ately they left the vessel and their glory of them, and saith unto him, father, and followed him.
1 A divine impulse.
trial. By having the temptations to do evil, to 4 Having firmly resolved to resist all the which he would be exposed, strongly pre- temptations to which he should be exposed ; sented to his mind.
he enjoyed the most solacing 1cflections. 3 Distrustingly put his goodness to the
And Jesus went about all Gali- | and so were persecuted the teachers CHAP.
lee, teaching in their synagogues, that were before you. . Dures va- and preaching the glad tidings of
66 Ye are the salt of the earth, 13 his kingdom, and curing every dis- but if this salt have lost its savour, Duty of
ease and every infirmity among with what shall it be seasoned ? it setting a 24 the people. And his fame went is no longer good for any thing ample.
through all Syria ; and they brought but to be cast out, and trodden ununto him all that were disordered ; derfoot by men. Ye are the light 14 people afflicted with various dis of the world. A city which is eases and torments; demoniacs, placed on a hill cannot be hidden, lunatics, and those that had palsies; nor is a lamp lighted to be put un-15 23 and he cured them; and great der a bushel, but on a stand, and
multitudes followed him from Ga- it shineth to all that are in the
may see your good works, and glo-
he went up a mountain, and sat 6 Think not that I am come to 17 Who are, down; and his disciples came un-destroy the spirit and end of the The moral paper : to him. And he opened his mouth law or the prophets ; I am not Paw of the
and taught them, saying, “ Happy come to destroy, but to establish Moses 3 are the poor in spirit, for theirs is them ; for verily I say unto you, established 4 the kingdom of heaven. Happy The heaven and the earth will by Christ.
are those who mourn for their sooner pass away, than one jot or
are the compassionate, for they and teach them will be greatest in
makers, for they shall be called the the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall 10 sons of God. Happy are those by no means enter into the king
that suffer wrong for righteousness' dom of heaven.
sake; for their's is the kingdom of “ Ye have heard that it was said 21 11 heaven. Happy are ye when men to those of old, • Thou shalt do no Of murder.
reproach you, and persecute you, murder, and whosoever commit- Exod. xx.
and speak all kind of evil against teth murder, shall be liable to the xxxv. 30. 12 you falsely for my sake. Rejoice judgment of the common courts of
and be exceedingly glad, for great justice.' But I say unto you, 22
- Madmen, vulgarly supposed to be pos- and to be happy eternally.
earth, and be in the highest degree sensible of
3 The lowly and unambitious, such were he will be unwo thy of the name. .
CHAP. ther without a cause, shall be in causeth her to commit adultery ; CHAP.
ever shall say to his brother without hath been divorced, committeth
shall be in danger of hell fire. But I say unto you, Swear not on Numb. 23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to any account; either by the heaven, ***
the altar and there remember that thy for it is God's throne; or by the 35
brother hath a complaint against earth, for it is his footstool ; or by 24 thee ; leave there thy gift before Jerusalem, for it is the city of the
the altar, and go ; first be reconcil great king. Neither shalt thou 36
ed to thy brother, and then come swear by thy head, for thou canst
thine adversary quickly, whilst thou But let your discourse be Yes, 37
judge to the officer, and thou be 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth Of retali26 cast into prison. Verily I say unto for a tooth.' But I say unto you, as
thee, Thou mayest not come out Rather than this, resist not the xxi. 24.
shall strike thee on thy right cheek,
commit adultery.' But I say unto thy coat, give to him thy cloke Exod.
you, Whosoever looketh on a also. And whosoever shall force 41 xx. 14.
Woman, so as to indulge unlawful thee to go one mile, go with him
committed wickedness with her in that asketh thee, and from him
right eye lead thee to sin, pluck not away.
members perish, than that thy and hate thine enemy.' But I say of
if thy right hand lead thee to sin, and to show that you do love them,
whole body be cast into hell. ously and persecute you ; that you 45
31 “And it was said, "Whosoever may be the sons of your Father, Of divorce, divorceth his wife, let him give her who is in heaven ; for he maketh
a writing of separation.' But I say his sun to rise on the evil and on xxiv. 1.
unto you, Whosoever shall di- the good, and he sendeth rain on
TA punishment co"responding to a death 3 This was an inference which the Jews by fire in the valley of Hinnom. See Jer. made from the books of Moses ; but without vii. 31.
good grounds. If she marry again during his life.
CHAP. those who love you, what is your « Our Father, who art in hea- CHAP.' VI.
reward? Do not even the publi- ven, hallowed be thy name. Thy 47 cans the same? And if ye salute kingdom come. Thy will be done A form of
your brethren only, what good on earth, as it is in heaven. Give prayer. will this do you Do not the us this day the bread sufficient for 11
Gentiles act in the same manner? ús: and forgive us our trespasses, 12 48 Be ye therefore o perfect, as your as we forgive those who trespass
Father that is in heaven is perfect. against us, and bring us not into CHAP.
“ Take heed not to perform temptation ; but deliver us from 13
your good deeds before men, that evil: for thine is the kingdom, and Pf alms- ye may be seen by them ; other the power, and the glory for ever.
wise ye have no reward with your Amen! For if ye forgive men 14 2 Father, who is in heaven. There-their offences, your heavenly Father fore when thou doest thy alms, will also forgive you, but if ye forgive 15 sound not a trumpet before thee; not men their offences, neither will as the hypocrites do in the syna- your Father forgive your offences. gogues and in the streets, that they “Moreover, when ye fast, be not 16 may receive honour from men. like the hypocrites, of a gloomy Of fasting.
Verily I say unto you, that they countenance, for they disfigure 3 have their reward. But when thou their faces, that they may appear doest alms;" let not thy left hand unto men to fast: verily I say unto
know what thy right hand doeth ; you, They have their reward ; 17 4 that thine alms may be in secret ; but when thou fastest, anoint thy
and thy Father who seeth in secret, head, and wash thy face; that 18.
thou appear not unto men to fast, 5 " And when thou prayest, be not but unto thy Father who is in seOf prayer. as the hypocrites are, for they love cret ; and thy Father who seeth in
to pray,standing in the synagogues, secret will reward thee openly.
I say unto you, They have their worin destroy, and where thieves
thy father who seeth in secret will and steal: for where your treasure 21
how great will that darkness be!
therefore pray ye:
1 The collectors or farmers of the Ro- thus: Bring us not so into temptation, as man taxes and customs. Men of bad cha- that we may be otherwise than' delivered racter, and frequently ranked with sinners. from evil.
"Imitate the excellence and perfection of 4 That is, thine understanding, which is God, as much as lies in your power the lamp of the mind. A sound understand
* This petition must be so connected with ing will make men prefer heavenly treasures the following, as if both had been expressed I to earthly, and God to riches.