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broad, greeting. 2. My brethren, d count it all joy when ye fall into e divers temptations; 3. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh f patience. 4. But let pa tience have her perfect work, that ye may & be perfe&t and entire, wanting nothing. 5. If any of you h lack wisdom i let him ask K of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not ; and it fhall be given him. 6. Bu let him ask m in faith, nothing wavering: for he that wavereth is like a wave of the fea, driven with the wind and tossed. 7. For let not that mau think that he had receive any thing of the Lord. 8. A n double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. 9. (1) Let the brother of low degree * rejoice [Or, glory] in that he is exalted: 1o. Bu the rich, in that he is made low: because o as the flowe
(1) By the Brother of low Degree, is meant, one who has always in mean Circumstances, and in a poor Condition, he, notwithstandi his Sufferings for the sake of Chrift, has great Reason to rejoice ; for his becoming a Christian, he is highly advanced, having such Opportu ties of Improvement in Holiness and Virtue, which are much mo valuable Goods than all the Riches and Honours of this world. On other fide, he who was Rich before, has great Reason-to rejoice, thor for the fake of Christ, and by his embracing his Religion, he is deprit of all his Riches; for thereby he has a Title to subftantial Goods, Promise of an eternal Inberitance, which is not subject to decay and rilh, as all temporal Things are, even like the Flower of the Grass by burning Heat of the Sun.
to fwrath. 20. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21. Wherefore & lay apart all filthiness, and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with b meekness the engrafted i word, which is able to fave your souls. 22. But be yek doers of the word, and not hearers only, ' deceiving your own felves. 23. For if any be a m hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24. For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man. he was. 252 But whoso 1 looketh into the perfect o law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be p blessed in his * deed [Or, doing]. 26. If any man among you seem to be religious, and 9. bridleth not his tongue, but deceit.
Voice is known by multitude of. + Jam. 2. 12. Words. Ecclefiafticus I, 29. Be pot Joh. 13. 17. If ye know these not an Hypocrite in the Sight of things, happy are ye if ye de Men ;' and take good hecd what them.. thou speakeft.
. 5 26.9. .†. Pfal. 34. 13. Keep thy ff Eccl. 7. 9. See on Eph. Tongue from Evil, and thy Lips from 4. 26.
Speaking Guile. † Pfal. 39. 1. I 21. 8 7 Col. 3. 8. t i Pet. 2. laid I will take heed to my Ways, 1. See on Rom. 6. 4." .. . that I fin not with my Tongue : I will
h Psal. 25.9. The Meek will he' 10 keep my Mouth with a Bridle, guide in Judgment :' and the Meek while the Wicked is before me. will he teach his Way. i' Prov.10.11,13,20,21. The Mouth of .'i Eph. 1. '13. In whom also ye a righteous Man is a Well of Life. trufted, after that .'ye heard the - In the Lips of him that hath Word of Truth, the Gospel of your 15 Understanding, Wisdom is found. Salvation.
- The Tongue of the Jujt is 25 22: k-4 Luk. 11. 28. + Rom. 2. choice Silver. - The Lips of the 13. See on Mat. 7, 21, 24. ,. .! Righteous feed many. Prov. 15. See on Rom. 16. 18.
. The Lips of the Wife difperfe 23. m f Luk. 6.47, Bc. Who 2, Knowledge.-- Ecclesiasticus 14. I. soever cometh to me, and hcareth Blessed is the Man that bath wat my fayings, and doth them, I will nipt with his Mouth.- EcclefiaftiThew you to whom he is like. "He cus 19. 16. There is one that live is like a Man which built an peth in his speech, but not from his House, and digged deep, and laid 25 Heart'; and who is he thar bark the Foundation upon a Rock, &c. not offended with his Tongue ? Ec. See t Jam: 2.14, &c. ?
clesiasticus 25. 8. Well is him that **25 + 2 Cor. 3. 18. We all dwelleth with a' Wife of Under with open Face, be holding as in a standing, and that hath not fipoca Glass the Glory of the Lord, are 30 with his Tongue -- Mat. 15. 15, 18. changed into the same Image, from Nor thar which goeth into the Glory .to Glory, even as by the Mouth defileth a Man : but that Spirit of the Lord...
1) The Word translated Allembly, is in the Greek, Synagogue, which, in New-Testament, ftands not only for a Place of Publick Worship, but a Court of Judicature. And the Circumstances here mentioned deterle it to this Sense. As, First, We are here forbidden to have respect to fons; that is, in Matters of Controversie about the Rights of Men, mult thew Fayour neither to Rich nor Poor, but judge according to
man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man, in vile raiment; 3. And ye have refpe&t to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or fit here under my footstool 4. Are ye not then partial in your felves, and are be come judges of evil thoughts? 5. Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world d rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath • promised to them that love him? 6. But ye har f despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, an draw you before the judgment-leats? 7. Do not the
blafphem s. c † Joh.7.48. See on 1 Cor. 6. f t 1 Cor. 11. 22: Wh! 1. 26. also the Note there."
have ye nor Houses to eat and at 1 Tim. 6. 18. † Rev. 2. 9. drink in ? or despise ye ti See on Luk. 12.21.
Church of God, and Mame them the ct Exod. 20. 6. † i Sam. 2. s have not ? 30. + Prov. 8. 17. + Mat. 5. 3. 8: Jam 5. 6. Ye have con See on Jam. 1. 12. .
Truth and Justice. In other Cafes, respect to Perfons is a Duty, as a pears from Rom. 13. 7. Render -Honour to whom honour is due. Second! The mention of a Footstool, Ver. 3. determines this Place to this Sense for Footstools are proper to great Men, to Princes Thrones, and th Seats where Judges i sit. Thirdly, The Fault they are charged with, Ve 4. shews that this whole Passage is to be understood in this Senfe, nam Jy, that they were partial, and become Judges of evil Thoughts ; for th gay Attire of the rich Man, and the fine outward Appearance be mad inclined them to favour his Cause, while the poor Man was oppress'da the Account of his Poverty and mean Appearance. Add to this, D Whitby cites a Canon of the Jews, by which it was provided, 'Th • when the Rich and Poor have a Suit together in their Con istories, eithe « both must fit, or both must fand, to avoid all Marks of Partialit Those who would see a fuller Account of the Interpretation here give may consult Mr. Kettlewell's Treatise of the Holy Sacrament, Part. II Chap. 4:
But though this Passage relates to publick Courts, yet thus much evident from the Reason and Nature of Things, and a Duty which ch fian Charity lays upon the Rich, namely, to provide in Churches for po lick Worship, decent Places to accommodate the Poor for hearing Word of God, and performing other Parts of Religious Worship. I ba often, with Concern, observed, that, in great Congregations, some ha been by the Croud made uneasie, and almost ready to fainr, who mig! have been received into Seats which had few, and sometimes Done all in them. The Souls of the Poor are as precious in the Sight of Go · as the Souls of the Rich, and the Poor are obliged to attend the po lick. Worship, and therefore ought to be provided for in refpect.