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Atts xvii. 23.
As I passed by, and beheld your Devotions, I found an Altar with this Inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worSHIP, him declare l unto you.
24. God that made the World, and all Things therein, seeing that he is Lord of Heaven and Earth, dwelleth not in Temples made with Hands :
25. Neither is WORSHIPPED with Mens Hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all Life, and BREATH, and all things.
Phil. ii. 3. We are the CIRCUMCISION, which WORSHIP GOD in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jef14, and have no Confidence in the FLESH.
Heb. i. 6. And again, when he bringeth in the First-begotten into the World, he faith, and let all the ANGELS of God worship him. Chap. xii
. 28. Wherefore we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have GRACE, whereby we may serve God acceptably, with Reverence and GODLY Fear. 29. For our God is a CONSUMING FIRE.
i Pet, iii. 15. SANCTIFY the LORD God in your Hearts: and be ready always to give an Answer to every Man that asketh you a Reason of the Hope that is in you, with MEEKNESS and FEAR.
Chap. ii. s. Ye also as lively Stoncs, are built up a spiritual House, an holy Priesthood, to offer up spiritual Sacrifices, acceptable to GOD by Jefu Chrift.
Rev. xiv. 7. Saying with a loud Voice, Fear Gon, and give Glory to him, for the Hour of his JUDGMENT is come : and Worship him that made Heaven and Earth, and the Sea, and the Fountains of Waters.
Chap. xv. 4. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy Name? for thou only art holy: for all Nations shall come and WORSHIP before thee ; for thy Judgments are made manifeft.
Chap. iv. 8. And the four Beasts had cach of them fix Wings about him, and they were full of Eyes within ; and they rest not Day and Night,, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
10. The four and twenty Elders fall down before him that sat on the Throne, and WORSHIP him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their Crowns before the Throne, saying,
11. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive Glory, and HONOUR, and Power : for thou hast created all Things, and for thy. Pleasure, they are and were created.
The Nature of true Charity, represented
in the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
tain Lawyer food . I to me thing
Exod F thou meet thine ENEX.25.
ing aitray, thou shalt surely bring up, and tempted him, say- it back to him again. ing, Master, what shall I do
Deut. xxii. 1. Thou shalt not to inherit Eternal Life ?
sce thy Brother's Ox or his Sheep
go astray, and hide thy self from 26. He said unto him, them : thou shalt in any case bring What is written in the Law? them again unto thy Brother. how readest thou?
2. And if thy Brother be notnigh
unto thee, or if thou know him 27. And he answering, faid, not, then thou shalt bring it uito Thou shalt love the LORD thrine own House, and it shall be thy God with all thy Heart, after it, and thou shalt restore it to
with thee until thy Brother seek and with all thy Soul, and him again. with all thy Strength, and 3. In like manner shalt thou do with all thy Mind, and thy with his Als, and fo shalt thou do
with his Raiment, and with all lot NEIGHBOUR as thy felf. thing of thy Brother's, which he
28. And he said unto him, hath lost, and thou halt' found, shalt Thou hast answered right : thou do likewise. This do, and thou shalt LIVE. ther be waxen roor, and fallen in
Levit. xxv. 35. And if thy Bro29. But he willing to justi- Decay with thee; then thou thalc fy himself, said unto Fesus, relieve him: yea, though he be a And who is my Neighbour? Stranger, or a Sojourner ; that he 30. And Jesus answering, Psalm xviii.
Psalm xviii, 25. With the Mersaid, A certain Man went CIFUL thou wilt shew thy felt down from Jerusalem to fe- thou wilt thew thy self upright
mercitul ; with an UTRIGHT MAN richo, and fell among Thieves, Pf. xli. 1. Biessed is he that conwhich stripped him of his fidereth the Puor; the Lord will Raiment, and wounded him, deliver him in time of Trouble.
2 The Lord will preserve him, and departed, leaving him and keep him alive, and he thali half dead.
be blefled upon the Earth; thou 31. And by chance there wilt not deliver him into the Will
of his Enemies. came down a certain PRIEST
ô. The Lord will strengthen him and when he saw upon the Bed of languisning: thou him, he passed by on the wilt make all his Bed in his siek. other fide.
Prov xii. 10. A righteous Man 32. And likewise a LE reg rdeth the Life of his Beat: VITE, when he was at the butche tender Mercies of the Wick
ed are cruel, Place, came and looked on
Chap. XXV.21. If dine ENEMY him, be hungry, give him Biead to cat:
that way ;
him, and passed by on the and if he be thirsty, give him W2 other side.
ter to drink :
22. For thou shalt heap Coals of 33. But a certain Samari- Fire upon his Head, and the Lord tan, as he journey'd, came shall reward thec. where he was: and when he
Rom. xii, 19. Dearly beloved, a
venge not your felves, but rather saw him, he had COMPAS- give Place unto Wrath: for it is SION on him.
written, Vengeance is mine; I will 34.
And went to him, and repay, faith the Lord. bound up his Wounds, pour- hunger, feed him, if he thirit give
20. Therefore if thine Enemy ing in Oil and Wine, and set him drink : fnr in so doing thou him on his own Beast, and halt heap Coals of Fire on his
Hcad. brought him to an Inn, and
29. Be not overcome of Evil, took care of him.
but overcome Evil with Good. 35. And on the Morrow,
Gal. vi. 9. Let us not be weary when he departed, he took son we thall reap, it we faint not.
in WELL-DOING: for in due Sca. out two Pence, and gave them 10. As we have therefore Opporto the Hoft, and said unto tunity, let us do Good unto all him, Take Care of him ; of the Houlhold of Faith.
Men, especially unto them who are and whatsoever thou spend Col. iii, 12. Put on cherefore (as cít more, when I come again, the Elect of God, holy and beloved) I will repay thee.
Bowels of MERCIES, Kindness,
Humbleness of Mind, Meckocs, 36. Which now of these Long-suffering; three, thinkest thou, was 14. And above a!) things put on NEIGHBOUR unto him that CHARITY, which is the Bond of
Perteåness. fell among the Thieves ?
I Cor. xiii. 1. Though I speak 37. And he said, He that with the Tongues of Men and of Mewed MERCY on him. Angels, and have not CHARITY, I Then faid Jesus unto him, tinkling Cymbal.
am become as founding Brass, or a Go, and do thou likewise.
2. And though I have the Gift of
Prophecy, and understand all Myf teries, and all Knowledge; and though I have ail Faith, so that I could rcmove Mountains, and have no CHARITY, I am nothing.
3. And though I beítow all my Goods to feed the Poor, and though I give my Body to be burned, and have not CHARITY, it profiteth me nothing.
4. CHARITY suffereth long, and is kind; CHARITY envicth not ; Charity vaunteth nct itself, is not puffed up;
5. Doth not behave itseli unleemly, secketh not her own, is not caily provoked, thinketh no Evil,
6. Rejoiceth not in Iniquity, but rejoiceth in the Truth:
7. Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8. Charity never faileth : But whether there be Prophecies, they hall fail; whether there be Tongues, they shall cease; whether thcie be Knowledge, it shall vanish away.
13; And now abideth Faith, Hope, and CHARITY, these three ; but the greatest of these is CHARITY.
i John iii. 11. For this is the Message that ye heard from the Begin. ning, that we should LOVE one another. 12. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and flew his Brother,
Christ's Discourse against the Scribes, &c. 187
CHRIST's Discourse to the Scribes and
Pharisees, wherein he severely reproves them for their Pride, Hypocrily, Covetoufness, and Oppression; and denounceth severe Judgments against them.
Christ disputes with the Pharisees a
bout the Traditions of the Elders, and represents the great Wickedness and Deceit that is in the Hearts of Men.
Matthew xv. Mark vii. [Mr.]
HEN came together unto [M.] Jesus,
ples eat Bread with defiled (that is to fay, with unwashen) Hands, they found fault. For the Pharisecs, and all the Fere's, except they wash their Hands oft, eat not; holding the Tradition of the Elders. And when they come from the Market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other Things there be, which they have received to hold; as the washing of Cups and Pots, brafen Veffels, and of Tables. Then the Pharisees and Scribes asked him, Why walk not thy Disciples according to the Tradition of the Elders, but eat Bread with unwashen Hands? [M.) But he answered and said unto them, Why do you also TRANSGRESS the COMMANDMENT of God by your TRADITION? [Mr.] Well hath Efaias prophesied of you HYPOCRITES, as it is * written, This
B b 2
People * Sce !fa. xxix. 13, &c.
-People HONOURETH me with
(a) Psalm xxviii. 3. Draw me their Lips, (a) but their
not away with the WICKED, and HEART is far from me. with the Workers of INIQUITY: Howbeit, in VAIN do they which speak Peace to their Ncigh
bours, but MISCHIEF is in their WORSHIP me, teaching for
Hearts. DOCTRINES the COMMAND Prov. xxx. 12. There is a GeMENTS of Men. For lay- neration, that is pure in their owa ing aside the Cominandment Eyes, and yet is nut w ASHED froin
their Filthiness. of God, ye hold the Tradi Isai. Ixv.2. I have spread out my tion of Men, as the washing Hands all the Day unto a rebellious of Pots and Cups:
and ma- that was not good, after their own
People, which wáLKE thin a way ny other such like Things ye Thoughts; do. And he faid unto them, 3. A People that provoketh me Full well ye reject the Com- to Anger continually to my Face :
s. Which say, Srand by thy self, mandment of God, that ye come not near to me, for I ain homay keep your own Tradi- Lier than thou: These are a Smoke tion; [M.] for God com in my Nose, a Fire that burneth all
the Day. manded, saying, Honour thy
Jer. vii. 3. Thus faith the Lord Father and thy Mother: and of Hosts, the God of Israel, Amend whoso curseth Father or Mo, your Ways and your Doings, and ther, let him die the Death.
I will cause you to dwell in this
Place. But ye say, if a Man shall 4. Trust ye not in lying Words, say to his Father or Mother, saying, The Temple of the Lord, It is Corban, that is to say, ple of the Lord, are these.
the Temple of the Lord, the Teina Gift, by whatfoever thou
Ez.ek. xxxiii. 30. Also thou son mightest be profited by ine, of Man, the Children of thy Peohe shall be free : and ye fut ple ftill are taiking againt thee ny fer bim no more to do ought Houses, and speak one to another, for his Father or his Morher, every one to his Brother, saying, [M.] and honour not his Fa: Come, I pray you, and hear what
is the word that cometh forth ther or his Mother. Thus from the Lord. have ye made the Command 31. and they come unto thee as ment of God of none Effect the People cometh, and they fit be
fore thee as my People, and thy by your Tradition, [.11r.] uenr thy Words, but they will which
have delivered ; not do thčm: for with their mouth and many such like Things they show much Lovr, but their And when he had
Heart goeth after their CovETOUScall the People unto
Col. ii. 8. Beware leit any Man he said unto them, spoil you through Philosophy and
vain Deccit, after the TranITION mina wito me every one
of Men, after the RUDIMENTS OF of qual underítand : the world, and not atter Christ. [Suthat which go Hib. xii. 9. Be not carried a's oct
with divers and strange Doctrine: nene Mouth defileth
for it is a good thing that the Heart 5:21; it that which com. be eitablished with GRACE, not eth