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Hen if any' man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or

there; believe it not. * For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; infomuch that (if it were possible) they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore, if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert, go' not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers, believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west: lo shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days, || shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven : and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. I And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. + The Sunday called Septuagefima, or the third Sunday before Lent.

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Lord, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of


thy people, that we who are justly punished for our offenė For there fball arise false Chrifts, &c. As the Gof the Eastern Language, to the Sun, Moon and Stars. pel from whence this is taken is part of our Saviour's And be ball Jend bis Angels, &c. i. e. when JeruProphecy concerning the destruction of Jerufalem, lo falem shall be deftroyed, °Chrill will send f rth his the false Chrifts and false Prophets here spoken of re- Ministers to preach, and convert great numbers to the late to what is told us by the Historian Josephus, (viz.) Faith, through all parts of the World. “ that many Impostors and Magicians persuaded the † Septuagesima Sunday is so called, because (reckon " People to follow them into the Desart, where they ing from the beginning of the Week before it) it is “ promised to shew them manifeft Signs and Wonders seventy days before Eaffer. Then it was that some of done by God”—as also to what is related of Simon Ma- the primitive Christians were ufed to begin their forty gas, Acts viii. 9. 10. that he bewitched the Samaritans Days Abstinence of Lent, omitting on this occasion Yo with his Sorceries, that they all gave heed to him from Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Thursdays bebe least to the greatest, saying this Man is ebe great power cause of the Lords Supper, and Ascenfion, on that

Day: Saturdays, becaule thereon our Saviour' reited # The Sun shall be darkened, &c. By this is meant in the Grave, in Token of our future Rest; and Sundays that the Ecclesiastical and Civil State of the Jews because of his Resurrection on that Day. Tould be destroyed, which are compared, 'according to

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ces, may be inercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name, through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amer.

i' The Epiftle. 1 Cor. 9. -24.

. Now ye not, that they which run in a race, run all, but one

receiveth the prize ? So run that ye may obtain. : § And every man that ftiiveth for the mastery is temperate in all things : now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. I therefore forun, not as uncertainly; fo fight I, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into fubjecion, left that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself-should be a cast-away.

1: The Gospel. S. Matth. 20. 1. H E kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an houf

holder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and faw others standing idle in the market-place, and said unto them, Go alfo into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, I will give you. went their way. Again he went out aboựt the sixth 'and ninth hour and did likewife. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others ftanding idle, and faith unto them, Why ftand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no

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Paraphrase on the Collect for Septuagesima Sunday. O Lord, we întreat thee mercifully to hear our Peti- Amiètions, that we may live to thy Glory, through tions, that we whom thou juftly chaltileft for our Sins, the Merits of thy Son our Saviour, who reigneth with may of thy goodness be graciously relieved from our thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. &

And every Man that striveth, c. The phrases in their Pallions and Appetites by Mortification and Selfthe Epistle for this Day allude to the Isthmian Games, denial: because the Prize we contend for is so much fawhich were celebrated by the Corinthians every five perior to theirs: theirs being only a Crown of Olive or Years, at a place called Ceuchrea; and consisted of Run: Bays; ours a Crown of Glory that fadeth not away. ning, Wreitling, Boxing, &c. Therefore as the Com *The Kingdom of Heaven is like, &c. The true de

thele occasions were used to prepare them. fign of this parable is to thew that the Jews who had félves for them by a course of Exercise and spare Diet; the Gospel first proposed to them, would be the last in fo, St. Paul says, ought Chritians willingly to sublue receiving it. The Houlholder represents God,

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man hath hired us.' He saith unto them, Go ye also. into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the Lord of the vineyard faith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, I they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, * they murmured against the good-man of the house, saying, These laft have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered lone of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didft not thou agree with me for a penny

? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for i me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil because I am good ? So the last shall be first, and the first laft: for many be called, but few chosen. The Sunday called Sexagefima, or the second Sunday before. Lent.

The Collector

The Vineyard, the Dispensations of Religion in get behaving well under their different Dispensations. For neral which were given to mankind in the different this was a gift of God's free Grace alone. But as the parts of the world. The Labourers hired early in the "Law was a Schoolmaster to bring the Jews to Christ, morning fignised the Jews, who were born Members of fo aj right improvement of the Light of Nature preGod's Church, under the law of Mofes.--Those hired pared the Gentiles for the reception of the Gospel, at the third, fixth, and ninth hours, fignified those of the Gentiles who were converted to the worship of

They murmured, for. Thus the Jews-murmuredy God, and became, fome Profelytes of righteousness, and rejected the Gospel, when the Gentiles were adothers Profelytes of the Gate. The invitation mitted to its Privileges without fubmitting to the instiat the eleventh hour fignified the calling of the Gen- tutions of the Law of Mofes, - Ads xxii. 21. 22, tile in every country, by the Light of Naturs, to live i Thef. ii. 16. pwafly and wisely.

+ Sexagesima Sunday is so called because (reckoning 1 They received every Man a Peniny. The equal re- from the It'edne day before it) it is fixiy Days before ward bestowed on all, fignifies the Gospel with its Pri- Easter. Then it was that some of the primitive Christians rileges and Advantages, which all, both Jews and began their forty Days Fast of Lent, omitting on this oca Gentiles, enjcyed upon an equal footing. Only we must calion, Thursdays and, Sundays. . (See Septuagefima not carry the refemblance so far as to suppose that either Sunday. of them had merited the Bleslings of the Gospel, by



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Lord God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing

that we do; Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The ; Epistle.

2 Cor. il. 19. E suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. For

ye fuffer if a man bring you into bondage, if a, inan de. vour you, if a man take of you, if á man exalt himself, if a man fmite you on the face. I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak: howbeit, whereinfover any is bold (1 L {peak foolishly) I am bold also. Are they Hebrews? so am I: are they Israelites?' so am I: are they the feed of Abraham? so am I: are they ministers of Christ ? (í speak as a fool) I am more; + in Jabours more abundant; in stripes above measure ; in prisons more frequent; in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes fave : one. Thrice was I beaten with rods; Once was I stoned ; Thrice I suffered shipwreck; A night and a day I have been in the deep : in journeying often ; in perils of waters; in perils of robbers ; in perils by mine own .country-men; in perils by the heathen; in perils in the city; in perils in the wilderness in perils in the sea; in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness; in watchings often; in hunger and thirst; in fastings often; in cold and nakedness; besides those


Paraphrase on the Colleet for Sexagefima Sunday. O Lord God, who knowest that we rely not upon graciously protect as by thy might against all Calamities our own ftrength for our own defence and fupport ; for the sake of fefus Christ our Lord.

re Juffer Fools gladly, &c. This expreffion, and yet he knew that it is very difficult to expatiate upon what follows, relates to the false Teachers who had ourselves in Conversation without incurring the censure crept in among the Corinthians during St. Paul's ab- of vanity. fence, who endeavoured to ensave them to the Jewish t labours more abundant, &c. &c. The methods Law, to make them a prey to their Covetousness; and ufed for exercising St. Paul's Patience and Virtue, teach treated them with insolence, tyrapny, and contumely; us plainly, that the way in which God would be served infufing into them, at the same time, jealoufies, and by Christians, especially by his Ministers, is that of conevil surmises against their lawful Pastor.

ftancy, and indefatigable diligence, and diffusive ChariI speak foo'ifhly. Observe here how cautiously St. ty. That ease and idleness, and luxury, and effemiPaal behaved himself in a point, which he knew to nate declinings of trouble for the publick good, are by be so nice. For tho' the false Teachers amongst the no means agreeable to the character of a Disciple of Corinthians had rendered such a vindication neceffary : Jesus,


things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

The Gospel. S. Luke 8. 4.
Hen much people were gathered together, and were come

to him out of every city, he spake by a parable : A lower went out to fow his seed : and as he sowed, some fell by the way-side, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And fome fell upon a rock, and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it, and, choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundred-fold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear let himn hear. And his disci. ples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he faid, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: * bút to others in parables ; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this ; The feed is the word of God. Those by the way-side are they that hear; § then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, left they should believe and be saved. I They

P But to others in parables, that seeing, &c. Or as it ed by the Seed fown by the Way-lide, are such as take is otherwise expresied by Sio Matth. xiii. 13. Therefore no care to understand what they hear, but are easily tp ak I 10 them in parables i becauje they seeing, see nor: tempted to forget and neglect it, and so lose all good and har ing, they bear not, neither do they understand. effect of it. That is, he spoke to them in parables, because their I They on the Rock, &c. The rocky Ground rea fupidity was so gross, and their prejudices so numerous, presents those on whom the Word makes some imprefthai tho they had capacities for receiving his Doctrine, fion, who approve of it at first, and receive it gladly; yet they would not regard it, if he had spoke in plain but being not well grounded; when they are brought terms. This News that the blindness of the Jews was the reason of Christ's teaching them by, and Gospel, their Resolutions fail them, and thcy yield not his teaching them by Parables the reason of their to Temptation ; like Vegetables which having to depth blindness.

cf soil to nourish them, are foon burnt up by ihe Then cometh the Devil, &c. The persons represent- fuoching heat of the Noon-Day Sun,

under Trials and Persecutions for the sake of the

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