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the praise of men, more than the When the apostles had said, That praise of God. John xii. 5, 6. 10, 11. God had exalted that Jesus whom 19. 42, 43.
they slew, they were cut to the heart, The time cometh, that whosoever and took counsel to slay them.-Acts killeth you, will think that he doeth v. 1-3. 14—18. 24. 28. 30—33. vii. God service. And these things they 51, 52. 54, 55. will do unto you, because they have When they could not resist the not known the Father nor me.--John 'spirit and wisdom by which Stephen xvi. 2, 3.
spake, then they suborned men, which Pilate sought to relieve Jesus; but said, We have heard, &c. and they the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let stirred up the people, and the elders this man go, thou art not Cæsar's and scribes, and came upon him, and friend: whosoever maketh himself a caught him, &c. And set up false king, speaketh against Cæsar, &c. witnesses.-Acts vi. 10–13. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I cru- Simon, when he saw the apostles cify your king? the chief priests an- through laying on of hands conferred swered, We have no king but Cæsar. the Holy Ghost, offered them money -John xix. 12. 15.
for the like power, &c. He was in Others mocking, said, These men the gall of bitterness.-Acts viii. 18, are full of new wine. But Peter said, 19. 23. &c. These men are not drunken as ye When Saul had preached the gossuppose.-Acts ii. 13-15.
pel, the Jews took counsel to kill As the apostles spake unto the him: but their laying in wait was people, the priests and the captain of known of Saul: and they watched the temple, and the Sadducees came the gates day and night to kill him. upon them, being grieved that they Acts ix. 22-24. taught the people, &c. And they laid The next sabbath day, came almost hands on them, &c. saying, By what the whole city together, to hear the power, or by what name have ye done word of God. But when the Jews this ? &c. They said, What shall we saw the multitudes, they were filled do to these men? for that indeed a with envy, and spake against the notable miracle hath been done by things which were spoken by Paul, them, is manifest unto all, &c. and contradicting and blaspheming, &c. we cannot deny it; but that it spread But the Jews stirred up the devout no further among the people, let us and honourable women, and the chief straitly threaten them, that they speak men of the city, and raised persecuhenceforth to no man in this name : tion against Paul and Barnabas, and and they called them, and command- expelled them out of their coasts.ed them not to speak at all, nor teach Acts xiii. 44, 45. 50. in the name of Jesus.-Acts iv. 1- The unbelieving Jews stirred op 3. 7. 14–18.
the Gentiles, and made their minds Ananias and Sapphira brought part evil affected against the brethren, &c. of the price, and would have deceived and persuaded the people to stone the Holy Ghost, &c. Multitudes were them.-Acts xiv. 2. 19. added to the Lord. Then the high When Paul had preached, and many priest, &c. were filled with indigna- believed, the Jews which believed tion, and laid their hands on the not, moved with envy, took unto them apostles, and put them in the com- certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, mon prison, &c. They doubted where- and gathered a company, and set all unto this would grow, &c. Said to the city in an uproar, &c. They drew the apostles, Ye have filled Jerusalem Jason, and certain brethren unto the with your doctrine, and intend to rulers of the city, crying, These that bring this man's blood upon us, &c. have turned the world upside down,
&c. Theso do all contrary to the de- . Israel, 'which followed after the crees of Cæsar, saying, That there is law of righteousness, hath not attainanother king, one. Jesus. The Jews ed to the law of righteousness: wherecame also to Berea, and stirred up fore? because they sought it not by the people.-Acts xvii. 247. 13. faith, but as it were by the works of
The Jews made an insurrection the law ; for they stumbled at that with one accord against Paul, and stumbling stone, &c.—Rom. ix. 31,32. brought him to the judgment seat, They have a zeal of God, but not acsaying, This fellow persuadeth men cording to knowledge: for they, being to worship God contrary to the law. ignorant of God's righteousness, and -Acts xviii. 12, 13.
going about to establish their own Paul said, I was zealous toward righteousness, have not submitted God, as ye all are this day : and I themselves unto the righteousness of persecuted this way unto the death, God.-Rom. x. 143. binding and delivering into prisons, As many as desire to make a fair &c.-Acts xxii. 3–7.
shew in the flesh, they constrain you Certain Jews bound themselves un- to be circumcised, only lest they der a curse to kill Paul, &c. The should suffer persecution for the cross chief priests and elders agree to help of Christ: for neither they themselves it forward.-Acts xxiii. 12–14. xxv.2,3. who are circumcised keep the law;
They got an orator to accuse Paul, but desire to have you circumcised, thus; We found this man a pestilent that they may glory in your flesh. fellow, and a mover of sedition among Gal. vi. 12, 13. all the Jews throughout the world, The Jews who both killed the Lord and a ringleader of the sect of the Jesus, and their own prophets, and Nazarenes; who also, hath gone about have persecuted us (or chased us to profane the temple, &c. When out); and they please not God, and Paul reasoned of righteousness, &c. are contrary unto all men: forbidFelix trembled, and answered, Go thy ding us to speak to the Gentiles that way for this time: when I have a con- they might be saved, to fill up their venient season, I will call for thee, sins alway; for the wrath is come &c.-Acts xxiv. 1, 2. 5, 6. 25. upon them to the uttermost.—1 Thess.
Paul said, I verily thought with ii. 14–16. myself, that I ought to do many Having a form of godliness, but things contrary to the name of Jesus denying the power thereof, &c. These of Nazareth : which things I also did, also resist the truth, &c.-2 Tim. iii. 5.8. &c. being exceedingly mad. — Acts They profess that they know God, xxvi. 9-11.
but in works they deny him: being The Jews told Paul, That concern- abominable and disobedient, and unto ing this sect, it was every where every good work reprobate (or void spoken against.--Acts xxviii. 21. of judgment).- Titus i. 16. · Behold, thou art called a Jew, and They went out from us, but they restest in the law, and makest thy were not of us, &c. they went out boast of God, and knowest his will, that they might be made manifest, &c. and art confident that thou thy- &c.—1 John ii. 19. self art a guide to the blind, &c. Thou hast a name that thou livest, Thou, therefore, which teachest ano- and art dead, &c. I have not found ther, teachest thou not thyself? Thou thy works perfect before God, &c. that preachest, a man shall not steal, The church of the Laodiceans, &c. I dost thou steal? &c. He is not a know thy works, that thou art neither Jew which is one outwardly: neither hot nor cold, &c. Thou sayest, I am is that circumcision which is outward rich, and increased with goods, and in the flesh, &c.-Rom, ii. 17-23, 28. liave need of nothing: and knowest not that thou art wretched, and mi- they say, Who seeth us? and who serable, and poor, and blind, and knoweth ?-Isa. xxix. 15, 16. naked, &c.-Rev. üï. 1, 2. 14, 15. 17. The sinners in Zion are afraid;
fearfulness hath surprised the hypoSecr. 1. The great danger of Huno- crites. Who among us shall dwell crisy and Formality, and the end of
f with the devouring fire ? &c.—Isa. · Hypocrites.
Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, The Israelites had sinned; and though that compass yourselves about with they had the ark amongst them, yet sparks, walk in the light of your fire, they fell before their enemies.- and in the sparks that ye have kindled : 1 Sam. iv.
this shall ye have of my hand, ye The hypocrite's hope shall perish, shall lie down in sorrow.- Isa. 1. 11. whose hope shall be cut off, and whose I will declare thy righteousness trust shall be a spider's web: he shall and thy works, for they shall not lean upon his house, but it shall not profit thee.- Isa. lvii. 12. stand: he shall hold it fast, but it Trust ye not in lying words ; sayshall not endure.-Job viii. 13-15. ing. The temple of the Lord, &c.
He also shall be my salvation: for Behold, ye trust in lying words that an hypocrite shall not come before cannot profit, &c. therefore will I do him.-Job xiii. 16.
to this house which is called by my The congregation of hypocrites name, wherein ye trust, and unto the shall be desolate, &c.—Job xv. 34. place which I gave to you and to
He that speaketh flattery to his your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh ; friends, the eyes of his children shall and I will cast you out of my sight. fail.-Job xvii. 5.
-Jer. vii. 4. 8-]1. The joy of the hypocrite is but for I will punish all them which are a moment; though his excellency circumcised, with the uncircumcised. mount up to the heavens, and his Egypt, &c. all these nations are unhead reach unto the clouds, he shall circumcised : and all the house of perish for ever like his own dung: Israel are uncircumcised in the heart. they which have seen him, shall say, Jer. ix. 25, 26. Where is he? and he shall flee away Ye dissembled in your hearts, when as a dream, and shall not be found. ye sent me unto the Lord your God, The eye also which saw him, shall &c. Now, therefore, know certainly, see him no more, &c.-Job xx. 5, &c. that ye shall die by the sword, by the
What is the hope of the hypocrite, famine, &c.-Jer.xlii. 20-22. Isa. ix. 17. though he hath gained, when God Cursed be the deceiver, which hath taketh away his soul? Will God hear in his flock a male, &c. and sacrificeth his cry when trouble cometh upon to the Lorda corrupt thing.-Mal.i. 14. him? -Job xxvii. 8, 9.
Think not to say within yourselves, The hypocrites in heart heap up We have Abraham to our father, &c. wrath. Job xxxvi. 13.
The axe is laid, &c.—Matt. ii. 8-10. Bloody and deceitful men shall not vii. 18, 19. live out half their days, &c.-Ps.lv. 23. Ye are the salt of the earth : but
0 Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, if the salt have lost his savour, &c. I will send him against an hypo- wherewith shall it be salted? It is critical nation, and against the people thenceforth good for nothing but to of my wrath will I give him a charge. be cast out, and to be trodden under Isa. X. 5, 6.
foot of men, &c. I say unto you, Woe unto them that seek deep to that except your righteousness shall hide their counsel from the Lord, and exceed the righteousness of the scribes their works are in the dark; and and Phariseos, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. but he shall say, I tell you I know Matt. v. 13. 20.
you not whence you are : depart from Many will say unto me in that day, me, all ye workers, &c. Ye shall see Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied Abraham, &c. in the kingdom of God, in thy name ? &c. and then will I and you yourselves thrust out.-Lukė profess unto them, I never knew you: xiii. 25-28. depart from me, ye that work ini Ye are they which justify your quity.Matt. vii. 22, 23. Luke xiii. selves, but God knoweth your hearts : 25-27.
for that which is highly esteemed He heareth the word, and anon amongst men, is abomination in the with joy receiveth it ; yet hath hé sight of God. Luke xvi. 15. not root in himself, but dureth for Every branch that beareth not fruit awhile, &c.-Matt. xiii. 20, 21. in me, he taketh away.- John xv. 2.
Every plant which my heavenly Ananias and Sapphira, both smote Father hath not planted, shall be with death for their hypocrisy. Acts rooted up: let them alone, &c. If v. 5. 10. the blind lead the blind, both shall They are not all Israel, which are fall into the ditch.—Matt. xv. 13, 14. of Israel, &c.—Rom. ix. 6, 7. ii. 28.
When Christ found nothing but 1 Cor. x. 1-6. leaves on the fig tree, he said, Let no The wrath of God is revealed from fruit grow on thee henceforward for heaven against all ungodliness, &c. of ever ; and presently, it withered men, who hold the truth in up: away, &c. Jesus said to the priests, righteousness.Rom. i. 18. &c. The publicans and harlots go If a man thinketh himself to be into the kingdom of God before you. something when he is nothing, he Matt. xxi. 19. 23. 29–31.
deceiveth himself.-Gal. vi. 3. When the king came in to see the A double-minded man is unstable guests, he saw there a man which had in all his ways.-James i. 8. not on a wedding garment: and he The Jews, &c. forbidding us to said unto him, Friend, how camest speak to the Gentiles that they might thou in hither? &c. and he was speech- be saved, to fill up their sins alway : less : then said the king to his ser- for the wrath is come upon them to vants, Bird him, &c. and cast him the uttermost. Thess. ii. 16. into outer darkness, there shall be Behold, I will make them of the weeping, &c.—Matt. xxii. 11–13. synagogue of Satan, which say they
Woe unto the scribes and Pharisees, are Jews, and are not, but do lie, &c. hypocrites, often pronounced.Matt. - Rev. iii. 9. xxiii. 13-16. 23. 25. 27. 29–33.
The foolish virgins who had no oil to put into their lamps, were shut
CHAP. XXVII. out. Matt. xxv. 8, &c. Whosoever hath not, from him
OF TÁB CONSCIENCE. shall be taken even that which he And it came to pass afterward, that seemeth to have (or thinketh he hath). David's heart smote him, because he Lake viïi. 18.
had cut off Saul's skirt : and he said Beware ye of the leaven of the unto his men, The Lord forbid that I Pharisees, which is hypocrisy, &c. should do this thing unto my master, He that knoweth his Lord's will, and the Lord's anointed, to stretch forth doeth not according to his will, shall my hand against him! &c.—1 Sam. be beaten with many stripes.-Luke xxiv. 5, 6. xii. 1. 47. James iv. 17.
And David's heart smote him after They shall begin to say, We have that he had numbered the people : eat and drank in thy presence, &c. and David said unto the Lord, I have sinned greatly in that I have done, to a feast, &c. whatsoever is set before &c.—2 Sam. xxiv. 10. xii. 13. you, eat, asking no questions for
When Josiah had heard the words conscience sake; but if any man say of the book of the law, he rent his unto you, This is offered in sacrifice clothes ; and he commanded, &c. Go to idols ; eat not, for his sake that ye, inquire of the Lord for me, and shewed it, and for conscience sake, for the people, concerning this book &c. Conscience, I say; not thine that is found; for great is the wrath own, but of the others : for why is of the Lord, &c. Tell the man that my liberty judged of another man's sent you to me, &c. I will bring evil conscience ? &c. Give none offence, upon this place, &c. But to the king neither to the Jews, nor to the Genof Judah, &c. Because thine heart tiles, nor to the church of God. was tender, and thou hast humbled i Cor. x. 25—29. 32. viii. 7. thyself, &c. thine eyes shall not see Our rejoicing is this, the testimony all the evil, &c.—2 Kings xxii. 11-13. of our conscience, that in simplicity 15, 16. 18—20. i
and godly sincerity, not with fleshly I will not remove mine integrity, wisdom, but by the grace of God, &c. &c. my heart shall not reproach me -2 Cor. i. 12. so long as I live.-Job xxvii. 5, 6. By manifestation of the truth, com
He that is without sin, let him first mended ourselves to every man's cast a stone at her, &c. They which conscience in the sight of God.heard it, being convicted by their own 2 Cor. iv. 2. conscience, went out one by one. We are made manifest unto God; John viii. 7. 9.
and I trust also, are made manifest in Now when they heard this, they your consciences.-2 Cor. v. II. were pricked in their heart, and said Now the end of the commandment unto Peter, &c. What shall we do? is charity, out of a pure heart, and of -Acts ii. 37.
a good conscience, and of faith unPaul said, Men and brethren, I feigned, &c. holding faith and a good havelived in all good conscience before conscience; which some having put God until this day.--Acts xxiii, 1. away, concerning faith have made · And herein do I exercise myself, to shipwreck.—1 Tim. i. 5. 19. have always a conscience void of Holding the mystery of the faith offence, toward God and toward men. in a pure conscience.- 1 Tim. iii. 9. -Acts xxiv. 16.
The Spirit speaketh expressly, that Which shew the work of the law in the latter times some shall depart written in their hearts; their con- from the faith, &c. speaking lies in science also bearing them witness (or hypocrisy, having their consciences the conscience witnessing with them), seared with a hot iron, forbidding to and their thoughts the meanwhile (or marry, &c.—1 Tim. iv. 1-3. between themselves) accusing or else I thank God, whom I serve from excusing one another.-Rom. ii. 15, 16. my forefathers, with a pure con
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not; science.--2 Tim. i. 3. my conscience also bearing me wit- Unto them that are defiled and unness in the Holy Ghost.-Rom. ix. 1. believing, is nothing pure; but even
Wherefore ye must needs be sub- their mind and conscience is defiled. ject, not only for wrath, but also for — Titus i. 15. conscience sake.-Rom. xiii. 5.
In which were offered both gifts Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, and sacrifices, that could not make that eat, asking no question for con- him that did the service perfect, as science sake : for the earth is the pertaining to the conscience, &c. If Lord's, and the fulness thereof: if the blood of bulls and of goats sancany of them that believe not, bid you tifieth, to the purifying of the flesh;