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some eunuchs which have made them- bear the infirmities of the weak, and selves, &c. He that is able to re- not to please ourselves : let every ceive it, let him.-Matt. xix. 10–12. one of us please his neighbour, for
Judge not, and ye shall not be his good to edification.—Rom. xv.1, 2. judged ; condemn not, and ye shall I have fed you with milk, and not not be condemned.-Luke vi. 37. with meat; for hitherto ye were not Jesus said, I have yet many things able to bear it, neither yet now are
able to bear it.- 1 Cor. iii. 2. them now: howbeit when he, the All things are lawful for me, but Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide all things are not expedient (or proyou.John xvi. 12, 13.
fitable): all things are lawful for me, Why tempt ye God to put a yoke but I will not be brought under the upon the neck of the disciples? which, power of any.-1 Cor. vi. 12. x. 23. &c.-Acts xv. 10. Gal. v. 12, 13. I would that all men were even as
Him that is weak in the faith re- I myself; but every man hath his ceive you, but not to doubtful dispu- proper gift of God; one after this tations (or not to judge his doubtful manner, &c. Is any man called, being thoughts): for one believeth that he circumcised ? let him not become unmay eat all things ; another who is circumcised ; and is called in unweak eateth herbs: let not him that circumcision ? let him not become eateth, despise him that eateth not; circumcised. Circumcision is and let not him that eateth not, judge thing, &c.—1 Cor. vii. 7. 18, 19. him that eateth ; for God hath re- We know that an idol is nothing ceived him, &c. One man esteemeth in the world, &c. howbeit there is one day above another: another es- not in every man that knowledge : teemeth every day alike: let every for some, with conscience of the idol man be fully persuaded in his own unto this hour, eat it as a thing offermind; he that regardeth a day, re- ed unto an idol, and their conscience gardeth it to the Lord, &c. Why being weak, is defiled. But meat dost thou judge thy brother? or why commendeth us not to God, &c. dost thou set at nought thy brother? Take heed lest by any means this liLet us not therefore judge one ano- berty of yours become a stumblingther any more ; but judge this rather, block to them that are weak : for if any that no man put a stumblingblock, man see thee, who hast knowledge, or an occasion to fall in his brother's sit at meat in the idol's temple, way. I know, &c. that there is no- shall not the conscience of him who thing unclean of itself; but to him is weak be emboldened to eat those that esteemeth any thing to be un- things which are offered to idols : clean, to him it is unclean. But if thy and through thy knowledge shall thy brother be grieved with thy meat, weak brother perish, for whom Christ now walkest thou not charitably, &c. died ? but when ye sin so against the Let us therefore now follow after the brethren, and wound their weak conthings which make for peace, &c. science, ye sin against Christ: whereAll things indeed are pure, but it is fore if meat make my brother to evil for that man who eateth with offend, I will eat no flesh while the offeuce; it is good neither to eat world standeth, lest I make my broflesh, &c. whereby thy brother stum- ther to offend.—1 Cor. viii. 4. 7–13. bleth, or is offended, or is made weak, For though I be free from all men, &c. He that doubteth is damned if yet have I made myself a servant unto he eat, &c. for wbatsoever is not of all, that I might gain the more: and faith, is sin.—Rom. xiv. 1-3. 5, 6. unto the Jews I became as a Jew, 10. 13-15. 19-21. 23.
that I might gain the Jews, &c. To We then that are strong, ought to the weak became I as weak, &c. I am
made all things to all men, that I weak, be patient toward all men.might by all means save some, &c.— I Thess. v. 14. 1 Cor. ix. 19–22.
Neither give heed to fables, &c. All things are lawful for me, but which minister questions, rather than all things are not expedient, &c. all godly edifying, which is in faith : things edify not ; let no man seek now the end of the commandment is his own, but every man another's charity, &c.—1 Tim. i. 4, 5. wealth : whatsoever is sold in the Some shall depart from the faith, shambles, that eat, asking no ques- &c. forbidding to marry, and comtion for conscience sake, for the earth manding to abstain from meats, which is the Lord's, &c. If any of them God had created to be received, &c.— that believe not, bid you to a feast, 1 Tim. iv. 1. 3. and ye be disposed to go; what-' Unto the pure all things are pure. soever is set before you, eat, asking - Titus i. 15. no question for conscience sake. But When Paul was writing many if any man say unto you, This is things concerning Christ, he said, offered in sacrifice unto idols ; eat Of whom we have many things to not, for his sake that shewed it, and say, and hard to be uttered, seeing for conscience sake, &c. •Conscience, ye are dull of hearing, &c. ye are I say, not thine own, but of the become such as have need of milk, other, &c. Give none offence, neither and not of strong meat, &c. strong to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor meat belongeth to them that are of to the church of God; even as I full age.—Heb. v. 11, 12. 14. please all men in all things, not seek
It is a good thing that the heart ing my own profit, but the profit of be established with grace, not with many, that they may be saved.
meats, which have not profited them 1 Cor. x. 23-29. 31-33. xi. 1. that have been occupied therein.
Charity seeketh not her own. Heb. xiii. 9. I Cor. xiii, 4, 5.
Charity shall cover the multitude Let all your things be done with of sins.- 1 Pet. iv. 8. charity.-i Cor. xvi. 14.
I will put upon you none other Look not every man on his own burden'; but that which ye have althings, but every man also on the ready, hold fast, till I come.-Rev. ii. things of others : let this mind be in 24, 25. you, which was also in Christ Jesus. -Phil. ii. 4, 5.
Sect. x. To distribute, and commuLet us therefore, as many as be
nicate to one another's Necessities : perfect, be thus minded : and if in give to the Poor. any thing ye be otherwise minded, If thou lend money to any of my God shall reveal even this unto you. people that is poor by thee, thou shalt Nevertheless, whereunto we have al- not be to him as an usurer ; neither ready attained, let us walk by the shalt thou lay upon him same rule, let us mind the same Exod. xxii. 25. thing.-Phil. iii. 15, 16.
When ye reap the harvest of your Let no man therefore judge you in land, thou shalt not wholly reap the meat or in drink (or in eating, or in corners of thy field, neither shalt drinking), or in respect of an holy- thou gather thé gleanings of thy barday, or of the new moon, or of the vest. And thou shalt not glean thy sabbath days, which are a shadow of vineyard, &c. Thou shalt leave them things to come : but the body is of for the poor and the stranger : I am Christ.-Col. ii. 16, 17.
the Lord your God.-Levit. xix. 9, We exhort you, brethren, &c. com- 10. xxv. 1, &c. fort the feebleminded, support the If thy brother be waxen, poor, &c.
usury, &c.— then thou shalt relieve him, &c. that shall be made fat: and he that waterhe may live.—Levit. xxiv. 35. eth shall be watered also himself.
If there be among you a poor man Prov. xi. 24, 25. of one of thy brethren, within any of
He that hath mercy on the poor, thy gates, &c. thou shalt not harden happy is he, &c. He that oppresseth thine heart, nor shut thine hand from the poor, reproacheth his Maker : thy poor brother ; but thou shalt but he that honoureth him, hath open thine hand wide unto him, and mercy on the
· Prov. xiv. shalt surely lend him sufficient for 21. 31. his need, in that which he wanteth. He that hath pity upon the poor, Beware that there be not a thought lendeth unto the Lord : and that (or word) in thy wicked heart, say- which he hath given, will he pay him ing, The seventh year, the year of again.-Prov. xix. 17. release, is at hand; and thine eye be Whoso stoppeth his ears at the evil against thy poor brother, and cry of the poor, he also shall cry thou givest him nought, and he cry himself, but shall not be heard. unto the Lord against thee, and it be Prov. xxi. 13. sin unto thee: thou shalt surely give He that hath a bountiful
shall him, and thine heart shall not be be blessed : for he giveth of his bread grieved when thou givest unto him: to the poor.-Prov. xxii. 9. because that for this thing the Lord He that giveth unto the poor shall thy God shall bless thee in all thy not lack.-Prov. xxviii. 27. works, &c. for the poor shall never Cast thy bread upon the waters : cease out of the land : therefore I for thou shalt find it after many days. command thee, &c.—Deut. xv. 7-11. Give a portion to seven, and also to
If I have withheld the poor from eight, &c.—Eccles. xi. 1, 2. their desire, &c. or have eaten my Is not this the fast that I have morsel alone, and the fatherless hath chosen ? &c. Is it not to deal thy not eaten thereof, &c. If I have seen bread to the hungry, and that thou any perish for want of clothing, or bring the poor that are cast out to any poor without covering : if his thy house? when thou seest the loins have not blessed me, &c. The naked, that thou cover him; and that stranger did not lodge in the street; thou hide not thyself from thine own but I opened my doors to the tra- flesh? Then shall thy light break veller.-Job xxxi, 16–20. 32. forth as the morning, &c. And if
The righteous sheweth mercy, and thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, giveth, &c. He is ever merciful, and and satisfy the afflicted soul, then lendeth.-Ps. xxxvii. 21. 26.
shall thy light rise in obscurity, &c. Blessed is he that considereth the Isa. lviii. 6-8. 10. poor (or weak) : the Lord will deli
I desired mercy, and not sacrifice. ver him.-Ps. xli. 1.
-Hosea vi. 6. A good man sheweth favour, and Give to him that asketh thee; and lendeth, &c. He hath dispersed, he from him that would borrow of thee, hath given to the poor, &c.-Ps.cxii. turn not thou away.Matt. v. 42. 5. 9.
Take heed that ye do not your
alms Honour the Lord with thy sub- before men, to be seen of them, &c. stance, and with the first-fruits of when thou doest thine alms, do not thine increase, &c. Say not unto sound a trumpet before thee, as the thy neighbour, Go, and come again, hypocrites do, &c. that they may have and to-morrow I will give, when thou glory of men, &c. But when thou hast it by thee.-Prov. iii. 9. 28. doest alms, let not thy left hand
There is that scattereth, and yet know what thy right hand doeth.increaseth, &c. The liberal soul Matt. vi. 1-3.
Ask, and it shall be given you.- I have shewed you all things, how Matt. vii. 7.
that so labouring ye ought to support Whosoever shall give to drink unto the weak, and to remember the words one of these little ones a cup of cold of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is water only, in the name of a disciple, more blessed to give, than to receive. verily I say unto you, he shall in no -Acts xx. 35. wise lose his reward.—Matt. x. 42. He that giveth, let him do it with Mark ix. 41.
simplicity (or liberality): he that Christ shall say, I was an hungered, sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness, &c. and ye gave me meat : I was thirsty, distributing to the necessity of the and ye gave me drink : I was a saints : given to hospitality, &c.— stranger, and ye took me in : naked, Rom. xii. 8. 13. xvi. 1, 2. and ye clothed me, &c. When saw It hath pleased them of Macedonia, we thee an hungered ? &c. Inasmuch &c. to make a certain contribution as ye have done it unto one of the for the poor saints which are at least of these my brethren, ye have Jerusalem.-Rom. xv. 26. done it unto me, &c.—Matt. xxv. Upon the first day of the week, 35, &c.
let every one of you lay by him in The poor widow threw in two store, as God hath prospered him.mites, &c. Jesus said, This poor 1 Cor. xvi. 2. widow hath cast more in, than all As
ye abound in every thing, &c. they, &c. For all they did cast in see that ye abound in this grace also : of their abundance ; but she of her I speak, &c. to prove the sincerity of want did cast in all that she had.
your love : for
ye know the grace Mark xii. 42–44. Luke xxi. 1-4. our Lord Jesus Christ, that though
He that hath two coats, let him he was rich, yet for your sakes he impart to him that hath none, &c. so became poor, that ye through his of meat.—Luke iii. 11.
poverty might be rich, &c. As there When thou makest a feast, call the was a readiness to will, so there may poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: be a performance also, out of that and thou shalt be blessed, for they which you have : for if there be first cannot recompense thee : thou shalt a willing mind, it is accepted accordbe recompensed at the resurrection ing to that a man hath, and not acof the just.--Luke xiv. 13, 14. cording to that he hath not.—2 Cor.
Sell all that thou hast, and dis- viii. 7-9. 11, 12. tribute unto the poor, and thou shalt He which soweth sparingly, shall have treasure in heaven. Luke reap also sparingly: and he which xviii. 22.
soweth bountifully, shall reap also The multitude of them that believed bountifully. Every man according as were of one heart, &c. neither said he purposeth in his heart, so let him any of them, that aught of the things give: not grudgingly, or of necessity: which he possessed was his own, for God loveth a cheerful giver. And but they had all things common. God is able to make all
grace abound Acts iv. 32.
toward you, that ye, always having Cornelius, a devout man, &c. which all sufficiency in all things, may gave much alms to the people, &c. abound to every good work.--2 Cor. Thy prayers and thine alms are come ix. 6–9. up for a memorial before God.- As we have therefore opportunity, Acts x. 1, 2. 4.
let us do good unto all men ; espeThen the disciples, every man ac- cially unto them who are of the cording to his ability, determined to household of faith. --Gal. vi. 10. send relief unto the brethren which 3 John 5, 6. dwelt in Judea.--Acts xi. 29.
Rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is be naked, &c. and one of you say good, that he may have to give to unto them, Depart in peace, &c. and him that needeth. -Eph. iv. 28. ye give them not, &e. what doth it
Paul commends the Philippians for profit ?-James ii. 5. 15, 16. their sending to his relief : and said, Use hospitality one to another, Not because I desire a gift ; but I without grudging. As every man desire fruit that may abound to your hath received the gift, so let him account, &c. My God shall supply minister the same one to another, as all your needs, &c.-Phil. iv. 14– good stewards, &c. If any man mi17. 19.
nister, let him do it as of the ability This we commanded you, that if which God giveth, that God in all any would not work, neither should things may be glorified, through Jesus he eat, &c: We command, &c. that Christ.-i Pet. iv. 9—11. with quietness they work, and eat Whoso hath this world's good, and their own bread.—2 Thess. iii. 10–12. seeth his brother have need, and
If any widow have children or shutteth up his bowels of compassion nephews, let them learn first to shew from him; how dwelleth the love of piety (or kindness) at home, and to God in him? My little children, let requite their parents; for that is us not love in word, neither in tongue, good and acceptable before God. And but in deed and in truth.-1 John iii. if any provide not for his own, and 17, 18. especially for those of his own house (or kindred), he hath denied the
CHAP. XVI. faith, and is worse than an infidel, THE DUTIES OF BELIEVERS, TOWARDS &c. If any man or woman that be
EACH OTHER, AS THEY STAND RElieveth, have widows, let them relieve them; and let not the church be charged.-! Tim. v. 4. 8. 16.
Charge them that are rich in this Sect. 1. Husbands to Wives, and world, &c. that they do good, that
Wives to Husbands. Of Marriage, they be rich in good works, ready to
&c. Of Women. distribute, willing to communicate; And the Lord said, It is not good laying up in store a good foundation. that the man should be alone : I will -l sim, vi. 17-19.
make him an help meet for him, &c. The Lord give mercy unto the Adam said, This is now bone of house of Onesiphorus, for he oft re- bone, and flesh of my flesh; she freshed me, &c. and in how many shall be called woman, because she things he ministered to me at Ephesus, was taken out of man. Therefore &c.--2 Tim. i. 16. 18. Philem. 7. shall a man leave his father and his
God is not unrighteous, to forget mother, and shall cleave unto his your work, &c. which ye have shewed wife : and they shall be one flesh.toward his name, in that ye have Gen. ii. 18. 23, 24. ministered to the saints, and do mi- God commanded Abraham nister.--Heb. vi. 10.
hearken to his wife in the case of Be not forgetful to entertain Ishmael and Isaac.—Gen. xxi. 12. strangers : for thereby some have Jacob loved Rachel more than entertained angels unawares, &c. To Leah, &c. and when the Lord saw do good, and to communicate, forget that Leah was hated, he opened her not: for with such sacrifices God is womb; but Rachel was barren.well pleased.--Heb. xiii. 2. 16. Gen. xxix. 30, 31.
Hath not God chosen the poor of And when Rachel saw that she this world, rich in faith, and heirs of bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied the kingdomn ? If a brother or sister her sister, and said unto Jacob, Give
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