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thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. upon thee. Thou, O Lord, art a God full of Ge. vi. 5. The imagination of man's heart is evil compassion, and gracious, long-suffering, and from his youth. Ge. viii. 21. How much more plenteous in mercy and truth. Ps. lxxxvi. 5. abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh 15. As the heaven is high above the earth, s. iniquity like water ? Job xv. 16. The heart great is his mercy toward them that fear him. is deceitful above all things, and desperately As far as the east is from the west, so far hath wicked; who can know it? Je. xvii. 9. What he removed our transgressions from us. Like then ? are we better than they ? no, in no wise ; as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord for we have before proved, both Jews and pitieth them that fear him. Ps. ciii. 11, 12, Gentiles, that they are all under sin. As it is 13. Can a woman forget her sucking child, written, There is none righteous; no, not one. that she should not have compassion on the There is none that understandeth; there is son of her womb ? yea, they may forget, yet none that seeketh after God; they are all will I not forget thee. Is. xlix. 15. Thus gone out of the way; they are together be- saith the Lord, As the new wine is found in come unprofitable ; there is none that doeth the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not, for a good; no, not one : their throat is an open blessing is in it ; so will I do for my servants' sepulchre ; with their tongues they have used sakes, that I may not destroy them all. And deceit, the poison of asps is under their lips, I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; of Judah an inheritor of my mountains ; and their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction mine elect shall inherit, and my servants shall and misery are in their ways, and the way of dwell there. Is. Ixv. 8, 9. How shall I give thee peace have they not known ; there is no fear up, Ephraim ? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? of God before their eyes. Now we know that how shall I make thee as Admah ? how shall I what things soever the law saith, it saith to set thee as Zeboim? Mine heart is turned them who are under the law, that every mouth within me, my repentings are kindled to may be stopped, and all the world may be- gether: I will not execute the fierceness of come guilty before God. Ro. iii. 9—19. But mine anger; I will not return to destroy the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, Ephraim : for I am God and not man, the that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not be given to them that believe. Ga. iii. 23. enter into the city. Ho. xi. 8, 9. Who is a You hath "he" (" Jesus) quickened, who were God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, dead in trespasses and sins, wherein, in time and passeth by the transgression of the past, ye walked according to the prince of remnant of his heritage ? he retaineth not the power of the air, the spirit that now his anger for ever, because he delighteth in worketh in the children of disobedience; mercy. Mi. vii. 18. A son honoureth kis among whom also we all had our conversation father, and a servant his master; if then I be in times past, in the lusts of our flesh, ful- a father, where is mine honour ? and if I be a filling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of and were by nature the children of wrath, hosts unto you, o priests, that despise my even as others. Ep. ii. 1, 2. 3. We ourselves name; and ye say, The table of the Lord is also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, de- contemptible. Mal. i. 6. If a son shall ask ceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, bread of any of you that is a father, will he living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating give him a stone ? or if he ask a fish, shall he one another. Ti. iii. 3.

for a fish give him a serpent ? or if he shall How much more shall your Father.] The ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion ? if ye Lord passed by before him (Moses), and pro- then, being evil, know how to give good gifts claimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful unto your children, how much more shall your and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in heavenly Father give the holy Spirit to them goodness and truth ; keeping mercy for thou- that ask him. Lu. xi. 11, 12, 13. God so sands, forgiving iniquity, and transgression, loved the world, that he gave his only beand sin, and that will by no means clear the gotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him guilty ; visiting the iniquity of the fathers should not perish, but have everlasting life

. upon the children, and upon the children's chil- John iii. 16. God commendeth his love todren, unto the third and to the fourth generation. ward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Ex. xxxiv. 6, 7. Who am I, O Lord God ? Christ died for us; much more then, being and what is my house (said David), that thou now justified by his blood, we shall be saved hast brought me hitherto? And this was yet from wrath through him: for if when we were a small thing in thy sight, o Lord God; but enemies we were reconciled to God by the thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, for a great while to come: and is this the we shall be saved by his life. Ro. v. 8, 9, 10. manner of man? 2 Sa. vii

. 18, 19. Thou, He that spared not his own Son, but delivered Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, and him up for us all, how shall he not with him plenteous in mercy unto all them that call also freely give us all things ? Ro. viii. 32.

give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things 12 whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the Law and the Prophets. Enter ye in at 13

For God, who is rich in mercy for his great first"), Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thylove wherewith he loved us, even when we self. On these two commandments hang all were dead in sins, hath quickened us together the law and the prophets. Mat. xxii. 39, 40., with Christ (by grace ye are saved). Ep. ii. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge 4,5. Behold what manner of love the Father against the children of thy people; but thou hath bestowed upon us, that we should be shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the called the sons of God: therefore the world Lord. Le. xix. 18. Learn to do well; seek knoweth us not, because it knew him not. judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the 1 John iii. l. Herein is love, not that we fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his and let us reason together, saith the Lord : Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be iv. 10.

as white as snow; though they be red like Good things, &c.] The Lord God is a sun crimson, they shall be as wool. Is. i. 17, 18. and shield ; the Lord will give grace and For if ye throughly amend your ways and glory; no good thing will he withhold from your doings; if ye throughly execute judgthem that walk uprightly. Ps. lxxxiv. 11. ment between a man and his neighbour; if ye Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good, oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and and our land shall yield her increase. Ps. the widow, and shed not innocent blood in kxxxv. 12. Behold, the days come, saith the this place, neither walk after other gods to Lord, that I will perform that good thing your hurt, then will I cause you to dwell in which I have promised unto the house of this place, in the land that I gave to your Israel, and to the house of Judah. Je. xxxiii. fathers, for ever and ever. Je. vii. 5, 6, 7. 14. Take with you words, and turn to the If a man hath not oppressed any, but hath Lord; say unto him, Take away all iniquity, restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled and receive us graciously: so will we render none by violence, hath given his bread to the the calves of our lips. Ho. xiv. 2. And the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a angel said unto "them” (the shepherds abid- garment; he that hath not given forth upon ing in the fields"), Fear not, for behold I bring usury, neither hath taken any increase, that you good tidings of great joy, which shall be hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath to all people : for unto you is born this day executed true judgment between man and man, in the city of David (Bethlehem), a Saviour, bath walked in my statutes, and hath kept which is Christ the Lord. Lu. ii. 10, 11. my judgments to deal truly; he is just, he If ye then, being evil, know how to give good shall surely live, saith the Lord God. But if gifts unto your children, how much more shall the wicked will turn from all his sins that he your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit hath committed, and keep all my statutes, to them that ask him. Lu. xi. 13. God is and do that which is lawful and right, he able to make all grace abound toward you, shall surely live, he shall not die. Ez. xviii. that ye always having all sufficiency in all 7, 8, 9. 21. Seek good, and not evil, that things, may abound to every good work, (as ye may live, and so the Lord, the God of hosts, it is written, He hath dispersed abroad, he shall be with you. Hate the evil, and love hath given to the poor, his righteousness re- the good, and establish judgment in the gate. maineth for ever,) being enriched in every Am. v. 14, 15. He (the Lord) hath shewed good thing to all bountifulness, which causeth thee, O man, what is good, and what doth to us thanksgiving to God. Thanks be unto the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and God for his unspeakable gift. 2 Co. ix. 8— to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy 15. The kindness and love of God our God ? Mi. vi. 8. Thus speaketh the Lord Saviour toward man appeared, not by works God of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, of righteousness which we have done, but and shew mercy and compassion every man according to his mercy he saved us, by the to his brother: and oppress not the widow, washing of regeneration and renewing of the nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; Holy Ghost, which he shed on us abundantly, and let none of you imagine evil against his through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being brother in your heart. Zec. vii. 8, 9, 10. justified by his grace, we should be made These are the things that ye shall do ; Speak heirs according to the hope of eternal life. ye every man the truth to his neighbour ; T'it. iii. 4-7.

execute the judgment of truth and peace in 12 All things whatsoever ye would, &c.] your gates, and let none of you imagine misAs ye would that men should do to you, do chief in your hearts against his neighbour, ye also to them likewise. Lu. vi. 31.

and love no false oath ; for all these are things For this is the law and the prophets.] The that I hate, saith the Lord. Zec. viii. 16, 17. second (commandment) is like unto "it" ("the I will come near to you to judgment, and I

the strait gate : for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that

will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against men ; for ye neither go in yourselees, and against the adulterers, and against false neither suffer ye them that are entering to go swearers, and against those who oppress the in. Mat. xxiii. 13. 'Forsake the foolish, and hireling in his wages, the widow, and the live; and go in the way of understanding. fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger Pr. ix. 6. Let the wicked forsake his way, from his right, and fear not me; saith the and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and Lord of hosts. Mal. iii. 5. The first of all let him return unto the Lord, and he will the commandments (said Jesus) is, Hear, o have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord; and will abundantly pardon. Is. lv. 7. Again, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy when the wicked man turneth away from his heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth mind, and with all thy strength ; this is the that which is lawful and right, he shall save first commandment, and the second is like, his soul alive; because he considereth, and namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as turneth away from all his transgressions that thyself; there is none other commandment he hath committed, he shall surely lire, he greater than these. And the Scribe said unto shall not die. Yet, saith the house of Israel, him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth; The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of for there is one God, and there is none other Israel, are not my ways equal! And are not but he ; and to love him with all the heart, your ways unequal? Therefore I will judge and with all the understanding, and with all you, 0 house of Israel, every one according the soul, and with all the strength, and to to his ways, saith the Lord God; Repent and love his neighbour as himself, is more than turn yourselves from all your transgressions; all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices. And so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, from you all your transgressions, whereby ye he said unto him, Thou art not far from the have transgressed; and make you a new kingdom of God! Mar. xii. 29—34. Owe heart and a new spirit. For why will ye die, no man any thing, but to love one another; O house of Israel ? For I have no pleasure for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adul- God. Wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. tery, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, Ez. xviii. 27-32. If any man will come thou shalt not bear false witness, thou shalt after me (said Jesus) let him deny himself, not covet; and if there be any other com- and take up his cross daily, and follow me. mandment, it is briefly comprehended in this Lu. ix. 23. "Strive to enter in at the strait saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neigh- gate ; for many, I say unto you, will seek to bour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his enter in, and shall not be able. Lu. xiii. 24. neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of When once the master of the house is risen the law. Ro. xiii. 8, 9, 10. For brethren, up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to ye have been called unto liberty; only use stand without, and to knock at the door, saynot liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by ing, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall love serve one another : for all the law is answer and say unto you, I know you not fulfilled in one word, even in this, Thou shalt whence ye are. Then shall ye begin to say, love thy neighbour as thyself. Ga. v. 13, 14. &c. Lu. xiii. 25. Whosoever he be of you The end of the commandment is charity, out that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and be my disciple. Lu. xiv. 33. I am the door of faith unfeigned. 1 Ti. i. 5. For whosoever (said Jesus); by me, if any man enter in, he shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and one point, he is guilty of all. For he that find pasture. John X. 9. I am the way, and said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, the Father but by me. John xiv. Repent, yet if thou kill, thou art become a trans- and be baptized, every one of you, in the gressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of as they that shall be judged by the law of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy liberty. For he shall have judgment without Ghost: for the promise is unto you, and to mercy that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy your children, and to all that are afar off, eren rejoiceth against judgment. Ja. ii. 11, 12, 13. as many as the Lord our God shall call: and

13 At the strait gate.] See chap. iii. 2. 8. with many other words did he testify and Jesus called a little child unto him, and set exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this unhim in the midst of them; and said, Verily I toward generation. Ac. ii. 38, 39, 40. Resay unto you, except ye be converted, and pent ye therefore, and be converted, that your become as little children, ye shall not enter sins may be blotted out, when the times of into the kingdom of heaven. Mat. xviii. 2, 3. refreshing shall come from the presence of the Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypo- Lord. Ac. ii. 19. Wherefore come out from erites! ye shut up the kingdom of heaven among them, and be ye separate, saith the

leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth 14 Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and world. Re. xiii. 8. And (the angel having I will receive you. 2 Co. vi. 17. They that the key of the bottomless pit) cast him (the old are Christ's have crucified the flesh, with the serpent, the Devil) into the bottomless pit, affections and lusts. Ga. y. 24. See chap. and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, xx. 16.

that he should deceive the nations no more For wide is the gate.] And God saw that till the thousand years should be fulfilled ; the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and after that he must be loosed a little and that every imagination of the thoughts of season. Re. xx. 3. his heart was only evil continually. And That leadeth to destruction.] Then shall God looked upon the earth, and behold, it "he" (" the King,in the day of Judgment) was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted his say unto them on the left hand, Depart from way upon the earth. Ge. vi. 5. 12. The me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. for the Devil and his angels. And these shall They are corrupt, they have done abominable go away into everlasting punishment, but the works; there is none that doeth good. The righteous into life eternal. Mat. xxv. 41. 46. Lord looked down from heaven upon the Her house is the way to hell, going down to children of men, to see if there were any that the chambers of death. Pr. vii. 27. There did understand, and seek God. Ps. xiv. 1, 2. is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a the end thereof are the ways of death. Pr. very small remnant, we should have been as xvi. 25. What, if God, willing to shew his Sodom, and we should have been like unto wrath, and to make his power known, enGomorrah. Is. i. 9. Now we know, that dureth with much long-suffering the vessels what things soever the law saith, it saith to of wrath fitted to destruction, &c. Ro. ix. 22. them who are under the law; that every Many walk, of whom I have told you often, mouth may be stopped, and all the world may that they are the enemies of the cross of become guilty before God. Therefore by the Christ, whose end is destruction, whose God deeds of the law there shall no flesh be jus- is their belly, and whose glory is in their tified in his sight; for by the law is the shame, who mind earthly things. Phi. iii. knowledge of sin. For all have sinned, and 18, 19. It is a righteous thing with God to come short of the glory of God, being justified recompense tribulation to them that trouble freely by his grace, through the redemption you, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed that is in Christ Jesus. Where is boasting in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that then? It is excluded. By what law ? of know not God, and that obey not the Gospel works ? Nay: but by the law of faith. Do of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall be we then make void the law through faith? punished with everlasting destruction from God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Ro. the presence of the Lord, and from the glory iii. 19-31. If our Gospel be hid, it is hid of his power. 2 Th. i. 6-9. The time is to them that are lost: in whom the God of come that judgment must begin at the house this world hath blinded the minds of them of God. And if it first begin at us, what which believe not, lest the light of the glorious shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, Gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely should shine unto them. 2 Co. iv. 34. You be saved, where shall the ungodly and the hath he quickened, who were dead in tres- sinner appear? 1 Pe. iv. 17, 18. Whosopasses and sins, Wherein in time past ye ever was not found written in the book of life, walked, according to the course of this world, was cast into the lake of fire. Re. xx. 15. according to the prince of the power of the 14 And narrow is the way.) If any man air, the spirit that now worketh in the chil- will come after me (said Jesus), let him deny dren of disobedience. Among whom also we himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. all had our conversation in times past in the For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the and whosoever will lose his life for my sake flesh, and of the mind; and were by nature shall find it. Mat. xvi. 24, 25. Ponder the the children of wrath, even as others. Ep. ii. path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be 1. 2. 3. We know that we are of God, and the established. Turn not to the right hand, nor whole world lieth in wickedness. 1 John v. to the left; remove thy foot from evil. Pr. 19. The great dragon was cast out, that old iv. 26, 27. “I” (wisdom") lead in the way serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out judgment. Pr. viii. 20. Thine ears shall into the earth, and his angels were cast out hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the with him. Re. xii. 9. And all that dwell way, walk ye in it; when ye turn to the right upon the earth shall worship him, whose hand, and when ye turn to the left. Is. xxx. names are not written in the book of life of 21. And an highway shall be there, and the Lamb lain from the foundation of the a way, and it shall be called, The way of

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will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against men; for ye neither and against the adulterers, and against false neither suffer ye them that swearers, and against those who oppress the in. Mat. xxiii. 13. Forsal hireling in his wages, the widow, and the live; and go in the way fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger Pr. ix. 6. Let the wicke from his right, and fear not me; saith the and the unrighteous man Lord of hosts. Mal. iii. 5. The first of all let him return unto the the commandments (said Jesus) is, Hear, o have mercy upon him, Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord; and will abundantly pardon thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy when the wicked man heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy wickedness that he hath mind, and with all thy strength; this is the that which is lawful at first commandment, and the second is like, his soul alive; became namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as turneth away from all thyself; there is none other commandment he hath committed, greater than these. And the Scribe said unto shall not die. Yet, him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth; The way of the Lord for there is one God, and there is none other Israel, are not my win but he ; and to love him with all the heart, your ways unequal and with all the understanding, and with all you, O house of Is the soul, and with all the strength, and to to his ways, saith the love his neighbour as himself, is more than turn yourselves from all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices. And so iniquity shall no when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, from you all your he said unto him, Thou art not far from the have transgressed kingdom of God! Mar. xii. 29—34. Owe heart and a new no man any thing, but to love one another; O house of Israel for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the in the death of his law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adul- God. Wherefore tery, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, Ez. xviii. 27-9 thou shalt not bear false witness, thou shalt after me (said not covet; and if there be any other com- and take up hi mandment, it is briefly comprehended in this Lu. ix. 23. Sta saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neigh- gate ; for many bour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his enter in, and neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of When once th the law. Ro. xiii. 8, 9, 10. For brethren, up, and hatha ye have been called unto liberty; only use stand without not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by ing, Lord, L love serve one another : for all the law is answer and fulfilled in one word, even in this, Thou shalt whence ye love thy neighbour as thyself. Ga. v. 13, 14. &c. L. xii The end of the commandment is charity, out that forsake of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and be my disci of faith unfeigned. 1 Ti. i. 5. For whosoever (said Jesus shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in shall be sav one point, he is guilty of all. For he that find pastur said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do the truth, not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, the Father yet if thou kill, thou art become a trans- and be a gressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, name of as they that shall be judged by the law of sins, and liberty. For he shall have judgment without Ghost: mercy that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy your child rejoiceth against judgment. Ja. ii. 11, 12, 13. as many

13 At the strait gate.] See chap. iii. 2. 8. with many Jesus called a little child unto him, and set exhort, him in the midst of them; and said, Verily I toward say unto you, except ye be converted, and pent ye become as little children, ye shall not enter sins ma into the kingdom of heaven. Mat. xviii. 2, 3. refreshi Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypo- Lord. crites! ye shut up the kingdom of heaven among

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