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him even more, than continue in Contention with him. 41. And if a Man will compel you to do an unreasonable thing, such as he has no right to demand; be content to do it, and even more than he demands, rather than return him Violence for his Violence. 42. In all things endeavour to relieve the Nedeflities, and to contribute to the Peace and Satisfaction of all Men. To him that begs any thing of you, give free. ly 3 and to him that desires to borrow, be not unwilling to lend. 43. T Lastly, The Law commands Men to love their Meighbours, but permits them to hate their Enemies. 44. But I say unto you; Love, not only those who love you, but even those also who are your greatest Enemies; Speak well, not only of those who speak well of you, but even of those also who revile and curse you 3 be kind, not only to those who are kind

41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him swain.

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42 Give to him that asketh thee,and from him that would borrow of thee, turn not thou away.

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy: . 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you,and Persecute you :

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45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven, for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the the good , and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye 2 do not even the publicans the same 2

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do you more then others ? do not even the publicans so 2

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come up to the imitation of God 5 who bestoweth the Benefit of his Sun and Rain, upon the unjust and wicked, as well as upon the just and good. 46. If ye love only those who love you, what extraordinary Reward does this deserve This is not at all above the ordinary praČtise of Mankind : It is no more than what is generally done, even by Persons of the lowest Character. 47. And if ye be kind and friendly only to those who are the same to you, what extraordinary Matter is this 2 This is no more, than what the worst of Mell Men think themselves bound to do in common gratitude: 48. But let your Charity and Well-doing far exceed this common Pračtise of Men. Let it extend it self universally in imitation of the Divine Goodness, which is the greatest Excellency and Perfection of God.

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ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them : 0. therwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaVen.

2 Therefore, when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do, in the synagogues, and in the streets, that they may have glory

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of men. Verily, I say unto you, they have their reward.

3 But when thou doeft alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth :

4 That thine alms may be in secret : and thy which seeth in secret, himself shall reward thee openly,

5 4 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are : for they


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