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OR BEING WISE
that he was the Son of God, both be- the truth, but had pleasure in un- , fore his death, in his death, and in his righteousness.—2 Thess. ii. 10–12. resurrection.
By these three was the third part Jesus said, For judgment I am of men killed, &c. and the rest of the come into this world, &c. that they men which were not killed by these which see might be made blind, &c. plagues, yet repented not of the He said to the Pharisees, If ye were works of their hands, that they should blind, ye should have no sin: but not worship devils, and idols of gold, now ye say, We see, therefore your &c.—Rev. ix. 18. 20, 21. sin remaineth.—John ix. 39. 41. Men were scorched (or burned)
Therefore they could not believe, with great heat, blasphemed the name because Isaiah had said, He hath of God, which hath power over these blinded their eyes, and hardened their plagues, and repented not to give him hearts, that they should not see with glory, &c. They gnawed their tongues their eyes, &c. - John xii. 37. 39, 40. for pain, and blasphemed the God of
They are without excuse, because heaven, and repented not of their that when they knew God, they glo- deeds.-Rev. xvi. 9-11.21. rified him not as God, neither were He that is unjust, let him be unjust thankful, but became vain in their still : and he which is filthy, let him imaginations, and their foolish heart be filthy still.-Rev. xxii, 11. was darkened, &c. wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, &c. for
CHAP. LXIX. this cause God gave them up unto vile affections, &c. and even as they did
ABOVE WHAT IS WRITTEN, not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a re
Secret things belong unto the Lord probate mind (or a mind void of judg- our God, but those things which are ment), being filled with all unrighte- children for ever, that we may do all
revealed belong unto us and to our ousness.—Rom. i. 21, &c.
God saith to Moses, I will have the works of this law.-Deut. xxix. 29. mercy on whom I will have mercy,
Manoah said unto the angel of the &c. and whom he will he hardenetk. Lord, What is thy name ? &c. that we -Rom. ix. 15. 17, 18.
may do thee honour. And the angel Israel hath not obtained that which of the Lord said unto him, Why askest he seeketh for, but the election hath thou thus after my name, seeing it is obtained it; and the rest were blinded secret (or wonderful).-Judges xiji. (or hardened) according as it is writ- 17, 18. ten, God hath given them the spirit
Jesus said unto them, It is not for of slumber ; eyes that they should you to know the times or the seapot see.-Rom. xi. 7-10.
sons, which the Father hath put in If our gospel be hid, it is hid to his own power.-Acts i. 6,7. them that are lost. In whom the god
These things, brethren, I have in a of this world hath blinded the minds figure transferred to myself, and to of them which believe not, lest the Apollos, for your sakes, that you light of the glorious gospel of Christ, might learn in us not to think of inen &c. should shine unto them.--2 Cor. above that which is written.—1 Cor.
iv, 6. iv. 3, 4. Becanse they received not the love
CHAP. LXX. of the truth, that they might be saved ; and for this cause God shall Of God's PROVIDENCE IN THE send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, that they all Tuine, O Lord, is the greatness, and might be damned who believed not the power, &c. both riches and ho
POSAL OF ALL EVENTS.
pour come of thee, and thou reignest Boast not thyself of to morrow i over all, and in thine hand is power for thou knowest not what a day may and might, and in thine hand is to bring forth.-Prov. xxvii. 1. make great, and to give strength unto Let not the wise man glory in his all.-I Chron. xxix. 11, 12.
wisdom, neither let the mighty man He disappointeth the devices of glory in his might : let not the rich the crafty, so that their hands cannot man glory in his riches.—Jer. ix. 23. perforin their enterprise: he taketh O Lord, I know that the way of the wise in their own craftiness; and man is not in himself: it is not in the counsel of the froward is carried man that walketh to direct his steps. headlong. They meet with darkness — Jer. x. 23. (or cannot perform any thing) in the God, that made the world, &c. hath daytime, and grope in the noonday made of one blood all nations of men, as in the night.-Job v. 12–14. for to dwell on all the face of the
The Lord, &c. in whose hand is the earth, and hath determined the times soul of every living thing, and the before appointed, and the bounds of breath of all mankind, &c. behold he their habitations.-Acts xvii. 24. 26. breaketh down, and it cannot be built I will not see you now by the way, again : he shutteth up a man, and but I trust to tarry awhile with you, there can be no opening.-Job xii. if the Lord permit.—1 Cor. xvi. 7. 10. 14.
But I trust in the Lord Jesus to. The Lord bringeth the counsel of send Timotheus shortly unto you, &c. the heathen to nought, he maketh the him, therefore, I hope to send, &c. devices of the people of none effect. But I trust in the Lord, that I also The counsel of the Lord standeth for myself shall come shortly.-Phil. ii. ever, &c.-Ps. xxxiii. 10, 11.
19. 23, 24. Promotion cometh neither from the Now God himself, and our Father, east, nor from the west : but God is and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our the judge : he putteth down one, and way unto you.—1 Thess. iii. 11. setteth up another.—Ps. Ixxv. 6, 7. Go to now, ye that say, To day or Except the Lord build the house, to morrow we will
into such a city, they labour in vain that build it : ex- and continue there a year, and buy, cept the Lord keep the city, the and sell, and get gain ; whereas ye watchman waketh but in vain : it is know not what shall be on the morvain for you to rise up early, &c.- row. For what is
life? It is even Ps. cxxvii. 1, 2.
a vapour that appeareth for a little Put not your trust in princes, nor time, and then vanisheth away. For in the son of man, in whom there is that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, no help : his breath goeth forth, he shall live, and do this or that. returneth to his earth, and that James iv. 13–15. very day his thoughts perish.-Ps. xlvi. 3, 4.
CHAP. LXXI. A man's heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps, &c. OF RESIGNATION TO, AND CONTENTMENT The lot is cast into the lap : but the
WITH ALL GOD'S DISPENSATIONS. whole disposing thereof is of the ISRAEL's murmuring and discontent Lord.—Prov. xvi. 9. 33.
for want of flesh in the wilderness, Man's goings are of the Lord : how was reckoned amongst their sins, and can a man then' understand his own said to be a tempting God in their way ?-Prov. xx. 24.
heart, by asking meat for their lust. There is no wisdom, nor under- —Ps. lxxviii. 18. Numb. xi. 4-10. standing, nor counsel, against the When Nadab and Abihu, the sons Lord.—Prov. xxi. 30.
of Aaron, were devoured by fire for their sins, &c. Aaron held his peace. Egypt, where we shall see no war, -Levit. x. 1-3.
&c. then that all those judgments The children of Israel said unto the from which they would fly, should Lord, We have sinned ; do thou unto follow them thither.—Jer. xlii. 9-17. us whatsoever seemeth good unto Wherefore doth a living man comthee ; deliver us only we pray thee plain (or mnrmur), a man for the puthis day.-Judges x. 15.
nishment of his sins ?-Lam, iii. 39. When Samuel had told Eli what I will bear the indignation of the God had threatened against his house, Lord, because I have sinned against because of his sons' wickedness, Eli him, until he plead my cause.—Micah said, It is the Lord, let him do what vii. 9. seemeth him good.-1 Sam. iii. 15-18. Although the fig tree shall not blos
David said, Carry back the ark of som, neither shall fruit be in the vines, God into the city: if I shall find fa- &c. and the fields shall yield no meat, vour in the eyes of the Lord, he will &c. yet I will rejoice in the Lord. bring me again, and shew me both it Hab. iii. 17, 18. and his habitation. But if he thus In patience possess ye your souls, say, I have no delight in thee; be- -Lake xxi. 19. hold here am I, let him do to me as Now these things were our examseemeth good unto him.--2 Sam. xv. ples, to the intent that we should not 25, 26.
lust, &c. neither murmur ye, as some When Hezekiah was threatened by of them also murmured, and were deIsaiah, for his having shewed to the stroyed, &c.- I Cor. x. 6. 14. messengers of the king of Babylon The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, his treasures, he said, Good is the by whom (or whereby) the world is word of the Lord which thou hast crucified unto me, and I unto the spoken.—2 Kings xx. 16-19. world.-Gal. vi. 14.
Job, when he had lost all, said, I have learned in whatsoever state Naked came I out of my mother's I am, therewith to be content: I know womb, and naked shall I return thither. both how to be abased, and how to The Lord gave, and the Lord hath abound; everywhere, and in all taken
away ; blessed be the name of things, I am instructed ; both to be the Lord.—Job i. 20, 21,
full and to be hungry, both to abound Job said, What! shall we receive and to suffer need. I can do all things good at the hand of God, and shall through Christ, who strengtheneth we not receive evil ?-Job ii. 10. me. Phil. iv. 11-13.
Surely it is meet to be said unto Godliness with contentment is God, I have borne chastisement, I great gain : for we brought nothing will not offend any more ; that which into this world, and it is certain we I see not, teach thou me : if I have can carry nothing out; and having done iniquity, I will do so no more.- food and raiment, let us be therewith Job xxxiv. 31, 32.
content.—1 Tim. vi. 6—8. I was dumb, I opened not my Let your conversation be without mouth, because thou didst it. Ps. covetousness, and be content with Xxxix. 9.
such things as ye have: for he hath Woe to him that striveth with his said, I will never leave thee, nor forMaker, &c. Shall the clay say to sake thee.—Heb. xiii. 5. him that fashioneth it, What makest Blessed is the man that endureth thou?-Isa. xlv. 9.
temptation, &c. James i. 12. When Israel was in Babylon, God Submit yourselves therefore to God: tells them, If they would stay there, resist the devil, &c.— James iv. 7. he would bless them ; but if ye say, Humble yourselves therefore under No, but we will go into the land of the mighty hand of God, that he may
exalt you in due time : casting all Rebuke a wise man, and he will your care upon him ; for he careth love thee; give instruction to a wise for you.—1 Pet. v. 6, 7.
man, and he will be yet wiser.
Prov. ix. 8, 9.
The wise in heart will receive
commandments, &c. In the lips of OF MEN TRULY WISE ; OR, OF A RE- him that hath understanding, wisdom LIGIOUS WISDOM ; AND FOLLY, AS is found, &c. wise men lay up know
ledge, &c. He that uttereth a slanThey are a nation void of counsel, der is a fool. In the multitude of neither is there any understanding words there wanteth not sin; but he in them: O that they were wise, that refraineth his lips, is wise. and that they would consider their. Prov. x. 8. 13, 14. 18, 19. latter end !Deut. xxxii. 28, 29. He that winneth souls, is wise.
Be wise now, therefore, Oye Prov. xi. 30. kings : be instructed, ye judges of A man shall be commended acthe earth. Serve the Lord with fear, cording to his wisdom, &c. he that &c.—Ps. ii. 10–12.
followeth vain persons, is void of A wise man will hear, and will in- understanding, &c. The way of a crease learning; and a man of under- fool is right in his own eyes, but he standing shall attain unto wise coun- that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. sels, &c. Fools despise wisdom, &c. A fool's wrath is presently known : hate knowledge.-Prov. i. 5. 7. 22. but a prudent man covereth shame,
The Lord giveth wisdom, &c. &c. he concealeth knowledge.—Prov. When wisdom entereth into thine xii. 8. 11. 15, 16. 23. heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto The law of the wise is a fountain thy soul : discretion shall preserve of life, to depart from the snares of thee, understanding shall keep thee, death, &c. He that walketh with to deliver thee from the way of evil wise men shall be wise: but a commen, &c.—Prov. ii. 6. 10-12.
panion of fools shall be destroyed.-Trust in the Lord with all thine Prov. xiii. 14. 16. 20. heart, &c. and he shall direct thy The wisdom of the prudent is to paths. Be not wise in thine own understand his way, &c. fools make eyes, &c. keep sound wisdom and a mock of sin, &c. a wise man feareth, discretion, &c. Then shalt thou and departeth from evil ; but the fool walk in the way safely, and thy foot rageth, and is confident, &c. He shall not stumble, &c. The wise that is slow to wrath, is of great shall inherit glory; but shame shall understanding.-Prov. xiv. 8, 9. 16. 29. be the promotion of fools.-Prov. iii. The lips of the wise disperse 5-7. 21. 23. 35.
knowledge.-Prov. xv. 7. Wisdom is the principal thing : He that handleth a matter wisely, get wisdom, &c.—Prov. iv. 7. shall find good, &c. The heart of
Go to the ant, thou sluggard, con- the wise teacheth his mouth, and sider her ways, and be wise.-Prov. addeth learning to his lips.--Prov. vi. 6.
xvi. 20. 23. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my A reproof entereth more into a sister, and call understanding thy wise man, than an hundred stripes kinswoman: that they may keep into a fool.-Prov. xvii. 10. thee from the strange woman.—Prov. A fool's lips enter into contention, vii. 4, 5.
&c. He that answereth a matter Wisdom is better than rubies, and before he heareth it, it is folly and all the things that may
be desired. shame unto him.- Prov. xviii. 6. 13. Prov. viii. 11..
Wine is a mocker, and strong drink 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 foolA 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. 11.
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 strengtheneth the wise, jii. 13-15. 17. more than ten mighty men which are in the city.--Eccles. vii. 19.
CHAP, LXXIII. A wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgments.-Eccles.
OF ANTICHRIST. viii. 5.
Many false prophets shall arise, and The words of wise men are heard shall deceive many, &c. When ye in quiet, &c. Wisdom is better than therefore shall see the abomination weapons of war.-Eccles. ix. 17, 18. 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 great signs and wonders, insomuch children, and they have none under- that (if it were possible) they should standing : they are wise to do evil, deceive the very elect.-Matt. xxiv. but to do good they have no know- 11. 15. 24. Dan. xi. 31. 36, &c. ledge.-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.—Hosea xiv. 9. of God, &c. for the mystery of ini
Whosoever heareth these sayings quity doth already work, only he who of mine, and doeth 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. 1, &c.
brightness of his coming; even him I would have you wise unto that whose coming is after the working of