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all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad : for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again ; and was lost, and is found.
37 Take heed to yourselves : if thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him ; and if he repent, forgive him.
38 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others : two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a Publican.
39 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this Publican. 40 í fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I pos
And the Publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
41 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified, rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased ; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
42 This is my commandment, that ye love one another as I have loved you.
SECTION II. Instructions of Paul the Apostle. 1 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars hill, and said, ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore, ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
2 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.
3 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation ; that they should seek the Lord, if happily they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one
4 For in him we live, and move, and nave our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
5 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
6 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
7 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
8 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. .
9 Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed liim ; if he thirst, give him drink ; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
10 And let us not be weary in well doing : for in due sea son we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore, opportunity, let us do good unto all men.
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you: that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
12 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busy bodies.
13 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. But ye brethren, be not weary in well doing. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
14 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety: not with broidered hair or gold, or pearls, or costly array.
15 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 richly all things to enjoy ; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate ; laying up in store for themselves a
good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
16 Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers : for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
SECTION III. Extracts from the Epistles of James, Peter, and John.
1 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; and ye have respect 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 sit here under my footstool: are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts ?
3 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works ? can faith save him ? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, depart in peace,
be and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
4 Even so, faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone Yea, a man may say, thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. For, as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
5 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing
6 And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
7 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from
him, how dwelleth the love of God in him ? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
8 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen od at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
ABRIDGMENT OF THE LIVES AND MORAL DISCOURSES OF
CONFUCIUS AND SOCRATES; AND SENECA'S MORALS.
ABRIDGMENT OF THE LIFE AND MORAL PRECEPTS OF
Let others bestrew the hearses of the great with panegyric. When a philosopher dies, I consider myself as losing a patron, an instructor and a friend : I consider the world as losing one who might serve to console her amidst the desolations of war and ambition. Nature seems to have forgotten, for more than three thousand years, the manner in which she once formed the brain of a Confucius.
Goldsmith. 1 THE celebrated Chinese philosopher, Confucius, did not grow in knowledge by degrees, as children usually do, but seemed to arrive at reason and the perfection of his faculties almost from his infancy. He had a grave and serious deportment, which gained him respect, and plainly foretold what he one day would be.
2 What distinguished him most was his unexampled and exalted piety. He honored his relations; he endeavored in all things to imitate his grandfather, who was then alive in China, and a very pious man.
3 One day, when he was a child, he heard his grandsather fetch a deep sigh; and going up to him with much reverence, “may I presume,” says he, “ without losing the respect I owe you, to inquire into the occasion of your grief ? Perhaps you fear that your posterity should degenerate from your virtue, and dishonor you by their vices."
4 What put this thought into your head, says his grandfather to him ? and where have you learnt to speak in this manner? “From yourself,” replied Confucius. “I attend diligently to you every time you speak; and I have often heard you say, that a son, who does not by his own virtue support the glory of his ancestors, and imitate the virtues of his parents, does not deserve to bear their name.
5 At the age of twenty three, when he had gained considerable knowledge of antiquity, and acquainted himself