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steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet'; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyfelf. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour, therefore I love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. - Let us walk honestly as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wántonness, not in strife and envying. But $ put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the Aesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof..j

The Gospel. S. Matth. 21.
HEN they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to

Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesús two disciples, saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.

And if any man fay ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and fitting upon an 'ass, and a colt the fole of an ass. † And the disciples went, and did as Jesús commanded them,

Love is the fulfilling of the Law. This it may be tinguished to be his Disciples, as Men are by the Garfaid to be, both with relpect to the first and second ments they wear. Table : because, as no one truly loveth God, who t By this action our Saviour intended to fhew that loveth not his Brother also ;- fo no Man loveth his he was indeed the King, whom the Jews were to exNeighbour as he ought, who doth not love him for pect, but that his Kingdom was not of this world. God's fake, And where our Love to Mankind is Therefore let not those who profess themselves his founded upon a religious principle, it will almost ne- Followers fix their desires upon the enjoyment of temcessarily make us to have a respect unto all God's poral Glory and Dominion ; but set their affection on Commandments.

Things above, where Chrift sitteth at the right Hand $ Put ye on the Lord Jesus Chrift, i. e. let that Pu- of God; that at the Day of Judgment they may wel. sity, Holiness, and Temperance which were so remark- come his coming with Blefjea is be that comerb in the able in Christ Jesus be the constant Garb and ornament Name of the Lord. of your Souls : that ye may therein be as visibly dif

and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way, others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, | Hosanna to the Son of David : Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the Prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

And Jesus went into the temple of God; and cast out all them that fold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold doves; and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer, but

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have made it a den of thieves.
The second Sunday in Advent.

of The Colle&7.
Lessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be writ-

ten for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Paraphrase on the Collect for the second Sunday in Alvent. Gracious God, who didît cause the Books of the Old them, that by the patience and comfortable Hope and New Testament to be written for our instruction; which they inspire us with, we may be proof against give us Grace fo attentively to hear, fo faithfully to all the Temptations we have to encounter with read, lo diligently to apply, and so firmly to keep through Jesus Christ. and treafure up in our Hearts what is contained in

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Hofanna. The Word Hosanna signifies Save we by not cnly many ‘indecent but fraudulent practices beseech. Applied to Jesus on this occasion, it was of were carried on, to the Prophanation of God's House. the fame import with our acclamation God save the King + By this Collect is plainly pointed out to us that a

And Jefus went into the Temple, &c. The Jews, further means of preparation for our Lord's coming is as they reckoned the outer Court of the Temple, where a diligent study of the Holy Scriptures, such as will the Profelytes worshipped, no place of Sanclity ; were make a deep impresion upon our Hearts ;, and that fed to permit People to sell and buy Oxen, Sheep, the best proof of this is when they produce in us and Pigeons in it for Sacrifices : because tholt who. . patience, afford us comfort, and make us earnestly came from diftant parts of the Kingdom could not embrace the Hope of everlasting Life which they preto conveniently bring such things with them. There sent in Jesus Chuirt.

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! - The Elifle. : Romi I5. 4. 5. Hatsoever," things were written aforetime, were written

for our learning ; that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and confolation grant you to be like-minded one towards another, according to Christ Jesus': that ye 'may with one mind, and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive's

ye one another, as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. Now I say, that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision, for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers : And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy, as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy Name. And again he faith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again, Praise the Lord; all ye Gentiles, and laud him, all ye people. And again; Esaias faith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that İhall rise to 'reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

The Gospel. S. Luke 21. 25.
ND there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon,

and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; mens hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth : for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the

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* Whatsoever Things were written, &. This paffage ftruction, unto all good Works—that we may be filled evidently Thews that the Bible is a Book not dehgned with Meekness and Christian Moderation, with humfor the amusement of the Idler, Food for the Disputer, ble resignation to the will of God under all our Amicor to fill us with that Knowledge which puffeth up, but ions, and the comfortable Hopes of a blessed Immorthat we may be thereby throughly furnished by its in- ' tality through Jesus Christ.

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clouds, with power and great,glory; Andy when these things I begin to come to passg.thep, look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable, Behold the Fig-tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye fee and know of your own felves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, s This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled: heaven and earth shall pass away; but

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words shall not pass away.

The third Sunday in Advent.

ll The ColleEZ. Lord Jesu Christ, who at thy first coming didit fend thy

messenger to prepare thy way before thee; Giant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries, may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobe

L Paraphrase on the Collect for the third Sunday in Advent. O Saviour of the World, who, at thy first appea- from the paths of Error into the way of Righteousness, rance, didit send. John the Baptist to prepare the People that when thou shalt come again at the last Day to for thy reception by the preaching of Repentance ; give judge the quick and the dead, we may obtain Mercy Grace to the Ministers of thy Word fo 'to imitate the. and Favour from thee, who reignelt with the Father, Baptist's example, by labouring to convert Sinners and the Holy Spirit, one God, through all Eternity.

And when these things begin to come to pass, &c. thew and Mark express it the Sun pall be darkened, As our Saviour thus comforted his Disciples by assur- and the Moon shall not give her Light

, and the Stars ing them that the deitruction of Jerusalem, nould be Mall fall from Heaven, these are tigurative Expres. means of delivering them from the oppression of the fions which signified that the Jewish Government fhould Jews ; To may every meck and patient Follower of be utterly diffolved, as also the Son of Man coming in a Christ comfort himself under every calamity by the Cloud with Power and great Glory, fignified the Roman approaching of the Day of Judgment, when all his Armies who by the authority of Chritt should come Sorrows shall be done away and every oppression shall to execute punishment on the Jewish Nation. cease.

|| As John the Baptist was sent to prepare our SaviThis generation mall not pass &c. This expression our's way before him, with a view to his first coming ; plainly thews that the foregoing prophecy relates to fo the Ministers of the Gospel are appointed for the same the deftruction of Jerusalein which happened about purpose, with a regard to his second coming. It becomes thirty-eight Years after our Lord's Crucifixion; when, them therefore to imitate his example, not only in callit may be supposed that the greatest part of the Peo- ing Men to Repentance by their Doctrines; but also ple were living who were born at the Time of our in giving weight to their Doctrines by a life of firict Saviour's preaching. And tho' many of the circum- Virtue. And it no less becomes the People to pay due Atances of this Prophecy may seem to be strongly de- attention to their Instructions, and to pray that God will scriptive of the Day of Judgment : yet the signs in the give success to their labours. Sun and in the Moon 'and in the Stars, or as St. Mat

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dient to the wisdom of the just that at thy second coming to judge the world, we may be found an acceptable people in thy light, who livest and reigneft with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle. 1 Cor. 4. 1.
ET a man fo account of us, as of the ministers of Christ,

and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very finall thing, that I should be judged of you, or of mans judgment : yea, I judge not my own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me, is the Lord. * Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts ; and then shall every man have praise of God.

The Gospel. S. Matth. 11. 2. .
OW when John had heard in the prison the works of

Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see : The blind receive their fight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel

Therefore judge nothing before the Time, &c. i. e. the extraordinary Testimonies which were given to our beware of indulging yourselves in evilspeaking, or un- Lord at his Baptism) but from discontent that Jesus did charitable censures against your Teachers, or the rest not exert his power to deliver him from Prison : proof your Christian Brethren; because you can neither bably suppofing, like the Jews, that the Kingdom of be proper judges of the principles or ends of their ac the Messias would be temporal, and that he would tions. But wait with Humility for that great Day, preserve his People from the malice of their Enemies.when the Lord Jesus fhall appear, and call every Man Thus even goodi Men are sometimes apt to be dissatifto an account. Then, even the most secret actions Thall fied with the dealings of Providence, through not conbe laid open, and the inmoft Thoughts and Intentions sidering for what wife purposes God may suffer them to of the Heart shall be disclosed; and every Man shall be tried and afflicted. For had our Saviour delivered be rewarded according to his works.

John from Prison, it would have been so far from ben † Now when John had heard, &c. This Message ing a furtherance to the Gospel, that Men might have from John to enquire whether Jesus was the Meflias been apt to say, that they two were combined together or not, does not seem to have proceeded from want of to advance each others reputation Faith, (because that seems to have been established by

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