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and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and 22 ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre

the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; God; yea, let them turn every one from his and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. evil way, and from the violence that is in Mat. xii. 41, 42. Thou art not sent to a their hands. Who can tell if God will turn people of a strange speech, and of an hard and repent, and turn away from his fierce language, but to the house of Israel ; not to anger that we perish not? And God saw many people of a strange speech, and of an their works, that they turned from their evil hard language, whose words thou canst not way: and God repented of the evil that he understand : surely, had I sent thee to them had said that he would do unto them; and they would have hearkened unto thee: but he did it not. Jon. iii. 5--10. the house of Israel will not hearken unto me: 22 It shall be more tolerable, &c.] See for all the house of Israel are impudent and verse 24, and chap. X. 15. It shall be more hard-hearted. Ez. iii. 5—7. The next sabe tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment bath-day came almost the whole city together than for you. Lu. X. 14. That servant which to hear the word of God; but when the Jews knew his lord's will and prepared not himself

, saw the multitudes they were filled with envy, neither did according to his will, shall be and spake against those things which were beaten with many stripes ; but he that knew spoken by Paul, contradicting and blasphem- not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, ing. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, shall be beaten with few stripes; for unto and said, It was necessary that the word of whomsoever much is given, of him shall be God should first have been spoken to you; much required ; and to whom men have com but seeing ye put it from you, and judge mitted much, of him they will seek more. yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we Lu. xii. 47, 48. How shall we escape if we turn to the Gentiles; for so hath the Lord neglect so great salvation, which at the first commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be began to be spoken by the Lord, and was a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be confirmed unto us by them that heard kan. for salvation unto the ends of the earth. He. ij. 3. It is impossible for those who And when the Gentiles heard this they were were once enlightened, and have tasted of the glad, and glorified the word of the Lord; and heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the as many as were ordained to eternal life Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word believed. Ac. xiii. 44–48. When “they” of God, and the powers of the world to come ("the Jews”) agreed not among themselves, if they shall fall away, to renew them again they departed, after that Paul had spoken one unto repentance ; seeing they crucify to thettiword, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias selves the Son of God afresh, and put kita the prophet unto our fathers, saying, Go unto an open shame. For the earth which drinketh this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and and shall not understand, and seeing ye shall bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom see, and not perceive ; for the heart of this it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull but that which beareth thorns and briers is of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; rejected, and is nigh unto cursing ; whose Jest they should see with their eyes, and end is to be burned. He. vi. 4-8. If we hear with their ears, and understand with sin wilfully after that we have received the their heart, and should be converted, and I knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no should heal them. Be it known therefore more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful unto you, that the salvation of God is sent looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. which shall devour the adversaries. He that Ac. xxviii. 25—28.

despised Moses' law, died without mercy Repented long ago.) I abhor myself, and under two or three witnesses ; of how much repent in dust and ashes. Job xlii. 6. So sorer punishment suppose ye shall he be the people of Nineveh believed God, and pro- thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot claimed a fast, and put on sackcloth from the the Son of God, and hath counted the blood greatest of them even to the least of them. of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, For word came unto the king of Nineveh; an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto and he arose from his throne, and he laid his the Spirit of Grace ; for we know him that robe from him, and covered him with sack- hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me: 1 cloth, and sat in ashes; and he caused it to will recompense, saith the Lord; and again, be proclaimed and published through Nineveh, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a by the decree of the king, and his nobles, fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor God. He. X. 26–31. flock, taste any thing; let them not feed, nor Tyre and Sidon.] The burden of Tyre. drink water. But let man and beast be co- Howl, ye ships of Tarshish, for it is laid waste. vered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto so that there is no house, no entering in : be

and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, 23 Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee,

still, ye inhabitants of the isle, thou whom the army to serve a great service against Tyrus, merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, every head was made bald, and every shoulhave replenished : be thou ashamed, 0 Zidon, der was peeled ; yet had he no wages, nor his for the sea hath spoken, even the strength of army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had the sea, I travail not, nor bring forth children, served against it. Ex. xxix. 18. Thus saith neither do I nourish up young men, nor the Lord; for three transgressions of Tyrus, bring up virgins. It shall come to pass that and for four, I will not turn away the punishTyre shall be forgotten seventy years, accord- ment thereof; because they delivered up the ing to the days of one king; after the end of whole captivity to Edom, and remembered seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot, not the brotherly covenant; but I will send a &c. is. xxii. 1, 2, 3. 15, &c. And all the fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of Zidon, the palaces thereof. Am. i. 9, 10. Hamath and the kings of the isles which are beyond also shall border thereby ; Tyrus and Zidon, the sea (were of the nations who drank of the though it be very wise ; and Tyrus did build cup at the Lord's hands). Je. xxv. 22. Thus herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as saith the Lord to "me" (" Jeremiah"), Make the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon streets. Zec. ix. 2, 3. thy neek, and send them to the king of Edom, The day of judgment.] I say unto you, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of That every idle word that men shall speak, the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and they shall give account thereof in the day of to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the judgment. Mat. xii. 36. The Lord knoweth messengers which come to Jerusalem unto how to deliver the godly out of temptations, Zedekiah king of Judah. Je. xxvii. 2, 3. and to reserve the unjust unto the day of Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said judgment to be punished. 2 Pe. ii. 9. The against Jerusalum, Aha! she is broken, that heavens and the earth, which are now, by the was the gates of the people; she is turned same word are kept in store, reserved unto unto me; I shall be replenished now she is fire against the day of judgment and perdition laid waste. Therefore thus saith the Lord of ungodly men. 2 Pe. iii. 7. Herein is God, Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and your love made perfect, that we may have will cause many nations to come up against boldness in the day of judgment, because as thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up. he is, so are we in this world. 1 John iv. 17. And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, Capernaum.] See chap. iv. 13. and viii. 5. and break down her towers : I will also scrape Ye will surely say unto me (said Jesus) this her dust from her, and make her like the top proverb, Physician, heal thyself; whatsoever of a rock: it shall be a place for the spreading we have heard done in Capernaum do also of nets in the midst of the sea; for I have here in thy country (Nazareth). Lu. iv. 23. spoken it, saith the Lord God, and it shall Which art exalted unto heaven.] Thou (O become a spoil to the nations. And her Lucifer, son of the mornnig) hast said in thine daughters which are in the field shall be slain heart, I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt by the sword, and they shall know that I am my throne above the stars of God; I will sit the Lord. Ez. xxvi. 2-6. Son of man, take also upon the mount of the congregation, in up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and the sides of the north : I will ascend above say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God, the heights of the clouds ; I will be like the Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and Most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down perfect in beauty: thine heart was lifted up to hell, to the sides of the pit. Is. xiv. 13-15. because of thy beauty: thou hast corrupted How hath the Lord covered the daughter of thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness : I Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down will cast thee to the ground : I will lay thee from heaven unto the earth the beauty of before kings, that they may behold thee. Israel, and remembered not his footstool in Behold, I am against thee, O Zidon ; and I the day of his anger! La. ii. 1. Son of will be glorified in the midst of thee; and man, take up a lamentation upon the king of they shall know that I am the Lord, when I Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord shall have executed judgments in her, and God, Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom shall be sanctified in her. For I will send and perfect beauty : thou art the anointed into her pestilence, and blood into her streets ; cherub that covereth, and I have set thee so. and the wounded shall be judged in the midst Thou wast upon the holy mountain of God : of her by the sword upon her on every side; thou hast walked up and down in the midst and they shall know that I am the Lord. of the stones of fire : thou wast perfect in thy Ex. xxviii. 12. 17. 22, 23. Son of man, ways from the day that thou wast created till Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon caused his iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude

had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day, 24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land 25 of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. At that time

Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven

of thy merchandise they have filled the midst haughty, and committed abomination before of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned : me. Therefore, I took them away as I saw good. therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the Ez. xvi. 48, 49, 50. The angels which kept mountain of God; I will destroy thee, 0 not their first estate, but left their own ha covering cherub, from the midst of the stones bitation, he hath reserved in everlasting of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of chains under darkness unto the judgment of thy beauty: thou hast corrupted thy wis- the great day, even as Sodom and Gomorrlua, dom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast and the cities about them, in like manner, thee to the ground; I will lay thee before giving themselves over to fornication, and kings, that they may behold thee. All they going after strange flesh, are set forth for an that know thee shall be astonished at thee; example, suffering the vengeance of eternal thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be fire. Jude 6, 7. Their dead bodies shall lie any more. Ez. xxviii. 12. 14–17. 19, 20. in the street of the great city, which spiritually I made the nations to shake at the sound of is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our his (Pharaoh's) fall, when I cast him down to Lord was crucified. Re. xi. 8. hell with them that descend into the pit. More tolerable, &c.] See verse 14. and They also went down into hell with him, chap. x. 15. The punishment of the iniquity unto them that be slain with the sword. Ez. of the daughter of my people is greater than Xxxi. 16, 17. Though “thou” (“ Edom") the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou overthrown as in a moment, and no hands set thy nest among the stars, thence will I stayed on her. Lam. iv. 6. bring thee down, saith the Lord. Obad. 4. 25 Jesus answered and said.] In that hour Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou Lu. xiv. 11. If God spared not the angels hast hid these things from the wise and prothat sinned, but cast them down to hell, and dent, and hast revealed them unto babes, even delivered them into chains of darkness, to be so, Father ; for so it seemed good in thy sight

. reserved unto judgment; and spared not the Lu. X. 21. old world, but saved Noe, the eighth person, I thank thee, O Father.] Now therefore a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the our God, we thank thee said David), and flood upon the world of the ungodly; and praise thy glorious name.' i Ch. xxix. 13. turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha i thank thee and praise thee, O thou God of into ashes, condemned them with an over- my fathers (said Daniel), who hast giren me throw, making them an ensample unto those wisdom, and might, and hast made known that after should live ungodly; and delivered unto me now what we desired of thee ; for just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation thou hast now made known unto us the king's of the wicked (for that righteous man dwell- matter. Da. ii. 23. Jesus lifted up his eyes ing among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast his righteous soul from day to day with their heard me. John xi. 41. We are bound to unlawful deeds); the Lord knoweth how give thanks alway to God for you, brethren, to deliver the godly out of temptations, and beloved of the Lord, because God hath from to reserve the unjust unto the day of judg- the beginning chosen you to salvation through ment to be punished. 2 Pe. ii. 4–9. sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the

In Sodom.] The men of Sodom were truth ; whereunto he called you by our Gos wicked and sinners before the Lord exceed- pel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord ingly. Ge. xiii. 13. The Lord rained upon Jesus Christ. 2 The. ii. 13, 14. Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire Lord of heaven and earth.] And he (Melfrom the Lord out of heaven: and he over- chizedek) blessed " him" (" Abram"), and threw those cities, and all the plain, and all said, Blessed be Abram of the Most High God, the inhabitants of the cities, and that which possessor of heaven and earth. Ge. xiv. 19. grew upon the ground. Ge. xix. 24, 25. As And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have I live, saith the Lord God, Sodom thy sister lift up mine hand unto the Lord the Most hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou High God, the possessor of heaven and earth. (Jerusalem) hast done, thou and thy daugh. Ge. xiv. 22. Behold, the heaven and the ters. Behold, this was the iniquity of thy heaven of heavens is the Lord's thy God; the sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and earth also with all that therein is. Only the abundance of idleness was in her, and in her Lord had a delight in thy fathers to love daughters ; neither did she strengthen the them, and he chose their seed after them, asen hand of the poor and needy. And they were you, above all people, as it is this day. De. I.

and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and

14, 15. Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall and said, O Lord God of Israel, which dwell- see out of obscurity and out of darkness. est between the cherubims, thou art the God, The meek also shall increase their joy, and even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. One of Israel. Is. xxix. 10-14. 18, 19. 2 Ki. xix. 15. Thus saith the Lord, The And when he (Jesus) was alone, they that heaven is my throne, and the earth is my foot- were about him with the twelve asked of him stool : where is the house that ye build unto the parable (of the sower). And he said unto me? and where is the place of my rest? Is. them, Unto you it is given to know the myslxvi. I. All the inhabitants of the earth are tery of the kingdom of God, but unto them reputed as nothing; and he doeth according to that are without, all these things are done in his will in the army of heaven, and among the parables. That seeing they may see, and not inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay perceive, and hearing they may hear, and not his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? understand, lest at any time they should be Da. iv. 35. God, that made the world, and converted, and their sins should be forgiven all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of them. Mar. iv. 10, 11, 12. Have any of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on made with hands. Ac. xvii. 24.

him? But this people, who knoweth not the Because thou hast hid these things, &c.]. It law, are cursed. John vii. 48, 49. For judgis given unto you to know the mysteries of the ment I am come into this world (said Jesus), kingdom of heaven, but to them (the peo- that they which see not might see; and that ple), it is not given; for whosoever hath, they which see might be blind. And some of to him shall be given, and he shall have more the Pharisees which were with him heard these abundance, but whosoever hath not, from him words, and said unto him, Are we blind also ? shall be taken away even that he hath. Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye Therefore speak I to them in parables ; be- should have no sin; but now ye say, We see, cause they seeing, see not; and hearing, they therefore your sin remaineth. John ix. 39, hear not; neither do they understand. And 40, 41. Lord, who hath believed our report in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, (said Esaias), and to whom hath the arm of which saith, By hearing ye shall hear and the Lord been revealed ? Therefore they shall not understand ; and seeing ye shall see could not believe (said the evangelist), beand shall not perceive: for this people's heart cause that Esaias said again, He hath blinded is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of their eyes, and hardened their heart, that hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should not see with their eyes, nor unat any time they should see with their eyes, derstand with their heart, and be converted, and hear with their ears, and should under- and I should heal them. John xii. 38, 39, stand with their heart, and should be con- 40. Israel hath not obtained that which he verted, and I should heal them. But blessed seeketh for ; but the election hath obtained it, are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, and the rest were blinded. (According as it for they hear. Mat. xiii

. 11–16. Woe unto is written (by Esaias), God hath given them them that are wise in their own eyes and the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should prudent in their own sight. Is. v. 21. The see not, and ears that they should not hear) Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of unto this day. And David saith, Let their deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes; the table be made a snare, and a trap, and a prophets, and your rulers, the seers, hath he stumbling-block, and a recompence unto covered. And the vision of all is become unto them. Let their eyes be darkened, that they "you" (the Jews”), as the words of a may not see, and bow down their back alway. book that is sealed, which men deliver to one Ro. xi. 7-10. The preaching of the cross is that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee; to them that perish foolishness, but unto us and he saith, I cannot, for it is sealed; and the which are saved it is the power of God. Por book is delivered to him that is not learned, it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the saying, Read this, I pray thee, and he saith, I wise, and will bring to nothing the underam not learned. Wherefore the Lord said, For- standing of the prudent. Where is the wise ? asmuch as this people draw near me with their Where is the Scribe? Where is the disputer mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but of this world? Hath not God made foolish have removed their heart far from me, and their the wisdom of this world ? For after that in fear toward me is taught by the precept of men; the wisdom of God the world by wisdom therefore behold, I will proceed to do a marvel- knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishlous work among this people, even a marvellous ness of preaching to save them that believe. work and a wonder. For the wisdom of For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks their wise men shall perish, and the under- seek after wisdom. But we preach Christ standing of their prudent men shall be hid. crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, And in that day shall the deaf hear the words and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto

26 prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father for 27 so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me

them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, linen ephod. 1 Sa, ii. 18. Ere the larop of Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. God went out in the temple of the Lord, Because the foolishness of God is wiser than where the ark of God was, and Samuel was men ; and the weakness of God is stronger laid down to sleep, the Lord called Samuel, than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, and he answered, Here am I. The Lord how that not many wise men after the flesh, revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh, by the not many mighty, not many noble are called. word of the Lord. 1 Sa. iii. 3, 4, 21. Out But God hath chosen the foolish things of the of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou world to confound the wise, and God hath ordained strength because of thine enemies, chosen the weak things of the world to con- that thou mightest still the enemy and the found the things which are mighty; and base avenger. Ps. viii. 2. Before I formed thee in things of the world, and things which are the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I which are not, to bring to nought things that ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. are: that no flesh should glory in his pre- Then said I, Ah, Lord God; behold, I cannot sence. 1 Co. i. 18—29. Howbeit we speak speak, for I am a child. But the Lord said wisdom among them that are perfect, yet not unto me (Jeremiah), Say not I am a child; the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, of this world, that come to nought. But we and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even speak. Be not afraid of their faces, for I am the hidden wisdom which God ordained be with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. Je fore the world unto our glory. 1 Co. ii. 6, 7. i. 5-8. Suffer little children to come anto Let no man deceive himself; if any man me, and forbid them not, for of such is the among you seemeth to be wise in this world, kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of For the wisdom of this world is foolishness God as a little child, he shall not enter with God; for it is written, He taketh the therein. And he took them up in his arms, wise in their own craftiness, and again, The put his hands upon them, and blessed them Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise that Mar. x. 14, 15, 16, God hath chosen the they are vain. 1 Co. iii. 18, 19, 20. Their foolish things of the world to confound the minds (of the children of Israel) were blinded; wise, and God hath chosen the weak things for until this day remaineth the same vail of the world to confound the things which are untaken away in the reading of the Old Tes- mighty. ] Co. i. 27. tament, which vail is done away in Christ, 26 So it seemed good in thy sight.) Why 2 Co. ii. 14. If our Gospel be hid, it is hid dost thou strive against him? for he giveth to them that are lost, in whom the God of this not account of any of his matters. Job xxiit

. world hath blinded the minds of them which 13. My counsel shall stand (saith God), and believe not, lest the light of the glorious I will do all my pleasure. Is. xlvi. 10. Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will should shine unto them. For we preach not have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and Ro. ix. 18. O the depth of the riches both of ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake : for the wisdom and knowledge of God! How God who commanded the light to shine out unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give past finding out; for who hath known the the light of the knowledge of the glory of God mind of the Lord? or who hath been his in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Co. iv. 3–6. counsellor? or who hath first given to him,

And hast revealed them unto babes.] Blessed and it shall be recompensed unto him art thou, Simon Barjona, for flesh and blood again? For of him, and through him, and to hath not revealed it (his knowledge of Christ) him are all things; to whom be glory for unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven,

Amen. Ro. xi. 33-36.

He hath Mat. xvi. 17. Except ye be converted, and abounded toward us in all wisdom and prubecome as little children, ye shall not enter dence, having made known unto us the mysinto the kingdom of God. Whosoever there. tery of his will, according to his good pleasure fore shall humble himself as this little child, which he hath purposed in himself

. În the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven, whom also we have obtained an inheritance, Mat. xviii. 3, 4. Hearest thou what these being predestinated according to the purpose (children) say? And Jesus saith unto them, of him who worketh all things after the counYea, have ye never read, Out of the mouths sel of his will. Ep. i. 9. 11. Unto me is this of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected grace given (said Paul), that I should preach praise ? Mat. xxi. 16. Samuel ministered among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches before the Lord, being a child, girded with a of Christ. To the intent that now unto the

ever.

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