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The Epistle.. Ephef. 4. 1. I
Therefore the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you, that ye walk
worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness,with long-suffering, farbearing one another in love; endeavouring, to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; onę, Lord, one faith, one baptism, pne God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
The Gospel. S. Luke 14. 1.
Pharisees to eat bread on the fabbath-day, that they watched him. And behold, there was à certain man before him who had the dropsy. And Jefus answering, fpake unto the lawyers, and Pharisees, saying, I Is it lawful to heal on the fabbath-day? and they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; and answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass, or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath-day? And they could not answer him again to these things.
And he put forth a parable to those who were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms, saying unto them, When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, fit not down in the highest room, lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him: and he that bade thee and him, come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to Mercy and Compassion for the afflicted so it was an dent caution not to give offence to them, who, we instance of God's Wisdom in fometimes suffering his know, are apt and willing to take it. But in his folServants to be driven to extremities beyond human lowing. Conduct-we have a pattern too of resolutiez in help--and of his goodness in comforting and reliev- doing good when we have power and a fit opportunity; ing them when reduced to such a situation.
though sensible that offence is likely to ba taken, or I therefore the Prisoner of the Lord beseech that such good may bring us into fome danger. And you, &c. This Epifle confifts forft of an. Exhor. lastly, in the apology.which he makes, for himself, we tation to such dispositions and behaviour as becomes have a shining instance of condescension and Meekness; Christians : and secondly of a description of that Unity which should teach us not to inlist too rigorously upon in the Church, which is the great enforcement of Sta. being in the right, nor satisfying ourselves always with Paul's Exhortation.
that; but taking all fit occasions to vindicate our ace. I Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath Day?. In this tions from offence, though ever so unreasonable, never Question our Saviour has given us an example of pru, fo unjustly taken..
take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down , in the lowest room, that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that fit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abafed; and he thạt humbleth him. felf shall be exalted.
The eighteenth Sunday after Trinity.
the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds, to follow thee the only God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
I Cor. I. 4.
which is given you by Jesus Christ; that in every thing ye are enriched by him in all utterance, and in all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you; So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 22. 34.
ducees, to filence, they were gathered together. Then one of them who was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, I Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all
Paraphrafe on the Collect for the eighteenth Sunday after Trinity. O Lord, we in treat thce to give all Christians Grace Enemy of Mankind--and with holy dispositions to to refift the allurements of this wicked, Warld,,-of abey, thee the only true God, through Jesus Chrił our disorderly pasions and desires,--and of Satan the great Lord.
* I thank my God always, &c. The principal de not fignify that he only is to belovud, tut that we ought sign of this portion of Scripture is to instruct us by St. to love him with a fincere, and prevailing Love. So Paul's example, to be highly pleased with, and truly that tho’ our Friends or Relatives may have a fare: thankful for the fpiritual advantages which the bounty of our affection, yet that nothing ought to be foved of God bestows upon any of our Brethren.
above, nothing equally with God, much less contrary. I Thou shalt love the Lord' oby God, &c. This does to, or against him..
thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two com“mandments hang all the law and the prophets. While the Phari· fees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit cais him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his Son? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durft any man (from that day forth) ask him any more questions.
The nineteenth Sunday after Trinity.
thee; Mercifully grant, that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct, and rule our hearts, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephes. 4. 17.
forth walk not as other Gentiles walk in the vanity of their mind; having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling, have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so. learned Chrift: if so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: that ye put off, concerning the former conversation, *the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lufts; and be re
Paraphrase on the Collea for the nineteenth Sunday after Trinity. O God, fince without thy affistance, we are not able rify and govern our Tempers and Dispositions, through to serve ibee acceptably; grant we beseech thee, of Jesus Christ our Lord. thy Mercy, that thy Holy Spirit may continually pu• The old Man. Sigaines those evil Habits which the Ephcfians had so long practised in the fate of He
newed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new mani; which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour; for we are members one of another. + Be ye angry, and fin
Let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole, steal no more; but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are fealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil-fpeaking be put away from you, with all: malice. And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgive ing one another, even as God for Christs fake hath forgiven you.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 9. 1. ESUS entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his
own city.. And behold, they brought to him a man fick of the pally, lying on a bed. And Jesus seeing their faith, said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee. And behold, certain of the scribes said within themfelvess. This man blasphemeth And Jefus, knowing their thoughts, said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier to say, $ Thy sins be forgiven thee? or to fay, Arise, and walk? But that ye may, know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick. of the palsy) Arise, then'sm; the New Man, that divine Life; that Life of crifice that fo he may lift up to God pure Hands, witbRighteousness and Holiness which Chriltianity requires. our Wrarb. 1. Tim. ii. &. +-Bege Angry and Sin nal. That is, beware of finful Thy Sins be forgiven thee. Physicians, both an
I Let ngr she sun go down, &c. This precept,, lays cafioned by Intem peranee. Wherefore, if this Para. Pixtarch, the Scholars of. Pytbagoras observed, who lyric brought his Disease apon himself by Drunken. when they had been angry, and reproached one ano- ness or Luft, the propriety of the terms in whith the ther, “ before the Sun went down, they shook Hands, Cure was pronounced wil more fully appear. Tby Sine "and embraced one another." Thus mult the Chrif. are forgiven sbble, • tan do,, Lefore he offers up tp God his Evening Sae
cient and modern tell us that Patsies are sometimes oc
up thy bed, and go unto thinė house. And he arose, and departed to his house. But when the multitude saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, who had given such power unto men.
The twentieth Surday after Trinity.
ness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things that thou' wouldest
' have done, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epifle. Ephef. 5. 15 E E then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as
wise, * redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Where fore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. ' And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs; singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God, and the Father, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; submitting yourfelves one to another in the fear of God.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 22. '1. ESUS said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain
king, who made a marriage for his son; and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding; and they would not come. Again he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them who are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready, come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways,
Paraphrase on the Colle&t for the twentieth Sunday after Trinity. O most mighty and merciful God, graciously pre- to our temporal and spiritual concern, we may readily serve us, we intreat thee, from whatever may be in- perform thy Commands, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
jurious to our welfare ; that being in fatety, both as
• Redeeming the time, &c. That is, by all honeft dangers aod perfecutions to which in those times they ways and prudent methods to endeavour to avoid the were exposed.