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but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in
you whom ye shall fear; Fear him which, 12, 13. To this man will I look, even to him after he hath killed hath power to cast into that is poor, and of a contrite spirit, and hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Lu. xii. trembleth at my word. Is. lxvi. 2." Fear ye 4,5. I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusa- not me? saith the Lord. Will ye not tremble lem, not knowing the things that shall befal at my presence, which have placed the sand me there, save that the Holy Ghost witness- for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, eth in every city, saying, That bonds and that it cannot pass it; and though the waves afflictions abide me. Ac. xx. 22, 23. But thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prenone of these things move me, neither count vail; though they roar, yet can they not pass I my life dear unto myself, so that I might over it? Je. v. 22. We receiving a kingdom finish my course with joy, and the ministry which cannot be moved, let us have grace, which I have received of the Lord Jesus to testify whereby we may serve God acceptably, with the gospel of the grace of God. Ac. xx. 24. reverence and godly fear; for our God is a What mean ye to weep, and to break mine heart consuming fire. Hé. xii. 28, 29. (said Paul)? For I am ready not to be bound Able to destroy.] Thou wicked and slothonly, but also to die at Jerusalem for the ful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I name of the Lord Jesus. Ac. xxi. 13. Who sowed not, and gather where I have not shall separate us from the love of Christ ? strawed ? Thou oughtest therefore to have Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or put my money to the exchangers ? Mat. XIV. famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword ? (as 26, 27. If thy hand offend thee, cut it off; it is written, For thy sake are we killed all the it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, day long; we are accounted as sheep for the than having two hands to go into hell, into slaughter.) Nay, in all things we are more the fire that never shall be quenched; where than conquerors, through him that loved us. their worm dieth not, and the fire is not For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor quenched. Mar. ix. 43. 48. It came to pass life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, that the beggar (in the parable) died, and was nor things present, nor things to come, nor carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. height, nor depth, nor any other creature, The rich man also died and was buried, and shall be able to separate us from the love of in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torGod, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and LazaRo. viii. 35-39. I am now ready to be rus in his bosom; and he cried and said, offered, and the time of my departure is at Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send hand; I have fought a good fight, I have Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger finished my course, I have kept the faith. in water, and cool my tongue, for I am torHenceforth there is laid up for me a crown of mented in this flame ; but Abraham said, Son, righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst Judge, shall give me at that day, and not to thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil me only, but unto them also that love his things : but now he is comforted, and thou appearing. 2 Ti. iv. 6—8. Women received art tormented ; and besides all this
, between their dead raised to life again ; and others us and you there is a great gulph fixed, so were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that that they that would pass from hence to you they might obtain a better resurrection. He cannot ; neither can they pass to you that xi. 36. But and if ye suffer for righteous. would come from thence. Lu. xvi. 22–2. ness' sake, happy are ye ; and be not afraid The hour is coming in the which all that we of their terror, neither be troubled. I Pe. iii. in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall 14. Fear none of those things which thou come forth. They that have done good, unto shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some the resurrection of life; and they that have of you into prison, that ye may be tried ; and done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou John v. 28, 29. The Lord Jesus shall be faithful unto death, and I will give thee a revealed from heaven with his mighty angels crown of life. Re. ii. 10.
in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them Pear him which is able, &c.] My flesh that know not God, and that obey not the trembleth for fear of thee, and I am afraid of Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
. 2 Tht. i. thy judgments. Ps. cxix. 120. In the mul- 8,9. The devil that deceived them (the natitude of dreams, and many words, there are tions, Gog and Magog,) was cast into the lake also divers vanities: but fear thou God. Ec. of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the v.7. Though a sinner do evil an hundred false prophet are, and shall be tormented day times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely and night for ever and ever. And I saw I know that it shall be well with them that great white throne, and him that sat on it
, fear God, which fear before him : but it shall from whose face the earth and the heaven filed not be well with the wicked, neither shall he away; and there was found no place for them. prolong his days, which are as a shadow; And I saw the dead, small and great, stand because he feareth not before God. Ec. viii. before God: and the books were opened;
hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them 29 shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very 30
head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye 31 are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore 32 shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my
and another book was opened, which is the on it, and lift it out? How much then is a book of life ; and the dead were judged out màn better than a sheep? Mat. xii. 11, 12. of those things which were written in the Thou hast made him (man) a little lower than books, according to their works. And the the angels; and hast crowned him with glory sea gave up the dead which were in it; and and honour. Ps. viii. 5. Consider the ravens, death and hell delivered up the dead which for they neither sow nor reap; which neither were in them: and they were judged every have storehouse nor barn, and God feedeth man according to their works. And death them; how much more are ye better than the and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This fowls. Lu. xii. 24. Doth not each of you on is the second death. And whosoever was not the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the found written in the book of life was cast into stall, and lead him away to watering? And the lake of fire. Re. xx. 10–15.
ought not this woman, being a daughter of 29 Two sparrous.] Fear not, therefore, ye Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these are of more value than many sparrows. eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on Lu. xii. 7.
the sabbath day? Lu. xiii. 15, 16. (For it Farthing.] The same servant (whose debt is written in the law of Moses) Thou shalt not had been forgiven) went out, and found one of muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out his fellow-servants, which owed him an hun- the corn. Doth God take care for oxen ? or dred pence, and he laid hands on him, and saith he it altogether for our sakes ? For our took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that sakes, no doubt this is written, that he that thou owest. Mat. xviii. 28.
ploweth should plow in hope; and that he . And one of them shall not fall.] These that thresheth in hope should be partaker of wait all upon thee that thou mayest give them his hope. Co. ix. 9, 10. their meat in due season ; that thou givest 32 Confess me. I will speak of thy testithem they gather; thou openest thine hand, monies also before kings, and will not be they are filled with good ; thou hidest thy ashamed. Ps. cxix. 46. Whosoever shall face, they are troubled ; thou takest away confess me before men, him shall the Son of their breath, they die and return to their dust; man also confess before the angels of God; thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created; but he that denieth me before men shall be and thou renewest the face of the earth. denied before the angels of God. Lib. xii. Ps. civ. 27-30.
8, 9. The Jews had agreed already, that if 30 The very hairs of your head.] And the any man did confess that he was Christ, he people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, should be put out of the synagogue. John ix. who hath wrought this great salvation in 22. If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Israel ? God forbid; as the Lord liveth there Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart shall not one hair of his head fall to the that God hath raised him from the dead, thou ground; for he hath wrought with God this shalt be saved; for with the heart man beday. 1 Sa. xiv. 45. As the Lord liveth (said lieveth unto righteousness, and with the David to the widow of Tekoah), there shall not mouth confession is made unto salvation. one hair of thy son fall to the earth. 2 Sa. Ro. x. 9, 10. Fight the good fight of faith, xiv. 11. And Solomon said, If he (Adonijah) lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art will shew himself a worthy man, there shall also called, and hast professed a good profesnot an hair of him fall to the earth ; but if sion before many witnesses. I give thee wickedness shall be found in him he shall die. charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth 1 Ki. i. 52. But even the very hairs of your all things, and before Christ Jesus, who, head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore, before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good conye are of more value than many sparrows. session. 1 Ti. vi. 12, 13. Be not thou, Lu. xii. 7. But there shall not an hair of therefore, ashamed of the testimony of our your head perish. Lu. xxi. 18. I pray you Lord, nor of me his prisoner ; but be thou (those who sailed with Paul to Rome) to take partaker of the afflictions of the gospel, acsome meat; for this is for your health ; for cording to the power of God. 2 T'i. i. 8. there shall not an hair fall from the head of Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son any of you. Ac. xxvii. 34.
of God, God dwelleth in him and he in God. 31 Ye are of more value, &c.] See chap. vi. 1 John iv. 15. I know thy works (said Christ 26. What man shall there be among you to the angel of the church in Pergamos), and that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat pit on the sabbath-day, will he not lay hold is ; and thou holdest fast my name, and hast VOL. II.
33 Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before
men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. 34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to
not denied my faith, even in those days thou hast born me, a man of strife, and a man wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who of contention to the whole earth. Je. xv. 10. was slain among you where Satan dwelleth. I will send “them” (“ the Jews," said the Re. ii. 13.
wisdom of God) prophets and apostles, and · Him will I confess.] Then shall the king some of them they shall slay and persecute; say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye that the blood of all the prophets which was blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom shed from the foundation of the world, may prepared for you from the foundation of the be required of this generation. Woe unto world. Mat. xxv. 34. Wherefore the Lord you, lawyers, for ye have taken away the key God of Israel saith (to Eli), I said indeed of knowledge; ye entered not in yourselves
, that thy house, and the house of thy father and them that were entering in, ye hindered. should walk before me for ever: but now the And as he said these things unto them, the Lord saith, Be it far from me ; for them that Scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him honour me I will honour, and they that despise vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of me shall be lightly esteemed. i Sa. ii. 30. many things, laying wait for him, and seeking He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed to catch something out of his mouth that they in white raiment ; and I will not blot out his might accuse him. Lu. xi. 49-54. Many name out of the book of life, but I will con- of the people therefore, when they heard this fess his name before my Father, and before saying (if any man thirst, let him come unto his angels. Ré. iii. 5.
me and drink), said, Of a truth, this is the 33 Deny me . before men.] He (Peter) Prophet ; others said, This is the Christ. But denied before them all, saying, I know not some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee! what thou sayest. And when he was gone Hath not the Scripture said, That Christ out into the porch, another maid saw him, cometh of the seed of David, and out of the and said unto them that were there, This town of Bethlehem, where David was? So fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth ; and there was a division among the people beagain he denied with an oath, I do not know cause of him. And some of them would have the man, And after a while came unto him taken him, but no man laid hands on him. they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely Then came the officers to the chief priests thou also art one of them, for thy speech and Pharisees, and they said unto them, Why betrayeth thee; then began he to curse and have ye not brought him? The officers anto swear, saying, I know not the man. And swered, Never man spake like this man. immediately the cock crew.
And Peter re- Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye membered the word of Jesus, which said also deceived ? have any of the rulers or of unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt the Pharisees believed on him ?
But this deny me thrice. Mat. xxvi. 70-75. Who- people who knoweth not the law are cursed. soever, therefore, shall be ashamed of me Nicodemus saith unto them (he that came to and of my words in this adulterous and sinful Jesus by night, being one of them), Doth our generation, of him also shall the Son of man law judge any man before it hear him, and be ashamed when he cometh in the glory of know what he doeth? They answered and his father with the holy angels. Mar. viii. said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee ! 38. Whosoever shall be ashamed of me and Search and look; for out of Galilee ariseth of my words, of him shall the Son of man be no prophet. John vii. 40–52. When the ashamed when he shall come in his own Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled glory and in his father's and of the holy with envy, and spake against those things angels. Lu. ix. 26. He that denieth me which were spoken by Paul, contradicting before men shall be denied before the angels and blaspheming. Then Paul and Barnabas of God. Lu, xii. 9. If we deny him (Jesus) waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that he also will deny us. 2 Ti. ii. 12. There the word of God should first have been were false prophets, also among the people, spoken to you ; but seeing ye put it from you, even as there shall be false teachers among and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting you, whọ privily shall bring in damnable life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath heresies, even denying the Lord that bought the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set them, and bring upon themselves swift de thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou struction. 2 Pe. ii. 1. Whosoever denieth shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the the Son, the same hath not the Father; (but earth. And when the Gentiles heard this, he that acknowledgeth the Son, hath the Father they were glad, and glorified the word of the also). 1 John ij. 23.
Lord: and as many as were ordained to 34 That I am come to send peace.] Woe eternal life believed. And the word of the is." me" (said " Jeremial”), my mother, that Lord was published throughout all the region
send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at "variance 85 against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes 36 shalt be they of his own houshold. He that loveth father or 37
But the Jews stirred up the devout' and naughtiness of thine heart ; for thou art come honourable women, and the chief men of the down that thou mightest see the battle. 1 Sa. eity, and raised persecution against Paul and xvii. 28. David said to Abishai, and to all Barnabas, and expelled them out of their his 'servants, Behold, my son, which came coasts. Ac. xiii. 45. 60. But the unbeliev- forth of my bowels, seeketh my life ; how jog Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made much more now may this Benjamite do it? their minds evil affected against the brethren. Let him alone, and let him curse, for the But the multitude of the city was divided; Lord hath bidden him. 2 Sa. xvi. 11. He and part held with the Jews, and part with hath put my brethren far from me, and mine the apostles. Ac. xiv. 2. 4.
acquaintance are verily estranged from me; *** 35 To set a man at "variance against his my kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar father.] See verse 21, and com.
friends have forgotten me; they that dwell in 36 A man's foes shall be they, &c.] I will mine house, and my maids, count me for a put enmity between thee and the woman, and stranger; I am an alien in their sight; I between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise called my servant and he gave me no answer ; thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. I entreated him with my mouth; my breath Ge. ii. 16. Cain talked with Abel bis bro- is strange to my wife, though I entreated for ther: and it came to pass, when they were in the children's sake, of mine own body; yea, the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his young children despised me; I arose and brother, 'and slew him. And the Lord said they spake against me; all my inward friends unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And abhorred' me, and they whom I loved are he said, I know not; am I my brother's turned against me. Job xix. 13–19. Yea, keeper? And he said, What hast thou done ? mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, The voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his me from the ground. Ge. iv. 8-10. Joseph heel against me. Ps. xli. 9. It was not an went after his brethren and found them in enemy that reproached me; then I could have Dothan. And when they saw him afar off, borne it ; neither was it he that hated me, even before he came near unto them, they that did magnify himself against me: then I conspired against him to slay him. And they would have hid myself from him; but it was said one to another, Behold, this dreamer thou, a man, mine equal, my guide, and cometh Come now therefore, and let us slay mine acquaintance. Ps. lv. 12, 13. Even him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, thy brethren (said the Lord to Jeremiah) and Some evil beast hath devoured him; and we the house of thy father, even they have dealt shall see what will become of his dreams. treacherously with thee; yea, they have And (as Reuben interfered to save him) they called a multitude after thees believe them took him and cast him into a pit; and not, though they speak fair words unto thee. the pit was empty, there was no water in Je. xii. 6. All my familiars watched for my it. And they sat down to eat bread; and halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enthey lifted up their eyes and looked, and ticed, and we shall prevail against him, and behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from we shall take our revenge on him. Je. xx. 10. Gilead, with their camels, bearing spicery and The son dishonoureth the father; the daughbalm and 'myrrh, going to carry it down to ter riseth up against her mother ; the daughter Egypt. And Judah said unto his brethren, in law against her mother in law; a man's What profit is it if we slay our brother and enemies are the men of his own house. Mi. conceal his blood ? Come, and let us sell him vii. 6. I speak not of you all : I know whom to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be I have chosen : but that the Scripture may be upon him ; for he is our brother and our flesh. fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath And his brethren were content. Then there lifted up his heel against me. John xiii. 18. ! passed by Midianites, merchant-men, and 37 That loveth father or mother.] Thou they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy twenty pieces of silver, and they brought mind. Mat. xxii. 37. And of Levi he (Moses) Joseph into Egypt. * Ge. xxxvii. 17-20. said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with 24-28. Eliab his eldest brother heard when thy Holy One, whom thou didst prove at he (David) spake unto the men ;' and Eliab's Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at anger was kindled against David; and he the waters of Meribah; who said unto his said, Why càmest thou down hither? And father and to his mother, I have not seen with whom hast thou left those few sheep in" him ; neither did he acknowledge his brethe wilderness ??? know thy pride, and the thren, nor knew his own children; for they
mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth 38 son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that
taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life
have observed thy word and kept thy cove- you who are troubled rest with us, when the
De. xxxiii. 8, 9. If any man come to Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven me, and hate not his father and mother, and with his mighty angels. 2 Th. i. 4—7. Thou wife and children, and brethren and sisters, (the angel of the church in Sardis) hast a few yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my names even in Sardis, which have not defiled disciple. Lu. xiv. 26. All men should ho- their garments; and they shall walk with me nour the Son even as they honour the Father; in white, for they are worthy. Re. iii, 4. he that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not 38 Taketh not his cross.] If any man will the Father which hath sent him. John v. 23. come after me, let him deny himself, and take When they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon up his cross and follow me. Mat. xvi. 24. Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me And as they came out, they found a man of more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Cyrene, Simon by name, him they compelled Lord ; thou knowest that I love thee. He to bear his cross. Mat. xxvii. 32. Whosesaith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to ever will come after me, let him deny himself, him again the second time, Simon, son of and take up his cross, and follow me. Mar. Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, viï. 34. Jesus beholding him (the rich man Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. who said he kept the commandments) loved He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith him, and said unto him, One thing thou unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lackest ; go thy way, sell whatsoever thou lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou have treasure in heaven; and come, take up me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou the cross, and follow me. Mar. X. 21. If knowest all things; thou knowest that I love any man will come after me, let him deny thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow John xxi. 15–17. For the love of Christ me. Whosoever will save his life shall lose constraineth us; because we thus judge, that it; but whosoever will lose his life for my if one died for all, then were all dead; and sake, the same shall save it. Lu. ix. 23, 24. that he died for all, that they which live Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come should not henceforth live unto themselves, after me, cannot be my disciple. Luc. xiv. 27. but unto him which died for them and rose He (Jesus) bearing his cross, went forth into again. 2 Co. v. 14, 15. What things were a place called the place of a scull, which is gain to me those I counted loss for Christ; called in the Hebrew, Golgotha. John xix. 17. yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss 39 Findeth his life shall lose it.] See Mat. for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ xvi. 25. Whosoever will save his life shall Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for loss of all things, and do count them but dung, my sake shall find it. For what is a man prothat I may win Christ, and be found in him, fited if he shall gain the whole world and lose not having mine own righteousness, which is his own soul? or what shall a man give in of the law, but that which is through the exchange for his soul. Mat. xvi. 25, 26. faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of Whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but God by faith. Phi. iii. 7-9.
whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and Not worthy of me.] The wedding is ready, the Gospel's, the same shall save it. For but they which were bidden were not worthy. what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the Mat. xxii. 8. They which shall be accounted whole world and lose his own spul; or what worthy to obtain that world and the resur- shall a man give in exchange for his soul? rection from the dead, neither marry nor are Mar. viii. 35, 36, 37. Whosoever shall seek given in marriage. Lu. xx. 35. Watch ye, to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever and pray always, that ye may be accounted shall lose his life shall preserve it. Lu. xvii
. worthy to escape all these things that shall 33. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and come to pass, and to stand before the Son of he that hateth his life in this world, shall keep man. Lu. xxi. 36. We ourselves glory in it unto life eternal. John xii. 25. I know you in the churches of God, for your patience that this shall turn to my salvation, through and faith in all your persecutions and tribu- your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit
of lations, that ye endure, which is a manifest Jesus Christ according to my earnest expectatoken of the righteous judgment of God, that tion and my hope. That in nothing I shall ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of be ashamed, but that with all boldness as God, for which ye also suffer ; seeing it is a always, so now also, Christ shall be magnified righteous thing with
God to recompense tri- in my body, whether it be by life or by death. bulation to them that trouble you; and to For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.