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Do they belong to a natural or renewed state? To the former. What advantages attended ? The strong approbation of Christ, and an answer of mercy. Have we humility and faith? Without some measure of these Christ never will approve our persons, or accept our petitions. And when shall we begin to be humble, and to believe in Christ, if we have hitherto neglected it ? “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. The Holy Ghost saith, TO-DAY, if ye will hear his voice hearden not your hearts.” O that these dear youth were all truly wise, that they well understood the truths of revelation, and would rightly consider their LATTER END !
It is by no means designed to limit the Teacher's enquiry to the questions here suggested. Sometimes the same passage inculcates more than one doctrine, or enjoins more than one duty. In that case, questions should be repeated. Some passages are designedly left without marking them; and the pupil should never pass over one verse of inspiration, without endeavours to know the mind of the Spirit there revealed. Usually one letter is intended to apply till another letter occurs. When g, or 0, or u, follows f, while they suggest additional questions, they should not supersede such other questions as might be appropriately asked with only f at the beginning of the paragraph. Whenever the name of a country, city, river, or other subject of geographical, statistical, or chronological remarks, occurs, the pupil ought to be prepared to answer any important question which might be proposed. When i is used before a parable, it is expected that the lead. ing truths intended to be taught by that passage, should be distinctly and particularly stated. It will be useful often to inquire what parallel texts can be named. It should not be understood by pupils that all the questions apply where a letter occurs, but several of them will. Nor should the instructer fail to ask other important questions which may occur. It is confidently believed that, if pious parents would question their families in some such manner respecting the chapters which should be read for prayer on Sabbath evenings, and then have free conversation respecting the truths they had read, and their application to family and personal circumstances, important benefits would be realised.
T The Gospel according to Saint MATTHEW.
husband of Mary, of whom was
born Jesus, who is called Christ. CHAP. I. TH
THE book of the generation 17 So all the generations from
of Jesus Christ, ihe son of Abraham to David are fourteen ge. David, the son of Abraham.
nerations; and from David untiltne 2 Abraham begat Isaac; and carrying away into Babylon are Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob be- fourteen generations ; and from the gai Judas and his brethren; carrying away into Babylon unto
3 And Judas begat Phares and Christ are fourteen generations. Zara of Thamar; and Phares begatt 18 ( Now the birth of Jesus Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; Christ was on this wise: When as
4 And Aram begat Aminadab; his mother Mary was espoused to and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Joseph, before they came together, Naasson begat Salmon;
she was found with child of the 5 And Salmon begat Booz of Holy Ghost. Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of c 19 Then Joseph her husband, Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; 6 Ånd Jesse begat David the to make her a public example, was
being a just man, and not willing king; and David the king begat minded to put her away privily. Solomon of her thi had been the wife of Urias;
v 20 But while he thought on these 7 And Solomon begat Roboam;
things, behold, the angel of the and Roboam begat Abia ; and Abia Lord appeared to him in a dream, begat Asa;
saying, Joseph, thou son of David, 8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and fear not to take unto thee Mary thy Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram wife: for that which is conceived begat Ozias;
in her is of the Holy Ghost. 9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and, t 21 And she shall bring forth a Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz son, and thou shalt call his name begat Ezekias;
JESUS: for he shall save his peo10 And Ezekias begat Manas- ple from their sins. ses; and Manasses begat Amon; a 22 Now all this was done, that and Amon begat Josias; it might be fulfilled which was g 11 And Josias begat Jechonias spoken of the Lord by the prophet, and his brethren, about the time saying, they were carried away to Baby- n* 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with
child, and shall bring forth a son, f 12 And after they were brought and they shall call his name Emto Babylon, Jechonias begat Sala- manuel, which being interpreted thiel ; and Salathiel begat Zoro-is, God with us.
f 24 Then Joseph, being raised 13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; from sleep, did as the angel of tne and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Lord had bidden him, and took Eliakim begat Azor ;
unto him his wife : 14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and 25 And knew her not till she bad Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim brought forth her first-born son: begat Eliud;
and he called his name JESUS. ;
COW when Jesus was born than begat Jacob; 16 And Jacob begat Joseph the the days of Herod the king, be
Eleazar begat Maithan; and Mat- & Nin Bethleheth of Jadea in
hold, there came wise men from appeareth to Joseph in a dream, the east to Jerusalem,
saying, Arise, and take the young f 2 Saying, Where is he that is child and his mother, and flee into born king of the Jews ? for we have Egypt, and be thou there until I seen his star in the east, and are bring thee word: for Herod will come to worship him.
seek the young child to destroy him. c 3 When Herod the king had g 14 When he arose, he took the heard these things, he was troubled, young child and his mother by and all Jerusalem with him. night, and departed into Egypt :
4 And when he had gathered all a 15 And was there until the death the chief priests and scribes of the of Herod: that it might be fulfilled people together, he demanded of which was spoken of the Lord by them where Christ should be born. the prophet, saying, Out of Eygpt g 5 And they said unto him, In have I called my Son. Bethlehem of Judea : for thus it is s 16 | Then Herod, when he saw written by the prophet,
that he was mocked of the wise a 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the men, was exceeding wroth, and land of Juda, art not the least sent forth, and slew all the children among the princes of Juda : for out that were in Bethlehem, and in all of thee shall come a Governor, that the coasts thereof, from two years shall rule my people Israel. old and under, according to the
f 7 Then Herod, when he had time which he had diligently inprivily called the wise men, in- quired of the wise men. quired of them diligently what a 17 Then was fulfilled that which time the star appeared.
was spoken by Jeremy the prog 8 And he sent them to Bethle- phet, saying, hem, and said, Go, and search g 18 In Rama was there a voice diligently for the young child; and heard, lamentation, and weeping, when ye have found him, bring me and great mourning, Rachel weepword again, that I may come and ing for her children, and would not worship him also.
be comforted, because they are not. m 9 When they had heard the v 19 T But when Herod was dead, king, they departed; and lo, the behold, an angel of the Lord apstar, which they saw in the east, peareth in a dream to Joseph in went before them, till it came and Egypt, stood over where the young child 20 Saying, Arise, and take the
young child and his mother, and 10 When they saw the star, they go into the land of Israel: for they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. are dead which sought the young
f 11 1 And when they were come child's life. into the house, they saw the young f 21 And he arose, and took the child with Mary his mother, and young child and his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him : came into the land of Israel. and when they had opened their g 22 But when he heard that Artreasures, they presented unto him chelaus did reign in Judea in the gifts; gold, and frankincense, and room of his father Herod, he was myrrh.
afraid to go thither: notwithstandv 12 And being warned of God in ing, being warned of God in a a dream that they should not re- dream, he turned aside into the turn to Herod, they departed into parts of Galilee : their own country another way. a 23 And he came and dwelt in a v 13 And when they were depart- city called Nazareth: that it might ed, behold, the angel of the Lord be fulfilled which was spoken by
the prophets, He shall be called a Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be Nazarene.
baptized of him. CHAP. III.
f 14 But John forbade him, say. N those days came John the ing, I have need to be baptized of
Baptist, preaching in the wil. thee, and comest thou to me? derness of Judea,
d 15 And Jesus answering said d 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for kingdom of heaven is at hand. thus it becometh us to fulfil all a 3 For this is he that was spoken righteousness. Then he suffered of by the prophet Esaias, saying, him. The voice of one crying in the wil. m 16 And Jesus, when he was bapderness, Prepare ye the way of the tized, went up straightway out of Lord, make his paths straight. the water: and lo, the heavens f 4 And the same John had his rai- were opened unto him, and he saw ment of camel's hair, and a lea- the Spirit of God descending like a thern girdle about his loins; and dove, and lighting upon him: his meat was locusts and wild m 17 And lo, a voice from heaven, honey.
saying, This is my beloved Son, in g 5 Then went out to him Jerusa- whom I am well pleased. lem, and all Judea, and all the re
CHAP. IV. gion round about Jordan,
f THEN was Jesus led up of the Jordan, confessing their sins. to be tempted of the devil. t7 | But when he saw many of m 2 And when he had fasted forty the Pharisees and Sadducees come days and forty nights, he was afto his baptism, he said unto them, terward a hungered. O generation of vipers, who hath f3 And when the tempter came warned you to flee from the wrath to him, he said, If thou be the Son to come?
of God, command that these stones d 8 Bring forth therefore fruits be made bread. meet for repentance:
d 4 But he answered and said, It t 9 And think not to say within is written, Man shall not live by yourselves, We have Abraham to bread alone, but by every word our father: for I say unto you, that that proceedeth out of the mouth God is able of these stones to raise of God. up children unto Abraham.
f 5 Then the devil taketh him up t'10 And now also the axe is laid into the holy city, and setteth him unto the root of the trees: there on a pinnacle of the temple, fore every tree which bringeth not 6 And saith unto him, If thou be forth good fruit is hewn down, and the Son of God, cast thyself down, cast into the fire.
for it is written, He shall give his t 11 I indeed baptize you with angels charge concerning thee: water unto repentance: but he that and in their hands they shall bear cometh after me is mightier than I, thee up, lest at any time thou dash whose shoes I am not worthy to thy foot against a stone. bear : he shall baptize you with the d 7 Jesus said unto him, It is writHoly Ghost, and with fire: ten again, Thou shalt not tempt t 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and the Lord thy God. he will thoroughly purge his floor, f 8 Again, the devil taketh him up and gather his wheat into the gar- into an exceeding high mountain, ner; but he will burn up the chaff and sheweth him all the kingdoms with unquenchable fire.
of the world, and the glory of them, g 13 1 Then cometh Jesus from 9 And saith unto him, All these
things will I give thee, if thou wilt gogues, and preaching the gospel fall down and worship me. of the kingdom, and healing all à 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, manner of sickness, and all manner Get thee hence, Satan : for it is of disease among the people. written, Thou shalt worship the h 24 And his fame went throughLord thy God, and him only shalt out all Syria : and they brought thou serve.
unto him all sick people that were m 11 Then the devil leaveth him, taken with divers diseases and torand behold, angels came and min- ments, and those which were posistered unto him.
sessed with devils, and those which f 12 | Now when Jesus had heard were lunatic, and those that had that John was cast into prison, he the palsy; and he healed them. departed into Galilee;
f 25 And there followed him great g 13 And leaving Nazareth, he multitudes of people from Galilee, came and dwelt in Capernaum, and from Decapolis, and from Jewhich is upon the sea-coast, in the rusalem, and from Judea, and from borders of Zabulon and Nephtha- beyond Jordan. lim;
CHAP. V. a 14 Thatı it might be fulfilled f ND seeing the multitudes, which was spoken by Esaias the he went up into a mounprophet, saying,
tain: and when he was set, his ĝo 15 The land of Zabulon, and the disciples came unto him. land of Nephthalim, by the way of 2 And opened his mouth, and the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of taught them, saying, the Gentiles :
63 Blessed are the poor in spirit : 16 The people which såt in dark- for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ness, saw great light; and to them b 4 Blessed are they that mourn : which sat in the region and shadow for they shall be comforted. of death, light is sprung up.
65 Blessed are the meek: for they d 17 | From that time Jesus began shall inherit the earth. to preach, and to say, Repent, forb 6 Blessed are they which do the kindom of heaven is at hand. hunger and thirst after righteousf 18 | And Jesus, walking by the ness: for they shall be filled. sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, b 7 Blessed are the merciful : for Simon called Peter, and Andrew they shall obtain mercy. his brother, casting a net into the b 8 Blessed are the pure in heart : sea; for they were fishers. for they shall see God. d 19 And he saith unto them, Fol- 6 9 Blessed are the peace-makers: low me, and I will make you fish- for they shall be called the chilers of men.
dren of God. f 20 And they straightway left b 10 Blessed are they which are their nets, and followed him. persecuted for righteousness' sake:
21 And going on from thence, he for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. saw other two brethren, James the b 11 Blessed are ye when men shall son of Zebedee, and John his bro- revile you, and persecute you, and ther, in a ship with Zebedee their shall say all manner of evil against fạther, mending their nets : and he you falsely, for my sake. called them.
à 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding d. 22. And they immediately left glad: for great is your reward in the ship, and their father, and fol- heaven: for so persecuted they the Towed him.
prophets which were before you. m 23 | And Jesus, went about all 1 13 1 Yeare the salt of the earth Galilee, teaching in their syna-) but if the salt have lost his savour.