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A.D. 26. and said likewise. And he answered | temple of the LORD, are these. For if and said, I go, sir : and went not, ye throughly amend your ways and Matt. xxi. 28–30. For John came your doings; if ye throughly execute

ou in the way of righteousness, judgment between a man and his neighand ye believed him not: but the pub- bour; if ye oppress not the stranger, licans and the harlots believed him : the fatherless, and the widow, and and ye, when ye had seen it, repented shed not innocent blood in this place, not afterward, that ye might believe neither walk after other gods to your him, 32. Wash you, make you clean ; hurt: Then will I cause you to dwell put away the evil of your doings in this place, in the land that I gave

Ι from before mine eyes; cease

to to your fathers, for ever and ever, Jer. do evil; learn to do well; seek judg- vii. 3—7. Therefore now amend your ment, relieve the oppressed, judge the ways and your doings, and obey the fatherless, plead for the widow, Isa. i. voice of the LORD your God; and the 16, 17, Bring forth therefore fruits LORD will repent him of the evil that worthy of repentance, and begin not he hath pronounced against you, xxvi. to say within yourselves, We have 13. It may be that the house of JuAbraham to our father: for I say unto dah will hear all the evil which I puryou, That God is able of these stones pose to do unto them; that they may to raise up children unto Abraham, return every man from his evil way; Luke iii. 8. And the people asked him, that I may forgive their iniquity and saying, What shall we do then? He their sin, xxxvi. 3. answereth and saith unto them, He

VER. 9. that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath

Και μη δόξητε λέγειν εν εαυτοϊς Πατέρα meat, let him do likewise. Then came

έχομεν τον 'Αβραάμ λέγω γάρ υμίν, ότι also publicans to be baptized, and said | δύναται ο Θεός εκ των λίθων τούτων εγείρει

τέκνα τω 'Αβραάμ. unto him, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them, Exact no more

And a think not to say within yourthan that which is appointed you. selves, b We have Abraham to our father: And the soldiers likewise demanded for I say unto you, That God is able of him, saying, And what shall we do? | of these stones to raise up children unto And he said unto them, Do violence Abraham. to no man, neither accuse any falsely; a Bring forth therefore fruits worthy and be content with your wages, 10 of repentance, and begin not to say - 14. But shewed first unto them of within yourselves, We have Abrabam Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and to our father: for I say unto you, That throughout all the coasts of Judæa, God is able of these stones to raise up and then to the Gentiles, that they children unto Abraham, Luke iii. 8. should repent and turn to God, and do b They answered him, We be Abraworks meet for repentance, Acts xxvi. ham's seed, and were never in bondage 20. For godly sorrow worketh repent- to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall ance to salvation not to be repented be made free, John viii. 33. They anof: but the sorrow of the world worketh swered and said unto him, Abraham death. For behold this selfsame thing, is our father. Jesus saith unto them, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, If ye were Abraham's children, ye what carefulness it wrought in you, would do the works of Abraham. But yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, now ye seek to kill me, a man that what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, hath told you the truth, which I have what vehement desire, yea, whut zeal, heard of God : this did not Abraham, yea, what revenge! In all things ye 39, 40. Art thou greater than our have approved yourselves to be clear father Abraham, which is dead? and in this matter, 2 Cor. vii. 10, 11. the prophets are dead: whom makest

b Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, the thou thyself? 53. Neither because God of Israel, Amend your ways and they are the seed of Abraham, are they your doings, and I will cause you to all children : but, in Isaac shall thy dwell in this place. Trust ye not in seed be called. That is, they which lying words, saying, The temple of the are the children of the flesh, these are LORD, The temple of the LORD, The not the children of God: but the chil


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dren of the promise are counted for are not, to bring to nought things that the seed, Rom. ix. 7,8. For it is writ- are, 1 Cor. i. 27, 28. For as many ten, that Abraham had two sons, the of you as have been baptized into one by a bondmaid, the other by a free- Christ have put on Christ. There is

But he who was of the bond- neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither woman was born after the flesh; but bond nor free, there is neither male be of the freewoman was by promise. nor female : for ye are all one in Christ Which things are an allegory: for Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then these are the two covenants : the one are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs acfrom the mount Sinai, which gendereth cording to the promise, Gal. iii. 27– to bondage, which is Agar. For this 29. That at that time ye were withAgar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and out Christ, being aliens from the comanswereth to Jerusalem, which now is monwealth of Israel, and strangers and is in bondage with her children. from the covenants of promise, having But Jerusalem which is above is free, no hope, and without God in the world: which is the mother of us all. For it but now in Christ Jesus ye who someis written, Rejoice thou barren that times were far off are made nigh by bearest not; break forth and cry thou the blood of Christ, Eph. ii. 12, 13. that travailest not: for the desolate

VER. 10. bath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we,

"Ηδη δε και η αξίνη προς την ρίζαν των

brethren, as Isaac was, are the children dévågar xeitar Táv oữv šé sin #osoby of promise. But as then he that was καρπόν καλόν, εκκόπτεται, και εις πυρ

Βάλλεται. born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is

And a now also b the axe is laid unto now. Nevertheless, what saith the the root of the trees: ctherefore every Scripture? Cast out the bondwoman tree which bringeth not forth good fruit, and her son : for the son of the bond- • is hewn down, and cast into the fire. woman shall not be heir with the son a Behold, I will send my messenger, of the freewoman. So then, brethren, and he shall prepare the way before we are not children of the bondwoman, me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, but of the free, Gal. iv. 22–31. shall suddenly come to his temple,

b And I say unto you, That many even the messenger of the covenant, shall come from the east and west, and whom ye delight in : behold, he shall shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, come, saith the LORD of Hosts. But and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. who may abide the day of his coming? But the children of the kingdom and who shall stand when he appearshall be cast out into outer darkness : eth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and there shall be weeping and gnashing like fuller's sope: and he shall sit us of teeth, Matt. viii. 11, 12. And he an- a refiner and purifier of silver : and he swered and said unto them, I tell you shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge that, if these should hold their peace, them as gold and silver, that they may the stones would immediately cry out, offerunto the LORD an offering in righLuke xix. 40. Simeon hath declared teousness, Mal. iii. 1-3. For, behold, how God at the first did visit the Gen- | the day cometh, that shall burn as an tiles, to take out of them a people for oven; and all the proud, yea, and all his name, Acts xv. 14. (As it is writ- | that do wickedly, shall be stubble : ten, I have made thee a father of many and the day that cometh shall burn nations,) before him whom he believed, them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that even God, who quickeneth the dead, and it shall leave them neither root nor calleth those things which be not as branch, iv. 1. Therefore we ought to though they were, Rom. iv. 17. But give the more earnest heed to the things God hath chosen the foolish things of which we have heard, lest at any time the world to confound the wise; and we should let them slip. For if the God hath chosen the weak things of word spoken by angels was steadfast, the world to confound the things which and every transgression and disobediare mighty; and base things of the ence received a just recompense of world, and things which are despised, reward ; how shall we escape, if we hath God chosen, yea, and things wbich neglect so great salvation ; which at VOL. 1.


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the first began to be spoken by the forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot Lord, and was confirmed unto us by bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corthem that heard him, Heb, ii, 1–3. He rupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every that despised Moses' law died with tree that bringeth not forth good fruit out mercy under two or three wit- | is hewn down, and cast into the fire, nesses : of how much sorer punish- Matt. vii. 16-19. A good tree bringment, suppose ye, shall he be thought eth not forth corrupt fruit; neither worthy, who hath trodden under foot doth a corrupt tree bring forth good the Son of God, and hath counted the fruit. For every tree is known by his blood of the covenant, wherewith he own fruit. For of thorns men do not was sanctified, an unholy thing, and gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gahath done despite unto the Spirit of ther they grapes. A good man out of grace ? For we know him that hath the good treasure of his heart bringeth said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I forth that which is good; and an evil will recompense, saith the Lord. And man out of the evil treasure of his again, The Lord shall judge his people. heart bringeth forth that which is evil: It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands for of the abundance of the heart his of the living God, x. 28—31. See that mouth speaketh, Luke vi. 43–45. ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if Every branch in me that beareth they escaped not who refused him that not fruit he taketh away: and every spake on earth, much more shall not we branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth escape, if we turn away from him that it, that it may bring forth more fruit, speaketh from heaven, xii. 25.

John xv. 2. b And now also the axe is laid unto d Every tree that bringeth not forth the root of the trees : every tree there- good fruit is hewn down, and cast into fore which bringeth not forth good the fire, Matt. vii. 19. And when he fruit, is hewn down and cast into the saw a fig-tree in the way, he came to fire, Luke iii. 9. And we indeed justly; it, and found nothing thereon, but for we receive the due reward of our leaves only, and said unto it, Let no deeds : but this man hath done nothing fruit grow, on thee henceforward for amiss, xxiii. 41.

And presently the fig-tree wic And he shall be like a tree planted thered away, xxi. 19. And the vine by the rivers of water, that bringeth yard which thy right hand hath plantforth his fruit in his season ; his leaf ed, and the branch that thou madest also shall not wither; and whatsoever strong for thyself. It is burned with he doeth shall prosper, Ps. i. 3. Those fire, it is cut down : they perish at the that be planted in the house of the rebuke of thy countenance, Ps.lxxx. 15, LORD shall flourish in the courts of our 16. And he fenced it, and gathered God. They shall still bring forth fruit out the stones thereof, and planted it in old age; they shall be fat and flou- with the choicest vine, and built a rishing, xcii. 13, 14. To appoint unto tower in the midst of it, and also made them that mourn in Zion, to give unto a wine-press therein: and he looked them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy that it should bring forth grapes, and for mourning, the garment of praise it brought forth wild grapes. And now, for the spirit of heaviness; that they O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men might be called trees of righteousness, of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt the planting of the LORD, that he might me and my vineyard. What could be glorified, Is. Ixi. 3. For he shall have been done more to my vineyard be as a tree planted by the waters, and that I have not done in it? wherefore, that spreadeth out her roots by the ri- when I looked that it should bring ver, and shall not see when heat com- forth grapes, brought it forth wild eth, but her leaf shall be green; and grapes ? And now go to; I will tell shall not be careful in the year of you what I will do to my vineyard : I drought, neither shall cease from yield will take away the hedge thereof, and ing fruit, Jer. xvii. 8. Ye shall know it shall be eaten up; and break down them by their fruits. Do men gather the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles ? down : And I will lay it waste: it Even so every good tree bringeth forth shall not be pruned nor digged; but good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth | there shall come up briers and thoms :


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I will also command the clouds that begin at the house of God: and if they rain no rain upon it. For the vine- | it first begin at us, what shall the end yard of the Lord of hosts is the house be of them that obey not the gospel of of Israel, and the men of Judah his God? And if the righteous scarcely pleasant plant: and he looked for be saved, where shall the ungodly and judgment, but behold oppression; for the sinner appear, 1 Pet. iv. 17, 18. righteousness, but behold a cry, Is. v.

VER. 11. 2–7. When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the

'Εγώ μεν βαπτίζω υμάς εν ύδατι εις women come, and set them on fire : for Metkyosar ó dè ómico pou égzópavos icxua it is a people of no understanding: υποδήματα βαστάσαι αυτός υμάς βασ

ρότερός μου έστιν, ου ουκ ειμι ικανός τα therefore he that made them will not | τίσει εν Πνεύματι αγίω και συρί. have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour, xxvii.

I indeed a baptize you with water unto 11. Son of man, What is the vine- repentance : b but he that cometh after me tree more than any tree, or than a is mightier than I, whose shoes I am branch which is among the trees of

not worthy to bear : Che shull baptize you the forest? Shall wood be taken there with the Holy Ghost, und with fire: of to do any work? or will men take a a See parallels on first clause of ver. pin of it to hang any vessel thereon? 6. ch. iii. Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; b And preached, saying, There comthe fire devoureth both the ends of it, eth one mightier than I after me, the and the midst of it is burned. Is it latchet of whose shoes I am not wormeet for any work? Behold, when it thy to stoop down and unloose, Mark was whole, it was meet for no work : i. 7. And as John fulfilled his course how much less shall it be meet yet for he said, whom think ye that I am? I any work, when the fire hath devoured am not he. But, behold, there cometh it, and it is burned? Therefore, thus one after me, whose shoes of his feet saith the Lord God; As the vine-tree I am not worthy to loose, Acts xiii. 25. among the trees of the forest, which I And he shall go before him in the have given to the fire for fuel, so will I spirit and power of Elias, to turn the give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And hearts of the fathers to the children, I will set my face against them; they and the disobedient to the wisdom of shall

go out from one fire, and another the just; to make ready a people prefire shall devour them; and ye shall pared for the Lord, Luke i. 17. John know that I am the Lord, when I set bare witness of him, and cried, saying, my face against them, Ezek. xv. 2—7. This was he of whom I spake, He that He spake also this parable; A certain cometh after me is preferred before man had a fig-tree planted in his vine- me: for he was before me, John i. 15. yard ; and he came and sought fruit John answered them, saying, I baptize thereon, and found none. Then said with water: but there standeth one he unto the dresser of his vineyard; among you, whom ye know not; He it Behold, these three years I come seek- is, who coming after me is preferred ing fruit on this fig-tree, and find none : before me, whose shoe's latchet I am cut it down; why cumbereth it the not worthy to unloose, 26, 27. This ground ? And he answering said unto is he of whom I said, After me cometh him, Lord, let it alone this year also, a man which is preferred before me : till I shall dig about it and dung it: for he was before me, 30. And I and if it bear fruit, well: and if not, saw and bare record that this is the then after that thou shalt cut it down, Son of God, 34. Ye yourselves bear Luke xiji. 6-9. If a man abide not me witness, that I said, I am not the in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and Christ, but that I am sent before him. is withered ; and men gather them, He that hath the bride is the brideand cast them into the fire, and they groom : but the friend of the brideare burned, John xv. 6. But that groom, which standeth and heareth which beareth thorns and briers is re him, rejoiceth greatly because of the jected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose bridegroom's voice : this my joy thereend is to be burned, Heb. vi. 8. For fore is fulfilled. He must increase, but the time is come that judgment must | I must decrease. He that cometh from


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above is above all : he that is of the and it filled all the house where they earth is earthly, and speaketh of the were sitting. And there appeared unearth : he that cometh from heaven is to them cloven tongues like as of fire, above all. And what he hath seen and and it sat upon each of them. And heard, that he testifieth ; and no man they were all filled with the Holy receiveth his testimony. He that hath Ghost, and began to speak with other received his testimony hath set to his tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterseal that God is true. For he whom ance, ii. 2—4. And as I began to God hath sent speaketh the words of speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as God: for God giveth not the Spirit by on us at the beginning. Then rememmeasure unto him. The Father loveth bered I the word of the Lord, how the Son, and hath given all things in that he said, John indeed baptized to his hand. He that believeth on the with water; but ye shall be baptized Son hath everlasting life : and he that with the Holy Ghost, xi. 15, 16. And believeth not the Son shall not see life; such were some of you: but ye are but the wrath of God deth on him, washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye iii. 28-36.

are justified in the name of the Lord c When the LORD shall have washed Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God, away the filth of the daughters of Zion, 1 Cor. vi. 11. For by one Spirit are and shall have purged the blood of Je- we all baptized into one body, wherusalem from the midst thereof by the ther we be Jews or Gentiles, whether spirit of judgment, and by the spirit we be bond or free; and have been all of burning, Isa. iv. 4. For I will pour made to drink into one Spirit, xii. 13. water upon him that is thirsty, and For as many of you as have been bapfloods upon the dry ground: I will tized into Christ have put on Christ. pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my There is neither Jew nor Greek, there blessing upon thine offspring, xliv. 3. is neither bond nor free, there is neiBut who may abide the day of his ther male nor female : for ye are all coming? and who shall stand when he one in Christ Jesus, Gal. iï. 27, 28. appeareth ? for he is like a refiner's fire,

VER. 12. and like fullers' sope: And he shall

Ού το πτύoν εν τη χειρί αυτού διακαθαsit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, αυτού εις την αποθηκην, το δε άχυρον κα

ριεί την άλωνα αυτού, και συνάξει τον σίτον and purge them as gold and silver, τακαύσει πυρί ασβέστω. that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall Whose a fan is in his hand, and bhe the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will throughly purge his floor, c and gabe pleasant unto the LORD, as in the ther his wheat into the

garner; d but he days of old, and as in former years, will burn up the chaff e with unquenchMål. iii. 244. I indeed have baptized you with water : but he shall baptize

a The oxen likewise and the young you with the Holy Ghost, Mark'i. 8. asses that ear the ground shall eat John answered, saying unto them all, clean provender, which hath been I indeed baptize you with water ; but winnowed with the shovel and with one mightier than I cometh, the latchet the fan, Isa. xXx. 24. Thou shalt fan of whose shoes I am not worthy to un- | them, and the wind shall carry them loose : he shall baptize you with the away, and the whirlwind shall scatter Holy Ghost and with fire, Luke iii. 16. them: and thou shalt rejoice in the And I knew him not: but he that sent LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One me to baptize with water, the same of Israel, xli. 16. At that time shall it said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt be said to this people and to Jerusasee the Spirit descending, and remain- lem, A dry wind of the high places in ing on him, the same is he which bap- the wilderness toward the daughter of tizeth with the Holy Ghost, John i. 33. my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse, For John truly baptized with water, Jer. iv. 11. And I will fan them with a but

ye shall be baptized with the Holy fan in the gates of the land, I will be.. Ghost not many days hence, Acts i: 5. reave them of children, I will destroy And suddenly there came a sound from my people, since they return not from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, I their ways, xv. 7. And will send un

able fire.

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