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Blessed are ye that weep 22 Thus to suffer evil—what is it but now : for ye shall laugh. to bear that cross which our God Blessed are ye, when men
sees fit to lay upon us ? shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy : for, behold, your reward is great in heaven : for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. But woe unto you that are rich ! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for
shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other ; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to
ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love
you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again ; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest : for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned : forgive, and ye shall be forgiven : give, and it shall be given unto you ; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal" it shall be measured to you again. “And
39 When the ignorant set up themhe spake a parable unto them, selves as teachers of the Gospel, it Can the blind lead the blind? is as though the blind” should 'atshall they not both fall into tempt to lead the blind.” the ditch? The disciple is not above his master : but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
41 When we pause, and think how
graciously God is ready to pardon beholdest thou the mote that all our sins, negligences, and igno
41 And why
is in thy brother's eye, but rances, how boundless should be our perceivest not the beam that gratitude ! is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye. For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil : for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. 46 And why call ye me, Lord,
46 « Faith without works is dead." Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: * he is like a man which built
48 Build upon the Gospel of Christ, an house, and digged deep, the Rock of ages ; else you will have and laid the foundation on a neither a faith nor a hope which the rock : and when the flood waters of death shall not overarose, the stream beat vehe- throw. (Is, xliii. 2.) mently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
FEB. 24, JUNE 23, Oct. 21. Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into ? A good servant will always be an Capernaum. ' And a certain object of care to a good master. centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this : 5 for he 5 This centurion was probably “a loveth our nation, and he proselyte of the gate." hath built us a synagogue. Then Jesus went with them. And
when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee : but say in a word, and my 8 A readiness to obey, on a servant's servant shall be healed. * For part, naturally wins a master's reI also am a man set under gard *. authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth ; and to another, Come, and he cometh ; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick. And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much
12 A most affecting picture of bepeople. 12 Now when he
reavement ! A mother, and she a came nigh to the gate of the widow, following to the grave her city, behold, there was a dead son-her only son—her sole earthly man carried out, the only protector. What a command, to bid
such a mourner“ Weep not !" Yet son of his mother, and she
His word proved life to the dead. was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier : and they that bare him stood still
. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God had visited his people. And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judæa, and throughout all the region round about. And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things. 19 John himself had no doubts. He * And John calling unto him made these inquiries, that the antwo of his disciples sent them
swer might satisfy his disciples. to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come ? or look we for another? When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? And in the same hour
* The centurion argues, that if he himself had authority over his servants, how much more must the Lord Jesus have authority over all things. He appeals to him as the Omnipotent.
28 For I
he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits ; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard ; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be 24 Men, infirm of purpose and of offended in me. 24 And when act, are compared to a shaking reed. the messengers of John were John was of a character as firm in departed, he began to speak action, as unshaken in principle unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see ? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in king's courts. But what went ye out for to see ? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet. This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
28 The ministers of Christ now have say unto you, Among those fuller doctrines to declare, and that are born of women there brighter hopes wherewith to animate is not a greater prophet than happen, has happened. “Jesus Chris
you. What John believed should John the Baptist: but he that has died for our sins, has risen for is least in the kingdom of our justification, has ascended inte God is greater than he. 29 And heaven.” all the people that heard him, tism of John, stood up for the ho
29 If they, baptized with the bapand the publicans, justified
nour of God, how much more boldly God, being baptized with the should we, baptized with the baptism baptism of John. But the of Jesus Christ, rejoice to confess Pharisees and lawyers re
our God. jected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation ? and to what are they like ! They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. 34 As the Baptist's unusual severity
of life offended his enemies, so were The Son of man is come
others offended at the ordinary habits eating and drinking ; and
ye of social life adopted by our Lord.
* Witness his bold rebuke of vice in the case of Herodias--a boldness which cost him his life.
say, Behold a gluttonous Where men hate, there nothing man, and a winebibber, a
pleases *. friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of all her children. And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.
37 She was formerly a sinner ; now »? And, behold, a woman in a penitent. She would not otherwise the city, which was a sinner, have sought Him who, though he when she knew that Jesus never despiseth the penitent, 'hearsat at meat in the Pharisee's eth not sinners in their sin." house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself
, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him : for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said
40 Jesus, as God, knew his thoughts. unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors : the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss : but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment, 47 Wherefore I say
47 Had she not been truly a peniunto thee, Her sins, which tent, and loved holiness, she would are many, are forgiven; for not have honoured the holy Jesus. she loved much: but to whom How gracious is our Saviour ! how little is forgiven, the same
ready to forgive us also our trespasses loveth little. And he said
--ready to say, even now, to each of
us, Thy faith hath saved thee ; go unto her, Thy sins are for- in peace.” Reader! be happy in
* Yet religion boasts, and boasts justly, that her children are wise. They may lose the favour of men ! they gain the favour of God. They lose a passing advantage ; they gain life eternal. Is it not wisdom to choose this alternative?