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&c. The Pharisees said, He casteth out devils by the prince of devils.— Matt. ix. 2, 3. 34. Luke v. 21. Mark ii. 7.
The Pharisees said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils, &c. Jesus said, If I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you, &c. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to eome.—Matt. xii. 24. 28. 31, 32. Luke xii. 10.
Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy: what farther need have we of witnesses? behold, now, ye have heard his blasphemy.—Matt. xxvi. 64, 65.
He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation; because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.—Mark iii. 29, 30.
From within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, blasphemies, &c.—Mark vii. 21, 22.
They, &c. asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee? And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.—Luke xxii. 64, 65.
For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God, &c. Say ye of him whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, thou blasphemest; because I said, 1 am the Son of God? —John x. 33. 36.
They suborned men, who said, We
have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.- Acts vi. I1. 13.
When Herod had spoken, &c. the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory, &c—Acts xii-21—23.
Paul testified to the Jews, that Jesus was the Christ. And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your heads, &c. — Acts xviii. 5, 6. xix. 9. xiii. 45.
I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceeding mad against them, &c.—Acts xxvi. 11.
The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles, through you, &c.—Rom. ii. 23, 24.
But now ye also put off all these, anger, &c. blasphemy,&c.-Col.iii.8.
Putting me into the ministry, who before was a blasphemer, &c. Alexander, whom I have delivered nnto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.—1 Tim. i. 12, 13. 20.
Servants, &c. count your own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God, and his doctrine, be not blasphemed.—1 Tim. vi. 1.
Men shall be lovers of their ownselves, &c. blasphemers, &c.—2 Tim. iii. 2.
Discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.—Titus ii. 5.
Do not rich men oppress you ? &c Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called ?— James ii. 6, 7.
They think it strange that you rnn not with them to the same excess of riot (or blaspheming), speaking evil of you.—1 Pet. iv. 4.
I know the blasphemy of them, who say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.— Rev. ii. 9.
I saw a beast, &c. and upon his heads the name of blasphemy, &c. And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things, and blasphemies, &c. and he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. —Rev. xiii. 1. 5, 6.
And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not, to give him glory, &c. They gnawed their tongues for pain, and blasphemed the God of heaven, because of their pains and their sores; and repented not of their deeds, &c. Men blasphemed God, because of the plague of hail, &c.—Rev. xvi. 9—12.
Israel's Murmurings Against God And Moses, When God Was In His Way Of Redeeming Them.
When Moses and Aaron had been with Pharaoh, and Pharaoh had made their burden heavier, they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way as they came forth from Pharaoh; and they said unto them, The Lord look upon you, and judge; because you have made our savour to be abhorred (or to stink) in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hands to slay us.— Exod. v. 1, 2.6,7. 20, 21.
When they were pursued by the Egyptians, they cried unto the Lord: and they said unto Moses, because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? Wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. —Exod. xiv. 10—12.
They could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter, &c. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? —Exod. xv. 23, 24.
And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness; and the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord, in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger, &c. Ye shall see the glory of the Lord, for that he heareth your murmurings against the Lord: and what are we, that ye murmur against us? &c. Your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord.—Exod. xvi. 2, 3. 7, 8. 12.
The people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water, that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide you with me? wherefore do you tempt the Lord? and the people thirsted there for water: and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this, that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us, and our children, and our cattle with thirst? &c. They tempted the Lord, saying, Is the Lord among us, or not?—Exod. xvii. 2, 3. 7.
When the people complained, it displeased the Lord, &c. and his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burnt, &c. And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again (or murmured and wept), and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish which we did eat in Egypt freely: the cucumbers, and the melons, and the onions, and the garlick; but now our soul is dried away; there is nothing at all besides this manna, before our eyes, &c. God gave them flesh; but while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled against the people; and the Lord smote the people with a very great plague.—Numb. xi. 1. 4—6. 32, 33.
Upon the report of the spies, of the difficulty of entering the land, all the congregation of Israel lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses, and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or, would God we had died in this wilderness! And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives andour children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? &c. Let us make us a captain, and let us return into Egypt. Your carcases shall fall in the wilderness, &c. These men, who saw my glory, and my signs, have tempted me, &c.—Numb. xiv. 1—4. 9,10. 22, 23. 28—32.
When Korah and his company were swallowed up, all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses, and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the Lord.—Numb. xvi. 41.
There was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses, and against Aaron; and the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the Lord 1 And why have ye brought up the congregation of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there? And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? It is no place of seed, or of figs, or vines, &c.—Numb. xx. 2—5.
The soul of the people was much discouraged, because of the way. And the people spake against God, and against Moses: wherefore have
ye brought us up out of Egypt, to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water: and our soul loatbeth this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, and much people of Israel died.—Numb. xxi. 4—6.
Ye have been rebellious against the Lord from the day that I knew you Deut. ix. 23, 24.
They tempted God in their heart, by asking meat for their lust; yea, they spake against God: they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, he smote the rock, &c. Can he give bread also? Can he provide flesh for his people? Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth. So a fire was kindled against Jacob, &c. because they believed not in God, nor trusted in bis salvation, &c. They sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works, &c. How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert? Yea, they turned back, and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.—Ps. lxxviii. 18—22. 32. 40,41.
I would not that ye should be ignorant how that all our fathers were under the cloud, &c but with many of them God was not well pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were for our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted, &c. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples (or types), and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come: wherefore, let him who thinketh be standeth, take heed lest he fall.— 1 Cor. x. 1—13.
CHAP. LI L
MOTIVES TO DILIGENCE AND INDUSTRY IN OUR CALLINGS.
Go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her fruit in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep; so shall thy poverty come, as one that travaileth, and thy want as an armed man.— Prov. vi. 6—11. xxiv. 33, 34.
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent maketh rich: he that gathereth in summer, is a wise son; but he that sleepeth in harvest, is a son that causeth shame, &c. As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.—Prov. x. 4, 5. 26.
He that tilleth his land, shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons, is void of understanding, &c. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; but the slothful shall be under tribute, &c. the slothful man roasteth not that -which he took in hunting; but the substance of a diligent man is precious.—Prov, xii. 11. 24. 27.
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.— Prov. xiii. 4.
In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to poverty.—Prov. xiv. 23.
The way of the slothful man is an hedge of thorns.—Prov. xv. 19.
He also that is slothful in his work, is brother to him that is a great waster.—Prov. xviii. 9.
Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep: and an idle soul shall suffer hunger, &c. A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not
so much as bring it to his mouth again.—Prov. xix. 15. 24. xxvi. 15.
The sluggard will not plow, by reason of the cold: therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing, &c. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty: open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.— Prov. xx. 4. 13.
He that loveth pleasure (or sport) shall be a poor man, &c. The desire of the slothful killeth him, for his hand refuseth to labour.—Prov. xxi. 17. 25.
The slothful man saith, There is a lion without; I shall be slain in the streets, &c. Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.—Prov. xxii. 13.29. xxvi. 13.
Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.—Prov. xxiii. 21.
I went by the field of the slothful, &c. and lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, &c.—Yet a little sleep, &c. so shall thy poverty come, &c.—Prov. xxiv. 30—34.
By much slothfulness, the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands, the house droppeth down. —Eccles. x. 18.
As the door turneth upon its hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed, &c. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit, than seven men that can render a reason.—Prov. xxvi. 14. 16.
He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.—Prov. xxviii. 19.
The industry of a good wife set forth at large.—Prov. xxxi. 10, &c.
Rise up, ye women that are at ease: hear my voice, ye careless daughters, &c. Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women; for the vintage shall fail, &c. Tremble, ye women that are at ease: be troubled, ye careless ones, &c.—Isa. xxxii. 9—11.
This was the iniquity of thy sister
Sodom: pride, fulness of bread, and After these things, the word of
abundance of idleness was in her, the Lord came unto Abraham in a
and in her daughters; neither, &c.— vision, saying, Fear not, Abraham, I
Ezek. xvi. 49. Matt. xx. 3.6. am thy shield, &c—Gen. xv. 1, &c.
You yourselves know that these God came to Abimelech in a dream
hands have ministered unto my ne- by night, and said to him, Behold,
cessities, and to them that were with thou art but a dead man: for the
me: I have shewed you all things, woman which thou hast taken, &c.
how that so labouring, ye ought to God said unto him in a dream, Yea,
support the weak: and to remember I know that thou didst this in the
the words of the Lord Jesus; how he integrity of thy heart, &c.—Gen. xx.
said, It is more blessed to give, than 3—7.
to receive.—Acts xx. 33—35. xviii. Jacob dreamed, and behold, a lad
1—3. 2 Thess. iii. 7—10. der set upon the earth, and the top
Let him that stole steal no more: of it reached to heaven, &c. The
but rather let him labour, working Lord stood above it, and said, I am
with his hands the thing which is the Lord God of Abraham thy father,
good; that he may have to give to &c. The land whereon thou liest,
him that needeth.—Eph. iv. 28. to thee will I give it, and to thy seed.
That you study to be quiet, and to —Gen. xxviii. 12, 13.
do your own business, and to work And the angel of God spake unto
with your own hands, as we com- me in a dream, saying, Jacob, &c.
mdnded you.—1 Thess. iv. 11. I have seen all that Laban doth unto
We commanded you, that if any thee: I am the God of Bethel, where
would not work, neither should he thou anointedst the pillar, and whers eat. For we hear there are some' thou vowedst a vow unto me, <Vc.
among you which walk disorderly, And God came to Laban the Syrian
working not at all, &c. We com- in a dream by night, and said unto
mand, &c. that with quietness they him, Take heed that thou speak not
work, and eat their own bread.— to Jacob either good or bad.—Gen.
2 Thess. iii. 10—12. xxxi. 11—13. 24.
Withal, they learn to be idle; Joseph dreamed a dream, and be
wandering about from house to house. told it to his brethren, &c. And he
—1 Tim. v. 13. dreamed yet another dream, &c—
That they which have believed in Gen. xxxvii. 5—9. xlii. 6. xliii. 26. God, might be careful to maintain 28. xliv. 14. l. 18. good works (or honest trades); these The dreams of the butler and baker things are good and profitable unto of Pharaoh, in the prison; and of men, &c. and let ours also learn to Pharaoh himself, interpreted by Jomaintain good works (or profess seph.—Gen. xl. xli. honest trades) for necessary uses, God spake unto Israel in the visions that they be not unfruitful.—Titus of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob, iii. 8. 14. &c. I am the God of thy father;
fear not to go down into Egypt, Ac.
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Noah, &c.—Gen. ii. 16,17. iii. 8,&c. say to the house of Jacob, &c. Moses
iv. 6,7. 9—16. vi. 13, &c. vii. l,&c. spake: and God answered him by a
ix. xii. I—3. voice, &c. And the Lord said unto