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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 "whom ye hope to receive, what thank have "ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive "as much again. But love ye your enemies, M 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.
"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. "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.
* This is a proverbial expression, importing die greatest caution and secrecy
"Verily I say unto you, They have their re"ward. 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 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 "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 t * but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, "neither will your Father forgive your tres* "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
* 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 "therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, M how great is that darkness!
"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 "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 da '* they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your "heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not "much better than they? Which of you by "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.
"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,1 and "to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not "much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? "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 "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 "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
"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 bo"som.c For with the same measure that ye "mete withal, it shall be measured to you "again." And he spake a parable unto them, "Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not
a To-day flourishes.
b Be not over anxious about the future.
"both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not "above his master; but every one that is per"feet 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 ?1 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,b 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 *' what man is there of you, whom if his son "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,c 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.
b Before you admonish, consider whether your advice is likely to prevail.
c Being subject to infirmities.