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should turn from those vanities, unto the living God, which made heaven and earth, &c.-Acts xiv. 11-15. 18. We write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols.Acts xv. 20. 29.
Paul, &c. at Athens, his spirit was stirred within him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry (or full of idols), therefore disputed he in the synagogue, &c. Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious: for, as I passed by, and beheld your devotions (or gods whom ye worship), I found an altar with this inscription, To THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, &c. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art, or man's device. -Acts xvii. 16, 17. 22, 23. 29.
Demetrius said, 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 nought; but also, that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth, &c. Great is Diana of the Ephesians, &c. The image which fell down from Jupiter.-Acts xix. 26-28. 34, 35.
When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, &c. and changed the glory of the incorruptible God, into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, &c. who changed the truth of God into a lie, and served the creature more than the Creator. -Rom. i. 21. 23. 25. ii. 22. Ps. cvi. 19-21.
Thou who abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?-Rom. ii. 22. We know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one for though there be that are called gods (whether in
heaven or earth), as there be gods many, and lords many; but to us there is but one God, &c.-1 Cor. viii. 4-6.
Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them: as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play, &c. My dearly beloved, flee from idolatry, &c. What say I then, that the idol is any thing? or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God; and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.—1 Cor. x. 7. 14. 19, 20.
Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.-1 Cor. xii. 2.
Ye did service unto them, which by nature are not gods.-Gal. iv. 8.
How ye turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God.1 Thess. i. 9.
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.-1 John v. 21.
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues, yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood; which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.-Rev. ix. 20.
The Lord will be terrible unto them; for he will famish (or make lean) all the gods of the earth.-Zeph. ii. 11.
OF ANGELS APPEARING TO MEN: WHAT THEY ARE, and do.
AND the angel of the Lord found Hagar by a fountain of water, &c. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, &c. I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, &c.-Gen. xvi. 7—11.
Three men appeared to Abraham: his discourse with them, and enter
taining of them.-Gen. xviii. Dan. x. 5, &c.
And there came two angels to Sodom at even, and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom and Lot seeing them, rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground, &c. but the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house, &c. and they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, &c. And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son-inlaw, &c. for we will destroy this place, &c. The angels hastened Lot, &c. and while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, &c. When they had brought them forth abroad, he said, Escape for thy life, &c. And Lot said unto them, O not so, my Lord, &c. And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing, &c. Then the Lord rained upon Sodom, and upon Gomorrah, brimstone, &c.-Gen. xix. 1. 10-13. 15-19. 21. 24.
And the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? Fear not, for God hath heard the voice of the lad.-Gen. xxi. 17.
And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham, &c. Lay not thine hand upon the lad, &c. And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time.-Gen. xxii. 11, 12. 15.
Abraham said unto his servant, The Lord God of heaven, &c. he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.-Gen. xxiv. 6, 7.
Jacob dreamed, and behold a ladder, &c. and the angels of God ascending and descending on it.-Gen. xxviii. 12. The angel of God spake unto Jacob in a dream, &c. said, For I have seen all that Laban doth unto thee: I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me.-Gen. xxxi. 11-13.
And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him: and when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host, &c. And Jacob was left alone, and there wrestled a man with him, &c. As a prince hast thou power with God and with men, &c. And Jacob said, I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.—Gen. xxxii. 1, 2. 24. 28. 30. Hosea xii. 4.
The angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads.-Gen. xlviii. 16. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto Moses in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush, &c. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, &c. said, I am the God of thy father, &c.-Exod. iii. 2-6. Acts vii. 30. 35.
And the angel of God which went before the camp of Israel, removed, and went behind them: and the pillar of the cloud, &c.-Exod. xiv. 19, 20.
Behold, I send an angel before thee to keep thee in the way, &c. for mine angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites.-Exod. xxiii. 20. 23. xxxii. 34. xxxiii. 2.
He heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt.-Numb. xx. 16.
God was angry with Balaam, because he went: and the angel of the Lord stood in the way, for an adversary against him, &c. And the ass (upon which he rode) saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside, &c. But the angel of the Lord stood in a path of the vineyards, &c. And when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she thrust herself unto the wall, &c. And the angel of the Lord went farther, and stood in a narrow place, &c. and when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she fell down under Balaam, &c. Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on
his face, &c. And the angel of the Lord said unto Balaam, Go with the men; but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. Numb. xxii. 22—27. 31–35.
When Joshua was by Jericho, &c. behold there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? and he said, Nay, but as captain (or prince) of the host of the Lord, am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face unto the earth, and did worship; and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant? -Josh. v. 13-15.
An angel of the Lord came, &c. when the angel of the Lord spake these words, &c. the people lift up their voice and wept.-Judges ii. 1. 4.
Curse ye Meroz (said the angel of the Lord, &c.), because they came not to the help of the Lord.-Judges v. 23.
And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak, &c. appeared unto Gideon, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, &c. And Gideon said unto him, O my Lord, &c. The Lord said unto him, Surely, I will be with thee, &c. And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh, and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, &c. Then the angel of the Lord put forth the end of the staff, and touched the flesh,
&c. And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon, said, Alas! O Lord God; for, because I have seen an angel of the Lord, face to face. And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee, fear not; thou shalt not die.-Judges vi. 11, 12. 15—17. 20-23.
The angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah's wife, &c. When Manoah knew that he was an angel of the Lord, he said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.-Judges xiii. 3. 6. 8. 13. 16. 18. 21, 22.
My Lord is wise, according to the
wisdom of an angel of God.-2 Sam. xiv. 20.
When the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil.— 2 Sam. xxiv. 16. 1 Chron. xxi. 15, 16. 18. 20. 30.
The angel of the Lord came to Elijah, and gave him food, &c.—1 Kings xix. 5—7.
The angel of the Lord said unto Elijah, Go down to meet the messengers, &c.-2 Kings i. 15.
The angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred fourscore and five thousand.-2 Kings xix. 35. Isa. xxxvii. 36.
His angels he charged with folly.
The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.-Ps. xxxiv. 7. Dan. iii. 28. vi. 22.
Let the angel of the Lord chase them, &c. Persecute them.-Ps. xxxv. 5, 6.
The chariots of God are twenty thousand: even thousands (or many thousands) of angels.-Ps. lxviii. 17.
Man did eat angel's food, &c. He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels amongst them. Ps. lxxviii. 25. 49.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways: they shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.--Ps. xci. 11, 12. Matt. iv. 6.
Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength; that do his commandments.-Ps. ciii. 20.
Who maketh his angels spirits: his ministers a. flaming fire.-Ps. civ.. 4. Heb. i. 7.
Praise ye him, all his angels, &c. -Ps. cxlviii. 2.
Neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error.-Eccles. v. 6.
They are called seraphims, each one had six wings, &c.—Îsa. vi. 2, &c.
The angel of his presence saved them.-Isa. lxiii. 9.
He had power over the angel, and prevailed.-Hosea xii. 4.
The angel that talked with Zechariah. Zech. i. 8, 9. 11-14. ii. 3. iv. v.
Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, &c. And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, &c. And the angel of the Lord protested unto Joshua, &c. -Zech. iii. 1—3. 6.
The angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife.-Matt. i. 20.
Again the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, &c. -Matt. ii. 13.
The devil leaving Christ, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. -Matt. iv. 11. Luke xxii. 43.
The reapers are the angels, &c. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, &c. At the end of the world, the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just.-Matt. xiii. 39. 41. 49.
Despise not one of these little ones: for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. -Matt. xviii. 10.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect, &c. but of that day and hour knoweth no man: no, not the angels of heaven.Matt. xxiv. 31. 36.
The Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him.-Matt. xxv. 31.
He shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels.-Matt. xxvi. 53.
The angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it: his countenance was like lightning, and his raiment as white
as snow and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men: and the angel answered, and said unto the women, Fear not ye, for I know that ye seek Jesus which was crucified: he is not here, for he is risen. Mary saw two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet.-Matt. xxviii. 2—6. Acts vi. 15. John xx. 12. Luke xxiv. 4—6. 23.
There appeared unto Zacharias an angel of the Lord, &c. who said unto him, Fear not, &c. I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God, and am sent to speak unto thee, &c. The angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin, &c.-Luke i. 11-13. 19. 26-28. 30. 35.
There were shepherds abiding in the field, &c. and lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, &c. And the angel said unto them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings, &c. and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the Highest, &c. The angels were gone away from them into heaven, &c. Jesus, who was so named of the angels. - -Luke ii. 8-10, 13-15. 21.
He that denieth me before men, shall be denied before the angels of God.-Luke xii. 9.
There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.-Luke xv. 10.
The beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. -Luke xvi. 22.
Ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.-Johni. 51.
An angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water.-John v. 4.
The people, &c. said, that it thundered; others said, an angel spake to him.-John xii. 29.
While they looked stedfastly up toward heaven, as he went up, be
hold, two men stood by them in white apparel, which also said, &c.-Acts i. 10, 11.
The angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth.-Acts v. 19.
This Moses, whom, &c. the same did God send to be a ruler and deliverer, by the hands of the angel, &c. which spake to him in Mount Sinai, &c. Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.-Acts vii. 35. 38. 53.
And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south, &c. Acts viii. 26, 27.
An angel of God appeared to Cornelius.-Acts x. 3. 7. 22.
The angel of the Lord came upon Peter in the prison, and led him out, &c. Then said they, It is his angel, &c. The angel of the Lord smote Herod.-Acts xii. 7-9. 11. 15. 33. The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel nor spirit. -Acts xxiii. 8, 9.
There stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve; saying, Fear not, Paul, &c. -Acts xxvii. 23.
Know ye not, that we shall judge angels?-1 Cor. vi. 3.
For this cause ought a woman to have power on her head, because of the angels.-1 Cor. xi. 10.
When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.-2 Thess. i. 7.
I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels.-1 Tim. v. 21.
Of the angels, he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, &c. Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?. Heb. i. 7. 14.
Ye are come unto mount Sion, &c. and to an innumerable company of angels.-Heb. xii. 22.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained
angels unawares.-Heb. xiii. 2. Gen. iii. 1, &c. xix. 1, &c.
Which things the angels desired to look into.-1 Pet. i. 12.
If God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment, &c. whereas angels which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation, &c.-2 Pet. ii. 4. 11.
The revelation of Jesus Christ, &c. he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.-Rev. i. 1.
The angels sealing of the servants of God. The angels sounding, &c.Rev. vii-x.
OF THE PARABLES AND SIMILITUDES WHICH CHRIST SPAKE.
CHRIST likened those who did hear his word, and do it, to a wise man, who built his house upon a rock, &c. and those who heard, and did not do it, unto a foolish man, which built his house on the sand, &c.—Matt. vii. 24-29. Luke vi. 47, &c.
The similitude of the unclean spirit entering after a cleansing and garnishing.-Matt. xii. 43-45.
The parable of the sower and the seed. Of the tares sowed among the good seed. Of the mustard-seed. Of the leaven hid in the meal. Of the hidden treasure. Of the precious pearl. Of the net cast into the sea, and gathering all kinds.-Matt. xiii. 18. 24. 31. 33. 44, 45. Mark iv. Luke viii. 5. xiii. 18.
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, who sent labourers into his vineyard at several hours, and paid them all alike. -Matt. xx. 1—17.
A certain man had two sons: he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard: he, &c. said, I will not; but afterward he repented, and went: and he came to the second, and said likewise; and