eat and drink, &c. This also I saw, All flesh, is grass, and all the good that it was from the hand of God. liness thereof is as the flower of the Eccles. ii. 1-11. 18, 19. 24. field: the grass withereth, the lower

I know that there is no good in fadeth, &c.—Isa. xl. 6—8. them, but for a man to rejoice and to Thou saidst, I shall be a lady for do good in his life; and also that every ever, &c. Hear now this, thou that man should eat and drink, and enjoy art given to pleasures, that dwellest the good of all his labour : it is the carelessly; that sayest in thine heart, gift of God.--Eccles. iii. 12, 13. v. 19. &c. I shall not sit a widow, neither

There is one alone, and there is shall I know the loss of children: not a second: yea, he hath neither but these two things shall come to child nor brother; yet is there no end thee in a moment, in one day, the of all his labour, neither is his eye loss of children and widowhood: they satisfied with riches ; neither saith shall come upon thee in their perfece he, For whom do I labour, and be- tion. Isa. xlvii. 7-9. reave my soul of good? This is also va- Are there any among the vanities nity.--Eccles. iv. 8. Prov. xxvii. 20. of the Gentiles that can cause rain ?

He that loveth silver, shall not be &c. Art not thou he, O Lord our satisfied with silver; nor he that God?Jer. xiv. 22. loveth abundance, with increase ; this Let not the wise man glory in his is also vanity. When goods increase, wisdom; neither let the mighty man they are increased that eat them; and glory in his might; let not the rich what good is there to the owners man glory in his riches.—Jer. ix, 23. thereof, saving the beholding of them He that getteth riches, and not by with their eyes? The sleep of a la- right, shall leave them in the midst bouring man is sweet, whether he eat of his days; and, at his end, shall little or much; but the abundance of be a fool.-Jer. xvii. 11. the rich will not suffer him to sleep, I have made the earth, the man, &c. Riches kept for the owners and the beast that are upon the thereof, to their hurt, &c. What pro- ground, &c. I have given it unto fit hath he that hath laboured for the whom, &c.-Jer. xxvii. 5, 6. wind ?-Eccles. v. 1213. 16.

Their silver and their gold shall A man, to whom God hath given not be able to deliver them in the riches, wealth, and honour, so that day of the wrath of the Lord; they he wanteth nothing for his soul of all shall not satisfy their souls, neither that he desireth, yet God giveth him fill their bowels. — Ezek. vii. 19. not power to eat thereof, &c. All Zeph. i. 17, 18. the labour of man is for his mouth; Thou hast gotten thee riches, and and yet the appetite (or soul) is not hast gotten gold and silver into thy filled.-Eccles. vi. 2. 7. .

treasures, &c. and their heart is lifted Woe unto them that join house to up because of thy riches; therefore, house, that lay field to field, till there thus saith the Lord, &c. - Ezek. be no place, &c. Woe unto them that xxviii. 447. rise up early in the morning, that She said, I will go after my lovers, they may follow strong drink, &c. that give me my bread, and my water, and the harp and the viol, &c. are in my wool, and my flax, mine oil, and their feasts, &c.- Isa. y. 8. 11, 12. my drink, &c. She did not know

Doth the plowman plow all day that I gave her corn, and wine, and to sow? &c. for his God doth instruct oil, and multiplied her silver and gold; him to discretion, and doth teach therefore I will return, and take away him; for the fitches are not threshed, my corn in the time thereof, &c. &c. This also cometh forth from the Hosea ii. 5—9. Lord of hosts.-Isa. xxviii. 24–29. God threatens such who took their

pleasures in those things, and were more than me, &c. or son or daughter not afflicted for their sin.--Amos vi. more than me, is not worthy of me; 3, &c.

and he that taketh not his cross, and Although the fig tree shall not followeth after me, is not worthy of blossom, neither shall fruit be in the me, &c. he that loseth his life for my vines : the labour of the olive shall sake, shall find it.-Matt. x. 37-39. fail, &c. yet I will rejoice in the Lord, Luke xiv. 26. I will joy in the God of iny salvation. He that received seed among the -Hab. iii. 17, 18.

thorns, is he that heareth the word, : When will the new moon be gone, and the care of this world, and the that we may sell corn; and the sab- deceitfulness of riches, choke the bath, that we may set forth wheat? word, &c.—Matt. xiii. 22. Luke viji. &c.--Amos viii. 5, &c.

14. Mark iv. 19. Is it a time for you, O ye, to dwell Herod, to please Herodias's daughin your ceiled houses, and this house ter, and others, orders the cutting off lie waste ? &c. Consider your ways; John Baptist's head. — Matt. xiv. ye have sown much, and bring in 3—10. Mark xv. 15. little: ye eat, but ye have not enough, What is a man profited, if he shall &c. I did blow upon it: Why? saith gain the whole world, and lose his the Lord of hosts. Because of mine own soul?—Matt. xvi. 26. Luke ix. house that is waste, and ye run every 25. Mark viii. 36, 37. man unto his own house.—Hag. i. Judas's covetousness made him to 4– 9.

betray Christ into the hands of the Ask ye of the Lord rain in the Jews.—Matt. xxvi, 15. time of the latter rain : so the Lord Go and sell that thou hast, and shall, &c. give them showers of rain. give, &c. But when the young man Zech. x. 1.

heard that saying, he went away sorLay not up for yourselves treasures rowful, for he had great possessions. on earth, where moth and rust doth Then said Jesus, &c. that a rich man corrupt, and where thieves break shall hardly enter into the kingdom through, &c. for where your treasure of heaven.—Matt. xix. 21-23. Luke is, there will your heart be also. No xviii. 24. Mark x. 21–28. man can serve two masters, &c. ye T he disciples' ambition made them cannot serve God and mammon. to envy each other. Christ rebuked Therefore I say unto you, Take no them.-Matt. xx. 21, &c. thought for your life, what ye shall Those who were invited to the eat, &c. Is not the life more than feast; made light of it, and went their meat, and the body than raiment? ways; one to his farm, another to his Behold the fowls, &c. are ye not much merchandise, &c.—Matt. xxii, 4, 5. better than they? Which of you, by Luke xiv. 16-21. taking thought, can add one cubit unto The devil tempted Christ with his stature ? &c. Your heavenly Fa- the things of this world.—Luke is. ther knoweth that you need these 446. things : but seek ye first the kingdom Woe unto you that are rich, for ye of God, and his righteousness, and all have received your consolation : woe these things shall be added unto you. unto you that are full, for ye shall -Matt. vi. 19–21. 24–34. hunger : woe unto you that laugh

When Christ had suffered the evil now, for ye shall mourn and weep: spirits to go into the herd of swine, woe unto you when all men shall so that they were drowned : the whole speak well of vou.—Luke vi. 24-26. city came out, and besought Jesus to Christ said to one, Follow me: but depart.—Matt. viii. 31–34.

he would bury his father first; anoHe that loveth father or mother ther would go bid them farewell which were at home.—Luke ix. 59–61. be put out of the synagogue: for Matt. viii. 21, 22.

they loved the praise of men more Martha, Martha, thou art care- than the praise of God.-John xii. ful and troubled about many things; 4-6. 42, 43. but one thing is needful, &c.—Luke In the world ye shall have tribulax. 40, 41.

tion: but, be of good cheer, I have Jesus said, Take heed, and beware overcome the world.—John xvi. 33. of covetousness; for a man's life con- I pray not that thou shouldest take sisteth not in the abundance of the them out of the world, but that thou things which he possesseth, &c. The shouldest keep them from the evil. rich man said to his soul, Soul, thou John xvii. 15. hast much goods laid up for many Jesus answered, My kingdom is years; take thine ease, eat, drink, not of this world: if my kingdom and be merry: but God said unto were of this world, then would my him, Thou fool, this night thy soul servants fight, that I should not be shall be required of thee: then whose delivered, &c.—John xvii. 36. shall those things be which thou hast Pilate sought to release Jesus : but provided? So is he that layeth up the Jews cried out, saying, If thou treasure for himself, and is not rich let this man go, thou art not Cæsar's toward God.—Luke xii. 15—22. friend, &c. When Pilate therefore

The parable of the rich man and heard that saying, he brought Jesus poor Lazarus.--Luke xvi. 20, &c. forth, &c.—John xix. 12, 13. 15, 16.

Take heed to yourselves, lest at Matt. xv. 15. any time your hearts be overcharged What house will ye build for me? with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and saith the Lord, &c. Hath not my cares of this life; and so that day come hand made all these things ?-Acts upon you unawares.--Luke xxi. 34. vii. 49, 50. xiv. 15. 17.

Judas, for money, betrays Jesus When Paul had cast the evil spirit Christ. — Luke xxii. 3—6. Matt. out of the damsel, and her masters xxvi. 14, 15.

saw that the hope of their gain was How can ye believe, which receive gone, they caught Paul and Silas, &c, honour one of another, and seek not and said, That they did exceedingly the honour that cometh from God trouble the city, &c. --Acts xvi. only-John v. 44.

18-22. Labour not for the meat which pe- God, that made the world, and all risheth, but for that which endureth things therein, seeing that he is Lord unto everlasting life.-John vi. 27. of heaven and earth, &c. giveth to

He is of age, ask him; he shall all life, and breath, and all things. speak for himself. These words spake Acts xvii. 24, 25. his parents, because they feared the So Demetrius, a silversmith, and Jews: for the Jews had agreed al- others of the same trade, who made ready, that if any man did confess silver shrines for Diana, &c. comthat he was Christ, he should be put plained against Paul for preaching out of the synagogue: therefore, said Ehe gospel, and cried up Diana, behis parents, He is of age, ask him.- cause they were like to lose their John ix. 21-23.

gain, if men esteemed not Diana as Judas, displeased at the use of a goddess.-Acts xix. 24-28. the ointment, upon pretence of giving Yourselves know that these hands to the poor: but it was because he have administered unto my necessibare the purse, &c. Among the chief ties, and to them that were with me. rulers also, many believed on him: I have shewed you all things : how but, because of the Pharisees, they that so labouring, ye ought to supdid not confess him, lest they should port the weak: and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he from this present evil world, accordsaid, It is more blessed to give than ing to the will of God and our Fato receive.-Acts xx. 34, 35.

ther.—Gal. i. 3, 4. The carnal mind is enmity against The Aesh lusteth against the spiGod: for it is not subject to the law rit, &c. so that ye cannot do the of God, neither indeed can be. things that ye would.--Gal. v. 17. Rom. viii. 7.

God forbid that I should glory, Make no provision for the flesh, to save in the cross of our Lord Jesus fulfil the lusts thereof.-Rom. xiii. 14. Christ; by whom (or whereby) the

Ye see your calling, brethren: how world is crucified unto me, and I unto that not many wise men after the the world.—Gal. vi. 14. fesh, not many noble are called; but Covetousness, let it not be once God hath chosen the foolish things named among you, as becometh of the world to confound the wise, saints, &c. For this ye know, that &c. that no flesh should glory in his no whoremonger, nor unclean person, presence.—1 Cor. i. 26-29.

nor covetous man, who is an idolater, All things are lawful for me, but I hath any inheritance in the kingdom will not be brought under the power of Christ and of God.—Eph, v. 3. 5. of any: meats for the belly, and the 2 Cor. vi. 10. belly for meats : but God shall de- Whose end is destruction, whose stroy both it and them.-1 Cor. vi. god is their belly, whose glory is in 12, 13.

their shame; who mind earthly things. The time is short: it remaineth, Phil. iii. 19. that both they that have wives, be as Let your moderation be known, though they had none: and they that &c. the Lord is at hand : be careful weep, as though they wept not; and for nothing ; but in every thing by they that rejoice, as though they rejoic- prayer and supplication, with thanksed not: and they that buy, as though giving, let your requests be made they possessed not: and they that use known to God, &c. I have learned this world, as not abusing it: for the in whatsoever state I am, therewith fashion of the world passeth away, &c. to be content; I know both how to He that is married, careth for the things be abased, and how to abound : every that are of the world, how he may where, and in all things, I am inplease his wife.-1 Cor. vii. 29–34. structed both to be full, and to be

I keep under my body, and bring hungry; both to abound, and to it into subjection, lest that by any suffer need, &c. But my God shall means when I have preached, &c.— supply all your need, according to his 1 Cor. ix. 27.

riches in glory, by Jesus Christ. "The devil is called the god of this Phil. iv. 5, 6. 11, 12. 19. world.-2 Cor. iv. 4.

Set your affection (or mind) on The sorrow of the world worketh things above, not on things on the death.--2 Cor. vii. 10.

earth, &c. Mortify, therefore, your Ye know the grace of our Lord Je- members, &c. inordinate affection, sus Christ: that though he was rich, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, yet for your sakes, he became poor, which is idolatry.-Col. ii. 2. 5. that ye, through his poverty, might Meats, which God hath created to be rich.—2 Cor. viii. 9.

be received, &c. For every creature God is able to make all grace of God is good, and nothing to be abound toward you, that ye always refused.—1 Tim. iv. 3, 4. 1 Cor. x. having all sufficiency in all things, 25—27. &c.--2 Cor. ix. 8.

She that liveth in pleasure (or Jesus Christ, who gave himself for delicately) is dead while she liveth.our sins, that he might deliver us 1 Tim. v. 6.

Godliness with contentment is great the treasures in Egypt.-Heb. xi. gain. For we brought nothing into 24-26. this world, and it is certain we can Let your conversation be without carry nothing out : having food and covetousness; and be content with raiment, let us be therewith content: such things as ye have ; for he hath but they that will be rich, fall into said, I will never leave thee, nor fortemptation and a snare, and into many sake thee : so that we may boldly foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown say, The Lord is my helper, &c.-men in destruction and perdition : Heb. xiii. 5, 6. for the love of money is the root of Let the brother of low degree reall evil; which, while some coveted joice in that he is exalted; but the after, they have erred from the faith, rich, in that he is made low; because and pierced themselves through with as the flower of the grass he shall many sorrows. But thou, O man of pass away. For the sun is no sooner God, flee these things, &c. Charge risen with a burning heat, but it them that are rich in this world, that withereth the grass, and the flower they be not high-minded, nor trust thereof falleth, and the grace of the in uncertain riches, but in the living fashion of it perisheth ; so also shall God, who giveth us richly all things the rich man fade away in his ways. to enjoy ; that they do good, that -James i. 9-11. they be rich in good works, ready to Hath not God chosen the poor of distribute, willing to communicate ; this world, rich in faith, and heirs of laying up in store for themselves a the kingdom, which he hath promised good foundation against the time to to them that love him? but ye have come.—1 Tim. vi. 6-11.17-19. despised the poor. Do not rich men

Endure hardness, as a good soldier oppress you, and draw you before the of Jesus Christ. No man that war- judgment seat? Do not they blasreti, entangleth himself with the pheme that worthy name ? &c.— atiairs of this life, that he may please James ii. 5—7. him who hath chosen him to be a Know ye not, that the friendship of soldier.—2 Tim. ii. 3, 4.

the world is enmity with God? WhoIn the last day, &c. men shall be soever therefore will be a friend of lovers of their ownselves, &c. lovers the world, is the enemy of God, &c. of pleasures, more than lovers of God. Go to now, ye that say, To day or -2 Tim. iii. 4.

to morrow we will go into such a city, Demas hath forsaken me, having and continue there a year, and buy, loved this present world, &c.--2 Tim. and sell, and get gain; whereas ye iy. 10.

know not what shall be on the morThe earth, which, &c. bringeth row: for, what is your life? it is forth herbs meet for them by whom even a vapour, &c. For that ye ought it is dressed, receiveth blessing from to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, God. -Heb, vi. 7.

and do this or that : but now you reYe, &c. took joyfully the spoiling joice in your boastings : all such reof your goods ; knowing in your- joicing is evil.-James iv. 4. 13-16. selves that ye have in heaven a better Acts xviii. 21. 1 Cor. xvi. 7. and enduring substance.—Heb. x. 34. Go to now, ye rich men ; weep

By faith, Moses, when he was come and howl, for your miseries that shall to years, refused to be called the son come upon you. Your riches are corof Pharaoh's daughter ; choosing ra- rupted, and your garinents are moth ther to suffer affliction with the people eaten ; your gold and silver is canof God, than to enjoy the pleasures kered, and the rust of them shall be of sin for a season ; esteeming the a witness against you, and shall eat reproach of Christ greater riches than your flesh as it were fire : ye have

« ElőzőTovább »