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may set his nest on high.-Hab. ii. temptation, and a snare, and into 9, io.

many foolish and hurtful lusts, which Lay not up for yourselves treasures drown men in destruction and perypon earth, where moth and rust dition : for the love of money is the doth corrupt, and where thieves break root of all evil ; which while some through and steal, &c. for where coveted after, they have erred from your treasure is, there will your heart the faith, and pierced themselves be also, &c. I say unto you, Take through with many sorrows. But no thought for your life, what you thou, O man of God, flee these things. shall eat, or what you shall drink; – 1 Tim. vi. 7–10. nor yet for your body what you shall Let your conversation be without put on, &c. behold the fowls of the covetousness, and be content with air ; for they sow not, neither do such things as ye have : for he hath they reap, yet your heavenly Father said, I will never leave thee, nor forfeedeth them; are ye not much bet- sake thee.-Heb. xiii. 5. ter than they? Which of you, by Love not the world, neither the taking thought, can add one cubit things that are in the world. If any unto his stature ? Matt. vi. 19. man love the world, the love of the 25-27.

Father is not in him.- 1 John ii. Judas's covetousness led him to 15, 16. offer to the chief priests to betray Christ, and to covenant with them

CHAP. LXIV. for thirty pieces of silver to perform it.--Matt. xxvi. 14-16.

Take heed, and beware of covet- Laban charged Jacob, his daughter's ousness : for a man's life consisteth husband, with stealing his gods.not in the abundance of the things Gen. xxxi. 30. which he possesseth.—Luke xii. 15. Thou shalt not steal.-Exod. xx. 15.

Being filled with all unrighteous The many laws about stealing ness, &c. covetousness, &c. God Exod. xxii. 1-4. gave them over to a reprobate mind, Ye shall not steal, &c. Thou shalt &c.-Rom. i. 28, 29.

not defraud thy neighbour, neither I have written unto you not to rob him. The wages of him that is keep company, if any man that is hired, shall not abide with thee all called a brother, be a fornicator, or night, until the morning.-Levit. xix. covetous.—1 Cor. y. ll.

11. 13. The unrighteous shall not inherit When thou sawest a thief, then the kingdom of God, &c. nor covet- thou consentedst with him.-Ps. 1. 18. ous.—1 Cor. vi. 9, 10. Eph. v. 5. Will ye steal, &c. and come and

Covetousness, let it not be once stand before me in this house - Jer. named amongst you, as becometh vii. 7. 9, 10. saints, &c. for because of these things By killing and stealing, &c. therecometh the wrath of God upon the fore shall the land mourn.—Hosea children of disobedience.-Eph. v. 3. 6. iv. 2, 3.

Mortify therefore your members Every one that stealeth, shall be which are upon the earth, &c. Co- cut off, &c. and the curse shall enter yetousness, which is idolatry.-Col. into the house of the thief.—Zech. v. iii. 5.

3, 4. We brought nothing into this Those things which proceed out of world, and it is certain we can carry the mouth, come forth from the heart, nothing out; and having food and &c. as thefts.—Matt. xv. 18, 19. raiment, let us be therewith content. Judas saith, Why was not this But they that will be rich, fall into ointment sold ? &c. This he said,

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not that he cared for the poor, but Lie not one to another, seeing that because he was a thief.- John xii. ye have put off the old man with his 4-6.

deeds.—Col. iii. 9. Thou that preachest, a man should The law is made for the lawless, not steal, dost thou steal ?-Rom. &c. for liars.--1 Tim. i. 9, 10. ii. 21.

All liars shall have their part in Know ye not that the unrighteous the lake which burneth with fire and shall not inherit the kingdom of God ? brimstone, which is the second death, &c. nor thieves.--I Cor. vi. 9, 10. &c. There shall in no wise enter

Let him that stole, steal no more; into the New Jerusalem any thing but rather let him labour, working that defileth, neither whatsoever with his hands.-Eph. iv. 28. worketh abomination, or maketh a

Exhort servants to be obedient, &c. lie.—Rev. xxi. 8. 27. uot purloining, but shewing all good For without are dogs, and sorcerers, fidelity.–Titus ii. 9, 10.

&c. and whosoever loveth and maketh

a lie.-Rev. xxii. 15. CHAP. LXV.

CHAP. LXVI. OP LYING AND EQUIVOCATING. Ye shall not lie one to another. OF TEMPTING GOD: OR WHEREIN MEN Levit. xix. 11.

Lord, who shall abide in thy taber- Moses said to the people, Why chide nable ? &c. he that speaketh the you with me? Wherefore do you tempt truth from his heart.-Ps. xv. 1, 2. the Lord ?—Exod. xvii. 2.

The mouth of them that speak lies They tempted God in their heart, shall be stopped.-Ps. Ixči. 11. by asking meat for their lusts, &c.

I hate and abhor lying, but thy yea, they turned back, and tempted law do I love.-Ps, cxix. 163. God, and limited the Holy One of

These six things doth the Lord Israel, &c. yea, they tempted and prohate, &c. a lying tongue.-Prov. vi. voked the most high God, and kept 16, 17.

not his testimonies.-Ps. lxxviii. 18. The lips of truth shall be esta- 41. 56. blished for ever, but a lying tongue is Harden not your hearts as in the but for a moment. —Prov. xii. 19. provocation, and as in the day of

The Lord hath a controversy with temptation in the wilderness, when the inhabitants of the land, because your fathers tempted me, proved me, there is no truth, &c. by lying, &c. and saw my works.-Ps. xcv. 8, 9. therefore shall the land mourn. Ask thee a sign: but Ahaz said, I Hosea iv. 1-3.

will not ask, neither will I tempt the Ephraim compasseth me about Lord. Isa. vii. U, 12. with lies, and the house of Israel Ye have said, It is in vain to serve with deceit.-Hosea xi. 12.

God, &c. they that tempt God, are Those are the things that ye shall even delivered.-Mal. iii. 14, 15. do, speak ye every man the truth to If thou be the Son of God, cast his neighbour.--Zech. viii. 16. thyself down, &c. Jesus saith unto

Why hath Satan filled thine heart him, It is written again, Thou shalt to lie to (or to deceive) the Holy not tempt the Lord thy God.—Matt. Ghost ? &c. Thou hast not lied unto 6-8. Deut. vi. 16. Luke men, but unto God.-Acts v. 3–5. xxii. 28.

Wherefore, putting away lying, When Christ bad raised the ruler's speak every man truth with his neigh- daughter, he commanded that somebour : for we are members one of thing should be given her to eat. another.--Eph. iv. 25.

Mark v. 43.

When the Jews had asked Jesus, a consulter with familiar spirits, or a Is it lawful to give tribute to Cæsar? wizard, or a necromancer; for all he said unto them, Why tempt ye that do these things, are an abomime?-Mark xii. 14, 15. Luke iv. 2. nation unto the Lord; and because

The Jews tempted Christ, that they of these abominations, the Lord thy might have to accuse him about the God doth drive them out from before woman taken in adultery.—John viii. thee.—Deut. xviii. 10–12. 14. 20. 4-6.

Rebellion is as the sin of witchAnanias and Sapphira are said to craft.—1 Sam. xv. 23. tempt the Lord by their lying about Saul said unto his servants, Seek the sale of their possessions.—Acts me a woman that hath a familiar spi1-10.

rit, that I may go to her, and inquire Now, therefore, why tempt ye God of her. And his servants said to to put a yoke upon the neck of the him, Behold, there is a woman that disciples, which neither our fathers hath a familiar spirit at Endor. And nor we were able to bear?

-Acts Saul went to her, and said, I pray xy. 10.

thee, divine unto me by the familiar Neither let us tempt Christ, as spirit, and bring me him up whom I some of them also tempted, and were shall name, &c. which she did (though destroyed of serpents.—1 Cor. x. 9. she hazarded her life by it).—1 Sam.

God cannot be tempted with evil, xxviii. 7, &c. neither tempteth he any man.-James What peace, so long as the whorei. 13.

doms of thy mother Jezebel, and her

witchcrafts are so many?—2 Kings CHAP, LXVII.

ix. 22.

Manasseh, &c. observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with

familiar spirits, and wizards.--2 Kings Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. xxi. 1. 6. 2 Chron. xxxiii. 6. -Exod. xxii. 18.

The workers with familiar spirits, The soul that turneth after such as and the wizards, &c. did Josiah put have familiar spirits, and after wiz- away.—2 Kings xxiii. 24. ards, to go a whoring after them, I so Saul died for his transgression, will even set my face against that &c. and also for asking counsel of soul, and will cut him off, &c. A one that had a familiar spirit, to inman also, or a woman, that hath a quire of it.—1 Chron. x. 13. familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, Therefore thou hast forsaken thy shall surely be put to death.-Levit. people, the house of Jacob, because xx. 6. 27.

they be replenished from the east, Regard not them that have familiar and are soothsayers, like the Philisspirits, neither seek after wizards, to tines.- Isa. ii. 6. be defiled by them: I am the Lord When they shall say unto you, your God.-Levit. xix. 31.

Seek unto them that have familiar When Balaam saw that it pleased spirits, and unto wizards that peep, the Lord to bless Israel, he went not, and that mutter: should not a people as at other times, to seek for (or to seek unto their God? for the living, the meeting of) enchantments. to the dead? Isa, viji. 19. Numb. xxiv. 1. xxiii. 23. Josh. Stand thou with thy enchantments, xxiii. 7.

and with the multitude of thy sorceThere shall not be found among ries, wherein thou hast laboured from you any, &c. that useth divination, thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able or an observer of times, or an en- to profit, if so be thou mayest prechanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or vail, &c. Let now the astrologers,





the stargazers, the monthly prog Sorcerers (among others) are to nosticators stand up, and save thee have their part in the lake which from these things which shall come burneth, &c.—Rev. xxi. 8. upon thee.- Isa. xlvii. 12, 13.

Without are dogs and sorcerers, The king commanded to call the &c.-Rev. xxii. 15. magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, to

CHAP. LXVIII. shew the king his dreams.-Dan. ii. 2. 10. iv. 7. v. 7.

OF A HARDENED HEART, AND GOD'S I will cut off witchcraft out of thy hand, and thou shalt have no more soothsayers.-Micah v. 12.

The Lord said unto Moses, &c. See Because of the multitude of the that thou do all these wonders before whoredoms of the well favoured har- Pharaoh, &c. but I will harden Phalot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that raoh's heart, that he shall not let the selleth nations through her whore- people go.-Exod. iv. 21. vii. 13, 14. doms, and families through her witch- viii. 15. crafts.--Nahuin iii. 4.

Sihon, king of Heshbon, would I will be a swift witness against not let Israel pass by him : for the the sorcerers.-Mal. iii. 5.

Lord thy God hardened his spirit, If I by Beelzebub cast out devils, that he might deliver him into thy by whom do your sons cast them hand.-Deut. ii. 30. out?—Luke xi. 19.

He turned their hearts to hate his There was a certain man called people, and to deal subtily with his Simeon, which beforetime in the same servants.-Ps. cv. 25. city used sorcery, and bewitched the O Lord, why hast thou made us to people of Samaria, giving out that err from thy ways, and hardened our bimself was some great one. — Acts heart from thy fear?-Isa. Ixiii. 17. viii. 9.

Thou hast consumed them, but They found a certain sorcerer, a they have refused to receive correcfalse prophet, a Jew, whose name tion: they have made their faces was Bar-jesus, &c. who sought to harder than a rock; they have return away the deputy from the faith, fused to return.- Jer. v. 3. &c. Then Saul said, O full of all They hearkened not unto me, nor subtilty and all mischief, thou child inclined to me, but hardened their of the devil, &c.-Acts xiii. 6—10. neck; they did worse than their fa

A certain damsel possessed with a thers.—Jer. vii. 26. spirit of divination (or of Python) Ephraim is joined to idols ; let him met us, which brought her masters alone.-Hosea iv. 17. much gain by soothsaying, &c. which Jesus spake to the wilful Jews in spirit Paul 'cast out. — Acts xvi. parables, Because (said he) they see16-18.

ing, see not, &c. for this people's Certain of the vagabond Jews ex- heart is waxed gross, and their ears orcists, when they saw Paul cast out are dull of hearing, and their eyes evil spirits, attempted to do the same, they have closed, lest at any time they in the name of the Lord Jesus; but should see, &c. and should be conthe evil spirit overcame them, upon verted, and I should heal them.which many of them which used cu- Matt. xiii. 13–15. Acts xxviii. 25 rious arts, brought their books toge- --27. ther and burned them.-Acts xix. According to which prophecy, their 13-16. 18, 19.

judicial hardness was evident in their The works of the flesh are mani- persecuting Christ to the death, notfest, &c. witchcrafts.-Gal. v. 19, 20. withstanding the apparent evidence


that he was the Son of God, both be- the truth, but had pleasure in unfore his death, in his death, and in his righteousness.—2 Thess. ii. 10–12. resurrection.

By these three was the third part Jesus said, For judgment I am of men killed, &c. and the rest of the come into this world, &c. that they men which were not killed by these which see might be made blind, &c. plagues, yet repented not of the He said to the Pharisees, If ye were works of their hands, that they should blind, ye should have no sin : but not worship devils, and idols of gold, now ye say, We see, therefore your &c.—Rev. ix. 18. 20, 21.. sin remaineth.—John ix. 39. 41. Men were scorched (or burned)

Therefore they could not believe, with great heat, blasphemed the name because Isaiah had said, He hath of God, which hath power over these blinded their eyes, and hardened their plagues, and repented not to give him liearts, that they should not see with glory, &c. They gnawed their tongues their eyes, &c.—John xii. 37. 39, 40. for pain, and blasphemed the God of

They are without excuse, because heaven, and repented not of their that when they knew God, they glo- deeds.-Rev. xvi. 9–11.21. rified him not as God, neither were He that is unjust, let him be unjust thankful, but became vain in their still: and he which is filthy, let him imaginations, and their foolish heart be filthy still.-Rev. xxi. il. was darkened, &c. wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, &c. for

CHAP. LXIX. this cause

gave them up unto vile

OR BEING WISE affections, &c. and even as they did

ABOVE WHAT IS WRITTEN. not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a re

Secret things belong unto the Lord probate mind (or a mind void of judg

our God, but those things which are ment), being filled with all unrighte- revealed belong unto us and to our ousness.-Rom. i. 21, &c.

children for ever, that we may do all God saith to Moses, I will have the works of this law.-Deut. xxix. 29, mercy on whom I will have

Manoah said unto the angel of the

mercy, &c. and whom he will he hardenetk. Lord, What is thy name ? &c. that we -Rom. ix. 15. 17, 18.

may do thee honour. And the angel Israel hath not obtained that which of the Lord said unto him, Why askest he seeketh for, but the election hath thou thus after my name, seeing it is obtained it; and the rest were blinded secret (or wonderful).-Judges xiii. (or hardened) according as it is writ- 17, 18. ten, God hath given them the spirit

Jesus said unto them, It is not for of slumber ; eyes that they should you to know the times or the seanot see.-Rom. xi. 7--10.

sons, which the Father hath put in If our gospel be hid, it is hid to his own power.-Acts i. 6,7. them that are lost. In whom the god

These things, brethren, I have in a of this world hath blinded the minds figure transferred to myself

, and to of them which believe not, lest the Apollos, for your sakes, that you light of the glorious gospel of Christ, might learn in us not to think of men &c. should shine unto them.—2 Cor. above that which is written,-1 Cor. iv. 3, 4.

iv. 6. Because they received not the love

CHAP. LXX. of the truth, that they might be saved ; and for this cause God shall of God's PROVIDENCE IN THE send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, that they all Tuine, O Lord, is the greatness, and might be damned who believed not the power, &c. both riches and ho



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