Again, the kingdom of heaven
is like unto a merchant man,
seeking goodly pearls
Christ the Pearl of Great Price — E. Scobell, M. A.
I. Those who would find pearls must search diligently for them. and encounter many dangers by diving, etc.
II. Pearls are very valuable.
III. Pearls possess a splendid brightness. Their beauty is as much within as without.
IV. Pearls are so firm, strong, and compact, that fire cannot consume them, nor ordinary strength break them.
V. Pearls are a rich ornament, and those who wear them are accounted the honourable of mankind.
VI. Yet many are ignorant of them, and many esteem them no more than pebbles.
How visibly the providence of God appears to favour honest perseverance in our worldly callings.
Man seeks for the chief good — He seeks for this pearl in the mines of learning, business, ambition, pleasure. The true pearl lies not in these.
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