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the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be was come near, he beheld the city, and wept with a flood, and unto the end of the war, over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even desolations are determined. Da. ix. 26. Three thou, at least in this thy day, the things which shepherds also I cut off in one month, and belong unto thy peace! But now they are my soul loathed them, and their soul abhorred hid from thine eyes; for the days shall come me; then said I, I will not feed you: that upon thee that thine enemies shall cast a that dieth, let it die ; and that that is to be trench about thee, and compass thee round, cut off, let it be cut off: and let the rest eat and keep thee in on every side ; and shall every one the flesh of another. And I took lay thee even with the ground, and thy my staff, even beauty, and cut it asunder, that children within thee ; and they shall not leave I might break my covenant which I had made in thee one stone upon another; because with all the people. Ze. xi. 8-10. And thou knewest not the time of thy visitation, the land shall mourn, every family apart; Lu. xix. 41–44. For these be the days of the family of the house of David apart, and vengeance, that all things which are written their wives apart; the family of the house of may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that Nathan apart; and their wives apart. Ze. are with child, and to them that give suck xii. 12. And it shall come to pass, that in all in those days; for there shall be great distress the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein in the land, and wrath upon this people. And shall be cut off, and die; but the third shall they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and be left therein. Zec. xiii. 8. For I will shall be led away captive into all nations. gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle. And Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the And the city shall be taken, and the houses Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be rifled, and the women ravished. And half of fulfilled. Lu. xxi. 21—24. Wrath is come the city shall go forth into captivity; and the upon them (the Jews) to the uttermost. I The residue of the people shall not be cut off from ii. 16. How shall we escape if we neglect the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and so great salvation, which at first began to be fight against those nations, as when he fought spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto in the day of battle. Zec. xiv. 2, 3. For us by them that heard him. He. ii. 3. See. behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an that ye refuse not him that speaketh : for if

And all the proud, yea, and all that they escaped not who refused him that spake do wickedly, shall be stubble; and the day on earth, much more shall not we escape, if that cometh shall burn them up, saith the we turn away from him that speaketh from Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither heaven. He. xii. 25. root nor branch; but unto you that fear my And will let out his vineyard.] See verse name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with 43. and chap. viii. 11. And now, saith the healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, Lord that formed “me” (“the Christ") from and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob shall tread down the wicked; for they shall again to him, though Israel be not gathered, be ashes under the soles of your feet, in the yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of Lord, and my God shall be my strength. hosts. Remember ye the law of Moses my And he said, It is a light thing that thou servant, which I commanded unto him in shouldest be my servant, to raise up the Horeb, for all Israel, with the statutes and tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah of Israel; I will also give thee for a light to the prophet before the coming of the great and the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvadreadful day of the Lord. And he shall turn tion unto the end of the earth. Thus saith the heart of the fathers to the children ; and the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his the heart of the children to their fathers ; lest Holy One, to him whom man despiseth; to I come and smite the earth with a curse. Mal. him whom the nation abhorreth ; to a servant iv. 1–6. Remember Lot's wife : whosoever of rulers; Kings shall see and arise, princes shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and also shall worship, because of the Lord that is whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he I tell you, in that night (of Christ's coming) shall choose thee. Is. xlix. 5, 6, 7. And ye there shall be two men in one bed; the shall leave your name (Israel) for a curse one shall be taken and the other shall be unto my chosen ; for the Lord God shall slaş left. Two women shall be grinding together; thee, and call his servants by another Damne. the one shall be taken and the other left. Is. Ixv. 15. And I will set a sign among Two men shall be in the field ; the one shall them, and I will send those that escape of be taken and the other left. And they them unto the nations to Tarshish, Pul and answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, And he said unto them, Wheresoever the to the isles afar off, that have not heard my body is, thither will the eagles be gathered fame, neither have seen my glory; and they together. Lu. xvii. 32-37. And when he shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.

the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never 42 read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and

And they shall bring all your brethren for an 42 The stone which the builders rejected.] offering unto the Lord, out of all nations, The stone which the builders refused is beupon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, come the head stone of the corner; this is the and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord, Ps. cxviii. 22, 23. Thus saith the Lord God, as the children of Israel bring an offering in Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a a clean vessel into the house of the Lord. stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, And I will also take of them for priests, and a sure foundation : he that believeth shall not for Levites, saith the Lord. Is. lxvi. 19. make haste. Is. xxviii. 16. Hear now, o There shall be weeping and gnashing of Joshua, the high priest (a type of Christ), teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, thou and thy fellows, that sit before thee : and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the king- for they are men wondered at, for behold, I will dom of God, and you yourselves (the Jews) bring forth my servant the Branch ; for bethrust out. Lu. xiii. 28. And they shall falí hold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua. by the edge of the sword, and shall be led Upon one stone shall be seven eyes, behold, away captive into all nations. And Jeru. I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the salem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, Lord of hosts; and I will remove the iniquity until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. of the land in one day. Zec. iii. 8, 9. And Lu. xxi. 24. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed have ye not read this Scripture, The stone bold, and said, It was necessary that the which the builders rejected is become the word of God should first have been spoken to head of the corner; this was the Lord's you; but seeing ye put it from you, and doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. Mar. judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, xii. 10. 11. What is this then that is written, lo, we turn to the Gentiles; for so hath the The stone which the builders rejected, the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee same is become the head of the corner? Whoto be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest soever shall fall upon that stone shall be be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. broken ; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it And when the Gentiles heard this, they were will grind him to powder. Lu. xx. 17, 18. glad, and glorified the word of the Lord : and This is the stone which was set at nought of as many as were ordained to eternal life you builders, which is become the head of the believed. Ac. xiii. 46–48. When there had corner. Ac. iv. 11. As it is written, Behold, been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said I lay in Sion a stumbling-stone and rock of unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how offence. And whosoever believeth on him that a good while ago God made choice shall not be ashamed. Ro. ix. 33. Now, thereamong us, that the Gentiles, by my mouth, fore, ye are no more strangers and foreigners, should hear the word of the Gospel, and but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the believe. Ac. xv. 7. When they opposed household of God, and are built upon the themselves and blasphemed, he (Paul) shook foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus his raiment, and said unto them (the Jews), Christ himself being the chief corner-stone. Your blood be upon your own heads! I am Ep. ii. 19, 20. To " whom" (" Jesus") clean; from henceforth I will go unto the coming as unto a living stone, disallowed Gentiles. Ac. xviii. 6. It came to pass, that indeed of men, but chosen of God, and prethe father of Publius lay sick of a fever, and cious. Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a of a bloody flux; to whom Paul entered in, spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by healed him. Ac. xxviii. 8. See Ro. ix. 10. Jesus Christ. Wherefore also, it is contained and xi. throughout. Brethren, I have written in the Scriptures, Behold, I lay in Sion a the more boldly unto you in some sort, as chief corner-stone, elect, precious, and he that putting you in mind, because of the grace believeth on him shall not be confounded. that is given to me of God, that I should Unto you, therefore, who believe, he is prebe the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, cious; but unto them which be disobedient, ministering the Gospel of God, that the

offering the stone which the

builders disallowed, the up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being same is made the head of the corner, and a sanctified by the Holy Ghost. I have there- stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, fore whereof I may glory through Jesus even to them which stumble at the word, being Christ, in those things which pertain to God. disobedient; whereunto also they were apRo. xv. 15–17. I will not dare to speak of pointed. 1 Pe. ii. 4–8. any of those things which Christ hath not And it is marvellous in our eyes.] Behold Wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obe- ye among the heathen, and regard, and dient by word and deed. Ro. xv. 17, 18. wonder marvellously ; for I will work a work

43 it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The

kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation 44 bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this

stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will

in your days which ye will not believe, though and though I have all faith, so that I could reit be told you. Hab. i. 5. Beware therefore move mountains, and have not charity, I am (said Paul to the Jews), lest that come upon nothing. I Co. xiii. 2. But ye (true Christians) you which is spoken of the prophets. Behold, are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish ; for I an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye work a work in your days, a work which ye should shew forth the praises of him who shall in no wise believe though a man declare hath called you out of darkness into his it unto you. Ac. xiii. 40, 41. (If ye have marvellous light. 1 Pe. ii. 9. heard of the dispensation of the grace of God 44 Whosoever shall fall on this stone shall (said Paul) which is given me to you-ward: be broken.] Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, how that by revelation he made known unto and ye perish from the way, when his wrath me the mystery; as I wrote afore in few is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they words, whereby, when ye read, ye may under that put their trust in him. Ps. ii. 12. And stand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone which in other ages was not made known of stumbling, and for a rock of offence, to unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed both the houses of Israel, for a gin, and for a unto the holy apostles and prophets by the snare, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And Spirit; that the Gentiles should be fellow- many among them shall stumble, and fall, heirs, and of the same body, and partakers and be broken, and be snared, and be taken of his promise in Christ by the Gospel: Is. viii. 14, 15. The nation and kingdom whereof I was made a minister, according to that will not serve thee shall perish; yes, the gift of the grace of God given unto me those nations shall be utterly wasted. Is. ls. by the effectual working of his power. Unto 12. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a me, who am less than the least of all saints, burdensome stone for all people; all that is this grace given, that I should preach among burden themselves with it shall be cut to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; pieces, though all the people of the earth be and to make all men see what is the fellow- gathered together against it. Zec. xii. 3. ship of the mystery, which from the beginning Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be of the world hath been hid in God, who created broken ; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it all things by Jesus Christ. Ep. iii. 2–9. will grind him to powder. Lu. xx. 18. Asit is

43 The kingdom of God shall be taken, &c.] written, Behold, I lay up in Sion a stumbling. See verse 41 ; chap. viii. 11, 12. and xii. 28. Be- stone, and rock of offence; and whosoever hold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Ro. which as a tempest of hail and a destroying ix. 33. If our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, that are lost, in whom the god of this world hath shall cast down to the earth with the hand. Is. blinded the minds of them which believe not, xxviii. 2. When he (Jesus) was demanded lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, of the Pharisees when the kingdom of God who is the image of God, should shine unto should come, he answered them and said, The them. 2 Co. iv. 3, 4. Unto them which be kingdom of God cometh not with observation, disobedient (he, Christ, is), a stone of stumbling neither shall they say, Lo, here; or lo, there and a rock of offence, even to them which for behold, the kingdom of God is within you. stumble at the word, being disobedient, whereLu. xvii. 20, 21. Verily, verily, I say unto unto also they were appointed. I Pe. ii. & thee, Except a man be born again he cannot But on whomsoever it shall fall, &c.] The see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith Son of man goeth as it is written of him; but unto him, How can a man be born when he woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is old ? Can he enter the second time into is betrayed : it had been good for that man his mother's womb and be born ? Jesus if he had not been born. Mat. xxvi. 24. His answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, blood be on us, and on our children (said all Except a man be born of water and of the the people). Mat. xxvii. 25.

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, he cannot enter into the kingdom of break them with a rod of iron ; thou shalt God. John iii. 3, 4, 5.

dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Ps. Anation bringing forth the fruits thereof.] Ye ii. 9. The Lord at thy right hand shall strike shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an through kings in the day of his wrath ; he holy nation (said God to Israel). Ex. xix. 6. shall judge among the heathen: he shall fill Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation the places with the dead bodies; he shall which keepeth the truth may enter in. Is. xxvi. wound the heads over many countries. Pa 2. Though I have the gift of prophecy, and cx. 5, 6. Thou (Nebuchadnezzar, said Daniel) understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; sawest till that a stone was cut out without

grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees 45 had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the mul- 46 titude, because they took him for a prophet.

hands, which smote the image upon his feet Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand that were of iron and clay, and brake them of Saul; and I gave thee thy master's house, to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; pieces together, and became like the chaff and if that had been too little, I would moreof the summer threshing-floors ; and the wind over have given unto thee such and such things. earried them away, that no place was found Wherefore hast thou despised the commandfor them: and the stone that smote the ment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? image became a great mountain, and filled thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the the whole earth. Da. ii. 34, 35. And in the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, days of these kings shall the God of heaven and hast slain him with the sword of the set up a kingdom, which shall never be children of Ammon. Now therefore the destroyed : and the kingdom shall not be sword shall never depart from thine house ; left to other people, but it shall break in because thou hast despised me, and hast taken pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up sawest that the stone was cut out of the moun- evil against thee out of thine own house, and tain without hands, and that it brake in I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall and the gold, the great God hath made known lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. to the king (said Daniel) what shall come to For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this pass hereafter : and the dream is certain, and thing before all Israel, and before the sun. the interpretation thereof sure. Da. ii. 44, 45. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned Jesus answered (unto Pilate), Thou couldest against the Lord. And Nathan said unto have no power at all against me, except it David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin ; were given thee from above: therefore, he thou shalt not die. 2 Sa. xii. 7-13. He that delivered me unto thee hath the greater that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself sin. John xix. 11. They” (the Jews") shame ; and he that rebuketh a wicked man, please not God, and are contrary to all men; getteth to himself a blot. Reprove not a forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles, that scorner, lest he hate thee; rebuke a wise man, they might be saved, to fill up their sins and he will love thee. Give instruction to a alway, for the wrath is come upon them to wise man, and he will be yet wiser ; teach a the uttermost. I The. ii. 15, 16. For if the just man, and he will increase in learning. word spoken by angels was stedfast, and Pr. ix. 7, 8, 9. A scorner loveth not one every transgression and disobedience received that reproveth him, neither will he go unto I just recompence of reward, how shall we the wise. Pr. xv, 12. Woe to Ariel, to escape, if we neglect so great salvation, Ariel (0 Ariel, that is the lion of God), the which at the first began to be spoken by the city where David dwelt! Add ye year to Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them year ; let them kill sacrifices. Isa. xxix. 1. that heard him. He. ii. 2, 3.

The world cannot hate you, but me it hateth, 45 They perceived that he spake of them.] because I testify of it that the works thereof They sought to lay hold on him, but feared are evil. John vii. 7. the people ; for they knew that he had Because they took him for a prophet.] spoken the parable (of the vineyard let out See verse 11. And there came a fear on all to wicked husbandmen) against them; and (that witnessed the widow's son raised to life), they left him and went their way. Mar. xii. and they glorified God, saying, That a great 12.' Then answered one of the lawyers (when prophet is risen up among us; and that God Jesus had threatened woe to the Scribes and hath visited his people.

Now when the PhaPharisees), and said unto him, Master, thus risee which had bidden him (and with whom saying, thou reproachest us also. Lu. xi. 45. he sat down to meat) saw it (that a woman And the chief priests and the Scribes the same washed and anointed his feet who was a sinhour sought to lay hands on him; and they ner), he spake within himself, saying, This feared the people: for they perceived that he man, if he were a prophet, would have known had spoken this parable against them. Lu. who and what manner of woman this is that kx. 19.

toucheth him ; for she is a sinner. Lu. vii. Sought to lay hands on him.] And Nathan 16–39. Many of the people, therefore, when said to David, Thou art the man (that took they heard this saying (If any man thirst, the poor man's lamb). Thus saith the Lord let him come unto him), said, of a truth, this God of Israel, I anointed thee king over is the prophet. Others said, This is the CHAPTER XXII.

1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and 2 said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which 3 made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call

Christ; but some said, Shall Christ come out you with godly jealousy; for I have espoused of Galilee? John vii. 40, 41. Ye men of you to one husband, that I may present you Israel (said Peter on the day of Pentecost), as a chaste virgin to Christ. 2 Co. xi. 2. hear these words ; Jesus of Nazareth, a man Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, approved of God among you, by miracles, and so let the wives be to their own husbands in wonders, and signs, which God did by him in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, eren the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: as Christ also loved the church, and gave himhim ye have taken, and by wicked hands self for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse have crucified and slain. Ac. ii. 22, 23. it with the washing of water by the word,

that he might present it to himself a glorious CHAP. XXII.-1 And spake unto them church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any again, &c.] See chap. ix. 15, 16, 17 ; xii. such thing; but that it should be holy and 43, 44, 45; xiii. 3–11; xx. 1-16; xxi. without blemish. So ought men to love their 28-46. And with many such parables wives as their own bodies: he that loveth his spake he the word unto them, as they were wife loveth himself. For no man yet ever able to hear it. But without a parable spake hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and he not unto them; and when they were alone, cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: he expounded all things to his disciples. Mar. for we are members of his body, of his flesh, iv. 33, 34. Unto you (his disciples) it is given and of his bones. For this cause shall a man to know the mysteries of God; but to others leave his father and mother, and shall be in parables ; that seeing they might not see, joined unto his wife, and they two shall be and hearing they might not understand. Lu. one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I viii. 10. A certain man made a great supper, speak concerning Christ and the church. Ep. and bade many. Lu. xiv. 16.

v. 24–32. Let us be glad and rejoice, and 2 Kingdom of heaven is like, &c.] See chap. give honour to him ; for the marriage of the xiii. 24. 31–33. 44–47. Then shall the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made her kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten vir self ready. And to her was granted that she gins which took their lamps and went forth to should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and meet the bridegroom. The kingdom of heaven white ; for the fine linen is the righteousness is as a man travelling into a far country, who of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, called his own servants and delivered unto Blessed are they which are called unto the marthem his goods. Mat. xxv. 1. 14.

riage-supper of the Lamb. Re. xix. 7, 8, 9. Which made a marriage for his Son.] See 3 Sent forth his servants to call, &c.] See Mat. xxv. 1-14. (The parable of the ten chap. iii. 2; x. 6, 7. The Lord gave the virgins). Hearken, o daughter (Christ's word; great was the company of those that kingdom), and consider; and incline thine ear; published it. Ps. lxvii. 11. Wisdom hath forget also thine own people, and thy father's builded her house ; she hath hewn out her house; so shall the king greatly desire thy seven pillars; she hath killed her beasts ; she beauty : for he is thy Lord, and worship thou hath mingled her wine; she hath also forhim. And the daughter of Tyre shall be there nished her table. She hath sent forth her with a gift; even the rich among the people maidens: she crieth upon the highest places shall entreat thy favour. The king's daughter of the city. Pr. ix. 1, 2, 3. Ho! every one that is all glorious within; her clothing is of wrought thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that gold. She shall be brought unto the king in hath no money. Yea, come, buy wine and milk, raiment of needlework : the virgins, her com- without money and without price. Wherefore panions, that follow her shall be brought unto do ye spend money for that which is not bread! thee. With gladness and rejoicing shall they and your labour for that which satisfieth not? be brought; they shall enter into the king's hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that palace. Instead of thy fathers shall be thy which is good, and let your soul delight itself children, whom thou mayest make princes in in fatness. Is. lv. 1, 2. And the Lord hath all the earth. Ps. xlv. 10–16. He that hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, the bride is the bridegroom ; but the friend of rising early and sending them: but ye have the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear. him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bride- Je. xxv. 4. And he (Jesus) called anio his groom's voice: this my joy therefore is ful- the twelve, and began to send them forth by filled, &c. John iii. 29. i am jealous over two and two; and gave them power over un

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