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honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judæa, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance, Matt. iii. 1-8. And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the
son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost, xix. 9, 10. What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and who-wayfaring men, though fools, shall not soever believeth on him shall not be ashamed, Rom. ix. 30-33. 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 was 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. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting, 1 Tim. i. 13—16.
Ἦλθε γὰρ πρὸς ὑμᾶς Ἰωάννης ἐν ὁδῷ δικαιοσύνης καὶ οὐκ ἐπιστεύσατε αὐτῷ· οἱ δὲ τελῶναι καὶ αἱ πόρναι ἐπίστευσαν αὐτῷ· ὑμεῖς δὲ ἰδόντες, οὐ μετεμελήθητε ὕστερον, τοῦ πιστεῦσαι αὐτῷ.
For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the Publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judæa, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild VOL. I.
err therein, Isa. xxxv. 8. Thus saith
b The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? Matt. xxi. 25. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil, xi. 18. And all the people that heard him, and the Publicans, justified God, being bap2 C
tized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and Lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him, Luke vii. 29, 30. Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me, John v. 33-36.
But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels, Psal. lxxxi. 11, 12. But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts, Žech. vii. 11, 12. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life, John v. 37-40. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth, 2 Tim. ii. 25.
*Αλλην παραβολὴν ἀκούσατε· "Ανθρωπός τις ἦν οἰκοδεσπότης, ὅστις ἐφύτευσεν ἀμπελῶνα, καὶ φραγμὸν αὐτῷ περιέθηκε, καὶ ὤρυξεν ἐν αὐτῷ ληνὸν, καὶ οἰκοδόμησε πύργον, καὶ ἐξέδοτο αὐτὸν γεωργοῖς, καὶ απεδή
Hear another parable: b There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built
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a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and d went into a far country:
a See on chap. xiii. ver. 3. clause 1. b Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it. Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land. The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river. Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her? The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it. Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts : look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine; And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself. It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance, Psal. lxxx. 8-16. Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver. My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred, Cant. viii. 11, 12. Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it, wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes, Isa. v. 1-4. Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? Jer. ii. 21. And he began to speak unto them by parables.
certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country, Mark xii. 1. Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time, Luke xx. 9. I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman, John xv. 1. c The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat, Matt. xxiii. 2.
d For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey, Matt. xxv. 14, 15. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch, Mark xiii. 34. He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return, Luke xix. 12.
Οτε δὲ ἤγγισεν ὁ καιρὸς τῶν καρπῶν, ἀπέστειλε τοὺς δούλους αὑτοῦ πρὸς τοὺς γεωργούς, λαβεῖν τοὺς καρποὺς αὐτοῦ.
And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruit of it.
a Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments, and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God, 2 Kings xvii. 13, 14. And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: But they mocked
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the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy, 2 Chron. xxxvi. 15, 16. And testifiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them again unto thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments, (which if a man do, he shall live in them;) and withdrew the shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not hear. Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy Spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands, Neh. ix. 29, 30. From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the LORD hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened. And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear. They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LoRD hath given unto you, and to your fathers for ever and ever: And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt. Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt, Jer. xxv. 3-7, I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me, xxxv. 15. Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. Be not as your fathers, unto whom the former
prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the LORD. Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever? But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us, Zech. i. 3-6. Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassion every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts. Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts, vii. 9-13. And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. And they caught him and beat him, and sent him away empty. And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled. And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some, Mark xii. 2-5. And at the season he sent a
servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandman beat him, and sent him away empty. And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out. Then said the lord
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of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him. But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be our's. So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them? He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid. And he beheld them and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And the Chief Priests and the Scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them, Luke xx. 10-19.
b Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one to the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver. My vineyard which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred, Cant. viii. 11, 12. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
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how can ye escape the damnation of went into Egypt; And Jehoiakim the hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto king sent men into Egypt, namely, you prophets, and wise men, and Elnathan the son of Achbor, and cerscribes and some of them ye shall tain men with him into Egypt. And kill and crucify; and some of them they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and brought him unto Jehoiakim the and persecute them from city to city, king; who slew him with the sword, xxiii. 31-34. For it was so, when and cast his dead body into the graves Jezebel cut off the prophets of the of the common people. NevertheLORD, that Obadiah took an hundred less, the hand of Ahikam the son of prophets, and hid them by fifty in a Shaphan was with Jeremiah, that cave, and fed them with bread and they should not give him into the water, 1 Kings xviii. 4. Was it not hand of the people to put him to told my lord what I did when Jezebel death, xxvi. 21-24. Nevertheless I slew the prophets of the LORD: how I must walk to day, and to morrow, and hid an hundred men of the LORD's the day following: for it cannot be prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed that a prophet perish out of Jerusathem with bread and water? 13. lem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto killest the prophets, and stonest them Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to that are sent unto thee; how often me, and more also, if I make not thy would I have gathered thy children life as the life of one of them by to- together, as a hen doth gather her morrow about this time, xix. 2. And brood under her wings, and ye would he said, I have been very jealous for not, Luke xiii. 33, 34. Which of the the LORD God of hosts: for the chil- prophets have not your fathers perdren of Israel have forsaken thy cove- secuted? and they have slain them nant, thrown down thine altars, and which shewed before of the coming of slain thy prophets with the sword; the Just One; of whom ye have been and I, even I only, am left; and they now the betrayers and murderers, seek my life, to take it away, 10. Acts vii. 52. Who both killed the But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, went near, and smote Micaiah on and have persecuted us; and they the cheek, and said, Which way please not God, and are contrary to went the Spirit of the LORD from me all men: Forbidding us to speak to to speak unto thee? xxii. 24. Then the Gentiles, that they might be saved, Asa was wroth with the seer, and to fill up their sins alway; for the put him in a prison house; for he was wrath is come upon them to the utin a rage with him, because of this termost, 1 Thes. ii. 15, 16. And thing. And Asa oppressed some of the others had trial of cruel mockings and people the same time, 2 Chron. xvi. scourgings; yea, moreover of bonds 10. And the LORD God of their fa- and imprisonment: They were stoned, thers sent to them by his messengers, they were sawn asunder, were temptrising up betimes, and sending; be-ed, were slain with the sword: they cause he had compassion on his peo- wandered about in sheepskins and ple, and on his dwelling place: But goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, they mocked the messengers of God, tormented, Heb. xi. 36, 37. and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy, xxxvi. 15, 16. In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets like a destroying lion, Jer. ii. 30. And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the princes, Ὕστερον δὲ ἀπέστειλε πρὸς αὐτοὺς τὸν heard his words, the king sought to | υἱὸν αὑτοῦ, λέγων· Ἐντραπήσονται τὸν υἱόν
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