taken away unless they cause some to Thou hast stricken them, but they fall.-Prov. iv. 16.

have not grieved : thou hast conThe tender mercies of the wicked sumed them, they have refused to are cruel.-Prov. xii. 10.

receive correction; they have made Fools make a mock at sin.-Prov. their faces harder than a rock: they xiv. 9.

have refused to return.- Jer. v. 3. Not a just man upon the earth, Were they ashamed ? &c. They who doth good, and sinneth not. were not at all ashamed, neither could Eccles. vii. 20. Prov. xx. 9.

they blush : therefore, &c. Thus saith Because sentence against an evil the Lord, Stand ye in the way, and work is not executed speedily, there- see, and ask for the old paths; where fore the heart of the sons of men is is the good way; and walk therein, fully set in them to do evil.—Eccles. &c. But they said, We will not walk viii. 11. Ps. lv. 19.

therein.-Jer. vi. 15, 16. Woe unto them who draw iniquity, They speak not aright ; no man re&c. who say, Let him make speed, pented him of his wickedness, saying, and hasten his work, that we may What have I done ? Every one turned see it, &c.-Isa. v. 18-20.

to his course, as the horse rusheth The king of Assyria, lifted up in into the battle.—Jer. viii. 6. pride, said, Shall not I do to Jeru The sin of Judah is written with a salem as to Samaria ? &c. By the pen of iron; with a point of a diamond strength of my hand have I done it; it is graven upon the table of their and by my wisdom, for I am prudent. heart, &c. The heart is deceitful Isa. x. 10, 11. 13.

above all things, and desperately Ye have said, We have made a wicked, &c.-Jer. xvii. 1. 9. covenant with death and with hell, Thus saith the Lord, Return ye, &c. The scourge shall not come &c. And they said, There is no hope ; unto us, &c.—Isa, xxviii. 15.

but we will walk after our own deLet favour beshewed to the vices, and we will every one do the wicked, yet will he not learn righte- imaginations of his evil heart, &c. ousness, &c. In the land of upright- Let us devise devices against Jereness will he deal unjustly, and will miah, &c. and let us not give heed to not behold the Majesty of the Lord, any of his words.-Jer. xviii. 11,12. 18. &c. When thy hand is lifted up, they The king cut and burned the roll, will not see, &c.—Isa. xxvi. 10, 11, wherein was written Jeremy's pro

They make a man an offender for a phecy; and would have taken the word, and lay a snare for him who re- prophet himself:-Jer. xxxvi. 21. 23, proveth in the gate, &c.- Isa. xxix. 21. 24. 26.

Thou hast trusted in thy wicked The people told Jeremiah, We will ness; thou hast said, None seeth me, not hearken unto thee : but we will &c. and thou hast said in thine heart, certainly do whatsoever thing goeth I am, and none else beside me.- Isa. forth out of our own mouth, to burn xlvii. 10.

incense unto the queen of heaven, All we, like sheep, have gone astray: &c.—Jer. xliv. 15–17. we have torned every one to his own They are stiff-hearted, &c. they are way.—Isa. liii. 6.

rebellious, &c. they are impudent.The wicked are like the troubled Ezek. ï. 4. 7. iii. 7. sea, when it cannot rest; whose Hast thou seen what the ancients waters cast up mire and dirt.— Isa. of the house of Israel do in the dark, lvii. 20.

every man in the chambers of his Thou saidst, There is no hope: no; imagery? For they say, The Lord for I have loved strangers, and after seeth not us ; the Lord hath forsaken them will I go.-Jer. ii. 25. xxi. 21. the earth.-Ézek. viii. 12.

When they had slain their children have we spoken against thee? Ye to their idols, then they came the have said, It is vain to serve God : same day into my sanctuary, to pro- and what profit is it that we have kept fane it, &c.—Ezek. xxiii. 39.

his ordinances ? &c.--Mal. iü. 13, 14. Nebuchadnezzar said, Who is that Job xxi. 14, 15. God who shall deliver out of my Herod, his wickedness in imprisonhands ?— Dan. iii. 14, 15.

ing John the Baptist for Herodias's The king said, Is not this great sake, his brother Philip's wife; for Babylon, which I have built for the John had said, It is not lawful for house of the kingdom, by the might thee to have her : and their conseof my power, and for the honour of quent wickedness in cutting off John's my majesty? While the word was head.-Matt. xiv. 3–10. in his mouth, &c. a voice said, The O Jerusalem ! &c. How often would kingdom is departed from thee.— I have gathered thy children, &c. and Dan. iv. 30, 31.


would not.—Matt. xxiii. 37. John Though Belshazzar knew all which v. 40. Luke xiv. 17, &c. God had done to his father for his When Pilate had said, I am innopride, yet he humbled not his heart. cent of the blood of this just person; But thou hast lifted up thyself against see ye to it: then answered all the the Lord of heaven, &c. Thou hast people, and said, His blood be on us, praised the gods of silver, &c.—Dan. and on our children.—Matt. xxvii. v. 21-23.

24, 25. Their mother hath played the harlot, See the desperate wickedness of &c. For she said, I will go after my the priests and elders.—Matt. xxvii. lovers, who gave me my bread, &c. xxviii. Acts iii. 14, 15. Mark xy. Hos. ii. 5.

7. 10, 11. They set their heart on their ini The world hateth Christ, and all quity.-Hos. iv. 8.

that are good.—Matt. x. 22. John God repeats many judgments he had xv. 18, &c. 1 John iii. 13. John brought upon Israel; and saith, Yet xvii. 14. have ye not returned unto me, &c. That which cometh out of the man, Amos iv, 6-10.

that defileth the man : for from withThey hate him who rebuketh in the in (out of the heart of men) proceed gate: and they abhor him who speak- evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, eth uprightly. -Amos v. 10. Isa. murders, thefts, covetousness, wiek, xxix. 21.

edness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil None upright among men; and the eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness : best of them as a brier, &c.—Micah. all these evil things come from withvii. 2-4.

in, and defile the man.-Mark vii. 20 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, -23. Matt. xy. 18—20. James iv. Execute true judgment, &c. But they 1. Matt. xii. 35, 36. refused to hearken, and pulled away O generation of vipers, who hath the shoulder, and stopped their ears warned you? &c.-Luke iii. 7. that they should not hear; yea, they His citizens hated him, &c. saying, made their heart as an adamant stone, We will not have this man to reign lest they should hear the law, &c. over us, &c.—Luke xix. 14. John Zech. vii. 9-12.

vii. 7. I will punish the men, &c. who Light is come into the world: and say in their heart, that the Lord will men loved darkness rather than light, not do good, neither will he do evil. &c.- John iii. 19, 20. -Zeph. i. 12. Ps. ii. 17.

Certain of the Jews banded togeYour words have been stout against ther, and bound themselves under a me, saith the Lord : yet ye say, What curse, saying, That they would neither

eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. fulfilling the desires of our flesh. And they were more than forty. Eph. ii. 1-3. Col. ii. 13. iii. 3. Acts xxiii, 12, 13.

Other Gentiles walk in the vanity They became vain in their imagi- of their minds, &c. being alienated nations, and their foolish heart was from the life of God: who, being darkened, &c, and changed the glory past feeling, have given themselves of the incorruptible God into an over unto lasciviousness, to work all image, &c. Wherefore God also gave uncleanness with greediness, &c. The them up to uncleanness, through the old man, which is corrupt.--Eph. iv. lusts of their own hearts, &c. Who 17-19, 22. changed the truth of God into a lie; The enemies of the cross of Christ, and worshipped and served the crea- &c. whose God is their belly, whose ture more than the Creator, &c. For glory is in their shame, who mind this cause, God gave them up unto earthly things.-Phil. iii. 18, 19. vile affections; for even their women You, who were sometimes alienated, did change the natural use to that and enemies in your mind, by wicked which is against nature, &c. Being works. Col. i. 21. filled with all unrighteousness, fornica The Jews, who both killed the tion, wickedness, covetousness, mali- Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, ciousness; full of envy, murder, de- and have persecuted us: and they bate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, please not God, and are contrary to backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, all men; forbidding us to speak, &c. prond, boasters, inventors of evil To fill up their sins alway: for the things, disobedient to parents, &c. wrath, &c.-1 Thess. ii. 14–16. covenant-breakers, without natural Who was before a blasphemer, and affection, implacable, unmerciful, &c. a persecutor, and injurious; but I obNot only do the same, but have plea- tained mercy.—1 Tim. i. 13. sure in them who do them.-Rom. i. A description of the desperate wick21. 23-27. 29–32.

edness of some in the last days of the There is none righteous, no not one. world.2 Tim. iii. 1, &c. They are all gone out of the way, They profess that they know God, &c. Their throat is an open sepul- but in works they deny him ; being chre; with their tongues they have abominable and disobedient, and unto used deceit, the poison of asps is un- every good work reprobate (or void der their lips; whose mouth is full of of judgment). -Titus i. 16. cursing and bitterness : their feet are We ourselves were sometimes foolswift to shed blood, &c. There is no ish, disobedient, deceived, serving difear of God before their eyes.Rom. vers lusts and pleasures; living in ii. 10^-19. Ps. v. 9.

malice and envy, hateful, and hating While we were yet sinners, &c. one another.-Titus iii. 3. John enemies, we were reconciled. Rom. viii. 34. 1. 8. 10. 12.

Every man is tempted when he is The carnal mind is enmity against drawn away of his own lust, and enGod: for it is not subject to the law ticed': and when lust hath conceived, of God; neither indeed can be, &c. it bringeth forth sin.-James i. 14, Rom. viii. 7.

15. iv. 1, 2. iii. 14, 15. Now the works of the flesh are,


have lived in &e. adultery, fornication, unclean- pleasures, &c. and been wanton ; ye ness, &c. Gal. v. 19-21. James have nourished your hearts, &c. ii. 14, 15.

James v. 1, &c. You who were dead in trespasses Your vain conversation, by tradi. and sins, wherein in times past ye tion from your fathers.—1 Pet. i. 18. walked, &c. in the lusts of our flesh, The time past of our life may


Ye rich men,

fice us, &c. when we walked in lascivi- us : 'and what can the Almighty do ouspess, lusts, excess of wine, revel- for. (or by) them - Job xxii. 17. lings, banquetings, and abominable They are those who rebel against idolatries ; wherein they think it the light: they know not the ways strange that you run not with them, thereof, nor abide in the paths thereto the same excess. -1 Pet. iv. 3, 4. of.-Job xxiv. 13.

They have eyes full of adultery, Great men are not always wise : and that cannot cease from sin. neither do the aged understand judg2 Pet. ii. 14.

ment.-Job xxxii. 9. We know that, &c. the whole world The fool hath said in his heart, lieth in wickedness.- John v. 19. There is no God.-Ps. xiv. 1.

Ungodly men, turning the grace of But unto the wicked, God saith, our God into lasciviousness, and de- What, hast thou to do to declare my nying the only Lord, &c.-Jude 4. statutes ? &c. seeing thou hatest in.

When God poured out his vial of struction, and castest my words be: wrath, men blasphemed, and repented hind thee? &c. Thou thoughtest that not.-Rev. xvi. 9-11.21. ix. 18-21. I was altogether such a one as thy

self.-Ps. I. 16, 17.21. Sect. II. Ignorant, opposing the true

They slay the widow, &c. yet they God, and his Ways, and adoring say, The Lord shall not see, neithen Idols of Stocks and Stones.

shall the God of Jacob regard. Un

derstand, O. ye brutish, &c. He who WHEN Jacob went from Laban, La- planted the ear, shall, &c.-Ps. xciv. ban complains that he had stolen his 6-9. gods.-Gen. xxxi, 30.

Evil men understand not judgmenta Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, -Prov. xxvii. 5. that I should obey his voice ? &c. I The ox knoweth his owner, and the know not the Lord.Exod. v. 2. ass bis master's crib; Israel doth not

Israel, by Aaron, made a molten know, my people do not consider. calf; and they said, These be thy - Isa. i. 3. gods, O Israel, which brought thee He heweth down cedars, &c. for a up out of Egypt, &c. They built an man to burn, and warm himself, &c. altar, and offered burnt-offerings. Yea, he maketh a god, and worshipExod. xxxii. 4–6.

peth it; he maketh a graven image, The men of Ashdod were so sottish, and falleth down thereto : he burneth that when Dagon, their idol-god, had part thereof, &c. the residue thereof fallen down before the ark twice, and he maketh a god, and worshippeth it, was broken in pieces, and themselves and prayeth to it, and saith, Deliver had confessed the hand of the God of me, for thou art my god. They have Israel to be sore against them and not known, nor understood, &c. and their god; yet they continued to call none considereth in his heart; neither him their god; and neither the priest, is there knowledge nor understandnor any who came into Dagon's house, ing, to say, I have burned part, &c. would after tread upon the threshold shall I make the residue thereof an whereon Dagon fell.-1 Sam. v. 2- abomination shall I fall down to the 5. 7. vi. 5, 6.

stock of a tree?-Isa. xliv. 1419. The wicked say unto God, Depart They have not known me; they from us ; for we sire not the know- are sottish children, and they have no ledge of thy ways. What is the Al- understanding.--Jer. iv. 22. mighty, that we should serve him? The word of the Lord is unto them and what profit should we have, if a reproach ; 'they have no delight in we pray unto him ?

-Job xxi. 14, 15. it.-Jer. vi. 10. Who said unto God, Depart from Though Nebuchadnezzar had ac

knowledged the God of Daniel to be When the people, såw what Paul the God of gods, and a Lord of kings, had done, they lift up their voices, &c. yet he presently makes a molten saying, The gods are come down to image, and commands his people to us in the likeness of men, &c. and the worship it, &c. and says, Who is that priest, &c. would have done sacrifice, God who shall deliver you out of my &c.—Acts xiv. 11-14. hands - Dan. ii. 47. iii. 1.46. 15. While Paul waited for them at

Belshazzar and his princes, &c. Athens, &c. he saw the city wholly. praised the gods of gold, and of sil- given to idolatry (or full of idols), ver, &c.—Dan. v. 3, 4.

&c. Certain philosophers, &c. enShe did not know that I gave her countered him; and some said, What corn and wine, &c.Hos, ii. 8. will this babbler (or base fellow) say?

The Gergesenes so ignorant, that, Other some, He seemeth to be a set because of the loss of their swine, ter forth of strange gods : because he The whole city came out to meet Je- preached unto them Jesus, and the sus, &c. and besought him to depart resurrection, &c. I perceive, saith out, &c.—Matt. viii. 32-34. Paul, ye are too superstitious, &e.

O Jerusalem, &c. how often would I found an altar with this inscription, I have gathered ? &c. and ye would To the unknown God. Whom tberenot !Luke xiii. 34. xix. 14. fore ye ignorantly worship, Him de

Cbrist was in the world, &c. and clare I unto you.-Acts xvii. 16. 18. the world knew him not, &c. He 22, 23. came unto his own, and his own re When Paul preached, many beceived him not.-John i. 10, 11. lieved not, but-spaké evil of that way

Light is come into the world, and before the multitude, &c. Demetrius men loved darkness rather than light. and his company cry out, Great is John iii. 19.

Diana, the goddess, &c. And cried - If thou knewest the gift of God, out against Paul for saying, that they and who it is that saith, &c. Give me, were no gods which are made with &c. Thou wouldest have asked of hands; and endeavouring to turn him, &c. Jesus saith to the woman, men to the true God, &c. The townYe.worship ye know not what.-John clerk said, The whole city, is a worn iv. 10. 21, 22.

shipper of the great goddess Diana, Ye will not come to me, that ye and of the image which

fell down from might have life. John v. 40. Jupiter.–Acts xix. 9. 24–41.

Jesus said, The world, &c. Me it Certain questions, &c. of one Jesus hateth, because I testify of it that, which was dead ;. whom Paul afa &e. John vii. 7...,

firmed to be alive.--Aets xxv. 19.' The Spirit of truth,.whom the world Professing themselves to be wise, cannot receive, because it seeth him they became fools, and changed the not, neither knoweth him.-John glory of the incorruptible God, into xiv. 17.

1 an image made like to corruptible The world, &c. hated me before it man, and to birds, &c.Rom. il hated you.. Becanse I have chosen 22, 23. you, &c. therefore the world hateth: The way peace have they not you, &c. These things will they do, known.Rom. ii. 17. &c. Because they know not him who The carnal mind is enmity against sent me, they hated both me and my God, for it is not subject to the law Father.John Xv. 18, 19. 21. 24. ipfi God, neither indeed can be

Simon Magus 80 sottish, that he of Rom. viii. 7. fered money for power to confer the The preaching of the cross 18 to Holy Ghost by imposition of hands. them who perish, foolishness, &c. Acts viji. 18-20.

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