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be taken from the Mighty, or the like bop Lord be God, follow him, but it's


blind and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch t blind and dumb both spake and saw, 23. And People were h amazed, and said, Is not this the David? 24. But when the Pharisees heard it, the This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by * Bee [Gr. Beelzebul] the prince of the devils.

25. And * knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every doin ! divided against it self, is brought to defola and every city or house divided against it self, Tha stand ? 25. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is di against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand ? And if I by * Beelzebub [Gr. Beelzebul] cast out de by whom do m your children cast them out ? there they shall be your judges. 28. But if I cast out devils the Spirit of God, then the n kingdom of God is co unto you. 29. Or else how can one enter into a mans house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind t {trong man? and then he will spoil his house. that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathe eth not with me, scattereth abroad. 31. | Wherefore

fa to him a dumb Man poffered with doubt the Kingdom of God is come a devil. Mar. 3. 22.


upon you. Dan. 7. 13, 14. I saw Scribes-said, he hath Beelzebub, in the Night Visions, and behold, and by the Prince of the Devils one like the Son of Man, came cafteth' he out Devils. " Luk. II. 5 with the Clouds of Heaven, and 14. And he was casting out a Devil, came to the antient of Days, and and it was dumb.

And it came

they brought him near before to pass, when the Devil was gone, him. And there was given him out, the Dumb fpake, and the Peo Dominion, Glory, and a Kingdom, that ple wondred.

to all People, Nations, and Langua i h Mat. 9. 33. When the Devil ges should serve him: his Domi a was cast our, the Dumb fpake : nion is an everlasting Dominion, and the Multirudes marvelled, fay

which shall not pass away, and his ing, It was never so seen in Israel. Kingdom that which shall not be

it Luk. Ji. 15. † Mar. 3. 22. 15 destroyed. * See on Mat. 9 34.

ot Isa. 49. 24. Shall the Prey tice, is See on Mat 9 4. Gal. Ş. 15. If ye bite and devour lawful Caprive delivered

.: Luk. one another, take hecd that ye be 11. 21. When a strong Man armed not consumed one of another. 20 kéepeth his Palace, his Goods are m Mar. 9.38. John answered

in Peace.
them, saying, Master, we saw one p i King. 18. 21. How long hale
cafting out Devils in thy Name, ye between two Opinions, if the
and he followeth not us.-

n Luk. 11. 20. If I. with the fin- 25 Baal, then follow him,
ger of God cast out Devils, no

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* All manner of fin and blasphemy shall 13 be forgiven unto men: but the blafphemy against the i holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto meil.

32. And who5 loever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall

be forgiven him : but whosoever 1peaketh against the holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, (i) neither in this world

, neither in the world to come. 33. Either make the tree good and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34. O gereration of e vipers, f how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the e abundance of the heart the mouth


1peaketh. • Mar. 3. 28. Verily I say un

b A&.7.51. Ye stiffnecked and to you, al sins shall be forgiven uncircumcised in Heart and Ears, unto the Sons of Men, and blaf

ye do always relift the Holy Ghoft: phemies wherewith foever they

as your Fathers did, fo do ye. thall blafpheme. * Luk. 12.

cti Tim. 1. 13. Who was bea Whosoever shall speak a Word a

fore a Blafphemer, and a Perfecugainst the Son of Man, it shall be tor, and Injurious. But I obtained forgiven him : but unto him that mercy, because I (Paul) did it ig. blafphemeth againf the Holy

norantly in unbelief. Ghost , it shall not be forgiven. Heb.

d 7 Mat. 7.17. Every good Tree 6.4

. It is imposible for those who bringeth forth good Fruit: were once enlightened, and have

corrupt Tree bringeth forth evil talled of the heavenly gift, and

Fruit. f Luk. 6. 43, 44. A good were made partakers of the Holy Tree bringeth not forth corrupt Ghoft

, --if they shall fall away, to 15 Fruit: neither doth a corrupt renew them again unto Repen. 'Tree bring forth good Fruit: For

26, 29. If we every Tree is known by his own fin wilfully after that we have re Fruit. ceived the knowledge of the Truth,

è + See on Mat. 3. 7. Bi there remaineth no more Sacrifice 20

Hag. 2. 13, 14. If one that is content for Sins. Of how much forer Pu unclean by a dead Body, touch any

of thefe, Shall it be unclean? And thoughe worthy, who hath trodden the Priests answered and said, It under foot the Son of God, and

shall be unclean. Then answered hath counted the Blood of the Comas Haggai, and said, so is this People, venant wherewith he was fan&tifi.

and fo is this Nation before me, ed, an unholy thing, and hath done faith the Lord: and so is every

to the Spirit of Grace. Work of their Hands, and that Joh. 5.16. There is a Sin unto which they offer there is ur Death, I do not fay that he thall 30 clean. Pray for it.

See on Luk. 6. 45.


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(1) In vain does the Church of Rome pretend to prove from these Words, that some Sins are forgiven in the world to come; for our Lord's Meaning seems plainly to be, that Judgment, or Punishment, should fcllow the Guilty born here and hereafter of the sia against the Holy

Ghoft, see on Mar. 3. 19.


speaketh. 35. A good man out of the good trea the heart, bringeth forth good things: and an out of the evil treasure, bringeth forth evil thing But say unto you, That every 6 idle (1) wo men shall speak, they shall give account thereof day of judgment. 37. For by thy words thou s justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned

Then certain of the Scribes and of the Pharise fivered, saying, Master, we would n see a sign from


* Eph. 5. 4, 6. Neither Filthi

* Luk. 11.16, 29. Others t wefs, nor foolish Talking, nor Festing, ing him, sought of him a Sig which are

not convenient : but Heaven. And when the I rather giving of Thanks. Let no were gathered together, he man deceive you with vain Words : 5 to say, This is an evil genera for because of these things cometh they seek a fign, and there sha the Wrath of God upon the Chil- sign be given it, but the signo dren of Disobedience.

nas the Prophet. Joh. 2. 18. Y Mat. 16. 1. The Pharisees sign shewest thou unto us,seeing also with the Sadducees, came, and 10 thou duft these Things ? Jo tempting, desired him that he 48. Except ye see signs and a would shew them a sign from Hea ders ye will not believe. Jof ven. ot Mar. 8. 11. The Pharisees 30. What Sign Thewest thou, o came forth, and began to question may fee and believe the with him, seeking of him a sign 15 What' dost thou work ? Mat. from Heaven, tempting him.


(1) These Words have been very much misunderstood, which has a casioned groundless Scruples to arise in the Minds of sincere and go Christians; for by idle Words are not meant such as do not immediat Jy contribute to the Glory of God, the Edification of our Neighbou and the Salvation of our Souls. Divers Expressions may daily dro from a good Christian, which it may be difficult to refer to either o these Ends. Such as discourse about News, che Weather, and other in nocent and diverting Subjects. So far is the Christian Religion from con demning a cheerful and agreeable Conversation, that it makes it ou Daty to be caurteous. Indeed to spend too much of our Time in indifferenţ and trifling Conversation, which does neither good 'nør hurt, would be finful; as it would be in any kind of Recreation. The idle Words here forbidden, are those which difhonour God, and discourage the Practice of any Duty He requires, as did those scandalous Words spoken by the Phar lees against our Lord's Miracles, which gave occasion to his speaking theie Words. All falle and fanderous Words, which rob our Neigi.lour of bis good Nime; all detraiting Speeches, which leffen his juft Wirth; all falfe and mischievous Words, such as prove the Speaker to be an evil Person, come under what our Saviour here delivers. If any scrupulous Persons would see the Reasons on which this' Interpretation itards, they may contült Dr. Hammond and Dr. Whitby on this Versę; Mr. Kieleweli's Measures of Christian Obedience, Book s. Chap. 5,

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ri 39. But he answered and said to them, An evil and i adul

terous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall tio sign be given to it, but the sign of the Prophet Jonas. 40. For & as Jonas was three days and three nights in the Whales belly : fo fhall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41. The

men of Nineveh fhall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall m condemn it, because they + repented at the preaching of Jonas, and behold, a greater than Jonas is here. 42. The

42. The Queen of the South Shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermoft parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 43. When the p unclean spirit is gone oụt of a man, he walketh through dry places,


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of them. ration seeketh after a sign, and there i King. 10. 1. When the fhall no sign be given unto it, but Queen of Sheba heard of the Fame the sign of the Prophet Jonas. of Solomon, concerning the Name of 1 Cor. 1. 22. The Jews require a s the Lord, the came to prove him Sigr, and the Greeks seek after with hard Questions. 2 Chron.

9. 1. When the Queen of Sheba Ifa. 37. 3. Draw near hither heard of the Fame of Solomon, she Je Sons of the Sorceress, the Seed came to prove Solomon with hard of the Adulterer and the Whore. 10 Questions at Jerusalem, with a

* Jon. 1. 17. Jonah was in very great Company, and Camels the Belly of the Fifh three Days and that bare Spices, and Gold in abun

dance, and precious Stones: and * Luk. 11. 32. The same thing

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+ See Jer. 3. 11. –The back that was in her heart. + Luk. U. liding Ifrael bath justified her felf 31. The Queen of the South shall more than treacherous sudah. E rise up in the judgment with the zek. 16.51. Neither bath Samaria Men of this generation, and concommitted half thy Sins ;

but 20 demn them: for she came from thou hast multiplied thine Abomi the utmost parts of the Earth, to nations more than they, and hast hear the Wisdom of Solomon valified thy Sisters in all thine A and behold, a greater than Solobominations which thou hast done.

mon is here. 1 Rom. 2. 27. Shall

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P * Luk. 11. 24. cumcifion which is by nature, if it 9.+ Job 1.7. And the Lord said fulfil the Law, judge thee, who by unto Saran, Whence comest thou? the Letter and Circumcifion doth trans

Then Satan answered the Lord, and op Briefs the Law?

faid, From going to and fro in the * * Jon. 3. 5. So the People of 30 Earth, and from walking up and Nineveh believed God, and proclaim down in it. † i Per. s. 8. Be fo. ed à Fast, and put on Sackçloth, bes, be vigilant; because your fiçm the greatest even to the leaft


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seeking rest, and findeth none. 44. Then he faith, I return into my house from whence, I came when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and nished. 45. Then goeth he, and taketh with himsel ven other fpirits more wicked than himself, and enter in and dwell there : and the a last state of man is worse than the first. Even so ihall it be unto this wicked generation. 46. [ While he yet t ed to the People, behold his Mother and his c T thren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy Mother and t Brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, w is my Mother? and who are my Brethren? he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples, an said, Behold my Mother, and my Brethren. whosoever shall d do the Will of my Father which is i heaven, the fame is my Brother, and Sister, and Mother

CHAP. Adversary the Devil, as a roring they were offended at him. + Joh, Lion, walketh about, seeking whom 2. 12. He went down to Capernahe may devour.

um, he, and his mother, and his * Heb. 10. 26.

Brethren,and his Disciples - Joh. The Words under ver. 31. 2 Pet. 5 7. 3.

His Brethren said unto 2. 20. If after they have escaped him. tĄ& 1, 14. These all conthe Pollutions of the World, tinued with one accord in Prayer through the Knowledge of the and Supplication, with the Wo. Lord and Saviour Jelus Christ, they men, and Mary the Mother of Jeare again entangled therein and 1o lus, and with his Brethren. t 1 Cor. overcome ; the latter End is worse 9.5. Have we not power to lead with them than the beginning. about a Sifter a Wife as well as o.

Mar. 3. 31. There came ther Apostles, and as the Brethren then his Brethren and his mother, and of the Lord, and Cephas? Gal. Itanding without, fent unto him, 151.19. Other of the Disciples faw calling him.

Luk. 8. 19, 20. I none, faye James the Lord's Broo Then came to him his mother and ther. his Brethren, and could nor come dt See Joh. 15.14. Ye are my at him for the press. And it was Friends, if ye

do whatsoever I com. çold him by certain which said, 20 mand you. + Gal. 5. 6. In Jesus Thy Mother and thy Brethren stand Chrift, neither Circumcifion avail. without desiring to see thee. ethi any thing, nor Uncircumcisi

of Mat. 13. 55. His Brethren James, and Joses, and Simon, and love. Gal.6.15. InChrist Jesus,nei. Judas. + Mar. 6. 3. Is not this 25 ther Circumcision availeth anything, the Carpenter, the Son of Mary, nor Uncircumcifion, but a new the Brother of James and Jofes, and Creaiure. + Col. 3. 11. Where there of Juda, and of Simon ? And are not bis Sisters here with us? And


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