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a Behold my servant, whom I have chosen my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles, Matt. xii.

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And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues, Mark xvi. 17. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you, Luke xi. 20. How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him, Acts x. 38.

b See on clause 2. ver. 2. chap. iii.

VER. 29.

Ἡ πῶς δύναταί τις εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν τοῦ ἰσχυροῦ, καὶ τὰ σκεύη αὐτοῦ διαρπάσαι, ἐὰν μὴ πρῶτον δήσῃ τὸν ἰσχυρόν; καὶ τότε τὴν οἰκίαν αὐτοῦ διαρπάσει.

Or else how can one enter into a

strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

a Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? Isa. xlix. 24. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors, liii. 12. No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house, Mark iii. 27. When a strong man

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armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils, Luke xi. 21, 22. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil, 1 John iii. 8. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because

greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world, iv. 4. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him, Rev. xii. 7-9. And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season, ΧΧ. 13. And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth; Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom

as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them, 8, 9.

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VER. 30.

Ο μὴ ὧν μετ ̓ ἐμοῦ, κατ ̓ ἐμοῦ ἐστι· καὶ ὁ μὴ συνάγων μετ ̓ ἐμοῦ σκορπίζει.

Hea that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

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a No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye

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MATT. XII. 30-32.

cannot serve God and mammon, Matt. vi. 24. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD, Josh. xxiv. 15. And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you, but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing. there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it. Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse : peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band, 1 Chron. xii. 17, 18. For he that is not against us is on our part, Mark ix. 40. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us, Luke ix. 50. He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth, xi. 23. And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye that are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people, 2 Cor. vi. 15, 16. I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then becausethou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth, Rev. iii. 15, 16.

VER. 31.

Διὰ τοῦτο λέγω ὑμῖν· Πᾶσα ἁμαρτία nai Braoqnμía åpenσeraι Tois àvogποις· ἡ δὲ τοῦ πνεύματος βλασφημία οὐκ ἀφεθήσεται τοῖς ἀνθρώποις.

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Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, shall not be forgiven

unto men.

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a Come now,

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ther, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool, Is. i. 18. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon, lv. 7. Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord Gon, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? Ez. xxxiii. 11. Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief, 1 Tim. i. 13-15. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, 1

John i. 9. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world, ii. 1, 2.

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b Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy. Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit, Mark iii. 28-30. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven, unto him that blasphemeth against Luke xii. 10. If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it, 1 John v. 16. VER. 32.

Καὶ ὃς ἂν εἴπη λόγον κατὰ τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ and letus reason toge- ἀνθρώπου, ἀφεθήσεται αὐτῷ· ὃς δ ̓ ἂν εἴπῃ

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MATT. XII. 32, 33.

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κατὰ τοῦ πνεύματος τοῦ ἁγίου, οὐκ ἀφεθ | Holy Ghost, And have tasted the ήσεται αὐτῷ οὔτε ἐν τούτῳ τῷ αἰῶνι, οὔτε ἐν τῷ μέλλοντι.

And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: b but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world

to come.

a The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of Publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children, Matt. xi. 19. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of Publicans and sinners! Luke vii. 34. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots, xxiii. 34. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses, Acts iii. 14, 15. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord, 19. I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the Chief Priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities, xxvi. 9-11. This is a faithful say ing, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief, 1 Tim. i. 15.

good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame, Heb. vi. 4-6. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? x. 26-29.

e Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee, Job. xxxvi. 18. But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation, Mark iii. 29. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence, Luke xvi. 23-26.

VER. 33.

Η ποιήσατε τὸ δένδρον καλὸν, καὶ τὸν καρπὸν αὐτοῦ καλόν· ἡ ποιήσατε τὸ δένδρον σαπρὸν, καὶ τὸν καρπὸν αὐτοῦ σαπρόν· ἐκ γὰρ τοῦ καρποῦ τὸ δένδρον γινώσκεται.

(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should | receive : for the Holy Ghost was not yet given because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) John vii. 39. For it is imposEither a make the tree good, and his sible for those who were once enlight-fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, ened, and have tasted of the heavenly and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is gift, and were made partakers of the known by his fruit.

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MATT. XII. 33, 34.

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a Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first | bend their bows to shoot their arrows, that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also, Matt. xxiii. 26. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart, and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? Ez. xviii. 31. Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph, Am. v. 15. And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also? Luke xi. 39, 40. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded, James iv.8. b See on verses 16-18. chap. vii. VER. 34.

Γεννήματα ἐχιδνῶν, πῶς δύνασθε ἀγαθὰ λαλεῖν, πονηροὶ ὄντες ; ἐκ γὰς τοῦ πέρισσεύματος τῆς καρδία τὸ στόμα λαλεῖ.

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even bitter words: That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not. They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them? Ixiv. 3-5. Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper, cxx. 2-4. Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war. They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adder's poison is under their lips, cxl. 2, 3. For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail, Is. xxxii. 6. None calleth for they trust in vanity, and speak lies; justice, nor any pleadeth for truth : they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for justice is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter, lix. 4. 14. As it is written, There is none righ

O a generation of vipers, b how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. a See on clause 2. ver. 7. chap. iii.teous, no, not one: There is none that bAs saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked but mine hand shall not be upon thee, 1 Sam. xxiv. 13. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity, Ps. x. 6, 7. Thy tongue deviseth mischief; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling-place, and root thee out of the land of the living, lii. 2-5. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good, liii. 1. Who whet their tongue like a sword, and

understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit, the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness, Rom. iii. 10-14. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison, James iii.5-8.

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MATT. XII. 34-36.

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh, Luke vi. 45. See also on verses 16-18. ch. vii.

VER. 35.

̔Ο ἀγαθὸς ἄνθρωπος ἐκ τοῦ ἀγαθοῦ Θησαυροῦ τῆς καρδίας ἐκβάλλει τὰ ἀγαθά. καὶ ὁ πονηρὸς ἄνθρωπος ἐκ τοῦ πονηροῦ Θησαυροῦ ἐκβάλλει πονηρά.

A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: band an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

a Then said he unto them, Therefore everyScribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old, Matt. xiii. 52. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide, Ps. xxxvii. 30, 31. The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked

is little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many but fools die for want of wisdom, Prov. x. 20, 21. The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them, xii. 6. He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit. There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment, 17-19. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things, xv. 4. 23. 28. The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly. The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth; and

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bO generation of vipers, how can for out of the abundance of the heart ye, being evil, speak good things? the mouth speaketh, Matt. xii. 34.

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a For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil, Ec. xii. 14. In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel, Rom. ii. 16. Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience, Eph. v. 4-6. And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly

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