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in the kingdom of so likewise ; he can be no
good Christian, nor shall
of the greatest Reward. 20 For I say unto
20 So that unless your you, That except Righteousness be more uniyour righteousness versal and more fincere than shall exceed the righteousness of
the that of the Jewish Doctors, Scribes & Pharisees, Scribes and Pharifees, who ye shall in no cafe frequently preferred outenter into the king
ward Ceremonies before dom of heaven.
moral Duties, ye cannot be
to perfect and exalt it in shall kill, shall be in many Instances. As for Exdanger of the judg. ample: The Law forbad . Exod.
Murder, under the *
pain 21. 12.
22. But I say unto you, 22 But I say unto Whosoever shall so much you, That whosoever as indulge rash and causeless brother without a
is angry with his Anger or Paffion; shall be cause,shall be in danliable to be punished by God ger of the judgment: in another Life, with a
and whosoever fhal! Punishment proportionable Raca, shall be in dan
say to his brother, to the severity of that capi. ger of the councel: tal one inflicted by the Jews but whosoever fhali on Murderers. But he that be in danger of hell
say, Thou fool, shall shall suffer his Passion fire. to rise higher, and use himself to mock and deride others ; shall be further punished by God with a severity proportionable to the greater Punishments which used to be inficted by the higher Councel of the Jews upon the boldest Offenders. But he that shall yet farther indulge his Paslion, and accustom himself to rail, sander, and revile others; shall be punished by God with the feverest of all the Degrees of Punishment, answering to that extraordinary one amongst Men, of being burnt a. live.
23 Therefore, if 23. If therefore, when thou bring thy gift you are about to pay any to the altar, and
act of worship to God, you there remembreft that thy
brother remember that there is any hath ought against Offence or Difference be
tween you and and another ; which may thus provoke God's Anger against
you : 24. Leave there 24 Go immediately, and thy gift before the be first reconciled to your altar, and go thy Adversary, and then come way, firft be reconciled to thy brother, and worship God. and then come and 25. Above all things, be offer thy gift.
sure to put a timely end 25 Agree with thine adversary quic to all Contentions that may kly, whiles thou art arise ; before things come in the way with him: to extremity, and it prove left at any cime the adversary deliver
too late. thee to the judge,
26. For as when one is and the judge deli- going before the Magistrate ver thee to the offi- with his, Adversary, he may çer, and thou be caft easily agree with him in the
26 Verily, I say way, and put an end to the unto thee, thou shalt Difference ; but when once by no means come Sentence is past, and he is out thence, till thou haft paid the utter: put in Prison, there is no
more hope : So while God graciously affords you time and space, you may easily put an end to all unchristian Contentions ; but if you be flow and delay till
Judgment overtake you, the Time will be past, and there will remain nothing but endless Punishment.
27 ( Ye have 27. Again, the Law heard that it was faith, Thou shalt not commit said by them of old Adultery.
tiine, Thon shalt not 28. But I say unto you,
28 But I say unto Whosoever looketh on a Wo.
you,That whosoever man with anchafte Desires and looketh on a woman lutentions, is guilty of Adul. to luft after her, hath
committed adultery tery in his own Mind and with her already in in the Judgment of God, his heart. though he has not opportunity to commit the Fact. cin unlawfull, aut 29,& 30. Perhaps these
29 And if thy
offend more strict and exalted Pre. right eye
thee, pluck it out, cepts may
and cast it from thee: to be practised, like plucking for it is profitable for out a right Eye, or cutting thee that one of thy
members should peoff a right Hand : But if rish, and not that any thing as dear to you as thy
budy your right Hand or righit should be caft into Eye, be a cause of making
30 And if thy you fin; it is much better right hand offend to resolve to part with thee, cut it off, and it, and to suffer the present caft it from thee : inconvenience, how great for thee that one of
for it is profitable foever it be ; than to let it thy members should be the cause of your eternal perish, and not that ruine.
body should be cast into hell.
31 It hath been
31. Again, The Law said, Whosoever shall permitted a Man in several let him give her a Cases to give his Wife a Bill writing of divorce- of Divorcement, and to put
32 But I say unto 32. But I say unto you, you, that whosoever This was not according to shall put away his the Original Design of God, cause of fornication, but only permitted to the causeth her to com- Jews because of the hardmit adultery : and nefs of their Hearts, and whosoever shall mary her that is di
to prevent greater Evils. vorced, committeth From henceforth therefore adultery.
whosoever shall put away his Wife, and marry another, excepting only for the cause of Adultery, shall be accounted guilty of causing both her that is put away, and him that shall afterwards mar
ry her, to commit Adultery. 33 ¢ Again, ye 33. | Again, The Law have heard that it required that Men should not them of old time, forfwear themselves, but reliThon fhalt not for- gionfly perform whatever they swear thy self, but had obliged themselves to by fhalt perform unto Oath.
34. But I say unto you, 34 But I say unto you,Swear not at all;
Swear not at all in common
the Lord thine oaths.
+ 'Tis evident our Saviour does not here forbid Swearing solemny to any Truth before a Magistrate, ec,