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pis strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the 30 strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not

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(Jesus," said the angel to Mary) the throne cast out, that old serpent called the Devil, and of his father David ; and he shall reign over Satan, which deceiveth the whole world. He the house of Jacob for ever; and of his king was cast out into the earth, and his angels dom there shall be no end. Lu. i. 32, 33. were cast out with him. And I heard a lond And he (Jesus) sent “ them” (“his twelve voice saying in heaven, Now is come saltadisciples") to preach the kingdom of God. tion, and strength, and the kingdom of our Lu. ix. 2. Be ye sure of this (said Christ to God, and the power of his Christ. For the his disciples), that the kingdom of God is accuser of our brethren is cast down, which come nigh unto you, Lu, X. 11. If I with accused them before our. God day and night the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the Re. xii. 7-10. And I saw an kingdom of God is come upon you. Lu. xi. down from heaven, having the key of the 20. The law and the prophets were until bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand, John. Since that time the kingdom of God And he laid hold on the dragon, that old ser: is preached, and every man presseth into it. pent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and board Lu. xvi. 16. And when he was demanded of him a thousand years, and cast him into the the Pharisees when the kingdom of God bottomless pit, and shut him up, that be should come, he answered them, and said, should deceive the nations no more, till the The kingdom of God cometh not with obser- thousand years should be fulfilled, and after vation. Lu. xvii, 20. The kingdom of God that he must be loosed a little season. And is not meat or drink; but righteousness and when the thousand years are expired, Satas peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Ro. xiv, shall be loosed out of his prison; and shall. 17. (God) who hath delivered us from the out to deceive the nations which are in the power of darkness, and hath translated us into four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, the kingdom of his dear Son. Col. i. 13. to gather them together to battle. The nine Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which ber of whom is as the sand of the sea. And cannot be moved, let us have grace whereby they went up on the breadth of the earth; we may serve God acceptably with reverence and compassed the camp. of the saints aboat, and godly fear, He. xii. 28.

and the beloved city, and fire came dom 29 How can one enter into a strong man's from God out of heaven, and devoured then house ?] Shall the prey be taken from the Re, xx. 1, 2, 3. 7, 8, 9. mighty, or the lawful captive delivered ? Is. 30 That is not with me, &c.] See chage ti xlix. 24. Therefore will I divide him (Christ) 24. It came to pass when Joshua was by a portion with the great ; and he shall divide Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes, and looked the spoil with the strong, because he hath and, behold, there stood a man over against poured out his soul unto death, and he was him with his sword drawn in his hand, and numbered with the transgressors; and he Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, bare the sins of many, and made intercession Art thou for us or for our adversaries ? Jast. for transgressors ? Is. liii. 12. No man can v. 13. And David went out to meet them is enter into a strong man's house and spoil his the children of Benjamin who came to the headed goods, except he will first bind the strong unto David), and answered and said ante man, and then he will spoil his house. Mar. them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help jij. 27.

When a strong man armed keepeth me, mine heart shall be knit unto you. Bu his palace, his goods are in peace; but when if ye be come to betray me to mine enemica, a stronger than he shall come upon him, and seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the overcome him, he taketh from him all his God of our fathers look thereon and rebuke armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his it. Then the spirit came upon Amasai, ale spoils. L16. xi. 21, 22. He that committeth was chief of the captains, and he said. This sin is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of the beginning. For this purpose the Son of Jesse. Peace, peace be unto thee; and peace God was manifested, that he might destroy be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee

. the works of the devil. 1 John iii. 8. Ye 1 Ch. xii. 17, 18. He that is not against are of God, little children, and have over- is on our part. Mar. ix. 40. He that is not them" (" the spiritsthat pretend to against us is for us. Lu. ix. 50.

He that is come from God), because greater is he that is not with me is against me, and he that made in you, than he that is in the world, 1 John thereth not with me scattereth. L4. xi. 2. iv. 4. And there was warin heaven ; Michael What concord hath Christ with Belial; at and his angels fought against the dragon, and what part hath he that believeth with an in the dragon fought and his angels, and pre- fidel ?' And what agreement hath the temple vailed not, neither was there place found any of God with idols ? for ye are the temple of more in heaven; and the great dragon was the living God, as God hath said, I will done


tereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and 31 blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever 32 speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him :

...???, ulu tin, in them and walk in them, and I will be their But the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.] God and they shall be my people. 2 Co. vi. Verily I say unto you, all sins shall be for15, 16. They went out from us, but they given unto the sons of men, and blasphemies were not of us; for if they had been of us, wherewithsoever they shall blaspheme; but they would no doubt have continued with us; he that shall blaspheme against the Holy but they went out, that they might be made Ghost, hath never forgiveness, but is in danmanifest that they were not all of us. I John ger of eternal damnation. Because they said, ii. 19.“ I know thy works (said he that is He hath an unclean spirit. Mar, iii. 28, 29, holy to the church of Laodicea), that thou art 30. Whosoever shall speak a word against neither cold nor hot: I woulá thou wert cold the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him, but or hot; so then because thou art lukewarm, unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out Ghost, it shall not be forgiven. Lu. xii. 10. of my mouth. Re, iii. 15, 16.

Ye stiff-necked in heart and ears, ye do alway Gathereth not with me, &c.] The sceptre resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver do ye. Ac. vii. 5). It is impossible for from between his feet, until Shiloh come, and those who were once enlightened, and have unto him shall the gathering of the people be. tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made Ge. xlix. 10. Ps. 1. 5.' Then shall the chil- partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted dren' of Judah and the children of Israel be the good word of God, and the powers of the gathered together, and appoint themselves one world to come, if they shall fall away, to head, and they shall come up out of the land. renew them again unto repentance; seeing Hos. i. 11. Being high priest that year, he they crucify to themselves the Son of God (Caiaphas) prophesied, that Jesus should die afresh, and put him to an open shame. He. for that nation, and not for that nation only, vi. 4-6. If we sin wilfully, after that we have but also that he should gather together in one received the knowledge of the truth, there rethe children of God that were scattered maineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain abroad. John xi. 52.

fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indig**31 Au manner of sin, &c.] Though your nation, which shall devour the adversaries, sins be as scarlet (saith God), they shall be as He that despised Moses’law died without mercy white as snow; though they be red like under two or three witnesses. Of how much crimson, they shall be as wool. Is. i. 18. sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be Let the wicked forsake his way, and the un- thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot righteous man his thoughts ; and let him the Son of God, and counted the blood of the return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy covenant wherewith he was sanctified an unupon him, and to our God, for he will abun- holy thing, and hath done despite unto the dantly pardon. Is lv. 7. As I live, saith the Spirit of grace ? He. X. 26–29. If any man Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of see his brother sin a sin which is not unto the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life way and live. Turn ye, turn ye, from your for them that sin not unto death; there is a evil ways, for why will ye die, O house of sin unto death. John v. 16. Israel? Ex. xxxiii. 11. I thank Christ 32 Whosoever speaketh a word against the Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that Son of man, &c.] See chap. xi. 19. Is not he counted me faithful, putting me into the this the carpenter's son ? Is not his mother ministry, who was before a blasphemer, and called Mary? And his brethren, James, and a persecutor, and injurious : but I obtained Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. are they not all with us? Mat. xiii. 55, 56. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they abundant with faith, and love, which is in know not what they do. Lu. xxiii. 34. And Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and there was much murmuring among the people worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus concerning him, for some said, He is a good came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. man; others said, Nay, but he deceiveth the 12-15. If we confess our sins, he is faith- people. Art thou also of Galilee ? (said the ful and just to forgive us our sins, and to Pharisees) search and look, for out of Galilee cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John ariseth no prophet. John vii. 12. 52. But i. 9. If any man sin, we have an advocate ye denied the Holy One, and the Just, and with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous : desired a murderer to be granted unto you ; and he is the propitiation for our sins, and and killed the Prince of life, whom God hath not for ours only, but also for the sins of the raised from the dead, whereof we are wita whole world. i John ii. 1, 2..

nesses. Repent ye, therefore, and be converted,

but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be

forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the

tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt : for the tree is known by his 34 fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good

that your sins may be blotted out, when the Israel? Ex. xviii. 31. Hate the evil and times of refreshing shall come from the pre- love the good, and establish judgment in the sence of the Lord. Ac. iii. 14, 15. 19. gate. Åm. v. 15. Now do ye Pharisees Verily I thought with myself (said Paul), make clean the outside of the eup and platter, that I ought to do many things contrary to but your inward part is full of ravening and the name of Jesus of Nazareth, which thing wickedness; ye fools, did not he that made I also did in Jerusalem. And many of the that which is without make that which is saints did I shut up in prison, having received within also ? Lu. xi. 39, 40. Draw nigh to authority from the chief priests; and when God and he will draw nigh to you: cleanse they were put to death, I gave my voice your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, against them. And I punished them oft in ye double minded. Ja. iv. 8. every synagogue, and compelled them to And his fruit good.] See chap. iii. 8, 9, 10. blaspheme ; and being exceeding mad against and vii. 16-20. Por a good tree bringeth them, I persecuted them even unto strange not forth corrupt fruit, neither doth a córrupt cities. Ac. xxvi. 9, 10, 11. I thank Christ tree bring forth good fruit; for every tree is Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for known by his fruit, for of thorns inen do not that he counted me faithful, putting me into gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather the ministry, who was before a blasphemer, they grapes

. Lu. vi. 43, 44. As the branch and a persecutor, and injurious; but I ob cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in tained mercy because I did it ignorantly in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in unbelief. This is a faithful saying, and worthy me. I am the vine (said Jesus), ye are the of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came branches. He that abideth in me and I in into the world to save sinners. 1 Ti. i. 12, him, the same bringeth forth much fruit ; for 13. 15.

without me ye can do nothing. If a man But whosoever speaketh against the Holy abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, Ghost.] This (he that believeth on me, out of and is withered, and men gather them, and his belly shall flow rivers of living water) cast them into the fire, and they are burned. spake he of the Spirit which they that believe If ye abide in me, and my words abide im on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall was not yet given, because that Jesus was not be done unto you. John xv. 4—7. Cam yet glorified. John vii. 39. See verse 31. the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries!

It shall not be forgiven him.] The hypo- either a vine figs ? So can no fountain both crites in heart heap up wrath; they cry not yield salt water and fresh. Ja. iii. 12. when he bindeth them. Job xxxvi. 13. See 34 Generation of vipers.] See chap. iii

. 7. verse 31. And in hell "he" (the rich man" How can ye, being evil ?]

As saith the in the parable) lifted up his eyes, being in proverb of the ancients, wickedness proceedeth torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and from the wicked (said David to Saul). 1 Set Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried, and xxiv. 13. He (the wicked) hath said in his said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and heart, I shall not be moved, for I shall never send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing, finger in water, and cool my tongue, for I am and deceit, and fraud ; under his tongue is tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, mischief and vanity. Ps. x. 6, 7. Thy Son, remember that thou in thy life-time re- tongue (said David to Doeg, as a wicked stan) ceivedst thy good things, and Lazarus evil deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working things, but now he is comforted and thou art deceitfully. Thou lovest evil more than good, tormented. And besides all this, between us and lying rather than to speak righteousness and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou de they which would pass from hence to you ceitful tongue. God shall likewise destroy cannot, neither can they pass to us that thee for ever. He shall take thee would come from thence. Lu. xvi. 23-26. pluck thee out of thy dwelling-place, and root

33 Make the tree good.] Thou blind Pha- thee out of the land of the living. Ps. lii. risee, cleanse first that which is within the cup 2-5. The fool hath said in his heart, there is and platter, that the outside of them may be no God; corrupt are they, and have done clean also. Mat. xxiii. 26. Cast away from you abominable iniquity; there is none that doeth all your transgressions whereby ye have trans- good. Ps. liii. 1. Hide me from the gressed, and make you a new heart, and a secret counsel of the wicked, who whet their new spirit : for why will ye die, O house of tongue like a sword, and bend their bous to

away, and

things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth 35

shoot their arrows, even bitter words, that they great things. Behold, how great a matter a may shoot in secret at the perfect. Suddenly little fire kindleth ; and the tongue is a fire, a do they shoot at him, and fear not; they en- world of iniquity ; so is the tongue among our courage themselves in an evil matter, they members, that it defileth the whole body, and commune of laying snares privily; they say, setteth on fire the course of nature, and it is Who shall see them ? Ps. liv. 3, 4, 5. De- set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, liver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in from a deceitful tongue. What shall be given the sea, is tamed and hath been tamed of unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, mankind; but the tongue can no man tame, thou false tongue ? Sharp arrows of the it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. mighty, with coals of Juniper. Ps. cxx. 2, 3, Ja. iii. 5-8. 4. Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man, For out of the abundance of the heart.] A preserve me from the violent man, which ima- good man, out of the good treasure of his gine mischiefs in their heart: continually are heart bringeth forth that which is good; and they gathered together for war. They have an evil man out of the evil treasure of his sharpened their tongues like a serpent, adder's heart, bringeth forth that which is evil. For poison is under their lips. Ps. cxl. 1, 2, 3. of the abundance of the heart his mouth For the vile person will speak villany, and speaketh Lu. vi. 45. See Mat. vii. 16. 18. his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypo- 35 Good man out of the good treasure, &c.] crisy, and to utter error against the Lord, Every Scribe which is instructed unto the to make empty the soul of the hungry; and kingdom of heaven, is like unto a man that he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. is an householder, which bringeth forth out Is. xxxii. 6. None calleth for justice, nor of his treasure things new and old. Mat. my pleadeth for truth ; they trust in vanity, xiii. 52. The mouth of the righteous speaketh und speak lies; they conceive mischief, and wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment; oring forth iniquity. And judgment is turned the law of his God is in his heart, none of his iway backward, and justice standeth afar off'; steps shall slide. Ps. xxxvii. 30, 31. The or truth is fallen in the street, and equity tongue of the just is as choice silver ; the annot enter. Is. lix. 4. 14. Stand in the heart of the wicked is little worth ; the lips Fate of the Lord's house, and proclaim there of the righteous feed many, but fools die for his word, and say, Hear the word of the want of wisdom. Pr. x. 20, 21. The words Lord, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood, but gates to worship the Lord. Thus saith the the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteFays and your doings, and I will cause you ousness, but a false witness, deceit. There is o dwell in this place. Trust ye not in lying that speaketh like the piercings of a sword; Fords, saying, The temple of the Lord, the but the tongue of the wise is health. The emple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, lip of truth shall be established for ever, but kre these. For if you throughly amend your a lying tongue is but for a moment. Pr. xii. ways, and your doings; if ye throughly exe- 6. 17—19. A wholesome tongue is a tree of uute judgment between a man and his neigh- life, but perverseness therein is a breach in pour; if ye oppress not the stranger, the the Spirit. A man hath joy by the answer of atherless, and the widow, and shed not inno- his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, ent blood in this place, neither walk after how good is it! The heart of the righteous other gods to your hurt; then will I cause studieth to answer, but the mouth of the wicked jou to dwell in this place, in the land that I poureth out evil things. Pr. xv. 4. 23. 28. gave to your fathers, for ever and ever. Je. The wise in heart shall be called prudent, and ii. 2—7. As it is written (says. Paul), there the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning; 8 none righteous, no not one, there is none understanding is a well-spring of life unto hat understandeth, there is none that seeketh him that hath it, but the instruction of fools ifter God. They are all gone out of the is folly ; the heart of the wise teacheth his vay; there is none that doeth good, no not mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. Pr.

Their throat is an open sepulchre ; with xvi. 21-23. A word fitly spoken is like heir tongues they have used deceit; the apples of gold in pictures of silver. As an voison of asps is under their lips, whose ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine nouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient eet are swift to shed blood. Destruction and ear. Pr. xxv. 11, 12. Let no corrupt comnisery are in their ways; and the way of peace munication proceed out of your mouth, but Lave they not known. There is no fear of that which is good to the use of edifying, that God before their eyes. Ro. iii. 10–18. Even it may minister grace unto the hearers. Ep. 0, the tongue is a little member, and boasteth iv. 29. . Let the word of Christ dwell in you

good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth 36 forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that

men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of 37 judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy 38 words thou shalt be condemned. Then certain of the scribes and

of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign 39 from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and

adulterous generation seeketh after a sign ; and there shall no sigu richly, in all wisdom ; teaching and admo- fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, nishing one another in psalms and hymns, and and it was imputed unto him for righteousness, spiritual songs, singing with grace in your and he was called The friend of God. Ye hearts to the Lord. Col. iii. 16. Let your see then how that by works a man is justified, speech be alway with grace, seasoned with and not by faith only. Likewise also ww salt, that ye may know how ye ought to not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when answer every man. Col. iv. 6. See chap. she bad received the messengers and had sent xiii. 52.

them out another way ? For as the body And an evil man out of the evil treasure.) without the spirit is dead, so faith without See verse 34.

works is dead also. Ja. ii. 18. 21-26. 36 Every idle word.] God shall bring 38 Master, we would see a sign from thee.] every idle work into judgment, with every The Pharisees also, with the Sadducees, came secret thing, whether it be good or whether it and tempting, desired him that he would be evil. Ec. xii. 14. As many as have shew them a sign from heaven. He answered sinned without law, shall also perish without and said unto them, When it is evening ye law, and as many as have sinned in the law, say, It will be fair weather, for the sky is shall be judged by the law, in the day when red; and in the morning it will be foul God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus weather to-day, for the sky is red and lour Christ according to my Gospel. Ro. ii. 12. ing. O ye hypocrites! ye can discern the 16. Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, face of the sky, but can ye not discern the por jesting (let them not once be named among signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous you), which are not convenient, but rather generation seeketh after a sign, and there giving of thanks; for this ye know, that no shall no sign be given unto it, but the sig? whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covet- of the prophet Jonas. Mat. xvi. 1-4. And ous man, who is an idolater, hath any in- the Pharisees came forth, and began to question heritance in the kingdom of Christ, and of with him, seeking from him a sign from God. Let no man deceive you with vain heaven, tempting him. And he sighed deeply words; for because of these things cometh in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this genethe wrath of God upon the children of dis- ration seek after a sign ? Verily I say unto you, obedience. Ep. v. 4–6. Enoch also, the There shall no sign be given unto this geneseventh from Adam, prophesied of these, ration. Mar. viii. 11, 12. Others tempting saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten him, sought of him a sign from heaven. And thousand of his saints, to execute judgment when the people were gathered thick together, upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly he began to say, This is an evil generation, among them of all their ungodly deeds which they seek a sign, and there shall no sign be they have ungodly committed, and of all given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophel their hard speeches which ungodly sinners Lu. xi. 16. 29. Then answered the Jews have spoken against him. Ju. 14, 15. And and said unto him, What sign shewest thou I saw the dead, small and great, stand before unto us, seeing that thou doest these things! God; and the books were opened, and another John ii. 18. Except ye see signs and wonders book was opened, which is the book of life. (said Jesus to the nobleman whose ser wat And the dead were judged out of those things sick at Capernaum), ye will not believe. Joka which were written in the books, according iv. 48. The Jews require a sign, and the to their works. Re. xx, 12.

Greeks seek after wisdom. I Co. i. 22 37 By thy words.] He that keepeth his 39 Adulterous generation.] Draw near mouth keepeth his life, but he that openeth hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of wide his lips shall have destruction. Pr. xiii. 3. the adulterer, and the whore, against whom

Justified, &c.] Shew me thy faith with- do ye sport yourselves ? Is. Ivii. 3. Whoout thy works, and I will shew thee my faith soever shall be ashamed of me and of my by my works. Was not Abraham our father words in this adulterous and sinful generation justified by works, when he had offered Isaac of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed his son upon the altar ? Seest thou how faith when he cometh in the glory of his father, wrought with his works, and by works was with the holy angels. Mar. viii. 38. Ye faith made perfect? And the Scripture was adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that

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