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And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment, 2 Chron. xix. 6. These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous ; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him, Prov. xxiv. 23, 24. I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him. Where the word of a king is, there is power; and who may say unto him, What doest thou? Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment, Eccles. viii. 2-5. They are waxen fat, they shine; yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? Jer. vi. 28, 29. And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment? Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron. Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them; he will even bide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings, Mic. iii. 1—4. b Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation, ver. 2.
Διὸ ἀνάγκη ὑποτάσσεσθαι, οὐ μόνον διὰ τὴν ὀργὴν, ἀλλὰ καὶ διὰ τὴν συνείδησιν.
a Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience suke.
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a And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt. And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD's anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD, 1 Sam. xxiv. 5, 6. See also on ver. 1. clause 1.
Διὰ τοῦτο γὰρ καὶ φόρους τελεῖτε λει τουργοὶ γὰρ Θεοῦ εἰσιν, εἰς αὐτὸ τοῦτο προσκαρτεροῦντες.
For, for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
a See on Matt. xxii. ver. 17. clause 1. and ver. 21. clause 1.
b Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh,. with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ, Eph. vi. 5. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the King. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward, 1 Pet. ii. 17, 18.
c Honour widows that are widows indeed, 1 Tim. v. 3. Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine, 17. Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed, vi. 1. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered, 1 Pet. iii. 7. See also on Matt xv. ver. 4. clause 2.
Μηδενὶ μηδὲν ὀφείλετε, εἰ μὴ τὸ ἀγαπᾶν
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ROM. XIII. 8-12.
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ἀλλήλους· ὁ γὰρ ἀγαπῶν τὸν ἕτερον, νόμον | works of darkness, and let us put on the πεπλήρωκε. armour of light.
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
a See on Matt. vii. ver. 12.
Τὸ γάρ· οὐ μοιχεύσεις· οὐ φονεύσεις" οὐ κλέψεις· οὐ ψευδομαρτυρήσεις· οὐκ ἐπιθυμήσεις· καὶ εἴ τις ἑτέρα ἐντολὴ, ἐν τούτῳ τῷ λόγῳ ἀνακεφαλαιοῦται, ἐν τῷ ̓Αγαπήσεις τὸν πλησίον σου ὡς ἑαυτόν.
For this, a Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
a See on Matt. xix. ver. 18, 19.
Ἡ ἀγάπη τῷ πλησίον κακὸν οὐκ ἐργάζε ται πλήρωμα οὖν νόμου ἡ ἀγάπη.
a Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
a Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things, 1 Cor. xiii. 4-7
a Again, a new commandment I write unto you; which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth, 1 John ii. 8.
b The murderer, rising with the light, killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief. The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me ; and disguiseth his face. In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the day-time: they know not the light. For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death, Job xxiv. 14-17, In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which. they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles, and to the bats, Isa. ii. 20. Cast from away all you your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Ísrael? Ezek. xviii. former conversation, the old man, 31. That ye put off, concerning the which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, Eph. iv. 22. And have works of darkness, but rather reprove no fellowship with the unfruitful them, v. 11. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds, Col. iii. 8, 9. the children of the day: we are not Ye are all the children of light, and of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others ; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken, are drunken in the night, 1 Thess. v. 5-7. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and super fluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls, Jam. i. 21. all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, Wherefore laying aside all malice, and and all evil-speakings, As new-bom babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby, 1 Pet. ii. 1, 2.
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ROM. XIII. 12, 13.
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 2 Cor. vi. 7. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, Eph. vi, 11-17. And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful, Col. iii. 10-15. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation, 1 Thess. v. 8.
̔Ως ἐν ἡμέρᾳ, εὐσχημόνως περιπατήσωμεν· μὴ κώμοις καὶ μέθαις, μὴ κοίταις καὶ ἀσελγείαις, μὴ ἔριδι καὶ ζήλῳ·
a Let us walk * honestly, as in the day; b not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
* Or, decently.
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a And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless, Luke i. 6. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh, Gal. v. 16. I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, Eph. iv. 1. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness, iv. 17-19. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light, v. 8. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil, 15, 16. Only let your conversation be as it becometh the Gospel of Christ; that, whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel, Phil. i. 27. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so, as ye have us for an ensample, iii. 16, 17. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you, iv. 9. That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God, Col. i. 10. That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory, 1 Thess. ii. 12. That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing, iv. 12. Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation, 1 Pet.
ii. 12. He that saith he abideth in him, ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked, 1 John ii. 6. I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father, 2 John 4.
b See on Matt. xxiv. ver. 49. clause 2. c Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor ef
feminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God, 1 Cor. vi. 9, 10.
Now the works of the flesh are mani
fest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance. emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God, Gal. v. 19-21. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God, Eph. v.5. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry, Col. iii. 5. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God, i Thess.
d But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another, Gal. v. 15. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another, 26. But if have bitter envyye ing and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work, Jam. iii 14-16. Wherefore laying
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| aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 1 Pet. ii. 1.
̓Αλλ ̓ ἐνδύσασθε τὸν Κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν, καὶ τῆς σαρκὸς πρόνοιαν μὴ ποιεῖσθε eiç imi0vuías.
a But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, ↳ and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
baptized into Christ, have put on a For as many of you as have been Christ, Gal. iii. 27.
b Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live, Rom. viii. 12, 13. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would, Gal. v. 16, 17. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts, 24.
members which are upon the earth; Mortify therefore your fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and cowhich things' sake the wrath of God vetousness, which is idolatry: For cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked But now ye also put off all these; some time, when ye lived in them. communication out of your mouth, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy Col. iii. 5—8. Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul, 1 Pet. ii. 11.
CHAP. XIV. VER. 1. Τόν δὲ ἀσθενοῦντα τῇ πίστει, προσλαμ βάνεσθε, μὴ εἰς διακρίσεις διαλογισμῶν.
Him that is a weak in the faith retions. ceive ye, but not * to doubtful disputu
* Or, to judge his doubtful thoughts.
a Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands, Job iv. 3. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a
fearful heart, Be strong, fear not;
b Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God, Rom. xv. 7. He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him
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ought to receive such, that we might be fellow-helpers to the truth. wrote unto the Church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church, 3 John 8-10.
c For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another : another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind, ver. 2-5.
Ὃς μὲν πιστεύει φαγεῖν πάντα, ὁ δὲ ἀσθενῶν λάχανα ἐσθίει.
For one believeth a that he may eat all things: banother, who is weak, eat
a See on Matt xv. ver. 11. clause 1. b Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin, ver. 22, 23.
that sent me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward, Matt. x. 40-42. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me, xviii. 5. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me, John xiii. that eateth not; and let not him which 20. Receive him therefore in the eateth not bjudge him that eateth: © fir Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation, Phil. ii. 29. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed, 2 John 10. We therefore
̔Ο ἐσθίων, τὸν μὴ ἐσθίοντα μὴ ἐξουθενεί τω· καὶ ὁ μὴ ἐσθίων, τὸν ἐσθίοντα μὴ καινέτω. Ὁ Θεὸς γὰρ αὐτὸν προσελάβετο.
Let not him that eateth a despise him
God hath received him.
a But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy. brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, ver. 10. But if thy brother be grieved with thy