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Satan, with all powers, and signs, is a liar, but he who denieth that and lying wonders, and with all de- Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, ceivableness of unrighteousness in who denieth the Father and the Son, them that perish; because they re- &c. These things have I written unto ceived not the love of the truth, that you, concerning them who deceive they might be saved. And for this you.—1 John ii. 18, 19. 22. 26. cause God shall send them strong Beliere not every spirit, but try delusion, that they shall believe a lie; the spirits, whether they are of God; that they all might be damned who because many false prophets are gone believed not the truth, but had plea- out into the world : hereby know ye sure in unrighteousness.-2 Thess. ii. the Spirit of God; every spirit who 3, 4. 7-12.
confesseth Jesus Christ is come in Now the Spirit speaketh express- the flesh, is of God: and every ly, that in the latter times some shall spirit that confesseth not that Jesus depart from the faith, giving heed to Christ is come in the flesh, is not of seducing spirits, and doctrines of de- God: and this is that spirit of antivils; speaking lies in hypocrisy, hay- christ, whereof you have heard that it ing their consciences seared with a should come; and even now already is hot iron; forbidding to marry, and in the world, &c.-1 John iv. 1, &c. commanding to abstain from meats, Many deceivers are entered into &c.—1 Tim. iv. 1–3.
the world, who confess not that Jesus Perilous times shall come; for men Christ is come in the flesh; this is shall be lovers of their ownselves, a deceiver and an antichrist : look &c. having a form of godliness, but to yourselves, that we lose not those denying the power thereof, &c. for things which we wrought, &c.—2 John of this sort are they who creep into 7-12. houses, and lead captive silly women, Unclean spirits out of the mouth &c. Now as. Jannes and Jambres of the dragon, beast, and false prowithstood Moses, so do these also phet; the spirit of devils working resist the truth, &c. But evil men miracles.-Rev. xvi. 13, 14. and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived,
CHAP. LXXIV. &c.—2 Tim. iii. 148. 13, 14.
But there were false prophets also NEITHER EXTERNAL PRIVILEGES, NOR among the people, even as there shall. OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS ALONE, CAN be false teachers among you, who pri-. BE OUR SECURITY AGAINST JUDGvily shall bring in damnable heresies,
MENTS HERE, OR DAMNATION HEREeven denying the Lord who bought AFTER : NO CAUSE OF BOASTING IN them, and bring upon themselves
THESE ONLY. swift destruction: and many shall What nation so great, who hath God follow their pernicious ways ; by so nigh unto them as the Lord our reason of whom the way of truth God, in all that we call upon him shall be evil spoken of; and through for? And what nation so great, that covetousness shall they, with feigned hath statutes, &c. so righteous as all words, make merchandise of you ; this law? Only take heed, and keep whose judgment now of a long time thy soul diligently, lest thou forget lingereth not,&c.-2 Pet. ii. 1-3.10,&c. the things thine eyes have seen, &c.
Little children, it is the last time: lest ye corrupt, and make you a graven and as ye have heard antichrist shall image, &c. lest ye forget the covecome, even now are there many anti- nant, &c. For the Lord thy God is christs; whereby we know that it is a consuming fire, &c. When, &c. ye the last time : they went out from shall do evil in the sight of the Lord, us, but they were not of us, &c. Who, to provoke him to anger, &c. ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land, you clean, &c.—Isa. i. 11-18. Jer. &c. be utterly destroyed, &c. Ask vi. 19, 20. . of the days past, &c. Did ever people We are all as an unclean thing, and hear the voice of God, speaking out all our righteousness as filthy rags. of the midst of the fire, as thou hast Isa. Ixiv. 6. heard, and live? Or hath God essayed He that killeth an ox, is as if he to go and take him a nation from the slew a man : he that sacrificeth a midst of a nation, by temptations, by lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck, signs ? &c. Because he loved thy fa- &c. They have chosen their own thers, he chose their seed after them, ways, &c.- Isa. lvi. 3. and brought them out in his sight, Trust ye not in lying words, saywith his mighty power, &c. Thou ing, The temple of the Lord, &c. If shalt therefore keep his statutes. ye thoroughly amend your ways, &c. Deut. iv. 7–10. 16. 23--27. 33, 34. then will I cause you to dwell in this 36, 37. 40.
place, &c. Behold, ye trust in lying Speak not thou in thine heart, words, that cannot profit. Will ye after the Lord hath cast them out steal, murder, &c. and come and stand from before thee, saying, For my before me in this house? &c. Thererighteousness, the Lord hath brought fore I will do unto this house, which me in to possess this good land: but is called by my name, wherein ye for the wickedness of these nations, trust, &c, as I have done to Shiloh, &c. not for thy righteousness, nor &c.-Jer. vii. 4-10. 12. 14, 15. for the uprightness of thine heart, When I say to the righteous, that dost thou go to possess their land: he shall surely live: if he trust to but for the wickedness, &c. the Lord his own righteousness, and commit thy God doth drive them out, &c. iniquity, all his righteousness shall And that he may perform the word not be remembered, &c. he shall die. which the Lord swore unto thy fa- -Ezek. xxxiii. 13. 18. xxiii. 38, 39. thers, Abraham, &c. the Lord thy I hate, I despise your feast days ; God giveth thee not this good land and I will not smell in your solemn to possess it for thy righteousness : assemblies: though ye offer me burntfor a stiffnecked people, &c.—Deut. offerings, and your meat-offerings, I ix. 4, &c.
will not accept of them, &c. Let To the wicked, God saith, What judgment run down as waters, &c.— hast thou to do to declare my sta- Amos v. 21---24. tutes, or that thou shouldest take Hear this, ye heads of the house of my covenant into thy mouth, seeing Jacob, and princes of the house of thou hatest instruction, and castest Israel; that abhor judgment, and my words behind thee, &c.—Ps. 1. pervert all equity, &c. The heads 16–18.
thereof judge for reward : and the To what purpose is the multitude priests thereof teach for hire, and the of your sacrifices unto me? saith the prophets thereof divine for money: Lord: I am full of the burnt-offerings, yet will they lean upon the Lord, and &c. who hath required this at your say, Is not the Lord among us? none hand, to tread my courts ? &c. bring evil can come upon us. Therefore no more vain oblations; incense is an shall Zion for your sakes be ploughed abomination to me; the new moons as a field.Mic. iii. 9-13. and sabbaths, the calling of assem Bring forth therefore fruits meet blies, I cannot away with, &c. they for repentance : and think not to say are a trouble unto me: I am weary within yourselves, We have Abraham to bear them; when ye make many to our father, &c.—Matt. iii. 8-10. prayers, I will not bear, &c. your hands Luke iii. 8. are full of blood. Wash you, make Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied our father. Jesus said unto them, in thy name? and in thy name have If ye were Abraham's children, ye cast out devils ? and in thy name would do the works of Abraham, &c. done many wonderful works? And They said to him, We be not born of then will I profess unto them, I never fornication; we have one father, even knew you : depart from me, ye that God. Jesus said unto them, If God work iniquity.-Matt. vii. 22, 23. were your father, ye would love me,
Whosoever shall do the will of God, &c. Ye are of your father, the devil; the same is my brother, and my sister, and the lusts of your father ye will and mother.-Mark ii. 33. 35. do.-John viïi. 32, 33, 37. 39. 41,
I know ye not whence ye are. Then 42. 44. shall ye begin to say, We have eaten Behold thou art called a Jew, and and drunk in thy presence; and thou restest in the law, and makest thy hast taught in our streets. But he boast of God, and knowest his will. shall say, I tell you I know you not, &c, and art confident that thou thywhence you are: depart from me, all self art a guide of the blind, an inye workers of iniquity, &c.-Luke structor, &c. Dost thou steal ? &c. xiii. 25-27.
Thou that makest thy boast of the Jesus said to the Pharisees, Ye are law; through breaking the law, disthey which justify yourselves before honourest thou God ? Rom. ii. 17men ; but God knows your heart: 23. 28, 29. for that which is highly esteemed Therefore by the deeds of the law amongst men, is abomination in the shall no flesh be justified in his sight. sight of God.-Luke xyi. 14, 15. Rom. iii. 20. Gal. ii. 16.
When ye shall have done all those They have a zeal of God, but not things which are commanded you, according to knowledge: for they, say, We are unprofitable servants ; being ignorant of God's righteous we have done that which was our ness, and going about to establish duty to do.—Luke xvii. 10.
their own righteousness, have not The Pharisee stood and prayed thus submitted themselves unto the righwith himself ; God, I thank thee, I am teousness of God. Rom. x. 2, 3. not as other men are ; extortioners, If a man think himself to be some. &c. I fast twice in the week; I give thing, when he is nothing, he de tithes of all I possess. And the Pub- ceiveth himself.-Gal. vi. 3. lican, standing afar off, would not lift If any other man thinketh that he up so much as his eyes unto heaven; hath whereof he might trust in the but smote upon his breast, saying, flesh, I more: circumcised on the God be merciful to me a sinner! I eighth day, &c. yet I count all things tell you, this man went down to his but loss, &c. that I may win Christ, house justified, rather than the other, and be found in him; not having mine &c.—Luke xviii. 10-15.
own righteousness, which is of the Then said Jesus to those Jews law, but that which is through the which believed on him, If ye con- faith of Christ, &c. Phil. iii. 4-10. tinue in my word, &c. the truth shall Whosoever shall keep the whole make you free. They answered him, law, and yet offend in one point, he We be Abram's seed, and were never is guilty of all, &c. James ii. 10, 11. in bondage to any man : how sayest The Son of man is come to seek; thou, Ye shall be made free ? Jesus and to save that which was lost. said, &c. Whosoever committeth sin Luke xix. 10. is the servant of sin, &c. I know ye are Abraham's seed: but ye seek to kill me, &c. They said, Abraham is
trespasses of thy brethren, and their CHAP, LXXV.
sin : for they did unto thee evil, &c.
And Joseph wept when he heard it, of WORDS AND ACTIONS WHICH ARE &c.-Gen. 1. 15–17. NEITHER TRUE NOR GOOD, SPOKEN
When Pharaoh had charged the OR UNDERTAKEN WITH THE POLI- midwives with breaking his comTICAL VIEWS OF COMPASSING OUR mands and saving the men children
mands, and saving the men-children DESIGNS, OR AVOIDING DANGERS.
alive, they said unto him, Because ABRAHAM said of his wife (when he the Hebrew women are not as the was in fear), She is my sister.- Egyptian women: for they are lively, Gen. xx. 2. 11, 12.
and are delivered ere the midwives Isaac (in the like fear) said of his come in unto them. Therefore God wife, She is my sister.-Gen, xxvi. 7.9. dealt well with the midwives, &c.
Rebeccah caused her son Jacob to Exod. i. 16–21. . go to Isaac for the blessing, clothed When Rahab had hid the spies, him with his brother's garments, and and the king had sent for them, she put skins upon his neck and hands, said, There came men unto me, but to make him feel rough to Isaac, that I wist not whence they were, &c. Isaac might think him to be Esau, when it was dark, the men went and bless him: and Jacob said to his out: whither the men went, I wot father (being asked who he was), I not; pursue after them quickly, for am Esau, thy first-born, &c. Isaac ye shall overtake them. But she had said, Art thou my very son Esau ? brought them up to the roof of the and he said, I am, &c.—Gen. xxvii. house, and hid them, &c.-Josh. ii.l-6. 6. 9-29.
When the inhabitants of Gibeon Rachel having hid her father's came to Joshua, they took old sacks, images under the camel's furniture, and said to Joshua, We be come from and sat upon them, when Laban a far country: now therefore make searched for them, said unto her ye a league with us, &c. from a very father, Let it not displease my lord, far country thy servants are come, that I cannot rise up before thee; because of the name of the Lord thy for the custom of women is upon me, God; for we have heard the fame of &c.--Gen. xxxi. 34, 35.
him, and all that he did in Egypt, And the sons of Jacob answered &c. Wherefore our elders, and all Shechem, and Hamor his father, de- the inhabitants of our country, spake ceitfully, &c. They said unto them, to us, saying, Take victuals, &c. This We cannot do this thing, to give our our bread we took hot on the day we sister to one that is uncircumcised, came forth to go unto you; but now, &c. If every male of you will be behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy, circumcised, then will we give our &c. by reason of the very long jour. daughters, &c. which when they had ney, &c. And Joshua made peace done, Jacob's sons fell on them, and with them, &c. and smote them not, slew them.--Gen. xxxiv. 12, &c. because the princes of the congrega
When Joseph's brethren saw that tion had sworn unto them, &c.-- Josh. their father was dead, they said, Jo. ix. 3, &c. seph will, peradventure, hate us, and When the Moabites oppressed Iswill certainly requite us all the evil rael, the Lord raised them up a deliwhich we did unto him. And they verer; Ehud, &c. who going to Egsent messengers unto Joseph, saying, lon, the king of Moab, with a present Thy father did command before he from Israel; after he had presented died, saying, So shall ye say unto it, he said, I have a secret errand Joseph : forgive, I pray thee now, the unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him, a place, &c. Is there not here under went out. And Ehud came unto him, thine hand spear or sword? for I have and he was sitting in a summer par- neither brought my sword nor my lour, &c. and said unto him, I have a weapons with me, because the king's message from God unto thee: and he business required haste, &c.—1 Sam. arose out of his seat. And Ehud took xxi. 143. 8. 15. the dagger, and thrust it into his belly, When David and his men had in&c.--Judges iii. 14—22.
vaded the country near him, and slain Samson said several times, That all, Achish said to him, Whither have if they did bind him, &c. he should be ye made a road to day ? and David weak, and be as another man: but it said, Against the south of Judah, &c. was not so.-Judges xvi. 6, &c. And Achish believed David ; saying, • When God said to Samuel, that he He hath made his people Israel utwould send him to anoint David, terly to abhor him, &c.- Sam. Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul Xxvii. 8-13. hear it, he will kill me. And the When Absalom designed to rebel, Lord said, Take a heifer with thee, he said unto the king, I pray thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the let me go and pay my vow, which I Lord: and call Jesse to the sacrifice, have vowed unto the Lord in He&c. Which Samuel did ; and said, I bron: for thy servant vowed a vow am come to sacrifice unto the Lord. while I abode at Geshur in Syria; -1 Sam. xvi. 1-7.
saying, If the Lord shall bring me • When Saul had sent for David, again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will Michal his wife laid an image in the serve the Lord.—2 Sam. xv. 6, &c. bed, &c. covered it with a cloth after. Jehu gathered all the people toshe had sent him away, and she said, gether, and said unto them, Ahab He is sick, &c. When Saul had said served Baal a little ; but Jehu shall unto her, Why hast thou deceived me serve him much: now therefore call so ? &c. she said, He said unto me, unto me all the prophets of Baal, all Let me go: why should I kill thee? his servants, and all his priests: let 1 Sam. xix. 11-19.
none be wanting : for I have a great • When Saul had a design to have sacrifice to do to Baal, &c. But Jehu killed David, and had inquired for did it in subtilty, to the intent that him, Jonathan answered (as David he might destroy the worshippers of had directed him to do), and said, Da- Baal, &c. which afterward he did.vid earnestly asked leave of me to go 2 Kings x. 18-26. to Bethlehem; and he said, Let me - When Zedekiah had ordered Jerego, I pray thee: for our family hath miah to conceal the discourse that had a sacrifice in the city; and my brother passed between the king and him, hath commanded me to be there : and from the princes, when they should now, if I have found favour in thine come and ask him concerning it : he eyes, let me get away, I pray thee, also told him what answer to make, and see my brethren: therefore he in the very words the king gave him, cometh not unto the king's table.- by which he concluded the true mat, 1 Sam. xx. 6. 27–29.
ter, -Jer. xxxvïii. 24—27, i David, when he fled from Saul, and came to Abimelech the priest, be asked
CHAP. LXXVI. him, Why art thou alone? David said unto Abimelech. The king com. OF WORDS OR SAYINGS EXPRESSING manded me a business, and hath said CHOICE, BUT NOT BINDING US TO unto me, Let no man know any thing THEIR OBSERVANCE. of the business, &c. And I have ap- Lor said to the angels, Behold now, pointed my servants to such and such my lords, turn in, I pray you, into