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I say unto you, ?Take no thought for your life, what

ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

24 Consider the ravens : for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them : how much more

. are ye better than the fowls ?13

25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit ?14 26 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 spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory 15 was not arrayed like one of these.

28 If then God so clothe the grass, 6 which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven ;!? how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

29 And seek 18 not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of "doubtful mind. 19

30 For all these things do the nations of the 13 of greater price than they. Rh. 14 the least measure. We. 15 royalty. Co. Ma. Cr. Ud. Bi. Gen. 16 herbage. Pu. 17 furnace. Co. Bi. Cr. 18 ask. Cr. 19 live not in careful suspense. A. V. ii. 5: Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him ? Rev. ii. 9: I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich.)

z See on Mat. vi. 25. a See on Mat, vi. 26.

* Heb. xiii, 5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.


world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added 20 unto you.

32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the 'kingdom.

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• Ps. xxxiv. 10: They that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. Is A. xxxiii. 16: He shall dwell on high : his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks : bread shall be given him ; his waters shall be sure. Rom. viii, 31, 32: What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?' He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things ? See on Mat. vi. 33.

• Is A. xl. 11: He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. Mat. vii. 14: Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, that leadeth unto life; and few there be that find it. John, X. 27, 28: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

e Mat. xi. 25, 26: At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

fMat. xxv. 34 : Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. John, xviii. 36: Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world : if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews : but now is my kingdom not from hence. Rom. vi. 23 : The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Heb. xii. 28: Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. James, ii. 5: Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 2 Pet. i. 11: So an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly, into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour


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33 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 approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

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

35 Let your 'loins be girded about, and your "lights burning;

36 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 unto him immediately.

37 "Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.


and ever.

Jesus Christ. Rev. i. 6: And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. do. xxii. 5: And they shall reign for ever

8 Mat. xix. 21: Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. Acts, ii. 45: And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. do. iv. 34: Neither was there any among them that lacked : for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold.

h See on Mat. vi. 20.

Isa. xi. 5: Righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. Eph. vi. 14: Stand, , therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteousness. 1 Pet. i. 13: Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end.

Mat. xxv. 1, &c: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, &c.

CANT. v. 2: I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me. Rev. iii. 20: Behold, I stand at the door and knock.

m Mat. xxiv. 46: Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

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38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

39 And this know, that if the good man of the house had known what hour the hief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.

40 Be ye therefore ready also for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. 41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?

42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise 'steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?

43 'Blessed is that servant whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

44 'Of a truth I say unto you, That he

See on MAT. xxiv. 43.

P MAT. xxiv. 44: Be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. do. xxv. 13: Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. MARK, xiii. 33: Take ye heed, watch and pray; for ye know not when the time is. LUKE, xxi. 34, 36: Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. 1 THES. V. 6: Let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 2 PET. iii. 12: Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God.

MAT. xxiv. 45: Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? do. xxv. 21: His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things. 1 COR. iv. 2: Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Ver. 37.

'MAT. xxiv. 47: Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

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45 'But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to "beat the men servants and maidens, and to eat, and drink, and to be drunken;

46 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, 21 and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

47 And that "servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with *many stripes.

48 But he that 'knew not, and did commit


21 cut him off. See Mat. xxiv. 51. A. V.

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* MAT. xxiv. 48, &c: But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming, &c.

u Mat. xxii. 6: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

v Ps. xxxvii. 9: For evil-doers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. do. xciv. 23: And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off. MAT. xxiv.51: Shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

w Num. xv. 30: The soul that doeth aught presumptuously, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. John, ix. 41: Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin; but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. do. xv. 22: If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin; but now they have no cloke for their sin.' Acts, xvii. 30: And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent. James, iv. 17: To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

* Deut. xxv. 2: It shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number.

y Lev. v. 17: If a soul sin, and commit any of these things


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