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is raging; and whosoever is de- which is good, and simple concerning
ceived thereby, is not wise.—Prov. evil.—Rom. xvi. 19.
xxxi. The wisdom of the world is fool
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, ishness with God, &c. and the Lord and hideth himself, but the simple knoweth the thoughts of the wise, pass on, and are punished.—Prov. that they are vain.—1 Cor. ii. 19. 22. xxii. 3. xxvii. 12. If any of you lack wisdom, let
By wise counsel thou shalt make him ask of God, who giveth to all thy war.—Prov. xxiv. 6. men liberally, and upbraideth not;
A fool uttereth all his mind, but a and it shall be given to him.—James wise man keepeth it in till afterward, i. 5. 17. —Prov. xxix. H. Who is a wise man, and endowed
Wisdom excelleth folly, as far as with knowledge amongst you? let light excelleth darkness: the wise him shew out of a good conversation man's eyes are in his head, but the his works, with meekness of wisdom, fool walketh in darkness.—Eccles. But if ye have bitter envyings, &c. ii. 13,14. this wisdom descendeth not from
A fool's voice is known by multi- above, &c. But the wisdom that is tude of words—Eccles. v. 3. x. 14. from above, is first pure, &c.—James
Wisdom strengthened the wise, more than ten mighty men which are in the city.—Eccles. vii. 19.
A wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgments.—Eccles. viii. 5.
The words of wise men are heard in quiet, &c. Wisdom is better than weapons of war. —Eccles. ix. 17,18.
Many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many, &c. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel
The words of the wise are as goads, the prophet, stand in the holy place and as nails fastened by the masters (whoso readeth, let him understand), of assemblies.—Eccles. xii. 11. &c. for there shall arise false Christs,
For my people is foolish, they have and false prophets, and shall shew not known me; they are sottish chil- great signs and wonders, insomuch dren,and they have none understand- that (if it were possible) they should ing: they are wise to do evil, but to deceive the very elect.—Matt. xxiv. do good they have no knowledge.— 11. 15. 24. Dan. xi. 31. 36, &c Jer. iv. 22. Let no man deceive you by any
The wise men are ashamed, &c. means: for that day shall not come, Lo, they have rejected the word of except there come a falling away first, the Lord, and what wisdom is in and that man of sin be revealed, the them ?—Jer. viii. 9. son of perdition: who opposeth and
Who is wise, and shall understand exalteth himself above all that is callthese things? prudent, and he shall ed God, or that is worshipped; so know them? for the ways of the that he as God sitteth in the temple Lord are right, &c.—Hoseaxiv. 9. of God, &c. for the mystery of ini
Whosoever heareth these sayings quily doth already work, only he who of mine, anddoeth them, I will liken now letteth will let, until he "be taken him unto a wise man, which built his out of the way: and then shall the house upon a rock,&c.—Matt.vii.24. wicked one be revealed, whom the
The five wise virgins took oil in Lord shall consume with the spirit of their vessels, as well as in their his mouth, and shall destroy with the lamps.—Matt. xxv. l,&c. brightness of his coming; even him
I would have you wise unto that whose coming is after the working of
Satan, with all powers, and signs, and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they shall believe a lie; that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.—2 Thess. ii. 3,4.7—12.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their consciences seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, &c—1 Tim. iv. 1—3.
Perilous times shall come; for men shall be lovers of their ownselves, &c. having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof, &c. for of this sort are they who creep into houses, and lead captive silly women, &c. Now as Jannes and Jambres -withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth, &c. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived,
&c—2 Tim. iii. 1—8. 13, 14. But there were false prophets also
among the people, even as there shall
be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
even denying the Lord who bought
them, and bring upon themselves
swift destruction: and many shall
follow their pernicious ways; by
reason of whom the way of truth
shall be evil spoken of; and through
covetousness shall they, with feigned
words, make merchandise of you;
whose judgment now of a long time
lingerethnot,&c.-2Pet.ii. 1-3.10,&c. Little children, it is the last time:
and as ye have heard antichrist shall
come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is
the last time: they went out from
us, but they were not of us, &c. Who
is a liar, but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, who denieth the Father and the Son, &c. These things have I written unto you, concerning them who deceive you.—1 John ii. 18, 19. 22. 26.
Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world: hereby know ye the Spirit of God; every spirit who confesseth Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is in the world, &c.—1 John iv. 1, &c.
Many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh; this is a deceiver and an antichrist: look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we wrought, &c.-2 John 7—12.
Unclean spirits out of the mouth of the dragon, beast, and false prophet; the spirit of devils working miracles.—Rev. xvi. 13, 14.
NEITHER EXTERNAL PRIVILEGES, NOR OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS ALONE, CAN BE OUR SECURITY AGAINST JUDGMENTS HERE, OR DAMNATION HEREAFTER: NO CAUSE OF BOASTING IN THESE ONLY.
What nation so great, who hath God so nigh unto them as the Lord our God, in all that we call upon him for? And what nation so great, that hath statutes, &c. so righteous as all this law? Only take heed, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things thine eyes have seen, ,!tc. lest ye corrupt, and make you a graven image, &c. lest ye forget the covenant, &c. For the Lord Ihy God is a consuming fire, &c. When, &c. ye shall do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger, &c. ye shall
soon utterly perish from off the land, you clean, &c.—Isa. i. II—18. Jer. &c. be utterly destroyed, &c. Ask vi. 19, 20.
of the days past, &c. Did ever people We are all as an unclean thing, and hear the voice of God, speaking out all our righteousness as filthy rags.— of the midst of the fire, as thou hast Isa. lxiv. 6.
heard, and live? Or hath God essayed He that killelh an ox, is as if he to go and take him a nation from the slew a man: he that sacrificeth a midst of a nation, by temptations, by lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck, signs? &c. Because he loved thy fa- &c. They have chosen their own thers, he chose their seed after them, ways, &c.—Isa. lvi. 3. and brought them out in his sight, Trust ye not in lying words, saywith his mighty power, &c. Thou ing, The temple of the Lord, &c. If shalt therefore keep his statutes.— ye thoroughly amend your ways, Arc. Deut. iv. 7—10. 16. 23—27. 33, 34. then will 1 cause you to dwell in this 36, 37. 40. place, &c. Behold, ye trust in lying
Speak not thou in thine heart, words, that cannot profit. Will ye after the Lord hath cast them out steal, murder,&c. and come and stand from before thee, saying, For my before me in this house? &c. Thererighteousness, the Lord hath brought fore I will do unto this house, which me in to possess this good land: but is called by my name, wherein ye for the wickedness of these nations, trust, &c. as I have done to Shilob, &c. not for thy righteousness, nor &c.—Jer. vii. 4—10. 12. 14,15. for the uprightness of thine heart, When I say to the righteous, that dost thou go to possess their land: he shall surely live: if he trust to but for the wickedness, &c. the Lord his own righteousness, and commit thy God doth drive them out, &c. iniquity, all his righteousness shall And that he may perform the word not be remembered, &c. he shall die. which the Lord swore unto thy fa- —Ezek. xxxiii. 13. 18. xxiii. 38, 39. thers, Abraham, &c. the Lord thy I hate, I despise your feast days; God giveth thee not this good land and I will not smell in your solemn to possess it for thy righteousness: assemblies: though ye offer me burntfor a stiffnecked people, &c.—Deut. offerings, and your meat-offerings, I ix. 4, &c. will not accept of them, &c. Let
To the wicked, God saith, What judgment run down as waters, &c.— hast thou to do to declare my sta- Amos v. 21—24. titles, or that thou shouldest take Hear this, ye heads of the house of my covenant into thy mouth, seeing Jacob, and princes of the house of thou hatest instruction, and castest Israel; that abhor judgment, and my words behind thee, &c.—Ps. l. pervert all equity, &c. The heads 16—18. thereof judge for reward: and the
To what purpose is the multitude priests thereof teach for hire, and the of your sacrifices unto me? saith the prophets thereof divine for money: Lord: I am full of the burnt-offerings, yet will they lean upon the Lord, and &c. who hath required this at your say, Is not the Lord among us? none hand, to tread my courts? &c. bring evil can come upon us. Therefore no more vain oblations; incense is an shall Zion for your sakes be ploughed abomination to me; the new moons as a field.—Mic. iii. 9—13. and sabbaths, the calling of assem- Bring forth therefore fruits meet blies, I cannot away with, &c. they for repentance: and think not to say are a trouble unto me; I am weary within yourselves, We have Abraham to bear them; when ye make many to our father, &c.—Matt. iii. 8—10. prayers, I will nothear,&c. your hands Luke iii. 8. are full of blood. Wash you, make Many will say to me in that day.
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and m thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.—Matt. vii. 22,23.
Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.—Mark iii. 33. 35.
Iknowyenotwhenceyeare. Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence; and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you I know you not, whence you are: depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity, &c.—Luke xiii. 25—27.
Jesus said to the Pharisees, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your heart: for that which is highly esteemed amongst men, is abomination in the sight of God.—Luke xvi. 14, 15.
When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which was our duty to do.—Luke xvii. 10.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself; God, I thank thee, I am not as other men are; extortioners, &c. I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all I possess. And the Publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven; but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner! I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other, &c.—Luke xviii. 10—15.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word,&c. the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abram's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus said, &c. Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin,&c. I know ye are Abraham's seed: but ye seek to kill me, &c. They said, Abraham is our father. Jesus said unto them,
If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham, &c. They said to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your father, ye would love me, &c. Ye are of your father, the devil; and the lusts of your father ye will do.—John viii. 32, 33. 37. 39. 41, 42. 44.
Behold thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, and knowest his will, &c. and art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, an instructor, &c. Dost thou steal ? &c. Thou that makest thy boast of the law; through breaking the law, dishonourest thou God?—Rom. ii. 17— 23.28,29.
Therefore by the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight. —Rom. iii. 20. Gal. ii. 16.
They have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge: for they, being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.—Rom. x. 2, 3.
If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.—Gal. vi. 3.
If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: circumcised on the eighth day, &c. yet I count all things but loss, &c. that I may win Christ, and be found in him; not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, &c—Phil. iii. 4—10.
Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all, &c.—James ii. 10,11.
The Son of man is come to seek, and to save that which was lost.— Luke xix. 10.
OF WORDS AND ACTIONS WHICH ARE NEITHER TRUE NOR GOOD, SFOKEK OR UNDERTAKEN WITH THE POLITICAL VIEWS OF COMPASSING OUR DESIGNS, OR AVOIDING DANGERS.
Abraham said of his wife (when he was in fear), She is my sister.—Gen. xx. 2.11,12.
Isaac (in the like fear) said of his wife, She is my sister.-Gen. xxvi. 7.9.
Rebeccah caused her son Jacob to go to Isaac for the blessing, clothed him with his brother's garments, and put skins upon his neck and hands, to make him feel rough to Isaac, that Isaac might think him to be Esau, and bless him: and Jacob said to his father (being asked who he was), I am Esau, thy first-born, &c. Isaac said, Art thou my very son Esau? and he said, I am, &c.—Gen. xxvii. 6. 9—29.
Rachel having hid her father's images under the camel's furniture, and sat upon them, when Laban searched for them, said unto her father, Let it not displease my lord, that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me, &c—Gen. xxxi. 34, 35.
And the sons of Jacob answered Shecbem, and Hamor his father, deceitfully, &c. They said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised, &c. If every male of you will be circumcised, then will we give our daughters, &c. which when they had done, Jacob's sons fell on them, and slew them.—Gen. xxxi v. 12, &c.
When Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will, peradventure, hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. And they sent messengers unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, So shall ye say unto Joseph: forgive, I pray thee now, the
trespasses of thy brethren, and their sin: for they did unto thee evil, &c And Joseph wept when he heard it, &c—Gen.l. 15—17.
When Pharaoh had charged the midwives with breaking his commands, and saving the men-children alive, they said unto him, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women: for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, &c.— Exod.i. 16—21.
When Rahab had hid the spies, and the king had sent for them, she said, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were, &c. when it was dark, the men went out: whither the men went, I wot not; pursue after them quickly, for ye shall overtake them. But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them, &c.—Josb. ii. 1—6.
When the inhabitants of Gibeon came to Joshua, they took old sacks, and said to Joshua, We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us, &c. from a very far country thy servants are come, because of the name of the Lord thy God; for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt, &c. Wherefore our elders, and all the inhabitants of our country, spake to us, saying, Take victuals, Ac. This our bread we took hot on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy, &c. by reason of the very long journey, &c. And Joshua made peace with them, &c. and smote them not, because the princes of the congregation had sworn untothem,dec.—Josh. ix. 3, &c.
When the Moabites oppressed Israel, the Lord raised them up a deliverer; Ehud, &c. who going to Eglon, the king of Moab, with a present from Israel; after he had presented it, he said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep