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THen if any man mall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. * For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and mall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that (is 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: so mall also the coming of the Son os 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 os the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall Tee the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. % And he shall send his angels with a great found of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. j- The Sunday called Septuagejima? or the third Sunday before Lent, .:. The ColleEt. -...;..[*;;.;

OLord, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people, that we who are justly punished for our offen

For there Jhall arise false Christ:, (Jc. As the Gos- the Eastern Language, to the Sun, Moon and Stars.' pel from whence this is taken is part of our Saviour's \ Andbtshatl fend bis Angels, l$c. i.e. when. Jeru«

Prophecy concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, so salem shall be destroyed, Christ will send f rth his

the false Christs and false Prophets here spoken of re- Ministers to preach, ahd convert great numbers <to the

late to what is told us by the Historian JoJ'ephui, (viz.) Faith, through all parts of the World. •* that many Impostors and Magicians persuaded the f Septuagejtma Sunday is so called, because (reckon

"People to follow them into the Desart, where they ing from the beginning of the W:ek before it) it is

"promised to shew them manifest Signs and Wonders seventy days bef >re Easter. Then it was that some of

done by God"—as also to what is related of Simon Ma- the primitive Christians were used to begin their fo'ty

gas* Acts viii. 9. 10. that be bewitched the Samaritans Days Abstinence of Lent, omitting oa this occasion

ft with bis Sorceries, that they all gave heed to him from Thursdays, Saturdays arid Sundays. Thursdays be

the least to the greatest, saying this Man is the great power cause of the Lords Supper, and Ascension, on that

if God. Day. Saturdays,' because 'thereon Our Saviour rested

B The Sun Jhall be darkened, &c. By this is meant iff the Grave, in Token of oir future Rest j ami Sundays

that the Ecclesiastical and Civil State of the Jews because of his Resurrection on that Day. thould be destroyed, which are compared, according to

£es,< may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory o1s thy Name, through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost,' ever one God, world without end.- j4itkn, } 3 f!;

The'Epifile. i Cor,' o-. 24.

KNoW ye not, that they which tun in a race, run all, but one receiveth the prize'? -So run that ye ttiiy obtain; § And fever-y main thit^tfiVedl' for-the mastery is temperate in all fthitigs: now they do It :tO< obtain a corruptible crown, but we an inebr** f uptible. I theterore so run, not as uncertainly:; so fight I, not as Oh^ t^at'b^ateth 'the air: but I keep under my body, and btkig •& into - subje&ion,. lest that -by any means- wh&n - #J halve preached1 to ^OtlJers^myself-ishoXild be a cast-away^' - s '■ "llkill" 1 \ ri:: The Gospel. S. Matth. 20. 1.' • If/ a AH kihgdoni of heaven is like unto a man that is an housJL • bolder, 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 saw others standing idle in the market-place, and said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, X will give you. And they went their way. Again he went Out about the {Lseth/aadT nint^jh hour and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he wen* out, and found others standing idle, and faith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They fay unto him, Because iio

Paraphrase 6n the Collect for 'ttftuagtjima Sunday. O Lord, we tntreat thee mercifully to hear our Pfeti- Afflictions, that we may live to thy Glory,, through tkms, that-we whom t"hou-jilftIy chaltifest for our Sins, the Merits of thy Son our Saviour, who reigneth with may of 'thy goodness be graciously relieved from bur thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

* § And every Man that striveth, &c. The phrases in their Paffions and Appetites by Mortification and Selfthe Epistle for this'J)ay allude to the Isthmian Games, denial: beciuse the Prize we contend for is so much sewhich were celebrated J>y the Corinthians every five perior to theirs t theirs being only a,Crown of Olive ar Years, at a place called Ce/tehrea ; and consistedof Run- Bays; ours a Crown of" Glory that fadeth notaway. ning, Wrestling, Boxing, &o. Therefore as the Conv- * The Kingdom of Heavenis like, l£c. The true deblunts on these occasions were used to prepare them- sign of this parable is to shew that the Jews who hact serves for them by a coursoof Rxetctse and spare Diet; the Gospel first proposed jo them, would be the last io fo> St. Paul says, "oaght Chriiliaiu willingly to subdue receiving it. The Hpuiholder reprefqtts God,—-^» man hath hired us. He faith unto them, Go ye also into the> vineyard, and -whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So wheii' even was comt, trie Lord ot th^ vuHeyard 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 die eleventh Hourj ^hey reerited wsty'niap. a penny. But whfrf the first carney 'they supposed tlxat; they-should have received more; and they likewise received every man a permy. And when they had received it, * they murmured against the good-man of the house, saying, - These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made then*' equal unto us, which haveub^nre the burden and heat of the day/ But he answered lone J of tKera, land.' said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last even1 as unto thee. / Is it not lawiftil isoc;me to do what I wi^l with mine own? Is thine eye evil because I am good? So. the last shall be first, and* the first list: for many -be called, but fewchosen, i;.... . v , .

The Sunday called fSexage/inia? or tie second Sunday before. Lent, ~— ■■ > '" / 11 - :I '"[:■''■'"7 ! 't, ,-r' '/' ; -r

The Vineyard, the Dispensations of Religibrv jn gef behaving- well under their, different Dispensations. For neral which were givetfto mankind in the different this was a gift of God's fere 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 signified the Jews, who were term Members of so fright improvement c£,tf^jl,ight of Nature pieGod's Church, under the law o&Moscs.-^-Thqso hired. pWed the Gentiles for tjjejfcegtion of the Gospel. ( irAe third, sixth, and ninth hours, .signified th&siuaf_._..«— . . . . T

at the third, sixth, and nuuh horn s, iigruhed tJx&isslt

the Gentiles who were con verted to the worship of * t%ry. *Hiiff>tVteit;~&r.—Thtw-the Jews mnrmiirrrt, God, and became, some Proselytes of righteousness, an.^ rejected the Gospel, when the Gentiles were adothers Proselytes of the Gate.—The invitation mitted to its Privileges without submitting to the instiit theeleventh hour signified the calling of the Gen- rutions of the Law of Moses, Acts jptii. ai. aa, tiles in every country, by the l,igbt of Nature, to live 1 Thes. ii. ten

pioafly and wifely. • ■ f Sexagefioa. Jawfe-y fe called because (reckoning

X Yhej received every Man a Penny. The equal re- from the Wednesday before it) it is Jfxfy Days befor*

v.ard bestowed on all, signifies the Gtspel with its Pri- Easter. Then irwa,s that some of the primitive Christian*

• ileges and Advantages, which all, both Jews and began their forty Days Fast of Lent, omitting on this 00*

Gentiles, enjoyed upon an equal footing. Oaly we must casion, Thursilavs and, Sundays. [See Septuagesima

nnt carry the resemblance so far as to suppofe that either Sunday. .''

of them had merited the Blessings of the Gospel, by .

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OLorcl God,, who feest that we put not pur 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.

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The Epistle. 2 Cor. n. 19. *'V/r E suffer fools gladly, feeing ye yourselves are wife. For X ye suffer if a man bring you into bondage, isa. man. devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face. I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak: howbeit, whereinfover any is bold (| L speak 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 ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; f in labours more abundant; in stripes above measure ; in prisons more frequent; in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save 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 cky; in perils in the wilderness; in perils in the sea; in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulnefs; in watchings often; in hunger and thirst; in fastings often; in cold and nakedness; besides those

. . Paraphrase on the Collefl for Sexagefima Sunday. . . . .

O Lord God, who knowest that we refy not upon graciously protest os by thy might against all Calamities our own strength for our own defei.ee and support j for the fake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ye suffer Feels gladly, t£c. This expression, and yet he knew that it is very dislicuk 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 enslave them to the Jewish t In tabours mere abundant, &c. &c. The methods

Law, to make them a prey to their Covetousness; and used for exercising St. Paul's Patience and Virtue, teach

treated them with insolence, tyranny, and contumely; us plainly, that the way in which God would be served

infusing into them, at the same time, jealousies, and by Christians, especially by his Ministers, is that of con

evil surmises against their lawful Pastor. stancy, and indefatigable diligence, and diffusive Chari

X 1 steak fco 'ijhly. Observe here how cautiously St. ty. That ease and idleness, and luxury, andefTemi

Paul behaved himself in a point, which he knew to nate declinings of trouble for the public k 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 neceilary; 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.

T>he Gospel. S. Luke 8. 4. '■

Wr Hen much people were gathered together, and were come 4 to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: A sower went out to sow his feed: and. as he sowed, some sell by the way-side, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock, and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And. some sell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it, and> choked.it. And other sell on good ground, and sprang up, and» bare fruit an hundred-sold. And when he had said these things, he> cried, He that hath ears to hear let him hear. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said,. Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: *^Djiit 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 dut of their hearts, lest they should believe, and be saved. X They

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But to others in parables, that Jccwg, iSc. Or as it ed by the Seed sown by the Way-side, arc such as take

is otherwise exprelied by St. Match, xiii. 13. Therefore no care to understand what they hear, but arc easily

Jfeail It them in parables: becauje they seeing, fee not: tempted to forget and neglect it, and so lose all good

ezd hea< ijig, they hear not, neither do they understand.— effect os it.

That is, ne, spoke to them in parables, because their % They on the Roeh, ife. The rocky Ground re

siup:d:iy was to gross, and their prejudices so numerous, presents those on whom the Word makes some impref

ffiSTtho' they had capacities for receiving his Doctrine, sion, 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 ate brought

tttrns. Tjlu thews that the blindness of the Jews was under Trials and Persecutions for the fake of the

the rrafon rf Christ's teaching them by Parab es, and Gospel, their Resolutions fail them, and they yield

not his teaching them by Pai ables the reaion of their to Temptation ; like Vegetables which having r;o depth

Ij'iadness.' cf soil to nourish them, are soon burnt up by the

§ Tien cmetb the De vil, ci?c. The persons represent- sco ching heat of the Noon-Day Sun,

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