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Blessed are those who are of a meek and quiet Spirit; for thereby they will be in favour with the Magistrate, nor shall they be oblig’d to fly their Country, as those who are of a turbulent and favage Temper.
Do not judg those miserable who are in want of the very Necessaries of Life, either by reason of the Barrenness of the Land they till, or because the Fruits of their Farms have been destroy'd by unseasonable Storms or Tempests, or because they have been plunder'd by their Enemies : nor ought you to look upon
these Accidents as so many Arguments of the Divine Displeasure, which is the common Opinion of the Jews; for if these men are zealously bent upon the pursuit of Piety and a holy Life, their Souls shall be satisfied with eternal Felicity in the Life to
They who heap up Riches without measure, and in all things consult their own Welfare, are not to be look'd upon as happy : They are much rather so, who taking pity on the Misfortunes of others, fuccour 'em according to their Ability ; for God will take pity on them after this Life's ended, and reward 'em with all manner of Happiness, while the former shall be severely punish'd for their Avarice and Inhumanity.
Happy are those who have their Minds purg'd from evil Inclinations, who prefer fuch a Purity of Mind before the ceremonial cleansing of the Body : for God will not only favourably receive them in his Temple, but reward them hereafter with his Divine Presence in the celestial Seats of Bliss.
Blessed also will they be who labour earnestly for Peace, who make it a great business of their Lives to reconcile men of opposite Opinions and Practices, who are of a quite contrary Temper to the Pharisees, that factious feditious Race of Men, who quarrel upon the lightest occasion, and are always ready to put themselves at the head of a Party ; who for this very reason are admir'd by the Multitude, and
look'd upon by them as the Favourites of Heaven. Whereas the Lovers of Peace do in that very thing manifest themselves to be the Sons of God, who is peculiarly tild, The God of Peace.
Do not imagine they are blessed, who, because they take care to give no Offence. to the Government, like the Sadduces, enjoy an uncontrould Prosperity in this World, but at the same time pursue Virtue and Truth no farther than as they conduce tú the attaining these terrestrial Advantages. They are with much more reason to be accounted blessed, who at present suffer for their adherence to Truth and Virtue ; for these shall become Members of the Kingdom of Heaven, from which those others will be excluded.
Look upon your Condition as blessed, when for the stedfast adherence to my Doctrine, and constant obedience to my Commands, Men Thall hate you, and expel you their Assemblies, as unfit to fit among them, and shall pursue you with contumelious Reproaches and Defamations. When you shall be thus evilly intreated by the Jews, you ought to be fo far from grieving at it, that you will have the greateft reason to be filld with Joy and Gladness, since you will receive the greater Rewards from God in Heaven. This was the Lot of the Prophets formerly, whose Condition no one will say, was miserable, since it was attended with the Divine Fayour
On the contrary, miserable are the Rich, who vaunt themselves upon that account, and who impart none of their Wealth to the relief of the indigent: These bless themselves upon the account of their Riches, and have nothing further to exped from God.
Miserable are those that abound in all manner of Delicacies, and bestow nothing out of their Abundance to the relief of the Neceflities of the Poor: hereafter they shall fuffer what will be as intolerable as the greatest Hunger. Unhappy are those who because of their uninterrupted Prosperity give themselves to perpetual Feasting and Jollity: The time will come when their Mirth shall be turn'd into continual Grief and Anguilh. Envy not the Condition of those who have the greatest Res putation among the fews : The Ancestors of these very fews in like manner applauded the false Prophets, while the true Messengers of God suffer'd under their Obloquy and Defamation.
O all ye that embrace my Doctrine, you are like those falt Alhes which are imploy'd in the manuring of Land, which, if they once lose their Saltness, are for ever after useless, and thrown out into the High-way, and trodden under foot. Thus ought you in your Words and Actions to incite Mankind to the pursuit of Virtue, in which if you should fail, there is no one upon Earth, neither in Fides, nor any other Country, that can reclaim you: So that if you prove wanting in your Daty, like those insipid Alhes, you will become for ever an unprofitable Burden on the Earth.
CHAB. V. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill, cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a, candle, and put it under a bulhel; buc on a candlestick, 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 glorify your Father which is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets : I am not come. to destroy, but to fulfi.
18 For verily I fay unto: you, Till heaven and earth pafs, one joc or one tittle Thall in no wise pass from che law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore, lhall break one of these least:
You are like to a Light illustrating the whole Globe of the Earth; wherefore it behoves you to take care that your Doctrine be not obscur'd with the least Cloud of Vice or Error. 'Twill be imposible for you not to be taken notice of, and you will resemble a City feated upon an Eminence, and conspicuous afar off
. And this indeed you ought to be acquainted with, since it is for this very purpose that you have been calid by God. As men light a 1 amp to be of use to all the Family, not to obscure the Light of it by covering it with a Bushel, and so frustrating the very end it was design d for: Só shine oue by the Light of your Doctrine, and a holy Life, that men observing your Words and Actions to be conformable to your Profeltion, may praise your heavenly Father, and give thanks to him for sending such men into the World to dispel the Darkness it was involv'd in.
Do not imagine, because I lay some things repugnant to the common Notions of the fcips, that I am come with design to teach men they are now no longer under any obligation to the Laws of Mojes and the Prophets : On the contrary, I am fent biy God to acquaint them more fully with their Duty. While leaven and Earth lart, not the last tittle of the moral Injunctions deliver'd by Moses and the Prophets 11:all be canceld. And whoever teaches that any the leait Divine Precept of Morality, because it feems to him of imall importance, may be omitted, and
commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: bur, whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That. except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shale nor kill : and whosoever shall kill, shall be iş danger of the judgment.
22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause, shall be in danger of the judgment : and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, thall be in danger of the council : but whosoever
by his own example encourages others to the negle&t of it, shall be as lightly ra.garded by God in the account he will take of the Inhabitants of his heavenly Kingdom. Contrarily, whoever shall by his Doctrine and Example recommend as diligent Observation of all those Virtues that have been enjoyn’d by God upon any occalion, Niall be accounted great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I admonish you (so far am ! from expecting less Sanctity from you) that unless your Holiness exceed that of the very Pharisees and Doctors of the Law, who are reputed the most holy Perfons among the Jews, you will forfeit the Rewards that shall be distributed in the Kingdom of Heaven.
You know that when the Law was given to your Ancestors, Murder was made: a capital Crime by God himself ; but I am further to inform you, that not only that and the like enormous Crimes thall be punilli'd in the Life to come, but the smaller also, and such as are scarce reputed Faults by the Jews. Whosoever shall indulge his Anger, and behave himself passionately without cause, Jhall suffer fuch Punishment as may be compar'd to that capital one inflicted by the lefler Councils ; but he that shall habituate himself to scoff at and jeer his Neighbour,, thall bereafter be fentenc'd to as severe Punishment as those who are condemn'd by the greater Council for the greatest Crimes :. But he who above all fhall out..