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Lord, &c. understanding what the will They profess that they know God, of the Lord is.--Eph. v. 10. 17. but in works they deny him.- Titus

That your love may abound yet i. 16. more and more in knowledge, and all They do always err in their hearts, judgment, &c.-Phil. i. 9.

and they have not known my ways. I count all things but loss for the -Heb. iii. 10. excellency of the knowledge of Christ Every high priest taken from among Jesus, &c. That I may know him, and men, &c. who can have compassion on the power of his resurrectiou, &c. the ignorant, &c. concerning whom Phil. iii. 8. 10.

we have many things to say, and hard Since the day ye heard of it, and to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of knew the grace of God in truth. We hearing, &c.—Heb. v. 1, 2. 11, 12. desire that ye might be filled with the If we sin wilfully, after that we knowledge of his will, in all wisdom have received the knowledge of the and spiritual understanding, &c. in- truth, &c.—Heb. x. 26. 2 Pet. ii. creasing in the knowledge of God, 20, 21. &c. the saints, to whom God wonld If any of you lack wisdom, let him make known what is the riches of the ask of God, that giveth to all men liglory of this mystery among the Gen- berally, &c.-James i. 5. tiles, which is Christ, &c.-Col. i. 6. Who a wise man, and endued 9, 10. 26, 27.

with knowledge among you? let him Unto all riches of the full assurance shew, out of a good conversation, his of understanding, to the acknowledg- works with meekness of wisdom.ment of the mystery of God, and of James iii. 13. the Father, and of Christ; in whom To him that knoweth to do good, (or wherein) are hid all the treasures and doeth it not, to him it is sin. of wisdom and knowledge.-Col.ii. 2,3. James iv. 17.

The new man, which is renewed in Not fashioning yourselves accordknowledge, after the image of him ing to the former lusts, in your ignothat created him.-Col. iii. 10. rance.

-1 Pet. i. 14, Knowing, brethren beloved, your With well doing ye may put to sielection of God: for our gospel came lence the ignorance of foolish men.not unto you in word only, but also I Pet, ii. 15. in power.—1 Thess. i. 4, 5.

Grace and peace be multiplied unto · I would not have you to be igno- you through the knowledge of God, rant brethren, concerning them which and of Jesus our Lord, &c. Add, &c. are asleep.—1 Thess. iv. 13.

to virtue, knowledge, &c. If these Taking vengeance on them that things be in you and abound, they know not God.-2 Thess. i. 8.

make you that ye shall neither be Desiring to be teachers of the law, barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge. understanding neither what they say, of our Lord Jesus Christ : but he who nor whereof they affirm: but we know lacketh these things is blind, &c. that the law is good, if a man use it Knowing this first, that no prophecy lawfully, &c. But I obtained mercy, of the scripture is of private interprebecause I did it ignorantly, in un- tation.—2 Pet. i. 2, 3. 5.8, 9. 20. belief.-1 Tim. i. 7,8. 13.

But these, &c. speak evil of the Who will have all men to be saved, things that they understand not, &c. and to come into the knowledge of lf, after they have escaped the polthe truth. - Tim. ii. 4.

lutions of the world, through the If any man teach otherwise, &c. he knowledge of the Lord, &c. it had. is proud, knowing nothing; but doat- been better for them not to have ing about questions and strifes of known, &c.—2 Pet. ii. 12. 20, 21. words.--1 Tim. vi. 3, 4.

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This they are willingly ignorant of, &c. be not ignorant of this one thing,

CHAP. XXXVII. that one day, &c. Paul, &c. in all his epistles, &c. in which are some things

OF THIS PRESENT WORLD; ITS RICHES, hard to be understood; which they

HONOURS, AND PLEASURES: THE USE that are unlearned and unstable, wrest,

OF THEM ; THE SNARES AND TEMP&c. seeing ye know, &c. Grow in the

TATIONS IN THEM: OUR DUTY IN knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.—2 Pet. iii. 5. 8. 15-18. While the earth remaineth, seed

Hereby we do know that we know time and harvest, and cold and heat, him, if we keep his commandments. and summer and winter, and day and He that saith, I know him, and, &c. night, shall not cease.—Gen. viii. 22. I write unto you, fathers, because ye

And Abraham was very rich in have known him, &c. ye know all cattle, in silver, and in gold, &c. Lot things, &c. as the same anointing also went with Abraham, &c. their teacheth you of all things,&c.—1 John substance was great, so that they ii. 3, 4. 13. 20, 21. 27. 29.

could not dwell together.-Gen. xiii. Therefore the world knoweth us 2.5, 6. Job i. 3. Gen. xxvi. 12–14. not, because it knew him not, &c. If God will be with me, and keep Whosoever sinneth, hath not seen me in this way that I go, and give me him, neither known him: we know that bread to eat and raiment to put on, we have passed from death to life, &c. then shall the Lord be my God. &c. Hereby we know that we are of -Gen. xxviii. 20, 21. the truth, &c.—1 John iii. 1. 6. 14. When Rachel said, Give me chil19. v, 2.

dren, &c. Jacob said, Am I in God's Hereby know ye the Spirit of God, stead, who hath withheld? &c.-Gen. &c. he that knoweth God, heareth us, xxx. 1, 2. xxxiii. 5. &c. Hereby know we the spirit of All the earth is mine, said the Lord truth, and the spirit of error, &c. to Moses.—Exod. xix. 5. Every one that loveth is born of God, God


inventions to men, to do and knoweth God; he that loveth not, work of divers sorts.—Exod. xXXV. knoweth not God; we have known, xxxvi. xxxvii. &c. and believed the love that God hath Thou shalt not covet thy neighto us. John iv, 2. 6—8. 16. bour's house, &c. nor any thing that

That ye may know that ye hare is thy neighbour's.—Exod. xx. 17. eternal life, &c. We know that who- Israel also wept, and said, Who soever is born of God, sinneth not, shall give us flesh to eat? &c. and &c. We know that we are of God, God was angry.—Num. xi. 4. 10. and the whole world lieth in wicked- 1 Cor. x. 6. 10. ness; and we know that the Son of

Balaam, upon great rewards offered God is come, &c.—1 John v. 13. by Balak, went out, being desired to 18-20.

curse Israel.-Num. xxii. These speak evil of those things He fed thee with manna, &c. that which they know not.-Jude 10. he might make thee know that man

All the churches shall know, that I doth not live by bread only, but, &c. am he which searcheth the reins and thy raiment waxed not old, &c. The hearts.-Rev. ii. 23.

Lord thy God bringeth thee into a And knowest not that thou art good land, &c. wherein thou shalt eat wretched, and miserable, and poor, bread without scarceness, &c. when and blind, and naked.-Rev. iii. 17.. thou hast eaten and art full, then thou

shalt bless the Lord thy God, for the good land which he hath given thee. Beware that thou forget not the Lord

thy God, &c. lest when thou hast covetousness, punished with leprosy.
eaten, and art full, and hast built --2 Kings v. 20--27.
goodly houses, &c. then thine heart be Thine, O Lord, is the greatness,
lifted up, and thou forget the Lord, &c. both riches and honour come of
&c. and thou say in thine heart, My thee, &c.- Chron. xxix. 11, 12.
power and the might of my hand hath Deut. x. 14.
gotten me this wealth: but thou shalt Haman, then next the king, boast-
remember the Lord thy God; for it is ed of his riches, honour, and worldly
he that giveth thee power to get advantages; yet, so ambitious was he,
wealth.-Deut. viii. 3, 4.7–14. 17, that because Mordecai did not bow
18. Matt. iv. 4.

to him, he saith, All the rest availeth
I will give you the rain, &c. that me nothing.-Esth. v. 9—13.
thou mayest gather in thy corn, and Hast thou not made a hedge about
thy wine, and thine oil; and I will him ? &c. Thou hast blessed the
send grass, &c.-Deut. xi. 15.

work of his hands, and his substance Jeshurun waxed fat, &c. then he is increased, &c. Job said (when he forsook God, which made him, and was spoiled of all), Naked came I out lightly esteemed, &c.-Deut. xxxii. 15. of my mother's womb, and naked shall

Achan's covetousness and wordli- I return thither : the Lord gave, and ness was Israel's trouble, and his own the Lord hath taken away; blessed ruin.-Josh. vii. 1. 20, 21. 25, 26. be the name of the Lord.—Job i.

The Lord maketh poor, and maketh 10. 21. rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. The wicked, &c. he hath swallowHe raiseth


the poor out of the dust, ed down riches, and he shall vomit and lifeth up the beggar from the them up again ; God shall cast them dunghill, to set them among princes, out of his belly, &c. In the fulness &c.--1 Sam. ii. 7, 8. Ps. Ixxv. 6, 7. of his sufficiency he shall be in straits. Dan. iv. 17. 32.

-Job xx. 15. 22. Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned ; The wicked live and prosper often yet honour me now, I pray thee, be- in every thing of this world. -- Job fore the elders of my people, and be- xxi. 7–13. Jer. xii.1,2. Ps.Ixxiii. 3,&c. fore Israel, and turn again with me, What is the hope of the hypocrite, &c.—1 Sam. xv. 30.

though he hath gained, when God The women, &c. said, Saul had taketh away his soul ? &c. though he slain his thousands, and David his ten heap up silver as the dust, and prethousands : and Saul was very wrath, pare raiment as the clay; he may and the saying displeased him: and prepare it, but the just shall put it he said, They have ascribed unto on, &c.—Job xxvii. 8. 16, 17. David ten thousands, &c. and what If I have made gold my hope, or can he have more but the kingdom ? have said to fine gold, Thou art may and Saul eyed David from that day confidence: if I have rejoiced beforward.—1 Sam. xvii. 6-9. cause my wealth was great, and be

God said unto Solomon, Because cause my hand had gotten much, &c. thou hast asked this thing, and hast - Job xxxi. 24, 25. 38, 39. not asked for thyself long life, neither Who accepteth not the persons of hast asked riches, &c. I have also princes; nor regardeth the rich more given thee that which thou hast not than the poor : for they are all the asked, both riches and honour.- works of his hands.-- Job xxxiv. 19. 1 Kings iii. 9-13.

Deliver my soul, &c. from men of Ahab's covetous desire of Naboth's the world, who have their portion in vineyard, made him sick with discon- this life ; whose bellies thou fillest, tent.- Kings xxi. 1-4.

&c. they leave the rest of their subGehazi, Elisha's "servant, for his stance to their babes.-Ps. xvii. 13, 14,

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The earth is the Lord's, and the These are the ungodly who prosper fulness thereof, &c.-Ps. xxiv. 1. in the world ; they increase riches.

A little that a righteous man hath, Ps. lxxiii. 7. 12. is better than the riches of many And they tempted God in their wicked, &c. I have been young, and heart, by asking meat for their lust. dow am old, yet have I not seen the Ps. lxxviii

. 18. cvi. 14, 15. righteous forsaken, nor his seed beg- He causeth the grass to grow for ging bread, &c.

I have seen the the cattle, and herb for the service of wicked in great power, and spreading man : that he may bring forth food himself like a green bay-tree; yet he out of the earth, and wine, &c. These passed away.--Ps. xxxvii. 16. 25. all wait upon thee, that thou mayest 35, 36.

give them their meat in due season, Every nian walketh in a vain show; &c.-Ps. civ. 14, 15. 27, 28. cxlv. surely they are disquieted in vain: he 15. cxlvii. 8, 9. heapeth up riches, and knoweth not The heavens are the Lord's; but who shall gather them.--Ps. xxxix. 6. the earth hath he given to the chil

They that trust in their wealth, dren of men.-Ps. cxv. 16. and boast themselves in the multitude He turneth rivers into a wilderof their riches; none can by any ness, and the watersprings into dry means redeem his brother, nor give ground; a fruitful land into barrento God a ransom for him, &c. Wise ness, &c. he turneth the wilderness men die, likewise the foolish, &c. and into a standing water,&c. He blesseth leave their wealth to others: their them also, so that they are multiplied inward thought is, that their houses greatly, &c.-Ps. cvii. 33–39. shall continue for ever, &c. they call He raiseth up the poor out of the their lands by their own name : ne- dust, &c. He maketh the barren vertheless, man being in honour, woman to keep house, and to be a abideth not: he is like the beasts that joyful mother of children.--Ps. cxiii. perish, &c. Be not thou afraid, when 7-9. cxxviii. 3. one is made rich, when the glory of Incline my heart unto thy testimohis house is increased; for when he nies, and not to covetousness.-Ps. dieth, he shall carry nothing away, cxix. 36. his glory shall not descend after him. So are the



every one that Ps. xlix. 6,7. 10–12. 16, 17.20. is greedy of gain, which taketh away

Every beast of the forest is mine, the life of the owners thereof.-Prov. and the cattle upon a thousand hills, i. 19. &c. If I were hungry, I would not Honour the Lord with thy subtell thee; for the world is mine, and stance, and with the first fruits of all the fulness thereof.-Ps. 1. 10. 12. thine increase; so shall thy barns be

Lo, this is the man that made not filled with plenty.-Prov. iii. 9, 10. God his strength, but trusted in the Go to the ant, thou sluggard, &c. abundance of his riches.--Ps. lii. 7. Yet a little sleep, &c. So shall thy

Men of low degree are vanity, and poverty come as one that travaileth. men of high degree are a lie, &c. If --Prov. vi. 6. 10, 11. riches increase, set not your heart The rich man's wealth is his strong upon them.-Ps. Ixii. 9, 10.

city. The destruction of the poor is Thou visitest the earth, and water- their poverty: the blessing of the est it; thou greatly enrichest it: with Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth the river of God, which is full of no sorrow with it.-Prov. x. 15. 22. Water, thou preparest them corn, &c. xviii. 11. Thou waterest the ridges, &c.-Ps. Riches profit not in the day of Ixv. 9, &c. Deut. xi. 14, 15. Job wrath, &c. . There is that scattereth, XXXVI. 11-13. v. 10.

and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but considereth not that poverty shall it tendeth to poverty. The liberal come upon him.-Prov. xxvii. 11, soul shall be made fat, &c. He that 20. 22. trusteth in his riches shall fall.- Give me neither poverty nor riches : Prov. xi. 4, 24, 25. 28. Ezek. vii. 19. feed me with food convenient for me;

There is that maketh himself rich, lest I be full and deny thee, and say, yet hath nothing; there is that maketh Who is the Lord ? or lest I be poor himself poor, yet hath great riches, and steal, and take the name of my &c. Wealth gotten by vanity shall God in vain.- Prov. xxx. 8, 9. Gen. be diminished, &c.—Prov. xiji. 7. 11. xxviii. 20.

The poor is hated even of his own Vanity of vanities, all is vanity, &c. neighbour; but the rich hath many And I gave my heart to seek and friends.--Prov. xiv. 20. xix. 4. search out by wisdom, concerning all

Better is a little with the fear of things that are done under heaven, the Lord, than great treasure, and &c. and behold all is vanity and vextrouble therewith, &c. He that is ation of spirit, &c. I am come to greedy of gain troubleth his own great estate, and have gotten more house. Prov. xv. 16. 27.

wisdom than all they, &c. and I gave Better is a little with righteous- my heart to know wisdom, and to ness, than great revenues without know madness and folly. I perceived right: the lot is cast into the lap, that this also is vexation of spirit: but the whole disposing thereof is of for in much wisdom, is much grief: the Lord.-Prov. xvi. 8. 33.

and he that increaseth knowledge, The rich man's wealth is his strong increaseth sorrow.-Eccles. i. 2. 13, city, and as an high wall in his own 14. 16–18. conceit.—Prov. xviii. 11.

I will prove thee with mirth, thereAn inheritance may be gotten fore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this hastily at the beginning, but the end also is vanity. I said of laughter, It thereof shall not be blessed.-Prov. is mad: and of mirth, What doth it?

I sought in mine heart to give myself He that loveth pleasure shall be a unto wine, &c.

I made me great poor man; and he who loveth wine works : I builded me houses, I planted and oil, shall not be rich.—Prov. me vineyards : I made me gardens and xxi. 17.

orchards, &c. I got me servants and The rich and the poor meet to- maidens, &c. I had great possessions gether; the Lord is the maker of of great and small cattle, &c. also them all.-Prov. xxii. 2. 7.

silver and gold, &c. I got me men Labour not to be rich ; cease from singers and women singers, and the thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set delights of the sons of men, as musithine eyes upon that which is not ? cal instruments, and that of all sorts, for riches certainly make themselves &c. whatsoever mine eyes desired, I wings; they fly away.-Prov. xxiji. kept not from them: I withheld not

mine heart from any joy, &c. Then Hell and destruction are never full, I looked on all, &c. and behold, all so the eyes of man are never satis- was vanity and vexation of spirit: fied, &c. Riches are not for ever; and and there was no profit under the doth the crown endure to every ge- sun, &c. I hated all my labour, &c. neration ?-Prov. xxvii. 20. 24. because I should leave it unto the

The rich man is wise in his own man that shall be after me: and who conceit, &c. A faithful man shall knoweth whether he should be a wise abound with blessings; but he that man, or a fool? yet shall he have rule maketh haste to be rich, shall not be over all my labour, &c. Nothing betinnocent, &c. he hath an evil eye, and ter for a man, than that he should

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