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11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in 12 it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when re 13 come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let
(said Jesus to his disciples) eating and drink. The stranger did not lodge in the street; b ing such things as they give, for the labourer I opened my doors to the traveller. Job in is worthy of his hire. Lu. x. 7. Have we 32. It came to pass, that he (Jesus) entered not power to eat and to drink? have we not into a certain village, and a certain woman power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well named Martha received him into her house. as other apostles, and as the brethren of the And she had a sister called Mary, which also Lord, and Cephas? Or I only and Barnabas, sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But have not we power to forbear working? I Co. Martha was cumbered about much servieg. ix. 4, 5, 6. See verse 9. Let him that is and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thea taught in the word communicate unto him not care that my sister hath left me to serve that teacheth in all good things. Be not de- alone? bid her therefore that she help me. ceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever And Jesus answered, and said unto hez, a man soweth that shall he also reap. Ga. vi. Martha, Martha, thou art careful about many 6, 7. Let the elders that rule well be counted things, but one thing is needful; and Mary worthy of double honour, especially they who hath chosen that good part, which shall not labour in the word and doctrine. For the be taken away from her. Lu. x. 38–42 Scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox And when they" ("the Jews") saw it (at that treadeth out the corn: and the labourer he, Jesus, visited Zaccheus the publican), they is worthy of his reward. 1 Ti. v. 17, 18. all murmured, saying, That he was gone to
11 Enquire who in it is worthy.] And be guest with a man that is a sinner. Ls. there came two angels to Sodom at even, and xix. 7. And when she (Lydia, a seller of Lot sat in the gate of Sodom. And Lot purple of Thyatira) was baptized, and be seeing them, rose up to meet them; and he household, she besought us (Paul and Tips bowed himself with his face toward the thy), saying, If ye have judged me to be ground. And he said, Behold now, my lords, faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, abide there. And she constrained us. Se and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and xvi. 15. After these things (his preaching ye shall rise up early and go on your ways. the living God to the Athenians' unkn) And he pressed upon them greatly, and they Paul departed from Athens, and came to turned in unto him, and entered into his Corinth, and found a certain Jew, named house. And he made them a feast, and did Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. Italy with his wife Priscilla (because that Ge. xix. 1, 2, 3. And behold, there came an Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart old man from his work out of the field at from Rome), and came unto them; and be even, which was also of Mount Ephraim, and cause he was of the same craft, he abode with he sojourned in Gibeah ; but the men of the them, and wrought: for by their occupation place were Benjamites. And when he had they were tent-makers. Ac. xviii. 1, 2, 3. lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man Because that for his name's sake they (the in the street of the city; and the old man Christian brethren) went forth, taking nothing said, Whither goest thou ? and whence comest of the Gentiles, we therefore ought to receive thou ? And he said unto him, We are pass- such, that we might be fellow helpers to the ing from Bethlehem-Judah toward the side of truth. 3 John 7, 8. Mount Ephraim, from thence am I; and I And there abide till ye go thence.] In what went to Bethlehem-Judah, but I am now place soever ye enter into an house, there going to the house of the Lord, and there is abide till ye depart from that place. Mar. no man that receiveth me to house. Yet vi. 10. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there is both straw and provender for our there abide, and thence depart. Lu. ix. 4. asses, and there is bread and wine also for In the same house remain, eating and drinkme and for thy handmaid, and for the young ing such things as they give, for the labourer man which is with thy servants: there is no is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to want of any thing. And the old man said, house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, Peace be with thee. Howsoever, let all thy and they receive you, eat such things as are wants lie upon me, only lodge not in the set before you. Lu. x. 7, 8. street. So he brought him into his house, 12 Salute it.] Into whatsoever house ye and gave provender unto the asses, and they enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And washed their feet, and did eat and drink. if the son of peace be there, your peace shall Ju. xix. 16–21. Arise, get thee to Zare- rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. phath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell Lu. x. 5, 6. The word which God sent uoto there : behold, I have commanded a widow the children of Israel, preaching peace by woman there to sustain thee. 1 Ki. xvii. 9. Jesus Christ; that word I say ye know, how
your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear 14 your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more 15
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the mise ; even thus be he shaken out and emptied. Holy Ghost, and with power, &c. Ac. X. And all the congregation said, Amen, and 36, 37, 38. Now then we are ambassadors for praised the Lord. Ne. v. 13. The Jews Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: stirred up the devout and honourable women, we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled and the chief men of the city, and raised perto God. 2 Co. v. 20. I trust I shall shortly secution against Paul and Barnabas, and exsee thee, and we shall speak face to face. pelled them out of their coasts. But they Peace be to thee; our friends salute thee. shook off the dust of their feet against them, Greet the friends by name. 3 John 14. and came unto Iconium. Ac. xiii. 50, 51.
13 Worthy.) As for me, when they were When Silas and Timotheus were come from sick my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, myself with fasting, and my prayer returned and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. into mine own bosom. Ps. xxxv. 13. If the And when they opposed themselves, and blasson of peace be “there" (" in the house where phemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto ye enter"), your peace shall rest upon it: if them, Your blood be upon your heads; I am not, it shall turn to you again. Lu. X. 6. clean: from henceforth I will go unto the We are unto God (said Paul) a sweet savour Gentiles. Ac. xviii. 5, 6. Wherefore I take of Christ in them that are saved, and in them you to record this day, that I am pure from that perish. To the one we are the savour the blood of all men. For I have not shunned of death unto death; and to the other, the to declare unto you all the counsel of God. savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient Ac. xx. 26, 27. for these things. 2 Co. ii. 15, 16.
15 Verily I say unto you.] See chap. v. 18. 14 Whosoever shall not receive you.] See and com. Verily I say unto you, this generaverses 40, 41. Whoso shall receive one such tion shall not pass till all these things be little child (of those converted and become as fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, little children) in my name, receiveth me. but my words shall not pass away. Mat. xxiv. Mat. xviii. 5. Whosoever shall not receive 34, 35. you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, It shall be more tolerable, &c.] It shall be shake off the dust under your feet for a tes- more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day timony against them. Verily I say unto you, of judgment than for you. And thou, Caper
It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Go- naum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt * morrha in the day of judgment than for that be brought down to hell: for if the mighty
city. Mar. vi. 11. Whosoever shall receive works which have been done in thee had been one of such children in my name, receiveth done in Sodom, it would have remained until me; and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth this day. But I say unto you, that it shall not me, but him that sent me. Mar. ix. 37. be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in And whosoever will not receive you, when ye the day of judgment than for thee. Mat. xi. go out of that city, shake off the very dust 22, 23, 24. As I live, saith the Lord God from your feet for a testimony against them. (to Jerusalem), Sodom, thy sister, hath not Whosoever shall receive this child (whom Jesus done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast took and set before him) in my name, receiveth done, thou and thy daughters. Behold, this me; and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom; pride, him that sent me; for he that is least among fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness you all, the same shall be great. Lu. ix. 5. was in her, and in her daughters : neither 48. Into whatsoever city ye enter, and they did she strengthen the hand of the poor receive you not, go your ways out into the and needy. And they were haughty, and streets of the same, and say, Even the very committed abomination before me; therefore dust of your city which cleaveth on us, we do I took them away as I saw good. Neither wipe off against you. Lu. X. 10, 11. He hath Samaria committed half thy sins ; but that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth thou hast multiplied thine abominations more me; and he that receiveth me, receiveth him than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all that sent me. John xiii. 20. He therefore thine abominations which thou hast done. that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, Thou also, which hast judged, bear thine own who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit. shame for thy sins that thou hast committed 1 Th. iv. 8.
more abominable than they. They are more Shake off the dust.] Also I shook my lap righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded (said Nehemiah), and said (to the usurers), So also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast God shake out every man from his house, and justified thy sisters. When I shall bring from his labour, that performeth not this pro- again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom
tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judge 16 ment, than for that city. Behold, I send you forth as sheep
in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and 17 harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you
and her daughters shall return to their former simplicity that is in Christ: Satan himself is estate; then thou and thy daughters shall re transformed into an angel of light. 2 Co. xi. turn to your former estate. For thy sister 3. 14. See then that ye walk circumspectly. Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in not as fools, but as wise ; redeerning the time, the day of thy pride. Ex. xvi. 48–56. because the days are evil. Wherefore, be ye Verily I say unto you, it shall be more toler- not unwise, but understanding what the will able for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of of the Lord is. Ep. v. 15, 16, 17. Por this judgment than for that city. Mar. vi. 11. cause we also, since the day we heard it, do Be ye sure of this (said Jesus), that the kingnot cease to pray for you, and to desire that dom of God is come nigh unto you (the city ye might be filled with the knowledge of his that receivest not the disciples). But I say will, in all wisdom and spiritual understand, unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in ing. Col. i. 9. Walk in wisdom toward them that day for Sodom than for that city (which that are without, redeeming the time, Col.iv. . should not receive his disciples). Lu. x. 11, And harmless as doves.] See preced.com 12. If I had not come and spoken to them, We have sent with "him" (" Titus") the they had not had sin : but now they have no brother, whose praise is in the Gospel, throughcloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth out all the churches. Avoiding this, that no my Father also: and if I had not done among man should blame us in this abundance them the works which none other man did, which is administered by us. 2 Co. viii. they had not had sin: but now have they 18. 20. Do all things without murmuring both seen and hated both me and my Father and disputings: that ye may be blameless and John xv. 22, 23, 24.
harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, ia In the day of judgment.] I say unto you the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, (said Jesus), that every idle word that men among whom ye shine as lights in the world. shall speak, they shall give account thereof in Phi. ii. 14, 15. Ye are witnesses, and God the day of judgment. Mat. xii. 36. The also, how holily, and justly, and unblameably, Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of we behaved ourselves among you that believe. temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto 1 The. ii. 10. Abstain from all appearance of the day of judgment to be punished. 2 Pe. evil. I The. v. 22. Now I beseech you, ii. 9. The heavens and the earth which are brethren, mark them which cause divisions, now, by the same word are kept in store, and offences contrary to the doctrine which reserved unto fire against the day of judgment, ye have learned, and avoid them; for they and perdition of ungodly men. 2 Pe. iii. 7. that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christy Herein is our love made perfect, that we may but their own belly; and by good words, and have boldness in the day of judgment; because fair speeches, deceive the hearts of the simple. as he is, so are we in this world. I John For your obedience is come abroad unto all iv. 17.
men; I am glad therefore on your behalt 16 As sheep in the midst of wolves.] Go Ro. xvi. 17, 18. Our rejoicing is this, the your way; behold, I send you forth as testimony of our conscience, that in simplilambs among wolves. Lu. X. 3. I know city and godly sincerity, not with fleshly this (said Jesus), that after my departing shall wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had grievous wolves enter in among you, not our conversation in the world, and more abunsparing the flock. Ac. xx. 29.
dantly to you-ward. 2 Co. i. 12. Wise as serpents. Now the serpent was 17 Beware of men.] Trust ye not in 3 more subtile than any beast of the field which friend, put ye not confidence in a guide : keep the Lord God had made. What is this that the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thou hast done ? (said the Lord to Eve.) And thy bosom. Mi. vii. 5. Take heed to yourthe woman said, The serpent beguiled me, selves, for they shall deliver you up to counand I did eat. Ge. iii. i. 13. I will give cils; and in the synagogues ye shall be you a mouth and wisdom, which all your beaten; and ye shall be brought before rulers adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor and kings for my sake, for a testimony against resist. Lu. xxi. 15. I would have you wise them. Mar. xiii. 9. When there was an unto that which is good, and simple concern assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of ing evil. Ro. xvi. 19. Brethren, be not chil- the Jews, with their rulers, to use them de dren in understanding; howbeit in malice be spitely, and to stone them, “they" ("Paul ye children, but in understanding be men. I and Barnabas") were ware of it, and fled unto Co. xiv, 20. I fear, lest by any means, as the Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so the region that lieth round about. Ae. xlv. your minds should be corrupted from the 5, 6, And then (when the people were stirred
up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; . And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, 18
up by the Jews of Thessalonica), immediately ye done this (the cure of the impotent man)? the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were Ac. iv. 6, 7. Then went the captain with the to the sea ; but Silas and Timotheus abode officers, and brought them (the apostles) there still. Ac. xvii. 14. When it was day, without violence (for they feared the people, certain of the Jews banded together, and lest they should have been stoned). Ac. v. bound themselves " under a curse". (" with 26. And Paul earnestly beholding the counan oath of erecration"), saying, That they cil, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in would neither eat nor drink, till they had all good conscience before God until this day. killed Paul. And they were more than forty And the high priest Ananias commanded them which had made this conspiracy. And when that stood by him to smite him on the mouth. Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, Ac. xxiii. 1, 2. he went and entered into the castle, and told Councils.] See chap. v. 22. Paul. Then Paul called one of the centurions S courge you in their synagogues.] And unto him,' and said, Bring this young man (the Scribes) shall deliver him to the Gentiles, unto the chief captain. So the chief captain to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him ; then (having discovered the conspiracy), let and the third day he shall rise again. Mat. the young man depart, and charged him, See xx. 19. Behold, I send unto you prophets, thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these and wise men, and Scribes; and some of them things to me. Ac. xxiii. 12, 13. 16, 17. 22. ye shall kill, and crucify; and some of them Of the Jews (said Paul) five times received I shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and perforty stripes save one; thrice was I beaten secute them from city to city. Mat. xxiii. 34. with rods, once was I stoned ; thrice I suf- It shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to fered shipwreck; a night and a day I have be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to been in the deep. In journeyings often, in lie down, and to be beaten before his face, perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils according to his fault, by a certain number, by mine own countrymen, in perils by the Forty stripes he may give him, and not exheathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the ceed, lest if he should exceed, and beat him wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils above these with many stripes, then thy broamong false brethren. 2 Co. xi. 24, 25, 26. ther should seem vile unto thee. De. xxv. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, be- 2, 3. When they had called the apostles and ware of the concision. Phi. iii. 2. Alexander beaten them, they commanded that they the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord should not speak in the name of Jesus, and reward him according to his works. Of whom let them go. Ac. v. 40. They know (said be thou ware also, for he hath greatly with- Saul to Jesus, who appeared to him) that I stood our words. 2 Ti. iv. 14, 15.
imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them For they will deliver.] See preced. com. that believed on thee. Ac. xxii. 19. And I Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, punished them oft in every synagogue (said and shall kill you; and ye shall be hated Paul in the presence of Agrippa), and comof all nations for my name's sake. And then pelled them to blaspheme, and being exshall many be offended, and shall betray one ceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them another, and shall hate one another. Mat. even unto strange cities. Ac. xxvi. 11. Of xxiv. 9, 10. When they bring you unto the the Jews five times received I forty stripes synagogues, and unto magistrates and powers, save one ; thrice was I beaten with rods; once take ye no thought how or what thing ye was I stoned ; thrice I suffered shipwreck ; shall answer, or what ye shall say. Lu. xii. a night and a day I have been in the deep. ll. Before all these (fearful sights and great 2 Co. xi. 24, 25. Others (of the excellent persigns from heaven), they shall lay their hands sons of old time) had trials of cruel mockings on you, and persecute you, delivering you up and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and to the synagogues, and into prisons, being imprisonment. He. xi. 36. brought before kings and rulers for my name's 18 Be brought before governors.] Lord, sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. how are they increased that trouble me. La xxi. 12, 13. They shall put you out of the Many are they that rise up against me. Many synagogues; yea, the time cometh, that who- there be which say of my soul, there is no soever killeth you will think that he doeth help for him in God. But thou, O Lord, art God service. John xvi. 2. And Annas the a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my Alexander, and as many as were of the voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. kindred of the high priest, were gathered I laid me down and slept ; I waked, for the together at Jerusalem. And when they had Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of set them (Peter and John) in the midst, they ten thousands of people, that have set them. asked, By what power, or by what name have selves against me round about. Ps. iii. 1-6.
19 for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they
deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak : for 20 it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For
Then came one and told them (the chief thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say. priests), saying, Behold, the men (the apostles) Lu. xii. 11. Settle it therefore in your hearts, whom ye put in prison are standing in the not to meditate before what ye shall answer. temple, and teaching the people. Then went For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, the captain with the officers, and brought which all your adversaries shall not be able to them, without violence (for they feared the gainsay nor resist. Lu. xxi. 14, 15. people lest they should have been stoned), Take no thought.] See chap. vi. 25. 31. and when they had brought them, they set 34. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask them before the council. Ac. v. 25, 26, 27. Now of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and about that time that Agabus prophesied a upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. dearth), Herod the king stretched forth his Ja. i. 5. hands to vex certain of the Church. And he It shall be given.) Go, and I will be with killed James, the brother of John, with the thy mouth (said God to Moses), and teach thee sword. And because he saw it pleased the what thou shalt say. And thou shalt speak anto Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. “ him” (“ Pharaoh "), and put words in his Ac. xii. 1, 2, 3. And when he had appre- mouth. And I will be with thy mouth, and with hended him, he put him in prison, and deli- his mouth, and will teach you what ve shall do. vered him to four quaternions of soldiers to Ex. iv. 12. 15. The Lord said unto me (said keep him. Ac. xii. 4. See Ac. xxiv. and Jeremiah), Say not I am a child; for thou xxvi. At my first answer (when withstood by shalt go to all that I shall send thee. And Alexander the coppersmith) no man stood whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. with me; but all men forsook me: I pray Be not afraid of their faces; for I am with God that it may not be laid to their charge. thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. Then Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and the Lord put forth his hand and touched my strengthened me, that by me the preaching mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Put my might be fully known: and that all the Gen- words in thy mouth. Je. i. 7, 8, 9. Shadrach, tiles might hear. And I was delivered out of Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered, and said the mouth of the lion. 2 Ti. iv. 16, 17. to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not
For a testimony against them.] See chap. careful to answer thee in this matter. If it viii. 4. Be not thou ashamed of the testimony be so, our God whom we serve is able to deof our Lord, nor of his prisoners; but be thou liver us from the burning fiery furnace, and partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel, ac- he will deliver us out of thine hand, 0 king. cording to the power of God. 2 Ti. i. 8. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, I, John, who also am your brother and com- that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship panion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and the golden image which thou hast set up patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that Da. ii. 16, 17, 18. Then Peter, filled with is called Patmos, for the word of God and for the Holy Ghost, said unto them (Annas the the testimony of Jesus Christ. Re. i. 9. high priest, Caiaphas, &c. &c.), Ye rulers of And when he (the Lamb) had opened the fifth the people and elders of Israel, if we this day seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them be examined of the good deed done to the imthat were slain for the word of God, and for potent man, by what means he is made whole, the testimony which they held. Re. vi. 9. be it known unto you all, and to all the people When they" (" the two witnesses) shall have of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ finished their testimony, the beast that as- of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God cendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make raised from the dead, even by him doth this war against them, and shall overcome them, man stand here before you whole. This is and kill them. Re. xi. 7.
the stone which was set at nought of you 19 When they deliver you up.] When they builders, which is become the head of the shall lead you and deliver you up, take no corner. Neither is there salvation in any thought beforehand what ye shall speak, nei- other, for there is none other name under ther do ye premeditate ; but whatsoever shall heaven given among men, whereby we must be given you in that hour, that speak ye; for be saved. Now when they saw the boldness it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. of Peter and John, and perceived that they Now the brother shall betray the brother to were unlearned and ignorant men, they mardeath, and the father the son; and the chil- velled ; and they took knowledge of them, dren shall rise up against their parents, and that they had been with Jesus. And beholdshall cause them to be put to death. Mar. ing the man which was healed standing with xiii. 11, 12, 13. When they bring you unto them, they could say nothing against it. de the synagogues and unto magistrates and iv. 8-14. Then Peter and the other apostles powers, take ye no thought, how or what (being commanded by the high priest not a