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of power to stablish you according to my him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, I say unto you, that the publicans and the (according to the revelation of the mystery harlots go into the kingdom of God before which was kept secret since the world began, you; for John came unto you in the way of but now is made manifest, and by the Scrip- righteousness, and ye believed him not ; but the tures of the prophets, according to the com- publicans and the harlots believed him : and mandment of the everlasting God, made known ye, when ye had seen it; repented not afterto all nations for the obedience of faith ;) to ward that ye might believe him. Mat. xxi. God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ 23–32. All the people that heard him, and for eyer, Amen. Ro. xvi. 25, 26, 27. I am the publicans, justified God, being baptized made a minister, according to the dispensation with the baptism of John; but the Pharisees of God, which is given to me for you, to fulfil and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against he word of God; even the mystery which themselves, being not baptized of him. Lu. lath been hid from ages, and from genera- vii. 29, 30. Strive to enter in at the strait ions, but now is made manifest to his saints. gate; for many, I say unto you, will seek to Co whom God would make known what is enter in, and shall not be able. Lu, xiii. 24. he riches of the glory of this mystery among the law and the prophets were until John; he Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope since that time the kingdom of God is preachf glory. Col. i. 25, 26, 27. Who (Christ) ed, and every man presseth into it. Lu. xvi. lath saved us, and called us with an holy 16. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, alling; not according to our works, but ac- but for that meat which endureth unto everording to his own purpose and grace, which lasting life, which the Son of man shall give vas given us in Christ Jesus before the world unto you; for him hath God the Father egan, but is now made manifest by the ap- sealed. John vi. 27. Put on the whole arearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath mour of God, that ye may be able to stand bolished death, and hath brought life and against the wiles of the devil; for we wrestle mmortality to light through the Gospel. 2 not against flesh and blood, but against prin Ti, i. 9, 10. God having provided some bet- cipalities, against powers, against the rulers of er thing for us, that they (the excellent per the darkness of this world, against spiritual ons of old time) without us should not be wickedness in high places. Wherefore take nade perfect. He. xi. 40. Of which salva- unto you the whole armour of God, that ye ion the prophets have enquired and searched may be able to withstand in the evil day; iligently, who prophesied of the grace that and having done all, to stand. Ep. vi. 11, 12, hould come unto you. 1 Pe. i. 10.

13. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have 12 From the days of John the Baptist.] always obeyed, not as in my presence only, Vhen he was come into the temple, the chief but now much more in my absence; work riests and the elders of the people came unto out your own salvation with fear, and tremim as he was teaching, and said, By what bling, for it is God which worketh in you, uthority doest thou these things ? and who both to will and to do of his good pleasure. ave thee this authority? And Jesus answered, Phi. ii. 12, 13. nd said unto them, I also will ask you one 13 All the prophets and the law, &c.] See hing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will chap. v. 17, 18. And he shall turn the heart ell you by what authority I do these things; of the fathers to the children, and the heart 'he baptism of John, whence was it? from of the children to their fathers, lest I come eaven, or of men ? And they reasoned with and smite the earth with a curse. Mal. iv. 6. hemselves, saying, If we shall say from hea- Beginning at Moses, and all the prophets, he en, he will say unto us, Why did ye not then expounded unto them in all the Scriptures elieve him? But if we shall say, Of men, we the things concerning himself. And he said ear the people ; for all hold John as a prophet. unto them, These are the words which I ind they answered Jesus, and said, We can- spake unto you, while I was yet with you, ot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell that all things must be fulfilled which were

you by what authority I do these things. But written in the law of Moses, and in the proi bat think ye? A certain man had two sons; phets, and in the Psalms, concerning me. Lu. nd he came to the first, and said, Son, go work xxiv. 27. 44. Had ye believed Moses (said D-day in my vineyard. He answered and Jesus), ye would have believed me; for he aid, I will not; but afterward he repented, wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writnd went. And he came to the second, and ings, how shall ye believe my words ? John aid likewise. And he answered and said, I v. 46, 47. For Moses truly said unto the 'o, Sir; and went not: whether of them twain fathers (said Peter), A prophet shall the Lord lid the will of his father? They say unto your God raise up unto you of your brethren,

15 will receive it, this is Elias, which was for. to come. He that 16 hath ears to hear, let him hear. But whereunto shall I liken this

generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and 17 calling unto their fellows, And saying, We have piped unto you

like unto me, him shall ye hear in all things Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. John i. 21. whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it 23. I saw (said John in his vision) the souls shall come to pass, that every soul which will of them that were beheaded for the witness of not hear that Prophet shall be destroyed from Jesus, and for the word of God. Re. XI. 4. among the people ; yea, and all the prophets See chap. xvii. 10. and xxvii. 47. from Samuel, and those that follow after, as 15 That hath ears to hear.] Who hath many as have spoken, have likewise foretold ears to hear let him hear. Then shall the of these days. Ac. iii. 22, 23, 24. They that righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because dom of their father. Who hath ears to bear, they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the let him hear. Mat. xiii. 9. 43. And he said prophets which are read every Sabbath-day, unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him they have fulfilled them in condemning him. hear. If any man have ears to hear, let him Ac. xiii. 27. But now the righteousness of hear. Mar. iv. 9. 23. ; vii. 16. and Lu. viii & God without the law is manifested, being He that hath an ear to hear, let him her witnessed by the law and the prophets. Ro. what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Re. ii. 21.

ii. 7. 11. 17. 29. ; iii. 6. 13. 22. 14 If ye will receive it.] And they (saith 16 Whereunto shall I liken this generation'] the Lord) whether they will hear, or whether What things shall I take to witness for thee! they will forbear (for they are a rebellious What thing shall I liken to thee, 0 danghter house), yet shall know that there hath been a of Jerusalem? What shall I equal to thee, prophet among them. Ez. ii. 5. Moreover, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of he said unto me, Son of man, all my words Zion? For thy breach is great like the sea that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine who can heal thee? La. ii. 13. Whereunto heart, and hear with thine ears; and go, get shall we liken the kingdom of God! or with thee to them of the captivity, unto the chil- what comparison shall we compare it? Mor dren of thy people, and speak unto them, and iv. 30. Then said he (Jesus), Unto what is 'tell them, Thus saith the Lord God, whether the kingdom of God like? and whereunto they will hear, or whether they will forbear. shall I resemble it? Lu. xiii. 18. Ez. iii. 10, 11. I have yet many things to This generation.] See chap. xii. 34. Ve. say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. rily I say unto you, All these things shall John xvi. 12. I have fed you with milk and come upon this generation. Mat. xxii. 36. not with meat ; for hitherto ye were not able This generation shall not pass till all these to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 1 Co. things be fulfilled. Mat. xxiv. 34. iii. 2.

It is like unto children.] Whereunto then This is Elias.] And his disciples asked shall I liken the men of this generation and him, saying, Why then say the Scribes that to what are they like? They are like wito Elias must first come? And Jesus answered children sitting in the market-place, and alland said unto them, Elias truly shall first ing one to another, and saying, We have come and restore all things; but I say unto piped unto you, and ye have not danced ; ** you, that Elias is come already. Then the have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. disciples understood that he spake unto them for John the Baptist came neither eating of John the Baptist. Mat. xvii. 10–13. bread nor drinking wine ; and ye say he hath Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet, a devil: the Son of man is come eating and before the coming of the great and dreadful drinking, and ye say, Behold, a gluttonous day of the Lord. Mal. iv. 5. Why say the man, and a wine-bibber, a friend of publicana Scribes that Elias must first come? And he and sinners! but wisdom is justified of all her (Jesus) answered and told them, Elias verily children. Lu, vii. 31–35. cometh first and restoreth all things ; but I 17 We have piped, &c.] Whom shall be say unto you, that Elias is indeed come. teach knowledge? And whom shall he make Mar. ix. 11–13. He (John) shall go before to understand doctrine ?

Them that are him (the Lord) in the spirit of Elias, to turn weaned from the milk, and drawn from the the hearts of the fathers to the children, and breasts. For precept must be upon precrpi, the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to precept upon precept ; line upon line, fine make ready a people prepared for the Lord. upon line; here a little and there a little ; for Lu. i. 17. Art thou Elias? (said the priests with stammering lips and another tongue will and Levites to John.) And he saith, I am he speak to this people. To whom he said

, not. Art thou that prophet? And he an. This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the swered, No! I am the voice of one crying in weary to rest ; and this is the refreshing : Fet the wilderness, Make straight the way of the they would not hear. But the word of the and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and 18 they say, He hath a devil. The Son of man came eating and 19.

Lord was unto them precept upon precept, He (John) shall be great in the sight of the precept upon precept, line upon line, line Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong upon line; here a little and there a little; drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy that they might go and fall backward, and be Ghost, even from his mother's womb. Lu. i. broken, and snared, and taken. Is. xxviii. 15. I keep under my body, and bring it into 9-13. Though I be free from all men, yet subjection, lest that by any means when I have I (Paul) made myself servant unto all, have preached to others I myself should be a that I might gain the more; and unto the castaway. I Co. ix. 27. Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain He hath a devil.] See chap. x. 25. Then the Jews; to them that are under the law, as Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord, under the law, that I might gain them that and one said unto him, Is all well? Whereare under the law; to them that are without fore came this mad fellow (the young prophet law, as without law, (being not without law to sent by Elijah to anoint Jehu) to thee? And God, but under the law to Christ,) that I he said unto them, Ye know the man and his might gain them that are without law; to the communication. 2 Ki. ix. 11. Thus speaketh weak became I as weak, that I might gain the Lord of hosts, Because “ thou" (" Shethe weak; I am made all things to all men, maiah") hast sent letters in thy name unto all that I might by all means save some ; and the people that are at Jerusalem, and to Zethis I do for the Gospel's sake, that I might phaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying, be partaker thereof with you. I Co. ix. The Lord hath made thee priest in the stead 19-23.

of Jehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers Piped.] See chap. ix. 15. 23. And all the in the house of the Lord, for every man that people came up after him (Solomon), and the is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the great joy, so that the earth rent with the stocks. Now therefore, why hast thou not sound of them. 1 Ki. i. 40. Ye shall have a reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth, which maketh song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is himself a prophet to you ? Je. xxix. 25, 26. kept; and gladness of heart, as when one The days of visitation are come ; the days of goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain recompence are come ; Israel shall know it: of the Lord, to the Mighty One of Israel. the prophet is a fool ; the spiritual man is Is. xxx. 29. Consider ye, and call for the mad; for the multitude of thine iniquity, and mourning women, that they may come, and the great hatred. Ho. ix. 7. The people send for cunning women, that they may answered and said (to Jesus), Thou hast a come; and let them make haste, and take up devil, who goeth about to kill thee? John a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down vii. 20. Say we not well that thou art a with tears, and our eyelids gush out with Samaritan, and hast a devil ? John viii. 48. waters. For a voice of wailing is heard out Many of them said, He hath a devil and is of Zion, How are we spoiled ? We are greatly mad; why hear ye him? John X. 20. And confounded because we have forsaken the as he (Paul) thus spake for himself, Festus land ; because our dwellings have cast us out. said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside Je. ix. 17-19. Again I will build thee, and thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. thou shalt be built, ( virgin of Israel; thou Ac. xxvi. 24. See chap. ix. 34. and xxi. 32. shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and 19 Came eating and drinking.] See chap. shalt go forth in the dances of them that make xii. 32. And Levi made him (Jesus) a great merry. Je. xxxi. 4. Now his elder son (the feast in his own house : and there was a great brother of the prodigal) was in the field, and company of publicans and of others that sat as he came and drew nigh to the house, he down with them ; but their Scribes and Phaheard music and dancing. Lu. xv. 25. risees murmured against his disciples, saying,

18 John came neither eating nor drinking:] Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and See chap. iii. 4. I sat not in the assembly of sinners ? Lu. v. 29, 30. The Son of man is the mockers, nor rejoiced ; I sat alone, because come eating and drinking; and ye say, Beof thy hand, for thou hast filled me with hold a gluttonous man, and a wine-bibber; a indignation. Je. xv. 17. Thou shalt not also friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom go into the house of feasting, to sit with them is justified of all her children. And one of to eat and to drink; for thus saith the Lord the Pharisees desired him that he would eat of hosts, the God of Israel, Behold, I will with him; and he went into the Pharisee's cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, house, and sat down to meat. Lu. vii. 34–36. and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the And it came to pass, as he went into the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat and the voice of the bride. Je. xvi. 8, 9, bread, on the sabbath day, that they watched VOL. II.

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drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a wineş bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified 20 of her children. Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein

him. Lu. xiv. 1. And both Jesus was called Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, and his disciples, to the marriage (in Cana of be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and Galilee). John ii. 2. There (in Bethany) unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the they made him a supper, and Martha (the four beasts said Amen. Re. v. 11-14. sister of Lazarus) served. John xii. 2. Let Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksevery one of us please his neighbour, for his giving, and honour, and power, and might be good to edification. Ro. xv. 2.

unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. A friend of publicans, &c.] See chap. ix. Re. vii, 12. 10,11.

20 Began he, &c.] Woe unto thee, ChoBut wisdom is justified.] O Lord, how razin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida ! for if the great are thy works, and thy thoughts are mighty works had been done in Tyre and very deep; a brutish man knoweth not, nei. Sidon which have been done in you, they had ther doth a fool understand this. Ps. xcii. a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth 5, 6. Wisdom is before him that hath under- and ashes; but it shall be more tolerable for standing; but the eyes of a fool are in the Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for ends of the earth. Pr. xvii. 24. All the you; and thou, Capernaum, which art exalted people that heard him, and the publicans, justic to heaven, shalt be thrust down to bell. L«. fied God, being baptized with the baptism of x. 13–15. John. But wisdom is justified of all her Upbraid the cities.] My people would not children. Lu. vii. 29. 35. We preach Christ hearken to my voice, and Israel would none crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, of me; so I gave them up unto their own and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto hearts' lust; and they walked in their own them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, counsels. Oh, that my people had hearkened Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser Ps. lxxxi. 11–13. Hear, 0 heavens ; and than men; and the weakness of God is give ear, 0 earth: for the Lord hath spoken, stronger than men. For ye see your calling, I have nourished and brought up children, brethren, how that not many wise men after and they have rebelled against me; the ox the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's are called ; but God hath chosen the foolish crib : but Israel doth not know, my people things of the world to confound the wise ; doth not consider. Ah, sinful nation, a people and God hath chosen the weak things of the laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, chilworld to confound the things which are dren that are corrupters! they have forsaken mighty; and the base things of the world, the Lord; they have provoked the Holy One and things which are despised, hath God of Israel unto anger; they are gone away chosen, yea, and things which are not, to backward! Why should ye be stricken any bring to nought things that are, that no flesh more? Ye will revolt more and more: the should glory in his presence. I Co. i. 23—29. whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. Unto me (said Paul), who am less than the Is. i. 2–5. Hear ye now what the Lord least of all saints, is this grace given, that I saith, Arise, contend thou before the mounshould preach among the Gentiles the un- tains, and let the hills hear thy voice; hear searchable riches of Christ, and to make all ye, O mountains, the Lord's controversy, and men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, ye strong foundations of the earth ; for the which from the beginning of the world hath Lord hath a controversy with his people, and been hid in God, who created all things by he will plead with Israel. O my people, what Jesus Christ, to the intent, that now unto the have I done unto thee, and wherein have ! principalities and powers in heavenly places wearied thee ? Testify against me ; for! might be known by the church the manifold brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and wisdom of God. Ep. iii. 8–10. And I be- redeemed thee out of the house of servants held, and I heard the voice of many angels and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and round about the throne, and the beasts and Miriam. O my people, remember now what the elders : and the number of them was ten Balak, king of Moab, consulted, and what thousand times ten thousand, and thousands Balaam, the son of Beor, answered him from of thousands, saying with a loud voice, Worthy Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the is the Lamb that was slain to receive power

, righteousness of the Lord. Mi. vi. l-5. and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and o faithless generation, how long shall I be honour, and glory, and blessing; and every with you ? how long shall I suffer you? creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, Mar. ix. 19. Afterwards he (Jesus) appeared and under the earth, and such as are in the in another form unto two of them (his diser sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, ples), and upbraided them with their unbelief most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not : Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the 21 mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre

and hardness of heart, because they believed And the fifth angel poured out his vial, and not them which had seen him after he was they gnawed their tongues for pain, and risen. Mar. xvi. 14. If any of you lack blasphemed the God of heaven, because of wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all their pains and their sores, and repented not men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall of their deeds. Re. xvi. 9—11. be given him. Ja. i. 5.

21 Woe unto thee, Choraxin.] Woe unto Because they repented not.] The men of the world because of offences; for it must Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this needs be that offences come : but woe to that generation, and shall condemn it; because man by whom the offence cometh. Mat. they repented at the preaching of Jonas, and, xviii. 7. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharibehold, a greater than Jonas is here. Mat. sees, hypocrites! woe unto you, ye blind xii. 41.' What think ye (said Jesus)? A cer- guides ; ye fools and blind ; fill ye up then tain man had two sons; and he came to the the measure of your fathers ; ye serpents, ye first and said, Son, go work to-day in my generation of vipers, how can ye escape the vineyard; he answered and said, I will not: damnation of hell? O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, but afterward he repented and went. And thou that killest the prophets, and stonest he came to the second, and said likewise; them which are sent unto thee, how often and he answered and said, I go, sir; and went would I have gathered thy children together, not. Whether of them twain did the will of even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her his father? They say unto him, The first. wings, and ye would not; behold, your house Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, is left unto you desolate. Mat. xxiii. 13-39. that the publicans and the harlots go into the The Son of man goeth as it is written of him, kingdom of God before you : for John came but woe unto that man by whom the Son of unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye man is betrayed; it had been good for that believed him not, but the publicans and harlots man if he had not been born. Mat. xxvi. 24. believed him; and ye, when ye had seen it, Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! Wilt thou not repented not afterward, that ye might believe be made clean? When shall it once be ? him. Mat. xxi. 28–32. I hearkened and Je. xii. 27. Woe unto you, Pharisees ; woe heard (saith the Lord) but they spake not unto you, Seribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! aright: no man repented him of his wicked- woe unto you also, ye lawyers; for ye have ness, saying, What have I done ? Every one taken away the key of knowledge, &c. Lu. turneth to his course, as the horse rusheth xi. 42–52. Woe unto "them" (" that speak into the battle. Je. viii. 6. The times of evil of those things which they know not"), for this ignorance (of the Gentiles) God winked they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran at; but now commandeth all men every greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, where to repent. Ac. xvii. 30. The servant and perished in the gainsaying of Core. of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle Jude 11. unto all men, apt to teach, patient ; in meek- Bethsaida, &c.] And he straightway conness instructing those that oppose themselves. strained his disciples to get into the

ship, and If God peradventure will give them repent- to go to the other side, before unto Bethsaida. ance to the acknowledgment of the truth; Mar. vi. 45. And he (Jesus) cometh to Bethand that they may recover themselves out of saida, and they bring a blind man unto him, the snare of the devil, who are taken captive and besought him to touch him. Mar. viii. by him at his will. 2 T'i. ii. 24—26. And I 22. And he took "them" ("his disciples"), gave “her” ("the church at Thyatira") space and went aside privately into a desert place to repent of her fornication, and she repented belonging to the city called Bethsaida. Lu. not. Re. ii. 21. The rest of the men which ix. 10. Now Philip (the apostle) was of Bethwere not killed by these plagues (which came saida, the city of Andrew, and Peter. John out from the bottomless pit), yet repented not i. 44. The same (certain Greeks) came thereof the works of their hands, that they should fore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galinot worship the devils, and idols of gold, and lee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood, see Jesus. John xii. 21. which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk. For if the mighty works, &c.] The men of Neither repented they of their murders, nor Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this geneof their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor ration, and shall condemn it, because they of their thefts. Re. ix. 20, 21. And men repented at the preaching of Jonas, and, bewere scorched with great heat (by the vial of hold, a greater than Jonas is here. The the fourth angel), and blasphemed the name queen of the south shall rise up in the judgof God, which hath power over these plagues, ment with this generation, and shall condemn and they repented not, to give him glory. it; for she came from the uttermost parts of

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