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SECTION XIV.
ALMS, PRAYER, AND FASTING.

Matt. vi. 1-34. 1 Take heed that

ye

do not Father which seeth in secret your alms before men, to be shall reward thee openly. seen of them: otherwise ye 7 But when ye pray, use not have no reward of your Fa- vain repetitions, as the heather which is in heaven. then do: for they think that * Therefore when thou doest they shall be heard for their thine alms, do not sound a much speaking. 8 Be not ye trumpet before thee, as the therefore like unto them: for hypocrites do in the syna- your Father knoweth what gogues and in the streets, that things ye have need of, bethey may have glory of men. fore ye ask him. After this Verily I say unto you, They manner therefore pray ye: have their reward. 3 But when Our Father which art in heathou doest alms, let not thy ven, Hallowed be thy name. left hand know what thy right 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy hand doeth : 4 that thine alms will be done in earth, as it is may be in secret : and thy Fa- in heaven. 11 Give us this day ther which seeth in secret him

our daily bread.

12 And forself shall reward thee openly. give us our debts, as

5 And when thou prayestforgive our debtors. 13 And thou shalt not be as the lead us not into temptation, hypocrites are: for they love but deliver us from evil: For to pray standing in the

syna- thine is the kingdom, and the gogues and in the corners

power, and the glory, for of the streets, that they may

Amen. be seen of men. Verily I say forgive men their trespasses, unto you, They have their re- your heavenly Father will also ward. 6 But thou, when thou forgive you : 15 But if ye forprayest, enter into thy closet, give not men their trespasses, and when thou hast shut neither will your Father forgive thy door, pray to thy Father your trespasses. which is in secret; and thy 16 Moreover when ye fast, be

we

ever.

14 For if ye 18 That

26 Be

Matt. vi. 1–34. not, as the hypocrites, of a sad masters : for either he will countenance: for they disfigure hate the one, and love the their faces, that they may ap- other; or else he will hold pear unto men to fast. Verily I to the one, and despise the say unto you, They have their other. Ye cannot serve God reward. 17 But thou, when and mammon.

25 Therefore I thou fastest, anoint thine head, say unto you, Take no thought and wash thy face;

for your life, what ye shall thou appear not unto men to eat, or what ye shall drink; fast, but unto thy Father nor yet for your body, what which is in secret: and thy ye shall put on. Is not the Father, which seeth in secret, life more than meat, and the shall reward thee openly. body than raiment?

19 Lay not up for yourselves hold the fowls of the air: treasures upon earth, where for they sow not, neither do moth and rust doth corrupt, they reap, nor gather into and where thieves break barns; yet your heavenly through and steal: 20 but lay Father feedeth them. Are up for yourselves treasures in ye not much better than they? heaven, where neither moth 27 Which of you by taking nor rust doth corrupt, and thought can add one cubit where thieves do not break unto his stature?

25 And why through nor steal :

take ye thought for raiment? where your treasure is, there Consider the lilies of the field, will your heart be also. 22 The how they grow; they toil not, light of the body is the eye: neither do they spin : 29 and if therefore thine eye be single, yet I say unto you, That even thy whole body shall be full Solomon in all his glory was of light. 23 But if thine eye not arrayed like one of these. be evil, thy whole body shall 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe be full of darkness. If there- the grass of the field, which fore the light that is in thee to day is, and to morrow is be darkness, how great is that cast into the oven, shall he darkness!

not much more clothe you, serve two O ye of little faith ?

31 There

21 For

24 No man

can

unto you.

Matt. vi. 1–34. fore take no thought, saying, first the kingdom of God, What shall we eat? or, What and his righteousness; and shall we drink? or, Where- all these things shall be added withal shall we be clothed ?

34 Take therefore 32 (for after all these things no thought for the morrow: do the Gentiles seek :) for for the morrow shall take your heavenly Father know

thought for the things of iteth that ye have need of all self. Sufficient unto the day these things. 33 But seek ye is the evil thereof.

SECTION XV.
PROVERBIAL PRECEPTS OF THE GOSPEL.

Matt. vii. 1—29. 1 Judge not, that ye be not under their feet, and turn judged. ? For with what judg- again and rend you. ment ye judge, ye shall be 7 Ask, and it shall be given judged: and with what mea- you; seek, and ye shall find; sure ye mete, it shall be mea- knock, and it shall be opened sured to you again. 3 And

unto you:

8 For every one why beholdest thou the mote that asketh receiveth; and he that is in thy brother's eye, that seeketh findeth; and to but considerest not the beam him that knocketh it shall be that is in thine own eye? 4 Oropened.

9 Or what man is how wilt thou say to thy bro- there of you, whom if his son ther, Let me pull out the mote ask bread, will he give him a out of thine eye; and, behold, stone ? 10 Or if he ask a fish, a beam is in thine own eye? will he give him a serpent? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out 11 If ye then, being evil, know the beam out of thine own eye; how to give good gifts unto and then shalt thou see clearly your children, how much more to cast out the mote out of thy shall your Father which is in

heaven give good things to 6 Give not that which is them that ask him ? holy unto the dogs, neither fore all things whatsoever ye cast ye your pearls before would that men should do to swine, lest they trample them you, do ye even so to them :

brother's eye.

12 ThereMatt. vii. 1-29. for this is the Law and the me in that day, Lord, Lord, Prophets.

have we not prophesied in thy 13 Enter ye in at the strait name? and in thy name have gate: for wide is the gate, and cast out devils ? and in thy broad is the way, that leadeth name done many wonderful to destruction, and many there works? 23 And then will I be which go in thereat: profess unto them, I never 14 because strait is the gate, knew you : depart from me, ye and narrow is the way, which that work iniquity. leadeth unto life, and few there 24 Therefore whosoever hearbe that find it.

eth these sayings of mine, and 15 Beware of false prophets, doeth them, I will liken him which come to you in sheep's unto a wise man, which built clothing, but inwardly they are his house upon a rock : 25 and ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall the rain descended, and the know them by their fruits. floods came, and the winds Do men gather grapes of blew, and beat upon that thorns, or figs of thistles ? house; and it fell not: for it 17 Even so every good tree was founded upon

a rock. bringeth forth good fruit; but 26 And every one that heareth a corrupt tree bringeth forth these sayings of mine, and evil fruit. 18 A good tree can- doeth them not,

shall be not bring forth evil fruit, likened unto a foolish man, neither can

a corrupt tree which built his house upon the bring forth good fruit. 19 Every sand : 27 and the rain detree that bringeth not forth scended, and the floods came, good fruit is hewn down, and and the winds blew, and beat cast into the fire.

20 Where- upon

that house;

and it fell : fore by their fruits ye shall and great was the fall of it. know them.

28 And it came to pass, when 21 Not every one that saith Jesus had ended these sayings, unto me, Lord, Lord, shall the people were astonished at enter into the kingdom of his doctrine: 29 For he taught heaven; but he that doeth the them as one having authority, will of my Father which is in and not as the scribes. heaven. Many will say to

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SECTION XVI.
THE MIRACULOUS DRAUGHT OF FISHES.

Matt. viii. 1.
1 When he was come great

multitudes down from the mountain, him.

followed

Luke v. 1-11. 1 And it came to pass, that, done, they inclosed a great as the people pressed upon

multitude of fishes: and their him to hear the word of God, net brake.

7 And

they he stood by the lake of Gen- beckoned unto their partners, nesaret,

2 and saw two ships which were in the other ship, standing by the lake: but the that they should come and fishermen were gone out of help them. And they came, them, and were washing their and filled both the ships, so nets. 3 And he entered into that they began

to sink. one of the ships, which was 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he Simon's, and prayed him that fell down at Jesus' knees, he would thrust out a little saying, Depart from me; for from the land. And he sat I am a sinful man, O Lord. down, and taught the people 9 For he was astonished, and out of the ship.

all that were with him, at the 4 Now when he had left draught of the fishes which speaking, he said unto Simon, they had taken. Launch out into the deep, was also James, and John, the and let down your nets for sons of Zebedee, which were a draught. 5 And Simon partners with Simon. And answering said unto him, Jesus said unto Simon, Fear Master, we have toiled all not; from henceforth thou the night, and have taken shalt catch men.

11 And when nothing: nevertheless at thy they had brought their ships word I will let down the net. to land, they forsook all, and 6 And when they had this followed him *.

10 And so

* See Vol. Nativity, pp. 485, 486.

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