a fiery and furious spirit of rash and misgoverned zeal, which transporteth you.

IX. 58. Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man gc. See Matthew viii. 20.

IX. 60. Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. See Matthew viii. 22.

IX. 62. No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

If thou do once put thy hand to this husbandry of God, it is not for thee to cast back thy thoughts upon the world; for, whosoever shall so do, makes and shews himself unfit for this spiritual employment in my Church. .

X. 1. After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into erery city and place, whither he himself would come.

After these things were done, and that Jesus was returned from Galilee to Judea, he appointed, besides the twelve which had together with himself preached the Gospel in Galilee, seventy Disciples also; and sent them two and two, before him, into every city of Judea, whither he would come after them.

X. 2. The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few : &c. See Matthew ix. 37.

X. 4. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes : fc. See Matthew x. 10.

X. 7. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give : fc. See Matthew x. 11.

X. 11. Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we wipe off against you. See Matthew x. 14.

X. 13. For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have fc. See Matthew xi. 21.

X. 15. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. See Matthew xi. 23.

X. 18. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan, as lightning fall from heaven.

He said unto them, I saw the power of Satan sensibly abated and suddenly dejected, by this your preaching of the Gospel; even as when he first fell down from heaven, and was suddenly cast down to hell.

X. 19. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the powers of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means


you. Behold, I give you power over all whatsoever creatures are in their nature hurtful unto men, whether by their poison, or by their teeth, or sting; and over whatsoever the malice of devils might use to your harm and offence; so as nothing that men, or noisome creatures, or devils can do unto you, shall be able to hurt you.

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X. 20. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Yet, be not you puffed up with this wonderful privilege ; neither think that you have so much cause to rejoice in this powerful command over the unclean spirits, as in this great mercy of God towards you, that he hath from eternity ordained you to everlasting life.

X. 21. I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid &c. See Matthew xi. 25.

X. 29. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour ?

But he, willing to have taken occasion hereby to brag of his own answerableness to the law of God, in that he had been kind and loving to his neighbours that dwelt by him, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour ?

X. 36. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves ?

The one was a Priest, and therefore, by his very place, professing examples of holiness and charity; the other was a Levite, of the same holy tribe, consecrated to the service of God; and both of these were Jews, and therefore native countrymen to this wounded traveller; yet they passed by him without regard: the Samaritan was a stranger in blood, and in religion faulty and opposite; an enemy in profession; yet, in his compassion, did charitable offices to the relief of this distressed man: tell me, now, thou, which art wont to measure neighbourhood by vicinity of place, which of these three was neighbour to the man, which fell among the thieves?

X. 38. 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.

He entered into the village of Bethany, to the house of Lazarus, and Martha and Mary his sisters; and Martha, as the elder sister and the busier housewife, entertained him and his followers in her house.

X. 40. But Martha was cumbered about much sercing, 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.

But Martha, as being very busily intentive upon the provision for him and his family, and finding the work too laboursome to lie upon her hands alone, came to Jesus, and said, Lord, it is for thy sake, that I gladly take this pains; and should not grudge it, and more unto thee, were I but able to compass it; but thou seest I want help, while my sister sits here, still hearing that good counsel from thee, which some other time might be more seasonable: let it please thee therefore to command her, to give me her aid for this necessary service.

X. 41, 42. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things : But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

And Jesus answered and said, Martha, Martha, I do well see thou art lovingly careful to give us all kind and liberal entertainment; and therefore bestirrest thyself about many businesses, which thou findest requisite to the making of that good cheer, which thou providest: But, when thou hast all done, these bodily provisions and entertainments are but matters of the bye; outward compliments and ceremonies of kindness: it is the good of the soul, which is the main matter that is to be regarded; I must tell thee therefore, though I must thankfully acknowledge thy friendly respects to me in this labour of thine, yet I cannot but more commend thy sister's diligent and holy attention to this heavenly doctrine, which hath been delivered to her: she hath done that, which is both more pleasing to me, and more profitable and happy for herself, in laying up those instructions and comforts, which shall stick by her soul for


XI. 3. Give us day by day our daily bread.

Give us that provision of maintenance for this present life, which may be fit and requisite for it; and be pleased to proportion thy gifts to our necessities : we do not distrustfully cast forward, and crave the supply of a large store for the time to come, but we beg of thee a sufficiency for the present day; desiring to depend ever upon thy gracious Providence, for the daily renewing of our competent provisions.

XI. 4. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from eril.

Do thou not give us over into the hands of Satan, our Spiritual Enemy, to tempt us; for we know our own weakness and disability to resist him; and, whensoever it shall please thee, for our trial and thy glory, to give way to that Tempter to assault us, give us the issue, together with the temptation: shew thyself strong in our weakness, and let not that Evil One prevail against us.

XI. 15. He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. See Matthew xii. 24.

XI. 18. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? See Matthew xii. 26.

XI. 20. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, fc. See Matthew xii. 27.

XI. 24-26. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, fc. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished, &c. See Matthew xii. 43–45.



XI. 28. But he said, Yea rather blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

It is indeed a great honour and happiness to her, that is my mother, according to the flesh, that she should be chosen out of all women-kind, to bear and nourish the Lord of Life ; yet her chief happiness consisteth not in this, but rather in that her right and interest, which she hath in me by her faith: this is that happiness, wherein all ye, my faithful disciples, may also communicate with her ; Blessed are they, that hear the word of God, and do carefully and conscionably retain, observe, and practise it.

XI. 29, 30. This is an evil generation : they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but fc. For as Jonas was a sign ge. See Matthew xii. 39, 40.

XI. 31. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with fc. See Matthew xii. 42.

XI. 33. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, 8c. See Matthew v. 15.

XI. 34. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine fc. See Matthew vi. 22.

XI. 39. Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup 8c. See Matthew xxiii. 25.

XI. 42. For ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: fc. See Matthew xxiii. 23.

XI. 46. For ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. See Matthew xxii. 4.

XI. 47. For ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. See Matthew xxiii. 29.

XI. 48. Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers : for they indeed killed them, fc. See Matthew xxiii. 30, 31.

XI. 50. That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, fc. See Matt. xxiii 35, 36.

XI. 52. For ye have taken away the key of knowledge : ye entered not in yourselves, fc. See Matthew xxiii. 13.

XII. 1. The learen of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. See Matthew xvi. 6.

XII. 2. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. See Matthew x. 26.

XII. 6. Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? See Matthew x. 29.

XII. 10. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him : but go. See Matthew xii. 31, 32.

XII. 21. So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.

Lo even such a fool, and so frail and uncertain, yea, so sure of the revenging hand of God, is that man, whose heart is set upon these earthly riches, without all care of procuring true grace, which only is able to enrich his soul.

XII. 49. I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will 1, if it be already kindled ?

The issue of my Gospel shall be such, as if I had come purposely, to set divisions in the bosoms of men, against themselves, and with one another: for the corruption of men will be stirred and disquieted with the powerful preaching thereof, and will be ready to raise broils in the world ; and then only

. doth my word prevail, and work effectually, when it is followed with such success : I cannot, therefore, but earnestly wish this holy fire of grace kindled in the hearts of men, for the opposing and wasting of their inward corruptions. So also verse 51.

XII. 50. But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished !

I have been already baptized with water, but there is another baptism that I must undergo, even a baptism of blood; and how am I pained with the expectation thereof, longing to be past that extremity of suffering which is ordained for me, for man's redemption!

XII. 56. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how 8c. See Matthew xvi. 3.

XII. 58. When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give 8c. See Matthew

v. 25.

XIII. 11. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed down together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

And, behold, there was a woman, upon whom Satan, by the permission of God, had inflicted a grievous bodily infirmity for the space of eighteen years together; whereby she was so bowed together, that she could not lift herself up. So verse 16.

XIII. 19. It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; 8c. See Matthew xiii. 31, 32.

XIII. 21. It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. See Matthew xiii. 33.

XIII. 24. Strive to enter in at the strait gate : for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Enforce yourselves to use all diligent and vehement endeavours, to enter into the kingdom of heaven: ye shall find much difficulty and opposition, in your attaining thereto ; resolve, therefore, to buckle with all the troubles and dangers, that

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