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A. D. 31. than they? No, in no wise : for we and envy, hateful, and hating one have before proved both Jews and another, Tit. iii. S. Gentiles, that they are all under sin : b And the LORD passed by before As it is written, There is none righ- him, and proclaimed, The LORD, the teous, no, not one. There is none that LORD God, merciful and gracious, understandeth, there is none that long-suffering, and abundant in goodseeketh after God. They are all gone ness and truth,Keeping mercy for thouout of the way, they are together be- sands, forgiving iniquity and transcome unprofitable ; there is none that gression and sin, and that will by no doeth good, no, not one. Their throat means clear the guilty ; visiting the iniis an open sepulchre; with their quity of the fathers upon the children, tongues they have used deceit; the and upon the children's children, unto poison of asps is under their lips: the third and to the fourth generation, Whose mouth is full of cursing and Exod. xxxiv.6,7. And this was yet a bitterness : Their feet are swift to small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; shed blood : Destruction and misery but thou hast spoken also of thy serare in their ways; And the way of vant's house for a great while to come: peace have they not known: There is and is this the manner of man, O Lord no fear of God before their eyes. Now God, 2 Sam. vii. 19. For thou, LORD, we know that what things soever the art good, and ready to forgive ; and law saith, it saith to them who are plenteous in mercy to all them that call under the law: that every mouth upon thee, Psal. lxxxvi.5. But thou, O may be stopped, and all the world LORD, art a God full of compassion, may become guilty before God, Rom. and gracious, long-suffering, and pleriii. 9—19. The carnal mind is en- teous in mercy and truth, 15. For as mity against God : for it is not sub- the heaven is high above the earth, so ject to the law of God, neither indeed great is his mercy toward them that can be. So then they that are in the fear him. As far as the east is from flesh cannot please God, viii. 7, 8. the west, so far hath he removed our For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall transgressions from us. Like as a die : but if ye through the Spirit do Father pitieth his children, so the mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall LORD pitieth them that fear him, ciii. live, 13. Now the works of the flesh 11–13. Can a woman forget her are manifest, which are these ; Adul- sucking child, that she should not tery, fornication, uncleanness, lasci- have compassion on the son of her viousness, idolatry, witchcraft, ha- womb ? yea, they may forget, yet will tred, variance, emulations, wrath, I not forget thee, Isa. xlix. 15. For strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, my thoughts are not your thoughts, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and neither are your ways my ways, saith such like: of the which I tell you be the LORD, Iv. 8, 9.

How shall I give fore, as I have also told you in time thee up, Ephraim ? how shall I deliver past, that they which do such things thee, Israel? how shall I make thee shall not inherit the kingdom of God, as Admah ? how shall I set thee as Gal. v. 19—21. And you hath he Zeboim? mine heart is turned within quickened, who were dead in trespasses me, my repentings are kindled togeand sins; Wherein in time past ye ther. I will not execute the fiercewalked according to the course of this ness of mine anger, I will not return world, according to the prince of the to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, power of the air, the spirit that now and not man; the Holy One in the worketh in the children of disobedi- midst of thee: and I will not enter

Among whom also we all had into the city, Hos. xi. 8, 9. Who is a our conversation in times past, in the God like unto thee, that pardoneth lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires iniquity, and passeth by the transof the flesh and of the mind : and gression of the remnant of his heriwere by nature the children of wrath, tage? he retaineth not his anger for even as others, Eph. ii. 1—3. For we ever, because he delighteth in mercy, ourselves also were sometimes foolish, Mic. vii. 18. A son honoureth his disobedien deceived, serving divers father, and a serva his master: if lusts and pleasures, living in malice I then I be a father, where is mine ho


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nour and if I be a master, where is of David a Saviour, which is Christ my fear? saith the LORD of hosts un- the Lord, Luke ii. 10, 11. And God to you, O priests, that despise my is able to make all grace abound toname. And ye say, Wherein have ward you ; that ye, always having all we despised thy name? Mal. i. 6. sufficiency in all things, may abound For God so loved the world, that he to every good work : (As it is written, gave his only-begotten Son, that who- He hath dispersed abroad; he hath soever believeth in him should not given to the poor : his righteousness perish, but have everlasting life, John remaineth for ever. Now he that iii. 16. But God commendeth his ministereth seed to the sower both love toward us, in that, while we minister bread for your food, and mulwere yet sinners, Christ died for us. tiply your seed sown, and increase Much more then, being now justified the fruits of your righteousness;) Beby his blood, we shall be saved from ing enriched in every thing to all wrath through him. For if, when we bountifulness, which causeth through were enemies, we were reconciled to us thanksgiving to God. For the adGod by the death of his Son, much ministration of this service not only more, being reconciled, we shall be supplieth the want of the saints, but saved by his life, Rom. v. 8--10. He is abundant also by many thanksgiv- . that spared not his own Son, but de- ings unto God. Whiles by the expelivered him up for us all, how shall he riment of this ministration they glonot with him also freely give us all rify God for your professed subjection things, viii. 32. But God, who is rich unto the gospel of Christ, and for in mercy, for his great love wherewith your liberal distribution unto them, he loved us, Even when we were dead and unto all men ; And by their prayer in sins, hath quickened us together for you, which long after you for the with Christ, (by grace are ye saved ;) exceeding grace of God in you. Eph. ii. 4,5. Behold, what manner of Tanks be unto God for his unspeaklove the Father hath bestowed upon able gift, 2 Cor. ix. 8—15. But after us, that we should be called the sons that the kindness and love of God of God: therefore the world knoweth our Saviour toward man appeared, us not, because it knew him not, Not by works of righteousness which 1 John iii. 1. Herein is love, not that we have done, but according to his we loved God, but that he loved us, mercy he saved us, by the washing and sent his Son to be the propitiation of regeneration, and renewing of the for our sins, iv. 10. 1

Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us • See parallels on two last clauses, abundantly through Jesus Christ our ver. 16. chap. v.

Saviour; That being justified by his d For the LORD God is a sun and grace, we should be made heirs acshield: the Lord will give grace and cording to the hope of eternal life, glory: no good thing will he with Tit. iii. 4–7. hold from them that walk uprigbtly,

VER. 12. Psal. lxxxiv. 11. Yea, the LORD

Πάντα ούν όσα αν θέλησε να ποιώσιν shall give that which is good; and our Iand shall yield her increase, Luxαν. | αυτούς, ούτος γάρ έστιν ο νόμος και οι

υμίν οι άνθρωποι, ούτω και υμείς ποιείτε 12. Behold, the days come, saith


φήται. the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised

Therefore a all things whatsoever ye unto the house of Israel and to the would that men should do to you, do ye house of Judah, Jer. xxxiii. 14. Take even so to them: b for this is the Law with you words, and turn to the und the Prophets. LORD: say unto him, Take away all a And as ye would that men should iniquity, and receive us graciously : do to you, do ye also to them likeso will we render the calves of our wise, Luke vi. 31. lips, Hos. xiv. 2. And the angels said b And the second is like unto it, unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thybring you good tidings of great joy, self. On these two commandments which shall be to all people. For hang all the Law and the Prophets, unto you is born this day in the city | Matt. xxii. 39, 40. Thou shalt not go

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up and down as a tale-bearer among stranger, nor the poor; and let none thy people : neither shalt thou stand of you imagine evil against his broagainst the blood of thy neigh-ther in your heart, Zech. vii. 7—10. bour: I am the LORD, Lev. xix. 16. These are the things that ye shall do ; Learn to do well; seek judgment, re- Speak ye every man the truth to his lieve the oppressed, judge the father- neighbour; execute the judgment of less, plead for the widow. Come now, truth and peace in your gates : And and let us reason together, saith the let none of you imagine evil in your LORD: though your sins be as scar- hearts against his neighbour ; and love let, they shall be as white as snow; no false oath: for all these are things though they be red like crimson, they that I hate, saith the Lord,viii. 16, 17. shall be as wool, Isa. i. 17, 18. For And I will come near to you to judgif ye thoroughly amend your ways and ment; and I will be a swift witness your doings; if ye thoroughly execute against the sorcerers, and against the judgment between a man and his adulterers, and against false swearneighbour: If ye oppress not the ers, and against those that oppress stranger, the fatherless, and the wi. the hireling in his wages, the widow, dow, and shed not innocent blood in and the fatherless, and that turn aside this place, neither walk after other the stranger from his right, and fear gods to your hurt. Then will I cause not me, saith the Lord of hosts, Mal. you to dwell in this place, Jer. vii. 5, 6. iii. 5. And Jesus answered him, The And hath not oppressed any, but hath first of all the commandments is, Hear, restored to the debtor his pledge, hath O Israel ; The Lord our God is one spoiled none by violence, hath given Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord his bread to the hungry, and hath co- thy God with all thy heart, and vered the naked with a garment; He with all thy soul, and with all thy that bath not given forth upon usury, mind, and with all thy strength : this neither hath taken any increase, that is the first commandment. And the hath withdrawn his hand from iniqui- second is like, namely, this, Thou shalt ty, hath executed true judgment be- love thy neighbour as thyself. There tween man and man, Hath walked in is none other commandment greater my statutes, and hath kept my judg- than these. And the Scribe said unto ments, to deal truly; he is just, he him, Well, Master, thou hast said the shall surely live, saith the Lord God, truth: for there is one God; and there Ezek. xviii. 7-9. Seek good, and not is none other but he: And to love him evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, with all the heart, and with all the the God of hosts, shall be with you, as understanding, and with all the soul, ye have spoken. Hate the evil and love and with all the strength, and to love the good, and establish judgment in the his neighbour as himself, is more than gate : it may be that the LORD God all whole burnt-offerings and sacriof hosts will be gracious unto the fices. And when Jesus saw that he remnant of Jacob, Am. v. 14, 15. He answered discreetly, he said unto him, hath shewed thee, O man, what is Thou art not far from the kingdom of good; and what doth the Lord re- God. And no man after that durst quire of thee, but to do justly, and to ask him any question, Mark xii. 29love mercy, and to walk humbly with 34. Owe no man any thing, but to thy God ? Mic. vi. 8. Should ye not love one another; for he that loveth hear the words which the Lord hath another hath fulfilled the law. For cried by the former prophets, when this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Jerusalem was inhabited and in pro- Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not sperity, and the cities thereof round steal, Thou shalt not bear false witabout her, when men inhabited the ness, Thou shalt not covet; and if south and the plain? And the word there be any other commandment, it is of the Lord came unto Zechariah, briefly comprehended in this saying, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of namely, Thou shalt love thy neighhosts, saying, Execute true judgment, bour as thyself. Love worketh no ill and shew mercy and compassion every to his neighbour : therefore love is the man to his brother ; And oppress not fulfilling of the law, Rom. xiii. 8—10. the widow, nor the fatherless, the For, brethren, ye have been called

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A. D. 31. unto liberty; only use not liberty for transgressions, whereby ye have transan occasion to the flesh, but by love gressed ; and make you a new heart serve one another. For all the law is and a new spirit: for why will ye die, fulfilled in one word, even in this; O house of Israel? For I have no Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thy- pleasure in the death of him that diself, Gal. v. 13, 14. Now the end of eth, saith the Lord God. Wherefore the commandment is charity out of a tum yourselves, and live ye, Ezek. xviii. pure heart, and of a good conscience, 29–32. And he said to them all, If and of faith unfeigned, 1 Tim. i. 5. any man will come after me, let him For whosoever shall keep the whole deny himself, and take up his cross law, and yet offend in one point, he daily, and follow me, Luke ix. 23. is guilty of all. For he that said, Do Strive to enter in at the strait gate : not commit adultery; said also, Do for many, I say unto you, will seek to not kill. Now if thou commit no adul- enter in, and shall not be able. When tery, yet if thou kill, thou art become once the master of the house is risen a transgressor of the law. So speak up, and hath shut to the door, and ye ye, and so do, as they that shall be begin to stand without, and to knock judged by the law of liberty. For he at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open shall bave judgment without mercy, unto us; and he shall answer and say that hath shewed no mercy; and unto you, I know you not whence you mercy rejoiceth against judgment, are, xiii. 24, 25. So likewise, whoJam. ii. 10-13.

soever he be of you that forsaketh VER. 13.

not all that he hath, he cannot be my Elcéabete dià tñs ottvís rúança öro disciple, ziv. 33. I am the door : by πλατεία ή πύλη, και ευρύχωρος ή οδός και

me if any man enter in, he shall be απάγουσα εις την απώλειαν, και πολλοί saved, and shall go in and out, and εισιν οι εισερχόμενοι δι' αυτής.

find pasture, John X. 9. Jesus saith

unto him, I am the way, and the Enter ye in at the strait gate : bfor truth, and the life: no man comwide is the gate, and broad is the way, eth unto the Father but by me, xiv. 6. e that leadech to destruction, and many Then Peter said unto them, Repent, there be which go in thereut:

and be baptized every one of you in a And saying, Repent ye: for the the name of Jesus Christ for the rekingdom of heaven is at hand. Bring mission of sins, and ye shall receive forth therefore fruits meet for repen- the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the tance, Matt. ii. 2. 8. And Jesus call- promise is unto you, and unto your ed a little child unto him, and set him children, and to all that are afar off, in the midst of them, and said, Verily even as many as the Lord our God I say unto you, Except ye be con- shall call. And with many other Ferted, and become as little children, words did he testify and exhort, say. ye shall not enter into the kingdom of ing, Save yourselves from this untoheaven, xvii. 2,3. But woe unto you, ward generation, Acts ii. 38–40. Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Repent ye therefore, and be convertfor ye shut up the kingdom of heaven ed, that your sins may be blotted out, against men : for ye neither go in when the times of refreshing shall yourselves, neither suffer ye them that come from the presence of the Lord, are entering to go in, xxiii. 13. For iii. 19. Wherefore come out from sake the foolish, and live ; and go in among them, and be ye separate, saith the way of understanding, Prov. ix. 6. the Lord, and touch not the unclean Yet saith the house of Israel, The way thing; and I will receive you, 2 Cor. of the Lord is not equal. O house of vi. 17. And they that are Christ's Israel, are not my ways equal? are have crucified the flesh with the afnot your ways unequal? Therefore fections and lusts, Gal. v. 24. I will judge you, o house of Israel, b And God saw that the wickedevery one according to his ways, saith ness of man was great in the earth, the Lord God: Repent, and turn and that every imagination of the yourselres from all your transgres- thoughts of his heart was only evil sions; so iniquity shall not be your continually. And God looked upon ruin. Cast away from you all your I the earth, and, bebold, it was corrupt;

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for all flesh had corrupted his way gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ : who upon the earth, Gen. vi. 5. 12. The shall be punished with everlasting deLord looked down from heaven upon struction from the presence of the the children of men, to see if there Lord, and from the glory of his power, were any that did understand and 2 Thes. i. 8, 9. For the time is come seek God. They are all gone aside, that judgment must begin at the house they are all together become filthy : of God: and if it first begin at us, what there is none that doeth good, no, not shall the end be of them that obey not one, Ps. xiv, 2, 3. Except the LORD the gospel of God? And if the righof hosts had left unto us a very small teous scarcely be saved, where shall remnant, we should have been as So- the ungodly and the sinner appear? dom, and we should have been like 1 Pet. iv. 17, 18. And whosoever unto Gomorrah, Isa. i. 9. In whom was not found written in the book of the God of this world hath blinded life was cast into the lake of fire, the minds of them which believe not, | Rev. xx. 15. lest the light of the glorious gospel of

VER. 14. Christ,who is the image of God, should shine unto them, 2 Cor. iv, 4. And » máyoura siç tho swiv, xai baigo slow

“Οτι στενή ή πύλη, και τεθλιμμένη η οδός we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness, 1

οι ευρίσκοντες αυτήν. John v. 19. And the great dragon was

Because strait is the gate, a and narcast out, that old serpent, called the row is the way, which leadeth unto life, Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the band few there be that find it. whole world : he was cast out into a Then said Jesus unto his discithe earth, and his angels were cast ples, If any man will come after me, out with him, Rev. xii. 9. And all let him deny himself, and take up his that dwell upon the earth shall wor- cross, and follow me. For whosoever ship him, whose names are not writ- will save his life shall lose it: and ten in the book of life of the Lamb whosoever will lose his life for my slain from the foundation of the world, sake, shall find it, Matt. xvi. 24, 25. xiii. 8. And cast him into the bot. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let tomless pit, and shut him up, and set all thy ways be established. Tum not a seal upon him, that he should de. to the right hand nor to the left : receive the nations no more, till the move thy foot from evil, Prov. iv. 26, thousand years should be fulfilled : 27. I lead in the way of righteousand after that he must be loosed a lit. ness, in the midst of the paths of tle season, ix. 3.

judgment, viii. 20. And thine ears • Then shall he also say unto them shall hear a word behind thee, saying, on the left hand, Depart from me, ye This is the way, walk ye in it, when cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared ye turn to the right hand, and when for the devil and his angels, Matt. ye turn to the left, Isa. XXX. 21. And xxv. 41. And these shall go away an highway shall be there, and a way, into everlasting punishment : but the and it shall be called the way of horighteous into life eternal, 46. Her liness : the unclean shall not pass house is the way to hell, going down over it; but it shalt be for those : the to the chambers of death, Prov. vii. wayfaring men, though fools, shall 27. There is a way that seemeth not ert therein, xxxv. 8. And shall right unto a man, but the end thereof say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare are the ways of death, xvi. 25. What the way, take up the stumbling-block if God, willing to shew his wrath, and out of the way of my people, lvii. 14. to make his power known, endured Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the with much long-suffering the vessels ways, and see, and ask for the old of wrath fitted to destruction, Rom. paths, where is the good way, and ix. 22. Whose end is destruction, walk therein, and ye shall find rest whose god is their belly, and whose for your souls. But they said, We will glory is in their shame, who mind not walk therein, Jer. vi. 16. And earthly things, Phil. iii. 19. In flaming when he had called the people unto fire taking vengeance on them that him with his disciples also, he said know not God, and that obey not the I unto them, Whosoever will come after

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