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foever hateth his brother, is a murderer; and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, becaufe he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whofo hath this worlds good, and feeth his brother have need, and fhutteth up his bowels of compaffion from him; how dwelleth the love of God in him? § My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed, and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and fhall affure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, than have we confidence towards God. And whatfoever we afk, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do thofe things that are pleafing in his fight. And this is his commandment, that we fhould believe on the name of his Son Jefus Chrift, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth in him, and he in him: and hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. The Gofpet. S. Luke -14. 16.


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Certain man made a great fupper, and bade many; and fent his fervant at fupper-time to fay to them that were bidden, Come, for all things are now ready. And they all with one confent began to make excufe: The first faid unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and fee it; I pray thee have me excufed. And another faid, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them; I pray thee have me excufed. And another faid, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that fervant came and fhewed his Lord thefe things. Then

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the mafter of the houfe being angry, faid to his fervant, Go out quickly into the freets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor and the maimed, and the halt and the blind. And the forvant faid, Lord it is done as thou haft commanded, and yet there is room. And the Lord faid unto the fervant, Go out into the highways, and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my houfe may be filled. For I fay unto you, that none of thofe men which were bidden fhall tafte of my fupper.

The third Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect.

Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom thou haft given an hearty defire to pray, may by thy mighty aid be defended and comforted in all dangers and adverfitics, through Jefus Chrift, our Lord. Amen.


The Epistle. S. Pet. 5. 5.

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LL of you be fubject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God refifteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble your felves,therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; cafting all cafting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. Be fober, be vigilant, because your adverfary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, feeking whom he may devour. Whom refist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the fame afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Chrift Jefus, after that ye have fuffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, ftrengthen, fettle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Paraphrafe on the Colied for O Lord, we intreat thee graciously to hear our petitions; and grant, that we, to whom thou haft given fuch a fenfe of our wants and infirmities, as induce us

* Be clothed with Humility. The original Word which we render here, be clothed, is of peculiar elegance fignifying properly an upper Garment, girt about over the reft, as a diftin&tion of Servants. Hereby the Apoftle

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to afk thy aid and protection, may, by thy powerful help, be preferved and relieved under all difficulties and dillreffes, through Jefus Christ our Lord.'

intimates, that Humility ought to be always vi ble in Chritians, in every action of our lives to exprefs it felf, and to be a fignificant mark of our belonging to Chrift.



The Gospel. S. Luke 15. 1.

Hen drew near unto him all the publicans and finners for to hear him. And the Pharifees and fcribes murmured, faying, This man receiveth finners, and eateth with them. * And he fpake this parable unto them, faying, What man of you having an hundred fheep, if he lofe one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is loft, until he find it? and when he hath found it, he layeth it on his fhoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, faying unto them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my fheep which was loft. I fay unto you, that likewife joy'fhall be in heaven over one finner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine juft perfons, which need no repentance. Either what woman having ten pieces of filver, if the lofe one piece, doth not light a candle, and fweep the houfe, and feek di ligently till fhe find it? And when the hath found it, fhe calleth her friends and her neighbours together, faying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I had loft. Likewife I fay unto you, There is joy in the prefence of the Angels of God, over one finner that repenteth.


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The fourth Sunday after Trinity.
The Collect

God, the protector of all that truft in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy; increase and multiply upon us thy mercy, that thou being our ruler and guide, we may fo pafs through things temporal, that we finally lofe not the things

Paraphrafe on the Collect for the fourth Sunday after Trinity.

O God, the defender of all that religiously rely on thy protection, our only ftrength, the giver of all goodnes; fhew thy Mercy to vards us abundantly, that under thy governance and direction, we may fo

And he Jpake this Parable, &c. The Pharifees having murmured at our Saviour's charitable condefcenfion in preaching to, and endeavouring to promote the converfion of fome noted Sinners. He spoke this and the following Parable in order to thew that

pafs through this tranfitory state of things that we fail not to attain the eternal joys of another. Grant this, O Father, for the fake of Jefus Chrift our Lord.

the converfion of Sinners is a thing highly acceptable to God; and conf quently that whatever has a tendency thereto is fo far froʼn being inconfitent with goodness, that it is the very perfection of it

eternal: Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jefus Christs fake our Lord. Amen.

The Epifle. Rom. 8. 18.

Reckon that the fufferings of this prefent time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which fhall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifeftation of the fons of God. *For the creature was made fubject to vanity, not willingly, but by reafon of him who hath fubjected the fame in hope: Because the creature itself alfo fhall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now: And not only they, but ourselves alfo, which have the firft-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves, groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.


The Gospel. S. Luke 6. 36.

E ye therefore merciful, as your Father alfo is merciful. +Judge not, and ye fhall not be judged: condemn not, and ye fhall not be condemned: forgive, and ye fhall be forgiven: give, and it fhall be given unto you: good meafure, preffed down, and fhaken together, and running over, fhal men give into your bofom. For with the fame meafure that ye mete withal, it fhall be measured to you again. And he spake a parable unto them, ‡Can the blind lead the blind? fhall they not both fall into the ditch? The difciple is not above his mafter; but every one that is perfect fhall be as his mafter. And why beholdeft thou the mote that is in thy brothers eye, but perceiveft not the beam that is in thine own eye?

*For the Creature was made fubje&, &c. That is, all Mankind are become liable to Corruption, not by choice, but through the juft difpenfation of God, who hath inflicted Death upon them: yet this not without end or hope: for a time is coming, when this Death fhall be fucceeded by a happy Immortality, and this effect of Adam's Sin taken off from his pofterity.

✦ Judge not that ye be not judged, E. Be not cenfo

rious, leit you make both God and Man your Enemies.

Can the Blind lead the Blind, &c. The meaning is, the Scholar is in a fair way to be tinctured with the opinions of his Mafter. If therefore the Mafte is in an error, the Scholar will probably be fo likewife or which reafon they who pretend to inftruct othe ought to be well informed themfelves in the Doariz they are to deliver.

Either how canft thou fay to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyfelf beholdeft not the beam that is in thine own eye? thou hypocrite, caft out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then fhalt thou fee clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brothers eye.

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The fifth Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect.

Rant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the courfe of this world. may be fo peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy, Church may joyfully ferve thee in all godly quietness, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Epiftle. 1 S. Pet. 3. 8.

E ye all of one mind, having compaffion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous; not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing; but contrariwife, bleffing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a bleffing. For he that will love life, and fee good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they fpeak no guile. Let him efchew evil, and do good; let him feek peace, and enfue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? § But and if ye fuffer for righteousness fake, happy are ye, and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; but fanctify the Lord God in your hearts.


Paraphrafe on the Collect for O Lord, we beseech thee to establish, by thy Providence fuch an univerfal peace through the World, that § But and if ye fuffer for Righteousness, &c. If God fhould permit us to be perfecuted; yet, when 'tis for a good caufe, even this is for our advantage. And therefore, no fears of this kind ought to make our Refolution, but we should always keep up in our

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all true Chriftians may exercife thy holy Religion in
joyful tranquility through Jefus Christ our Lord.
Minds fuch an holy fear and reverence of God, as
will induce us more to dread his difpleafure than any,
thing which we can fuffer from Man-and by doing
our duty to bring Glory to God and his Truth.

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