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Behold, I come as a thief : blessed Rom. xii. 5. 9, 10. I Cor. xii. 13. is he that watcheth, and keepeth his 25. 27. Mal. ii. 10. 1 Cor. x. 17. garments, lest he walk naked, and Owe no man any thing : but to they see his shame.-Rev. xvi. 15. love one another ; for he that loveth

another hath fulfilled the law, &c. It CHAP. XV.

is briefly comprehended in this sayTHE DUTY OF BELIEVERS, BRETHRÊN ing, namely, Thou shalt love thy

IN THE LORD, EACH TO OTHER, Ag neighbour as thyself. Love worketh
SUCH, AND AS STANDING IN THAT no ill to his neighbour.-Rom. xiii.

Gal. v. 13,

14. Proy. xviii. 24. Mal. ii. 10.

Love editieth. -1 Cor. viii. 1.

Though I speak with the tongues Sect. 1. To love one another: the kinds of men or angels, &c. have the gift of of it.

prophecy, &c. have all faith, &c. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as Bestow all my goods to feed the thyself: I am the Lord.-Levit. xix. 18. poor; and though I give my body to

My goodness extendeth not unto be burned, and have not charity, it thee; but to the saints who are in profiteth me nothing : charity suffer-, the earth, and to the excellent, in eth long, &c. charity never faileth, whom is all my delight.-Ps. xvi. 2,3. &c.—1 Cor. xiii. 148. 13.

I am a companion of all them that Follow after charity.-1 Cor. xiv. 1. fear thee, &e.-Ps. cxix. 63.

Let all your things be done with Love covereth all sins.-Prov. x. charity.-1 Cor. xvi. 14. 12. 1 Pet. 4. 8.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, Better is a dinner of herbs where &c. for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. love is, than a stalled ox and hatred Gal. ii. 28. therewith.-Prov. xv. 17.

By love serve one another : for all Open rebuke is better than secret the law is fulfilled in one word, even love.Prov. xxvii. 5.

in this ; Thou shalt love thy neighLove is as strong as death, &c. bour as thyself, &c. but the fruit of many waters cannot quench love.- the Spirit is love, &c.--Gal. v. 13, Cant. viii. 6, 7.

14. 22. Thou shalt love, &c. and thy neigh- With long-suffering, forbearing one bour as thyself: on these two com- another in love.-Eph. iv. 2. mandments hang all the law and the Walk in love, as Christ also hath prophets.--Matt. xxii. 39, 40. loved us, &c.-Eph. v. 2.

The love of many shall wax cold.-- I pray that your love may abound Matt. xxiv. 12.

yet more and more in knowledge, &c. A new commandment I give unto -Phil. i. 9.


love one another; as I Having the same love, &c. Look have loved you, that ye also love one not every man on his own things, another : by this shall all men know but every man also on the things of that ye are my disciples, if ye have others.-Phil. ii. 2—4. 1 Cor. viii. 1. love one to another.-John xiii. 34, 35. Gal. v. 13.

This is my commandment, That ye We give thanks, &c. since we love one another, as. I have loved heard, &c. of the love which ye

have you.John xv. 12, 13. 17.

to all the saints.-Col.i.3,4. Eph.i. 15. We being many are one body in That their hearts might be comChrist, and every one members one forted, being knit together in love. of another, &c. Let love be without Col. ii. 2. dissimulation, &c. Be kindly affec- Above all these things, put on tioned one to another, with brotherly charity, which is the bond of perfectlove (or in the love of the brethren), ness. -Col. ii. 14.

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The Lord make you to increase to brotherly kindness, charity.-2 Pet. and abound in love one towards i. 7. another.—1 Thess. iii. 12.:

He that saith he is in the light, and As touching brotherly love, ye hateth his brother, is in darkness need not that I write unto you: for even until now : he that loveth his ye yourselves are taught of God to brother, abideth in the light.- 1 John love one another, &c. but we beseech ii. 9-11.


increase more and more. Is not of God, neither he that - Thess. iv. 9, 10.

loveth not his brother: for this is We are bound to thank God, &c. the message that ye heard from the because that your faith groweth ex- beginning, That we should love one ceedingly, and the charity of every another, &c. We know that we have one of you all towards each other passed from death unto life, because aboundeth.—2 Thess. i. 3.

we love the brethren, &c. We ought Now the end of the commandinent to lay down our lives for the brethren: is charity out of a pure heart.-- let us not love in word, neither in 1 Tim. i. 5.

tongue, but in deed and in truth. Follow after, &c. love.-1 Tim. vi. This is his commandment, That we il. 2 Tim. ii. 22.

should, &c. love one another.-1 John. I thank my God, &c. hearing of iii. 10, 11. 14. 16. 18, 19. 23. thy love, &c. toward all saints.- Let us love one another; for love Phil. 4, 5.

is of God, and every one that loveth, God is not unrighteous to forget is born of God, and knoweth God. your work, and labour of love, which He that loveth not, knoweth not ye have shewed towards his name, in God, for God is love, &c. If God so that ye have ministered to the saints, loved us, we ought also to love one and do minister.-Heb. vi. 10. another, &c. If any man say he

Let brotherly love continue. - loveth God, and hateth his brother, Heb. xiii. 1.

he is a liar, &c. This commandment If ye fulfil the royal law, according we have from him, That he who loveth to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy God, love his brother also.--1 John iv. neighbour as thyself, ye do well. -- 7,8. 11. 20, 21. 2 John 5. Levit. James ij. 8. Gal. v. 13-15. xix. 17, 18.

If ye have bitter envying and I have somewhat against thee, that strife in

your hearts, glory not, &c. thou hast left thy first love.-Rev. ii. 4. This wisdom descendeth not from above, &c.-James iii. 14-16. 1 Pet. Secr. 11. We should sympathise with ii. l.

each other in Pity and Compassion; Seeing ye have purified your souls

help and comfort one another, and in obeying the truth through the

bear one another's Burdens. Spirit unto unfeigned love of the The children of Israel, when they had brethren ; see that ye love one ano- in battle cut off the Benjamites (bether with a pure heart fervently.- moaned them), they lift up their 1 Pet. i. 22.

voices and wept sore ; and said, O Love the brotherhood.--1 Pet. Lord God of Israel, why is this ii. 17.

come to pass in Israel, that there Finally, &c. love as brethren (or should be to day one tribe lacking in loving to brethren).—1 Pet. iii. 8. Israel ? &c. and it repented them for

And above all things, have fervent Benjamin their brother; and they charity among yourselves ; for charity said, There is one tribe cut off from shall cover a multitude of sins.- Israel this day; how shall we do for 1 Pet. iv. 8.

wives for them ? &c. - Judges xxi. Add, &c. brotherly kindness, and 1-3. 6, 7, 12-16.

visited me;

With the merciful thou wilt shew into one body, &c. that the members thyself merciful.—2 Sam. xxii. 26. should have the same care one for Ps. xviii. 25. Prov. xi. 17.

another : and whether one member Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, suffer, all the members suffer with it: &c. Shew mercy and compassion or one member be honoured, all the every man to his brother, and oppress members rejoice with it. Now are not the widow.-Zech. vii. 9, 10. ye the body of Christ, and members

Blessed are the merciful: for they in particular.—1 Cor. xii. 13. 18. shall obtain mercy.—Matt. v. 7. 25—27. Rom. xii. 5.

Come ye blessed, &c. I was an Charity, &c. seeketh not her own. hungered, and ye gave me meat; I -1 Cor. xiii. 4, 5. was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I Blessed be God, the Father of merwas a stranger, and ye took me in; cies, and the God of all comfort, who naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, comforteth us, &c. that we may be and ye

I was in prison, able to comfort them which are in any and ye came unto me, &c. Verily I trouble, by the comfort wherewith say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have we ourselves are comforted of God.done it unto one of the least of these 2 Cor. i. 3, 4. my brethren, ye have done it unto Who is weak, and I am not weak ? me.—Matt. xxy. 34–40.

who is offended, and I burn not? Whosoever shall give you a cup of 2 Cor. xi. 29. cold water, &c. because ye belong to Bear ye one another's burdens, and Christ, &c. he shall not lose his re- so fulfil the law of Christ.-Gal. vi. 2. ward.-Mark ix. 41.

We are members one of another, In the parable of the man who fell &c. Be ye kind one to another, tenamong the thieves: one looked upon der-hearted.—Eph. iv. 25. 32. the wounded man, and another did Put on therefore (as the elect of so: but a certain Samaritan saw him, God, holy and beloved) bowels of had compassion on him, bound up his mercies, kindness, &c.—Col. iii. 12. wounds, &c. He that shewed mercy Remembering without ceasing, &c. was his neighbour. Go and do thou your labour of love.—1 Thess. i 3. likewise.—Luke x. 30—37

Comfort the feebleminded, supI have prayed for thee, that thy port the weak.--1 Thess. v. 14, faith fail not; and when thou art iv. 18. converted, strengthen thy brethren. If she have washed the saints' feet, Luke xxii. 32.

if she have relieved the afflicted, &c. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, - 1 Tim. v. 10. and weep with them that weep. Be Ye endured a great fight of afllicof the same mind one toward' ano- tions, &c. by reproaches and afflicther.-Rom. xii. 15, 16.

tions, and partly whilst ye became We then that are strong, ought to companions of them that were so bear the infirmities of the weak, and used : for ye had compassion of me not to please ourselves. Let every in my bonds.—Heb. x. 32–34. one of us please his neighbour for his Be not forgetful to entertaın strangood to edification.—Rom. xv. 1, 2. gers, for thereby some have enter1 Cor. viii. 1.

tained angels unawares. Remember To the weak, became I as weak, them that are in bonds, as bound with that I might gain the weak, &c.— them; and them which suffer adI Cor. ix. 22.

versity, as being yourselves also in Let no man seek his own, but every the body.—Heb. xiii. 2, 3. man another's wealth;&c. As I please Pure religion, &c. is this, to visit all men.—1 Cor. x. 24.33. Phil. ii. 4. the fatherless and widows in their

By one Spirit.we are all baptized aflliction.- James i, 27. .

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The Lord is very pitiful, and of Salute every saint in Christ Jesus, , tender merey.- James v. 11. &c. all the saints salute you.—Phil.

Be ye all of one mind, having com- iv. 21, 22. passion one of another, &c. Be piti- Have not the faith of our Lord Jeful, &c.—1 Pet. iii. 8.

sus, &c. with respect to persons : We ought to lay down our lives for for, &c.—James ii. 1. the brethren. Whoso hath this world's Use hospitality one to another, goods, and seeth his brother have without grudging.1 Pet. iv. 9. need, and shutteth up his bowels of We ought to lay down our lives for compassion from him, how dwelleth the brethren.- 1 John ii. 16. the love of God in him?-1 John iii. 16, 17.

And not rashly and unadHe shall have judgment without

visedly take up a prejudice against mercy, that hath shewed no mercy ;

any: in believing reports, or taking and mercy rejoiceth against judg

offence; but tenderly forgive, cover ment.-James ii. 13.

their faults, and restore such as

have offended, in Meekness, Love, Sect. III.

We should honour and and Privacy esteem each other, and be kind and

Noah was uncovered : Ham saw his affectionate.

father's nakedness, and told his two Lord, who shall abide in thy taber- brethren without; and Shem and nacle ? &c. He in whose eyes a vile Japhet took a garment and laid it person is contemned. But he honour- upon both their shoulders, and went eth them that fear the Lord.-Ps. backward, and covered the nakedness xv. 1.4.

of their father, and they saw not their My goodness extendeth not to thee, father's nakedness, &c.--Gen. ix. but to the saints that are in the earth, 21-25. and to the excellent, in whom is all When Joseph had told his dream, my delight.-Ps. xvi. 2, 3.

his brethren envied him : but his Ye are all brethren, &c. he that is father observed the saying.-Gen. greatest among you shall be your ser- xxxvii. 8–11. vant.--Matt. xxiii. 8. 11.

Thou shalt not raise (or receive) a When Christ had washed his disci- false report.—Exod. xxiii. 1. ples' feet, he said, If I then, your Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear Lord and Master, have washed your any grudge against the children of feet, ye also ought to wash one ano- thy people.—Levit. xix. 18. ther's feet.-John xiii. 12-15.

If thou shalt hear say, &c. then Be kindly affectionate one to ano- shalt thou inquire, and make search, ther, with brotherly love: in honour and ask diligently; and behold if it

referring one another.-Rom. xii. 10. be truth, and the thing certain, that Eph. iv. 32. 2 Pet. i. 7.

such abomination is wrought among Charity suffereth long, and is kind. you, then thou shalt surely smite, &c. -1 Cor. xiii. 4.

-Deut. xiii. 12-14. As we have opportunity, let us do When the children of Reuben, the good unto all men : especially unto children of Gad, and the half tribe of them who are of the household of Manasseh had built an altar to a good faith.-Gal. vi. 10.

end ; the rest of their brethren heard Submitting yourselves one to ano- of it, and presently conclude it to be ther in the fear of God.--Eph. v. 21. a turning away from the Lord : and

Let nothing be done through strife they resolve rashly to go to war or vain glory; but in lowliness of against them. — Josh. xxii. 10-12. mind, let each esteem other better 16, &c. than themselves. Phil. ii. 3.

Eli thought Hannah was drunk,


when indeed she was praying - give you : but if ye forgive not men I Sam. i. 12, &c.

their trespasses, &c. Matt. vi. Saul too rashly resolved Jonathan 14, 15. his son should die, ere he heard the Judge not, that ye be not judged, cause why he had tasted honey, con- &c. Why beholdest thou the mote trary to his father's charge to Israel. that is in thy brother's eye, but con-1 Sam. xiv.

siderest not the beam that is in thine When Absalom designed his rebel- own eye? or how wilt thou say to lion, there went two hundred men thy brother, Let me pull out ? &c. out of Jerusalem with him, and they Matt. vii. 1.3,4. Gen. xxxviii. 23,&c. went in their simplicity, and they If thy brother shall trespass against knew not any thing.-2 Sam.xv. 10,11. thee, go and tell him his fault be

David conceived evil of Mephibo- tween thee and him alone : if he shall sheth without cause, through Ziba's hear thee, thou hast gained thy brolie.—2 Sam. xvi. 3, 4. xix. 24, &c. ther, &c. Peter said, Lord, how oft

Elijah judged ill of all Israel ; that shall my brother sin against me, and none were left free from idolatry but I forgive him? till seven times ? Jehimself, though there were sus saith unto him, I say not unto thousand (as God told him) which had thee, until seven times, but until not bowed to Baal.- -1 Kings xix. seventy times seven, &c. I forgave 10. 18.

thee all that debt, &c. Shouldest not · Lord, who shall abide in thy taber- thou also have had compassion on thy nacle ? &c. he that backbiteth not, fellow servant, even as I had pity on &c. nor taketh up (or receiveth, or thee? and his Lord was wrath, &c. endureth) a reproach against his So likewise shall my heavenly Father neighbour.-Ps. xv. 1.3.

do also unto you, if ye from your The Lord is merciful and gracious, hearts forgive not every one his broslow to anger.-Ps. ciii. 8.

ther their trespasses.—Matt. xviii. Hatred stirreth up strifes : but 15. 21, 22.32—35. love covereth all sins, &c. He that The disciples blamed the woman as uttereth a slander is a fool.-Prov. wasting the ointment, but Christ jusx. 12. 18.

tified her.-Matt. xxvi. 7, &c. The simple believeth every word, If thy brother trespass against thee, but the prudent man looketh well to rebuke him; and if he repent, forhis going, &c. He that is soon angry give him : if he trespass against thee dealeth foolishly.--Prov. xiv. 15. 17. seven times in a day, &c. thou shalt

A wicked doer giveth heed to false forgive him.-Luke xvii. 3, 4. lips (a liar giveth ear to a naughty Judge not according to the appeartongue), &c. He that covereth a trans- ance, but judge righteous judgment. gression, seeketh love (or procureth-John vii. 24. love).-Prov. xvii. 4. 9.

Joseph of Arimathea was a disciThe discretion of a man deferreth ple, yet confessed not Christ openly, his anger : and it is his glory to pass for fear.—John xix. 38, 39. over a transgression.-Prov. xix. 11. The believers of the circumcision

All that watch for iniquity are cut rashly judged of Peter, and contended off: that make a man an offender for with him for eating with the Gentiles : a word.—Isa. xxix. 20, 21.

but when Peter gave them an account Whosoever is angry with his bro- of the cause, they held their peace, ther without a cause, shall be in &c.-Acts xi. 1-4. 18. danger of the judgment.—Matt. v. Love worketh no ill to his neigh22—24.

bour.-Rom. xiii. 10. If ye forgive men their trespasses, But with me it is a very small your heavenly Father will also for- thing that I should be judged of you,

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