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duce the desirable effect of improving the hearts and minds of men of different persuasions and degrees of understanding. For historical and some other passages are liable to the doubts and disputes of free-thinkers and antichristians, especially miraculous relations, which are much less wonderful than the fabricated tales handed down to the natives of Asia*, and consequently would be apt at best to carry little weight with them. On the contrary moral doctrines, tending evidently to the maintenance of the peace and harmony of mankind at large, are beyond the reach of metaphysical per version, and intelligible alike to the learned and to the unlearned. This simple code of Religion and morality is so admirably calculated to elevate men's ideas to high and liberal notions of one God, whor has equally subjected all living creatures, without distinction of cast, rank, or wealth, to change, disappointment, pain, and death; and has equally ads mitted all to be partakers of the bountiful mercies: which he has lavished over nature: and is also so well fitted to regulate the conduct of the human race in the discharge of their various duties to God, to themselves, and to Society, that I cannot but hope the best effects from its promulgation in the present form.
• Ugusti is famed for having swallowed the ocean, when it had given bim offence, and having restored it by urinary evacuation : at his command also, the Vindhyu 'range of mountains prostrated itself, and so remains
THE PRECEPTS OF JESUS
GUIDE TO PEACE AND HAPPINESS.
* AND seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain : and when he was set, bis disciples came unto him: and he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit : for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn : for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek : for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful ; for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers : for they shall be called the children of God, Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake : for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad : for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prephets which were before you. :: Ye are the salt of the earth : but if the salt hare fost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted. It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick: and it giveth Jight unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till hearen and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteous ness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall iu no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: but I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a 'cause shall be in danger of the judgment : and who*soever shall'say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the councit : but whosoever shall say, Thou foot, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore, if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother háth ought against thee, leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be recou. ciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thipe adversary quickly, whilst thou art in the way with him ; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deli(8) ver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt' by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the utterinost farthing... ;. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old tiine, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lusti after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. . And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: but I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced, committeth adultery.".
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy : but I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you ; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise. on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same ?- And if yè salute your brethren only, whatido ye more than others ? do not even the publicans so: Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
* Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them : otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore, when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet bem fore thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of inen. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thine alins may be in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in' secret, himself shall reward thee openly.
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are : for they love to pray standing in the syuagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. - Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and, when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shalb reward thee openly. But when«ye pray, use not vain repe titions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like upto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray yet Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name: thy kingdom come: thy will be done in earthas it is in heaven: give us this day our daily bread': and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors: and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father (will also forgive you : but if ye forgive not meria their tres.
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