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Matthbw. Mark. Lukh. John.
44 Wo unto you, scribes and "Pharisees, hypocrites: for yc are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over themy ar« not aware of them.
45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus siying,thou reproachest us also.
45 And he said, Wo unto you also ye lawyers; for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be born, and ye your selves Touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.
47 Wo unto you: for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.
49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of 'cm they shall flay and persecute:
O ye Lawyers and Pharisees., in thus playing the Hypocrites you make God your Enemy, and are truly like those Sepulchres under ground, which are fill'd with Bones and Rottenness, tho the men that walk over them cannot discern it. This is in fliort your condition, while all your aim is to se^m good men, tho your heart be fill'd with all manner of sinful Lulls and Vices.
A certain Lawyer there present told him that in this general Reproof he reflected on the whole Order. But Jesus not mov'd by this admonition, and very well perceiving their ill intentions which were not to be remov'd by gentle means, began to inveigh against them with greater vehemency. O pretended Interpreters of the Law, you draw down a severe Punishment upon your selves by imposing a heavy Burden of Rites and Ceremonies upon other men, which you will not in the least undergo yourselves. Great lhall be your Punishment for the Cruelty you have shown towards those whom God has sent to you, tho you take care to repair the Monuments of those whom your Ancestors have put to death. Imprudent men; in that very action you betray your approbation of those Crimes by perpetuating the memory of them, which it so much concerns you to have quite abolish d. Notwithstanding all this obstinacy, the divine Wisdom has determin'd to fend hisMeP sengers and Prophets to you, tho he knows they will be persecuted and murder'd by
you. Matthew. Mark. Luke. John
50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was flied from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
Si From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation.
52 Wo unto you lawyers: for ye have taken away the key of knowledg: ye entred not in your selves, and them that were enuring in,, ye hindred.
53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:
54 Laying wait tor him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.
yon. Thus it will come to pals, that since you are not to be deter'd by repeated instances of God's just Judgment, and the many threats in the holy Scriptures, from this cruel temper, you will not undeservedly be reckoned to have consented to those impious Actions of your Ancestors: So that all the Punishments sliall be repeated upon this Age for the Cruelty exercis'd to God's Messengers by your Predecessors, from the Slaughter of Abel the Son of Adam, to the Murder of Zachariiu the Son of Barachias, who was stain between the Temple and the Altar. I tell you, a most severe and just Judgment shall pasi upon you, who by your Actions plainly give your approbation of all the Inhumanities practis'd by your Ancestors. You shall be severely punisti'd, O ye Interpreters ot the Law, who have a"s it were the key of Knowledg, and yet make no use of it for the explaining the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, which you. neither enter your selves, nor suffer others to do.
These words greatly provok'd the Lawyers and the Pharisees, who made use of all their Artifices to catch at something that they might accuse him of before the Sanhedrim, or the Roman Governour.
Matthbw. Mark. Lass. Johm.
IN the mean time, when there
2 For there is nothing cover-
■ 3; Therefore whatsoever ye "have spoken in darkness, shall be heard in the light: and that which yohave spoken in the ear in closets, shall be proclaimed upon the house-tops.
4 And I fay unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
Divers Precepts of Christ concerning the Leven of the Pharisees, of preaching the Gospel boldly and with plainness, of the unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost, Avarice, Anxiety for things future, Liberality to the Poor, Watch' fulness, ibe Dissensions that shall arise front the preaching of the Gospel thro the pravity of Mankind; of the signs of the coming of the Mefliah, andreconciling our selves to our Enemies.
"IN the mean time there was so great a Concourse of People to hear him, that A they trod one upon the other, while he preach'd to his Disciples, and caution'd 'em particularly against the Leven of the Pharisees, 'by which, said he, I mean their Hypocrisy ; and take care that all the Actions of your Life be not corrupted by it. As for these men, the Mask will fall off sooner or later; for as it is in the Proverb, Nothing is hid that stjall not he reveal'd, nothing secret that jball not be discover d. Wherefore take notice, that whatever you fay in privat, and do as it were whisper in the most retir'd part of your Houses, shall one day bedivulg'd and proclaim'd from the House-top: For which reason be careful not to do any thing in privat which you will be alham'd to own in publick. But as for you, whom I have made choice of for my Apostles, go on boldly in vour holy Ministry, and be not difeourag'd by those whole Power extends no further than to the destruction of a
Matthew. Mark. Lou. John.
5 But I will forewarn you whom you shall sear: Fear him, which after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell j yea, I % unto you, Fear him.
6 Are not five sparrows fold for twafarthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even, the very hairs of your head are all numbred. Fear not therefore: ye arc of more value than many sparrows.
8 Also I lay unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him (hail the Son of man
p also confess before the angels of
9 But he that deniech me before men, shall be denied before the angels of God.
io And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but to him that blasphcmeth against the holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven.
mortal Body. I will tell you whom yon ought to fear y namely, that Almighty Being who cannot only destroy the Body, tut thrust the Soul into the place of Torment. Stand in awe of him, who is able to panilh your Souls to all Eternity.
Assure your selves nothing can happen withoutGod's knowledg and permission: The very Sparrows, which are of to (mall value, do not escape his all-seeing Eye.
His Providence then ought to be your consolation, and be not afraid of his not observing the dangers you will encounter. He knows the very number of your Hairs, nor can the least alteration be made in your condition without his taking notice of it.
Whoever shall undauntedly own his being my Disciple before any persons whatever, I also will own him in the presence of God's holy Angels. On the other hand, whoever shall be afraid of professing himself my Disciple before Men, fliall likewise he diselaim'd by me before the Angels of God. If any one who is unacquainted with the Miracles I have wrought, ihall detract from me, such a one acknowledging his Error fliall obtain Forgiveness for it : but wo to those that attribute the Miracles which I perform by the assistance of the Holy Spirit for a consirraatiou of my Doctrin, to the power of the Demons! These men are irreclaimable, and consequently shall never obtain forgiveness of that Blasphemy.
Matthew. Mark.."." Luke. John
11 A ad when they bring you to the synagogues, and to magistrates and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye (hall say:
12 For the holy Gh'osl shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
13 And one of the. company
ray brother that he divide the
14 And he said unto him,
1s And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a mans life consisted! not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
16 And he spake a parable to
. certain rich man brought forth
17 And he thought within
O my Disciples, you will be hurried before the Magistrats, and sore'd to plead in your defence at their Tribunals: Be not at that time afraid .of not defending the Cause of the Gospel as you ought, neither meditate beforehand what you shall fey in answer to their Objections: For the holy Spirit, which (hall be given you, shall at that time suggest whatever is proper for you to reply to the Calumnies of your Adversaries,
One of his Followers.inrerrupted him, faying} Master, command my Brother to make an equal divisipn of our Patrimony. But Jefttt told him he was not come upon the Earth to act- as a Judg in affairs relating to this Life, or to compel any to make a division of their Goods. Then laying hold of this opportunity to inveigh against Avarice, Do not imagin, said he, that the Happiness even of. this Life consists in an affluence of good things ■-, a few only are necessary to support it: which he illustrated in the following Parable. The Ground of a certain rich man yielded an extraordinary Crop, which made him think with himself what he should do With all that plenty, which was so much greater than his- Barns could hold". His