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able servant into outer darkness: | hear shall more be given. For he there shall be weeping and gnash- that hath, to him shall be given: ing of teeth. and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath. And He said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
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HE soul of the sluggard de-
2 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
3 We beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more. And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; that ye may walk honestly toward them that are with-fore out, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
4 Let him that stole steal no more; but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to
him that needeth.
5 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak.
Against ostentation in religion. From the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
T that time Jesus said, Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. There
when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love and in the corners of the streets, to pray standing in the synagogues that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and
2 Prov. vi. 6.
5 Acts xx. 35.
31 Thess. iv. 10.
thy Father which seeth in secret world through the knowledge of the shall reward thee openly.
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
Against rash judgment. From the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
T that time Jesus said, Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
Danger of relapsing in good works. From the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke; from the Second General Epistle of St. Peter; and from St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians.
T that time Jesus said, When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
3 For if after they that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness have escaped the pollutions of the
1 St. Matt. vii. 1.
Some of the principal means of
AND when Jesus rose up from prayer, and was come to His disciples, He found them sleeping for sorrow, and said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
6 And at another time Jesus said to His disciples, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importu
nity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?
1 Brethren, the end of all things is at hand be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
2 By Christ therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.
From the Book of the Prophet Habakkuk, and from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
WILL stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, . . The vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
'1 St. Pet. iv. 7.
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From St. Paul's Epistles to the
RETHREN, it is high time to awake out of sleep for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand : let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
6 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against
4 Jesus said to His disciples, Let your loins be girded about, and
your lights burning; and ye your-flesh and blood, but against princi
selves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh
palities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
3 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.
places. Wherefore take unto you | henceforth live unto themselves, the whole armour of God, that ye but unto Him which died for them, may be able to withstand in the evil and rose again. day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with From all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with 4all perseverance and supplication
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St. Paul's Epistle to the
for all saints.
F there be any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. done through strife or vainglory; Let nothing be but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not rob
to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name : that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God
From the Holy Gospel according to
ND when Jesus had called the 1 people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoso-bery ever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.
2 Brethren, Christ died for all, that they which live should not the Father.
22 Cor. v. 15.
1 St. Mark viii. 34.
32 Cor. viii. 9.
The Duty and Benefit of Alms-
give me the portion of goods that And he divided falleth to me. unto them his living. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and took his there wasted his substance with journey into a far country, and riotous living. And when he had mine in that land; and he began spent all, there arose a mighty fato be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the 2 Charge them that are rich in husks that the swine did eat: and this world, that they be not highno man gave unto him. And when minded, nor trust in uncertain he came to himself, he said, How riches, but in the living God, who many hired servants of my father's giveth us richly all things to en-have bread enough and to spare, joy that they do good, that they and I perish with hunger! I will be rich in good works, ready to arise and go to my father, and will distribute, willing to communicate; say unto him, Father, I have sinned laying up in store for themselves against heaven and before thee, and a good foundation against the time am no more worthy to be called to come, that they may lay hold on thy son: make me as one of thy
IVE alms of thy substance, and when thou givest alms let not thine eye be envious, neither turn thy face from any poor, and the face of God shall not be turned away from thee.
3 If thou hast abundance, give alms accordingly; if thou hast but little, be not afraid to give according to that little; for thou layest up for thyself a good treasure against the day of necessity.
hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be Penitence; the sad consequences of and is alive again; he was lost, merry: for this my son was dead, sin, and the right method of re- and is found. And they began to penting of it. be merry. Now his elder son was From the Holy Gospel according to in the field: and as he came and St. Luke. drew nigh to the house, he heard And he
4 Brethren, as we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are
of the houshold of faith.
5 And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
had two sons: and the younger called one of the servants, and of them said to his father, Father, asked what these things meant.
1 Tob. iv. 7. 4 Gal. vi. 10.
21 Tim. vi. 17, 19.
3 Tob. iv. 8.
6 St. Luke xv. 11.