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my man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him ; but this is, according to the Hebrew phrase and manner of speaking, to forbid things absolutely, which are to be understood only comparatively. So Matth. vi. 19. Lay not up for yourselver treasure, upon earth ; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven ; i.e. be not fo solicitous for the good things of this world, as for the glory and happiness of the next. And Luke xii. 4. Be not afraid of them that kill the body; that is, fear them not so much as him that can destroy both body and soul in hell ; And Luke xiv. 26. If any man come unto me, and hate mot his father and mother, and all that he hath ; that is, if he do not love me more than all these things, he cannot be my disciple : And John vi. 27. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth to everlasting life; that is, labour not so much for the one as for the other ; be not so solicitous about the things of this life, as about the great concernments of eternity. So likewise Col. iii. 2. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth ; i.e. set them more on things above, than on earthly things. So here, Love not the world, neither the things of the world; that is, do not overvalue them, do not love them so much as not to be able to part with them for Christ; sor if any man thus /ove the world, he does not love God as he ought. So that when the scripture commands us met to love the world, this is to be understood comparatively, that we should not love these things in comparison of God, and the great concernments of another world: but it does not forbid us to love these things in a due degree, and with a due subordination to those things which are more excellent, and of infinitely greater concernment to us. For nothing can be more inconsistent, than to recommend to men diligence in their worldly callings and employments, (as the scripture frequently does), and that in order to the attaining of the good things of this life; and yet to forbid us to love these things at all. For if men have no degree of love to them, the best argument to diligence for the obtaining of them would be taken away. Bedes,

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