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 thein that sin, rebuke before all, that leaveneth the whole lump : I have others also may fear - 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 many 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. ï. 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 intreat him as a father, and the younger men as brethren ; the elder women as mothers, the younger as sisters,

sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel CHAP. XXVI.

to sin.—2 Kings x. 15, 16. 31. OP HYPOCRITES AND HYPOCRISY : TIE

Amaziah, &c. did that which was

Amanian, ac. and that which was SPIRIT AND PRACTICES OF SUCH WHO "gnum me sign

no right in the sight of the Lord, but

the bord, bu ARE VERY FORMAL AND EARNEST IN HOU win a perfect heart. IN not with a perfect heart.—2 Chron.


What is the hope of the hypocrite ? GOD; YET HIGH IN THEIR OPPOSI

&c. will he delight himself in the TION TO CHRIST, TIE TRUTH OF THE

Almighty ? will he always call upon GOSPEL, AND POWER OF GODLINESS

God? - Job xxvii. 8. 10. IN OTHERS.

The hypocrites in heart heap up

wrath ; they cry not when he bindeth Except your righteousness shall ex- them.-Job xxxvi. 13. ceed the righteousness of the Scribes "Thev spes

They speak vanity every one with and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise his neighbour: with flattering lips, enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, and with a double heart do they speak. - Matt. v. 20. xxi. 31, 32.

—Ps. xii. 2. Ixii. 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. xxviii. 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 and the high God their redeemer; of Israel ; neither because they are nevertheless they did flatter him with the seed of Abraham, are they all their mouth, and they lied unto him children, &c.—Rom. ix. 6,7. with their tongue : for their heart

Abel offered unto God a more ac- was not right with him, neither were ceptable sacrifice than Cain : Cain they stedfast in his covenant.-Ps. was therefore angry, and slew his lxxviii. 34-37. Isa. xxvi. 16. Hos. brother.-Gen. iv. 3-8. Heb. xi. 4. xi. 12.

Absalom pretended to justice, and The way of a fool is right in his to pay à vow which he had vowed to own eyes.-Prov. xii. 15. the Lord in Hebron : but he pur- There is a generation that are pure posed to steal away the hearts of the in their own eyes, and yet is not people, and to rebel against the king, washed from their filthiness.-Prov. and advance himself into the throne. XXX. 12. -2 Sam. xv. 1411.

This people draw near me with Ahaziah the king, when rebuked their mouth, and with their lips they by Elijah for departing from God, and honour me, but have removed their sending to an idol, gives order to his heart far from me : and their fear tosoldiers to fetch Elijah ; and though ward me is taught by the precept of one company, and another, were con- men.-Isa. xxix. 13. xlviii. 1, 2. sumed with fire, yet he sent again. Shew my people their transgres2 Kings i. 3, 4.8—13.

sion, and the house of Jacob their Jehu met Jehonadab, and said unto sins; yet they seek me daily, and dehim, Is thine heart right as my heart? light to know my ways; as a nation &c. and he said, Come with me, and that did righteousness, and forsook see my zeal for the Lord, &c. But not the ordinance of their God; they Jehu took no heed to walk in the law ask of me the ordinances of justice; of the Lord God of Israel with all his they take delight in approaching to heart : for he departed not from the 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? O Judah, what shall I dɔ unto I have spread out my hands all the thee? for your goodness is as 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 with The heads thereof judge for reher whole heart, but feignedly.-Jer. ward, and the priests thereof teach for iii. 10.

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. 16. Ezek. xxiii. 38, 39. Matt. iii. 8–10. When thou doest thine alms, do not

Egypt, &c. are uncircumcised, and sound a trumpet before thee, as the all the house of Israel uncircumcised hypocrites do, in the synagogues, and in heart.-Jer. ix. 26.

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 pocrites are : for they love to pray Lord thy God, &c. that the Lord thy standing in the synagogues, and in God may shew us the way wherein the corners of the streets, that they we may walk, and the thing that we may be seen of men, &c. Moreover, may do, &c. We will obey the voice when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of the Lord, &c. But Jereiniah after- of a sad countenance: for they disward said, O ye remnant of Judah, figure their faces, that they may ap&c. Ye dissembled in your hearts pear unto men to fast.—Matt. vi. 2. (or have used deceit against your 5. 16. souls) when ye sent me unto the Lord Why beholdest thou the mote that your God, saying, Pray for us, &c. is in thy brother's eye, but considerest We will do it, &c. but ye have not not the beam that is in thine own eye? obeyed the voice of God, nor any or, how wilt thou say to thy brother, thing for which he hath sent me unto Let me pull out the mote out of thine you.-Jer. xlii. 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 inouth they shew much dom of heaven, &c. Many will say love, but their heart goeth after their to me in that day, Lord, Lord, bave 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 xiii. 26, 27.

1-9. Mark vii. 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 drink- much 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 him, &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. 145. 10–14. 24. John thority doest thou these things ? and v. 16. Luke xiii. 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. xiii. 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 viii. 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, and lay them on mens'shoulders, 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 nighlacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, and love the upper- blood be on us, and on our children, most rooms at feasts, and the chief &c. They, mocking him, said, He seats in the synagogues, and greet- trusted in God, let him deliver him ings in the markets, and to be called now if he will have him, &c. and notof men, Rabbi, Rabbi, &c. But woe withstanding all the wonders at his unto you, scribes and Pharisees, death, which made the Centurion say, hypocrites! for ye shut up the king- Truly this was the Son of God: yet dom of heaven against men : for ye the chief priests and Pharisees came neither go in yourselves, neither suf- to Pilate, and said, &c. That deceiver fer ye them that are entering, to go said, &c. desired and set a watch upon in, &c. Ye devour widows' houses, the sepulchre.—Matt. xxvii. 3, 4. 17and for a pretence make long prayers, 20. 24, 25. 41-43. 53, 54. 62–64. &c. Ye compass sea and land to 66. Mark xv. 10, 11. 14. 29. 31, 32. make one proselyte, and when he is When they were convinced that made, ye make him twofold more the Christ was risen, they gave large mochild of hell than yourselves. Woe ney to the soldiers to hide it with a unto you, blind guides! which say, lie, and promised the soldiers to seWhosoever shall swear by the temple, cure them.-Matt. xxviii. 11-15. it is nothing ; but whosoever shall Herod heard John gladly, and did swear by the gold of the temple, he many things.—Mark vi. 20. is a debtor, &c. Ye pay tithe of mint, But the Pharisees and lawyers and anise, and cummin, and have rejected the counsel of God against omitted the weightier matters of the (or within) themselves, being not baplaw, judgment, mercy, and faith, &c. tised of him.—Luke vii. 30. Ye blind guides! which strain at a Then shall ye begin to say, We gnat, and swallow a camel, &c. Ye have eaten and drank in thy presence, may clean the outside of the cup, &c. and thou hast taught in our streets: but within they are full of extortion but he shall say, &c. Depart from me, and excess: ye outwardly appear all ye workers of iniquity.—Luke xiii. righteous unto men, but within ye 26, 27. xv. 7. are full of hypocrisy.-Matt. xxiii. Ye are they which justify yourselves 2-7. 13-17. 23-31.

before men, but God knoweth your The foolish virgins took their hearts; for that which is highly eslamps, and took no oil with them; teemed, &c.—Luke xvi. 15. but the wise took oil in their vessels And he spake this parable unto with their lamps.—Matt. xxv. 3, 4. certain which trusted in themselves,

The chief priests and the scribes, that they were (or as being) righte&c. consulted that they might take ous, and despised others. Two men Jesus by subtilty, and kill him, &c. went up into the temple to pray, the Judas betrayed Christ with a kiss, &c. one a Pharisee, and the other a PubThe chief priests and elders, and all lican: the Pharisee stood and prayed the council, sought false witness thus with himself; God, I thank thee, against Jesus, to put him to death. that I am not as other men are, exMatt. xxvi. 3, 4. 49. 59. Luke iv. tortioners, &c. I fast twice in the 28, 29.

week: I give tithes of all that I posJudas said to the chief priests, &c. sess.—Luke xviii. 9.-12. I have sinned, in that I have betrayed When Jesus went unto Zaccheus's innocent blood: and they said, What house, the Jews murinured, saying, is that to us? see thou to that, &c. That he was gone to be guest with a They persuaded the multitude that man that is a sinner: his citizens they should ask Barabbas, and des- hated him, and said, They would not troy Jesus (when the governor would have this man reign over them-Luke have released Jesus): they said, His six. 6, 7. 14.

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