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offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine 9 eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to
the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is Judge in the last day'') say also unto them on as thinè own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into Let us go and serve other gods, which thou everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his hast not known, thou nor thy fathers, namely, angels: for I was an hungred, and ye gave of the gods of the people which are round me no meat; I was thirsty and ye gave me about you, nigh unto thee or far off from thee, no drink. Mat. xxv. 41, 42. Thus saith the from one end of the earth even unto the other Holy One of Israel ; because ye despise this end of the earth, thou shalt not consent unto word, and trust in oppression and perversehim, nor hearken unto him; neither shall ness, and stay thereon, therefore this iniquity thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, shall be to you as a breach ready to fali, neither shalt thou conceal him. De. xiii. 6, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking 7, 8. If any man come to me, and hate not cometh suddenly at an instant; and he shall his father, and mother, and wife, and children, break it as the breaking of the potter's vessel and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own 'that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare ; life also, he cannot be my disciple. And so that there shall not be found, in the burstwhosoever doth not bear his cross, and come ing of it, a sherd to take fire from the hearth, after me, cannot be my disciple. Whosoever or to take water withal out of the pit. Is. he be of you that forsaketh not all that he xxx. 12, 13, 14. It is better for thee to enter hath, he cannot be my disciple. Lu. xiv. 26, into the kingdom of God with one eye, than 27. 33. Yet lackest thou one thing (said having two eyes to be cast into hell-fire, where Jesus to the young man); sell all that thou their worm dieth not, and the fire is not hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou quenched: for every one shall be salted with shalt have treasure in heaven ; and come, fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with follow me.
And when he heard this, he was salt. Mar. ix. 47, 48, 49. And he (the very sorrowful, for he was very rich. Lu. rich man, being in torments) cried, and said, xviii. 22, 23.
Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and And cast them from thee.] In that day send Lazarus, that he may dip his finger in (of Christ's kingdom) a man shall cast his water and cool my tongue, for I am toridols of silver, and his idols of gold, which mented in this flame. Lu. xvi. 24. To you they made each one for himself to worship, to who are troubled (will God recompense) rest the moles, and to the bats, to go into the clefts with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be reof the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged vealed from heaven with his mighty angels, rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory in Aaming fire taking vengeance on them of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake that know not God, and that obey not the terribly the earth. Is. ii. 20, 21. Ye shall gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ : who shall defile also the covering of thy graven images be punished with everlasting destruction from of silver, and the ornament of thy molten the presence of the Lord, and from the glory images of gold. Thou shalt cast them away: of his power. 2 Th. i. 7, 8, 9. The same thou shall say unto it, Get thee hence. Is. (who worship the beast and his image) shall xxx. 22. Cast away from you all your trans- drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which gressions whereby ye have transgressed, and is poured out without mixture into the cup of make you a new heart and a new spirit; for his indignation, and he shall be tormented why will ye die, 0 house of Israel? Ez. xviii. with fire and brimstone, in the presence of 31. The night is far spent, the day is at the holy angels, and in the presence of hand; let us therefore cast off the works of the Lamb. Re. xiv. 10. Whosoever was not larkness, and let us put on the armour of found written in the book of life was cast ight. Ro. xiii. 12. I count all things but into the lake of fire. Re. xx. 15. But the oss for the excellency of the knowledge of fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suf- and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorered the loss of all things, and do count them cerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have rut dung, that I may win Christ, and be their part in the lake which barneth with fire bund in him, not having mine own righte- and brimstone, which is the second death. usness, which is of the law, but that which Re. xxi. 8. s through the faith of Christ, the righteous- 9 To enter into life with one eye, &c.] If less which is of God by faith. Phi. iii. 8, 9. thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandMaimed.] See chap. xv. 30, 31.
ments. Verily I say unto you (said Jesus), Everlasting fire.] Then shall "he" (" the that a rich man shall hardly enter into the VOL. II.
10 be cast into hell-fire. Take heed that ye despise not one of these
little ones: for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do
kingdom of God. And again, I say unto you, I preached the gospel unto you at the first; It is easier for a camel to go through the eye and my temptation, which was in my fesli, of a needle than for a rich man to enter into ye despised not, nor rejected, but received me the kingdom of God. Mat. xix. 17. 23, 24. as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. Ga. When they (Paul and Barnabas) had preached iv. 13, 14. Brethren, if a man be overtaken the gospel to that city (Derbe), and had in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such taught many, they returned again to Lystra, an one in the spirit of meekness; considering and to Iconium, and to Antioch, confirming thyself, lest thou be also tempted. Ga. vi. I, the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not to continue in the faith, and that we must man, but God, who hath also given unto us through much tribulation enter into the king his Holy Spirit. 1 Th. iv. 8. Let no man dom of God. Ac. xiv. 22. Let us labour, despise thy youth, but be thou an example of therefore, to enter into that rest, lest any man the believers, in word, in conversation, in fall after the same example of unbelief. He. charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. I Ti. iv. 11. There shall in no wise enter into "it" iv. 12. (" the new Jerusalem") any thing that de- Their angels.] See chap. i. 20; ii
. 13. 19. fileth ; neither whatsoever worketh abomina- He (the Son of man) shall send his angels tion, or maketh a lie : but they which are writ- with a great sound of a trumpet, and they ten in the Lamb's book of life. Re. xxi. 27. shall gather together his elect from the four
Rather than having two eyes, &c.] See chap. winds, from one end of heaven to the other, xvi. 26. Whosoever will save his life shall Mat. xxiv. 31. Jacob went on his way,
and lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my the angels of God met him. And when Jasake, the same shall save it. For what is a cob saw them, he said, This is God's host: man advantaged if he gain the whole world, and he called the name of that place Maha. and lose himself, or be cast away? Lu. ix. naim. Ge. xxxii. 1, 2. And he (Elisha) an24, 25.
swered (his servant), Fear not, for they that 10 Heed that ye despise not.] See verses be with us are more than they that be with 6. 14. 12. 20. Lord, who shall abide in thy them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, tabernacle? He that backbiteth not with his I pray thee, open his eyes that he may see. tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor And the Lord opened the eyes of the young taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. man, and he saw; and behold, the mountain In whose eyes a vile person is contemned, was full of horses and chariots of fire round but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. about Elisha. 2 Ki. vi. 16, 17. The angel Ps. xv. 3, 4. Who hath despised the day of of the Lord encampeth round about them that small things? Zec. iv. 10. He that despiseth fear him, and delivereth them. Ps, xxxiv. 7. you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, He (the Lord) shall give his angels charge despiseth him that sent me. Lu. x. 16. Him over thee (Christ), to keep thee in all tby that is weak in the faith receive ye; but not ways. Ps. xci. 11. Awake, O sword, against to doubtful disputations. For one believeth my shepherd, and against the man that is my that he may eat all things ; another who is fellow, saith the Lord of hosts. Zec. xiii
. 7, weak eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth It came to pass, that the beggar (in the paradespise him that eateth not; and let not ble) died, and was carried by the angels into him which eateth not judge him that eateth; Abraham's bosom ; the rich man also died, for God hath received him. But why dost and was buried. Lu, xvi. 22. The angel of thou judge thy brother ? for we shall all stand the Lord by night opened the prison doors before the judgment-seat of Christ. Ro. xiv. (where the apostles were imprisoned), and 1, 2, 3. 10. To the weak became l as weak, brought them forth. Ac. v. 19. that I might gain the weak: 1 am made all (" Cornelius, the centurion") saw in a vision things to all men, that I might by all means evidently, about the ninth hour of the day, save some. 1 Co. ix. 22. Let no man de- an angel of God coming in to him, and saying spise “him” (“ Timotheus"), but conduct him unto him, Cornelius! Ac. x. 3. And behold forth in peace, that he may come unto me; (while Peter was in the prison), the angel of for he worketh the work of the Lord, as i the Lord came upon him, and a light shined also do. 1 Co. xvi. 11. Now I Paul myself in the prison. And he smote Peter on the beseech you by the meekness and gentleness side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up of Christ, who in presence am base among quickly; and his chains fell off from his hands you, but being absent am bold toward you. And the angel said unto him, Gird thysell, His (Paul's). letters (say they) are weighty and bind on thy sandals; and so he did. and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, And he saith unto him, Cast thy garmen! and his speech contemptible. 2 Co. x. 1. 10. about thee, and follow me. And he went out Ye know how, through infirmity of the flesh, and followed him; and wist not that it was
always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For 11 the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think 12 ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be 13
true which was done by the angel, but thought 17. I am come that they might have life he saw a vision. When they were past the (said Jesus), and that they might have it more first and the second ward, they came unto the abundantly. John X. 10. I came not to iron gate that leadeth unto the city, which judge the world but to save the world. John opened to them of his own accord. And they xii. 47. This is a faithful saying, and worthy went out, and passed on through one street, of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into and forthwith the angel departed from him, the world to save sinners. 1 Ti. i. 15. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, 12 How think ye ?] What think ye? (said now I know of a surety that the Lord hath Jesus) A certain man had two sons, &c. (the sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of parable of the two sons sent to work in the the hand of Herod, and from all the expecta- vineyard). Mat. xxi. 28. What think ye of tion of the people of the Jews. Ac. xii. 7- Christ? whose son is he? They (the Phari11. And immediately (when the people gave sees) say unto him, The son of David. Mat. a shout, saying, of Herod, It is the voice of a xxii
. 42. I speak as to wise men ; judge ye god and not of a man) the angel of the Lord what I say. 1 Co. x. 15. smote him, because he gave not God the If a man have an hundred sheep.] See chap. glory. And he was eaten of worms, and gave xii. 11. . I have gone astray like a lost sheep; up the ghost. Ac. xii. 23. There stood by seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy comme this night (said Paul on his dangerous mandments. Ps. cxix. 176. All we, like royage toward Rome) the angel of God, whose sheep, have gone astray; we have turned I am, and whom I serve. Ac. xxvii. 23. every one to his own way; and the Lord hath Are they not (the angels) all ministering spirits, laid on him the iniquity of us all. Is. liii. 6. ient forth to minister for them who shall be My people hath been lost sheep; their shepgeirs of salvation ? He. i. 14.
herds have caused them to go astray: they Behold the face of my Father.] Absalom have turned them away on the mountains ; lwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw they have gone from mountain to hill; they 1ot the king's face. 2 Sa. xiv. 28. And he have forgotten their resting-place. I will the prophet Micaiah) said (to the king of 1s- seek that which was lost, and bring again ael), Hear thou therefore the word of the that which was driven away, and will bind up ord; I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, that which was broken, and will strengthen nd all the host of heaven standing by him, that which was sick. But I will destroy the in his right hand and on his left. 1 Ki. xxii. fat and the strong ; I will feed them with 9. The next unto him (king Ahasuerus) judgment. And they shall no more be a prey as Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the leres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, rinces of Persia and Media, which saw the and none shall make them afraid. Ez. xxxiv. ing's face, and which sat the first in the 16. 28. What man of you having an huningdom. Es. i. 14. As for me, I will be- dred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not old thy face in righteousness; I shall be leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, itisfied when I awake with thy likeness. and go after that which was lost until he find 's. xvii. 15. I am Gabriel (said the angel to it? Lu. xv. 4. I am the good shepherd; acharias), that stand in the presence of God, the good shepherd giveth his life for the C. Lu. i. 19. And as for me, thou settest sheep. John X. 11. Ye were as sheep going e before thy face for ever. Ps. xli. 12. astray, but are now returned unto the Shepa
11 The Son of man is come, &c.] See chap. herd and Bishop of your souls. 1 Pe. ii. , 12, 13; x. 6; xv. 24. The Son of man is 25. it come to destroy men's lives, but to save Into the mountains.] And the word of the
Lu. ix. 56. This my son was dead Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite. 1 Ki. xxi. zys the father of the prodigal in the parable) 17. My sheep wandered through all the á is alive again; he was lost and is found. mountains, and upon every high hill; yea, was meet that we should make merry (said my flock was scattered upon all the face of to his elder son), for this thy brother was the earth, and none did search or seek after ad and is alive again, and was lost and is them. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock, ind.
Lu. xv. 24. 32. The Son of man is in the day that he is among his sheep that me to seek and to save that which was lost. are scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, . xix. 10. God sent not his Son into the and will deliver them out of all places where rld to condemn the world, but that the they have been scattered, in the cloudy and rld through him might be saved. John iii. dark day. Ex. xxxiv. 6. 12.
that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that 14 sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even
so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one
13 He rejoiceth more, &c.] The Lord gether. John iv. 34, 35, 36. He shall have taketh pleasure in them that fear him; in judgment without mercy that hath shewed no those that hope in his mercy. Ps. cxlvii. ll. mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment He (Jesus) shall see of the travail of his soul, Ja. ii. 13. and shall be satisfied. By his knowledge shall -14 It is not the will, &c.] Fear not, little my righteous servant justify many; for he flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to shall bear their iniquities. Is. liii. 11. As give you the kingdom. Lu. xii. 32. This the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so is the Father's will which hath sent me; that shall thy God rejoice over thee. Is. lxii. 5. of all which he hath given me I should lose Behold, I will gather them out of all countries nothing, but should raise it up again at the whither I have driven them, in mine anger, last day. And this is the will of him that and in my fury, and in great wrath ; and I sent me; that every one which seeth the Son, will bring them again unto this place, and I and believeth on him, may have everlasting will cause them to dwell safely. And they life, and I will raise him up at the last day, shall be my people, and I will be their God: John vi. 39, 40. My sheep hear my voice, and I will give them one heart, and one way, and I know them, and they follow me. And that they may fear me for ever, for the good I give unto them eternal life ; and they shall of them, and of their children after them: never perish, neither shall any pluck them and I will make an everlasting covenant with out of my hand. My Father, which gave them, that I will not turn away from them to them me, is greater than all; and none is able do them good ; but I will put my fear into to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I their hearts, that they shall not depart from and my Father are one. John X. 27-30. me. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them While I was with them (whom thou hast ginen good, and I will plant them in this land, me) in the world, I kept them in thy name : assuredly with my whole heart and with my those that thou gavest me I have kept, and whole soul. Je. xxxii. 37–41. Who is God none of them is lost, but the son of perdition ; like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and that the Scripture might be fulfilled. Jean passeth by the transgression of the remnant xvii. 12. We know that all things work toof his heritage ? He retaineth not his anger gether for good to them that love God, to for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. Mi. them who are the called according to his pur. vii. 18. The Lord thy God in the midst of pose. For whom he did foreknow, he also thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice did predestinate to be conformed to the image over thee with joy; he will rest in his love; of his Son, that he might be the first-boru he will joy over thee with singing. Zep. iii. among many brethren. Moreover, whom he 17. And when he hath found it (the sheep did predestinate, them he also called ; and that was lost), he layeth it on his shoulder, whom he called, them he also justified ; and rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he whom he justified, them he also glorified. calleth together his friends and neighbours, What shall we then say to these things! If saying unto them, Rejoice with me, for í God be for us, who can be against us! He have found my sheep which was lost. I say that spared not his own Son, but delivered unto you (said Jesus), that likewise joy shall him up for us all, how shall he not with him be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, also freely give us all things? Who shall lay more than over ninety and nine just persons, any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is which need no repentance. Lu. xv. 5, 6, 7. God that justifieth: who is he that can There is joy in the presence of the angels of demneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, God over one sinner that repenteth. Bring that is risen again, who is even at the right hither the fatted calf (said the father of the hand of God, who also inaketh intercession prodigal), and kill it, and let us eat and be for us. Who shall separate us from the love merry; for this my son was dead and is alive of Christ ? shall tribulation, or distress, or again, he was lost and is found. And they persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, began to be merry. Lu. xv. 10. 23, 24. My or sword? (As it is written, For thy sake meat (said Jesus) is to do the will of him we are killed all the day long; we are ac that sent me, and to finish his work. Say counted as sheep for the slaughter). Nay, in not ye, There are yet four months, and then all these things we are more than conquerors cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, through him that loved us. For I am petlift up your eyes, and look on the fields, for suaded, that neither death, nor life, not anthey are white already to harvest. And he gels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth present, nor things to come, nor heighty net fruit unto life eternal; that both he that depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to soweth and he that reapeth may rejuice to- separate us from the love of God, which is in
of these little ones should perish. Moreover, if thy brother shall 15 trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, 16
Christ Jesus our Lord. Ro. viii. 28–39. have found that which was lost, and lieth He (the Lord) hath chosen us in " him" concerning it, and sweareth falsely; then it (" our Lord Jesus Christ'') before the founda- shall be, that he shall restore that which he tion of the world, that we should be holy and took violently, or the thing which he hath without blame before him in love ; having deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered predestinated us unto the adoption of children him to keep, or the lost thing which he found, by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us the day of his trespass offering. Le. vi. 2-5. aecepted in the Beloved ; in whom we have If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke redernption through his blood, the forgiveness him: and if he repent, forgive him. And if of sins, according to the riches of his grace. he trespass against thee seven times in a day, Ep. i. 4—7. Blessed be the God and Father and seven times in a day turn again to thee, of our Lord Jesus Christ, which, according to saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. Lu. his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again xvii. 3, 4. 'Brother goeth to law with brounto a lively hope, by the resurrection of ther, and that before the unbelievers. Now Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance therefore, there is utterly a fault among you, incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth because ye go to law one with another. Why not away, reserved in heaven for you, who do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not åre kept by the power of God through faith rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded ? Nay, unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your last time. 1 Pe. i. 3, 4, 5.
brethren. 1 Co. vi. 6, 7, 8. But when ye Your Father which is in heaven.] See chap. sin so against the brethren, and wound their v. 16; vi. 9. 32.
weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 1 Co. One of these little ones.] He shall feed his viii. 12. Though I wrote unto you, I did it filock like a shepherd; he shall gather the not for his cause that had done the wrong, lambs with his arm, and carry them in his nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but bosom, and gently lead those that are with that our care for you in the sight of God young. Is. xl. II. Awake, O sword, against might appear unto you. 2 Co. vii. 12. Put my shepherd, and against the man that is my on, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, forfellow, saith the Lord of hosts; smite the bearing one another, and forgiving; if any shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered, man have a quarrel against any, even as and I will turn mine hand upon the little Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Col. iii. 13. ones. Zee. xiii. 7. Feed my lambs (said This is the will of God, even your sanctificaJesus to Simon). John xxi. 15. Through tion, that no man go beyond and defraud his tay knowledge shall the weak brother perish, brother in any matter. 1 Th. iv. 6. for whom Christ died? But when ye sin so Go and tell him his fault, &c.] Thou shalt against the brethren, and wound their weak not hate thy brother in thine heart : thou shalt conscience, ye sin against Christ. Wherefore, in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat suffer sin upon him. Le. xix. 17. Let the bo flesh while the world standeth, lest I make righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness : my brother to offend. I Co. viii. 11, 12, 13. and let him reprove me ; for yet my prayer 1 endure all things for the elect's sakes (said also shall be in their calamities. Ps. cxli. 5. Paul), that they may also obtain the salva- Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself, tion which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal and discover not a secret to another, lest he glory. 2 Ti. ii. 10. Make straight paths for that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine your feet, lest that which is lame be turned infamy turn not away. Pr. xxv. 9, 10. out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Thou hast gained thy brother.] The fruit He. xii. 13. The Lord is not slack concern- of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that ing his promise, as some men count slackness, winneth souls is wise. Pr. xi. 30. Be not but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. any should perish, but that all should come to Ro. xii. 21. Though I be free from all men, repentance. 2 Pe. ï. 9.
yet have I made myself servant-unto all, that 15 If thy brother shall trespass, &c.] See I might gain the more. And unto the Jews Verse 35. If a soul sin and commit a trespass I became as a Jew, that I might gain the against the Lord, and lie unto his neighbour Jews; to them that are under the law, as in that which was delivered him to keep, or under the law, that I might gain them that in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by are under the law; to them that are without violence, or hath deceived his neighbour; or law, as without law, that I might gain them