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in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wed12 ding-garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in
and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, 12, 13. I am he which searcheth the reins out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and hearts, and I will give unto every one of and nation. Re. v. 9. After this I beheld, you according to your works. Re. ii. 23. and lo a great multitude which no man could which had not on a wedding-garment.] number, of all nations, and kindreds, and And he (Jehu) said unto him that was over peoples, and tongues, stood before the throne, the vestry, Bring forth vestments for all the and before the Lamb, clothed with white worshippers of Baal; and he brought them robes, and palms in their hands. Re. vii. 9. forth vestments. 2 Ki. x. 22. The king's And I heard as it were the voice of a great daughter is all glorious within; her clothing multitude, and as the voice of many waters, is of wrought gold. She shall be brought and as the voice of mighty thunderings, say- unto the king in raiment of needle work, the ing, Alleluia: for the Lord God Omnipotent virgins her companions that follow her shall reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and be brought unto thee. Ps. xlv. 13, 14. give honour to him ; for the marriage of the Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself put on thy beautiful garments, o Jerusalem, ready. And to her was granted that she ihe holy city ; for henceforth there shall na should be arrayed in fine linen, clean, and more come into thee the uncircumcised and the white; for the fine linen is the righteousness unclean. Is. lii. 1. The Spirit of the Lord of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, God is upon "me" (" Christ"), because the Blessed are they which are called unto the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings marriage supper of the Lamb. Re. xix. 6–9. unto the meek, &c. To appoint unto them
11 When the king came in to see the guests.] that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty He that cometh after me (said John the Bap- for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the gartist) is mightier than I, whose shoes I am ment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. I not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you will greatly rejoice in the Lord. My soul with the Holy Ghost and with fire. Whose shall be joyful in my God, for he hath clothed fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge me with the garments of salvation, he hath his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner, covered me with the robe of righteousness, as but he will burn up the chaff with unquench- a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, able fire. Mat. iii. 11, 12. Let “both" and as a bride adorneth herself with her (wheat and tares") grow together until the jewels. Is. Ixi. 3. 10. But we are all as an harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are unto the reapers, Gather ye together first the as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf, tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken but gather the wheat into my barn. Mat. us away. Is. Ixiv. 6. Now Joshua (the higł xiii. 30. When the Son of man shall come in priest, as a type of Christ) was clothed with his glory, and all the holy angels with him, filthy garments, and stood before the angel then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory; And he answered and spake unto those that and before him shall be gathered all nations, stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy and he shall separate them one from another, garments from him. And unto him he said, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass goats. Mat. xxv. 31, 32. And it shall come from thee, and I will clothe thee with change to pass at that time (of God's judgment against of raiment. Zec. iii. 3, 4. Bring forth the Judah), that I will search Jerusalem with best robe (said the father of the prodigal in candles, and punish the men that are settled the Gospel), and put it on him, and put a ring on their lees; that say in their heart, The on his hand, and shoes on his feet. L. IV. Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil. 22. But now the righteousness of God withZep. i. 12. Judge nothing before the time, out the law is manifested, being witnessed by until the Lord come, who both will bring to the law and the prophets; even the righte. light the hidden things of darkness, and will ousness of God which is by faith of Jesus make manifest the counsels of the hearts, and Christ unto all and upon all them that bethen shall every man have praise of God. lieve; for there is no difference. Ro. iii. 21, 22. I Co. iv. 5. The word of God is quick and Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make powerful, and sharper than any two-edged not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder thereof. Ro. xiii. 14. As many of you as of soul and spirit, and of the joints and mar- have been baptized into Christ have put on row, and is a discerner of the thoughts and Christ. Ga. iii. 27. In this earthly taberintents of the heart. Neither is there any nacle) we groan, earnestly desiring to be creature that is not manifest in his sight; but clothed upon with our house which is from all things are naked and opened unto the eyes heaven. If so be that being clothed we shall of him with whom we have to do. He. iv. not be found naked. 2 Co. v. 2, 3. Put on
hither, not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and 13
the new man which, after God, is created in things. Ac. v. 1-11. Thy money perish righteousness and true holiness. Ep. iv. 24. with thee (said Peter to Simon the Sorcerer), Put on the new man which is renewed in because thou hast thought that the gift of God knowledge, after the image of him that created may be purchased with money. Thou hast bim. Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, neither part nor lot in this matter, for thy circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent Scythian, bond nor free ; but Christ is all, and therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray in all. Col. iii. 10, ll. Thou hast a few God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart names even in Sardis, which have not defiled may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that their garments; and they shall walk with me thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the in white; for they are worthy. He that over- bond of iniquity. Ac. viii. 20—23. Judge eometh, the same shall be clothed in white nothing before the time, until the Lord come, raiment, and I will not blot out his name out who both will bring to light the hidden of the book of life ; but I will confess his name things of darkness, and will make manifest before my Father, and before his angels. I the counsels of the hearts, and then shall every counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the man have praise of God. 1 Co. iv. 5. fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white And he was speechless.] He (the Lord) raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked that the shame of thy nakedness do not shall be silent in darkness ; for by strength appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve shall no man prevail. 1 Sa. ii. 9. So the that thou mayest see. Re. iii. 4, 5. 18. Be- poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her hold, I come as a thief: blessed is he that mouth. Job v. 16. The righteous shall see watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he it (the prosperity of the poor and afflicted) and walk naked, and they see his shame. Re. rejoice ; and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. avi. 15. And to "her" (the “wife of the Ps. cvii. 42. How canst thou (Israel) say, I Lamb") was granted, that she should be am not polluted, I have not gone after arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, for the Baalim ? See thy way in the valley ; know fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Re. what thou hast done. As the thief is ashamed xix. 8.
when he is found, so is the house of Israel 12 Friend. Priend, I do thee no wrong ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and (saith the householder in the parable to the their priests, and their prophets. Je. ii. 23. 26. labourer whom he had first hired), didst not We know that what things soever the law saith, thou agree with me for a penny ? Mat. xx. it saith to them who are under the law, that 13. Friend (said Jesus to Judas Iscariot), every mouth may be stopped, and all the world wherefore art thou come? Then came they, may become guilty before God. Ro. iii. 19. A and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. Mat. man that is an heretick, after the first and xxvi. 50.
second admonition, reject, knowing that he How camest thou in hither!] I say unto that is such is subverted and sinneth, being you, Except your righteousness shall exceed condemned of himself. Tit. iii. 10, 11. the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, 13 Bind him hand and foot.] How can ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil heaven. Mat. v. 20. A certain man named his goods, except he first bind the strong man? Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a posses, and then he will spoil his house. Mat. xii. sion, and kept back part of the price, his wife 29. Gather ye together first the tares, and also being privy to it, and brought a certain bind them in bundles to burn them. Mat. part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. But xiii. 30. Awake, awake, put on thy strength, Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled O Zion; for henceforth there shall no more thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to come into thee the uncircumcised and the keep back part of the price of the land ? Thou unclean. Is. lii. l. And “he” (“ Nebuhast not lied unto men, but unto God. How chadnezzar") commanded the most mighty is it that ye have agreed together (said Peter men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, ulso to Sapphira) to tempt the Spirit of the Meshach, and Abed-nego, and to cast them Lord ? Behold, the feet of them which have into the burning fiery furnace. Da. iji. 20. buried thy husband (for he fell down and Verily, verily, I say unto "thee" (“ Simon gave up the ghost) are at the door, and shall Peter"), when thou wast young, thou girdcarry thee out. Then fell she down straight- edst thyself, and walkedst whither thou way at his feet, and yielded up the ghost, and wouldest; but when thou shalt be old, thou the young men came in and found her dead, shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another and carrying her forth, buried her by her shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou husband. And great fear came upon all the wouldest not. John xxi. 18. And when church, and upon as many as heard these “he" (" Agabus” a certain prophet from
take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be 14 weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are 15 chosen. Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they 16 might entangle him in his talk. And they sent out unto him
Judea) was come unto us; he took Paul's leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and Mat. vii. 13, 14. So the last shall be first, said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost : so shall the and the first last ; for many be called, but Jews at Jerusaleni bind the man that owneth few chosen. Mat. xx. 16. Lord, are there this girdle, and shall deliver him into the few that be saved? And he said unto them, hands of the Gentiles. Ac. xxi. 11. And Strive to enter in at the strait gate ; for many, there shall in no wise enter into “it" ("the I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall new Jerusalem") any thing that defileth, nei- not be able. Lu. xiii. 23, 24. ther whatsoever worketh abomination, or 15 Went the Pharisees.] The kings of the maketh a lie ; but they which are written in earth set themselves, and the rulers take the Lamb's book of life. Re. xxi. 27.
counsel together: against the Lord, and against Outer darkness. The children of the his anointed. Ps. ii. 2. And they send unto kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness, him certain of the Pharisees, and of the Hethere shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. rodians, to catch him in his words. And when Mat. viii. 12. Cast ye the unprofitable ser- they were come, they say unto him, Master, vant into outer darkness, there shall be weep- we know that thou art true, and carest for no ing and gnashing of teeth. Mat. xxv. 30. man; for thon regardest not the person of The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from hea. men, but teachest the way of God in truth. ven with his mighty angels in Aaming fire, Is it lawful to give tribute to Cesar or not? taking vengeance on them that know not shall we give or shall we not give ? But he God, and that obey not the Gospel of our knowing their hypocrisy, said unto thers, Lord Jesus Christ : who shall be punished Why tempt ye me? Bring me a penny, that with everlasting destruction from the presence I may see it; and they brought it. And he of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. saith unto them, Whose is this image and 2 The. i. 7, 8, 9. Jf God spared not the superscription ? And they said unto bim, angels that sinned, but cast them down to Cesar's. And Jesus answering said unto hell, and delivered them into chains of them, Render to Cesar the things that are darkness to be reserved unto judgment, the Cesar's ; and to God the things that are God's. Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out And they marvelled at him. Mar. xii. 13of temptations, and to reserve the unjust 17. And they watched him, and sent forth unto the day of judgment to be punished. spies which should feign themselves just men, “ These" (" false teachers") are wells without that they might take hold of his words, that so water, clouds that are carried with a tempest, they might deliver him unto the power and to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for authority of the governor. And they asked ever. 2 Pe. ii. 4. 9. 17. The angels which him, saying, Master, we know that thou say. kept not their first estate, but left their own est and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting the person of any, but teachest the way of chains under darkness unto the judgment of God truly. Is it lawful for us to give tribute the great day. Raging waves of the sea, foam- unto Cesar or no? But he perceived their ing out their own shame (are the false teach- craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye ers), wandering stars, to whom is reserved the me? Shew me a penny; whose image and blackness of darkness for ever. Jude vi. 13. superscription hath it? They answered and
There shall be weeping and gnashing of said, Cesar's. And he said unto them, Renteeth.] See chap. xiii. 42. The wicked der therefore unto Cesar the things which be plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon Cesar's; and unto God the things which be him with his teeth. Ps. xxxvii. 12. The God's. And they could not take hold of his wicked shall see "it" (“the exaltation of the words before the people. And they marvelled righteous"), and be grieved; he shall gnash at his answer, and held their peace. L. II. with his teeth, and melt away ; the desire of 20–26. the wicked shall perish. Ps. cxii. 10. When How they might entangle him in his talk.) ir " they" ("the Jews ") heard these things he come to see me, he speaketh vanity (said De(the reproaches of the martyr Stephen), they vid of his enemy); his heart gathereth iniquity were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on to itself; when he goeth abroad he telleth it. Ps. him with their teeth. Ac. vii. 54.
xli. 6. Every day they wrest my words ; al 14 Many are called, &c.] Enter ye in at their thoughts are against me for evil. They the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad gather themselves together, they hide tbestiis the way, that leadeth to destruction, and selves, they mark my steps when they wait many there be which go in thereat. Because for my soul. Shall they escape by iniquity! strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which In thine anger cast down the people, O God
their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest
Ps. Ivi. 5, 6, 7. They have prepared a net for We know that thou art, &c.] There is no my steps ; my soul is bowed down; they have faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof is very wickedness. Their throat is an open they are fallen themselves. Ps. Ivii. 6. Lo, sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue (said they lie in wait for my soul; the mighty are David of his enemies). Ps. v. 9. They speak gathered against me, not for my transgression, vanity every one with his neighbour; with not for my sin, O Lord. Ps. lix. 3. They (the flattering lips and with a double heart do they Jeros) make a man an offender for a word, and speak. Ps. xii. 2. The words of his mouth lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, were smoother than butter, but war was in and turn aside the just for a thing of nought. his heart. His words were softer than oil, Is. xxix. 2). Come (said the Jews), and let . yet were they drawn swords. Ps. lv. 21. us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth law shall not perish from the priest, nor coun- a net for his feet. Pr. xxix. 5. Our trans. sel from the wise, nor the word from the pro- gressions are with us; in transgressing and phet : come, and let us smite him with the lying against the Lord, and departing away tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his from our God; speaking oppression and revolt, words. Je. xviii. 18. I heard the defaming conceiving and uttering from the heart words of many, fear on every side. Report, say of falsehood. And judgment is turned away they, and we will report it. All my familiars backward, and justice standeth afar off; for watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against enter; yea, truth faileth, and he that departeth him, and we shall take our revenge on him. from evil maketh himself a prey; and the Je, xx. 10. And as he (Jesus) said these Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there things unto them (pronouncing woe unto the was no judgment. Is. lix. 13, 14, 15. They lawyers, &c.), the Scribes and the Pharisees bend their tongues like their bow for lies; began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke but they are not valiant for the truth upon him to speak of many things, laying wait the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, for him, and seeking to catch something out and they know not me, saith the Lord. Take of his mouth, that they might accuse him. ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust Lu. xi, 53, 54. Consider him that endured ye not in any brother : for every brother will such contradiction of sinners against himself, utterly supplant, and every neighbour will lest ye be wearied, and faint in your minds. walk with slanders. And they will deceive He. xii. 3.
every one his neighbour, and will not speak 16 The Herodians.] How is it that ye do the truth. They have taught their tongue to not understand (said Jesus to the Jews) that speak lies, and weary themselves to comunit 1 spake it not to you concerning bread, iniquity. Thine habitation is in the midst of that ye should beware of the leaven of the deceit; through deceit they refuse to know Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then under- me, saith the Lord. Je. ix. 3-6. Also thou stood they, how that he bade them not beware son of man, the children of thy people still of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the are talking against thee by the walls, and in Pharisees and Sadducees. Mat. xvi. 11. 12. the doors of the houses, and speak one to The Pharisees went forth and straightway took another, everyone to his brother, saying, counsel with the Herodians against him, how Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word they might destroy him. Mar. iii. 6. Take that cometh forth from the Lord. And they heed (said Christ), beware of the leaven of come unto thee as the people cometh; and the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. they sit before thee as my people; and they Mar. viii. 15.
hear thy words, but they will not do them: Master.] See verse 24. 26. Go into the for with their mouth they shew much love, city to such a man (said Jesus), and say unto but their heart goeth after their covetousness. him, The Master saith, my time is at hand, Ez. xxxiii. 30, 31. I will keep the passover at thy house with True.] The law of truth was in his mouth, my disciples. And forthwith “he" ("* Judas and iniquity was not found in his lips. He Iscariot") came to Jesus, and said, Hail, walked with me in peace and equity, and did Master, and kissed him. Mat. xxvi. 18. 49. turn many away from iniquity. Mal ij. 6. When he (Jesus) was gone forth into the way, He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own there came one running, and kneeled to him, glory; but he that seeketh his glory that sent and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness that I may inherit eternal life ? Mar. x. 17. is in him, John vii. 18. I am the way, and Simon (said Jesus to the Pharisee), I have some the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto what to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, the Father but by me. John xiv. 6. Art say on. Lu. vii. 40.
thou a king, then (said Pilate)? Jesus an
thou for any man: for thou regardest' not the person of men. 17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give
swered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased this end was I born, and for this cause came men, I should not be the servant of Christ. I into the world, that I should bear witness Ga. i. 10. Of those who seemed to be someunto the truth. Every one that is of the what, whatsoever they were, it maketh no truth heareth my voice. John xviii. 37. We matter to me; God accepteth no man's perare not as many which corrupt the word of son: for they who seemed to be somerokat, in God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the conference added nothing to me. Ga. i. 6. sight of God speak we in Christ. 2 Co. ii. As we were allowed of God, to be put in trust 17. Therefore (said Paul), seeing we have with the Gospel, even so we speak; not as this ministry, as we have received mercy, we pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts faint not; but have renounced the hidden 1 The. ii. 4. The wisdom that is from abore things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy nor handling the word of God deceitfully; to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, but by manifestation of the truth commend without partiality, and without hypocrisy. ing ourselves to every man's conscience in the Ja. iii. 17. sight of God. 2 Co. iv. 1, 2. We know that 17 What thinkest thou ?] And all the peowhosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he ple came near, and said unto Jeremiah the that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplicathat wicked one toucheth him not. John tion be accepted before thee, and pray for us v. 18.
unto the Lord thy God, even for all this remNeither carest thou for any man.] Neither nant; (for we are left but a few of many, as did he (Levi) acknowledge his brethren, nor thine eyes do behold us;) that the Lord thy knew his own children. De. xxxiii. 9. And God may shew us the way wherein we may Micaiah (the prophet) said (unto the messenger walk, and the thing that we may do. Je. sent unto him by Ahab), As the Lord liveth, xlii. 2, 3. Ye dissembled in your hearts, what the Lord saith unto me, that will I when ye sent me unto the Lord your God, speak. I Ki. xxii. 14. Let me not, I pray saying, Pray for us unto the Lord God; and you, accept any man's person, neither let me according unto all that the Lord our God shall give flattering titles unto man; for I know say, so declare unto us, and we will do it. not to give flattering titles; in so doing my Je. xlii. 20. We desire to hear of thee said Maker would soon take me away. Job xxxii. the Jews at Rome to Paul) what thou thinkest; 21, 22. Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of for as concerning this sect, we know that the house of Jacob, and princes of the house every where it is spoken against. dc. xxviii. of Israel, that abhor judgment and pervert all 22. equity. They build up Zion with blood, and Is it lawful to give tribute, &c.) When Jerusalem with iniquity; the heads thereof thou art come unto the land which the Lord judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will sets money; yet will they lean upon the Lord, and king over me, like as all the nations that a say, Is not the Lord among us? none evil can about me; thou shalt in any wise set his come upon us. Therefore shall Zion, for your king over thee whom the Lord thy God shall sake, be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall choose ; one from among thy brethren shalt become heaps, and the mountain of the house thou set king over thee; thou mayest not set as the high places of the forest. Mi. iii. 9— a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother. 12. Therefore have I also made you con- De. xvii, 14, 15. Be it known unto the king temptible and base before all the people, ac- (said the adversaries of the Jews to Artarernes) cording as ye have not kept my ways, but that if this city be builded, and the walls set have been partial in the law. Mal. ii. 9. up again, then will they not pay toll, tribute, Master, we know (said the Pharisees and He- and custom, and so thou shalt endamage the rodians) that thou art true, and carest for no revenue of the kings. Ezr. iv. 13. We cerman; for thou regardest not the person of tify you (said the commission of Artaxer ses to men, but teachest the way of God in truth. Exra), that touching any of the priests and Is it lawful to give tribute to Cesar, or not? Levites, singers, porters, nethenims, ar miMar. xii. 14. Master. we know that thou nisters of this house of God. it shall not be sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom upon thou the person of any, but teachest the way them. Ezr. vii. 24. There were also (of the of God truly. Lu. xx. 21. Henceforth know Jews) that said, We have borrowed inoney for we no man after the flesh: yea, though we the king's tribute, and that upon our hands have known Christ after the flesh, yet now and vineyards. Ne, v, 4. Behold, we are henceforth know we him no more. 2 Co. v. servants this day (said the Levites to God, 16. Do I now persuade men or God? or do and for the land that thou gavest upto our