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Paul confesseth, that beyond mea- with one mind striving together for sure he persecuted the church of the faith.-Phil. i. 27. God, and wasted it, &c.—Gal. i. 13. If there be therefore any consola1 Tim. i. 12, 13.
tion in Christ, &c. fulfil ye my joy, Confess your faults one to another, that ye be like-minded, &c. being of and pray one for another, that ye one accord, and of one mind: let nomay be healed.-James v. 16. thing be done through strife or vain
If any man see his brother sin a glory, &c.-Phil. ii. 1-3. sin, not unto death, he shall ask, Whereto we have already attained, and he shall give him life for them let us walk by the same rule, let us which sin not unto death.--1 John mind the same thing.–Phil. iii. 16. v. 16.
I beseech Euodias, &c. that they SECT. VIII.
, be of the same mind in the Lord. To be of one mind. Phil. iv. 2. Behold, how good, and how pleasant Finally, be ye all of one mind.it is for brethren to dwell together in 1 Pet. iii. 8. unity! like the precious ointment upon the head. &c.-Ps. cxxxii. 1.2. Sect. IX. To walk wisely and chaChrist prays that they might be
ritably one towards another; and kept ; that they may be one as we in Things indifferent to have reare, &c. John xvii. 11. 22.
spect to the Meek ; to avoid OfAnd the multitude of them that fences. believed were of one heart, and of If we had known what this meaneth, one soul.-Acts iv. 32.
I will have mercy and not sacrifice, We, being many, are one body in ye would not have condemned the Christ : and every one members one guiltless.—Matt. xii. 7. Hosea vi. 6. of another. Be of the same mind oneThe Pharisees accused the disciples towards another.-Rom. xii. 5. 16. for plucking corn, and Christ for
Now the God, &c. grant you to be healing a withered hand, on the like-minded one toward another, ac- sabbath day : till he said unto them, cording to Christ Jesus; that ye may Which of you having one sheep, &c. with one mind and one mouth glorify fall into a pit on the sabbath day, God, even the Father.-Rom.xv.5,6. will not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
I beseech you, brethren, &c. that ye &c. It is lawful to do well on the all speak the same thing: and that sabbath days.—Matt. xii. 1-4. 10there be no divisions; but that ye be 12. Luke vi. 1, &c. Matt. xv. 2. perfectly joined together in the same Whoso shall offend one of these mind, and in the same judgment.- little ones which believe in me, it I Cor. i. 10.
were better that a mill-stone were Whereas there is among you, &c, hanged about his neck, and that he divisions : are ye not carnal ? &c. were drowned in the depth of the One saith, I am of Paul, &c.—1 Cor. sea. Woe unto the world because of üi. 3, 4.
offences : for it must needs be that When ye come together in the offences come, but woe to that man church, I hear that there be divisions by whom the offence cometh.-Matt. among you.--1 Cor. xi. 18. xviii. 6, 7. Luke xvii. 1, 2. .
Finally, brethren, &c. be of one His disciples say unto him, If the mind.--2 Cor. xii. 11.
case of the man be so with his wife, Endeavouring to keep the unity of it is not good to marry; but he said the spirit in the bond of peace. unto them, All men cannot receive There is one body, and one spirit. this saying, save they to whom it is Eph. iv, 3-5.
given: for there are some eunuchs That ye stand fast in one spirit, which were so born, &c. and there are some eunuchs which have made them- bear the infirmities of the weak, and selves, &c. He that is able to receive not to please ourselves : let everyone it, let him.-Matt. xix, 10—12. of us please his neighbour, for his · Judge not, and ye shall not be good to edification.-Rom. xv. 1, 2. judged; condemn not, and ye shall I have fed you with milk and not not be condemned.-Luke vi. 37. with meat; for hitherto ye were not • Jesus said, I have yet many things able to bear it, neither yet now are ye to say unto you, but ye cannot bear able to bear it. -1 Cor. iii. 2. them now: howbeit when he, the All things are lawful for me, but Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide all things are not expedient (or proyou.—John xvi. 12, 13.
fitable); all things are lawful for me, Why tempt ye God to put a yoke but I will not be brought under the upon the neck of the disciples? which, power of any.-1 Cor. vi. 12. x. 23. &C.--Acts xv. 10. Gal. v. 12, 13. I would that all men were even as
Him that is weak in the faith re. I myself; but every man hath his ceive you, but not to doubtful dispu- proper gift of God; one after this tations (or not to judge his doubtful manner, &c. Is any man called, being thoughts): for one believeth that he circumcised ? let him not become unmay eat all things; another who is circumcised ; and is any called in unweak eateth herbs; let not him that circumcision ? let him not become eateth, despise him that eateth not ; circumcised. Circumcision is no and let not him that eateth not, judge thing, &c.—1 Cor. vii. 7. 18, 19. him that eateth: for God hath re- We know that an idol is nothing ceived him, &c. One man esteemeth in the world, &c. howbeit there is one day above another: another es- not in every man that knowledge: teemeth every day alike: let every for some, with conscience of the idol man be fully persuaded in his own unto this hour, eat it as a thing offermind; he that regardeth a day, re- ed unto an idol, and their conscience gardeth it to the Lord, &c. Why being weak is defiled. But meat dost thou judge thy brother? or why commendeth us not to God, &c. dost thou set at nought thy brother? Take heed lest by any means this liLet us not therefore judge one another berty of yours become a stumblingany more ; but judge this rather, block to them that are weak; forif any that no man put a stumblingblock, man see thee, who hast knowledge, or an occasion to fall in his brother's sit at meat in the idol's temple, way. I know, &c. that there is no- shall not the conscience of him who thing unclean of itself; but to him is weak be emboldened to eat those that esteemeth any thing to be un- things which are offered to idols; clean, to him it is unclean. But if thy and through thy knowledge shall tby brother be grieved with thy meat, weak brother perish, for whom Christ now walkest thou not charitably, &c. died? but when ye sin so against the Let us therefore now follow after the brethren, and wound their weak conthings which make for peace, &c. science, ye sin against Christ: where All things indeed are pure, but it is fore if meat make my brother to offend; evil for that man who eateth with I will eat no Aesh while the work offence; it is good neither to eat standeth, lest I make my brother to flesh, &c. whereby thy brother stum- offend.-1 Cor. viii. 4. 7–13. bleth, or is offended, or is made weak. For though I be free from all meu! &c. He that doubteth is damned if yet have I made myself a servantu he eat, &c. for whatsoever is not of all, that I might gain the more : faith, is sin.-Rom. xiv. 1-3. 5. 6. unto the Jews I became as a sem 10.13—15. 19–21, 23.
that I might gain the Jews, &c. To We then that are strong, ought to the weak became I as weak, &C
made all things to all men, that I weak, be patient toward all men. might by all means save some, &c.— I Thess. v. 14. 1 Cor. ix. 19-22.
Neither give heed to fables, &c. All things are lawful for me, but which minister questions, rather than all things are not expedient, &c. all godly edifying, which is in faith : things edify not; let no man seek now the end of the commandment is his own, but every man another's charity, &c.--1 Tim. i. 4,5. wealth; whatsoever is sold in the Some shall depart from the faith, shambles, that eat, asking no ques- &c. forbidding to marry, and comtion for conscience sake, for the earth manding to abstain from meats, which is the Lord's, &c. If any of them God had created to be received, &c.that believe not, bid you to a feast, 1 Tim. iv. 1.3. and ye be disposed to go; what- Unto the pure all things are pure. soever is set before you, eat, asking - Titus i. 15. no question for conscience sake. But When Paul was writing many if any man say unto you, This is things concerning Christ, he said, offered in sacrifice unto idols; eat Of whom we have many things to not, for his sake that shewed it, and say, and hard to be uttered, seeing for conscience sake, &c. Conscience, ye are dull of hearing, &c. ye are I say, not thine own, but of the become such as have need of milk, other, &c. Give none offence, neither and not of strong meat, &c. strong to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor meat belongeth to them that are of to the church of God; even as I full age.--Heb. v. 11, 12. 14. please all men in all things, not seek- It is a good thing that the heart ing my own profit, but the profit of be established with grace, not with many, that they may be saved.- meats, which have not profited them 1 Cor. x. 23—29. 31–33. xi. 1. that have been occupied therein.
Charity seeketh not her own.- Heb. xiii. 9. 1 Cor. xiii. 4, 5.
Charity shall cover the multitude Let all your things be done with of sins.- 1 Pet. iv. 8. charity.-1 Cor. xvi. 14.
I will put upon you none other Look not every man on his own burden: but that which ye have althings, but every man also on the ready, hold fast, till I come.—Rev.ü. things of others: let this mind be in 24, 25. you, which was also in Christ Jesus. a -Phil. ii. 4, 5.
Sect. x. To distribute, and communi. Let us, therefore, as many as be cate to one another's Necessities; give perfect, be thus minded : and if in to the Poor. any thing ye be otherwise minded, If thou lend money to any of my God shall reveal even this unto you. people that is poor by thee, thou shalt Nevertheless, whereunto we have al- not be to him as a usurer; neither ready attained, let us walk by the shalt thou lay upon him usury, &c. same rule, let us mind the same Exod. xxii. 25. thing.-Phil. ïïi. 15, 16.
When ye reap the harvest of your Let no man therefore judge you in land, thou shalt not wholly reap the meat or in drink (or in eating, or in corners of thy field, neither shalt drinking), or in respect of an holy- thou gather the gleanings of thy harday, or of the new moon, or of the vest. And thou shalt not glean thy sabbath days, which are a shadow of vineyard, &c. Thou shalt leave them things to come: but the body is of for the poor and the stranger: I am Christ.—Col. ii. 16, 17.
the Lord your God.—Levit. xix. 9, We exhort you, brethren, &c.com- 10. xxv. 1, &c. fort the feeble-minded, support the If thy brother be waxen poor, &c.
then thou shalt relieve him, &c. that shall be made fat; and he that water. he may live.-Levit. xxiv. 35. : eth shall be watered also himself.-
If there be among you a poor man Prov. xi. 24, 25. of one of thy brethren, within any of He that hath mercy on the poor, thy gates, &c, thou shalt not harden happy is he, &c. He that oppresseth thine heart, nor shut thine hand from the poor, reproacheth his Maker: thy poor brother; but thou shalt but he that honoureth him, hath open thine hand wide unto him, and mercy on the poor.--Prov. xiv. shalt surely lend him sufficient for 21. 31. his need, in that which he wanteth. He that hath pity upon the poor, Beware that there be not a thought lendeth unto the Lord: and that (or word) in thy wicked heart, say, which he hath given, will he pay him ing, The seventh year, the year of again.-Prov. xix. 17. release, is at hand; and thine eye be Whoso stoppeth his ears at the evil against thy poor brother, and cry of the poor, he also shall cry thou givest him nought, and he cry himself, but shall not be heard. -unto the Lord against thee, and it be Prov. xxi, 13. sin unto thee: thou shalt surely give He that hath a bountiful eye shall him, and thine heart shall not be be blessed: for he giveth of his bread grieved when thou givest unto him ; to the poor.—Prov. xxii. 9. because that for this thing the Lord He that giveth unto the poor shall thy God shall bless thee in all thy not lack.-Prov. xxviii. 27. works, &c. for the poor shall never Cast thy bread upon the waters: cease out of the land: therefore I for thou shalt find it after many days. command thee, &c.-Deut.xv.
7 11. Give a portion to seven, and also to If I have withheld the poor from eight, &c.--Eccles. xi. 1, 2, their desire, &c. or have eaten my Is not this the fast that I have morsel alone, and the fatherless hath chosen ? &c. Is it not to deal thy not eaten thereof, &c. If I have seen bread to the hungry, and that thou any perish for want of clothing, or bring the poor that are cast out to any poor without covering: if his thy house? when thou seest the loins have not blessed me, &c. The naked, that thou cover him; and that stranger did not lodge in the street; thou hide not thyself from thine own but I opened my doors to the tra- flesh? Then shall thy light break veller.- Job xxxi. 16-20. 32. forth as the morning, &c. And if
The righteous sheweth mercy, and thou draw out thy soul to the bungry, giveth, &c. He is ever merciful, and and satisfy the afflicted soul, then Tendeth.-Ps. xxxvii. 21. 26. shall thy light rise in obscurity,&c,
Blessed is he that considereth the Isa. Iviii. 6—8. 10. poor (or weak); the Lord will deliver I desired mercy, and not sacrifice. him.-Ps. xli. l.
-Hosea vi. 6. A good man sheweth favour, and Give to him that asketh thee; and lendeth, &c. He hath dispersed, he from him that would borrow of thee, hath given to the poor, &c.—Ps. cxii. turn not thou away.—Matt. v. 42. 5.9.
Take heed that ye do not your alms Honour the Lord with thy sub- before men, to be seen of them, &c. stance, and with the first-fruits of when thou doest thine alms, do not thine increase, &c. Say not unto sound a trumpet before thee, as the thy neighbour, Go, and come again, hypocrites do, &c, that they may have and to-morrow I will give, when thou glory of men, &c. But when thou hast it by thee.-Prov. iii. 9. 28. doest alms, let not thy left hand
There is that scattereth, and yet know what thy right band doeth.increaseth, &c. The liberal soul Matt. vi. 1-3.
Ask, and it shall be given you, I have shewed you all things, how Matt. vij. 7.
that so labouring ye ought to support Whosoever shall give to drink unto the weak, and to remember the words one of these little ones a cup of cold of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is water only, in the name of a disciple, more blessed to give, than to receive. verily I say unto you, he shall in no -Acts xx, 35. wise lose his reward.—Matt. X. 42. He that giveth, let him do it with Mark ix. 41.
simplicity (or liberality): he that Christ shall say, I was an hungered, sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness, &e. and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, distributing to the necessity of the and ye gave me drink: I was a saints: given to hospitality, &c.stranger, and ye took me in: naked, Rom. xii. 8. 13, xvi. 1, 2. and ye clothed me, &c. When saw It hath pleased them of Macedonia, we thee an hungered? &c. Inasmuch &c. to make a certain contribution as ye have done it unto one of the for the poor saints which are at • least of these my brethren, ye have Jerusalem.-Rom. xv. 26. done it unto me, &c.—Matt. xxv. Upon the first day of the week, 35, &c.
let every one of you lay by him in The poor widow threw in two store, as God hath prospered him. mites, &c. Jesus said, This poor 1 Cor. xvi. 2. widow hath cast more in, than all As ye abound in every thing, &c. they, &c. For all they did cast in see that ye abound in this grace also : of their abundance; but she of her I speak, &c. to prove the sincerity of want did cast in all that she had.- your love : for ye know the grace of Mark xii. 42–44. Luke xxi. 1-4. our Lord Jesus Christ, that though
He that hath two coats, let him he was rich, yet for your sakes he impart to him that hath none, &c. so became poor, that ye through his of meat.-Luke iii. 11.
poverty might be rich, &c. As there When thou makest a feast, call the was a readiness to will, so there may poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: be a performance also, out of that and thou shalt be blessed, for they which you have: for if there be first cannot recompense thee: thou shalt a willing mind, it is accepted accordbe recompensed at the resurrection ing to that a man hath, and not ac, of the just.-Luke xiv. 13, 14. cording to that be hath not.--2 Cor.
Sell all that thou hast, and dis- viii. 7-9. 11, 12. tribute unto the poor, and thou shalt He which soweth sparingly, shall have treasure in heaven.-Luke reap also sparingly: and he which xviii. 22.
soweth bountifully, shall reap also The multitude of them that believed bountifully. Every man according as were of one heart, &c. neither said he purposeth in his heart, so let him any of them, that aught of the things give: not grudgingly, or of necessity: which he possessed was his own, for God loveth a cheerful giver. Aud but they had all things common. God is able to make all grace abound Acts iv. 32.
toward you, that ye, always having Cornelius, a devout man, &c. which all sufficiency in all things, may gave much alms to the people, &c. abound to every good work.--2 Cor. Thy prayers and thine alms are come ix, 6-9. up for a memorial before God.- As we have therefore opportunity, Acts x. 1, 2. 4.
let us do good unto all men; espeThen the disciples, every man ac- cially unto them who are of the cording to his ability, determined to household of faith. Gal. vi. 10. send relief unto the brethren which 3 John 5, 6. dwelt in Judea.--Acts xi. 29.
Rather let him labour, working