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through Beelzebub, the chief of the devils. And others tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. But he knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself, is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house, falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons caft them out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his palace; his goods are in peace; but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth. *When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking reft; and finding none, he faith, 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 fpirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in, and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. And it came to pass as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the páps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea, rather blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it.

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2 that when the Heart is grown hardened in Iniquity it draw back. will be apt to turn thofe very means, which are made * When the unclean Spirit, &c. This Parable is deuse of for its Reformation, to C intempt and Reproach, figned to teach Men in every Age the danger of retiftwill shut out Conviction, and impiously blafpheme ing their Convi&tions, and breaking through their good even God himself, rather than hearken to instruction. Resolutions. The effect being commonly that they -Wretched ftate indeed! How should this teach us to guard against the first inlets of Vice: for hardly do we than before ; according to the observation of St. Peter, know where we shall be able to stop. When we have If after shey have efcaped the Pollutions of the World once forsaken the course of our Duty; we are no long- hrough the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jéjas er fure of the protection of Providence, and may pass Ch: ijt, they are entangled therein, and overcome; the to such lengths, as it may be hard,

latter end is worse than the beginning, 2 Pet. ii. 20.


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The fourth Sunday in Lent.

The Collect. Y Rant, .we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for

our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Epistle. Gal. 4. 21.
Ell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear

the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bond-maid, the other by a free woman. But he who, was of the bond-woman, was born after the flesh; but he of the free-woman was by promise. * Which things are an allegory; for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above, is free; which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many inore children than fhe which hath an husband.' Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are . the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the Alesh, perfecuted him that was born after the Spirit; even so it is

Nevertheless, what saith the Scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son ; for the son of the bond-woman shall not be heir with the son of the free-woman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bond-woman, but of the free.

Paraphrase on the Collect for the fourth Sunday in Lent. Most mighty God, tho' we humbly acknowledge may mercifully be relieved from all our. Amictions, that our Sins deservedly call for thy Judgments upon for the sake of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. us; yet we intreat thee to grant that by thy help we * Which things are

an allegory: That is, the place to the Gospel. As the Gospel Dispenfation is foregoing historical account of Abraham, and his two here justly represented to us as a state of perfect freeSons, contains also a mystical or {piritual meaning, be- dom, in opposition to the stavilh ceremonies of the Law cause those two Sons represent the two Covenants of - this ought to excite in all Christians a lively sense the Law and the Gospel. From whence St. Paul of their Happiness, and the warmest Gratitude to God, reasons that as Abraham was advised by Sarah to cast and induce them diligently to walk worthy of their out the Bond-Woman Hagar, and her Son Ishmael, fo Adoption, onght the Law of Moses to be abolished, and give


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The Gospel. S. John 6.1. ES US went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tibe

rias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And the passover,' a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lift up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he faith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat ? (And this he said to prove him ; for he himself knew what he would do.) Philip anfwered him, Two hundred penny-worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peters brother, faith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley-loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men fit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and + when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down, and likewise of the fishes, as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, S Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be loft. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley-loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that Prophet that should come into the world.

The fifth Sunday in Lent.

The Collect. E beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people; that by thy great goodness they may


go+ When he had giver. Thanks. This is a sufficient ex- § Gather up the Fragments, &c. This. Command ample to us for those forms of address to Almighty seems to have been given not only toʻshew the necessity, God, upon

the use of his Gifts for our Refreshment; reality, and greatness of the Miracle: but likewife to tho they are highly reasonable in themselves had we teach us that our Charity ought to be conducted, with had neitảer any Command nor Example for them. Only Prudence and Economy-and that our expences even let us take heed that we do not convert them into mere upon proper objects, should be bounded by such profarms by a thoughtless indecent utterance.

portions as the circumstances of our affairs will allow.

verned and preserved evermore, both in body and soul, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Hebr. 9. 11. YHrist being come an high Priest of good things to come,

by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands; that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats, and calves; but * by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, fanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? + And for this cause he is the Mediator of the new Testament, that by means of death for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first Teftament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

The Gospel. S. John 8. 46. Efus said, Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the

truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God, heareth Gods words; ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well, that I thou art a Samaritan, and haft a devil ? Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. And I seek not mine own glory; there is one that seeketh and

Paraphrafe on the Collect for the fifth Sunday in Lent. All powerful God, we intreat thee to deal with us ac. kindness, our Souls and Bodies may be continucording to thy Mercy; that, through thy unspeakable ally reled and protected, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

By kis orun Blood he entered, &c. This portion of Christ, by his Blood, hath sealed a new Covenant beScripture points out to us the pre-eminence of the Gof- tween God and us; that, in consideration of his Death pel above the Law of Mofes.-For, whereas the High for the expiation of Sins, which the Law of Moses Priest under the Law, by the Sacrifice of slain Bealls, could not expiate, all who are admitted to, and perform procured only a temporary Purification of the unclean, th ir part of it, may receive the Promise of Immortawhich was performed every Year.—Jesus Christ hath lity and Happiness'in Heaven. cbtained eternal Redemption for us, through the Offer- | Thou art a Samaritan, &c. The Jews and Sa. ing ofhis precious Blood once for all.

maritans bare a mortal hatred to each other on account † And for this cause he is the Mediator, &c. That is of Religion, insomuch that the Word Samaritan was


judgeth. Verily, verily I say unto you, * If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a deyil. Abraham is dead, and the

prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing; it is my Father that honoureth me, of whom ye say, that he is your God; yet ye have not known him; but I know him : and if I should fay, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you; but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily I say unto you, Before ŞAbraham was, I am. Then took they up ftones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.

The Sunday next before Easter.

The Collect.
Lmighty, and everlasting God, who of thy tender love towards

mankind, haft sent thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.


Paraphrase on the Colleet for the Sunday next before Eafter. Molt mighty and eternal God, who fo lovelt the both faithfully imitate the pattern of his Humility and world that thou gaveft thine only begotten Son to be Relignation, and be fo planted together in the likeness made in the likeness of men, and to be obedient unto of his death ; that we may be alfo in the likeness of his the death of the Cross, leaving us an Example, that we Resurrection, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. fhould follow his steps; mercifully grant that we may made use of by the Jews to fignify, not merely one obeys the precepts of Christ, shall not be subject to of that People, but allo one that bore an enmity to eternal Dainnation, which is elsewhere called the letheir Nation and Religion, and a Man of bad Morals. cond Death. Thus in our own Language a Turk fignifies one of a Before Abraham was I am. That is, before Abra. barbarous disposition, and a few, one who is covetous ham was born, I had an Existence. This Paisage apand rich. * Is a Man keep my saying, &c. That is, whofoever pears is be an evident proof of our Lord's Divinity.


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