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is raging; and whosoever is de- which is good, and simple concerning ceived thereby, is not wise.—Prov. evil.-Rom. xvi. 19. xxxi,
The wisdom of the world is foolA prudent man foreseeth the evil, ishness with God, &c. and the Lord and hideth himself, but the simple knoweth the thoughts of the wise, pass on, and are punished.-Prov. that they are vain. -1 Cor. ii. 19. 22. xxii, 3. xxvii. 12.
If any of you lack wisdom, let By wise counsel thou shalt make him ask of God, who giveth to all thy war.—Prov. xxiv. 6.
men liberally, and upbraideth not; A fool uttereth all his mind, but a and it shall be given to him.-James wise man keepeth it in till afterward. i. 5. 17. -Prov. xxix. 11.
Who is a wise man, and endowed Wisdom excelleth folly, as far as with knowledge amongst you ? let light excelleth darkness: the wise him shew out of a good conversation man's eyes are in his head, but the his works, with meekness of wisdom. fool walketh in darkness.-Eceles. But if ye have bitter envyings, &c. ii. 13, 14,
this wisdom descendeth not from A fool's voice is known by multi- above, &c. But the wisdom that is tude of words.--Eccles. v. 3. x. 14. from above, is first pure,
&c.-James Wisdom strengtheneth the wise, iii. 13-15. 17. more than ten mighty men which are in the city.--Eccles. vii. 19.
CHAP, LXXIII. A wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgments.-Eccles.
OF ANTICHRIST. vii. 5.
MANY false prophets shall arise, and The words of wise men are heard shall deceive many, &c. When ye in quiet, &c. Wisdom is better than therefore shall see the abomination weapons of war.- Eccles. ix. 17, 18. of desolation, spoken of by Daniel
The words of the wise are as goads, the prophet, stand in the holy place and as nails fastened by the masters (whoso readeth, let him understand), of assemblies. Eccles. xii. ll. &c. for there shall arise false Christs,
For my people is foolish, they have and false prophets, and shall shew not known me; they are sottish chil- great signs and wonders, insomuch dren, and they have none understand- that (if it were possible) they should ing: they are wise to do evil, but to deceive the very elect.—Matt. xxiv. do good they have no knowledge.- 11. 15. 24. Dan. xi. 31.36, &c. Jer. iv, 22.
Let no man deceive you by any The wise men are ashamed, &c. means: for that day shall not come, Lo, they have rejected the word of except there come a falling away first, the Lord, and what wisdom is in and that man of sin be revealed, the them ?-Jer. viii. 9.
son of perdition: who opposeth and Who is wise, and shall understand exalteth himself above all that is callthese things ? prudent, and he shall ed God, or that is worshipped; so know them? for the ways of the that' he as God sitteth in the temple Lord are right, &c.—Hosea xiv. 9. of God, &c. for the mystery of ini
Whosoever heareth these sayings quity doth already work, only he who of mine, and doeth them, I will liken now letteth will let, until he be taken him unto a wise man, which built his out of the way: and then shall the house upon a rock, &c.—Matt.vii. 24. wicked one be revealed, whom the
The five wise virgins took oil in Lord shall consume with the spirit of their vessels, as well as in their his mouth, and shall destroy with the lamps.--Matt. xxv. 1, &c.
brightness of his coming; even bim I would have you wise unto that whose coming is after the working of
Satan, with all powers, and signs, is a liar, but he who denieth that and lying wonders, and with all de. Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, ceivableness of unrighteousness in who denieth the Father and the Son, them that perish; because they re- &c. These things have I written unto ceived not the love of the truth, that you, concerning them who deceive they might be saved. And for this you.—1 John ii. 18, 19. 22. 26. cause God shall send them strong Believe not every spirit, but try delusion, that they shall believe a lie; the spirits, whether they are of God; that they all might be damned who because many false prophets are gone believed not the truth, but had plea- out into the world: hereby know ye sure in unrighteousness.—2 Thess. ii. the Spirit of God; every spirit who 3, 4. 7-12.
confesseth Jesus Christ' is come in Now the Spirit speaketh express- the flesh, is of God: and every ly, that in the latter times some shall spirit that confesseth not that Jesus depart from the faith, giving heed to Christ is come in the flesh, is not of seducing spirits, and doctrines of de- God: and this is that spirit of antivils; speaking lies in hypocrisy, hav- christ, whereof you have heard that it ing their consciences seared with a should come; and even now already is hot iron; forbidding to marry, and in the world, &c.—1 John iv. 1, &c. commanding to abstain from meats, Many deceivers are entered into &c.—1 Tim. iv. 1-3.
the world, who confess not that Jesus Perilous times shall come; for men Christ is come in the flesh; this is shall be lovers of their ownselves, a deceiver and an antichrist : look &c. having a form of godliness, but to yourselves, that we lose not those denying the power thereof, &c. for things which we wrought, &c.-2 John of this sort are they who creep into 7-12. houses, and lead captive silly women, Unclean spirits out of the mouth &c. Now as Jannes and Jambres of the dragon, beast, and false prowithstood Moses, so do these also phet; the spirit of devils working resist the truth, &c. But evil men miracles.-Rev. xvi. 13, 14. and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived,
CHAP, LXXIV. &c.—2 Tim. iii. 1-8. 13, 14.
But there were false prophets also NEITHER EXTERNAL PRIVILEGES, among the people, even as there shall NOR OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS ALONE, be false teachers among you, who pri
CAN BE OUR SECURITY AGAINST vily shall bring in damnable heresies, JUDGMENTS HERE, OR DAMNAeven denying the Lord who bought
TION HEREAFTER: NO CAUSE OF them, and bring upon themselves
BOASTING IN THESE ONLY. swift destruction: and many shall What nation so great, who hath God follow their pernicious ways; by so nigh unto them as the Lord our reason of whom the way of truth God, in all that we call upon him shall be evil spoken of; and through for? And what nation so great, that covetousness shall they, with feigned hath statutes, &c. so righteous as all words, make merchandise of you ; this law? Only take heed, and keep whose judgment now of a long time thy soul diligently, lest thou forget lingereth not,&c.-2 Pet.ii. 1-3.10,&c. the things thine eyes have seen, &c.
Little children, it is the last time: lest ye corrupt, and make you a graven and as ye have heard antichrist shall image, &c. lest ye forget the covecome, even now are there many anti- nant, &c. For the Lord thy God is christs; whereby we know that it is a consuming fire, &c. When, &c. ye the last time: they went out from shall do evil in the sight of the Lord, us, but they were not of us, &c. Who to provoke him to anger, &c. ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land, you clean, &c.- Isa. i. 11-18. Jer. &c. be utterly destroyed, &c. Ask vi. 19, 20. of the days past, &c. Did ever people We are all as an unclean thing, and hear the voice of God, speaking out all our righteousness as filthy rags.of the midst of the fire, as thou hast Isa. Ixiv. 6. heard, and live? Or hath God essayed He that killeth an ox, is as if he to go and take him a nation from the slew a man: he that sacrificeth a midst of a nation, by temptations, by lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck, signs ? &c. Because he loved thy fa. &c. They have chosen their own thers, he chose their seed after them, ways, &c.—Isa. lvi. 3. and brought them out in his sight, Trust ye not in lying words, saywith his mighty power, &c. Thou ing, The temple of the Lord, &c. If shalt therefore keep his statutes.- ye thoroughly amend your ways, &c. Deut, iv. 7–10. 16. 23—27. 33, 34. then will I cause you to dwell in this 36, 37.40.
place, &c. Behold, ye trust in lying Speak not thou in thine heart, words, that cannot profit. Will ye after the Lord hath cast them out steal, murder, &c. and come and stand from before thee, saying, For my before me in this house ? &c. Thererighteousness, the Lord hath brought fore I will do unto this house, which me in to possess this good land: but is called by my name, wherein ye for the wickedness of these nations, trust, &c. as I have done to Shiloh, &c. not for thy righteousness, nor &c.—Jer. vii. 4–10. 12. 14, 15. for the uprightness of thine heart, When I say to the righteous, that dost thou go to possess their land: he shall surely live: if he trust to but for the wickedness, &c. the Lord his own righteousness, and commit thy God doth drive them out, &c. iniquity, all his righteousness shall And that he may perform the word not be remembered, &c. he shall die. which the Lord swore unto thy fa- -Ezek. xxxiii. 13. 18. xxiii. 38, 39. thers, Abraham, &c. the Lord thy I hate, I despise your feast days; God giveth thee not this good land and I will not smell in your solemn to possess it for thy righteousness: assemblies: though ye offer me burntfor a stiffnecked people, &c.—Deut. offerings, and your meat-offerings, I ix. 4, &c.
will not accept of them, &c. Let To the wicked, God saith, What judgment run down as waters, &c.bast thou to do to declare my sta- Amos v. 21--24. tutes, or that thou shouldest take Hear this, ye heads of the house of my covenant into thy mouth, seeing Jacob, and princes of the house of thou hatest instruction, and castest Israel; that abhor judgment, and my words behind thee, &c.—Ps. I. pervert all equity, &c. The heads 16-18.
thereof judge for reward: and the To what purpose is the multitude priests thereof teach for hire, and the of your
sacrifices unto me? saith the prophets thereof divine for money: Lord: I am full of the burnt-offerings, yet will they lean upon the Lord, and &c. who hath required this at your say, Is not the Lord among us? pone hand, to tread my courts ? &c. bring evil can come upon us. Therefore no more vain oblations; incense is an shall Zion for your sakes be ploughed abomination to me; the new moons as a field.—Mic. iii. 9-13. and sabbaths, the calling of assem- Bring forth therefore fruits meet blies, I cannot away with, &c. they for repentance: and think not to say are a trouble unto me; I am weary within yourselves, We have Abraham to bear them; when ye make many to our father, &c.—Matt. iii. 8-10. prayers, I will not hear, &c. your hands Luke iii. 8. are full of blood. Wash you, make Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied If ye were Abraham's children, ye in thy name ? and in thy name have would do the works of Abraham, &c. cast out devils ? and in thy name They said to him, We be not born of done many wonderful works? And fornication; we have one father, even then will I profess unto them, I never God. Jesus said unto them, If God knew youdepart from me, ye that were your father, ye would love me, work iniquity.—Matt. vii. 22, 23. &c. Ye are of your father, the devil;
Whosoever shall do the will of God, and the lusts of your father ye will the same is my brother, and my sister, do.-John viii, 32, 33. 37. 39. 41, and mother.—Mark iii. 33. 35. 42. 44.
I know ye not whence ye are. Then Behold thou art called a Jew, and shall ye begin to say, We have eaten restest in the law, and makest thy and drunk in thy presence; and thou boast of God, and knowest his will, hast taught in our streets. But he &c. and art confident that thou thyshall say, I tell you I know you not, self art a guide of the blind, an inwhence you are : depart from me, all structor, &c. Dost thou steal ? &c. ye workers of iniquity, &c.—Luke Thou that makest thy boast of the xiii. 25—27.
law; through breaking the law, disJesus said to the Pharisees, Ye are honourest thou God?-Rom. ii. 17they which justify yourselves before 23. 28, 29. men; but God knows your heart : Therefore by the deeds of the law for that which is highly esteemed shall no flesh be justified in his sight. amongst men, is abomination in the —Rom. iji. 20. Gal. ii. 16. sight of God.—Luke xvi. 14, 15. They have a zeal of God, but not
When ye shall have done all those according to knowledge: for they, things which are commanded you, being ignorant of God's righteoussay, We are unprofitable servants; ness, and going about to establish we have done that which was our their own righteousness, have not duty to do.-Luke xvii. 10.
submitted themselves unto the righThe Pharisee stood and prayed thus teousness of God.-Rom. x. 2, 3. with himself; God, I thank thee, I am If a man think himself to be somenot as other men are; extortioners, thing, when he is nothing, he de&c. I fast twice in the week; I give ceiveth himself.—Gal. vi. 3. tithes of all I possess. And the Pub- If any other man thinketh that he lican, standing afar off, would not lift hath whereof he might trust in the up so much as his eyes unto heaven; flesh, I more: circumcised on the but smote upon his breast, saying, eighth day, &c. yet I count all things God be merciful to me a sinner! I but loss, &c. that I may win Christ, tell you, this man went down to his and be found in him; not having mine house justified, rather than the other, own righteousness, which is of the &c.-Luke xviii. 10–15.
law, but that which is through the Then said Jesus to those Jews faith of Christ, &c.-Phil. iii. 4-10. which believed on him, If ye con- Whosoever shall keep the whole tinue in my word, &c. the truth shall law, and yet offend in one point, he make you free. They answered him, is guilty of all, &c.—James ii. 10,11. We be Abram's seed, and were never The Son of man is come to seek, in bondage to any man: how sayest and to save that which was lost. thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus Luke xix. 10. said, &c. Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin, &c. I know ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, &c. They said, Abraham is our father. Jesus said unto them,
trespasses of thy brethren, and their CHAP. LXXV.
sin : for they did unto thee evil, &c.
And Joseph wept when he heard it, AND ACTIONS WHICH &c.-Gen. I. 15–17. ARE NEITHER TRUE NOR GOOD, When Pharaoh had charged the SPOKEN OR UNDERTAKEN WITH midwives with breaking his comTHE POLITICAL VIEWS or com- mands, and saving the men-children PASSING OUR DESIGNS, OR AVOID- alive, they said unto him, Because ING DANGERS.
the Hebrew women are not as the Abraham said of his wife (when he Egyptian women: for they are lively, was in fear), She is my sister.-Gen. and are delivered ere the midwives xx. 2. 11, 12
come in unto them. Therefore God Isaac (in the like fear) said of his dealt well with the midwives, &c.wife, She is my sister.-Gen. xxvi. 7.9. Exod. i. 16–21.
Rebeccah caused her son Jacob to When Rahab had hid the spies, go to Isaac for the blessing, clothed and the king had sent for them, she him with his brother's garments, and said, There came men unto me, but put skins upon his neck and hands, I wist not whence they were, &c. to make him feel rough to Isaac, that when it was dark, the men went Isaac might think him to be Esau, out: whither the men went, I wot and bless him: and Jacob said to his not; pursue after them quickly, for father (being asked who he was), I ye shall overtake them. But she had am Esau, thy first-born, &c. Isaac brought them up to the roof of the said, Art thou my very son Esau? house, and hid them, &c.-- Josb. ii. and he said, I am, &c.-Gen. xxvii. 1-6. 6. 9--29.
When the inhabitants of Gibeon Rachel having hid her father's came to Joshua, they took old sacks, images under the camel's furniture, and said to Joshua, We be come from and sat upon them, when Laban a far country: now therefore make searched for them, said unto her ye a league with us, &c. from a very father, Let it not displease my lord, far country thy servants are come, that I cannot rise up before thee; because of the name of the Lord thy for the
custom of women is upon me, God; for we have heard the fame of &c.-Gen. xxxi. 34, 35.
him, and all that he did in Egypt, And the sons of Jacob answered &c. Wherefore our elders, and all Shecbem, and Hamor his father, de- the inhabitants of our country, spake ceitfully, &c. They said unto them, to us, saying, Take victuals, &c. This We cannot do this thing, to give out our bread we took hot on the day we sister to one that is uncircumcised, came forth to go unto you; but now, &c. If every male of you will be behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy, circumcised, then will we give our &c. by reason of the very long jourdaughters, &c. which when they had ney, &c. And Joshua made peace done, Jacob's sons fell on them, and with them, &c. and smote them not, slew them.-Gen. xxxiv. 12, &c. because the princes of the congrega
When Joseph's brethren saw that tion had sworn unto them, &c.Josh. their father was dead, they said, Jo- ix. 3, &c. seph will, peradventure, hate us, and When the Moabites oppressed Iswill certainly requite us all the evil rael, the Lord raised them up a deliwhich we did unto him. And they verer ; Ehud, &c. who going to Eg. sent messengers unto Joseph, saying, lon, the king of Moab, with a present Thy father did command before he from Israel; after he had presented died, saying, So shall ye say unto it, he said, I have a secret errand Joseph : forgive, I pray thee now, the unto thee, o king: who said, Keep