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them, go thou to the sea, and cast' an hook, and take up the 'fish that first cometh up ; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.


1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is 2 the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little

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from all men, yet have I made myself servant know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that unto all, that I might gain the more. And though he was rich, yet for our sakes he beunto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I came poor, that ye through his poverty might might gain the Jews. To them that are be rich. 2 Co. viii. 9. Hearken, my beloved under the law, as under the law, that I might brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this gain them that are under the law. To them world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom, that are without law, as without law (being which he hath promised to them that love him? not without law to God, but under the law to Ja. ii. 5. Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, Chap. XVIII.-1 The same time.] And that I might gain the weak. I am made all he came to Capernaum, and being in the things to all men, that I might by all means house, he asked “them” (his disciples"),

1 Co. ix. 19–22. Give none What was it that ye disputed among youuroffence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gen- selves by the way? But they held their tiles, nor to the church of God. Even as I peace, for by the way they had disputed please all men in all things, not seeking mine among themselves who should be the greatest. own profit, but the profit of many, that they Mar. ix. 33, 34, &c. may be saved. 1 Co. x. 32, 33. We beseech Who is the greatest.] Then came to you that ye receive not the grace of God in “him” (“ Jesus) the mother of Zebedee's vain, giving no offence in any thing, that the children with ber sons, worshipping him, and ministry be not blamed. 2 Co. vi. 3. Ab- desiring a certain thing of him. And he said stain from all appearance of evil. 1 The. v. unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto 22. Young men exhort to be sober-minded, him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, in all things shewing thyself a pattern of good the one on thy right hand, and the other on works. In doctrine shewing uncorruptness, the left, in thy kingdom. Jesus answered gravity, sincerity, sound speech that cannot and said, Ye know not what ye ask. be condemned; that he that is of the contrary able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to and be baptized with the baptism that I am say of you. Ti. ii. 7, 8.

baptized with ? They say unto him, We are And take up the fish, &c.] And God able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall blessed them (male and female), and God said drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with unto them, Have dominion over the fish of the baptism that I am baptized with ; but to the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over sit on my right hand and on my left is not every living thing that moveth upon the earth. mine to give. But it shall be given to them Ge. i. 28. I have commanded the ravens to for whom it is prepared of my Father. And feed thee (said the word of the Lord to when the ten heard it, they were moved with Elijah). I Ki. xvii. 4. Thou (Lord) madest indignation against the two brethren. But the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye and whatsoever passeth through the paths of know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise the sea.

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. 8. Now the Lord had pre- dominion over them, and they that are great pared a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and exercise authority upon them; but it shall Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days not be so among you. But whosoever will be and three nights. Jonah i. 17. And the great among you, let him be your minister; Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out and whosoever will be chief among you, let Jonah upon the dry land. Jonah ii. 10. him be your servant. Even as the Son of Thou madest him (the Son of man) a little man came not to be ministered unto, but to lower than the angels, thou crownedst him minister, and to give his life a ransom for with glory and honour, and didst set him over many. Mat. xx. 20—28. He that is greatest the works of thy hands. Thou hast put all among you, shall be your servant. Mat. sü. things in subjection under his feet. He. 11. By the way they (the disciples) bsd ii. 7, 8.

disputed among themselves who should be the That take, and give unto them.] For ye greatest. Mar. ix. 34. James and John, the

child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily 3 I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little chil

sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom Master, we would that thou shouldest do for of God as a little child, he shall not enter us whatsoever we shall desire. And he said therein. Mar. x. 14, 15. unto them, What would ye that I should do 2 A little child unto him.] Then were for you? They said unto him, Grant unto there brought unto him little children, that he us that we may sit one on thy right hand, and should put his hands on them, and pray. Mat. another on thy left hand, in thy glory. But xix. 13. And now, O Lord my God (said Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye Solomon), thou hast made thy servant king, ask. Can ye drink of the cup that I drink instead of David my father, and I am but a of? And be baptized with the baptism that little child : I know not how to go out or I am baptized with ? And they say unto to come in. 1 Ki. iii. 7. Then said “I” him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, (“ Jeremiah," when the Lord declared that Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink he had ordained him a prophet), Ah! of, and with the baptism that I am baptized Lord God, behold, I cannot speak, for I am a withal, shall ye be baptized. But to sit on child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, my right hand and on my left hand, is not I am a child; for thou shalt go to all that I mine to give; but it shall be given to them shall send thee ; and whatsoever I command for whom it is prepared.

And when the ten thee thou shalt speak. Je. i. 6, 7. And he heard it, they began to be much displeased (Jesus) took a child, and set him in the midst with James and John. But Jesus called them of them; and when he had taken him in his to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall they which are accounted to rule over the receive one of such children in my name, Gentiles, exercise lordship over them, and receiveth me, and whosoever shall receive me, their great ones exercise authority upon them; receiveth not me, but him that sent me. Mar. but so shall it not be among you.

But who- ix. 36, 37. soever will be great among you, shall be your 3 Verily I say unto you.] See chap. v. 18; minister. And whosoever of you will be the vi. 2. 5. 16. Verily I say unto you, hereafter chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of Son of man came not to be ministered unto, God ascending and descending upon the Son but to minister, and to give his life a ransom of man. John i. 51. Verily, verily, I say unto for many. Mar. X. 35–45. There arose a thee, except a man be born again, he cannot reasoning among them which of them should see the kingdom of God. John iii. 3. be greatest. And Jesus perceiving the Except ye be converted.] See chap. xiii. 15, thought of their heart, took a child and set Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew him by him, and said unto them, Whosoever a right spirit within me ; cast me not away shall receive this child in my name, receiveth from thy presence; and take not thy holy me, and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth spirit from me! Restore unto me the joy of him that sent me. For he that is least among thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free you all, the same shall be great. Lu. ix. 46, spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy 47, 48. There was also a strife among them, ways, and sinners shall be converted unto which of them should be accounted the thee. Ps. li. 10–13. Surely I have behaved greatest. And he said unto them, The kings and quieted myself as a child that is weaned of of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; his mother; my soul is even as a weaned child, and they that exercise authority upon them Ps. cxxxi. 2. Make the heart of this people are called benefactors : but ye shall not be so. fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their But he that is greatest among you let him be eyes ; lest they see with their eyes, and hear as the younger; and he that is chief as he with their ears, and understand with their that doth serve. Lu. xxii. 24–27. Be heart, and convert and be healed. Is. vi. 10. kindly affectioned one to another with bro- Unto them that are without all these things therly love, in honour preferring one another. are done in parables, that seeing they may Ro. xii. 10. Let nothing be done through see, and not perceive ; and hearing they may strife or vain-glory, but in lowliness of mind hear, and not understand ; lest at any time let each esteem other better than themselves, they should be converted, and their sins Phi. ii. 3.

should be forgiven them. Mar. iv. 11, 12. In the kingdom of heaven.] See chap. iii. 2; I have prayed for thee (said Jesus to Simon) v. 19, 20; vii. 21. When Jesus saw it (that that thy faith fail not; and when thou art the disciples rebuked those that brought little converted, strengthen thy brethren. Lu. xxii. children to him), he was much displeased, and 32. Repent ye, therefore, and be converted, said unto them, Suffer the little children to that your sins may be blotted out, when the come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such times of refreshing shall come from the preis the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto sence of the Lord. Ac. iii. 19. Well spake

4 dren, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever there.

fore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in 5 the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little 6 child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these

the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet, saying, garded (said Mary) the low estate of his The heart of this people is waxed gross, and handmaiden: for behold, from henceforth all their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes generations shall call me blessed. Lu, i. 48. have they closed, lest they should see with 5 Receive one such little child.] See chap. their eyes, and hear with their ears, and un- X. 40-42. Inasmuch as ye have done it derstand with their heart, and should be con- (exercised acts of Christian charity) unto one verted, and I should heal them. Ac. xxviii. of the least of these my brethren, ye have 25—27. Brethren, if any of you do err from done it unto me (and), inasmuch as ye did it the truth, and one convert him, let him know, not to one of the least of these, yet did it that he which converteth a sinner from the not to me. Mat. xxv. 40. 45. Whosoerer error of his way, shall save a soul from death, shall give "you" ("his disciples") a cup of and shall hide a multitude of sins. Ja. v. water to drink in my name, because ye belong 19, 20.

to Christ, verily I say unto you, He shall Enter into the kingdom of heaven.] See chap. not lose his reward. Mar. ix. 41. Whosov. 20. A rich man shall hardly enter into ever shall receive this child in my name, rethe kingdom of heaven (said Jesus). Mat. xix. ceiveth me, and whosoever shall receive me, 23. Strive to enter in at the strait gate, for receiveth him that sent me. Lu. ix. 48. It many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in is impossible (said Jesus unto his disciples) but and shall not be able. Lu. xiii. 24. We that offences will come ; but woe unto him must through much tribulation enter into the through whom they come: It were better for kingdom of God. Ac. xiv. 22. Brethren, him that a millstone were hanged about his give diligence to make your calling and neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he election sure ; for if ye do these things ye should offend one of these little ones. LM. shall never fall, For so an entrance shall be xvii. 1, 2. ministered unto you abundantly into the Receiveth me.] Whosoever shall receive everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour one of such children in my name, receiveth Jesus Christ. 2 Pe. i. 10, 11.

me ; and whosoever shall receive me, te 4 Humble himself as this little child.] Heceiveth not me, but him that sent me. Mar. hat is greatest among you shall be your ix. 37. He that receiveth whomsoever ! servant. Mat. xxiii. 11. And whosoever send receiveth me, and he that receiveth me, shall exalt himself shall be abased, and he receiveth him that sent me.

John xiii. 20. that shall humble himself shall be exalted. My temptation (said Paul) which was in my Mat. xxiii. 12. Lord, my heart is not haughty, flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but renor mine eyes lofty, neither do I exercise ceived me as an angel of God, even as Christ myself in great matters, or in things too high Jesus. Ga. iv. 14. for me; surely I have behaved and quieted 6 Offend one of these, &c.] Touch not myself as a child that is weaned of his mother; mine anointed, and do my prophets my soul is even as a weaned child. Ps. Ps. cv. 15. He that toucheth you, toucheth cxxxi. 1, 2. I dwell in the high and holy the apple of his (the Lord's) eye. Zec. ii. &. place ; with him also that is of a contrite and Whosoever shall offend one of these little ones humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the that believe in me, it is better for him that a humble, and to revive the heart of the con- millstone were hanged about his neck, and he trite ones. Is. Ivii. 15. Whosoever exalteth were cast into the sea. Mar. ix. 42. Ste himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth verse 5. Who art thou, Lord (said Sail)! himself shall be exalted. Lu. xiv. 11. All and the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom thou of you be subject one to another, and be persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick against clothed with humility, for God resisteth the the pricks. Ac. ix. 5. Let us not, therefore

, proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 1 Pe. judge one another any more. But judge this v. 5. Humble yourselves in the sight of the rather, that no man put a stumbling-block, Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Ja. iv. 10. or an occasion to fall, in his brother's way. I Greatest in the kingdom of heaven.] See know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus

, verse 1. Whosoever will be great among you that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to let him be your minister, And whosoever will him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, be chief among you, let him be your servant; to him it is unclean.

But if thy brother Even as the Son of man came not to be be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou ministered unto, but to minister, and to give not charitably. Destroy not him with thy his life a ransom for many. Mat. xx. 26–28. meat for whom Christ died. It is good neither Whosoever will be great among you shall be to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing your minister. Mar. X. 43. He hath re- whereby thy brother stumbleth. Ro. xiv. 13,

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little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences ! 7 for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by

14, 15. 21. We then that are strong ought to gress. If one man sin against another, the bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to judge shall judge him ; but if a man sin against please ourselves ; let every one of us please the Lord, who shall entreat for him. I sa. his neighbour for his good to edification. Ro. ii. 17. 22-25. Because by this deed (said xv. 1, 2. Meat commendeth us not to God; Nathan to David) thou hast given great for neither if we eat are we the better, neither occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blasif we eat not are we the worse. Take heed pheme, the child also that is born unto thee lest by any means this liberty of yours be- shall surely die. 2 Sa. xii. 14. It is imposcome a stumbling-block to them that are sible but that offences will come, but woe weak ; for if any man see thee which hast unto him through whom they come. Lu. xvii. knowledge, sit at meat in the idol's temple, 1. Thou that makest thy boast of the law, shall not the conscience of him which is weak through breaking the law dishonourest thou be emboldened to eat those things which are God? For the name of God is blasphemed offered to idols ? And through thy knowledge among the Gentiles through you, as it is writshall the weak brother perish, for whom ten, &c. Ro. ii. 23, 24. I will

, therefore, Christ died. But when ye sin so against the that the younger women marry, bear children, brethren, and wound their weak conscience, guide the house, give none occasion to the ye sin against Christ. Wherefore, if meat adversary to speak reproachfully ; for some make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh are already Lurned aside after Satan. 1 Ti. v. while the world standeth, lest I make my 14, 15. Let as many servants as are under brother to offend. 1 Co. viii. 8–13. Give the yoke count their own masters worthy of none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the all honour, that the name of God and his Gentiles, nor to the Church of God. Even as doctrine be not blasphemed. 1 Ti. vi. l. I please all men in all things, not seeking mine Teach the young women to be discreet, chaste, own profit, but the profit of many, that they keepers at home, good, obedient to their husmay be saved. 1 Co. x. 32, 33. Seeing it is bands, that the word of God be not blas. a righteous thing with God to recompense phemed. Young men likewise exhort to be tribulation to them that trouble you; and sober-minded, in doctrine shewing uncorruptto you who are troubled, rest with us, when ness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven, cannot be condemned, that he that is of the with his mighty angels, in faming fire taking contrary part may be ashamed, having no vengeance on them that know not God, and evil thing to say of you. Ti.ji. 5. 8. Many that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus shall follow their pernicious ways, by reason Christ; who shall be punished with everlast- of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken ing destruction from the presence of the Lord, of. 2 Pe. ii. 2. and from the glory of his power. 2 The. i. For it must needs be.] When ye shall hear 6-9.

of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not Little ones.] See verse x. 14. Smite the troubled; for such things must needs be; but shepherd and the sheep shall be scattered; the end shall not be yet. Mar. xiii. 7. Men and I will turn my hand upon the little ones. and brethren, this Scripture must needs have Zec. xiii. 7 It were better for him (who offends) been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the that a millstone were hanged about his neck, mouth of David spake before, concerning Juand he cast into the sea, than that he should das, which was guide to them that took Jesus. offend one of these little ones. Lu, xvii. 2. Ac. i. 16. There must be also heresies among

7 Unto the world.] There was a strife be- you, that they which are approved may be tween the herdmen of Abram's cattle and made manifest among you. 1 Co. xi. 19. 'he herdmen of Lot's cattle. Ge. xiii. 7. Let no man deceive you by any means; for Wherefore the sin of the young men (Eli's that day (of Christ) shall not come, except ions) was very great before the Lord; for there come a falling away first, and that man nen abhorred the offering of the Lord. Now of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who Eli was very old, and heard all his sons opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is lid unto Israel ; and how they lay with the called God, or that is worshipped : so that he vomen that assembled at the door of the as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing abernacle of the congregation. And he said himself that he is God. Remember ye not, into them, Why do ye such things ? For I that when I was yet with you I told you ear of your evil dealings by all this people. these things? And now ye know what withTay, my sons; for it is no good report that holdeth, that he might be revealed in his hear: ye make the Lord's people to trans- time. For the mystery of iniquity doth al

8 whom the offence cometh! Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot

ready work; only he who now letteth will let blood : for it is written in the book of Psalms, until he be taken out of the way. And then Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man shall that wicked be revealed, whom the dwell therein; and his bishoprick let another Lord shall consume with the spirit of his take. Ac. i. 18, 19, 20. Laying aşide all mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and of his coming ; even him whose coming is after envies, and all evil-speakings, as new-born the working of Satan, with all power, and babes desire the sincere milk of the word, signs, and lying wonders ; and with all deceiv- that ye may grow thereby; if so be ye have ableness of unrighteousness in them that tasted that the Lord is gracious. For so is perish, because they received not the love of the will of God, that with well-doing ye may the truth, that they might be saved. And put to silence the ignorance of foolish men; for this cause God shall send them strong de- as free, and not using your liberty for a cloak lusion, that they should believe a lie ; that of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. they all might be damned who believed not Honour all men, love the brotherhood, fear God, the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteous- honour the king. 1 Pe. ii. 1-3. 15, 16, 17. ness. 2 Th. ii. 3-12. Now the Spirit Woe unto "them" (" the false teachers”), for speaketh expressly, that in the latter times they have gone in the way of Cain, and run some shall depart from the faith, giving heed greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; and perished in the gainsaying of Core. speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their con- . These are spots in your feasts of charity, science seared with a hot iron, forbidding to when they feast with you, feeding themselves marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, without fear; clouds they are without water, which God hath created to be received with carried about of winds; trees whose fruit thanksgiving of them which believe and know withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked the truth. 1 Ti. iv. 1, 2, 3. This know also, up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, that in the last days perilous times shall foaming out their own shame; wandering come: for men shall be lovers of their own stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, darkness for ever. Jude 11, 12, 13. I have disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy; a few things against thee, because thou hast without natural affection, truce-breakers, false there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those who taught Balac to cast a stumbling-block that are good ; traitors, heady, high-minded, before the children of Israel, to eat things lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornica 2 Ti. iii. 1-4. The time will come when tion; so hast thou also them that hold the they will not endure sound doctrine ; but after doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I their own lusts shall they heap to themselves hate. Notwithstanding, I have a few things teachers, having itching ears; and they shall against thee (Thyatira), because thou sufferest turn away their ears from the truth, and shall that woman, Jezebel, which calleth herself a be turned unto fables. 2 Ti. iv. 3, 4. There prophetess, to teach, and to seduce my serare certain men crept in unawares, who were vants to commit fornication, and to eat things before of old ordained to this condemnation, sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space ungodly men, turning the grace of our God to repent of her fornication, and she repented into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 4. them that commit adultery with her into great

But woe to that man by whom, &c.] See tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. chap. xiii. 41, 42. Woe unto you, Scribes And I will kill her children with death; and and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the all the churches shall know that I am be kingdom of heaven against men; for ye nei- which searcheth the reins and hearts : and I ther go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them will give unto every one of you according to that are entering to go in. Mat. xxiii. 13, &c. your works. Re. ii. 14, 15. 20—23. The Woe unto that man by whom the Son of man beast was taken, and with him the false prois betrayed! It had been good for that man phet that wrought miracles before him, with if he had not been born. Mat. xxvi. 24. which he deceived them that had received the Those that thou gavest me I have kept (said mark of the beast, and them that worshipped Jesus), and none of them is lost but the son his image: these both were cast alive into a of perdition; that the Scripture might be ful- lake of fire burning with brimstone. And filled. John xvii. 12. Now this man (Judas) the remnant were slain with the sword of him purchased a field with the reward of iniquity, that sat upon the horse, which sword proand falling headlong, he burst asunder in the ceeded out of his mouth; and all the fowls midst, and all his bowels gushed out; and it were filled with their flesh. Re. xix. 20, 21. was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem, 8 If thy hand or thy foot, &c.] See chap. insomuch as that field is called in their proper v. 29, 30; xiv. 3, 4. if thy brother the son tongue, Aceldama ; that is to say, the field of of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or

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