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by his Spirit in the inner man ; when the Lord saw her, he had 17. that Christ may dwell (9) in compassion on her, and said unto your hearts by faith; that ye, be- her, “ Weep not.” 14. And he ing rooted and grounded in love, came and touched the bier : and 18. may be able to comprehend they that bare him stood still. with all saints, what is the breadth And he said, Young man, I (y) (r), and length, and depth, and say unto thee, Arise." 15. And height; 19. and to know the love he that was dead sat up (2), and of Christ, which passeth know- began to speak. And he deliledge (s), that ye might be filled vered him to his mother. 16. And (c) with all the fulness of God. there came a fear on all: and they 20. Now unto him that is able to glorified God, saying,
“ That a do exceeding abundantly above all great prophet is risen up among that we ask or think, according to us; ;" and " That God hath visitthe power that worketh in us, “ ed his people.” 17. And this ru21. unto him be glory in the mour of him went forth throughout Church by Christ Jesus, through all Judea, and throughout all the out all ages, world without end. region round about. Amen.
Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity. The Gospel. Luke vii. 11.
The Collect. And it came to pass the day after, that Jesus went into a city called Lord, we pray thee, that thy went with him, and much people. to be given to all good works, Nain; and many of his disciples grace may always prevent and fol.
us; and make us continually 12. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold there was
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. a dead man carried out (u), the only son (x) of his mother, and she
The Epistle. Ephes. iv. I. was a widow: and much people I THEREFORE, the prisoner of the of the city was with her. 13. And Lord (a), beseech you that ye
(9) v. 17. “May dwell, &c.” i. e. " that (u) v. 12. “ Carried out.” It not being you may make your hearts fit for his re- lawful to bury within their cities. "ception; that you may act in all instances (at) “ Only Son,' “ and she was a wi" as if he dwelt within you ; as if he ani
“ dow.” Circumstances to shew how pro* mated your thoughts and actions." per a case was selected. (-) v. 18.“ The breadth, &c." A figur
I say unto thee, &c." making ative mode to express “perfect know
no appeal to the Father ; but appearing to "ledge;" to comprehend with the utmost act upon a power of his own. Graves's accuracy, with as much certainty as a man Trinity, 79, 80. has who has measured the breadth, length,
(z) v. 15.“ Sat up." This miracle cor&c. of any solid body or space.
responds in character with the rest of our (8) v. 19. “Passeth knowledge," i. e.
Saviour's miracles. It was public, see verses " better than all other knowledge,” or,
11, 12. (much people were with our Saviour, " greater than any love ever known be
much with the widow) a work of mercy. " fore," “ so great that it can scarcely be and typical, implying a power to raise the "fully apprehended and known." See
souls of men to life eternal. ante, 37. note on Philipp. iv. 7.
(a) v. 1. “Of the Lord,” èy Kupiw, i.e. (t) • Be filled, &c."* *So as almost to be
“ Christ," " for the cause of Christianity, " equal with God: as full of love towards on account of my exertions to establish others as God himself.
Christ's religion. St. Paul was then in confinement at Rome.
(y) v. 14.“
walk (6) worthy of the vocation “ an ass or an ox fallen into a wherewith ye are called, 2. with pit, and will not straightway all lowliness (c) and meekness, pull him out on the sabbathwith long-suffering, forbearing one
6. And they could not another in love; 3. endeavour- answer him again to these things. ing (d) to keep the unity of the Spi- 7. And he put forth a parable to rit in the bond of peace. 4. There those which were bidden, when he is one body(e) and one Spirit, even marked how they chose out the as ye are called in one hope of chief rooms; saying unto them, your calling ; 5. one Lord (8) one 8. “ When ) thou art bidden of faith, one baptism, 6. one God and
“ any man to a wedding, sit not Father of all, who is above all, and “ down in the highest room; lest through all, and in you all. “a more honourable man than
“ thou be bidden of him ; 9. and The Gospel. Luke xiv. 1.
« he that bade thee and him come It came to pass, as Jesus went “ and say to thee, “Give this man into the house of one of the chief place ;” and thou begin with Pharisees to eat bread on the sab
« shame to take the lowest room. bath-day, that they watched him. « 10. But when thou art bidden, 2. And, behold, there was a certain go and sit down in the lowest man before him which had the “room ; that when he that bade dropsy. 3. And Jesus answering,
“ thee cometh, he may say unto spake unto the lawyers and Pha. thee, “ Friend, go up higher :" risees, saying, “ Is it lawful to
“ then shalt thou have worship in “ heal (N) on the sabbath-day?" the presence of them that sit at 4. And they held their peace. And
“ meat with thee. 11. For whosohe took him, and healed him, and “ ever exalteth himself shall be let him go; 5. and answered them,
abased; and he that humbleth(k) saying, “ Which of you shall have
6 himself shall be exalted.” (6) “Walk.” It is observable how con
many, are one body, so also is Christ." stantly St. Paul calls their attention to i, e. Christ and his followers constitute one their conduct; to the necessity of shewing body. So Rom. xii. 4, 5. “ As we have by their works that they were Christians. many members in one body, so we, being (c) v. 2. “ Lowliness, &c." The nature
many, are one body in Christ.” Again, of the virtues St. Paul recommends also Col. i. 18. “He” (viz. Christ) " is the head requires attention : such as our Saviour had “ of the body, the church." And Eph. v. prescribed: not those the world admires,
30. “We are members of his (i.e. Christ's
) active courage, a quick sense of honour, body, of his flesh and of bis bones.” impatience of injuries,&c.but meekness and
(g) v.5. “One Lord," kis Kúpuos, i. e. forbearance.
Christ. (d) v. 3. “Endeavouring, &c." to pre- (h) v. 3. “ To heal," " to do an act of serve the strictest unanimity : to avoid all
mercy." dissentions; and he presses it upon them, (i) v. 8. “When, &c." Solomon gives by the consideration that there is only one the same advice, (Prov. xxv. 6, 7.) " Put Spirit, not several ; one Christian Church, “ not forth thyself in the presence of the not several ; one hope, not several, &c. &c. king, and stand not in the place of great See ante.
inen; for better it is that it be said unto (e) v. 4. “One body," i. e. “ of Christ " thee, Come up bither,' than that thou " and Christians, Christ being the head.” “ shouldest be put lower." Thus he says, 1 Cor. xii. 12. “ As the body (k) v. 11. “Humbleth, &c.” Humility “ is one, and hath many members, and all is one of the passive virtues strongly recom" the members of that one body, being mended both in the Old and New Testament.
Saint Matthew the Apostle.
word of God deceitfully; but by The Collect.
manifestation of the truth comO Almighty God, who by thy mending ourselves to every man's blessed Son didst call Matthew conscience in the sight of God. from the receipt of custom, to be 3. But if (p) our Gospel be hid, it an Apostle and Evangelist ; Grant is hid to them that are lost: 4. in us grace to forsake all covetous de- whom the (9) God of this world sires and inordinate love of riches, hath blinded the minds of them and to follow the same thy Son
which believe not, lest the light Jesus Christ, who liveth and reign- of the glorious Gospel of Christ, eth with thee and the Holy Ghost, who is the (r) image of God, should one God, world without end. Amen. shine unto them. 5. For we preach The Epistle. 2 Cor. iv. 1.
not ourselves (s), but Christ Jesus
the Lord; and ourselves, your THEREFORE seeing we have this servants for Jesus' sake. 6. For ministry (1), as we have received God, who commanded the light (t) mercy (m), we faint not (n); 2. but to shine out of darkness, hath shinhave renounced (c) the hidden ed in our hearts, to give the light things of dishonesty, not walking of the knowledge of the glory of in craftiness, nor handling the God in the face (u) of Jesus Christ.
(1) v. 1. “ This ministry," i.e. " of the cient, but that sin either obstructs examingospel dispensation."
ation, or perverts the judgment. St. John (m) " As we have received mercy,” i. e. says, John iii. 19.“ Light is come into the (perhaps) “ in return for the great mercy
“ world, and men loved darkness rather "we have received, as a proper acknow- " than light, because their deeds were evil. "ledgment for it."
“ For every one that doeth evil, hateth the (n) “ Faint not." St. Paul's exertions “ light, neither cometh to the light, lest are a decisive proof of his conviction and “his deeds should be reproved.” Post, 230. sincerity. Let a man have full means of John xv. 21. conviction, (as St. Paul must have had) let (9) v. 4. “The God of this world,” in oplim go through what St. Paul describes position to the true God, the God of heaven. himself to have suffered, (2 Cor. xi. 23. (r) “The image, &c.” So Coloss. i. 15. and ante, 80.) and let him have no object but Heb.i.3. (ante, 43.) 7ê Xposa,ős és vv einws 7808ê. such as St. Paul had, not temporal power (s) v. 5. “ Not ourselves.” Without any or honour, but the advancement of good- views of our own. Not seeking glory, or ness and God's glory, and who can doubt honour, or power, or profit, or any thing his sincerity ? Lord Lyttelton considers for ourselves. St. Paul's conduct alone sufficient to prove
(t) v.6. “ The light, &c." referring to the truth of the Christian religion. See Lord his command at the creation, “ Let there Lyttelton on the conversion of St. Paul; a “ be light. Gen. i. 3." work well worth attention!
(u) “ In the face, &c.”
This is sup(0) v. 2.“ Renounced, &c.” i.e. perhaps, posed to allude to what is mentioned of by "abstaining from all sin, using no deceit Moses, Exod. xxxiv. 29 to 35. When he " to advance Christianity, and having no
came down from Mount Sinai with the two "object in view but man's happiness and tables of testimony in his hand, the skin of "God's glory.” It is a strong argument his face shone, so that Aaron and the chil. of the sincere conviction of the apostles,
dren of Israel were afraid to come near him. that they could have had no purpose of
St. Paul had referred to this in the precedtheir own in preaching the gospel. It led ing chapter, 2 Cor. iii. 7. ante, 204. The to no temporal rewards, it exposed them meaning (probably) is, that if the Mosaic to great dangers and persecutions.
dispensation were glorious, and entitled to (p) v.3. “If, &c.” Sin is elsewhere no- such a mark of distinction, the gospel disticed as the great obstacle to belief. Not pensation was much more glorious, and that the evidence is not abundantly suffi- brought infinitely more light into the world.
The Gospel. Matt. ix. 9.
Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity. And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named
The Collect. Matthew (x), sitting at the receipt (y) of custom; and he saith unto Lord, we beseech thee, grant him, “ Follow me.” And he arose, thy people grace to withstand the and followed him. 10. And it came temptations of the world, the to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the flesh, and the devil; and with house (2), behold, many publicans pure hearts and minds to follow and sinners came and sat down thee the only God, through Jesus with him and his disciples. 11. And Christ our Lord. Amen. when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eat
The Epistle. 1 Cor. i. 4. “eth your master with publicans " and sinners ?" 12. But when I THANK my God always on Jesus heard that, he said unto your behalf, for the grace of them, “ They that be whole (a) God (c) which is given you by “ need not a physician, but they Jesus Christ ; 5. that in every thing " that are sick. 13. But go ye and ye are enriched by him, in all “ learn what that meaneth, “I utterance, and in all knowledge; “ will have mercy, and not sacri- 6. even as the testimony of Christ “fice (6):” for I am not come to was confirmed in you: 7. so that “ call the righteous, but sinners to ye come behind in no gift (d); “ repentance.”
waiting for the coming (e) of our (s) v. 9.“ Matthew," i.e. “St. Matthew “ mands, which would keep us from their “the Evangelist."
company. The substance, rather than (y) “ The receipt of custom.” He was “ the appearance. The important part of what they called a publican, a collector “ converting a sinner, rather than the exof the Roman taxes : an office in great dis- “ ternal shew of respect to God, by avoidrepute among the Jews, but very lucrative:
“ ing him.” Stanh. i. 7. he calls himself, Matth. x. 3. “ Matthew (c) v. 4. “ Grace of God.” “ The gifts of “ the publican."
“the Spirit, with which they were endowed” (z) v. 10. “The house,” i. e..“ Mat- as explained in v. 5.) “ 'in all utterance thew's." Mark ii. 15. Luke v. 29. he made « and knowledge." a great “ feast in his own house, and there (d) v. 7." In no gift." How continually
was a great company of publicans and do we meet with passages which have a “ of others that sat down with him."
tendency to shew that Christianity had (a) v. 12. “ They that be whole, &c."
the testimony of God? In this epistle, Probably a proverb. “My object is to 1 Cor. xii. 9, 10. (ante, 201.) St. Paul “ assist where assistance is most wanted : enumerates amongst the gifts of the Spirit
, “ to relieve those who most require relief. that of healing, of working miracles, of “ I associate with them, not because their divers kind of tongues, of interpreting “ practices and principles are acceptable tongues, &c. Here he tells them that “ to me, but that I may correct those prac- they come behind in no gift.” Could “ tices and principles."
he have said this had they not possessed (6) v. 13. “ Mercy and not sacrifice,"
these gifts ? How would they have treated from Hos. vi. 6. “Mercy rather than sacri
him and his epistle had the assertion been fice,” that love of God which is shewn “in false? But if they had these gifts, they “ “ acts of benevolence to man, rather than were the attestation of God to the Chris" that which is shewn in ceremonial acts
tian cause, that it had his sanction, and “ of worship to God: that mercy which that its pretensions were just. “ will reform sinners, rather than that out- (e) v. 7. “ The coming," i.e. the period “ ward ceremonial attention to God's com- so often referred to under the expression
(8) Lord Jesus Christ; 8. who shall, ered together, Jesus asked them, 42. also confirm you unto the end, that saying, “ What think ye of Christ ? ye may be blameless in the day of “ whose son (l) is he ?” They our (8) Lord Jesus Christ. say unto him, “The son of David.
43. He saith unto them, “How then The Gospel. Matt. xxii, 34.
“ doth David in spirit (m) call him When the Pharisees had heard (n)Lord ? saying, 44. “ The Lord that Jesus had put the Sadducees “ (0) said unto (n)my Lord, Sitthou to silence (h), they were gathered “on my right hand, till I make thine together. 35. Then one of them, “ enemies thy footstool.” 45. If Dawhich was a lawyer, asked him a “ vid then call him (n) Lord, how question, tempting him, and say. (P)is he his son?”? 46. And noman ing, 36. “Master, which is the great was able to answer him a word ; « commandment in the law ?" neither durst any man, from that 37. Jesus said unto him, “ Thou day forth, ask him any more “shalt love (i) the Lord thy God questions. “ with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Saint Michael and all Angels. “38. This is the first andgreat com
The Collect. “ mandment. 39. And the second
is like untoit, Thou shalt love (0) O EVERLASTING God, who hast
thy neighbour as thyself. 40. On ordained and constituted the ser“ these two commandments hang vices of Angels and men in a won(k) allthe law and the prophets."
derful order; Mercifully grant, 41. While the Pharisees were gath-that as
that as thy holy Angels alway do of the “ coming," or " day of the Lord."
6 of Moses and the Prophets mainly “ The time when signal vengeance was to
(Ante, 209. note on Gal. v. 22. “ be taken upon the great opposers of
and ante, 92.) “Christianity, the unbelieving Jews." See (l) v. 42. “ Whose son," i. e. “ of what ante, 28. note on Rom. xii. 11.
line." (g) v. 7, 8.“ Our Lord," 16 Kupíe quãy. (m) v. 43. “ In spirit,” i. e. 66 when in) v. 34. “ To silence,” by establishing
“ under the influence of inspiration.” that important truth, “the resurrection of (n) v. 43. 44. 45. “ Lord,” and “ unto “the dead."
Κύριον, and 73 Κυρίω με.
See (1) d. 37. 39. “ Thou shalt love, &c.” ante, 29. note (m) The first passage is a quotation from Deut. (o) v. 44. “ The Lord, &c.” the first vi. 5. the second from Levit. xix. 18. (See
verse of Psalm cx. ante, 207.) The lawyer who put the (p) v. How, &c.” not that our question to our Saviour, “ What he should Saviour meant to insinuate that he was * do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke x. 27. not David's Son as well as David's Lord : ante, 207.) treated this as the substance of but to point to the singularity of his nathe Jaw! our Saviour said unto him, ture: David's Son, after the flesh, as “What is written in the law ? how readest being born of the body of one of David's " thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt lineal descendants ; and yet David's Lord, “ love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, as being the Son of God; one whose
and with all thy soul, and with all thy existence did not then begin when he was “strength, and with all thy nind; and introduced bodily into the world, but " thy neighbour as thyself."
who had been in the beginning with God, (k) v. 40. “ Hang, &c.”
" It is to one
by whom also God made the world, and “ or the other of these two great points, without whom was not any thing made " the love of God or the love of man, that that was made. St. Augustine on Psalm ix. “whatever is contained in the writings I ad finem.
“ my Lord.”