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gospel of God, 2. (Which he had promised righteousness without works, 7. Saying, afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Blessed are they whose iniquities are for3. Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, given, and whose sins are covered. 8. which was made of the seed of David ac- Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will cording to the flesh; 4. And declared to be not impute sin. 9. Cometh this blessedness the Son of God with power, according to the then upon the circumcision only, or upon Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the uncircumcision also? for we say that the dead: 5. By whom we have received faith was reckoned to Abraham for rightgrace and apostleship, for obedience to the eousness. 10. How was it then reckoned? faith among all nations, for his name: 6. when he was in circumcision, or in uncirAmong whom are ye also the called of Jesus cumcision? Not in circumcision, but in unChrist: 7. To all that be in Rome, beloved of circumcision. 11. And he received the sign God, called to be saints: Grace to you and of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness peace from God our Father, and the Lord of the faith which he had yet being uncirJesus Christ. cumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 12. And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. 13. For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15. Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 16. Therefore it is of faith that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17. (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were: 18. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: 20. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21. And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22. And there fore it was imputed to him for righteousness. 23. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24. But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our LORD from the dead; 25. Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
Rom. 5:1. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
14. I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 15. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Rom. 3:20. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22. Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24. Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26. To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 27. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29. Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30. Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 31. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Rom. 4:1. What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2. For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth
Gal. 3:27. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on
Christ. 28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Eph. 2:14. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15. Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, eren the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16. And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17. And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
Col. 3:11. Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13. Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
See HEATHEN; STRANGERS. INSTANCES OF: Solomon, in his prayer, 1 Kin. 8:41. Paul, in recognizing devout heathen, Acts 13:16,26,42,43. Peter, Acts 10:34,35. Rulers of the synagogue at Antioch, permitting the Apostles to preach, Acts 13:5.
CATTLE, of the bovine species. Used for sacrifice, 1 Kin. 8:63. See HEIFER; OFFERINGS. Sheltered, Gen. 33:17. Stall-fed, Prov. 15:17.
Gilead adapted to the raising of, Num. 32: 1-4, and Bashan, Psa. 22:12; Ezek. 39:18; Amos 4:1.
See ANIMALS; BULL; BULLOCK; Cow; HEIFER; KINE; OFFERING.
CAUL. 1. Probably the upper lobe of the liver. Burnt with sacrifice, Ex. 29:13, 22; Lev. 3:4,10,15; 4:9; 7:4; 8:16,25; 9:10,19.
2. Netted caps, Isa. 3:18. CAUTION. See EXPEDIENCY; PRUDENCE. CAVALRY. Mounted on horses, Ex. 14:23; 1 Sam. 13:5; 2 Sam. 8:4; 1 Kin. 4:26; 2 Chr. 8:6; 9:25; 12:3; Isa. 30:16; 31:1; Jer. 4:29; Zech. 10:5; Rev. 9:16-18; on camels, 1 Sam. 30:17.
poses, Isa, 9:10. David's ample provision of, in Jerusalem, for the temple, 2 Chr. 1:15: 2:3,4. Furnished by Hiram, king of Tyre, for Solomon's temple, 1 Kin. 5:6-10; 9:11; 2 Chr. 2:16. Used in rebuilding the temple, Ezra 3:7; in David's palace, 2 Sam. 5:11; 1 Chr. 17:1; in Solomon's palace, 1 Kin. 7:2; for masts of ships, Ezek. 27:5; in purifications, Lev. 14:4,6,49-52; Num. 19:6.
FIGURATIVE: Psa. 72:16; 92:12; Isa. 2:13; 14:8; Jer. 22:7; Ezek. 31:3; Zech. 11:2. CEDRON. Called also KIDRON. Brook of, running S. under the eastern wall of Jerusalem, 1 Kin. 2:37; Neh. 2:15; Jer. 31:40. Idols destroyed on the banks of: By Asa, 1 Kin. 15:13; Josiah, 2 Kin. 23:6,12; Hezekiah, 2 Chr. 29:16.
Its channel changed by Hezekiah, 2 Chr. 32:4.
25. Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. 26. I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.
32. But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 33. But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 34. There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 35. And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. 36. But if any man think that he behaveth himself
CAUSE. See ACTIONS AT LAW. CAVE. Used as a dwelling: By Lot, Gen. 19:30; Elijah, 1 Kin. 19:9; Israelites, Ezek. 33-27; saints, Heb. 11:38. Place of refuge, Josh. 10:16-27; Judg. 6.2; 1 Sam. 13:6; 1 Kin. 18:4,13; 19:9,13. Burial place, Gen. 23:9-20; 25:9; 49:29-32; 50:13; John 11:38.
Of Adullam, 1 Sam. 22:1; 2 Sam. 23:13; 1 Chr. 11:15. En-gedi, 1 Sam. 24:3-8. CEDAR. Valuable for building pur
CELIBACY. Matt. 19:10. His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. 11. But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs which were made eunuchs of men: and here be eunuchs, which have made themsel 'es eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
1 Cor. 7:1. Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 7. For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. 8. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 9. But if they cannot contain, let them marry : for it is better to marry than to burn.
uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the
1 Cor. 9:5. Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
1 Tim. 4:1. 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; 2. Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3. Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
Rev. 14:1. And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. 4. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. with vs. 2-5.
CELLAR, for wine, 1 Chr. 27:27. Oil, 1 Chr. 27:28.
CENCHREA, a city of Corinth, Acts 18:18; Rom. 16:1.
CENSER. Used for offering incense, Lev. 16:12; Num. 4:14; 16:6,7,16-18.46; Rev. 8:3. For the temple, made of gold, 1 Kin. 7:50; 2 Chr. 4:22; Heb. 9:4. Those which Korah used were converted into plates, Num. 16:37-39. Used in idolatrous rites, Ezek. 8:11.
SYMBOLICAL: Rev. 8:3,5.
CENSORIOUSNESS. See UNCHARITABLENESS; SPEAKING, EVIL; CHARITABLE
charge of the soldiers who crucified Jesus,
Of the Roman Empire, by Cæsar, Luke 2:1-3 (R. V.].
CHAFF, Jer. 23:28. FIGURATIVE: Job 21:18; Psa. 1:4; 35:5; Isa. 5:24; 17:13; Dan. 2: 35; Hos. 13:3; Matt. 3:12; Luke 3:17. CHAINS. Used as ornaments. Worn by princes, Gen. 41:42; Dan. 5:7,29. Worn on ankles, Num. 31:50; Isa. 3:19; on the breastplate of high priest, Ex. 28:14; 39:15. As ornaments on camels, Judg. 8:26. A partition of, in the temple, 1 Kin. 6:21; 7:17.
Used to confine prisoners, Psa. 68:6; 149:8; Jer. 40:4; Acts 12:6,7; 21:33; 28:20; 2 Tim. 1:16. See FETTERS.
FIGURATIVE: Psa. 73:6; Prov. 1:9; Lam. 3:7; Ezek. 7:23–27; Jude 6; 2 Pet. 2:4; Rev. 20:1.
CHALCEDONY, a precious stone, Rev.
CHALCOL, called also CALCOL. Son of Nahor, 1 Kin. 4:31; 1 Chr. 2:6.
CHALDEA, the southern portion of Babylonia. Often used interchangeably with Babylon, as the name of the empire founded in the valley of the Euphrates. Abraham a native of, Gen. 11:28,31; 15:7. Founded by the Assyrians, Isa. 23:13. Character of its people, Hab. 1:6.
See BABYLON; CHALDEANS.
CHALDEANS, learned and wise men of the east, Dan. 1:4; 2:2; 4:7; 5:7; Jer. 50:35. CHALK, Isa. 27:9.
CHAMBERLAIN, an officer of a king, 2 Kin. 23:11; Esth. 1:10-15; 2:3-21; 4:4, 5; Acts 12:20; Rom. 16:23.
CHAMELEON, forbidden as food, Lev. CHAMOIS, a species of antelope, Deut. CHAMPAIGN, a flat, open country, Deut. 11:30.
CHAMPIONSHIP. Battles were decided by. INSTANCES OF: Goliath and David, 1 Sam. 17:8-53. Young men of David's and Abner's armies, 2 Sam. 2:14-17. Representatives of the Philistines' and David's armies, 2 Sam. 21:15-22.
CHANAAN. See CANAAN.
CHANCELLOR, a state officer, Ezra 4:
CENSUS. Numbering of Israel by Moses, Ex. 38:26; Num. 1; 3:14–43; 26; by David, 2 Sam. 24:1-9; 1 Chr. 21:1-8; 27:24.
CHANGE OF VENUE. Granted Paul,
A poll tax to be levied at each, Ex. 30:12-Acts 23:17-35. Declined by Paul, Acts. 25: 16; 38:26.
CHAPITER, head of a pillar, Ex. 36: 38; 1 Kin. 7:16-42; 2 Kin. 25:17; 2 Chr. 4:12, 13; Jer. 52:22.
CHARACTER. OF SAINTS: Attentive to Christ's voice, John 10:3,4; blameless and harmless, Phil. 2:15; bold, Prov. 28:1; contrite, Isa. 57:15; 66:2; devout, Acts 8:2; 22:12;
CENTURION. A commander of one hundred soldiers in the Roman army, Mark 15:44,45; Acts 21:32; 22:25,26; 23:17,23; 24:23. Of Capernaum, comes to Jesus in behalf of his servant, Matt. 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10. In
faithful, Rev. 17:14; fearing God, Mal. 3:16; Acts 10:2; following Christ, John 10:4,27; godly, Psa. 4:3; 2 Pet. 2:9; guileless, John 1: 47; holy, Deut. 7:6; 14:2; Col. 3:12; humble, Psa. 34:2; 1 Pet. 5:5; hungering for righteousness, Matt. 5:6; just, Gen. 6:9; Hab. 2:4; Luke 2:25; led by the Spirit, Rom. 8:14; liberal, Isa. 32:8; 2 Cor. 9:13; loathing themselves, Ezek. 20:43; loving, Col. 1:4; 1 Thess. 4:9; lowly, Prov. 16:19; meek, Isa. 29:19; Matt. 5:5; merciful, Psa. 37:26; Matt. 5:7; new creatures, 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:10; obedient, Rom. 16:19; 1 Pet. 1:14; poor in spirit, Matt. 5:3; prudent, Prov. 16:21; pure in heart, Matt. 5:8; 1 John 3:3; righteous, Isa. 60:21; Luke 1:6; sincere, 2 Cor. 1:12; 2:17; steadfast, Acts 2:42; Col. 2:5; taught of God, Isa. 54:13; 1 John 2:27; trúe, 2 Cor. 6:8; undefiled, Psa. 119:1; upright, 1 Kin. 3:6; Psa. 15:2; watchful, Luke 12:37; zealous of good works, Tit. 2:14.
GOOD: Prov. 22:1. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. Eccl. 7:1.
See RIGHTEOUS, DESCRIBED.
DEFAMATION OF, PUNISHED: Deut. 22:13. If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her, 14. And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid: 15. Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel's virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate. 16. And the damsel's father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her; 17. And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter's virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city. 18. And OF THE WICKED: Abominable, Rev. 21:8; the elders of that city shall take that man alienated from God, Eph. 4:18; Col. 1:21; and chastise him; 19. And they shall amerce blasphemous, Luke 22:65; Rev. 16:9; blinded, him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 4:18; boastful, Psa. 10:3; 49:6; them unto the father of the damsel, because conspiring against saints, Neh. 4:8; 6:2; Psa. he hath brought up an evil name upon a 38:12; corrupt, Matt. 7:17; Eph. 4:22; covet-virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; ous, Mic. 2:2, Rom. 1:29; deceitful, Psa. 5:6; he may not put her away all his days. Rom. 3:13; delighting in the iniquity of others, Prov. 2:14; Rom. 1:32; despising saints, Neh. 2:19; 4:2; 2 Tim. 3:3,4; destructive, Isa. 59:7; disobedient, Neh. 9:26; Tit. 3:3; 1 Pet. 2:7; enticing to evil, Prov. 1:10-14; 2 Tim. 3:6; envious, Neh. 2:10; Tit. 3:3; evildoers, Jer. 13:23; Mic. 7:3; fearful, Prov. 28: 1; Rev. 21:8; fierce, Prov. 16:29; 2 Tim. 3:3; foolish, Deut. 32:6: Psa. 5:5; forgetting God, Job 8:13; fraudulent, Psa. 37:21; Mic. 6:11; froward, Prov. 21:8; Isa. 57:17; glorying in their shame, Phil. 3:19; hard-hearted, Ezek. 3:7; hating the light, Job 24:13; John 3:20; heady and high-minded, Tim. 3:4; hostile to God, Rom. 8:7; Col. 1:21; hypocritical, Isa. 29:13; 2 Tim. 3:5; ignorant of God, Hos. 4:1; 2 Thess. 1:8; impudent, Ezek. 2:4; incontinent, 2 Tim. 3:3; infidel, Psa. 10:4; 14:1; loathsome, Prov. 13:5; lovers of pleasure, not of God, 2 Tim. 3:4; lying, Psa. 58:3; 62:4; Isa. 59:4; mischievous, Prov. 24:8; Mic. 7:3; murderous, Psa. 10:8; 94:6; Rom. 1:29; prayerless, Job 21:15; Psa. 53:4: persecuting, Psa. 69:26; 109: 16; perverse, Deut. 32:5; proud, Psa. 59:12; Obad. 3; 2 Tim. 3:2: rebellious, Isa. 1.2; 30:9; rejoicing in the affliction of saints, Psa. 35: 15; reprobate, 2 Cor. 13:5; 2 Tim. 3:8; Tit. 1: 16; selfish, 2 Tim. 3:2; sensual, Phil. 3:19; Jude, 19; sold under sin, 1 Kin. 21:20; 2 Kin. 17:17; stiff-hearted, Ezek. 2:4; stiff-necked, Ex. 33:5; Acts 7:51; uncircumcised in heart, Jer. 9:26; unclean, Isa. 64:6; Eph. 4:19; unjust, Prov. 11:7: Isa. 26:18; unmerciful, Rom. 1:31; ungodly, Prov. 16:27; unholy, 2 Tim. 3:2; unprofitable, Matt. 25:30; Rom. 3:12; unruly, Tit. 1:10; unthankful, Luke 6:35; 2 Tim. 3:2; untoward, Acts 2:40; unwise, Deut. 32:6. -Bible Text-Book.
See WICKED, DESCRIBED.
REVEALED IN COUNTENANCE: Isa. 3:9. The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. See COUNTENANCE; FACE.
FIRMNESS OF: Psa. 57:7. My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. Psa. 108:1; 112:7.
Matt. 10:22. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Mark 4:20. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
1 Cor. 7:20. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
2 Thess. 2:15. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word or our epistle.
2 Thess. 3:3. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
Heb. 10:23. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised :)
Heb. 13:9. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
Jas. 1:25. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
INSTANCES OF FIRMNESS: Joseph in resisting Potiphar's wife, Gen. 39:7-12; Pilate, John 19:22; Paul, Acts 20:22-24; 21:13,14.
See DECISION; STABILITY.
INSTABILITY OF: Prov. 24:21. My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: 22. For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
Prov. 27:8. As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
Jer. 2:36. Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria.
Hos. 6:4. O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. Hos. 7:8. Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.
sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
PHARAOH: Ex. 8:15. But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said. 32. And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.
Ex. 9:34. And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants.
Hos. 10:2. Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images. Ex. 14:5. And it was told the king of Matt. 13:19. When any one heareth the Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of word of the kingdom, and understandeth it Pharaoh and of his servants was turned not, then cometh the wicked one, and catch-against the people, and they said, Why have eth away that which was sown in his heart. we done this, that we have let Israel go from This is he which received seed by the way serving us? side. 20. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21. Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Mark 4:15-19; Luke 8:5-15.
Luke 9:59. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 61. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 62. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Matt. 8:19-22. Eph. 4:14. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
2 Pet. 2:14. Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin, beguiling unstable souls:
See INDECISION; INSTABILITY; DECISION; PERSEVERANCE; STABILITY.
INSTANCES OF INSTABILITY. REUBEN: Gen. 49:3. Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: 4. Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.
SOLOMON: 1 Kin. 11:4. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. 5. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. 7. Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. S. And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
ISRAELITES: Ex. 32:8. They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made thema molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
Judg. 2:17. And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so. 19. And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased Jas. 4:8. Draw nigh to God, and he will not from their own doings, nor from their draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye❘ stubborn way.
Jas. 1:6. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.