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16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 15
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, 16 a that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath :
20 For the wrath of man worketh not righteousness of God.18 21 Wherefore e lay apart all filthiness and
nor shadow of change. Br. 16 of life. Co. Ma. 17 doth not accomplish. Gen.
18 that which is righteous before God. Co. Ma. Cr. Bi. See on ] Cor. iv. 7. Y NUMB. xxiii. 19: God is not a man, that he should lie;. neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? 1 SAM. xv. 29: And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. Mal. iii. 6: For I am the LORD, I change not. Rom. xi. 29 : For the gifts and callings of God are without repentance.
2 See on John, iii. 3; and on 1 Cor. iv. 15. a See on HEB. xii. 23.
• Eccles. v. 1: Be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools. Ecclus. v. 11: Be swift to hear, and let thy life be sincere, and with patience give answer.
c Pro, X. 19: In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin : but he that refraineth his lips is wise. do. xiii. 3 : He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. do. xvii. 27 : He that hath knowledge spareth his words. Eccles. v, 3: A fool's voice is known by multitude of words. Ecclus. i. 29 : Be not an hypocrite in the sight of men; and take good heed what thou speakest.
. See on EPH. iv. 26.
• Col. iii. 5 : Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. See on Rom. vi. 4.
superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted 5 word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, k deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a 'hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass :
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
19 maliciousness. Co. Mu. Cr. Gen.
* Ps. xxv. 9: The meek will he guide in judgment : and the meek will he teach his way.
& Eph. i. 13: In whom also ye trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation.
h Acts, xiii. 26: Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. Rom. i. 16: For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth ; to the Jew first, and also to the GreekI Cor. xv. 2: By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. Eph.i. 13 : In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation : in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. Tit. ii. 11: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. 1 Pet. i. 9: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of
Luke, vi. 46 : And why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? do. xi. 28 : But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Rom. ii. 13: For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. John, iii. 7: Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. See on MAT. vii. 21, 24.
k See on Rom. xvi. 18.
1 LUKE, vi. 47, &c: Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like : he is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock, &c. James, ii. 14, &c.
25 But whoso m looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be oblessed in his deed. 20
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and Pbridleth 21 not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
27 Pure religion 22 and undefiled 23 before God and the Father is this, To I visit the fatherless 21 refrain, Co. Ma. Cr. Bi. Gen.
22 20 doing. A.V.
reli. gion, &c. Wh. 23 unspotled. Rh.
m 2 Cor. iii. 18: We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Ps. cxix. 45: And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. JAMES, ii. 12, &c.
• John, xiii. 17: If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
p Ps. xxxiv. 13: Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. do. xxxix. I : I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue : I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. PRO. x. 11, 13, 20, 21 : The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life. In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found. The tongue of the just is as choice silver. The lips of the righteous feed many. do. xv. 7: The lips of the wise disperse knowledge. Ecclus. xiv. 1 : Blessed is the man that hath not slipt with his mouth.. do. xix. 16 : There is one that slippeth in his speech, but not from his heart; and who is he that hath not offended with his tongue ? do. xxv. 8: Well is him that dwelleth with a wife of understanding, and that hath not slipped with his tongue. Mat. xv. 11, 18: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man ; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. JAMES, iii. 2, 5, &c: If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity, &c. 1 Pet. iii. 10 : He that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.
Exod. xxii. 22, &c: Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. Deut. xxiv. 17 : Thou shalt not pervert the and widows in their affliction,24 and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
CHAP. II. 1 It is not agreeable to Christian profession to regard the rich, and
to despise the poor brethren : 13 rather we are to be loving and merciful : 14 and not to boast of faith where no deeds are, 17 which is but a dead faith, 19 the faith of devils, 21 not of Abrahanı, 25 and Rahab.
MY brethren, have not the faith of our a Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of
persons. 24 adversity. Gen. hold. Pu. 2 the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ham.
judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow's raiment to pledge. do. xxvii. 19: Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people sball say, Amen. Ps. Ixviii. 5: A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. Isa. i. 16, 17 : Wash
Isa. i. 16, 17: Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes ; cease to do evil; relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. do. lviii: 6,7: Is not this the fast that I have chosen ? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Zec. vii. 10: Oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor. Mat. xxv. 36 : I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Rom. xii. 2 : And be not conforined to this world : but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, ånd perfect, will of God. JAMES, iv. 4: Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. See on John, xvii. 15.
CHAP. II. * 1 Cor. ii. 8: Had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Ver. 9. Lev. xix. 15 : Thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty : but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. Deut. i. 16,
2 For if there come unto your assembly 3 a man with a gold ring, in goodly 4 apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment ;)
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place ; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool :
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts ??
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom 8 e which he hath promised to them that love him ?
* gay. Pu.
3 Gr. synagogue. A. V.
5 homely attire. Rh.. o well, or, seemly. A. V. ?judges who reason ill. Dod. judges with evil reaso)linys. Pu. 8 that kingdom. A. V.
17: And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him. Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's. do. xvi. 19: Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift : for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. Pro. xxiv. 23 : It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. do. xxviii. 21: To have respect of persons is not good : for for a piece of bread that man will transgress. Ecclus. xlii. 1: Accept no person to sin thereby. MAT. xxii. 16: Thou regardest not the person
of men. John, viii. 15: Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. JUDE, 16: Having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
• See on 1 Cor. i. 26, 28. . See on LUKE, xii. 21.
* Luke, vi. 20: And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor : for your's is the kingdom of God. do. xii. 32 : Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. do. xxii. 29 : And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me. 1 Cor. ii. 9: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man,