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known the mind of the Lord, that he of this world hath blinded the minds may instruct him? but we have the of them which believe not; lest the mind of Christ. -1 Cor. ii. 2. 7,8. light of the glorious gospel, &c. should 10-12. 14. 16. Ps. xcii. 5, 6. shine in them, &c. God, who com. If any man among you seemeth to manded the light to shine out of darkbe wise in this world, let him become ness, hath shined in our hearts, to a fool, that he may be wise.—1 Cor. give the light of the knowledge of the ii. 18.

glory of God in the face of Jesus Do ye not know that the saints Christ.—2 Cor. iv. 3, 4. 6. shall judge the world? &c. Know ye We know that if our eartbly house, not that your bodies ? &c.—1 Cor. &c. Knowing therefore the terror of vi, 2, 3. 15.

the Lord, we persuade men, &c. We know that we all have know. Henceforth know we no man after the ledge: knowledge puffethup, but flesh : yea, though we have known charity edifieth; and if any man Christ after the flesh, yet now bencethink he knoweth any thing, he knowforth know we him no more.—2 Cor. eth nothing yet as he ought to know, v. 1. 11. 16. &c. We know that an idol is nothing. Therefore as ye abound in every &c. Howbeit, there is not in every thing, in faith, in utterance, and man that knowledge.—1 Cor. viii. 1, knowledge.—2 Cor. viii. 7. 2. 4. 7.

Howbeit then, when ye knew not I would not that ye should be igno- God, ye did service unto them, which rant, how that all our fathers were by nature are no gods: but now, after under the cloud.—1 Cor. x. 1, 2. that ye have known God, or rather

To another, the word of knowledge are known of God, how turn you? by the same spirit.—1 Cor. xii. 8. &c.—Gal. iv. 8, 9.

Though I have the gift of prophecy, Having made known unto us the and understand all mysteries, and all mystery of his will, &c. That God, knowledge, &c. and have not charity, &c. may give unto you the spirit of I am nothing, &c. Whether there be wisdom and revelation in the knowknowledge, it shall vanish away; for ledge of him; the eyes of your underwe know in part &c. Now we see standing being enlightened, that ye through a glass, darkly (or in a rid- may know what is the hope, &c.dle), but then face to face ; now I Eph. i. 9. 17–19. know in part; but then shall I know, The mystery of Christ, which in even as also I am known.- Cor. other ages was not made known unto xiii. 2. 8–10. 12. Job viii. 9. the sons of men, as, &c. that ye may

If any man be ignorant, let him be be able to comprehend with all saints, ignorant.--1 Cor. xiv. 38.

what is the breadth, &c. and to know Some have not the knowledge of the love of Christ which passeth knowGod: I speak this to your shame.- ledge.--Eph. iii. 4, 5. 18, 19. 1 Cor. xv. 34.

He gave some apostles, &c. Till Lest Satan should get an advantage we all come in the unity of the faith, of us: for we are not ignorant of his and of the knowledge of the Son of devices.--2 Cor. ii. 11.

God, &c. Walk not as other GenBut their minds were blinded: for tiles, &c. having the understanding until this day remaineth the same veil, darkened; being alienated from the untaken away, in the reading of the life of God, through the ignorance Old Testament, &c. When Moses is that is in them; because of the blindread, the veil is upon their heart.- nessor hardness of their heart.-Eph. 2 Cor. iii. 14, 15.

iv. 11-13. 17, 18. 1 Thess. iv. · If our gospel be bid, it is hid to 4, 5. them that are lost; in whom the god Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord, &c. understanding what the will They profess that they know God, of the Lord is.-Eph. v. 10. 17. but in works they deny him.-Titus

That your love may abound yet i. 16. more and more in knowledge, and all They do always err in their hearts, judgment, &c.--Phil. i. 9.

and they have not known my ways. I count all things but loss for the —Heb. iii. 10. excellency of the knowledge of Christ Every high priest taken from among Jesus, &c. That I may know him, and men, &c. who can have compassion on the power of his resurrection, &c.- the ignorant, &c. concerning whom Phil. iii. 8. 10.

we have many things to say, and hard Since the day ye heard of it, and to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of knew the grace of God in truth. We hearing, &c.—Heb. v. 1,,2. 11, 12. desire that ye might be filled with the If we sin wilfully, after that we knowledge of his will, in all wisdom, have received the knowledge of the and spiritual understanding, &c. in truth, &c.-Heb. x. 26. 2 Pet. ü. creasing in the knowledge of God, 20, 21. &c. the saints, to whom God would If any of you lack wisdom, let him make known what is the riches of the ask of God, that giveth to all men liglory of this mystery among the Gen- berally, &c.-James i. 5. tiles, which is Christ, &c.—Col. i. 6. Who is a wise man, and endued 9, 10. 26, 27.

with knowledge among you? let him Unto all riches of the full assurance shew, out of a good conversation, his of understanding, to the acknowledg- works with meekness of wisdom.ment of the mystery of God, and of James iii. 13. the Father, and of Christ; in whom To him that knoweth to do good, (or wherein) are hid all the treasures and doeth it not, to him it is sin.of wisdom and knowledge.-Col.ii.2,3. James iv, 17.

The new man, which is renewed in Not fashioning yourselves accordknowledge, after the image of him ing to the former lusts, in your ignothat created him.-Col. iii. 10. rance.—1 Pet. i. 14.

Knowing, brethren beloved, your With well doing ye may put to sielection of God: for our gospel came lence the ignorance of foolish men.not unto you in word only, but also 1 Pet. ii. 13. in power.—1 Thess. i. 4,5.

Grace and peace be multiplied unto · I would not have you to be igno- you through the knowledge of God, rant brethren, concerning them which and of Jesus our Lord, &c. Add, &c. are asleep.—1 Thess. i. 4,5. to virtue, knowledge, &c. If these · Taking vengeance on them that things be in you and abound, they know not God.--2 Thess. i. 8. make you that ye shall neither be · Desiring to be teachers of the law, barren nor unfruitfulin the knowledge understanding neither what they say, of our Lord Jesus Christ: but he who nor whereof they affirm; but we know lacketh these things is blind, &c. that the law is good, if a man use it Knowing this first, that no prophecy lawfully, &c. But I obtained mercy, of the scripture is of private interprebecause I did it ignorantly, in un. tation.—2 Pet. i. 2, 3. 5.8, 9. 20. belief.-1 Tim. i. 7, 8. 13.

But these, &c. speak evil of the · Who will have all men to be saved, things that they understand not, &c. and to come unto the knowledge of If, after they have escaped the polthe truth.-1 Tim. ii. 4. .

lutions of the world, through the · If any man teach otherwise, &c. he knowledge of the Lord, &c. it had is proud, knowing nothing; but doat- been better for them not to have ing about questions and strifes of known, &c.—2 Pet. ii, 12. 20, 21. words.-I Tim. vi. 3, 4.

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· This they are willingly ignorant of, &c. be not ignorant of this one thing,

CHAP. XXXVII. that one day, &c. Paul, &c. in all his

OF THIS PRESENT WORLD; ITS epistles, &c. in which are some things

RICHES, HONOURS, AND PLEAhard to be understood; which they

SURES: THE USE OF THEM; THE that are unlearned and unstable,wrest,

SNARES AND TEMPTATIONS IN &c. seeing ye know, &c. Grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.--2 Pet. iij. 5. 8. 15-18.

Hereby we do know that we know WHILE the earth remaineth, seedhim, if we keep his commandments. time and harvest, and cold and heat, He that saith, I know him, and, &c. and summer and winter, and day and I write unto you, fathers, because ye night, shall not cease.-Gen. viii. 22. have known him, &c. ye know all And Abraham was very rich in things, &c. as the same anointing cattle, in silver, and in gold, &c. Lot teacheth you of all things,&c.--1 John also went with Abraham, &c. their ii. 3, 4. 13, 20, 21. 27. 29.

substance was great, so that they Therefore the world knoweth us could not dwell together.-Gen. xiii. not, because it knew him not, &c. 2. 5, 6. Job i. 3. Gen. xxvi. 12–14. Whosoever sinneth, hath not seen If God will be with me, and keep him, neither known him; we know that me in this way that I go, and give me we have passed from death to life, bread to eat and raiment to put on, &c. Hereby we know that we are of &c. then shall the Lord be my God. the truth, &c.-1 John iji. 1. 6. 14. -Gen. xxviii. 20, 21. 19. v. 2.

When Rachel said, Give me chilHereby know ye the Spirit of God, dren, &c. Jacob said, Am I in God's &c. be that knoweth God, heareth us, stead, who hath withheld ? &c.--Gen. &c. Hereby know we the spirit of xxx. 1, 2. xxxii. 5. truth, and the spirit of error, &c. All the earth is mine, said the Lord Every one that loveth is born of God, to Moses.-Exod. xix. 5. and knoweth God; he that loveth not, God gave inventions to men, to do knoweth not God; we have known, work of divers sorts.—Exod. xxxv. and believed the love that God hath xxxvi. xxxvii. &c. to us.- 1 John iv. 2. 6-8. 16.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighThat ye may know that ye have bour's house, &c. nor any thing that eternal life, &c. We know that who- is thy neighbour's.—Exod. xx. 17. soever is born of God, sinneth not, Israel also wept, and said, Who &c. We know that we are of God, shall give us flesh to eat ? &c. and and the whole world lieth in wicked- God was angry.-Numb. xi. 4. 10. ness; and we know that the Son of I Cor. x. 6. 10. God is come. &c.- 1 John v. 13. Balaam, upon great rewards offered 19-20.

by Balak, went out, being desired to These speak evil of those things curse Israel.-Numb. xxii. which they know not.-Jude 10. He fed thee with manna, &c. that

All the churches shall know, that I he might make thee know that man am he which searcheth the reins and doth not live by bread only, but, &c. hearts.-Rev. ii. 23.

thy raiment waxed not old, &c. The And knowest not that thou art Lord thy God bringeth thee into a wretched, and miserable, and poor, good land, &c. wherein thou shalt eat and blind, and naked.-Rev, iii. 17. bread without scarceness, &c. when

thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God, for the good land which he hath given thee. Beware that thou forget not the Lord Gehazi, Elisha's servant, for his thy God, &c. lest when thou hast covetousness, punished with leprosy, eaten, and art full, and hast built --2 Kings v. 20—27. goodly houses, &c. then thine heart be Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, lifted up, and thou forget the Lord, &c. both riches and honour cone of &c. and thou say in thine heart, My thee, &c.—1 Chron, sxix. 11, 12. power and the might of my hand hath Deut. x. 14. gotten me this wealth: but thou shalt Haman, then next the king, boastremember the Lord thy God; for it is ed of his riches, honour, and worldly he that giveth thee power to get advantages; yet, so ambitious was be, wealth.—Deut. viii. 3, 4.7-14. 17, that because Mordecai did not bow 18. Matt. iv. 4.

to him, he saith, All the rest availeth I will give you the rain, &c. that me nothing.-Esth. v. 9-13. thou mayest gather in thy corn, and Hast thou not made a hedge about thy wine, and thine oil; and I will him ? &c. Thou hast blessed the send grass, &c.—Deut. xi. 15. work of his hands, and his substance

Jeshurun waxed fat, &c. tben he is increased, &c. Job said (when he forsook God, which made him, and was spoiled of all), Naked came I out lightly esteemed, &c.-Deut. xxxii. 15. of my mother's womb, and naked shall

Achan's covetousness and worldli. I return thither : the Lord gave, and ness was Israel's trouble, and his own the Lord hath taken away; blessed be ruin. Josh. vii. 1. 20, 21. 25, 26. the name of the Lord.—Job i. 10. 21.

The Lord maketh poor, and maketh The wicked, &c. he hath swallowrich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. ed down riches, and he shall vomit He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, them up again ; God shall cast them and lifteth up the beggar from the out of his belly, &c. In the fulness dunghill, to set them among princes, of his sufficiency he shall bein straits. &c.—1 Sam. ii. 7, 8. Ps. lxxv. 6,7. -Job xx. 15. 22. Dan. iv. 17, 32.

The wicked live and prosper often Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned; in every thing of this world. Job yet honour me now, I pray thee, be- xxi, 7-13.Jer. xii. 1,2. Ps.lxxiii. 3,&c. fore the elders of my people, and be- What is the hope of the hypocrite, fore Israel, and turn again with me, though he hath gained, when God &c.—1 Sam. xv. 30.

taketh away his soul ? &c. though he The women, &c. said, Saul had heap up silver as the dust, and preslain his thousands, and David his ten pare raiment as the clay; he may thousands: and Saul was very wroth, prepare it, but the just shall put it and the saying displeased him: and on, &c.-Job xxvii. 8. 16, 17. he said, They have ascribed unto If I have made gold my hope, or David ten thousands, &c. and what have said to fine gold, Thou art my can he have more but the kingdom? confidence: if I have rejoiced beand Saul eyed David from that day cause my wealth was great, and beforward.--1 Sam. xviii. 6—9. cause my hand had gotten much, &c.

God said unto Solomon, because -Job xxxi. 24, 25. 38, 39. thou hast asked this thing, and hast Who accepteth not the persons of not asked for thyself long life, neither princes; nor regardeth the rich more hast asked riches, &c. I have also than the poor: for they are all the given thee that which thou hast not works of his hands.-Job xxxiv. 19. asked, both riches and honour. Deliver my soul, &c. from men of 1 Kings iii. 9-13.

the world, who have their portion in Ahab's covetous desire of Naboth's this life; whose bellies thou fillest, vineyard, made him sick with discon- &c. they leave the rest of their subtent.--1 Kings xxi. 1-4.

stance to their babes.-Ps. xvii, 13, 14.

The earth is the Lord's, and the These are the ungodly who prosper fulness thereof, &c.-Ps. xxiv. 1. in the world; they increase riches.

A little that a righteous man hath, Ps. Ixxiii. 7. 12. is better than the riches of many And they tempted God in their wicked, &c. I have been young, and heart, by asking meat for their lust. now am old, yet have I not seen the - Ps. Ixxviii. 18. cvi. 14, 15. righteous forsaken, nor his seed beg- He causeth the grass to grow for ging bread, &c. I have seen the the cattle, and herb for the service of wicked in great power, and spreading man: that he may bring forth food himself like a green bay-tree; yet he out of the earth, and wine, &c. These passed away. -Ps. xxxvii. 16. 25. all wait upon thee, that thou mayest 35, 36.

give them their meat in due season, Every man walketh in a vain show; &c.—Ps. civ. 14, 15. 27, 28. cxlv. surely they are disquieted in vain: he 15. cxlvii. 8, 9. heapeth up riches, and knoweth not The heavens are the Lord's; but who shall gather them.-Ps. xxxix. 6. the earth hath he given to the chil

They that trust in their wealth, dren of men.-Ps. cxv. 16. and boast themselves in the multitude He turneth rivers into a wilderof their riches; none can by any ness, and the watersprings into dry means redeem his brother, nor give ground; a fruitful land into barrento God a ransom for him, &c. Wise ness, &c. he turneth the wilderness men die, likewise the foolish, &c. and into a standing water, &c. He blesseth leave their wealth to others : their them also, so that they are multiplied inward thought is, that their houses greatly, &c.-Ps. cvii. 33---39. shall continue for ever, &c. they call He raiseth up the poor out of the their lands by their own name: ne- dust, &c. He maketh the barren vertheless, man being in honour, woman to keep house, and to be a abideth not: he is like the beasts that joyful mother of children.—Ps. cxü. perish, &c. Be not thou afraid, when 7-9. cxxviii. 3. one is made rich, when the glory of Incline my heart unto thy testimohis house is increased; for when he nies, and not to covetousness.-Ps. dieth, he shall carry nothing away, cxix. 36. his glory shall not descend after him. So are the ways of every one that -Ps. xlix. 6, 7. 10–12, 16, 17, 20. is greedy of gain, which taketh away

Every beast of the forest is mine, the life of the owners thereof.--Prov. and the cattle upon a thousand hills, i. 19. &c. If I were hungry, I would not Honour the Lord with thy subtell thee; for the world is mine, and stance, and with the first fruits of all the fulness thereof.-Ps. 1. 10. 12. thine increase; so shall thy barns be

Lo, this is the man that made not filled with plenty.- Prov. iii. 9, 10. God his strength, but trusted in the Go to the ant, thou sluggard, &c. abundance of his riches.-Ps. lii. 7. Yet a little sleep, &c. So shall thy

Men of low degree are vanity, and poverty come as one that travaileth. men of high degree are a lie, &c. If —Prov. vi. 6. 10, 11.

upon them.-Ps. Ixii. 9, 10.

city. The destruction of the poor is Thou visitest the earth, and water- their poverty: the blessing of the est it; thou greatly enrichest it: with Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth the river of God, which is full of no sorrow with it. -Prov. x. 15. 22. water, thou preparest them corn, &c. xviii. 11. Thou waterest the ridges, &c.-Ps. Riches profit not in the day of lxv. 9, &c. Deut. xi. 14, 15. Job wrath, &c. There is that scattereth, xxxvii. 11-13. v. 10.

and yet increaseth; and there is that

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