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* The Scripture faith, Thou shalt not muzzle the Ox that treadeth out the Corn: and the Labourer is worthy of his Reward. For our Sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he that ploweih, should plow in Hope ; and he that thresheth in Hope, should be Partaker of his Hope.

If therefore the Ministers of Christ have fown unto us spiritual Things, is it a great Thing if they shall reap our carnal Things?

y Take heed to thyself, that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the Earth : But remember to give the Portion of the Priests and the Levites, that they may be encouraged in the Law of the Lord.

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CHAP. VIII.

Concerning the DUTY of MAN towards

HIMSELF

HUMILITY.

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• I Say to every Man that is among

you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think ; but to think soberly according as God haih dealt to every Man the Measure of Faith.

• Be not proud. Mind not high Things. Be not wise in your own Conceits, but condescend to Men of low Estate.

Stretch not yourselves beyond your Measure. . Let us not be desirous of vain Glory: For if a Man think himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

e Seekest thou great Things for thyself? seek them not,

f Moft Men will proclaim every Man his own Goodness: -But they that commend themselves, measuring themselves by themselves, and com

a Rom. 12. 3.

C 2 Cor. b Jer. 13. 15. Rom. 12. 16. 20. 14

d Gal. 5:26. Gal. 6. 3. e Jer. 45.5. # Prov. 20. Ce 2 Cor. 10. 12.

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paring themselves among themselves, are not wife : For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

& Thus faith the Lord; Let not the wise Nan glory in his Wisdom ; neither let the mighty Man glory in his Might; let not the rich Man glory in his Riches : But let him that glorieth, glory in this, That he knoweth me, that I am the Lord, which exercise Loving-kindness, Judgment, and Righteousness, in the Earth.

He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord, serving the Lord with all Humility of Mind.

i Let another Man praise thee, and not thine own Mouth; a Stranger, and not thine own Lips.

For Men to search their own Glory, is not Glory.

I Who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou didst 'not receive? Now if thou didít receive it, why duft thou glory as if thou hadît not received it ?

m Charity vaunteth not itself; is not puffed up: Therefore talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not Arrogancy come out of thy Mouth.

n Let not him that girdeth on his Harness, boast as he that putteth it off.

There are certain which trust in themselves that they are righteous, and despise others; which

h 1 Cor. 1. 31.

Afts 2 Cor. 10. 18. & Jer. 9. 23, 24.

* Prov. 25. 27.

Cor. 20. 19.

i Prov. 27. 2. i Cor. 13. 4.

1 Sam. 2. 3. 4.7.

n i Kings 20. 11. o Luke 18. g. Ka. 65. 5.

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say, Stand by thyself, come not near to us, for we are holier than thou : But he that doth not go about to establish his own Righteousness, but humbleth himself before God, saying, God be inerciful to me a Sinner; this Man shall be justified rather than the other.

9 When ye thall have done all those Things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofiable Servanıs; we have done that which was our Duty to do.

* Knowledge puffeth up, but Charity edifieth. · Let no Man deceive himself: If

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Man among you feemeth to be wife in this World, let him become a Fool, that he may be wife : For God hath chosen the foolish Things of this World, to confound the Wise ; and God hath chosen the weak Things of the World 10 confound the Things which are mighty ; and base Things of the World, and Things which are despised, liath God chosen; yea, and Things which are not, to bring to nought Things that are; that no Flesh thould glory in his Presence.

. Go to, ye that say, To-day or To-morrow we will

go into such a City, and continue there a Year, and buy, and fell, and get Gain; whereas ye know not what shall be on the Morrow: For what is your Life? It is even a Vapour, which appeareth for a little Time, and then vanilheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that ; but now ye rejoice in your Boastings, all such rejoicing is Evil.

m. 10. 3.

Luke 18. 14, 13, 14. ur. 8. J.

s i Cor. 3. 18. 05 4. 13, 14, 15, 16.

9 Luke 17. 10. 1 Cor. 1. 27, 28, 29.

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Charge them that are rich in this World, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain Riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all Things to enjoy.

w When thou hast eaten, and art full, and haft built_goodly Houses: and when thy Herds and thy Flocks multiply, and thy Silver and thy Gold is multiplied; beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God; and thy Heart be lifted up, and thou say in thine Heart, My Power, and the Might of my Hand, haih gotten me this Wealth.

* Let the Brother of low Degree rejoice in that he is exalted ; but the Rich in that he is made low; because as the Flower of the Grafs he shall pass away.

Y A certain rich Man said to his Soul, Soul, thou hast much Goods laid up for many Years, take thine Ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God faid unto him, Thou Fool, this Night thy Soul shall be required of thee: Then whose shall those Things be which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up Treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.

Lo, this is the Man that made not God his Strength, but trusted in the Abundance of his Riches, and strengthened himself in his Wickedness. r. He faith, I am rich, and increafed with Goods, and have need of nothing; and knoweth not that he is wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.

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u i Tim. 6. 17.

w Deut. 8. 12, 13, 11, 14, 37.

2 Pfal. * James 1.9, 10. ¥ Luke 12. 16, 19, 20, 21. 527

a Revo 3.37

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