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hold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law ? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right : this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour ? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 Our Lord has added much both But a certain Samaritan, of beauty and of interest to the paraas he journeyed, came where ble, representing a Samaritan as he was: and when he saw the neighbour-good returned for him, he had compassion on
evil *. him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him ; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves ? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village : and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about
42 It is needful that every duty, many things :
which our station in life lays upon thing is needful: and Mary us, be fulfilled. But there is one hath chosen that good part, thing needful above all the rest ;
42 but one
* The Jews held the Samaritans in abhorrence.
debted to us.
which shall not be taken namely, a sincere and zealous spi
ritual service to God, with an unaway from her.
ceasing care for our soul. They who choose that, choose the good part; which shall never be taken from them, either in this world, or in that which is to come.
FEB. 28, JUNE 28, Oct. 25.! And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples *. * And he said unto them,
2 Do I reverence God with filial When ye pray, say, Our Fa- love? Do I honour his holy name ther which art in heaven, and his word ? Do I obey his laws ? Hallowed be thy name. Thy
Do I acquiesce in his will on earth, kingdom come. Thy will
as angels in heaven? be done, as in heaven, so in
3 Do I daily seek from his pro
vidence bread for my body ; and earth. Give us day by day from his grace bread for my soul ? our daily bread. And for
4 Do I forgive man as I hope God give us our sins; for we also
will forgive me? Do I myself avoid forgive every one that is in- those temptations from which I pray And lead us
to be preserved ? not into temptation ; but deliver us from evil. And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight t, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves ; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?' And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not : the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give
& I say unto you, 8 We cannot have a more forcible Though he will not rise and illustration of the influence of pergive him because he is his severance in prayer. friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you ; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 We are not to wait till some sudFor every one that asketh den irresistible impulse of the spirit receiveth ; and he that seek- drives us to prayer. There is no eth findeth ; and to him that intimation of that 1.
* Struck with his fervour in prayer, and his holy calm on ceasing to pray, his disciples longed to share the heavenly frame of mind which his devotion induced. He mercifully answered their wishes by giving them this set form of words.
In a hot climate, journeys are frequently undertaken at night. # The promise of blessing is to those who exert themselves who ask, who seek, who watch.
knocketh it shall be opened. 11 If earthly parents in their love " If a son shall ask bread of deny their children nothing which is
really for their good, it were strange you that is a father,
to fear any want of love or care in will he give him a stone ? our heavenly Father. or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion ? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him ? And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake ; and the people wondered. But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. " But
17 This reasoning is unanswerable. he, knowing their thoughts, The devil could not lend his aid to said unto them, Every king- work miracles for the good of men ! dom divided against itself is That were to overthrow his own brought to desolation ; and a
kingdom of evil. house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand ? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 32 but when a stronger than in battle," overcometh the devil;
22 Jesus Christ,“ strong and mighty he shall come upon him and taketh from him the power of sin overcome him, he taketh from and death-his armour wherein he him all his armour wherein trusted—and divideth the spoilshe trusted, and divideth his swallowing up death in victory. spoils. He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 20 Then goeth
26 When a man falls away from a he, and taketh to him seven
course of holiness, he finds it diffiother spirits more wicked cult to recover lost ground. His disthan himself; and they enter ficulties increase every way, and his in, and dwell there : and the enemies, so to speak, gather strength. last state of that man is worse than the first. And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the
womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. ** But he said, Yea rather, 26 You are now hearing the word of blessed are they that hear God—let your heart breathe a ferthe word of God, and keep
vent prayer, that you may keep it. it. And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation : they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
33 If you profess to have received * No man, when he hath the light of the Gospel, let its light lighted a candle, putteth it in be made clear in a holy life. a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. 35 Guard watchfully against making ** Take heed therefore that a pretence of your religious prothe light which is in thee be fession. not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him : and he went in, and sat down to meat. And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner. And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter ; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. Ye fools, did not be that made that which is without make that which is within also ? But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold,
are clean unto you. 42 Purity of heart, and a diligent But woe unto you, Phari- observance of outward ordinances, sees! for ye tithe mint and
are each enjoined. rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God : these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Woe unto you, Pharisees ! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for
ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them. 45 One of the expounders of the law 45 Then answered one of the of Moses. lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also.
46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye law- with the word of God.
46 They mingled their own traditions yers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fin- 47 That is—“ye, by your disregard
47 Woe unto you! for of the word and doctrines of the proye build the sepulchres of the phets, share in the guilt of those who
of old persecuted them.” prophets, and your fathers killed them. Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers : for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: that the blood of all the prophets
, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation ; from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple : verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation. Woe unto you, lawyers ! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye enter not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things : 54 laying wait for him, and 54 So now the faithful servants of seeking to catch something Christ, both ministers and people
, out of his mouth, that they watch ; and turn what they can to
must expect that wicked men will might accuse him.
March 1, JUNE 30, Oct. 26. In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be
3 Let me then worship in spirit and known. Therefore whatso- in truth ; lest, when the secrets of ever ye have spoken in dark- all hearts shall be disclosed, I be ness shall be heard in the numbered with these hypocrites. light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets