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ACCORDING TO THE
, CHAP dwelt at Nazareth, cometh hath warned you to flee from the Appear. John the Baptist in the desert of wrath that is approaching? Bring 8
Judea, saying, “Repent ye, for forth therefore fruits suitable to re-
the kingdom of heaven, (the gos- pentance, and say not within your
pel dispensation) draweth near.” selves, We have Abraham for 9
3 This is he who was spoken of by our father ;' for I say unto you, iba xi. 3. Isaiah the Prophet, saying, “ The that from these stones God is able
voice of one crying in the desert, to raise up children unto Abraham Prepare ye the way of Jehovah, and even now the axe is laid to the 10
make straight a high-way for our root of the trees, so that every tree, 4 God.” · And this John had his which beareth not good fruit, will
raiment of camel's hair, with a lea- be cut down and cast into the fire. thern girdle about his loins, and I indeed baptize you with water un- 11
his food was s locusts and wild to repentance: but he who is com5 honey. Then many of the people ing after me is mightier than I,
of Jerusalem, and of all parts of whose sandals I am not worthy to
Judea, and of all the country about carry; he will baptize you with 6 Jordan, went out to him; and purifying spirit and with fire: for 12 were baptized by him in the river his fan is in his hand, and he will
Jordan, upon confession of their thoroughly cleanse his floor, and 7 sins. But when he saw many of lay up his wheat in the garner, but
the Pharisees and Sadducees com- will burn up the chaff with a un-
* This gospel is generally believed to guage; but it is of little moment. The
And dence at
tion of Jesus.
Then cometh Jesus from Gali- “ All these things I will give thee CHAP.
lee to Jordan, unto John, to be if thou wilt fall down, and worship Baptism of baptized by him. But John re-ine." Then saith Jesus unto him, 10 Jesus.
fused, saying, “I have need to be Begone, thou adversary, for it is 1.1 baptized by thee, and comest thou written, Thou shalt worship the Deut.
to me?” And Jesus answered and Lord thy God, and pay religious 15 said unto him, “ Suffer me now, service to him only'." Then the 11
for thus it becometh us to perforın devil leaveth him, and * angels
every righteous ordinance." Then came and ministered unto him. 16 John suffereth him. And as soon Now, when Jesus had heard that 12
as Jesus was baptized and gone up John was delivered up to prison, His resiout of the water, lo! the heavens he withdrew into Galilee.
Capernaum were opened unto John and he saw having left Nazareth, he came and the spirit of God descending like a dwelt in Capernaum, which is on i3
dove, and lighting upon Jesus. the north side of the lake of Tibe-
saying, “This is my beloved Son, and Naphtali; so that it was ful-
filled which was spoken by the CHAP. Then was Jesus led up by the Prophet Isaiah, “The land of Ze-14
spirit into the desert, to be ? tried bulon, and the land of Naphtali, Isa. ix. Tempta- by the devil : And when he had countries near the lake, by the side 1, 2.
fasted forty days and forty nights, of Jordan, in Galilee of the Gentiles;
said, “It is written, Man liveth to preach, and to say, “ Repent,
thing which is appointed by God." near."
him to the holy city, and setteth lake of Galilee, he saw two bre- Calls Pehim on a wing of the temple, and thren, Simon called Peter, and ter, Ao6 saith unto him, “As thou art the Andrew his brother, casting a net James, and
Son of God, cast thyself down; into the lake, for they were fish- John.
for it is written, “He shall give his ers; and he saith unto them,“ Come 19 Psalm xci. angels charge concerning thee, with me, and I will make you fish
and they will bear thee upon their ers of men ;” and immediately 20
hands jest thou strike thy foot they left their nets and followed 7 against a stone'.” Jesus said unto him. And going forward thence, 21
him, “ It is also written, · Thou he saw two other brethren, James
shalt not tempt the Lord thy the son of Zebedee, and John his 8 God'.” Again, the devil taketh brother, in the vessel with Zebedee Jesus with him to a very high their father, preparing their nets, imountain, and showeth him ail and he called them; and immedi- 22 the kingdoms of the world, and the ately they left the vessel and their glory of them, and saith unto him, father, and followed him.
Deut. vi. 26.
1 A divine impulse.
he enjoyed the most solacing icflections. 3 Distrustingly put his goodness to the
And Jesus went about all Gali-, and so were persecuted the teachers CHAP.
lee, teaching in their synagogues, that were before you. Cures va- and preaching the glad-tidings of
Ye are the salt of the earth, 13 estes.dis his kingdom, and curing every dis- but if this salt have lost its savour, Duty of
ease and every infirmity among with what shall it be seasoned ? it setting a 24 the people. And his fame went is no longer good for any thing ample.
through all Syria; and they brought but to be cast out, and trodden un-
Ye are the light 14
lunatics, and those that had palsies; nor is a lamp lighted to be put un- 15 5 25 and hé cured them; and great der a bushel, but on a stand, and
multitudes followed him from Ga- it shineth to all that are in the
may see your good works, and glo-
he went up a mountain, and sat 6 Think not that I am come to 17 Who are down.; and his disciples came un-destroy the spirit and end of the The moral truly bappy:
to him. And he opened his mouth law or the prophets ; I am not law of
and taught them, saying, “ Happy come to destroy, but to establish Moses 3 are the poor in spirit, for theirs is thein ; for verily I say unto you, established 4 the kingdom of heaven. Happy The hearen and the earth will by Christ.
are those who mourn for their sooner pass away, than one jot or
are those that hunger and thirst one of the least of these my com-
be filled with all necessary, in- will be • least in the kingdom of
are the compassionate, for they and teach them will be greatest in
For I say 20
makers, for they shall be caled the the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall 10 sons of God.' Happy are those by no means enter into the king,
that suffer wrong for righteousness' dom of heaven.
" Ye have heard that it was said 21 11 heaven. Happy are ye when men
to those of old, • Thou shalt do no Of murder, reproach you, and persecute yon, murder, and whosoever commit- Exod, xx; and speak all kind of evil against teth murder, shall be liable to the xxxv. 30. 12 you falsely for my sake. Rejoice judgment of the common courts of
and be exceedingly glad, for great justice.' But I say unto you, 22
Madmen, valgarly supposed to be pos- and to be happy eternally. sessed by demons, or the soals of dead 4 Have the best knowledge of him on
earth, and be in the highest degree sensible of " A part of Syria, containing ten cities, his p esence hereafter. lying on the east of the lake of Galilee. 5 He may profess to be my disciple, but
3 The lowly and unambitious, such were he will be unwo thy of the name. . most likely to become Christ's disciples,
CHAP. ther without a cause, shall be in /* causeth her to commit adultery;: CHAP. V.
V. danger of the judgment, and who- and whosoever shall marry her who ever shall say to his brother without hath been divorced, committeth a cause, 'Thou empty, senseless adultery. fellow !' shall be liable to the coun- “ Again, ye have heard that it 33 cil or supreme court, and whoever was sa to ose of old, “Thou Of comshall say without cause, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt mon swearworthless, unprincipled wretch !' perform unto the Lord thine oaths.'
shall be in danger of ’ hell fire. But I say unto you, Swear not on Numb. 23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to any account; either by the heaven,
the altar and there remember that thy for it is God's throne'; or by the 35
brother hath a complaint against earth, for it is his footstool ; or by 24 thee; leave there thy gift before Jerusalem, for it is the city of the
the altar, and go ; first be reconcil-great king. Neither shalt thou 36
ed to thy brother, and then come swear by thy head, for thou canst 25 and offer thy gift. Agree with not make one hair white or black.
thine adversary quickly, whilst thou But let your discourse be · Yes, 37
thee, Thou mayest not come out Rather than this, resist not the xxi. 24.
shall strike thee on thy right cheek, 27 “ Ye have heard that it was said turn to him the other also ; and 40 Of Adul- to those of old,
• Thou shalt not whosoever will sue thee at law for commit adultery. But I say unto thy coat, give to him thy cloke you, Whosoever lookethon a also. And whosoever shall force 41 woman, so as to indulge unlawful thee to go one mile, go with him desires towards her, hath already two. Be disposed to give to him 42
committed wickedness with her in that asketh thee, and from him
right eye lead thee to sin, pluck not away.
if thy right hand lead thee to sin, and to show that you do love theni,
whole body be cast into hell. ously and persecute you that you 45
31 " And it was said, Whosoever may be the sons of your Father, of divorce. divorceth his wife, let him give her who is in heaven ; for he maketh
a writing of separation.' But I say his sun to rise on the evil and on
unto you, Whosoever shall di- the good, and he sendeth rain on
tery: Exod. XX. 14
Deut. xxiv. S.
"A punishment co responding to a death 3 This was an inference which the Jews by fire in the valley of Hinnom. See Jer. made from the books of Moses ; but without vii. 31,
good grounds. • If she marry again during his life.
CHAP. those who love you, what is your
66 Our Father, who art in hea- CHAP. VI.
VI. reward? Do not even the publi- ven, hallowed be thy name. Thy 47 cans the same ? And if
ye salute kingdom come. Thy will be done A form of your brethren only, what good on earth, as it is in heaven. Give prayer. will this do you
Do not the us this day the bread sufficient for 11 Gentiles act in the same manner? us: and forgive us our trespasses, 12 48 Be ye therefore ? perfect, as your
perfect, as your as we forgive those who trespass Father that is in heaven is perfect. against us, and S bring us not into CHAP.
“Take heed not to perform temptation ; but deliver us from 13
your good deeds before men, that evil: for thine is the kingdom, and Of alms.
ye may be seen by them; other- the power, and the glory for ever. giving, wise ye have no reward with
Amen! For if ye forgive men 14 2 Father, who is in heaven. There- their offences, your heavenly Father fore when thou doest thy alms, will also forgive you, but if ye forgive 15 sound not a trumpet before thee; not men their offences, neither will as the hypocrites do in the syna- your Father forgive your offences. gogues and in the streets, that they “ Moreover, when ye fast, be not 16 may receive honour from men. like the hypocrites, of a gloomy Of fasting.
Verily I say unto you, that they countenance, for they disfigure 3 have their reward. But when thou their faces, that they may appear doest alms, let not thy left hand unto men to fast: verily I say unto
know what thy right hand doeth ; you, They have their reward ; 17 4 that thine alms may be in secret ; but when thou fastest, anoint thy
and thy Father who seeth in secret, head, and wash thy face; that 18
thou appear not unto men to fast, 5 “And when thou prayest, be not but unto thy Father who is in seOf prayer, as the hypocrites are, for they love cret ; and thy Father who seeth in
to pray,standing in the synagogues, secret will reward thee openly.
I say unto you, They have their worın destroy, and where thieves treasures.
thy Father who seeth in secret will and steal: for where your treasure 21 7 reward thee openly. And when is, there will be your heart also. ye pray, use not babbling repeti- “The eye is the lamp of the 22 tions, like the heathen: for they body; if therefore thine eye be Light of
the body think they will be heard for their sound, thy whole body will be en
and mind, 8 much speaking. Be not therefore lightened; but if thine eye be dis
like them; for your Father know-ordered, thy whole body will be in
how great will that darkness be!
1 The collectors or farmers of the Ro- thus: Bring us not so into temptation, as man taxes and customs. Men of bad cha- that we may be otherwise than" delivered racter, and frequently ranked with sinners. from evil.
• Imitate the excellence and perfection of 4 That is, thine understanding, which is God, as much as lies in your power the lamp of the mind. A sound understand
3 This petition must be so connected with ing will make men prefer heavenly treasures the following, as if both had been expressed to earthly, and God to riches.