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devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

21 When a "strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

22 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.

23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

24 When the Punclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.

25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.

26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him 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.

m MAT. xii. 29: 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. MARK, iii. 27: 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.

n See on JOHN, xii. 31.

• MAT. xii. 30.

P MAT. xii. 43.

JOHN, v. 14: Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. HEB. vi. 4, 6: It is impossible for those who were once enlightened-if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance. do. x. 26, 27: 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. 2 PET. ii. 20, 21: 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

27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, 'Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou

hast sucked.9

28 But he said, Yea 'rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

29 ¶ And when the 'people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.

9 gave thee suck. Ma. Cr. Ud.

the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 1JOHN, v. 16: There is a sin unto death; I do not say that he shall pray for it.


LUKE, i. 28, 48: And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. For he hath regarded the low estate of his hand-maiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

• Ps. cxix. 1, 2: Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. MAT. vii. 21: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. LUKE, viii. 21: And he answered and said unto them, My mother and brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it. JAMES, i. 25: But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. See on MAT. vii. 21, 24.


t MAT. xii. 38-40: Then certain of the Scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 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. MARK, viii. 12: And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? Verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation. See on MAT. xii. 38.

30 For as "Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation."

31 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.

32 The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas, and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel," but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the 'light.


34 The 'light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is 'evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.

36 If thy whole body therefore be full of 1light,13 having no part dark, the whole shall be full of

10 nation. Ma. 11 See MAT. v. 15. A. V. 12 sound. Br. sees distinctly. Pu. 13 bright. Wi. clear. Cr. Bi. lightsome. Rh.

"JONAH, i. 17: Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. do. ii. 10: And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

▾ See on MAT. xii. 42.

JONAH, iii. 5, 10: The people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, on the greatest of them even unto the least of them. And God saw their works, and they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he said he would do unto them; and he did it not. * See on MAT. v. 15.

Y MAT. vi. 22: The same allusion.

PRO. xxviii. 22: He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye. MARK, vii. 21: For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders. Ps. cxix. 105: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a


light, as when the bright shining of a candle 14 doth give thee light.

37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat.

38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.

39 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 15 and wickedness.

40 Ye fools, 16 did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?


41 But rather17 'give 'alms of "such things as

a candle by its bright shining. A. V. 15 violence. Ham. 16 thoughtless creatures. Dod. 17 nevertheless. Ma. Pu.

light unto my path. PRO. vi. 23: For the commandment is a Tamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life. ISA. viii. 20: To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. 2 Cor. iv. 6: For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

PRO. iv. 18: But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. do. xx. 27: The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

MARK, vii. 3: The Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. MAT. xxiii. 25: Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

eTIT. i. 15: Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

f ISA. lviii. 7: Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him? DAN. iv. 27: Break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by showing mercy to the poor.

LUKE, Xii. 33.

h LUKE, Xix. 8: Zaccheus stood, and said unto the Lord,

ye have: 18 and, behold, all things are clean unto

42 But 'woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe 19
mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass
over judgment and the love of God: these ought
ye to have done, and not to leave the other

43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye * love the
uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings
in the markets.

44 'Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! for ye are as "graves which appear
not, and the men that walk over them are not
aware of them.

45 Then answered one of the Lawyers, and
said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproach-
est us also.

46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye "Law-
yers !20 for ye lade men with burdens grievous to
be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the 'bur-
dens with one of your fingers.

18 in proportion to your substance. Dod. as ye are able. A. V.
tithes of. Ham. 20 Scribes. Co. expounders of the law. Pu.

19 pay

Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. 2 COR.
viii. 12: If there be first a willing mind, it is accepted accord-
to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
MAT. xxiii. 23: Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin,
and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment,
mercy, and faith: these, &c. as here.

* See on MAT. xxiii. 6.

'MAT. xxiii. 27: Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypo-
crites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed
appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's.
bones, and of all uncleanness.

m Ps. v. 9: Their throat is an open sepulchre.

n See on MAT. xxiii. 4.

ISA. lviii. 6: Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to
loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens,
and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every

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