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The Goffel. S. Luke 5. 1.

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T came to pafs, that as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he ftood by the lake of Gennefareth; and faw two fhips ftanding by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the fhips, which was Simons, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land: and he fat down and taught the people out of the fhip. Now when he had left fpeaking, he faid unto Simon, Lanch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon anfwering, faid unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing; nevertheless at thy word, I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes, *and their net brake. And they beckened unto their partners which were in the other fhip, that they fhould come and help them. And they came, and filled both the fhips, fo that they began to fink, When Simon Peter faw it, he fell down at Jefus knees, faying, +Depart from me, for I am a finful man, O Lord. For he was aftonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: and fo was alfo James and John, the fons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jefus faid unto Simon, §Fear not, from henceforth thou fhalt catch men, And when they had brought their fhips to land, they forfook all and followed him.

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God, who haft prepared for them that love thee, such good things as pass mans understanding; Pour into our hearts fuch love toward thee, that we loving thee above all things, may

* And their Net brake. It ought to have been tranflated, their Net was in danger of breaking.

+ Depart from me for I am a finful, &c. Peter was ftruck with fuch a panick, upon obferving fuch a proof of Chrift's power, that he defired him to depart from him, because he was not able to fhew him that

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Fear not, from henceforth, &c. Signifying that by the power of his Doctrine he fhould daw them out of, the gulf of Ignorance, Wickedness and Mifery, in which they were immerfed, and bring them into caps tivity to the Gospel,

obtain thy promifes which exceed all that we can defire, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

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The Epiftle. Rom. 6. 3.

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NOW ye not, that fo many of us as were baptized into Jefus Chrift were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptifm into death: *that like a Chrift was raifed up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even fo we alfo fhould walk in newnefs of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the like, nefs of his refurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is cru cified with him, that the body of fin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not ferve fin. For he that is dead, is freed from fin. Now if we be dead with Chrift, we believe that we fhall alfo live with him; knowing that Chrift being raised from the dead, dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto fin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewife reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto fin: but alive unto God, through Jefus Christ our Lord, The Gospel. S. Matth. 5. 20.

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Efus faid unto his difciples, Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharifees, ye fhall in no cafe enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was faid by them of old time, Thou fhalt not kill: and whofoever shall kill, shal be in danger of the judgment. But I fay unto you, That whofoever is angry with his brother without a caufe, Bb 2

Paraphrafe on the Collect for O God, who haft prepared Happiness inconceivable for thofe that love thee; infpire us with fuch an affection for thee, that we pre erring thy fervice above all

That like as Chrift was raised up, c. It is plain from this paffage of Scripture, that Baptifm implies, and equires an exprefs Belief of the Death of Chrift; as the Inftrument of our Salvation. Confequently, there muft be a firm hope and truft of obtaining that Salvation, by his fufferings as the efficient and meritorious

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thall be in danger of the judgment: and whofoever fhall fay to his brother, Racha, fhall be in danger of the council: but whofoever fhall fay, Thou fool, fhall be in danger of hell-fire. There fore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there remembereft that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way, first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. * quickly, whiles thou art in the way adverfary deliver thee to the judge, officer, and thou be caft into prifon. fhalt by no means come out thence, till thou haft paid the uttermoft farthing.

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Agree with thine adverfary with him; left at any time the and the judge deliver thee to the Verily I fay unto thee, Thou

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ORD of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things; Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the fame, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

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The Epistle. Rom. 6. 19.

Speak after the manner of men, because of the infirmity of your flefh: for as ye have yielded your members fervants to uncleanness, and to iniquity, unto iniquity; even fo now yield your

Paraphrafe on the Collect for O God of infinite Power and Majefty, the giver of all good Gifts; infpire us with a fincere Love of thee; —increase in us a right Faith, Fear, and Devotion

concerning the fpiritual state of another, without good reafon fhall, (without Repentance) be liable to future punishment, in proportion to the nature and heinousnefs of his Crime.

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* Agree with thine Adverfary, &c. Our Saviour here exhorts us to make reparation for any Injuries we have done to our Brethren, from the confideration of what is reckoned prudent in our worldly concerns. Becaufe, as without reconciliation with our Adverfary we may be liable to be thrown into confinement-fo without Repentance, and returning to Charity, in due

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towards thee; make us fruitful in all Holiness, and enable us by thy Grace to perfevere in it to the end of our lives, for the fake of Jefus Christ our Lord.

time, God the fupren.e Judge, may call us away to pu nifhment, and thereby put it out of our power for ever.

For as ye have yielded your Members, &c. The Apostle in this paffage brings his Converts to remembrance of their former condition, and their behaviour under it; and from thence fhews how reasonable it is that they fhould fhew the fame care and zeal in performing the Duties of their prefent profeflion, that they had before. expreffed in gratifying their corrupt Appetites and Paffions.

members servants to righteousness, unto holiness. For when ye were the fervants of fin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in thofe things whereof ye are now afhamed? For the end of those things is death. But now being made free. from fin, and become fervants to God, ye have your fruit unto holinefs, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of fin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jefus Christ our Lord. The Gofpel. S. Mark 8. 1.

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N thofe days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jefus called his difciples unto him, and faith unto them, I have compaffion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: and if I fend them away fafting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. And his difciples an fwered him, From whence can a man fatisfy thefe men with bread here in the wildernefs? And he afked them, How many loaves have ye? and they faid, Seven. And he commanded the people to fit down on the ground: and he took the feven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his difciples to fet before them: and they did fet them before the people. And they had a few fmall fifhes; and he bleffed, and commanded to fet them alfo before them. So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left, feven baskets. And they that had eaten were about four thousand; and he fent them away.

The eighth Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect.

God, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth; We humbly befeech thee to put away

The Wilderness. One cannot but remark with what Wisdom Jefus chofe to be fo much in Deferts, du ing this period of his Miniftry. He was refolved in the difcharge of it, to make as little noife as poffible, to avoid Crouds, and to be followed only by

fuch as had difpofitions proper for profiting by his Inftructions. And to fay the Truth, not a great many others would accompany him into folitudes, where they were to fuflain the inconveniencies of Hunger and the Weather for feveral Days.

from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Epifle. Rom. 8. 12.

Rethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh: For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: *but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye fhall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the fons of God. For ye have not received the fpirit of bondage again to fear: "but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witnefs with our fpirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs: heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ: if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

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The Gospel. S. Matth, 7. 15.

Eware of falfe prophets, which come to you in fheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye fhall know them by their fruits: Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even fo every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down, and caft into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye fhall know them. Not every one that faith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.

The ninth Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect.

Paraphrafe on the Collect for God, the governor of the World, protect us we befeech thee from whatever may be injurious to us, and

But if ye through the Spirit do mortify, Er. From this paffage of Scripture we are inftructed that a fure token by which we may difcover thofe that belong to Christ is, that they do not indulge them felves in fen

al pleasures, but mortify and fubdue their irregular Paffous and Defires; and diligently pursue the dictates

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give us all fuch Things as thou feeft will be for our
benefit, for the fake of Jefus Christ our Lord.
of the Spirit of God.

Not every one that faith, &. It is not the bare profefion, or preaching of the Gofpel, that will carry any Man to Heaven; but a confcientious and dilfgent obfervance of the Rules of Life laid down there.

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