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hath to us.
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not 'made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also. [1 John iv.]
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent'me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say
he shall in no wise lose his reward. [Matt. x.]
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the
poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth ; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth ; but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail ; whether there be tongues, they shall cease ; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three ; but the greatest of these is charity. [1 Cor. xiii.]
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. (Matt. vii.] There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. [Prov. xiii.] He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoreth him hath mercy on the poor.
He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth : but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. [Prov. xiv.] Is not this the fast that I have chosen ? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the
poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? [Isa. lviii.]
And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld
how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: for all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. [Mark xii.]
Then shall the King say, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was a hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee a hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say Inasmuch as
have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. [Matt. xxv.]
Change not a friend for any good by no means; neither a faithful brother for the gold of Ophir. Forego not a wise and good woman : for her grace is above gold. [Ecclus. vii.]
And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to
return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go : and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: where thou diest, will die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me. [Ruth i.]
And it came to pass, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. [1 Sam. xviii.)
And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son: The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places : how are the mighty fallen! Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings : for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil. From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul. How are the mighty fallen in the midst of battle ! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places. I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful,
passing the love of women. How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished ! [2 Sam. 1.]
PURITY AND HUMILITY. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. [Matt. v.] He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend. [Prov. xxii.] Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. [.Jas. i.]
Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. [Ps. cxxxviii.] He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. [Luke i.] The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility. [Prov. xv.] By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life. [Prov. xxii.]
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. 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. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his