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MATT. XII. 27-30.

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was an austere man, taking up that armed keepeth his palace, his goods I laid not down, and reaping that I are in peace: But when a stronger did not sow, Luke xix. 22.

Now we

than he shall come upon him and know that what things soever the law overcome him, he taketh from him saith, it saith to them who are under all his armour wherein he trusted, the law : that every mouth may be and divideth his spoils, Luke xi. 21, stopped, and all the world may be- 22. He that committeth sin is of the come guilty before God, Rom. iii. 19. devil; for the devil sinneth from the VER. 28.

beginning. For this purpose the Son Ει δε εγώ εν Πνεύματι Θεού εκβάλλω τα of God was manifested, that he might δαιμόνια, άρα έφθασεν, εφ' υμάς η βασιλεία destroy the works of the devil, 1John του Θεού.

ii. 8. Ye are of God, little children, But if :) cast out devils by the Spirit

and have overcome them : because of God, bthen the kingdom of God is greater is he that is in you, than he come unto you.

that is in the world, iv. 4. And there

was war in heaven : Michael and his a Behold my servant, whom I have chosen : my beloved, in whom my and the dragon fought and his angels,

angels fought against the dragon ; soul is well pleased : I will put my And prevailed not; neither was their Spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles, Matt. xii. place found any more in heaven. 18. And these signs shall follow that old serpent, called the Devil,

And the great dragon was cast out, them that believe ; în my name shall and Satan, which deceiveth the whole they cast out devils ; they shall speak world : he was cast out into the earth, with new tongues, Mark avi. 17. and his angels were cast out with But if I with the finger of God cast him, Rev. xii. 7–9. And I saw out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you, Luke xi. 20.

an angel come down from heaven, How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth having

the key of the bottomless pit with the Holy Ghost and with power: he laid hold on the dragon, that old

and a great chain in his hand. And who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, devil; for God was with him, Acts and bound him a thousand years, And

cast him into the bottomless pit, and bSee on clause 2. ver. 2. chap. iii.

shut him up, and set a seal upon him,

that he should deceive the nations no VER. 29.

more, till the thousand years should Η πώς δύναται τις εισελθείν εις την be fulfilled :: and after that he must οικίαν του ισχυρού, και τα σκεύη αυτού | be loosed a little season, ΧΧ. 1-3. διαρπάσαι, εάν μή πρώτον δήση τον ισχυ- And shall go out to deceive the naρόν και και τότε την οικίαν αυτού διαρπάσει. | tions which

are in the four quarters of Or a else how can one enter into a the earth ; Gog and Magog, to gather strong man's house, and spoil his goods, them together to battle : the number ercept he first bind the strong man? and of whom is as the sand of the sea. then he will spoil his house.

And they went up on the breadth of a Shall the prey be taken from the the earth, and compassed the camp mighty, or the lawful captive deliver of the saints about, and the beloved ed? Isa. xlix. 24. Therefore will i city: and fire came down from God divide him a portion with the great, out of heaven, and devoured them, and he shall divide the spoil with the 8, 9.

VER. 30. strong ; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was num.

ο μη ων μετ' εμού, κατ' εμού έστι: bered with the transgressors ; and he και ο μη συνάγων μετ' εμού σκορπίζει. bare the sin of many, and made in

He a that is not with me is against me; tercession for the transgressors, liii. and he that gathereth not with me 12 No man can enter into a strong scattereth abroad. man's house, and spoil his goods, ex- a No man can serve two masters : cept he will first bind the strong man ; for either he will hate the one, and and then he will spoil his house, love the other; or else he will hold to Mark iii. 27. When a strong, man the one, and despise the other. Ye

X. 38.

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MATT. XII. 30–32.

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cannot serve God and mammon, Matt. ther, saith the LORD: though your vi. 24. And if it seem evil unto you sins be as scarlet, they shall be as wbite to serve the LORD, choose you this day as snow; though they be red like whom ye will serve: whether the crimson, they shall be as wool, Is. i. 18. gods which your fathers served that Let the wicked forsake his way, and were on the other side of the flood, or the unrighteous man his thoughts : the gods of the Amorites, in whose and let him return unto the LORD, land ye dwell : but as for me and my and he will have mercy upon him; house, we will serve the LORD, Josh. and to our God, for he will abundantly xxiv. 15. And David went out to pardon, lv. 7. Say unto them, As I meet them, and answered and said | live, saith the Lord God, I have no unto them, If ye be come peaceably pleasure in the death of the wicked ; unto me to help me, mine heart shall but that the wicked turn from his way be knit unto you, but if ye be come to and live : turn ye, turn ye from your betray me to mine enemies, seeing. evil' ways; for why will ye die, () there is no wrong in mine hands, the house of Israel? Ez. xxxiii. 11. Who God of our fathers look thereon, and was before a blasphemer, and a perrebuke it. Then the spirit came upon secutor, and injurious : but I obtained Amasai, who was chief of the captains, mercy, because I did it ignorantly in and he said, Thine are we, David, unbelief. And the grace of our Lord and on thy side, thou son of Jesse : was exceeding abundant with faith peace, peace be unto thee, and peace and love which is in Christ Jesus. be to thine helpers ; for thy God This is a faithful saying, and worthy helpeth thee. Then David received of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus them, and made them captains of the came into the world to save sinners; band, 1 Chron. xii. 17, 18. For he that of whom I am chief, 1 Tim. i. 13-15. is not against us is on our part, Mark If we confess our sins, he is faithful ix. 40.' And Jesus said unto him, For- and just to forgive us our sins, and to bid him not: for he that is not against cleanse us from all unrighteousness, us is for us, Luke ix. 50. He that is 1 John i. 9. My little children, these not with me is against me: and he things write I unto you, that ye sin that gathereth not with me scattereth, not. And if any man sin, we have an xi. 23. And what concord hath Christ advocate with the Father, Jesus with Belial? or what part hath he that Christ the righteous : And he is the believeth with an intidel? And what propitiation for our sins : and not for agreement hath the temple of God ours only, but also for the sins of the with idols ? for ye that are the temple whole world, ii. 1, 2. of the living God; as God hath said, b Verily I say unto you, All sins I will dwell in them, and walk in shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, them ; and I will be their God, and and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall be my people, 2 Cor. vi. they shall blaspheme: But he that 15, 16. I know thy works, that thou shall blaspheme against the Holy. art neither cold nor bot: I would thou Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in wert cold or bot. So then because thou danger of eternal damnation: Because art lukewarm, and neither cold nor they said, He hath an unclean spirit, bot, I will spue thee out of my mouth, Mark iii. 28–30. And whosoever Rev. ii. 15, 16.

shall speak a word against the Son of VER. 31.

man, it shall be forgiven him: but

unto him that blasphemeth against Διά τούτο λέγω υμών: Πάσα αμαρτία | the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven, sai Braconpía apešńcetas rois àreesé- Luke xii. 10. If any man see his broποις· η δε του πνεύματος βλασφημία ουκ | ther sin a sin which is not unto leath, αφεθήσεται τους ανθρώπους.

he shall ask, and he shall give him life Wherefore I say unto you, a All man- for them that sin not unto death. There ner of sin and blasphemyshall be forgiven is a sin unto death : I do not say that

b but the blusphemy against he shall pray for it, 1 John v. 16. the Holy Ghost, shall not be forgiven

VER. 32.

Και ός αν είπη λόγον κατά του υιού του * Come now, and letus reason toge- ανθρώπου, αφεθήσεται αυτώ δς δ' αν είπη

unto men :

into men.

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MATT. XII. 32, 33.

A. D. 31. Katà TOū aveópatos Toũ åylou, cix åpen- | Holy Ghost, And have tasted the ήσεται αυτώ ούτε έν τούτω τώ αιώνα, ούτε | good word of God, and the powers of εν τώ μέλλοντι.

the world to come, If they shall fall And a whosoever speaketh a word against away, to renew them again unto rethe Son of man, it shall be forgiven him : pentance; seeing they crucify to b but whosoever speaketh aguinst the Holy themselves the Son of God afresh, Ghost, e it shall not be forgiven him, and put him to an open shame, Heb. neither in this world, neither in the world vi. 4--6. For if we sin wilfully after to come.

that we have received the knowledge

of the truth, there remaineth no more a The Son of man came eating and sacrifice for sins, But a certain feardrinking, and they say, Behold a man ful looking for of judgment and fiery gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend indignation, which shall devour the of Publicans and sinners. But wis- adversaries. He that despised Moses' dom is justified of her children, Matt. law died without mercy under two or xi. 19. The Son of man is come three witnesses: Of how much sorer eating and drinking; and ye say, Be punishment, suppose ye, shall he be hold a gluttonous man, and a wine- thought worthy, who hath trodden bibber, a friend of Publicans and sin- under foot the Son of God, and hath ners! Luke vii. 34. Then said Jesus, counted the blood of the covenant, Father, forgive them; for they know wherewith he was sanctified, an unnot what they do. And they parted holy thing, and hath done despite his raiment, and cast lots, xxiii. 34.

unto the Spirit of grace ? x. 26–29. But ye denied the Holy One and the c Because there is wrath, beware Just, and desired a murderer to be lest he take thee away with his granted unto you; And killed the stroke : then a great ransom cannot Prince of life, whom God bath raised deliver thee, Job. xxxvi. 18. But he from the dead; whereof we are wit- that shall blaspheme against the Holy nesses, Acts ii. 14, 15. Repent ye Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in therefore, and be converted, that your danger of eternal damnation, Mark sins may be blotted out, when the iii. 29. And in hell he lift up his times of refreshing shall come from eyes, being in torments, and seeth the presence of the Lord, 19. I Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his verily thought with myself, that I bosom. And he cried and said, Faought to do many things contrary to ther Abraham, have mercy on me, the name of Jesus of Nazareth. and send Lazarus, that he may dip Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: the tip of his finger in water, and cool and many of the saints did I shut up my tongue; for I am tormented in in prison, having received authority this flame. But Abraham said, Son, from the Chief Priests; and when remember that thou in thy lifetime rethey were put to death, I gave my ceivedst thy good things, and likevoice against them. And I punished wise Lazarus evil things : but now them oft in every synagogue, and com- he is comforted, and thou art tormentpelled them to blaspheme; and being ed. And beside all this, between us exceedingly mad against them, I per- and you there is a great gulf fixed, so secuted them even unto strange cities, that they which would pass from hence xxvi. 9-11. This is a faithful say to you cannot; neither can they pass ing, and worthy of all acceptation, to us, that would come from thence, that Christ Jesus came into the world Luke xvi. 23–26. to save sinners of whom I am chief,

VER. 33. 1 Tim. i. 15. (But this spake he of the Spirit,

"Η σοιήσατε το δένδρον καλόν, και τον which they that believe on him should | καρπόν αυτού καλόν ή ποιήσατε το δένδρον receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet | σαπρόν, και τον καρπόν αυτού σαπρόν εκ given because that Jesus was not yet | γάρ του καρπού το δένδρον γινώσκεται, glorified.) John vii. 39. For it is impos

Either a make the tree good, band his sible for those who were once enlight-fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, ened, and have tasted of the heavenly and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is gift, and were made partakers of the known by his fruit.

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MATT. XII. 33, 34.

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a Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first bend their bows to shoot their arrows, that which is within the cup and plat- even bitter words: That they may ter, that the outside of them may be shoot in secret at the perfect: sudclean also, Matt. xxiii. 26. Castaway denly do they shoot at him, and fear from you all your transgressions, not. They encourage themselves in whereby ye have transgressed; and an evil matter: they commune of make you a new heart, and a new laying snares privily ; they say, Who spirit: for why will ye die, O house shall see them? Ixiv. 3—5. Deliver of Israel? Ez. xviii. 31. Hate the my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, evil, and love the good, and establish and from a deceitful tongue. What judgment in the gate: it may be that shall be given unto thee? or what the LORD God of hosts will be graci- shall be done unto thee, thou false ous unto the remnant of Joseph, Am. tongue? Sharp arrows of the mighty, v. 15. And the Lord said unto him, with coals of juniper, cxx. 2-4. Now do ye Pharisees make clean the Which imagine mischiefs in their outside of the cup and the platter; heart; continually are they gathered but yourinward part is full of ravening together for war. They have sharpened and wickedness. Ye fools, did not he their tongues like a serpent; adder's that made that which is without make poison is under their lips, cxl. 2, 3. that which is within also ? Luke xi. For the vile person will speak vil39, 40. Draw nigh to God, and he lany, and his heart will work iniquity, will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your to practice hypocrisy, and to utter hands, ye sinners; and purify your error against the Lord), to make hearts, ye double-minded, James iv.8. empty the soul of the hungry, and he b See on verses 16—18. chap. vii. will cause the drink of the thirsty to VER. 34.

fail, Is. xxxii. 6. None calleth" for Tempata éx:Švãv, vãs divao Or ayabà they trust in vanity, and speak lies ;

justice, nor any pleadeth for truth : λαλείν, πονηροί όντες και εκ γαρ του σέρισ.

they conceive mischief, and bring forth σεύματος της καρδία το στόμα λαλεί.

iniquity. And judgmentis turned away O a generation of vipers, by how can ye, backward, and justice standeth afar being evil, speak good things ? < for out of off: for justice is fallen in the street, the abundance of the heart the mouth and equity cannot enter, lix. 4. 14. speaketh.

As it is written, There is none righ2 See on clause 2. ver. 7. chap. iii. teous, no, not one: There is none that

b As saith the proverb of the anci. understandeth, there is none that ents, Wickedness proceedeth from the seeketh after God. They are all gone wicked : but mine hand shall not be out of the way, they are together beupon thee, 1 Sam. xxiv. 13. He hath come unprofitable ; there is none that said in his heart, I shall not be moved : doeth good, no, not one. Their throat for I shall never be in adversity. His is an open sepulchre ; with their mouth is full of cursing and deceit tongues they have used deceit, the and fraud: under his tongue is mis- poison of asps is under their 'lips : chief and vanity, Ps. x. 6,7. Thy" Whose mouth is full of cursing and tongue deviseth mischief ; like a bitterness, Rom. iii. 10–14. Even sharp razor, working deceitfully. Thou so the tongue is a little member, and lovest evil more than good ; and ly- boasteth great things. Behold, how ing rather than to speak righteous- great a matter a little fire kindleth ! ness. Thou lovest all devouring words, And the tongue is a fire, a world of O thou deceitful tongue. God shall iniquity : so is the tongue among likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall our members, that it defileth the whole take thee away, and pluck thee out of body, and setteth on fire the course thy dwelling-place, and root thee out of nature; and it is set on fire of of the land of the living, lii. 2-5. I hell. For every kind of beasts, and The fool hath said in his heart, There of birds, and of serpents, and of things is no God. Corrupt are they, and in the sea, is tamed, and hath been have done abominable iniquity : there tamed of mankind : But the tongue is none that doeth good, liii. 1. Who can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, whet their tongue like a sword, and full of deadly poison, James iii.5-8.

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MATT. XII. 34-36.

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A good man out of the good trea- addeth learning to his lips, xvi. 21— sure of his heart bringeth forth that 23. A word fitly spoken is like apwhich is good ; and an evil man out ples of gold in pictures of silver. As of the evil treasure of his heart an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament bringeth forth that which is evil : for of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upof the abundance of the heart his on an obedient ear, xxv. 11, 12. Let mouth speaketh, Luke vi. 45. See no corrupt communication proceed also on verses 16--18. ch. vii. out of your mouth, but that which is VER. 35.

good to the use of edifying, that it may

minister grace unto the hearers, Eph. 'o spalis ärOpwtuos éx to åyako iv. 29. Let the word of Christ dwell θησαυρού της καρδίας εκβάλλει τα αγαθά | in you richly in all wisdom ; teaching και ο πονηρός άνθρωπος εκ του πονηρού | and admonishing one another in θησαυρού εκβάλλει πονηρά.

psalms and hymns and spiritual Aa good man out of the good treasure songs, singing with grace in your of the heart bringeth forth good things: hearts to the Lord, Col. iii. 16. Let band an evil man out of the evil treasure your speech be alway with grace, seabringeth forth evil things.

soned with salt, that ye may know

how ye ought to answer every man, a Then said he unto them, Therefore iv. 6. See also on ver. 16--18. ch. vii. every Scribe which is instructed unto the

bo generation of vipers, how can kingdom of heaven is like unto a man

ye, being evil, speak good things? that is an householder, which bringeth for out of the abundance of the heart forth out of his treasure things new

the mouth speaketh, Matt. xii. 34. and old, Matt. xii. 52. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and

VER 36. his tongue talketh of judgment. The Λέγω δε υμίν, ότι εάν ρήμα αργών, και law of his God is in his heart; none εάν λαλήσωσιν οι άνθρωποι, αποδώσουσι of his steps shall slide, Ps. XXXvii. 1 περί αυτού λόγον εν ημέρα κρίσεως. 30, 31. The tongue of the just is as choice silver : the heart of the wicked

But I say unto you, That a every idle is little worth. The lips of the righte. word that men shall speak, they shall give ous feed many: but fools die for want

account thereof in the day of judg

ment. of wisdom, Prov. X. 20, 21. The words of the wicked are to lie in wait a For God shall bring every work for blood : but the mouth of the up- into judgment, with every secret right shall deliver them, xii. 6. He thing, whether it be good, or whether that speaketh truth sheweth forth it be evil, Ec. xii. 14. In the day righteousness : but a false witness | when God shall judge the secrets of deceit. There is that speaketh like men by Jesus Christ according to my the piercings of a sword: but the gospel, Rom. ii. 16. Neither filthitongue of the wise is health. The lip ness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, of truth shall be established for ever: which are not convenient : but rather but a lying tongue is but for a moment, giving of thanks. For this ye know, 17--19. A wholesome tongue is a that no whoremonger, nor unclean tree of life : but perverseness therein person, nor covetous man, who is an is a breach in the spirit. A man hath idolater, hath any inheritance in the joy by the answer of his mouth : and kingdom of Christ and of God. Let a word spoken in due season, how no man deceive you with vain words: good is it! The heart of the righteous for because of these things cometh studieth to answer: but the mouth the wrath of God upon the children of of the wicked poureth out evil things, disobedience, Eph. v. 4–6. And xv. 4. 23. 28. The wise in heart shall Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, be called prudent: and the sweetness prophesied of these, saying, Behold, of the lips increaseth learning. Un- the Lord cometh with ten thousand of derstanding is a wellspring of life un- his saints, To execute judgment upon to him that hath it: but the instruc- all, and to convince all that are untion of fools is folly. The heart of godly among them of all their unthe wise teacheth his mouth; and godly deeds which they have ungodly

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