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of you an evil heart of " unbelief, in u "departing from the living God.
13 But 'exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
14 For we are made partakers of Christ, * if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end
; 15 While it is said, "To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
16 For some, when they had heard, ? did pro
6 to depart from. Co. Bi. Rh.
t Heb. iv. 11.
u Jer. ii. 13 : For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
Heb, x. 24: Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.
w Rom. vii. 11: Sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Eph. iv. 22: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts. Heb. xii. 1: Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us. James, i. 14: Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
x See on ver. 6. y Ver. 7.
2 NUMB. xiv. 2, 4, 11, 24, 30 : And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron : and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God that we had died in this wilderness! And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me ? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have showed among them? But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will 1 bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. Doubtless shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun, Deut. i.
voke : howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
17 But with whom was he grieved’ forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, a whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed
19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
CHAP. IV. 1
The rest of Christians is attained by faith : 12 the power of God's word : 14 by our High Priest Jesus the Son of God, subject to infirmities, but not sin, 16 we must and may go boldly to the throne of grace.
LET a us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of
should seem to come short of it.
2 For unto us was the Gospel preached,' as displeased. Co. Ma. Cr. Bi. Gen. 8 them that obeyed not. Gen. unto us have the good tidings been declared. We. 34, 36, 38 : And the Lord heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying, Save Caleb the son of Jephun
he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD. But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither : encourage him : for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. See on 1 Cor. x. 5, 6.
a See on 1 Cor. x. 5.
ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. Deut. i. 34, 35: The LORD heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying, Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers. CHER. iv. 6.
CHAP. IV. · Heb.iji, 19. do. xii. 15: Looking diligently, lest any man fail of the grace of God.
well as unto them : but the word preached 2 b did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in 3 them that heard it.
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have a sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest : although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did ® rest the seventh day from all his works.
5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached 4 entered not in because of unbelief : 5
7 (Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye
will hear his voice, harden not
8 For if Jesus 6 had given them rest, then
2 Gr. the word of hearing. A. V. 3 because they were not united by faith to. A. V. * the Gospel was first preached. A. V. the good tidings were declared before. We. 5 disobedience. Ham. 6 Joshua. A. V.
• Heb. iii. 7, 8, 12. Deut. i. 32: Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD
Ps. xcv. 11: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest. Heb. iii. 11.
eGen. ii. 2: And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. Exod. xx. 11: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day : wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. do. xxxi. 17 : In six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
* HEB. iii. 19. & See on Heb. iji. 7.
would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remaineth therefore a "rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.)
11 Let us i labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall k after the same example of unbelief.:
12 For the word of God is 'quick,' and m power? keeping of a sabbath. A. V. 8 disobedience. A. V. 9 lively. Gen. Rh.
n See on 2 Thes, i. 7; and on Rom. viii. 18.
i 2 Pet. i. 10: Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure : for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall. See on Mat. vii. 13. k Heb. iii. 12, 18, 19.
Ps. cxix. 25, 50 : Quicken thou me according to thy word. Thy word hath quickened me. 2 Cor. x. 4,5: The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds ; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
m Ps. xix. 7, &c: The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul : the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart : the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever : the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold : sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned : and in keeping of them there is great reward, Isa. xlix. 2 : And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me. JER. xxiii. 29 : Is not my word like as a fire ? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Acts, ii. 37: When they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Rom. i. 16: I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ : for it is the power of God unto salvation. James,i. 18: Of his own will begat he us with the word
ful,10 and "sharper than any otwoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing ásunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a P discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there 9 any creature that is not
10 active. Ham. efficacious. Dod. effectual. Pu.
of truth. 1 Pet. i. 23 : Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. i John, iii. 9 : Whosoever is' born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him.
Pro. v. 4: Her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as' a twoedged sword.
• See on Eph. vi. 17.
Pl Cor. xiv. 24, 25: If all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: and thus are the secrets of his' heart' made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
9 2 CHR. xvi. 9 : The eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. JOB, xxvi. 6: Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering. do. xxviii. 24: He looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven. do. xxxi. 4: Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? do. xxxiv. 21 : His eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth'all his goings. Ps. xxxiii. 13, 14: The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of mer. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. do. xc. 8: Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. do. cxxxix. 1, 11, 12, &c: O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover' me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the liglit are both alike to thee. Pro. v. 21 : The ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he' pondereth all his goings. do. xv. 3, 11: The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Hell and destruction are before the Lord': how much more then the hearts of the children of men ? JER. xvi. 17: Mine eyes are upon all their ways : they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity híd from mine eyes. do. xxxii. 19: Thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men : to