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world (u) knoweth us not, (x) be- || law. And ye know that he s. 2. cause it knew him not. Beloved, I was manifested to (d). take away

now are we the sons of God; our sins; and in him is no and it doth not yet appear what sin. Whosoever (e) abideth in 6. we () shall be: but we know him (f) sinneth not : whosoever that, when (z) he shall appear, we sinneth, hath not (g) seen him,

shall be like (a) him ; for we shall neither known him. Little chil. 7. 3. see (6) him as he isAnd every dren, let no man deceive you:

man that hath this hope in him, he that doeth righteousness, is

purifieth (c) himself even as he righteous even as he is (b) righte4. is pure. Whosoever committeth ous. He that committeth sin, is 8.

sin transgresseth also the law : | of the devil ; for the devil sinneth for sin is the transgression of the from the beginning. For this

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(u)“ Knoweth,” i.e. countenanceth, “ with a shout, with the voice of the arch. favoureth, sheweth no attachment to. “ angel and with the trump of God : and The word is used in nearly the same sense " the dead in Christ shall rise first : then Ps. i. 7. “ The Lord knoweth the way of “ we which are alive and remain, shall “ the righteous," i. e. favours it, makes “ be caught up together with them in it secure.

“ the clouds, to meet the Lord in the (x) “ Because," &c. So John xv. 19. « air : and so shall we ever be with the our Saviour says to his disciples, “ If ve “ Lord.” So Philipp. iii. 20, 21. be " were of the world, the world would says, “ Our conversation is in heaven, “ love his own : but because ye are not || « from whence also we look for the "! of the world, but I have chosen you “ Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who “ out of the world, therefore the world “ shall change our vile body, that it may « hateth you."

“ be fashioned like unto his glorious (y) “ Shall be," i.e. what further pri “ body.” Again, Col. ii. 4. he says, vileges we shall have.

“ when Christ, who is our life, shall () “ When he shall appear," pro. | “ appear, then shall ye also appear bably alluding to his ex.pected appear. “ with him in glory." See also 2 Pet. ance at that great periodi so often men. iii. 10.-Rom. viii. 18. post, and see tioned as “ the coming, “ “ the appear ante 30, note on Luke xxxii. I find Dr. “ ance,” “ the day of the Lord." See Benson 'supposes the apostles might ante 25, note on Rom. xiii. 11.

think the destruction of the world and (a) “ Like him.” It is very possible the end of the world would come to St. John and the other disciples might so || pass at or near the same period. Beefar have formed a wrong notion of the son's Introduct. xxix. nature of Christ's approaching appear (6) “ See,” &c. i. e, perhaps, have as 5.2. ance, as to expect that his faithful fol perfect knowledge as sight ordinarily lowers would at that time be singularly gives. See note on 1 Cor. xiii. 12. post, glorified, and perhaps, taken up into hea. (c) “Purifieth," &c. i. e, endeavours 9.3 ven : and a mistake in this respect, so to purify—“ as he," i e. God, far from impeaching the epistles, seems (d) “ Take away," i.e. to remove o.s. to furnish a strong argument as to the || the penal consequences of the past, and time when they wers: written, viz. before to restrain us from sinning in future. the destruction of Jerusalem : after that (e) “Abideth in," i. e. adheres sted. v.6. event their expe&tation would be cor. | fastly to rected, and they "ould no longer be un. ll (0) “ Sinneth not." Takes care to 0.6 der this mistaké. Thus, i Thess. iv. commit no sin. 15, &c. St. Paul says, “ We which are (8) “ Not seen him," &c. i. e. not to n.6. " alive and rema in" (as if he expected it any purpose. whilst some of tl sem rer ained alive before (6) • Is rightcous," &c. i.e. endea- . that generation should have passed away) vours to be perfect in righteousness; no “ unto the con ring of the Lord, shall not one can be considered as “ doing righte. “ prevent ther n which are asleep : for the || ~ ousness" who does not aim at this “ Lord himself shall descend from heaven ll perfection.

purpose the Son of God was maa | elect (c). Behold, I have told you 25. nifested, that he might (i) de- || before. Wherefore if they shall 26. stroy the works of the devil. say unto you, Behold, he is in

the desert; go not forth : Behold, The Gospel. Matt. xxiv. 23.

he is in the secret chambers; be

lieve it not. For as the light- 27. Then (k) if any man shall say ning () cometh out of the east,

unto you, “ Lo, here is Christ,“ and shineth even unto the west; 14. or “ there;" believe it not. For so shall also the coming of the

there shall arise false (1) Christs, Son of man be. For (9) wherefo- 28. and false prophets, and shall shew ever the carcase is, there will the great signs (m) and wonders ; in eagles be gathered together. Im- 29. somuch (n) that, if it were pos. mediately after the tribulation sible, they shall deceive the very of those days shall the (r) sun be

0.8. () “ To destroy," &c. i. e. to re

form mankind; according to Tit. ii. 14. “ to purify to himself a peculiar people,

“ zealous of good works." 23. (b) “ Then,” &c. This is part of

our Saviour's noted prophecy in answer to the question “ when the temple “ should be destroyed, and what should

“ be the sign of his coming." 24. (1) “ False Christs.” Many impos.

tors, according to the Jewish historian Josephus, did accordingly appear before the destruction of Jerusalem, before the siege and during it. Their appearing at this time, and having followers, is an argument that there was then a general expectation of the Messiah's coming. This refers to those who appeared during the siege of Jerusalem; he had noticed the

appearance of others before it in v.5. 1. 24. (m) “Great signs." A miracle is not

necessarily a proof that the doer has God's approbation. God may sanction a miracle from an impostor, to try men's faith. Thus, Deutr. xiii. 1, 2, 3: Moses says, “ if there arise among you a pro. “phet, and he giveth thee a sign or a “ wonder, and the sign or the wonder “ cometh to pass, whereof he spake

unto thee, saying, let us go after

other gods, thou shalt not hearken “ unto the words of that prophet, for " the Lord your God proveth you, to “ know whether you love the Lord “ your God with all your heart.” Some. thing may depend upon the character of the miracle, and the doctrine, &c. it is

brought forward to sanction. 24. (n) • Insomuch that,” &c. The

rendering may be,“ in order to de“ceive,” and then it only implies what

was the object of the signs, &c. without importing that they were to be so ex. traordinary as to be likely to accomplish the object.

(0) "" The very elect," i.e. the most v. 24. faithful Christians, those who had most Il manfully withstood all temptation, opposition, and persecution.

( “ As the lightning," &c. i. e, as v. 27. the lightning is not confined to place, not stationary, not waiting that any one may come to look at it, but extends in a moment from one end of heaven to the other, so the Son of man's coming shall not be confined to place, &c. he shall not be the object of sight, he shall be seen only by his effects, and those ef. fects shall occur wherever his adversaries are.

(9) Wheresoever,” &c. i.e. as cer. v. 28. tainly as the eagle or vulture will find out a dead carcase, so certainly will the instruments of the Messiah's vengeance find out his enemies. Job gires this character of the eagle, “ where the slain “ are, there is she." Job xxxix. 30. It is observable too, that the Roman armies were in this instance the instruments of God's vengeance, and their ensign was an eagle.

(r) “ The sun shall be darkened." v.29. In prophetic language great commotions, &c. on earth are represented by coinmotions, &c. in heaven, and the overthrow, &c. of earthly potentates by defects, &c. in the lights of heaven. In antient hieroglyphics the sun, moon, and stars stood for states, potentates, kings, &c. When God was foretelling by Isaiah the destruction of Babylon, Isaiah xiii. g. he says, “ Behold the day of the Lord

darkened, and the moon shall not
give her light, and the stars shall SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY, or the
fall from heaven, and the

Third Sunday before Lent.

powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

The Collect. 30. and then shall appear the sign (s)

of the Son of man in heaven : O LORD, we beseech thee fa and then shall all the tribes (t) of vourably to hear the prayers o the earth mourn, and they shall || thy people; that we, who are see the Son of man coming (u) in | justly punished for our offences,

the clouds of heaven with power may be mercifully delivered by 31. and great glory. And he shall thy goodness, for the glory of

send (x) his angels with a great thy Name, through Jesus Christ sound of a trumpet ; and they our Saviour, who liveth and shall gather together his elect || reigneth with thee and the Holy from the four winds, from one Ghost, ever

one God, world end of heaven to the other.

without end. Amen.

" cometh, cruel both with wrath and
“ fierce anger, to lay the land desolate,
" and he shall destroy the sinners thereof

out of it. For the stars of heaven and
the constellations thereof shall not give
their light, the sun shall be darkened in
þis going forth, and the moon shall not

cause þer light to shine," &c, So Joel ii. 31. speaking prophetically of the destruction of Jerusalem, says,

" the sun “ shall be turned into darkness, and the k moon into blood, before the great and “ the terrible day of the Lord come.” See also Ezek. xxxii. 7, 8.-Dan. viii.

10. v. 30.

(s) “ The sign,” &c. The vengeance will

prove that he was the Messiah. .0 30.

(t) “ The tribes of the earth,” i. e.
the adversaries of Christ's religion; the
unbelieyers, the men of this world.

(u) “ Coming in the clouds of hea
ven :" not literally, but figuratively :
with as strong marks of his power as if
he came visibly riding in the clouds.
Daniel, speaking prophetically of the
Messiah, Dan, vii. 13. says, “one like the
“ Son of Man came with the clouds of
heaven :" and, with reference to this
prophecy, one of the names by which the
Messiah was spoken of before the time
of our Saviour was Anani, which signifies
the clouds; and, when in answer to the
question, whether he were the Christ the
Son of God? our Saviour told the high
priest that he was ; he added, that they
should “ see the Son of Man sitting at
“ the right band of Power, and coming
in the clouds of heavin.Matt. xxvi. 63
to 66. Mark xiv. 62. Coming in the clouds

was perhaps never applied but to God, or to signify divine power. In Ps. xviii

. 10. it is said that God “ rode upon the che. “ rubims, and did fly; he came flying

upon the wings of the wind ;" and Ps. civ. 3. that he maketh “ the clouds “ his chariot, and walketh upon the “ wings of the wind."

(x) “ Shall send,” &c. not, perhaps, literally, but he shall as effe&tually provide for their preservation, as if he did. It is supposed that not a single Christian perished in these times. Our Saviour had cautioned them, Matt. xxiv. 15. to flee as soon as they should see the abomination of desolation (i. e. the Roman ensigns) standing in (or about the holy place; or, as St. Luke expresses it, Luke xxvi. 20. when they should see Jerusalem compassed with armies. Jeru. salem was first besieged by Gallus; but he raised the siege, and the Christians all took the opportunity, and fed; so that when it was afterwards besieged by Titus, there was not one Christian re. maining in it. 1,100,000 Jews perished in Jerusalem, 97,000 were taken prisoners, and 247,490 perished elsewhere. The preservation of the Christians had been foretold, Joel ji, 32. “ And it shall

come to pass, that whosoever shall call

on the name of the Lord shall be de. “ livered : for in Mount Zion, and in “ Jerusalem, shall be deliverance, “ Lord hath said, and in the remnant “ whom the Lord shall call." See a very able reading on this prophecy, 2 Porteus's Lectures, 166, 199, Lec: tures 19 and 20.

v. 30,

as the

The Epistle. Cor. ix. 24. (y) ll that (a) beateth the air : but I 27. Know ye not that they which keep under my body, and bring run in a race run all, but one re it into subjection ; lest that by

ceiveth the prize ? So run, that any means, when I have preached 15. ye may obtain. And every man || to others, I myself should be a

that striveth for the mastery is cast-away.
temperate in all things. Now
they do it to obtain a corruptible

The Gospel. Matt. xx. I. crown; but we an incorruptible. | The (6) kingdom of heaven is :6. I therefore so run, not as uncer || like (c) unto a man that is an

tainly (2); so fight I, not as one householder, which went out

() St. Paul presses upon the Corin. spake this parable, which he concludes, thian converts exertion and self-denial, « so the last shall be first,” &c. as if by reminding them how much they un

that were the position he was meaning to der went to endeavour to succeed in their establish. He might mean, that in after games, where however one only could be times, the exertions, sufferings, &c. of successful, and where the crown or prize, others, in the cause of Christianity, when obtained, was nothing to what might be such as to entitle them to as would ultimately be conferred upon the great rewards as the first apostles, or faithful servants of Christ. The Isthmian that persons who became converts at an games were celebrated near Corinth; so advanced period of their lives, and had that the Corinthians would peculiarly feel | not had an earlier opportunity, if they

the force of this species of argument. then exerted themselves to the utmost, .26 (2) “ Uncertainly." To a Christian, || might be entitled to the same rewards as

who strives to the utmost, success is persons converted younger; but the chief certain : in a race, as one only can suc. point seems to have been to convince ceed, many who strive to the utmost must them, that God was to apportion the fail,

reward, and not man, and that it was :26. (a) One that beateth the air," whose man's duty to be thankful for what was

blow fails, is evaded by the opponent. given to him, without looking jealously In the Christian warfare no exertion can upon what was given to others. This is be thrown away.

one proof of our Saviour's sincerity. An 0.1. (b) “ The kingdom of heaven," i.e. impostor would rather raise the expecta.

God's dispensation under the gospel. tions of his followers than depress them. 0.2. (c) “ Like,” &c. The objects of this Another object of the parable might be,

parable seem to have been, to check to let the Gentiles know, that if they
Peter for having asked, Matt. xix. 27. embraced Christianity, and endured with
“ what they should have for having for. firmness the dangers and difficulties it
" saken all and followed our Saviour," to might bring upon them, they, who had
prevent extraordinary expectations in the | been so long in a state of spiritual idle.
first converts, and to let them know that ness, because they had not received the
God alone was to apportion to each man benefits of revelation, and were there-
his reward, that the lowest he would fore in an unbired state, might receive
give would be to the utmost as much as the same advantages from it as the Jews,
any one could claim, and that he was not who had been so long God's people and
to be questioned if one appeared to have servants, and that the Jews would have
a greater proportion of reward than an no right to complain, or to be envious,
other. Our Saviour had indeed told him, if God did allow the Gentiles those ad-
that when he “ should sit in the throne of vantages. According to Rom. ix. 15.
“ his glory, they should sit upon twelve God is entitled to have mercy on whom
" thrones, judging the twelve tribes

" he will have mercy, and to have com" of Israel," &c. See ante 60. Matt. " passion on whom he will have comxix. 28. But he added, that " many « passion." If God gives to every man " that were first should be last, and the to the full as much as he has a right to, " last should be first.” And then he (and he gives -much more), no one is

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had received it, they murmured 2. bourers into his vineyard. And against the good man of the when he had agreed with the house, saying,

" These last have labourers for a penny a-day, he “ wrought but one hour, and 3. sent them into his vineyard. And " thou hast made them equal

he went out about the third hour, unto us, which have borne and saw others standing idle in " the burden and heat of the

the market-place, and said unto “ day.” But he answered one 4. them, “Go ye also into the vine- of them, and said, “Friend, I

" yard; and whatsoever is right, “ do thee no wrong: didst not “ I will give you.” And they “ thou agree with

with me for a 5. went their way. Again he went penny? Take that thine is, and

out about the sixth and ninth go thy way: I will give unto 6. hour, and did likewise. And 56 this last even as unto thee. Is

about the eleventh hour he went 6 it not lawful for me to do what out, and found others standing " I will with mine own? Is thine idle, and saith unto them, “Why eye (d) evil because I am

“ stand ye here all the day idle?" good ?” So the last shall be 7. They say unto him, “ Because first, and the first last : for many

no man hath hired us." He be called, but few chosen. saith unto them, “Go ye also “ into the vineyard ; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye

SEXAGESIMA SUNDAY, or the Second 8. " receive." So when even was

Sunday before Lent. come, the lord of the vineyard

The Collect. saith unto his steward, “ Call the

O LORD God, who seest that “ labourers, and give them their “ hire, beginning from the last

we put not our trust in any thing 9. unto the first." And when

that we do; Mercifully grant, that by thy power we may

be they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received

defended against all adversity,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 10. every man a penny. But when

Amen. the first came, they supposed that they should have received more;

The Epistle. 2 Cor. xi. 19. (e) and they likewise received every Ye suffer (f) fools gladly, see. 11. man a penny. And when they

And when they | ing ye yourselves are wise. For

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entitled to call him to account, if he
gives to some more than their due. Ac.
cording to Luke xvii. 10. the doctrine
of our Saviour is, that “ when we have
“ done all things which are commanded
“us, we are still unprofitable servants;
“ we have only done what it was our duty
“ to do." Whatever reward, therefore,
God gives us, is matter of favour, for
which we ought to be thankful: we
have no right to complain because he
gives others more than us.

(d) “ Evil,"i.e."envious," “ good," i.e. liberal.

(e) From the conduct of some false teachers, St. Paul thought himself constrained to state his own pretensions : but his apologies shew how contrary it was to his inclination.

() "Fools," &c. It was perhaps a proverb, that the wise can hear with pa“ tience what fools do :" they are above being annoyed by it, and the meaning here may be, you have too much sense to

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