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and the prophets thereof divine for sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt money ; yet will they lean upon the thing.-Mal. i. 14. Lord, and say, Is not the Lord I will be a swift witness against among us? none evil can come upon the sorcerers, and against the adulus : therefore shall Zion for your terers, and against false swearers, and sake be plowed as a field, and Jeru- against those that oppress the hiresalem shall become heaps, &c. - ling in his wages, the widow and the Micah iii. 3-5. 10-12. i. 1-6. fatherless; that turn aside the stranger,
God warned Nineveh of her deso- &c. Ye are gone away from mine lation for her sins, if she repented ordinances, &c. ye are cursed with a not.-Jonah i. 2. iii. 2-4.
curse, for ye have robbed me, &c. Hear O mountains, the Lord's your words have been stout against controversy, &c. for the Lord hath a me, saith the Lord ; yet ye say, controversy with his people, and he What have we spoken so much against will plead with Israel; O my people, thee ? ye have said, It is in vain to what have I done unto thee, and serve God, &c. --Mal. iii. 5. 7. 9. wherein have I wearied thee? testify 13, 14. against me : for I have brought thee Behold, the day cometh that shall up out of the land of Egypt, &c. burn as an oven, and all the proud, There are yet the treasures of wicked- yea, and all that do wickedly, shall ness in the house of the wicked, &c. be stubble: and the day that cometh the rich men thereof are full of vio- shall burn them up, saith the Lord of lence, &c. therefore also will I make hosts, that it shall leave them neither thee sick,&c.-Micah vi. 24.10-13. root nor branch.-Mal. iv. I. Amos ii. 4, &c.
Christ pronounceth a woe against Several woes pronounced against Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum, persons for divers sins.-Hab. ii. 6. for not repenting.-Matt. xi. 21-24. 9. 12. 15. 19. Micah ii. 1, &c. xii. 41, 42.
I will punish the princes, and the Wherefore ye be witnesses unto king's children, and all such as are yourselves, that ye are the children clothed with strange apparel, &c. all of them which killed the prophets : those who leap on the threshold, fill ye up then the measure of your which fill their masters' houses with fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation violence and deceit, &c. I will punish of vipers, how can ye escape the the men that are settled on their lees, damnation of hell? Wherefore beand
say in their heart, The Lord will hold, I send unto you prophets, and not do good, neither will he do evil, wise men, and scribes, and some of &c. and I will bring distress upon them ye shall kill and crucify, and men, &c. because they have sinned, some of them shall ye scourge in your -&c. He shall make a speedy riddance synagogues, and persecute them from of all them that dwell in the land.city to city ; that upon you may Zeph. i. 8, 9. 12. 17, 18.
come all the righteous blood shed Is this a time for you to dwell in upon the earth, from the blood of your ceiled houses, and this house righteous Abel, unto the blood of lie. waste ? &c. Because of mine Zacharias, &c. whom ye slew behouse that is waste, and ye run every tween the temple and the altar. man unto his own house ; therefore Verily I say unto you, All these the heaven over you is stayed from things shall come upon this generadew, and the earth is stayed from her tion. O Jerusalem ! Jerusalem ! thou fruit, and I called for a drought upon that killest the prophets, and stonest the land.-Hag. i. 4. 9-11.
them which are sent unto thee, how Cursed be the deceiver, which bath often would I have gathered thy chilin-his-flock a male, and voweth and dren together ? &c. and yu would
not : behold, your house is left unto of the wrath of God, &c Rev. xiv. you desolate.--Matt. xxiii. 31-38.
Ananias and Sapphira, for their He that is unjust, let him be unlying to the Holy Ghost, and Herod, just still: and he which is filthy, let for pride, slain.--Acts v. 5. 10. xii. him be filthy still, &c. Behold I 21-23, xiii. 10, 11.
come quickly, &c.-Rev. xxii. 11. Because when they knew God, they The great judgments denounced glorified him not as God, neither were against Babylon, for her great sins thankful, &c. wherefore God also and persecutions.--Rev. xviii. gave them up to uncleanness, through See more on the Duty of Obedience the lusts of their own hearts, to dis- in this Chapter. honour their own bodies between themselves ; who changed the truth Sect. xv. To own and profess the of God into a lie, &c. for this cause true God and our Lord Jesus Christ God gave them up anto vile affections, boldly before Men; and to wait &c. God gave them over to a re- for Christ's second coming. probate mind.-Rom. i. 21, &c.
Thinkest thou this, o man, that 1. To own and confess the true God judgest them which do such things,
and our Lord Jesus Christ before and doest the same, that thou shalt
Men. escape the judgment of God. Rom. I KNOW my Redeemer liveth, and ii. 3.
that he shall stand at the latter day We are sure that the judgment of upon the earth.- Job xix. 25. God is according to truth, against I will speak of thy testimonies also them which commit such things, &c. before kings, and will not be ashamed, who will render to every man ac- &c. I am a companion of all them cording to his deeds.-Rom. ii. 2–6. that fear thee.- Ps. cxix. 46. 63. Gal. vi. 7, 8. Eph. v. 5, 6. Col. iii. xvi. 2, 3. 5, 6. Heb. xiii. 4.
None calleth for justice, nor any For this cause many are weak and pleadeth for truth. Isa. lix. 4. sickly among you, and many sleep,
Our God whom we serve, is able &c.-1 Cor. xi. 30, 31.
to deliver us from the burning fiery The apostle reckons up some of furnace; and he will deliver us out the sins and punishments of Israel ; of thine hand, O king : but if not, and concludes, Now all these things be it known unto thee, o king, that happened unto them for ensamples, we will not serve thy gods.—Dan. iii. and they are written for our admo- 17, 18. nition, upon whom the ends of the When Daniel knew that the writworld are come.--1 Cor. x. 5-11. ing was signed, he went into his
Now the works of the flesh, &c. house, and his windows being open in adultery, &c. they which do such his chamber toward Jerusalem, he things shall not inherit the kingdom kneeled upon his knees three times of God. Gal. v. 19–21. I Cor. vi. a day, and prayed, and gave thanks 9, 10. Eph. v. 5.
before his God. Dan. vi. 10. If we sin wilfully after that we Whosoever therefore shall confess have received the knowledge of the me before men, him will I confess truth, there remaineth no more sacri- also before my Father which is in fice for sins, but a certain fearful heaven : but whosoever shall deny looking for of judgment, and fiery me before men, him will I also deny indignation, which shall devour the before my Father which is in heaven. adversaries.--Heb. x. 26, 27. -Matt. X. 32, 33. Luke xii. 8, 9. ,
If any shall worship the beast, &c. A damsel came unto Peter, saying, the same shall drink of the wine Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, say- to obey God rather than men : the ing, I know not what thou sayest, &c. God of our fathers raised up
Jesus And again he denied with an oath, whom ye slew, &c. Him hath God saying, I do not know the man, &c. exalted with his right hand, &c.— Then began he to curse and to swear, Acts v. 28–31. saying, I know not the man.—Matt. Be it known to you therefore, men xxvi. 69, 70. 72. 74.
and brethren, that through this man Whosoever therefore shall be is preached unto you the forgiveness ashamed of me, and of my words, in of sins.-Acts xiii. 38. this adulterous and sinful generation, This I confess unto thee, that after of him also shall the Son of man be the way which they call heresy, so ashamed, when he cometh in the worship I the God of my fathers.glory of his father with the holy Acts xxiv. 14. angels.—Mark viii. 38.
If thou shalt confess with thy The parents of the blind man durst mouth the name of the Lord Jesus, not confess Christ, but answered, He &c. For with the heart man beis of age, ask him. These words lieveth unto righteousness ; and with spake his parents, because they feared the mouth confession is made unto the Jews ; for the Jews had agreed salvation.-Rom. x. 9, 10. already, that if any man did confess As often as ye eat this bread, and that he was Christ, that he should be drink this cup, ye do shew (or shew put out of the synagogue; therefore ye) the Lord's death till he come.said his parents, He is of age, ask 1 Cor. xi. 26. him, &c. But the son confessed him. And many of the brethren in the -John ix. 19—23. 30, &c.
Lord waxing confident by my bonds, Nevertheless among the chief rulers are much more bold to speak the also many believed on him ; but be- word without fear.Phil. i. 14. cause of the Pharisees they did not Wherefore God also hath highly confess him, lest they should be put exalted him, &c. that at the name of out of the synagogue : for they loved Jesus, &c. and that every tongue the praise of men more than the should confess that Jesus is the Lord, praise of God.—John xii. 42, 43. to the glory of God the Father.
Let all the house of Israel know Phil. ii. 9-1l. assuredly, that God hath made that Be not thou therefore ashamed of same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, the testimony of our Lord, nor of me both Lord and Christ.--Acts ii. 36. his prisoner, &c. I am not ashamed,
The God of our fathers hath glori- for I know whom I have believed. fied his Son Jesus, whom ye deli- 2 Tim. i. 8. 12. vered up, &c. but ye denied the Holy If we suffer, we shall also reign One and Just, &c. and killed the with him : if we deny him, he also Prince of life, &c.—Acts iii. 13~15. will deny us.—2 Tim. ii. 12.
Be it known unto you all, that by They profess that they know God, the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, but in works they deny him : being whom ye crucified, &c. even by him abominable, and disobedient, &c.doth this man stand before you whole. Titus i. 16. This is the stone which was set at Let us go forth therefore unto him nought by you builders, &c. We without the camp, bearing his recannot but speak, &c.-Acts iv. 10, proach.—Heb. xiii. 13. 11. 20.
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus Did not we straitly command you, is the Son of God, God dwelleth in that you should not teach in this him, and he in God.- 1 John iv. 15. name ? &c. Then Peter and the other I know thy works, and where thou apostles answered and said, We ought dwellest : where Satan's seat is, and
thou holdest fast my name, and hast the Lord the righteous Judge shall not denied my faith.-Rev. ii. 13. give me at that day, &c. and unto
See more of Perseverance, in this them also that love his appearing.-Chapter.
2 Tim. iv. 8. II. To wait for Christ's Second the glorious appearing of the great
Looking for that blessed hope, and Coming.
God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Watch ye therefore, for ye know not Titus ii. 13. what hour
your Lord doth come, &c. Christ was once offered to bear the Therefore be ye also ready: for in sins of many: and unto them that such an hour as you think not, the look for him shall he appear the Son of man cometh.-Matt. xxiv. 42. second time, without sin, unto sal44. xxv. 13. Rev. xvi. 15.
vation.--Heb. ix, 28. The wise and foolish virgins slum- Ye have need of patience, that bered and slept, while the bridegroom after ye have done the will of God, ye tarried.—Matt. xxv. 5.
might receive the promise. For yet Let your loins be girded about, a little while, and he that shall come and your lights burning, and ye your- will come, and will not tarry, &c. selves like unto men that wait for Heb. x. 36, 37. the Lord, &c. Blessed are those Be patient therefore, brethren, unto servants whom the Lord, when he the coming of the Lord. Behold, cometh, shall find watching, &c.- the husbandman waiteth for the preLuke xii. 35--38. 40.
cious fruit: be
ye also patient ; staNevertheless, when the Son of man blish your hearts : for the coming of cometh, shall he find faith on the the Lord draweth near.-James v. 7, 8. earth ?-Luke xviii. 8.
Wherefore gird up the loins of Take heed your hearts be not over- your mind; be sober, and hope to charged, &c. and so that day come the end, for the grace that is to be upon you unawares.—Luke xxi. 34.
brought unto you at the revelation of I will come again and receive you Jesus Christ. - 1 Pet. i. 13. onto myself.-John xiv. 3.
There shall come in the last days So that ye come behind in no gift, scoffers, &c. saying, Where is the waiting for the coming of our Lord promise of his coming ? for since the Jesus Christ. -1 Cor. i. 7.
fathers fell asleep all things continue For our conversation is in heaven, as they were, &c. The Lord is not from whence also we look for the slack concerning his promise, &e. Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who But the day of the Lord will come as shall change our vile body, &c.— a thief in the night, &c. What manPhil. iii. 20, 21.
ner of persons ought ye to be ? &c. When Christ who is our life shall Looking for, and hasting unto the appear, then shall ye also appear day of God, &c.—2 Pet. iii. 3, 4. with bim in glory.- Col. iii. 4. 9-12. Ye turned
to God, &c. and to wait Abide in him; that when he shall for his Son from heaven.—1 Thess. i. appear, we may have confidence, and 9, 10.
not be ashamed before him at his To you who are troubled, rest with coming.- 1 John ii. 28. us, when the Lord Jesus shall be We know that when he shall aprevealed from heaven with his mighty pear, we shall be like him, for we angels.-2 Thess. i. 7.
shall see him as he is.-l John iïi. 2. The Lord direct your hearts into Keep yourselves in the love of God, the love of God, and into the patient looking for the mercy of our Lord waiting for Christ.—2 Thess. iji. 5. Jesus Christ unto eternal life. • A crown of righteousness, which Jude 21.
Behold, I come as a thief : blessed bring into the land.-Numb. xiv. 24. is he that watcheth, and keepeth his xxxii. 12. · Josh. xiv. 8. 14. garments, lest he walk naked, &c. Take heed to thyself, and keep Rev. xvi. 15.
thy soul diligently, lest thou forget, Surely I come quickly : Amen. &c. lest they depart from thine heart, Even so, come Lord Jesus.-Rev. &c. thou shalt find him, if thou seek xxii. 7. 12. 20.
him with all thine heart, and with all Sect. xvi. To walk with God heartily,
thy soul.-Deut. iv. 9. 29. uprightly, sincerely, and to follow all that they have spoken : 0 that
The Lord said, They have well said him fully and zealously: the Rea- there were such an heart in them, sons thereof.
that they would fear me, &c.-Deut. Enoch walked with God.-Gen. v. v. 28, 29. 22. 24.
What doth the Lord thy God reNoah was a just man and perfect quire of thee, but, &c. to serve the (or upright) in his generations: Noah Lord thy God with all thine heart, walked with God, &c. according unto and with all thy soul -Deut. x, 12. all that the Lord had commanded 1 Sam. xii. 20. him, so did he, &c.—Gen. vi. 9. 22. Thou shalt be perfect (or upright,
The Lord had said unto Abram, or sincere) with the Lord thy God.. Get thee out of thy country, &c. so Deut. xviii. 13. Abram departed as the Lord had The Lord thy God hath commanded spoken unto him.-Gen. xii. 1. 4. thee to do these statutes and judg
The Lord appeared unto Abram, ments : thou shalt therefore keep and and said unto him, I am the Almighty do them with all thine heart, and God, walk before me, and be thou with all thy soul.-Deut. xxvi. 16. perfect (or upright).-Gen. xvii. 1. Cleave unto the Lord your God, as
Abimelech said, in the integrity ye have done unto this day.-Josh. of my heart, &c. have I done this, xxiii. 8. &c. And God said, &c. I know, Now therefore fear the Lord, and &c.Gen. xx. 4-7.
serve him in sincerity and in truth.God said unto Abraham, Take now Josh. xxiv. 14. 1Sam. xii. 24. thy son, &c. and offer him, &c. And Because Israel did not destroy all Abraham rose up early in the morn- the inhabitants of the land, according ing to set about it, &c.-Gen. xxii. to command, God said, I will not 1, &c.
drive them out from before you, but The Lord said to Moses, Go, I will they shall be as thorns in your sides, be with thy mouth, &c. and he said, and their gods shall be a snare unto O my Lord, send I pray thee by the you.-Judges ii. 2, 3. hand of him whom thou wilt send. Jephthah, concerning his yow, said, And the anger of the Lord was I have opened my mouth unto the kindled against Moses.-Exod. iv. Lord, and I cannot go back, &c.11–14. Jer. i. 6, 7.
Judges xi. 31.35.39. Ps.cxvi. 14. 18. Bring me an offering of every man The Lord is a God of knowledge, that giveth it willingly with his heart. and by him all actions are weighed. -Exod. xxv. 1.
1 Sam. ii. 3. My servant Moses, who is faithful God had said to Saul, Go and smite in all mine house. With him will I Amalek, and utterly destroy all that speak mouth to mouth.-Numb. xii. they have, &c. But Saul and the 7,8. Heb. iii. 2. 5.
people spared Agag, and the best of But my servant Caleb, because he the sheep, &c. Then came the word had another spirit with him, and of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, It hath followed me fully, him will I repenteth me that I have set up Saul