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me, let him deny himself, and take unto us; and he shall answer and say up his cross, and follow me, Mark you, I know you not whence you viii. 34. If the world hate you, ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We know that it hated me before it hated have eaten and drunk in thy presence, you. If ye were of the world, the world and thou hast taught in our streets. would love his own : but because ye But he shall say, I tell you, I know are not of the world, but I have chosen you not whence ye are ; depart from you out of the world, therefore the me, all ye workers of iniquity. There world hateth you. Remember the shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, word that I said unto you, The ser- when ye shall see Abraham, and vant is not greater than his lord. If Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets they have persecuted me, they will in the kingdom of God, and you youralso persecute you ; if they have kept selves thrust out. And they shall come my saying, they will keep yours also, from the east, and from the west, and John xv. 18-20. They shall put you from the north, and from the south, out of the synagogues : yea, the time and shall sit down in the kingdom of cometh, that whosoever killeth you God. And behold, there are last which will think that he doeth God service, shall be first, and there are first which xvi. 2. These things I have spoken unto shall be last, xiii. 23-30. Esaias you, that in me ye might have peace. also crieth concerning Israel, Though In the world ye shall have tribulation : the number of the children of Israel but be of good cheer ; I have over- be as the sand of the sea, a remnant come the world, 33. Confirming the shall be saved : For he will finish the souls of the disciples, and exhort- work, and cut it short in righteous. ing them to continue in the faith, and ness : because a short work will the that we must through much tribula- Lord make upon the earth. And as tion enter into the kingdom of God, Esaias said before, Except the Lord Acts xiv. 22. And sent Timotheus, of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had our brother and minister of God, and been as Sodom, and been made like our fellow-labourer in the gospel of unto Gomorrah, Rom. ix. 27--29. Christ, to establish you, and to com Wherefore? Because they sought it not fort you concerning your faith : That by faith, but as it were by the works no man should be moved by these af- of the law. For they stumbled at that fictions: For yourselves know that stumbling stone, 32. Even so then at we are appointed thereunto. For ve- this present time also there is a remrily, when we were with you, we told nant according to the election of grace. you before that we should suffer tri- And if by grace, then is it no more of bulation; even as it came to pass, and works : otherwise grace is no more ye know. For this cause, when I could grace. But if it be of works, then is it no longer forbear, I sent to know your no more grace: otherwise work is no faith, lest by some means the tempter more work, xi. 5, 6. And be not conhave tempted you, and our labour be formed to this world : but be ye transin vain, 1 Thes. iii. 2-5.

formed by the renewing of your mind, b So the last shall be first, and the that ye may prove what is that good, first last: for many be called, but few and acceptable, and perfect, will of chosen, Matt. xx. 16. For many are

God, xii. 2. Wherein in time past ye called, but few are chosen, xxii. 14. walked according to the course of this Fear not, little flock; for it is your world, according to the prince of the Father's good pleasure to give you the power of the air, the spirit that now kingdom, Luke xii. 32. Then said one worketh in the children of disobediunto him, Lord, are there few that be ence : Among whom also we had all sayed? And he said unto them, Strive our conversation in times past in the to enter in at the strait gate : for lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires many, I say unto you, will seek to en- of the flesh and of the mind; and were ter in, and shall not be able. When by nature the children of wrath, even once the master of the house is risen as others, Eph. ii. 2, 3. Which someup, and hath shut to the door, and ye time were disobedient, when once the begin to stand without, and to knock long-suffering of God waited in the at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open days of Noah, while the ark was pre

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paring, wherein few, that is, eight / sword and famine shall those prosouls were saved by water. The like phets be consumed. And the people figure whereunto even baptism doth to whom they prophesy shall be cast also now save us (not the putting out in the streets of Jerusalem, beaway of the filth of the flesh, but the cause of the famine and the sword; answer of a good conscience toward and they shall have none to bury God), by the resurrection of Jesus them, their wives, nor their sons, Christ, i Pet. iii. 20, 21.

nor their daughters, for I will pour VER. 15.

their wickedness upon them, Jer. Προσέχετε δε από των ψευδοπροφητών, Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet,

xiv. 14–16. Then said the prophet οίτινες έρχονται προς υμάς, εν ενδύμασι Hear ow, Hananial; The LORD hath προβάτων, έσωθεν δέ εισι λύκοι άρπαγες.

not sent thee; but thou makest this Bewure of afalse prophets, bwhich come people to trust in a lie. Therefore to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will they are ravening wolves.

cast thee from off the face of the a And Jesus answered and said unto earth: this year thou shalt die, bethem, Take heed that no man deceive cause thou hast taught rebellion you. For many shall come in my against the LORD. Šo Hananiah name, saying, I am Christ; and shall the prophet died the same year in deceive many, Matt. xxiv. 4, 5. And the seventh month, xxviii. 15—17. many false prophets shall rise, and Thus saith the LORD of bosts, the shall deceive many, 11. For there God of Israel, of Ahab the son of shall arise false Christs, and false Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of prophets, and shall shew great signs Maaseiah, which prophesy a lie unto and wonders ; insomuch that, if it you in my name: Behold, I will dewere possible, they shall deceive the liver them into the hands of Nebuvery elect. Behold, I have told you, chadnezzar king of Babylon; and he before, 24, 25. If there arise among shall slay them before your eyes. you a prophet, or a dreamer of Therefore thus saith the LORD; Bedreams, and giveth thee a sign or a hold, I will punish Shemaiah the wonder, And the sign or the wonder Nehelamite, and his seed : he shall come to pass, whereof he spake unto not have a man to dwell among this thee, saying, Let us go after other people; neither shall he behold the gods, which thou hast not known, and good that I will do for my people, let us serve them ; Thou shalt not saith the Lord: because he hath hearken unto the words of that pro- taught rebellion against the LORD, phet, or that dreamer of dreams : for xxix. 21. 32. To wit, the prophets the Lord your God proveth you, to of Israel which prophesy concerning know whether ye love the Lond your Jerusalem, and which see visions of God with all your heart and with all peace for her, and there is no peace, your soul, Deut. xiii. 1—3. The an- saith the LORD God. Because with cient and honourable, he is the head'; lies ye have made the heart of the and the prophet that teacheth lies, righteous sad, whom I have not made he is the tail. For the leaders of this sad ; and strengthened the hands of people cause them to err: and they the wicked, that he should not return that are led of them are destroyed, from his wicked way, by promising Isa. ix. 15, 16. Then the LORD said him life, Ezek. xiii. 16. 22. Thus unto me, The prophets prophesy lies saith the LORD concerning the proin my name : I sent them not, neither phets that make my people err, that have I commanded them, neither bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; spake unto them: they prophesy un- and he that putteth not into their to you a false vision, and divination, mouths, they even prepare war against and a thing of nought, and the deceit him: Therefore night shall be unto you, of their heart. Therefore thus saith that ye shall not have a vision ; and it the Lord concerning the prophets shall be dark unto you, that ye shall that prophesy in my name, and I sent not divine; and the sun shall go them not, yet they say, Sword and down over the prophets, and the day famine shall not be in this land ; By shall be dark over them. Then shall

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the seers be ashamed, and the divin- \ I beseech you, brethren, mark them ers confounded : yea, they shall all which cause divisions and offences cover their lips ; for there is no an- contrary to the doctrine which ye swer of God, Mic. iii. 5—7. The have learned ; and avoid them. For heads thereof judge for reward, and they that are such serve not our Lord the priests thereof teach for hire, and Jesus Christ, but their own belly; the prophets thereof divine for mo. and by good words and fair speeches ney : yet will they lean upon the deceive the hearts of the simple, Lord, and say, is not the LORD Rom. xvi. 17, 18. For such are false among us? none evil can come upon apostles, deceitful workers, trans

For false Christs and false forming themselves into the apostles prophets shall rise, and shall shew of Christ. And no marvel ; for Sasigns and wonders, to seduce, if it tan himself is transformed into an were possible, even the elect. But angel of light. Therefore it is no great take ye heed : behold, I have fore- thing if his ministers also be transtold you all things, Mark xiii. 22, 23. formed as the ministers of righteous But there were false prophets also ness; whose end shall be according among the people, even as there shall to their works, 2 Cor. xi. 13--15. be false teachers among you, who And that because of false brethren privily shall bring in damnable here unawares brought in, who came in sies, even denying the Lord that privily to spy out our liberty which we bought them, and bring upon them- bave in Christ Jesus, that they might selves swift destruction. And many bring us into bondage, Gal. ü. 4. That shall follow their pernicious ways; we henceforth be no more children, by reason of whom the way of truth tossed to and fro, and carried about shall be evil spoken of. And through with every wind of doctrine, by the covetousness shall they with feigned sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, words make merchandise of you: whereby they lie in wait to deceive, whose judgment now of a long time Eph. iv. 14. Let no man deceive you lingereth not, and their damnation with vain words : for because of these slurnbereth not, 2 Pet. ii. 1-3. Be- things cometh the wrath of God upon loved, believe not every spirit, but the children of disobedience, v. 6. try the spirits whether they are of Beware lest any man spoil you through God: because many false prophets philosophy and vain deceit, after the are gone out into the world, 1 John tradition of men, after the rudiments iv. 1. And the beast was taken, and of the world, and not after Christ, with him the false prophet that Col. ii. 8. Now the Spirit speaketh wrought miracles before him, with expressly, that in the latter times which he deceived them that had re some shall depart from the faith, givceived the mark of the beast, and ing heed to seducing spirits, and docthem that worshipped his image. trines of devils ; Speaking lies in These both were cast alive into a hypocrisy; having their conscience lake of fire burning with brimstone, seared with a hot iron , Forbidding Rev. xix. 20.

to marry, and commanding to abstain b And it shall come to pass in that from meats, which God hath created day, that the prophets shall be asham- to be received with thanksgiving of ed every one of his vision, when he them which believe and know the hath prophesied ; neither shall they truth, 1 Tim. iv. 1–3. Having a form wear a rough garment to deceive, of godliness, but denying the power Zech. xiii. 4. And he said unto them thereof: From such turn away. For in his doctrine, Beware of the Scribes, of this sort are they which creep into which love to go in long clothing, houses, and lead captive silly women and love salutations in the market laden with sins, led away with divers places, And the chief seats in the sy- lusts, Ever leaming, and never able nagogues, and the uppermost rooms to come to the knowledge of the truth. at feasts : Which devour widows' Now as Jannes and Jambres withhouses, and for a pretence make long stood Moses, so do these also resist prayers: these shall receive greater the truth; men of corrupt minds, redamnation, Mark xii. 38-40. Now probate concerning the faith. But

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A. D. 31. they shall proceed no farther: for are greedy dogs which can never have their folly shall be manifest unto all enough, and they are shepherds that men, as theirs also was, 2 Tim. iii. cannot understand : they all look to 5–9. For the time will come when their own way, every one for his gain, they will not endure sound doctrine; from his quarter, Isa. lvi. 10, 11. but after their own lusts shall they There is a conspiracy of her prophets heap to themselves teachers, having in the midst thereof, like a roaring itching ears, iv. 3. For when they lion ravening the prey; they have despeak great swelling words of vanity, voured souls; they have taken the they allure through the lusts of the treasure and precious things; they flesh, through much wantonness, those have made her many widows in the that were clean escaped from them midst thereof, Ez. xxii. 25. Thus saith who live in error. While they pro- the Lord concerning the prophets that mise them liberty, they themselves make my people err, that bite with are the servants of corruption : for of their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he whom a man is overcome, of the same that putteth not into their mouths, is he brought in bondage, 2 Pet. ii. they even prepare war against him, 18, 19. For there are certain men Mic. iii. 5. Her princes within her crept in unawares, who were of old are roaring lions; her judges ure evenordained to this condemnation; un ing wolves; they gnaw not the bones godly men, turning the grace of our till the morrow. Her prophets are light God'into lasciviousness, and denying and treacherous persons: her priests the only Lord God, and our Lord Je have polluted the sanctuary, they sus Christ, Jude 4. And I beheld have done violence to the law, Zeph. another beast coming up out of the iii. 3, 4. For I know this, that after earth; and he had two horns like a my departing shall grievous wolves lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And enter in among you, not sparing the he exerciseth all the power of the flock. Also of your own selves shall first beast before him, and causeth the men arise, speaking perverse things, earth and them which dwell therein to to draw away disciples after them. worship the first beast, whose deadly Therefore watch, and remember, that wound was bealed. And he doeth by the space of three years I ceased great wonders, so that he maketh fire not to warn every one night and day come down from heaven on the earth with tears, Acts xx. 29–31. And I in the sight of men, and deceiveth saw the woman drunken with the blood them that dwell on the earth by the of the saints, and with the blood of the means of those miracles which he had martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw power to do in the sight of the beast; her, I wondered with great admirasaying to them that dwell on the tion, Rev. xvii. 6. earth, that they should make an image

VER. 16. to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had avro's. Móti ouaréyoutu åtÒ ånzv@mv

'Από των καρπών αυτών επιγνώσεσθε power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast crapulju, i årò tglów cūra; should both speak, and cause that as

Ye a shall know them by their fruits. many as would not worship the image

b Da men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of the beast should be killed. And of thistles? he caused all, both small and great, a Wherefore by their fruits ye shall rich and poor, free and bond, to re know them, Matt. vii. 20. Either make ceive a mark in their right hand, or the tree good, and his fruit good; or in their foreheads : And that no man else make the tree corrupt, and his might buy or sell, save he that had fruit corrupt : for the tree is known the mark, or the name of the beast, by his fruit. O generation of vipers, or the number of his name, Rev. xiii. how can ye, being evil, speak good 11-17.

things ? for out of the abundance of His watchmen are blind : they are the heart the mouth speaketh. A good all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, man out of the good treasure of the they cannot bark; sleeping, lying heart bringeth forth good things: and down, loving to slumber.' Yea, they I an evil man out of the evil treasure

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bringeth forth evil things, xii. 33–35. | themselves. Woe unto them! for they Rabbi, we know that thou art a teach- have gone in the way of Cain, and er come from God : for no man can ran greedily after the error of Bado these miracles that thou doest, ex | laam for reward, and perished in the cept God be with him, John iii. 2. gainsaying of Core. These are spots By this shall all men know that ye in your feasts of charity, when they are my disciples, if ye have love one feast with you, feeding themselves to another, xiii. 35. But chiefly without fear: clouds they are without them that walk after the flesh in the water, carried about of winds; trees, lust of uncleanness, and despise go- whose fruit withereth, without fruit, vernment. Presumptuous are they, self- twice dead, plucked up by the roots ; willed, they are not afraid to speak raging waves of the sea, foaming out evil of dignities. Whereas angels, their own shame; wandering stars, which are greater in power and might, to whom is reserved the blackness of bring not railing accusation against darkness for ever. And Enoch also, them before the Lord. But these, as the seventh from Adam, prophesied natural brute beasts, made to be taken of these, saying. Behold, the Lord and destroyed, speak evil of the things cometh with ten thousand of his saints, that they understand not; and shall | To execute judgment upon all, and to utterly perish in their own corruption; convince all that are ungodly among And shall receive the reward of un them of all their ungodly deeds which righteousness, as they that count it they have ungodly committed, and of pleasure to riot in the day-time. all their hard speeches which ungodly Spots they are and blemishes, sport- sinners have spoken against him. ing themselves with their own de- These are murmurers, complainers, ceivings while they feast with you; walking after their own lusts; and Having eyes full of adultery, and that their mouth speaketh great swelling cannot cease from sin ; beguiling un words, having men's persons in admistable souls: an heart they have exer- ration because of advantage. But, becised with covetous practices ; cursed loved, remember ye the words which children: Which have forsaken the were spoken before of the apostles of right way, and are gone astray, fol. our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they lowing the way of Balaam the son of told you there should be mockers in Bosor, who loved the wages of un

the last time, who should walk after righteousness ; But was rebuked for their own ungodly lusts. These be his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking they who separate themselves, sensuwith man's voice forbade the madness al, having not the Spirit, Jude 10-19. of the prophet. These are wells with b For a good tree bringeth not forth out water, clouds that are carried with corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt a tempest; to whom the mist of dark tree bring forth good fruit. For every ness is reserved for ever. For when tree is known by his own fruit. For they speak great swelling words of of thorns men do not gather figs, nor vanity, they allure through the lusts of a bramble-bush gather they grapes. of the flesh, through much wantonness, A good man out of the good treasure those who were clean escaped from of his heart bringeth forth that which them who live in error, 2 Pet. ii. 10- | is good; and an evil man out of the 18. If ye know that he is righteous, evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth ye know that every one that doeth that which is evil: for of the abunrighteousness is born of him, 1 John dance of the heart his mouth speakü. 29. Little children, let no man eth, Luke vi. 43–45. Can the fig. deceive

you:

: he that doeth righteous- tree, my brethren, bear olive-berries ? ness is righteous, even as he is righ- either a vine, figs? so can no founteous. He that committeth sin is of tain both yield salt water and fresh, the devil, iii.7, 8. In this the children Jam. iii. 12. of God are manifest, and the children

VER. 17. of the devil, 10. But these speak evil of those things which they know not:

Ούτω πάν δένδρον αγαθών καρπούς καbut what they know naturally, as brute | λούς ποιεϊ» το δε σαπρόν δένδρον καρπούς beasts, in those things they corrupt | Fromngoùs most. VOL. I.

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