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When they had slain their children have we spoken against thee Ye to their idols, then they came the have said, It is vain to serve God : same day into my sanctuary, to pro- and what profit is it that we have kept fane it, &c.—Ezek. xxiii. 39. his ordinances ? &c.-Mal. iii. 13, 14.
Nebuchadnezzar said, Who is that, Job xxi. 14, 15. . God who shall deliver out of my Herod, his wickedness in imprisonhands ?-Dan. iii. 14, 15. .. ing John the Baptist for Herodias's
The king said, Is not this great sake, his brother Philip's wife; for Babylon, which I have built for the John had said, It is not lawful for house of the kingdom, by the might thee to have her : and their conseof my power, and for the honour of quent wickedness in cutting off John's my majestyd. While the word was head.-Matt. xiv. 3-10. in his mouth, &c. a voice said, The . O Jerusalem ! &c. How often would kingdom is departed from thee. I have gathered thy children, &c. and Dan. iv. 30, 31..
ye would not.--Matt. xxiii. 37. John Though Belshazzar knew all which v. 40. Luke xiv. 17, &c., God had done to his father for his When Pilate had said, I am innopride, yet he humbled not his heart, cent of the blood of this just person; But thou hast lifted up thyself against see ye to it: then answered all the the Lord of heaven, &c. Thou hast people, and said, His blood be on us, praised the gods of silver, &c.—Dan, and on our children.—Matt. xxvii. v. 21-23.
24, 25. Their mother hath played the harlot, : See the desperate wickedness of &c. For she said, I will go after my the priests and elders.--Matt. xxvii: lovers, who.gave me my bread, &c. xxviii. Acts ïii. 14, 15. Mark xv. Hos. ii. 5.
7. 10, 11.. ... i They set their heart on their ini- The world hateth Christ, and all quity.-Hos. iy. 8.
that are good.-Matt. x. 22. John God repeats many judgments he had xv. 18, &c. 1 John iii. 13. Joha brought upon Israel; and saith, Yet xvii. 14. have ye not returned unto me, &c. - That which cometh out of the many Amos iv. 6-10..
that defileth the man: for from withThey hate him who rebuketh in the in (out of the heart of men) proceed gate: and they abhor him who speak- evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, eth uprightly.--Amos v. 10. Isa. murders, thefts, covetousness, wick xxix. 21.
edness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil None upright among men ;, and the eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness : best of them as a brier, &c.-Micah. all these evil things come from withvii. 2- 4.
in, and defile the man.--Mark vii. 20 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, --23. Matt. xv, 18–20. James iv. Execute true judgment, &c. But they, l. Matt. xii. 35, 36.
. refused to hearken, and pulled away . O generation of vipers, who hath the shoulder, and stopped their ears warned you? &c.—Luke iii. 7. that they should not hear; yea, they · His citizens hated him, &c. saying, made their heart as an adamant stone, We will not have this man to reign lest they should hear the law, &c.- over us, &c.—Luke xix. 14. John Zech. vii. 9—12. · I will punish the men, &c. who Light is come into the world: and say in their heart, that the Lord will men loved darkness rather than light, not do good, neither will he do evil. &c.—John iii. 19, 20.
7. -Zeph. i. 12. Ps. ii, 17,
.Certain of the Jews banded togeYour words have been stout against ther, and bound themselves under a me, saith the Lord, yet ye say, What curse, saying, That they would neither
eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. fulfilling the desires of our flesh. And they were more than forty. Eph. ii. 1-3. Col. ii. 13. iii. 3. Acts xxiii. 12, 13.
Other Gentiles walk in the vanity • They became vain in their imagi- of their minds, &c. being alienated nations, and their foolish heart was from the life of God: who, being darkened, &c. and changed the glory past feeling, have given themselves of the incorruptible God into an over unto lasciviousness, to work all image, &c. Wherefore God also gave uncleanness with greediness, &c. The them up to uncleanness, through the old man, which is corrupt.-Eph. iv. lusts of their own hearts, &c. Who 17-19. 22. changed the truth of God into a lie; The enemies of the cross of Christ, and worshipped and served the crea- &c. whose God is their belly, whose ture more than the Creator, &c. For glory is in their shame, who mind this cause, God gave them up unto earthly things.-Phil. iii. 18, 19.' vile affections ; for even their women' You, who were sometimes alienated, did change the natural use to that and enemies in your mind, by wicked which is against nature, &c. Being works.-Col. i. 21. filled with all anrighteousness, fornica The Jews, who both killed the tion, wickedness, covetousness, mali. Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, ciousness; full of envy, murder, de- and have persecuted us: and they bate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, please not God, and are contrary to backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, all men; forbidding us to speak, &c. proud, boasters, inventors of evil To fill up their sins alway: for the things, disobedient to parents, &c. wrath, &c.—1 Thess. ii. 14-16. covenant-breakers, without natural Who was before a blasphemer, and affection, implacable, unmerciful, &c. a persecutor, and injurious ; but I'obNot only do the same, but have plea- tained mercy.—1 Tim. i. 13. sure in them who do them.Rom. i. A description of the desperate wick21. 23—27. 29–32.
edness of some in the last days of the There is none righteous, no not one. world. 2 Tim. iii. 1, &c. ; o They are all gone out of the way, They profess that they know God, &c. Their throat is an open sepul- but in works they deny him ; being chre; with their tongues they have abominable and disobedient, and unto used deceit, the poison of aśps is un- every good work reprobate (or void der their lips; whose mouth is full of of judgment). Titus i. 16. cursing and bitterness : their feet are We ourselves were sometimes foolswift to shed blood, &c. There is no ish, disobedient, deceived, serving di.. fear of God before their eyes.-Rom. vers lusts and pleasures; living in üi. 10–19. . Ps. v. 9. . . malice and envy, hateful, and hating
While we were yet sinners, &c. one another. Titus üi. 3. John enemies, we were reconciled.-Rom. viii. 34. V. 8. 10. 12.
Every man is tempted when he is The carnal mind is enmity against drawn away of his own last, and enGod: for it is not subject to the law ticed: and when lust hath conceived, of God; neither indeed can be, &c. it bringeth forth sin. James i. 14, Rom. viii. 7.
15. iv. 1, 2. iii. 14, 15. ... Now the works of the flesh are, Ye rich men, &c. ye have lived in &c. adultery, fornication, unclean.' pleasures, &c. and been wanton ; ye ness, &c.Gal. v. 19-21. James have nourished your hearts, &c. iü. 14, 15. .
James v. 1, &c. You who were dead in trespasses . Your vain conversation, by tradi. and sins, wherein in times past ye tion from your fathers.-Pet. i. 18. walked, &c. in the lusts of our flesh, The time past of our life may suf
ficeus, &c. when we walked in lascivi. Úgg and what can the Almighty do ousness, lusts, excess of wine, revel for (or by) them ?--Job xxii. 17. lings, banquetings, and abominable They are those who rebel against idolatries; wherein they think it the light: they know not the ways strange that you run not with them, thereof, nor abide in the paths there to the same excess. 1 Pet. iv. 3, 4. of.-Job xxiv. 13. į They have eyes full of adultery, · Great men are not always wise : and that cannot cease from sin neither do the aged understand judg2 Pet. ii.-14. i
ment.-Job xxxii. 9. We know that, &c. the whole world - The fool hath said in his heart, lieth in wickedness. John v. 19. There is no God. Ps. xiv. 1. i · Ungodly men, turning the grace of - But unto the lwicked, God saith, our God into lasciviousness, and de. What hast thou to do to declare my nying the only Lord, &c. Jude 4. " statutes ? &c. seeing thou hatest in
When God poured out his vial of struction, and castest my words be wrath, men blasphemed, and repented hind thee? &c. Thou thoughtest that not. Rev. xvi. 9–11:21. ix. 18-21. I was altogether such a one as thy
self.-Ps. 1. 16, 17.21. Sect.ji. Ignorant, opposing the true “ They slay the widow, &c. yet they
God, and his jaus, and adorind say, The Lord shall not see, neither Idols of Stocks and Stones.
8 shall the God of Jacob régard. Un
, derstand, O yé brutish, &c: He who WHEN Jacob went from Laban, La- planted the ear, shall, &C.-Ps. xciv. ban.complains that he had stolen his 6 9. ". gods.Gen. xxxi, 30.
"Evil men understand not judgment. Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, -Prov. xxviii. 5. . that I should obey his voice? &c. I . The ox knoweth his owner, and the know not the Lord.—Exod. v. 2. ass his master's crib; Israel doth not
Israet, by Aaron, made à molten know, my people do not consider calf; and they said,. These he thy Isa. i. 3.. gods, Israel, which brought thee · He heweth down cedars, &c. for a up out of Egypt, &c. They built'an man to burn, and warm himself, &c altar, and offered burnt-offerings. Yea; he maketh a god, and worshipa Exod. xxxii. 4-6. ai
peth it; he maketh a graven image, The men of Ashdod were so sottish, and falleth down thereto : he burneth that when Dagon, their idol-god, had part thereof; &c. the residue thereof fallen dovon before the ark twice, and he maketh a god, and worshippeth it, was broken in pieces, and themselves and prayeth to it, and saith; Deliver had confessed the hand of the God of me, for thou art my god. They have Isrdel to be sore against them and not known, nor understood, &c. and their god; yet they continued to call none considereth in his heart; neither him their god; and neither the priest, is there knowledge nor understandnor any who came into Dagon's house, ing, to say, I have burned part, &c. would after tread upon the threshold shall I make the residue thereof an whereon Dagon fell Sam. v. 2- abomination shall I fall down to the 5. 7. vi. 5, 6.
. . stock of a tree ?-Isa. xliv. 1419.The wicked say unto God, Depart They have not known me; they from us ; for we desire not the know. are sottish children, and they have no ledge of thy ways. What is the Al- understanding.-Jer. iv. 22.. mighty, that we should serve him The word of the Lord is unto them and what profit should we have, if à reproach ; they have no delight in we pray unto him Job xxi. 14, 16. it-Jer. vir 10. i psi. Pilt
Who said unto God, Depart from r: Though Nebuchadnessar had 90% knowledged the God of Daniel to be When the people saw what Paul the God of gods, and a Lord of kings, had done, they lift up their voices, &c. yet he presently makes a molten saying, The gods are come down to image, and commands his people to us in the likeness of men, &c. and the worship it, 8c. and says, Who is that priest, &c. would have done sacrifice, God who shall deliver you out of my &c.-Acts xiv. 1114. . ! ! bands ?Dan, ii. 47. iii. 1.4-6. 15. While. Paul waited for them at
Belshazzar and his princes, &c. Athens, &c. he saw the city wholly. praised the gods of gold, and of sil- given to idolatry (or full of idols), ver, &c.—Dan. v. 3, 4.
i. &c. Certain philosophers, &c. en· She did not know that I gave her countered him; and some said, What corn and wine, &c.--Hos. ii. 8., ., will this babbler (or base fellow) say?
The Gergešenes so ignorant, that, Other some, He seemeth to be a setbecause of the loss of their swine, ter forth of strange gods : because he The whole city came out to meet Je preached unto them Jesus, and the sus, &c. and besought him to depart resurrection, &c. I perceive, saith out, &c.—Matt. viii. 32-34. 1Paul, ye are too superstitious, &c.
O Jerusalem, &c. how often' would I found an altar with this inscription, I have gathered ? &c. and ye would To the unknown God. Whom therenot Luke xiii. 34. xix. 14. fore ye ignorantly worship, Him de
Christ was in the world, &c. and clare. I unto you.--Acts xvii. 16. 18. the world knew him 'not, &c. He 22, 23. . . .sobod came unto his own, and his own re- - When Paul preached, many be. ceived him not.-John i, 10, 11. lieved not, but spake evil of that way
Light is come into the world, and before the multitude, &c. Demetrius men loved darkness rather than light. and his company cry out, Great is
-John ii. 19. i n . Diana, the goddess,&c. And cried - If thou knewest the gift of God, out against Paul for saying, that they and who it is that saith, &c. Give me, were no gods which are made with &c. Thou wouldést have asked of hands; and endeavouring to turn him, &c. Jesus saith to the woman, men to the true God, &c. The townYe worship ye know not what.-John clerk said, The whole city is a wory iv. 10. 21, 22..;',1.1..1.,' shipper of the great goddess Diana, · Ye will not come to me, that ye and of the image which fell down from might have life. John'v. 40. i Jupiter:- Acts xix. 9. 24-41. - Jesus said, The world, &c. Me it. Certain questions, &c. of one Jesus hateth, because I testify of it that, which was dead; whom Paul af&c.-John vii. 7.
formed to be alive.--Acts xxv. 19. '. The Spirit of truth, whom the.world. Professing themselves to be wise, cannot receive, becanse it seeth him they became fools, and changed the not, neither knoweth him.-- John glory of the incorruptible God, into xiv. 17. bolii si inconut an image made like to corruptible
The world, &c. hated me before it man, and to birds, &c.Rom. i. hated you. Becarise. I have chosen 22, 23,
) yon, &c. therefore the world hateth The way of peace have they not you, &c. These things will they do, 'known.Rom. iii. 17. : !, ; &c. Because they know not him who e The carnal mind is enmity against sent te, they hated both me and my God, for it is not subject to the law Father.-John xv. 18, 19. 21. 24. : * of God, neither indeed can be.
Simon Magus sb sottish, that he of- .Rom. viii. 7. . . . . . fered money for power to confer the The preaching of the cross is to Holy Ghost by imposition of hands. them who perish, foolishness, - &c. Acts viil 18–20...!!! ! After that in the wisdom of God, the
world by wisdom knew not God. whom ye obey; whether of sin anto I Cor. i. 18. 21.
is death, &c. Ye were servants of sin. · The natural man receiveth not the Rom. vi. 16. 20. 2 Pet. ii. 19, things of the Spirit of God, for they T hem that are lost ; in whom the are foolishness unto him; neither can god of this world hath blinded the he know them, because they are spi- minds, &c.—2 Cor. iv. 3, 4. ritually discerned. Cor. ii. 14. The prince of the power of the air, John viii. 43.
the spirit who now worketh in the · In whom the god of this world hath children of disobedience. Eph. blinded the minds of men who be- ii. 2. lieve not, lest the light of the glori- Thanks be to God, &c. who hath ous gospel, &c. should shine unto delivered us from the power of darkthem.-- 2 Cor. iv. 4. Acts xxvi. ness, &c.—Col. i. 12, 13. 17, 18., :
That they may recover themselves Howbeit then, when ye knew not out of the snare of the devil, who are God, ye did service unto them which taken captive by him at his will.by nature are no gods.Gal. iv. 8. 2 Tim. ii. 26. Acts xxvi. 28. 1 Pet. i. 14. Rev. ix. 20.
In this, &c. are manifest, and the · Walk not as other Gentiles walk, children of the devil : whosoever in the vanity of their mind; having doeth not righteousness, is not of the understanding darkened, being God; neither he who loveth not his alienated from the life of God, through brother. And Cain, who was of that the ignorance which is in them, be- wicked one, &c.—1 John iii. 10. 12. cause of the blindness, &c.- Eph. iv. 17, 18.
SECT. IV. The sad Fruit and end of Ye were sometimes darkness, but
such a State. now, &c.- Eph. v. 8.
WHEN Adam and Eve had sinned, Not in the lust of concupiscence ; they hid themselves from the preeven as the Gentiles which know not sence of the Lord God, &c. and were God. Thess. iy.5.
afraid, because naked : and in conseThe world knoweth us not, be- quence sorrow on the woman, and a cause it knew him not.—1 John ü. 1. curse on the earth are denounced.
Gen. iii. 8. 10. 16, 17. Sect. III. In Servitude and Subjec. Sin made Cain cry out, and say, His tion to Satan and Sin.
punishment was greater than he could In the parable of the sower, Christ bear. So Lamech.- Gen. iv. 13, saith, The tares are the children of 23, 24. the wicked one, &c. The enemy whoA aron made Israel naked by sin. soweth them is the devil.Matt. xiii. Exod. xxxii. 25. ,' 38, 39.
Lest there be any among you, &c. When a strong man armed keepeth And it come to pass, &c. That he his palace, his goods are in peace; bless hiinself in his heart, saying, I but when a stronger than he shall will have peace, though I walk in the come upon him, &c.—Luke xi. 21, 22. imagination (or stubbornness) of my
Then Satan entered into Judas, &c. heart to add drunkenness to thirst : and he went his way to the chief the Lord will not spare him ; but priests, and agreed to betray Christ, then the anger of the Lord, and his &c.-Luke xxii. 3--6.
jealousy shall smoke against that man, - Ye are of your father the devil; and all the curses which are written and the lusts of your father ye will do. in this book shall lie upon him; and John viii. 44.
the Lord shall blot out his name from To whom ye yield yourselves ser- under heaven.—Deut. xxix. 18-20. vants to obey, his servants.ye are to If a man sin against the Lord, who