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learning, that we through patience | came the word of the LORD unto and comfort of the Scriptures might Jeremiah, saying, Thus saith the have hope. Now the God of pa- LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; tience and consolation grant you to Go and tell the men of Judah and be like-minded one toward another, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, will according to Christ Jesus: that ye ye not receive instruction to hearken may with one mind and one mouth to my words? saith the LORD. The glorify God, even the Father of our words of Jonadab the son of ReLord Jesus Christ.

chab, that he commanded his sons 14: 20. For meat destroy not not to drink wine, are performed; the work of God. All things indeed for unto this day they drink none, are pure: but it is evil for that man but obey their father's commandwho eateth with offence. It is good ment; notwithstanding I have sponeither to eat flesh nor to drink wine, ken unto you, rising early and nor any thing whereby thy brother speaking; but ye hearkened not unto stumbleth, or is offended, or is made I have sent also unto you all weak.

my servants the prophets, rising up 1 Cor. 8: 13. Wherefore, if meat early and sending them, saying, Remake my brother to offend, I will turn ye now every man from his eat no flesh while the world stạnd- evil way, and amend your doings, eth, lest I make my brother to of- and go not after other gods to serve fend.

them, and ye shall dwell in the land LUKE 1: 15. For he shall be great which I have given to you and to in the sight of the Lord, and shall your fathers: but ye have not indrink neither wine nor strong drink; clined your ear, nor hearkened unand he shall be filled with the Holy to me. Because the sons of Jonadab Ghost, even from his mother's the son of Rechab have performed womb.

the commandment of their father, Lev. 10: 8. And the Lord spake which he commanded them; but this unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink people have not hearkened unto me: wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy iherefore thus saith the Lorv God sous with thee, when ye go into the of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, tabernacle of the congregation, lest I will bring upon Judah and upon ye die: it shall be a statute forever all the inhabitants of Jerusaleni all throughout your generations: and the evil that I have pronounced that ye may put difference between against them: because I have spoken holy and unholy, and between un- unto thein, but they have not heard; clean and clean; and that ye may and I have called unto them, but teach the children of Israel all the they have not answered. And Jerstatutes which the LORD hath spo- emiah said unto the house of the ken unto them by the hand of Rechabites, Thus saith the Lord Moses.

of hosts, the God of Israel: Because

ye have obeyed the commandment T JUDGES 13: 7. But he said unto of Jonadab your father, and kept me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and all his precepts, and done according bear a son; and now drink no wine unto all that he hath commanded nor strong drink, neither eat any un- you: therefore, thus saith the LORD clean thing.

of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab Jer. 35: 5. And I set before the the son of Rechab shall not want a sons of the house of the Recbabites man to stand before me forever. pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine. But 1 LAM. 4:6. For the punishment they said, We will drink no wine: of the iniquity of the daughter of my for Jonadab the son of Rechab our people is greater than the punishfather commandeil us, saying, Ye ment of the sin of Sudom, that was shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor overthrown as in a moment, and no your sons forever: neither shall ye hands stayed on her. Her Nazabuild house, nor sow seed, nor plant rites were purer than snow, they vineyard, nor have any; but all your were whiter than milk, they were days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye more ruddy in body than rubies, may live many days in the land their polishing was of sapphire, where ye he strangers. — 12. Then their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets; even unto the first year of king their skin cleaveth to their bones; it Cyrus. is withered; it is become like a Prov. 20: 1. Wine is a mocker; stick.

strong drink is raging; and whoDan. 1: 8. But Daniel purposed soever is deceived thereby is not in his heart that he would not defile wise, himself with the portion of the 23: 20. Be not among wine bibking's meai, nor with the wine which bers; among riotons eaters of flesh: he drank; therefore he requested of for the drunkard and the glutton the prince of the eunuchs that he shall come to poverty. - 29. Who might not defile himself. Now God hath woe? who hath sorrow? who had brought Daniel into favor and hath contention? who hath babtender love with the prince of the bling? who hath wounds without eunuchs. And the prince of the eu- cause? who hath redness of eyes? nuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my They that tarry long at the wine: Jord the king, who hath appointed they that go to seek mixed wine. your meat and your drink: for why Look not thou upon the wine when should be see your faces worse it is red, when it moveth itself aright, Jiking than the children which are when it giveth its color in the cup. of your sort? then shall ye make me At the last it biteth like a serpent, endanger my head to the king. Then and stingeth like an adder. said Daniel to Melzar, whom the Deut. 14: 26. Thou shalt bestow prince of the eunuchs had set over that money for whatsoever thy soul Daviel, Hananiah, Mishael, and lusteth after; for oxen, or for sheep, Azariah, prove thy servants, I be- or for wine, or for strong drink. seech thee, ten days; and let them Ps. 106: 13. They soon forgat his give us pulse to eat, and water to works, they waited not for his coundrink, Then let our countenances sel: but lusted exceedingly in the be looked upon before thee, and the wilderness, and tempted God in the countenance of the children that eat desert. And he gave them their reof the portion of the king's meat: quest, but sent leanness into their and as thou seest, deal with thy ser- soul. vants. So he consented to them in Isa. 5: 11. Woe unto them that this matter, and proved them ten rise up early in the morning, that days. And at the end of ten days they may follow after strong drink; their countenances appeared fairer that continue until night, till wine and fatter in flesh than all the child inflame them. - 22. Woe unto them dren which did eat the portion of that are mighty to drink wine, and the king's meat. Thus Melzar took men of strength to mingle strong away the portion of their meat, and drink. the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.

|| 28: 7. They also have erred

through wine, and through strong 1 As for these four children, God drink are out of the way. The gave thein knowledge and skill in priest and the prophet have erred all learning and wisdom: and Daniel through strong drink; they are swalbad understanding in all visions and lowed up of wine, they are out of dreams. Now at the end of the the way through strong drink; they days that the king had said he should err in judgment, they stumble in bring them in, then the prince of vision. the eunuchs brought them in before Amos 2: 11. I raised up of your Nebuchadnezzar. And the king sons for prophets, and of your young communed with them; and among

inen for Nazarites... but ye gave them all was found nove like Dan- the Nazarites wine to drink; and iel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azari- commanded the prophets, saying, ah: therefore stood they before the Prophesy not. Behold, I am pressed king. And in all matters of wisdom under you, as a cart is pressed that and understanding, that the king in- is full of sheaves. quired of them, he found them ten Hab. 2: 15. Woe unto him that times better than all ihe magicians giveth his neighbor drink, that putand astrologers that were in all his test thy bottle to him and makest realm. And Daniel continued him drunken also.

come unto him, and make our abode

with him. He that loveth me not, CHAPTER III.

keepeth not my sayinys: and the

word which ye hear is not mine, EVIDENCES OF PIETY.

but the Father's which sent me.

21:15. So when they had dined, § 1. FROM THE LIFE, OR OBEDIENCE. Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon,

son of Jonas, lovest thou me more MAT. 7:16. Ye shall know them than these? He saith unto him, by their fruits. Do men gather Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? thee. He saith unto him, Feed my Even so every good tree bringeth lambs. He saith to him again the forth gooil fruit: but a corrupt tree second time, Simon, son of Jonas, bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree Jovest thou me? He saith unto him, cannot bring forth evil fruit. --- 21. Not Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love every one that saith unto me, Lord, thee. He saith unto him, Feed my Lord, shall enter into the kingdom sheep. He saith unto him the third of heaven, but he that doeth the will time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest of my Father which is in heaven. thou me? Peter was grieved beMany will say to me in that day, cause he said unto him the third Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied time, Lovest thou me? And he said in thy name, and in thy name have unto him, Lord, thou knowest all cast out devils, and in thy name things; thou knowest that I love done many wonderful works? And / thee, Jesus saith unto him, Feed then will I profess unto them, I my sheep. never knew you, depart from me 1 Cor. 11: 27. Wherefore, whoye that work iniquity.

soever shalleat this bread, and drink LUKE 11: 28. Blessed are they this cup of the Lord, unworthily, that hear the word of God and keep it. shall be guilty of the body and blood

Mar. 7: 24. Whosoever he eth of the Lord. But let a man examthese sayings of mine and doeth ine himself, and so let him eat of them, shall be likened unto a wise that bread, and drink of that cup; man, that built his house upon a for he that eateth and drinketh unrock.

worthily, eateth and drinketh damJOHN 8: 30. As he spake these nation to himself, not discerning the words, many believed on him. Then Lord’s body. For this cause many said Jesus to those Jews which be- are weak and sickly among you, lieved on him, If ye continue in my and many sleep. For if we would word, then are ye my disciples in- judge ourselves, we should not be deed; and ye shall know the truth, judged. But when we are judged, and the truth shall make you free. we are chastened of the Lord, that

14; 18. I will not leave you com- we should not be condemned with fortless: I will come to you. Yet a the world. Wherefore, my bretblittle while, and the world seeth me ren, when ye come together to eat, no more, but ye see me: because I | tarry one for another. live, ye shall live also. At that day 2 Cor. 5:16. Wherefore henceye shall know that I am in my Fa- forth know we no man after the iher, and ye in me, and I in you. He Aesh: yea, though we have known that hath my commandments, and Christ after the flesh, yet now hencekeepeth thein, he it is that loveth forth know we him no more. Thereme: and he that loveth me, shall be fore, if any man be in Christ, he is loved of my Father, and I will love a new creature; old things are passhiill, and will manifest myself to ed away; behold all things are behim,

come pew.

| Judas saith unto him, (not JAMES 1: 27. Pure religion and Iscariot,) Lord, how is it that thou undefiled before God and the Father wilt manifest thyself unto us, and is this, to visit the fatherless and not unto the world? Jesus answered widows in their affliction, and to and said unto him, If a man love keep himself unspotted from the me, he will keep my words: and my world. Father will love him, and we will 1 PETER 3: 15. And be ready

let no

always to give an answer to every and this is the victory that overman that asketh you a reason of the cometh the world, even our faith. hope that is in you, with meekness Who is he that overcometh the and fear: having a good conscience; world, but he that believeth that Jethat, whereas they speak evil of you, sus is the Son of God? as of evil-doers, they may be 3 John 11. Beloved, follow not ashamed that falsely accuse your that which is evil, but that which is good conversation in Christ.

good. He that doeth good is of 1 John 2: 3. And herely we do God: but he that doeth evil hath not know that we know him, if we keep seen God. his commandments. He that saith, Rom. 3:1. There is therefore now I know him, and keepeth not his no 'condemnation to them which are commandments, is a liar, and the in Christ Jesus, who walk not after truth is not in him. But whoso keep the flesh, but after the Spirit. For eth his word, in him verily is the the law of the Spirit of life in Christ love of God perfected: hereby know Jesus bath made me free from the we that we are in him. He that saith law of sin and death. For what the he abideth in him, ought himself law could not do, in that it was also so to walk, even as he walked. weak through the flesh, God, sending

3: 9. And every man that hath this his own Son in the likeness of sinful hope in him, purifieth himself, even flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in as he is pure. Whosoever commit- the flesh: that the righteousness of teth sin, transgresseth also the law; the law might be fulfilled in us, who for sin is the transgression of the walk not after the flesh, but after the law. And ye know that he was Spirit. For they that are after the manifested to take away our sins; flesh, do mind the things of the flesh: and in him is no sin. Whosoever but they that are after the Spirit, the abideth in him sinneth not: whoso- things of the Spirit. For to be carever sinneth hath not seen him, nei- nally minded is death; but to be ther known him. Little children, spiritually minded is life and peace;

man deceive you: he that because the carnal mind is enmity doeth righteousness is righteous, against God: for it is not subject to even as he is righteous. He that the law of God, neither indeed can committeth sin is of the Devil; for be. So then they that are in the the Devil sinneth from the begin- flesh cannot please God. ning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might 1 John 15:1. I am the true vine, destroy the works of the Devil. and my Father is the husbandman. Whosoever is born of God doth not Every branch in me that beareth commit sin; for his seed remaineth not fruit, he taketh away: and every in hin: and he cannot sin, because branch that beareth fruit, he purghe is born of God. In this the chil. eth it, that it may bring forth more dren of God are manifest, and the fruit. Now ye are clean through children of the Devil.

the word which I have spoken unto Whosoever doeth not righteousness you. Abide in me, and I in you. is not of God, neither he that loveth As the branch cannot bear fruit of not his brother. For this is the mes- itself, except it abide in the vine; no sage that ye heard from the begin- more can ye, except ye abide in me. ning, that we should love one another. | I am the vine; ye are the branches:

he that abidech in me, and I in him, 1 5: 1. Whosoever believeth that the same bringeth forth much fruit: Jesus is the Christ, is born of God: for without me ye can do nothing. and every one that loveth him that If a man abide not in me, he is cast begat, loveth him also that is begot- forth as a branch, and is withered; ten of him. By this we know that and men gather them, and cast them we love the children of God, when into the fire, and they are burned, we love God, and keep his com- If ye abide in me, and my words mandments. For this is the love of abide in you, ye shall ask what ye God, that we keep his command- will, and it shall be done unto you. ments; and his commandments are Herein is my Father glorified, that not grievous. For whatsoever is ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be born of God, overcometh the world; my disciples.

As the Father hath loved one, so have I loved you: continue ye in my § 2. SUPREME LOVE TO GOD. love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in any love; LUKE 14: 25. And there went great even as I have kept my Father's multitudes with him: and he turned, commandments, and abide in his and said unto them, If any man come love. These things have I spoken to me, and hate not his father, and unto you, that my joy Inight remain mother, and wife, and children, and in you, and that your joy might be brethren, and sisters, yea, and his full. This is my commandment, own life also, he cannot be my disThat ye love one another, as I have ciple. And whosoever doth not loved you. Greater love hath no bear his cross, and come after me, man than this, that a man lay down cannot be my disciple. — 33. Whohis life for his friends. Ye are my soever he le of you, that forsaketh friends, if ye do whatsoever I com- not all that he hath, he cannot be mand you. Henceforth I call you my disciple. Salt is good; but if not servants; for the servant know the salt have lost his savor, whereeth not what his lord doeth: but I with shall it be seasoned? It is nei have called you friends; for all ther fit for the land, nor yet for the things that I have heard of my Fa- dunghill; but men cast it out. ther, I have made known unto you. 12: 33. Sell that ye have and give Ye have not chosen me, but I have alms; provide yourselves bags which chosen you, and ordained you, that wax not old; a treasure in the heavye should go and bring forth fruit, ens that faileth not; where no thief and that your fruit should remain: approacheth, neither moth corruptthat whatsoever ye shall ask of the eth; for where your treasure is, Father in my name, he may give it there will your heart be also. you.

John 12: 25. He that loveth his Acts 2: 42. And they continued life shall lose it; and he that hateth steadfastly in the Apostles' doctrine his life, in this world, shall keep it and fellowship, and in breaking of unto life eternal. If any man serve bread, and in prayers.

me, let him follow me; and where I And fear came upon every soul: am, there shall also my servant be; and many wonders and signs were if any man serve me, him will my done by the Apostles. And all that Father honor. believed were together, and had all 1 John 4: 14. And we have seen things common; and sold their pos- and do testify, that the Father sent sessions and goods, and parted them the Son to be the Savior of the to all men, as every man had need. | world. Whosoever shall confess And they, continuing daily with one that Jesus is the Son of God, God accord in the temple, and break- dwelleth in him, and he in God. ing bread from house to house, did And we have known and believed eat their meat with gladness and the love that God hath to us. God singleness of heart, praising God, is love: and he that dwelleth in love and having favor with all the dwelleth in God, and God in him. people.

Herein is, our love made perfeet,

that we may have boldness in the 1 1 Cor. 9: 24. Know ye not, that day of judginent: because as he is, they which run in a race, run all, so are we in this world. There is but one receiveth the prize? So no fear in love; but perfect love run that ye may obtain. And every casteth out fear: because fear hath one that striveth for the mastery is torment. He that feareth is not temperate in all things. Now they made perfect in love, We love him do it to obtain a corruptible crown, because he first loved us. but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly. So #MARK 8: 34. And when he had fight I, not as one that beateth the called the people unto him with his air; but I keep under my body and disciples also, he said unto them, bring it into subjection, lest that by Whosoever will come after me, let any means when I have preached to him deny himself, and take up his others, I myself should be a cast- cross, and follow me. For whoso, away.

eyer will saye his life, shall lose it;

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