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and to fpread Sackcloth and Ashes under him? Wilt thou call this a FAST, and an acceptable Day to the Lord?

6. Is not this the FAST that I have chofen? to loose the Bands of Wickedness, to undo the heavy Burden, and to let the Oppreffed go free, and that ye break every Yoke?

7. Is it not to deal thy Bread to the HUNGRY, and that thou bring the Poor that are caft out to thy House? When thou feest the NAKED, that thon cover him: and that thou hide not thy

felf from thine own Flesh?

8. Then fhall thy Light break forth as the Morning, and thine Health fhall fpring forth fpeedily and thy Righteoufnefs fhall go before thee, the GLORY of the Lord fhall be thy Rere-ward."

Joel ii. 12. Therefore also now faith the LORD, TURN ye even to me with all your HEART, and with FASTING, and with WEEPING, and with MOURNING.

13. And rent your HEARTS, and not your Garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is Gracious and Merciful, flow to Anger, and of great Kindness, and repenteth him of the Evil.

Of Heavenly-mindedness, and against Covetousness and anxious Cares.


Ver. 19. AY (3) not up for your felves TREASURES UPL on Earth, where Moth and Ruft doth corrupt, and where Thieves break through and steal.

20. But lay up for your felves TREASURES in Heaven, where neither Moth nor Ruft doth corrupt, and where Thieves do not break through nor steal.

21. For where you Treafure is, there will be alfo.

your HEART

22. The Light of the Body is the Eye: if therefore thine Eye be fingle, thy whole Body fhall be full of Light. 23. But if thine Eye be evil, thy whole Body fhall be full of Darkness. If therefore the Light that is in thee be Darkness, how great is that Darkness!

(z) Prov. xxiii. 4. Labour not to be RICH: Cease from thine own Wisdom.

Pfalm iv. 6. There be many that fay, Who will fhew us any good? Lord, lift up the Light of thy Countenance upon us. 7. Thou hast put Gladness in my Heart, more than in the Time that their Corn and their Wine increased.


P. xvi. 5. The LORD is the PORTION of mine Inheritance, and of my Cup: thou maintaineft my Lot.

Pf. lxxiii. 25. Whom have I in Heaven but thee? and there is none upon Earth that I DESIRE besides thee.

26. My Flesh and my Heart faileth: but God is the Strength of my Heart, and my PORTION for ever.

Matt. xvi. 26. What is a Man profited, if he shall gain the whole World, and lofe his own Soul? or what shall a Man give in exchange for his Soul?

Luke xii. 16. And he fpake a Parable unto them, faying, The Ground of a certain RICH Man brought forth plentifully.

17. And he thought within himself, faying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bellow my Fruits?

18. And he faid, This will I do: I will pull down my Barns, and build greater; and there will I beftow all my Fruits, and my Goods.

19. And I will fay to my Soul, Soul, thou haft much Goods laid up for many Years; take thine Eafe, eat, drink, and be merry.

20. But GOD faid unto him, Thou Fool, this Night thy Soul fhall be required of thee: then whofe fhall thofe Things be which thou haft provided?

21. So is he that layeth up TREASURE for himself, and is not RICH towards God.

Chap. xxi. 34. And take heed to your felves, left at any time your Hearts be overcharged with Surfeiting and Drunkennefs, and CARES of this LIFE, and fo that Day come upon you unawares.

1 Cor. vii. 31. For the Fafhion of this World paffeth away. 1 Tim. vi. 6. But GODLINESS with Contentment is great Gain. 7. For we brought nothing into this World, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8. And having FooD and RAIMENT, let us be therewith content. 9. But they that will be RICH, fall into TEMPTATION, and a SNARE, and into many foolish and hurtful Lufts, which drown Men in DESTRUCTION and PERDITION.

10. For the LOVE of MONEY is the Root of all Evil; which while fome COVETED after, they have erred from the FAITH, and pierced themfelves through with many Sorrows.

11. But thou, O Man of God, flee thefe Things: and follow after Righteoufnels, Godlinefs, Faith, Love, Fatience, Meekness. 12. Fight the good FIGHT of FAITH, lay hold on Eternal Life, whereunto thou art allo called, and haft profeffed a good Profeffion before many Witnefies.

17. Charge them that are RICH in this World, that they be not HIGH-MINDED, nor TRUST in UNCERTAIN Riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all Things to enjoy:

18. That they Do GooD, that they be rich in GOOD WORKS, ready to diftribute, willing to communicate;

19. Laying up in ftore for themselves a good Foundation against the Time to come, that they may lay hold on ETERNAL LIFE.


Heb. xiii. 5. Let your Converfation be without COVETOUSNESS; and be CONTENT with fuch Things as ye have: for he hath faid, I will never LEAVE thee, nor FORSAKE thee.

6. So that we may boldly fay, The Lord is my HELPER, and I will not fear what Man fhall do unto me.

James v. 1. Go to now, ye RICH Men, weep, and howl for your Miseries that shall come upon you.

2. Your RICHES are corrupted, and your Garments are Moth


3. Your Gold and Silver is cankered; and the Ruft of them fhall be a Witnefs against you, and fhall eat your Flesh as it were Fire: ye have heaped Treafure together for the laft Days.

1 John ii. 15. Love not the WORLD, neither the Things that are in the World: If any Man love the World, the Love of the Father is not in him.

Col. iii. 1. If ye then be rifen with Chrift, SEEK thofe THINGS which are ABOVE, where Chrift fitteth on the right Hand of God: 2. Set your AFFECTION on Things ABOVE, not on Things on the Earth.

3. For ye are dead, and your LIFE is hid with Chrift in GOD. 4. When Chrift who is our LIFE fhall appear, then fhall ye alfo appear with him in GLORY.

Heb. xi. 13. These all died in FAITH, not having received the Promifes, but having feen them afar off, and were perfwaded of them, and embraced them, and confeffed that they were STRANGERS and PILGRIMS on the Earth.

14. For they that fay fuch Things, declare plainly that they feek a COUNTRY, that is, an HEAVENLY.

16. Wherefore GOD is not afhamed to be called their GoD, for he hath prepared for them a CITY.

24. No (a) Man can ferve two MASTERS: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and defpife the other. Ye cannot serve GOD and Mammon.

(4) Jer. ii. 12. Be aftonished, O ye Heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very defolate, faith the Lord.

13. For my People have committed two EVILS: they have FORSAKEN me, the FOUNTAIN of LIVING WATERS, and hewed them out Cifterns, broken Cisterns that can hold no Water.

James i. 8. A DOUBLE-MINDED Man is unstable in all his Ways. Chap. iv. 4. Ye Adulterers, and Adultereffes, know ye not that the Friendship of the World is Enmity with God? whofoever therefore will be a Friend of the World, is the Enemy of God.

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25. Therefore (b) I fay unto you, Take no THOUGHT for your Life, what ye fhall EAT, or what ye fhall DRINK; nor yet for your Body, what ye fhall put on: Is not the LIFE more than Meat, and the Body than Raiment?

26. Behold the Fowls of the Air: for they fow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into Barns; yet your HEAVENLY FATHER feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27. Which of you by TAKING THOUGHT can add one Cubit unto his Stature?

28. And why take ye Thought for Raiment? Confider the Lilies of the Field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they fpin.

29. And yet I fay unto you, that even Solomon in all his Glory, was not arayed like one of these.

30. Wherefore if GOD fo clothe the Grafs of the Field, which to day is, and to morrow is caft into the Oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little Faith ?

31. Wherefore take no Thought, faying, What fhall we eat? or what fhall we drink? or wherewithal fhall we be cloathed ?

32. (For after all thefe Things do the Gentiles feek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all thefe Things.

(b) Palm xxxvii. 5. COMMIT thy way unto the Lord: TRUST alfo in him, and he fhall bring it to pafs.

Pf. lv. 22. Caft thy Burden upon the Lord, and he fhall susTAIN thee: he fhall never fuffer the Righteous to be moved.

Prov. xvi. 3. COMMIT thy WORKS unto the Lord, and thy THOUGHTS fhall be established.

P. lxii. 10. TRUST not in Oppreffion, and become not vain in Robbery if RICHES increafe, fet not your Heart upon them. 1 Cor. vii. 29. But this I fay, Brethren, the Tinie is fhort. 31. They that ufe this World, fhould not abufe it: For the FASHION of this World paffeth away.

Phil. iv. 6. Be CAREFUL for NOTHING: but in every thing by PRAYER and SUPPLICATION with THANKSGIVING, let your Requefts be made known unto God.

James i. 11. For the Sun is no fooner rifen with a burning Heat, but it withereth the Grais, and the Flower thereof falleth. and the Grace of the Fafhion of it perifheth: So alfo fhall the RICH Man fade away in his Ways.

Chap. iv. 13. Go to now, ye that fay, To day, or to morrow we will go into fuch a City, and continue there a Year, and buy, and fell, and get Gaing:

14. Whereas

14. Whereas ye know not what shall be on the Morrow: For what is your LIFE? It is even a VAPOUR that appeareth for a little time, and then vanifheth away.

15. For that ye ought to fay, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

1 Pet. v. 6. HUMBLE your felves therefore under the mighty Hand of God, that he may EXALT you in due time.

7. Cafting all your CARE upon him, for he careth for you. Ephef. v. 3. But Fornication, and all Uncleannefs or COVE TOUSNESS, let it not be once named amongst you, as becometh Saints.


33. But (c) SEEK ye firft the KINGDOM of GOD, and his RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all these Things fhall be added unto you.

34. Take therefore no thought for the Morrow for the Morrow fhall take Thought for the Things of itself: fufficient unto the Day is the EVIL thereof f.

(c) Pfalm lxxi. 16. I will go in the Strength of the Lord God: I will make mention of thy RIGHTEOUSNESS, even of thine only. Phil. ii. 8. I count all Things but Lofs, for the Excellency of the Knowledge of Chrift Jefus my Lord: for whom I have fuffered the Lofs of all Things, and do count them but Dung, that I may win Christ,

9. And be found in him, not having mine own RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is of the LAW, but that which is through the FAITH of Chrift, the RIGHTEOUSNESS which is of GoD by Faith.

Chap. iv. 6. Be CAREFUL for nothing: but in every thing by Prayer and Supplication, with Thanksgiving, let your Requests be made known unto God.

1 Pet. v. 7. Cafting all your CARE upon him, for he CARETH for you.


Against rafh Judging.

Matt. JUDGE not, that ye be not JUDGED.

vii. 1.


2. For with what JUDGMENT. ye judge, ye fhall be judged and with what Measure ye mete, it fhall be measured to you again.

3. And why beholdeft thou the MOTE that is in thy Brother's

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See Page xxvii. Of Imputed Right cousness, in the APOLOGY to the Harmony of the PSALMS. + See Luke xii. 22, to 35.

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