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24. But the Pharisees, 24 But when the who were hardened against Pharisees heard it
, all Conviction, when they low doth not caft out heard the People thus talk, devils, but by Beela said within themfelves: zebub the prince of No; This Man, who is a
the devils. breaker of Sabbaths and a despiser of our Traditions, cannot act by Divine Power and Authority ; but it must be by Confederacy with the Prince of the Devils, that he thus casteth out Devils.
25. But Jesus knowing 25 And Jesus knew their Thoughts, said; With their thoughts, and
said unto them, Evewhat perverseness do you now reason among your against it felf, is selves ! For whatever is brought to desolatidone by Confederacy with on; and every city
or house divided aevil Spirits, must be some- gainst it felf, shall thing that promotes the not stand. Interest of Evil Spirits and the cause of Wickedness, and not any thing directly contrary thereto : Unless you will imagine that any Kingdom or Society, can be supported by Quarrels and Divisions with in it self.
ry kingdom divided
25 And if Satan 26. If therefore cisting cast out Satan, he is
out Devils, and that in divided against himfelf; how fhall then Confirmation of a Doctrine his kingdom stand? directly contrary to the
Intereft of evil Spirits, be a thing not to be done by Confederacy with those evil Spirits ; then nothing can be more absurdly malicious, than this your Accu
fation of me. 27. And if I by 27. But besides ; your Beelzebub cast out
own Countrymen and Redeyils, by whom do your children cast lations have sometimes unibem out ? therefore dertaken
dertaken to cast out Dethey shall be your vils, and yet ye never acjudges.
cused them of Confederacy with evil Spirits : What reason have ye then to accuse me thereof, who have never cast out Devils by any worse means, or to serve any worse purpose ? So that either these your own People must condemn you of Partiality and unjuft Judgment, or else ye must needs acknowledge that I cast out Devils by a Divine Power.
28. And now if the thing 28 But if I caft it self be apparent, and ye out devils by the Spi
rit of God, then the cannot without extreme
kingdom of God is Unreasonableness and the
come unto you. utmost degree of Malice deny it, that what I do is by the immediate Power of God; then here is a convincing Proof, that I am truly sent from God, that I act by his Commission, and that the Doctrine which I preach is for the establishment of his Kindom.
29. For as ones entring 29 Or elle, how into a strong Man's House, can one enter into a & forcibly dispossessing him and spoil his goods, of his Goods, is an evident except he first bind Proof, that he that so enters, the strong man? and is ftronger and comes with then he will spoil his
house. greater Authority than he that had the first Poffeffion : So my breaking the Power of Devils, by casting them out of the Bodies, and destroying their Dominion over the Minds of Men, is an undeniable Demonstration of my being sent by a Power and Authority greater than theirs.
30 He that is not
two great Desp with me, is against Powers are at irreconcilaen els
me: and he that ga: ble Enmity against each
other even he that only
many things towards destroying the Power and Kingdom of the Devil, to be believed to act really in opposition to him? And *he that shall not joyn with
me in this great Work, shall coule,
be look'd upon to be a. moods,
gainst me. 31 (Wherefore I 31. Since therefore ’tis say unto you, All as evident, as is possible, manner of fin and that the Works which I do, blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men :
are by the Authority of but the blasphemy God, and by the Power of against the holy Ghost his Holy Spirit ; I tell you, shall not be forgiven whosoever shall resift this
Conviction, by such a degree of Malice as ascribing these Works to the Power
bind ? and noill
** This Verse being capable of two Senses, whereof it is not easie to determine which was principally intended by our Saviour, I have endeavoured in the Paraphrase to expreis both.
of the Devil, God will not afford to such a Man any further Conviction ; so that though all other Sins and Blafphemies whatsoever may
. be repented of and forgiven, yet he that shall be guilty of this, shall never have granted him any farther means of Repentance and Forgiveness. 32. All other Sins, I say, 32 And whosoe.
ver fpeaketh a word may be forgiven : Even he
against the Son of that speaks against me, and man, it shall be foris not convinced by my given him: but whopreaching, may yet afterwards foever speaketh abe convinced by the Power Ghost
, it shall not be gainst the
Holy of the Holy Ghost, and repent forgiven him, neiand be forgiven. But he ther in this world, that shall obstinately resist neither in the world
to come. this last means of Conviction, which God has thought fit to make use of for the Conversion of Mankind, and shall malitiously revile the most evident Operations of the Spirit of God; such a one has no farther means left, by which he might be convinced and brought to Repentance, and consequently he can never be forgiven.