things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord. There

not fo. 9. And I

* say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whòso marrieth her which is put away, doth commit adultery. 10. His dis ciples say unto him, If the case of the nian be fo with his wife

, it is not good to marry. 11. But he said unto them, All men o cannot receive this saying, fave they to whom it is given. 12. For there are some < eunuchs, which were so born from their mothers womb : and there are some eu. ruchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have (1) made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heavens sake. He that is able to receive it, let

him receive it. 13. I Then were there brought unto : him · little children, that he should put his hands on them,

and Mar. 16. 01. Luk. 16. 18. is difference also between a Wife 1 Cor. 7. 10, 11, See on Mat. and a Virgin: The unmarried Wo

man careth for the things of 1 Cor. 7. 2, 7, 9, 17. To r. the Lord, that the may be holy, seid Fornication, let every man s both in Body and Spirit but the have his own Wife, and let every

that is married careth for the Woman have her own Husband. things of the World, how she may I would that all men were even as pleafe her Husband. † Cor. 9. 5, I my self: but every man hath his 15. Have we not power to lead aproper Gift of God, one after this jo bout a Sister a Wife, as well as ou

and another afrer that. ther Apostles, and as the Brethren I they cannot contain, let them of the Lord and Cephas. But I marry: for it is better to marry bave ufed none of these things, than to burn. As God hath diftri

have I things ibuted to every man, as the Lord is that it should be so done unto me

bath called every one, To let him for it were better for me co die, walk: and so ordain I in all than that any man should make my

glorying void. ts Cor. 9 32, 34. I would Mar. 10. 13. And they

without carefulness. He 20 brought young children to him, that that is unmarried careth for the he should touch them; and his

Disciples rebuked those that


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(1) Some understanding these Words literally, have been led into Very great Mistakes, which would have been prevented, if Translators had rendred them as they are to be understood. Our Lord's Meaning undoubtedly is, some live as Eunuchs do for the Kingdom of Heavens 'fake' That is, they do not Marry. But if any Cannot live chaftly without Marriage, it is their Duty to Marry. But if they have received fuch a special Gift from God, as to be able to preserve their Chafticy unmarried, they may fo continue, withouț making Vows, which often entangle the Conscience.

and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. 14. But Jell faid, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come una me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. 15. And

laid his hands on them, and departed thence. 16. Al behold, one came and said unto him, “Good master; w good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?

17. ALA he said unto him, Why callest thou me good ? there is not good but one, that is God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18. He faith unto hits Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no * murder, Th. Malt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thu Thalt not bear false witness. 19. Honour thy father thy mother : and, Thou shalt m love thy neighbour as self. 20. The young man faith unto him, All thele thin have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus faith unto him, If thou, wilt be perfect, » go (1) fell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and th


brought them. Luk.18.15. They ht Luk. 10. 25. Behold, a ¢ brought unto him allo Infants, that tain Lawyer stood up, and tem he would touch them, but when ed him, saying, Mafter, what shal bis Disciples saw it, they rebuked do to inherit crernal Life ? them.


i i Sam. 2. 2. There is none + See on Mat. 18.3.

as the Lord. f See the Note on A&.6.6.

k Exod. 20, 13. Deut. 50 & * Mar. 10. 17. -Theie camc The fixethe Commandment. one running, and kneeled to him, "See on Mat. 15. 4. and asked him, Good master, what 10 mt Lev. 19. 18. † Rom. 13. Thail I do, that I may inherit eter + Gal 5.14. Jam. 2. S. nal Life ? * Luk. 18. 18. And a on Joh. 13. 34. certain Ruler asked him, saying,

+ Luk. 12. 33.

+ Luk. 16 Good Master, what shall I do to fi Tim. 6. 19.

See on M inherit eternal Life ?

15 6. 20.


(1) This is no Evangelical Counsel of Perfe&tion, as the Church of Ra call it, but a particular Command given to this young Man. Our Lo knew tlie Hearts of all Men, and might probably see that coveton was the prodominant and reigning Vice in this Person: and therefo gave him this Precept to try him, and to convince him that he was s fo righteous or perfect, as he thought himself to be. Christians a doubt are obliged to draw off cheir Affections from this World, and fit loose to the Enjoyments of it, and to part with the Riches, Honou and Pleasures thereof, whenever the keeping of them is inconsiste with their Duty to God, and the Salvation of their Souls; as it may

in Times of Persecution, and would be, should our Lord give us a pa ķicular Command fo to do, as he did to this young Man. And, that

et falt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow ne. mit 22. But when the young man heard that faying, he went

away sorrowful : for he had great Poffefsions. 23. Then faid Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, that a * rich man fhall • hardly enter into the kingdom of heavėn. 24. And again I say unto you, It is (2) easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 25. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be faved ? 20. But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but


... + Mar. 10. 24. And the Dif- pierced themselves through with ciples were astonithed at his Words.

many Sorrows. Bút Jesus answereth again, and • Mar. 13. 22. The Cares of faith unto them, Children, how this World, and the deceitfulnefs kard is it for them that 'trust in 5 of Riches, choke the Word, and Riches, to enter into the kingdom it becomerh unfruitful. Job 31, of God. + i Tim. 6.9, 10. They 24. If I have made' Gold my Hope, that will be rich, fall into Tempta or have said to the fine Gold, thou tion, and a Snære, and into many

art my Confidence.

Psal. 62. 10, forlijk and hurtful" Lusts, which 10 11. -If Riches increase, fit nof Destruction and

your Heart upon them. God liath Perdition. For the Love of mo- fpoken once; twice have I heard ney is the Root of all evil: which this, that Power belongeth unto while some coveted after, they God. Prov. 11. 28. He that truff have erred from the Faith; and 15 eth in his Riches shall fall.

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are obliged to give Alms in Proportion to our Ability, is plain and certain; but that

this Command of Selling all, and giving it to the poor, is no general Command, and does not bind us, will appear, ift, From St. Peter's Reasoning with Ananias, A&t. 3. 4. While it remaired, was it not thine own, and of er it was fold, was it not in thine ewon Power ? 2. Froin the Ducies requi.

red of the Rich, 1 Tim 6. 18, namely, that they do good, that the be A rich in good Works, ready to difribute, willing to communicate. 3. From

the Collections made for charitable 'Ufcs, and the Exhortation to lay by in Store as God had prospered them, in the Times of the Apostles,

i Cor 16, 1, 2. See the Note on Luk. 12, 33. (2) This was a Proverbial Speech frequent among the Jews, to express the Difficulty of doing any particular Thing. The Word rendered a Camel, likewife fignifies a Cable or thick' Rope, used by Seamen in caftit ġ their Anchors, and so it fhould be rendred here, there being some relemblance between drawing a Thread and Rope through the eye of a needle; but none between a Thread and

4. il. 29.

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with God all things are poflible. 27. I Then d answer ed Peter, and said unto him, Behold, we have forsake all and followed thee; what shall we have therefore 28. And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you that


which have f followed me in the regeneratio when the Son of man ihall fit in the throne of his gle ry, ye also shall fit upon : twelve thrones, judging th twelve tribes of Israel. 29. And every one that hath for saken houses, or brethren, or fifters, or father, or m ther, or wife, or children, or lands for my naines fal Thall receive an (1) hundred-fold, and shall inherit eve lasting Life. 30. But many that are first, Thall be lat and the last shall be first.


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that 4 Luk. 18. 27.

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may eat and drink at my Table 37

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Mar. 10. 78. Then Peter judging the twelve Tribes of ? began to say unto him, Lo, we s rael. t : Cor. 6. 2, 3. Do ye have left al, and have followed know that the Saints Thall judge thee. Luk. 18. 28. Then Peter World ? And if the World thi said, Lo, we have left all and fol be judged by you, are ye unwort lowed thee.

to judge the smallest Matter e Mat. 4.

20. And they so Know ye not that we shall jag Atraightway left their Nets and Angels how much more thin followed him. t Luķ. 5.11. And that pertain to this Life ? + R when they had brought their 2. 26. He that overcometh, as Ships to Land, they for fook al and keepeth my Works unto the En followed him.

15 to him will I give Power over 2 Cor. 5. 17. If any man be in Nations. Rev. 3. 21. To him the Chrift, he is a new Creature. overcometh will I grant to fit wil

8 Pfal. 49. 14. --The ITpright me on my Throne, even as I also Ihall have Dominion over them. vercame, and am fet down wit Dan. 7. 22. The Time came 20 my Father in his Throne. Re that the Saints poffered the Kingdom.

I saw Thrones, and they + Mat. 20. 21. Grant that these upon them, and judgment was give my two Sons may sit,the one on thy unto them. Wild. 3. 8. (Th right Hand, and the other on the Righteous] shall judge the Nations left in thy Kingdom Luk. 22. 25 and have Dominion over the People 28, 29, 30. Ye are they which and their Lord thall reign fo bave continued with me in my ever. Temptations. And I appoint unto

h See on Mar. 10.3Ị. Also the you a Kingdom, as my Father hath Note cn Mat. 20. 16.

20. 4

(1) See the Note on Mar. 10. 30.

Į him. And he answering, said to

came his Fasher out, and intreated
his Father, lo, there many Years's ry with my friends.
Fivtobillings the Ounce, is Seven-pence Half-peny.

TOR the kingdom of heaven is like' unto a man that

is an housholder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. 2. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a (1) peny a day, he fent them into his vineyard. 3. And he went out about the third hour; and faw others ftanding idle in the market-place, 4. 'And said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, I will give you.

And they went their way.

5. Again he went out about the fixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. 6. And about the elventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and faith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idie? 7. They fay unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He faith unto thein, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, that' fhall ye receive. 8. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard faith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the firft. & Alid when they came that were hired about the elventh hour, they received every man a peny. 1o. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more, and

they likewise received every man a peny. 11. And when they had received it, they i murmured against the goodman of the house, 12. Sáying, These last * have wrought

one hour [Or, have continued one hour only), and thou haf made them' equil unto us, which have born the burden and heat of the day. 13. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didft . not thou agree with me for a peny? 14. Take that thine Is and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as

unto Luk. 1s. 28, 29. He was an do I serve thee, neither tranfgrer. 8°), and would ner go in, therefore sed I at any time thy commando

ment, and yet thou never gavet

me a Kid, that I might make mere, 1) I The Roman Peny is the eighth Part of an Ounce, which, after


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