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A. D. 31. shall be likened unto a foolish man, some thirty, ver. 23. But that on which built his house upon the sand : the good ground are they, which in And the rain descended, and the floods an honest and good heart, having came, and the winds blew, and beat heard the word, keep it, and bring upon that house; and it fell: and great forth fruit with patience, Luke viii. 15. was the fall of it, Matt. vii. 26, 27. b Then Isaac sowed in that land, They on the rock are they, which, and received in the same year an when they hear, receive the word with hundredfold : and the LORD blessed joy; and these have no root, which him, Gen. xxvi. 12. Herein is my for a while believe, and in time of Father glorified, that ye bear much temptation fall away, Luke viii. 13. fruit; so shall ye be my disciples, Whom we preach, warning every man, John xv. 8. But the fruit of the Spirit and teaching every man in all wisdom; is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, that we may present every man per- gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, fect in Christ Jesus, Col. i. 28. Root temperance: against such there is no ed and built up in him, and stablished law, Gal. v. 22, 23. Being filled with in the faith, as ye have been taught, the fruits of righteousness, which are abounding therein with thanksgiving, by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and ii. 7.
praise of God, Phil. i. 11. VER. 7.
VER. 9. "Αλλα δε έπεσεν επί τας ακάνθας, και
“Ο έχων ώτα ακούειν, άκουέτω. ανέβησαν αι άκανθαι, και απέπνιξαν αυτά.
Who a hath ears to hear, let him hear. And some fell a among thorns; and
a See parallels on ver. 13. chap. xi. the thorns sprung up and choked them: a He also that received seed among
VER. 10. the thorns is he that heareth the Και προσελθόντες οι μαθηται, είπον word; and the care this world, and | αυτώ· Διατί εν παραβολαίς λαλείς αυτούς και the deceitfulness of riches, choke the And the disciples came, and said unto word, and he becometh unfruitful, him, a Why speakest thou unto them in ver. 22. For thus saith the LORD parables ? to the men of Judah and Jerusa- a And when he was alone, they that lem, Break up your fallow ground, were about him with the twelve asked and sow not among thorns. Circum- of him the parable, Mark iv. 10. And cise yourselves to the Lord, and take with many such parables spake he the away the foreskins of your heart, ye word unto them, as they were able to men of Judah and inhabitants of Je- hear it. But without a parable spake rusalem: lest my fury come forth like he not unto them: and when they fire, and burn that none can quench were alone, he expounded all things it, because of the evil of your doings, to his disciples, 33, 34. Jer. iv. 3, 4. And these are they
VER. 11. which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of | δέδοται γνώναι τα μυστήρια της βασιλείας
ο δε αποκριθείς, είπεν αυτοίς: “Οτι υμίν this world, and the deceitfulness of Tão ougavấv, éxelvois dè ou dédotal. riches, and the lusts of other things
He answered and said unto them, entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful, Mark iv. 18, 19. the b mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,
a Because it is given unto you to know VER. 8.
but to them it is not given. "Αλλα δε έπεσεν επί την γήν την καλήν,
a At that time Jesus answered rai ididou xaptain, ở pès exatòr, ö di itn- and said, I thank thee, O Father, κοντα, και δε τριάκοντα.
Lord of heaven and earth, because But other fell into a good ground, band thou hast hid these things from the brought forth fruit, some an hundred-wise and prudent, and hast revealed fold, some sixtyfold, some thirtufold. them unto babes. Even so, Father: for
a But he that received seed into the so it seemed good in thy night, Matt. good ground is he that heareth the xi. 25, 26. And Jesus answered and word, and understandeth it; which said unto him, Blessed art thou, Sialso beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, mon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood
an hundredfold, some sixty, bath not revealed it unto thee, but my
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Father which is in heaven, xvi. 17. nor ear heard, neither have entered Good and upright is the LORD: there- into the heart of man, the things fore will he teach sinners in the way. which God bath prepared for them The meek will he guide in judgment : that love him. But God hath revealed and the meek will he teach his way, them unto us by bis Spirit: for the Ps. xxv.8,9. The secret of the LORD Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the is with them that fear him; and he deep things of God, 1 Cor. ii
. 9, 10. will shew them his covenant, 14. The For who maketh thee to differ from meek also shall increase their joy in another ? and what hast thou that the Lord, and the poor among men thou didst not receive? now if thou shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel, | didst receive it, why dost thou glory, Isa. xxix. 19. And an highway shall be as if thou hadst not received it ? iv.7. there, and a way, and it shall be called, If any of you lack wisdom, let him The way of holiness; the unclean shall ask of God, that giveth to all men not pass over it ; but it shall be for liberally, and upbraideth not; and it those: the wayfaring men, though shall be given him, Jam. i. 5. Do fools, shall not err therein, xxxv. 8. not err, my beloved brethren. Every And he said unto them, Unto you it good gift and every perfect gift is is given to know the mystery of the from above, and cometh down from kingdom of God: but unto them that the Father of lights, with whom is no are without, all these things are done variableness, neither shadow of turnin parables, Mark iv. 11. And he said, ing. Of his own will begat he us Unto you it is given to know the with he word of truth, that we should mysteries of the kingdom of God: but be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures, to others in parables; that seeing they 16—18. But the anointing which might not see, and hearing they ye have received of him abideth in might not understand, Luke viii. 10. you, and ye need not that any man And she had a sister called Mary, teach you : but as the same anointwhich also sat at Jesus' feet, and ing teacheth you of all things, and is heard his word. But Martha was cum- truth, and is no lie, and even as it bered about much serving, and came bath taught you, ye shall abide in to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not him, 1 John ii. 27. care that my sister hath left me to
b Now to him that is of power to serve alone? bid her therefore that she stablish you according to my goshelp me. And Jesus answered and pel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou according to the revelation of the art careful and troubled about many mystery, which was kept secret since things : But one thing is needful : and the world began, Rom. xvi. 25. But Mary hath chosen that good part, we speak the wisdom of God in a which shall not be taken away from mystery, even the hidden wisdom, her, X. 39—42. If any man will do which God ordained before the world his will, he shall know of the doctrine, unto our glory, 1 Cor. ii. 7. Let a whether it be of God, or whether I man so account of us, as of the mispeak of myself, John vii. 17. And a misters of Christ, and stewards of the certain woman named Lydia, a seller mysteries of God, iv. 1. And though of purple, of the city of Thyatira, I have the gift of prophecy, and unwhich worshipped God, heard us : derstand all mysteries, and all knowwhose heart the Lord opened, that ledge and though I have all faith, she attended unto the things which so that I could remove mountains, were spoken of Paul, Acts. xvi. 14. and have not charity, I am nothing, These were more noble than those in xiii. 2. Behold, I shew you a mysThessalonica, in that they received | tery; We shall not all sleep, but we the word with all readiness of mind, shall all be changed, xv. 51. Having and searched the Scriptures daily, made known unto us the mystery of whether those things were so. There his will, according to his good pleafore many of them believed; also of bo- sure which he hath purposed in him. nourable women which were Greeks, self, Ephes. i. 9. This is a great mysand of men, not a few, xvii. 11, 12. , tery : but speak concerning Christ But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, and the Church, v. 52. And for me,
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A. D. 31. that utterance may be given unto me, hath shall be taken away from him' that I may open my mouth boldly, to xix. 24–26. Every branch in me make known the mystery of the gos- that beareth not fruit he taketh away : pel, vi. 19. Even the mystery which and every branch that beareth fruit, hath been hid from ages and from he purgeth it, that it may bring forth generations, but now is made manifest more fruit. Now ye are clean through to his saints : To whom God would the word which I have spoken unto make known what is the riches of the you. Abide in me, and I in you. As glory of this mystery among the Gen- the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, tiles; which is Christ in you, the hope except it abide in the vine ; no more of glory, Col. i. 26, 27. That their can ye, except ye abide in me. I am hearts might be comforted, being knit the vine, ye are the branches : He together in love, and unto all riches that abideth in me, and I in him, the of the full assurance of understanding, same bringeth forth much fruit : fot to the acknowledgment of the mys- without me ye can do nothing, Joha tery of God, and of the Father, and xv. 245. of Christ, ii. 2. Holding the mystery
b Therefore say I unto you, The king. of the faith in a pure conscience, dom of God shall be taken from you, 1 Tim. iii. 9. And without contro- and given to a nation bringing forth versy great is the mystery of godli- the fruits thereof, Matt. xxi. 43. What ness: God was manifest in the flesh, could have been done more to my justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, vineyard, that I have not done in it? preached unto the Gentiles, believed Wherefore, when I looked that it on in the world, received up into should bring forth grapes, brought it glory, 16.
forth wild grapes? And now go to; VER. 12.
I will tell you what I will do to my vine"OCTIS gàę ixes, debhottai avto, xai yard: I will take away the hedge thereπερισσευθήσεται» όστις δε ουκ έχει, και 3 of, and it shall be eaten up; and break έχει, αρθήσεται απ' αυτού.
down the wall thereof, and it shall be For a whosoever hath, to him shall be trodden down ; And I will layit waste; given, and he shall have more abren there shall come up briers and thorns :
it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but dance : but whosoever hath not, from I will also command the clouds that bhim shall be taken away even that he hath.
they rain no rain upon it. For the a For unto every one that hath vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the shall be given, and he shall have house of Israel, and the men of Judah abundance : but from him that hath his pleasant plant: and he looked for not shall be taken away even that judgment, but behold, oppression ; for which he hath, Matt. xxv. 29. And righteousness, but behold a cry, Isa. v, he saith unto them, Take heed what 4-7. What shall therefore the Lord ye hear: with what measure ye mete, of the vineyard do? He will come it shall be measured to you : and unto and destroy the husbandmen, and you that hear shall more be given. will give the vineyard unto others, For he that hath, to him shall be Mark xii. 9. But one thing is needgiven : and he that hath not, from ful: and Mary hath chosen that good ħim shall be taken even that which part, which shall not be taken away be hath, Mark, iv. 24, 25. Take heed from her, Luke x. 42. But God said therefore how ye hear: for whosoever unto him, Thou fool, this night thy bath, to him shall be given; and who soul shall be required of thee: then soever hath not, from him shall be whose shall those things be, which taken even that which he seemeth to thou hast provided ? So is he that have, Luke viii. 18. And he said unto layeth up treasure for himself, and is thein that stood by, Take from him not rich toward God, xii. 20, 21. the pound, and give it to him that And he called him, and said unto hath ten pounds. (And they said him, How is it that I hear this of unto him, İord, he hath ten pounds.) thee? give an account of thy stewardFor I say unto you, That unto every ship; for thou mayest be no longer One which hath shall be given; and steward, xvi. 2. But Abraham said, froin him that hath not, even that he Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime
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receivedst thy good things, and like- | not ? and do ye not remember? Mark wise Lazarus evil things : but now he viii. 17, 18. And this is the condemis comforted, and thou art torment nation, that light is come into the ed, 25. Remember therefore from world, and men loved darkness rather whence thou art fallen, and repent, than light, because their deeds were and do the first works; or else I will evil. For every one that doeth evil come unto thee quickly, and will re- hateth the light, neither cometh to the move thy candlestick out of his place, light, lest bis deeds should be reprovexcept thou repent, Rev. ii. 5.
Ied, John iii. 19, 20. And Jesus said, know thy works, that thou art neither For judgment I am come into this cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold world, that they which see not might or hot. So then because thou art see; and that they wbich see might lukewarm, and neither cold nor bot, be made blind. And some of the PhaI will spue thee out of my mouth, risees which were with him heard iii. 15, 16.
these words, and said unto him, Are VER. 13.
we blind also ? Jesus said unto them, Διά τούτο έν παραβολαίς αυτούς λαλώ, | If ye were blind, ye should have no ότι βλέποντες ου βλέπουσι, και ακούστες Tore your sin remaineth, ix. 39-41.
sin : but now ye say, We see; thereουκ ακούουσιν, ουδε συνιούσι.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to Therefore speak I to them in para. them that are lost: In whom the god of bles : a because they seeing see not; and this world hath blinded the minds of hearing they hear not, neither do they them which believe not, lest the light understand.
of the glorious gospel of Christ, who a But blessed are your eyes, for they is the image of God, should shine see: and your ears, for they hear, unto them, 2 Cor. iv. 3, 4. Matt. xiii. 16. The great temptations
VER. 14. which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles : Yet the τεία Ησαΐου, η λέγουσα: 'Ακοή ακούσετε,
Και αναπληρούται επ' αυτούς και προφηLORD bath not given you an heart to
και ου μή συνήτε και βλέποντες βλέψετε, perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to
xai ou un monts. hear, unto this day, Deut. xxix. 3, 4. and look, ye blind,
And in them a is fulfilled the prothat ye may see.
Who is blind, but phecy of Esaias, which suith, By hearing my servant? or deaf, as my messen- ye
shall hear, and shall not understand ; ger that I sent? who is blind as he and seeing ye shall see, and shall not that is perfect, and blind as the Lord's perceive : servant? Seeing many things, but a And he said, Go, and tell this peothou observest not; opening the ears, ple, Hear ye indeed, but understand but he heareth not, Isa. xlii. 18—-20. not; and See ye indeed, but perceive They have not known nor understood : not. Make the heart of this people for he hath shut their eyes, that they fat, and make their ears heavy, and cannot see; and their hearts, that they shut their eyes; lest they see with cannot understand, xliv. 18. Hear their eyes, and hear with their ears, now this, O foolish people, and with and understand with their heart, and out understanding; which have eyes, convert, and be healed, Isa. vi. 9, 10. and see not; which have ears, and That seeing they may see, and not hear not, Jer. v. 21. Son of man, perceive; and hearing they may hear, thou dwellest in the midst of a re- and not understand ; lest at any time bellious house, which have eyes to they should be converted, and their see, and see not; they have ears to sins should be forgiven them, Mark hear, and hear not : for they are a iv. 12. And he said, Unto you it is rebellious house, Ezek. xii. 2. And given to know the mysteries of the when Jesus knew it, he saith unto kingdom of God: but to others in pathem, Why reason ye, because ye rables; that seeing they might not have no bread ? perceive ye not yet, see, and bearing they might not unneither understand ? have ye your derstand, Luke viii. 10. Therefore heart yet hardened? Having eyes, they could not believe, because that see ye not? and having ears, hear ye Esaias said again, He hath blinded
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their eyes, and hardened their heart; | hear, Zech. vii. 11. Why do ye not that they should not see with their understand my speech? even because eyes, nor understand with their heart, ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of and be converted, and I should heal your father the devil, and the lusts of them, John xii. 39,40. And when they your father ye will do. He was a agreed not among themselves, they murderer from the beginning, and departed, after that Paul had spoken abode not in the truth, because there one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost is no truth in him. When he speakby Esaias the prophet unto our fa- eth a lie, he speaketh of his own : thers, saying, Go unto this people, for he is a liar, and the father of it, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and John viii. 43, 44. Then they cried shall not understand ; and seeing ye out with a loud voice, and stopped shall see, and not perceive : For the their ears, and ran upon him with one heart of this people is waxed gross, accord, Acts vii. 57. And they shall and their ears are dull of hearing, and turn away their ears from the truth, their eyes have they closed ; lest and shall be turned unto fables, 2 they should see with their eyes, and Tim. iv. 4. Of whom we have many hear with their ears, and understand things to say, and hard to be uttered, with their heart, and should be con- seeing ye are dull of hearing, Heb. verted, and I should heal them, Acts xxviii. 25—27. (According as it is c For the Lord hath poured out upwritten, God hath given them the on you the spirit of deep sleep, and spirit of slumber, eyes that they should hath closed your eyes: the prophets not see, and ears that they should not and your rulers, the seers hath he cohear;) unto this day. And David vered. And the vision of all is besaith, Let their table be made a snare, come unto you as the words of a book and a trap, and a stumblingblock and that is sealed, which men deliver to a recompence unto them: Let their one that is learned, saying, Read this, eyes be darkened, that they may not I pray thee : and he saith, I cannot ; see, and bow down their back alway, for it is sealed : And the book is deRom. xi. 8–10. But their minds were livered to him that is not learned, blinded : for until this day remaineth saying, Read this, I pray thee : and the same vail untaken away in the he saith, I am not learned, Isa. xxix. reading of the Old Testament; which 10–12. He feedeth on ashes : a vail is done away in Christ. But even deceived heart hath tumed him aside, unto this day, when Moses is read, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor the vail is upon their heart, 2 Cor. iii. say, Is there not a lie in my right 14, 15.
hand? xliv. 20. And with all deceiv
ableness of unrighteousness in them VER. 15.
that “perish ; because they received 'Etraxusón gàp nagdía to da o toú- not the love of the truth, that they του, και τοίς ωσί βαρέως ήκουσαν, και τους | might be saved. And for this cause οφθαλμούς αυτών εκάμευσαν, μήποτε | God shall send them strong delusion, ideti toiç ópiangeois, nai rois asin éxou that they should believe a lie, 2 Thes. σωσι, και τη καρδία συνωσι, και επιστρέ- | ii. 10, 11. ψωσι, και ιάσωμαι αυτούς.
d Repent ye therefore, and be conFor this people's a heart is waxed gross; out, when the times of refreshing shall
verted, that your sins may be blotted and their bears are.dull of hearing, and ctheir eyes they have closed ; lest at any Acts iii. 19. In meekness instructing
come from the presence of the Lord, time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should under those that oppose themselves; if God stand with their heart, d and should be peradventure will give them repentconverted, and I should heal them.
ance to the acknowledging of the
truth; And that they may recover a Their heart is as fat as grease; but themselves out of the snare of the deI delight in thy law, Psal. cxix. 70.
vil, who are taken captive by him at But they refused to hearken, and his will, 2 Tim. ii. 25, 26. pulled away the shoulder, and stop- • I have seen his ways, and will ped their ears, that they should not | heal him: I will lead him also, and