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my name, saying, I am Christ : and workers : beware of the concision.shall deceive many.—Matt. xxiv. 4,5. Phil. iï. 2. Watch and pray, that ye enter not
Beware lest any man spoil you into temptation.-Matt. xxvi. 41. through philosophy and vain deceit,
Take ye heed: behold, I have after the tradition of men, &c. and foretold you all things, &c. of that not after Christ. Col. ii. 8. day and hour knoweth no man, &c. Continue in prayer, and watch in Take ye heed, watch and pray, for
the same.-Col. iv. 2. know not, &c.—Mark xiii. 23. 32, 33. We are not of the night, nor of 35–37.
darkness; therefore let us not sleep Take heed therefore that the light as do others : but let us watch and that is in thee be not darkness.- be sober ; for they that sleep, sleep Luke xi. 35.
in the night, &c.—1 Thess. v. 5—7. Take heed and beware of covetous Some shall depart from the faith, ness, &c. Blessed are those servants &c. some are already turned aside, whom the Lord, when he cometh, &c. have erred concerning the faith.shall find watching.-Luke xii. 15. 1 Tim. iv. 1. v. 15. vi. 10. 21. i. 5,6. 37, 38.
2 Tim. ii. 17, 18. Take heed to yourselves lest at They, &c. shall be turned unto any time your hearts be overcharged fables. But watch thou in all things. with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and —2 Tim. iv. 4,5. cares of this life, &c. Watch
there Take heed, brethren, lest there be fore.—Luke xxi. 34. 36.
of you an evil heart of unPeter was confident, and so denied belief, in departing from the living Christ.—Luke xxii. 32. 34. 59, 60. God, &c. Lest
be harMatt. xxvi. 69, &c.
dened through the deceitfulness of Jesus said unto him, Behold, thou sin.-Heb. iii. 12, 13. xii. 15. ii. 1. art made whole: sin no more, lest a Let us therefore fear, lest a promise worse thing come unto thee.-John being left us of entering into his v. 14.
rest, any of you should seem to come Take heed, lest by any means this short of it, &c. Lest any man fall, liberty of yours become a stumbling- &c.—Heb. iv. 1. 11. ii. 1, 2. block to them that are weak: for if Pass the time of your sojourning any man see thee, &c.—1 Cor. viii. here in fear, &c.--1 Pet. i. 17. 9, 10. Luke xvii. 1-3.
The end of all things is at hand: These things happened unto them be ye therefore sober and watch unto for ensamples : and they were written prayer.—1 Pet. iv. 7. for our admonition, &c. Wherefore, Be sober, be vigilant; because let him that thinketh he standeth your adversary the devil, as a roaring take heed lest he fall.-1 Cor. x. lion, walketh about, seeking whom le 11, 12.
devour.--1 Pet. v. 8. Watch ye, stand ye fast, &c. Seeing ye know before, beware 1 Cor. xvi. 13.
lest ye also being led away with the I fear, &c. as the serpent, &c. so error of the wicked, fall from your your minds should be corrupted from own stedfastness. - 2 Pet. iii. 17. the simplicity that is in Christ.- 1 Thess. iii. 5. James v. 19. 2 Cor. xi. 3.
Look to yourselves, that we lose See that ye walk circumspectly, not those things which we have not as fools, but as wise.—Eph. v. 15. wrought.--2 John 8.
Praying always, &c. and watching Be watchful, and strengthen the thereunto with all perseverance.- things which remain, &c.
If thou Eph. vi. 18.
shalt not watch, I will come, &c.Beware of dogs : beware of evil Rev. iii. 2, 3.
Behold, I come as a thief : blessed Rom. xii. 5. 9, 10. I Cor. xii. 13. is he that watcheth, and keepeth his 25. 27. Mal. ii. 10. 1 Cor. x. 17. garments, lest he walk naked, and Owe no man any thing : but to they see his shame.-Rev. xvi. 15.
love one another; for he that loveth
another hath fulfilled the law, &c. It CHAP, XV.
is briefly comprehended in this sayTHE DUTY OF BELIEVERS, BRETHREN ing, namely, Thou shalt love thy
IN THE LORD, EACH TO OTHER, AS neighbour as thyself. Love worketh SUCH, AND AS STANDING IN THAT no ill to his neighbour.-Rom. xiii.
8–10. Gal. v. 13, 14. Prov. xviii. 24. Mal. ii. 10.
Love edifieth.-1 Cor. viii. 1.
Though I speak with the tongues Sect. 1. To love one another : the kinds of men or angels, &c. have the gift of
prophecy, &c. have all faith, &c. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as Bestow all my goods to feed the thyself: I am the Lord.-Levit.xix. 18. poor; and though I give my body to
My goodness extendeth not unto be burned, and have not charity, it thee; but to the saints who are in profiteth me nothing : charity sufferthe earth, and to the excellent, in eth long, &c. charity never faileth, whom is all my delight.—Ps. xvi. 2,3. &c.-- 1 Cor. xiii. 1-8. 13.
I am a companion of all them that Follow after charity.--1 Cor. xiv. 1. fear thee, &c.-Ps. cxix. 63.
Let all your things be done with Love covereth all sins.-Prov. x. charity.-1 Cor. xvi. 14. 12. 1 Pet. 4. 8.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, Better is a dinner of herbs where &c. for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. love is, than a stalled ox and hatred
-Gal. iii. 28. therewith.-Prov. xv. 17.
By love serve one another : for all Open rebuke is better than secret the law is-fulfilled in one word, even love.-Prov. xxvii. 5.
in this ; Thou shalt love thy neighLove is as strong as death, &c. bour as thyself, &c. but the fruit of many waters cannot quench love.- the Spirit' is love, &c.-Gal. v. 13, Cant. viii, 6, 7.
14. 22. Thou shalt love, &c. and thy neigh With long-suffering, forbearing one bour as thyself ; on these two com- another in love.-Eph. iv. 2. mandments hang all the law and the Walk in love, as Christ also hath prophets.-Matt. xxii. 39, 40. loved us, &c.-Eph. v. 2. The love of many shall wax cold.- I
abound Matt. xxiv. 12.
yet more and more in knowledge, &c. A new commandment I give unto -Phil. i. 9. you, That
love one another; as I Having the same love, &c. Look have loved you, that ye also love one not every man on his own things, another : : by this shall all men know but every man also on the things of that ye are my disciples, if ye have others.-Phil
. ii. 2–4. 1 Cor, vii. Į. love one to another.-John xiii. 34, 35. Gal, v. 13.
This is my commandment, That ye We give thanks, &c. since we love one another, as I have loved heard, &c. of the love which
have you.—John xv. 12, 13. 17.
to all the saints.-Col.i. 3,4. Eph.i, 15. We being many are one body in That their hearts might be comChrist, and every one members one forted, being knit together in love, of another, &e. Let love be without Col. ii. 2, dissimulation, &c. Be kindly affec Above all these things, pat on tioned one to another, with brotherly charity, which is the bond of perfectlove (or in the love of the brethren), ness.-Col. iii. 14.
The Lord make you to increase to brotherly kindness, charity.-2 Pet. and abound in love one towards i. 7. another.—1 Thess. iii. 12.
He that saith he is in the light, and As touching brotherly love, ye hateth his brother, is in darkness need not that I write unto you: for even until now : he that loveth his ye yourselves are taught of God to brother, abideth in the light.--1 John love one another, &c. but we beseech ii. 9–11. you, that
increase more and more. Is not of God, neither he that -1 Thess. iv. 9, 10.,
loveth not his brother: for this is We are bound to thank God, &c. the message that ye heard from the because that your faith groweth ex- beginning, That we should love one ceedingly, and the charity of every another, &c. We know that we have one of you all towards each other passed from death unto life, because aboundeth.--2 Thess. i. 3.
we love the brethren, &c. We ought Now the end of the commandment to lay down our lives for the brethren: is charity out of a pure heart.- let us not love in word, neither in 1 Tim. i. 5.
tongue, but in deed and in truth. Follow after, &c. love.—1 Tim. vi. This is his commandment, That we 11. 2 Tim. ii. 22.
should, &c. love one another.-1 John. I thank my God, &c. hearing of iii. 10, 11, 14. 16. 18, 19. 23. thy love, &c. toward all saints. Let us love one another; for love Phil. 4, 5.
is of God, and every one that loveth, God is not unrighteous to forget is born of God, and knoweth God. your work, and labour of love, which He that loveth not, knoweth not ye have shewed towards his name, in God, for God is love, &c. If God so that ye have ministered to the saints, loved us, we ought also to love one and do minister -Heb. vi. 10. another, &c. If any man say he
Let brotherly love continue. - loveth God, and hateth his brother, Heb. xiii. 1.
he is a liar, &c. This commandment If
ye fulfil the royal law, according we have from him, That he who loveth to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy God, love his brother also.—1 John iv. neighbour as thyself, ye do well. - 7,8. 11. 20, 21. 2 John 5. Levit. James ij. 8. Gal. v. 13-15.
xix. 17, 18. If ye have bitter envying and I have somewhat against thee, that strife in your hearts, glory not, &c. thou hast left thy first love.-Rev. ii. 4. This wisdom descendeth not from above, &c. - James iii. 14-16. 1 Pet. Sect. II. We should sympathise with ii. I.
each other in Pity and Compassion; Seeing ye have purified your souls help and comfort one another, and in obeying the truth through the
bear one another's Burdens. Spirit unto unfeigned love of the The children of Israel, when they had brethren ; see that ye love one ano- in battle cut off the Benjamites (bether with a pure heart fervently.- moaned them), they lift up their 1 Pet. i. 22.
voices and wept sore ; and said, O Love the brotherhood.--1 Pet. Lord God of Israel, why is this ži. 17.
come to pass in Israel, that there Finally, &c. love as brethren (or should be to day one tribe lacking in loving to brethren).-1 Pet. iii. 8. Israel? &c. and it repented them for
And above all things, have fervent Benjamin their brother; and they charity among yourselves ; for charity said, There is one tribe cut off from shall cover a multitude of sins. Israel this day; how shall we do for 1 Pet. iy. 8.
wives for them ? &c. — Judges xxi. Add, &c. brotherly kindness, and 1-3. 6, 7. 12-16.
With the merciful thou wilt shew into one body, &c. that the members thyself merciful.—2 Sam. xxii. 26. should have the same care one for Ps. xviii. 25. Prov. xi. 17.
another : and whether one member Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, suffer, all the members suffer with it: &c. Shew mercy and compassion or one member be honoured, all the every man to his brother, and oppress members rejoice with it.
Now are not the widow.--Zech. vii. 9, 10. ye the body of Christ, and members
Blessed are the merciful : for they in particular.—1 Cor. xii. 13. 18. shall obtain mercy.—Matt. v. 7. 25-27. Rom. xii. 5.
Come ye blessed, &c. I was an Charity, &c. seeketh not her own. hungered, and ye gave me meat; I -1 Cor. xiii. 4, 5. was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I Blessed be God, the Father of merwas a stranger, and ye took me in; cies, and the God of all comfort, who naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, comforteth us, &c. that we may be
visited me; I was in prison, able to comfort them which are in any and ye came unto me, &c. Verily I trouble, by the comfort wherewith say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have we ourselves are comforted of God. done it unto one of the least of these 2 Cor. i. 3, 4. my brethren, ye have done it unto Who is weak, and I am not weak ? me.—Matt. xxv. 34-40.
who is offended, and I burn not? Whosoever shall give you a cup of 2 Cor. xi. 29. cold water, &c. because ye belong to Bear ye one another's burdens, and Christ, &c. he shall not lose his re so fulfil the law of Christ.Gal. vi. 2. ward.-Mark ix. 41.
We are members one of another, In the parable of the man who fell &c. Be ye kind one to another, tenamong the thieves: one looked upon der-hearted.—Eph. iv. 25. 32. the wounded man, and another did Put on therefore (as the elect of so : but a certain Samaritan saw him, God, holy and beloved) bowels of had compassion on him, bound up his mercies, kindness, &c.—Col. ij. 12. wounds, &c. He that shewed mercy Remembering without ceasing, &c. was his neighbour. Go and do thou your labour of love.—1 Thess. i. 3. likewise.—Luke x. 30–37.
Comfort the feebleminded, supI have prayed for thee, that thy port the weak.-1 Thess. v. 14. faith fail not; and when thou art iv. 18. converted, strengthen thy brethren. If she have washed the saints' feet, Luke xxii. 32.
if she have relieved the afflicted, &c. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, —1 Tim. v. 10. and weep with them that weep. Be Ye endured a great fight of afflicof the same mind one toward ano- tions, &c. by reproaches and afflicther.-Rom. xii. 15, 16.
tions, and partly whilst ye became We then that are strong, ought to companions of them that were so bear the infirmities of the weak, and used: for ye had compassion of me not to please ourselves. Let every in my bonds.--Heb. x. 32–34. one of us please his neighbour for his Be not forgetful to entertain strangood to edification.—Rom. xv. 1, 2. gers, for thereby some have enter1 Cor. viii. 1.
tained angels unawares. Remember To the weak, became I as weak, them that are in bonds, as bound with that I might gain the weak, &c.— them; and them which suffer ad1 Cor. ix. 22.
versity, as being yourselves also in Let no man seek his own, but every the
body.--Heb. xiii. 2, 3. man another's wealth,&c. As I please Pure religion, &c. is this, to visit all men.- Cor. x. 24.33. Phil. ii. 4. the fatherless and widows in their
By one Spirit we are all baptized affliction.-James i. 27.
The Lord is very pitiful, and of Salute every saint in Christ Jesus, tender mercy.-- James v. 11. &c. all the saints salute you.-Phil. Be
ye all of one mind, having com- iv, 21, 22. passion one of another, &c. Be piti Have not the faith of our Lord Jeful, &c.—1 Pet. ii. 8.
sus, &c. with respect to persons : We ought to lay down our lives for for, &c.— James ii. 1. the brethren. Whoso hath this world's Use hospitality one to another, goods, and seeth his brother have without grudging.—1 Pet. iv. 9. need, and shutteth up his bowels of We ought to lay down our lives for compassion from him, how dwelleth the brethren.- 1 John iii. 16. the love of God in him? - John iii. 16, 17.
And not rashly and unadHe shall have judgment without
visedly take up a prejudice against mercy, that hath shewed no mercy;
any: in believing reports, or taking and mercy rejoiceth against judg
offence; but tenderly forgive, cover ment.-James ii. 13.
their faults, and restore such as
have offended, in Meekness, Love, Sect. III.
We should honour and and Privacy esteem each other, and be kind and Noah was uncovered : Ham saw his affectionate.
father's nakedness, and told his two LORD, who shall abide in thy taber- brethren without; and Shem and nacle ? &c. He in whose eyes a vile Japhet took a garment and laid it person is contemned. But he honour- upon both their shoulders, and went eth them that fear the Lord.—Ps. backward, and covered the nakedness xy. 1. 4.
of their father, and they saw not their My goodness extendeth not to thee, father's nakedness, &c.—Gen. ix. but to the saints that are in the earth, 21-25. and to the excellent, in whom is all When Joseph had told his dream, my delight.—Ps. xvi. 2, 3.
his brethren envied him : but his Ye are all brethren, &c. he that is father observed the saying.–Gen. greatest among you shall be your ser- xxxvii. 8–11. vant.--Matt. xxiii. 8. 11.
Thou shalt not raise (or receive) a When Christ had washed his disci- false report.—Exod. xxiii. 1. ples' feet, he said, If I then, your Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear Lord and Master, have washed your any grudge against the children of feet, ye also ought to wash one ano- thy people.—Levit. xix. 18. ther's feet.-John xiii. 12-15. If thou shalt hear say, &c. then
Be kindly affectionate one to ano- shalt thou inquire, and make search, ther, with brotherly love: in honour and ask diligently; and behold if it preferring one another.-Rom. xii. 10. be truth, and the thing certain, that Eph. iv. 32. 2 Pet. i. 7.
such abomination is wrought among Charity suffereth long, and is kind. you, then thou shalt surely smite, &c. - 1 Cor. xiii. 4.
-Deut. xiii. 12-14. As we have opportunity, let us do When the children of Reuben, the good unto all men : especially unto children of Gad, and the half tribe of them who are of the household of Manasseh had built an altar to a good faith.-Gal. vi. 10.
end ; the rest of their brethren heard Submitting yourselves one to ano- of it, and presently conclude it to be ther in the fear of God.—Eph. v. 21. a turning away from the Lord : and
Let nothing be done through strife they resolve rashly to go to war or vain glory ; but in lowliness of against them.- Josh. xxii. 10–12. mind, let each esteem other better 16, &c. than themselves.-Phil. ii. 3.
Eli thought Hannah was drunk,