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CHAP. VI. . . Christ, continuing his Sermon, giveth directions about almsgiving, ver. 1-4. : TAKE heed that
do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret, himself shall reward
Prayer, ver, 5–13. AND when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the syuagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father, which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. therefore like unto them: for Your Father knoweth what
Be not ye things ye have need of before ye ask hiin. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our deptors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever Amen. Forgiving our Brethren, v. 14, 15.
For if ye forgive men their tresspasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their tresspasses, neither will your Father forgive your tresspasses.
Fasting, ver. 16-18. MOREOVER when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Laying up treasures in heaven,
ver, 19-21. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where inoth and rust 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 norsteal: For where your treasure is there will your heart be also. Keeping a single eye, ver. 22–23.,
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine
eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness, If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! Christ exhorteth not to be anxious
about worldly things, but principally to seek God's kingdom and righteousness, ver. 24-34,
No man can serve two masters : for either he will hate the one and love the