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MATT. VII. 6, 7.

A. D. 31. earth, Acts xiii. 45–47. Beware of plenteous in mercy unto all them that dogs, beware of evil workers, beware call upon thee, lxxxvi. 5. Thou openof the concision, Phil. iii. 2. Of how est thine hand, and satisfiest the de.. much sorer punishment, suppose ye, sire of every living thing. He will shall he be thought worthy, who hath fulfil the desire of them that fear him, trodden under foot the Son of God, he also will hear their cry, and will and hath counted the blood of the co save them, cxlv. 16. 19. Seek

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the venant, wherewith he was sanctified, LORD while he may be found, call ye an unholy thing, and hath done despite upon him while he is near. Let the unto the Spirit of grace? Heb. x. 29. wicked forsake his way, and the unBut it is happened unto them accord righteous man his thoughts: and let ing to the true proverb, The dog is him return unto the Lord, and he will turned to his own vomit again ; and have mercy upon him ; and to our the sow that was washed, to her wal. God, for he will abundantly pardon, lowing in the mire, 2 Pet. 22. Isa. lv. 6,7. Then shall ye call upon

b But they made light of it, and went me, ai ye shall go and pray unto me, their ways, one to his farm, another to and I will hearken unto you. And his merchandise: And the remnant ye shall seek me, and find me, when took his servants, and entreated them ye shall search for me with all your spitefully, and slew them, Matt. xxii. heart, Jer. xxix. 12, 13. Call upon 5, 6. And then shall many be of me, and I will answer thee, and shew fended, and shall betray one another, thee great and mighty things, which and shall hate one another, xxiv. 10. thou knowest not, xxxiii. 3. ThereIn journeyings often, in perils of fore I say unto you, What things waters, in perils of robbers, in perils soever ye desire, when ye pray, beby mine own countrymen, in perils by lieve that ye receive them, and ye the heathen, in perils in the city, in shall have them, Mark xi. 24. And perils in the wilderness, in perils in I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be the sea, in perils among false brethren, given you; seek, and ye shall find ; 2 Cor. xi. 26. Alexander the copper knock, and it shall be opened unto you. smith did me much evil: the Lord re- For every one that asketh receiveth; ward him according to his works: Of and he that seeketh findeth; and to whom be thou ware also; for he hath him that knocketh it shall be opened. greatly withstood our words, 2 Tim.iv. If ye then, being evil, know how to 14, 15.

give good gifts unto your children ; VER. 7.

how much more shall your heavenly Αιτείτε, καί δοθήσεται υμϊν ζητείτε, | Father give the Holy Spirit to them ral sughoETE' xpoćete, val ávoiynoetae ipīvé that ask him, Luke xi. 9, 10. 13. And

Ask, aand it shall be given you ; bseek, he spake a parable unto them to this and ye shull find; knock, and it shall be end, that men ought always to pray, opened unto you:

and not to faint, xviii. 1. Jesus anye then, being evil, know how swered and said unto her, If thou to give good gifts unto your children, knewest the gift of God, and who it how much more shall your Father is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; which is in heaven, give good things thou wouldest have asked of him, and to them that ask him? Matt. vii. 11. he would have given thee living water, And all things, whatsoever ye shall John iv. 10. And whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer believing, ye shall re ask in my name, that will I do, that ceive, xxi. 22. In Gibeon the LORD the Father may be glorified in the Son, appeared to Solomon in a dream by

xiv. 13. Ye have not chosen me, but night: and God said, Ask what I shall I have chosen you, and ordained you, give thee, 1 Kings iii. 5. Lord, thou that you should go and bring forth hast heard the desire of the humble : fruit, and that your fruit should rethou wilt prepare their heart, thou main: that whatsoever ye shall ask wilt cause thine ear to hear, Ps. x. 17. of the Father in my name, And call upon me in the day of trou- give it you, xv. 16. And in that day ble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, glorify me, I. 15. For thou, LORD, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye art good, and ready to forgive ; and I shall ask tħe Father in my name, he

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MATT. VII. 7, 8.

A. D. 31. will give it you. Hitherto have ye | I love them that love me; and those asked nothing in my name: ask, and that seek me early shall find me, Prov. ye shall receive, that your joy may be viii. 17. I will rise now, and go full, xvi. 23, 24. If any of you lack about the city in the streets, and in wisdom, let him ask of God, that the broad ways I will seek him whom giveth to all men liberally, and up- my soul loveth : I sought him but I braideth not; and it shall be given found him not, Cant. iii. 2. For thus him. But let him ask in faith, no- saith the LORD unto the house of thing wavering; for he that wavereth Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live, is like a wave of the sea driven with Amos v. 4. Who will render to every the wind and tossed, James i. 5, 6. man according to his deeds, Rom. ii. 6. And the prayer of faith shall save There is none that understand, there the sick, and the Lord shall raise him is none that seeketh after God, iii. 11. up ; and if he have committed sins, But without faith it is impossible to they shall be forgiven him, v. 15. please him: For he that cometh to And whatsoever we ask, we receive God must believe that he is, and that of him, because we keep his command he is a rewarder of them that diliments, and do those things that are gently seek him, Heb. xi. 6. pleasing in his sight, 1 John iii. 22. c When once the master of the house And this is the confidence that we is risen up, and hath shut too the door, have in him, that if we ask any thing and ye begin to stand without, and according to his will, he heareth us : to knock at the door, saying, Lord, And if we know that he hear us, what- Lord, open unto us; and he shall ansoever we ask, we know that we have swer and say unto you, I know not the petitions that we desired of him, whence ye are, Luke xii. 25. v.14, 15. Because thou sayest, I am

VER. 8. rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest

Πώς γαρ ο αιτών λαμβάνει, και ο ζητών not that thou art wretched, and

miser- sügíoxes, nai tøj spořovrı åvoryncetas. able, and poor, and blind, and naked : For a every one that asketh, receivI counsel thee to buy of me gold tried eth ; and he that seeketh, findeth; and in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. and white raiment that thou mayest

a And, behold, a woman of Canaan be clothed, and that the shame of thy came out of the same coasts, and cried nakedness do not appear; and anoint unto him, saying, Have mercy on thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my mayest see, Rev. iii. 17, 18.

daughter is grievously vexed with a deb But seek ye first the kingdom of yil. But be answered her not a word. God, and his righteousness ; and all And his disciples came and besought these things shall be added unto you, him, saying, Send her away; for she Matt. vi. 33. The wicked, through the crieth after us. But he answered pride of his countenance, will not seek and said, I am not sent but unto the after God: God is not in all his lost sheep of the house of Israel. thoughts, Ps. x. 4. When thou saidst, Then came she and worshipped him Seek ye my face; my heart said unto saying, Lord, help me. But he anthee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek, swered and said, It is not meet to xxvii. 8. The humble shall see this, take the children's bread, and to cast and be glad : and your heart shall live it to dogs. And she said, Truth, that seek God, lxix. 32. Let all those Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs that seek thee rejoice and be glad in which fall from their master's table. thee : and let such as love thy sal. Then Jesus answered and said unto vation, say continually, Let God be her, O woman, great is thy faith : be magnified, lxx. 4. Glory ye in his it unto thee even as thou wilt. And holy name : let the heart of them re- her daughter was made whole from joice that seek the LORD. Seek the that very hour, Matt. xv. 22–28. LORD, and his strength : seek his face Manasseh was twelve years old when evermore, cv. 3, 4. Blessed are they he began to reign, and he reigned fifty that keep his testimonies, and that and five years in Jerusalem : But did seek him with the whole heart, cxix. 2. ) that which was evil in the sight of the

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MATT. VII. 8-11.

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LoRD, like unto the abominations of | τα αγαθά διδόναι τοίς τέκνοις υμών, πόσο the heathen, whom the LORD. had μάλλον ο πατήρ υμών και εν τοις ουρανούς, cast out before the children of Israel, | δώσει αγαθά τους αιτούσιν αυτόν και 2 Chron. xxxiii. 1, 2. His prayer also, and how God was entreated of

If ye then, a being evil, know how to him, and all his sin, and his trespass, much more shalle your Father which is in

give good gifts unto your children, b how and the places wherein he built high heaven gived good things to them that ask places, and set up groves and graven him? images, before he was humbled; behold, they are written among the

a And God saw that the wickedness sayings of the seers; 19. And said, of man was great in the earth, and I cried by reason of mine affliction that every imagination of the thoughts unto the Lord, and he heard me ; of his heart was only evil continually, out of the belly of hell cried I, and Gen. vi. 5. And the Lord smelled a thou heardest my voice, Jon. ii. 2. sweet savour; and the LORD said in But let man and beast be covered his heart, I will not again curse the with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto ground any more for man's sake ; for God: yea, let them turn every one

the imagination of man's heart is evil from hiş evil way, and from the vio- from his youth ; neither will I again lence that is in their hands. Who smite any more every thing living, as can tell if God will turn and repent, I have done, viii. 21. How much and turn away from his fierce anger,

more abominable and filthy is man, that we perish not? And God saw which drinketh iniquity like water? their works, that they turned from Job xv. 16. The LORD looked down their evil way; and God repented of from heaven upon the children of the evil, that he had said that he men, to see if there were any that did would do unto them; and he did it understand ; and seek God. They not, iii. 8–10. And he said unto are all gone aside, they are all togeJesus, Lord, remember me when thou ther become filthy: there is none that comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus doeth good, no, not one, Psal. xiv. 2, said unto him, Verily I say unto thee,

Behold I was shapen in iniquity; To-day shalt thou be with me in pa. and in sin did my mother conceive radise, Luke xxiii. 42, 43.

me, li. 5. The wicked are estranged VÉR. 9.

from the womb : they go astray as 'H ris ÉCTIV & ipão, äv@pwmos, o êày lviii. 3. For there is not a just man

soon as they be born, speaking lies, αιτήση ο υιός αυτού άρτον, μή λίθον επι

upon earth, that doeth good, and sin

neth not, Eccles. vii. 20. The heart a Or what man is there of you, whom of the sons of men is full of evil, and if his son ask bread, will he give him a madness is in their heart while they stone ?

live, and after that they go to the dead, a If a son shall ask bread of any of ix. 3.

But we are all as an unclean you that is a father, will he give him thing, and all our righteousnesses are a stone ? or if he ask a fish, will he for as filthy rags; and we all do fade a fish give him a serpent? Or if he as a leaf; and our iniquities, like shall ask an egg, will he offer him a the wind, have taken us away, Isa. scorpion ? If ye then, being evil, know Ixiv. 6. The heart is deceitful above how to give good gifts unto your chil- all things, and desperately wicked: dren : how much more shall your hea- who can know it? Jer. xvii. 9. And venly Father give the Holy Spirit to he said, That which cometh out of the them that ask him? Luke xi. 11--13. man, that defileth the man. For from VER. 10.

within, out of the heart of men, proKal éàv izbūv aithon, penőbov toidácea ceed evil thoughts, adulteries, forni

cations, murders, thefts, covetousness,

wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a

evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishserpent ?

ness : All these evil things come from VER. 11.

within, and defile the man, Mark vii. Ei olvimeis, wornpol ÖvTES, ožda te dépemn | 20–23. What then? are we better

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MATT. VII. 11.

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than they? No, in no wise : for we and envy, hateful, and hating one
have before proved both Jews and another, Tit. iii. 3.
Gentiles, that they are all under sin : b And the Lord passed by before
As it is written, There is one righ him, and proclaimed, The Lord, the
teous, no, not one. There is none that LORD God, merciful and gracious,
understandeth, there is none that long-suffering, and abundant in good-
seeketh after God. They are all gone ness and truth,Keeping mercy for thou-
out of the way, they are together be- sands, forgiving iniquity and trans-
come unprofitable; there is none that gression and sin, and that will by no
doeth good, no, not one. Their throat means clear the guilty ; visiting the ini-
is an open sepulchre; with their quity of the fathers upon the children,
tongues they have used deceit; the and upon the children's children, unto
poison of asps is under their lips : the third and to the fourth generation,
Whose mouth is full of cursing and Exod. xxxiv. 6,7. And this was yet a
bitterness : Their feet are swift to small thing in thy sight, O Lord God;
shed blood : Destruction and misery but thou hast spoken also of thy ser-
are in their ways; And the way of vant's house for a great while to come :
peace have they not known: There is and is this the manner of man, O Lord
no fear of God before their eyes. Now God, 2 Sam. vii. 19. For thou, LORD,
we know that what things soever the art good, and ready to forgive ; and
law saith, it saith to them who are plenteous in mercy to all them that call
under the law: that every mouth upon thee, Psal. lxxxvi.5. But thou, O
may be stopped, and all the world LORD, art a God full of compassion,
may become guilty before God, Rom. and gracious, long-suffering, and plen-
iii. 9–19. The carnal mind is en teous in mercy and truth, 15. For as
mity against God : for it is not sub- the heaven is high above the earth, so
ject to the law of God, neither indeed great is his mercy toward them that
can be. So then they that are in the fear him. As far as the east is from
flesh cannot please God, viii. 7, 8. the west, so far hath he removed our
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall transgressions from us.

Like as a die : but if ye through the Spirit do Father pitieth his children, so the mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall LORD pitieth them that fear him, ciji. live, 13. Now the works of the flesh 11—13. Can a woman forget her are manifest, which are these ; Adul- sucking child, that she should not tery, fornication, uncleanness, lasci- have compassion on the son of her viousness, idolatry, witchcraft, ha- womb ? yea, they may forget, yet will tred, variance, emulations, wrath, I not forget thee, Isa. xlix. 15. For strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, my thoughts are not your thoughts, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and neither are your ways my ways, saith such like: the which I tell you be- the LORD, lv. 8, 9. How shall I give fore, as I have also told you in time thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver past, that they which do such things thee, Israel? how shall I make thee shall not inherit the kingdom of God, as Admah ? how shall I set thee as Gal. v. 19–21. And you hath he Zeboim? mine heart is turned within quickened, who were dead in trespasses me, my repentings are kindled togeand sins; Wherein in time past ye ther. I will not execute the fiercewalked according to the course of this ness of mine anger, I will not return world, according to the prince of the to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, power of the air, the spirit that now and not man; the Holy One in the worketh in the children of disobedi- midst of thee: and I will not enter ence: Among whom also we all had into the city, Hos. xi. 8, 9. Who is a our conversation in times past, in the God like unto thee, that pardoneth lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires iniquity, and passeth by the transof the flesh and of the mind : and gression of the remnant of his heriwere by nature the children of wrath, tage? he retaineth not his anger for even as others, Eph. ii. 1-3. For we ever, because he delighteth in mercy, ourselves also were sometimes foolish, Mic. vii. 18. A son honoureth his disobedient, deceived, serving divers father, and a servant his master : if lusts and pleasures, living in malice I then I be a father, where is mine ho

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MATT. VII. 11, 12.

A. D. 31. nour? and if I be a master, where is of David a Saviour, which is Christ my fear? saith the LORD of hosts un the Lord, Luke ii. 10, 11. And God to you, O priests, that despise my is able to make all grace abound to

And ye say, Wherein have ward you ; that ye, always having all we despised thy name? Mal. i. 6. sufficiency in all things, may abound For God so loved the world, that he to every good work : (As it is written, gave his only-begotten Son, that who- He hath dispersed abroad; he hath soever believeth in him should not given to the poor: his righteousness perish, but have everlasting life, John remaineth for ever. Now he that iii. 16. But God commendeth his ministereth seed to the sower both love toward us, in that, while we minister bread for your food, and mulwere yet sinners, Christ died for us. tiply your seed sown, and increase DIuch more then, being now justified the fruits of your righteousness;) Beby his blood, we shall be saved from ing enriched in every thing to all wrath through him. For if, when we bountifulness, which causeth through were enemies, we were reconciled to us thanksgiving to God. For the adGod by the death of his Son, much ministration of this service not only more, being reconciled, we shall be supplieth the want of the saints, but saved by his life, Rom. v. 8–10. He is abundant also by many thanksgivthat spared not his own Son, but de- ings unto God. Whiles by the expelivered him up for us all, how shall he riment of this ministration they glonot with him also freely give us all rify God for your professed subjection things, viii. 32. But God, who is rich unto the gospel of Christ, and for in mercy, for his great love wherewith your liberal distribution unto them, he loved us, Even when we were dead and unto all men ; And by their prayer in sins, hath quickened us together for you, which long after you for the with Christ, (by grace are ye saved ;) exceeding grace of God in you. Eph. ii. 4,5. Behold, what manner of Thanks be unto God for his unspeaklove the Father hath bestowed upon able gift, 2 Cor. ix. 8—15. But after us, that we should be called the sons that the kindness and love of God of God: therefore the world knoweth our Saviour toward man appeared, us not, because it knew him not, Not by works of righteousness which 1 John iii. 1. Herein is love, not that we have done, but according to his we loved God, but that he loved us, mercy he saved us, by the washing and sent his Son to be the propitiation of regeneration, and renewing of the for our sins, iv. 10.

Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us c See parallels on two last clauses, abundantly through Jesus Christ our ver. 16. chap. v.

Saviour; That being justified by his a For the LORD God is a sun and grace, we should be made heirs acshield : the Lord will give grace and cording to the hope of eternal life, glory: no good thing will he withTit. iii. 4—7. hold from them that walk uprightly,

VER. 12. Psal. lxxxiv. 11. Yea, the LORD

Πάντα ούν όσα αν θέλησε ένα ποιώσιν shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase, έχχχ. υμίν οι άνθρωποι, ούτω και υμείς ποιείτε 12. Behold, the days come, saith aitois, oitos yáp łoruv vópos xai oi trgothe LORD, that I will perform that

φήται. good thing which I have promised

Therefore a all things whatsoever ye unto the house of Israel and to the would that men should do to you, do ye house of Judah, Jer. xxxiii. 14. Take even so to them: b for this is the Law with you words, and turn to the and the Prophets. LORD: say unto him, Take away all a And as ye would that men should iniquity, and receive us graciously : do to you, do ye also to them likeso will we render the calves of our wise, Luke vi. 31. lips, Hos. xiv. 2. And the angels said b And the second is like unto it, unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thybring you good tidings of great joy, self. On these two commandments which shall be to all people. For hang all the Law and the Prophets, unto you is born this day in the city Matt. xxii. 39, 40. Thou shalt not go

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