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for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they irere from the beginning of the creation. S. For this they willingly are ignorant of; that e by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the f earth * ftanding (Gr. confifting] out of the water, and in the water. 6. 8 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished. 7. But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto h fire against the day of judgment, and perdition of ungodly men. 8. But, beloved, be not igno. rant of this one thing, that i ore day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9. k The Lord' is 'not slack concerning his promise, (as some men count slackness) but is " long-suffering to usward, m not willing that any should perill, but * that all should come to repentance. 10. But the (1) day of the Lord

will ly one of Israel draw nigh and come, Col. '1. 17. He is before all that we may know it. t Jer. 17. things, and by him all things 15. Behold, they say unto ine, confift. Where is the Word of the Lord ? 6. ; † Gen. 7. 11, 21.- The let it come now. Ezek. 12. 22,27; s fame Day were all the Fountains of Son of Man, What is that Proverb the great Decp broken up, and the that ye have in the Land of Israel, Windows of Heaven were opened, saying, The Days are prolonged, and and all Flesh died that moved upon every Vision failech. Son of Man, the Earth. behold, they of the House of Ifra. 1o 7. h See on 2 Thef. 1. 8. el f'ay, The Vision that he feeth is 8. i £ Pfal. 90. 4. A thousand for many Days to come, and he prophe Years in thy sight are, but as refterfieth of the Times that are far off day.- Ecclesiasticus 18. 10. As a Mal. 2. 17. Ye bave wearied the Drop of Water unto the Sea,- fo Lord with your Words, when ye 1 s are a thousand Years unto the Days fay, Every one that doth evil, is of Eternity. good in the Sight of the Lord, 9. k + Hab. 2. 3. See on Heb. and he delightech in them ; or, 10:37. Where is the God of Judgment ? Mar. if Ifa. 30. 18. See on Rom. 24. 48. If that evil Servant shall20 2. 4. Tay in his Heart, My Lord delayet mot Ezek. 18. 32. * Ezek. 33. his coming.

11. See on I Tim. 2.4. .. $. et Gen 1. 6,9. † Pfal. 33. n : Rom. 2. 4. Despiseft thou 6. See on Joh 1. 3.

the Riches of his goodness, and f | Pfal. 24. 2. He hath founded, forbearance, and long. suffering ; it upon the Seas, and established it not knowing that the Goodness of upon the Flouds. f Pfal. 136. God leadeth thee to Repentance ? 6. To him that Aretched out the of 1 Tim. 2.4. Who will have a! Errth above the Waters : for Men to be saved. his mercy endureth for ever. 30 (1) The Aposle here assures Christians that the Diry of the Lord,

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(1) St. Peter does not say that St. Paul's Epistles are hard to be understood, but only that some things in them are so ; for the Words are not, in which Epiftles, bur, in or among which things, some are hard to be understood. The Words therefore in which, do not refer to all St. Paul's Epistles, but to those things which St. Peter is discoursing of in this Chapter, particularly with respect to the coming of Christ, as St. Paul does in many of his Epistles. It is manifest from what St. Peter here fays, that all Christians were allowed to read the Scriptures, how else could the unlearned and unft able wrest them? This the Apostle blames, but he does not blame them for Reading the Scriptures, much less does he forbid the Reading of them as the most effectual Way to prevent their being wrested. And this shews how ill grounded that Conclusion is which the Writers in the Church of Rome draw from this Place, namely, that Layl Christians ought not to be allowed to read the Scriptures. The true I ference which the Confideration of the Difficulties in the holy Scriptures directs us to is, that we should read them with great Diligence and Apa plication, and not be too hasty in the Conclusions we draw frem difficult Places. The things necessary to Salvation are plain and easie. What can be more plain than the Gommands, Exhoitations, Promises, and Threarnings contained in the holy Scriptures? By the Unicarncd, is not meant those who are destitute of that knowledge we now commonly account Learning ; but those who had not learnt the fit Rudiments and Principles of the Christian Religion. There they were ignorant of, not because they could not know them, but because they would not. Their

Affections were impure, and their minds eitranged from Religion and * Piety. By unstable, is meant, nor feriled, not confirmed in the great

Principles of Religion. Sometimes they believed them, sometimes they questioned them, and fonctimes tiey dsbelicved them. They

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