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Certain men, &c. have troubled you gospel unto you, than that ye have with words subverting your souls, received, let him be accursed.--Gal. saying, &c.-Acts xv. 1. 24.
i. 7-9. After my departure shall grievous False brethren, who came in privily wolves enter in among you, not spar- to spy out our liberty which we have ing the flock : also of your ownselves in Christ Jesus, that they might bring shall men arise, speaking perverse us into bondage; to whom we gave things, to draw away disciples after place by subjection, no not foran hour, them : therefore watch.--Acts xx. that the truth of the gospel might 29–31.
continue with you: but of those who The Sadducees say, That there is no seemed to be, &c.Gal. ii. 4-6. resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit. They zealously affect you, but not -Acts xxiii. 8, 9.
well : yea, they would exclude you, Mark them which cause divisions that you might affect them.-Gal. and offences, contrary to the doctrine iv. 17. which ye have received, and avoid As many as desire to make a fair them : for they that are such, serve shew in the flesh, they constrain you not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their to be circumcised, lest they should own belly; and by good words, and suffer persecution for the cross of fair speeches, deceive the hearts of Christ : for neither they themselves the simple.-Rom. xvi. 17, 18. who are circumcised keep the law;
There must be also heresies among but desire to have you circumcised, you, that they which are approved that they may glory in your flesh. may be made manifest.- 1 Cor. xi. 19. Gal. vi. 12, 13. Phil. iii. 2.
How say some among you, that Be no more children, tossed to and there is no resurrection of the dead ? fro, and carried about with every wind -] Cor. xv. 12.
of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and We are not as many, which corrupt cunning craftiness, whereby they lie the word of God, &c.—2 Cor. ii. 17. in wait to deceive.—Eph. iv. 14.
Them which desire occasion, &c. This I say, lest any should beguile for such are false apostles, deceitful you with enticing words, &c. Beware, workers; transforming themselves lest any man spoil you through phiinto the apostles of Christ ; and no losophy, and vain deceit, after the tramarvel, for Satan himself is trans- dition of men, after the rudiments of formed into an angel of light: there. this world, and not after Christ, &c. fore it is no great thing if his minis- Let no man judge you in meat (or ters be transformed as the ministers for eating), &c. intruding into those of righteousness ; whose end shall things which he hath not seen, &c. be according to their works, &c. Ye and not holding the head, &c. Why suffer fools gladly, seeing ye your- are ye subject to ordinances ? Touch selves are wise : for ye suffer, if a not, &c.—Col. ii. 4. 8. 16—21. man bring you into bondage, if a man Let no man deceive you by any devour you, if a man take of you, if a means, &c. That man of sin, &c. man exalt himself, if a man smite you who opposeth and exalteth himself on the face.—2 Cor. xi. 12–15.19, 20. above all that is called God, or that is
There be some that trouble you, worshipped: so that he, as God, and would pervert the gospel of sitteth in the temple of God, shewing Christ : but though we, or an angel himself that he is God, &c. Then from heaven, preach any other gos- shall that wicked one be revealed, pel unto you, than that which we have whom the Lord shall consume with preached unto you, let him be accurs- the spirit of his mouth, and shall deed: as we said before, so say I now stroy with the brightness of his comagain, If any man preach any other ing; even him whose coming is after
the working of Satan, with all power, covetous, boasters, proud, blaspheand signs, and lying wonders, and mers, disobedient to parents, unthankwith all deceivableness of unrighte-ful, unholy, without natural affection, ousness in them that perish ; because truce-breakers, false accusers, inconthey received not the love of the tinent, fierce, despisers of those that truth, that they might be saved. And are good, traitors, heady, high-mindfor this cause God shall send them ed, lovers of pleasures more than strong delusion, that they should be- lovers of God; having a form of godlieve a lie; that they all might be liness, but denying the power theredamned, &c.-2 Thess, ii. 2-4.8--13. of; from such turn away : for of this Rev. xiii. 13, 14.
sort are they which creep into houses, Charge some, that they teach no and lead captive silly women, laden other doctrine ; neither give heed to with sins, led away with divers lusts; Jewish fables, &c. Some, having ever learning, and never coming to swerved, have turned aside to vain the knowledge of the truth. Now as jangling, desiring to be teachers of Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, the law, understanding neither what so do these also resist the truth : men they say, nor whereof they affirm.--1 of corrupt minds, reprobate (or of no Tim. i. 3, 4. 6, 7.
judgment) concerning the faith, &c. Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, But evil men and seducers shall wax that in the latter times some shall worse and worse ; deceiving, and bedepart from the faith, giving heed to ing deceived: but continue thou in seducing spirits, and doctrines of the things which thou hast learned. devils ; speaking lies in hypocrisy; 2 Tim. iii. 1-8. 13, 14. having their conscience seared with a The time will come, when they will hot iron : forbidding to marry, and not endure sound doctrine; but after commanding to abstain from meats, their own lusts, shall they heap to &c. lim. iv. 1-3.
themselves teachers ; having itching If any man teach otherwise, &c. he ears : and they shall turn away their is proud, knowing nothing; but doting ears from the truth, and shall be turn(or sick) about questions and strifes ed unto fables: but watch thou, &c. of words, whereof cometh envy, rail- --2 Tim. iv. 3–5. ings, evil surmisings, perverse dis- A bishop must be blameless, &c. putings of men of corrupt minds, and holding fast the faithful word, as he destitute of the truth; supposing that hath been taught (or in teaching), gain is godliness : from such with- that he may be able by sound docdraw thyself. Some professing, have trine both to exhort and to convince erred, &c.--1 Tim. vi. 3-5. 21. the gainsayers : for there are many
Strive not about words to no profit, unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, but to the subverting of the hearers, especially they of the circumcision, &c. Shun profane and vain babblings, whose mouths must be stopped ; who for they will increase unto more un- subvert whole houses, teaching things godliness; and their word will eat which they ought not, for filthy lucre's as doth a canker (or gangrene) : of sake, &c. Rebuke them sharply, that whom is Hymeneus and Philetus; they may be sound in the faith; not who, concerning the truth, have erred; giving heed to Jewish fables, and saying, That the resurrection is passed commandments of men, that turn from already; and overthrown the faith of the truth, &c. They profess that they some: nevertheless, the foundation know God, but in works they deny of God standeth sure, &c.—2 Tim. ii. him ; being abominable, &c.—T'itus i. 14. 16-19.
7.9–11. 13, 14. 16. Perilous times shall come ; for men Be not carried about with divers shall be lovers of their own selyes, and strange doctrines : for it is a good thing that the heart be esta- Ye, therefore, beloved, seeing ye blished, &c.—Heb. xiii. 9.
know these things before, beware, But there were false prophets also lest ye also, being led away with the among the people, even as there shall error of the wicked, fall from your be false teachers among you, who own stedfastness.--2 Pet. iii, 3, 4. privily shall bring in damnable here- 16, 17. sies, even denying the Lord that Little children, it is the last time; bought them, and bring upon them- and as ye have heard that antichrist selves swift destruction : and many shall come, even now are there many shall follow their pernicious ways, by antichrists ; whereby we know that reason of whom the way of truth it is the last time: they went out shall be evil spoken of : and through from us, but they were not of us, &c. covetousness shall they, with feigned Who is a liar, but he that denieth words, make merchandise of you ; that Jesus is the Christ? He is antiwhose judgment now of a long time christ, that depieth the Father and lingereth not, &c. Chiefly them that the Son, &c. These things have I walk after the flesh in the lust of un- written unto you concerning them cleanness, and despise government that seduce you.—1 John ii. 18, 19. (or dominions); presumptuous are 22. 26. they, self-willed : they are not afraid Believe not every spirit; but try to speak evil of dignities, &c. These, the spirits, whether they are of God; as natural brute beasts, made to be because many false prophets are gone taken and destroyed, speak evil of out into the world : hereby know ye the things that they understand not, the spirit of God; every spirit that &c. sporting themselves with their confesseth that Jesus Christ is come own deceivings, while they feast with in the flesh, is of God : and every you; having eyes full of adultery, spirit that confesseth not that Jesus and that cannot cease from sin ; be- Christ is come in the flesh, is not of guiling unstable souls : an heart they God: and this is that spirit of antihave exercised with covetous prac- christ, whereof you have heard that tices : cursed children which have it should come; and even now alforsaken the right way, and are gone ready is it in the world.
Ye are of astray, &c. These are wells without God, and have overcome them ; bewater, clouds that are carried with a cause, greater is he that is in you, tempest; to whom the mist of dark- than he that is in the world. They ness is reserved for ever : for when are of the world, therefore speak they speak great swelling words of they of the world, and the world vanity, they allure through the lusts heareth them, &c. He that knoweth of the sh, through much wanton- God, heareth us : he that is not of ness, those that are clean escaped God, heareth not us : hereby know from them ; who live in errors while we the spirit of truth, and the spirit they promise them liberty, &c.-- of error, &c.—1 John iv. 1-7. 2 Pet. ii. 1-3. 10-19.
Many deceivers are entered into There shall come in the last days the world, who confess not that Jescoffers, walking after their own lusts; sus Christ is come in the flesh: this and saying, Where is the promise of is a deceiver, and an antichrist : look his coming? for since the fathers fell to yourselves, that ye lose not those asleep, all things continue as they things which we wrought, but that were from the beginning, &c. Some ye receive a full reward. Whosoever things hard to be understood ; which transgresseth and abideth not in the they that are unlearned and unstable, doctrine of Christ, hath not God, &c. wrest, as they do also the other scrip- If there come any unto you, and bring tures, unto their own destruction. Not this doctrine, receive him not
into your houses, neither bid him God mouth of the dragon, &c. beast, and, speed: for he that biddeth him God &c. false prophets, &c. the spirits of speed, is partaker of his evil deeds. devils, working miracles, &c.—Rev. 2 John 7-12.
xvi. 13, 14. Earnestly contend for the faith I heard another voice from heaven, which was once delivered unto the saying, Come out of her, my people, saints : for there are certain men that ye be not partakers of her sins, crept in unawares, who were before and that ye receive not of her plagues; of old ordained to this condemnation; for her sins have reached unto heaven. ungodly men, turning the grace of Rev. xviii. 4, 5. God into lasciviousness, and denying If any man worship the beast and the only Lord God, and our Lord Je- his image, and receive his mark in sus Christ, &c. These filthy dream- his forehead, or in his hand, the ers defile the flesh, despise dominion, same shall drink of the wine of the and speak evil of dignities : yet wrath of God, &c.—Rev. xiv. 9, 10. Michael the archangel, contending The destruction of Babylon, the with the devil, &c. durst not bring great whore, prophesied of.-Rev. against him a railing accusation. But xvi. 16. xviii. 2, &c. xix. 2, 3. these speak evil of those things which they know not, &c. Clouds
CHAP. XXIX. are they without water, &c. These are murmurers, complainers, walking OF CONSIDERATION, MEDITATION, POXafter their own lusts, and their mouth DERING UPON, AND SERIOUS WEIGHspeaketh great swelling words : hav- ING OF THE THINGS OF GOD, HIS ing mens' persons in admiration be- WORD AND WORKS, &c. cause of advantage, &c. These be ABRAHAM's servant wondering, held they who separate themselves; sen- his peace; that he might know if sual, having not the Spirit.-Jude 3, God prospered his journey, &c.— 4. 8-10. 12, 13. 16. 19.
Gen. xxiv. 21. I know the blasphemy of them Isaac went out to meditate (or which say they are Jews, and are not; pray) in the field at the even tide. but are the synagogue of Satan, &c. Gen. xxiv. 63. hold the doctrine of Balaam, &c. So When Joseph had told his dream, the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, &c. &c. his father observed the saying.“ Thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, Gen. xxxvii. 11. &c. to teach and seduce my servants, Know therefore this day, and con&c.-Rev. ii. 9. 14, 15. 20. iii. 9. sider it in thine heart, that the Lord
All that dwell upon the earth, he is God.-Deut. iv. 39. whose names are not written in the If thou shalt say in thine heart, book of life, &c. worshipped the beast, These nations are more than I, how &c. And he had power, &c. That the can I dispossess them? Thou shalt image of the beast should both speak well remember what the Lord thy and cause that as many as would not God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all worship the image of the beast, Egypt,&c.—Deut. vii. 17,18. xxiv. 9. should be killed: and he causeth all, Matt. xvi. 8, 9. both small and great, rich and poor, Thou shalt consider in thine heart, free and bond, to receive a mark in that as a man chasteneth his son, so their right hand, or in their fore- the Lord thy God chasteneth thee, heads : and that no man might buy &c. remember, &c.--Deut. viii. 5. or sell, save he that had the mark, or 17, 18. the name of the beast, or the number Therefore shall ye lay up all these of his name:-Rev.xiii. 9. 12. 15–17: my words in your heart, and in your · Unclean spirits coine out of the soul, &c. ye shall teach them your children : speaking of them when member and turn unto the Lord, &c. thou sittest in thine house, and when Ps. xxii. 27. 1 thou walkest by the way; when thou My heart was hot within me; liest down, and when thou risest up. while I was musing, the fire burned : -Deut. xi. 18, 19.
then spake I with my tongue.--Ps. O that they were wise, that they xxxix. 3. Luke iii. 15. understood this, that they would con- Hearken, O daughter, and consider, sider their latter end !-Deut.xxxi. 29. and incline thine ear: forget also Lam. i. 9. Jer. xxiii, 20. xxx. 24. thine own people, and thy father's
This book of the law shall not de- house.-Ps. xlv. 10. part out of thy mouth, but thou shalt Now consider this, ye that forget meditate therein day and night.- God, lest I tear you in pieces, and Josh, i. 8.
there be none to deliver.-Ps. 1. 22. Fear the Lord, and serve him in Deut. xxxii. 18. truth with all your heart : for con- My soul shall be satisfied as with sider how great things he hath done marrow and fatness; and my mouth for you.—1 Sam. xii. 24. 1 Chron. shall praise thee with joyful lips, xvi. 12.
when I remember thee upon my bed, David hastily resolved to cut off and meditate on thee in the night.Nabal's house: but when by Abigail's Ps. Ixiii. 5, 6. xlii. 6. words he considered the matter, he All men shall fear, and shall declare was staid, and blessed the counsel, the work of God: for they shall &c.-1 Sam. xxv. 14.39. 44.
wisely consider of his doing. Ps. If they shall bethink themselves lxiv. 9. in the land whither they are carried I have considered the days of old, captives, and repent, &c.-1 Kings &c. I call to remembrance my song viii. 47.
in the night : I commune, &c. Then I consulted with myself, and will remember the years of the right I rebuked the nobles.--Neh. v. 7. hand of the Most High: I will re
Therefore am I troubled at his pre- member the works of the Lord : sence; when I consider, I am afraid surely I will remember thy wonders of him.-Job xxiii. 15. Ps. lxxvii. 3. of old : I will meditate also on all thy
He striketh them as wicked men works, and talk of thy doings.-Ps. in the open sight of others ; because lxxvii. 5, 6. 10–12. they turned back from him, and would When he slew them, &c. they renot consider any of his ways.-- Job membered that God was their rock. xxxiv. 26, 27. Ps. xxviii. 5.
--Ps. lxxviii. 34, 35. 41-43. O Job, stand still and consider the I will sing praise unto my God, wondrous works of God. -Job &c. my meditation of him shall be Xxxvii. 14. Ps. cv. 5.
sweet.-Ps. civ. 33, 34. Blessed is the man, &c. whose de- They forgat God their Saviour, light is in the law of the Lord, and in who had done great things in Egypt, his law doth he meditate day and &c.—Ps. cvi. 7. 20—22. night.-Ps. i. 1, 2.
Who is wise, and will observe these Sin not, commune with your own things, even they shall understand the heart upon your bed, and be still.- loving-kindness of the Lord.-Ps. Ps. iv. 4. lxxvii. 6. Eccles. i. 16. cvii. 43.
When I consider thy heavens, the The works of the Lord are great, work of thy fingers, the moon and sought out of all them that have the stars which thou hast ordained : pleasure therein: bis work is honourwhat is man that thou art mindful of able, &c. he hath made his wonderful him, &c.-Ps, viii. 3, 4.
works to be remembered. Ps. All the ends of the world shall re- cxi. 2-4.