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fure to give you a the kingdom. 33. Sell (1) that you have, and give alms : provide your felves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. 34. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

loy ns be girded about, and your e lights burning; 36. And ye your felves like unto men that wait for their Lord, when he will return from the wedding, that when he cometh and 1 knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. 37. Blessed are those servants whom the Lord when he cometh Shall find & watching: verily I say unto you, that he fhall

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c* See on Mat. 6. 20. Sight.

† Ifa. Jl. s. Righteousness * Rom. 6. 23. The Wages of shall be the Girdle of his Loyns, and Sin is Death ; but the Gift of God s Faithfulness the Girdle of his Reins

. is Eternal Life, through Jesus Christ † Eph. 6. 14. Stand therefore, have OUE Lord. 2. Pet. 1. II. So an ing your Loins girt about with 2 Entrance fall be ministred to you Truth, and having on the Breastabundantly, into the everlasting plate of Righteousnefs

. 1 Pet. 1. Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour 10 13. Gird up the Loyns of your Jesus Chrift.

mind, be Cober, and hope to the bt Mat. 19. 21. Jefus faid unto End. him, If thou wilt be perfect, go e f Mar. 25. 1. Then shall the and sell that thou hast, and give to Kingdom of Heaven be likened to the Poor, and thou thale have Trem- 15 Ten Virgins, which took theis fure in Heaven ; and come, and fol Lamps.

+ Act. 2. 45. And fold f Cant. 5. 2. I sleep, but my their Poffeffions and Goods, and Heart waketh: it is the Voice of parted them to all men, as every my Beloved that knocketh, saying, man had need. of A&.4 34. Nei-20 Open to me.ther was there any among them hold, I ftand at the Door and that lacked : for as many as were knock. Pofcffors of Lands or Houses, fold

8 See on Ver. 40. them, and brought the Prices of the

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. (1) This is both a Precept and an Exhortation to Charity ; but it is not here commanded, that we presently fell all, and reduce our felves to the Condition of the Poor; but that we fhould be ready, when God calls, and the Necessities of Chrift's needy Members requires it, to give largely of our Substance. Our Lord bids us to take heed, and beware of Covetousness; the Temper therefore of a Chriftian, thould be widely distant from that of the rich Man in the Parable, Ver. 16. who thought of providing only for himself. In the earliest Times of the Gofpel

, some fold all, and put it into a common Stock, as may be obferved in cke References, But this Practice continued but for a short Time, and was nor even then laid upon Christians as a necessary Duty, as appears St. Peter's Reasoning with Ananias, Acts s. 4. See the Nore on

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*+ Mat. 24:44. Who then is 2 St. LU KE XII. Tear of our Lord 33. 287 gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. 38. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them fo, blessed are those servants. 39. And h this know, that if the good-man of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 40. Be ye therefore i ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. 41. Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this Parable unto us, or even to all? 42. And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise * fteward, whom his lord fhall make ruler over his houshold, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43. Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh, shall find so doing. 44. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. 45. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the men-feryants, and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken: 46. The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not ware, and will 1 * cut him in sunder [Or, cut him off], and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47. And that m feryant which knew his lords will, and prepared not

hima 1+1 Thef. 5.2. + 2 Pet. 3. 10. Lord hath made Ruler over his + Rev. 3. 3. + Rev. 16.15. See Houshold, to give them Meat in

due Season ? t Mat. 25.21.His Lord i + Mat. 24. 44 Be ye also ready; said unto him, well done thou for in such an Hour as ye think s good and faithful Servant ; thou hast not, the Son of man cometh. been faithful' over a few Things, † Mat. 25. 13. Watch therefore, for I will make thee Ruler over many ye know neither the Day nor the Things. t 1 Cor. 4. 2. Moreover, Hour wherein the Son of man it is required in Stevóards that a cometh. + Mar. 13. 33. Take ye 10 man be found faithful.

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know † Mat. 24. si. Shall cut him not when the Time is. + Luk. 21.

asunder, and appoint him his Porti. * 34. Teke heed to your felves, left at on with the Hypocrites, there het any time your Hearts be over. shall be weeping and gnashing of charged with Surfeiting and is Teeth.

in: Numb. 19. 30. The Soul Life , and so that Day come upon

that doth oughé presumptuously, you unawares. t 1 Thef. 5.6. Let the same reproachet h the Lord, and Us not Sleep as do others; but let

that Soul shall be cut off from a. 20 mong his People † Jam. 4. 17.

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himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with " many stripes. 48. But (1) he that • knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him fhall be much required : and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. 49. T I am ' come to send fire on the earth, and what will I, if it be already kindled? go. But I have a 9 baptism to be baptized with, and how am I * ftraitned [Or, pained] till it be accomplished ! 51. ' Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay ; s but rather division. 52. For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three againft

two,

n Deut. 25. 2. It shall be, if the $t Mic. 7.6. The Son dishonour. wicked man be worthy to be beat eth the Father, the Daughter riseth en, that the Judge shall cause him up against her Mother, the Daughter to lie down, and to be beaten be in Law against her Mother in Law; fore his Face, according to his Fault, s a man's Enemies are the men of his by a certain Number.

own House.

2 Efdr. 5. 9.

Salt o': Lev. 5. 17. If a Soul Sin,and Waters shall be found in the sweet, commit any of these things which and all Friends shall destroy one anoare forbidden to be done by the ther

2 Esdr. 6. 24. At that Commandments of the Lord ; 10 Time shall Friends fight against one though he wilt it not, yet is he guil. another like Enemies

.: Joh. ty, and shall bear his iniquity. 7. 43. So there was a Division 2. Joh. Q. 41. If ye were Blind, mong the People because of him. Ihould have no Sin: but now ye Joh. 9. 16. Therefore faid fome fay, We fee ; therefore your Sin of the Pharisees, This man is not of

IS remaineth. '; 1 Tim. 1.13. I ob God, because he keepeth not the tained mercy, because I did it ig. Sabbath-day. Others faid, how can Horantly in Unbelief.

a man that is a Sinner do such miP See the Note on Mat. 10. 34. racles? And there was a Division

4 + Mar. 20. 22. Are ye able to 20 among them. Joh. 10. 19. There drink of the Cup chac I shall drink was a Division therefore again 2of, and to be baptized with the Bap. mong the Jews for chele Sayo tism that I am baptized with ? ings.

** See on Mat. 10. 34.

(1) What our Lord here says, gives not the least Encouragement for any Christian to continue wilfully ignorant. For then only may we hope that our ignorance will be admitted as an Excuse, when we have not a Capacity, or the Means, or Opportunities of knowing the Wil of God. When therefore we refuse to know the Will of God, because we will not do it, our ignorance is it féif criminal and sinful, and renders us worthy to be beater with many Stripes ; and confequently cannot be pleaded for an excuse

. It would be hard to determine which Servant an earthly Master would account most faulty, he who knew his Will, but neglected to do it; or he why should stop kis Ears, and would not hear what his Commande were, having refolved before hand that he would not do them,

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two, and two against three. 53. The father shall be divided againt the son, and the son against the father: the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother: the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law againft her mother in law. 54., s And he faid also to the People, when ye see a - cloud rise out of the west, ftraightway ye fay, There cometh a shower; and so it is. 55. And when ye see the south-wind blow, ye say, There will be heat ; and it cometh to pass. 56. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky, and of the earth: but how is it, that ye do not o discern this time? and why. even of your selves judge ye not what is right? 58. When thoú goest with thine adversary to the Magiftrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayst be delivered from him; left he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer caft thee into prison. 59. I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.

CH A P. XIII. TH THERE were present at that season, some that told

him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering,said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were finners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things ? 3. I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish 4. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and flew them, think ye that they were * finners [Or, debters] above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem ? 5. I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perifh. 6. | He spake also this parable: A certain man had a figtree planted in his e vineyard, and he came and sought fruit

thereon, ** Mat. 16. 2. When it is E murderer, whom though he hath vening, ye say, It will be fair Wea escaped the Sea, yet Vengeance suf ther: for the Skie is red.

fererh nor to live. b See on Mar. 11. 3, 5.

et Ifa. s. 2. He fenced it, and it Prov. 25. 8. + Pfal. 32.6. s gathered out the Stones thereof,

55. 6. See on Mat. 5. 25. and planted it with the choicest Acts 28. 4. When the Barbari Vine, C. Mat. 21. 19. When ans saw the venomous Beast hang on

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thereon, and found none. 7. Then faid he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and find none : cut it down, why cumbreth it the grouna ? 8. And he answering, said unto hin, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and durg it. 9. And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that, thou shalt cut it down. 10. And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the fabbath.

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

her self. 12. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. 13. And he flaid his hands on her : and immediately the was made straight, and glorified God. 14. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the fabbath-day, and said unto the People, There are 5 six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the fabbath-day. 15. The Lord then answered him, and faid, Thou hypocrite, doth not i each one of you on the fabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering ? 16. And ought not this woman, being a * daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the fabbath-day? 17. And when he had said these things, all his adverfaries were ashamed: and all the People rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him. 18. Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? "and whereunto Shall I resemble it? 19. It is like a grain of mustard-seed, which a man took and cast into his garden, and it grew, waxed a great tree: and the fowls of the air lodged in the

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f.: Mar. 16. 18. -They shall, vation come to this House, foras. lay Hands on the Sick, and they much as he also is the son of Ao Thall recover. .: A&. 9. 17. A braham. nanias- putting his Hands on him, 1 * Mat. 13. 31. Another Parafaid, Brother Saul. See the s ble put he forth unto them, The Note on Act. 6. 6.

Kingdom of Heaven is like to aGrain 8 + Exod. 20. 9. Six Days shalt of Muftard Seed, which a man took thou Labour, and do all thy and lowed in his field. † Mar. 4 . Work.

30. And he said, Whereunto tball + Mar. 3. 2.

+ Luk. 6. 7.10 we liken the Kingdom of God? Or 7 Luk. 14. 3. See on Mat. 12. 10. with what Comparison fhall wo

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