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They also have erred through wine, One is hungry, and another is and through strong drink are out of drunken, &c.—1 Cor. xi. 21. the way: the priests and the prophet Now the works of the flesh are mahave erred through strong drink, they nifest, which are these, &c. envyings, are swallowed up of wine: they are murders, drunkenness, revellings, and out of the way through strong drink, such like; of the which I tell you bethey err in vision; they stumble in - fore, as I have also told you in time judgment: for all tables are full of past, that they which no such things, vomit and filthiness. Isa. xxviii. shall not inherit the kingdom of 7, 8.

. God.-Gal. v. 19. 21. His watchmen are blind, &c. Come Be not drunk with wine, wherein ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we is excess : but be filled with the will fill ourselves with strong drink; Spirit.-Eph. v. 18. and to morrow shall be as this day, They that be drunken, are drunken and much more abundant.-Isa. lvi. in the night: but let us, who are of 10-12.

the day, be sober.---1 Thess. v. 7, 8. Awake, ye drunkards, and weep, and howl, all ye drinkers of wine; be

CHAP. LXIII. cause of the new wine ; for it is cut off from your mouth.-Joel i. 5.

OF COVETOUSNESS. Woe to them that are at ease in Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's Zion, &c. that drink wine in bowls.- house, &c. nor any thing that is thy Amos vi. 1. 6.

neighbour's. Exod. xx. 17. While they are drunken as drunk- Balaam, for profit, would have ards, they shall be devoured as stub- cursed Israel.-Numb. xxii. ble full dry.--Nahum i. 10.

Achan's covetous desire of the Woe unto him that giveth his silver, and wedge of gold, and Babyneighbour drink, that puttest thy bot- lonish garment, gave Israel trouble, tle to him, and makest him drunken and brought ruin upon himself, his also, that thou mayest look on their children, and his substance.-Josh. nakedness.-Hab. ii. 15.

vii. 5. 18-20. 24, 25. If that evil servant shall begin to The Lord maketh poor, and maketh smite his fellow servants, and to eat rich, &c. - Sam. ii. 7, 8. and drink with the drunken, the Ahab's covetousness of Naboth's Lord of that servant shall come in a vineyard, troubled Abah, caused Naday, &c.—Matt. xxiv. 48–50. Luke both's murder, and Ahab's destrucxii. 45.

tion.—1 Kings xxi. 1-4. xxii. Others mocking, said, These men Gehazi's covetousness of Naaman's are full of new wine. But Peter, &c. gifts, procured the leprosy upon himsaid, These are not drunken, as ye self.--2 Kings v. 20-22. 27. supposę, seeing it is but the third Incline my heart unto thy testihour of the day.--Acts ii. 13-15. monies, and not to covetousness. · Let us walk honestly, as in the Ps. cxix. 36. day; not in rioting and drunkenness. He that is greedy of gain, troubleth Rom. xiii. 13.

his own house ; but he that hateth I have written unto you not to keep gifts shall live.- Prov. xv. 27. company, &c. if any man that is called Give me neither poverty nor riches; a brother, be, &c. a drunkard, or an feed me with food convenient for extortioner, with such an one no not me ; lest I be full, and deny thee, to eat.-1 Cor. v. 11.

and say, Who is the Lord ?-Prov. Be not deceived; neither fornica- xxx. 8, 9. tors, &c. nor drunkards, shall inherit Woe unto him that coveteth an evil the kingdom of God.—1 Cor. vi. 9, 10. covetousness to his house, that he

may set his nest on high.-Hab. ii. temptation, and a snare, and into 9, 10.

many foolish and hurtful lusts, which Lay not up for yourselves treasures drown men in destruction and perupon earth, where moth and rust dition : for the love of money is the doth corrupt, and where thieves break root of all evil; which while some through and steal, &c. for where coveted after, they have erred from your treasure is, there will your heart the faith, and pierced . themselves be also, &c. I say unto you, Take through with many sorrows. But no thought for your life, what you thou, O man of God, flee these things. shall eat, or what you shall drink; - 1 Tim. vi. 7-10. nor yet for your body what you shall Let your conversation be without put on, &c. behold the fowls of the covetousness, and be content with air ; for they sow not, neither do such things as ye have: for he hath they reap, yet your heavenly Father said, I will never leave thee, nor forfeedeth them; are ye not much bet- sake thee.-Heb. xiii. 5. ter than they? Which of you, by Love not the world, neither the taking thought, can add one cubit things that are in the world. If any unto his stature ? —- Matt. vi. 19. man love the world, the love of the 25-27.

Father is not in him.—1 John i. Judas's covetousness led him to 15, 16. offer to the chief priests to betray Christ, and to covenant with them

CHAP. LXIV. for thirty pieces of silver to perform it.—Matt. xxvi. 14-16.

OF THEFT. Take heed, and beware of covet- Laban charged Jacob, his daughter's ousness : for a man's life consisteth husband, with stealing his gods.not in the abundance of the things Gen. xxxi. 30. which he possesseth.-Luke xii. 15. Thou shalt not steal.-Exod. xx. 15.

Being filled with all unrighteous. The many laws about stealing.ness, &c. covetousness, &c. God Exod. xxii. 1-4. gave them over to a reprobate mind, Ye shall not steal, &c. Thou shalt &c.—Rom. i. 28, 29.

not defraud thy neighbour, neither I have written unto you not to rob him. The wages of him that is keep company, if any man that is hired, shall not abide with thee all called a brother, be a forpicator, or night, until the morning.-Levit. xix. covetous.—1 Cor. v. ll.

11. 13. The unrighteous shall not inherit When thou sawest a thief, then the kingdom of God, &c. nor covet- thou consentedst with him.-Ps. 1. 18. ous.- Cor. vi. 9, 10. Eph. v. 5. Will ye steal, &c. and come and

Covetousness, let it not be once stand before me in this house ?-Jer. named amongst you, as becometh vii. 7. 9, 10. saints, &c. for because of these things By killing and stealing, &c. therecometh the wrath of God upon the fore shall the land mourn.-Hosea children of disobedience.-Eph. y. 3. 6. iv. 2, 3.

Mortify therefore your members Every one that stealeth, shall be which are upon the earth, &c. Co- cut off, &c. and the curse shall enter vetousness, which is idolatry.Col. into the house of the thief.--Zech. v, jii. 5.

3, 4. We brought nothing into this Those things which proceed out of world, and it is certain we can carry the mouth, come forth from the heart, nothing out ; and having food and &c. as thefts.-Matt, xv. 18, 19. raiment, let us be therewith content. Judas saith, Why was not this But they that will be rich, fall into ointment sold ? &c. This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but Lie not one to another, seeing that because he was a thief.—John xii. ye have put off the old man with his 4-6.

deeds.-Col. iii. 9. Thou that preachest, a man should The law is made for the lawless, not steal, dost thou steal ?-Rom. &c. for liars.--1 Tim. i. 9, 10. ü. 21. , .

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All liars shall have their part in Know ye not that the unrighteous the lake which burneth with fire and shall not inherit the kingdom of God? brimstone, which is the second death, &c. nor thieves.-1 Cor. vi. 9, 10. &c. There shall in no wise enter

Let him that stole, steal no more; into the New Jerusalem any thing but rather let him labour, working that defileth, neither whatsoever with his hands.—Eph. iv. 28. worketh abomination, or maketh a

Exhort servants to be obedient, &c. lie.—Rev. xxi. 8. 27. not purloining, but shewing all good For without are dogs, and sorcerers, fidelity.–Titus ii. 9, 10.

&c. and whosoever loveth and maketh

a lie.- Rev. xxii. 15. CHAP. LXV.

CHAP. LXVI. OP LYING AND EQUIVOCATING. Ye shall not lie one to another. OF TEMPTING GOD: OR WHEREIN MEN Levit. xix. 11.

MAY BE SAID TO TEMPT HIM. Lord, who shall abide in thy taber- Moses said to the people, Why chide nable ? &c. he that speaketh the you with me? Wherefore do you tempt truth from his heart.-Ps. xv. 1, 2. the Lord ?—Exod. xvii. 2.

The mouth of them that speak lies They tempted God in their heart, shall be stopped.-Ps. Ixiii. 11. by asking meat for their lusts, &c.

I hate and abhor lying, but thy yea, they turned back, and tempted law do I love.-Ps. cxix. 163. God, and limited the Holy One of

These six things doth the Lord Israel, &c. yea, they tempted and prohate, &c. a lying tongue.-Prov. vi. voked the most high God, and kept 16, 17.

not his testimonies.-Ps. lxxviii. 18. The lips of truth shall be esta- 41. 56. blished for ever, but a lying tongue is Harden not your hearts as in the but for a moment.-Prov. xii. 19. provocation, and as in the day of

The Lord hath a controversy with temptation in the wilderness, when the inhabitants of the land, because your fathers tempted me, proved me, there is no truth, &c. by lying, &c. and saw my works.-Ps. xcv. 8, 9. therefore shall the land mourn.- Ask thee a sign: but Ahaz said, I Hosea iv. 1-3.

will not ask, neither will I tempt the Ephraim compasseth me about Lord.—Isa. vii. 11, 12 with lies, and the house of Israel Ye have said, It is in vain to serve with deceit.--Hosea xi. 12.

God, &c. they that tempt God, are Those are the things that ye shall even delivered.—Mal. iii. 14, 15. do, speak ye every man the truth to If thou be the Son of God, cast his neighbour.-Zech. viii. 16. thyself down, &c. Jesus saith unto

Why hath Satan filled thine heart him, It is written again, Thou shalt to lie to (or to deceive) the Holy not tempt the Lord thy God.-Matt. Ghost ? &c. Thou hast not lied unto iy. 6—8. Deut. vi. 16. Luke men, but unto God.-Acts v. 3--5. · xxii. 28.

Wherefore, putting away lying, When Christ bad raised the ruler's speak every man truth with his neigh- daughter, he commanded that somebour : for we are members one of thing should be given her to eat. another.--Eph. iv. 25.

Mark v. 43.

When the Jews had asked Jesus, a consulter with familiar spirits, or a Is it lawful to give tribute to Cæsar? wizard, or a necromancer; for all he said unto them, Why tempt ye that do these things, are an abomime ?-Mark xii. 14, 15. Luke iv. 2. nation unto the Lord; and because

The Jews tempted Christ, that they of these abominations, the Lord thy might have to accuse him about the God doth drive them out from before woman taken in adultery.-John viii. thee.-Deut. xviii. 10-12, 14. 20. 4-6.

Rebellion is as the sin of witchAnanias and Sapphira are said to craft.- Sam. xv. 23. tempt the Lord by their lying about Saul said unto his servants, Seek the sale of their possessions.-Acts me a woman that hath a familiar spiv. 1-10.

rit, that I may go to her, and inquire Now, therefore, why tempt ye God of her. And his servants said to to put a yoke upon the neck of the him, Behold, there is a woman that disciples, which neither our fathers hath a familiar spirit at Endor. And nor we were able to bear?--Acts Saul went to her, and said, I pray xv. 10.

thee, divine unto me by the familiar Neither let us tempt Christ, as spirit, and bring me him up whom I some of them also tempted, and were shall name, &c. which she did (though destroyed of serpents. -1 Cor. x. 9. she hazarded her life by it).-1 Sam.

God cannot be tempted with evil, xxviii. 7, &c. neither tempteth he any man.-James What peace, so long as the whorei. 13.

doms of thy mother Jezebel, and her

witchcrafts are so many?-2 Kings CHAP. LXVII.

ix. 22.

Manasseh, &c. observed times, and OF WITCHCRAFT: OR DEALING WITH

used enchantments, and dealt with FAMILIAR SPIRITS.

familiar spirits, and wizards.--2 Kings Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. xxi, 1. 6. 2 Chron. xxxiii. 6. -Exod. xxii. 18.

The workers with familiar spirits, The soul that turneth after such as and the wizards, &c. did Josiah put have familiar spirits, and after wiz- away.—2 Kings xxiii. 24. ards, to go a whoring after them, I So Saul died for his transgression, will even set my face against that &c. and also for asking counsel of soul, and will cut him off, &c. A one that had a familiar spirit, to inman also, or a woman, that hath a quire of it.—1 Chron. x. 13. familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, Therefore thou hast forsaken thy shall surely be put to death.-Levit. people, the house of Jacob, because xx. 6. 27.

they be replenished from the east, Regard not them that have familiar and are soothsayers, like the Philisspirits, neither seek after wizards, to tines.- Isa. ii. 6. be defiled by them: I am the Lord When they shall say unto you, your God.-Levit. xix. 31.

Seek unto them that have familiar When Balaam saw that it pleased spirits, and unto wizards that peep, the Lord to bless Israel, he went not, and that mutter : should not a people as at other times, to seek for (or to seek unto their God? for the living, the meeting of) enchantments. — to the dead? Isa. viii. 19. Numb. xxiv. l. xxiii. 23. Josh. Stand thou with thy enchantments, xxiii. 7.

and with the multitude of thy sorceThere shall not be found among ries, wherein thou hast laboured from you any, &c. that useth divination, thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able or an observer of times, or an en- to profit, if so be thou mayest prechanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or vail, &c. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prog- Sorcerers (among others) are to nosticators stand up, and save thee have their part in the lake which from these things which shall come burneth, &c.—Rev. xxi. 8. upon thee.--Isa. xlvii. 12, 13.. . Without are dogs and sorcerers,

The king commanded to call the &c.Rev. xxii, 15. magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, to

| CHAP. LXVIII. shew the king his dreams.-Dan. ii. 2. 10. iv. 7. v. 7. .

OF A HARDENED HEART, AND God's · I will cut off witchcraft out of thy

GIVING MEN UP TO HARDNESS Or

GIVI hand, and thou shalt have no more

HEART. soothsayers.-Micah v. 12.

The Lord said unto Moses, &c. See Because of the multitude of the that thou do all these wonders before whoredoms of the well favoured har- Pharaoh, &c. but I will harden Phalot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that raoh's heart, that he shall not let the selleth nations through her whore- people go.--Exod. iv. 21. vii. 13, 14. doms, and families through her witch- viii. 15. crafts.-Nahum iii. 4.

Sihon, king of Heshbon, would I will be a swift witness against not let Israel pass by him : for the the sorcerers.-Mal. iii. 5.

Lord thy God hardened his spirit, If I by Beelzebub cast out devils, that he might deliver him into thy by whom do your sons cast them hand.--Deut. ii. 30. out?-Luke xi. 19.

He turned their hearts to hate his There was a certain man called people, and to deal subtily with his Simeon, which beforetime in the same servants.-Ps, cv. 25. city used sorcery, and bewitched the .O Lord, why hast thou made us to people of Samaria, giving out that err from thy ways, and hardened our himself was some great one. Acts heart from thy fear?-Isa. Ixiii. 17. viii. 9.

Thou hast consumed them, but They found a certain sorcerer, a they have refused to receive correcfalse prophet, a Jew, whose name tion: they have made their faces was Bar-jesus, &c. who sought to harder than a rock; they have return away the deputy from the faith, fused to return.-Jer. v.3. &c. Then Saul said, O full of all They hearkened not unto me, nor subtilty and all mischief, thou child inclined to me, but hardened their of the devil, &c.—Acts xiii. 6—10. neck; they did worse than their fa

A certain damsel possessed with a thers.-Jer. vii, 26. spirit of divination (or of Python) Ephraim is joined to idols ; let him met us, which brought her masters alone.-Hosea iv, 17. much gain by soothsaying, &c. which Jesus spake to the wilful Jews in spirit Paul cast out. — Acts xvi. parables, Because (said he) they see16–18.

ing, see not, &c. for this people's Certain of the vagabond Jews ex- heart is waxed gross, and their ears orcists, when they saw Paul cast out are dull of hearing, and their eyes evil spirits, attempted to do the same, they have closed, lest at any time they in the name of the Lord Jesus; but should see, &c. and should be conthe evil spirit overcame them, upon verted, and I should heal them.which many of them which used cu- Matt. xiii. 13–15. Acts xxviii. 25 rious arts, brought their books toge- -27. ther and burned them.-Acts xix. According to which prophecy, their 13-16. 18, 19.

judicial hardness was evident in their The works of the flesh are mani- persecuting Christ to the death, notfest, &c. witchcrafts.-Gal, v. 19, 20. withstanding the apparent evidence

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