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and blesed be thy Almighty Goodness,tbat after a short affli&tion, will raise again to everlasting felicity. * Sorrono may endure for a night, but joy shall return ith the morning. Let us not lose our hope through Sadness, nor give over oar prayers through fear; but carefully lay up the words of our Lord in our hearts, as a faithful cordial to comfort and relieve us.
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Lesson 138. And, when they were come to Capernanm, they that receiv'd Tribute-money came to Peter, and said, Does not your Master pay Tribute ? He says, Yes. And when he was come into the house, JESus prevented him, saying, What think'st thou, Simon? of whom do the Kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own Children, or of Strangers ? Peter said, Of Strangers. JESUS said to Him, Then are the Children free. But, that we may not scandalize them, go thou to the Sea, and cast a hook, and take that fith which first comes up, and, when thou haft opened
mouth, thou shalt find a piece of Mo. ney: take that and give them for Me and
Refp. O Glorius Master of Peace aud Chaerity!' whr, though indeed tbe King of Kings and Lord of Lords, yet wert pleasod to decline the claim of thy priviledge; and rather do & Miracle, than not prevext a Scandal. * Be thou the King of our Souls, and
ali hide and are p:ay tribute to thy Majesty. Make us, 0 Lörd, not only for fear but conscience, perform our duty to tbe publick Magijtrate; and learn to wave ev'n our own Richt, for love of peace, and good Exomple:9 cthors. * Be thou them
Lelu 139. Titen there enter'd into them a conceit, which of them should be greatest: And JESUS, perceiving the thoughts of their h-art, askt them, when they were in the hoafe, whit was it you treated of by the way. But, they held their peace: for, by the way, they had dispured among themselves, who should be the greatest. And fiting down, Hecalled the Twelve, and said to them, If any clefire to be first; he shall be last and sérvant of all. And JESUS calling a Jutle child, took himn and ret him by Him in the midit of them: and, when He had
cmbrac'd him, He said to them, Verily I say to you , Except you be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, Whoever, therefore, shall humble him self as this little child, he is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And whocver shall receive one of such children, in My name, receives Me; and whoever Thall reccive Me, receives not Me but him that sont Me; for, he that is leaft among you all, he is the greatest. Resp. 1Vhy bould we thus an:bitiously pre
fir (14r Jelzes and undervalise Others? since, Surely, we may find niore folies in sur own hearts, which we know, then in Theirs, where we can cut guess. *O Holy JESU! 1:145 take thy blet Example, and let it by us, and learn of Iber, fis Tbou art nieek and humble. Make uis as 'ittle children, steem the life if innocence, and converse in the world with anlain and candid simplicity; reither affelling the company of Great Ones, nor admiring the projecis of the Crafty'.
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Lesson 140 And John, answering, said, Mafter we law one casting out Devils in thy Name ; and we forbad him, because he follows not with us. And JESUS said to him, Forbid him not ; for none that does a miracle in Hly name can lightly speak evil of Me. He that is not against you is for you. And, whoever shall give you a cup of water to drink, in bly Name, because you belong to Christ; Verily I say to you, he shall not lose his reward. And whoever shall scandalize one of these little ones, who believe in Me ; 'tis better for him that a Milftone were hang'd about his neck, and he drown'd in the depth of the Sea. And He faid to his Disciples, wo to the world because of scandals : for it, must needs be that scandals come; but, Wo to that man by whom they come. If thy hand offend thee, cut it off and cast it from thee; 'tis better for thee to enter into life maimed, then having two hands go into hell, into unquenchable fire; where their worm dies not, and the the fire is not quenched. And, if thy foot offend thee, cut it off and cast it from thee; 'tis bet.
ter for thee to enter lame into life eternal, then having two feet to be caft into hell'; where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. And, if thy eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee ; 'tis better for thee to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye, then having two eyes to be caft into hell fire; where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. For; every one shall be falted with fire, and every Sacrifice t'hall be falted with Salt. Salt is good, but if the Salt have lost its saltness, with what will you season it ? Have Salt in your selves, and have peace one with another. Rcsp: Lord, make our zeal discreet and
niild, neither apt to censure , no inclin'd to faction: least we scandalize others, and plunge our Jelves in eternal ruine : *Where the worm dies not and the fire (hall never be quenched. O dangerous world! home sweet soever thy pleafures seem, hem gainful soever the rourses thon proposest; yet let us resolutely cut them off and cast them from us, left they bring us in the end to that place of torments.
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