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iniquities, we know them ; in trans- and your father an Amorite. And gressing and lying against the Lord, thine elder sister is Samaria, she and and departing away from our God, her daughters that dwell at thy left speaking oppression and revolt, con- hand : and thy younger sister, that ceiving and uttering from the heart dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom words of falsehood. And judgment and her daughters. Yet hast thou is turned away backward, and justice not walked after their ways, nor done standeth afar off: for truth is fallen after their abominations: but, as if in the street, and equity cannot enter. that were a very little thing, thou
Jer. 13 : 22. And if thou say in wast corrupted more than they in thine heart, Wherefore come these all thy ways. As I live, saith the things upon me? For the greatness LORD God, Sodom, thy sister, hath · of thine iniquity are thy skirts dis- not done, she nor her daughters, as covered, and thy heels made bare. thou hast done, thou and thy daughCan the Ethiopian change his skin, or ters. Behold, this was the iniquity the leopard his spots? Then may ye of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness also do good, that are accustomed to do of bread, and abundance of idleness evil. Therefore will I scatter them as was in her and in her daughters, the stubble that passeth away by the neither did she strengthen the hand wind of the wilderness. This is thy of the poor and needy. And they lot, the portion of thy measure from were haughty, and committed abomme, saith the Lord; because thou ination before me: therefore I took hast forgotten me, and trusted in them away as I saw good. Neither falsehood.
hath Samaria committed half of EZEK. 2: 3. Son of man, I send thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thee to the children of Israel, to a thine abominations more than they, rebellious nation that hath rebelled and hast justified thy sisters in all against me:'they and their fathers thine abominations which thou hast have transgressed against me, even done. Thou also, which hast judged unto this very day. For they are thy sisters, bear thine own shame impudent children and stiff-hearted. for thy sins that thou hast committed I do send thee unto them; and thou more abominable than they : they shalt say unto them, Thus saith the are more righteous than thou: yea, LORD God. And they, whether they be thou confounded also, and bear will hear, or whether they will for- thy shame, in that thou hast judged bear, (for they are a rebellious thy sisters. house,) yet shall know that there Jer, 14: 20. We acknowledge, hath been a prophet among them. O Lord, our wickedness, and the And thou, Son of man, be not afraid iniquity of our fathers; for we have of them, neither be afraid of their sinned against thee. Do not abhor us, words, though briers and thorns be for thy name's sake, do not disgraec with thee, and thou dost dwell the throne of thy glory : rememamong scorpions: be not afraid of ber, break not thy covenant with their words, nor be dismayed at their us. Are there any among the vanities looks, though they be a rebellious of the Gentiles that can cause rain? house. And thou shalt speak my Or can the heavens give showers? words unto them, whether they will Art not thou he, O Lord our God? hear, or whether they will forbear: Therefore we will wait upon thee: for they are most rebellious. But for thou hast made all these things. thou, Son of man, hear what I say 15: 1. Then said the LORD unto unto thee ; Be not thou rebellious me, 'Though Moses and Samuel stood like that rebellious house.
before me, yet my mind could not be
toward this people: cast them out of T 16 : 44. Behold every one that my sight, and let them go forth. useth proverbs shall use this proverb. 8: 10. For every one from the against thee, saying, As is the mother, I least even unto the greatest is given so is her daughter. Thou art thy to covetousness, from the prophet mother's daughter, that loatheth her even unto the priest every one dealhusband and her children ; and thou eth falsely. For they have healed art the sister of thy sisters, which the hurt of the daughter of my peoloathed their husbands and their ple slightly, saying, Peace, peace ; children: your mother was an Hittite, when there is no peace.
wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, en§ 2. THIS DISOBEDIENCE THE FRUIT vyings, murders, drunkenness, revOF AN UNHOLY HEART.
ellings, and such like: of the which
I tell you before, as I have also told Mar. 12: 33. Either make the tree you in time past, that they which good and his fruit good; or else make do such things shall not inherit the the tree corrupt and his fruit corrupt: kingdom of God. for the tree is known by his fruit. O EccL. 8: 11. The heart of the generation of vipers! how can ye, sons of men is fully set in them to being evil, speak good things? for do evil. out of the abundance of the heart 2 Cor. 5: 17. If any man be in the mouth speaketh. A good man, Christ, he is a new creature ; old out of the good treasure of the things are passed away: behold, all heart, bringeth forth good things: things are become new. and an evil man, out of the evil Gen. 8: 21. The imagination of treasure, bringeth forth evil things. man's heart is evil, from his youth. But I say unto you, That every idle JER. 7: 24. But they hearkened word that men shall peak, they not, nor inclined their ear, but walkshall give account thereof in the day ed in the counsels and in the imagof judgment. For by thy words ination of their evil heart, and went thou shalt be justified, and by thy backward and not forward. Since words thou shalt be condemned. the day that your fathers came forth
15: 18. But those things which out of the land of Egypt unto this proceed out of the mouth come forth day, I have even sent unto you all from the heart; and they defile the my servants the prophets, daily risman. For out of the heart proceeding up early and sending them: yet evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, they hearkened not unto me, nor fornications, thefts, false witness, inclined their ear, but hardened their blasphemies: these are the things neck : they did worse than their which defile a man: but to eat with fathers. unwashen hands defileth not a man. 16: 12. Behold, ye walk, every (M. 7: 21.)
one after the imagination of his evil John 3: 3. Except a man be heart. born again, he cannot see the king- 1 Cop. 2: 14.' The natural man dom of God. - 6. That which is receiveth not the things of the Spirit born of the flesh is flesh.
of God; for they are foolishness unto Rom. 8: 7. The carnal mind is him ; neither can he know them ; enmity against God; for it is not because they are spiritually dissubject to the law of God.
cerned. LUKE 6: 44. Of thorns men do Prov. 6: 14. Frowardness is in not gather figs, nor of a bramble- his beart, he deviseth mischief conbush gather they grapes.
tinually; he soweth discord. JER. 17: 9. 'The heart is deceit- Ps. 5: 9: There is no faithfulful above all things and desperately ness in their inouth ; their inward wicked; who can know it?
part is very wickedness; their throat Ezek. 18: 31. Make you a new is an open sepulchre ; they flatter heart, and a new spirit: for why will with their tongue. ye die, O house of Israel?
JER. 4: 22. For my people is foolPs. 51: 10. Create in me a clean ish, they have not known me; they heart, O LORD; and renew a right are sottish children, and they have spirit within me.
none understanding ; they are wise Ezek. 11: 19. I will give them to do evil, but to do good they have one heart, and will put a new spirit no knowledge. within them: and I will take away the stony heart, out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes. § 3. DISPOSITION TOWARDS GOD.
GAL. 5: 19. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are
1. Love wanting. these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witch- Ps. 77: 3. I remembered God and craft, hatred, variance, emulations, I was troubled.
Rom. 1: 25. They worshipped despised his words, and misused his and served the creature more than prophets, until the wrath of the the Creator.
Lord arose against his people, till 1 John 2: 15. If any man love there was no remedy. the world, the love of the Father is Rom. 1: 28. As they did not like to not in him.
retain God in their knowledge, God Rom. 8: 8. They that are in the gave them over to a reprobate mind. flesh cannot please God.
Isa. 30: 8. Now go, write it beJohn 12: 46. I am come a light fore them in a table, and note it in a into the world.
book, that it may be for the time to 3: 19. Light has come into the come forever and ever: that this is world, and men loved darkness rather a rebellious people, lying' children, than light, because their deeds were children that will not hear the law evil.
of the Lord: which say to the seers, 1: 5. The light shineth in dark- See not; and to the prophets, Propheness and the darkness comprehendeth sy not unto us right things, speak unto it not. - 19. He was in the world us smooth things, prophesy deceits: and the world was made by him, and get you out of the way, turn aside the world knew him not.
out of the path, cause the Holy One unto his own and his own received of Israel to cease from before us. him not.
Phil. 2: 21. All seek their own, | Deut. 32: 15. But Jeshurun not the things that are Jesus Christ's. waxed fat, and kicked : thou art
Job 21: 14. They say unto God, waxen fat, thou art grown thick, depart from us, for we desire not the thou art covered with fatness; then knowledge of thy ways, What is he forsook God which made him, the Almighty that we should serve and lightly esteemed the Rock of his him, and what profit shall we have salvation. They provoked him to if we pray unto him ?
jealousy with strange gods, with Ps. 10: 4. God is not in all his abominations provoked they him to thoughts.
anger. They sacrificed unto devils, Ho. 8: 14. Israel hath forgotten not to God; to gods whom they his Maker.
knew not, to new gods that came Deut. 32: 18. Of the rock that newly up, whom your fathers feared begat thee, thou art unmindful; and not. Of the Rock that begat thee hast forgotten God that formed thee. thou art unmindful, and hast forgot
Jer. 2: 32. My people have for- ten God that formed thee. gotten me days without number. 2 Kings 17: 9. And the children
3:21. They have perverted their of Israel did secretly those things way, they have forgotten the Lord that were not right against the LORD their God.
their God, and they built them high 1 JOHN 5: 8. This is the love of places in all their cities, from the God, that we keep his command tower of the watchman to the fenced ments.
city. And they set them up images Prov.1:30. They would none of my and groves in every high hill, and counsel, and despised all my reproof. under every green tree: and there
Isa. 5: 24. Because they have they burnt incense in all the high cast away the law of the LORD of places, as did the heathen whom the hosts, and despised the word of the Lord carried away before them; Holy One of Israel.
and wrought wicked things to pro2 Chron. 36: 14. Moreover all | voke the Lord to anger: for they the chief of the priests, and the peo- served idols, whereof the Lord had ple, transgressed very much after all said unto them, Ye shall not do this the abominations of the heathen ; | thing. Yet the Lord testified against and polluted the house of the LORD Israel, and against Judah, by all the which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. prophets, and by all the seers, sayAnd the LORD God of their fathers ing, Turn ye from your evil ways, sent to them by his messengers, ris- and keep my commandments and my ing up betimes and sending; because statutes, according to all the law he had compassion on his people, which I commanded your fathers, and on his dwelling-places: but they and which I sent to you by my sermocked the messengers of God, and vants the prophets, Notwithstand
it hated you.
ing they would not hear, but har- John 15: 18. If the world hate dened their necks, like to the neck you, ye know that it hated me before of their fathers, that did not believe
If they have persein the Lord their God. And they cuted me, they will also persecute rejected his statutes, and his cove- you. — 23. He that hateth me hateth nant that he made with their fathers, my father also;... but now have they and his testimonies which he testified both seen and hated, both me and against them. And they left all the my Father. commandments of the LORD their Lev. 26 : 43. They despised my God, and made them molten images, judgments, and because their soul even two calves, and made a grove, abhorred my statutes. and worshipped all the host of heav- Num. 11: 20. Ye have despised en, and served Baal.
the Lord which is among you. Es. 32: 1. And when the people Ezek. 16: 61. Then thou shalt resaw that Moses delayed to come member thy ways, and be ashamed, down out of the mount, the people when thou shalt receive thy sisters, gathered themselves together unto thine elder and thy younger: and I will Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make give them unto thee for daughters, us gods, which shall go before us; for but not by thy covenant. And I will as for this Moses,the man that brought establish my covenant with thee; and us up out of the land of Egypt, we thou shalt know that I am the LORD: wot not what is become of him. And that thou mayest remember and be Aaron said unto them, Break off the confounded, and never open thy golden ear-rings, which are in the mouth any more because of thy ears of your wives, of your sons, shame, when I am pacified toward and of your daughters, and bring thee for all that thou hast done, saith them unto me. And all the people the Lord God. brake off the golden ear-rings which Amos 2: 4. Because they have dewere in their ears, and brought them spised the law of the Lord, and have unto Aaron. And he received them not kept his commandments. at their hand, and fashioned it with Ps. 36: 1. The transgression of a graving tool, after he had made it the wicked saith within my heart, a molten calf: and they said, These that there is no fear of God before be thy gods, O Israel, which brought his eyes. He flattereth himself in thee up out of the land of Egypt. And his own eyes, till his iniquity be when Aaron saw it, he built an altar found to be hateful. before it; and Aaron made procla- Ps. 10: 4. The wicked, through mation, and said, To-morrow is a pride of his countenance ; will not feast to the Lord. And they rose
seek after God. up early on the morrow, and offered 1:24. I have called and ye refused; burnt-offerings, and brought peace- I have stretched out my hand and offerings; and the people sat down no man regarded it. But ye have to eat and to drink, and rose up to set at naught' all my counsels, and play. And the Lord said unto Mo- would none of my reproof... They ses, Go, get thee down; for thy peo- hated knowledge, and would not ple, which thou broughtest out of choose the fear of the Lord. the land of Egypt, have corrupted Isa, 53: 3. He was despised and themselves: they have turned aside rejected of men ; a man of sorrows, quickly out of the way which I com- and acquainted with grief. And we manded them: they have made them hid as it were our faces from him. a molten calf, and have worshipped He was despised and we esteemed it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and him not. said, 'These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of THOSEA 4: 1. The Lord hath a the land of Egypt.
controversy with the inhabitants of
the land: because there is no truth, II. It is hostile towards him.
nor mercy, nor knowledge of God
in the land. — 7. As they were inRom. 8: 7. The carnal mind is creased, so they sinned against me... enmity against God : for it is not They set their heart on their insubject to the law of God; neither iquity. indeed can be.
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