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Third Sunday after the Epiphany.
ably with all men. Dearly be. 19.
loved, avenge not yourselves; The Colle&t.
but rather give place unto wrath : ALMIGHTY and everlasting God,
for it is (z) written, “ Vengeance
¢ is mine; I will repay, saith the mercifully look upon our infir
" Lord.” Therefore if thine ene- 20. mities, and in all our dangers and
my hunger, feed him; if he thirst, necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us,
give him drink : for in so doing through Jesus Christ our Lord.
thou shalt (a) heap coals of fire
on his head. Be not overcome 21. Amen.
of evil, but overcome evil with The Epistle. Rom. xii. 16.
good. Be not wise in your own con
The Gospel. Matt. viii. 1. 17. ceits. Recompense (x) to no || WHEN he was come down from
man evil for evil. Provide the (6) mountain, great multi
things () honest in the sight of titudes followed him. And, be- 2. 18. all men. If it be possible, as hold, there came a leper and
much as lieth in you, live peace worshipped him, saying, “Lord, if
(x) “ Recompence,” &c. Solomon |
(y) “ Honest,” j. e. well thought of.
(2) “ Written.” 9.19.
The passage is Deut. xxxii. 35. “To me (saith the Lord) “belongeth vengeance, and recompence.” And accordingly, Ps. xciv. 1. he is appealed to as Him to whom vengeance belongeth : “ O Lord God, to whom ven. " geance belongeth, O God, to whom
“ vengeance belongeth, shew thy-
(a) “Heap," &c. This probably alludes 0. 20.
(6) “ Mountain," the place where he oli had been delivering that admirable dis. course called his Sermon on the Mount, contained in the 5th, 6th, and 7th chapters of St. Matthew.
6 thou wilt, thou canst make me 6 no, not in Israel.” And I say 3. “ clean." And Jesus put forth his | “ unto you, That (8) many shall
hand, and touched him, saying, “I " come from the east and west, " will; be thou clean:" And im 66 and shall sit down with Abra
mediately his leprofy was cleansed. “ ham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in 4. And Jesus saith unto him, “ See 6 the kingdom of heaven: But
" thou tell no man; but go thy " the children (b) of the kingdom
“ Moses commanded for a (d)tes “ ing and gnashing of teeth." 5. “ timony unto them.” And when | And Jesus said unto the centurion,
Jesus was entered into Caper. Go thy way; and as thou hast
naum, there came unto him a cen “ believed, so be it done unto 6. turion, beseeching him, and say " thee.” And his servant was
ing, “ Lord, my servant lieth at | healed in the self-same hour.
6 home sick of the palsy, griev7. “ ously tormented.” And Jesus
saith unto him, “I will come and The Conversion of St.Paul. 8. “ heal him.” The centurion an
The Collect. swered and said, “ Lord, I am O God, who through the preach“ not worthy that thou shouldest
| ing of the blessed Apostle Saint “ come under my roof: but speak Paul hast caused the light of the
the word only, and my servant Gospel to shine throughout the s shall be healed. For I am a world; Grant, we beseech thee, " man under authority, having that we having his wonderful con.
soldiers under me: and I say to version in remembrance, may
this man, (e) Go, and he goeth; shew forth our thankfulness unto “ and to another, Come, and he thee for the same, by following " cometh ; and to my servant, the holy doctrine which he “ Do this, and he doeth it.”
taught, through Jesus Christ our 10. When Jesus heard it, he marvel
Lord. Amen. led, and said to them that followed, “ Verily I say unto you, I have For the Epistle. Acts ix. 1. () " not found so great (f) faith, And Saul, yet breathing out
0.4. (c) “ Shew thyself,” &c. It was || have as much power over the disease as I
part of the Levitical law, that a person have over my soldiers. who recovered from the leprosy was to (f) « Faith," i.e. Confidence, assur- ! shew himself into the priest, that the ance of my power. priest might examine whether he was (8) ~ Many,” &c. i.e. Gentiles. O clean, and make an offering. See Lev. xiv. (6) - Children of the kingdom," i.e. v I to 57.
Jews. The strong instance of faith in 0.4. (d) “ For a testimony unto them,"
the Centurion, who was a Gentile, natui. e. as a proof of being cleansed.
rally led our Saviour to contrast the con
duct of the Gentiles with that of the 0.9. (e) - Go,” &c, i, e. as my word is
Jews. obeyed by those who are under me, be
(0) Lord Lyttleton, in an admirable cause of my temporal authority, so will
discussion on the conversion and conduct the disease be obedient to your word,
of St. Paul, considers it of itself sufficient because of your spiritual authority. You
to satisfy any reasonable mind of the
threatenings (k) and slaughter || voice (1), but seeing no man. against the disciples of the Lord, And Saul arose from the earth'; 8.
went unto the high priest, and and when his eyes were opened, 2. desired of him letters to Damas he saw no man: but they led
cus to the synagogues, that if he him by the hand, and brought found any of this way, whether || him into Damascus. And he was 9. they were men or women, hemight three days without sight, and
bring them bound unto Jerusa- | neither did eat nor drink. And 10. 3. lem. And as he journeyed, he there was a certain disciple at
came near Damascus; and sud. || Damascus, named Ananias : and
denly there shined round about to him said the Lord in a vision, 4. him a light from heaven: and he « Ananias.” And he said, “Be.
fell to the earth, and heard a I “ hold, I am here, Lord.” And 11, voice saying unto him, “ Saul, || the Lord said unto him, “ Arise,
6 Saul, why persecutest thou « and go into the street which is 5. “ me?" And he said, “ Who 6 called Straight, and inquire in
6 art thou, Lord?” And the " the house of Judas for one
“ for thee to kick against the " seen in a vision a man named 6. 6 pricks.” And he trembling “ Ananias coming in, and put
and astonished, said, “ Lord, || “ ting his hand on him, that he 66 what wilt thou have me to 66 might receive his sight.” Then 13. “ do ?” And the Lord said unto Ananias answered, “ Lord, I him, " Arise, and go into the 66 have heard by many of this
«. city, and it shall be told thee “ man, how much evil he hath.. 7. 66 what thou must do.” And “ done to thy saints åt Jerusalem:
the men which journeyed with “ and here he hath authority 14. him stood speechless, hearing a - from the chief priests to bind
truth of the Christian religion. St. Paul
(k) “ Threatenings and slaughter."
This implies pretty strongly that the
(1) “ A voice." In Acts xxii. 9. St. v.7.
15. “ all that call on thy name.” But 1. The Gospel. Matt. xix. 27.
the Lord said unto him, " Go || PETER answered and said unto " thy way : for he is a chosen Jesus, “ Behold, we have forsaken 6 vessel unto me, to bear my | 66 all, and followed thee: what " name before the Gentiles, and u shall we have therefore ?"
6 kings, and the children of Is- | And Jesus said unto them, “ Ve. 16. “ rael : for I will shew him how “ rily I say unto you, That ye
“ great things he must suffer for Il " which have followed me, in “ my name's sake.” And Ana the regeneration, when the Son nias went his way, and entered " of man shall sit in the throne into the house; and putting his “ of his glory, ye also shall sit hands on him, said, “ Brother “ upon twelve thrones, judging “ Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, “ the twelve tribes of Israel. 6 that appeared unto thee in the “ And every one that hath for“ way as thou camest, hath sent 66 saken houses, or brethren, or 6 me, that thou mightest receive “ sisters, or father, or mother, or • thy sight, and be filled with « wife, or children, or lands, " the Holy Ghost." And im. “ for my name's sake, shall remediately there fell from his eyes “ ceive an hundred-fold, and as it had been scales; and he re « shall inherit everlasting life.
ceived sight forthwith, and arose, “ But many that are first shall 19. and was baptized. And when he “ be last; and the last shall be
had received meat, he was 66 first."
certain days with the disciples 20. which were at Damascus. And Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. straightway he preached Christ in
The Collect. the synagogues, “ that he is the O God, who knowest us to be « Son of God.” But all that heard
set in the midst of so many and him were amazed, and said, “ Is
great dangers, that by reason of “ not this he that destroyed them the frailty of our nature we canus which called on this name in not always stand upright; Grant 6 Jerusalem, and came hither for
to us such strength and protec“ that intent, that he might bring
tion, as may support us in all " them bound unto the chief
dangers, and carry us through all os priests ?” But Saul increased
temptations, through Jesus Christ the more in strength, and con.
our Lord. Amen. founded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is The Epistle. Rom. xiii.i. very Christ.
LET (m) every soul be subject
20. which heway he prea that he is tard
set in thecers, that
1. (m) “ Let, &c.” The apostles were
anxious to satisfy their converts that their spiritual subjection to Christ did not exempt them from temporal subje&tion to the established government under which they lived. A contrary doctrine would have had a tendency to set all established
governmentsagainst them, and would have answered no spiritual end: Thus St. Paul directs Titus “ to put the converts in “ mind to be subject to principalities and
“ powers, and to obey magistrates." | Tit. iii, .; and St. Peter exhorts them,
1 Pet. ii. 13. to “ submit to every ordi
For rulers | tribute is due:
e not a terror ti.
unto the higher powers. For | sake. For, for this (s) cause 6. there is no power but of God: pay you (t) tribute also: for they
the powers that be are ordained are God's ministers, attending 2. of God. Whosoever therefore continually upon this (u) very
resisteth the power, resisteth the thing. Render therefore to all 7. ordinance (n) of God; and they their dues; tribute to whom (x)
that resist shall receive to them tribute is due; custom to whom 3. selves damnation. For rulers custom ; fear to whom fear;
are not a terror to good works, honour to whom honour.
The Gospel. Matt. viii. 23. (1)
thou shalt have praise of the () And when he was entered into . 4. same: for he is the minister of || a ship, his disciples followed
God to thee for good. But if him. And, behold, there aroge 24. thou do that which is evil, be a great tempest in the sea, insoafraid ; for he beareth not the much that the ship was covered sword in vain : for he is the with the waves : but he was minister of God, a revenger to asleep. And his disciples came 25.
execute (9) wrath upon him that to him, and awoke him, saying, 5. doeth evil. Wherefore ye must “ Lord, save us : we perish.” And
needs be subject, not only for he saith unto them, " Why are 26. wrath (r), but also for conscience " ye fearful, Oye of little faith?”
“ nance of man for the Lord's sake
v.2 (m) « Ordinance," i.e. appointment.
“ Wilt, &c." i.e. if you wish to avoid being in fear of the power do that which is good, and instead of punishment, &c. from it, it shall give thee praise, for it is the minister of God to thee for good, if thou actest right, and for punishment if thou doest evil.
“The same,” i. e. the power. 0.4. (9) “Wrath," i.e. punishment.
() “For wrath, &c." Not only to avoid the punishment of man, but from a
sense that it is part of your duty to God. 0.6. (s) « For this cause," i. e. because
they are God's ministers. 0.6. (O) “ Pay you,” i. e. you are to pay,
it is your duty. v.6. (u) “ This very thing," i. e. the pu.
nishment of evil-doers, and the praise, &c.
of them that do well. v.7. (x) “ Tribute, &c." When some of
the Pharisees, &c. sought occasion against
(y) The miracles here stated were pers haps before the call of St. Matthew, so that the testimony is not, as in many other instances, that of an eye-witness. St. Matthew's call is not mentioned till the next chapter ; and his statement implies that it was after these events, though not long after them. His associ-. ation, however, almost immediately after their occurrence, with those disciples in whose presence they occurred, when they would naturally be topics of con.
versation and astonishment, gives his \l statement great credit.