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26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold 27 John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus, and said, We

i cannot tell. *And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what believe not his writings, how shall ye believe Mat. xxiii. 15. 'Make the heart of this people my words ? John v. 44–47. I told you fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their (that he was the Christ), and ye believed not : eyes ; lest they see with their eyes, and hear the works that I do in my Father's name, with their ears, and understand with their they bear witness of me; but ye believe not, heart, and convert, and be healed. Is. vi. 10. because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto Whom shall he teach knowledge ? And whom you. John X. 25, 26. But though "he" shall he make to understand doctrine? Them (Jesus ") had done so many miracles, yet that are weaned from the milk, and drawn they believed not on him. John xii. 37. If from the breasts. Is. *xviii. 9. The Lord our heart condemn us, God is greater than hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep our heart, and knoweth all things. 1 John sleep, and hath closed your eyes; the proiii. 20.

phets and your rulers, the seers, hath he 26 We fear the people.] See verse 46. and covered ; and the vision of all is become onto chap. xiv. 5. Of whom hast thou been afraid you as the words of a book that is sealed, or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not which men deliver to one that is leared, remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart ? saying, Read this, I pray thee; and he saith, Have I not held my peace, even of old, and I cannot ; for it is sealed. And the book is thou fearest me not? Is. lvii. 11. And they delivered to him that is not learned, saying, (the Jews) sought to lay hold on him (Jesus) Read this, I pray thee; and he saith, I an but feared the people ; for they knew that he not learned. Is. xxix. 10, 11, 12. Who is had spoken the parable (of the vineyard and blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my meswicked husbandmen) against them. Mar. xii. senger that I sent? Who is blind, as he 12. And the chief priests, and the Scribes, that is perfect, and blind as the Lord's serthe same hour sought to lay hands on him; vant? Seeing many things, but thou oband they feared the people ; for they perceived servest not; opening the ears, but he heareth that he had spoken "this parable" ("of the not. Is. xlii. 19, 20. His watchmen are vineyard) against them. Lu. xx. 19. The blind; they are all ignorant; they are all chief priests and Scribes sought how they dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying might kill him; for they feared the people. down, loving to slumber; yea, they are greedy Lu. xxii. 2. These words spake "his" ("the dogs, which can never have enough ; and they blind man's") parents, because they feared are shepherds that cannot understand ; they the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, all look to their own way, every one for his that if any man did confess that he was Christ gain from his quarter. Is. lvi. 10, 11. Yes, he should be put out of the synagogue. John the stork in the heavens knoweth ber apix. 22. Then (when the Jews heard that the pointed times ; and the turtle, and the crane, apostles whom they had imprisoned were preach- and the swallow, observe the time of their ing in the temple) went the captain with the coming; but my people know not the judgofficers and brought them without violence ment of the Lord. How do ye say, We are (for they feared the people, lest they should wise; and the law of the Lord is with us! have been stoned). Ac. v. 26.

Lo, certainly, in vain made he it; the pen of For all hold John as a prophet.] Herod the Scribes is in vain. Je. viii. 7, & The feared John, knowing that he was a just man, priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they and an holy, and observed him; and when should seek the law at his mouth. For he is he heard him, he did many things, and heard the messenger of the Lord of hosts. But ye him gladly. Mar. vi. 20. He was a burning are departed out of the way; ye have caused and a shining light, and ye were willing for a many to stumble at the law; ye have corseason to rejoice in his light. John v. 35. rupted the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of And many resorted unto “him" (" Jesus ") hosts. Therefore have I also made you conand said, John did no miracle : but all things temptible and base before all the people : that John spake of this man were true. And according as ye have not kept my ways, but many believed on him there. John X. 41, 42. have been partial in the law. Mal. ii. 6-9. · 27 We cannot tell.] Let them alone, they They answered, That they could not tell be blind leaders of the blind; and if the blind whence "it" (" the baptism of John ") was lead the blind both shall fall into the ditch. And Jesus said unto them, Neither tell I you Mat. xv. 14. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern by what authority I do these things. L. II. the face of the sky; but can ye not discern 7, 8. Why, herein is a marvellous thing the signs of the times ? Mat. xvi. 3. Woe (said the blind man), that ye know not from unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine for ye compass sea and land to make one pro- eyes. Some of the Pharisees which were with selyte ; and when he is made, ye make him him heard " these words” (“ For judgment ! twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. am come into this world, that they whick see

iuthority I do these things. But what think ye? A certain man 28 had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work o-day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not : but 29 ufterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, 30

lot might see; and that they which see might stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in le made blind"), and said unto “him" the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know, M Jesus"), Are we blind also ? Jesus said that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. into them, If ye were blind ye should have 1 Co. xv. 58. lo sin ; but now ye say, We see, therefore 29 I will not.] See verse 31. As for the our sin remaineth. John ix. 30. 40, 41. The word that thou (Jeremiah) hast spoken unto vrath of God is revealed from heaven against us in the name of the Lord (said the men, &c. Il ungodliness and unrighteousness of men whose wives had burned incense to other gods, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Be- in Pathros, in the land of Egypt), we will not ause that which may be known of God is hearken unto thee. Je. xliv. 16. This I say, nanifest in them; for God hath shewed it therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye nto them. For the invisible things of him henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in rom the creation of the world are clearly the vanity of their mind; having the undereen, being understood by the things that are standing darkened, being alienated from the vade, even his eternal power and Godhead; life of God, through the ignorance that is in that they are without excuse. Because them, because of the blindness of their heart; hat, when they knew God, they glorified him who, being past feeling, have given themselves ot as God, neither were thankful; but became over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanain in their imaginations, and their foolish ness with greediness. Ep. iv. 17-19. eart was darkened. Professing themselves He repented.] See chap. iii. 28. The o be wise, they became fools. And even as Lord spake to Manasseh and to his people, hey did not like to retain God in their know- but they would not hearken ; wherefore the Edge, God gave them over to a reprobate Lord brought upon them the captains of the rind, to do those things which are not conve- host of the king of Assyria, which took Maient. Ro. i. 18-22. 28. If our Gospel be nasseh among the thorns, and bound him with id, it is hid to them that are lost. 2 Co. iv. 3. fetters, and carried him to Babylon. And 'hen shall that wicked be revealed, whom the when he was in affliction he sought the Lord, ord shall consume with the spirit of his and humbled himself greatly before the God south, and shall destroy with the brightness of his fathers; and prayed unto him, and he f his coming; even him whose coming is after was entreated of him, and heard his supplicale working of Satan, with all power, and tion, and brought him again to Jerusalem into gns, and lying wonders ; and with all de- his kingdom.2 Ch. xxxiii. 10–13. Wash ivableness of unrighteousness in them that you, make you clean, put away the evil of erish ; because they received not the love of your doings from before mine eyes ; cease to le truth, that they might be saved. And for do evil; learn to do well; seek judgment; iis cause, God shall send them strong delu- relieve the oppressed ; judge the fatherless; on, that they should believe a lie. 2 Th. ii. plead for the widow. Come now, and let us 10. See chap. xxii. 46.

reason together, saith the Lord; though your 28 What think ye?] See chap. xvii. 25. sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as ell us what thinkest thou? Is it lawful to snow; though they be red like crimson, they ive tribute unto Cæsar or not ? Mat. xxii. shall be as wool; if ye be willing and obe7. Those eighteen, upon whom the tower dient, ye shall eat the good of the land. Is. i.

Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that 16-19. Seek ye the Lord while he may be ley were sinners, above all men that dwelt found ; call ye upon him while he is near; Jerusalem? I tell you, nay! but except let the wicked forsake his way, and the un

repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Lu. righteous man his thoughts; and let him ii. 4, 5. I speak as to wise men; judge ye return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy hat I say. I Co. x. 15.

upon him, and to our God, for he will abunA certain man had two sons.] A certain dantly pardon. Is. lv. 6, 7. Again, when the an had two sons, and the younger of them wicked man turneth away from his wickedid to his father, Father, give me the portion ness that he hath committed, and doeth that

goods that falleth to me, &c. Lu. xv. 11, which is lawful and right, he shall save his 2, &c.

soul alive. Because he considereth, and turnSon, go work to-day.] See chap. xx. 5—7. eth away from all his transgressions that he he Son of man is as a man taking a far jour- hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall ?y, who left his house, and gave authority to not die. Yet saith the house of Israel, The s servants, and to every man his work, and way of the Lord is not equal! O house of mmanded the porter to watch. Mar. xiii. Israel, are not my ways equal ? are not your b. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye ways unequal? Therefore I will judge you,

and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and

O house of Israel, every one according to his loved us, even when we were dead in sirs, ways, saith the Lord God. Ez. xviii. 27– hath quickened us together with Christ (by 32. And at the end of the days, I, Nebu- grace ye are saved), And hath raised chadnezzar, lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, together, and made us sit together in heavenly and mine understanding returned unto me, places in Christ Jesus; that in the ages to and I blessed the Most High, and I praised come he might shew the exceeding riches and honoured him that liveth for ever; whose his grace in his kindness towards us throach dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye sored kingdom is from generation to generation through faith; and that not of yourselves: ita And all the inhabitants of the earth are re- the gift of God; not of works, lest any na puted as nothing; and he doeth according to should boast. Por we are his workmanse his will in the army of heaven, and among the created in Christ Jesus unto good works inhabitants of the earth ; and none can stay which God hath before ordained that w his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? should walk in them. Wherefore remembe, At the same time my reason returned unto that ye being in time past Gentiles in the me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine flesh, who are called uncircumcision by tist honour and brightness returned unto me; which is called the circumcision in the late and my counsellors and my lords sought unto made by hands; that at that time ye vert me; and I was established in my kingdom, without Christ, being aliens from the counseand excellent majesty was added unto me. wealth of Israel, and strangers from the cost Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and nants of promise, having no bope, and either honour the King of heaven, all whose works God in the world: but now is Christ Jeu are truth, and his ways judgment; and those ye who sometimes were far off are made that walk in pride he is able to abase. Da. by the blood of Christ. Ep. ii. 1---13 iv. 34–37. Arise, and go unto Nineveh, 38 I go, sir, and went not.] Whatsexta that great city (said the Lord to Jonah), and they (the Scribes and Pharisees) bid you preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. serve, that observe and do (said Jesus), te da Let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, not ye after their works, for they say und die and cry mightily unto God; yea, let them not. Mat. xxiii. 3. And “they" (of the túrn every one from his evil way, and from dren of my people") come unto thee, as the the violence that is in their hands ; who can people cometh ; and they hear the wall tell if God will turn and repent, and turn (said the Lord to Ezekiel), but they wil e away from his fierce anger, that we perish do them; for with their mouth they shop not? And God saw their works, that they much love, but their heart goeth after that turned from their evil way; and God repented covetousness. Ez. xxxiii. 3i. Behold, tha of the evil that he had said that he would do art called a Jew, and restest in the law, unto them; and he did it not. Jon. iii. 2. 8, makest thy boast of God, and knowest is 9, 10. When he (the prodigal in the parable) will, and approvest the things that are wait came to himself, he said, How many hired excellent, being instructed out of the be servants of my father's house have bread and art confident that thou thyself art a gente enough and to spare, and I perish with hun- of the blind, a light of them which are )

will arise and go to my father, and darkness, an instructor of the foolish, will say unto him, Father, I have sinned teacher of babes, which hast the form o against heaven and before thee, and am no knowledge and of the truth in the bas more worthy to be called thy son.

Lu. xv.

Thou therefore which teachest another, text17, 18. Know ye not, that the unrighteous est thou not thyself? Thou that preachers shall not inherit the kingdom of God? And man should not steal, dost thou steal the such were some of you; but ye are washed, that sayest a man should not commit adoler? but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in dost thou commit adultery?' Thou that the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit horrest idols, dost thou commit sacriksa of our God. 1 Co. vi. 9. 11. You hath he Thou that makest thy boast of the lux, quickened, who were dead in trespasses and through breaking the law dishonourest the sins ; wherein in time past ye walked accord- God ? For the name of God is blaspbes ing to the course of this world, according to among the Gentiles, through you, as to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit written, For circumcision verily profitet, that now worketh in the children of disobe- thou keep the

law; but, if thou be a breaks dience ; among whom also we all had our of the law, thy circumcision is made unt conversation in times past, in the lusts of our cumcision. Ro. ii. 17-25. They profess tu flesh fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of they know God; but in works they deny be the mind; and were by nature the children of being abominable, and disobedient, and LS wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich every good work reprobate. Tit. 1. 16. in mercy, for his great love wherewith he


went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his father? 31 They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the Publicans and the harlots go into the king

31 Did the will of his father.] See chap. sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat rii. 21. and xii. 50. As I live, saith the Lord in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster God, I have no pleasure in the death of the box of ointment; and stood at his feet behind wicked; but that the wicked turn from his him weeping, and began to wash his feet with way and live. Turn ye, turn ye from your tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her avil ways; for why will ye die, O house of head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them (srael? Ez. xxxiii. 11. There is joy in the with the ointment. Now, when the Pharisee presence of the angels of God over one sinner which had bidden him saw it, he spake within hat repenteth. Lu. xv. 10. The times of himself, saying, This man, if he were a prohis ignorance (of the Gentile nations) God phet, would have known who and what manwinked at; but now commandeth all men ner of woman this is that toucheth him, for every where to repent. Ac. xvii. 30. The she is a sinner. And he (Jesus) turned to Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as the woman, and said unto Simon (the Phasome men count slackness; but is long-suffer- risee, in whose house he sat at meat), Seest ng to us-ward, not willing that any should thou this woman? I entered into thine house, perish, but that all should come to repentance, thou gavest me no water for my feet, but she 2 Pe. iii. 9.

hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped The first.) David's anger was greatly them with the hairs of her head ; thou gavest kindled against the man (who took the poor me no kiss, but this woman, since the time I man's lamb and dressed it), and he said to came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet; my Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that head with oil thou didst not anoint, but this hath done this thing shall surely die ; and he woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he Wherefore, I say unto thee, Her sins, which lid this thing, and because he had no pity. are many, are forgiven; for she loved much; And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth Thus saith the Lord God of Israel; I anointed little. And he said unto ber, Thy sins are thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out forgiven; thy faith hath saved thee; go in of the hand of Saul. Wherefore hast thou peace. Lu. vii. 29. 37–39. 44-50. Then despised the commandment of the Lord to do drew near unto him all the publicans and evil in his sight? 2 Sa. xii. 5, 6, 7. Thine own sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees mouth condemneth thee, and not I; yea, and Scribes murmured, saying, This man hine own lips testify against thee. Job xv. 6. receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. Lu. Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee xv. 1, 2. Moreover, the law entered, that said Jesus to the Pharisee). And he saith, the offence might abound; but where sin Master, say on. There was a certain creditor abounded, grace did much more abound. which had two debtors; the one owed him Ro. v. 20. What shall we say then? That ive hundred pence, and the other fifty; and the Gentiles which followed not after rightewhen they had nothing to pay, he frankly ousness have attained to righteousness, even forgave them both. Tell me, therefore, which the righteousness which is of faith? But of them will love him most? Simon answered Israel, which followed after the law of righteind said, I suppose that he to whom he for- ousness, hath not attained to the law of rightegave most. Lu. vii. 40–43. Out of thine

Wherefore ? Because they sought own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked it not by faith; but, as it were, by the servant (said the nobleman who left money with works of the law; for they stumbled at bis servants); thou knewest that I was an that stumbling-stone ; as it is written, austere man, taking up that I laid not down, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling-stone ind reaping that I did not sow. Wherefore and rock of offence: and whosoever bethen gavest not thou my money into the bank, lieveth on him shall not be ashamed. Ro. hat I might receive mine own with usury? ix. 30—33. I thank Christ Jesus our Lord Lu. xix. 22. Now we know what thing (said Paul), who hath enabled me, for that soever the law saith, it saith to them that are he counted me faithful, putting me into the under the law; that every mouth may be ministry, who was before a blasphemer, and stopped, and all the world may become guilty a persecutor, and injurious; but I obtained before God. Ro. iii. 19.

mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. Verily I say unto you.] See chap. v. 18; And the grace of our Lord was exceeding vi. 5 ; xviii. 3.

abundant, with faith and love, which is in The publicans and harlots, &c.] See chap. Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and ix. 9.; xx. 16. All the people that heard worthy of all acceptation, That Christ Jesus him, and the publicans, justified God, being came into the world to save sinners; of whom baptized with the baptism of John. And, I am chief. Howbeit, for this cause I obbehold, a woman in the city, which was a tained mercy, that in me, first, Jesus Christ


32 dom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of

righteousness, and ye believed him not : but the Publicans and

the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented 33 not afterward, that ye might believe him. Hear another parable:

might shew forth all long-suffering, for a them in condemning him. And though they pattern to them which should hereafter be- found no cause of death in him, yet desired lieve on him to life everlasting. 1 Ti. i. they Pilate that he should be slain. And 12-16.

when they had fulfilled all that was written 32 Came unto you in the way of righteous- of him, they took him down from the tree and ness.] See chap. iii. 1-8. An highway shall laid him in a sepulchre. Ac. xiii. 25–29. be there, and a way, and it shall be called, Repented not afterward.] My people would The way of holiness; the unclean shall not not hearken to my voice, and Israel would pass over it, but it shall be for those, the way- none of me; so I gave them up unto their own faring men, though fools, shall not err therein. hearts' lusts and they walked in their own Is. xxxv. 8. Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye counsels. Ps. Ixxxi. 11, 12. They refused to in the ways, and see and ask for the old paths, hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and where is the good way; and walk therein, stopped their ears that they should not hear: and ye shall find rest for your souls. But yea, they made their hearts as an adamantthey said, We will not walk therein. Je. vi. stone, lest they should hear the law and the 16. Bring forth, therefore (said John), fruits words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in worthy of repentance; and begin not to say his spirit by the former prophets; therefore within yourselves, We have Abraham to our came a great wrath from the Lord of bosts. father; for I say unto you, That God is able Zec. vii. 11, 12. The Father himself which of these stones to raise up children unto hath sent me, hath borne witness of me; ye Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto have neither heard his voice at any time, nor the root of the trees; every tree therefore seen his shape; and ye have not his word which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn abiding in you ; for whom he hath sent, him down and cast into the fire. He that hath ye believe not. Search the Scriptures, for in two coats, let him impart to him that hath them ye think ye have eternal life, and they none; and he that hath meat, let him do like are they which testify of me ; and ye will not wise, &c. Lu. iii. 8, 9. ll. It had been come to me that ye might have life. Joker better for them not to have known the way v. 37–40. The servant of the Lord must of righteousness, than after they have known not strive, but be gentle unto all mex, apt to it, to turn from the holy commandment deli- teach, patient in meekness, instructing those vered unto them. 2 Pe. ï. 21.

that oppose themselves; if God peradventure And ye believed him not.] See verse 25. ; will give them repentance to the acknowledgchap. xi. 18. And all the people that heard ing of the truth. 2 Ti. ii. 24, 25. Take heed, him, and the publicans, justified God, being brethren, lest there be in any of you an eril baptized with the baptism of John ; but the heart of unbelief, in departing from the living Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God. He. iii. 12. If they (who have tastes God against themselves, being not baptized of the good word of God) shall fall away (it is him. Lu. vii. 29, 30. Ye sent unto John, impossible), to renew them again unto repentand he bare witness unto the truth. But I ance ; seeing they crucify to themselves the receive not testimony from man (said Jesus), Son of God afresh, and put him to an open but these things I say, that ye might be shame. For the earth which drinketh in the saved. He was a burning and a shining light, rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in forth herbs meet for them by whom it is his light; but I have greater witness than dressed, receiveth blessing from God: but that of John; for the works which the Father that which beareth thorns and briers is rehath given me to finish, the same works that jected, and is nigh unto cursing ; whose end is I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath to be burned. He. vi. 6, 7, 8. I gave her sent me. John v. 33–36. As John fulfilled (that woman Jezebel, which calleth kerself a his course, he said, Whom think ye that I prophetess) space to repent of her fornications, am? I am not he. But behold, there cometh and she repented not. Re. ii. 21. one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not 33 Hear another parable.] See chap xiii. worthy to loose. Men and brethren (said 18. Hear thou, therefore, the word of the Paul to the people of Antioch), children of the Lord; I saw the Lord sitting on his throne stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you (said Micaiah the prophet), and all the heat of feareth God, to you is the word of this salva- heaven standing by him on his right hand and tion sent. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, on his left. 1 Ki. xxii. 19. Hear the word and their rulers, because they knew him not, of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give eat nor yet the voices of the prophets, which are unto the law of your God, ye people of Go read every sabbath-day, they have fulfilled morrah. Is. i. 10. Hear ye the word of the

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