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and will cut off man and beast from himself from them. They have dealt it. Though these three men, Noah, treacherously against the Lord. Daniel, and Job were in it, they Hosea v. 5—7. Zech. vii. 11-13. should deliver but their own souls, They consider not, &c. now their &c.—Ezek. xiv. 13-20.
own doings have beset them about Pride, fulness of bread, and abun- they, &c. Woe unto them, for they dance of idleness, were Sodom's sins, have fled from me; destruction unto for which God took her away.-Ezek. them, because they have transgressed, xvi. 49, 50.
&c. They return, but not to the Most Thus saith the Lord God, Are ye High : they are like a deceitful bow: come to inquire of me? As I live, their princes shall fall by the sword, saith the Lord God, I will not be in- &c.-Hosea vii, 2. 13–16. quired of by you, &c.—Ezek.xx.3,4. Woe to them when I depart from
God reckons up many sins of Jeru- them : for the wickedness of their salem, and then says, Can thine heart doings I will drive them out of my endure? Can thine hands be strong house; I will love them no more, &c. in the days that I shall deal with thee? -Hosea ix. 12. 15. I the Lord have spoken it, and will How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? do it: and I will scatter thee, &c.— how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how Ezek. xxii. 1-15.
shall I make thee as Admah? &c. When the righteous man turneth mine heart is turned within me, &c.from his righteousness, and commit- Hosea xi. 8, 9. vi. 4. teth iniquity, he shall even die there. They hate him that rebuketh in by.- Ezek. xxxiii. 12, 13. 18. the gate : they abhor him that speak
The heathen shall know, that the eth uprightly, &c. I hate, I despise house of Israel went into captivity your feast days, and I will not smell for their iniquity, because they tres- in your solemn assemblies, &c.passed against me; therefore, &c.— Amos v. 10–12. 21—23. Ezek. xxxix. 23, 24.
Woe to them that are at ease in The kings of Babylon punished for Zion, &c. that put far away the evil their pride, &c.—Dan, iv. 31, 32. v. day, &c. that lie upon beds of ivory,
Let her therefore put away her and stretch themselves upon their whoredoms out of her sight, &c. lest couches, &c. that chant to the sound I strip her naked, and set ber as in of the viol, and invent to themselves the day that she was born, &c. and I instruments of music, like David : will not have mercy upon her chil- that drink wine in bowls, &c. but dren. &c.-Hosea ii. 2-5.
they are not grieved for the affliction The Lord hath a controversy with of Joseph; therefore now shall they the land, because no truth, nor mercy, go captive, &c. I abhor the excel. nor knowledge of God is in the land: lency of Jacob, and hate his palaces. by swearing, and lying, and killing, - Amos vi. 1. 3-8. Isa. v. 11-13. 22. and stealing, and committing adul. Though they dig into hell, thence tery, they break out, and blood touch- shall mine hand take them; though eth blood : therefore shall the land they climb up, &c. thence will I, &c. mourn, &c. Ephraim is joined to idols: — Amos ix. 2, &c. let him alone.-Hosea iv. 1–17. They shall cry unto the Lord, but
The pride of Israel doth testify to he will not hear them; he will even his face : therefore shall Israel and hide his face from them : as they Ephraim fall in their iniquity. Judah behaved themselves ill in their doings, also shall fall with them: they shall &c. They build up Zion with blood, go with their focks and with their and Jerusalem with iniquity; the herds to seek the Lord: but they heads thereof judge for reward, and shall not find; he hath withdrawn the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt money; yet will they lean upon the thing.-Mal. i. 14. Lord, and say, Is not the Lord I will be a swift witness against among us? none evil can come upon the sorcerers, and against the adulus : therefore shall Zion for your terers, and against false swearers, and sake be plowed as a field, and Jeru- against those that oppress the hiresalem shall become heaps, &c. ling in his wages, the widow and the Micah iï. 345. 10-12, i. 1-6. fatherless: that turn aside the stran.
God warned Nineveh of her deso- ger, &c. Ye are gone away from lation for her sins, if she repented mine ordinances, &c. ye are cursed not.-Jonah i. 2. iii. 2-4.
with a curse, for ye have robbed me, Hear ye, O mountains, the Lord's &c. your words have been stout controversy, &c. for the Lord hath a against me, saith the Lord: yet ye say, controversy with his people, and he What have we spoken somuch against will plead with Israel; O my people, thee? ye have said, It is in vain to what have I done unto thee, and serve God, &c.—Mal. iii. 5. 7. 9. wherein have I wearied thee? testify 13,14. against me: for I have brought thee Behold, the day cometh that shall up out of the land of Egypt, &c. burn as an oven, and all the proud, There are yet the treasures of wicked- yea, and all that do wickedly, shall ness in the house of the wicked, &c. be stubble: and the day that cometh the rich men thereof are full of vio. shall burn them up, saith the Lord of lence, &c. therefore also will I make hosts, that it shall leave them neither thee sick, &c.—Micah vi. 2-4. 10-13. root nor branch.-Mal. iv. l. Amos ii. 4, &c.
Christ pronounceth a woe against Several woes pronounced against Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, persons for divers sins. Hab. ii. 6. for not repenting.–Matt. xi. 21-24. 9. 12. 15. 19. Micah ii. 1, &c. xii. 41, 42.
I will punish the princes, and the Wherefore ye be witnesses unto king's children, and all such as are yourselves, that ye are the children clothed with strange apparel, &c. all of them which killed the prophets : those who leap on the threshold, fill ye up then the measure of your which fill their masters' houses with fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation violence and deceit, &c. I will punish of vipers, how can ye escape the the men that are settled on their lees, damnation of hell? Wherefore beand say in their heart, the Lord will hold, I send unto you prophets, and not do good, neither will he do evil, wise men, and scribes, and some of &c. and I will bring distress upon them ye shall kill and crucify, and men, &c. because they have sinned, some of them shall ye scourge in your &c. He shall make a speedy riddance synagogues, and persecute them from of all them that dwell in the land.- city to city; that upon you may Zeph. i. 8, 9. 12. 17, 18.
come all the righteous blood shed Is this a time for you to dwell in upon the earth, from the blood of your ceiled houses, and this house righteous Abel, unto the blood of lie waste ? &c. Because of mine Zacharias, &c. whom ye slew behouse that is waste, and ye run every tween the temple and the altar. man unto his own house: therefore Verily I say unto you, All these the heaven over you is stayed from things shall come upon this generadew, and the earth is stayed from her tion. O Jerusalem ! Jerusalem! thou fruit, and I called for a drought upon that killest the prophets, and stonest the land.-Hag. i. 4. 9-11. them which are sent unto thee, how
Cursed be the deceiver, which hath often would I have gathered thy chil. in his flock a male, and voweth and dren together? &c. and ye would
not: behold your house is left unto of the wrath of God, &c.-Rev. xiv. you desolate.—Matt. xxiii. 31–38. 9, 10.
Ananias and Sapphira, for their He that is unjust, let him be unlying to the Holy Ghost, and Herod, just still: and he which is filthy, let for pride, slain. -Acts v. 5. 10. xi. him be filthy still, &c. Behold I 21-23. xiii. 10, 11.
come quickly, &c.—Rev. xxii. 11. Because when they knew God, they The great judgments denounced glorified him not as God, neither were against Babylon, for her great sins thankful, &c. wherefore God also and persecutions.--Rev. xviii. gave them up to uncleanness, through See more on the Duty of Obedience the lusts of their own hearts, to dis- in this Chapter. honour their own bodies between themselves; who changed the truth Sect xv. To own and profess the of God into a lie, &c. for this cause true God and our Lord Jesus Christ God gave them up unto vile affections, boldly before Men; and to wait &c. God gave them over to a re- for Christ's second coming. probate mind.-Rom. i. 21, &c. Thinkest thou this, o man, that
1. To own and confess the true God
and our Lord Jesus Christ before judgest them which do such things,
Men. and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God.-Rom. I KNOW my Redeemer liveth, and ü. 3.
that he shall stand at the latter day We are sure that the judgment of upon the earth.-Job xix. 25. God is according to truth, against I will speak of thy testimonies also them which commit such things, &c. before kings, and will not be ashamed, wbo will render to every man ac- &c. I am a companion of all them cording to his deeds.-Rom. ii. 2-6. that fear thee.--Ps. cxix. 46. 63. Gal. vi. 7, 8. Eph. v. 5, 6. Col. iii. xvi. 2, 3. 5, 6. Heb. xiii. 4.
None calleth for justice, nor any For this cause many are weak and pleadeth for truth.—Isa. lix. 4. sickly among you, and many sleep, Our God whom we serve, is able &c.—1 Cor. xi. 30, 31, ' to deliver us from the burning fiery
The apostle reckons up some of furnace; and he will deliver us out the sins and punishments of Israel; of thine hand, O king: but if not, and concludes, Now all these things be it known unto thee, O king, that happened unto them for ensamples, we will not serve thy gods.Dan. ji. and they are written for our admo- 17, 18. nition, upon whom the ends of the When Daniel knew that the writworld are come.--1 Cor. x. 5–11. ing was signed, he went into his
Now the works of the flesh, &c. house, and his windows being open in adultery, &c. they which do such his chamber toward Jerusalem, he things shall not inherit the kingdom kneeled upon his knees three times of God.--Gal. v. 19-21. 1 Cor. vi. a day, and prayed, and gave thanks 9, 10. Eph. v. 5.
before his God.-Dan. vi. 10. If we sin wilfully after that we Whosoever therefore shall confess have received the knowledge of the me before men, him will I confess truth, there remaineth no more sacri- also before my Father which is in fice for sins, but a certain fearful heaven: but whosoever shall deny looking for of judgment, and fiery me before men, him will I also deny indignation, which shall devour the before my Father which is in heaven. adversaries.-Heb. x. 26, 27. --Matt. x. 32, 33. Luke xji. 8, 9.
If any shall worship the beast, &c. A damsel came unto Peter, saying, the same shall drink of the wine Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, say. to obey God rather than men: the ing, I know not what thou sayest, &c. God of our fathers raised up Jesus And again he denied with an oath, whom ye slew, &c. Him hath God saying, I do not know the man, &c. exalted with his right hand, &c.Then began he to curse and to swear, Acts v. 28–31. saying, I know not the man.--Matt. Be it known to you therefore, men xxvi. 69, 70. 72. 74.
and brethren, that through this man Whosoever therefore shall be is preached unto you the forgiveness ashamed of me, and of my words, in of sins.-Acts xiii. 38. this adulterous and sinful generation, This I confess unto thee, that after of him also shall the Son of man be the way which they call heresy, so ashamed, when he cometh in the worship I the God of my fathers.glory of his Father with the holy Acts xxiv. 14. angels.—Mark viïi. 38.
' If thou shalt confess with thy The parents of the blind man durst mouth the name of the Lord Jesus, not confess Christ, but answered, He &c. For with the heart man beis of age, ask him. These words lieveth unto righteousness; and with spake his parents, because they feared the mouth confession is made unto the Jews; for the Jews had agreed salvation.-Rom. x. 9, 10. already, that if any man did confess As often as ye eat this bread, and that he was Christ, that he should be drink this cup, ye do shew (or-shew put out of the synagogue; therefore ye) the Lord's death till he come.said his parents, He is of age, ask 1 Cor. xi. 26. him, &c. But the son confessed him. And many of the brethren in the -John ix. 19-23. 30, &c.
Lord waxing confident by my bonds, Nevertheless among the chief rulers are much more bold to speak the also many believed on him; but be- word without fear.Phil. i. 14. cause of the Pharisees they did not Wherefore God also hath bighly confess him, lest they should be put exalted him, &c. that at the name of out of the synagogue: for they loved Jesus, &c. and that every tongue the praise of men more than the should confess that Jesus is the Lord, praise of God.—John xii. 42, 43. to the glory of God the Father.
Let all the house of Israel know Phil. ii. 9-11. assuredly, that God hath made that Be not thou therefore ashamed of same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, the testimony of our Lord, nor of me both Lord and Christ.-Acts üi. 36. his prisoner, &c. I am not ashamed,
The God of our fathers hath glori- for I know whom I have believed.fied his Son Jesus, whom ye deli- 2 Tim. i. 8. 12. vered up, &c. but ye denied the Holy If we suffer, we shall also reign One and Just, &c. and killed the with him: if we deny him, be also Prince of life, &c.—Acts iji, 13–15. will deny us.—2 Tim. ii. 12.
Be it known unto you all, that by They profess that they know God, the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, but in works they deny him : being whom ye crucified, &c. even by him abominable, and disobedient, &c.doth this man stand before you whole. Titus i. 16. This is the stone which was set at Let us go forth therefore unto him nought by you builders, &c. We without the camp, bearing his recannot but speak, &c.-Acts iv. 10, proach. Heb. xii. 13. 11. 20.
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus Did we not straitly command you, is the Son of God, God dwelleth in that you should not teach in this him, and he in God.-1 John iv. 15. name, &c. Then Peter and the other I know thy works, and where thou apostles answered and said, We ought dwellest: where Satan's seat is, and
thou holdest fast my name, and hast the Lord the righteous Judge shall not denied my faith.--Rev. ii. 13. give me at that day, &c. and unto
See more of Perseverance, in this them also that love his appearing. Chapter.
2 Tim. iv. 8.
Looking for that blessed hope, and II. To wait for Christ's Second
the glorious appearing of the great Coming
God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ.--. Watch ye therefore, for ye know not Titus ii. 13. what hour your Lord doth come, &c. Christ was once offered to bear the Therefore be ye also ready: for in sins of many: and unto them that such an hour as you think not, the look for him shall he appear the Son of man cometh.-Matt. xxiv. 42. second time, without sin, unto sal44. xxv. 13.' Rev. xvi. 15. o v ation. Heb. ix. 28.
The wise and foolish virgins slum. Ye have need of patience, that bered and slept, while the bridegroom after ye have done the will of God, ye tarried.—Matt. xxv.5.
might receive the promise. For yet Let your loins be girded about, a little while, and he that shall come and your lights burning, and ye your- will come, and will not tarry, &c.— selves like unto men that wait for Heb. x. 36, 37. the Lord, &c. Blessed are those Be patient therefore, brethren, unto servants whom the Lord, when he the coming of the Lord. Behold, cometh, shall find watching, &c.— the husbandman waiteth for the preLuke xii. 35–38. 40.
cious fruit: be ye also patient; staNevertheless, when the Son of man blish your hearts : for the coming of cometh, shall he find faith on the the Lord draweth near.-James v. 7,8. earth?—Luke xviii. 8.
Wherefore gird up the loins of Take heed your hearts be not over- your mind; be sober, and hope to charged, &c. and so that day come the end, for the grace that is to be upon you unawares.-Luke xxi. 34. brought unto you at the revelation of
I will come again and receive you Jesus Christ.—1 Pet. i. 13. unto myself.---John xiv. 3.
There shall come in the last days So that ye come behind in no gift, scoffers, &c. saying, Where is the waiting for the coming of our Lord promise of his coming? for since the Jesus Christ. -1 Cor. i. 7.
fathers fell asleep all things continue For our conversation is in heaven, as they were, &c. The Lord is not from whence also we look for the slack concerning his promise, &c. Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who But the day of the Lord will come as shall change our vile body, &c.- a thief in the night, &c. What manPhil. iii. 20, 21.
ner of persons ought ye to be? &c. · When Christ who is our life shall Looking for, and hasting unto the appear, then shall ye also appear with day of God, &c.—2 Pet. iii. 3, 4. him in glory.--Col. ii. 4.
9-12. Ye turned to God, &c. and to wait Abide in him; that when he shall for his Son from heaven.—1 Thess. i. appear, we may have confidence, and 9, 10.
not be ashamed before him at his To you who are troubled, rest with coming.-1 John i. 28. us, when the Lord Jesus shall be re- We know that when he shall apvealed from heaven with his mighty pear, we shall be like him, for we angels.—2 Thess. i. 7.
shall see him as he is.—1 John iii. 2. The Lord direct your hearts into Keep yourselves in the love of God, the love of God, and into the patient looking for the mercy of our Lord waiting for Christ. -2 Thess. iii. 5. Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
A crown of righteousness, which Jude 21.