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evil and "adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas :
40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly: so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 "The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they 'repented at the preaching of Jonas ; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
42 The 'queen of the south shall rise up in the 9 great fish's. We. Dod.
of the sorceress, MAT. xvi. 4: The
n ISA. lvii. 3: Draw near hither ye sons the seed of the adulterer and the whore. words under ver. 38. MARK, viii. 38: Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. JOHN, iv. 48: Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
JON. i. 17: Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
P LUKE, XI. 32: The same thing affirmed.
JER. iii. 11: The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah. EZEK. xvi. 51, 52: Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done. also, which has judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they : they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters. ROM. ii. 27: Shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law? 1 JOHN, iii. 6: Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not; whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
'JON. iii. 5: So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them, even to the least of them.
' 1 KINGS, X. 1: When the queen of Sheba heard of the
judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he "walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept and garnished,
45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the 'last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.10
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fame of Solomon, concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions, 2 CHR. ix. 1; When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. LUKE, xi. 31, &c: The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them; for she came from the utmost parts of the earth, to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here, &c.
LUKE, xi. 24.
"JOB, i. 7; And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it, 1 PET. v. 8: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
HEB. vi. 4. do. x, 26; The words under ver. 31. 2 PET. ii. 20-22: 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. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteous
46 ¶ While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Whois my mother? and who are my brethren? 49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall 'do the will of my
ness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 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.
MARK, iii. 31, &c: There came then his brethren and his mother, and standing without, sent unto him, calling him, &c. LUKE, viii. 19-21: Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
* MAT. xiii. 55: His brethren James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas. MARK, vi. 3: Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and of Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. JOHN, ii. 12: He went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples. do. vii. 3,5 His brethren-For neither did his brethren believe in him. ACTs, i. 14: These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. 1 COR. ix. 5: Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? GAL. i. 19: Other of the disciples saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.
y MAT. vii. 20: Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. JOHN, xv. 14: Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. GAL. v. 6: In Jesus Christ, neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which
Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
3 The parable of the sower, and the seed: 18 the exposition of it. 24 The parable of the tares, 31 of the mustard seed, 33 of the leaven, 44 of the hidden treasure, 45 of the pearl, 47 of the draw net cast into the sea, 53 and how Christ is contemned of his own countrymen.
THE same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2 And great 'multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a 'ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places,' where they had
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worketh by love. do. vi. 15: In Christ Jesus, neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. COL. iii. 11: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free but Christ is all, and in all. HEB. ii. 11: For both he that sanctifieth, and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren. 1 JOHN, ii. 17: And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. See on MAT. vii. 24.
MARK, iv. 1: And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea.
b LUKE, viii. 4: And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city.
LUKE, v.3: And he sat down and taught the people out of the ship.
d MARK, iv. 2: And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, &c. LUKE, fiii. 5. &c: A sower went out to sow his seed, &c.
not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the 'thorns sprung up, and choked them :
8 But other fell into 'good ground, and brought forth3 fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of
e EPH. iii. 17: Rooted and grounded in love. COL. ii. 7: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught.
JER. iv. 3: Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
8 GEN. xxvi. 12: Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundred-fold; and the LORD blessed him.
h See on MAT. xi. 15.
i Ps. xxv. 14: The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant. MAT. xi. 25: Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. do. xvi. 17: Blessed art thou Simon Barjona for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. MARK, iv. 11: And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God. 1 Cor. ii. 10, 14: But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. EPH. i. 9, 18: Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his