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Of prayer.

Chap. vi.

9 After this manner, therefore pray ye; Our Father which art in heaven; Hallowed be thy name.d

10 Thy kingdom come. e Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread,

12 And forgive us our debts,f as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation;g but deliver us from evil; For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

16 Moreover, when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance; for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face ;h

d Hallowed be thy name; let the name of God be every where feared and praised.

Thy kingdom come; may the Gospel be received & obeyed by all men. f Forgive us our debts, &c. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those, who

do us wrong.

g Lead us not into temptation. Abandon or leave us not to temptation. b Anoint thine bead, &c. Appear in thy ordinary dress, and with a cheerful countenance,

Avoid worldly care.

18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

22 The light of the body is the eye; if, therefore thine eye be single,i thy whole body shall be full of light.

23 But if thine eye be evil,j thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If, therefore, the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 ¶ No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.k

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment ? i If thine eye be sound or clear. j If thine eye be disordered or dim k Mammon, earthly treasures.

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26 Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you, by taking thought, can add one cubit unto his stature ?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment Consider the lilies of the field, how they' grow; they toil not, neither do they spin;

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed ?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles m seek ;) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33/ But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you./


34 Take, therefore, no thought n for the morrow; 1 By taking thought, who by anxious thought, can prolong his life an hour? m Gentiles. All nations except the Jews.

n Take no thought, be not anxious.

Judge not rashly.

the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.o


1 Christ, ending his sermon on the mount, reproveth rash judgment, 6, forbiddeth to cast holy things to dogs, 7 exhorteth to prayer, 13 to enter in at the strait gate, 15 to beware of false prophets, 21 and not to be hearers only, but doers of the word.

JUDGE not, that ye be not judged.

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, a it shall be measured to you again.

3 And why beholdest thou the moteb that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beame that is in thine own eye?

4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

o Is the evil thereof, are its own cares and troubles.

a Mete. Measure or give.

b Mote, a grain or particle of dust, a small object.

c Beam, a thorn or considerable object. The design of the 3, 4, and 5th verses is, to show, that we should correct our own faults, before we reprove and censure others for their infirmities.

Ask and receive.

Chap. vii.

5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's


6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs,d neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

8 For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.

9 Or what man is there of you, whom, if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If ye, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. 13. Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction,

d Give not, &c. Perform not your pious and religious duties before profane persons, lest they deride you, and make sport of religion to its inju


Of false prophets.

and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, e which come to you in sheep's clothing, ƒ but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord,g Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;h but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in e False prophets, false teachers; pretenders to divine commission. f Sheep's clothing, a hypocritical appearance of humility,


g Not every one, &c. that calls himself a Christian shall be admitted to the joys of heaven; but he only, who yields a sincere and cheerful obedience to the will of God.

b Here kingdom of heaven signifies the enjoyment of God in another life.

Of hearing the word. S. Matthew. that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; i depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not; for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell; and great was the fall of it.

28 ¶ And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine;

29 For he taught them as one having authority,j and not as the scribes.k


The leper cleansed.

healeth the centurion's servant, 14 Peter's mother-inlaw, 16 and many other diseased; 18 sheweth how he is to be followed; 23 stilleth the tempest on the sea; 28 driveth the devils out of the two men possessed, 31 and suffereth them to go into the swine.

WHEN he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

2 And, behold, there came a leper, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. a

5¶ And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, b beseeching him,

6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

8 The centurion answered,

2 Christ cleanseth the leper, 5 and said, Lord, I am not wor

i Never knew you, never acknowledged and approved as mine such negligent and slothful servants. j Having authority from God.

Not as the scribes, who taught them only the traditions of men.

thy that thou shouldest come under my roof; but speak the

a For a testimony unto them, that the cure is really performed..

b Centurion, a Roman officer, who commanded a hundred men.

Christ healeth many.

Chap. viii.

word only, and my servant shall be healed.

9 For I am a man under au

thority, having soldiers under me; and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

10 When Jesus heard it he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven:

12 But the children of the kingdom c shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it 'done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

14 ¶ And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.

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To follow Christ.

16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils; and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick;

17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

18 Now, when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.e

19 And a certain scribe f came, and said unto him, Mas ter, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me ; and let the dead bury their dead.g

23 And when he was entered into a ship his disciples followed him.

24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, in

• The other side of the lake.
f Scribe. See Matt. ii. 4. g

g Let the dead, &c. Let those who are dead in trespasses and sins, and are insensible to the concerns of the soul and eternity, employ themselves in burying those, who are really and literally dead.

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