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28 And why 'take ye thought for raiment ? Consider the likes ofthefielctliow they grow ; they toil (hot, neither do they spin.
29 And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory,was not arayed like one of these.
28. And as for Clothing, why should ye be lo -much concerned about that ? The Flowers of the Field fcfte no Care at aft ^ serves, and yet^-God1 them a continual and clothes them with inimitable Beauty.
29J For this their Clothing is of fuehJtetfuty and Comeliness, as far exceeds alt that the Art of Man can invent, or the Cost of the. greatest 'Princes procure1 $'io that all the Glories even of Solomon's Court, were Hull and mean in comparison of these.
E 50. If then God thus clothes the short - lived Flowers , which 'are but of a I few Days continuance ; How unreasonable is it for you to distrust his Care and 'Providence, whom he hath sent into the World for so much nobler Purposes!
}i. Be not therefore anxiously solicitous for the things of'thts'presertt Wold 5
for for Meat, and Drink, and slothing.
32. For upon these things do the Gentiles, who know not the greatness of God's Power and Goodness, and the excellency of his true Religion, employ their Thoughts: But God, who hath revealed to you far nobler things to be the Objects of your Care and Meditation , knoweth that these things are neceslary for your present subfistence, and will provide them for you.
5 j. Make it therefore your first and principal Business, to understand true Religion, and live according to the Precepts thereof: And all these smaller things shall be abundantly supplied to you by the Providence os God.
$4, And be not too eagerly concerned to make provifion of these earthly things against the Time to come : For it is time enough to take Care for
drink ? or wherewithal shall we be clothed ?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek ) for your heavenly Fa» ther knoweth that ye have need of alj these tilings.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
34. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of it self: sufficient unto the day w the evil thereof,
these things by a moderate Industry as they are wanted: Sufficient to the present Tirtie are the present Troubles of Life 3 and God would not have you add to them by an unreasonable solicitoushess for the future.
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.iEriwioMgi^yoyr Judgment upon at&erj, that ye provoke not God to use severity towards you.
2. For in what manner ye judge, and deal with others 3 whether with Candour, Mercy and Charity ; or with Severity and Rigour 5 in the fame manner will God, when he comes to Judgment, deal with you.
3. Be not therefore so rigid in passing Judgment upon others, as the hypocritical Pharisees and Jewish Doctors are But be more strict in the examination of your own Lives. For how exceedingly unreasonable is it, to condemn the lighter Offences of others, while you are guilty of greater Crimea your selves J
JUdge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brothers eye, but confiderest not the beam that is in thine own eye ?
thou fay to thy brother, Let me pull out the • mote, out of thine eye 5, and behold, a beam U ia thine own eye ?
4 or how mk 4. With what ground and confidence can you undertake to reprove others for their
jour selves are conscious of " Ious ones ? or with II can you ^instruct and direct others to correct and amend their Faults, while ye have not Judgment or Integrity enough to be sensible of your own?
5. Lay aside therefore this foul Hypocrysie. First effectually amend and reform your own Lives : and then you may with Judgment direct, and with Authority urge and press others to Reformation.
are.not to be always cast away upon .obstinate and incorrigible ' Men, _who-probably instead of being .jcpr'rg^^ and 4mended by them, will re- ... turn you only Scofis, Reproaches and Contempt.
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