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Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest was grieved because he said unto him the thou in hither, not having a wedding garthird time, Lovest thou me? And he said ment ? and he was speechless. Then said the unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; king to his servants, Bind him hand and foot, thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith and take him away, and cast him into outer unto him, Feed my sheep. John xxi. 15, 16, darkness; there shall be weeping and gnash17.

ing of teeth. Mat. xxii, 11, 12, 13. And His right hand.] And Joseph took them “they” (“ who watched Jesus”) set up over his both, Ephraim (his son) in his right hand, head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS, towards Israel's left hand, and Manasseh (his THE KING OF THE JEWS. Mat. xxvii. 37. elder son) in his left hand, toward Israel's Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift right hand, and brought them near unto him. up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory And Israel stretched out his right hand and shall come in. Who is the King of glory? laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the The Lord, strong and mighty; the Lord, younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, Oye head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Ma- gates, even lift them up, ye everlasting doors, nasseh was the first-born. And when Joseph and the King of glory shall come in. Who is saw that his father laid his right hand upon the King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and the King of glory. Ps. xxiv. 7—10. Behold, he held up his father's hand to remove it from a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head. And shall rule in judgment. And a man shall be Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father, as an hiding place from the wind, and a for this is the first-born : put thy right hand covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in upon his head. And his father refused, and a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in said, I know it, my son, I know it. He also a weary land. Is. xxxii. 1, 2. For the Lord shall become a people, and he also shall be is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the great; but truly his younger brother shall Lord is our king; he will save us. Is. xxxiii. be greater than he: and his seed shall become 22. Know, therefore, and understand, that a multitude of nations. Ge. xlviii. 13, 14. from the going forth of the coinmandment to 17-19. Kings' daughters were among thy restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Mes(the church's) honourable women ; upon thy siah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and right hand did stand the queen, in gold of threescore and two weeks: the street shall Ophir, Ps. xlv. 9. The Lord said unto my be built again, and the wall, even in troublous Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make times. Da. ix. 25. The Lord hath taken away thine enemies thy footstool. Ps. cx. 1. So thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: then after the Lord had spoken unto "them” the King of Israel, even the Lord, is in the (" the disciples"), he was received up into midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. mure. Zep. iii. 15. Rejoice greatly, 0 daughMar. xvi. 19. David is not ascended into the ter of Zion; shout, o daughter of Jerusalem : heavens (said Peter on the day of Pentecost), behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my and having salvation ; lowly, and riding upon Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. make thy foes thy footstool. Ac. ii. 34, 35. And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, I cease not to give thanks for you, making and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battlemention of you in my prayers ; that ye may bow shall be cut off'; and he shall speak peace know what is the hope of his (the Father's) unto the heathen : and his dominion shall be calling, and what is the exceeding greatness from sea even to sea, and from the river even of his power to us-ward who believe, accord- to the ends of the earth. Zec. ix. 9, 10. Being to the working of his mighty power, hold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb (said which he wrought in Christ, when he raised the angel to Mary), and bring forth a Son, him from the dead, and set him at his own and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be right hand in the heavenly pluces. Ep. i. 16. great, and

shall be called the Son of the 19. 20. God hath in these last days spoken Highest : and the Lord God shall give unto unto us by his Son; who being the brightness him the throne of his father David: and he of his glory, and the express image of his per- shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever ; son, and upholding all things by the word of and of his kingdom there shall be no end. his power, when he had himself purged our Lu. i. 31, 32, 33. Blessed be the king that sins, sat down on the right hand of the Ma- cometh in the name of the Lord (said the jesty on high. He.i. 3.

multitude of the disciples at the descent of the 34. The king say unto them.] See chap. xxi. Mount of Ólives), peace in heaven, and glory 5. And when the king came in to see the in the highest. Lu. xix. 38. Blessed is the guests (at the marriage feast), he saw there king of Israel (said the people with palm a man-which had not on a wedding garment; trees in their hands), that cometh in the name

Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation

of the Lord. John xii. 13. “ He" ("the be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Word of God) hath on his vesture and on his Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. AND LORD OF LORDS. Re. xix. 16. Ep. i. 3. Ye know how we exhorted and

Come, ye blessed of my Father.] See verse comforted and charged every one of you (is 21. 23. 41. Blessed are the poor in epirit; a father doth his children), that ye would for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed walk worthy of God, who hath called you are they that mourn : for they shall be com- unto his kingdom and glory. 1 The. in II, forted. Blessed are the meek; for they shall 12. Blessed be the God and Father of our inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his hunger and thirst after righteousness: for abundant mercy hath begotten us again unte they shall be filled. Blessed are the mer- a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus ciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed Christ from the dead. I Pe. i. 3. are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Inherit the kingdom, &c.] Fear not, little Blessed are the peace-makers : for they shall flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to be called the children of God. Blessed are they give you the kingdom. Lu. xii. 32. The which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed that we are the children of God : and if chilare ye when men shall revile you, and per- dren then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs secute you, and shall say all manner of evil with Christ: if so be that we suffer with him, against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice that we may be also glorified together. Ra and be exceeding glad; for great is your viii. 17. Know ye not that the unrighteous reward in heaven. Mat. v. 3–12. I will shall not inherit the kingdom of God! Be make of thee (said the Lord to Abram) a not deceived : neither fornicators, nor idolaters, great nation, and I will bless thee, and make nor adulterers, nor effeninate, nor abusers of thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: themselves with mankind, nor thieves, for and I will bless them that bless thee, and covetous, nor drunkards, nor extortioners curse him that curseth thee : and in thee shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cevi. shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 9, 10. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, reGe. xii. 2, 3. Then (said Moses to the people vellings, and such like, of the which I tell of Israel) will the Lord drive out all these you before, as I have also told you in time nations from before you, and ye shall possess past, that they which do such things shall not greater nations and mightier than yourselves. inherit the kingdom of God. Ga. 1.21. For Every place whereon the soles of your feet this ye know, that no whore-monger, nor use shall tread shall be yours. There shall no clean person, nor covetous man, who is an man be able to stand before you : for the Lord idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom your God shall lay the fear of you and the of Christ and of God. Ep. v. 5. If we suffer we dread of you, upon all the land that ye shall shall also reign with him. 2 Ti. ii. 12. Hencetread upon, Behold, I set before you this forth there is laid up for me a crown of righte day a blessing and a curse ; a blessing, if yeousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, obey the commandments of the Lord your shall give me at that day: and not to me only, God, which I command you this day: and a but unto all them that love his appearing curse, if ye will not obey the commandments 2 Ti. iv. 8. Hearken, my beloved brethren, of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of hath not God chosen the poor of this world the way which I command you this day, to rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which go after other gods which ye have not he hath promised to them that love him! known. De. xi. 23—28. He will bless them Ja. ii. 5. Blessed be the God and Father of that fear the Lord, both small and great ; the our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his Lord shall increase you more and more, you abundant mercy hath begotten us again unte and your children. Ye are blessed of the Lord, a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus which made heaven and earth. 13, 14, Christ from the dead, to an inheritance 15. Blessed are they that hear the word of God incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth and keep it. Lu. xi

. 28. Unto "you" (" the not away, reserved in heaven for you: who Jews") first God having raised up his Son are kept by the power of God, through faith Jesus, sent him to bless you in turning away unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the every one of you from his iniquities. Ac. iii. last time. Receiving the end of your faith

. 26. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse even the salvation of your souls.' i Pe. i. of the law, being made a curse for us: for it 3, 4, 5. 9. Finally, be ye all of one mind, is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth having compassion one of another; love 28 on a tree: that the blessing of Abraham might brethren, be pitiful, be courteous; not rendercome on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ: ing evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but that we might receive the promise of the contrariwise blessing: knowing that ye are Spirit through faith. Ga, iii. 13, 14. Blessed thereunto called, that ye should inherit a

of the world : For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: T 35

blessing. I Pe. iii. 8, 9. And (thou, the righteous man shall receive a righteous man's Lamb) hast made us unto our God, kings, reward. And whosoever shall give to drink and priests, and we shall reign on the earth. to one of these little ones a cup of cold water Re. v. 10. He that overcometh shall inherit only in the name of a disciple, verily I say all things, and I will be his God, and he shall unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. be my son. Re. xxi. 7.

Mat. X. 40, 41, 42. Ye have the poor always Prepared for you.] Ye (the sons of Zebe- with you, but me ye have not always. Mat. dee) shall drink indeed of my cup, and be xxvi. 11. If there be among you a poor man baptized with the baptism that I am baptized of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates with, but to sit on my right hand, and on my in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, left, is not mine to give; but it shall be given thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut to them for whom it is prepared. Mat. xx. thine hand from thy poor brother : but thou 23. To sit on my right hand, and on my shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and left hand, is not mine to give; but it shall be shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, given to them for whom it is prepared. Mar. in that which he wanteth. Beware that there X 40. In my Father's house are many man- be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, sions; if it were not so, I would have told you. The seventh year, the year of release, is at I go to prepare a place for you ; and if I go hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor and prepare a place for you, I will come again brother, and thou givest him nought; and be and receive you unto myself, that where I cry unto the Lord against thee, and it be sin am, there ye may be also. John xiv. 2, 3. unto thee. Thou shalt surely give him, and As it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear thine heart shall not be grieved when thou heard, neither have entered into the heart of givest unto him: because that for this thing man, the things which God hath prepared for the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy them that love him. I Co. ii. 9. But now works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand "they” (“ many excellent persons of old unto. For the poor shall never cease out of times'') desire a better country, that is an the land; therefore I command thee, saying, heavenly, wherefore God is not ashamed to be Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy called their God; for he hath prepared for brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy them a city. · He. xi. 16.

land. De. xv. 7-11. The blessing of him From the foundation of the world.] Known that was ready to perish came upon me, and unto God are all his works, from the begin- I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. ning of the world. Ac. xv. 18. Blessed be I put on righteousness, and it clothed me : the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, my judgment was as a robe and a diadem: I who hath blessed us with all spiritual bless- was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the ings in heavenly places in Christ. According lame; I was a father to the poor; and the as he hath chosen us in him before the foun- cause which I knew not I searched out. Job dation of the world, that we should be holy, xxix. 13–16. If I have withheld the poor and without blame before him in love ; hav. from their desire, or have caused the eyes of ing predestinated us unto the adoption of the widow to fail, or have eaten my morsel children by Jesus Christ to himself, according alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten to the good pleasure of his will, to the thereof; if I have seen any perish for want praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he of clothing, or any poor without covering; if hath made us accepted in the Beloved. Ep. his loins have not blessed me, and if he were i. 3-6. Forasmuch as ye know that ye not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; if I were not redeemed with corruptible things, have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, as silver and gold, but with the precious when I saw my help in the gate : then let blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish, mine arm fall from the shoulder-blade, and and without spot : who verily was fore- mine arm be broken from the bone. Job xxxi. ordained before the foundation of the world, 16–22. A good man sheweth favour, and but was manifest in these last times for you. lendeth: he will guide his affairs with dis1 Pe. i. 18, 19, 20. All that dwell upon the cretion. Surely he shall not be moved for earth shall worship him (the beast with seven ever ; the righteous shall be in everlasting heads and ten horns), whose names are not remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil written in the book of life of the Lamb slain tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the from the foundation of the world. Re. xiii. 8. Lord. His heart is established, he shall not

-35 I was an hungred.] See verse 40. He that be afraid ; until he see his desire upon his receiveth you (said Jesus to his disciples) enemies. He hath dispersed; he hath given receiveth me ; and he that receiveth me to the poor ; his righteousness endureth for receiveth him that sent me. He that receiv- ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. eth a prophet in the

name of a prophet shall The wicked shall see it, and be grieved ; he receive a prophet's reward; and he that re- shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away; ceiveth a righteous man in the name of a the desire of the wicked shall perish. Þe.

cxii. 5-10. Honour the Lord with thy xiv. 7. Give alms of such things as ye bave, substance, and with the first-fruits of all thine and behold, all things are clean unto you. increase : : so shall thy barns be filled with Lu. xi. 41. When thou makest a dinner, or plenty, and the presses shall burst out with a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy bre new wine. Pr. 'iii. 9, JO. There is that thren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich scattereth, and yet increaseth ; and there is neighbours, lest they also bid thee again, and that withholdeth more than is meet, but it a recompence be made thee. But when the tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, made fat, and he that watereth shall be the lame, the blind. And thou shalt be watered also himself. Pr. xi. 24, 25. He blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: that despiseth his neighbour, sinneth ; but he for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurthat hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. rection of the just. Lu. xiv. 12, 13, 14. He that oppresseth the poor, reproacheth his Some of them thought (when Jesus said. That Maker: but he that honoureth him, hath thou doest, do quickly), because Judas had mercy on the poor. Pr. xiv. 21. 31. He the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Bay that hath pity on the poor, lendeth unto the those things that we have need of against the Lord ; and that which he hath given will he feast; or that he should give something to pay him again. Pr. xix. 17. He that hath the poor. John xiii. 29. The multitude of à bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth them that believed were of one heart, and of of his bread to the poor. Pr. xxii. 9. Cast one soul, neither said any of them that ought thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find of the things which he possessed was his own; it after many days. Give a portion to seven, but they had all things common. Ac.iv. 32 Now and also to eight'; for thou knowest not what there was at Joppa a certain disciple named evil shall be upon the earth. Ec. xi. 1, 2. Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Is not this the fast that I have chosen ? Is it Dorcas: this woman was full of good works, not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that and almsdeeds, which she did, &c. Ac in thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy 36, &c. Cornelius (said the angel), thy house? When thou seest the naked, that prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in thou cover him, and that thou hide not thyself remembrance in the sight of God. dc. I from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light 31. Then the disciples, every man according break forth as the morning, and thine health to his ability, determined to send relief unto shall spring forth speedily, and thy righteous- the brethren which dwelt in Judea. Ac. xi. ness shall go before thee; the glory of the 29. Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit Lord shall be thy rereward. Then shalt thou of the grace of God bestowed on the churches call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, of Macedonia ; how that in a great trial of and he shall say, Here I am. And if thou drain affliction, the abundance of their joy, and out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the af- their deep poverty, abounded unto the riches flicted soul, then shall thy light rise in ob- of their liberality; for to their power (1 bear scurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day. record), yea, and beyond their power, they And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and were willing of themselves, praying us with satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fát thy much entreaty that we would receive the bones; and thou shalt be like a watered gift, and take upon us the fellowship of minisgarden; and like a spring of water whose tering unto the saints. Therefore as ye abound waters fail not. Is. Iviii. 5-11. If a man in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and be just, and hath not oppressed any, but hath knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled love to us, see that ye abound in this grace none by violence, hath given his bread to the also ; for ye know the grace of our Lord hungry, and hath covered the naked with a Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for garment; neither hath oppressed any, hath not your sakes he became poor, that ye through his withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled poverty might be rich. 2 Co. viti. 1,2,3. 7.9. by violence, but hath given his bread to the Every man according as he purposetb in his hungry, and hath covered the naked with a heart so let him give, not grudgingly, or of garment: he shall not die for the iniquity of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver. his father, he shall surely live. Ez. xviii. 7. And God is able to make all grace abound 16. Wherefore, 0 king' (said Daniel), let toward you, that ye always having all sufimy counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break ciency in all things, may abound to every off thy sins by righteousness, and thine in- good work (as it is written, He hath disiquities by shewing mercy to the poor: if it persed abroad, he hath given to the poor, may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity. Da. his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now iv. 27. He (the Lord) hath shewed thee, he that ministereth seed to the sower, both O man, what is good ; and what doth the minister bread for your food, and multiply Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to your seed sown, and increase the fruits of love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy your righteousness), being enriched in every God ? Mio. vi. 8. Ye have the poor with you thing to all bountifulness which cruseth always, and whensoever ye will ye may do through us thanksgiving to God. For the them good, but me ye have not always. Mar. administration of this service not only sup

was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took

plieth the want of the saints, but is abun- the ground; and said, My lord, if I now dant also by many thanksgivings unto God. have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, Whiles by the experiment of this ministra- I pray thee, from thy servant. Let a little tion they glorify God for your professed water be fetched, and wash your feet, and subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for rest yourselves under the tree. And I will your liberal distribution unto them, and unto fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your all men ; and by their prayer for you, which hearts ; after that ye shall pass on ; for therelong after you for the exceeding grace of fore are ye come to your servant. And they God in you. 2 Co. ix. 7-14. Let him that said, So do as thou hast said. And Abraham stole, steal no more, but rather let him labour, hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, working with his hands the thing which is Make ready quickly three measures of fine good, that he may have to give to him that meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the needeth. Ep. iv. 28. Charge them that are hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, rich in this world, that they be not high and fetched a calf, tender and good, and gave minded nor trust in uncertain riches, but in it unto a young man, and he hasted to dress the living God who giveth us richly all things it. And he took butter and milk, and the to enjoy, that they do good, that they be rich calf which he had dressed, and set it before in good works, ready to distribute, willing to them, and he stood by them under the communicate, laying up in store for them- tree ; and they did eat. Ge. xviii. 248. selves a good foundation against the time And there came two angels to Sodom at even; to come, that they may lay hold on eternal and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom. And Lot life. 1 Ti. vi. 17, 18, 19. We have great seeing them, rose up to meet them; and he joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowed himself with his face toward the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, ground; and he said, Behold, now my lords, brother. Philem. 7. For God is not un- turn in I pray you into your servant's house, righteous to forget your work and labour of and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and love, which ye have shewed toward his name, ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. in that ye have ministered to the saints, and And they said, Nay, but we will abide in the do minister. He. vi. 10. To do good and street all night. And he pressed upon them to communicate forget not, for with such greatly, and they turned in unto him, and sacrifice God is well pleased. He. xiii. 16. entered into his house ; and he made them Pure religion, and undefiled before God and a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and they did eat. Ge. xix. 1, 2, 3. And when widows in their affliction, and to keep himself “she" (" Lydia" of Thyatira) was baptized, unspotted from the world. Ja. i. 27. Use and her household, she besought us, saying, hospitality one to another without grudging; If ye have judged me to be faithful to the as every man hath received the gift, even so Lord, come into my house, and abide there ; minister the same one to another, as good and she constrained us. Ac. xvi. 15. Be stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Pe. kindly affectioned one to another with broiv. 9, 10. Hereby perceive we the love of therly love, distributing to the necessity of God because he laid down his life for us, and the saints, given to hospitality. Ro. xii. 13. we ought to lay down our lives for the Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, brethren. But whoso hath this world's goods, saluteth you. Ro. xvi. 23. Let not a widow and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth be taken into the number, under threescore up his bowels of compassion from him, how years old, having been the wife of one man, dwelleth the love of God in him? My little well reported of for good works ; if she have children, let us not love in word, neither brought up children, if she have lodged in tongue, but in deed and in truth; and strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, hereby we know that we are of the truth, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have and shall assure our hearts before him. 1 John diligently followed every good work. 1 Ti. iii. 16-19.

v. 9, 10. Let brotherly love continue ; be not Thirsty, and ye gave me drink.] See verse forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby 42. If thine enemy be hungry, give him some have entertained angels unawares. Rebread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him member them that are in bonds, as bound water to drink. Pr. xxv. 21. Therefore, if with them; and them which suffer adversity, thine enemy hunger, feed him ; if he thirst, as being yourselves also in the body. He. give him drink; for so doing thou shalt xiii. 1, 2, 3. Use hospitality one to another heap coals of fire on his head. Ro. xii. 23. without grudging. I Pe. iv. 9. Beloved,

I was a stranger.] See verse 43. And thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest "he" (" Abrahan") lift up his eyes, and to the brethren and to strangers, which have looked, and lo, three men stood by him; and borne witness of thy charity before the church : when he saw them, he ran to meet them from whom if thou bring forward on their journey the tent door, and bowed himself toward after a godly sort, thou shalt do well. Be

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