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be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas 40 was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation; 41 and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of
the friendship of the world is enmity with me for ever, yet hast thou brought up my God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend life from corruption, O Lord my God. Jon. of the world, is the enemy of God. Ja. ii. 2–6.
41 Men of Nineveh.] See Lu. xi. 32. No sign bile given it, but, &c.] No sign Rise in judgment.] See verse 42. No weapon shall be given unto it (this adulterous gene- that is formed against thee shall prosper, and ration), but the sign of the prophet Jonas. every tongue that shall rise against thee in Mat. xvi. 4. And there shall no sign be judgment thou shalt condemn. Is. liv. 17. given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet; And the Lord said unto me, The backsliding for as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, Israel hath justified herself more than tres so shall also the Son of man be to this gene- cherous Judah. Je. iii. Jl. Neither hath nation." Lu. xi. 29, 30.
Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou 40 For as Jonas.] Now the Lord had hast multiplied thine abominations more than prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. they, and hast justified thy sisters in all And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three thine abominations which thou hast done. day and three nights. Jon. i. 17.
Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear - So shall the Son of man be.] From "that thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast time" (of " Peter's confession of Christ") began committed more abominable than they : they Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that things of the elders, and chief priests, and thou hast justified thy sisters. Ez. xvi. 51, Scribes, and be killed, and be raised again 52. Shall not uncircumcision, which is by the third day. Mat. xvi. 21. And they nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee who by shall kill him (Jesus declared of himself), and the letter and circumcision dost transgress the third day he shall be raised again. Mat. the law. Ro. ii. 27. By faith Noe, being Iv. 23. Thou that destroyest the temple warned of God of things not seen as yet, (said the revilers of Jesus), and buildest it moved with fear, prepared an ark to the in three days, save thyself; if thou be the Son saving of his house ; by the which he conof God, come down from the cross. Sir, we demned the world, and became heir of the femember (said the chief priests and Pharisees righteousness which is by faith. He. xi. 7.; tato Pilate) that that deceiver said, while he This generation.] See verses 39. 45. A was yet alive, After three days I will rise wicked and adulterous generation seeketh again : command therefore that the sepulchre after a sign, and there shall no sign be given be made sure until the third day, lest his dis- unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. ciples come by night and steal him away, and Mat. xvi. 4. O faithless and perverse genesay unto the people, He is risen from the ration, how long shall I be with you? How dead; so the last error shall be worse than long shall I suffer you ? Mat. xvii. 17. Verily the first. Mat. xxvii. 40. 63, 64. Destroy I say unto you (said Jesus), All these things this temple (said Jesus to the Jews), and in shall come upon this generation (that upon three days I will raise it up. John ii. 19. them may come all the righteous blood shed See chap. xxviii. 6.
upon the earth, &c.). Mat. xxiii. 36. In the heart of the earth.] Those that because they repented, &c.] So the people Kek my soul to destroy it, shall go into the of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a lower parts of the earth. Ps. lxiii. 9. I fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest eried (said Jonah) by reason of mine affliction of them even to the least of them. For word into the Lord, and he heard me; out of the came unto the king of Nineveh ; and he arose belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my from his throne, and he laid his robe from voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in the midst of the seas; and the floods com- in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed prissed me about; all thy billows and thy waves and published through Nineveh, by the decree passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither o thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing; holy temple. The waters compassed me about, let them not feed nor drink water, but let eten to the soul; the depth closed me round man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and about, the weeds were wrapped about my cry mightily unto God; yea, let them turn head. I went down to the bottoms of the every one from his evil way, and from the mountains; the earth with her bars was about violence that is in their hands. Who can
42 Jonas : and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of
the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than
tell if God will turn and repent, and turn judgment with the men of this generation, away from his fierce anger, that we perish and condemn them; for she came from the not? And God saw their works that they utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom turned from their evil way; and God repented of Solomon, and behold, a greater than of the evil that he had said that he would Solomon is here, &c. Lu. xi. 31. And he do unto them; and he did it not. Jon. iii. (Philip the deacon) arose and went, and be 5-10.
hold a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great Behold a greater. See verses 6. 42. He authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiothat cometh from above is above all : he that pians, who had the charge of all her treasure, is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, earth : he that cometh from heaven is above was returning, and sitting in his chariot read all. John iii. 31. Art thou greater than our Esaias the prophet. Ac. viii. 27, 28. father Jacob, which gave us the well, and Hear the wisdom of Solomon.) Give theredrank thereof himself, and his children, and fore thy servant an understanding heart (prid his cattle (said the woman of Samaria to Jesus)? Solomon to the Lord) to judge thy people, that! John iv. 12. Art thou greater than our father may discern between good and bad, for who is Abraham which is dead (said the Jews to able tojudge this thy so great a people! Behold, Jesus)? And the prophets are dead, whom I have done according to thy words; lo, I makest thou thyself? "Jesus answered, If I have given thee a wise and understanding honour myself my honour is nothing. It is heart (said the Lord to Solomon), so that there my Father that honoureth me, of whom ye was none like thee before thee, neither after say, That he is your God: yet ye have not thee shall any arise like unto thee. And all known him; but I know him; and if I should Israel heard of the judgment which the king say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like had judged (between two harlots); and they unto you: but I know him, and keep his feared the king, for they saw that the wisdont saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see of God was in him to do judgment. 1 kl. my day; and he saw it and was glad. Then iii. 9. 12. 28. And God gave Solomon wisdom, said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet and understanding exceeding much; and fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham ? largeness of heart, even as the sand that is Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say on the sea shore. And there came of all unto you, before Abraham was, I am. Jokn people to hear the wisdom of Solomon front viji. 53–58. Moses verily was faithful in all kings of the earth, which had heard of his all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of wisdom. 1 Ki. iv. 29. 34. And the Lord those things which were to be spoken after gave Solomon wisdom as he promised him. But Christ as a Son over his own house, 1 Ki. v. 12. And when the queen of Sheba whose house are we, if we hold fast the con- had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house fidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm that he had built, and the meat of his table, unto the end. He. iii. 5, 6.
and the sitting of his servants, and the attend42 Queen of the south.] When the queen ance of his ministers, and their apparel, and of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon con- his cup-bearers, and his ascent by which he cerning the name of the Lord, she came to went up unto the house of the Lord, there was prove him with hard questions, and she came no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, to Jerusalem with a very great train, with It was a true report that I heard in mine own camels that bare spices, and very much gold, land of thy acts, and of thy wisdom; howand precious stones ; and when she was come beit, I believed not the words until I came, to Solomon, she communed with him of all and mine eyes had seen it, and behold, the that was in her heart; and Solomon told her all half was not told me; thy wisdom and prosher questions, &c. 1 Ki. x. 1-3. And when perity exceedeth the fame which I heard. the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of And all the earth sought to hear his wisdom Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with which God had put in his heart. 1 Xi. X. hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very 4-7. 24. great company, and camels that bare spices, Behold a greater than Solomon, &c.] See and gold in abundance, and precious stones; chap. ii. 17. This is my beloved Son, in and when she was come to Solomon, she whom I am well pleased, hear ye him (said communed with him of all that was in her the voice out of the cloud in the transfiguration), heart. And Solomon told her all her ques. Mat. xvii. 5. Behold, a virgin shall conceive tions, and there was nothing hid from Solomon and bear a son, and shall call his name fmwhich he told her not. 2 Ch. ix. 1, 2. &c. manuel. Is. vii. 14. Unto us a Child is bort, The queen of the south shall rise up in the unto us a Son is given, and the government
Solomon is here. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, 48 he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
shall be upon his shoulder, and his name leys: I will make the wilderness a pool of shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The water, and the dry land springs of water. Is. Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The xli. 18. These waters (said the Lord to Prince of Peace of the increase of his Ezekiel, in the vision of holy waters) issue out government and peace there shall be no end, toward the east country, and go down unto upon the throne of David, and upon his king- the desert, and go into the sea; which being donn, to order it, and to establish it with judg. brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be ment and with justice from henceforth even healed; and every thing that liveth, which for ever, The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, perform this. Is. ix. 6, 7, The Word was shall live. And there shall be a very great made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we multitude of fish, because these waters shall beheld his glory, the glory as of the only come thither, for they shall be healed ; and begotten of the Father,) full of grace and every thing shall live whither the river com, truth. John i. 14. No man hath seen God eth. And it shall come to pass, that the at any time; the only begotten Son, which is fishers shall stand upon it from En-gedi even in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared unto En-eglaim: they shall be a place to kin. John i. 18. Let this mind be in you, spread forth nets; their fish shall be according which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, the form of God, thought it not robbery to be exceeding many. But the miry places thereof equal with God, but made himself of no re, and the marshes thereof shall not be healed : putation, and took upon him the form of a they shall be given to salt. And by the river servant, and was made in the likeness of upon the bank thereof, on this side and on man. Phi. ii. 5-7. God hath in these last that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit hath appointed heir of all things, by whom thereof be consumed. It shall bring forth ako he made the worlds : unto the Son he new fruit according to his months, because saidh, Thy throne, O God, is for ever, a sceptre their waters they issued out of the sanctuary ; of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and He. 1. 2. 8.
the leaf thereof for medicine. Ex. xlvii. 8— 43 The unclean spirit. When the unclean 12. Behold the days come, saith the Lord spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through God, that I will send a famine in the land ; dry places seeking rest, and finding none, he not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, aith, I will return unto my house whence I but of hearing the words of the Lord. And came out. Luc. xi. 24. Then “Simon" ("the they shall wander from sea to sea, and from
cerer") himself believed (upon the preach- the north even to the east : they shall run to ing of Philip); and when he was baptized, he and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and continued with Philip, and wondered, behold+ shall not find it. In that day shall the fair ing the miracles and signs which were done. virgins and young men faint for thirst. Am. Ac. viii. 13.
viii, 11, 12, 13. He walketh, &c. [ The Lord said unto Sa Seeking rest.] See chap. viii. 29. And he tan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan an- (Jesus) asked him (the man who had an unswered the Lord, and said, From going to and clean spirit), What is thy name? And he fro in the earth, and from walking up and answered, saying, My name is Legion ; for down in it Job i. 7. See chap. ii. 2. Be sober, we are many. And he besought him much be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, that he would not send them away out of the is a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom country. Now there was there nigh unto the he may devour. 1 Pe. v. 8.
mountains a great herd of swine feeding; and Dry places.] 0 God, thou art my God, all the devils besought him, saying, Send us early will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for into the swine, that we may enter into them. thee, my flesh longeth for thee, in a dry and And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And thirsty land where no water is. Ps. Ixiii. l the unclean spirits went out, and entered into Then (in the flourishing state of Christ's king the swine, and the herd ran violently down a dom) shall the lame man leap as an hart, and steep place into the sea, (they were about two the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wil- thousand,) and were choked in the sea. Mar. derness shall waters break out, and streams v. &m-13. And Jesus asked him (which had in the desert: and the parched ground shall devils a long time), saying, What is thy name? become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of And he said, Legion; because many devils Water. In the habitation of dragons, where were entered into him. And they besought each lay, shall be grass, with reeds and rushes. him that he would not command them to go 1. Ixv. 6, 7. I will open rivers in high out into the deep. And there was there an places, and fountains in the midst of the val, herd of many swine feeding on the mountain,
44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came
out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and gar
and they besought him that he would suffer nor lot in this matter, for thy heart is not them to enter into them. And he suffered right in the sight of God. Repent, therefore, them. Lu. viii. 28–32.
of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if per44 My house.] See verse 29. And after haps the thought of thine heart may be for the sop, Satan entered into him (Judas) given thee; for 1 perceive that thou art in the Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. do quickly. John xiii. 27. You hath he Ac. viii. 18-23. There must be also heresias quickened who were dead in trespasses and among you, that they which are approved sins : wherein in time past ye walked accord- may be made manifest among you. I Ca xi ing to the course of this world, according to 19. Then shall that Wicked be revealed, the prince of the power of the air, the spirit whom the Lord shall consume; even kim that now worketh in the children of disobe- whose coming is after the working of Satan, dience. Ep. ii. 2. Ye are of God, little with all power, and signs, and lying wondes, children, and have overcome "them" (" the and with all deceiveableness of unrighted spirits that pretend to come from God"); be- ness in them that perish, because they to cause greater is he that is in you, than he ceived not the love of the truth, that they that is in the world. 1 John iv. 4.
might be saved. And for this cause God He findeth it empty, &c.] He that received shall send them strong delusion, that they the seed into stony places, the same is he that should believe a lie; that they all might be heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth damned who believed not the truth, but had it; yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Th. ii. 8–19 for a while ; for when tribulation or persecu. If any man teach otherwise, and consent est tion ariseth because of the word, by and by to wholesome words, even the words of our he is offended. He also that received seed Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which among the thorns is he that beareth the word, is according to godliness, he is proud, knowand the care of this world, and the deceitful. ing nothing, but doting about questions and ness of riches choke the word, and he be- strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, cometh unfruitful. Mat. xii. 20, 21, 22. railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings My people would not hearken to my voice, of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the and Israel would none of me. So I gave truth, supposing that gain is godliness; from them up unto their own heart's lust, and they such withdraw thyself. They that will be walked in their own counsels. Ps. lxxxi. 11, rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into 12. They have made ready their heart like many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drowa an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker men in destruction and perdition; for the sleepeth all the night; in the morning it love of money is the root of all evil, which burneth as a flaming fire. Ho. vii. 6. This while some coveted after, they hare erred (why was not this ointment sold?) he (Judas) from the faith, and pierced themselves through said, not that he cared for the poor, but be with many sorrows. 1 Ti. vi. 4, 5. %. 14 cause he was a thief, and had the bag, and “They" (“the antichrists") went out from , bare what was put therein. John xii. 6. but they were not of us; for if they had been Supper being ended, (the Devil having now of us, they would no doubt have continued with put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's us : but they went out, that they might be son, to betray him,) he riseth from supper, made manifest that they were not all of and began to wash the disciples' feet. John 1 John ii. 19. There are certain men crept in xiii. 2. A certain man named Ananias, with unawares, who were before ofold ordained to this Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, and kept condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace back part of the price, his wife also being of our God into lasciviousness, and denyit privy to it, and brought a certain part and the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Chris. laid it at the Apostles' feet. But Peter said, I will therefore put you in remembrance, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to though ye once knew this, how that the Lord lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part having saved the people out of the land of of the price of the land ? Ac. v. 1, 2, 3. Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed When Simon (the sorcerer) saw that through not. Jude 4, 5. And I saw one of his fake laying on of the Apostles' hands the Holy beast's, like a leopard, with the feet of a beer, Ghost was given, he offered them money, and the mouth of a tion) heads as it went saying, Give me also this power, that on wounded to death ; and his deadly wound wa whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the healed ; and all the world wondered after the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy beast. And they worshipped the dragen money perish with thee, because thou hast which gave power unto the beast : and they thought that the gift of God may be pur- worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like chased with money; thou hast neither part unto the beast? who is able to make war wird
nished. Then goeth che, and taketh with himself seven other 45 spirits, more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even 80 shall it be also unto this wicked generation. While he yet 46
hinn 2And all that dwell upon the earth shall through the knowledge of the Lord and Worship him, whose names are not written in Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entanthe book of life of the Lamb. slain from the gled therein and overcome, the latter end is foundation of the world. If any man have an worse with them than the beginning. For it ear let him hear. Re. xiii. 3, 4. 8, 9.
had been better for them not to have known - 46 Sevent other spirits.] See verse 24. the way of righteousness, than after they have What is thy name? (said Jesus to the man known it, to turn from the holy commandwith the unclean spirit.) And he answered, ment delivered unto them. 2 Pe. ii. 14-21. mying, My name is Legion, for we are many. If any man see his brother sin a sin which is Mar. v. 9. Now when Jesus was risen early, not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give the first day of the week, he appeared first to him life for them that sin not unto death. Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast There is a sin unto death: I do not say that even devils. Mar. xvi. 9. For we wrestle he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is pot against flesh and blood, but against prin- sin; and there is a sin not unto death. 1 John zipalities, against powers, against the rulers v. 16, 17. These (false teachers) speak evil
the darkness of this world, against spiritual of those things which they know not; but wickedness in high places. 1 Ep. vi. 12. what they know naturally, as brute beasts, be More wicked than himself.] Woe unto you, in those things they corrupt themselves. Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye Woe unto them! for they have gone in the fumpass sea and land to make one proselyte; way of Cain, and run greedily after the error and when he is made, ye make him two-fold of Balaam for reward, and perished in the mote the child of hell than yourselves. Mat. gainsaying of Core: these are spots in your zxiii. 15.
feasts of charity, when they feast with you, And the last state of that man is worse, &c.] feeding themselves without fear : clouds they Then goeth he (the unclean spirit) and takech are without water, carried about of winds ; to him seven other spirits more wicked than trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, himself, and they enter in and dwell there twice dead, plucked up by the roots ; raging (the konsea whence he came out), and the last waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; site of that man is worse than the first. Lu. wandering stars, to whom is reserved the AL 2.. See chap.xii. 31. For we know him blackness of darkness for ever. Jude 10--13. that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me; Even so shall it be also, &c. And when the luwill recompense, saith the Lord. And husbandmen (in the parable of the householder train, The Lord shall judge his people ; it is who had let out his vineyard unto them) saw a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the the son (whom he had sent last of all to them, bring God. But: we are not of them who that he might receive the fruits of it), they draw back xunto perdition, but of them that said among themselves, This is the heir; believe to the saving of the soul. He. x. come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his #), 3L 39. (False teachers, seducers) Having inheritance; and they caught him, and cast eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When rom sin, beguiling unstable souls; an heart the Lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, they have exercised with covetous practices; what will he do unto those husbandmen ? cured children: which have forsaken the They say unto "him" (" Jesus"); He will right way, and are gone astray, following the miserably destroy those wicked men; and will way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, the wages of unrighteousness, but was re- which shall render him the fruits in their buked for his iniquity : the dumb ass, speak seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never ing with man's voice, forbad the madness of read in the Scriptures, The stone which the The prophet. These are wells without water; builders rejected, the same has become the Souds that are carried with a tempest; to head of the corner ? This is the Lord's doing, What the mist of darkness is reserved for and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore ster. For when they speak great swelling say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be words of vanity, they allure through the lusts taken from you, and given to a nation bring
the flesh, through much wantonness, those ing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever that were clean escaped from them who live shall fall on this stone shall be broken ; but 10 error. While they promise them liberty, on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him they therselves are the servants of corrup. to powder. Mat. xxi. 38–44. Ye serpents, don: for of whom a man is overcome, of the ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape sutne is he brought in bondage. For if after the damnation of hell ? Wherefore, behold Mey have escaped the pollutions of the world, I send you prophets, and wise men, and