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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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IN the mean time, when there were gathered to

gether an innumerable multitude of people, infomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to

say unto his disciples first of all (a), Beware ye of the 1... leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For siis there is nothing covered, that shall not be (6) reveal. 3 ed; neither hid, that shall not be known. There

fore, whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness, shall be

heard in the light and that which ye have spoken 1 in the ear in closets, shall be proclaimed upon the * 4 houte-tops. And I lay unto you my friends Be not

afraid of them that kill the body, and after that, 51. have no'more that they can do. But I will forewarn you v whom

you

shall fear: Fear him, which after As he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell; yea, +6 I fay unto you, Fear him. · Are not five sparrows o { föld for two farthings, and not one of them is (c)

7 forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of do your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye 8 are of more value than many sparrows.

Allo I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, folitarSTF,

() See Mał. xvi. 12. b) Deceit and infincerity are always open to the all-feeing cye of God, and are besides more generally discovered by men, than the artful (c) See Matix: 29, 30. If the meanest and moft inconsiderable

are apt to imagine. thience, that'any a&t of cruelty to any of them, and more especially creatures be thus under the divine protection, let us observe from to such animals as are fèrviceable to man, muß be highly displeasing to the Almighty, who formed both us and them from the dust of the earth.

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him fall the Son of man also confess before the (d) 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 nian,
it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphe-

meth against the (e) holy Ghost, it shall not be for11 given. And when they bring you unto the syna

gogues, and unto magiftrates, and powers (f ), 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 fame 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 () judge, or a divider over you? And he

faid unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetour

ness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abun16 dance of the things which he poliesfeth. 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 say

to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for

many years; take thine eafe, eat, drink, and be 20 merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this

night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose thall those things be which thou hast provided ?

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(d) When Christ shall come to judgment in the glory of his Father, attended by the holy angels. Mark viii. 38.

(6) Sce Mat. xii. 323 Y(S) See Mat. X. 19.

(6) Sce Joka väl. 11.

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21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is

not (5) rich towards God.

And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye Thall eat; neither for the body, what ye thail.put:

The life is more than mcat, and the body is' 24. more than raiment. Consider the ravens : for they

neither jow nor reap; which neither have store

house nor barn; and God feedeth thein: How much 25 more are ye better than the fowls? And which of

you with taking 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? 27. Consider the lilies how they grow: They toil not,

they fpin not, and yet I say unto you, that Solomon

in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in

the field, and to-morrow is cast into the oven (i): how much more will be clothe

you,

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of little
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faith? And seek not ye

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shall eat, or what ye fhall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind (k). 30

For all these things do the nations of the world leek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

But rather seek ye the kingdom of God, and all 32 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 faileth not, where no thief ap34 proacheth, neither moth corrupteth." For where, 35 your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let

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(h) So is he that is anxious about the things of this life, and new glects to provide for eternity.

(i) See Note on Mat. vi. 30.
(Á) Neither indulge an anxious unsettled temper,

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your loins (1) be girded about, and your lights burn36 ing; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for

their Lord, when he will return from the wedding ;

that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open 37 unto him immediately. Blessed are those fervants

whom the Lord, when he cometh, fhall find watching: verily, I say unto you, that he fhall gird him. felf, and make them to fit down to meat (m), and will come forth and serve theny. And if he shall come in the fecond watch, or come in the third watch,

(n) and find them ro, blessed are those fervants. 39 And this know, that if the good many of the house

had known what hour the thief would have come,

he would have watched, and not have suffered his 40 house to be broken through. Beo yen therefore

ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour

when ye think not. 27, 41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou 42 this parable to us, or even to all ? And the Lord

faid, Who chen is that faithful and wife steward (C),

whom his lord fhall make' ruler over his houshold, :: to give them their portion of meat in due feafon (a): 43 Blessed is that fervant whom his lord, ' when he 44 cometh, shall find so doing, Of a truth I fay unto 14youthat he will make him ruler over alli that he 45 hath. But and if that servant lay in his heart,

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(1) The Jews wore loose garments, which they were obliged to gird about them when they were preparing for any buggels! Qur blessed Lord means, that we should be prepared and ready to receive him at his coming to judgment, as diligent feryants are when they wait to receive their master, ae whatsoever hður he may cono hone

(m) He will raise them to the greatel honours. 10 9. sal (n) See Mat. xiv, 254 Mark xiii. 30: lo l'insistorie og bi

(0) 1 speak to every faithful and wise fextant, who wilhosyte te coinmend himself to his master's favour.

baybosna (p) The highell office in the family wasate difribute to the other servants, their respective allowance; which according to the cultom of those times, was given to every rone of them in Separate portions.

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My lord delayeth his coming, and shall begin to beat

the men-fervants and maidens, and to eat and drink, 46 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 (9). And that servant which knew his

lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did accord48 ing to his will, ihall be beaten with many stripes. But

he that knew not, and did cominit things worthy of tripes, shall be beaten with few fripes. For unto whomfoever much is given, of him shall be much required :1 and to whom men have committed much,

of him they will ask the more. 49 :

I am come to send fire (r) on the earth, and what 50 will l, if it be already kindled? But I have a bap.

tism (s) to be baptized with, and how am I ftraitened 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 houfe divided (t) sthree againft two, and two 53 against three. The father fhall be divided against

the fon, and the fon againft the father : the mother : * against the daughter, and the daughter against the

mother : the mother-in-law against her daughter-inlaw, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in

law, wodorant 11 (9) Hypocrites, es c. unfaithful fervants. See Mat. xxiv. si. Notewird

esmi bio --(r) Not according to the will and intention of Chrift; but men perverfely make the gospel of peace an occalion and engine of cruel ty. The fire of persecution will first break out in my destruction : and seeing that the will of God and the salvation of men can no otherwise be accomplifhed, how great is my desire that this fire were already kindled!

(5) For the ineaning of this baptism, see Mal. xx. 22.(t) My faithful followers must likewise foon expect the dreadful effeas of fiery zeal, even from their nearest friends and relations.

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