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I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry, Is. v. 2-7. When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire : for it is a people of no understanding:

therefore he that made them will not

have mercy on them, and he that formed

them will shew them no favour, xxvii. 11. Son of man, What is the vinetree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest? Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon? Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work? Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned? Therefore, thus saith the Lord GOD; As the vine-tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them, Ezek. xv. 2-7. He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard; Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it and dung it: and if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down, Luke xiii. 6-9. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned, John xv. 6. But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and isnigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned, Heb. vi. 8. For the time is come that judgment must

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begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear, 1 Pet. iv. 17, 18. VER. 11.

Ἐγὼ μὲν βαπτίζω ὑμᾶς ἐν ὕδατι εἰς μετάνοιαν· ὁ δὲ ὀπίσω μου ἐρχόμενος ἰσχυ υποδήματα βαστάσαι· αὐτὸς ὑμᾶς βασρότερός μου ἐστὶν, οὗ οὐκ εἰμὶ ἱκανὸς τὰ τίσει ἐν Πνεύματι ἁγίῳ καὶ πυρί.

I indeed a baptize you with water unto repentance: b but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: a See parallels on first clause of ver. 6. ch. iii.

And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose, Mark i. 7. And as John fulfilled his course he said, whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose, Acts xiii. 25. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord, Luke i. 17. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me, John i. 15. John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose, 26, 27. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me, 30. And I saw and bare record that this is the Son of God, 34. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from

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above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him, iii. 28-36.

When the LORD shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning, Isa. iv. 4. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring, xliv. 3. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' sope: And he shall sit as a refner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years, Mal.iii. 2-4. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, Mark i. 8. John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire, Luke iii. 16. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost, John i. 33. For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence, Acts i. 5. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind,

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and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance, ii. 2-4. And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, xi. 15, 16. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God, 1 Cor. vi. 11. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit, xii. 13. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus, Gal. iii. 27, 28. VER. 12.

Οὗ τὸ πτύον ἐν τῇ χειρὶ αὐτοῦ διακαθαοιεῖ τὴν ἅλωνα αὐτοῦ, καὶ συνάξει τον σίτον αὐτοῦ εἰς τὴν ἀποθηκην, τὸ δὲ ἄχυρον και τακαύσει πυρὶ ασβέστῳ.

Whose a fan is in his hand, and the will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaffe e with unquenchable fire.

a The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan, Isa. xxx. 24. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel, xli. 16. At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse, Jer. iv. 11. And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land, I will be reave them of children, I will destroy my people, since they return not from their ways, xv. 7. And will send un

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to Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about, li. 2. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. Luke iii. 17.

The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity, Matt. xiii. 41. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth, 49, 50. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness, Mal. iii. 3. For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. iv. 1. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit, John xv. 2.

Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn, Matt. xiii. 30. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear, 43. For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth, Amos ix. 9.

They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away, Job xxi. 18. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away, Ps. i. 4. Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them, xxxv. 5. Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up

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as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel, Isa. v. 24. The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind, xvii. 13. Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney, Hos. xiii. 3.

e And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them, Isa. i. 31. The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? xxxiii. 14. And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh, lxvi. 24. Therefore thus saith the Lord God; behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched, Jer. vii. 20. But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusa lem, and it shall not be quenched, xvii. 27. And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein, And all flesh shall see that I the Lord have kindled it: it shall not be quenched, Ezek. xx. 47, 48. Then shall he say also unto them on his left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. And these shall go away into

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MATT. III. 12-14.

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b And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace, John i. 16. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again, iii. 3-7. Abide

everlasting punishment, Matt. xxv. 41. 46. And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched : Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched, Mark ix. 43-48. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an ex-in me, and I in you. As the branch ample, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 7. The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever, Rev. xiv. 10, 11. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever, xx. 10.

VER. 13.

Τότε παραγίνεται ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἀπὸ τῆς Γα λιλαίας ἐπὶ τὸν Ἰορδάνην πρὸς τὸν Ἰωάννην, τοῦ βαπτισθῆναι ὑπ ̓ αὐτοῦ.

Then cometh Jesus a from Galilee to Jordan, unto John, to be baptized of him. a See parallels on ver. 22. chap. ii.

VER. 14.

Ὁ δὲ Ἰωάννης διεκώλυεν αὐτὸν, λέγων· Ἐγὼ χρείαν ἔχω ὑπὸ σοῦ βαπτισθῆναι, καὶ σὺ ἔρχῃ πρός με;

But a John forbade him, saying, b I have need to be baptised of thee, and comest thou to me?

a Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter said unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered

cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me:--for without me ye can do nothing, John xv. 4,5. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and banged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins, Acts v. 30, 31. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all), 1.36. And he is before all things, and by him all things consist: and he is the head of the body, the Church; who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell, Col. i. 17-19. That ye may know-what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come; and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness

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MATT. III. 14-16.

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of him that filleth all in all, Eph. i. 18-| yea, thy law is within my heart, Ps. xl. 23. Speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ, iv. 15. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father, Gal. iv. 6. After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and honour, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God, for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Rev. vii. 9-17.

VER, 15,

̓Αποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπε πρὸς αὐτόν· Αφες ἄρτι· οὕτω γὰς πρέπον ἐστὶν ἡμῖν πληρῶσαι πᾶσαν δικαιοσύνην. Τότε ἀφίησιν αὐτόν.

And Jesus answering, said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God:

7, 8. The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable, Isa. xlii. 21. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless, Luke i. 6. Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work, John iv. 34. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him, viii. 29. For I have given you an example, that yo should do as I have done to you, xiii. 15. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love, xv. 10. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, Phil. ii. 7,8. For such an high priest became us: who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens, Heb. vii. 26, For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed, 1 Pet. ii. 21-24. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked, 1 John ii. 6.

VER. 16.

Καὶ βαπτισθεὶς ὁ Ἰησοῦς, ἀνέβη εὐθὺς ἀπὸ τοῦ ὕδατος· καὶ ἰδοὺ, ἀνεώχθησαν αὐτῷ οἱ οὐρανοὶ, καὶ εἶδε το Πνεῦμα τοῦ Θεοῦ καταβαῖ νον ὡσεὶ περιστερὰν, καὶ ἐρχόμενον ἐπ ̓ αὐτόν·

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

a And the Spirit of the LORD shall

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