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T^hou that sayst a man sttould not * commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest Idols, dost thou ^commit sacrilege? 23. Thou that5 makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law diihonourest thou God? 24. For the w name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles, through you, as it is n written. 25. For circumcision verily proftteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. 26. Therefore, if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, stiall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? 27. And stiall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee who by the letter and circumcision dost transgrefe the law. 28. For 0 he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither*'* that circumcision which is outward in the flesli: 29. But he is a Jew which is p one inwardly; and q circumcision is that

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M.* Mai. 3. 8.Will- a Man 5 8." Mat. 3. 9. Think not

rob God? Yet ye have rubbed to fay within your selves, We

me: but ye fay, wherein have we have Abraham to cur Father: for I

robbed ihtt? in Tithes and offerings, fay unto you, that God is able of

23. ' t Ver. 17. 5 these Stones to raise up Children

24. m 1 Tim. 6. 1. Let as ma- unto Abraham. tJoh.8.39.They Tiy Servants as fare sunder the answered and said unto him, AYoke, count their own Masters braham is Our Father: Jesiis faith worthy of all Honour, that the unto them, If ye were Abraham's1 Name of God and his DotJrine be not j0 Children, ye would do the Works blasphemed, t Tit. a. 5,8.—That of Abraham, t Rom. 9. 6, 7. — the Word of God be not blasphemed.— They are not a!i Israel, which are That he that is of the contrary of Israel: neither because they are Part may be ashamed, having no evil the Seed of Abraham are they all thing to say of you. 1? Children.— Rom. 14. 17. The

■ fa Sam. 12. 14. How- Kingdom of God is mt Meat and! beir, because by this Deed thou Drink, but Righteousness, Peace, and hast given great Occasion to the Joy in the Holy Ghost, t Gal. 5. Enemies of the Lord to blaspheme. 16. As many as walk according to — ' Isa. 52. 5. —They that rule 50 this Rule, Peace be on them, and over them make them to howl, Mercy,and upon the Israel of God. faith the Lord, and my Name con- t Rev.2.9.1 know the Blasphemy tinually every Day is blasphemed, of them which fay they are Jevos, * Ez. 35. so, 23. When they en- and are not.— tred unto the Heathen whirher25 29. P t 1 Pet. 3. 4. Let it be they went, they profaned my holy' the hidden Man of the Heart, in Name, when they said tothem.thtie that which is not corruptible, even are the People of the Lord, and are the Ornament of a meek and quiet gone out of his Land. I will fan- Spirit, which is in the Sight of ctifie my great Name which was pro- 30 God of great Price. fhaned among the Heathen, which q + Col. a. 11, '." Phil.3. 3. See ye have prophmed in the midst of on Acts J- 51. them.—

of the heart, in the r spirit, and not in the letter,- whose * praise is not of men, but of God. . ,

C H A P. III.

WHAT advantage then hath the Jew? or what pro. fit is there of circumcision? x. Much every way:' chiefly because thata unto them were(i) committed the oracles of God. 3. For what ifb some did not believe? c shall their

/ - • unbelief

19. T Rom. 7. 6.— That we Children. t Psal. 147. 19, 20. He should serve in newness of Spirit, fbeweth his Word unto Jacob, his and not in the oldness of the Litter. Statutes and his Judgments. unto lst a Cor. 3. 6. Who also hath made tjul. He hath not dealt so with aus able Ministers of the New-Tefia- 5 ny Nation: and as for his Judgment, not of the Letter, but of the ments, they have not known them. Spirit: for the Letter killeth, but + Rom. 9. 4. Who are Israelites; toe Spirit giveth Life. to whom pertatneth—thegivingot

1 f I Cor. 4. 5.—Then [when the Law.the Lord {hall tome to Judgment] I0 3. b + Heb. 4. s. Unto us shall every Man have Praise of was the Gospel preached as well God. t 3 Cor. 10. 18. Not he as unto them; but the Word that commendeth himself is ap- preached did not profit them, not beproved, but whom the Lord com- ing mixed with Faith in them that nrndetb. + 1 Thes. 1. 4. As we heard it.

were allowed of God to be put in c t Numb. 23. 19 God is not trust with the Gospel, even so we a Man that he should lie, neispeak, not as pleasing Men, but God, ther the Son os Man that he should which trieth our Hearts. repent: hath he said, and shall he

CHAP. III. ionotd»iti or hath he spoken, and

> 9. * Dent. 4. 8. What Na- shall he not make it good? fRom. turn is. there so great, that hath 9.6. Not as though the Word os Statutes and Judgments so righteous, God hath taken none effect.' For as alt this Law which I set before they are not all Israel which are of youthisDay? Psal. 78. j. He e- Israel. Rom. ir. 29. The GiftsanA stablished a Test! mow/ in Jacob, and Calling of God are without Repentpptinteda Law in Israel, which he tance. f * Tim. 2. 13." If we becommanded our Fathers,that they lieve not, yet he abideth faithful -r should make them known to their he cannot deny himself.

(r) It is certain that the Jews did not receive the Books called the yfpothrypha as a part of the Scriptures of the Old-Testament; notwithstanding which tne Apostle here reckons it to be one Advantage which the Jews had above other Nations, that unto them were committed the Oracles of God; it is likewise certain, that neither our Lord, nor his Apostles, charge them with a Breach of Trust, though they did not own nor receive them, which they questionless would have done, had the Jews sinned in not receiving them. We have therefore here a very good Argument to prove against the Church of Rome, that the Apochryphal Books are not a Part of the Holy Scripture. Some of them, particularly the Books of Wisdom and Ecclesiaflicus, contain excellent moral Precepts. Our Church therefore allows them to be read for example of Life, and instruction of Manners; but she doth not apply them to establish any Doctiine.

unbelief make the\faith os God without effect? 4. dGo4 forbid": yea, let God be true, but' every man a liar 5 as }t is written, That thou mightst be f justified in thy faying?, stud mightst overcome when thou art judged. 5. But if our unrighteousness commend the rightedulhess of God, what ihall we fay? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) 6. God forbid: for then Bhow mall God judge the world? 7. For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory -, why yet am-1 also judged as a sinner? 8. Arid not rather. Cas we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we fay) Let us do evil, that good may come? Whose damnation is just. 9. What then? are we better than they} No in no wile: for we have before * proved f_Gr. charged] both Tews and Gentiles^ that they are all h under sin ', 10. AS it is written, ' There is k none righteous, no not one: 11. There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable, there is none that doth good, no not one. 13. Their 'throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have, used deceit; the m poison of alps is under their lips: 14. Whole n mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. 15. Their feet tirt swift to ° slied blood.

4. d tjoh- 3.33. He that hath * (Ver. 10.) Pfal. 14. 3- They

received his Testimony, harh set all gone aside, they are altogeto his Seal that God is true. ther become filthy: there is notii

'\ Psal. 61. 0. Surely Men that doth good, tit not one. $f low Degree are Vanity, and . k See the Note on Joh. J;

ren of high Degree are a lie.— 32. • Psal. i j 6. 11.1 said in my haste, 13. *,+ Psal. 5. 9-. There

aU Men are liars. is m faithfulness in their Month;

* Jqb 40. 8. , Wilt thou their inward Part is very Wickedness J also disannul my Judgment? wilt 10 their Throat is an open Sepulchre, thou condemn me, that thou mayst they flatter with their Tongue, be righteous} * Psal. 51.4.—That "' t Psal. 140. j. They, hare

thou mightest be justified when thou fharpned their Tongues like a speakest, and clear when thou Serpent; Adders Poijon is under judgest. their Lips. Jam. 3.8. The Tongue

6. * f Gen. 18. 25:. —Shall 5 can no Man tame; it is an unruly not the Judge of all the Earth do Evil, full of deadly Poison. right? Job 8.3. Doth God pr. 14. n t Psal- i°- 7- His

iiirt Judgment? or doth the Al- Mouth is full of Cursing, and Detnighty pervert Justice? Job 34. ceit, and Fraud: under his Tongue 17. —Wilt thou condemn him20 is Mischief and Vanity, that is most Just} 15. ° f Prov. 1. 16". Their

9 h fGal. 3. 32. See on ver. Feet run to evil, and make hast to =3- . H ifJ. Destruction and misery x,-e in their ways: 17. And the way of peace have they not known. 18. There is no p fear of God before their eyes. 10. Now we know that what things soever the q law faith, it faith to them who are under the law: that every 1 mouth may be stopped, and all-the world may become * guilty before God s_Or, fubjett to the judgment of God}. 20. Therefore by the deeds-of the law there sliall no flesh be s justified in his fight: for by the law, s'xthe u knowledge of fin. zi; But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being.witnessed by the law and the b prophets 22. Even the righteousness of God which is 'by faith of jesiis-.Christ unto all, and upon all them that believe j for there is fc no'difference: 23. For A all ,frave finned, and come short of the glory of God; 24. Being justified 'freely f by his gmce, . ...jli ; n'",B .7 through J-' .'." .;:!*" .L . ■ • ' • J [';, . . j .

shed Blood, f Ha, yy: 7, 8. Thelt on Rom. 1. 17.

Feet run to, evil,'arid they make b See on Rom: 1. i.

haste to )W innocent Blood: their . aa. c t Rom. 10: tj. T Gal.

Thoughts are Thoughts of Iniqui- r, 18. t Col. 3. .11'. . Sec on Acts

ty, wasting and destruction are in 510.35.:

their Paths: The Way of Peace 23. A t Ver. 9, 19- Rom

they know not, and there is no 11.31. God hath concluded them.

judgment in their goings: they ■ all.in unbelief, that he might have

have made them crooked Paths.- mercy upon all. + Gal. 3. 22.

whosoever goerh therein sliall not IOThe Scripture hath concluded all

know Peace. under fin, that the Promise by Faith

18. P Psal. j6. 1. The Trans- ofjesus Christ might be given to greslion of the Wicked faith them that believe.

within my Heart, there is no fear 24. e Isa. 55. 1. Ho, every of God before his Eyes. ,. one that thirsteth come ye to the

19. q 7 Joh'. ip. 34, Jesus Waters, and he that hath no Maanswered them, Is it not written ncy; come ye, buy and eat, yea, in your Law?—- ■' '>^'' come, buy Wine and Milk wit h

1 f Ezek. 16V63. That thou out Money and without Price. Joh. 3. mayst remember and be con- JO 16. God so loved the World, that founded, and never open thy Mouth be gave his only begotten Son.— any more because of thy Shame, 1 Tim. 2. 6. Who gave himself a. when 1 am pacified toward thee for Ransom for all.— allthat thou hast done,faith the * '." Rom. 4. 16. Therefore Lord God. 2Jit iS of Faith, that it might

20. * f Gal. 2.16. vEphi. 8. be by Grace.— V Eph. 2. 8. By See on Acts 13. 39. Grace are ye saved, through Faith;

■ t Rom. 7. 7. — I had not and that not of your selves: it is known Sin, but by the Law: the Gift of God. Tit. 1. 11. The for I had not known Lust, except Gw« of God that bringeth Salvatithe Law had said, Thou shalt not3 on, hath appeared to all Ken.

covet. - •' Jit. 3-7. That being justified by

•ar*. » t Phil. 3. 9. See hit

* through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ: 2$« Whom God hath * set forth s_Or, fere-ordained"} to be a fc Propitiation, through faith.' in his blood, to declare his righteousness k for the * remission [X)r, faffing over} of' fins that are past, though the forbearance of God \ i6. To declare, I fay, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 27. Where is m boasting then? It is excludedr : By what law? of works^ Nay, but by the law of faith- 2.8. Therefore we conclude, that a man is "justified.by faith(1) without the

deeds

hisGrace, we should be made Heirs of this Ignorance Go3 wink

according to the Hope of eternal ed at; but now commandeth all

Life. „ Men every where to repent.

B V Eph. 1; 7. In whom 27. m Rom. 2. 17, 23. Be

we have Redemption through his j hold, thou art called a Jew, and

Blood, the Forgiveness of Sins. resteft in the Law, and makest thy

35. h 2 Cor. 5. 18. All boast of God. Thou that makest

Things are of God, who hath re- thy boast of the Lam, through break

conciled us to himself by Jtfus ing the Law dishonourest rhou Christ.— V 1 Joh. 2. 2. He is the I0 God? Rom. 4. 2. If Abraham

Propitiation for our Sins: and not were justified by Works, he hath

for ours only, but for the Sins of whereof to glory, but not befort

the whole World, J Joh. 4.10.— God. t' Cor. 1. 29, Ji. That no

[God] sent his Son to be the Propi- Flesh should glory in his Presence. tiation for our Sins. j. ■—He that glorieth, let him glory in

■ '.' Col. 1. 20. Having the Lord. 1 Eph. a. 9. Not of

made Peace through the Blood of Works, least any Man should

his Cross— toast.

k See on Acts 13.38. -28." + Rom. 8. 3. f Gal .2. 16*.

1 t Acts 17. 30. The Times 20 .Seeon Acts 13. 39. ,

(1) When the Apostle spe&sof.J.usiification'hy Faith, without the Beeds or Works of the Law, he does not intend to exclude such good Works a flow from Faith in Christ, and are an Evidence and Proof that our Faith is true and real, not hypocritical and counterfeit; for we are most expresly assured in the New-Testament, That without Holiness no Man Jhallfee God; That God -mill render to every Man according to his Works; That at the Judgment of the great Day, we'shall receive according to what we have done, whether it be good or bad; and,That in Chris! Jesus, or, now under the Gospel, neither Circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumeijion,but Faith which worketh by hove. So that the Faith which is saving, must be a working Faith, or a Faith, which bringeth forth good Works. But the Works which cannot justifie are, (1.) Wofkjs of perfect and sinless Obedience, there being none such among the Posterity of h\ten:4dam. '(2) Works done in the Strength of the Law of Moses, without .the Grace of the Gospel. (3.) Works of the Ceremonial Law, as Circumcision, Sacrifices, And such like Ritual Observances. (4) No Works whatsbeverfan be relied en as the miritoriius Causes of our Justification; for the only meritorious Cavfe of our Justification, is the Obedience and Sufferings of Jesus

-.-'.' "(T ■*■ Christ.

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