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speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear: that will not hearken to the voice of the charmer, charming never so wisely.
PROV. 1: 24. I have called and ye refused; I stretched out my hand and no man regarded.
Ps. 50: 21. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest I was altogether such an one as thyself; but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this, ye that forget God.
LUKE 16: 15. Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts.
ROM. 2: 5. After thy hard and impenitent heart thou treasurest up wrath against the day of wrath.
MAT. 11: 21. Woe unto thee Chorazin! Woe unto the Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
REV. 2: 21. I gave her space to repent of her fornication, but she repented not.
ISA. 1:5. Why should ye be stricken any more? Ye will revolt yet
more and more.
AMOS 4: 6. I have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places, yet have ye not returned unto me... I have withholden the rain from you, yet, &c... I have smitten you with blasting and mildew...I have sent among you the pestilence... I have overthrown some of you as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the fire: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
5. It is unfounded and unjust. JOHN 15: 25. They hated me with
out a cause.
with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.
Ps. 35: 19. Let not them that are
mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me; neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause. For they speak not peace; but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
109: 3. They compassed me about
MAT. 26: 59. The chief priests and elders and all the council sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death, but found none.
LUKE 23: 14. I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him.
MAT. 27: 18. He knew that for envy they had delivered him.
JOHN 8: 46. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe
JER. 2: 5. What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity?
2 CHRON. 19: 7. There is no iniquity with the LORD.
DEUT. 32: 4. A God of truth without iniquity, just and right is he.
Ps. 19: 8. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandments of the LORD are pure, enlightening the eyes; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
DEUT. 10: 12. And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God, with all thy heart and with all thy soul; to keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes which I command thee this day for thy good.
ACTS 3: 14. Ye denied the HOLY ONE and the just and desired a a murderer to be released unto you; and killed the Prince of life.
Ps. 145: 17. The LORD is holy in all his works.
JOB 34: 10. Far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.-12. God will not do wickedly.-23. He will not lay upon man more than right.
LAM. 3: 38. Out the mouth of the Most High proceedeth not evil and good.
MAT. 11: 30. My yoke is easy, and my burden light.
6. It is in the highest degree ungrateful.
Ps. 109: 4. For my love they are mine adversaries.... they have re
warded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
35: 11. False witnesses did rise up: they laid to my charge things that I knew not. They rewarded me evil for good.
JOHN 10: 32. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shown you from my Father: for which of those works do ye stone me? JER. 2:31. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel?
ISA. 53: 4. He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows... He was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon m, and with his stripes are we healed. 3. He was despised and rejected of men.
ROM. 2: 4. Despisest thou the riches of God's goodness, and forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
LUKE 23:34. Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
DEUT. 32: 6. Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? Is he not thy Father that hath bought thee? Hath he not made thee, and established thee?
18. Of the Rock that begat thee, thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.
ZECH. 9: 17. How great is his goodness! how great is his bounty!
MAL. 1:2. I have loved you, saith
the LORD.-6. A son bonoreth his father, and a servant his master; if then I be a father, where is my honor; and if I be a master, where is my fear, saith the LORD of hosts?
7. It is voluntary.
DEUT. 30: 15. See, I have set before thee this day life and good; death and evil. 19. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you; that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
11:26. Behold, I set before you this day, a blessing and a curse; a blessing if ye obey the voice of the LORD your God,... and a curse if ye will not obey.
I KINGS 18: 21. How long halt ye between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.
JOSH. 24. 15. Choose ye this day whom ye will serve. - 22. Ye have chosen you the LORD.
PROV. 1:28. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but shall not find me: for that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD.
JOHN 5: 40. Ye will not come unto me that ye might have life.
JOB 21: 13. They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave; therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
ISA. 65: 12. Because when I called ye did not answer; when I spake ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not; therefore, thus saith the LORD, Behold my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry, &c. (This quality is implied in every representation of sinful action, and human guilt.)
8. It occasions total insensibility to the claims of God.
ened who were dead in trespasses EPH. 2: 1. And you hath he quickand sins, wherein in time past ye walked, according to the course of this world... the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobe
dience: whom also we had among our conversation in times past, in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind.
JOHN 3: 7. Ye must be born again. 1:12. As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
COL. 2: 13. You, being dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened, together with him, having forgiven you all trespass.
EPH. 2: 4. God, who is rich in he loved us, even when we were dead mercy for his great love wherewith in trespasses and sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
are not lawful for us to observe,
9. Produces misrepresentation, persecu- being Romans. tion and mobs.
1 KINGS 18: 17. And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel : but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
19:1. And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to-morrow about this
2 KINGS 6: 31. Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha, the son of Shaphat, shall stand on him this day.
17: 5. But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
19: 24. A certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen ; whom he called together, with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. Moreover ye see and hear that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying, That they be no gods which are made with hands. So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at naught, but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed... and the whole city was filled with confusion. -32. Some, therefore, cried one thing and some another; for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.
LUKE 7: 31. Whereunto shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the market place, and calling one to another, and saying; we have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you and ye have not wept. For John the Baptist
eame neither eating bread nor drink-... All therefore, for about the space ing wine, and ye say he hath a devil. of two hours, cried out, Great is DiThe Son of man is come eating and ana of the Ephesians. drinking; and ye say, behold a gluttonous man and wine bibber; a friend of publicans and sinners.
MAT. 12: 24. This fellow doth not cast out devils but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
27: 18. He knew that for envy they had delivered him. — 20. The
chief priests and elders persuaded I. Supreme selfishness seen in the transthe multitude, that they should ask Barabbas and destroy Jesus.
actions of life.
LUKE 23: 2. They began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cæsar, saying, That he himself is Christ a king.
T Acts 16: 19. When her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the market-place unto the rulers, and brought them to the magistrates, saying, 'These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city; and teach customs which
§ 4. DISPOSITION TOWARDS MEN.
(Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
PROV. 20: 10. Divers weights and divers measures, both of them alike are an abomination unto the LORD.
14. It is naught, it is naught saith the buyer. But when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
Ps. 94: 5. They break in pieces thy people, and afflict thy heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless. Yet they say, The LORD shall not see... They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
JER. 4: 31. For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.
5: 1. Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it. And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely. O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? Thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast cousumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return. Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God. I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them ; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.
6: 13. For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughters of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
9: 3. For they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD. Take ye heed every one of his neighbor, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will walk with slanders. And they will deceive every one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue
to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit ; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD. Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them, for how shall I do for the daughter of my people? Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his Shall I not visit them for wait. these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none can pass through them.
EZEK. 8: 17. Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger.
T22: 6. Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee to their power to shed blood. In thee have they set light by father and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt by oppression with the stranger in thee have they vexed the fatherless and the widow. Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths. In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood: and in thee they eat upon the mountain: in the midst of thee they commit lewdness. In thee have they discovered their fathers' nakedness: in thee have they humbled her that was set apart for pollution. And one hath committed abomination with his neighbor's wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter-in-law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father's daughter; in thee have they taken gifts to shed blood ; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the LORD God. — 25. There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. Her
priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the LORD God, when the LORD hath not spoken. The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the LORD God.
TAMOS 8: 2. The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more. And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the LORD God: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence. Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balance by deceit? That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat? The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, surely I will never forget any of their works. Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein?
That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up. The best of them is a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn-hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity. Trust ye not in a friend, put ye no confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoreth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
MICAH 7: 2. The good man is perished out of the earth; and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood: they hunt every man his brother with a net.
MARK 9: 34. By the way, they disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
JOHN 5: 44. How can ye believe, that receive honor one of another?
2. In Evil Speaking.
Ps. 50: 19. Thou gavest thy mouth to evil; and thy tongue frameth deceit: thou sittest and speakest against thy own mother's son.
52: 2. Thy tongue deviseth mischief like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Thou lovest evil more than good, and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.
EZEK. 33: 30. Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their cove
Ps. 12: 2. With flattering lips and a double heart they do speak.
31: 13. I have heard the slanders of many, while they took counsel against me.
64: 2. Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked... who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows,