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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 abased; 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 silence, 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 Colleet, for the eigbreenth Sunday after Trinity. O Lord, we intreat thce to give all Christians Grace Enemy of Mankind and with holy dispositions to to refift the allurements of this wicked. World,- of abey, thee the only true God, through Jesus Chrit our disorderly pallions and desires,--and of Satan the great Lord.
• I thank my God always, &c. The principal de not fignify that he only is to beloved, but 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 shale love the Lord oby God, &c. This does to, or against hime.
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 Pharisees 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 call 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 Christ: if fo be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in
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, since without thy affiftance, we are not able rify and govern our Tempers and Dispositions, through to serve thee acceptably; grant we beseech thee, of Jesus Christ our Lord. zhy Mercy,' that 'thy Holy Spirit may continually pu• Tbe old Mar. Sigaines those evil Habits which the Ephesians had foløng practised in the state of Hea
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 fea the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil-speaking 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 skip, and passed over, and came into his
own city. And behold, they brought to him a man fick of the palsy, lying on a bed. And Jesus seeing their faith, faid 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, faid, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts ? For whether is eafier 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 fins, (then saith he to the sick. of the palsy) Arise, thenism; the New Mar, that divine Life; that Life of crifice that fo he may. lift up to God pure Hands, wirbRighieousness and Holiness which Chriftianity requires. out. Wratb. 3.Tim. ii. 8. * •Be ye, Angry and Sin n96. That is, bewase of finful Thy Sins be forgiven thee. Phyficians, both anI Let not she sun go down, &c. This precept,, says cafioned by Intem peranee. Wherefore, if this Para. Piutarch, the Scholars of Pythagoras observed, who lytic 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
« before the Sun went down, they shook Hands, Cure was pronounced wili more fully appear. Tby Sina Sand embraced one another." Thas must the Chrif. are forgiven sbobko. úan dos, Lefore he offers up tp God his Evening Sa..
cient and modern tell us that Passies are sometimes oc
take up thy bed, and go unto thine 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 Sunday after Trinity.
The Colle&t. Almighty and most merciful God, of thy bountiful goodness 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 Epiftle. Ephes. 5. 15 NE 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 yourselves 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,
Paraphrafe on the Colleet 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 honest dangers and perfecutions to wbich in those times they ways and prudent methods to endeavour to avoid the were exposed.
one to his farm, another to his merchandize: And the remnant took his servants, and intreated them fpitefully, and flew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth; and he sent forth his armics, and destroyed those murderers, and burnt up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they who were bidden, were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the high-ways, and gathered together all, as many as they found both bad and good; and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, || he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment. And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither, not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness: There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
For many are called but few are chosen.
ple pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephes. 6. 10. Y brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may
Paraphrase on the Colle for the twenty first Sunday after Trinity. O God, we_beseech thee, of thy great Mercy, to freed from the dominion and punishment of Sin, and Forgive us our Tranfgreffions, and to grant us that Peace perform our Duty in all godly quietness, through which exceedeth all Understanding; that we may be Jesus Christ our Lord.
|| He Jaw there a Man who had not on, &c. As to “ ly that we are called in order that we may be re® the meaning of the Wedding Garment lt is needle's “ newed in our Minds after his Image. And there. . (lays a great Author) to dispute, whether it be Faith, “ fo e, that we may remain always in his House, the "or a pious holy Life. For neither can Faith be “ old Man with his filthiness must be put off, and a “ separated from good Works, nor can good Works “ new Life designed, that our Attire may be such
proceed except from Faith. Christ's meaning is on so as is suitable to so honourable an invitation."