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27 Ye have heard 27 The Spirit of God strikes at the that it was said by them of root of all evil, by striking at the
heart. old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 If sin be dear as a right hand, 29 And if thy right eye of- or a right eye, remove it. fend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee, that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: but I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery : and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths : 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 his footstool: neither by Jerusalem ; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white
37 This applies to swearing upon black. 37 But let your com- common occasions. In courts of jusmunication be, Yea, yea; tice, there to establish the truth, Nay, nay; for whatsoever an oath is permitted. is more than these cometh 38 It is to Christianity we owe the of evil. 38 Ye have heard extinction of that dreadful system of that it hath been said, An retaliation,
which was so injurious to
society, by fostering, often for succeseye for an eye, and a tooth sive generations, some family feud, or for a tooth : but I say unto personal enmity. It has been at once you, That ye resist not evil; removed by the noble spirit of the but whosoever shall smite Gospel of peace. thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat
, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Ye have heard that 43 There may be Christian love, it hath been said, Thou shalt even where there is no approval
Our blessed Lord loved all men, and love thy neighbour, and hate died for all men.
But it was in a But I say far different sense of the word that
unto you, Love your ene
he loved the family of Lazarus, and mies, bless them that curse
the disciple to whom in death he beyou, do good to them that queathed the care of his afflicted and
sorrowing mother. John xix. 26. you, and pray
for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you ; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others ? do not even the publicans so ? Be ye
therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Jan. 8, May 8, SEPT. 5. Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them : otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when
2 Display mars the grace of charity thon doest thine alms, do not even before men—how much more sound a trumpet before thee, before God ! as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth : that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. 5 Our Lord does not discourage an
And when thou prayest, open avowal of our service in public thou shalt not be as the hy- prayer. His warning applies to pripocrites are : for they love
cate prayer. to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 The duty of prayer implies weak. But thou, when thou pray- ness and unworthiness in the supest, enter into thy closet, and plicant. Ostentation therefore in when thou hast shut thy such a duty must be hateful to God, door
, pray to thy Father and contemptible before men. which is in secret ; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After 9 Do I love and obey God, as a son this manner therefore pray his parent ?
Do I reverence his ye: Our Father which art in name?
For if ye
15 but if ye
heaven, Hallowed be thy 10 Do I obey his laws as my King !
o Thy kingdom come. Is his will mine? Thy will be done in earth,
11 Do I rely upon his providence ! as it is in heaven. us this day our daily bread.
12 Do I forgive, as I would be for
given ? 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 Do I myself avoid the temptations And lead us not into tempt
which I deprecate ? ation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for
14 We are thus our own judges. ever. Amen. forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you :
15 This thought might bend the forgive not men their tres- sternest spirit to forgive the most passes, neither will your Fa- offending. ther forgive your trespasses.
16 True repentance is that of the 10 Moreover when ye fast, be
heurt—in the spirit, not in the letter. not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance : for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret : and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Lay not up for 19 Are you rich in this world's yourselves treasures upon goods? You must die, and leave earth, where moth and rust your riches. doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal : 20 but lay up for yourselves 20 Are you rich in holiness ? Those treasures heaven, where riches will follow you to heaven. neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal : for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The
22 The Gospel is thy light. Follow light of the body is the eye: its guidance in singleness of heart; if therefore thine eye be sin
lest worldly views interfere, and gle, thy whole body shall be shroud thy soul in darkness ! full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that 24 Christ admits no compromise. It darkness.
is impossible to be at the same time serve two masters : for either worldly and religious. he will hate the one, and love the other ; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink ; nor yet
24 No man can
for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than rai
26 In my poverty and distress I will ment ? 26 Behold the fowls trust in God. He provideth for the of the air : for they sow not, fowls of the air ; He taketh thought neither do they reap, nor
for the flower of the field. Shall he gather into barns; yet your
not care for me also ? heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature ? And why take ye thought for raiment ? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith ? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed ? (for after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 Our first care must be for the soul's seek ye first the kingdom of eternal welfare. Then, a due care God, and his righteousness;
for our worldly concerns is both our and all these things shall be duty and our privilege. added unto you.
34 O the goodness of God! Free
dom from overcare for the events of therefore no thought for the tomorrow, which the wise man would morrow : for the morrow shall gratefully receive as a privilege, is take thought for the things mercifully laid down as our duty. of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Jan. 9, FEB. 29, May 9, SEPT. 6. JUDGE not, that ye be not 1 A rash judgment of others ! how judged. For with what judg. dreadfully does it mar the peace and ment ye judge, ye shall be comfort of social life! judged : and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? ' Or how wilt thou
3 Men are sharp-sighted in seeing say to thy brother, Let me the faults of their neighbours, in propull out the mote out of portion as they are blind to their thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye ; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of
Meaning, “If some reject and thy brother's eye. Give not scorn the Gospel you preach, bear
that which is holy unto the the glad tidings to others. Nor be dogs, neither cast ye your dom and strength be given you.”
discouraged ! pray! then shall wispearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Ask, and it shall be given you ; seek, and ye shall find ; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth ; and he that seeketh findeth ; and to him that knocketh it shall be
9 Or can you suppose your hearela opened. 'Or what man is Father to be less tender, and benethere of you, whom if his volent, and compassionate than an son ask bread, will he give earthly parent ? him a stone ? or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent ? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? 12 There- Earth would again be a paradise, if
12 O blessed, heavenly rule of life! fore all things whatsoever ye every man did to others as he would would that men should do to they should do unto him. you, do ye even so to them : for this is the law and the prophets. Enter
ye in at the strait gate : for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 15 Beware of 15 Our Lord foresaw that false false prophets, which come to teachers would soon spring up, and you in sheep's clothing, but mislead his followers. inwardly they are ravening 16 Every man's faith is known by wolves. 16 Ye shall know his works, as easily as a tree is known them by their fruits. Do by its fruits. men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles ? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith
21 Not profession, but actions stamp unto me, Lord, Lord, shall
a man, whether or no he be of Christ. enter into the kingdom of The proof will be, when the Son of heaven ; but he that doeth Man shall come in his glory, and the will of my Father which
give to every man according as his is in heaven. Many will say
work shall be.” (Rev. xxii. 12.) to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name ? and in thy name have cast fout devils ? and in thy name done many wonderful works ? And then will I profess