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unto them, they had not had sin; but now they have no cloak for their sin.
Isa. i. 3. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib; but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Deut. xxxii. 6. Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and establish ed thee?
u Amos iv. 8. So two or three cities wandered unto one city to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. Ver. 9. I have smitten you with blasting and mildew; when your gardens, and your vineyards, and your fig-trees, and your olive-trees, increased, the palmer-worm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. Ver. 10. I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. Ver. 11. I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. Jer. v. 3. O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction; they
have made their faces harder than a rock, they have refused to return.
w Rom. i. 26. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: Ver. 27. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was
* Rom. i. 32. Who knowing the judgment of God, (that they which commit such things are worthy of death,) not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Dan. v. 22. And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this. Tit. iii, 10. A man that is an heretick, after the first and second admonition, reject: Ver. 11. Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
y Prov. xxix. 1. He that, being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
2 Tit. iii. 10. A man that is an he retick, after the first and second admonition, reject. Mat. xviii. 17. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man, and a publican.
a Prov. xxvii. 22. Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar P2 among
promises, vows, covenants, and engagements to God or men: if done deliberately, wilfully, presumptuously, impudently,
among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him. Prov. xxiii. 35. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not when shall I awake? I will
seek it yet again.
b Psal. lxxviii. 34. When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God. Ver. 35. And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. Ver. 36. Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. Ver. 37. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant. Jer. ii. 20. For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands, and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill, and under every green tree, thou wanderest, playing the harlot. Jer. xlii. 5. Then they said to Jeremiah, The Lord be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for which the Lord thy God shall send thee to us. Ver. 6. Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send thee. Ver. 20. For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the Lord your God, saying, Pray for us unto the Lord our God: and according unto all that the Lord our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it. Ver. 21. And how I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not obeyed the
voice of the Lord your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you.
c Eccl. v. 4. When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it : for he hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which thou hast vowed. Ver. 5. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Ver. 6. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? Prov. xx. 25. It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
d Lev. xxvi. 25. And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant:
e Prov. ii. 17. Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. Ezek. xvii. 18. Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, (when, lo, he had given his hand,) and hath done all these things, he shall not escape. Ver. 19. Therefore thus saith the Lord God, As I live, sure. ly mine oath that he hath despised, and my Covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head.
f Psal. xxxvi. 4. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
g Jer. vi. 16. Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk
impudently, boastingly, maliciously ', frequently TM, nately", with delight, continuance P, or relapsing after repentance 9.
h Numb. xv. 30. But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, (whether he be born in the land or a stranger,) the same reproacheth the Lord; and that soul shall be cut off from aniong his people. Exod. xxi. 14. But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.
i Jer. iii. 3. Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed. Prov. vii. 13. So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
k Psal. lii. 1. Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? 13 John, Ver. 10. Wherefore if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words :
m Numb. xiv. 22. Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt, and in the wilderness, have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice.
n Zech. vii. 11. But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Ver. 12. 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. ° Prov. ii. 14. Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked.
P Isa. lvii. 17. For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
9 Jer. xxxiv. 8. This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the Lord, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them; Ver. 9. That every man should let his manservant, and every man his maid-servant, being an Hebrew or an Hebrewess, go free, that none should serve himself of them, to wit, of a Jew his brother. Ver. 10. Now, when all the princes, and all the people, which had entered into the covenant, heard that every one should let his man-servant and every one his maid-servant go free, that none should serve themselves of them any more, then they obeyed, and let them go. Ver. 11. But afterwards they turned and caused the servants, and the handmaids, whom they had let go free, to return, and brought them into subjection for servants, and for handmaids. 2 Pet. ii. 20. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome; the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
4. From circumstances of time and place": if on the Lord's day, or other times of divine worship"; or immediately before or after these, or other helps to prevent or remedy
ning. Ver. 21. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. Ver. 22. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and, The sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Γ 2 Kings v. 26. And he said unto him, (Gehazi,) Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and olive-yards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and men-servants, and maid-servants?
s Jer. vii. 10. And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations. Isa. xxvi. 10. Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord.
t Ezek. xxiii. 37. That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery ;-Ver. 38. Moreover, this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths. Ver. 39. For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house,
Isa. lviii. 3. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Ver. 4. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness; ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be. heard on high. Ver. 5. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Numb. xxv. 6. And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman, in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Ver. 7. And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand.
1 Cor. xi. 20. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. Ver. 21. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
x Jer. vii. 8. Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Ver. 9. Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal,
remedy such miscarriages: if in publick, or in the presence of others, who are thereby likely to be provoked or defiled 2.
Q. 152. What doth every sin deserve at the hands of God?
A. Every sin, even the least, being against the sovereigntya, goodness, and holiness of God, and against his righteous
and walk after other gods whom ye know not; Ver. 10. And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? Prov. vii. 14. I have peaceofferings with me; this day have I paid my vows. Ver. 15. Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. John xiii. 27. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. Ver. 30. He then, having received the sop, went immediately out:
y Ezra ix. 13. And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this; Ver. 14. Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of those abominations? wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us?
z 2 Sam. xvi. 22. So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house, and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel. 1 Sam. ii. 22. Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel, and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Ver. 23. And he said un
to them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people. Ver. 24. Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear; ye make the Lord's people to transgress.
152. a James ii. 10. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. Ver. 11. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.
b Exod. xx. 1. God spake all these words, saying, Ver. 2. I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee' out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
c Hab. i. 13. Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? Lev. x. 3. Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified.-Lev. xi. 44. For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Ver. 45. For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy; for I am holy. P 4 d 1 John