Mt 6:1
6:1 Take heed that ye do not your {1} alms before men, to be
    seen of them: otherwise ye have no {a} reward of your Father
    which is in heaven.

(1) Ambition makes alms vain.
    (a) This word "reward" is always taken in the scriptures for
        a free recompense, and therefore the schoolmen fondly
        set it to be answerable to a deserving, which they call

Mt 6:2
6:2 Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a
    trumpet before thee, as the {b} hypocrites do in the
    synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of
    men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

    (b) Counterfeits, for hypocrites were players that played a
        part in a play.

Mt 6:5
6:5 {2} And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the
    hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the
    synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may
    be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their

 (2) He rebukes two revolting faults in prayer, ambition, and
     vain babbling.

Mt 6:7
6:7 But when ye pray, use not {c} vain repetitions, as the
    heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for
    their much speaking.

    (c) Long prayers are not condemned, but vain, needless, and
        superstitious ones.

Mt 6:9
6:9 {3} After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which
    art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

 (3) A true sum and form of all christian prayers.

Mt 6:11
6:11 Give us this day our (d) daily bread.

     (d) That which is suitable for our nature for our daily
         food, or such as may suffice our nature and complexion.

Mt 6:13
6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from {e}
     evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
     glory, for ever. Amen.

     (e) From the devil, or from all adversity.

Mt 6:14
6:14 {4} For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly
     Father will also forgive you:

 (4) They that forgive wrongs, to them sins are forgiven, but
     revenge is prepared for them that take revenge.

Mt 6:16
6:16 {5} Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a
     sad countenance: for they {f} disfigure their faces, that
     they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you,
     They have their reward.

 (5) That is, those that desire a name of holiness by fasting.
     (f) They do not let their original pallor to be seen, that
         is to say, they mar the natural colour of their faces,
         that they may seem lean and palefaced.

Mt 6:19
6:19 {6} Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where
     moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through
     and steal:

 (6) The labours of those men are shown to be vain, which pass
     not for the assured treasure of everlasting life, but spend
     their lives in scraping together stale and vain riches.

Mt 6:22
6:22 {7} The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine
     {g} eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

 (7) Men maliciously and wickedly put out even the little light
     of nature that is in them.
     (g) The judgment of the mind: that as the body is with the
         eyes, so our whole life may be ruled with right reason,
         that is to say, with the Spirit of God who gives light
         to us.

Mt 6:24
6:24 {8} No man can serve {h} two masters: for either he will
     hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to
     the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and {i}

 (8) God will be worshipped by the whole man.
     (h) Who are at odds with one another, for if two agree they
         are as one.
     (i) This word is a Syrian word, and signifies all things
         that belong to money.

Mt 6:25
6:25 {9} Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your
     life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet
     for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more
     than meat, and the body than raiment?

 (9) The perverse burdensome carefulness for things of this
     life, is corrected in the children of God by an earnest
     thinking upon the providence of God.

Mt 6:26
6:26 Behold the fowls of the {k} 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?

     (k) Of the air, or that line in the air: in almost all
         languages the word "heaven" is taken for the air.

Mt 6:27
6:27 Which of you by {l} taking thought can add one cubit unto
     his stature?

     (l) He speaks of care which is joined with thought of mind,
         and has for the most part distrust yoked with it.

Mt 6:28
6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of
     the field, how they grow; they {m} toil not, neither do
     they spin:

     (m) By labour.