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world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he
easier for a camel to go through the eye of a Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow needle than for a rich man to enter into the ground, and sow not among thorns. Je. iv. 3. kingdom of God. Mat. xix. 16. 21 — 24. How hardly shall they that have riches enter And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the into the kingdom of God! And the disciples plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every were astonished at his words. But Jesus where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and answereth again, and saith unto them, ChilGomorrah ; even as the garden of the Lord, dren, how hard is it for them that trust in like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of is easier for a camel to go through the eye of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east; and they a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the separated themselves the one from the other. kingdom of God. Mar. X. 23, 24, 25. Take Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot heed, and beware of covetousness ; for a man's dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched life consisteth not in the abundance of the his lent toward Sodom. But the men of things which he possesseth. So is he (as the Sodom were wicked, and sinners before the rich man in the parable) that layeth up treaLord exceedingly. Ge. xiii. 10–13. Achan sure for himself, and is not rich toward God. (who had committed a trespass in the accursed And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what thing) answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, mind; for all these things do the nations of and thus and thus have I done. When I the world seek after, and your Father knowsaw among the spoils (of Jericho) a goodly eth that ye have need of these things. Lu. Babylonish garment, and two hundred she- xii. 15. 21. 29, 30. Father Abraham (said kels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty the rich man in the parable), have mercy on shekels' weight, then I coveted them, and me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the took them; and behold, they are hid in the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue, earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver for I am tormented in this fame. Lu. xvi. under it. Jos. vii. 20, 21. Gehazi, the ser- 24. Take heed to yourself, lest at any time vant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and in not receiving at his hands that which he so that day come upon you unawares. Lu. brought; but as the Lord liveth, I will run xxi, 34. A certain man named Ananias, with after him, and take somewhat of him. So Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, and kept Gehazi followed after Naaman; and when back part of the price, his wife also being Naaman saw him running after him, he privy to it, and brought a certain part and lighted down from the chariot to meet him, laid it at the Apostles' feet. But Peter said, and said, Is all well? And he said, All is Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to well; my master hath sent me, saying, Be- lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part hold, even now there be come to me from of the price of the land? Whiles it remained mount Ephraim two young men of the sons was it not thine own ? and after it was sold, of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a was it not in thine own power? Why hast talent of silver, and two changes of garments. thou conceived this thing in thine heart? And Naaman said, Be content; take two Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. talents. And he urged him, and bound two And Ananias hearing these words, fell down, talents of silver in two bags, with two changes and gave up the ghost; and great fear came of garments, and laid them upon two of his on all them that heard these things. And servants; and they bare them before him. the young men arose, wound him up, and And when he came to the tower, he took carried him out, and buried him. And it was them from their hand, and bestowed them in about the space of three hours after, when his the house; and he let the men go, and they wife, not knowing what was done, came in. departed. But he went in and stood before And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whehis master: and Elisha said unto him, Whence ther ye sold the land for so much? And she comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy said, Yea, for so much. Then Peter said unto servant went no whither. And he said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together him, Went not mine heart with thee, when to tempt the Spirit of the Lord ? Behold, the the man turned again from his chariot to meet feet of them which have buried thy husband thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to are at the door, and shall carry thee out. receive garments, and olive-yards, and vine- Then fell she down straightway at his feet, yards, and sheep, and oxen, and men-servants, and yielded up the ghost; and the young men and maid-servants? The leprosy therefore of came in and found her dead, and, carrying her Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy forth, buried her by her husband. And great seed for ever. And he went out from his fear came upon all the church, and upon as presence a leper as white as snow. 2 Ki. v. many as heard these things. Ac. v. 1-11. 20—27. Thus saith the Lord to the men of When Simon (the sorcerer) saw that through VOL. II.
23 becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good
ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which
laying on of the Apostles' hands the Holy becometh unfruitful. Mar. iv. 19. When Ghost was given, he offered them money. Jesus saw that he (the young man who was Ac. viii. 18. They that will be rich fall into very rich) was very sorrowful (when ordered temptation, and a snare, and into many foolish to sell all that he had and distribute to the and hurtful lusts, which drown men in de poor), he said, How hardly shall they that struction and perdition: for the love of money have riches enter into the kingdom of God! is the root of all evil; which while some co- For it is easier for a camel to go through a veted after, they have erred from the faith, needle's eye than for a rich man to enter into and pierced themselves through with many the kingdom of God. Lu, xviii. 24, 25. sorrows. 1 Ti. vi. 9, 10. But “these" ("the Charge them that are rich in this world that false teachers”) having eyes full of adultery, they be not high-minded, nor trust in unand that cannot cease from sin, beguiling certain riches; but in the living God, who unstable souls; an heart they have exercised giveth us richly all things to enjoy, 1 Ti. with covetous practices; cursed children : vi. 17. which have forsaken the right way, and are Choke the word.] That which fell among gone astray, following the way of Balaam the thorns are they which, when they have heard, son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unright- go forth and are choked with cares, &c. La eousness. 2 Pe. ii. 14, 15. Love not the viii. 14. Demas hath forsaken me, having world, neither the things that are in the loved this present world, and is departed into world; if any man love the world, the love Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia ; Titus unto of God is not in him. For all that is in the Dalmatia. 2 Ti. iv. 10. These (false teachers) world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of are spots in your feasts of charity, when they the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the feast with you, feeding themselves without Father, but is of the world. 1 John ii. 15, 16. fear; clouds they are without water, carried Woe unto them! for they have gone in the about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error without fruit; twice dead, plucked up by the of Balaam for reward, and perished in the roots. Jude 12. gainsaying of Core. Jude 11.
See chap. 23 That received seed into the good ground.) xxi. 5.
See verse 8. These are they which are sown The deceitfulness of riches.] Lo, this is the on good ground, such as hear the word, and man that made not God his strength, but receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty trusted in the abundance of his riches, and fold, some sixty, and some an hundred. Mar. strengthened himself in his wickedness. Ps. iv. 20. lii. 7. Trust not in oppression, and become Good ground.) A wise man will hear and not vain in robbery. If riches increase, set will increase learning, and a man of undernot your heart upon them. Ps. Ixii. 10. He standing shall attain unto wise counsels. To that trusteth in his riches shall fall, but the understand a proverb, and the interpretation, righteous shall flourish as a branch. Pr. xi. the words of the wise, and their dark sayings 28. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which Pr. i. 5, 6. So that thou incline thine ear is not ? For riches certainly make themselves unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to underwings: they fly away as an eagle toward standing : yea, if thou criest after knowledge, heaven. Pr. xxiii. 5. There is one alone, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if and there is not a second; yea, he hath thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for neither child nor brother: yet is there no end her as for hid treasures, then shalt thou under of all his labour, neither is his eye satisfied stand the fear of the Lord, and find the with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I knowledge of God; for the Lord giveth labour, and bereave my soul of good ? This wisdom, out of his mouth cometh knowledge is also vanity; yea, it is a sore travail. Ec. and understanding. Pr, ii. 2-6. Cast away iv. 8. He that loveth silver shall not be satis- from you all your transgressions whereby ye fied with silver ; nor he that loveth abundance have transgressed; and make you a new heart with increase. This is also vanity. When and a new spirit; for why will ye die, 0 house goods increase, they are increased that eat of Israel ? Ez. xviii. 31. A new heart also will them: and what good is there to the owners I give you, and a new spirit will I put within thereof, saving the beholding of them with you ; and I will take away the stony heart their eyes? There is a sore evil which I out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept of flesh. Ez. xxxvi. 26. for the owners thereof to their hurt. But not receive the kingdom of God as a little those riches perish by evil travail. Ec. v. 10, child, he shall not enter therein. Mar. I la 11. 13, 14. "The cares of this world, and the He came unto his own, and his own received deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other him not; but as many as received him, to things entering in, choke the word, and it them gave he power to become the sons of
also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some
God, even to them that believe on his name, planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth which were born, not of blood, nor of the will forth his fruit in his season. His leaf also of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth God. John i. 11, 12, 13. He that is of God shall prosper. Ps. i. 1, 2, 3. Those that be heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish not because ye are not of God. John viii. 47. in the courts of our God; they shall still Ye believe not because ye are not of my bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat sheep, as I said unto you, My sheep hear my and flourishing: to shew that the Lord is upvoice, and I know them, and they follow me. right; he is my rock, and there is no unrightJohn X. 26, 27. I have manifested thy name eousness in him. Ps. xcii. 13, 14, 15. А unto the men which thou gavest me out of good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit ; the world. Now they have known that all neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good things whatsoever thou hast given me are of fruit; for every tree is known by his own thee ; for I have given unto them the words fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, which thou gavest me, and they have received nor of a bramble-bush gather they grapes. them, and have known surely that I came out Lu. vi. 43, 44. If it (the fig-tree) bear fruit, from thee, and they have believed that thou well; and if not, then after that thou shalt cut didst send me. John xvii. 7, 8. See chap. xiii. it down. Lu. xiii. 9. I am the true vine, 11. The Lord shall consume with the spirit and my father is the husbandman : every of his mouth ; even him whose coming is after branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh the working of Satan with all power; and with away, and every branch that beareth fruit, he all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them purgeth it that it may bring forth more fruit. that perish; because they received not the love Abide in me, and I in you: as the branch of the truth, that they might be saved. But cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in we are bound to give thanks alway to God for the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: he God hath from the beginning chosen you to that abideth in me, and I in him, the same salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit, bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye and belief of the truth : whereunto he called can do nothing. Herein is my Father glori. you by our Gospel, to the obtaining of the fied, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Th. ii. 8, my disciples. Ye have not chosen me, but I 9, 10. 13, 14.
was the Gospel have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye preached as well as unto them. But the should go and bring forth fruit, and that your word preached did not profit them, not being fruit should remain ; that whatsoever ye shall mixed with faith in them that heard it. He ask of the Father in my name he may give it iv. 2. This is the covenant that I will make you. John xv. 1, 2. 4, 5. 8. 16. The fruit with the house of Israel, after those days, of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temmind, and write them in their hearts; and perance, against such there is no law. Ga. I will be to them a God, and they shall be v. 22, 23. This I pray, that your love may to me a people. He. viii. 10. Wherefore, abound; being filled with the fruits of rightelay apart all filthiness and superfluity of ousness which are by Jesus Christ, unto the naughtiness, and receive with meekness the glory and praise of God. Ph. i. 9. 11. Even ingrafted word, which is able to save your in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not my necessity : not because I desire a gift, hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Ja. but I desire fruit that may abound to your i. 21, 22. Wherefore laying aside all malice, account. Ph. iv. 16, 17. We give thanks to and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and God for the hope that is laid up for you in all evil speakings, as new-born babes desire heaven ; whereof ye heard before in the word the sincere milk of the word, that ye may of the truth of the Gospel, which is come unto grow thereby. 1 Pe. ii. 1, 2. We know you, as it is in all the world, and bringeth that the Son of God is come, and hath given forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the us an understanding, that we may know him day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of that is true, and we are in him that is true, God in truth. We do not cease to pray for even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the you, that ye might walk worthy of the Lord true God and eternal life. 1 John v. 20. unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good
Beareth fruit.] See chap. iii. 8. 10; xii. work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. 33. Blessed is the man that walketh not in Col. i. 3. 5, 6. 10. The earth which drinkthe counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in eth in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom the scornful; but his delight is in the law of it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God. the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate He. vi. 7. By “him” (“ Jesus”) let us offer day and night. And he shall be like a tree the sacrifice of praise to God continually; that
24 sixty, some thirty. Another parable put he forth unto them,
saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which 25 sowed good seed in his field : But while men slept, his enemy
is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his The kingdom of heaven.] See verses 33.
But to do good and to communicate 44, 45. 47. and chap. iii. 2. The kingdom of forget not; for with such sacrifices God is heaven is like unto a man that is an housewell pleased. He. xiii. 15, 16.
holder, which went out early in the morning Some an hundredfold, &c.] See chap. xiii. to hire labourers into his vineyard. Mat. Il. 8. Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of l. Then shall the kingdom of heaven be the grace of God bestowed on the churches of likened unto ten virgins, which took their Macedonia ; how that in a great trial of afflic- lamps, and went forth to meet the bridetion the abundance of their joy and their deep groom. Mat. xxv. 1. Whereunto shall we poverty abounded unto the riches of their liken the kingdom of God? or with what liberality. 2 Co. viii. 1, 2. Now he that comparison shall we compare it? Mar, ministereth seed to the sower, both minister iv. 30. Unto what is the kingdom of bread for your food, and multiply your seed God like? And whereunto shall I resemble sown, and increase the fruits of your righte- it ? And again he said, Whereunto shall ousness. 2 Co. ix. 10. Furthermore then I liken the kingdom of God? Ll. xii. we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by 18. 20. the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us Good seed in his field.] See verses 19. 37. how ye ought to walk, and to please God, so and chap. iv. 23. We give thanks to God, ye would abound more and more. 1 Th. iv. for the hope which is laid up for you in 1. And besides this, giving all diligence, heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word add to your faith, virtue ; and to virtue, know- of the truth of the Gospel. Col. i. 5. See ledge ; and to knowledge, temperance; and to that ye love one another with a pure heart temperance, patience; and to patience, godli- fervently; being born again not of corruptible ness; and to godliness, brotherly-kindness; seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God and to brotherly-kindness, charity: for if which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Pei. these things be in you and abound, they make 22, 23. you that ye shall neither be barren nor un- 25 Men slept.] While the bridegroom tarfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus ried “they all" (" the ten virgins”) slumbered Christ. 2 Pe. i. 5-8. But grow in grace, and and slept. Mat. xxv, 5. All ye beasts of the in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour field come to devour ; yea, all ye beasts in the Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forest. His watchmen are blind: they are all for ever, Amen. 2 Pe. iji. 18.
ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cafi24 Put he forth unto them.] See verse 31. not bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to Hear another parable, there was a certain slumber. Is. lvi. 9, 10, of your ownselves householder, which planted a vineyard, and shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to hedged it round about, and digged a wine draw away disciples after them. Therefore press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to watch, and remember, that by the space of husbandmen, that they might receive the three years, I ceased not to warn every one fruits of it. Mat. xxi. 33. Samson said unto night and day with tears. Ac. XI. 30, 31
. “them ". (" the thirty companions at the Neither Titus, who was with me, being feast"), I will now put forth a riddle unto Greek, was compelled to be circumcised, and you ; if ye can certainly declare it me within that because of false brethren, unawares the seven days of the feast, and find it out, brought in, who came in privily, to spy out then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, change of garments. But if ye cannot de- that they might bring us into bondage Ga. clare it me, then shall ye give me thirty sheetsii. 3, 4. The time will come when they will and thirty change of garments: and they said not endure sound doctrine ; but after their unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may own lusts shall they heap to themselves hear it. Ju. xiv. 12, 13. Precept must be teachers, having itching ears. And they shall upon precept; precept upon precept: line turn away their ears from the truth, and shall upon line ; line upon line : here a little and be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all there a little. But the word of the Lord was things, endure afflictions, do the work of a unto them, precept upon precept; precept evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. upon precept : line upon line ; line upon line: 2 Ti. iv. 3, 4, 5. Follow peace with all then, here a little and there a little ; that they and holiness, without which no man shall sa might go, and fall backward, and he broken, the Lord. Looking diligently lest any root and snared, and taken. Is. xxviii. 10. 13. of bitterness springing up, trouble yox, and Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a thereby many be defiled.
He. xii, 14, 15 parable unto the house of Israel. Ez. xvii. 2. There were false prophets also among the See chap, xiii. 31.
people, even as there shall be false teachers
came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But 26 when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came 27 and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares ? He said unto them, An enemy 28
among you, who privily shall bring in damn- with God; ye are God's husbandry, ye are able heresies, even denying the Lord that God's building. I Co. iii. 5.-9. God hath bought them, and bring upon themselves set some in the Church, first apostles, seconswift destruction. 2 Pe. ii. 1. I have a few darily prophets, thirdly teachers, alter that things against thee (the church in Thyatira), miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governbecause thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, ments, diversities of tongues. Are all aposwhich calleth herself a prophetess, to teach tles? are all prophets ? are all teachers ? are and to seduce my servants, to commit fornica- all workers of miracles? 1 Co. xii. 28, 29. tion, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. All things are of God, who hath reconciled us Re. ii. 20.
to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to Enemy came and sowed.] See verse 39. us the ministry of reconciliation, to wit, that Such are false apostles, deceitful workers, God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto transforming themselves into the apostles of himself, not imputing their trespasses unto Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself them ; and hath committed unto us the word is transformed into an angel of light. There- of reconciliation. Now then we are ambasfore it is no great thing if his ministers also sadors for Christ, as though God did beseech be transformed as the ministers of righteous- you by us. We pray you in Christ's stead, ness, whose end shall be according to their be ye reconciled to God. 2 Co. v. 18, 19, 20. works. 2 Co. xi. 13, 14, 15. Be sober, be We then, as workers together with him, bevigilant ; because your adversary the Devil, as seech you also that ye receive not the grace of a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom God in vain (for he saith I have heard thee he may devour. 1 Pe. v. 8. The great in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation dragon was cast out, that old serpent called have I succoured thee; behold, now is the the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the accepted time: behold, now is the day of salwhole world : he was cast out into the earth, vation), giving no offence in any thing, that and his angels were cast out with him. Re. the ministry be not blamed. But in all xii. 9. And (the beast with two horns like a things approving ourselves as the ministers of lamb, and that spoke as a dragon) deceiveth God, in much patience, in afflictions, in nethem that dwell on the earth, by the means cessities, in distresses, &c. 2 Co. vi. 1-4. of those miracles which he had power to do And he gave some apostles, and some proin the sight of the beast, saying to them that phets, and some evangelists, and some pastors dwell on the earth, That they should make and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, an image to the beast which had the wound for the work of the ministry, for the edifying by a sword, and did live. Re. xii. 14. of the body of Christ. Ep. iv. 11, 12. Tares.] See verse 38.
Whence then hath it tares ?] I beseech 26 When the blade was sprung up.] So is you, brethren, mark them which cause divithe kingdom of God as if a man should cast sions, and offences, contrary to the doctrine seed into the ground, and should sleep, and which ye have learned, and avoid them. Ro. rise night and day; and the seed should xvi. 17. It hath been declared unto me of spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. you, my brethren, by them which are of the For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; house of Chloe, that there are contentions first the blade, then the ear, after that the full among you. Now this I say, that every one corn in the ear. But when the fruit is of you saith, I am of Paul, and I of Apollos, brought forth, immediately he putteth in the and I of Cephas, and I of Christ. Is Christ sickle, because the harvest is come. Mar. iv. divided ? Was Paul crucified for you? or 26—29.
were ye baptized in the name of Paul ? 1 27 The servants of the householder came, Co. i. 11, 12, 13. Now if Christ be preached &c.] Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, that he rose from the dead, how say some but ministers by whom ye believed, even as among you that there is no resurrection of the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, the dead? But if there be no resurrection Apollos watered ; but God gave the increase. of the dead, then is Christ not risen; and if So then neither is he that planteth any thing, Christ be not risen then is our preaching vain, neither be that watereth; but God that giveth and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are the increase. Now he that planteth and he found false witnesses of God ; because we that watereth are one. And every man shall have testified of God, that he raised up receive his own reward, according to his Christ, whom he raised not up; if so be that own labour. For we are labourers together the dead rise not. I Co. xv. 12-15. 0