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2. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.3
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power ? do that which is good, and e thou shalt have praise of the same :
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid ; for he beareth not the sword in vain : for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
5 Wherefore sye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
6 For for this cause i pay ye tribute also : for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
7 * Render therefore to all their dues : tribute to whom tribute is due ; custom to whom
3 condemnation. To. We.
c Tit. iii. 1: The words under ver. 1.
d 2 SAM. xxiii. 3: The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. Pro. xiv. 35: The king's favour is toward a wise servant : but his wrath is against him that causeth shame. do. xvi. 13: Righteous lips are the delight of kings ; and they love him that speaketh right.
e 1 Pet. ii. 14: For the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. do. iii. 13: And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good ?
fi Kings, x. 9: Because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.
8 Eccles. viii. 2: I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.
SAm. xxiv. 5: David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt. 1 Pet.ii. 19: This is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
Mat. xxii. 21: Render unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar's.
MARK, xii. 17, Luke, xx. 25. See on MAT. xxii. 21.
custom ; fears to whom fear;' honour to whom honour.
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another : for he that 'loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this, - Thou shalt not commit adultery, - Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet ; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely
, Thou shalt Plove thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore I love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to 'avake out of sleep : for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Ver. 10. See on Joan, xiii. 31. m See on Mat. v. 27.
Gen. iv. 10: The voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. do.ix. 6: Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed : for in the image of God made he man. Exod. xx. 13: Thou shalt not kill, repeated. DEUT. v. 17. NUMB. xxxv. 31, 33 : Ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death. For blood it defileth the land : and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. 2 Kings, xxiv. 4: Also for the innocent blood that he Manasseh) shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon.
• See on MARK, X. 19. P See on John, xiii. 34. 9 Ver. 8. Mat. xxii. 40: On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
Isa. Ix. 1: Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. I Cor. xv.
34 : Awake to righteousness, and sin not. Eph. v. 14: Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 1 Thes. v. 5,6: Ye are all the children of the light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand : let us therefore * cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in 'rioting and drunkenness, not in
6 honourably. Dod. decently. A. V. * Eph. v. 11: Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Col. iii. 8: But now ye also put off all these ; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth,
* Isa. lix. 17: He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head. 2 Cor. vi. 7: By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness. do. x. 4: The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. Eph. vi. 11, 13, 14, 16, 17: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 1 Thes. v. 8: Let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love ; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 2 Tim. iv. 7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
u See on Rom. xii. 17.
w Deut. xxi. 20, 21: This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die. 1 SAM. xxv. 36: Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken. 1 Kings, xvi. 9: [Elah's] servant Zimri-conspired against him, as he was in Tirzah, drinking himself drunk. Est. i. 8: The drinking was according to the law ; none did compel. Ps. cvii. 27 : They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man. Pro. xx. 1 : Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging : and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. do. xxiii. 21, 29, 30, &c: The drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty. Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions ? who hath babbling ? who hath wounds without cause ? who hath redness of eyes ?. They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wir
the grace that is given to us, whether p
whether P prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of
7 Or 4 ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that "teacheth, on teaching ;
8 Or he that * exhorteth, on exhortation : he that giveth,4 let him do it with "simplicity ;" he
imparteth. A. V. 5 liberally. 2 Cor. viii. 2. A. V. will. Eph. iv. 7: Unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Heb.ii. 4: God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will. 1 Pet. iv. 10, 11: As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth : that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ,
o Ver. 3.
9 1 Cor. xii. 5: There are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
r Acts, xiii. 1: There were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers ; as Barnabas. do. xx. 28 : Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God. Eph. iv. 11, 12: He gave some-pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. GAL. vi. 6 : Let him that is taught in the word communicate upto him that teacheth in all good things. 1 Tim. v. 17: Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. 1 Pet. v.2 : Feed the flock of God which is among you.
* 1 Cor. xiv.3: But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. Acts, xv. 32. See on Acts, xiii. 43.
+ Mat. vi. 1-3: Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them : otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.
• 2 Cor. viii. 2: Their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
that "ruleth, with diligence ; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let * love be without dissimulation. Abhor at which is evil ; cleave to that which is good.
10 ’ Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love;“ in honour “preferring one another;
in the love of the brethren. A. V.
"Acts, xx. 28 : Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 1 Thes. v. 12: We beseech
you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you. I Tim. v. 17: Let the elders which rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. Heb. xjii. 17, 24: Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves. Salute all them that have the rule over you. 1 PET. v. 2: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind.
w2 Cor. ix. 7: God loveth a cheerful giver.
y Ps. xxxiv. 14 : Depart from evil, and do good. do. xxxvi. 4: He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil. do. xxxvii. 27 : Depart from evil, and do good ; and dwell for evermore. do. xcvii. 10: Ye that love the Lord, hate evil. do. ci. 3: I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes : I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. do. cxix. 128: I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. Pro. viii. 13 : The fear of the LORD is to hate evil : pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouths, do I hate. Isa. i. 16, 17: Wash you, make you clean ; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes ; cease to do evil; learn to do well. Amos, v. 14, 15: Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live. Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate. 1 Pet. ji. 10, 11: He that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak na guile : Let him eschew evil, and do good. 3 JOHN, IT': Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good.
2 See on John, xiii. 34, 35. · Ecclus.
iii. 18 : The greater thou art, the more humble thyself, and thou shalt find favour before the Lord. Mat. xx. 26: Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your