Page images
PDF
EPUB

ch. 5.

SÉCT. III. it away : it is better for thee to lose one of thy

members, than that thy whole body be cast into 30 hell. And if thy right hand insnare thee, cut it

off, and throw it away : it is better for thee to lose one of thy members, than that thy whole body be

cast into hell. Deut. 24; 1. 31 It hath been said, “ Whosoever would dismiss

“his wife, let him give her a writ of divorce.” ch. 19; 7. 32 But I say unto you, · Whosoever shall dismiss his Lu. 16; 18. wife, except for whoredom, is the occasion of her

becoming an adulteress; and whosoever marrieth 1 Cor. 7; 10.

: "her that is dismissed, committeth adultery.' Es. 2017. 33 Again, ye have heard that it was said to the Lev. 19; 12. ancients, “ Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but Deut. 5; 11. Ja. 5; 12. 34 “ shalt perform thy oaths to the Lord.” But I say

unto you, 'Swear not at all ; neither by heaven,

for it is God's throne, nor by the earth, for it is 35 “his footstool; neither shalt thou swear by Jerusa36 lem, for it is the city of the great king; nor by

“thy head, because thou canst not make one hair 37 white or black.' But let your yes be yes, your

no, no; for whatever exceedeth these, proceedeth

from evil. 044 38 Ye have heard that it was said, “ Eye for eye, Lev. 24; 20. 39 " and tooth for tooth.” But I say unto you, ReDeu. 19; 21. sist not the injurious. But if any one strike thee Lu. 6; 27 1 Cor 6.2 40 on the right cheek, turn to him also the left. Who

ever will sue thee for thy coat, let him have thy

41 mantle likewise. And if a man constrain thee to Deut. 15; 7. 42 go one mile with him, go two. Give to him that

SECT. III.

ch. 6. asketh thee; and him that would borrow from

thee, put not away. 43 Ye have heard that it was said, “ Thou shalt Lev. 19; 18.

“ love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy." 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies; bless them Ro. 12; 20

who curse you ; do good to them who hate you;

and pray for them who arraign and prosecute you; 45 that ye may be children of your Father in heaven,

who maketh his sun arise on bad and good, and 46 sendeth rain on just and unjust. For if ye love

them only who love you, what reward can ye ex47 pect? Do not even the publicans so? And if ye

show courtesy to your friends only, wherein do ye 48 excel? Do not even the pagans as much ? Be ye Eph. 5; 1.

therefore perfect, as your Father who is in heaven
is perfect.

VI. Take heed that ye perform not your religious

duties before men, in order to be observed by
them; otherwise ye will obtain no reward from

your Father who is in heaven.
2 When, therefore, thou givest alms, do not pro-

claim it by sound of trumpet, as the hypocrites do,
in the assemblies and in the streets; that they may

be extolled by men. Verily, I say unto you they 3 have received their reward. But thou, when thou

givest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy 4 right hand doth; that thine alms may be in secret;

and thy Father, to whom nothing is secret, will

himself recompense thee. :5 And when thou prayest, be not like the hypo

CH. 6.

SECT. III. crites, who affect to pray standing in the assemblies, and at the corners of the streets, that men

may observe them. Verily I say unto you, they have 6 received their reward. But thou, when thou

wouldst pray, retire to thy closet; and, having shut the door, pray to thy Father; and thy Father,

to whom, though he is unseen himself, nothing is Eccles. 5 ; 2. 7 secret, will recompense thee. And in prayer, talk Ecclus.7; 14. not at random, as the pagans, who think that us

8 ing many words will procure them acceptance.

· Imitate them not, for your Father knoweth what Lu. 11; 2 9 things ye want, before ye ask him. Thus, there

10 fore, pray ye: 'Our Father, who art in heaven, 11 thy name be hallowed; thy reign come; thy will 12 "be done upon the earth, as it is in heaven; give

us to-day our daily bread ; forgive us our debts 13 as we forgive our debtors; and abandon us not

"to temptation, but preserve us from evil. [For

thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the 28.7.14 glory for ever. Amen. 7' For, if ye forgive

others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will

15 also forgive you : but if ye forgive not others their ch. 18; 35. Mar. 11; 25. trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your Ja. 2; 13.

trespasses. 16 Moreover, when ye fast, look not dismal, as the

hypocrites, who disfigure their faces, that men may

observe that they fast. Verily I say unto you, they 17 have received their reward. But thou, when thou

fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face; that

thy fasting may not appear to men, but to thy 18 Father; and thy Father, to whom, though he is

Eccl

SECT. III.

CH. 6. unseen himself, nothing is secret, will recompense

thee.

19. AMAss not for yourselves treasure upon the Lu. 12; 33.

earth, where moths or rust may consume it, or 1 Tim. 6; 20 thieves breaking in may steal it. But provide for 10, 19.

yourselves treasure in heaven, where are neither .

moths nor rust to consume it, nor thieves to break 21 in and steal it. For where your treasure is, your Lu. 11; 340 22 heart will also be. The lamp of the body is the

eye. If, therefore, thine eye be sound, thy whole 23 body will be enlightened: but if thine eye be,

distempered, thy whole body will be dark. And
if even the light which is in thee be darkness;

how great will the darkness be? 24 A man cannot serve two masters; for either he Lu. 16; 18.

will hate one, and love the other; or at least will

attend one, and neglect the other. Ye cannot serve Ps. 55; 22. 25 God and 12 Mammon. Therefore I charge you ; Lu. 12; 22.

be not anxious about your life, what ye shall eat, 1 Pet. 5; 7, or what ye shall drink; nor about your body, what

ye shall wear. Is not life a greater gift than food; 26 and the body than raiment? Observe the fowls of

heaven. They neither sow nor reap. They have

no storehouse: but your heavenly Father feedeth 27 them. Are not ye much more valuable than they ?

Besides; which of you can by his anxiety prolong
his life one hour ? And why are ye anxious about
raiment? Mark the lilies of the field. How do they

[blocks in formation]

ch. 7.

SECT. III. 29 grow? They toil not : they spin not. Yet I affirm

that even Solomon, in all his glory, was not equal. 30 ly adorned with one of these.' If then God so ar.

ray the herbage which to-day is in the field, and

to-morrow will be cast into the oven ; will he not 31. much more array you, O ye distrustful! There.'

fore say not anxiously, as the heathens do, What shall we eat; or what shall we drink; or where

with shall we be clothed ? For your heavenly Fa33 ther knoweth that ye need all these things. But

seek first the kingdom of God and the righteous.

ness required by him ; and all these things shall 34 be superadded to you. Be not then anxious about

the morrow: the morrow will be anxious about itself. Sufficient for every day is its own trouble.

12.

Lu. 6.37 VII. Judge not, that ye be not judged; for as ye Ro. 2; 1.

judge, ye shall be judged ; and with the measure 14; 4. 3 wherewith ye give, ye shall receive. And why Mar. 4; 24. observest thou the mote in thy brother's eye, but Lú. 6; 41

4 art insensible of the thorn in thine own eye? Or

how darest thou say to thy brother; · Let me take

the mote out of thine eye;' thou who hast a thorn 5 in thine own? Hypocrite, first take the thorn out

of thine own eye; then thou wilt see to take the

mote out of thy brother's eye. 6 Give not things holy to dogs, and cast not your

pearls before swine, lest they trample them under

foot, or turn upon you and tear you. ch. 21; 22. 7 Ask, and ye shall obtain ; seek, and ye shall

find ; knock, and the door shall be opened to you.

« PreviousContinue »