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one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much rather clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore, take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink, or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek.) But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Heb. xiii. 5. Let your conver sation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 1 Tim. i. 5. Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned. 1 Cor. xiii. 4—8.-13. Charity suffereth long and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things; believeth all things; hopeth all things; endureth all things: Charity never faileth. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. Psal. exxii. 9. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good. Rom. xii. 10-16. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation continuing instant in prayer; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which curse you; bless, and curse not: Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind. one toward another. Mind not high things, but condes.
cend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 1 Tim. vi. 6-8. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, neither may we carry any thing out. And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content. 1 Sam. ii. 7. The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and he lifteth up. Gen. xxxii. 10. I am not worthy of the least of all the mer cies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant: for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. Psal. cxliv. 3. Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him. Dan. ix. 18. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear: open thine eyes, and behold our desolations: and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee, for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies. Jam. i. 17. Every good gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning,
Ephes. v. 3. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not once be named among you as becometh saints. Col. iii. 5. Mortify, therefore, your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness which is idolatry. Mic. ii. 1. Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. Rom. i, 29-32. Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful,
proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection; who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Matt. xvi. 26. For what is a man profited if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Prov. xv. 27. He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own soul; but he that hath gifts shall live. Eccles. v. 10. He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. Matt. vi. 19-21. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Prov. xiii. 7. There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing; there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. Matt. xiii. 22. He that received seed among thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. Jer. ix. 23. Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches. Psal. xlix. 6, 7. They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him. Mark x. 23-27. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto the disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God. And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in uncertain riches to enter into the kingdom of God. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 1 Tim.
vi. 17. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us all things richly to enjoy. Col. iii. 5. (See above.) Rom. vii. 7, 8. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law; for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 1 Thess. iv. 5. Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God. Ephes. ii. 3. Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and even by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 1 Pet. ii. 11. Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul. 2 Pet. ii. 2, 3. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be spoken evil of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you; whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. Tit. ii. 12. Teaching us, that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. Tit. iii. 3. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice, hateful and hating one another. Mark iv. 19. And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 1 John ii, 15-17. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away and the lusts thereof, but he that doeth the will of God, abideth for ever. Matt. vi. 24. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he
will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Jude 16. These are murmurers and complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. 1 Kings xxi. 4. And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread. Phil. ii. 14. Do all things without murmurings and disputings, Gal. v. 26. Let us not be desirous of vain-glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Ps. cxii. 9, 10. He hath dispersed, he bath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away: the desire of the wicked shall perish. Gal. v. 21. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in times past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Tit. iii. 3. (See above.) 1 John iii. 17. But whoso hath this world's goods, and seeth his brother hath need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
2 Tim. i. 3. I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day. 2 Cor. i. 12. For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. 1 Cor. vi. 11. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified