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be wrought upon by this publick Reproof and Censure; then you have delivered your self, you have done your Duty, you may leave him as a desperately incorrigible Sinner, and have no more to do with him. 18. Assuredly I tell you, whatever ye shall determine upon Earth, proceeding according to these my Direčtions, shall be confirmed and ratified by God in Heayen. 19. And whatever two or three of you shall agree to ask of God, in order to the acting conformably to the Instructions I have given you, shall certainly be granted by him. 20. For wherever there be gathered together, tho’ never so small a Congregation of you, in my Name
and according to my Ap
pointment ; there am I always ready to assist and joyn with you, and intercede for you. -
19 Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. "
2O For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
21 of Then 23 & Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certaln king which would take account of his servants,
indebted to him : Thus God examines and judges the Aétions of all Men, who receive what they have from him, and are bound to employ it to his Service and Glory. 24. Mow when this King began to look into his Accounts, he found one man that owed him no less than ten thousand talents : Thus God, when he inspects the A&tions of Men, finds that some have wholly misemployed the Abilities he intrusted them with, and that all have committed very many Offences against him. 25. Then, this man having fpent all, and having ...; to pay, the King commande him and all that he had to be sold, that so the Debt might be discharged: Thus God threatens wicked Men, to inflićt the Punishment of their Sins upon them. 26, & 27. But the Man fell on his Kneer before the King, and promised, if he would give him time, to pay him all Whereupon the King
24 And when he had begun to reckon,one was brought unto him which ought him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant
therefore fell down,
and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compas. fion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servantwent out,and found one of his fellow-servants, which ought him an hundred pence : and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellow-servant fell down at his feet, and befought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all,
Thus wicked Men, not con
sidering how much Mercy. they stand in need of themJelves, and with what longsuffering God defers and is willing to remit their own Punishment 3 are fierce to have the little Affronts, which others do to them, im. mediately revenged. , 29, & 30. And tho’ the poor Debtor fell down on his Knees, and begged only that he might have time allowed him; yet this Man would . . . . bear
the smaller Offences of o
thers committed against them , he becomes highly provoked. 34, & 35. And then the I(ing having no more Patience, commanded him to be cast into Prison, till he should pay the utmost Farthing :
3o And he would not : but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
3 I So when his fellow - servants saw what was done, they were very sorry,and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee P
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.