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to another (or the secret of another). have learned, and avoid them: for -Prov. xxv. 9.
they that are such serve not our Lord Open rebuke is better than secret Jesus, but their own bellies, &c.love.-Prov. xxvii. 5.
Rom. xvi. 17, 18. If thou take forth the precious It is reported commonly that there from the vile, thou shalt be as my is fornication among you, and such, mouth.-Jer. xv. 19.
&c. and yea are puffed up, and have Her priests have violated my law, not rather mourned, that he that hath and have profaned mine holy things: done this deed, might have been they have put no difference between taken away from among you, &c. In the holy and profane: neither have the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, they shewed difference between the when ye are gathered together, and unclean and the clean.-Ezek. xxii. 26. my spirit, with the power of our Lord
They shall teach my people the Jesus Christ, to deliver such an one difference between the holy and pro- unto Satan, for the destruction of the fane, and cause them to discern be- flesh, that the spirit may be saved in tween the unclean and the clean.- the day of the Lord Jesus, &c. Know Ezek. xliv. 23.
ye not that a little leaven leaveneth Ephraim hath mixed himself among the whole lump? &c. I wrote unto the people; Ephraim is a cake not you in an epistle, not to keep comturned.-Hosea vii. 8.
pany with fornicators : yet not altoJesus said unto Peter, &c. I will gether with the fornicators of this give unto thee the keys of the king. world, &c. But if any man that is dom of heaven: and whatsoever thou called a brother, be a fornicator, or shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in covetous, or an idolater, &c. with heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt such an one no not to eat. For what loose on earth, shall be loosed in have I to do to judge them also that heaven.—Matt. xvi. 17-19. are without? do not ye judge them
If thy brother shall trespass against that are within ? therefore put away thee, go and tell him bis fault be- from among yourselves that wicked tween him and thee alone: if he shall person.--1 Cor. v. hear thee, thou hast gained thy Sufficient to such a man is this brother: but if he will not hear thee, punishment (or censure) which was then take with thee one or two more, inflicted of many: so that, contrarythat in the mouth of two or three wise, ye ought rather to forgive him, witnesses every word may be esta- and comfort him, &c. wherefore I beblished ; and if he shall neglect to seech you, that you would confirm hear them, tell it unto the church : your love toward him, &c. to whom but if he neglect to hear the church, ye forgive any thing, I also forgive. let him be unto thee as an heathen -2 Cor. ii. 6-11. man and a publican. Verily, I say Be not unequally yoked together unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind with unbelievers; for what fellowon earth, shall be bound in heaven; ship hath righteousness with unrighand whatsoever ye shall loose on teousness ? &c. Ye are the temple earth, &c.-Matt. xviii, 15—18.John of the living God, &c. Wherefore, xx. 21–23.
come out from among them, and If thy brother trespass against touch not the unclean thing, &c.thee, rebuke him: and if he repent, 2 Cor. vi. 14—18. forgive him, &c. If, &c. seven times When Paul had written to the Gain a day.-Luke xvii. 3, 4.
latians about some who troubled them, I beseech you, brethren, mark them and would pervert the gospel of which cause divisions and offences, Christ, &c. and had preached the circontrary to the doctrine which ye cumcision, &c. he said to them, Ye did run well; who did hinder you, with all purity, &c. Against an elder that ye should not obey the truth ? receive not an accusation, but before this persuasion cometh not from him (or under) two or three witnesses: that calleth you: a little leaven them that sin, rebuke before all, that leaveneth the whole lump: I have others also may fear.—1 Tim. v. 1, 2. confidence in you through the Lord, 19, 20. that you will be none otherwise Men of corrupt minds, and destiminded: but he that troubleth you tute of the truth, &c. from such withshall bear his judgment, whosoever draw thyself.—1 Tim. vi. 5. 2 Tim. he be, &c. I would they were even iii. 5. cut off which trouble you; for, bre A man that is an heretic, after the thren, ye have been called unto first and second admonition, reject; liberty.--Gal. v. 7–13.
knowing, that he that is such, is subIf any man be overtaken in a fault, verted and sinneth, being condemned ye which are spiritual, restore such of himself.— Titus iii, 10, 11. a one in the spirit of meekness: con- Follow peace with all men, and sidering thyself, lest thou also be holiness, without which no man shall tempted.-Gal. vi. 1.
see the Lord; looking diligently, lest Have no fellowship with the un- any man fail of (or fall from) the fruitful works of darkness, but rather grace of God : lest any root of bitreprove them: for it is a shame even terness springing up, trouble you, to speak of those things which are and thereby may be defiled; lest done of them, &c.—Eph. v. 11, 12. there be any fornicator or profane
Now we exhort (or beseech) you, person, as Esau, who for one morsel brethren, warn them that are unruly. of meat sold his birthright.— Heb. -1 Thess. v. 14.
xii. 14-16. Now we command you, brethren, I know thy works, &c. and how in the name of our Lord Jesus, that thou canst not bear them which are ye withdraw yourselves from every evil: and thou hast tried them which brother that walketh disorderly, and say they are apostles, and are not, not after the tradition which he re- and hast found them liars, &c. The ceived of us: for yourselves, know church in Pergamus, &c. I have a how ye ought to follow us, &c. Some few things against thee, because thou which walk among you disorderly, hast here them that hold the doctrine working not at all, &c. If any man of Balaam, &c. So hast thou also obey not our word by this epistle, them that hold the doctrine of the note (or signify) that man, and have Nicolaitans, which things I hate, &c. no company with him, that he may The church of Thyatira, &c. I have be ashamed; yet count him not as a few things against thee, because an enemy, but admonish him as a thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, brother. ----2 Thess. iii. 6,7. 11, 12. which calleth herself a prophetess, to 14, 15.
teach and to seduce my servants, to Holding faith and a good con- commit fornication, and to eat things science, which some having put away, sacrificed to idols, &c. All the concerning faith, have made ship- churches shall know, that I am he wreck; of whom is Hymeneus and which searcheth the reins and heart, Alexander, whom I have delivered &c.—Rev. ü. 2. 12. 14, 15. 20. 23. unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.—1 Tim. i. 19, 20.
Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father, and the younger men as brethren; the elder women as mothers, the younger as sisters,
heart: for he departed not from the CHAP. XXVI.
sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel OP HYPOCRITES AND HYPOCRISY: to sin.-2 Kings x. 15, 16. 31.
THE SPIRIT AND PRACTICES OF Amaziah, &c. did that which was
The hypocrites in heart heap up
wrath ; they cry not when he bindeth Except your righteousness shall exceed them.-Job xxxvi. 13.
the righteousness of the Scribes and They speak vanity every one with Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter bis neighbour: with flattering lips, into the Kingdom of Heaven.—Matt. and with a double heart do they speak. v. 20. xxi. 31, 32.
-Ps. xii. 2. lxii. 4. Prov. xxiii. 7. The hour cometh, and now is, when They speak peace to their neighthe true worshippers shall worship bours, but mischief is in their hearts. the Father in spirit and in truth: for Ps. xxxviii. 3. lv. 21. the Father seeketh such to worship When he slew them, then they him. God is a spirit, and they that sought him: and they returned and worship him must worship him in inquired early after God: and they spirit and in truth.—John iv. 23, 24. remembered that God was their rock,
They are not all Israel which are of and the high God their redeemer; Israel; neither because they are the nevertheless they did flatter him with seed of Abraham, are they all chil- their mouth, and they lied unto him dren, &c.—Rom. ix. 6,7.
with their tongue: for their heart was Abel offered unto God a more ac- not right with him, neither were they ceptable sacrifice than Cain : Cain steadfastin his covenant.-Ps.lxxvii. was therefore angry, and slew his 34–37. Isa. xxvi. 16. Hos. xi. 12. brother.-Gen. iv. 3–8. Heb. xi. 4. The way of a fool is right in his
Absalom pretended to justice, and own eyes.-Prov. xii. 15. to pay a vow which he had vowed to There is a generation that are pure the Lord in Hebron : but he pur- in their own eyes, and yet is not posed to steal away the hearts of the washed from their filthiness.-Prov. people, and to rebel against the king, xxx. 12. and advance himself into the throne. This people draw pear me with -2 Sam. xv. 1-11.
their mouth, and with their lips they Ahaziah the king, when rebuked honour me, but have removed their by Elijah for departing from God, and heart far from me: and their fear tosending to an idol, gives order to his ward me is taught by the precept of soldiers to fetch Elijah; and though men.- Isa. xxix. 13. xlviii. 1, 2. one company, and another, were con- Shew my people their transgressumed with fire, yet he sent again. sion, and the house of Jacob their 2 Kings i, 3, 4. 8-13.
sips; yet they seek me daily, and deJehu met Jehonadab, and said unto light to know my ways; as a nation him, Is thine heart right as my heart? that did righteousness, and forsook &c. and he said, Come with me, and not the ordinance of their God; they see my zeal for the Lord, &c. But ask of me the ordinances of justice; Jehu took no heed to walk in the law they take delight in approaching to of the Lord God of Israel with all his God; Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest it not? have we them as a very lovely song, &c. for afflicted our soul, and thou takest no they hear thy words, but they do knowledge? Behold, in the day of them not.- Ezek. xxxiii. 31, 32. your fast you find pleasure, and exact Luke xii. 1, 2. all your labours; behold, ye fast for O Ephraim, what shall I do unto strife, &c.—Isa. lviii. 1, &c. thee? 0 Judah, what shall I do unto
I have spread out my hands all the thee? for your goodness is a mornday unto a rebellious people, &c. that ing cloud, and as the early dew it provoketh me to anger continually to goeth away.-Hosea vi. 4. my face, &c. which say, Stand by thy- They have not cried to me with self, come not near to me, for I am their hearts, &c. they return, but not holier than thou: these are a smoke to the Most High, &c.—Hosea vii. in my nose.—Isa. Ixv. 2-5.
14. 16. Judah hath not turned unto me The heads thereof judge for rewith her whole heart, but feignedly. ward, and the priests thereof teach -Jer. iii. 10.
for hire; yet will they lean upon the Thus saith the Lord of hosts, &c. Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among Amend your ways, &c. trust ye not us? &c.--Micah iii. 11. in lying words, saying, The temple When ye fasted, did ye at all fast of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, unto me, even to me? &c. Did not &c. Behold, ye trust in lying words ye eat? &c.—Zech. vii. 5, 6. that cannot profit: will ye steal, mur- Herod sent to seek Christ under der, &c. and come and stand before pretence of worshipping him: but he me in this house, which is called by designed to kill him.-Matt. ii. 3. 5. my name? &c.—Jer. vii. 3, 4. 8–10. 8. 18. Ezek. xxiii. 38, 39. Matt. iii. 8–10. When thou doest thine alms, do
Egypt, &c. are uncircumcised, and not sound a trumpet before thee, as all the house of Israel uncircumcised the hypocrites do, in the synagogues, in heart.-Jer. ix. 26.
and in the streets, that they may have Thou art near in their mouth, and glory of men, &c. And when thou far from their reins.-Jer. xii. 2. prayest, thou shalt not be as the hy
Judah said, Pray for us to the Lord pocrites are: for they love to pray thy God, &c. that the Lord thy God standing in the synagogues, and in may shew us the way wherein we may the corners of the streets, that they walk, and the thing that we may do, may be seen of men, &c. Moreover, &c. We will obey the voice of the when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, Lord, &c. But Jeremiah afterward of a sad countenance: for they dissaid, O ye remnant of Judah, &c. Ye figure their faces, that they may apdissembled in your hearts (or have pear unto men to fast.-Matt. vi. 2. used deceit against your souls) when 5. 16. ve sent me unto the Lord your God, Why beholdest thou the mote that saying, Pray for us, &c. We will do is in thy brother's eye, but considerest it, &c. but ye have not obeyed the not the beam that is in thine own eye? voice of God, nor any thing for which or, how wilt thou say to thy brother, he hath sent me unto you.—Jer. xlii. Let me pull out the mote out of thine 1-6. 19-21.
eye, and behold, a beam is in thine And they come unto thee as thy own eye? thou hypocrite, first cast people cometh, and they sit before out the beam out of thine own eye, thee as my people; and they hear thy &c. Not every one that saith unto me, words, but they will not do them: for Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingwith their mouth they shew much dom of heaven, &c. Many will say love, but their heart goeth after their to me in that day, Lord, Lord, hare covetousness. And lo, thou art unto we not prophesied in thy name? &c.
then will I profess unto them, I never unto me with their mouth, &c. but knew you.—Matt. vii. 3–5. 21-23. their heart is far from me.-Matt. xv. Luke xiji. 26, 27.
1-9. Mark vü. 1, &c. Luke xi. John came neither eating nor drink- 42–44. ing, and they say, He hath a devil; The young rich man had observed the Son of man came eating and drinkmuch of the law; yet when Christ ing, and they say, Behold a man had said unto him, If thou wilt be gluttonous, and a wine-bibber, a perfect, go and sell that thou hast, friend of publicans and sinners.- and give to the poor; he went away Matt. xi. 18, 19.
sorrowful, for he had great possesWhen the Pharisees saw the dis. sions, &c, Many that are first shall ciples plucking corn on the sabbath be last, and the last shall be first. day, they said, Behold thy disciples Matt. xix. 16–22. 30. do that which is not lawful to do upon Those who agree for wages, murthe sabbath day. Jesus said, Have mur because those who did not agree, ye not read, &c. how that on the sab- nor do so much work as they, had bath days the priests in the temple alike wages freely given them.-Matt. profane the sabbath, and are blame- xx. 1-15. less ? &c. They asked him, saying When the chief priests and scribes Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath saw the wonderful things that he did, day? that they might accuse him, &c. and the children crying in the temple, then he cured the man, &c. Then the and saying, Hosanna to the Son of Pharisees went out and held a coun- David; they were sore displeased, sel against him, how they might de- &c. And when he was come into the stroy hin, &c. They said, This fel. temple, the chief priests and the elders low doth not cast out devils but by of the people came unto him as he Beelzebub the prince of the devils. — was teaching, and said, By what auMatt. xii. 1-5. 10–14. 24. John thority doest thou these things ? and v. 16. Luke xiji. 14–16.
who gave thee this authority? When The stony ground, &c. is one who Christ had put forth the parable of hath not root in himself, but dureth the vineyard, and the chief priests for awhile; for when tribulation and heard his parables, they perceived persecution ariseth, because of the that he spake of them: but when they word, by and by he is offended, &c. sought to lay hands on him, they They said of Christ, Is not this the feared, &c.—Matt. xxi. 15. 23. 33 carpenter's son? &c. whence then hath 37. 45, 46. this man all these things? and they Then went the Pharisees and took were offended in him.—Matt. xii. counsel how they might entangle him 20, 21.55-57.
in his talk, &c. asking him, Is it lawThen came to Jesus the scribes ful to give tribute to Cæsar, or not? and Pharisees, &c. saying, Why do Jesus said, Why tempt ye me, ye thy disciples transgress the tradition hypocrites ? &c.—Matt. xxii. 15–18. of the elders, for they wash not their John viï. 3, &c. Luke vi. 7. xi. hands when they eat bread? But he 53, 54. xx. 20-22. answered, and said unto them, Why The scribes and Pharisees, &c. do ye also transgress the command- they say, and do not; for they bind ment of God by your tradition ? for heavy burdens, and grievous to be God commanded, saying, Honour thy borne,andlaythem on men'sshoulders, father, &c. but ye say, &c. thus have but they themselves will not move ye made the commandment of God of them with one of their fingers ; but none effect by your tradition: ye hy, all their works they do for to be seen pocrites, well did Isaias prophesy of of men: they make broad their phiyou, saying, This people draw nigh lacteries, and enlarge the borders of