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and persecute you, and say all manner of evil things of you falsly, and do all manner of injuries to you un: justly, only for the sake of Virtue and the profession of the Truth; then esteem your selves doubly happy. 12. Then rejoyce, triumph, and leap for JQY 3 for exceeding great shall be your reward, in Heaven. For thus in old Time were the Prophets and the best of Men persecuted; with whom if ye patiently endure Sufferings, ye shall also partake of their extraordinary Reward. 13. T Be couragious therefore, and constant, and patient. Te are to be Teach
ers and Examples to the
World. If by your sound Doctrine and unblameable Lives, ye propagate true Religion and Virtue, yeshall preserve, the World from Corruption: But if ye, who are to be the Instruments of reforming Mankind, shall your selves degenerate into Softness and Vice ; where
12 Rejoyce, and be exceeding glad : for great is your reward in heaven : for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
13 * Ye are the salt of the earth : but if the salt have lost his favour, wherewith shall it be salted 2 it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be troden under foot of Illell,
14 Ye are the light of the world.
A city that is set on
an hill, cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel : but on a candleftick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,and glorifie your Father which is in heaven.
étise of true Virtue, and so give glory to God. 17 ° And do not think, because I give you these new Precepts, that therefore I am come to destroy or abrogate the Law and the Prophets. No : I am not come to dissolve any one natural or moral Obligation 3 but on the contrary, to fulfil what was typified, to explain what was obscure, and to compleat what was imperfect. 18. For assuredly there shall not be any part of the typical or ceremonial Law, but shall truly be fulfilled: Nor any one Precept of the natural or moral Law, but shall continue in its full force and obligation so long as the World endures. 19. Whosoever therefore shall break any one of the least of these moral Precepts, not ignorantly or by surprise, but wilfully and presumptuously, so as to persist deliberately in the breach of it, and to teach or incourage others to do
17 * Think not that I am COme to deftroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men fo, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven : but whosoever shall do, and teach them, the same shall be called great