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five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability ; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents, went and traded with 16

one to another without grudging. As every God (said Solomon), let thy promise unto man hath received the gift, even so minister David my father be established; for thou hast the same one to another as good stewards of made me king over a people like the dust of the manifold grace of God. If any man the earth in multitude. Give me now wisspeak, let him speak as the oracles of God. dom and knowledge, that I may go out and If any man minister, let him do it as of the come in before this people; for who can ability which God giveth; that God in all judge this thy people, that is so great? 2 things may be glorified through Jesus Christ: Ch. i. 9, 10. And when Asa heard " these to whom be praise and dominion for ever and words” (“be ye strong," &c. spoken by the ever. Amen. I Pe. iv. 9, 10, 11.

prophet Azariah), and the prophecy of Oded, 15 Talents.] And when he (the king in he took courage, and put away the abominable the parable) had begun to reckon (with his idols out of all the land of Judah and Benserrants), one was brought unto him which jamin, and out of the cities which he had qwed him ten thousand talents. Mat. xviii. taken from Mount Ephraim ; and renewed the 24. He that knew not, and did commit altar of the Lord that was before the porch of things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with the Lord, &c. 2 Ch. xv. 8. And the Lord few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is was with Jehoshaphat because he walked in given, of him shall be much required : and to the first ways of his father David, and sought whom men have committed much, of him not unto Baalim; but sought to the Lord God they will ask the more. Lu. xii. 48. And of his father, and walked in his command"he" (" a certain nobleman”) called his ten ments, and not the after doings of Israel. servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and Therefore the Lord established the kingdom said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his in his hand ; and all Judah brought to Jecitizens hated him, and sent a messenger after hoshaphat presents, and he had riches and him, saying, We will not have this man to honour in abundance. 2 Ch. xvii. 3, 4, 5, &c. reign over us. Lu. xix. 13, 14.

And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem, and he 16 Went and traded with the same.) And went out again through the people, from it came to pass, when the king (David) sat in Beer-sheba, to Mount Ephraim, and brought his house, and the Lord had given him rest them back unto the Lord God of their fathers. round about from all his enemies, that the 2 Ch. xix. 4. And the Lord hearkened to king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, Hezekiah, and healed the people. And the dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of children of Israel that were present at Jeru: God dwelleth within curtains. And Nathan salem kept the feast of unleavened bread said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine seven days with great gladness. And the heart;, for the Lord is with thee. 2 Sa. vii. Levites and the priests praised the Lord, day 1, 2, 3, And David consulted with the cap- by day, singing with loud instruments unte tains of thousands and hundreds, and with the Lord. 2 Ch. xxx. 20, 21. And he every leader. And David said unto all the (Manasseh) took away the strange gøds, and congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto the idol out of the house of the Lord, and all you, and that it be of the Lord our God, let the altars that he had built in the mount of us send abroad unto our brethren every where the house of the Lord, and in Jerusalem, and that are left in all the land of Israel, and with cast them out of the city. And he repaired them also to the priests and Levites, which are the altar of the Lord, and sacrificed thereon in their cities and suburbs, that they may peace offerings, and thank offerings, and comgather themselves unto us. And let us bring manded Judah to serve the Lord God of again the ark of our God to us ; for we en- Israel. 2 Ch. xxxiii. 15, 16. Josiah reigned quired not at it in the days of Saul. 1 Ch. in Jerusalem one and thirty years. 2 Ch. xiii

. 1, 2, 3. See 1 Ch. xx-xxvi. throughout. xxxiv. 1. See Ch. xxxiv. and xxxv. throughThen David the king stood up upon his feet, out. Moreover (said Nehemiah), from the and said, Hear, my brethren, and my people; time that I was appointed to be their governor us for me, I had in mine heart to build an in the land of Judah, I and my brethren have house of rest for the ark of the covenant of not eaten the bread of the governor; yea, also the Lord, and for the footstool of our God, I continued in the work of this wall ; neither and had made ready for the building, &c. bought we any land, and all my servants were Ch. xxviii. 2, &c. Furthermore, David the gathered thither unto the work ; think upon king said unto all the congregation, Solomon, me, my God, for good, according to all that I my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet have done for this people. Še. v. 16. 19. young and tender, and the work is great; for And her (Tyre's) merchandise and her hire the palace is not for man, but for the Lord shall be holiness to the Lord, it shall not be God, &c. l-Ch. xxix. 1, &c. Now, O Lord treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise

17 the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he 18 that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had

shall be for them that dwell before the Lord, to enjoy. That they do good, that they be to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing. rich in good works, ready to distribute, wilIs. xxiii. 18. Kings shall be “thy" (" the ling to communicate. 1 Ti. vi. 17, 18. The church's") nursing-fathers, and their queens husbandman that laboureth must be first par thy nursing-mothers: they shall bow down to taker of the fruits. 2 Ti. ii. 6. Bet watch thee with their face toward the earth, and lick thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy that I am the Lord. For they shall not be ministry; for I am now ready to be offered, and ashamed that wait for me. Is. xlix. 23. the time of my departure is at hand. I have Then thou (the church) shalt see, and flow fought a good fight, I have finished my course, together, and thine heart shalt fear and be I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is enlarged, because the abundance of the sea laid up for me a crown of righteousness, shall be converted unto thee: the forces of which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall the Gentiles shall come unto thee; thou shalt give me at that day: and not to me only, but also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt unto all them also that love his appearing. suck the breast of kings, and thou shalt know 2 Ti. iv. 5–8. I thank my God that the that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Re- communication of thy faith may become deemer, the mighty one of Jacob. İs. Ix. effectual by the acknowledging of every good 5. 16. David, after he had served his own thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, we have great joy and consolation in the love, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corrup- because the bowels of the saints are refreshed tion. Ac. xiii. 36. I will not dare to speak by thee, brother. Phil. 6, 7. Beloved, thou of any of those things which Christ hath not doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obe- brethren, and to strangers, which have borne dient by word and deed, through mighty signs witness of thy charity before the church, and wonders by the power of the Spirit of whom if thou bring forward on their journey God, so that from Jerusalem and round about after a godly sort, thou shalt do well. Be unto Illyricum I have fully preached the Gos- cause that for his name's sake they went forth pel of Christ. Ro. xv. 18, 19. Though I taking nothing of the Gentiles; we, there preach the Gospel I have nothing to glory of, fore, ought to receive such, that we might be for necessity is laid upon me ; yea, woe is fellow helpers to the truth. 3 John 5unto me if I preach not the Gospel ; for if I 17 He also gained other two.) For I know do this willingly I have a reward; but if him (Abraham) that he will command his against my will, a dispensation of the Gospel is children and his household after him, and committed unto me ; what is my reward then ? they shall keep the way of the Lord to do justice Verily that, when I preach the Gospel I may and judgment, that the Lord may bring upon make the Gospel of Christ without charge, Abraham that which he hath spoken of bio that I abuse not my power in the Gospel

. Ge. xviii. 19. Now Barzillai was a very aged For though I be free from all men, yet have I man, even fourscore years old ; and he had made myself servant unto all, that I might provided the king (David) of sustenance while gain the more. And unto the Jews I became he lay at Mahanaim, for he was a very great as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews ; to them 2 Sa, xix. 32. And Ahab called Obethat are under the law as under the law, that diah, which was the governor of his house. I might gain them that are under the law. Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly; for it To them that are without law, as without law was so when Jezebel cut off the prophets of (being not without law to God, but under the the Lord, that Obadiah took an hundred pro law to Christ), that I might gain them that phets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and are without law. To the weak became I as fed them with bread and water. I ki, xviii. weak, that I might gain the weak. I am 3, 4. And it fell on a day that Elisha passed made all things to all men, that I might by all to Shunem, where was a great woman, and

And this I do for the Gos- she constrained him to eat bread. And so it pel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof was, that as oft as he passed by he tumed in with you.

1 Co. ix. 16-23. But by the thither to eat bread. And she said unto her grace of God I am what I am, and his grace husband, Behold, now I perceive that this is which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; an holy man of God which passeth by us conbut I laboured more abundantly than they all; tinually. Let us make a little chamber, I yet not I, but the grace of God which was pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for hime with me. 1 Co. xv. 10. Charge them that there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a are rich in this world, that they be not high- candlestick; and it shall be, when he cometh minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in to us, that he shall turn in thither. 2Ki. ix. the living God, who giveth us richly all things 8, 9, 10. When the ear heard me, then it

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blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave and alms-deeds which she did. And it came witness to me; because I delivered the poor to pass in those days, that she was sick and that cried, and the fatherless, and him that died; whom when they had washed, they had none to help him. The blessing of him laid her in an upper chamber. And foras. that was ready to perish came upon me; and much as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. disciples had heard that Peter was there, they I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; sent unto him two men, desiring him that he my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. would not delay to come to them. Then I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the Peter arose and went with them. When he lame. I was a father to the poor ; and the was come, they brought him into the upper cause which I knew not I searched out. And chamber, and all the widows stood by him I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked weeping, and shewing the coats and garments the spoil ont of his teeth. Job xxix. 11-17. which Dorcas made while she was with them. If I have withheld the poor from their desire, Ac. ix. 36——39. There was a certain man in or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; Cesarea, called Cornelius, a centurion of the or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and band called the Italian band ; a devout man, the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; (for from and one that feared God with all his house, my youth he was brought up with me, as which gave much alms to the people, and with a father, and I have guided her from my prayed to God alway. Ac. x. 1, 2. Then mother's womb ;) if I have seen any perish the disciples, every man according to his for want of clothing, or any poor without ability, determined to send relief unto the covering; if his loins have not blessed me, brethren which dwelt in Judea : which also and if he were not warmed with the fleece of they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands my sheep ; if I have lifted up my hand of Barnabas and Saul. Ac. xi. 29, 30. If against the fatherless, when I saw my help there be first a willing mind, it is acceptable in the gate : then let mine arm fall from according to that a man hath, and not acmy shoulder-blade, and mine arm be broken cording to that he hath not. 2 Co. viii. 12. from the bone. Job xxxi. 16-22. Honour God is able to make all grace abound toward the Lord with thy substance, and with the you, being enriched in every thing to all first fruits of all thine increase. So shall thy bountifulness, which causeth through us barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses thanksgiving to God. For the administration shall burst out with new wine. Pr. iii. 9, 10. of this service not only supplieth the want of Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt the saints, but is abundant also by many find it after many days. Give a portion to thanksgivings unto God; whiles by the expe. seven, and also to eight, for thou knowest notriment of this ministration, they glorify God what evil shall be upon the earth. If the for your professed subjection unto the Gospel clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves of Christ, and for your liberal distribution upon the earth ; and if the tree fall toward the unto them and unto all men: and by their south, or toward the north, in the place where prayer for you which long after you, for the the tree falleth there it shall be. He that exceeding grace of God in you. 2 Co. ix. observeth the wind shall not sow, and he that 8. 11-14. And let us not be weary in wellregardeth the clouds shall not reap. As thou doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we knowest not what is the way of the spirit, faint not. As we have therefore opportanity, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her let us do good unto all men, especially unto that is with child, even so thou knowest not them who are of the household of faith. Ga. the works of God who maketh all. In the vi. 9, 10. See then that ye walk circummorning sow thy seed, and in the evening spectly, not' as fools, but as wise; redeeming withhold not thine hand, for thou knowest the time, because the days are evil. Ep. v. not whether shall prosper, either this or that, 15, 16. Say to Archippus, Take heed to the or whether they both shall be alike good. ministry which thou hast received in the Ec. xi. 1-6. And (Jesus) being in Bethany Lord, that thou fulfil it. Col. iv. 17. Let a in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at widow be well reported of for good works ; if meat there came a woman having an alabaster she have brought up children, if she have box of ointment of spikenard, very precious, lodged strangers, if she have washed the and she brake the box, and poured it on his saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, head. And there were some that had indig- if she have diligently followed every good nation within themselves, and said, Why was work. Ti. v. 10. The Lord give mercy this waste of the ointment made? For it unto the house of Onesiphorus ; for he oft might have been sold for more than three refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my hundred pence, and have been given to the chain. But when he was in Rome, he sought poor: and they murmured against her. And me out very diligently, and found me. The Jesus said, Let her alone, she hath wrought a Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy good work on me. Mar. xiv. 3—8. Now of the Lord in that day. And in how many there was at Joppa a certain disciple named things he ministered unto me at Ephesus Tabitha, which, by interpretation, is called thou knowest very well. 2 Ti. i. 16, 17, 18. Dorcas: this woman was full of good works God is not unrighteous to forget your work,

received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's 19 money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and 20 reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents

came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents : behold, I have gained besides them five

and labour of love, which ye have shewed both died, and rose, and revived, that he toward his name, in that ye have ministered might be the Lord both of the dead and living to the saints, and do minister. And we desire But why dost thou judge thy brother ! or why that every one of you do shew the same dili- dost thou set at nought thy brother ! far we gence to the full assurance of hope unto the shall all stand before the judgment-seat of end. He. vi. 10, 11. As every man hath Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith received the gift, even so minister the same the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and one to another, as good stewards of the mani- every tongue shall confess to God : so then fold grace of God. i Pe. iv. 10.

every one of us shall give account of him18 And hid his lord's money.] He also self to God. Ro. xiv. 7–12. Now, if any that is slothful in his work is brother to him man build upon this foundation, gold, silver, that is a great waster. Pr. xviii. 9. The precious stones, wood, hay, stubble : every slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way, man's work shall be made manifest: for the a lion is in the streets. As the door turneth day shall declare it, because it shall be reupon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his vealed by fire, and the fire shall try every bed. The slothful hideth his hand in his man's work of what sort it is. If any man's bosom, it grieveth him to bring it again to his work abide which he hath built thereupe, mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own he shall receive a reward. If any man's wek conceit than seven men that can render a shall be burned he shall suffer loss; but ke reason. Pr. xxvi. 13—16. Thus speaketh himself shall be saved, yet so as by fre 1 the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, Co. iii. 12–15. My brethren, be not edy The time is not come, the time that the Lord's masters, knowing that we shall receive greater house should be built. Then came the word condemnation, Ja. iii. 1. of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying, 20 Behold, I have gained, &c.] The Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your came the first (servant), saying, Lord, thy ceiled houses, and this house lie waste? Hag. pound hath gained ten pounds. And be said i. 2, 3, 4. Who is there even among you unto him, Well, thou good servant, becaise that would shut the doors for nought ? Nei- thou hast been faithful in a very little, bare ther do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought; thou authority over ten cities. Lu. xil. 16

, I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of 17. But none of these things move me (sid hosts ; neither will I accept an offering at Paul), neither count I my life dear unto your hand. Mal. i. 10. And another (ser- myself, so that I might finish my course with vant who had received one pound) came, say- joy, and the ministry which I have received ing, Lord, behold here is thy pound, which I of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the have kept laid up in a napkin. Lu. xix. 20. grace of God. Ac. xx. 24. But by the grace We desire that ye be not slothful, but fol- of God I am what I am, and his grace which lowers of them who through faith and pa- was bestowed upon me was not in vain ; bet tience inherit the promises. . vi. 12." if I laboured more abundantly than they all

; " these things" (" the virtues which are the yet not I, but the grace of God which w fruits of faith") be in you and abound, they with me. 1 Co. xv. 10. * Whereunto make you that ye shall neither be barren, nor (" that we may present etery mar perfect in unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ Jesus”) I also labour, striving according Christ. 2 Pet. i. 8.

to his working which worketh in me mightily. 19 After a long time.] See verse 5. My Col. i. 29. I charge thee therefore, before lord delayeth his coming (saith the wicked God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall servant). Mat. xxiv. 48.

judge the quick and the dead at his appearing Reckoneth with them.] See Mat. xviii. 23, and his kingdom, preach the word ; be in24. There was a certain rich man, which stant in season, out of season ; reprove, ne was clothed in purple and fine linen ; the rich buke, exhort with all long-suffering, and de man died and was buried; and in hell he trine. For the time will come when they lifted up his eyes, being in torments, &c. Lu. will not endure sound doctrine, but after their xvi. 19. and the whole of the parable. None own lusts shall they heap to themselves of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to teachers, having itching ears. himself. For whether we live, we live unto turn away their ears from the truth, and skall the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto be turned unto fables. But watch thou in a the Lord; whether we live therefore or die, things, endure afflictions, do the work of an we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry,

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talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and 21 faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, 22

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for I am now ready to be offered, and the unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath time of my departure is at hand ; I have appointed unto me; that ye may eat and fought a good fight, I have finished my course, drink at my table, in my kingdom, and sit on I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. laid up for me a crown of righteousness which Lu. xxii. 28, 29, 30. Be thou faithful unto the Lord the righteous Judge shall give me at death, and I will give thee a crown of life. that day; and not to me only, but unto And he that overcometh, and keepeth my all them also that love his appearing. 2 Ti. works unto the end, to him will I give power iv. 1-8. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast over the nations: and he shall rule them faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter without thy works, and I will shew thee my shall they be broken to shivers : even as I faith by my works. Ja. ii. 18.

received of my Father. And I will give him 21 Well done, thou good and faithful ser- the morning star. Re. ii. 10. 26, 27, 28. rant.] And thus did Hezekiah throughout all To him that overcometh will I grant to sit Judah, and wrought that which was good, and with me in my throne, even as I also overright, and truth, before the Lord his God. came, and am set down with my Father in his And in every work that he began in the ser- throne. Re. iii. 21. He that overcometh vice of the house of God, and in the law, and shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, in the commandments, to seek his God, he and he shall be my son. Re. xxi. 7. did it with all his heart, and prospered. 2 Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.] See Ch. xxxi. 20, 21. He that is faithful in that verse 23. For thou wilt not leave my soul in which is least, is faithful also in much ; and hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to he that is unjust in the least, is unjust also in see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path much. Lu. xvi. 10. He is a Jew that is one of life; in thy presence is fulness of joy, and inwardly, and circumcision is that of the at thy right hand there are pleasures for everheart, in the spirit, and not in the letter,

Ps. xvi. 10, 11. If any man serve whose praise is not of men but of God. Ro. me, let him follow me, and where I am, there ii. 2. Judge nothing before the time, until shall also my servant be'; if any man serve the Lord come, who both will bring to light me, him will my Father honour. John xii. 26. the hidden things of darkness, and will make if I go and prepare a place for you, I will manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then come again and receive you unto myself; that shall every man have praise of God. 1 Co. where I am there ye may be also. John xiv. iv. 6. Wherefore we labour, that, whether 3. Father, I will that they also, whom thou present or absent, we may be accepted of him. hast given me, be with me where I am, that 2 Co. v. 9. For not he that commendeth himself they may behold my glory which thou hast is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. given me: for thou lovedst me before the 2 Co. x. 18. You, who are kept by the power foundation of the world. John xvii. 24. For of God, that the trial of your faith, being I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire much more precious than of gold that perisheth, to depart and be with Christ, which is far though it be tried with fire, might be found better. Phi. i. 23. If we suffer we shall also unto praise and honour and glory, at the ap- reign with him. 2 Ti. ii. 12. Wherefore let pearing of Jesus Christ. 1 Pe. i. 7.

us lay aside every weight, and the sin which I will make thee ruler over many things.] doth so easily beset us; and let us run with See verse 34–40. 46. He that receiveth a patience the race that is set before us, lookprophet in the name of a prophet shall receiveing unto Jesus the author and finisher of our à prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a faith ; who for the joy that was set before righteous man in the name of a righteous man him, endured the cross, despising the shame, shall receive a righteous man's reward. And and is set down at the right hand of the throne whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these of God. He. xii. 1, 2. Ye are in heaviness little ones a cup of cold water only in the name through manifold temptations, that the trial of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in of your faith might be found unto praise, and no wise lose his reward. Mat. x. 41, 42. ily honour, and glory, at the appearing of Jesus I say unto you (said Jesus), that “ he" (his Christ, whom having not seen ye love ; in " lord") shall make "him" (his " faithful and whom, though now ye see him not, yet bewise servant”) ruler over his goods. Mat. xxiv. lieving ye rejoice with joy unspeakable, and 47. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will full of glory. I Pe. i. 6, 7, 8.' The Lamb, make him ruler over all that he hath. Lu. which is in the midst of the throne shall feed xii. 44. Ye are they which have continued "them" (" which have washed their robes, and with me in my temptations. And I appoint made them white in the blood of the Lamb"), VOL. II.

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