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Blessed are the 7. Blessed are those who are mercimerciful: for they ful and compassionate, ready to relieve Thall obtain mercy. the Necessities of those that want, and

to forgive the Faults of those who have offended them: For to such Men God will be proportionably compassionate, in the more ready forgiveness of their Sins, and in beiłowing on them the

greater abundance of his Mercy. 8 Blessed are the 8. Blessed are those who are truly pure in heart: for pure and holy, free from Hypocrisie, they shall see God.

and Uncleanness; from all Filthiness both of Flesh and Spirit: For to such Men, God will make greater and clearer Manifestations of himself in this Life;. and in that which is to come, they shall have a nearer and more immediate Access to his Presence and

Glory. 9 Blessed are the 9. Blessed are those, who make it peace-makers : for their Business to promote the Peace and they shall be called Welfare of Mankind; to do to all the children of God.

Men all the Good they can, at all times; and to endeavour to settle the World in universal Quiet and Love: For these Men, being made like to God in the imitation of his moft Excellent Attributes, his Goodness and Love; shall be owned and received by him as his peculiar Children, and shall be made like him also in the participation of his

Happiness. 10 Blessed are they 10. Lastly, Blessed are those, who which are perfecu- undauntedly suffer for the sake of Virted for righteousness tue and true Religion: For these Men, fake: for theirs is having given the greatest possible proof the kingdom of hea- of their Sincerity and Constancy, shall

receive an extraordinary Crown, and a

particular degree of Reward in Heaven. Blessed

II. IVhen therefore Men shall revile ye when men shall and reproach and persecute you, and revile you ,

and say all manner of evil things of you persecute you, and 3

falsely,

ven.

11

are

falsely, and do all manner of Injuries

shall say all manner to you unjustly, only for the sake of of evil against you Virtue and the

profession of the falsely for my fake. Truth ; then esteem your felves doubly happy. 12. Then rejoyce, triumph, and

iz Rejoyce, and

be exceeding glad: leap for Joy; for exceeding great shall

for great is your rebe your Reward in Heaven. For thus

ward in heaven : for in old Time were the Prophets and the fo persecuted they ' best of Men persecuted ; with whom the prophets which if ye patiently indure Sufferings, ye shall were before

you. allo partake of their extraordinary Reward. 13. I Be courageous therefore, and 13 Ye are the

salt of the earth : but constant, and patient. Ye are to be

if the salt have lost Teachers and Examples to the World. his favour, whereIf by your found Doctrine and unblame- with shall it be faltable Lives, ye propagate true Religion ed ? it is thenceforth and Virtuc, ye ihall preserve the World good for nothing , from Corruption: But if ye, who are

but to be cast out, to be the Initruments of relorming

and to be troden unMankind, fhail your felves degenerate into Softness and Vice; wherewithal fhall ye be corrected and amended? Ye will become the most useless, and incureable, and contemptible of Men. 14. Ye are to be set up as a Light 14

Ye

are the in the World ; to lead Men by your light of the world. Doctrine from Error to Truth; and to

A city that is set on

an hill,cannot be hid. convert them by your Example from Wickednefs to Virtue. Ye are to be the Standard of true Religion, set up in the Sight of all Men, like a City built

15. As therefore a City upon a Hill, 15. Neither do cannot be hid from the Sight of those

men light a candle, that pass by: And as a Candle useth not

and put it under a

bushel : but on to be put under a Buthel, but to be set candlestick, and it in a Candlestick to give Light to the giveth light unto all whole House:

that are in the house. 16. Even so ought ye to be careful to 16. Let your light make the Example of your good Lives so

shine before

meny

der foot of men.

upon a Hill.

a

ven.

men, that they may bright and conspicuous before Men ; see your good works, that they being thereby convinced of and'glorifie your Fa- the excellency of your Doctrine, may ther which is in hea- be converted to the Belief of true Re

ligion, and to the Practice of true Vir

tue, and so give Glory to God. 17 S Think not

17. And do not think, because that I am come to I give you these new Precepts, that destroy the law or therefore I am come to destroy or the prophets : I am not come to destroy, No : I am not come to diffolve any

abrogate the Law and the Prophets. but to fulfi.

one natural or moral Obligation; but on the contrary, to fulfil what was typified, to explain what was obscure, and to compleat what was imper

fect. *18 For verily I 18. For assuredly there shall not be say unto you, Till

any part of the typical or ceremonial heaven and earth

and earth Law, but shall truly be fulfilled : Nor pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise

any one Precept of the natural or moral

Law, but shall continue in its full force pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

and obligation so long as the World en

dures. 19

Whosoever 19. Whosoever therefore shall break therefore shall break

any one of the least of these moral one of these least Precepts, not ignorantly or by furprize, commandments, and but willfully and presumptuously, so as shall teach men so, he shall be called the

to perfift deliberately in the Breach of least in the Kingdom

it, and to teach or incourage others to of heaven: but who

do so likewise ; he can be no good soever shall do, and Christian, nor shall have any Place in teach them, the same the Kingdom of Heaven. But on the shall be called great contrary, he that practises all these in the kingdom of moral Precepts, and teaches others the heaven.

necessity of doing the same ; such a one is the best Christian, and shall be sure

of the greatest Reward. 20 For I say un 20. So that unless your Righteousto you, That ex ness be more universal and more sincere cept your righte- than that of the Jewish Doctors, Scribes ousness shall

and Pharisees, who frequently preferred ceed the righteoufness of the Scribes outward Ceremonies before moral Du

Vol I,

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ties,

ex

xxi. 12.

ment.

ties; ye cannot be good Christians, nor

and Pharisees , ye enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

shall in no case enter 21. Thus the Christian Religion into the kingdom of is not defigned to abolish the Moral heaven.

21 [ Ye have Law, but to perfect and exalt it in

heard, that it was many Inttances. As for Example: The faid by them of old * Exod. Law forbad Murder, under the * pain time, Thou shalt not of Death.

kill: and whosoever Lev. xxiv.

22. But I say unto you, Whofoever shall kill, shall be in 17. fall so much as indulge rash and cause danger of the judg

lefs Anger or Paffion; shall be liable to
be punished by God in another Life,

22 But I say unto with a Punishment proportionable to

you, That whoso

ever is angry with his the severity of that capital one inflicted brother without a by the Jews on Murderers. But he that cause, shall be in danshall sütfer his Passion to rise higher, ger of the judgment: and use himself to mock and deride and whosoever shall others; shall be further punished by God say to his brother with a severity proportionable to the Raca, shall be in dangreater Punishments which used to be ger of the councel :

but whosoever shall indicted by the higher Council of the fay, Thou fool, shall Fews upon the boldest Offenders. But be in danger of hell he that shall yet further indulge his Paf- fire. fion, and accuftom himself to rail, flander, and revile others; shall be punished by God with the severest of all the Degrees of Punishment, answering to that extraordinary one amongst Men, 23 Therefore, if of being burnt alive.

thou bring thy gift 23. If therefore, when you are about to the altar, and there to pay any Act of Worship to God, you brother hath ought

remembrelt that thy remember that there is any Offence or Difference between you and another ;

against thee, which may thus provoke God's Anger thy gift before the

24 Leave there against you:

altar,and go thy way, 24. Go immediately, and be first re first be reconciled to conciled to your Adverfary, and then thy brother, and then come and worship God.

come and offer thy 25. Above all things, be sure to put

gift. a timely End to all Contentions that

25 Agree with may arise ; before things come to extre- ly, while thou art

thine adversary quickmity, and it prove too late.

in the way with

means come

him : lest at any time 26. For as when one is going before the adversary deliver the Magistrate with his Adversary, he thee to the judge, and the judge deliver may easily agree with him in the Way, thee to the officer,

and put an end to the Difference; but and thou be cast into when once Sentence is past, and he is prison.

put in Prison, there is no more hope : 26 Verily, I fay So while God graciously affords you time unto thee, thou shalt and space, you may easily put an end by no

to all' unchristian Contentions; but if out thence, till thou haft paid the utter

be flow and delay till Judgement

you most farthing

overtake you, the Time will be past, and there will remain nothing but end

lefs Punishment. 27 [ Ye have

27. Again, the Law faith, Thou heard that it was fhalt not commit Adultery. faid by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery.

28 But I say unto 28. But I say unto you, Whosoever you, That whoso- locketh on a Woman with unchaste Deever looketh on a woman to lust after her, fires and Intentions, is guilty of Adultehath committed a

ry in his own Mind, and in the Judgdultery with her al

ment of God, though he has uot opready in his heart. portunity to commit the Fact. 29 And if thy

29 & 30. Perhaps these more strict right eye offend thee, and exalted Precepts may seem very pluck it out, and cast difficult to be practised, like plucking it from thee: for it it profitable for thee out a right Eye, or cutting off a right that one of thy mem

Hand. But if any thing as dear to you bers should perish, as your right Hand or right Eye, be a and not that thy cause of making you to sin; 'tis much whole body should better to resolve to part with it, and be cast into hell.

to suffer the present inconvenience, how 30 And if thy right hand offend great foever it be; than to let it be the

cause of thee, cut it off, and

eternal ruin.

your cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should

31. § Again,

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