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thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink;
nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more 26 than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the
air : for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns:
of God; but he that denieth me before men man shall do unto me. He. xiii. 5, 6. Humble shall be denied before the angels of God. yourselves under the mighty hand of God, And he (Jesus) said unto his disciples, There that he may exalt you in due time : casting fore I say unto you, Take no thought for all your care upon him, for he careth for you your life, what ye shall eat, neither for your 1 Pe. v. 6, 7. body, what ye shall put on. Lu. xii. 8, 9. Is not the life more than meat.] The like
is more than meat, and the body than raiment. Take no thought for your life, &c.] See Lu. xii. 23. He that spared not his own Son, verse 31. 34. When they deliver you up but delivered him up for us all, how shall be (said Jesus to his disciples), take no thought not with him also freely give us all things! how or what ye shall speak, for it shall be Ro. viii. 32. given you in that same hour what ye shall 26 The fowls of the air.] Are not two speak. Mat. x. 19. He that received seed sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of among the thorns is he that heareth the word, them shall not fall on the ground without and the care of this world, and the deceitful- your Father; but the very hairs of your head ness of riches, choke the word, and he be- are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye cometh unfruitful. Mat. xiii. 22. Cast thy are of more value than many sparrows. Mal. burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain X. 29–31. And God said to the man token thee; he shall never suffer the righteous to be he had created), Behold, I have given you moved. Ps. lv. 22. The cares of this world, every herb bearing seed which is upon the and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts face of all the earth, and every tree in the of other things, entering in, choke the word, which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed, to and it becometh unfruitful. Mar. iv. 19. you it shall be for meat. And to every beast When they shall lead you, and deliver you up, of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and take no thought beforehand what ye shall to every thing that creepeth upon the earth speak, neither do ye premeditate; but what- wherein there is life, I have given every green soever shall be given you in that hour, that herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw speak ye, for it is not ye that speak, but the every thing that he had made, and behold Holy Ghost. Mar. xiii. 11. That which fell was very good. Ge. i. 29–31. None saith, among thorns are they, which when they Where is God my maker, who teacheth us have heard, go forth, and are choked with more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh cares and riches and pleasures of this life, us wiser than the fowls of heaven? Jeb and bring no fruit to perfection. Lu. viii. 14. xxxv. 11. Who provideth for the raven his Martha (the sister of Lazarus) was cumbered food? When his young ones cry unto God, about much serving, and came to him (Jesus) they wander for lack of meat. Job xxxvii. and said, Lord, Dost thou not care that my 41. They (the springs sent by God into the sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her, valleys) give drink to every beast of the field; therefore, that she help me. And Jesus an the wild asses quench their thirst; by them swered, and said unto her, Martha, Martha, shall the fowls of the heaven have their habithou art careful, and troubled about many tation which sing among the branches. These things, but one thing is needful. Lu. X. 40, wait all upon thee, that thou mayest give 41. Take no thought for your life, what ve them their meat in due season; that thou shall eat, neither for the body, what ye shall givest them they gather; thou openest thine put on; the life is more than meat, and the hand; they are filled with good. Ps. civ. body is more than raiment. Which of you 11, 12. 27, 28. The eyes of all wait upon with taking thought can add to his stature thee; and thou givest them their meat in due one cubit ? If ye then be not able to do that season ; thou openest thine hand and satisfiest which is least, why take ye thought for the the desire of every living thing. Ps. exlv. rest? Seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what 15, 16. He giveth to the beast his food, and ye shall drink ; neither be of doubtful mind. to the young ravens which cry. Ps. exlvii. 9. Lu. xii. 22, 23. 25, 26. 29. I would have Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings? you without carefulness. I Co. vii. 32. Be and not one of them is forgotten before God. careful for nothing. Ph. iv. 6. No man that But even the very hairs of your head are all warreth (as a soldier of Christ) entangleth numbered. Fear not, therefore, ye are of himself with the affairs of this life. 2 Ti. ii. more value than many sparrows. Consider 4. Be content with such things as ye have; the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap: for he hath said, I will never leave thee nor which neither have storehouse nor barn; and forsake thee; so that we may boldly say, The God feedeth them; how much more are ye Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what better than the fowls? Lu. xii. 6, 7. 24.
yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you, by taking thought, can add one cubit 27 unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment ? con- 28 sider 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 29 his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so 30 clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast
Your heavenly Father.] See verse 32. their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his What man is there of you, whom if his son ascent by which he went up unto the house of ask bread, will he give him a stone ? Mat. the Lord (when the queen of Sheba saw all vii. 9. Fear not, little flock; for it is your these things), there was no spirit in her. Father's good pleasure to give you the king. And she said to the king, It was a true report dom. Lu. xii. 32.
that I heard in mine own land, of thy acts, 27 By taking thought.] See chap. v. 36, and of thy wisdom ; howbeit I believed not and com. Behold, thou hast made my days the words, until I came, and mine eyes had as an hand-breadth; and mine age is as no- seen it; and behold, the half was not told thing before thee. Verily every man at his me; thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth best state is altogether vanity. Ps. xxxix. 5. the fame which I heard. I ki. x. 5-7. 2 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew; Ch. ix. 6. All the drinking vessels of king surely they are disquieted in vain; he heap- Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of eth up riches and knoweth not who shall the house of the forest of Lebanon were of gather them. Ps. xxxix. 6. I know, that pure gold. And king Solomon passed all the whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever; kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken 2 Ch. ix. 20. 22. I will therefore (said Paul) from it; and God doeth it, that men should that women adorn themselves in modest apfear before him. Ec. iii. 14. Which of you, parel, with shamefacedness, and sobriety, not with taking thought, can add to his stature with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that costly array, but (which becometh women prothing which is least, why take ye thought for fessing godliness) with good works. 1 Ti. ii. the rest. Lu. xii. 25, 26. Now hath God 9, 10. Ye wives, be in subjection to your set the members (of the body) every one of own husbands ; while they behold your chaste them in the body, as it hath pleased him. conversation coupled with fear; whose adorn1 Cor. xii. 18.
ing let it not be that outward adorning of Stature.] By what means he (the man plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or that was born blind) now seeth we know not; of putting on of apparel; but let it be the he is of age, ask him; he shall speak for him hidden man of the heart, in that which is not self. John ix. 21. Thou hast beset me corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and behind and before, and laid thine hand upon quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of me. Ps. cxxxix. 5.
great price ; for after this manner in the old 28 Why take ye thought for raiment?] See time the holy women also who trusted in God verse 25. 31. Provide (said Jesus to his dis adorned themselves, being in subjection unto ciples) neither scrip for your journey, neither their own husbands. 1 Pe. iii. 2-5. two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves; for 30 Clothe the grass, &c.] Thou carriest the workman is worthy of his meat. Mat. x. “them" (" mankind") away as with a flood; 10. He that hath two coats let him impart to they are as a sleep: in the morning they are him that hath none; and he that hath meat like grass which groweth up; in the morning let him do likewise. Lu. 3. 11. And he it flourisheth and groweth up, in the evening (Jesus) said unto "them” (“his disciples”), it is cut down and withereth. Ps. xc. 5, 6. When I sent you without purse and scrip When the wicked spring as the grass, and and shoes, lacked ye any thing ? and they when all the workers of iniquity do flourish, said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But it is that they shall be destroyed for ever. now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and Ps. xcii. 7. All flesh is grass, and all the likewise his scrip; and he that hath no sword, goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field. let him sell his garment and buy one. Lu. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, bexxij. 35, 36.
cause the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: • The lilies of the field.] Consider the lilies how surely the people is grass. - The grass witherthey grow: they toil not; they spin not; and eth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory God shall stand for ever. Is. xl. 6-8. If was not arrayed like one of these. Lu. xii. 27. then God so clothe the grass which is to-day
29 Even Solomon in all his glory.] The in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the meat of his table, and the sitting of his serv- oven, how much more will he clothe you, O ye ants, and the attendance of his ministers, and of little faith? Lu. xii. 28. The rich (let him
into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little 31 faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat?
or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed ? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek :) for your heavenly
rejoice) in that he is made low ; because as (who had said unto him, Let not the army of the flower of the grass he shall pass away; Israel go with thee against the Edomites), But for the sun is no sooner risen with a burning what shall we do for the hundred talents heat, but it withereth the grass, and the which I have given to the army of Israel ! flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the And the man of God answered, The Lord is fashion of it perisheth; so also shall the rich able to give thee much more than this. 2 CA man fade away in his ways. 1 Ja. i. 10, 11. xxv, 9. Trust in the Lord and do good For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou man as the flower of grass; the grass wither- shalt be fed. Ps. xxxvii. 3. Cast thy burden eth, and the flower thereof falleth away. upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he 1 Pe. i. 34.
shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. O ye of little faith.] Why are ye fearful, Ps.lv. 22. “They" (the " Israelites”) tempted O ye of little faith (said Jesus to his disciples God in their heart, by asking meat for their during the tempest in the sea)? Then he lust; yea, they spake against God; they said, arose, and rebuked the winds, and the sea, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness! and there was a great calm. Mat. viii. 26. They believed not in God, and trusted not in Othou of little faith (said Jesus to Peter his salvation. Though he had commanded when he begun to sink, whilst walking on the the clouds from above, and opened the doors sea), wherefore didst thou doubt? Mat. xiv. of heaven, and had rained down manna upon 31. O ye of little faith (said Jesus to his them to eat, and had given them of the com disciples), why reason ye among yourselves of heaven. Man did eat angels' food; he because ye have brought no bread ? Mat. sent them meat to the full; he rained flesh xvi. 8. O faithless and perverse generation, also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls how long shall I be with you? how long like as the sand of the sea. So they did eat shall I suffer you? Bring him (the lunatic and were filled, for he gave them their own whom Jesus' disciples could not cure) hither to desire. They were not estranged from their me (said Jesus). Mat. xvii. 17. And he lust; but while their meat was yet in their said unto them (his disciples, during a tempest mouths, the wrath of God came upon them, in the sea), Why are ye so fearful? How is and slew the fattest of them, and smote down it that ye have no faith? Mar. iv. 40. O the chosen men of Israel. Ps. lxxviii. 18, 19. faithless generation, how long shall I be with 22-25. 27. 29. 30, 31. Seek not ye what you ? how long shall I suffer you ? Bring ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither ** him” (“possessed of a dumb spirit") unto be ye of doubtful mind. Lu. xii. 29. Humble me. Mar. ix. 19. Ofaithless and perverse yourselves therefore under the mighty hand generation, how long shall I be with you, and of God, that he might exalt you in due time, suffer you? Bring thy son hither (said Jesus casting all your care upon him, for he careth to the father of the demoniac). Lu. ix. 41. for you. i Pe. v. 6, 7. Be not faithless but believing (said Jesus to 32 After all these things.] See chap. v. 46, doubting Thomas). John xx. 27. Take heed, 47, with com. Ye know (said Jesus) that the brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over heart of unbelief, in departing from the living them, and they that are great exercise authoGod. He. iii. 12. See chap. viii. 26, and rity upon them ; but it shall not be so among xiv. 31.
you : but whosoever will be great among you, 31 What shall we eat?] See chup. iv. 4, let him be your minister. Mat. xx. 25, 26. and com. And his disciples said unto "him" Deliver my soul from the wicked schich is thy (" Jesus"), Whence should we have so much sword. From men which are thy hand, O bread here in the wilderness, as to fill so great Lord, from men of the world, which have their a multitude. Mat. xv. 33. And if " ye" (the portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest “ children of Israel") will say, What shall we with thy hid treasure ; they are full of chileat the seventh year? (" the sabbath of the dren, and leave the rest of their substance to seventh year") Behold, we shall not sow, their babes. Ps. xvii. 13, 14. All these nor gather in our increase : then I (the things (earthly things) do the nations of the Lord) will command my blessing upon you in world seek after, and your Father knoweth the sixth year, and it shall bring forth for that ye have need of these things. Lu. xii. 30. three years; and ye shall sow the eighth year, This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year; that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles until her fruits come in ye shall eat of the old walk, in the vanity of their mind. Ep. iv. 17. store. Le. xxv. 20—22. And Amaziah (the Every one of you should know how to possess good king of Judah) said to the man of God his vessel in sanctification and honour, not in
Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek 33 ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these
the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles, before the Lord his God. And in every work which know not God. 1 The. iv. 4, 5.
that he began in the service of the house of For your heavenly Father knoweth.] See God, and in the law, and in the commandwerk 8. Like as a father pitieth his children, ments, to seek his God, he did it with all his to the Lord pitieth them that fear him. Ps. heart, and prospered. 2 Ch. xxxi. 20, 21. cit. 13. If a son shall ask bread of any of My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and you that is a father, will he give him a stone? hide my commandments with thee; so that Or, if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply a serpent? or, if he shall ask an egg, will he thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou ofer him a scorpion ? If ye, then, being evil criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy know how to give good gifts unto your chil- voice for understanding; If thou seekest her dren; how much more shall your heavenly as silver, and searchest for her as for hid Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask treasures, &c. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out him? Lu. xi. 11–13. All “these things" of his mouth cometh knowledge and under* earthly things”) do the nations of the world standing. He layeth up sound wisdom for seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye the righteous. He is a buckler to them that have need of these things. Lu. xii. 30. walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of
33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God.] judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. And God said unto“ him" ("Solomon "), Then shalt thou understand righteousness, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast and judgment, and equity; yea, every good pot asked for thyself long life, neither hast path. Pr. ii. 1-9. Honour the Lord with usted riches for thyself, nor hast asked the thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thy- thine increase. So shall thy barns be filled self understanding to discern judgment: Be- with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with hald, I have done according to thy words; new wine. Pr. iii. 9, 10. Thus speaketh 10. I have given thee a wise and an under the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, standing heart, so that there was none like The time is not come; the time that the thee before thee, neither after thee shall any Lord's house should be built. Then came arise like unto thee. And I have also given the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, three that which thou hast not asked, both saying, Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in riches and honour, so that there shall not be your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste ? any among the kings like unto thee all thy davs. Now, therefore, thus saith the Lord of hosts. I ki. ii. 11-13. Elijah said unto her (the Consider your ways; ye have sown much, and toidose of Zarephath), Fear not; go and do as bring in little ; ye eat, but ye have not thou hast said, but make me thereof a little cake enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with first, and bring it unto me, and after make for drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm ; thee and for thy son. 1 Ki. xvii. 13. Ask what I and he that earneth wages, earneth wages to shall give thee. And Solomon said unto God, put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the Thou bast shewed great mercy unto David Lord of hosts, Consider your ways; go up to my father, and hast made me to reign in his the mountain, and bring wood, and build the stead; now, O Lord God, let thy promise house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I anto David my father be established; for thou will be glorified saith the Lord. Ye looked kast made me king over a people, like the for much, and lo, it came to little, and when dest of the earth in multitude. Give me now ye brought it home I did blow upon it. Why? wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out saith the Lord of hosts; because of mine and come in before this people; for who can house, that is waste, and ye run every man judge this thy people, that is so great. And unto his own house. Therefore the heaven God said to Solomon, Because this was in over you is stayed from dew, and the thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, earth is stayed from her fruit. And I wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine ene- called for a drought upon the land, and upon ries, neither yet hast asked long life ; but the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon Last asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that thou mayest judge my people, over whom that which the ground bringeth forth, and I have made thee king; wisdom and know upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the ledge is granted unto thee, and I will give labour of the hands. Hag. i. 2-11. Since thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as those days were, when one came to a heap of none of the kings have had that have been twenty measures, there were but ten. When before thee, neither shall there any after thee one came to the press-fat for to draw out fifty hate the like. 2 Ch. i. 7-12. Thus did vessels out of the press, there were but twenty. Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought I smote you with blasting and with mildew, that wkich was good, and right, and truth, and with hail, in all the labours of your hands,
34 things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for
yet ye turned not to me, saith the Lord. Con- ashamed. Is. xlv. 24. In his (the Messider now from this day, and upward, from sigh's) days Judah shall be saved, and Israel the four and twentieth day of the ninth shall dwell safely, and this is his name month, even from the day that the foundation whereby he shall be called, The Lord our of the Lord's temple was laid, consider it. Is Righteousness. Je. xxiii. 6. Zacharias and the seed yet in the barn? Yea, as yet the Elizabeth were both righteous before God, vine, and the fig-tree, and the pomegranate, walking in all the commandments and ordiand the olive-tree, hath not brought forth; nances of the Lord blameless. Lu. i. 6. I from this day will I bless you. Hag. ii. 16— am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ ; for 19. Rather seek ye the kingdom of God, therein is the righteousness of God revealed and all these things (earthly things) shall be from faith to faith, as it is written, The just added unto you. Lu. xii. 31. Labour not shall live by faith. Ro. i. 16, 17. Now the for the meat which perisheth, but for that righteousness of God without the law is manimeat which endureth unto everlasting life, fested, being witnessed by the law and the which the Son of man shall give unto you; prophets. Even the righteousness of God for him hath God the Father sealed. John which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and vi. 27.
upon all them that believe. Ro. iii. 21, 22. The kingdom of God.) See chap. iii. 2. iv. 17. They (Israel) being ignorant of God's righteand com. The Son of man shall send forth his ousness, and going about to establish their angels, and they shall gather out of his king- own righteousness, have not submitted themdom all things that offend, and them which selves unto the righteousness of God. Ro. L. do iniquity, and shall cast them into a fur- 3. Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of nace of fire ; there shall be wailing and gnash- God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousing of teeth ; then shall the righteous shine ness, and sanctification, and redemption. 1 for th asthe sun in the kingdom of their Father; Co. i. 30. He hath made him to be sin for who hath ears to hear let him hear. Mat. us who knew no sin, that we might be made xiii. 41. I know (said Paul to the elders of the righteousness of God in him. 2 Co v. 21. Ephesus) that ye all, among whom I have I count all things but loss that I may win gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see Christ (said Paul), and be found in him, net my face no more. Wherefore, I take you to having mine own righteousness, which is of record this day, that I am pure from the blood the law, but that which is through the faith of of all men. Ac. xx. 25, 26. Paul dwelt two Christ, the righteousness which is of God by whole years in his own hired house, and re- faith. Phi. iii. 9. Simon Peter, a servant ceived all that came in unto him, preaching and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that the kingdom of God, and teaching those have obtained like precious faith with res things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ through the righteousness of God, and our with all confidence, no man forbidding him. Saviour Jesus Christ. Grace and peace be Ac. xxviii. 31. The kingdom of God is not multiplied unto you through the knowledge meat, and drink, but righteousness and peace, of God, and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Pe. i. 1, 2. and joy in the Holy Ghost. Ro. xiv. 17. And all these things shall be added. Every We desire that ye may be strengthened with one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or all might, giving thanks unto the Father, who sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or chilhath delivered us from the power of darkness, dren, or lands, for my name's sake, he shall and hath translated us into the kingdom of receive an hundred-fold, and shall inherit his dear Son. In whom we have redemption everlasting life, Mat. xix. 29. If ye shall through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. say, What shall we eat the seventh year! Col. i. 13, 14. We ourselves glory in you in Behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our the churches of God, for your patience and increase: then I will command my blessing faith in all your persecutions and tribulations upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring that ye endure, which is a manifest token of forth fruit for three years. Le. xxv. 20. 21. the righteous judgment of God, that ye may O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for want to them that fear him. The young lions which ye also suffer. 2 The. i. 4, 5. Give do lack and suffer hunger ; but they that seek diligence to make your calling and election the Lord shall not want any good thing. Ps. sure ; for if ye do these things, ye shall never xxxiv. 9, 10. Trust in the Lord and do good, fall. For so an entrance shall be ministered $0 shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily unto you abundantly into the everlasting thou shalt be fed. The Lord knoweth the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus days of the upright, and their inheritance Christ. 2 Pe. i. 10, 11.
shall be for ever. They shall not be ashamed His righteousness.] See chap. v. 6. and in the evil time, and in the days of famine com. Surely shall one sar in the Lord have they shall be satisfied. I have been young, righteousness, ever
men come; and now am old; yet have I not seen the and all that are iner
* shall be righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging