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stances, wherein alms before men, to be seen of them: 0% your Righteousness muft extherwise ye bave no ceed the Righteousness of the reward of your Fa- Jewish Doctors and Pharither which is in hea- sees, if ye will attain to the

Virtue and Reward of true Christians There are on the other hand several Pra&tises of theirs, which, if ye will be my Disciples, ye must as carefully avoid. And First, Be careful not to give your Alms openly, out of Oftentation, to be seen and commended of Men ; for if ye do, this Praise of Men will be reckoned to you as your Reward, and ye shall have no Reward in the Kingdom of Heaven.

2. When therefore you 2 Therefore, when thou doeft thine alms,

do any act of Charity, be do not found a trum

not like the hypocritical pet before thee, as Pharisees, who strive to do the hypocrites do, in it in the most open and pub; the synagogues, and in the streets, that

lick Places, and contrive all they may have glory possible ways to proclaim

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say unto you, they

have their reward, plauded by Men. I tell you assuredly, this shall be their only Reward, and they must expect no other from God.

3. But when you bestow 3 But when thou your Alms or do any act of doeft alms, let not Mercy, ( except in such thy left hand know

what thy right hand Cases where you may modestly by your good Example ftir up others to the like Practise, to the greater glory of God and good of Men : Except, I say, in such Cases) chuse to do it with the greatest privacy and secrecy possible. 4. And God who fee's

4 That thine alms perfectly your secret Piety, may be in secret : which cannot be seen or ap thy

which seeth in les plauded of Men, and ap.

cret, himself shall rex proves the sincerity of your ward thee openly: Heart ; will at the Resurrection of the Just, when all the Actions of all Men shall be made publick, reward you openly before Men and Angels. 5. ( Again, When you

5 And when offer up to God your pri- thou prayeft, thon

Thall not be as the vate Prayers , be not like

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they love to pray the hypocritical Pharisees, who ftanding in the fy- choose to say their pretended nagogues, and in the corners of the private Prayers in the streets ftreets, that they and places of common conmay be seen of men. course, that they may be Verily, I say unto seen and applauded by Men. you, they have their reward:

I tell you assuredly, this shall be their only Reward, and they must expect no other from God.

6. But when you put up 6 But thou, when thou prayeft, enter your private Prayers to God, into thy closet, and let each one retire alone when thou haft shut into his Closet, and shut thy door, pray to thy himself ups and God, who Father which is in secret, and thy Fa- heareth your most secret ther which seeth in Petitions, will openly resecret, fhall reward ward your Piety and Dethee openly.

votion. 7 But when ye

7. Only when you pray, pray, use not vain do not use a multitude of repetitions, as the Words and vain Repetitiheathen do: for they think that they sballons, as is usual among the be heard for their Heathens. For they pray much speaking in such a manner, as if God

regarded the labour of the outward Action, more than the inward Affection of the Mind, or could be persuaded and prevailed upon by a multiplicity of Expressions,

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8. Do not therefore imi 8 Be not ye theretate them in this. For God, fore like unto them: who knoweth all things, knoweth what things

Father knowe:h particularly all ye have need of, be your wants, even before you fore ye ask him. ask him.

9. But when you pray, 9 After this manuse some such short Form ner therefore pray

Our Father as this. Almighty God, the ye:

which art in heaCreator and Governor of all ven, hallowed be thy things, and the most bountiful name. Benefaétor of those who fear and Obey thee. Grant that all reasonable Creatures, who are capable of understanding

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unfeignedlyrics: admire and adore thee; and express their Veneration and Praises of thee, in ways most suitable to the Condition of sit wil their Nature and the Discos de interna

Vriut, veries of thy Will. 'I fi 10. Grant that all Man.

10 Thy kingdom kind may come to the know. come. Thy will be

done in earth as it is ledge and belief of thy true in heaven. Religion : That the Kingdom of Ghrift, may be extended o ver all the Earth; and ibé eternal Laws of Godliness, Righteousness, Charity and So. briety, be established through the whole World. Grant that

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alt who profess this thy true Religion, may live in perfe&t Obedience to the Laws there of ; and that Men, as the infirmity of their Nature will permit, may obey thee with proportionable Sincerity and Gonftancy, as do the Spirits

of the blessed in Heaven. Give us this

11. Bestom upon us every day our daily bread. day, through the remaining

part of our Lives, as many of the things of this present World, as may be sufficient for our neceffary Subsistence, and for the useful and innocent

Conveniences of Life. 12 And forgive . 12. Forgive us our Şins, and us our debts, as we withhold the Punishments forgive our debters.

which we have thereby deserved: In like manner as we freely and heartily forgive all those Injuries and Offences, which have by others been done

to us. 13 And lead us 13. Take from us the Causes not into temptation, and Occasions of Temptations,

or else deliver us from the evil : for thine is the kingdom, and the power of them : That we may power and the glory, not be moved, either with the

enticements of Riches, Honours, or Pleasure ; or with the Fear of Want, Disgrace, or Pain ;

but deliver us from

for ever.

Amen.

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