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sili CH A P. VII.

1 Listir 10 clduir Bioteca E potofevere and sen judge not, that ye

be not . forious in your Judgment upon others, that ye provoke not God to use leverity towards

you. 2. For in what manner 2 For with what ye judge, and deal with o- judgment ye judge, thers; whether with Can. ye shall be judged

and with what meadour, Mercy and Charity; fure ye mete, it shall or with Severity and Ri- be measured to you gour; in the same manner again. . will God, when he comes to Judgment, deal with you.

3. Be not therefore so ri. 3 And why begid in passing Judgment upon others, as the hypocri- brothers eye ,

mote that is in thy

but tical Pharisees and Jewish considereft not the Doctors are ; But be more beam that is in thine strict in the examination of own eye? your own Lives. For how exceedingly unreasonable is it, to condemn the lighter Offences of others, while you are guilty of greater Crimes your felves!

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, Let me pull out dertake to reprove others for the mote thine eye ; and be their smaller Şins, while ye hold, a beam is in your selves, are conscious of thine own eye?

more heinous ones or with what Skill can you instruct and direct others to correct and amend their Faults, while ye have apt Judgment or Integrity enough

to be senfible of your own? 5 Thou hypocrite, 5. Lay aside therefore this first cast out the foul Hypocrysie. First efbeam out of thine fećtually amend and reform own eye ; and then fhalt thou see clearly your own Lives : and then to cast ont the mote you may with Judgment out of thy brothers direct, and with Authority eye.

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formation. 6 4 Give not that you And yet even in th which is holy unto Case there is a Difcretion the dogs,neither cast

to be used. The wise Infore lwine," left they ftructions and Admonitions trample them under of the Gospel, are not to their feet, and turn be always cast away upon again and rent

, you obstinate, and incorrigible 15.397.9. Men, who probably initead

of being corrected and mended by them, will return you only Scofts, Re

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These are the prin 7 Ask, and it cipal Instructions necessary thall be given you: to direct you in the progress find: knock, and it of a Christian Life. All shall be opened unto which that you may be you. able to practise, you must apply your felves to God in hearty Prayer for his Alliftance : Which if you do with Faith, Constancy, and Importunity ; ye shall certainly obtain whatever ye defire; at least fo far, and in such manner and degree, as is needful for you.

8. For whosoever thus 8 For every one prays, with Faith, Earnest that asketh, recei ness , and Perfeverance; God, veth:; and he that

seeketh findeth: and as a merciful and tender

to him that knockFather, cannot deny him eth, it shall be open

ny thing that 'is necessary ed. for him.

9,6 10. For if even a g Or what man is mong t you frail and mortal there of you, whom

if his son ask bread, Men, who are Tenacious, will give him a stone? Paffionate and Froward, 10 Or if he ask å there is no one, who when fish, will give him a his Son begs of him any

serpent ? thing useful or necessary

+ The words, ris Te vw gas , are very emphatical: What Man? Or, who among yon Men?

for Life, can either deny to give it him, or give him any thing hurtful or useless

in its stead : 11 If ye then be 11. If Men, I say, who ing evil, know how are wicked, and peevish and to give good gifts ill-natured, cannot but give how much more shall good things to their Chiiyour Father which drenHow much more is in heaven give shall God, who is infinitely good things to them

good and merciful, the grathat ask him ?

cious Creator and Preserver of all things, give such things as are needful to those who earnestly pray

for them ? 12 Therefore all

12. And now if God things whatsoever thus deals with Mankind, ye would that men as to give them whatever should do to yoli, do

they could reasonably exye even so to them : for this is the law pect from a most kind and and the prophets. loving Father ; I hen ought

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allo so to deal with one another, as that every one be willing to do that always to another, which he can in reafor expe&t another Scould do to him. This is that great Rule, wherein is contained our whole Duty towards our Neighbour : This is the sum of true Religion, of Righteousness and EquiF

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ty: This is what Nature and the Reason of Things teaches : And this is what all God's Revelations to Mankind in the Law and the Prophets, tend ultimately to establish.

13. ( These Precepts may 13 ( Enter ye in perhaps seem hard to Men at the ftrait gate; that are covetous, sensual, for wide is the gate, and lovers of the World; that leadeth to de

and broad is the way and there are but few who struction, and many will be at the pains to pra- there be which go ctise them sincerely. 'Tis in thereat : true : But if ye will attain eternal Happiness, ye must resolve to be Imitators of those few, and to be content to follow them in the narrow Path of Virtue. The Way to Destruction is broad, soft and easie; and 'tis in this that the careless Multitude walk: 14. But the Way to Hap

14. Because strait piness is narrow, and the is the gate, and narPaths of Virtue are rough, row is the way which and there are but few that few there be that

leadeth unto life,and can deny themselves the find it. Pleasures, and Vanities, and Gaieties of the World, that they may be able to walk therein.

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