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will be nothing but fruitless Remorse and endless Punishment.
49. For as every Burnt-offering un 49 For every one der the Law was first salted with Salt, shall be falted with and then consumed by Fire: So every
crifice shall be falted one, who has been instructed in the
with salt. Doctrine of the Gospel, if when he is tried, he be found not fincere, shall be * destroyed by the eternal Fire of the Divine Wrath. 50. The Doctrine indeed, wherewith
50 Salt is good : I have instructed you, is sufficient to but if the falt have make you truly Wife and Good, and loft his faltness,
wherewith will you to preserve you from all the Corruptions of this present World, and to feason it? Have falt
you to teach others to preserve enable
in yourselves, and
have themselves likewise, unto eternal Life. another.
peace one with But now if you, whom I have thus instructed, shall, instead of teaching others, fall away your selves from the Profeffion or Practice of the Truth, either through Hope or Fear of any earthly Thing; ye will become the most unprofitable and inexcufable of Men. Take heed therefore, that ye continue stedfast your selves in the Religion I have taught you; and let no ambitious Designs and foolish Contentions ar mong your selves, or Fear of outward Sufferings and Persecutions, hinder the Propagation of the Truth among others.
* The Emphasis of this Comparison, as Mr. le Clerc well obferves, lies in the Ambiguity of the Word, 0170', which signifies both fall be falted and hall be destroyed. As every Sacrifice is falted (nov) with Salt; so every Apoftate shall be destroyed (1701 in the other Signification of the same Word) with Fire.
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Of Divorce, ver. 2. Jesus blesses young children, and re* bukes his Disciples that would have hindred them from being brought, ver. 13. Tells a rich young Man the Conditions of eternal Life under the Gospel, ver. 17. Shews his Difciples the great Danger and Temptations of Riches, ver. 23. and the Happiness of Suffering for "Religion, ver. 28. Foretells his own Death, ver. 32. Reproves his Difciples ambitious and worldly Thoughts, ver. 35. Cures a blind Man, ver. 46.
1 AND he arose 1. YESUS, having thus fortified the
from thence, and cometh into the the Storm that was coming upon them, coasts of Judea by and prepared them for the great Trial Jordan : and the which they were to undergo in seeing people resort unto him suffer; departed from Galilee, and him again ; and as
went into Judæa, through that part of he was wont, he the Country which was called, The taught them again. Country beyond Jordan. Where the
People gathered together again about
ous Questions, hoping to provoke him
Matter of Accufation against him.
3. But 32
3. But Jefus, knowing their mali 3 And he answer cious Design, asked them what Mofes ed and said unto had determined concerning this Que- them, What did Mo
fes command you? ftion.
4. The Pharisees answered; Moses 4 And they said, gave a Man liberty in some Cafes, to Moses suffered to
write a bill of di. put away his Wife by giving her a Bill of Divorce, and to marry ano
vorcement, and to
5 And Jefus an
swered and said unindeed grant you this Permission
but 'twas merely in Condescension to your hardness of your
to them, For the Itubborn and untractable Temper : Not heart, he wrote you that the Thing was fit in it self; but this precept. only to prevent greater Evils.
6. For the original Design of God 6 But from the before Mankind fell into a degenerate beginning of the creand corrupt State, was quite other- ation, God made wise : In the Beginning, He created them male and fc
male. them Male and Female, (Gen. i. and joined them together, one Man with one Woman, by an infeparable Tie of Nature and Love.
7 & 8. So that the Scripture faith, ng For this cause (Gen. ii. 24.) A Man pall leave all hall a man leave his other the tenderest Obligations of na- father and mother, tural Affection, forsaking his nearest and cleave to his and most dear Relations, even his own Father and Mother, and shall cleave un
8 And they twain
shall be one filelh : to his Wife, and they two fhall be one so then they are no Flesh. Wherefore fince God has de
more twain, but one clared them to be but one Body, they flesh. ought to be always look'd upon as such; and ought no more to be separated, than the Parts of one and the same Body. 9. And though Moses, because of
9 What therefore the Hardness of your Hearts, did in- God hath joined todeed for a time allow Divorces ; yet gether, let no man this forced Permission ought not to put asunder. continue always; it being very unfit for Man to put those alunder, whom
God originally designed to unite toge
ther by so Itrict and indissoluble a Tie. 10 And in the
10. With this Answer the Pharisees
the Excellency of God's original In-
ing this Matter.
Crime of Adultery,) and marry ano- 32. & x.
13 S And they 13. S About this time, certain Per-
the Disciples observed, they were difbuked those that
pleased, thinking that this was too
small a Matter to trouble Jesus with;
14. But Jesus, on the contrary, insus saw it, he was
, and rebuked his much displeased, and couraged them said unto them, Suf- Disciples for endeavouring to hinder fer the little children them: And he said, Let the Chil
come unto me, dren by all Means be brought to me,
nocent, harmless, and without Ma-
in his arms, his hands upon
God on Earth, and Partakers of his eternal Happiness in Heaven.
15. Affuredly I tell you, whosoever 15 Verily I say shall pretend to embrace the Gospel, unto you, Whoso
ever shall not receive without being regenerate and born
the kingdom of God again ; forsaking all Ambition, Craft,
as a little child, he and Malice ; and becoming in his Tem- fhall not enter thereper like one of these little Children; in. Thall never be owned of God as a true and sincere Christian, either here or hereafter.
16. Then taking the little Children 16 And he took up in his Arms, he embraced them,
them up and laid his Hand upon them, and gave them, and blessed them his Bleffing.
them. 17. After this, Jefus departed,
17 S And when continuing his Journey towards Jeru- he was gone forth falemAnd as he was in the Way, into the way, there there met him a young Man of Qua came one running, lity, who kneeling down before him, and kneeled to him, faid : Good Master, I am convinced and asked him, Good by what I have heard of your Works do that I may inhe:
Master, what shall I and Doctrine, that you are an extra rit eternal life? ordinary Teacher fent from God; Tell me what I muft do, that I may be qualified to be made Partaker of eternal Life. 18. Jesus said to him: Why do
18 And Jesus said you call me Good, whom you do not
unto him, Why cal
left thou me good? know to be any other than a ineer there is none good. Man? There is none perfectly and but one that is God. essentially good, but God only, who is the fole Author of all Goodness and Happiness.
19. However, as to your Question ; 19 Thou knowest you know the Commandments, the the commandments, Performance of which, God has de- Do not commit aclared to be the Condition of Life dultery, Do not kill, and Happiness ; viz. Not to commit bear false witness, De
Do not steal, Do not Adultery, nor any Uncleanness ; not fraud not, Honourthy to murder, nor hurt any Man; not father and mother. to steal, deceive or cheat; not to