Acts xvii. 23. As I paffed by, and beheld your Devotions, I found an Altar with this Infcription, To THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly WORSHIP, him declare I unto you.

24. God that made the WORLD, and all THINGS therein, feeing that he is Lord of Heaven and Earth, dwelleth not in Temples made with Hands:

25. Neither is WORSHIPPED With Mens HANDS, as though he needed any thing, feeing he giveth to all LIFE, and BREATH, and all Things. Phil. ii. 3. We are the CIRCUMCISION, which wORSHIP GOD in the SPIRIT, and rejoice in Chrift Jefus, and have no Confidence in the


Heb. i. 6. And again, when he bringeth in the First-begotten into the World, he faith, And let all the ANGELS of Gon worthip him.

Chap. xii. 28. Wherefore we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have GRACE, whereby we may ferve GOD acceptably, with Reverence and GODLY Fear.

29. For our GOD is a CONSUMING FIRE.

1 Pet. iii. 15. SANCTIFY the LORD GOD in your Hearts: and be ready always to give an Answer to every Man that asketh you a Reafon of the HOPE that is in you, with MEEKNESS and FEAR.

Chap. ii. 5. Ye alfo as lively Stoncs, are built up a fpiritual House, an holy Priesthood, to offer up fpiritual SACRIFICES, acceptable to GoD by Jefu Chrift.

Rev. xiv. 7. Saying with a loud Voice, Fear Gon, and give Glory to him, for the Hour of his JUDGMENT is come: and WORSHIP him that made Heaven and Earth, and the Sea, and the Fountains of Waters.

Chap. xv. 4. Who fhall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy Name? for thou only art holy: for all Nations fhall come and woRSHIP before thee; for thy Judgments are made manifeft.

Chap. iv. 8. And the four Beafts had each of them fix Wings about him, and they were full of Eyes within; and they rest not Day and Night, faying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

10. The four and twenty Elders fall down before him that fat on the Throne, and WORSHIP him that liveth for ever and ever, and caft their Crowns before the Throne, faying,

11. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive GLORY, and HONOUR, and POWER: for thou haft created all Things, and for thy Pleasure, they are and were created.


The Nature of true Charity, reprefented in the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

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Deut. xxii. 1. Thou shalt not fee thy Brother's Ox or his Sheep them; thou fhalt in any cafe bring go aftray, and hide thy felf from them again unto thy Brother.

2. And if thy Brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own Houfe, and it fhall be with thee until thy Brother feek

after it, and thou shalt reftore it to him again.

3. In like manner fhalt thou do

with his Afs, and fo fhalt thou do

with his Raiment, and with all lost thing of thy Brother's, which he hath loft, and thou haft found, shalt thou do likewife.

ther be waxen POOR, and fallen in Levit. xxv. 35. And if thy BroDECAY with thee, then thoufhalt relieve him: yea, though he be a Stranger, or a Sojourner; that he


Pfalm xviii. 25. With the MERCIFUL thou wilt fhew thy felt thou wilt fhew thy felf upright. merciful; with an UPRIGHT MAN

Pf. xli. 1. Bieffed is he that confidereth the Poor, the Lord will deliver him in time of Trouble.

2 The Lord will preferve him, and keep him alive, and he shall be bleffed upon the Earth; and thou wilt not deliver him into the Will

of his Enemies.

3. The Lord will ftrengthen him upon the Bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his Bed in his Sick.


Prov xii. 1o. A righteous Man regardeth the Life of his Beat: but the tender Mercies of the Wicked are cruel.

Chap. xxv. 21. If thine ENEMY be hungry, give him Bread to eat : .Bb


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22. For thou fhalt heap Coals of Fire upon his Head, and the Lord fhall reward thee.

Rom, xii. 19. Dearly beloved, avenge not your felves, but rather give Place unto Wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, faith the Lord.

20. Therefore if thine Enemy hunger, feed him, if he thirit, give him drink: for in fo doing thou fhalt heap Coals of Fire on his


29. Be not overcome of EVIL, but overcome Evil with GooD.

Gal. vi. 9. Let us not be weary in WELL-DOING: for in due Sea

fon we fhall reap, if we faint not.

10. As we have therefore Opportunity, let us do Goon unto all of the Houshold of Faith. Men, efpecially unto them who are

Col. iii. 12. Put on therefore (as the Elect of God, holy and beloved) BOWELS of MERCIES, Kindness, Humbleness of Mind, Meekness, Long-fuffering;

14. And above all things put on CHARITY, which is the Bond of


35. And on the Morrow, when he departed, he took out two Pence, and gave them to the Hoft, and faid unto him, Take Care of him; and whatfoever thou spendcft more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

36. Which now of thefe three, thinkeft thou, was NEIGHBOUR unto him that fell among the Thieves?

37. And he said, He that fhewed MERCY on him. Then faid Jefus unto him, Go, and do thou likewife. 2. And though I have the Gift of Prophecy, and understand all Myf teries, and all Knowledge; and though I have all Faith, fo that I could remove Mountains, and have no CHARITY, I am nothing.

1 Cor. xiii. 1. Though I fpeak with the Tongues of Men and of Angels, and have not CHARITY, I am become as founding Brafs, or a tinkling Cymbal.

3. And though I beltow all my Goods to feed the Poor, and though I give my Body to be burned, and have not CHARITY, it profiteth me nothing.

4. CHARITY fuffereth long, and is kind; CHARITY envicth not; CHARITY vaunteth nct itself, is not puffed up;

5. Doth not behave itfel unfeemly, feeketh not her own, is not eanly provoked, thinketh no Evil,

6. Rejoiceth not in Iniquity, but rejoiceth in the Truth:

7. Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8. CHARITY never faileth: But whether there be Prophecies, they hall fail; whether there be Tongues, they fhall ceafe; whether there be Knowledge, it fhall vanifh away.

13. And now abideth FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY, these three ; but the greateft of thefe is CHARITY.

1 John iii. 11. For this is the Meffage that ye heard from the Beginning, that we fhould LOVE one another.

12. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and flew his Brother.


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CHRIST'S Difcourfe to the Scribes and Pharifees, wherein he feverely reproves them for their Pride, Hypocrify, Covetoufnefs, and Oppreffion; and denounceth fevere Judgments against them.

CHRIST difputes with the Pharifees about the Traditions of the Elders, and reprefents the great Wickedness and Deceit that is in the Hearts of Men.

Matthew xv.

Mark vii.

HEN came together unto [M] Jefus, [Mr.] the Pharifees, and certain of the Scribes which came from Jerufalem. And when they faw fome of his Difciples eat Bread with defiled (that is to fay, with unwafhen) Hands, they found fault. For the Pharifees, and all the Jews, except they wafh their Hands oft, eat not; holding the Tradition of the Elders. And when they come from the Market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other Things there be, which they have received to hold; as the washing of Cups and Pots, brafen Veffels, and of Tables. Then the Pharifees and Scribes asked him, Why walk not thy Difciples according to the Tradition of the Elders, but eat Bread with unwafhen Hands? [M] But he anfwered and faid unto them, Why do you alfo TRANSGRESS the COMMANDMENT of God by your TRADITION? [Mr.] Well hath Efaias prophesied of you HYPOCRITES, as it is written, This

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-People HONOUR ETH me with their Lirs, (a) but their HEART is far from me. Howbeit, in VAIN do they WORSHIP me, teaching for DOCTRINES the COMMANDMENTS of MEN. For laying afide the Commandment of God, ye hold the Tradition of Men, as the washing of Pots and Cups: and many other fuch like Things ye do. And he faid unto them, Full well ye reject the Commandment of God, that ye may keep your own Tradition; [M] for God commanded, faying, Honour thy Father and thy Mother: and whofo curfeth Father or Mo, ther, let him die the Death. But ye fay, if a Man fhall fay to his Father or Mother, It is Corban, that is to fay, a Gift, by whatfoever thou mighteft be profited by me, he fhall be free and ye fuffer him no more to do ought for his Father or his Mother, [M.] and honour not his Father or his Mother. Thus have ye made the Commandment of God of none Effect by your Tradition, [Mr.] which ye have delivered ; and many fuch like Things do ye. And when he had call all the People unto hm. faid unto them, TI


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