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is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ, Col. ii. 10, 11. If ye fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law, James ii. 8—11.

b And Jesus answering said unto him, suffer it to be so now; for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness, Matt. iii. 15. Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt-offering and sin-offering hast thou not required. 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: yea, thy law is within my heart, Psal. xl. 6-8. For such an High Priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, Heb. vii. 26.

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, 1 Pet. ii. 21, 22,

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̓Αμὴν γὰρ λέγω ὑμῖν, ἕως ἂν παρέλθῃ ὁ οὐρανὸς καὶ ἡ γῆ, ἰῶτα ἓν, ἢ μία κεραία οὐ μὴ παρέλθῃ ἀπὸ τοῦ νόμου, ἕως ἂν πάντα γένηται.

For verily I say unto you, a Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, btill all be fulfilled.

a Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away, Matt.xxiv. 35. Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed, Ps. cii. 25, 26. and Heb. i. 10-12. The heavens shall vanish

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away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner Isa. li. 6. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail, Luke xvi. 17. Heaven and earth shall pass away but my word shall not pass away, xxi. 33. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up, 2 Pet. iii. 10. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them, Rev.xx.

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b For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven, Ps. cxix. 89. Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever, 152. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever, Isa. xl. 8. The word of the Lord endureth for ever, 1 Pet. i. 25.

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*Ος ἐὰν οὖν λύση μίαν τῶν ἐντολῶν τούτων, τῶν ἐλαχίστων, καὶ διδάξῃ οὕτω τοὺς ἀνθρώπους, ἐλάχιστος κληθήσεται ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τῶν οὐρανῶν· ὃς δ ̓ ἂν ποιήσῃ καὶ didán, ouros μéyaç xλndñoetai iv th Caσιλείᾳ τῶν οὐρανῶν.

Whosoever therefore a shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, d he shall be called the least in f the kingdom of heaven : g but whosoever shall do and teach them, h the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

a Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them, Deut. xxvii. 26. Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments, Ps. cxix. 6. Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way, 128. And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness, Matt. iii. 15. For as many as are of the works of the law, are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are

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written in the book of the law to do them, Gal. iii. 10. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law, Jam. ii. 10, 11.

b What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it, Deut. xii. 32. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone, Matt. xxiii. 23. But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone, Luke xi. 42.

He answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; and honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition, Matt. xv. 3-6. But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts, Mal. ii. 8. And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just, Rom. iii. 8. If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself, 1 Tim. vi. 3-5.

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But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication, So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate, Rev. ii. 14, 15. I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols, 20.

d See parallels on clause 2. ver. 9. e Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he, Matt. xi. 11. Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy fathers, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed, 1 Sam. ii. 30. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God, 1 Cor. xv. 9.

f See parallels on clause 2. ver. 2. chap. iii.

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world, Matt. xxviii. 20. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life, Rom. vi. 1-4. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:

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MATT. V. 19.

A. D. 31. kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful, Col. iii. 5. 7—15. Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory, i Thess. ii. 10-12. Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness, iv. 1-7. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity, 1 Tim. iv. 12. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after

but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid, 11-15. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another : for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 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 love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law, xiii. 8-10. By love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another, Gal. v. 13-15. Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they ure the enemies of the cross of Christ, Phil. iii. 17, 18. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you, iv. 8, 9. Mortify therefore your members which are up-righteousness, godliness, faith, love, on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies,

patience, meekness, vi. 11. Young men likewise exhort to be sober-minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you, Tit. ii. 6-8. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and

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worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world, 11, 12. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men, iii. 8. Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity, 2 Pet. i. 57. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him, 1 John ii. 29. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye

know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother,iii.4-10. This is the love of God, that we keep his commandments and his commandments are not grievous, v. 3. We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not, 18. Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God, 3 John 11. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city, Rev. xxii. 14.

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and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever, Dan. xii. 3. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb, Luke i. 15. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, John xiv. 2, 3. VER. 20.

ἡ δικαιοσύνη ὑμῶν πλεῖον τῶν Γραμματέων Λέγω γὰρ ὑμῖν, ὅτι ἐὰν μὴ περισσεύσῃ καὶ Φαρισαίων, οὐ μὴ εἰσέλθητε εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τῶν οὐρανῶν.

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall a exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

a The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi, Matt. xxiii. 2-7. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity, 25. 27, 28. And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. Ye fools, did not he that made

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that which is without make that which is within also? But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them, Luke xi. 39-44. Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy, xii. 1. And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God, xvi. 14, 15. Beware of the Scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation, xx. 46, 47.

He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation, Psal. xxiv. 5. Surely, shall one say, In the LORD have I righteousness and strength. Isa. xlv. 24. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD, liv. 17. And this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, Jer. xxiii. 6. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference, Rom. iii. 21, 22. Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness, iv. 3. To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also de

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scribeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin, 5-8. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification, 20—25. What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. ix. 3032. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth, x. 3, 4. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption, 1 Cor. i. 30. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, 2 Cor. v. 21. If righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain, Gal. ii. 21. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith, Phil. iii. 9. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith, Heb.

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