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that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be 17 established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the
church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee
that are without law. 1 Co. ix, 19, 20, 21. thren, ye know how that a good while ago Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, God made choice among us, that the Gentiles and one convert him, let him know that he by my mouth should hear the word of the which converteth the sinner from the error of Gospel, and believe; now therefore why tempt his way shall save a soul from death, and ye God to put a yoke upon the neck of the shall hide a multitude of sins. Ja. v. 19, 20. disciples, which neither our fathers nor we Ye wives, be in subjection to your own hus- were able to bear? Ac. xv. 6, 7. 10. I have bands; that if any obey not the word, they judged already. In the name of our Lord also may without the word be won by the Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, conversation of the wives. 1 Pe. iii. 1. and my spirit, with the power of our Lord
16 That in the mouth of two or three wit- Jesus Christ, to deliver such an one (the incer nesses. One witness shall not testify against tuous person) unto Satan for the destruction any person, to cause him to die. Nu. xxxv, of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in 30. At the mouth of two witnesses, or three the day of the Lord Jesus. I Co. t. 4. 5. witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be Dare any of you, having a matter against put to death; but at the mouth of one witness another, go to law before the unjust, and not he shall not be put to death. De. xvii. 6. before the saints? Do ye not know that the One witness shall not rise up against a man saints shall judge the world? And if the for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy that he sinneth ; at the mouth of two wit- to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not nesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, that we shall judge angels? how much wore shall the matter be established. De. xix. 15. things that pertain to this life? If then ye And there came in two men, children of Belial, have judgments of things pertaining to this and sat before him (Naboth); and the men of life, set them to judge who are least esteemed Belial witnessed against him, even against in the church. 1 Co. vi. 1-4. Sufficient to Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, “such a man" ("the incestuous person") is Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. this punishment which was inflicted of many. 1 Ki. xxi. 13. It is written in your law, that So that contrariwise, ye ought rather to farthe testimony of two men is true. John viii. give him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such 17. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall an one should be swallowed up with orerevery word be established. 2 Co.xiii. 1. Against much sorrow. 2 Cor. ii. 6, 7. I wrote into an elder receive not an accusation, but before the church : but Diotrephes, who loveth to two or three witnesses. 1 Ti. v. 19. He have the pre-eminence among them, receiveth that despised Moses' law, died without mercy, us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will rememunder two or three witnesses. He. x. 28. ber his deeds which he doeth, prating against There are three that bear record in heaven, us with malicious words : and not content the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; therewith, neither doth he himself receive the and these three are one. And there are three brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the and casteth them out of the church. 3 Jahr water, and the blood; and these three agree in ix. 10. one. 1 John v. 7, 8. I will give power unto Let him be unto thee.] Now I beseech my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a you, brethren, mark them which cause divithousand two hundred and threescore days, sions and offences contrary to the doctrine clothed in sackcloth. Re. xi. 3.
which ye have learned, and avoid them. For 17 Tell it unto the church.] In those days, they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus when the number of the disciples was multi- Christ, but their own belly, and by good plied, there arose 'a murmuring of the Gre- words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of cians against the Hebrews, because their the simple. Ro. xvi. 17, 18. See grecesh widows were neglected in the daily ministra- com. I wrote unto you in an epistle, not to tion. Then the twelve called the multitude of company with fornicators; yet not altogether the disciples unto them, and said, It is not with the fornicators of this world, or with the reason that we should leave the word of God covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; and serve tables; wherefore, brethren, look for then must ye needs go out of the world. ye out among you seven men of honest report, But now I have written unto you not to keep full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we company, if any man that is called a brolher may appoint over this business. Ac. vi. 1-3. be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, er The apostles and elders came together for to a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; With consider of this matter (circumcision); and such an one no not to eat. For what have I. when there had been much disputing, Peter do to judge them also that are without! Do rose up, and said unto them, Men and bre- not ye judge them that are within. But
as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, 18 Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and.. whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as 19
them that are without God judgeth. There- prove them. Ep. v. 11. For it is a shame fore put away from among yourselves that even to speak of those things which are done wicked person. I Co. v. 9-13. Now we of them in secret. Ep. v. 12. command you, brethren, in the name of our A publican.) See chap. v. 46.; xi. 19-21. Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw your. 31, 32. Then drew near all the publicans selves from every brother that walketh disor- and sinners for to hear him. Lu. xv. l. I derly, and not after the tradition which he thank thee (prayed the Pharisee) that I am received of us. And if any man obey not our not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, word, by this epistle note that man, and have adulterers, or even as this publican. Lu, xviii. no company with him, that he may be 11. And behold, there was a man named ashamed, vet count him not as an enemy. but Zaccheus, which was the chief among the admonish him as a brother. 2 The. iii. 6. 14, publicans, and he was rich. And he sought 15. Perverse disputings of men of corrupt to see Jesus, who he was, and could not for minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing the press, because he was little of stature. that gain is godliness; from such withdraw Lu. xix. 2, 3. thyself. 1'Ti. vi. 5. If there come any unto 18 Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth.] See you and bring not this doctrine, receive him chap. xvi. 19. And they (the apostles) wrote not into your house, neither bid him God letters by “them" (" Paul and Barnabas ") speed. For he that biddeth him God speed after this manner, The apostles and elders is partaker of his evil deeds. 2 John X. 11. and brethren, send greeting unto the brethren * An heathen man.] See chap. vi. 7. And which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and the children of Israel which were come again Syria and Cilicia. Forasmuch as we have out of captivity, and all such as had separated heard, that certain which went out from us themselves unto them from the filthiness of have troubled you with words, subverting the heathen of the land, to seek the Lord God your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, of Israel, did eat, and kept the feast of unlea- and keep the law, to whom we gave no such vened bread seven days with joy. Ezr. vi. 21. commandment; it seemed good unto us, Ye shall know that I am the Lord, for ye being assembled with one accord, to send have not walked in my statutes, neither exe- chosen men unto you with our beloved Barcuted my judgments, but have done after the nabas and Paul, men that have hazarded their manners of the heathen that are round about lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. you. Ez. xi. 12. Be ye not unequally yoked We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who together with unbelievers : for what fellow- shall also tell you the same things by mouth: ship hath rigliteousness with unrighteousness? for it seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to and what communion hath light with dark- us, to lay upon you no greater burden than ness? and what concord hath Christ with these necessary things; that ye abstain from Belial ? or what part hath he that believeth meats offered to idols, and from blood, and with an infidel ? and what agreement hath from things strangled, and from fornication; the temple of God with idols ? for ye are the from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do temple of the living God; as God hath said, well. Fare ye well. So when they were disI will dwell in them, and walk in trem; and missed, they came to Antioch; and when I will be their God, and they shall be my they had gathered the multitude together, people; wherefore, come out from among they delivered the epistle, which when they them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and had read, they rejoiced for the consolation. touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive Ac. xv. 23-31. To the angel of the church vou. 2 Co. vi. 14-17. I cease not to give in Philadelphia write, These things saith he thanks for you, making mention of you in my that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, key of David, he that openeth and no man the Father of glory, may give unto you the shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth; Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the know- I know thy works ; behold, I have set before ledge of him. The eyes of your understand- thee an open door, and no man can shut it; ing being enlightened, that ye may know for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept what is the hope of his calling, and what the my word, and hast not denied my name. riches of the glory of his inberitance in the Re. iji. 7, 8. saints; and what is the exceeding greatness 19 That if two of you shall agree, &c.] See of his power to us-ward, who believe accord- chap. v. 24. ; vii. 7. What things soever ye ing to the working of his mighty power. desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive Ep. i. 17-19. Have no fellowship with the them, and ye shall have them. Mar. xi. 24. unfruitful works of darkness, but rather re- If ye abide in me, and my words abide in
touching any thing that they shall ask; it shall be done for them of 20 my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are
gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be man availeth much. Ja. v. 14, 15, 16. And done unto you. I have chosen you and or- "these" (my “two witnesses") are the two dained you, that ye should go and bring forth olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that before the God of the earth, and if any man whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their name, he may give it you. John xv. 7. 16. mouth, and devoureth their enemies, and if “ These all” (“the disciples") continued with any man will hurt them, he must in this one accord in prayer and supplication with manner be killed; these have power to shut the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, heaven that it rain not in the days of their and with his brethren. Ac. i. 14. And prophecy; and have power over waters to when the day of Pentecost was fully come, turn them to blood, and to smite the earth they were all with one accord in one place; with all plagues, as often as they will. Re and suddenly there came a sound from heaven xi. 4, 5, 6. as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all It shall be done for them.] Whatsoever ye the house where they were sitting. Ac. ii. shall ask in my name, that will I do; that the 1, 2. When “they" ("the church of Christ'') Father may be glorified in the Son, if ye shaft heard “that" ("what the chief priests and ask any thing in my name, I will do it. Joke elders had said, threatening Peter and John"), xiv. 13, 14. In that day (after Christ's rethey lifted up their voice to God with one surrection and ascension) ye shall ask me accord, and said, Lord thou art God, which nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my all that in them is. Now, Lord, behold their name, he will give it you. John xvi. 23. Se threatenings, and grant unto thy servants that chap. xxi. 22. with all boldness they may speak thy word, 20 Two or three are gathered together] by stretching forth thine hand to heal, and The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, not that signs and wonders may be done by the a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shilot name of thy holy child, Jesus! And when come, and unto him shall the gathering of the they had prayed, the place was shaken where people be. Ge. xlix. 10. The same day (that they were assembled together; and they were Mary Magdalene had seen the Lord) at evenall filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake ing, being the first day of the week, when the the word of God with boldness. Ac. iv. 24. doors were shut where the disciples were 29. 30, 31. But we will give ourselves conti- assembled, for fear of the Jews, came Jesus nually to prayer, and to the ministry of the and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, word (said the twelve apostles). Ac. vi. 4. Peace be unto you. And after eight days Peter was kept in prison : but prayer was again his disciples were within; and Thomas made without ceasing of the church unto God with them: then came Jesus, the doors beine for him. Ac. xii. 5. Take the helmet of shut, and stood in the midst, and said. Peace salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is be unto you. John xx. 19. 26. In the name the word of God, praying always with all of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered prayer and supplication in the spirit, and together, and my Spirit, with the power of watching thereunto with all perseverance and our Lord Jesus Christ (I have judged), to supplication for all saints; and for me that deliver such an one (the incestuous person) utterance may be given unto me, that I may unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, open my mouth boldly to make known the that the spirit may be saved in the day of mystery of the Gospel, for which I am an the Lord Jesus. 1 Co. v. 4, 5. Paul, and ambassador in bonds, that therein I may Sylvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ep. vi. the Thessalonians which is in God the Father, 18, 19, 20. I know that “this ” (“ Paul's and in the Lord Jesus Christ, grace be unto imprisonment at Rome") shall turn to my sal- you, and peace from God our Father and the vation through your prayer, and the supply of Lord Jesus Christ. 1 The. i. 1. Paul, a prithe Spirit of Jesus Christ. Phi. i. 19. Is any soner of Jesus Christ, &c. to our beloved sick among you ? Let him call for the elders Apphia, and Archippus our fellow-soldier, and of the church; and let them pray over him, to the church in thy house, grace to you, and anointing him with oil in the name of the peace, &c. Phi. 2, 3. Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save the There am I in the midst.) Lo, I am with sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if you alway (said Jesus to his disciples), even he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven unto the end of the world. Amen. Mat. him. Confess your faults one to another; and xxviii. 20. An altar of earth thou shalt make pray one for another, that ye may be healed. unto me (said the Lord to Moses), and shale The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous sacrifice thereon thy burnt-offerings, and thy
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother 21 sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith 22 unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until serenty times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened 23 unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
peace-offerings, thy sheep and thine oxen. evil with good. Ro. xii. 21, Be ye angry In all places where I record my name, I will and sin not; let not the sun go down upon come upto thee, and I will bless thee. Ex. your wrath. Let all bitterness, and wrath, IX. 24. I, saith the Lord, will be unto her and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be (Jerusalem) a wall of fire round about, and put away from you, with all malice; and be will be the glory in the midst of her. Zec. ii. kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving 3 Before Abraham was, I am, John viii. 58. one another, even as God for Christ's sake I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the hath forgiven you. Ep. iv. 26. 31, 32. Be Last. And what thou seest (said the voice to ye therefore followers of God as dear chilJohn) write in a book, and send it unto the dren. Ep. v. 1. Put on bowels of mercies, seven churches which are in Asia; unto forbearing one another, and forgiving one Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergaanother. If any man have a quarrel against mos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and any, even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. uato Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. And Col. iii. 13. I will therefore that men pray I turned to see the voice that spake with me; every where, lifting up holy hands, without and being turned, I saw seven golden candle- wrath and doubting. 1 Ti. ii. 8. sticks; and in the midst of the seven candle- 23 Is the kingdom of heaven, &c.] See sticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed chap. iii. 2. ; xiii. 24. 31. 33. 44, 45. 47. 52 with a garment down to the foot, and girt Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened about the paps with a golden girdle. Re. i. unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and 11, 12, 13." Unto the angel of the church of went forth to meet the bridegroom. Mat. Ephesus write, These things saith he that xxv. 1. holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who which would take account. After a long walketh in the midst of the seven candlesticks, time the Lord of those servants cometh and &c Re. ii. 1. I heard a great voice out of reckoneth with them. Mat. xxv. 19, &c. heaven, saying, Behold the tabernacle of God There was a certain rich man which had a is with men, and he will dwell with them: steward, and the same was accused unto him, and they shall be his people, and God himself that he had wasted his goods. And he called shall be with them, and be their God. Re. him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear wi. 3.
this of thee? Give an account of your stew 21 Till seven times ?] See ver. 15. If thy ardship, for thou mayest be no longer steward, brother trespass against thee, rebuke him, and Lu. xvi. 1, 2. A certain nobleman went into if he repent, forgive him; and if he trespass a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, against thee seven times in a day, and seven and to return. And he called his ten servants, times in a day turn again to thee, saying, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto I repent, thou shalt forgive him. Lu. xvii. them, Occupy till I come. And it came to
pass, that when he was returned, having re22 But, until seventy times seven. See ceived the kingdom, then he commanded chap. vi. 11-15. Let the wicked forsake his these servants to be called unto him, to whom Way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. he had given the money, that he might know And let him return unto the Lord, and he will how much every man had gained by trading. have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he Lu. xix. 12, 13. 15. So then every one of us will abundantly pardon. Is. ly. 7. Who is a shall give account of himself to God. Ro. xiv. Gred like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, 12. Judge nothing before the time, until the and passeth by the transgression of the rem- Lord come, who both will bring to light the hant of his heritage? He retaineth not his hidden things of darkness, and will make anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercymanifest the counsels of the hearts. And He will turn again; he will have compassion then shall every man have praise of God. upon us; he will subdue our iniquities : and 1 Co. iv. 5. For we must all appear before thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the judgment-seat of Christ, that every one the sea. Mi. vii. 18, 19. And when ye stand may receive the things done in his body acpraying, forgive, if ye have aught against any; cording to that he hath done, whether it be that your Father which is in heaven may good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror forgive you your trespasses; but if ye do not of the Lord, we persuade men ; but we are forgive, neither will your Father which is in made manifest unto God, and I trust also are heaven forgive your trespasses. Mar. xi. 25, made manifest in your consciences. 2 Co. v. 26. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome 10, 11.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, 25 which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had
not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and 26 children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The
servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord have 27 patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the Lord of that
servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave 28 him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of
24 Owed him.] There was a certain creditor our brethren, our children as their children; (said Jesus in a parable) who had two debtors, and lo, we bring into bondage our sons, and the one owed five hundred pence, and the our daughters to be servants, and some of our other fifty; and when they had nothing to daughters are brought into bondage already: pay, he frankly forgave them both. Lu. vii. neither is it in our power to redeem them : for 41, 42. Suppose ye (said Jesus) that those other men have our lands and vineyards. eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam And I said unto them (the nobles and rulers fell, and slew them, were sinners above all who exacted usury), We, after our ability, men that dwelt in Jerusalem ? I tell you, have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which Nay, but except ye repent, ye shall all like were sold unto the heathen, and will ye even wise perish. Lu. xiii. 4, 5. “He” (“ the sell your brethren ? or shall they be sold unto unjust steward") called every one of his us?' Then held they their peace, and found lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the nothing to answer. Ne. v. 5. 8. Thus saith first, How much owest thou unto my lord ? the Lord (to the Jews), Where is the bill of And he said, An hundred measures of oil. your mother's divorcement whom I have put And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit away? Or which of my creditors is it to whom down quickly and write fifty. Then said he I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquito another, And how much owest thou ? And ties have ye sold yourselves, and for your he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And transgressions is your mother put away. Is. he said unto him, Take thy bill and write 1. ). fourscore, &c. Lu. xvi. 5-7.
26 Have patience with me.] See verse 29. Ten thousand talents.] Then the chief of Tell me (said Jesus) which of them" ("* the the fathers, and princes of the tribes of Israel, debtors") will love him most (the creditor sko gave for the service of the house of God, of forgave them both)? Simon (the Pharisee) gold, five thousand talents, and ten thousand answered and said, I suppose that he to whom drams; and of silver, ten thousand talents, he forgave most. Lu. vii. 43. They (of and of brass, eighteen thousand talents, and Israel) being ignorant of God's righteousness, one hundred thousand talents of iron. 1 Ch. and going about to establish their own rightexxix. 7. () my God (said Ezra), I am ousness, have not submitted themselves unto ashamed. and blush to lift up my face to thee, the righteousness of God. Ro. X. 3. my God : for our iniquities are increased over 27 Moved with compassion. They (the our head, and our trespass is grown up unto Israelites) put away the strange gods from the heavens. Ezr. ix. 6. Mine iniquities among them, and served the Lord ; and his are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden soul was grieved for the misery of Israel. they are too heavy for me. Ps. xxxviii. 4. Ju, x. 16. Thou art a God ready to pardon, Innumerable evils have compassed me about, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so great kindness, and forsookest them not. Ne. that I am not able to look up; they are more ix. 17. He being full of compassion, forgave than the hairs of mine head, therefore my their iniquities, and destroyed them not; yea, heart faileth me. Ps. xl. 12. If thou, Lord, many a time turned he his anger away, and shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall did not stir up his wrath. Ps. lxxvii. 38. stand ? but there is forgiveness with thee, Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, that thou mayest be feared. Ps. cxxx. 3, 4. and plenteous in mercy unto all them that
25 Commanded him to be sold.] If thy call upon thee. Thou, O Lord, art a God brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, full of compassion, and gracions, longand be sold unto thee, thou shalt not compel suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. him to serve as a bond servant. Le. xxv. 39. Ps. Ixxxvi. 5. 15. The Lord is gracious; and There cried a certain woman of the wives of full of compassion, slow to anger, and of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, great mercy. Ps. cxlv. 8. How shall I give Thy servant my husband is dead, and thou thee up, Ephraim ? Howe shall I deliver thee, knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord, Israel? How shall I make thee as Admah! and the creditor is come to take unto him my How shall I set thee as Zeboim? Mine heart two sons to be bond-men. 2 Ki. iv. I. Now is turned within me, my repentings are our flesh (said Nehemiah) is as the flesh of kindled together. Ho. xi. 8.