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b No man can serve two masters : Indeed I have sinned against the for either he will hate the one, and LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus love the other; or else he will hold to have I done; When I saw among the the one, and despise the other. Ye spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, cannot serve God and mammon. There- and two hundred shekels of silver, fore I say unto you, Take no thought and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels for your life, what ye shall eat, or weight, then I coveted them, and what ye shall drink ; nor yet for your took them ; and, behold, they are hid body, what ye shall put on. ls not in the earth in the midst of my tent, the life more than meat, and the body and the silver under it, Josh. vii. 20, than raiment? Matt. vi. 24, 25. And, 21. And Jesus looked round about, behold, one came and said unto him, and saith unto his disciples, How Good Master, what good thing shall hardly shall they that have riches I do, that I may have eternal life? enter into the kingdom of God! And And he said unto him, Why callest the disciples were astonished at his thou me good ? there is none good but words. But Jesus answereth again, one, that is God: but if thou wilt and saith unto them, Children, how enter into life, keep the command hard is it for them that trust in riches ments. He saith unto him, Which? to enter into the kingdom of God! It Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, is easier for a camel to go through Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou the eye of a needle, than for a rich shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear man to enter the kingdom of God, false witness, Honour thy father and Mark x. 23—25. And he said unto thy mother : and, Thou shalt love thy them, Take heed, and beware of neighbour as thyself. The young man covetousness : for a man's life consaith unto him, All these things have sisteth not in the abundance of the I kept from my youth up: what lack things which he possesseth, Luke xii. I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou 15. So is he that layeth up treasure wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou for himself, and is not rich towards hast, and give to the poor, and thou God, 21. Aud seek not ye what ye shalt have treasure in heaven: and shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neicome and follow me. But when the ther be ye of doubtful mind. For all young man heard that saying, he went these things do the nations of the away sorrowful : for he had great world seek after: and your Father possessions. Then said Jesus unto knoweth that ye have need of these his disciples, Verily I say unto you, things, 29, 30. And take heed to That a rich man shall hardly enter yourselves, lest at any time your hearts into the kingdom of heaven. And be overcharged with surfeiting, and again I say unto you, It is easier for drunkenness, and the cares of this life, a camel to go through the eye of a and so that day come upon you undeedle, than for a rich man to enter awares, xxi. 3-1.

But a certain man into the kingdom of God, xix. 16-24. namedAnanias,with Sapphira his wife, And Lot lifted up his eyes, and be sold a possession, And kept back part held all the plain of Jordan, that it of the price, his wife also being privy was well watered every where, before to it, and brought a certain part, and the LORD destroyed Sodom and Go- laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter morrah, even as the garden of the said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose and to keep back part of the price of him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot the land ? Whiles it remained, was it journeyed east: and they separated not thine own? and after it was sold, themselves the one from the other. was it not in thine own power? Why Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, hast thou conceived this thing in thine and Lot dwelled in the cities of the heart? taou bast not lied unto men, plain, and pitched his tent towards but unto God. And Ananias hearing Sodom. But the men of Sodom were these words fell down, and gave up wicked and sinners before the LORD the ghost: and great fear came on exceedingly, Gen. xii. 10--13. And all them that heard these things. And Achan answered Joshua, and said, ' the young men arose, wound him up,

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and carried him out, and buried him. increase, set not your heart upon them, And it was about the space of three Ixii. 10. He that trusteth in his riches hours after, when his wife, not know- , shall fall: but the righteous shall flouing what was done, came in. And rish as a branch, Prov. xi. 28. Wilt Peter answered unto her, Tell me throu set thine eyes upon that which is wbether ye sold the land for so much? | not? for riches certainly make themAnd she said, Yea, for so much. Then selves wings; they fly away as an eaPeter said unto her, How is it that ye gle toward heaven, xxiii, 5. There is have agreed together to tempt the one alme, and there is not a second; Spirit of the Lord ? behold, the feet yea, he hath neither child nor brother'; of them which have buried thy hus- yet is there no end of all his labour; band are at the door, and shall carry neither is his eye satisfied with riches; thee out. Then fell she down straight- neither saith he, For whom do I laway at his feet, and yielded up the bour, and bereave my soul of good ? ghost: and the young men came in, This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore and found her dead, and, carrying her travail, Eccles. iv. 8. He that loveth forth, buried her by her husband. And silver shall not be satisfied with silgreat fear came upon all the church, ver; nor he that loveth abundance and upon as many as heard these with increase: this is also vanity. things, Acts v. 1–11. And when When goods increase, they are inSimon saw that through laying on of creased that eat them: and what good the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost is there to the owners thereof, saving was given, he offered them money, the beholding of them with their eyes? viii. 18. But they that will be rich v. 10, 11. There is a sore evil which fall into temptation and a snare, and I have seen under the sun, namely, into many foolish and hurtful lusts, riches kept for the owners thereof to which drown men in destruction and their hurt. But those riches perish perdition. For the love of money is by evil travail : and he begetteth a son, the root of all evil : which while some and there is nothing in his hand, 13, coveted after, they bave erred from 14. And the cares of this world, and the faith, and pierced themselves the deceitfulness of riches, and the through with many sorrows, 1 Tim. lusts of other things entering in, choke vi. 9, 10. Having eyes full of adul- the word, and it becometh unfruitful, tery, and that cannot cease from sin; Mark iv. 19. And when Jesus saw beguiling unstable souls: a heart they that he was very sorrowful, he said, have exercised with covetous prac- How hardly shallthey that have riches tices ; cursed children: Which have enter into the kingdom of God! For forsaken the right way, and are gone it is easier for a camel to go through astray, following the way of Balaam a needle's eye, than for a rich man to the son of Bosor, who loved the wages enter into the kingdom of God, Luke of unrighteousness, 2 Pet. ii. 14, 15. | xviii. 24, 25. Charge them that are Love not the world, neither the things rich in this world, that they be not that are in the world. If any man high-minded, nor trust in uncertain love the world, the love of the Father riches, but in the living God, who is not in him. For all that is in the giveth us richly all things to enjoy, world, the lust of the flesh, and the 1 Tim. vi. 17. lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, d And that which fell among thorns is not of the Father, but is of the world, are they, which, when they have 1 John ii. 15, 16. Woe unto them! heard, go forth, and are choked with for they have gone in the way of Cain, cares and riches and pleasures of this and ran greedily after the error of life, and bring no fruit to perfection, Balaam for reward, and perished in Luke viii. 14. These are spots in the gainsaying Core, Jude 11. your feasts of charity, when they feast

Lo, this is the man that made not with you, feeding themselves without God his strength; but trusted in the fear: clouds they are without water, abundance of his riches, and strength-carried about of winds ; trees whose ened himself in his wickedness, Psal. fruit withereth, without fruit, twice lii. 7. Trust not in oppression, and dead, plucked up by the roots, Jude become not vain in robbery : if riches | 12.

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become the sons of God, even to them 'o de éni the gño thy radny of ageis, that believe on his name. Which were ούτός έστιν και τον λόγον ακούων και συνιών" born not of blood, nor of the will of os dè xaço copoetī, sal ností, o Mèv inatòr, the flesh, nor of the will of man, but ο δε εξήκοντα, ο δε τριάκοντα.

of God, John i. 11–13. He that is of

God heareth God's words : ye thereBut he a that received seed into fore hear them not, because ye are not the good ground is bhe that heareth of God, viji. 47. But ye believe not, the word, and understandeth it, which because ye are not of my sheep, as I also cbeareth fruit, and bringeth forth, said unto you, My sheep hear my d some an hundredfold, some sixty, some voice, and I know them, and they folthirty.

low me, x. 26, 27. Now they have a But other fell into good ground, known that all things whatsoever thou and brought forth fruit, some an hun hast given me are of thee. For I have dredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirty- given unto them the words which fold, ver. 8. And these are they which thou gavest me; and they have reare sown on good ground; such as ceived them, and have known surely hear the word, and receive it, and that I came out from thee, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some they have believed that thou didst sixty, and some an hundred, Mark send me, xvii. 7, 8. And a certain iv. 20. But that on the good ground woman named Lydia, a seller of purare they, which in an honest and good ple, of the city of Thyatira, which heart, having heard the word, keep worshipped God, heard us: whose it, and bring forth fruit with patience, heart the Lord opened, that she at. Luke vüi. 15.

tended unto the things which were A wise man will hear, and will spoken of Paul, Acts xvi. 14. These increase learning; and a man of un were more noble than those in Thesderstanding shall attain unto wise salonica, in that they received the counsels : To understand a proverb, word with all readiness of mind, and and the interpretation ; the words of searched the Scriptures daily, whethe wise, and their dark sayings, ther those things were so, xvii. 11. Prov, i. 5,6. So that thou incline thine Ye are witnesses, and God also, how ear unto wisdom, and apply thine holily and justly and unblamably we heart to understanding ; yea, if thou behaved ourselves among you that criest after knowledge, and liftest up believe, 1 Thess. ii. 10. For this cause thy voice for understanding ; If thou also thank we God without ceasing, seekest her as silver, and searchest because, when ye received the word for her as for hid treasures; Then of God which ye heard of us, ye reshalt thou understand the fear of the ceived it not as the word of men, but LORD, and find the knowledge of God. as it is in truth, the word of God, For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of which effectually worketh also in you his mouth cometh knowledge and un- that believe. For ye, brethren, bederstanding, ii. 2–6. Cast away from came followers of the churches of you all your transgressions, whereby God which in Judæa are in Christ ye have transgressed ; and make you Jesus: For ye also have suffered like a new heart and a new spirit: for things of your own countrymen, even why will

ye die, 0 house of Israel? as they have of the Jews, i3, 14. For Ezek. xviii. 31. Anew heart also will unto us was the gospel preached, as I give you, and a new spirit will I well as unto them: but the word put within you : and I will take away preached did not profit them, not be the stony heart out of your flesh, and ing mixed with faith in them that I will give you an heart of flesh, heard it, Heb. iv. 2. For this is the Ixxvi. 26. Verily I say unto you, covenant that I will make with the Whosoever shall not receive the king- house of Israel after those days, saith dom of God as a little child, he shall the Lord; I will put my laws into not enter therein, Mark x. 15. He their mind, and write them in their came unto his own, and his own re- hearts : and I will be to them a God, ceived him not. But as many as re- and they shall be to me a people, ceived him, to them gave he power to viii. 10. Wherefore lay apart all fil, VOL 1

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thiness and superfluity of naughtiness, every branch that beareth fruit, he and receive with meekness the en- purgeth it, that it may bring forth grafted word, which is able to save your more fruit. Now ye are clean through souls. But be ye doers of the word, the word which I have spoken unto and not hearers only, deceiving your you, Abide in me, and I in you. As own selves, James i: 21, 22. Where- the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, fore laying aside all malice, and all except it abide in the vine; no more guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, can ye, except ye abide in me. I am and all evil speakings, As newborn the vine, ye are the branches: He babes, desire the sincere milk of the that abideth in me, and I in him, the word, that ye may grow thereby, same bringeth forth much fruit: for 1 Pet. ii. 1,%. And we know that the without me ye can do nothing. If a Son of God is come, and bath given man abide not in me, he is cast forth us an understanding, that we may as a branch, and is withered ; and men know him that is true, and we are in gather them, and cast them into the him that is true, even in his Son Je- tire, and they are burned. If ye abide sus Christ. This is the true God, and in me, and my words abide in you, ye eternal life, 1 John v. 20.

shall ask what ye will, and it shall • Bring forth therefore fruits meet be done unto you. Herein is my Fafor repentance, Matt. iii. 8. And now ther glorified, that ye bear much fruit ; also the axe is laid unto the root of so shall ye be my disciples, John xv. the trees: therefore every tree which 1-8. Ye have not chosen me, but I bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn have chosen you, and ordained you, down, and cast into the fire. 10. that ye should go and bring forth fruit, Either make the tree good, and his and that your fruit shwuld remain : fruit good ; or else make the tree cor- that whatsoever ye shall ask of the rupt, and his fruit corrupt : for the Father in my name, he may give it tree is known by his fruit, xii. 33. you, 16. But the fruit of the Spirit is Blessed is the man that walketh not love, joy, peace, longsuffering, genin the counsel of the ungodly, nor tleness, goodness, faith, meekness, standeth in the way of sinners, nor temperance : against such there is no sitteth in the seat of the scornful. law, Gal. v. 22, 23. Being filled with But his delight is in the law of the the fruits of righteousness, which are LORD; and in his law doth he medi- by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and tate day and night. And he shall be praise of God, Phil. i. 11. And the like a tree planted by the rivers of peace of God, which passeth all unwater, that bringeth forth his fruit in derstanding, shall keep your hearts his season; his leaf also shall not and minds through Christ Jesus, iv. wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall 7. Which is come unto you, as it is prosper, Psal. i. 1–3. Those that be in all the world ; and bringeth forth planted in the house of the LORD shall fruit, as it doth also in you, since the Aourish in the courts of our God. day ye heard of it, and knew the grace They shall still bring forth fruit in old of God in truth, Col. i. 6. That ye age; they shall be fat and flourishing; might walk worthy of the Lord unto To shew that the Lord is upright: all pleasing, being fruitful in every he is my rock, and there is no un- good work, and increasing in the righteousness in him, xcii. 13—15. knowledge of God, 10. For the earth For a good tree bringeth not forth cor which drinketh in the rain that comrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree eth oft upon it, and bringeth forth bring forth good fruit. For every herbs meet for them by whom it is tree is known by his own fruit. For dressed, receiveth blessing from God, of thorns men do not gather figs, nor Heb. vi. 7. By him therefore let us of a bramble bush gather they grapes, offer the sacrifice of praise to God Luke vi. 43, 44. And if it bear fruit, continually, that is, the fruit of our well: and if not, then after that thou lips giving thanks to his name. But shalt cut it down, xiii. 9. I am the to do good and to communicate, fortrue vine, and my Father is the hus- get not: for with such sacrifices God bandman. Every branch in me that is well pleased, xiii. 15, 16. beareth not fruit he taketh away: and

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wit of the grace of God bestowed on dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleepthe churches of Macedonia ; How ing, lying down, loving to slumber, that in a great trial of affliction the Isa. lvi. 9, 10. Also of your ownselves abundance of their joy and their deep shall men arise, speaking perverse poverty abounded unto the riches of things, to draw away disciples after their liberality, 2 Cor. viii. 1,2. Now them. Therefore watch, and rememhe that ministereth seed to the sower ber, that by the space of three years, both minister bread for your food, I ceased not to warn every one night and multiply your seed sown, and in and day with tears, Acts xx. 30, 31. crease the fruits of your righteous The enemy that sowed them is ness, ix. 10. Furthermore then we the devil; the harvest is the end of beseech you, brethren, and exhort you the world, and the reapers are the by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have angels, ver. 39. For such are false received of us how ye ought to walk apostles, deceitful workers, transand to please God, soye would abound forming themselves into the apostles more and more, 1 Thess. iv. 1. And of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan beside this, giving all diligence, add himself is transformed into an angel to your faith virtue; and to virtue of light. Therefore it is no great thing knowledge; And to knowledge tem- if his ministers also be transformed perance; and to temperance patience; as the ministers of righteousness; and to patience godliness; And to whose end shall be according to their godliness brotherly kindness; and to works, 2 Cor. xi. 13—15. Be sober, brotherly kindness charity. For if be vigilant; because your adversary these things be in you, and abound, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh they make you that ye shall neither about, seeking whom he may devour, be barren nor unfruitful in the know- 1 Pet. v. 8. And the great dragon ledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Pet. was cast out, that old serpent, called 1.5–8. But grow in grace, and in the the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth knowledge of our Lord and Saviour the whole world : he was cast out into Jesus Christ. To him be glory both the earth, and his angels were cast now and for ever. Amen. iii. i8. out with him, Rev. xii. 9. And deVER. 24.

ceiveth them that dwell on the earth

by the means of those miracles which "Anamy tapa bang wagéðnuev avtos, aé- be had power to do in the sight gær 'Ouochon in Bacinsia tãy oupavāro of the beast; saying to them that ανθρώσω σπείροντι καλόν σπέρμα εν τω άwell on the earth, that they should αγρύ αυτού. .

make an image to the beast, which Another parable put he forth unto had the wound by a sword, and did them, saying, the kingdom of heaven is live, xiii. 14. likened unto a man which sowed a good c The field is the world; the good seed in his field:

seed are the children of the kingdom; a Being born again not of corrupti- but the tares are the children of the ble seed, but of incorruptible, by the wicked one, ver. 38. word of God, which liveth and abid

VER. 26. eth for ever, 1 Pet. i. 23.

"Οτε δε έβλάστησεν ο χόρτος, και καρπών VER. 25.

εποίησε, τότε εφάνη και τα ζιζάνια, 'Εν δε το καθεύδειν τους ανθρώπους, But when the blade was sprung up, ήλθεν αυτού ο εχθρός, και έσπειρε ζιζάνια | αnd brought forth fruit, then appeared ανά μέσον του σίτου, και απήλθεν. the tares also. But while a men slept, his benemy

VER. 27. came and sowed tares among the wheat, Προσελθόντες δε οι δούλοι του οικοδεσπόand went his way.

του, είπον αυτώ Κύριε, ουχί καλόν σπέρμα 2 While the bridegroom tarried, έσπειρας εν τω σώ άγρώ; πόθεν ούν έχει they all slumbered and slept, Matt. Tà Szána; IV. 5. All ye beasts of the field, So the a servants of the householder come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in came and said unto him, Sir, didst not the forest. His watchmen are blind : thou sow good seed in thy field ? from they are all ignorant, they are all a whence then hath it tares ?

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