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26你们看天空的飞鸟:它们不撒种,不收割,也不收进仓里,你们的天父尚且养活它们;难道你们不比它们更宝贵吗?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
26 Verse 26. Behold the fowls of the air] The second reason why

we should not be anxiously concerned about the future, is the

example of the smaller animals, which the providence of God feeds

without their own labour; though he be not their father. We never

knew an earthly father take care of his fowls, and neglect his

children; and shall we fear this from our heavenly Father? God

forbid! That man is utterly unworthy to have God for his father,

who depends less upon his goodness, wisdom, and power, than upon a

crop of corn, which may be spoiled either in the field or in the

barn. If our great Creator have made us capable of knowing,

loving, and enjoying himself eternally, what may we not expect

from him, after so great a gift?



They sow not, neither do they reap] There is a saying among the

rabbins almost similar to this-"Hast thou ever seen a beast or a

fowl that had a workshop? yet they are fed without labour and

without anxiety. They were created for the service of man, and

man was created that he might serve his Creator. Man also would

have been supported without labour and anxiety, had he not

corrupted his ways. Hast thou ever seen a lion carrying burthens,

a stag gathering summer fruits, a fox selling merchandise, or a

wolf selling oil, that they might thus gain their support? And

yet they are fed without care or labour. Arguing therefore from

the less to the greater, if they which were created that they

might serve me, are nourished without labour and anxiety, how much

more I, who have been created that I might serve my Maker! What

therefore is the cause, why I should be obliged to labour in order

to get my daily bread? Answer, SIN." This is a curious and

important extract, and is highly worthy of the reader's attention.

See Schoettgen.