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is raging; and whosoever is de- which is good, and simple concerning ceived thereby, is not wise.-Prov. evil.-Rom. xvi. 19. xxxi.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself, but the simple pass on, and are punished.-Prov. xxii. 3. xxvii. 12.
By wise counsel thou shalt make thy war.-Prov. xxiv. 6.
A fool uttereth all his mind, but a wise man keepeth it in till afterward. -Prov. xxix. 11.
Wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness: the wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walketh in darkness. Eccles. ii. 13, 14.
A fool's voice is known by multitude of words.-Eccles. v. 3. x. 14. Wisdom strengtheneth the wise, more than ten mighty men which are in the city.-Eccles. vii. 19.
A wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgments.-Eccles. viii. 5.
The words of wise men are heard in quiet, &c. Wisdom is better than weapons of war. -Eccles. ix. 17, 18. The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies.-Eccles. xii. 11.
For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understand ing they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
Jer. iv. 22.
The wise men are ashamed, &c. Lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom is in them?-Jer. viii. 9.
Who is wise, and shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, &c.—Hosea xiv. 9. Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock, &c.-Matt.vii. 24. The five wise virgins took oil in their vessels, as well as in their lamps.-Matt. xxv. 1, &c.
I would have you wise unto that
The wisdom of the world is foolishness with God, &c. and the Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.-1 Cor. ii. 19. 22.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given to him.-James i. 5. 17.
Who is a wise man, and endowed with knowledge amongst you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works, with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envyings, &c. this wisdom descendeth not from above, &c. But the wisdom that is from above, is first pure, &c.-James iii. 13–15. 17.
MANY false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many, &c. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whoso readeth, let him understand), &c. for there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch that (if it were possible) they should deceive the very elect.-Matt. xxiv. 11. 15. 24. Dan. xi. 31. 36, &c.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition: who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, &c. for the mystery of iniquity doth already work, only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way: and then shall the wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming; even him whose coming is after the working of
Satan, with all powers, and signs, and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they shall believe a lie; that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.-2 Thess. ii. 3, 4. 7-12.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their consciences seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, &c.-1 Tim. iv. 1-3.
Perilous times shall come; for men shall be lovers of their ownselves, &c. having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof, &c. for of this sort are they who creep into houses, and lead captive silly women, &c. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth, &c. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived, &c.-2 Tim. iii. 1-8. 13, 14.
is a liar, but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, who denieth the Father and the Son, &c. These things have I written unto you, concerning them who deceive you.-1 John ii. 18, 19. 22. 26.
Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world: hereby know ye the Spirit of God; every spirit who confesseth Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is in the world, &c.-1 John iv. 1, &c.
Many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh; this is a deceiver and an antichrist: look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we wrought, &c.-2 John 7-12.
Unclean spirits out of the mouth of the dragon, beast, and false prophet; the spirit of devils working miracles.-Rev. xvi. 13, 14.
NOR OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS ALONE,
But there were false prophets also NEITHER EXTERNAL PRIVILEGES, among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction: and many shall WHAT nation so great, who hath God follow their pernicious ways; by so nigh unto them as the Lord our reason of whom the way of truth God, in all that we call upon him shall be evil spoken of; and through for? And what nation so great, that covetousness shall they, with feigned hath statutes, &c. so righteous as all words, make merchandise of you; this law? Only take heed, and keep whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not,&c.-2 Pet. ii. 1-3. 10,&c. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time: they went out from us, but they were not of us, &c. Who
thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things thine eyes have seen, &c. lest ye corrupt, and make you a graven image, &c. lest ye forget the covenant, &c. For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, &c. When, &c. ye shall do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger, &c. ye shall
soon utterly perish from off the land, &c. be utterly destroyed, &c. Ask of the days past, &c. Did ever people hear the voice of God, speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? Or hath God essayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of a nation, by temptations, by signs? &c. Because he loved thy fathers, he chose their seed after them, and brought them out in his sight, with his mighty power, &c. Thou shalt therefore keep his statutes.Deut, iv. 7—10. 16. 23-27. 33, 34. 36, 37.40.
Speak not thou in thine heart, after the Lord hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness, the Lord hath brought me in to possess this good land: but for the wickedness of these nations, &c. not for thy righteousness, nor for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness, &c. the Lord thy God doth drive them out, &c. And that he may perform the word which the Lord swore unto thy fathers, Abraham, &c. the Lord thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness: for a stiffnecked people, &c.-Deut. ix. 4, &c.
To the wicked, God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant into thy mouth, seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee, &c.-Ps. 1. 16-18.
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt-offerings, &c. who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? &c. bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination to me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with, &c. they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them; when ye make many prayers, I will not hear, &c. your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make
you clean, &c.-Isa. i. 11-18. Jer. vi. 19, 20.
We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness as filthy rags.Isa. lxiv. 6.
He that killeth an ox, is as if he slew a man: he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck, &c. They have chosen their own ways, &c.-Isa. lvi. 3.
Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, &c. If ye thoroughly amend your ways, &c. then will I cause you to dwell in this place, &c. Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Will ye steal, murder, &c. and come and stand before me in this house? &c. Therefore I will do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, &c. as I have done to Shiloh, &c.-Jer. vii. 4-10. 12. 14, 15.
When I say to the righteous, that he shall surely live: if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered, &c. he shall die. -Ezek. xxxiii. 13. 18. xxiii. 38, 39. I hate, I despise your feast days; and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies: though ye offer me burntofferings, and your meat-offerings, I will not accept of them, &c. Let judgment run down as waters, &c.— Amos v. 21-24.
Hear this, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel; that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity, &c. The heads thereof judge for reward: and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among us? none evil can come upon us. Therefore shall Zion for your sakes be ploughed as a field.-Mic. iii. 9-13.
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father, &c.—Matt. iii. 8—10. Luke iii. 8.
Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied If ye were Abraham's children, ye in thy name? and in thy name have would do the works of Abraham, &c. cast out devils? and in thy name They said to him, We be not born of done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.-Matt. vii. 22, 23.
Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.-Mark iii. 33. 35.
I know ye not whence ye are. Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence; and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you I know you not, whence you are: depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity, &c.-Luke xiii. 25-27.
Jesus said to the Pharisees, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your heart: for that which is highly esteemed amongst men, is abomination in the sight of God.-Luke xvi. 14, 15.
When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which was our duty to do.-Luke xvii. 10.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself; God, I thank thee, I am not as other men are; extortioners, &c. I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all I possess. And the Publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven; but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner! I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other, &c.-Luke xviii. 10-15.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, &c. the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abram's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus said, &c. Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin, &c. I know ye are Abraham's seed: but ye seek to kill me, &c. They said, Abraham is our father. Jesus said unto them,
fornication; we have one father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your father, ye would love me, &c. Ye are of your father, the devil; and the lusts of your father ye will do.-John viii. 32, 33. 37. 39. 41, 42. 44.
Behold thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, and knowest his will, &c. and art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, an instructor, &c. Dost thou steal? &c. Thou that makest thy boast of the law; through breaking the law, dishonourest thou God?-Rom. ii. 17— 23. 28, 29.
Therefore by the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight. -Rom. iii. 20. Gal. ii. 16.
They have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge: for they, being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.-Rom. x. 2, 3.
If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.-Gal. vi. 3.
If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: circumcised on the eighth day, &c. yet I count all things but loss, &c. that I may win Christ, and be found in him; not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, &c.-Phil. iii. 4-10.
Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all, &c.—James ii. 10, 11.
The Son of man is come to seek, and to save that which was lost.Luke xix. 10.
ABRAHAM said of his wife (when he was in fear), She is my sister.-Gen. XX. 2. 11, 12.
Isaac (in the like fear) said of his wife, She is my sister.-Gen. xxvi. 7.9. Rebeccah caused her son Jacob to go to Isaac for the blessing, clothed him with his brother's garments, and put skins upon his neck and hands, to make him feel rough to Isaac, that Isaac might think him to be Esau, and bless him and Jacob said to his father (being asked who he was), I am Esau, thy first-born, &c. Isaac said, Art thou my very son Esau? and he said, I am, &c.-Gen. xxvii. 6.9-29.
trespasses of thy brethren, and their sin for they did unto thee evil, &c. And Joseph wept when he heard it, &c.-Gen. 1. 15—17.
When Pharaoh had charged the midwives with breaking his commands, and saving the men-children alive, they said unto him, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women: for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, &c.—Exod. i. 16-21.
When Rahab had hid the spies, and the king had sent for them, she said, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were, &c. when it was dark, the men went out: whither the men went, I wot not; pursue after them quickly, for ye shall overtake them. But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them, &c.-Josb. ii. 1-6.
When the inhabitants of Gibeon Rachel having hid her father's came to Joshua, they took old sacks, images under the camel's furniture, and said to Joshua, We be come from and sat upon them, when Laban a far country: now therefore make searched for them, said unto her ye a league with us, &c. from a very father, Let it not displease my lord, that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me, &c.-Gen. xxxi. 34, 35.
And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem, and Hamor his father, deceitfully, &c. They said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised, &c. If every male of you will be circumcised, then will we give our daughters, &c. which when they had done, Jacob's sons fell on them, and slew them.-Gen. xxxiv. 12, &c.
When Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will, peradventure, hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. And they sent messengers unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, So shall ye say unto Joseph: forgive, I pray thee now, the
far country thy servants are come, because of the name of the Lord thy God; for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt, &c. Wherefore our elders, and all the inhabitants of our country, spake to us, saying, Take victuals, &c. This our bread we took hot on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy, &c. by reason of the very long journey, &c. And Joshua made peace with them, &c. and smote them not, because the princes of the congregation had sworn unto them, &c.-Josh. ix. 3, &c.
When the Moabites oppressed Israel, the Lord raised them up a deliverer; Ehud, &c. who going to Eglon, the king of Moab, with a present from Israel; after he had presented it, he said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep