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speaking lies. Their poison is like with words of hatred; and fought the poison of a serpent; they are against me without a cause. her ear: that will not hearken to and elders and all the council sought the voice of the charmer, charming

false witness against Jesus, to put never so wisely.

him to death, but found none. Prov. 1: 24. I have called and ye LUKE 23: 14, I, having examined refused; I stretched out my hand him before you, have found no fault and no man regarded.

in this inan touching those things Ps. 50: 21. These things hast thou whereof ye accuse him. donc, and I kept silence; thou Mat. 27: 18. He knew that for thoughtest I was altogether such an envy they had delivered him. one as thyself; but I will reprove

John 8: 46. Which of you conthee, and set them in order before vinceth me of sin? And if I say thine eyes. Now consider this, ye the truth, why do ye not believe that forget God.

me? Luke 16:15. Ye are they which Jer. 2: 5. What iniquity have justify yourselves before men; but your fathers found in me, that they God knoweth your hearts.

are gone far from me, and have Rom. 2: 5. After thy hard and im- walked after vanity? penitent heart thou treasurest up 2 CHRON. 19: 7. There is no inwrath against the day of wrath. iquity with the Lord.

Mar. 11:21. Woe unto thee Cho Deut. 32: 4. A God of truth withrazin! Woe unto the Bethsaida! out iniquity, just and right is he. for if the mighty works, which were Ps. 19: 8. The statutes of the done in you had been done in Tyre Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; and Sidon, they would have re the commandments of the Lord are pented long ago in sackcloth and pure, enlightening the eyes ; the ashes.

judgments of the Lord are true and Rev. 2: 21. I gave her space to righteous altogether. repent of her fornication, but she Deut. 10: 12. And now, Israel, repented not.

what doth the Lord thy God require Isa. 1: 5. Why should ye be strick- of thee, but to fear the Lord thy en any more ? Ye will revolt yet God, to walk in all his ways, and to more and more.

love him, and to serve the Lord thy Amos 4:6. I have given you clean- God, with all thy heart and with all ness of teeth in all your cities, and thy soul; to keep the commandwant of bread in all your places, yet ments of the Lord, and his statutes have ye not returned unto me... I which I command thee this day for have withholden the rain from you, thy good. yet, &c. .. I have smitten you with Acts 3: 14. Ye denied the Holy blasting and mildew... I have sent NE and the just : and desired a among you the pestilence ... I have a murderer to be released unto you; overthrown some of you as God and killed the Prince of life. overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, Ps. 145: 17. The Lord is holy in and ye were as a firebrand plucked all his works. out of the fire: yet have ye not re Job 34: 10. Far be it from God, turned unto me, saith the Lord. that he should do wickedness; and

from the Almighty, that he should 5. It is unfounded and unjust.

commit iniquity.

12. God will not

do wickedly. — 23. He will not lay John 15: 25. They hated me with upon man inore than right.

Lam. 3: 38. Out of the mouth of Ps. 35: 19. Let not them that are the Most High proceedeth not evil mine enemies wrongfully rejoice and good. over me; neither let them wink

Mat. 11: 30. My yoke is easy, with the eye that hate me without a and my burden light. cause. For they speak not peace; but they devise deceitful matters 6. It is in the highest degree ungrateful. against them that are quiet in the land.

Ps. 109: 4. For my love they are 109: 3. They compassed me about | mine adversaries .... they have re

out a cause.

warded me evil for good, and hatred I Kings 18: 21. How long halt ye for my love.

between two opinions? If the LORD 35: 11. False witnesses did rise be God, follow him ; if Baal, follow up: they laid to my charge things him. that I knew not. They rewarded Prov. 1: 28. Then shall they call me evil for good.

upon me, but I will not answer ; John 10: 32. Jesus answered they shall seek me early, but shall them, Many good works have I not find me: for that they hated shown you from my Father: for knowledge, and did not choose the which of those works do yestone me? fear of the Lord.

JER. 2; 81. Have I been a wilder JOHN 5: 40. Ye will not come unto ness unto Israel?

me that ye might have life. Isa. 53: 4. He hath borne our Job 21: 13. They spend their days griefs, and carried our sorrows... in wealth, and in a moment go down He was wounded for our transgres- to the grave ; therefore they say unsions ; he was bruised for our in to God, Depart from us ; for we deiquities; the chastisement of our sire not the knowledge of thy ways. peace was upon him, and with his Isa. 65: 12. Because when I callstripes are we healed. — 3. He was ed ye did not answer ; when I spake despised and rejected of men. ye did not hear ; but did evil before

Rom. 2: 4. Despisest thou the inine eyes, and did choose that riches of God's goodness, and for- wherein I delighted not; therefore, bearance, and long-suffering, not thus saith the Lor), Behold my serknowing that the goodness of God vants shall eat, but ye shall be hunleadeth thee to repentance? gry, &c. (This quality is implied

LUKE 23:34. Father, forgive them; in every representation of sinful acfor they know not what they do, tion, and human guill.)

Deut. 32: 6. Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? Is he not thy Father that 8. It occusions total insensibility to the

claims of God. hath bought thee ? Hath he not made thee, and established thee? - 18. Of the Rock that begat thee, ened who were dead in trespasses

Eph. 2: 1. And you hath he quickthou art unmindful, and hast forgot- and sins, wherein in time past ye ten God that formed thee.

ZECH. 9: 17. How great is his walked, according to the course of goodness! how great is his bounty!

this world ... the spirit that now Mal. 1: 2. I have loved you, saith worketh in the children of disobethe Lord. 6. A son bonoreth his dience: among whom also we had father, and a servant his master; if

our conversation in times past, in then I be a father, where is my hon- the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the or; and if I be a master, where is desires of the flesh and of the mind. my fear, saith the Lord of hosts?

John 3: 7. Ye must be born again.

1:12. As many as received him, 7. It is voluntary.

to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name;

which were Deot, 30: 15. See, I have set be- born, not of blood, nor of the will of fore thee this day life and good ; the flesh, nor of the will of man,

but death and evil. - 19. I call heaven

of God. and earth to record this day against

Col. 2: 13. You, being dead in you; that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing :

your sins, and the uncircumcision of tberefore choose life, that both thou your flesh, hath he quickened, to

gether with him, having forgiven and thy seed may Jive. 11: 26. Behold, I set before you

you all trespass, this day, a blessing and a curse ; a

Eph. 2: 4. God, who is rich in blessing if ye obey the voice of the he loved us, even when we were dead

mercy for his great love wherewith Lord your God,.., and a curse if ye in trespasses and sins, hath quickenwill not obey. Josh. 24. 15. Choose ye this day

ed us together with Christ, whom ye will serve. 22. Ye have

the LORD.

chosen you

are not lawful for us to observe, 9. Produces misrepresentation, persecu- being Romans. tion and mobs.

17: 5. But the Jews which be1 Kings 18: 17. And it came to

lieved not, moved with envy, took pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that unto them certain lewd fellows of Ahab said unto him, Art thou he the baser sort, and gathered a comthat troubleth Israel? And he an pany, and set all the city on an upswered, I have not troubled Israel : roar, and assaulted the house of Jabut thou, and thy father's house, in son, and sought to bring them out that ye have forsaken the command

to the people. ments of the Lord, and thou hast

19: 24. A certain man named De-, followed Baalim.

metrius, a silversmith, which made 19: 1. And Ahab told Jezebel all silver shrines for Diana, brought that Elijahı had done, and withal how no small gain unto the craftsmen ; he had slain all the prophets with whom he called together, with the the sword. Then Jezebel sent a

workmen of like occupation, and messenger unto Elijah, sayiny, So said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft let the gods do to me, and more also,

we have our wealth. Moreover ye if I make not thy life as the life of see and hear that not alone at Epheone of them by to-morrow about this sus, but almost throughout all Asia, time.

this Paul hath persuaded and turned 2 Kings 6: 31. Then he said, God away much people, saying, That do so and more also to me, if the they be no gods which are made with head of Elisha, the son of Shaphat, hands. So that not only this our shall stand on him this day.

craft is in danger to be set at naught, LUKE 7: 31. Whereunto shall I but also that the temple of the great liken the men of this generation ? goddess Diana should be despised, and to what are they like? They and her magnificence should be deare like unto children sitting in the stroyed ... and the whole city was market place, and calling one to

filled with confusion. — 32. Some, another, and saying ; we have piped therefore, cried one thing and some unto you, and ye have not danced; we another; for the assembly was conhave mourned to you and ye have fused ; and the more part knew not not wept. For John the Baptist wherefore they were come together. eame neither eating bread nor drink All therefore, for about the space ing wine, and ye say he hath a devil. of two hours, cried out, Great is DiThe Son of man is come eating and

ana of the Ephesians. drinking ; and ye say, behold a gluttonous man and a wine bilber ; a friend of publicans and sinners. MAT.12: 24. This fellow doth not

§ 4. DISPOSITION TOWARDS MEN. cast out devils but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

(Thou shalt love thy neighbor as 27: 19. He knew that for envy

thyself.) they had delivered him. — 20. The chief priests and elders persuaded 1. Supreme selfishness seen in the transthe multitude, that they should ask

actions of life. Barabbas and destroy Jesus.

LUKE 23: 2. They began to ac Prov. 20:10. Divers weights and cuse him, saying, We found this fel- divers measures, both of them alike low perverting the nation, and for are an abomination unto the LORN. bidding to give tribute to Cæsar, say – 14. It is naught, it is naught saith ing, That he himself is Christ a king. the buyer. But when he is gone his

way, then he boasteth. T Acts 16: 19. When her masters Ps. 94:5. They break in pieces saw that the hope of their gains was thy people, and afflict thy heritage. gone, they caught Paul and Silas, They slay the widow and the stranand drew them into the market-place ger, and murder the fatherless. Yet unto the rulers, and brought them to they say, The Lord shall not see... the magistrates, saying, 'These men, They gather themselves together being Jews, do exceedingly trouble against the soul of the righteous, and our city ; and teach customs which condemn the innocent blood.

JER, 4: 31. For I have heard a to speak lies, and weary themselves voice as of a woman in travail, and to commit iniquity. Thine habitathe anguish as of her that bringeth tion is in the midst of deceit; through forth her first child, the voice of the deceit they refuse to know me, saith daughter of Zion, that bewaileth the Lord. Therefore thus saith the herself, that spreadeth her hands, Lord of hosts, Behold, I will melt saying, Woe is me now! for my them, and try them, for how shall I soul is wearied because of mur do for the daughter of my people? derers.

Their tongue is as an arrow shot 5: 1. Run ye to and fro through out; it speaketh deceit: one speakthe streets of Jerusalem, and see

eth peaceably to his neighbor with now, and know, and seek in the his mouth, but in heart he layeth his broad places thereof, if ye can find wait. Shall I not visit them for a man, if there be any that execut- these thinys? saith the Lord: shall eth judgment, that seeketh the truth; not my soul be avenged on such a and I will pardon it. And though nation as thisFor the mountains they say, The Lord liveth ; surely will I take up a weeping and wailthey swear falsely. O Lord, are ing, and for the habitations of the not thine eyes upon the truth? | wilderness a lamentation, because Thou hast stricken them, but they they are burned up, so that none can have not grieved; thou hast con- pass through them. sumed them, but they have refused

Ezek. 8: 17. Is it a light thing to receive correction : they have to the house of Judah that they commade their faces harder than a rock; mit the abominations which they they have refused to return. There- commit here? for they have filled fore I said, Surely these are poor; the land with violence, and have they are foolish: for they know not

returned to provoke me to anger. the way of the Lord, nor the judgment of their God. I will get me

T 22: 6. Behold, the princes of unto the great men, and will speak Israel, every one were in thee to unto them; for they have known their power to shed blood. In thee the way of the Lord, and the judg- have they set light by father and ment of their God: but these have mother: in the midst of thee have altogether broken the yoke, and they dealt by oppression with the burst the bonds.

stranger : in thee have they vexed 6: 13. For from the least of them the fatherless and the widow. Thou even unto the greatest of them every hast despised mine holy things, and one is given to covetousness; and hast profaned my sabbaths. In thee from the prophet even

unto the

are men that carry tales to shed priest every one dealeth falsely. blood: and in thee they eat upon They have healed also the hurt of the mountain: in the midst of thee the daughters of my people slightly, they commit lewdness. In thee have saying, Peace, peace, when there they discovered their fathers naked

Were they ashamed ness: in thee have they humbled her when they had committed abornina- that was set apart for pollution. And tion ? Nay, they were not at all one hath committed abomination with ashamed, neither could they blush: his neighbor's wife; and another hath therefore they shall fall among them lewdly defiled his daughter-in-law; that fall: at the time that I visit and another in thee hath humbled his them they shall be cast down, saith sister, his father's daughter; in thee the LORD.

have they taken gifts to shed blood;

thou hast taken usury and increase, 9: 3. For they proceed from and thou hast greedily gained of thy evil to evil, and they know not me, neighbors by extortion, and hast forsaith the Lord. Take ye heed every gotten me, saith the Lord God. — 25. one of his neighbor, and trust ye not There is a conspiracy of her prophin any brother : for every brother ets in the midst thereof, like a roarwill utterly supplant, and every ing lion ravening the prey; they neighbor will walk with slanders. have devoured souls ; they have And they will deceive every one his taken the treasure and precious neighbor, and will not speak the things; they have made her many truth:' they have taught their tongue widows in the midst thereof. Her

is no peace.

priests have violated my law, and That they may do evil with both have profaned mine holy things : hands earnestly, the prince asketh, they have put no difference between and the judge asketh for a reward; the holy and profane, neither have and the great man, he uttereth his they showed difference between the mischievous desire: so they wrap it unclean and the clean, and have hidup. The best of them is a brier: their eyes from my sabbaths, and I the most upright is sharper than a am profaned among them. Her thorn-hedge: the day of thy watchprinces in the midst thereof are like men and thy visitation cometh ; now wolves ravening the prey, to shed shall be their perplexity. Trust

ye blood, and to destroy souls, to get not in a friend, put ye no confidence dishonest gain. And her prophets in a guide: keep the doors of thy have daubed them with untempered ! mouth from her that lieth in thy mortar, seeing vanity, and divining bosom. For the son dishonoreth the lies unto them, saying, Thus saith father, the daughter riseth up against the Lord God, when the Lord hath her mother, the daughter-in-law not spoken. The people of the land against her mother-in-law; a man's have used or pression, and exercised | enemies are the men of his own robbery, and have vexed the poor house. and needy: yea, they have oppressed

Mark 9: 34. By the way, they the stranger wrongfully. And I disputed among themselves, who sought for a man among them, that should be the greatest. should make up the hedge, and stand John 5: 44. How can ye believe, in the gap before me for the land, that receive honor one of another? that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I

2. In Evil Speaking. poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with Ps. 50: 19. Thou gavest thy the fire of my wrath: their own way mouth to evil; and thy tongue frameth have I recompensed upon their heads, deceit: thou sittest and speakest saith the LORD God.

against thy own mother's son.

52: 2. Thy tongue deviseth misTAnos 8: 2. The end is come chief like a sharp razor, working upon my people of Israel ; I will not deceitfully. Thou lovest evil more again pass by them any more. And than good, and lying rather than the songs of the temple shall be to speak righteousness. Thou lovest howlings in that day, saith the Lord all devouring words, 0 thou deceitGod: there shall be many dead bod- ful tongue. ies in every place; they shall cast Ezek. 33: 30. Also, thou son of them forth with silence. Hear this, man, the children of thy people still Oye that swallow up the needy, are talking against thee by the walls even to make the poor of the land to and the doors of the houses, and fail, saying, When will the new speak one to another, every one to his moon be gone, that we may sell brother, saying, Come, I pray you, corn? and the sabbath, that we may and hear what is the word that set forth wheat, making the ephah cometh forth from the Lord. And small, and the shekel great, and falsi- they come unto thee as the people fying the balance by deceit? That cometh, and they sit before thee as we may buy the poor for silver, and my people, and they hear thy words, the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, but they will not do them: for with and sell the refuse of the wheat? their mouth they show much love, The Lord hath sworn by the excel- but their heart goeth after their covelency of Jacob, surely I will never forget any of their works. Shall Ps. 12: 2. With flattering lips not the land tremble for this, and and a double heart they do speak. every mourn that dwelleth 31: 13. I have heard the slanders therein

of many, while they took counsel Micah 7: 2. The good man is against me. perished out of the earth; and there 64:12. Hide me from the secret is none upright among men: they counsel of the wicked ... who whet all lie in wait for blood: they hunt their tongue like a sword, and bend every man his brother with a net. their bows to shoot their arrows,

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