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Self-righteous will not come to Christ
Those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. [See 22, 23, 272, 705.]
696. Sinners self-righteous, proud, and opposed to grace.
Ps. 10: 4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God.
Mat. 20: 10 When the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house, 12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. 13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny? 14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? is thine eye evil because I am good? 16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
Lk. 15: 28 He was angry, and would not go in; therefore came his father out, and entreated him. 29 And he answering, said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment; and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
Rom. 10: 3 They, being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
1 Cor. 1: 18 The preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness. 23 We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness.
[See 373, 510, 549, 550.]
697. Sinners rather perish, than come to Christ.
Pr. 8: 36 He that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
Jn. 5: 40 Ye will not come to me that ye might have life. Ac. 13: 46 Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
Inclined to sensuality and idolatry.
698. Sinners inclined to sensual pleasures and lusts.
Lev. 18: 24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
Gal. 5: 19 The works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 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.
Ep. 2: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
2 Tim. 3: 4 Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.
Tit. 3: 3 We ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
Jam. 5: 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton ; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
1 Pet. 4: 3 The time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you. [See 675.]
699. Sinners naturally inclined to idolatry.
Ex. 32: 1 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods which shall go before us for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
Dt. 31: 16 The LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. 20 When I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their
Prone to Murmurs and Cruelty.
fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.
Jer. 44: 17 We will certainly do, whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil. [See 362.]
700. Sinners inclined to murmur.
Ex. 16: 2 The whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: 3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh-pots, and when we did eat bread to the full for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. 8 Moses said, This shall be when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full: for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.
Num. 17: 10 The LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not.
Mat. 20: 11 When they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house, 12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
Jude 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts. [See 9, 171, 272.]
701. Sinners ungrateful and cruel.
Gen. 40: 23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him. - 49: 5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. 6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret: unto their assembly, mine honor, be not thou united! for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall. 7 Cursed be their
Ungrateful and Cruel.
anger, for it was fierce: and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
Dt. 32: 6 Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee? 15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
2 Ch. 24: 22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it.
Ps. 35: 11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. 12 They rewarded me evil for good, to the spoiling of my soul. 13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. 14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother. 15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not: 16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.-41: 9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. -74: 20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.
Pr. 1: 11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: 13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: 15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: 16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
Ec. 9: 15 There was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city: yet no man remembered that same poor man.
Is. 1: 2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
Deceitful, and fond of Ensnaring.
Rom. 3: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood. 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways.
[See 68, 205, 467, 488, 511, 523, 689, 690, 734.]
702. Sinners deceitful, and inclined to flatter, and lay snares.
2 S. 15: 5 When any man came nigh to him, to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him. 6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
2 Ch. 24: 17 After the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them. 18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols.
Ps. 5: 9 There is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue. - 10: 7 His mouth is full of cursing, and deceit, and fraud.—12: 2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.-28: 3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbors, but mischief is in their hearts.
38: 12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long. -52: 2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.-64: 5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them? 6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep. 140: 5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the way side: they have set gins for me. -141: 9 Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity. 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape.
Pr. 7: 21 With the flattering of her lips she forced him. 11: 18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work. 12: 5 The counsels of the wicked are deceit. 20: 14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
Is. 29: 20 The scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: 21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought. - 66: 5 Hear the