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only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway
Stedfastness of faith in God's
From St. Paul's Epistle to the
forgetteth what manner of man he BRETHREN, let your conver
sation be without covetous
was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continu-ness; and be content with such eth therein, he being not a forget-things as ye have for He hath ful hearer, but a doer of the work, said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, consider
this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the
fatherless and widows in their afflic-ing the end of their conversation : tion, and to keep himself unspotted and to day, and for ever. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday,
from the world.
3 And having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without waver
ing (for He is faithful that promised).
From the Holy Gospel according to
ESUS spake this parable unto
certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a Publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank Thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adul-4
terers, or even as this Publican AND when the even was come,
fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the Publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Jesus saith unto His disciples, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took Him even as He was in the ship. And there were also with Him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And He was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake Him, and say unto Him, Master, carest Thou
1 St. Luke xviii. 9. 2 Heb. xiii. 5.
3 Heb. x. 21. 4 St. Mark iv. 35.
Stedfastness of faith in God's power and mercy amid trials and difficulties.
From the Holy Gospel according to
not that we perish. And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?
The fear of God, not of man; and resolute confession of Christ's
From the Book of the Prophet
ple in whose heart is My law; fear
of God: but he that denieth Me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
3 If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
[EARKEN ye that
EATH and life are in the power of the
HARK Figl unto Me; the peat they that love it shall tongue; and
1 Isaiah li. 7.
Government of the tongue and
From the Book of Proverbs; from
5 Jesus said, But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
6 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great
2 Jesus said, I say unto you My friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, fear Him. Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore ye are of more value than things. Behold, how great a matter many_sparrows. Also I say unto a little fire kindleth! And the you, Whosoever shall confess Me tongue is a fire, a world of inbefore men, him shall the Son of iquity: so is the tongue among Man also confess before the angels our members, that it defileth the
whole body, and setteth on fire the first after the troubling of the water course of nature; and it is set on stepped in was made whole of whatfire of hell. For every kind of soever disease he had. And a cerbeasts, and of birds, and of ser- tain man was there which had an pents, and of things in the sea, is infirmity thirty and eight years. tamed, and hath been tamed of When Jesus saw him lie, and knew mankind: but the tongue can no that he had been now a long time man tame; it is an unruly evil, full in that case, He saith unto him, of deadly poison. Therewith bless Wilt thou be made whole? The we God, even the Father; and impotent man answered Him, Sir, therewith curse we men, which are I have no man, when the water is made after the similitude of God. troubled, to put me into the pool: Out of the same mouth proceedeth but while I am coming, another blessing and cursing. My brethren, steppeth down before me. Jesus these things ought not so to be. saith unto him, Rise, take up thy Doth a fountain send forth at the bed, and walk. And immediately same place sweet water and bitter? the man was made whole, and took Who is a wise man up his bed, and walked. And he and endued with knowledge among that was healed wist not who it you? let him shew out of a good was: for Jesus had conveyed Himconversation his works with meek-self away, a multitude being in that ness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But
place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole : sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
Same subject continued.
the wisdom that is from above is From the Holy Gospel according to
first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of 2 mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Thankfulness for special mercies. From the Holy Gospel according to St. John.
OW there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then 1 St. John v. 2.
ND it came to pass, as Jesus went to Jerusalem, that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as He entered into a certain village, there met Him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: and they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when He saw them. He said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are 2 St. Luke xvii. 11.
not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And He said unto him, Arise, go thy way thy faith hath made thee whole.
Same subject continued. From the Book of Deuteronomy, and from the First General Epis
tle of St. Peter.
EWARE that thou forget not
keeping His commandments, and His judgments, and His statutes, which I commanded thee this day: lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and hast dwelt therein; and when thy herds and thy flock multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; then thy heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; . who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that He might humble thee, and that He might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; and thou say in thy heart, My power and the might of my hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
2 But ye, brethren, are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light: which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
1 Deut. viii. 11.
king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, which owed him an hundred pence; and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not; but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee?
likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
Same subject concluded. From the Book of Proverbs; from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark; and from the First lord said unto him, Well done, thou General Epistle of St. Peter. good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, THE discretion of a man defer-I will make thee ruler over many
his anger; and it is things: enter thou into the joy of
ceived two talents came and said, thy lord. He also that had reLord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: cour-enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed and I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofit
And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
glory to pass over a transgression.
3 Brethren, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be teous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
Diligence in our respective
From the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
T that time Jesus said to His disciples, The kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And
1 Prov. xix. 11.
2 St. Mark xi. 25.
4 St. Matt. xxv. 14.