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of goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 45 Again, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, 46 seeking goodly pearls : Who, when he had found one pearl of
Buyeth that field.). Buy the truth, and sell What doeth it? I sought in mine heart to it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and give myself unto wine, (yet acquainting mine understanding. Pr. xxiii. 23. Ho, every heart with wisdom,) and to lay hold on folly, one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters ; and till I might see what was that good for the he that hath no money, come ye, buy and sons of men which they should do under the eat; yea, come buy wine and milk, without heaven all the days of their life. I made me money and without price. Is. lv. l. I coun- great works; I builded me houses; I planted sel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, me vineyards; I made me gardens and or that thou mayest be rich, and white raiment, chards, and I planted trees in them of all kind that thou mayest be clothed, and that the of fruits; I made me pools of water, to water shame of thy nakedness do not appear, and therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees. anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou I got me servants, and maidens, and had ser mayest see. Re. iii. 18.
vants born in my house ; also I had great 45 Like unto a merchant man.] For what possessions of great and small cattle, above all is a man profited if he shall gain the whole that were in Jerusalem before me. I ga world and lose his own soul ? or what shall a thered me also silver and gold, and the pece man give in exchange for his soul ? Mat. liar treasure of kings, and of the provinces
, xvi. 26. Again he (the king, who made a I gat me men-singers and women-singers, marriage for his son) sent forth other servants, and the delights of the sons of men, as musaying, Tell them which are bidden, Come sical instruments, and that of all sorts. So I unto the marriage. But they made light of was great, and increased more than all that it, and went their ways, one to his farm, were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wise another to his merchandise. Mat. xxii. 4, 5. dom remained with me; and whatsoever mine Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and eyes desired I kept not from them; I withthe man that getteth understanding: for the held not my heart from any joy, for my heart merchandise of it is better than the mere rejoiced in all my labour. And this was my chandise of silver, and the gain thereof than portion of all my labour ; then I fooked on all fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, the works that my hands had wrought, and and all the things thou canst desire are not on the labour that I had laboured to do, and to be compared unto her. Length of days is behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, in her right hand, and in her left hand riches and there was no profit under the sun. And and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasant- I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and all her paths are peace. She is a ness, and folly: for what can the man de that tree of life to them that lay hold upon her, cometh after the king! Even that wbich and happy is every one that retaineth her. hath been already done. Ec. i. 2-12 Pr. iii. 13-18. Receive my instruction, and Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher; all not silver, and knowledge rather than choice vanity. Let us hear the conclusion of the gold. For wisdom is better than rubies, and whole matter : Fear God and keep his comall the things that may be desired are not to mandments, for this is the whole duty of man. be compared to it. Riches and honour are Ec. xii. 8. 13. with "me" (" wisdom"), yea, durable riches 46 One pearl of great, &c.] If thou seekest and righteousness. My fruit is better than her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid gold, yea, than fine gold, and my revenue treasures, then shalt thou understand the fear than choice silver. I lead in the way of of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. righteousness, in the midst of the paths of Pr. ii. 4, 5. Wisdom and knowledge shall judgment. Pr. viii. 10, 11. 18, 19, 20. be the stability of thy times, and strength of Seeking goodly pearls.] No mention shall salvation : the fear of the Lord is his treasure
. be made of coral, or of pearls, for the price of Is. xxxiii. 6. Let no man glory in men, for wisdom is above rubies. Job xxviii
. 18. all things are your's. Whether Paul, or Apollos, There be many that say, Who will shew us or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or any good ? Lord, lift thou up the light of things present, or things to come; all are thy countenance upon us : thou hast put your's, and ye are Christ's, and Christ is gladness in my heart more than in the time God's. i Co. iii. 21, 22, 23. Unto me, who that their corn and their wine increased. Ps. iv. am less than the least of all saints, is this 6,7. Surely every man walketh in a vain grace given, that I should preach among the shew; surely they are disquieted in vain; he Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ
. heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall Ep. iii. 8. In whom (in God the Father and gather them. And now, Lord, what wait 1 Christ) are hid all the treasures of wisdom for? My hope is in thee. Ps. xxxix. 6, 7. and knowledge. Col. ii. 3. And this is the I said of laughter, It is mad; and of mirth, record, that God hath given 10 is eternal life,
great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. Again, 47 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they 48
and this life is in his Son. He that hath the hedges, and compel them to come in, that my Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son house may be filled. Lu. xiv. 21–23. Every of God hath not life. I John v. 11, 12. The branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh twelve gates of the new Jerusalem) were away, and every branch that beareth fruit, he twelve pearls ; every several gate was of one purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit; pearl. Re. xxi. 21.
if a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as Went and sold all.] Peter began to say a branch, and is withered, and men gather unto " him” (“ Jesus"), Lo, we have left all, them, and cast them into the fire, and they and have followed thee. And Jesus an- are burned. John xv. 2. 6. A certain man swered and said, Verily I say unto you, there named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or a possession, and kept back part of the price sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or chil- (and having profanely tempted the Holy Ghost dren, or lands, for my sake and the Gospel's, with a lie, at Peter's rebuke they both fell but he shall receive an hundred fold, now in down deud). Ac. v. 1-10. When Simon this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, (the sorcerer) saw that through laying on of and mothers, and children, and lands, with the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, persecutions; and in the world to come eter- he offered them money, saying, Give me nal life. But many that are first shall be also this power, that on whomsoever I lay last, and the last first. Mar. X. 28–31. hands he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and fol- Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with lowed thee. And he said unto them, Verily I thee : because thou hast thought that the gift say unto you, there is no man that hath left of God may be purchased with money. Thou house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or hast neither part nor lot in this matter, for children, for the kingdom of God's sake, who thy heart is not right in the sight of God; shall not receive manifold more in this present repent, therefore, of this thy wickedness, and time, and in the world to come life everlasting. pray God if perhaps the thought of thiné Lu. xviii. 28, 29, 30. None of these things heart may be forgiven thee; for I perceive move me (said Paul), neither count I my life that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in dear unto myself, so that I might finish my the bond of iniquity. Ac. viii. 18—23. Of course with joy, and the ministry, which I your own selves shall men arise, speaking perhave received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the verse things, to draw away disciples after Gospel of the grace of God. Ac. xx. 24. them. Ac. xx. 30. It is reported commonly God forbid, that I should glory, save in the that there is fornication among you, and such eross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the fornication as is not so much as named world is crucified unto me, and I unto the among the Gentiles; that one should have his world. Ga. vi. 14.
father's wife! And ye are puffed up, and 47 See chap. iv. 19.
have not rather mourned, that he that hath And gathered of every kind.) See verses done this deed might be taken from among 20--30. Go ye into the highways (said the you. For I verily, as absent in body, but king who made a marriage for his son), and as present in spirit, have judged already, as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. though I were present, concerning him (the So those servants went out into the highways, incestuous person) that hath so done this deed; and gathered together all, as many as they in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when found, both bad and good: and the wedding ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with was furnished with guests. Mat. xxii. 9, 10. the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened such an one unto Satan for the destruction of unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the went forth to meet the bridegroom : and five day of the Lord Jesus. Your glorying is not of them were wise, and five were foolish. good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaThey that were foolish took their lamps, and veneth the whole lump? 1 Co. v. 1-6. took no oil with them: but the wise took oil Brethren, I would not that ye should be igin their vessels with their lamps. Mat. xxv. norant, how that all our fathers were under the 1-4. Go out quickly into the streets and cloud, and all passed through the sea; and lanes of the city (said the man who made a were all baptised unto Moses in the cloud and great supper to his servants), and bring in in the sea ; and did all eat the same spiritual hither the poor, and the maimed, and the meat, and did all drink the same spiritual halt, and the blind. And the servant said, drink (for they drank of that spiritual rock Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and that followed them, and that rock was Christ), yet there is room. And the Lord said unto but with many of them God was not well the servant, Go out into the highways and pleased, for they were overthrown in the VOL. II.
drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into ressels,
wilderness. Now these things were our ex- and to convince the gainsayers. For there amples, to the intent we should not lust after are many unruly and vain talkers, and deevil things, as they also lusted. Neither beceivers, specially they of the circumcision, ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert written, The people sat down to eat and drink, whole houses, teaching things which they and rose up to play. Neither let us commit ought not for filthy lucre's sake. Tit. i. 9, 10, fornication, as some of them committed, and 11. There were false prophets also among the fell in one day three and twenty thousand people, even as there shall be false teachers Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them among you, who privily shall bring in damn. also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. able heresies, even denying the Lord that Neither murmur ye, as some of them also bought them, and bring upon themselves murmured, and were destroyed of the de- swift destruction, And many shall follos stroyer. 1 Co. x. 1-10. There must be their pernicious ways, by reason of whom the also heresies among you, that they which are way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And approved may be made manifest among you. through covetousness shall they with feigned 1 Co. xi. 19. Such are false apostles, deceit- words make merchandise of you, whose judg. ful workers, transforming themselves into the ment now of a long time lingereth not, and apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan their damnation slumbereth not. These ( false himself is transformed into an angel of light. teachers) shall receive the reward of unrighteTherefore it is no great thing if his ministers ousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot also be transformed as the ministers of righte- in the day-time. Spots they are ard blemishes, ousness, whose end shall be according to their sporting themselves with their own deceiving works. Thrice I was beaten with rods (said while they feast with you ; having eyes full of Paul); in journeyings often; in perils of wa- adultery, and that cannot cease from sit; ters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine beguiling unstable souls; an heart they have own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in exercised with covetous practices : cursed perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, children: which have forsaken the right way, in perils in the sea, in perils among false and are gone astray. These are wells without brethren. 2 Co. xi. 13, 14, 15. 26. I fear, water; clouds that are carried with a tempest, lest when I come I shall not find you such as to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for I would, and that I shall be found unto you ever. For when they speak great swelling such as ye would not; lest there be debates, words of vanity, they allure through the lusts envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whis- of the flesh, through much wantonness, those perings, swellings, tumults; and lest when I that were clean escaped from them who live come again my God will humble me among in error; while they promise them liberty, you, and that I shall bewail many which they themselves are the servants of corruphave sinned already, and have not repented tion; for of whom a man is overcome, of the of the uncleanness, and fornication, and las- same is he brought in bondage. For if, after civiousness which they have committed. 2 Co. they have escaped the pollutions of the world, xii. 20, 21. Neither Titus who was with me, through the knowledge of the Lord and Sabeing a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised, viour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled and that because of false brethren, unawares therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse brought in, who came in privily to spy out with them than the beginning. For it had our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, been better for them not to have known the that they might bring us into bondage. Ga. way of righteousness, than, after they have ii. 3, 4. Men shall be lovers of their own selves, known it, to turn from the holy commandcovetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, dis- ment delivered unto them; but it is happened obedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, with- unto them according to the true proverb, The out natural affection, truce-breakers, false dog is turned to his own vomit again; and accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those the sow that was washed to her wallowing in that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, the mire. 2 Pe. ii. 1, 2, 3. 13-22. As ye lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, have heard that antichrist shall come, even having a form of godliness, but denying the now are there many antichrists ; whereby we power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Ti. know that it is the last time. They went out iii. 2-5. The time will come when they from us, but they were not of us ; for if they will not endure sound doctrine; but after had been of us, they would no doubt have their own lusts shall they heap to themselves continued with us : but they went out that teachers, having itching ears. And they shall they might be made manifest that they were turn away their ears from the truth, and shall not all of us. 1 John ii. 18, 19. Belaved, be turned unto fables. 2 Ti. iv. 3, 4. A believe not every spirit; but try the spirits bishop must be blameless, holding fast the whether they are of God, because many false faithful word, as he hath been taught, that he prophets are gone out into the world. Hertmay be able by sound doctrine both to exhort by know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit
but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world : the 49 angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire : there shall be wail- 50
that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said the flesh is of God; and every spirit that unto the wise, Give us of your oil, for our confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, the flesh is not of God. And this is that saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for spirit of antichrist whereof ye have heard us and you; but go ye rather to them that that it should come; and even now already is sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, went to buy the bridegroom came ; and they and have overcome them; because greater is that were ready went in with him to the he that is in you than he that is in the world. marriage, and the door was shut. Afterward They are of the world; therefore speak they came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, of the world, and the world heareth them. Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, We are of God ; he that knoweth God heareth Verily I say unto you, I know you not. us. He that is not of God heareth not us. Mat. xxv. 5-12. After a long time, the Hereby know we the spirit of truth and the lord of those servants (to whom he had delispirit of error. 1 John iv. 1-6. There are vered the talents) cometh and reckoneth with certain men crept in unawares, who were be- them. Well done, good and faithful servant fore of old ordained to this condemnation, (said he to each of those who had improved ungodly men, turning the grace of our God their talents), enter thou into the joy of thy into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord Lord. And cast ye the unprofitable servant God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will (who hid his talent in the earth) into outer therefore put you in remembrance, though ye darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashonce knew this, how that the Lord, having ing of teeth. When the Son of man shall saved the people out of the land of Egypt, come in his glory, and all the holy angels afterward destroyed them that believed not. with him, then shall he sit upon the throne Jude 4, 5. I know thy works (said he that of his glory. And before him shall be had the seven spirits of God to the angel of the gathered all nations; and he shall separate church in Sardis), that thou hast a name, that them one from another, as a shepherd divideth thou livest and art dead. I know thy works, his sheep from the goats. And he shall set that thou art neither cold nor hot; I would the sheep on his right hand and the goats on thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou the left. Mat. xxv. 19—33. To you who art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will are troubled (God will recompense), rest with spew thee out of my mouth; because thou us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming and have need of nothing; and knowest not fire, taking vengeance on them that know not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord poor, and blind, and naked. Re. iii. 1. 15, Jesus Christ; who shall be punished with ever16, 17.
lasting destruction from the presence of the 48 And gathered the good.] See verses 30. Lord, and from the glory of his power; when 49-53, and chap. iii. 12.
he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and 49 The angels shall come forth.] See verse to be admired in all them that believe (be39. And he shall send his angels with a cause our testimony among you was believed) great sound of a trumpet, and shall gather in that day. 2 Tk. i. 7–10. And I saw the together his elect from the four winds, from dead, small and great, stand before God. And one end of heaven to the other. Mat. xxiv. the books were opened ; and another book 31.
was opened, which is the book of life. And And sever the wicked.] Friend, how the dead were judged out of those things camest thou in hither, not having a wedding which were written in the books, according to garment (said the king who made a mar- their works. And the sea gave up the dead riage for his son)? And he (who had not which were in it; and death and hell delithe wedding garment) was speechless. Then vered up the dead which were in them. And said the king to the servants, Bind him they were judged every man according to hand and foot, and take him away, and cast their works. And death and hell were cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weep- into the lake of fire: this is the second death. ing and gnashing of teeth : for many are
And whosoever was not found written in the called, but few are chosen. Mat. xxii. 12, 13, 14. book of life was cast into the lake of fire. While the bridegroom tarried “they" ("the Re. xx. 12-15. ten virgins") all slumbered and slept. And 50 Cast them into the furnace of fire.] See at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, verse 42. the bridegroom cometh ; go ye out to meet Wailing and gnashing of teeth.] The lord him. Then all those virgins arose and of that servant (who shall say in his heart, My
51 ing and gnashing of teeth. Jesus saith unto them, Have ye
understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. 52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every Scribe which is
instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is
lord delayeth his coming) shall come in a day ened? Having eyes, see ye not ? and having when he looketh not for him, and in an hour ears, hear ye not ? and do ye not remember! that he is not aware of; and shall cut him Mar. viji. 17, 18. Let these sayings sink asunder, and appoint him his portion with the down into your ears : for the Son of man shall hypocrites; there shall be weeping and gnash- be delivered into the hands of men. But they ing of teeth. Mat. xxiv. 50, 51. Then shall understood not this saying, and it was hid ye (against whom the Lord has shut the door) from them, that they perceived it not, and begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in they feared to ask him of that saying. Lm. thy presence, and thou hast taught in our ix. 44, 45. Philip ran thither “to him" streets. But he shall say, I tell you I know (" to meet the eunuch"), and heard him read you not whence ye are ; depart from me, all the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weep- thou what thou readest ? And he said, How ing and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see can I except some man should guide me! Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the And he desired Philip that he would come up prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you and sit with him. Ac. viii. 30, 31. We yourselves thrust out. Lu. xiii. 26, 27, 28. know that the Son of God is come, and hath The same (who worships the beast and his given us an understanding, that we may image) shall drink of the wine of the wrath of know him that is true; and we are in him God, which is poured out without mixture that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ
. into the cup of his indignation ; and he shall This is the true God and eternal life. I Joks be tormented with fire and brimstone in the v. 20. presence of the holy angels, and in the pre- 52 Every Scribe which is instructed.] See sence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their Mat. viii. 19. and ii. 4. Behold, I send unto torment ascendeth up for ever and ever. And you prophets, and wise men, and Scribes: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and the beast and his image, and whosoever re- some of them shall ye scourge in your synaceiveth the mark of his name. Re. xiv. 10, 11. gogues, and persecute them from city to city. The fifth angel poured out his vial upon the Mat. xxiii. 34. Ezra had prepared his heart seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and darkness, and they gnawed their tongues for to teach in Israel statutes and judgments. pain ; and blasphemed the God of heaven, And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make because of their pains and their sores, and a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond repented not of their deeds. Re. xvi. 10, 11. the river, that whatsoever Ezra, the priest,
51 Have ye understood all these things ?] the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, See verse 11. 19. Do not ye yet understand shall require of you, it be done speedily. (said Jesus to Peter, who had said, Declare Ez. vii. 10. 21. One of them (the chief unto us the parable) that whatsoever entereth priests and Pharisees) named Caiaphas, being in at the mouth, goeth into the belly, and is the high priest that same year, said unto cast out into the draught. But those things them, Ye know nothing at all; nor consider which proceed out of the mouth come forth that it is expedient for us that one man should from the heart, and they defile the man. die for the people, and that the whole perish Mat. xv. 17, 18. How is it that ye do not not. Lu. xi. 49, 50. Such trust have we understand that I spake it (the parable of the through Christ to God-ward: not that we are leaven) not to you concerning bread, that ye sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees ourselves ; but our sufficiency is of God; who and of the Sadducees? Mat. xvi. 11. When also hath made us able ministers of the new ye shall see the abomination of desolation, Testament, not of the letter, but of the spirit; spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. the holy place (whoso readeth let him under. 2 Co. iii. 4, 5, 6. As ye also learned the grace stand). Mat. xxiv. 15. Without a parable of God in truth) of Epaphras, our dear fellowspake he not unto them: and when they were servant, who is, for you, a faithful minister of alone he expounded all things to his disciples. Christ. Col. i. 7. A bishop must be not a Mar. iv. 34. Are ye so without understanding novice, lest being lifted up with pride, he fall also ? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever into the condemnation of the Devil. If I thing from without entereth into the man it tarry long (these things, the qualifications te cannot defile him? Mar. vii. 18. Why quisite in a bishop and in deacons, I write unto reason "ye" (his “disciples”), because ye thee) that thou mayest know how thon have no bread ? perceive ye not yet, neither oughtest to behave thyself in the house of understand ? Have ye your heart yet hard- God, which is the church of the living God,