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is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered ? *14 Doth rot even nature it felt teach you, that if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

15. But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for à * covering [or, Vail]. 16. But if any man seem to

contentious, we have no such custom, neither the P churches of God. 17. Now in this that I declare unto you, I praise you not, that ye come together, not for the better, but for the worse. 18. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I 9 hear that there be * divifions [Or, schisms] among you; and I partly believe it. 19. For there (1) "must be also * heresies [Or, sects] among you, s that they which are approved, may be made manifest among you, 20. When ye come together therefore inito one place, * this is not to [Or, ye camot] eat the Lords supper.:21. For in eating, every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and " another is drunken.

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your own selves shall Men arise, i Cor. 7. 17.

s speaking perverse things, to draw dif. 18. 9 t i Cor. 1. 10. I beseech ciples after them. t'i Joh. 2. 19. you, Brethren, by the Name of -They went out, that they might our Lord Jesus Chrift, that ye all be made manifest, that they were speak the same thing, and that not all of us. there be no Divisions among you.-10

2:42 Pet, 2. 13. - Spots 19. Luk. 17. 3. See on Mar, are they and Blemishes, sporting

themselves with their own Deceiv. * Deur. 13.-3. -The Lord ings, while they feast with you. your God proveth you, to know whe Jude ver. 12: These are Spors ther you love the Lord your God is in your Feafts of Charity, when they with all your Heart, and with all" feast with you, feeding themselves vour Soul. † Luk 2. 34, 35. without fear. *This Child is set for the fall and

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(1) This Verse would fix a more agreeable Iden in the Mind if it was rendered, as it might be, 'There will be Heresies, or Schifms, the

Consequence or Event of which will be, that they which are approved wil be made manifeft. For we cannot think that it is pleasing to God for Herefies to arise ; and therefore we may be sure that he has not by any Decree of his made them absolutely necessary. He has doubtless many wise and good Reasons why he fuffers, that is, does not by his power hinder them. But we must not entertain fuch unworthy Thoughts of God, as to suppose them to be agreeable to his Will, or that that proe ceeds from him which is occafioned by the Weakness or Wickedness of Men, and the Malice of the Devil. On this Verle, fee Dr. Lightfoot's Works, Vol II. pag. 1279.

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22. What, have ye not houses to eat and to drink in?' or

despise ye the (1) church of God, and. fhame them that * have not [Or, are poor]? What Shall I say to you? fall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

23. For I have received of the Lord, that which also I delivered unto you, . That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread: 24. And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this do * in [Qr, for a] remembrance of me. 25. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had fupped, saying, This cup is the new-testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye, drink (2) it,

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12. • Lev. 19.30. Ye shall keep I also received. Gal. 1. 12. I my Sabbaths, and reverence my San. neither received it of Man, neither Auary; I am the Lord.

was I taught it (the Gospel) buc Jam. 2. 6. Ye have despised by the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

d * Mar. 14. 22. 23.+ Cor, 15. 3. I delivere See on Mat. 26.26, 27. ed unto you first of all, that

which (1) The Word Church in Scripture frequently stands for the whole Body of Christians ; also for the Persons allembled together to workup God; but here it signifies the place wherein they meet to perform this their reasonable Service. For the Apoftle both here and Ver. 34. oppoles it to their own Houses or Homes. Hence it is manifest, that there were in the Times of the Apostles, Places fet apart for the joint and publick Worfhip of Almighty God; confequently that it is the Duty of Christians to appear before God in such holy Placesz, which are profaned, when they are put to any common Use. Accordingly we may observe here, thaç the Apostle would not allow the Corinthians so much as to eat and drinks therein to fatisfie their hrunger. (2) The Word it is not in the Original, and therefore the Transla, tors have put it in a different Character. But the inferring thereof ob{cures the Sense, and makes the Apostles Words a tautology, for them the Sense is, Drink this as often as ye drink it. Commentarors generally pass over this Clause; but Dr. Wertenhall, the late Lord Bishop of Kilmore and Ardah, in a little Book, Entituled, A due frequency of the Lord's-Supper ftated and proved from holy Scripture, &c. has eflayed to prove, that these Words are a Command, requiring Christians, duly prepared, to celebrate the holy Sacrament every Lord's-day. He fupposes that the Word which we tranflate to drink, should, by an usual Hebraism, (of which there are many in the New Testament,) be translated by its compound, to drink or feaft together. And then the Text would run thus : Do this in Romembrance of me, as often as you feast, or, on all your holy Feafts

. And forałmuch as every Lord's-day was, when this Epistle was written, a holy Feast among Christians; therefore the Command will come to thus much, Do this, or celebrate this my Supper every Lord's day at the leaff; for they had other Fiefs besides the Lord's-day. "To abridge his Arguments would carry me too far from my Delign, I therefore refer the Reader to the Book it felf, pag 1, dr.

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in remembrance of me 26. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this

cup, ye do shew [Or, shew ye] the Lords death till he coine. 27. * Wherefore, whosoever Thall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28. But let a man 8 examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29. Fo

29. For he that (1) eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh * damnation

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26. et Joh. 14. 3.

that I will give is my Flesh; whick AES I. II.

I will give for the Life of the 27. f Numb. 9. 10,13.-If any World. It is the Spirit that Man of you, or of your Posterity, quickneth, the Flesh proficeth noshall be unclean by reason of a s thing: the Words that I speak undead Body, or be in a Journey afar to you, they are Spirit, and they off, yet he shall keep the Passover are Life. Joh. 13. 27. After the unto the Lord. But the Man that Sop Sätan entred into him.-- ! is clean, and is not in a Journey, Cor. 10. 21. and forbeareth to keep the Paffoc 10" 28. 5 Lam. 3.'40. Let us search ver ; even the same Soul shall be

and try our Ways, and turn again co cut off from his people. -' Joh. the Lord. t 2 Cor 13. $. Examine 6. 51, 63. I am the living Bread your felves, whether ye be in the which came down from Heaven : Faish; prove your own felves.if any Man eat of this Bread '

he 15 | Gal. 6.4. Let every Man prove shall live for ever : and the Bread his own Work.

(1) The Word here rendered Damnation, properly signifies Judgment, or Punishment. And the Judgments inflicted on these Corinthians for their unworthy receiving were Temporal. Nor can these Words be referr'd to eternal Punishments, but on supposition that the unporthy receiver dies with out Repentance. The Mcaning of them therefore is not, that they who receive the Sacrament unworthily, are certainly damned; for there is room for Repeni ance in this case as well as others. Nor is their Condition defperate, who have fallen into fin after they have received the Sacra ment. For St. Peter denied his Lord and Master after he had received the Sacrament, and was notwithstanding admitted to Repentance and Pardon. Some fcrupulous Persons may have been kept from the Sacrament by what is here faid; but I doubt the true Reason why so many live in the neglect of this holy Ordinance is, not so much the fear of receiving unwortbily, as an unwillingness to part with their Sins. But such ought to know and confider, that as long as they are in this State, they are in dan ger of eternal Condemnation, whether they receive the Sacrament or not

. Were Chriftians convinced of their Duty in this respect, which they might easily be, they would be as much afraid of unworthy refwling, as of unworthy receiving. For if this be a Duty, there is a Punifhment annext to the negleet, as well as to the ill Performance thereof. There is therefore danger in not coming at all, as well as in coming unworthily ; for God is cffended by Sins of Omission as well as Commission. Did Chriftians truly love God; were they duly sensible of the inestimable Value of the Benefits of Christ's Death; did they ferioufly endeavour to become such renewed

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[Or, judgment] to himself, not (1) discerning the Lords tody. 30. For this cause many are weak and fickly among you, and many fleep. 31. For if we would judge our felves, we fhould not be judged. 32. But when we are judged, we are i chastned of the Lord, that we should not

be 31. | Pfal. 32. 5. I acknowledged give him rest from the Days of my Sin' unto thee, and mine Ini Adversity, until the Pit be digged quity have I nor hid: I said I will for the Wicked. Pfal. 119.75. I confess my Transgressions unto the know, O Lord, that thy Judgments Lord; and thou forgavest the Ini- s are right, and that thou in faithfulquity of my Sin. Prov. 28. 13. nefs haft afflicted me.

Prov. 3. II, He that covereth his Sins shall not 12. My Son, despise not the Chaftprosper : but whofo confefeth and ning of the Lord: neither be weaforsåkerh them fhall have mercy. ry of his Correction. For whom

Joh. 1.9. If we confess our Sins, he 1o the Lord loveth, he correcteth, eis faithful and just to forgive us ven as a Father the Son in whom our Sins, and to cleanse us from all he delightech. † Heb. 12. S, &c. Unrighteousness.

--My Son despise not thou the 32. Deut. 8. s. Thou shalt al. Chaftring of the Lord, nor faint fo consider in thine Heart, that as 15 when thou art rebuked of him, Ge. a Man chatneth his Son, so the Heb. 12. 10. They (our Fathers of Lord thy God chaffneth thee. Job the Flesb] verily for a few. Days 5.,17. Behold, happy, is the Man chaftned us, after their own Plea. whom God correcteth: therefore sure ; but be for our profit, thac despise not thou the chafining of the zo we might be partakers of his holiAlmighty. Psal. 94. 12, 13.

ness. Jam. 1. 12. Blessed is the the Man whom thou Man which endureth Temptation : chaftneth, O Lord, and teachest him for when he is tried, he shall reout of thy Law: that thou mayst

ceive sanctified, and holy Perfons, as all who would have a reasonable Hope of being saved by Christ must be, they need not fear their receiving the Sacrament unworthily, nor would they want any Arguments to persuade them to a Compliance. If the Danger of Receiving unworthily be a Reason for

not Receiving at all, it will be likewise a Reafon against hearing the Word of God, Prayer, and other Duties, because they may be perform. ed unworthily. But I must not enlarge. It concerns those who have Doubts, to use their best Endeavours to get them removed ; otherwise they will not be allowed by God as Excuses for living in the negle&t of so flain a Duty. To this End may be convenient to lay open their Doubos before fome discreet and learned Minister of God's Word, and likewise to read some useful Books on this Subject, as Bishop Fleetwood's reafon. able Communicant, and Mr. Kettlewell's help and exhortation to worthy Communicating, particularly, Part I. Chap 2, and 4. And Part III. Chap. I

() These Words may be better rendred, Not diftinguishing the Lord's Body: The Fault the Corinthians are charged with, was their eating this Bread, and drinking this Cup as one would do an ordinary and commun Meal, meerly to latisfie hunger, without considering the Institution of Chrift, by which it is made a symbol of Representation of his Body

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be condeinned with the world. 33. Wherefore my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for ano. ther. 34. And if any man k hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto * condemnation [Or, judgment]. And the rest will [ + let in order when I " come.

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spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. 2. Ye know that ye were o Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb Idols, even as ye were led. 3. Wherefore I give you to understand, that 10 man o speaking by the Spirit of God, calleth • Jesus * aceurfed [Or, anathema]: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the holy Ghost. 4. Now there are f diverfities of gifts, but the slame Spirit. 5. And there are h differences of * administrations [Or, minifteries], but the faine Lord. 6. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the fame God, which k worketh all in all. 7. But

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.. Jam. 9.-Ye turned to God from Idols, 5.11. -Ye have heard of the Pa. to serve the living and crue God. tience of Job, and have seen the 3. † Mar. 9. 39. There is no End of the Lord : that the Lord is Man which thall do a Miracle in very pitiful, and of tender mercy: s my Name, that can lightly speak Rev. 3. 19. As many as I love, I evil of me. rebuke and chalten.

d See on Joh. 13. 13. 34. *; Ver. 21.

e Mat. 16. 16,17. -Thou art

Christ, the Son of the living God. m.: 1 Cor. 7. 17. - So ordain I 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, in all Churches.

Bleffed art thou Simon Barjona : n.: Cor. 4. 19. I will come to for Flesh and Blood hath not re• you shortly, if the Lord will, and vealed it unto thee, but my

Father will know, not the Speech of them which is in Heaven. t 2 Cor. 3; which are puffed' up, but the is 5.-Our sufficiency is of God. Power.

1 Joh. 4. 2, 3. Hereby know ye. CH A P. XII.

the Spirit of God: every Spirit that 21 Cor. 14.1, 37. Follow confefseth that Jesus Christ is come afrer Charity, and desire spiritual in the Fleth, is of God. And every Gifts, but rather that ye may Pro.20 Spirit that confesseth not that Jer phefie. If any Man think himself sus Christ is come in the Flesh, is to be a Prophet, or Spiritual, let not of God. him acknowledge that the things + Heb. 2.4. of 1 Pet. 4:10. that I wrire unio

you, are the

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and one Spirit. ber that ye being in time past Gen 5. h † Éph. 4. 11. See on Rom. tiles in the Flesh. That at that

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