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17 and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That

many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things

which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things 18 which ye hear, and have not heard them. Hear ye therefore

and truth. Je. xxxiii. 6. I will heal their lation in the knowledge of him : the eyes of backsliding ; I will love them freely, for mine your understanding being enlightened, that anger is turned away from him (Israel). ye may know what is the hope of his calling, Ho. xiv. 4. Unto you that fear my name and what the riches of the glory of his inheshall the Sun of Righteousness arise with ritance in the saints. Ep. i. 16, 17, 18. healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth 17 That many prophets, &c.] I tell you and grow up as calves of the stall. Mal. iv. 2. that many prophets and kings have desired to Unto them that are without all these things are see those things which ye see, and have not done in parables, lest at any time they should seen them; and to hear those things which ye be converted, and their sins should be forgiven hear, and have not heard them. Lu. X. 24. them. Mar. iv. 11, 12. In the midst of the Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, street of "it" (" the new Jerusalem"), and on and he saw it and was glad. John viii. 56. either side of the river (proceeding out of the When ye read, ye may understand my knowthrone of God) was there the Tree of Life, ledge in the mystery of Christ, which in other which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded ages was not made known unto the sons of her fruit every month: and the leaves of the men, as it is now revealed unto his holy tree were for the healing of the nations. Re. apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that the xxii. 2.

Gentiles should be fellow-heirs and of the 16 Blessed are your eyes.] See chap. v. same body, and partakers of his promise in 3—11. Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona; Christ by the Gospel. Ep. iii. 4–6. These for flesh and blood hath not revealed "it" (many excellent persons of old time) all died in (his saying, " Thou art the Christ," &c.) unto the faith, not having received the promises, thee, but my Father which is in heaven. but having seen them afar off, and were perMat. xvi. 17. Lord (said Simeon) now lettest suaded of them, and embraced them, and conthou thy servant depart in peace; for mine fessed that they were strangers and pilgrims eyes have seen thy salvation. Lu. ii. 29, 30. on the earth ; and these all having obtained a And he (Jesus) turned him unto his disciples, good report, through faith, received not the and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which promise : God having provided some better see the things that ye see; for I tell you, that thing for us, that they, without us, should not many prophets and kings have desired to see be made perfect. He. xi. 13. 39, 40. of those things which ye see, and have not seen which salvation the prophets have inquired them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and searched diligently, who prophesied of and have not heard them. Lu. x. 23, 24. the grace that should come unto you: search" Thomas ” (said Jesus to "his disciple")! ing what or what manner of time the Spirit of because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed ! Christ, which was in them, did signify, when Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet it testified, beforehand, the sufferings of Christ, have believed. John xx. 29. I send thee and the glory that should follow. Unto whom (said Christ to Paul) to open their eyes (of it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but the Gentiles), and to turn them from darkness unto us, they did minister the things which to light, and from the power of Satan unto are now reported unto you by them that have God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, preached the Gospel unto you, with the Holy and inheritance among them which are sanc- Ghost, sent down from heaven, which things tified by faith that is in me. Ac. xxvi. 18. the angels desire to look into. 1 Pe. i. 10, If our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that 11, 12. are lost; in whom the god of this world 18 Hear ye therefore.] See verses 11, 12. hath blinded the minds of them which believe The sower soweth the word, and these are not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of they by the way side where the word is sown; Christ, who is the image of God, should shine but when they have heard, Satan cometh imunto them: for we preach not ourselves, but mediately, and taketh away the word that Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your was sown in their hearts. And these are they servants for Jesus' sake; for God who com- likewise which are sown on stony ground; manded the light to shine out of darkness, who when they have heard the word imhath shined in our hearts, to give the light of mediately receive it with gladness, and have the knowledge of the glory of God, in the no root in themselves, and so endure but for face of Jesus Christ. 2 Co. iv. 4-6. I cease a time: afterward, when affliction or perse not to give thanks for you, making mention cution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately of you in my prayers ; that the God of our they are offended : and these are they which Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may are sown among thorns; such as hear the give unto you the spirit of wisdom and reve- word, and the cares of this world, and the

the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the 19 kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one,

deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other for the Lord giveth wisdom, out of his mouth things, entering in, choke the word, and it cometh knowledge and understanding. Pr. 'becometh unfruitful. And these are they ii. 1-6. Wherefore is there a price in the which are sown on good ground; such as hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath hear the word, and receive it; and bring forth no heart to it? Pr. xvii. 16. Through fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some desire a man having separated himself seeketh an hundred. Mar. iv. 14—20 See chap. and intermeddleth with all wisdom. A fool xxi. 33.

hath no delight in understanding, but that his 19 The word of the kingdom.] See chap. heart may discover itself. Pr. xviii. 1, 2. iv. 23. and com. And he (Jesus) sent them This is the condemnation (saith Jesus), that (his twelve disciples) to preach the kingdom light is come into the world, and men loved of God, and to heal the sick. Lu. ix. 2. darkness rather than light, because their Heal the sick that are therein (in the city deeds were evil; for every one that doeth that received them), and say unto them, The evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. Lu. light, lest his deeds should be reproved. John x. 9. Now behold (said Paul to the elders iii. 19, 20. Why do ye not understand my of Ephesus), I know that ye all among whom speech (said Christ), even because ye cannot i have gone preaching the kingdom of God, hear my word. John viii. 43. Pilate saith shall see my face no more. Ac. XX. 25. unto Jesus, What is truth? And when he And when they" (the chief of the Jews in had said this, he went out again unto the Rome") had appointed him (Paul) a day, Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no there came many to him into his lodging; fault at all. John xviii. 38. And when they to whom he expounded and testified the king- (the Athenians) heard (Paul preaching) of the dom of God, persuading them concerning resurrection of the dead, some mocked; and Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out others said, We will hear thee again of this of the prophets, from morning till evening. matter. Ac. xvii. 32. If it be a question of Ac. xxviii. 23. The kingdom of God is not words and names, and of your law (of which meat, and drink, but righteousness, and peace, they accused Paul, said Gallio, the deputy of and joy in the Holy Ghost. Ro. xiv. 17. Achaia to the Jews), look ye to it, for I will Seeing we have this ministry, as we have be no judge of such matters. Ac. xviii. 15. received mercy, we faint not, but have re- And as “he" (" Paul'') reasoned, of rightenounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not ousness, temperance, and judgment to come, walking in craftiness, nor handling the word Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way of God deceitfully ; but by manifestation of for this time, when I have a more convenient the truth, commending ourselves to every season, I will call for thee. Ac. xxiv. 25. man's conscience in the sight of God; but if The Jews (said Festus to king Agrippa) had our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are certain questions against him (Paul) of their lost. 2 Co. iv. 1-3. Unto me who am own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was less than the least of all saints, is this grace dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive; and given, that I should preach among the Gen- because I doubted of such manner of ques. tiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. Ep. tions, I asked him whether he would go to iii. 8.

Jerusalem, and there be judged of these And understandeth it not.] The fear of the matters. Ac. xxv. 19, 20. And when they Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools (the king, the governor, and Bernice, &c.) were despise wisdom and instruction : wisdom crieth gone aside (having heard Paul's modest answer without, she uttereth her voice in the streets, to Festus), they talked between themselves, she crieth in the chief place of concourse, in saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of the openings of the gates, in the city she death, or of bonds. Then said Agrippa unto uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye Festus, This man might have been set at simple ones, will ye love simplicity; and the liberty, if he had not appealed unto Cæsar. scotners delight in their scorning; and fools Ac. xxvi. 31, 32. As they (the ungodly) did hate knowledge ? Pr. i. 7. 20-22. My not like to retain God in their knowledge, son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to my commandments with thee, so that thou do those things which are not convenient. incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply Ro. i. 28. Unto them that are contentious, thine heart to understanding, yea, if thou and do not obey the truth, but obey unrightecriest after knowledge, and liftest up thy ousness (the Lord will render), indignation, voice for understanding : if thou seekest her and wrath, tribulation, and anguish, upon as silver, and searchest for her as for hid every soul of man that doeth evil. Ro. ii

. 8, treasures, then shalt thou understand the fear 9. For this cause (because they received not of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. the love of the truth) God shall send them and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which 20 received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into

stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with

strong delusion, that they should believe a tabernacle of witness? And when they (the lie, that they all might be damned who be. workmen) had finished it (the repairing the lieved not the truth, but had pleasure in un- temple) they brought the rest of the money righteousness. 2 The. ii. 11, 12. Therefore before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were we ought to give the more earnest heed to the made vessels for the house of the Lord. 2 Cha things which we have heard, lest at any time xxiv. 2. 6. 14. When "he" ("the Lord") we should let them slip. He. ii. 1. And we slew them (Israel) then they sought him, and know that the Son of God is come, and hath they returned, and inquired after God; and given us an understanding, that we may they remembered that God was their rock, and know him that is true. And we are in him the High God their Redeemer. Nevertheless that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ; they did flatter him with their mouth, and this is the true God, and eternal life. 1 John they lied unto him with their tongues, for v. 20.

their heart was not right with him, neither The wicked one.] See verse 38. These were they stedfast in his covenant. Ps. lxxviii

. are they by the way side where the word is 34–37. Then believed they his words (sker sown; but when they have heard, Satan God saved the Israelites from the hand of him cometh immediately, and taketh away the that hated them), they sang his praise, they word that was sown in their hearts. Mar. soon forgat his works, they waited not for his iv. 15. Those by the way side are they that counsel. Ps. cvi. 12, 13. Lift up thy voice hear; then cometh the Devil, and taketh away like a trumpet, and shew my people their the word out of their hearts, lest they should transgression : yet they seek me daily, and believe, and be saved. Lu. viï. 12. I write delight to know my ways, as a nation that did unto you, young men, because ye have over- righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance come the wicked one; I write unto you, fathers, of their God; they ask of me the ordinances because ye have known him that is from the of justice, they take delight in approaching beginning; I have written unto you, young to God. Is. lviii. 1, 2. They come unto men, because ye are strong, and the word of thee (said the Lord to Ezekiel) as the people God abideth in you, and ye have overcome cometh, and they sit before thee as my people

, the wicked one. 1 John ii. 13, 14. We and they hear thy words, but they will not should love one another, not as Cain, who do them: for with their mouth they shew was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. much love, but their heart goeth after their 1 John ii. 12. We know that whosoever is covetousness. And, lo, thou art unto them as born of God sinneth not, but he that is be- a very lovely song, of one that hath a pleasant gotten of God keepeth himself, and that voice, and can play well on an instrument; wicked one toucheth him not. 1 John v. 18. for they hear thy words, but they do them

This is he which received seed by the way not. Ez. xxxiii. 31, 32. These are they side.] See verse 4.

likewise which are sown upon stony ground, 20 Received the seed. See verses 5, 6. who when they have heard the word, im

Anon with joy receiveth it.] Saul said, mediately receive it with gladness, and have There shall not a man be put to death this no root in themselves, and so endure but for day (for the people said to Samuel, Who is he a time; afterward when affliction or persethat said, Shall Saul reign over us ? Bring the cution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately men that we may put them to death), for to- they are offended. Mar. iv. 16, 17. Herod day the Lord hath wrought salvation in Israel. feared John, knowing that he was a just mat Then said Samuel to the people, Come and and an holy, and observed him; and when he let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom heard him, he did many things, and heard there. And all the people went to Gilgal, him gladly. Mar. vi. 20. He (John the and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace- Baptist) was a burning and a shining light offerings before the Lord, and there" Saul, (said Jesus to the Jews), and ye were willing and all the men of Israel, rejoiced greatly. for a season to rejoice in his light. John F. 1 Sa. xi. 13—15. Joash (king of Jerusalem, 35. The Pharisees, therefore, said unto him who was afterwards seduced to idolatry) did (Jesus), Thou bearest record of thyself: thy that which was right in the sight of the Lord, record is not true. John viii. 13. My temptaall the days of Jehoiada the priest. And the tion which was in my flesh, ye despised not king called for Jehoiada the priest, and said nor rejected, but received me as an angel of unto him, Why hast thou not required of the God, even as Christ Jesus. Where is then Levites, to bring in out of Judah, and out of the blessedness ye spake of? For I bear Jerusalem, the collection, according to the you record, that if it had been possible ye commandment of Moses, the servant of the would have plucked out your own eyes, and Lord, and of the congregation of Israel, for the have given them to me. Ga ir. 14, 15.

joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a 21 while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the

For your

21 Root in himself.] See verse 6 and chap. knowledge, &c. Ep. iii. 17. If these things vii. 22, 23. 26, 27. Why persecute we him, (the fruits of the Spirit) be in you, and seeing the root of the matter is found in me abound, they make you that ye shall neither (said Job, in the words of his enemies)? Jobbe barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of xix. 28. A man shall not be established by our Lord Jesus Christ ; but he that lacketh wickedness, but the root of the righteous shall these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, not be moved. The wicked desire the net and hath forgotten that he was purged from of evil men, but the root of the righteous his old sins. 2 Pe. i. 8, 9. They (the Antiyieldeth fruit. Pr. xii. 3. 12. They on the christs) went out from us, but they were not rock are they which, when they hear, re- of us ; for if they had been of us, they would ceive the word with joy; and these have no no doubt have continued with us; but they root, which for a while believe, and in time of went out, that they might be manifest that temptation fall away. Lu. viii. 13. Ye seek they were not all of us; but ye have an me not (said Jesus to the multitude), because unction from the Holy One, and ye know all ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat things. 1 John ii. 19, 20. of the loaves, and were filled. John vi. 26. Dureth for a while.] See chap. x. 22. When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples What is the hope of the hypocrite, though he murmured at "it" (that he said, He that hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? eateth me, even he shall live by me"), he said Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh unto them, Doth this offend you ? What upon him? Will he delight himself in the and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up Almighty ? Will he always call upon God? where he was before ? It is the spirit that Job xxvii. 8, 9, 10. The words of his mouth quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing; the are iniquity and deceit; he hath left off to words that I speak unto you, they are spirit be wise, and to do good. Ps. xxxvi. 3.0 and they are life ; but there are some of you Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O that believe not. For Jesus knew from the Judah, what shall I do unto thee? beginning who they were that believed not, goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the and who should betray him. And he said, early dew it goeth away. Ho. vi. 4. (God) Therefore said I unto you, that no man can will render to every man according to his come unto me except it were given unto him deeds, to them who by patient continuance in of my Father. Have not I chosen you twelve, well doing, seek for glory, and honour, and and one of you is a Devil ? He spake of immortality, eternal life. Ro. ii. 7. I thank Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for he it my God upon every remembrance of you, was that should betray him, being one of the Being confident of this very thing, that he twelve. John vi. 61-65. 70, 71. I am the which hath begun a good work in you, will vine, ye are the branches : he that abideth perform it, until the day of Christ Jesus. Phi. i. in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth 3.6. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively a branch, and men gather them and cast them hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from into the fire, and they are burned. If ye the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto in heaven for you, who are kept by the power you. John xv. 5—7. Thou (said Peter to of God through faith unto salvation, ready to Simon the sorcerer, who had been baptized) be revealed in the last time. 1 Pe. i. 3—5. hast neither part nor lot in this matter : for For when tribulation or persecution ariseth, thy heart is not right in the sight of God. &c.] See chap. v. 10, 11, 12 ; x. 37, 38, 39. Repent, therefore, of this thy wickedness, and If any man will come after me (said Jesus), pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart let him deny himself, and take up his cross may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that and follow me. For whosoever will save his thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his bond of iniquity! Ac. viii. 21, 22, 23. For life for my sake shall find it. For what is a in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth man profited if he shall gain the whole world any thing, nor uncircumcision, but faith which and lose his own soul ! or what shall a man worketh by love. Ga. v. 6. For in Christ give in exchange for his soul ? Mat. xvi. 24, Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, 25, 26. When affliction or persecution ariseth nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. Ga. for the word's sake, immediately “they" vi. 15. I bow my knees unto the Father, &c. (" who have no root in themselves") are ofthat Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, fended. Mar. iv. 17. Whosoever will come that ye being rooted and grounded in love, after me, let him deny himself, and take up may know the love of Christ, which passeth his cross and follow me. For whosoever will

22 word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed

among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this

save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall xii. 25, 26. As many as desire to make a lose his life for my sake and the Gospel's, the fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to same shall save it. For what shall it profit a be circumcised ; only lest they should suffer man if he shall gain the whole world and lose persecution for the cross of Christ. Ga. vi. his own soul ? Mar. viii. 34, 35, 36. Now 12. Demas hath forsaken me, having loved the brother shall betray the brother to death, this present world, and is departed into Thesand the father the son; and the children shall salonica ; Crescens to Galatia ; Titus unto rise up against their parents, and shall cause Dalmatia ; only Luke is with me. 2 Ti. iv. them to be put to death. And ye shall be 10, 11. Cast not away therefore your conhated of all men for my name's sake ; but he fidence, which hath great recompence of rethat shall endure unto the end, the same shall ward ; for ye have need of patience, that, after be saved. Mar. xiii. 12, 13. If any man ye have done the will of God, ye might rewill come after me, let him deny himself, and ceive the promise. For yet a little while, take up his cross daily and follow me. For and he that shall come will come, and will what is a man advantaged if he gain the not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; whole world, and lose himself, or be cast but if any man draw back, my soul shall have away? Lu. ix. 23, 24, 25. If any man no pleasure in him. But we are not of them come to me, and hate not his father, and who draw back unto perdition, but of them mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, that believe to the saving of the soul. H. L. and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he 35-39. I know thy works (said he skich cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth hath the sharp sword with two edges to the not bear his cross and come after me, cannot angel of the church in Pergamos), and where be my disciple. For which of you intending thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is; and to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient denied my faith, even in those days wherein to finish it ; lest haply, after he hath laid the Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was foundation, and is not able to finish it, all slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. Re. that behold it begin to mock him, saying, ii. 13. This man began to build, and was not able to Is offended.] See verse 57. and chap. xi. 6. finish: or what king going to make war After I am risen again, I will go before you against another king, sitteth not down first, into Galilee (said Jesus). Peter answered, and consulteth whether he be able with ten and said unto him, Though all men shall be thousand to meet him that cometh against offended because of thee, yet will I never be him with twenty thousand ? or else, while the offended. Mat. xxvi. 32, 33. This thou other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an knowest (said Paul), that all they which are ambassage and desireth conditions of peace ? in Asia be turned away from me, of whom are So likewise, whosoever he be of you that Phygellus and Hermogenes. 2 Ti. i. 18. forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be 22 Seed among thorns.] See verse 7. And my disciple. Salt is good ; but if the salt that which fell among thorns are they which, have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be when they have heard, go forth, and are chokseasoned ? It is neither fit for the land, nored with the cares, and riches, and pleasures yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Lu. Lu. viii. 14. How hardly shall they that xiv, 26–33. They shall lay their hands on have riches enter into the kingdom of God you, and persecute you, delivering you up (said Jesus to the rich ruler). Lu. xviii. 24. to the synagogues, and into prisons, being Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this brought before kings and rulers for my present world, and is departed unto Thessaname's sake: and it shall turn to you for a lonica. 2 Ti. iv. 10. testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, The care of this world.] See chap. vi

. 24, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 25. Behold, one came and said unto him, for I will give you a mouth, and wisdom Good master, what good thing shall I do that which all your adversaries shall not be able I may have eternal life! And he said unto to gainsay nor resist. And ye shall be be- him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that trayed, both by parents, and brethren, and thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall have treasure in heaven; and come and follow they cause to be put to death. And ye shall me. But when the young man heard that be hated of all men for my name's sake, but saying, he went away sorrowful; for he had there shall not an hair of your head perish. great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his Lu. xxi. 12—18. He that loveth his life disciples, Verily I say unto you, that a rich shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of world shall keep it unto life eternal. John heaven. And again, I say unto you, It is

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