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did run well; who did hinder you, that ye should not obey the truth? this persuasion cometh not from him that calleth you: a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump: I have confidence in you through the Lord, that you will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be, &c. I would they were even cut off which trouble you : for, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty.-Gal. v. 7—13.
If any man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness: considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.-Gal. vi: 1.
Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them for it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them, &c.-Eph. v. 11, 12.
Now we exhort (or beseech) you, brethren, warn them that are unruly. -1 Thess. v. 14.
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us for yourselves, know how ye ought to follow us, &c. Some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, &c. If any man obey not our word by this epistle, note (or signify) that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed; yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. -2 Thess. iii. 6, 7. 11, 12. 14, 15.
Holding faith and a good conscience, which some having put away, concerning faith, have made shipwreck; of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander, whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.-1 Tim. i. 19, 20.
Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father, and the younger men as brethren; the elder women as mothers, the younger as sisters,
with all purity, &c. Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before (or under) two or three witnesses : them that sin, rebuke before all, that others also may fear.-1 Tim. v. 1, 2. 19, 20.
Men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, &c. from such withdraw thyself.—1 Tim. vi. 5. 2 Tim. iii. 5.
A man that is an heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject; knowing, that he that is such, is subverted and sinneth, being condemned of himself.-Titus iii. 10, 11.
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord; looking diligently, lest any man fail of (or fall from) the grace of God: lest any root of bitterness springing up, trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. — Heb. xii. 14-16.
I know thy works, &c. and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars, &c. The church in Pergamus, &c. I have a few things against thee, because thou hast here them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, &c. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which things I hate, &c. The church of Thyatira, &c. I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants, to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols, &c. All the churches shall know, that I am he which searcheth the reins and heart, &c.-Rev. ii. 2. 12. 14, 15. 20. 23.
OF HYPOCRITES AND HYPOCRISY: THE
sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.-2 Kings x. 15, 16. 31. Amaziah, &c. did that which was
spirit and PRACTICES OF SUCH WHO right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a perfect heart.-2 Chron. xxv. 1, 2.
ARE VERY FORMAL AND EARNEST IN THE EXTERNAL PART OF WORSHIP AND PROFESSION, AND IN SHEW FOR GOD; YET HIGH IN THEIR OPPOSI
What is the hope of the hypocrite? &c. will he delight himself in the
TION TO CHRIST, THE TRUTH OF THE Almighty? will he always call upon
GOSPEL, AND POWER OF GODLINESS
Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. -Matt. v. 20. xxi. 31, 32.
The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.-John iv. 23, 24. They are not all Israel which are of Israel; neither because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children, &c.-Rom. ix. 6, 7.
Abel offered unto God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain: Cain was therefore angry, and slew his brother.-Gen. iv. 3-8. Heb. xi. 4.
Absalom pretended to justice, and to pay a vow which he had vowed to the Lord in Hebron: but he purposed to steal away the hearts of the people, and to rebel against the king, and advance himself into the throne. -2 Sam. xv. 1—11.
Ahaziah the king, when rebuked by Elijah for departing from God, and sending to an idol, gives order to his soldiers to fetch Elijah; and though one company, and another, were consumed with fire, yet he sent again.→ 2 Kings i. 3, 4. 8-13.
Jehu met Jehonadab, and said unto him, Is thine heart right as my heart? &c. and he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord, &c. But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart for he departed not from the
God-Job xxvii. 8. 10.
The hypocrites in heart heap up wrath; they cry not when he bindeth them.-Job xxxvi. 13.
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips, and with a double heart do they speak. -Ps. xii. 2. lxii. 4. Prov. xxiii. 7.
They speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts. Ps. xxviii. 3. lv. 21.
When he slew them, then they sought him and they returned and inquired early after God: and they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer ; nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongue: for their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.-Ps. lxxviii. 34-37. Isa. xxvi. 16. Hos. xi. 12.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes.-Prov. xii. 15.
There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.-Prov. xxx. 12.
This people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips they honour me, but have removed their heart far from me and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.-Isa. xxix. 13. xlviii. 1, 2.
Shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins; yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways; as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God; they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God: Wherefore have we fasted, say
they, and thou seest it not? have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exact all your labours; behold, ye fast for strife, &c.-Isa. lviii. 1, &c.
I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, &c. that provoketh me to anger continually to my face, &c. which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me, for I am holier than thou: these are a smoke in my nose.-Isa. lxv. 2—5.
Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly.-Jer. iii. 10.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, &c. Amend your ways, &c. trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, &c. Behold, ye trust in lying words that cannot profit: will ye steal, murder, &c. and come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name? &c.-Jer. vii. 3, 4. 8-10. Ezek. xxiii. 38, 39. Matt. iii. 8-10. Egypt, &c. are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel uncircumcised in heart.-Jer. ix. 26.
Thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins.-Jer. xii. 2.
Judah said, Pray for us to the Lord thy God, &c. that the Lord thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do, &c. We will obey the voice of the Lord, &c. But Jeremiah afterward said, O ye remnant of Judah, &c. Ye dissembled in your hearts (or have used deceit against your souls) when ye sent me unto the Lord your God, saying, Pray for us, &c. We will do it, &c. but ye have not obeyed the voice of God, nor any thing for which he hath sent me unto you. Jer. xlii. 1—6. 19—21.
And they come unto thee as thy people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people: and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. And lo, thou art unto
them as a very lovely song, &c. for they hear thy words, but they do them not.-Ezek. xxxiii. 31, 32. Luke xii. 1,2.
O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.-Hosea vi. 4.
They have not cried to me with their hearts, &c. they return, but not to the Most High, &c.-Hosea vii. 14. 16.
The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire; yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among us? &c.-Micah iii. 11.
When ye fasted, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me? &c. Did not ye eat? &c.-Zech. vii. 5, 6.
Herod sent to seek Christ under pretence of worshipping him: but he designed to kill him.-Matt. ii. 3. 5. 8. 16.
When thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do, in the synagogues, and in the streets, that they may have glory of men, &c. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues, and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men, &c. Moreover, when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast.-Matt. vi. 2. 5. 16.
Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? or, how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye, and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, &c. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, &c. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? &c.
then will I profess unto them, I never knew you. Matt. vii. 3-5, 21-23. Luke xiii. 26, 27.
John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil; the Son of man came eating and drink ing, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a wine-bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. Matt. xi. 18, 19.
When the Pharisees saw the disciples plucking corn on the sabbath day, they said, Behold thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. Jesus said, Have ye not read, &c. how that on the sabbath days, the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless &c. They asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? that they might accuse him, &c. then he cured the man, &c. Then the Pharisees went out and held a counsel against him, how they might destroy him, &c. They said, This fellow doth not cast out devils but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. Matt. xii. 1-5. 10-14. 24. John v. 16. Luke xiii. 14-16.
The stony ground, &c. is one who hath not root in himself, but dureth for awhile; for when tribulation and persecution ariseth, because of the word, by and by he is offended, &c. They said of Christ, Is not this the carpenter's son ? &c. whence then hath this man all these things? and they were offended in him.-Matt. xiii. 20, 21. 55-57.
Then came to Jesus the scribes and Pharisees, &c. saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders, for they wash not their hands when they eat bread? But he answered, and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? for God commanded, saying, Honour thy father, &c. but ye say, &c. thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition: ye hypocrites, well did Isaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draw nigh
unto me with their mouth, &c. but their heart is far from me.-Matt. xv. 1-9. Mark vii. 1, &c. Luke xi. 42-44.
The young rich man had observed much of the law; yet when Christ had said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor; he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions, &c. Many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first.— Matt. xix. 16—22. 30.
Those who agree for wages, murmur because those who did not agree, nor do so much work as they, had alike wages freely given them.-Matt. xx. 1-15.
When the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, &c. And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? When Christ had put forth the parable of the vineyard, and the chief priests heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them: but when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared, &c.-Matt. xxi. 15. 23. 3337. 45, 46.
Then went the Pharisees and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk, &c. asking him, Is it lawful to give tribute to Cæsar, or not? Jesus said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? &c.-Matt. xxii. 15-18. John viii. 3, &c. Luke vi. 7. 53, 54. xx. 20-22.
The scribes and Pharisees, &c. they say, and do not; for they bind heavy burdens, and grievous to be borne, and lay them on mens' shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers; but all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their philacteries, and enlarge the borders of
blood be on us, and on our children,
their garments, and love the upper-
The foolish virgins took their lamps, and took no oil with them; but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.-Matt. xxv. 3, 4.
The chief priests and the scribes, &c. consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him, &c. Judas betrayed Christ with a kiss, &c. The chief priests and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death.Matt. xxvi. 3, 4. 49. 59. Luke iv. 28, 29.
Judas said to the chief priests, &c. I have sinned, in that I have betrayed innocent blood: and they said, What is that to us? see thou to that, &c. They persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus (when the governor would have released Jesus): they said, His
When they were convinced that Christ was risen, they gave large money to the soldiers to hide it with a lie, and promised the soldiers to secure them.—Matt. xxviii. 11—15.
Herod heard John gladly, and did many things.-Mark vi. 20.
But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against (or within) themselves, being not baptised of him.-Luke vii. 30.
Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drank in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets: but he shall say, &c. Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.-Luke xiii. 26, 27. xv. 7.
Ye are they which justify yourselves before men, but God knoweth your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed, &c.—Luke xvi. 15.
And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves, that they were (or as being) righteous, and despised others. Two men went up into the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the other a Publican: the Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself; God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, &c. I fast twice in the week: I give tithes of all that I possess.-Luke xviii. 9-12.
When Jesus went unto Zaccheus's house, the Jews murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner: his citizens hated him, and said, They would not have this man reign over them--Luke xix. 6, 7. 14.