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“ for sinners also love those that love them. “ And if ye do good to them which do good to “ you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do “ even the same. And if ye lend to them of 66 whom ye hope to receive, what thank have 66 ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive s as much again. But love ye your enemies, 6 and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing “ again ; and your reward shall be great, and “ ye shall be the children of the Highest : for “ he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. “ Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also " is merciful.”
Continuation of the Sermon on the Mount.
66 Take heed that ye do not your alms before “ men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have 66 no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 6. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not & sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypo “ crites 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 to pray “ standing in the synagogues and in the corners “ of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their re“ ward. Buť thou, when thou prayest, enter “ into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy
* This is a proverbial expression, importing the greatest cau
tion and secrecy
door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; " and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall “ reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use “ not vain repetitions, as the heathen do : for “ they think that they shall be heard for their “ much speaking. Be not ye therefore like “ unto them: for your Father knoweth what “ things ye have need of, before ye ask him. “ After this manner therefore pray ye: OUR " FATHER which art in heaven, Hallowed be “ thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will 66 be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us “ this day our daily bread. And forgive us our “ debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead “ us not into temptation, but deliver us from “ evil:* For thine is the kingdom, and the power, “ and the glory, for ever. Amen.
" For if ye forgive men their trespasses, “ your heavenly Father will also forgive you i ms but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, “ neither will your Father forgive your tres6 passes.
* Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hy:
pocrites, of a sad countenance : for they dis“ figure their faces, that they may appear unto “ men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They “ have their reward.' But thou, when thou • fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face: “ that thou appear not unto men to fast, but “ unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy
a The power of Satan.
“ Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward “ thee openly.
“ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon “ earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and “ where thieves break through and steal : but “ lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, " where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and
where thieves do not break through nor steal : “ for where your treasure is, there will your “ heart be also.
“ The light of the body is the eye ; if there“ fore thine eye be single, * 'thy whole body “ shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, " thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If 66 therefore the light that is in thee be darkness. “ how great is that darkness !
66 No man can serve two masters : for either « he will hate the one, and love the other; or “ else he will hold to the one, and despise the 6 other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." “ Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for “ your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall “ drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall
put on. Is not the life more than meat, and “ the body than raiment ? Behold the fowls “ of the air: for they sow not, neither do so they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your “ heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not “ much better than they ? Which of you by 6 taking thought, can add one cubit unto his “ stature ? And why take ye thought for rai“ ment ? Consider the lilies of the field, how “ they grow; they toil not, neither do they
• Sound, and free from disorder.
· Mammon is put for riches.
“ spin : and yet I say unto you, That even So“ lomon in all his glory was not arrayed like " one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe " the grass of the field, which to day is," and 6 to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not “ much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 6. Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall “ we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Where“ withal shall we be clothed ? (For after all “ these things do the Gentiles seek :) for your “ heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need 6 of all these things. But seek ye first the “ kingdom of God, and his righteousness ; “ and all these things shall be added unto you. “ Take therefore no thought for the morrow. :b só for the morrow shall take thought for the “ things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is “ the evil thereof."
A second Continuation of the Sermon on the
Mount. “ Judge not, and ye shall not be judged': * condemn not, and ye shall not be condemn“ ed : forgive, and ye shall be forgiven : give, " and it shall be given unto you; good mea“ sure, pressed down, and shaken together, and “ running over, shall men give into your bo66 soni. For with the same measure that ye “ mete withal, it shall be measured to you “ again.” And he spake a parable unto them, 6 Can the blind lead the blind ? shall they not
: To-day flourishes.
“ both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not “ above his master; but every one that is per“ fect shall be as his master. And why be“ holdest 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 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. .“ Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, “ neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest “ they trample them under their feet, and turn “ again and rend 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 receiv“ eth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to “ him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or 66 what man is there of you, whom if his son 66 ask bread, will he give him a stone ? Or if he “ ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye “ then, being evil, know how to give good “ gifts unto your children, how much more “ shall your Father which is in heaven give “ good things to them that ask him? There“ fore all things whatsoever ye would that men
* Why dost thou blame lesser faults in others, but art blind to greater in thyself. :: Before you admonish, consider whether your advice is likely to prevail..
· Being subject to infirmities.