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41 help me.

And Jesus answered, and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful, and troubled 42 about many things; But one thing is needful. And

Mary hath chosen that good part which shall not
be taken away from her.

AND it came to pass, that as he was praying in a

certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples faid unto him, Lord teach us to (a) pray, as John 2 also taught his disciples... And he said unto them,

When ye pray, fay, Our FATHER, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom

come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive 4 us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is in

debted to us. And lead us not into temptation, but 5 deliver us from evil. And he said unto them, Which

of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at 1, midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three 7 to me, and I have nothing to set before him: And he

from within thall answer and fay, Trouble me not:

the door is now shut, and my children are with me 8 in bed; I cannot rise and give thee., I say unto you,

Though he will not rise and give him, because he is

his friend : yet because of his importunity, he will 9 rise and give him as many as he needeth. And I say

unto you, Afk, and it shall be given you : seek and ye Thall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. every

one that alketh, receiveth : and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh it shall (a) This passage affords an indisputable authority for praying by a fet form, and for using the same words on different occasions, private and public: This form, which our Saviour gives at the particular requel of one disciple, being the same with that which he delivered to the multitude, in his fermon on the mount. See Matt. vi.9.


10 For

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Ir be opened. If a fon shall ask bread of any of you

that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if be 12 ak a filh, will he for a fith give hiin a serpent? Or

if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion ? 13 If

ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more Thall


heavenly (6) Father give the holy Spirit to them that

ask him? 14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb.

And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, 15 the dumb spake, and the people wondered. But some

of them faid, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub, 16 the chief of the devils. And others, tempting him, 17 fought of him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing

their thoughts, faid unto them, Every kingdom di

vided againft itself, is brought to desolation : and a 18 house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also

be divided against himself, how ihall his kingdom

stand? becaufe ye fay, that I caft out devils through 19 Beelzebub. And if I by Beclzebub cast out devils,

by whom do your sons cáft them out there are shall 20 they be your judges. But if I with the (c) finger of

God caft out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God 21 is. come upon you. When a strong man armed 22 keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace. But

when a stronger than he Thall come upon him, and

overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour 23 wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. (d) He

that is not with me, is against me: and he that ga24

thereth bot with me, scattereth. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man (C), he walketh through

(6) The compasfon which men are prevailed on with great importunity to Mew each other from selfish motives, God is always ready to thew of his infinite mercy and goodness to his creatures.

(C) By the finger of God is meant the power and Spirit of God. See Matt. xii. 28.

(d) See Matt. xii. 30. (e) See Matt. xii. 43.


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dry places, seeking rest: and finding none, he faith, 25

I will return unto my house whence I came out. And

when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him feven other fpirits

more wicked than himself, and they enter in, and dwell there : and the last state of that man is worse

than the first. 27 And it came to pass as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company

her voice; and said unto him (f), Blessed is the womb that bare 28 chee, and the paps which thou hast fucked. But

he faid, Yea, rather blessed are they, that hear the

word of God, and keep it. 29

And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to fay, This is an evil generation :

they seek a lign, and there shall no sign be given it, 30

but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas

was a sign unto the Nineviteș, fo shall also the Son of 31 man be to this generation. The queen of the fouth

shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this
generation, and condent them : for fhè came from
the utmost parts of the earth, to hear the wisdom

of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon 32 is here. The men of Nineveh shall rise


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

No man when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret płace, neither under a bushel ; but on a can34 dlestick, that they which come in may see the light (g).


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(S) It is no doubt a distinguished favour to be the mother of our Lord, for this could be the lot but of one person, there is, how: ever, a far superior happinefs, even that of heaven, open to 'every one who will attend to obey the will of God.'

(3) The proper ute of a candle is to give lighe; the use of our eyes is to fee with; and the use of our realon, the eye of the mind, is to judge between right and wrong; but as a candle must not be


The light of the body is the eye : therefore when thine eye () is fingle, thy whole body also is full of light:

but when thine eye' is evil, thy body also is full of 35 darkness. Take heed therefore, that the light which 36 is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body there

fore 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. 37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee befought him

to dine with him: and he went in and sat down to 38 meat.' And when the Pharisee faw it, he marvelled 39 that he had not firit (i) washed before dimer. And.

the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outfide of the cup and the platter : but

your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. 40. Ye fools, did not (k) he that made that which is 41 without, make that which is within also? But

rather give alms of such things as you have: and 42' behold, all things are clean' unto you. But wo unto

you, Pharisees (?): for ye tithe mint and ruė, and all manner of herbs, and pass oyer judgment and the

love of God: these ought ye to have done, and 43 not to leave the other undone. Wo unto you,

Pha1 risees: for ye love the uppermost feats in the fynas 44 gogues, and greetings in the markets. Wo unto you,

1.1462. placed where it cannot answer that purpose, nor can the eye discern objects if it be disordered, fo neither can the understanding duly perform its office, if labouring under wilful and corrupt prejudices; which was the case of the Jews, who would not apply their reason to judge of our Lord's doctrine and miracles, but continued molt perversely in their unbelief.

(h) See Matt., vi. 122. (i) See Matt. xv. 2.

(4) Did not God, who made the outward form, make the inward part also? If respect to the Maker-is your reason for cleanfing the oņe, should the other be neglected, which is of so much greater consequence ? See Matt. xxiii. 26. Note.

(1) For the different opinions of the Pharisees and Saducées, fec Matt. iii. 7. Note.


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fcribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them,

are not aware of them (m). 45: Then answered one of the (n) lawyers, and said

unto him, Master, thus saying, thou reproachest 46 us also. And he said, Wo unto you also, ye lawyers:

for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne,

and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of 47 your fingers. Wo unto you: for ye build the fepul

chres of the () prophets, and your fathers killed 48 them. Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds

of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and 49 ye build their fepulchres (P). Therefore also said the

wisdom of God, I will fend them prophets and

apostles, and some of them they shall slay and perse50. cute: That the blood of all the prophets, which

was shed from the foundation of the world, may be 51 required of this generation : From the blood of 2- Abel : unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished ti between the altar and the temple : verily I say unto

you, it shall be (9) required of this generation. 52 Wo unto you, lawyers : for ye have taken away the

key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and 53 them that were entering in, ye hindered. And as he

faid thefe things unto them, the scribes and the Pha, risees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke

ign in (m) See Matt. xxiiis 27. Note.

(n) The Lawyers (called in Matt. xxiii. 13. Scribes and Pharisees were they who undertook 'to inftrue the people in their duty according to the law of Mofes, as divines do now according to the law of Christ.

(0) It is hypocrisy in you to pretend a respe&t for the memory of the prophets, who were killed by your fore-fathers, when you are ready to do the same by ine and my disciples. 6) You erect these sepulchres not to do honour to the prophets

, but to your anceftörs ; this is therefore an evidence that you approve of their cruelty: te) See Mai. xxiii. 350

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