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2 Thess. i. 11, 12. We pray always or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for you, that our God would count you for my name's sake, shall receive an hun. worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the dred fold, and shall inherit everlasting good pleasure of his goodness, and the life. work of faith with power; that the name Rom. v. 345. We glory in tribula. of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified tions: knowing that tribulation worketh in you, and ye in him, according to the patience; and patience, experience; and grace of our God and the Lord Jesus experience, hope : and hope maketh not Christ.
ashamed. James i. 2. ii. 16, 17. Now the Lord Jesus Christ viii. 17, 18. If so be that we suffer for himself, and God even our Father, which Christ, that we may be also glorified to. hath loved us, and given us everlasting gether. The sufferings of this present consolation, and good hope through grace, time are not worthy to be compared comfort your hearts, and stablish you in with the glory that shall be revealed in every good word and work. James v. 14. Is any sick among you ?
Ver. 35–37. Who shall separate us let him call for the elders of the church, from the love of Christ ? shall tribulation, and let them pray over him. Ver. 15. or distress, or persecution, or famine, or
See more instances of such prayers : nakedness, or peril, or the sword? (As Exod. xxxii. 11. Moses for the Israelites, it is written, For thy sake we are killed when they offended in making the golden all the day long; we are counted as sheep calf. Deut. ix. 20.
for the slaughter.) In all these things we Numb. xi. 2. For the people, when a are more than conquerors, through him fire from the Lord consumed many of that loved us. them.
2 Cor. iv. 9. We are persecuted but xiv. 13. 20. For the people, when they not forsaken. Ch. vi. 8, 9, 10. murmured.
xii. 10. I take pleasure in infirmities, xxi. 6, 7, 8. For the people, when in reproaches, in necessities, in persebitten with fiery serpents.
cutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: 1 Sam. xii. 19. 23. Samuel for the for when I am weak, then am I strong. people, offending by asking a king.
-Ver. 9. He said unto me, My grace is, Neh. ix. 6. The priests for the people, sufficient for thee; for my strength is to yer. 37. Ch. x. 28 to 39. On which a made perfect in weakness. Most gladly reformation ensues. Ch. xii. 43. therefore will I rather glory in mine in
Dan. ix. 4 to 20. Daniel for the people. firmities, that the power of Christ may
Hab. i. 3 to 17. Habakkuk for the 1 Tim. iv. 10. We labour and suffer
spoiling of your goods, knowing that in
heaven ye have a better and a more en. CXXXII. The supports of Christians during substance. in general, and of the Lord's ministers in xi. 26, 27. Moses had respect to the particular, under sufferings for religion. / recompense of reward. He endured as Isa. Ixvi. 5. Hear the word of the Lord, seeing him who is invisible. ye that tremble at his word, Your bre. Ver. 35. Others were tortured, not ihren that hated you, that cast you out for accepting deliverance, that they might my name's sake, said, Let the Lord be obtain a better resurrection. glorified : but he shall appear to your joy, xii. 1, 2. Seeing we are compassed and they shall be ashamed. Luke vi. about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us run with patience the race set Matt. v. 10. Blessed are they which before us : Looking unto Jesus, the are persecuted for righteousness' sake, author and finisher of our faith ; who for their's is the kingdom of heaven. for the joy that was set before him en. Ver. 11.
dured the cross, despising the shame, X. 39. He that loseth his life for my and is set down on the right band of the sake shall find it.
throne of God. Ch. ii. 9.-xiii. 13. Matt. xix. 29. Every one that hath forsaken x. 24. James v. 10. 1 Pet. ii, 21.-iv. 1, houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, 13, 14. 16. 19. Rev. ii, 10,
Mal. i. 6–9. Oye priests that despise WICKED MINISTERS. my name; ye offer polluted bread upon
mine altar. If ye offer the blind, and CXXXIII. Wicked ministers, their sin the lame, and the sick, is it not evil ? and punishment. Lev. x. 1, 2. Nadab Will he regard your persons, saith the and Abihu offered strange fire before the Lord ? Lord, which he commanded them not. ii. 8, 9. O ye priests, ye have de. And there went out a fire from the Lord parted out of the way, ye have caused and devoured them.
many to stumble at the law. Therefore 1 Sam. ii. 12. The sons of Eli were have I made you contemptible before all sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord: the people, according as ye have not kept 'see to ver. 17. Their covetousness, ver. my ways. 22. Their uncleanness, and the punish. Mati. vii. 22, 23. Many will say to me ment of Eli's house, ver. 27. to the end. in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
Isa. xliii. 27, 28. Thy teachers have prophesied in thy name, and in thy name transgressed against me. Therefore I cast out devils, and in thy name done have profaned the princes of the sanc- many wonderful works. Then will I tuary; I have giyen Jacob to the curse, profess unto them I never knew you; de. and Israel to reproaches.
part from me ye that work iniquity. Ch. Jer. ii. 8, 9. The priests said not, xxv. 44, 45. Where is the Lord ? and they that handle 2 Tim. iii. 5. Having a form of god. the law knew me not : the pastors also liness, but denying the power thereof; transgressed against me, &c. Wherefore from such turn away. Ver. 13. I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord, and with your children's children.
CXXXIV. Their covetousness. Isa. Ivi. x. 21. T'he pastors are become brutish, 11. Her watchmen are all greedy dogs, and have not sought the Lord ; therefore which can never have enough ; they all they shall not prosper, and all their flocks look to their own way, every one for his shall be scattered.
gain from his quarter. See the covetous. xxiii. 11, 12. Both prophet and priestness of Eli's sons, 1 Sam. ii. 12 to 17. are profane, &c. Wherefore I will bring Jer. viii. 10. Every one, from the least evil upon them, even the year of their even to the greatest, is given to covetous. visitation, saith the Lord.
ness. Ch. vi. 13. Ver. 14, 15. They commit adultery, Ezek. xiii. 19. Will ye pollute my and walk in lies; they strengthen the name for handfuls of barley, and pieces hands of evil-doers, that none doth return of bread. from his wickedness; they are all of them Hos. vi. 9. As troops of robbers the to me as Sodom. Thus saith the Lord, I priests murder in the way, they commit will feed them with wormwood, and make lewdness. them drink the water of gall; for from Mal. i. 10. Who is there among you the priests is profaneness gone forth to that would shut the doors for nought ? all the land.
neither do they kindle fire on mine altar Ver. 22. If they had stood in my coun- for nought. I have no pleasure in you, sel, and had caused my people to hear my neither will I accept an offering at your words, then they should have turned them hands, saith the Lord of hosts. from the evil of their doings.--Ver. 27. iii. 11, 12. The priests teach for hire, They cause my people to forget my name and the prophets divine for money. Thereby their dreams.-Ver. 30. Therefore I fore shall Zion for your sakes be ploughed am against the prophets, saith the Lord.
as a field. Ezek. xxii. 26. Her priests have vio- John x. 12, 13. He that is an hireling, lated my law, and have profaned my holy whose own the sheep are not, seeth the things.Ver. 31. Therefore I poured wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep and out mine indignation upon them, their feeth. The hireling fleeth, because he own way have I recompensed upon their is an hireling, and careth not for the heads.
sheep. Zeph. iii. 4, 5. Her prophets are light Acts xx. 29. After my departure shall and treacherous persons, her priests have grievous wolves enter in among you, not polluted the sanctuary, they have done sparing the flock. violence to the law. The just Lord is in 1 Tim. vi. 5. Men of corrupt minds, the midst thereof, &c.
supposing that gain is godliness,
2 Tim. iv. 10. Demas hath fursaken to me; seeing thou hast forgotten the law us, having loved this present world. of thy God, I will also forget thy chil.
Tit. i. Il. Teaching things which they dren.-Ver. 9. There shall be, like people ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. like priest; and I will punish them for
2 Pet. ii. 3. Through covetousness their ways, and reward them for their shall they make merchandise of you. doings.
Jude 11. They ran greedily after the Luke xi. 52. They have taken away error of Balaam for reward. 2 Pet. ii. the key of knowledge. 14, 15.
Mait. xxiii. 3, 4. They say and do not;
they bind heavy burdens on men's shoul. CXXXV. Their intemperance. Isa. ders, but they themselves will not touch xxviii. 7. The priest and the prophet them with one of their fingers. have erred through wine, and through xxv. 26. Thou wicked and slothful strong drink they are out of the way.- servant, &c. Ver. 8. 17. Ch. lvi. 12.
1 Cor. ix. 16. Woe is unto me if I Luke xii. 45, 46. If that servant shall preach not the gospel. begin to eat and to drink and to be drunken, the Lord of that servant will cut him in sunder, and appoint him his OF FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE portion with unbelievers.
CXXXVII. They deceive the people Phil. iii. 19. Whose god is their belly, with fiatteries and false doctrine. Isa. ix. whose glory is their shame, who mind 14–16. The Lord will cut off from Israel earthly things.
head and tail. The prophet that teacheth 2 Pet. ii. 13. They count it pleasure lies, he is the tail. For the leaders of this to riot in the day-time.
people cause them to err. Ch. iii. 12. Jude 12. 19. Feeding themselves with. Jer. v. 30, 31. A wonderful thing is out fear. Sensual, having not the Spirit. committed in the land ; the prophets pro
phesy falsely, and the priests bear rule CXXXVI. Their slothfulness. Isa. lvi. by their means; and my people love to 10. His watchmen are all dumb dogs, have it so. they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, xiv. 14. The prophets prophesy lies in loving to slumber.
my name; I sent them not, neither have Jer. xxiii. 1, 2. Woe be unto the pas. I commanded them, neither spake unto tors that destroy and scatter the sheep of them: they prophesy unto you a false my pasture, saith the Lord. Ye have scat. vision and divination, and a thing of tered my flock, and driven them away, nought, and the deceit of their heart. (Ch. and have not visited them: behold, I will xxvii. 9, 10, &c.) Ch. vi. 14. They have visit upon you the evil of your doings, healed the hurt of the daughter of my saith the Lord.
people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; Ezek. ii. 18. When I say unto the when there was no peace. Ch. viii. 11. wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou Ezek. xiii. 10. 18. Mic. iii. 5. givest him not warning, nor speakest to xii. 10. Many pastors have devoured warn the wicked from his wicked way, my vineyard. Ver. 11. to save his life; the same wicked man xxiii. 16. The prophets speak a vision shall die in his iniquity, but his blood of their own heart, and not out of the will I require at thine hand.
mouth of the Lord. Ver. 21. I have not xxxiv. 2. Thus saith the Lord, Woe sent them, yet they ran.-Ver. 25. They be to the shepherds; should not the shep- say, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.herds feed the flock? See to ver. 11. Ver. 27, 28. Ch. xxviii. 9. 15.-xxix. 8,
xliv. 8. Ye have not kept the charge 9. 31, 32.-1. 6. Zech. x. 2. of mine holy things, but ye have set Lam. ii. 14. Thy prophets have seen keepers of my charge in my sanctuary vain and foolish things for thee, and have for yourselves.Ver. 12. They shall not discovered thine iniquity. bear their iniquity.
Ezek. xiii. 10. Ye have seduced my Hos. iv. 6. My people are destroyed people, saying, Peace, peace; when there for lack of knowledge : because thou was no peace: one built the wall, and an. hast rejected knowledge, I will also re other daubed it with untempered mortar. ject thee, that thou shalt be no priest | (Ch. xxii. 28 to 31.) Ver. 14. Thus saith 310
Of False Prophets and False Teachers. CHAP. XVII.
the Lord, I will break down the wall for an hour, that the truth of the gospel which ye have daubed with untempered might continue with you. mortar; it shall fall, and ye shall be con. Eph. iv. 14. They lie in wait to de. sumed in the midst thereof. Ver. 15. ceive.
Ezek. xiii. 18. Woe unto them that v. 6. Let no man deceive you. 1 John sew pillows to all arm-holes. See to ver. ii. 7. 23. Ch. xxii. 28.
Phil. i. 15. Some preach Christ of xxii. 26. They have put no difference cnvy. between the holy and profane, between ii. 2. Beware of dogs, beware of evil the unclean and the clean.
workers.—Ver. 18. They are enemies to xxxiv. 4. The diseased have ye not the cross of Christ. strengthened, neither have ye healed that Col. ii. 8. Beware lest any man de. which was sick, neither have ye bound ceive you, through philosophy and vain up that which was broken, neither have deceit; after the tradition of men, after ye brought again that which was driven the rudiments of the world, and not away, neither have ye sought that which after Christ.–Ver. 18. Let no man bewas lost : but with force and with cruelty guile you of your reward, in a voluntary have ye ruled them.
humility, and worshipping of angels. xliv. 10. 12. The Levites that are Ver. 22. After the commandments and gone away far from me, when Israel doctrines of men. went astray; because they ministered 2 Thess. ii. 3. Let no man deceive unto them before their idols, and caused you by any means.—Ver. 4. The man the house of Israel to fall into iniquity, of sin exalteth himself.—Ver. 9, 10. therefore have I lifted up mine hand Whose coming is after the working of against them, saith the Lord God, and Satan, with all power and signs, and lying they shall bear their iniquity. Ch. xiv. wonders; and with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness. Matt. v. 19. Whosoever shall break 1 Tim. iv. 1-3. Some shall depart one of these least commandments, and from the faith, giving heed to seducing shall teach men so, shall be called least spirits, and doctrines of devils; speakin the kingdom of heaven.
ing lies in hypocrisy, having their conxv. 9. In vain do they worship me, science seared with a hot iron; forbid. teaching for doctrines the command- ding to marry, and commanding to abments of men.
stain from meats. xxiii. 16. Woe unto you, ye blind vi. 3. They consent not to wholesome guides. Ch. xv. 14.
words, even the words of our Lord Jesus xxiv. 11. Many false prophets shall Christ. Ver. 4. rise, and shall deceive many:--Ver. 24. 2 Tim. ii. 18. Who concerning the If it were possible, they shall deceive the truth have erred, and overthrew the faith very elect. Mark xiii. 22.
of some. Luke xi. 52. They have taken away iii. 6. They creep into houses, and the key of knowledge, &c.
lead captive silly women.-Ver. 8. They Acts xx. 30. Of your ownselves shall withstand the truth. men arise, speaking perverse things, to Ver. 13. Evil men and seducers wax draw away disciples after them. Ch. xv. worse and worse, deceiving and being 1. 24. Gal. i. 7.
deceived. Rom. xvi. 17, 18. Mark them which Tit. i. 10. Unruly and vain talkers cause divisions and offences, contrary and deceivers subvert whole houses, teachto the doctrine which ye have learned, ing things which they ought not, for and avoid them. By good words and filthy lucre's sake. fair speeches they deceive the hearts of Heb. xiii. 9. Be not carried about with the simple.
divers and strange doctrines. 2 Cor. xi. 13. Such are false apostles, 2 Pet. ii. 1, 2. There was false pro deceitful workers, transforming them- phets among the people, even as there selves into the apostles of Christ. Ver. shall be false teachers among you, who 14, 15. 20.
privily shall bring in damnable heresies, Gal. ii. 4, 5. False brethren came in even denying the Lord that bought privily to spy out our liberty, that they them, and bringing upon themselves might bring us into bondage; to whom swift destruction. Many shall follow we gave place, by subjection, no not their pernicious ways, by reason of whom
the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. unto you the word of God: whose faith Jude 4 to 20.
follow, considering the end of their con1 John ii. 18, 19. Even now are there versation.— Ver. 17. Obey them which many antichrists. They went out from have the rule over you, and submit your. us, but they were not of us.- Ver. 26. selves: for they watch for your souls, as These things I have written unto you they that must give account; that they concerning them that seduce you. may do it with joy and not with grief, for
iv. 1. Many false prophets have gone that is unprofitable for you. out into the world.
2 John 7. Many deceivers are entered CXXXIX. To esteem and love them. into the world; look to yourselves. 3 1 Cor. iv. 1. Let a man so account of us John 10.
as of the ministers of Christ, and stew. Rev. ii. 2. Thou hast tried them which ards of the mysteries of God. say they are apostles, and are not, and xvi. 11. Let no man despise him, hast found them liars.-Ver. 9. I know (Timothy,] but conduct him forth in the blasphemy of them which say they peace. are Jews, and are not.
2 Cor. viii. 7. Ye abound in love to us. xviii. 23. By thy sorceries were all -Ver. 24. Shew a proof of your love. nations deceived. Ch. xix. 20.-XX. 20. Gal. iv. 14. Ye received me as an angel Gal. vi. 13.
of God. Phil. ii. 2. Fulfil ye my joy.
1 Thess. v. 12, 13. Know them which
labour among you, and are over you in DUTIES TOWARD THE MINISTRY. the Lord, and admonish you. Esteem
them highly in love for their work's sake. CXXXVIII. To receive their instruc- Phil. ii. 29. tions. Deut. xvii. 9-11. Thou shalt v. 17. Let the elders that rule well come unto the priests the Levites, and in- be counted worthy of double honour, quire; and thou shalt do according to the especially they who labour in the word scntence which they shall shew thee. Ac- and doctrine. cording to the sentence of the law which Tit. iii. 15. Greet them who love us they shall teach thee, and according to the in the faith. judgment which they shall tell thee thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the CXL. To pray for them. i Acts xii. 5. sentence which they shall shew thee, to Prayer was made without ceasing, of the the right hand nor to the left. 1 Sam. ix. 9. church unto God, for Peter in the prison,
2 Chron. xx. 20. Believe his prophets, and he was delivered. Ver. 7. so shall ye prosper. Ch. xxx. 22.
Matt. ix. 38. Pray ye the Lord of the Mal. ii. 7. The priest's lips should keep harvest, that he would send forth labour. knowledge, and they should seek the law ers into the harvest. at his mouth: for he is the
of Rom. xv. 30. I beseech you, brethren, the Lord of hosts.
for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for John viii. 47. He that is of God hear the love of the Spirit, that ye strive toeth God's words.
gether with me in your prayers to God Matt. xxiii. 2, 3. The scribes and Pha- for me. Ver. 31, 32. risees sit in Moses' scat: all therefore 2 Cor. i. 10, 11. God delivered us from whatsoever they bid you do, that observe death; you helping together by prayer and do.
Phil. i. 19. Philem. 22. Luke x. 16. He that heareth you hear- 1 Thess. v. 25. Brethren, pray for us. eth me. Matt. x. 40. John xiii. 20. Heb. xiii, 18.
1 Cor. iv. 6. Be not puffed up for one 2 Thess. iii. 1, 2. Brethren, pray for against another.- Ver. 16. Be ye follow- us, that the word of the Lord may have ers of me. Phil. iii. 17.
free course and be glorified; and that we xi. 1. Be ye followers of me, even as may be delivered from unreasonable and I am of Christ.
wicked men. xvi. 16. Submit yourselves to such as Eph. vi. 19, 20. Pray for me, that uthave addicted themselves to the ministry, terance may be given to me, that I may and to every one that helpeth with us, open my mouth boldly, to make known and laboureth.
the mystery of the gospel; that I may Heb. xiii. 7. Remember them which speak boldly as I ought to speak. Col. have the rule over you, who have spoken iv. 3, 4.