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54 him to-speak of many things: Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.

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4 gether an innumerable multitude of people, inso1 !much that they ttode one upon another, he began to . ,sey<unto his disciples first.of all (a), Beware yaof the L leaven osf the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For j.:- there is nothing covered, that shall not be (b) reveal* 1:3>.ed:j.neither.hid, that shall not be knowni. .There. :<qrb, whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness, shall be

-heardt'iiijthe light: and that which ye have spoken .. J :.>ki the ear in .closets, shall be proclaimed upon the i'ij. [house-tops. And I say unto you my friends Be not i.-.iiafo^iitjenvthKm that kill the body, and after .that, .jjnhavjs ho more that they can do. But I will forewarn

you whom you shall sear: Fear him, which after !. !; he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell; yea, 'ii I say; unto you, Fear him. Are not five sparrows" t i folii for two sarthings, and not one of them is (c) '«! forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of rijyouf headsarc all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye S are of more value than many sparrows. Also I say

unto you, Whosoever ./hall consess me before men,

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: (A) 'Decisit arsdinsincerity are always open to the all-feeing eye of God, and are besides more generally discovered by men, than the artful are apt to imagine. .»,.. ". P "'' n\

'''(cJ- See-tef.'Xi'jaOj 30: \f {he meanest and most inconfiderab^ creatures be thus under tile divine protection, let u« observe from rhendey that'ahy act of cruelty to any of them, and more especially to luch artimalsas are serviceable toman, muty be,highly displeasing to the Almighty, who formed bqth us and them from the dull 01 the earth.

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him shall the Son of man also consess before the (J) 9 angels of God. But he that denieth me before men,

10 shall be denied before'the angels of God. •' And who-' soever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against 'the (e) holy Ghost, it shall not be for

11 given. And when they bring you unto, the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers (/), take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer,

12 or what ye shall 'say: For the holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance

14 with me. And he said unto him, Man, who made

15 me a (g) judge, or a divider over you?' And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's lise consisteth not in the abun

16 dance of the things which he poflesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully.

17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my

18 fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will: pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I

19 bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will fay to my foul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be

20 merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided r

(d) When Christ shall come to judgment in the glory of his Father, attended by the holy angels. Markriii. 38, . (<.)"Sce Mnt. xii. 32. '" .'

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21 So is he that laycth up treasure for himself, and is not (/>) rich towards God.

22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say' unto you, take no thought for your lise, what ye

'shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shail put

23 on. The lise is more than meat, and the body is'

24 more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither .ow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God seedeth them: How mi:dh

'25 more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with talcing thought can add to his stature one*

26 cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest r

27 Consider the lilies how they grow: They toil not, they spin not, and yet 1 say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

28 If then God so clothe the grafs, which is to day in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the oven (/): how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little.

29 saith? And seek not ye what yc shall eat, or what ye shall drinks neither be ye of doubtful mind (I).

.30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek

after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of

these things.

o[ But rather seek ye the kingdom of God, and all

•22 these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little

flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give

33 you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms:

provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure

in the heavens that saileth not, where no thief ap

34. pfoacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where

35 your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let

(Æ) So is he that is anxious about the things of thii lise, and nc« glccls to provide for eternity. (i) See Note on Mat. vi. 30. (A) Neither indulge an anxious unsettled temper.

your loins (/) be girded about, and your lights burn

j6 ing i And ye yourselves like untd men that! wait for their Lord, when he will return frorii the wedding; that when he cometh and kfioeketfrV they> may open

37 unta him immediately. Blessed art those servants whom the Lord, when he cometh,- shall sind'Watching: verily, I say tinto you, that he shall igrrtJ' himself, and make them to sit doWh tblmeat ahd'will

j8 come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, (ft) and find them so, blessed are those servants.

39 And this know, that if the good matf of the'house had known what hour the thief Would h&Ws<?6me, he would have watched; artd'hot haW suffered his

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My lord delayeth his coming, and (hall begin to beat the men-servants and maidens, and to eat and drink, 4.6 and to be drunken: The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the

47 unbelievers (y). And that servant which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself^ neither did accord

48 ing to his will, shall be beaten with mznyjiripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with fewjlripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him (hall be much required :; and to whom men have committed much,

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493 I am come to send fire (/.) on the earth, and what

50 will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism (i) to be baptized with, and how am I straitened

51 till it be accomplished! Suppose ye that I: am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather

52 division. For from henceforth there shall be five in - .one house divided (r) ; three against two, and two 5jagainst three. The sather shall be divided against

..; the.sou,'land the son against the sather: theumbther • i>agajilst/«he daughter, and the daughter against the mother: the mother-in-law against her daughter-inlaw, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-inlaw.

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. . (r)Not according to the will and intrutiofttof Ghrifl > 'tut men perversely make the gospel of peace an occasion aiid'e'ngine oferuetfy. The fire of persecution will firft break out in my destruction: and seeing that the will of God and the salvation of men can no otherwise be accomplished, how great is my desire that this fire were already kindled!

(*) For the meaning of this baptism, see Mat. xx. es. .(t) My saithful followers must likewise soon expect the dreadful effects of fiery zeal, even from their nearest friends and relations.

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