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pure heart, and of a good conscience, other. Ye cannot serve God and and of fith unfeigned: from which some having swerved have turned LUKE 12: 15. Take heed and beaside unto vain jangling, desiring ware of covetousness; for a man's to be teachers of the law, under- life consisteth not in the abundance standing neither what they say, nor of the things which he possesseth. whereof they affirm.
... The ground of a certain rich 2 Thess. 1: 3. We are bound to man bronght forth plentifully; and thank God always for you, brethren, he thought within himself, saying, as it is meet, because your faith What shall I do?... I will say to groweth exceeilingly, and the char- my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods ity of every one of you all toward laid up for niany years; take thine each other aboundeth.
ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But 1 Tim. 4: 12. Be thou an exam- God said unto him, Thou fool! this ple of the believers in ... charity. night thy soul shall be required of
2 Tim. 2: 22. Follow righteous- thee; then whose shall those things ness, faith, charity, peace with them be, which thou hast provided? So that call on the Lord out of a pure is he that layeth up treasure for heart.
himself, and is not rich towards 3:10. Thou hast fully known my God. long-suffering, charity, patience.
12: 22. And he said unto his 1 Peter 4: 8. Above all things, disciples, Therefore I say unto you, have fervent charity among your- Take no thought for your life, what selves; for charity shall cover the ye shall eat ; neither for the body, multitude of sins.
what ye shall put on.
The life is 2 Peter 1: 7. Add to godliness more than meat, and the body is brotherly kindness, and to brotherly more than raiment. Consider the kindness, charity.
ravens: for they neither sow nor 3 JOHN 5. Beloved, thou dost reap: which neither have storehouse, faithfully whatsoever thou dost, to nor barn ; and God feedeth them. the brethren and to strangers, which | How much more are ye better than have borne witness of thy charity · the fowls? And which of you with before the church.
taking thought can add to his stature one cubit ? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Con
sider the lilies how they grow: they $ 5. DEADNESS TO THE WORLD.
toil not, they spin not; and yet I say
unto you, That Solomon in all his I. To its Riches.
glory was not arrayed like one of
these. If then God so clothe the Mat. 6: 19. Lay not up for your- grass, which is to-day in the field, selves treasures upon earth, where and to-morrow is cast into the oven; moth and rust doth corrupt, and how much more will he clothe you, where thieves break through and Oye of little faith! And seek not ye steal; but lay up for yourselves treas- what ye shall eat, or what ye shall ures in heaven, where neither moth drink, neither be ye of doubtful nor rust doth corrupt, and where mind. For all these things do the thieves do not break through nor nations of the world seek after: and steal. For where your treasure is, your Father knoweth that ye have there will your heart be also. The need of these things. But rather seek light of the body is the eye. If ye the kingdom of God, and all these therefore thine eye be single, thy things shall be added unto you. Fear whole body shall be full of light. not, little flock; for it is your FathBut if thine eye be evil, thy whole er's good pleasure to give you the body shall be full of darkness. If kingdom. Sell that ye have, and therefore the light that is in thee be give alms: provide yourselves bags darkness, how great is that dark- which wax not old, a treasure in the ness! No man can serve two mas- heavens that faileth not, where no ters: for either he will hate the one, thief approacheth, neither moth corand love the other; or else he will rupteth. For where your treasure hold to the one, and despise the / is, there will your heart be also.
18: 14. And the Pharisees also, i wicked One. Love not the world, who were covetous, heard all these neither, the things that are in the things, and they derided him. And world. If any man love the world, he said unto them, Ye are they the love of the Father is not in him. which justify yourselves before men; For all that is in the world, the lust but God knoweth your hearts : for of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, that which is highly esteemed among and the pride of life, is not of the men, is abomination in the sight of Father, but is of the world. And God.
the world passeth away, and the Acts 4: 32. And the multitude of lust thereof: but he that doeth the them that believed were of one heart, will of God abideth forever. and of one soul: neither said any of them that aught of the things which II. Deadness to worldly Honors and he possessed was his own; but they
Distinctions. had all things common.
And with great power gave the Apostles wit
1 Cor 4: 3. With me, it is a very ness of the resurrection of the Lord small thing, that I should be judged Jesus: and great grace was upon of you, or of man's judgment. them all. Neither was there any Ps. 49: 12. Man, being in honor, among them that lacked: for as
abideth not. many as were possessors of lands, JOHN 5:41. I receive not honor or houses, sold them, and brought from men. the prices of the things that were Luke 2: 7. She laid him in a sold, and laid them down at the manger, because there was no room Apostles' feet: and distribution was for them in the inn. made unto every man according as MAT. 21: 5. Tell ye the daughter he had need.
of Zion, Behold thy king cometh, JAMES 5: 1. Go to now, ye rich unto thee meek, and sitting upon an men, weep and howl for your mise- ass, and a colt, the foal of an ass. ries that shall come upon you. Your 8:20. The Son of man hath not riches are corrupted, and your gar- where to lay his head. ments are moth-eaten. Your gold 2 Tim. 2: 4. No man that warand silver is cankered ; and the rust reth entangleth himself with the of them shall be a witness against affairs of this life; that he may please you, and shall eat your filesh as it him who hath chosen birn to be a were fire. Ye have heaped treasure soldier. And if a man also strive together for the last days. Behold, for the mastery, yet is he not crownthe hire of the laborers who have ed, except he strive lawfully. reaped down your fields, which is of JER. 45: 5. Seekest thou great you kept back by fraud, crieth ; things for thyself? Seek them not. and the cries of them which have MAT, 23: 12. He that exalteth reaped are entered into the ears of himself shall be abased. the Lord of Sabaoth. Ye have lived Deut. 8: 11. Beware that thy in pleasure on the earth, and been heart be not lifted up, and thou forwanton ; ye have nourished your get the Lord thy God. hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just: III. Deadness to its Pleasures. and he doth not resist you.
HEB. 13:5. Let your conversation Heb. 11: 24. By faith, Moses, be without covetousness; and be when he was come to years, refused content with such things as ye have: to be called the son of Pharaoh's for he hath said,
daughter, choosing rather to suffer
affliction with the people of God, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee:
than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for so that we may boldly say,
Prov. 21: 17. He that loveth The Lord is my helper,
sure shall be a poor man.
1 Tim. 5: 6. She that liveth in || 1 John 2:14. I have written untu pleasure is dead wbile she liveth. you, young men, because ye are Lyke 12: 16. The ground of a strong, and the word of God abideth certain rich man brought forth plen
and have overcome the I tifully: and he thought within him
And I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
self, saying, What shall I do, be- pleasant places are laid waste. Wilt cause I have no room where to be thou refrain thyself for these things, stow my fruits? And he said, This O Lorol: wilt thou hold thy peace will I do: I will pull down my barns, and be wroth very sore? and build greater; and there will i Neh. 1: 3. They said unto me, bestow all my fruits and my goods: The remnant, that are left of the and I will say to my soul, Soul, thou captivity there in the province, are hast much goods laid up for many in great affliction and reproach: the years; take thine ease, eat, drink, wall of Jerusalem also is broken and be merry. But God said unto down, and the gates thereof are him, Thou fool! this night thy soul burnt with fire. And it came to shall be required of thee: then whose pass, when I heard these words, that shall those things be which thon I sat down and wept, and mourned hast provided ? So is he that layeth certain days, and fasted and prayed up treasure for himself, and is not before the God of heaven. rich toward God.
JER. 8: 18. When I would comJames 5: 5. Ye have lived in fort myself against sorrow, my heart pleasure on the earth, and been is faint in me. Behold the voice of wanton ; ye have nourished your the cry of the daughter of my peohearts, as in a day of slaughter ... l ple, because of them that dwell in a be patient, therefore, brethren, unto far country: is not the Lord in Zithe coming of the Lord.
on? is not her king in her? Why have LUKE 16:19. There was a certain they provoked me to anger with rich man, which was clothed in pur- their graven images, and with ple and fine linen, and fared sump- strange vanities? The harvest is tuously every day; and there was a past, the summer is ended, and we certain beggar, named Lazarus, are not saved. For the hurt of the which was laid at his gate full of daughter of my people am I hurt; I sores; and desiring to be fed with am black; astonishment hath taken the crumbs, which fell from the rich hold on me. Is there no balm in man’s table.... The beggar died, and Gilead? is there no physician there? was carried by angels into Abra- Why then is not the health of the ham’s bosom: the rich man also daughter of my people recovered? died, and was buried; and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, 1 9:1. Oh that my head were waand seeth Abraham afar off, and ters, and mine eyes a fountain of Lazarus in his bosom.
tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! Oh that I had in the
wilderness a lodging-place of way$ 6. SOLICITUDE FOR THE WELFARE ering men; that I might leave my OF THE CHURCH AND SALVATION people, and go from them! for they
be all adulterers, an assembly of
treacherous men. And they hend Isa. 22: 4. I will weep bitterly, their tongues like their bow for lies: labor not to comfort me, because of but they are not valiant for the truth the spoiling of the daughter of my upon the earth. people. For it is a day of trouble, 13:17. If ye will not bear, my and of treading down, and of per- soul shall weep in secret places for plexity by the LORD God of hosts in your pride, and mine eyes shall weep the valley of vision, breaking down sore, and run down with tears, bethe walls, and of crying to the moun- cause the LORD's flock is carried tains.
away captive. 64:1. O that thou wouldst rend Lám. 1:1. How doth the city sit the heavens, that thou wouldst come solitary, that was full of people! how down, that the mountains might flow is she become as a widow ! she that down at thy presence. - 10. Thy was great among the nations, and holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is princess among the provinces, how a wilderness, Jerusalem a desola- is she become tributary! She weeption. Our holy and our beautiful eth sore in the night, and her tears house, where our fathers worshipped are on her cheeks: among all her thee, is burned with fire, and all our / lovers she hath none to comfort her:
all her friends have dealt treacher- | desolate and faint all the day. The ously with her, they are become her yoke of my transgressions is bound enemies. Judah is gone into cap- by bis hand: they are wreathed, and tivity because of affliction, and be- come up upon my neck: he hath cause of great servitude: she dwell- made my strength to fall, the Lord. eth among the heathen, she findeth bath delivered me into their hands, no rest: all her persecutors overtook from whom I am not able to rise up. her between the straits. The ways The Lord hath trodden under foot of Zion do mourn, because none all my mighty men in the midst of come to the solemn feasts: all her he hath called an assembly gates are desolate: her priests sigh, against me to crush my young men: her virgins are afflicted, and she is the Lord hath trodden the virgin, in bitterness. Her adversaries are the daughter of Judah, as in a winethe chief, her enemies prosper;
For these things I weep: the Lord hath afflicted her for the mine eye, mine eye runneth down multitude of her transgressions: her with water, because the comforter children are gone into captivity be- that should relieve my soul is far fore the enemy. And from the from me: my children are desolate, daughter of Zion all her beauty is because the enemy prevailed. Zion departed : her princes are become spreadeth forth her hands, and there like harts that find no pasture, and is none to comfort her: the LORD they are gone without strength be- hath commanded concerning Jacob, fore the pursuer.
Jerusalem re- that his adversaries should be round niembered in the days of her afflic about him: Jerusalem is as a mention and of her miseries all her pleas- struous woman among them. The ant things, that she had in the days Lord is righteous; for I have rebelof old, when her people fell into the led against his conímandment: hear, hand of the enemy, and none did I pray you, all people; and behold help her : the adversaries saw her, my sorrow: my virgins and my and did mock at her sabbaths. Je- young men are gone into captivity. rusalem hath grievously sinned; I called for my lovers, but they detherefore she is removed: all that ceived me: my priests and mine elhonored her despise her, because ders gave up the ghost in the city, they have seen her nakedness: yea, while they sought their meat to reshe sigheth, and turneth backward. | lieve their souls. Behold, O LORD; Her filthiness is in her skirts; she re- for I am in distress: my bowels are membereth not her last end; there- troubled; mine heart is turned within fore she came down wonderfully: me; for I have grievously rebelled: she had no comforter. O LORD, be- abroad the sword bereaveth, at home holil my affliction': for the enemy there is as death. They have heard hath magnified hiinself. The ad- that I sigh: there is none to comfort versary hath spread out his hand me: all mine enemies have heard of upon all her pleasant things: for she my trouble; they are glad that thou hath seen that the heathen entered hast done it: thou wilt bring the day into her sanctuary, whom thou didst that thou hast called, and they shall command that they should not enter
be like unto me. Let all their wickinto thy congregation. All her peo- edness come before thee; and do unple sigh, they seek bread; they have to them, as thou hast done unto me given their pleasant things for meat, for all my transgressions: for my to relieve the soul: see, O Lord, sighs are many, and my heart is and consider; for I am become vile. faint.
1 Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass 1 3:44. Thou hast covered thyby? behold, and see if there be any self with a cloud, that our prayer sorrow like unto my sorrow, which should not pass through. Thou hast is done unto me, where with the made us as the offscouring and reLORD hath afflicted me in the day of fuse in the midst of the people. All his fierce anger.
From above hath our enemies have opened their he sent fire into my bones, and it mouths against us. Fear and a prevaileth against them: he hath snare is coine upon us, desolation spread a net for my feet, he hath and destruction. Mine eye runneth turned me back: he hath made me down with rivers of water for the
destruction of the daughter of my fallen by thine iniquity. Take with people. Mine eye trickleth down, you words, and turn to the Lord: and ceaseth not, without any inter- say unto him, Take away all iniquimission, till the Lord look down, ty, and receive us graciously: so will and behold from heaven. Mine eye we render the calves of our lips. affecteth mine heart because of all Joel 2:12. Therefore also now, the daughters of my city.
saith the Lord, turn ye even to me Mat. 23: 37. O Jerusalem, Jeru- | with all your heart, and with fasting, salem! Thou that killest the proph- and with weeping, and with mournets, and stonest them that are sent ing: and rend your heart, and not your unto thee ; how often would I have garments, and turn unto the Lord gathered thy children together ... your God: for he is gracious and merand ye would not.
ciful, slow to anger, and of great kindRom. 9:1. I say the truth in Christ, ness, and repenteth him of the evil. I lie not, (my conscience also bear- Who knoweth if he will return and ing me witness in the Holy Ghost,) repent, and leave a blessing behind that I have great heaviness and con- him, even a meat-offering and a tinual sorrow in my heart. For I drink-offering unto the Lord your could wish that myself were accursed God ? Blow the trumpet in Zion, from Christ, for my brethren, my sanctify a fast, call a solemn assemkinsmen according to the flesh: who bly: gather the people, sanctify the are Israelites ; to whom pertaineth congregation, assemble the elders, the adoption, and the glory, and the gather the children, and those that covenants, and the giving of the law, suck the breasts: let the bridegroom and the service of God, and the go forth of his chamber, and the promises; whose are the fathers, bride out of her closet. Let the and of whom, as concerning the priests, the ministers of the LORD, flesh, Christ came ; WHO
weep between the porch and the alALL, God blessED FOREVER! Amen. tar, and let them say, Spare thy peoNot as though the word of God hath ple, O Lord, and give not thine hertaken none effect. For they are not itage to reproach, that the heathen all Israel, which are of Israel. should rule over them : wherefore
10:1. Brethren, my heart's desire, should they say among the people, and prayer to God for Israel is, that Where is their God ? then will the they may be saved.
Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
1 Mat. 6: 5. And when thou pray§ 7. PRAYER AND DEVOTION, est, thou shalt not be as the hypo
crites are : for they love to pray, 1. The Duty:
standing in the synagogues, and in
the corners of the streets, that they Gen. 4: 26. Then began men to may be seen of men. Verily I say call on the name of the Lord.
unto you, they have their reward. 24:12. And he said, O Lord God But thou, when thou prayest, enter of my master Abraham, I pray thee, into thy closet, and when thou hast send me good speed this day, and shut thy door, pray to thy Father show kindness unto my master Abra- which is in secret: and thy Father, ham.
which seeth in secret, shall reward Dan. 6: 10. Now when Daniel thee openly. But when ye pray, use knew that the writing was signed, he not vain repetitions, as the heathen went into his house ; and his win- do: for they think that they shall be dows being open in his chamber to- heard for their much speaking. Be ward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon not ye therefore like unto them
; his knees three times a day, and for your Father knoweth what things prayed and gave thanks before his ye bave need of before ye ask him. God, as he did aforetime. Then After this manner therefore, pray ye: these men assembled, and found Our Father which art in heaven, Daniel praying, and making suppli- hallowed be thy name. Thy kingcation before his God.
dom come. Thy will be done in Hos. 14:1. O Israel, return unto earth as it is in heaven. Give us this the LORD thy God; for thou hast day our daily bread. And forgive us