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unto him, Take thy bill, and fit down quickly, and write fifty: 7. Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred (1) measures of wheat. And he laid unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. ,8. And : the Lord commended the unjust Steward, because he had. done wisely for the children of this world are in their generation wiler than the children of light. 9. And I say unto you, Make to your selves friends of the (2) * maminon [Or, riches] of unrighteousnels; that when ye fril,

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they 5,1 Joh. 14. 36. While ye have 11.41. Rather give Alms of such Light believe in the Light, that ye. Things as you have : and behold, may be the Children of Light. all things are clean unto you. + Eph. 5.8. Ye were

Luk. 19. 8. Zaccheus stood, and ness, but now are ye Light in the said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, Lord: walk as Children of Light. the half of my Goods I give to the 71 Thef.s 5,8. Ye are all the Chil Poor: and if I have taken any dren of Light, and the Children thing from any Man by false Aca of the Day - Let us who are of cufation, I restore him four-fold. the Day be sober.

Tot 1 Tim. 6. 17, 18, 19. Charge + Dan.4. 27. --Break off thy them that are Rich in this World, Sins by. Righteousness, and thine that they be not High-minded, nor Iniquitics by thewing Mercy to the trust in uncertain Riches, but ini Door.- t Mat. 6. 19. Lay not up

the Living God, who giveth us for your selves Treasures upon Earth', 15 richly all things to enjoy : That where Moth and Rust doth corrupt,

they do good, that they be rieb ini and where Thieves break through good works, ready to diftribute, wiland Steal. + Mat. 19. 21. Jefus ling to communicate; laying up int said unto him, IF thou wilt be per. Store for themselves a good Founé fedt

, go and sell that thou hast, and 20 dation against the Time to come; give to the Poor, and thou ihale that they may lay hold on Eternal have Treasure in Heaven. † Luk. Life.

in the Qriginal containeth about (1) # The Word here interpreted Measure, containing fourteeri Bulnels and a Pottle.

(2) Mammon fignifies Wealth or Riches. The Terms Mammon of Unrighter ousness, may stand for false Mammon or Riches, because they deceive those who trust to them, and who expect to receive that satisfaction from them, which they are incapable of giving. Or, Riches may be here called Nammen of Unrighteousness, or, uprighteous Mammon, because the Stew. ard here mentioned betrayed his Trust, and dealt falfly with his Master: Or, they may be fo called, becaufe that either in the getting, using, or keeping of thein, it is too too often seen, that Men commić gréat Sins.

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. they (1) may receive you into everlasting habitations, He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful alle much: and he that is unjust in the leaft, is unjuf alle

21. much. 11. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the righteous* mammon [Or, riches.], who will commit to

Cher trust the true riches? 12. And if ye have not been faithi that which is another mans, who shall give you that which your own? 13. No servant can ferve two mafters: either he will hate the one, and love the other; orele will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot God and mammon. 14. And the Pharifees also who

covetous, heard all these things: and they derided 15. And he faid unto them, Ye are they, which juftifie selves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: *that which is highly esteemed amongst men, is abonos on in the fight of God. 16. & The law and the pro (2) were until John : fince that time the kingdom of

? Mat. 25. 34. -Come ye bles. Seed among the Thorns, issa sed of my Father, inherit the King heareth the Word : and the km, dom prepared for you from the this world, and the Deceitful But Foundation of the World, A&.10. Riches choke the Word, and Parts 4. -Thy Praters and thine Alms 5 cometh unfruitful. are come up for a Memorial be. fore God.

God trieth the Hearts and Relean fa 6. Luk. 19. 17. Well, thou good

ti Sam. 16,3. The Lord aaich Servant : because thou hast been

unto Samuel, Look not den faithful in a very little, have thou 1o Countenance, or the Heights Authority over tèn Cities. Mat.

Stature ; becaufe I have to 25. 21. Well done, thou good and him: for the Lord feeth notes fa faithful Servant, thou haft been

seeth; for Man looketh on the other faithful over a few Things, I will

ward Appearance, but then make thee Ruler over, many things: 15 looketh on the Heart: 2 Elisher enter thou into the Joy of thy 54. Behold, the Lord kupwerken Lord.

Works of Men, their imagine and i c* See on Mat. 6. 24.

their Thoughts, and their for d# Mat. 23. 14. Wo unto you. 8 * Mar. 11. 12, 13, From man Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ; 20 Days of

John Baptist, until for ye devour Widows Houses.

the Kingdom of Heaven furt Ezek. 33. 31. -With their Mouth Violence, and the Violenc cabe they fhew, much Love, but their by force. For all the pro Heart goeth after their Covetousness. and the Law prophefied satile Maç. 13. 22. He also that received 25

(1) That is, you may be received and admitted into the Kingdom Heaven. foretold by the Prophets; but John pointed him out, and Dewed by

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40.8. The Grass withereth, the plover fadeth ; but the Word of our

beneath : for the Heavens Iball vae nith away like smoke, and the 25-From whose Face the Earth and

Thall be for ever, and my Righteous.
one tittle shall in no wise pass t 1 Cor. 7. 10, 11.
from the Lan till all be fulfilled.

is preached, and every man preffeth into it. i7. And it is Seafier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. 18. Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband, committeth adultery. 19. There was a certain rich man which was clothed in purple, and fine linen, and fared fumptuoufly es Very day. 20. And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

21. And defin fing to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich mans table: moreover the dogs came and licked his føres. 22. And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried X 2

by 5+ Pfal. jóg. 25, 26, 27. Of old Mat. 24:35. Mar. 13. 31. Heavené haft chou laid the Foundations of and Earth shall pass away ; but

my the Earth: ánd, the Heavens are Words shall not pass away. Heb. 1. the Work of thy Hands. They 10, 11. –The Heavens are the hall perish, but thou thalt endure : s Works of thine Hands. They Mail you , all of them fhall wax old like a perish, but thou remainest and

; as a' Veture shalt thou they all shall wax old, as doth a change them, and they shall be Garment. 2 Pet. 3:7, 10, 15. But

changed. But thou art the fame, the Heavens and the Earth which boy and thy Years shall not fail. Joth! 10 are now, by the same Word

are 12:14. Ye know in all your kepe in store, reserved unto Fire Hearts

, and all your Souls, that not against the Day of Judgment, and one thing hath failed of all the good perdition of ungodly Men.' Buť * fpake concerning you, 20° + Ira 15 a Thiet in the Night, in the which

the Heavens shall pass' away with a

great Noise, and the Elements thall God thall land for ever.

Ira. melt with fervent Heat, the Earth

of Heaven shall also, and the Works that are therebe dissolved, and the heavens fhall be 20 in, shall be burnt up. Seeing then rolled together as a Scrole. - Ifa that all these things shall be dif31. 6. Lift up your Eyes to the solved, what manner of Persons Heavens, and look upon the Earth oughe’ye to be in all holy Conver

sation and Godliness? Rev. 20.11. Earth sliall wax old like a Garment, the Heaven fled away. Rev. 216 and theythat dwell therein

thall die i. I saw a new Heaven, and new but my Salvation Earth. : 1 Pet. 1. 25. But the Word

of the Lord endureth for ever. And ness

, . 5:18. Verily I say unto you, till spel is preached unto you. Heaven and Earth pass, one jot, of

+ Mat. 19.9. † Mar. 10. 11.

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5. 32. be come; firice which, the Gospel is preached, and Multitudes of People * operele to enter into the Kingdom of the Melias, in order

to obtain Salvation by him; expreffing mach Zeal, and using great Diligence and Earnefinefs.

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by the angels into Abrahams bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried. 23. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and a cool my Tongue; for I am o tormented in this flame. 25. But Abraham faid, Son, remember that thou in thy life-time receivedft thy good things

, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is a comforted, and thou art tormented. 26. And besides all this, between us and you, there is a great gulph fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you, cannot, neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldst send him to my fathers house: 28. For I have five brethren; that he may testifie unto them, left they also come into this place of torment. 29. Abraham faith unto him, They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.30. And he said, Nay, father. Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

31. And he said unto him, If they hear not Mofes and the Prophets, neither will they be perswaded, though one rose from the dead.

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a + Zech. 14. 12. Their Tongue shall fail, nóne shall want hef mate: shall consume away in their Mouth. for my Mouth it hath commanded,

# Ifa. 66. 24. -Their Worm and his Spirit hath gathered them. shall not die, neither shall the Fire + Joh. 3:39, 45. Search the Scribe quenched. + Mar.9.44, &c. Where ptures, for in them ye think ye have their Worm dieth not, and the Fire Eternal Life, and they are they is not quenched.

which testifie of me. - There is c+ Job 21. 13. They spend their one that accufeth you, even Moses Days in Wealth, and in a Moment go in whom ye trust. A&ts 15. 21. down to the Grave.

For Mofes of old time hath in every d Pfal. 37. 37. Mark the perfe&t '° City them that preach him, being Man, and behold the Upright, for read in the Synagogues every fabthe End of that Man is Peace. Ifa. bath-day. t Aas 17.11. These were 57.2. He [the Righteous) shall enter more noble than those of Thessainto Peace. Rev. 14.13. -Blef; 15 lonica, in that they received the sed are the Dead which die in the Word with all readiness of Mind, Lord.

and searched the Scriptures daily, # Ifa. 8. 20. To the Law and to whether thofe things were fo. the Testimony : if they speak not ac Joh. 12.10, u. But the chief cording to this Word, it is because Priests consulted, that they might there is no Light in them. + Ifa. 20

put Lazarus to Death; 'because 34. 16. Seek ye our of the Book of that by reason of him many of the the Lord, and rrad: No one of these Jews went away, and believed on

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thou haft gained thy Brother. hate thy Brother in thine Heart : thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy than an hundred Stripes into a Fool. Prov. 25. 9.' Debate thy down to Meat, and will come forch Cause with thy Neighbour himself.

-20 and serve them.

CH A P. XVII, THE N said he unto the disciples, It is s impossible but

that offences will come: but wo unto him through whom they come.

2. It were better for him that a milftone : were hanged about his neck, and he caft into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. heed to your felves: if thy brother trespass against thee, * rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4. And if he

trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in - a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

5. And the Apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our : Faith. 6. And the Lord said, If ye had ' faith as a grain of mustard-feed, ye might say unto this fycaminie-tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the fea; and it should obey you. ;. But which of you having a servant plowing, or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go, and sit down to meat ? $. And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thy self, and m serve me till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink. 9. Doth he thank that fervant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. 10. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are comX 3

manded See the Note on Heb. 6.4.

+ Ecclefiafticus 19. 13. Admonish a See on Mat. 18. 6, 7.

Friend, it may be he hath not done * Mat. 18. 15, 21. If thy Bro it: and if he have done it, that he ther shall trespass against thee, go and

do ir no more. † Jam. 5. 19, 20. tell him his Fault between thee and Brethren, if any of you do err from him alone : if he shall hear thee, the Truth, and one convert him;

let him know, that he which con. Then came Peter to him, and said,

vertetb the Sinner from the Error Lord, How oft fhall my Brother of his Way, shall save a Soul from in against me, and I forgive him ? 10 Death,

and shall hide a multitude

of Sins. 19. 17. Thou shalt nog 1 + Mar.9. 23. Mar. $1. 23.

See on Mat. 19. 20.

in :: Luk. 12. 37. Blessed are on him. † Prov. 17.10. A Reproef he cometh shall find watching: re entreth more into a wife Man, rily I say unto you, that he shall

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