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The law expounded. Chap. y. Swearing forbidden. · 26 Verily I say unto thee, 3+ But I say unto you, Swear Thou shalt by no means come not at all; neither by heaven, put thence till thou hast paid for it is God's throne: the uttermost farthing.

35 Nor by the earth, for it is | 27 Ye have heard that it his footstool; neither by Jeruwas said by them of old time, salem, for it is the city of the Thou shalt not commit adul. great king. tery :

36 Neither shalt thou swear · 28 But I say unto you, That by thy head; because thou canst whosoever looketh on a woman not make one hair white or to lust after her, hath commit- black : ted adultery with her already 37 But let your communicain his heart.

tion be, Yea, yea ; Nay, nay;s 29 And if thy righteye offend for whatsoever is more than theer pluck it out, and cast it these, cometh of eyil.t from thee; for it is profitable 38 ( Ye have heard that it for thee that one of thy mem- hath been said, An eye for an bers should perish, and not that eye, and a tooth for a tooth. thy whole body should be cast39 But I say unto you, That into hell.

ye resist not evil ; but whoso. 30 And if thy right hand of- ever shall smite thee on thy fend thee, cut it off, and cast it right cheek, u turn to him the from thee; for it is profitable other also. for thee that one of thy mem- 40 And if any man will sue bers should perish, and not that thee at the law, and take away thy whole body should be cast thy coat, let him have thy into hell.

cloak also. * 31 It hath been said, Who- 41 And whosoever shall soever shall put away his wife, compel thee to go a mile, go let him give her a writing of with him twain. divorcement :

42 Give to him that asketh 32 But I say unto you, That thee; and from him that would whosoever shall put away his borrow of thee turn not thou wife, saving for the cause of away. fornication, causeth her to com- 43 | Ye have heard that it mit adultery; and whosoever hath been said, Thou shalt shall marry her that is divorced, committeth adultery. I s rea, yea; nay, nay; Let your

33 | Again, ye have heard conversation be plain and sir ple, free that it hath been said by them from profane oaths and blasphemy. of old time, Thou shalt not forThou shalt not for + Cometh of evil, from an evil,

wicked disposition.
wicked disposition.

I swear thyself, but shalt ner

it per Sball smite thee, &c. rather bear form unto the Lord thine oaths. injuries and wrongs patiently,than re

Offend thee, be the occasion of thy taliate and repay them with revenge

simning

Love your enemies. S. Matthew. Of alms and prayer. love thy neighbour, and hate hypocrites b do in the synathine enemy :

gogues, and in the streets, that 44 But I say unto you, Love They may have glory of men. your enemies, bless them that Verily I say unto you, They curse you, do good to them that have their reward.c hate you, and pray for them 3 But when thou doest alms, which despitefully use you, let not thy left hand know and persecute you:

what thy right hand doeth; 45 That ye may be the chil- 4 That thine alms may be dren of your Father which is in secret; and thy Father, in heaven; for he maketh his which seeth in secret, himself sun to rise on the evil and on shall reward thee openly. the good, and sendeth rain on 5 And when thou prayest, the just and on the unjust thou shalt not be as the hypo

46 Forif ve love them which crites are; for they love to love you, what reward have pray standing in the synaye? do not even the publicans w gogues, and in the corners of the same ?

the streets, that they may be 47 And if ye salute your seen of men. Verily I say unto brethren only, what do ye you, They have their reward. more than others? do not even6 But thou, when thou praythe publicans so ?

est, enter into thy closet; and, 48 Be ye, therefore, perfect, when thou hast shut thy door, even as your Father which is pray to thy Father which is in in heaven is perfect.

secret; and thy Father, which

seeth in secret, shall reward CHAP, VI. thee openly.

. 1 Of alms, 5 prayer, 14 forgive

But when ye pray, use not ness. 19 Our treasure. 24

vain repetitions, as the heaGod and mammon.

then do; for they think that

they shalt be heard for their TAKE heed that ye do not much speaking. your alms a before men, to be 8 Be not ye, therefore, like seen of them; otherwise ye unto them; for your Father have no reward of your Father knoweth what things ye have which is in heaven.

need of before ye ask him. 2 Therefore, when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a

6 Hypocrites, deceitful persons, trumpet before thee, as the pretending to be very pious and de

• Yout, while destitute of holiness. w Publicans, Roman tax-gatherers, Our Saviour probably meant the who were noted for their oppression Scribes and Pharisees. See the Introand injustice.

duction for their character.

o Tbeir reward; the applause of a Alms, your religious duties. men, but the displeasure of God.

Of prayer.

Chap. vi. Avoid worldly care. 9 After this manner, there. 18 That thou appear not fore pray ye; Our Father unto men to fast, but unto thy which art in heaven; Hallow. Father which is in secret; and ed be thy name.d

thy Father, which seeth in se10 Thy kingdom come. e cret, shall reward thee openly. Thy will be done in earth, as 19 I Lay not up for yourit is in heaven.

selves treasures upon earth, 11. Give us this day our where moth and rust doth cordaily bread,

rupt, and where thieves break -12 And forgive us our debts, through and steal : as we forgive our debtors. 20 But lay up for yourselves

13 And lead us not into treasures in heaven, where temptation ;g but deliver us neither moth nor rust doth from evil; For thine is the corrupt, and where thieves do kingdom, and the power, and not break through nor steal. the glory, for ever. Amen. 21 For where your treasure

14 For if ye forgive men is, there will your heart be also. their trespasses, your heavenly 22 ( The light of the body Father will also forgive you : is the eye; if, therefore thine

15 But if ye forgive not eye be single,i thy whole body men their trespasses, neither shall be full of light. will your Father forgive your 23 But if thine eye be evil,j trespasses.

thy whole body shall be full of 16 [ Moreover, when ye darkness. If, therefore, the fast, be not, as the hypocrites, light that is in thee be darkof a sad countenance ; for they ness, how great is that darkdisfigure their faces, that they ness! may appear unto men to fast.' 24 No man can serve two Verily I say unto you, They masters; for either he will have their reward.

hate the one, and love the oth17 But thou, when thou er; or else he will hold to the fastest, anoint thine head, and one, and despise the other. Ye wash thy face ;h

cannot serve God and mamd Hallowed be thy name ; let the mon.k name of God be every where feared 25 Therefore I say unto and praised.

you, Take no thought for your e T by kingdom come ; may the Gos- life, what ye shall eat, or what pel be received & obeyed by all men.

ye shall drink; nor yet for f Forgive us our debts, &c. Forgive y us our sins, as we forgive those, who

who your body, what ye shall put on,

y do us wrong.

Is not the life more than meat, & Lead us not into temptation. Aban- and the body than raiment ? don or leave us not to temptation. i If thine eye be sound or clear.

b Anoint thine bead, &c. Appear in i ff thine ene be disordered or dim. thy ordinary dress, and with a cheer & Mammon, earthly treasures. ful couptenance,

Of worldly care. S. Matthew. Judge not rashly.

26 Behold the fowls of the the morrow shall take thought air; for they sow not, neither for the things of itself. Sutfido they reap, nor gather into cient unto the day is the evil barns; yet your heavenly Fa- thereof.o ther feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

CHAP. VII. 27 Which of you, by taking 1 Christ, ending his sermon on thoughtgl can add one cubit the mount, reproveth rash anto his stature ?. .,

judgment, 6, forbiddeth to 28 And why take ye thought cast holy things to dogs, y for raiment ? Consider the exhorteth to prayer, 13 to lilies of the field, how they enter in at the strait gate, grow; they toil not, neither 15 to beware of false prodo they spin ;

phets, 21 and not to be hear- 29 And yet I say unto you, ers only, but doers of the That even Solomon, in all his word. . glory, was not arrayed like JUDGE not, that ye be not one of these.

judged. 30 Wherefore, if God so 2 For with what judgment clothe the grass of the field, ye judge, ye shall be judged ; which to-lay is and to-inorrow and with what measure ye is cast into the oven, shall he mete, a it shall be ineasured to not much more clothe you, O you again. ve of little faith? i

3 And why beholdest thou 31 Therefore take no the moteb that is in thy brothought, saying, What shall ther's eye, but considerest not we eat? or, What shall we the beamc that is in thine own drink! or, Wherewithal shall - eve? we be clothed ?

4 Or how wilt thou say to - 32 (For after all these things thy brother, Let me pull out do the Gentilesm seek ;) for the mote out of thine eye; and, your heavenly Father knoweth behold, a beam is in thine own ihat ye have need of all these eye ? things.

33 But seek ve first the o Is the evil thereof, are its own kingdom of God, and his right- cares and troubles. eousness; and all these things a Mete. Measure or give. shall be added unto you.

6 Mote, a grain or particle of dust, 34 Take, therefore, no a small object. thoughtn for the morrow; for c Beam, a thorn or considerable 1 By taking thought, who by anxious

object. The design of the 3, 4, and thought,can prolong his life an hour?

5th verses is, to show, that we should m Gentiles. All nations except the

correct our own faults, before we reJews

prove and censure others for their * Take no thought, be not anxious.

infirmities.

Ask and receive. . Chap. vii. Of false prophets.

5 Thou hypocrite, first cast and many there be which go out the beam out of thine own in thereat: eye; and then shalt thou see 14 Because strait is the clearly to cast out the mote gate, and narrow is the way, out of thy brother's eye. which leadeth unto life, and

6. Give not that which is few there be that find it. holy unto the dogs,d neither 15 | Beware of false procast ye your pearls before phets, e which come to you in swine, lest they trample them sheep's clothing, f but inwardunder their feet, and turn ly they are ravening wolves. again and rend you.

16 Ye shall know them by y Ask, and it shall be their fruits. Do men gather given you; seek, and ye shall grapes of thorns, or figs of find; knock, and it shall be thistles ? opened unto you:

17 Even so every good tree *8 For every one that asketh, bringeth forth good fruit; but receiveth; and he that seek- a corrupt tree bringeth forth eth, findeth; and to him that evil fruit, knocketh, it shall be opened. 18 A good tree cannot bring

9 Or what man is there of forth evil fruit; neither can a you, whom, if his son ask bread, corrupt tree bring forth good will he give him a stone ? fruit."

10 Or if he ask a fish, will 19 Every tree that bringeth he give bim a serpent ? not forth good fruit is hewn

11 If ye, then, being evil, down, and cast into the fire. know how to give good gifts 2 0 Wherefore by their fruits unto your children, how much ye shall know them. more shall your Father which 21 | Not every one that is in heaven give good things saith unto me, Lord, g Lord, to them that ask him ? . shall enter into the kingdom of

12 Therefore all things heaven;h but he that doeth whatsoever ye would that men the will of my Father which is should do to you, do ye even in heaven. so to them; for this is the law 22 Many will say to me in and the prophets.

e False propbets, false teachers ; 13 | Enter ye in at the

pretenders to divine commission.

pretenders to divine strait gate; for wide is the of Sheep's clothing, a hypocritical gate, and broad is the way, appearance of humility. that leadeth to destruction, g Not every one, &c. that calls

himself a Christian shall be admitted Give not, &c. Perform not your to the joys of heaven ; but he only, pious and religious duties before pro- who yields a sincere and cheerful fane persons, lest they deride you, obedience to the will of God. and make sport of religion to its inju. b Here kingdom of beaven signifies

the enjoyment of God in another life.

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