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your Words, and refuse to house, or city, shake be reformed; when ye de- off the duft of your
feet. part out of that House or City, shake off even the Dust of your Feet against them; declaring, that since they have wilfully rejected the last means of Salvation which God has offered them by you, ye will have nothing more to do with them, but leave them to the Judg. ment of God. 15. Assuredly I tell you,
15 Verily I say the Punishment that shall unto you, It fhall be be inflicted on the Inhabi- more tolerable for tants of such a City, shall the land of Sodom
and Gomorrha , in be more terrible in the Day the day of judgment, of Vengeance, than that then for that city. which was inflicted on the Inhabitants of Sodom. Because the Inhabitants of Sodom might have repented, if they had heard your Preaching and seen your Mira. cles, But these Men having rejected greater offers of Mercy, shall be liable to a severer Punishment.
16 Behold, I 16. And now, behold, I theep in the midst
send you forth as send you forth as Sheep a of wolves: be ye mong Wolves; gentle, harm- therefore wise as ferless, and innocent Persons, pents, and harmless
among passionate and cruel tofa
Men. Be ye therefore wise and prudent, that ye give them no just occasion of reproaching you or your Doctrine; and be meek and gentle, that ye may win those that are of good Tempers, and avoid provoking
those that are bad. 17 But beware of 17. But when ye have men, for they will done all you can, you must deliver you up to the expect nevertheless to be per
councels , and they secuted by wicked and cruel I will scourge you in Ghally their fynagogues.
Men. Though ye be never ble for
fo careful to avoid giving
them any just Offence, yet na , gment,
merely for your continuing to preach the Gospel, they will carry you before their Magistrates, as Malefactors ; and scourge you in their Synagogues, as Apostates.
18. And ye shall be
shall be brought before brought before Governors, governors and kings and Princes and Kings, for for my fake, for a the Gospels fake; by which testimony against them and the Gen
means your Innocence shall tiles.
be discovered, and your Doctrine made known, even to the Gentiles and to the whole World ; that they also hearing of your Doctrine
18 And ye
thus bring you before the deliver you up, take
and Miracles, and seeing
19 But when they
no thought how or Magistrates to be judged, be what ye Thall speak, not solicitous to meditate for it shall be given what ye shall say in your hour what ye Tha!!
in that same Defence, or in what manner
speak. ye shall apologize for your selves to the best advantage: For your Works and Doctrine shall be their own Vindication; and God, who by his peculiar Providence supplies you with all other Things that are necessary or convenient, will also at that Time provide for your Defence.
20. So that it shall not 20 For it is not be so much you your felves ye that speak,but the that shall plead your own
fpirit of your Father
which speaketh in Cause, as the Spirit of
you. God that shall plead for you. 21. Only expect, that the
21 And the broPersecution which shall
ther shah deliver up be raised against you for the brother to death, preaching the Gospel, will and the father the
child : and the chilbę very great and unnatu
dren shall rise up a.
gainft their parents, ral. For the Purity and and cause them to Holiness of your Doctrine be put to death.
being utterly inconsistent with the Covetousness, and contrary to the Passions and Lufts of Men, will provoke Men incorrigibly enslaved to these Vices, to break through all the Bonds not only of Virtue and Humanity, but even of Relation and Natural Affection, to persecute and destroy you : So that even Fathers and Sons and Brethren shall kill one another, in fierceness
against the Truth. 22 And ye shall 22, Nay, and the generabe hated- of all men lity of Men will become for my names fake : but he that endureth your Enemies; the whole to the end, shall be Stream of the World will saved.
run against you and discourage you. But he that notwithstanding all this Oppo, sition shall persevere in his Faith and his Obedience to the End, and shall not be moved by these Difficulties and Persecutions to forsake his Religion and Integrity so long as he lives ; shall receive the Reward of everlafting Life.
23. Nevertheless, though 23 But when they ye ought to bear Perfecuti persecute you in this
city, flee ye into a ons cheerfully, and never to nother: for verily I be overcome by them, when say unto you, ye shall the Providence of God not have gone over brings them unavoidably till the son of man be
the cities of Israel upon you; yet, if ye have - come. Opportunity, when ye are persecuted in one City, ye may flee unto another. For affuredly I tell you, ye shall not have preached through all the Cities of the Jews, before the Kingdom of Chrift fhall be gloriously manifested in the final destruction of that Nation.
24. And be not difcon. 24 The disciple is tented, that ye must needs not above bis mafter, fufter Perfecutions and Af. nor the servant a
bove his lord. Nictions. For if I my self endure all manner of Reproaches, and Persecutions, and Afflictions ; you have no manner of reason to expect or hope to escape bet
The Disciple is not greater than his Master, nor the Servant above his Lord. 25. Ought not ye to be
25 It is enough well fatisfied, if ye meet with for the disciple that no worse Treatment than I he be as his master, have done ? If they have and the servant as
lord: if they