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to fast.' Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face, that thou appear not unto men to faft, but unto thy Father which is in secret : and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. S Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and ruit doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor ruit doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be alfo.
# The firft Sunday in Lent.
nights ; Give us grace to ufe such abftinence, that our flesh being subdued to the Spirit
, we máy ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness and true 'holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end." Amen. !.
The Epistle. 1. 2. Cor. 6.1; 0;
that ye receive not the grace of God in vain : (for he faith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the Day of salvation have I fuccoured thee : behold now is the accepted time;
Paraphrasé on the Colle@ for the firt Sunday in Lent. O Lord Jesus Christ, who, in order to prepare thy. brought in captivity to the obedience and Glory of thee felf for the work of the Minifry, didst undergo a forty in all Holiness, who reigneft with the Father and the Days Fait ; teach us so to mortify and deny our sensual Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Desires and Appetites that every. Thought may be
Diffemblers, who at such Times, either covered their larly recommended at this leafon, that we are therefore Faces with a Veil, or by melancholy Looks and Gef- at liberty freely to indulge oar Appetites all the rest of tures, endeavoured to draw the observation of others. the Year. Por as the Flesh is an Enemy that ye bave For such Fasts have no farther recompence to expect. to contend with through Life: fo it behoves us conti
Lay not up for yourselves, &c. This precept very nually to keep a guard against its Allurements. properly follows the preceding: for, in order to rena * Wetten as workers together, &c That is, we, the der our Fasting acceptable, it is necessary, as Ifaiah re- Minifters of Christ
, who are employed in the great commends, that we deal our Bread to the hungry, and Work of reconciling Men to God, intreat you not to that we bring the Poor that are caft out to our Houses : - receive the Gospel in vain, by neglecting to make a when we see the naked, that we cover him, and that we proper use of it: for now you have an opportunity hide not ourselves from our own Fleth, Iraiah lviii. 7• thereby of promoting the Salvation of your souls.
| Let no one suppose, becausc Abitinence is particu
behold, now is the day of fālvation.) Giving no offence in any. thing, that the ministry be not blamed; but in all things approving #ourfelves as the ininisters of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in faftings; by pureness, by knowledge, by long-fuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report ; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live ; as chastened, and not killed; as forrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. ,
The Gospel. S. Matth. 4. 1.
to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fafted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones may be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man fhall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and faith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee, and in their hands they shall bear thee up, left at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone: Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Approving ourselves as the Ministers of God, &c.- thy the most attentive confideration of all who, either In the remainder of this Epistle St. Paul gives us an have been, or are now to be, fent forth
the same account, in what manner he, and his fellow labourers 'Embassy. behaved themselves in the office of the Ministry. And + Then was Jesus led up, &c. The probable reason in their character has left every Minister of Christ a mo- why our Lord was brought to this Trial was, not only del, on which to frame his own. A proper portion of that the Captain of our Salvation might be made perjétt Scripture at the approach of the Ember-Fait, and wor- through Sufferings: but likewise that he might prove him.
Again the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them ; and faith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then faith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
# The second Sunday in Lent...
to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our fouts, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts
assault and hurt the soul, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. ! 1! Theft. 4. I. É beseech you, brethrens and exhort you by the Lord Jei sus, that as
as ye have received of us how you ought to walk, and to please God, lo ye would abound more and more. For ye know wbat commandments' we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your fan&tification, that
should abstain from fornication ; * that every one of you should know how to poffess' his r vessel in fanctification and honour; not in the
Paraphrafe on the Collect for the second Sunday in Lento · All powerful God, who knowest that we are unable Thoughts and Delires, with which our spiritual Eneto defend or fupport ourselves; be thou our protector mies may endeavour to inspire us. And this we beg for in all respects, that our Bodies may be preserved from the fake of Jesus Chrif our Lord. all worldly Calamities, and our Souls from all finful fulf to be the promised Seed that should bruile ibe Sera Christ made ufe of to repel- the 'Temptations of Satan, pents-Head, that as Man-once-fell by the wiles of the by quoting the holy Scriptures, thews us, that it is by Devil, so Man, in the Person of Christ
, might triumph the Word of God that we may defeat his attempts, and o er this grand Adversary. From this example let us querch all the fiery darts of te wičked. l-arn refolutely to resist the Tempta:ions of Satan, and | How much does it concern' us to make God our particularly such as might lead us into diffrust, or pre- Friend, for then are we sure that greater is he that is for sumption, anbition or avarice; or such as may any us, than they which be against us. way tend to draw us off from the service of God, and * That every one of you should know, &c. That is, the allegiance we owe him. The method which that no Man Mould dishonour his Body (which is the
luft of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles, which know not God; + that no man go beyond, and defraud his brother in any matter, because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you, and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. ?
The Gospel. S. Matth. 15. 21. ESUS went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and
Sidon: and behold a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David, my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. § But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away, for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent, but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came fe and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the chil
drens bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: *be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
|| The third Sunday in Lent.
The Collect. E beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty defires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right
Q Vefsel, the Dwelling and Instrument of the Soul) by juftified his Conduct in working a Miracle for a HeaLusts of Uncleanness, and such abominable Affections then, but was a sharp rebuke to the Jews for their in. and Practices, as the igr.orant Heathen indulged. fidelity.
+ That none go beyond, or defraud, &c. That is, that * Be it unto thee, even as thou wilt. The success no one invade anothers right, or transgress the stated which this Canaanitish Woman met with from. Jesus, bounds of such enjoyments, by such Lufts as are either teaches us two Lessons of great importance. First, that injurious to Marriage, or against the use of Nature: God is no respecter of Perfons, but always accepts the fof a severe vengeance will certainly over take all fincere and fervent Prayer of an humble penitent Heart.
Secondly, that it is our Duty to continue in Prayer But be answered here not a Word: He did not feet with earneftness, tho' an Answer be long deferrd. to regard her, intending that the greatness of her ll If we expect our Prayers to be heard, we must be " Faith-fbould be made to appear: because it not only careful to offer them up with Faith, Sincerity and Fer
hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephef. 5. I. therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a facrifice to God for a sweet-smelling fa
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named amongst you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, * nor jefting, which are not convenient; but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean perfon, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them; For ye were some times darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord : walk as children of light; (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth) proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them: For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved, are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make inanifest, is light. Wherefore he faith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
The Gospel. S. Luke 11. 14. ESUS was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came
to pass when the devil was gone out, the dumb fpake; and the people wondered. But some of them said, * He casteth out devils
Paraphrase on the Colleat for the third Sunday in Lert. Moit mighty God we intreat thee to hearken to the ferve us by thy Power against the assaults of all our fincere Petitions of thy humble Servants, and to pre- Adversaries, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. vency. For how shali we hope that God will regard the Characters of the absent or present, or inspires the those Prayers which we pay no attention to ourselves. Mind with lacivious and filthy Ideas. For otherwise,
* Nor Feft ng. This expression, from the com- Jefting, in its general importance, seems neither to be pany it is join'd with, plainly signifies such Jefting, unlawful, nor unbecoming a Christian. as tends to Scurrility and Obscenity, such as injures . He caftetb out Devils, &c. Thus we may oblerte