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When they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary, to profane it, &c.-Ezek. xxiii. 39.
Nebuchadnezzar said, Who is that, God who shall deliver out of my hands?-Dan. iii. 14, 15.
The king said, Is not this great Babylon, which I have built for the house of the kingdom, by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty. While the word was in his mouth, &c. a voice said, The kingdom is departed from thee. Dan. iv. 30, 31.
have we spoken against thee? > Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinances? &c.-Mal. iii. 13, 14. Job xxi. 14, 15.
Herod, his wickedness in imprisoning John the Baptist for Herodias's sake, his brother Philip's wife; for John had said, It is not lawful for thee to have her and their conséquent wickedness in cutting off John's head.-Matt. xiv. 3-10.
O Jerusalem! &c. How often would I have gathered thy children, &c. and ye would not.-Matt. xxiii. 37. John v. 40. Luke xiv. 17, &c.
When Pilate had said, I am innocent of the blood of this just person; see ye to it: then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.-Matt. xxvii. 24, 25.
See the desperate wickedness of the priests and elders.-Matt. xxvii. xxviii. Acts iii. 14, 15. Mark xv. 7. 10, 11..
The world hateth Christ, and all that are good.-Matt. x. 22. John xv. 18, &c. 1 John iii. 13. John xvii. 14.
That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man: for from with in (out of the heart of men) proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.-Mark vii. 20 -23. Matt. xv. 18-20. James iv. 1. Matt. xii. 35, 36.
O generation of vipers, who hath warned you? &c.-Luke iii. 7.
His citizens hated him, &c. saying, We will not have this man to reign over us, &c.—Luke xix. 14. John vii. 7.
Light is come into the world: and men loved darkness rather than light, &c.-John iii. 19, 20.
Certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying, That they would neither
eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. And they were more than fortyActs xxiii. 12, 13.
They became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened, &c. and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image, &c. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, through the lusts of their own hearts, &c. Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, &c. For this cause, God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did change the natural use to that which is against nature, &c. Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, &c. Covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful, &c. Not only do the same, but have pleasure in them who do them.-Rom. i. 21. 23-27. 29-32.
There is none righteous, no not one. They are all gone out of the way, &c. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit, the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: their feet are swift to shed blood, &c. There is no fear of God before their eyes.-Rom. iii. 10-19. Ps. v. 9.
While we were yet sinners, &c. enemies, we were reconciled.-Rom. v. 8. 10. 12.
The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God; neither indeed can be, &c. Rom. viii. 7.
Now the works of the flesh are, &c. adultery, fornication, unclean ness, &c.-Gal. v. 19-21. James iii. 14, 15.
fulfilling the desires of our flesh.Eph. ii. 1-3. Col. ii. 13. iii. 3.
Other Gentiles walk in the vanity of their minds, &c. being alienated from the life of God: who, being past feeling, have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness, &c. The old man, which is corrupt.-Eph. iv. 17-19. 22.
The enemies of the cross of Christ, &c. whose God is their belly, whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.-Phil. iii. 18, 19.
You, who were sometimes alienated, and enemies in your mind, by wicked works. Col. i. 21.
The Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us: and they please not God, and are contrary to all men; forbidding us to speak, &c. To fill up their sins alway: for the wrath, &c.-1 Thess. ii. 14-16.
Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious; but I obtained mercy.-1 Tim. i. 13.
A description of the desperate wickedness of some in the last days of the world.-2 Tim. iii. 1, &c.
They profess that they know God, but in works they deny him; being abominable and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate (or void of judgment).-Titus i. 16.
We ourselves were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures; living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.-Titus iii. 3. John viii. 34.
You who were dead in trespasses. and sins, wherein in times past ye walked, &c. in the lusts of our flesh,
Israel, by Aaron, made a molten calf; and they said,. These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of Egypt, &c. They built an altar, and offered burnt-offerings. Exod. xxxii. 4-6.
The men of Ashdod were so sottish, that when Dagon, their idol-god, had fallen down before the ark twice, and was broken in pieces, and themselves had confessed the hand of the God of Israel to be sore against them and their god; yet they continued to call him their gods and neither the priest, nor any who came into Dagon's house, would after tread upon the threshold whereon Dagon fell-1. Sam. v. 2 5. 7. vi. 5, 6.
The wicked say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?Job xxi. 14, 15 Who said unto God, Depart from
They are those who rebel against the light they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof. Job xxiv. 13. ... o
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.Job xxxii. 9.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.-Ps. xiv. 1.
But unto the wicked, God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes? &c. seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words be hind thee? &c. Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such a one as thyself. Ps. I. 16, 17. 21.
They slay the widow, &c. yet they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard. Understand, O yé brutish, &c. He who planted the ear, shall, &c.-Ps. xciv. 6-9.
Evil men understand not judgment. Prov. xxviii. 5.
The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib; Israel doth not know, my people do not consider.
Isa. i. 3..
He heweth down cedars, &c. for a man to burn, and warm himself, &c. Yea, he maketh a god, and worship peth it; he maketh a graven image, and falleth down thereto : he burneth part thereof, &c. the residue thereof he maketh a god, and worshippeth it, and prayeth to it, and saith, Deliver me, for thou art my god. They have not known, nor understood, &c. and none considereth in his heart; neither is there knowledge nor understanding, to say, I have burned part, &c. shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?-Isa. xliv. 14-19.
They have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have no understanding.-Jer. iv. 22.
The word of the Lord is unto them a reproach they have no delight in it-Jer. vi. 10.
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When the people saw what Paul had done, they lift up their voices, saying, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men, &c. and the priest, &c. would have done sacrifice, &c.-Acts xiv. 11–14.
151 While Paul waited for them at Athens, &c. he saw the city wholly, given to idolatry (or full of idols), &c. Certain philosophers, &c. encountered him; and some said, What will this babbler (or base fellow) say? Other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection, &c. I perceive, saith Paul, ye are too superstitious, &c. I found an altar with this inscription, To the unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you.-Acts xvii. 16. 18. 22, 23.
When Paul preached, many be lieved not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, &c. Demetrius and his company cry out, Great is Diana, the goddess, &c. And cried out against Paul for saying, that they were no gods which are made with hands; and endeavouring to turn men to the true God, &c. The town, clerk said, The whole city is a wor shipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter: Acts xix. 9. 24-41.
The world, &c. hated me before it hated you. Because I have chosen you, &c. therefore the world hateth you, &c. These things will they do, &c. Because they know not him who sent me, they hated both me and my Father. John xv. 18, 19. 21. 24. ..... Simon Magus so sottish, that he of fered money for power to confer the Holy Ghost by imposition of hands Acts viii! 18-20.
Certain questions, &c. of one Jesus which was dead; whom Paul affirmed to be alive. Acts xxv. 19. ':
The Spirit of truth, whom the world. cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him.-John xiv. 17. i' hi.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God, into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, &c.Rom. i. 22, 23. The way of peace have they not known.Rom. iii. 17.
The carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be..Rom. viii. 7.
The preaching of the cross is to them who perish; foolishness, &c. After that in the wisdom of God, the
world by wisdom knew not God.1 Cor. i. 18. 21.
whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, &c. Ye were servants of sin.
Rom. vi. 16. 20. 2 Pet. ii. 19. Them that are lost; in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds, &c.-2 Cor. iv. 3, 4.
The prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now worketh in the children of disobedience. Eph. ii. 2.
The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.-1 Cor. ii. 14. John viii. 43.
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of men who believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel, &c. should shine unto them.-2 Cor. iv. 4. Acts xxvi. 17, 18.
Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.-Gal. iv. 8. 1 Pet. i. 14. Rev. ix. 20.
Walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind; having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance which is in them, because of the blindness, &c.—Eph.
iv. 17, 18.
Ye were sometimes darkness, but now, &c.-Eph. v. 8.
Not in the lust of concupiscence; even as the Gentiles which know not God. 1 Thess. iv. 5.
The world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.-1 John iii. 1. In Servitude and Subjection to Satan and Sin.
IN the parable of the sower, Christ saith, The tares are the children of the wicked one, &c. The enemy who soweth them is the devil.-Matt.xiii. 38, 39.
When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace; but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, &c.—Luke xi. 21, 22.
Then Satan entered into Judas, &c. and he went his way to the chief priests, and agreed to betray Christ, &c.-Luke xxii. 3-6.
Ye are of your father the devil; and the lusts of your father ye will do. -John viii. 44.
To whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to
Thanks be to God, &c. who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, &c.-Col. i. 12, 13.
That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.2 Tim. ii. 26. Acts xxvi. 28.
In this, &c. are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness, is not of God; neither he who loveth not his brother. And Cain, who was of that wicked one, &c.—1 John iii. 10. 12. SECT. IV. The sad Fruit and end of
such a State.
WHEN Adam and Eve had sinned, they hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God, &c. and were afraid, because naked: and in consequence sorrow on the woman, and a curse on the earth are denounced.Gen. iii. 8. 10. 16, 17..
Sin made Cain cry out, and say, His punishment was greater than he could bear. So Lamech.Gen. iv. 13. 23, 24.
Aaron made Israel naked by sin.→→ Exod. xxxii. 25.
Lest there be any among you, &c. And it come to pass, &c. That he bless himself in his heart, saying, I will have peace, though I walk in the imagination (or stubbornness) of my heart to add drunkenness to thirst: the Lord will not spare him; but then the anger of the Lord, and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses which are written in this book shall lie upon him; and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven.-Deut. xxix. 18-20.
If a man sin against the Lord, who