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coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 8. 1.
titudes followed him. And behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will, bé thou 'clean. And immediately his leprofy was cleansed. And Jesus faith unto him. § See thou tell no man, but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded for a testimony unto them. And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, befeeching him, and saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home fick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof; but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say unto this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh ; and to my fervant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said unto them that followed, Verily, I say unto you, || I have not found fo great faith, no not in Ifrael. + And I say unto you, that many fhall come from the east and west, and shall fit down with Abraham, and Ifaac,and Jacob, Charity to our Enemies in their neceflity; we shall take it was wrought, before he had passed Judgement the most effectual means to melt them down into Re-' upon it, he might have refused to pronounce the Man pentance, Goodwill and Affection. Avictory this far clean. luperior to the conqueft of Kingdoms.
ll I have not found a great Faith, &c. The CentuŚ See thou tell no Man, &c. The general reason why rion's Faith was remarkable in that he supposed that our Lordon this, as well as several other occafions, gave Diseases of all kinds were as much subject to Christ's such an order, might be left the fame of his Miracles command, tho' at a distance, as his Soldiers were to being made too public, the People fhould take him by him. force, and make him a King; and their Rulers be there † And I say unto you, that many, &c. This is a by provoked to cut him off, before he had fulfilled the Prophecy that the Gentiles should shortly.be called to course of his Miniftry. But with respect to the Leper partake in the Bleslings and Privileges of the Gospel : the might perhaps order him to keep his Cure private, whilf the Jews, who boasted themselves to be God's till according to the Law, he had thewn himself to the peculiar People, should through their Unbelief, be Prieft. Because, had the Priest known by what means rejected.
in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom
and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen, ma
The Epistle. Rom. 13. 1.
every soul be subject unto the higher powers; for there
is no power but of God: the powers that be, are ordained of God: Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, refifteth the ordinance of God: 'and they that refift, shall receive to themfelves damnationi For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: for he is the minifter of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience fake. ., For, for this caufe pay Paraphrase on the Colle&t for the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.
15, we beseech thee, such help and defence as may efselves, through our natural Weakness, to resist the fectually uphold and preserve us against the afsaults of many powerful Temptations that furround us ; give all our Enemies, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
O God who knoweft how unable we are of our
| A proper knowledge of ourselves will always
. na- nors, St. Paul aliures them that they were so far from turally lead us to seek the support and protection of being loosed in this respect, that, on the contrary, their Providence.
Religion laid upon them, a still stronger obligation : + Let every Soul be subject, &c. To prevent the than ever to obey, even their Heathen Rulers : because Jewish or Gentile Converts to Christianity from fup- they were Ministers appointed by God for the welfare posing that by their profeffion of the Gospel they were of Society; and that therefore they ought to be subject jeleased from their obedience to their earthly Gover to them not only for fear of incurring the punilaments
you tribute also; for they are Gods ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear 10 whom fear, honour to whom honour.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 8. 23.
him. And behold, there arose a great tempest in the fea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. $ And his disciples came to him, and awoke him saying, Lord, save us, we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, Oye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him? And when he was come to the other side, into
of the Gergesenes, * there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus thou Sonof God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding: So the devils befought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into
of the Law, but likewise out of Conscience towards God: God of Jacob is our Refuge ; who fillerb the Raging of and that for the fame reason they ought also to sew the Sea, and the Noise of bis Waves, and the madness of obedience and reverence to them in all Things, where the People. their command were not contrary to the divine Will. * There met him two pollefed with Devils. St. If subje&tion to Governors was so strongly infifted upon Mark and Luke mention only one demoniac, prounder the Reign of a Nero, and in Time of Perfecu- bably because he'whom they speak of, was a great deal tion, then how much more is it incumbent upon us more furious than the other : for he had been often whose Religion is supported and defended by the civil bound with Fetters and Chains, but had as often broGovernment !
ken them ; so that no Man durst further attempt to And bis Difeipks came to him, &c. From the restrain him. He too was perhaps a Person of more example of these Disciples we may learn where to seek note than the other for his birth, or parts, or intereit for fuccour in all our distresses; since tho' the sorrows of in the Country, and his Cure made more noise, and Death encompils us, and the overflowings of Ungodlines for that reason was mentioned by Mark and Luke, while make us afraid, yet tie Loud of Hofis is with us, the they omitted the Cure of the other.
the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when
continually in thy true religion, that they, who do lean only upon
the hope of thy heavenly grace, may evermore be defended by thy mighty power, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
The Epiftle. Col. 3. 12.
bowels, of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering, forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any ; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on
charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in
Paraphrase on the Collea for the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. O Lord, preserve, we beseech thee, thy Church, the and support, may always be safe from Calamities Houshold of God, in the profeffion of a true Faith ; that through the Merits of Christ Jesus. they, who depend only upon thy powerful protection
And when they were come out, &c. Jefus permitted a right Faith. For as are our Principles, such will be the Devils to enter into the Swine, probably, not
our Practice, only to fhew the reality of the possession, but also how
* Charity, which is the Bond of Perfeetness, i. e. If great the power and malice of evil Spirits are, if they the principle of our actions be the Love of Markind, are not restrained : and at the same time to punish founded upon the Love of God and his Love to us, it the Gadarenes for keeping Swine, which were a fnare will make us perfect in all manner of good works. to the Jews; and to try whether they would be more For no one loveth Mankind as he ought who doth not affected with the loss of their Cattle, than with the reco. love God, and he who truly loveth God will love his Viry of the Men, and his heavenly Doctrine.
Fellow-Creatures also. And he who is a Lover of Man.
kind will be fo far from injuring them, that he will be # That we may, offer up an acceptable Service to disposed on all occasions to do them every act of kindGod through Jesus Christ it is neceffary, that we have nels and beneficênce in his
one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. + And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God, and the Father by him.
. S. Matth. 13. 24. HE kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which fow
ed good feed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and lowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the housholder çame, and said unto him, Sir, didft not thou fow good feed in thy field ? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? #But he said, Nay; left while ye gather up the tares, ye root up allo the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them : but gather the wheat into my barn.
The fixth Sunday after the Epiphany,
The Collect. God, whose blessed Son was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons God,
† And whatsoever ye da in word or deed, &c. In ali Men being utterly rooted out of the World, máy be, Gur Words and Actions, whether of folemn worship or partly because it could hardly be effected without the others, we must address ourselves to God, and hope for Righteous being sufferers also—partly because they are his acceptance by Jesus Christ ; for he is the only Per- a means of trial to the Righteous
and partly also that fon, through whom all Mercies are derived to us, for 'by his goodness, forbearance and long fuffering towards which we pray to, or praise God.
the wicked he may lead them to Repentance. * The Kingdom of Heaven, fignifies the state of $ It is evident from this Collect that one great end of the Gospel, the Sower is Chrift, the Field is. the World, Chrift's coming into the World, was to purify unto himas our Saviour interprets it at the 37th and following self a peculiar People, zealous of good Works; and Verses of this Chapter, the Eneny is the Devil, and the that it is absolutely
neceffary for us to resemble him in Tares, the Children of the Wicked one.
Holinefs frere, that we may be like him in Happinch But he faid, Kay; &c. The reason why God hereafter, disallows of the Tares being gatherd up, that is, of wicked