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for my sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth me, 40 and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. He that 41 receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a pro
Phil i. 19, 20, 21. I am now ready to be him. The word that I have spoken, the same offered, and the time of my departure is at shall judge him in the last day. For I have hand. I have fought a good fight, I have not spoken of myself, but the Father which finished my course, I have kept the faith. sent me, he gave me a commandment what I Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown should say, and what I should speak. John of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous xii. 44–49. God also hath highly exalted Judge, shall give me at that day, and not to him and given him a name which is above me only, but unto all them also that love his every name. That at the name of Jesus every appearing. 2 Ti. iv. 6, 7, 8. Fear none of knee should bow, of things in heaven, and those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, things in earth, and things under the earth. the devil shall cast some of you into prison, And that every tongue should confess that that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tri- Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the bulation ten days; be thou faithful unto death, Father. Phi. ii. 9, 10, 11. Who is a liar and I will give thee a crown of life. Re. ii. 10. but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?
40 That receiveth me.] Whoso shall re- He is anti-christ that denieth the Father and ceive one such little child in my name re- the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the ceiveth me. Mat. xviii. 5. Verily I say unto same hath not the Father (but he that acknowyou (says the King in the last day to those on ledgeth the Son hath the Father also). 1 John the right hand), inasmuch as ye have done it ii. 22, 23. Whosoever transgresseth and funto one of the least of these my brethren, abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath ye have done it unto me. (And to those on not God.
He that abideth, in the doctrine of his left hand), inasmuch as ye did it not to Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. one of the least of these, ye did it not to 2 John 9. me. Mat. xxv. 40. 45. Whosoever shall re- 41 That receiveth a prophet.] Restore the ceive this child in my name receiveth me, and man his wife (said God to Abimelech), for he whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that is a prophet, and he (Abraham) shall pray sent me ; for he that is least among you all, for thee, and thou shalt live. Ge. xx. 7. the same shall be great. Lu. ix. 48. He Arise, get thee (said the Lord to Elijak) to that heareth you heareth me, and he that Zarephath which belongeth to Zidon, and despiseth' you despiseth me, and he that dwell there : behold, I have commanded a despiseth me, despiseth him that sent widow woman there to sustain thee. So he mne. Lu. X. 16. He that receiveth whom arose, and went to Zarephath; and when he soever I send, "receiveth me, and he that re- came to the gate of the city, behold, the ceiveth me receiveth him that sent me. John widow woman was there gathering of sticks ; xij. 20. Jesus said to them (his disciples) and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I again, Peace be unto you, as my Father hath pray thee, a little water in a véssel, that I may sent me even so send I you. John xx. 21. drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he Now then we are ambassadors for Christ as called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, though God did beseech you by us : we pray
a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she you in Christ's stead be ye reconciled to God. said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a 2 Co. v. 20. My temptation which was in cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a my flesh, ye despised not, nor rejected; but little oil in a cruse ; and behold, I am gatherreceived me as an angel of God, even as Christ ing two sticks, that I may go in and dress it Jesus, Ga. iv. 14. He therefore that despiseth, for me and my son, that we may eat it and despiseth not man, but God,who hath also given die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go unto us his Holy Spirit. 1 The. iv. 8.
and do as thou hast said. But make me * And he that receiveth me, &c.] All men thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto should honour the Son even as they honour me, and after make for thee, and for thy son. the Father ; he that honoureth not the Son, For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The honoureth not the Father which hath sent barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall him. John v. 23. He that believeth on me, the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me ; and did according to the saying of Elijah ; and I am come a light into the world, that who- she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. soever believeth on me, should not abide in 1 Ki. xvii. 9-15. And he (when her son's darkness. And if any man hear my words, sickness was so sore that there was no breath "and believe not, I judge him not. For I left in him) took him out of her bosom, and came not to judge the world, but to save carried him up into a loft where he abode, the world. He that rejecteth me and re- and laid him upon his own bed ; and he cried ceiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth unto the Lord and said, O Lord my God, hast
phet's reward, and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name 42 of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And
thou also brought evil upon the widow with If ye have judged me to be faithful to the whom I sojourn by slaying her son? And Lord, come into my house, and abide there, he stretched himself upon the child three and she constrained us. Ac. xvi. 15. I times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord, commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come a servant of the Church which is at Cenchrea, into him again; and he revived. And Elijah that ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh took the child, and brought him down out of saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever the chamber into the house, and delivered business she hath need of you, for she hath him unto his mother. And Elijah said, See, been a succourer of many, and of myself also. thy son liveth. And the woman said to Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my helpers in Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a Christ Jesus : who have for my life laid man of God, and that the word of the Lord down their own necks; unto whom not only in thy mouth is truth. 1 Ki. xvii. 19—24. I give thanks, but also all the churches of And Ahab (king of Israel) called Obadiah, the Gentiles. Gaius mine host, and of the which was the governor of his house. (Now whole Church, saluteth you. Erastus the Obadiah feared the Lord greatly : for it was chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and so when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Quartus a brother. Ro. xvi. 1-4. 23. The Lord, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiand hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them phorus, for he oft refreshed me, and was not with bread and water.) 1 Ki. xviii. 3, 4. It ashamed of my chain : but when he was in fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, Rome he sought me out very diligently, and where was a great woman; and she constrained found me. The Lord grant unto him that him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft he may find mercy of the Lord in that day; as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat and in how many things he ministered unto bread. And she said unto her husband, Be- me at Ephesus thou knowest very well. ? hold, now I perceive that this is an holy man of Ti. i. 16, 17, 18. God is not unrighteous to God, which passeth by us continually. Let forget your work, and labour of love, which us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and have ministered to the saints, and do minister. a table, and a stool, and a candlestick, and it He. vi. 10. Beloved, thou doest faithfully shall be when he cometh to us, that he shall whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to turn in thither. And he (Elisha) said (unto her, strangers, which have borne witness of thy knowing she had no child), About this season, charity before the Church, whom if thou bring according to the time of life, thou shalt em- forward on their journey after a godly sort, brace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou shalt do well; because that for his thou man of God, do not lie unto thine hand- name's sake they went forth, taking nothing maid. And the woman conceived, and bare of the Gentiles. We, therefore, ought to rea son at that season that Elisha had said unto ceive such, that we might be fellow helpers to her, according to the time of life. And when the truth. 3 John v. 6, 7, 8. Elisha was come into the house (some time A righteous man's reward.] See chap. vi
. after), behold, the child was dead and laid 4. 6. 18. and xvi. 27. The Son of man shall upon his bed.
He went in therefore, and come in the glory of his father with his angels shut the door upon them twain, and prayed and then he shall reward every man according unto the Lord. And he went up and lay to his works. Mat. xvi. 27. Then (in the upon the child, and put his mouth upon his last day) shall the King say unto them on his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, hands upon his hands; and he stretched him- inherit the kingdom prepared for you from self upon the child, and the flesh of the child the foundation of the world. For I was an waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was in the house to and fro, and went up, and thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stretched bimself upon him; and the child stranger, and ye took me in. Naked and ye sneezed seven times, and the child opened clothed me; I was sick and ye visited me; ! his eyes. And he called Gehazi, and said, was in prison and ye came unto me. Then Call this Shunammite. So he called her. shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, And when she was come in unto him, he said, when saw we thee an hungered and fed ther! Take up thy son. Then she went in, and Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked ground, and took up her son, and went out and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee 2 Ki. iv. 8, 9, 10. 16, 17. 32–37. And sick or in prison and came unto thee! And when she (Lydia) was baptized (of Paul), the King 'shall answer and say unto them, and her houshold, she besought us, saying, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have
whosoever shall give to drink umto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
done 'it unto one of the least of these my knowledge shall the weak brother perish for brethren, ye have done it unto me. Mat. whom Christ died?But when ye sin so XXV, 34–40. Say ye to the righteous, that against the brethren, and wound their weak it shall be well with him, for they shall eat the conscience, ye sin against Christ. Wherefore, fruit of their doings. Is. iii. 10. When thou if meat make my brother offend, I will eat no makest a feast call the poor, the maimed, the flesh while the world standeth, lest I make lame, the blind, and thou shalt be blessed; my brother to offend. 1 Co. viii. 10–13. for they cannot recompense thee: for thou A cup of cold water. ] Whosoever shall shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of give you (Christ's disciples) a cup of water the just. Lu. xiv. 13, 14. If I do "this to drink in my name, because ye belong thing" (“ preach the Gospel") willingly, I' to Christ, verily I say unto you, He shall not have a reward; but if against my will, a dis- lose his reward. Mar. ix. 41. And there pensation of the Gospel is committed unto me. came a certain poor widow, and she threw in I Co. ix. 17. Seeing it is a righteous thing (to the treasury) two mites, which make a farwith God to recompense tribulation to them thing. And he called unto him his disciples, that trouble you; and to you who are and saith' unto them, Verily I say unto you, troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus that this poor widow hath cast more in than shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty all they which have cast into the treasury. angels. 2 The. i. 6, 7. Look to yourselves, Mar. xii. 42. 43. Ye have the poor with you that we lose not those things which we have always, and whensoever ye will ye may do wrought, but that we receive a full reward. them good; but me ye have not always; she 2 John i. 8.
(the womun who anointed Jesus' feet) hath 42 One of these little ones.] See chap. done what she could; she is come aforehand viii. 5, 6. Except ye be converted and be- to anoint my body to the burying. Mar. come as little children, ye shall not enter into xiv. 7, 8. If there be first a willing mind, the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall it is accepted according to that a man hath, receive one such little child in my name, re- and not according to that he hath not. ceiveth me.
But whoso shall offend one of Co. viii. 12. these little ones which believe in me, it were He shall in no wise lose his reward.] So better for him that a millstone were hanged shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy about his neck, and that he were drowned in soul; when thou hast found it, then there the depth of the sea. Mat. xviii. 3. 5, 6. shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall Take heed that ye despise not one of these not be cut off. Pr. xxiv. 14. Love ye your little ones ; for I say unto you, That in heaven enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for their angels do always behold the face of my nothing again ; and your reward shall be Father which is in heaven. It is not the will great, and ye shall be the children of the of your father which is in heaven that one of Highest; for he is kind unto the unthankful these little ones should perish. Mat. xviii. 10. and to the evil. Lu. vi. 35. He which 14. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; the least of these my brethren, ye have done and he which soweth bountifully shall reap it unto me. Mat. xxv. 40. Awake, O sword, also bountifully. Every man according as he against my shepherd, and against the man that purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not, is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts ; smite grudgingly, or of necessity, for God loveth a the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered, cheerful giver; and God is able to make all and I will turn mine hand upon the little grace abound toward you; that ye, always ones. Zec. xiii. 7. Whosoever shall offend having all sufficiency in all things, may one of these little ones that believe in me, it abound to every good work. (As it is written, is better for him that a millstone were He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the poor; his righteousness remaineth for the sea.
Mar, ix. 42. It is impossible but ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the that offences will come; but woe unto him sower, both minister bread for your food, and through whom they come: it were better for multiply your seed sown, and increase the him that a millstone were hanged about his fruits of your righteousness.) Being enriched neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he in every thing to all bountifulness, which should offend one of these little ones. Lue causeth through us thanksgiving to God; xvii. 1, 2. If any man see thee which hast whiles by the experiment of this ministration, knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, they glorify God for your professed subjection shall not the conscience of him which is unto the Gospel of Christ, and for your liberal weak be emboldened to eat those things distribution unto them, and unto all men ; which are offered to idols?, And through thy and by their prayer for you, which long after
1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of command
ing his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach 2 in their cities. Now when John had heard in the prison the
you for the exceeding grace of God in you. the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Ti. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. vi. 14. 2 Co. ix. 6—15. Now, ye Philippians, know He departed thence.] See chap. iv. 23, 24. also, that in the beginning of the Gospel, when and ix. 35. The Spirit of the Lord is upon I departed from Macedonia, no Church com- me, because the Lord hath anointed me to municated with me as concerning giving and preach good tidings unto the meek. He hath receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessa- sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to lonica ye sent once and again unto my neces- proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opensity. Not because I desire a gift; but I ing of the prison to them that are bound. To desire fruit that may abound to your account. proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and But I have all, and abound. I am full, having the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort received of Epaphroditus the things which all that mourn, to appoint unto them that were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for a' sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garBut my God shall supply all your need ac- ment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that cording to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. they might be called trees of righteousPhi. iv. 15—19. For God is not unrighteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might to forget your work and labour of love, be glorified. Is. Ixi. 1, 2, 3. And he taught which ye have shewed toward his name, in in their synagogues, being glorified of all. that ye have ministered to the saints, and do And he came to Nazareth, where he had been minister. He. vi. 10.
brought up, and as his custom was, he went
into the synagogue on the Sabbath-day, and CHAP. XI.—1 Commanding his twelve dis- stood up for to read. And there was deliciples.] Go ye therefore (as all power is vered unto him the book of the prophet given unto me in heaven and in earth), and Esaias ; and when he had opened the book, teach all nations, baptizing them in the name he found the place where it is written, The of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he bath Ghost, teaching them to observe all things anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor ; whatsoever I have commanded you. Mat. he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, tó xxviii. 19, 20. If ye keep my commandments, preach deliverance to the captives, and reye shall abide in my love, even as I have covering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty kept my Father's commandments, and abide in them that are bruised, to preach the accepthis love. This is my commandment, that ye able year of the Lord. And he closed the love one another as I have loved you. Greater book, and he gave it again to the minister, and love hath no man than this, that a man lay sat down. And the eyes of all them that down his life for his friends ; ye are my were in the synagogue were fastened on him. friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. And he began to say unto them, This day is John xv. 10. 12, 13, 14. The former treatise this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Lu. have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus iv. 15—21. And he (Jesus), went throughout began both to do and teach. Ac. i. 1. He every city, and village, preaching and shewing commanded us to preach unto the people, and the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and to testify that it is he which was ordained of the twelve were with him. Lu. viii. 1. Who God to be the judge of quick and dead. Ac. (Jesus) went about doing good, and bealing x. 42. Ye know what commandments we all that were oppressed of the devil, for God gave you by the Lord Jesus. The. iv. 2. was with him. Ac. x. 38. Now we command you brethren, in the name 2 When John had heard in the prison.] of our Lord Jesus Christ
, that ye withdraw And the disciples of John shewed him of all yourselves from every brother that walketh these things (the works of Jesus). And John disorderly, and not after the tradition which calling unto him two of his disciples, sent he received of us. Even when we were with them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should you, this we commanded you, that if any come? Or look we for another? And in the would not work, neither should he eat. 2 same hour he cured many of their infirmities, The. iii. 6. 10. I give thee charge in and plagues, and of evil spirits, and unto the sight of God, that thou keep this com- many that were blind he gave sight. Then mandment without spot, unrebukeable, until Jesus answering, said unto them, Go your
works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, 3 Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus 4
way, and tell John what things ye have seen of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. and heard : how that the blind see, the lame Nili xxiv. 17. The Lord thy God will raise walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, up unto thee 'a prophet from the midst of the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him preached. And blessed is he whosoever shall ye shall hearken. And it shall come to pass, not be offended in me, Lu. vii. 18-23. that whosoever will not hearken unto my
In the prison.] See chap. iv. 12 ; xvii. 12. words, which he shall speak in my name, I will And Jesus answering, spake unto the lawyers require it of him. De. xviii. 15. 19. Yet and Pharisees, saying, is it lawful to heal on have I set my king upon my holy bill of the Sabbath-day? Lu. xiv. 3. Herod him- Zion, I will declare the decree. The Lord self had sent forth and laid hold upon John, hath said unto me, Thou art my Son, this and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and his brother Philip's wife ; for he had married I shall give thee the heathen for thine inherither. Mar. vi, 17. Herod the tetrarch being ance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy reproved by him, for Herodias his brother possession. Thou shalt break them with a Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces had done, added yet this above all, that he like a potter's vessel. Be wise now therefore, shut up John in prison. Lu. iii. 19, 20. O ye kings, be instructed, ye judges of the John was not yet (when Jesus and his dis- earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice ciples came into Judea) cast into prison (but with trembling; kiss the Son, lest he be was baptizing in Ænon). John iii. 24. angry, and ye perish from the way, when
He sent two of his disciples.] See chap. ix. his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed 14. There arose a question between some of are all they that put their trust in him. Ps. iia John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. 6–12. The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou And they came unto John, and said unto at my right hand, until I make thine enemies him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond thy footstool. The Lord shall send the rod Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, the of thy strength out of Zion : rule thou in the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be John answered and said, A man can receive willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties nothing except it be given him from heaven. of holiness from the womb of the morning : Ye yourselves bear me witness that I said, thou hast the dew of thy youth. The Lord hath I am not the Christ, but that I am sent be- sworn and will not repent, Thou art a priest fore him. John iii. 25–28. While Apollos for ever after the order of Melchizedek. The was at Corinth, Paul, having passed through Lord at thy right hand shall strike through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus, and finding kings in the day of his wrath. Ps. cx. 1-5. certain disciples, he said unto them, Have ye The Lord himself shall give you asign ; behold, received the Holy Ghost since ye believed ? a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and And they said unto him, We have not so shall call his name Immanuel. Is. vii. 14. much as heard whether there be any Holy In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what shall dwell safely, and this is his name then were ye baptized ? And they said, whereby he shall be called, the Lord our Unto John's baptism. Ac. xix. 1-3. Righteousness. Therefore, behold the days
3 Art thou he that should come ?] See chap. come, saith the Lord, that they shall no ji. 2-6. And the multitudes that went be- more say, The Lord liveth which brougbt up fore, and that followed (Christ) cried, saying, the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; Hosanna to the Son of David, blessed is he but the Lord liveth which brought up, and that cometh in the name of the Lord : ho- which led the seed of the house of Israel, out sanna in the highest. Mat. xxi. 9. And I of the north country, and from all countries will put enmity between thee and the woman whither I had driven them, and they shall (said God to the serpent), and between thy dwell in their own land. Je. xxiii. 6---8. I seed, and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, the Lord will be their God, and my servant and thou shalt bruise his heel. Ge. iii. 15. David a prince among them: I the Lord have In thee shall all families of the earth be spoken it. And I will make with them a blessed. Ge. xii. 3. The sceptre shall not covenant of peace, and will cause the evil depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from be- beasts to cease out of the land ; and they tween his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep him shall the gathering of the people be. Ge. in the woods. Ex. xxxiv. 24-25. Seventy xlix. 10. I shall see him, but not now; I weeks are determined upon thy people, and shall behold him, but not nigh. There shall upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, come a star out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall and to make an end of sins, and to make rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in