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: branches of it. 20. And again he said, Whereunto fhall I la liken the kingdom of God? 21. It is like leaven, which a ng woman took and hid in three (1) measures of meal, till the

whole was leavened. 22. And he went through the m Cities and villages, teaching and journeying towards Jerusalem.

23. Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be sa*t ved? And he said unto them, 24. q * Strive to enter in

at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to to enter in, and shall not be able: 25.'P When once the master k of the house is risen up, and hath: fhut to the door, and the ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, says

ing, ' Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer, and say unto you, I s know you not whence you are: 26. Then hall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy prefence, and thou haft taught in our streets.

27. But he thall fay, • I tell you, I know you not whence you are; depart from me all ye workers of iniquity. 28. There shall be * weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall b see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the Prophets in the king

dom of God, and you your selves thrust out. 29. And they de thall come from the east, and from the west, and from the

north, and from the south, and shall fit down in the kingdom of God. 30. And behold, there are a last which shall

be first and there are first which shall be laft. 31. The same i day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get


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** Mat. 9. 35. See on Mar. riage, and the Door was fhut.

Ft Luk. 6. 46. Why call ye me Mat

7. 13. Enter ye in at Lord, Lord, and do not the Things the Brait Gate;' for wide is the which I say? Gate, and broad is the way that s

:: See on Mat. 7.23. leadeth to destruction, and many

u + Psal. 6. 8. † Mat. 25. 41. there be which go in thereat.

See on Mat. 7. 23. ° + Joh. 8. 21. + Job. 13. 33.

a + See on Mat. 8. 12.

+ Mar. 8.11. Many shall come pt Pfal. 32. 6. For this shall e. 10 from the East and wilt, and shall very one that is godly, pray unto sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, thee

, in a Time when thou may and Jacob, in the Kingdom of be found. + Ifa. 55. 6. Seek ye the Heaven. Lord while he may be found, call ye

c See on Mat. 8. II. upon him while he is near.

15 See on Mar. 10.31. Also the 9 + Mat. 25. 10. They that were

Note on

Mat.2 16, Teady went with him into the Mar

See on Joh. 7.34




(!) The Word in the Greek, is a Measure containing about a Peck and balf

, wanting a little more than a Pini.

thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. 32. And he said unto them, (1) Go ye and tell that Fox, Behold, I I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. 33. Nevertheless I must walk to day and to morrow, and the day following : for it cannot be that a Prophet perish out of Jerusalem. 34. to Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killeft the Prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee: how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not ? 35. Behold,

your house is left unto you desolate: And verily I say unto you, ye shall not see me until the time come, when ye shall lay, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.



ND it came to pass, as he went into the house of

one of the (2) chief Pharisees to eat bread on the fabbath-day, that they watched him. 2. And behold, there


e .: Heb. 2. 10. It became him Almighty Lord, Your House is de for whom are all Things, and by Solare, I will cast you out as the whom are all Things, in bringing Wind doch Scubble.

Isa. 1., 7. many Sons unto Glory, to make Your Country is defolate, your Cities : the Captain of their Salvation per- s are burnt with Fire, your Land feet through Sufferings. Joh. 17. Strangers devour it in your PreI have finished the Work which

I have glorified thee on Earth: fence, and it is desolate as over. 1

thrown by Strangers. Mic. 3. 12. chou gavest me to do. Joh. 19. Therefore shall Zion for your fake 30. -He said, it is finished, and he 10 be plowed as a Field, and Jerusalem bowed the Head, and gave up the become Heaps, and the Mountain

of the House, as the high Places * See on Mat. 23. 37:

of the Forelt.
2 Eldr. 1. 33. Thus faith the h + Pfal. 1 18. 26.

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(1) The Message our Lord here sends to Herod, is no Breach of that Command which forbids the speaking evil of the Ruler of the People

, and consequently it is no blemish in our Lord's Example. For our Lord here ałts as a Prophet, as one who had received an extraordinary Commission from God. And those who were truly Prophets, were in the Execution of their commission, above the greatest Men, and most powerful Princes

, whom they were not to spare, when God sent them to reprove for Sin.

() Probably Nicodemus, mentioned in Joh. 3. 1.

4. And

was a certain man before him, which had the dropfie. 3. And Jesus answering, spake unto the Lawyers and Pharisees, saying, · Is it lawful to heal on the fabbath-day? they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go: 5. And answered them, saying, which of you shall have k an ass, or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the fabbath-day? 6. And they' could not answer him again to these things. 7. And he put forth a Parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, 8. When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, fit not down in the highest room:

left a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him ; 9. And he that bad thee and him, come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room ; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher : then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that fit at meat with thee. 11. For whofoever exalteth himself, shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted. 12. Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, (1) call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinf



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if See on Mat.12. 10.

1 Luk. 13. 17. Exod. 23. 5. If thou see the Prov. 25. 6. 7. Put not forth Ass of him that hateth thee, lying thy self in the Presence of the under his Burden, and wouldst for- King, and stand not in the Place of bear to help him, thou shalt surely s great Men. For better it is that belp with him. Deut. 22.4. Thou it be said unto thee, Come up hi. thalt not see thy Brother's Ass or ther : than that thou should it be his Ox fall down by the Way, and put lower in the Presence of the hide thy self from them : thou Prince whom thine Eyes have halt surely help to lift them up to seen. again. + Luk 13. 15. Doth not n + Job. 22. 29. † Prov.29. 23. each one of you on the Sabbath

+ Luk. 18. 14.

Jam. 4. 6. loose his Ox or his Ass from the

+ 1 Pet. s. s.

See on Mat. 23. Stall

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I 2.

(1) Sometimes negative Particles are to be understood by way of Comparison. Thus, Prov. 8. 10. Receive my Instruction, and not Silver, that is, rather than Silver, or, prefer them before Silver

. Again, Job. 6. 27. Labour not for the Meat which perisheth, but for that Meat, &c. that is, more for chat Meat which endureth unto everlasting Life, than



men, nor thy rich neighbours; left they also bid thee aa gain, and a recompence be made thee. 13. But when thou makeft a feast, call the a poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14. And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompence thee: for thou shalt be recompenced at the resurrection of the just. 15. And when one of them that sat at meat with him, heard these things, he said unto him, Ble Ted is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. 16. Then said he unto him, A certain man made a

great Supper, and bade many. 17. And sent his servant



at Neh. 8. 10, 12. Go your hungred, &c. Joh. 5. 29. They Way, eat the Fat, and drink the that have done Good, unto the ReSweet, and send Portions to them for surrection of Life ; and they that whom nothing is prepared. And have done Evil, unto the Resurreca all the People went their way to s tion of Damnation, Acts 24. 15. eat and to drink, and to send Porti. -There shall be a Resurrection of

Job 31. 17. If I-have eat the Dead, both of the Fut and Us en my morsel my self alone, and the juft. Fatherless hath not eaten thereof.

Rev. 19. 9.

See on Luk. * Tob. 4. 7. Give Alms of thy

22:30: Substance ; and when thou d Mat. 22. 2. The Kingdom of giveft Alms, let not thine Eye be en Heaven is likened to vious, neither turn thy Face from King which made a Marriage for any Poor, and the Face of God his Son. Isa. 25. 6. In this Mounshall not be turned away from tain shall the Lord of Hosts make

15 thee.

unto all People a Feast of fat Mat. 25.34, &c. Come yebleffed things.of my Father, inherit the Kingdom e + Prov.9.2, s. She hath kil. prepared for you from the Founda led her Beasts, she hath mingled tion of the World. For I was an 20


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for that which perisheth. For our Lord did not mean that we should live idly, without taking Pains for a Subsistance. So in this Place, When thou makeft, &c. call not : That is, rather call the Poor than thy Friends, Gr. The like may be observed in many other places. For our Lord does not here forbid us to invite our Friends, &c. but he prefers Mercy and Charity before fuch Invitations. We may give such Testimonies of our Friendship to our Relations and rich Neighbours; but whether this will entitle us to any Reward from God, is another Question. Nor do I think that we are obliged aftually to send for the Poor, &c. to eat with us at our Houses; the Duty required of us is, to relieve them in Proportion to our Ability. If therefore we send them Provisions, or Money

, or Clothes, we may do'a more substantial Charity to them and their Fa. milies, than if we feasted them at our own Dwellings.

On the other Hand, comparative Particles are often to be understood in a negative Sense. Thus, Luk. 18.14. This Man went down to his House justified rather than the other. That is, the humble Publican was justified


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at fupper-time to say to them that were bidden, Come, for all things are now ready. 18. And they all with one confent began to : make excufe. The first said unto him, I have

bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 19. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 20. And another faid, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. 21. So that ser, vant came and shewed his lord these things. Then the mafter of the house being angry, said to his servants, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the i poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

22. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou haft commanded, and yet there is room. 23. And the lord faid unto the servant, Ġo out into the high-ways and hedges, and & compel (1) them to come in, that my house may be



her Wine ; she hath also furnish Mat. 13. 22. He also thar reed her Table.

Come, eat of my ceived Seed among Thorns, is he Bread, and drink of the Wine which that heareth the Word: and the I have mingled.

Care of this world, and the Deceitflfa.55. 1. Ho, every one that sfulness of Riches, choke the Word, thirsteth, come ye to the Waters. and he becometh unfruitful. 8 Joh. 1. 11. He came unto his

i See on Mat. il. S. own, and his own received him not.

k 1 Sam. 28. 23. He (Saul] refu. Joh. 5.40. Ye will not come to me, fed, and said, I will not eat; but that

ye might have Life. Mat. 22.10 his Servants, together with the 3. And fent forth his Servants to Woman, compelled him, and he hearkcall them that were bidden to the ened unto their Voice.- 2 Cor. 5. Wedding: and they would not

11, 20. Knowing therefore the Tera


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not the proud Pharisee. So Joh. 12.43. They loved the praise of Men more than the praise of God; that is, and not the praise of God. These Ways of speaking are borrowed from the Jews, of which more Examples might be produced.

(i) Neither the inhuman and barbarous Cruelties pra&tised in the Church of Rome, nor the wholsome Severities, as they are called else. where, can be justified from this Place ; for the Compulsion here meant, is not a Compulfion by Threats, and Terrors, and bodily Punishments in this World; but a Compulsion or Perfwasion by setting a good example, by Exhortation, and the moft earnest Intreaties, laying before Men che Promises and Threatnings of the Gospel, as will appear from the Confideration of the References. Those who would have an idea of the induman Cruelties practised by the Church of Rome, may consult the History of the Inquisition, written by one of the Secretaries ; an account in Dr.

ift Vol. of Tracts, and Mr. Stripes's Annals of Queen Elizabeth,

Geddes's Chap. 20.

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