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and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels d 37 heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, s 38 shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days
that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying
God), are kept in store, reserved unto fire I will come on thee as a thief, and thou stels against the day of judgment, and perdition of not know what hour I will come upon thes ungodly men. 2 Pe. iii. 7.
- Re. iii. 3. Behold, I come as a thief; bleed My words shall not pass away.] God is not is he that watcbeth and keepeth his partes a man that he should lie, neither the son of lest he walk naked, and they see his skaan man that he should repent. Hath he said, Re. xvi. 15. and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, 37 As the days of Noe, &c.] See Gees and shall he not make it good? Nu. xxiii. 19. vi. and vii. throughout. Hast then markal The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the the old way which wicked men hese trodden! soul : the testimony of the Lord is sure, mak- which were cut down out of time, whose foon ing wise the simple. Ps. xix. 7. My cove- dation was overflown with a food stida nant will I not break, nor alter the thing that said unto God, Depart from us; and o n is gone out of my lips. Ps. lxxxix. 34. the Almighty do for them? Job zri la Every word of God is pure : he is a shield 17. And as it was in the days of No unto them that put their trust in him. Pr. shall it be also in the days of the Son * xxx. 5. The grass withereth, the flower they did eat, they drank, they married ris fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand they were given in marriage, until tires for ever. Is. xl. 8. So shall my word be that Noe entered into the ark, and the that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not came and destroyed them all. Lu. Til return unto me void, but it shall accomplish 27. By faith, Noe being warned of God that which I please, and it shall prosper in things not seen as yet, moved with fext. the thing whereto I sent it. Is. lv. ll. Paul, pared an ark to the saving of his house, a servant of God, in hope of eternal life, which the which he condemned the world, and God, that cannot lie, promised before the came heir of the righteousness which 3* world began, to Titus, mine own son after faith. He. xi. 7. By which (“Spirit" ** the common faith, &c. Tit. i. 1, 2, &c. The quickened Christ) also he went and prestat word of the Lord endureth for ever. And unto the spirits in prison, which this is the word which by the gospel is were disobedient, when once the longest preached unto you. I Pe. i. 25. And unto ing of God waited, in the days of New the angel of the church of the Laodiceans, the ark was a preparing, wherein fer, the write, These things saith the Amen, the faith- eight souls, were saved by water. TK ful and true witness, the beginning of the figure whereunto, even baptism, det creation of God. Re. iii. 14.
save us, (not the putting away of the file 36 That day and hour knoweth no man. the flesh, but the answer of a good condott See verses 42. 44. Watch therefore, for ye toward God,) by the resurrection of de know neither the day nor the hour wherein Christ. 1 Pe. iii. 19, 20, 21. If God or the Son of man cometh. Mat. xxv. 13. But not the old world, but saved Noe, the esta it shall be one day which shall be known to person, a preacher of righteousness, he the Lord, not day nor night. But it shall in the flood upon the world : The La come to pass, that at eventime it shall be knoweth how to deliver the godly light. Zec. xiv. 7. But of that day and that temptations. 2 Pe. ii. 5. 9. For this hour knoweth no man; no, not the angels ("the scoffers") willingly are ignorant which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the by the word of God the heavens were Father. Mar, xiii. 32. It is not for you and the earth standing out of the water (said Jesus to his disciples) to know the times in the water ; whereby the world that or the seasons, which the Father hath put in was, being overflowed with water, perske his own power. Ac. i. 7. For yourselves 2 Pe. iii. 5, 6. know perfectly, that the day of the Lord so 38 They were eating, &c.] The set cometh as a thief in the night. 1 The. v. 2. God saw the daughters of men that they The day of the Lord will come as a thief in fair: and they took them wives of all the night; in the which the heavens shall pass they chose. Ge. vi. 2. And Abigaileak away with a great noise, and the elements Nabal, and behold he held a feast in his shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heater and the works that are therein, shall be burnt merry within him, for he was very drone up. 2 Pe. iii. 10. Remember therefore how wherefore she told him nothing less or thou hast received and heard, and hold fast until the morning light. But it came * and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, in the morning, when the wine was great
and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all 39 away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall 40
of Nabal, and his wife had told him “these have me excused. And another said, I have things" (" that David was pacified"), that his bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove heart died within him, and he became as a them; I pray thee have me excused. And stone. And it came to pass, about ten days another said, I have married a wife, and after, that the Lord smote Nabal that he died. therefore I cannot come. Lu. xiv. 18, 19, 20. 1 Sq. xxv. 36, 37, 38. And when he (the As it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be Egyptian) had brought “him” (“David”) also in the days of the Son of man: they did down, behold “they” (“the Amalekites,” of eat, they drank, they married wives, they whom he gave intelligence to David) were were given in marriage, until the day that spread abroad upon all the earth, eating, and Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came drinking, and dancing, because of all the great and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it spoil that they had taken out of the land of be in the day when the Son of man is rethe Philistines, and out of the land of Judah. vealed. Lu. xvii. 26–30. Take heed to And David smote them from the twilight even yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be unto the evening of the next day, and there overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, escaped not a man of them, save four hundred and cares of this life, and so that day come young men, which rode upon camels and fled upon you unawares. Lu. xxi. 34. Let us 1 Sa. xxx. 16, 17. In that day did the Lord walk honestly as in the day, not in rioting God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourn- and drunkenness, not in chambering and ing, and to baldness, and to girding with wantonness, not in strife and envying; but sackcloth: and behold joy, and gladness, slay- put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make ing oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts drinking wine : let us eat and drink, for to- thereof. Ro. xiji. 13, 14. But this I say, morrow we shall die. And it was revealed in brethren, the time is short. It remaineth mine ears by the Lord of hosts, Surely this that both they that have wives, be as though iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye they had none : and they that weep, as die, saith the Lord God of hosts. Is. xxii. though they wept not : and they that rejoice, 12, 13, 14. Behold, this was the iniquity of as though they rejoiced not: and they that thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, buy, as though they possessed not. And they and abundance of idleness was in her, and in that use this world, as not abusing it; for the her daughters; neither did she strengthen the fashion of this world passeth away. 1 Co. hand of the poor and needy, And they were vii. 29, 30, 31. haughty, and committed abomination before 39 Knew not until the flood came.] Therefore me; therefore I took them away as I saw speak I to them in parables ; because they good. Ez. xvi. 49, 50. Ye that put far away seeing, see not, and hearing, they hear not, the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to neither do they understand. And in them come near; that lie upon beds of ivory, and is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which stretch themselves upon their couches, and saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves not understand ; and seeing, ye shall see, and out of the midst of the stall; that chant to the shall not perceive. For this people's heart is sound of the viol, and invent to themselves waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hear, instruments of music like David ; that drink ing, and their eyes they have closed ; lest at wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the any time they should see with their eyes, and chief ointments, but they are not grieved for hear with their ears, and should understand the affliction of Joseph. Am. vi. 3–6. I with their heart, and should be converted, will say to my soul (said the rich man in the and I should heal them. Mat. xiii. 13, 14, parable), Soul, thou hast much goods laid up 15. And there came against Gibeah ten for many years, take thine ease, eat, drink, thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and and be merry. But if that (faithless) servant the battle was sore; but they knew not that say in his heart, My lord delayeth his com- evil was near them. Ju. xx. 34. They have mg, and shall begin to beat the men-servants, stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not and maidens, and to eat and drink, and be sick ; they have beaten me, and I felt it not, drunken; the Lord of that servant (said Jesus when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again. ta the parable) will come in a day when he Pr. xxiii. 35. If thou sayest, Behold, we looketh not for him, &c. Lu. xii. 19. 45, 46. know it not, doth not he that pondereth the And they all that were invited to the mar- heart consider it? And he that keepeth thy Tiage supper) with one consent began to make soul, doth not he know it? And shall he excuse; the first said unto "him" (the not render to every man according to his *** servant”) I have bought a piece of ground, works? Pr. xxiv. 12. The righteous conand I must needs go and see it ; I pray thee sidereth the cause of the poor, but the wicked
two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, 42 and the other left. Watch therefore : for ye know not what hour
regardeth not to know it. Pr. xxix. 7. Who swered and said unto “him". (" Jesus"), among you will give ear to this? Who will Where, Lord ? And he said unto them, hearken and hear for the time to come ? Is. Wheresoever the body is, thither will the xlii. 23. “ They" (" the idol makers ") have eagles be gathered together. La rrii. not known nor understood ; for “he" (" the 34–37. And one of the malefactors which Lord") hath shut their eyes, that they cannot were hanged (with Jesus), railed on hin, see; and their hearts, that they cannot un saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and derstand: and none considereth in his heart, us. And the other answering, rebuked hime, neither is there knowledge, nor understanding saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; art in the same condemnation! And we yea, also, I have baked bread upon the coals indeed justly; for we receive the due reward thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: of our deeds, but this man hath done nothing and shall I make the residue thereof an amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, reabomination? Shall I fall down to the stock member me when thou comest into thy kingof a tree? Is. xliv. 18, 19. And thine dom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I ay enemies, said Jesus to Jerusalem) shall lay unto thee, to-day shalt thou be with me in thee even with the ground, and they shall Paradise. Lu. xxiii. 39-43. For who not leave in thee one stone upon another; maketh thee to differ from another? And because thou knewest not the time of thy what hast thou that thou didst not receive! visitation. Lu. xix. 44. Every one that Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to glory, as if thou hadst not received it! Ia the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. iv. 7. If God spared not the old world, but John iii. 20. Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, saved Noah, the eighth person, a preacher of and perish : for I work a work in your days, righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the a work which ye shall in no wise believe, world of the ungodly, and turning the cities though a man declare it unto you. Ac. xiji. of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes : delivered 41. And even as they did not like to retain just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of God in their knowledge, God gave them over the wicked : the Lord knoweth how to de to a reprobate mind, to do those things which liver the godly out of temptations, and to are not convenient. Ro. i. 28. For this they reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of to be punished. 2 Pe. ii. 5, 6, 7. 9. God the heavens were of old, and the earth 40 Two women shall be grinding. And standing out of the water, and in the water. all the first-born in the land of Egypt shall 2 Pe. iii. 5.
die, from the first-born of Pharaoh that sittetti 40 The one shall be taken, &c.] And upon his throne, even unto the first-boru when “he" (" Manasseh”) was in afflic- the maid-servant that is behind the mill. Ex. tion, he besought the Lord his God, and xi. 5. Take the millstones and grind meal. humbled himself greatly before the God of Is. xlvii. 2. his fathers : and prayed unto him, and he 42 Watch therefore.] See chap. xxvi. sh. was entreated of him, and heard his suppli- Watch therefore ; for ye know neither the cation, and brought him again to Jerusalem, day nor the hour wherein the Son of man into his kingdom. So Manasseh slept with cometh. Mat. xxv. 13. My soul (said Jew his fathers, and they buried him in his own to his disciples) is exceeding sorrowful, even house: and Amon his son reigned in his unto death; tarry ye here and watch with me stead. But he did that which was evil in the And he went a little farther, and fell an his sight of the Lord, as did Manasseh his father; face and prayed, saying, O my Father, 1 for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved images be possible let this cup pass from me, deret which Manasseh his father had made, and theless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. Ama served them. And humbled himself not be- he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth fore the Lord, as Manasseh his father had them asleep. and saith unto Peter, WAS humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more could ye not watch with me one hour! wala and more : and his servants conspired against and pray, that ye enter not into temptation him, and slew him in his own house. 2 Ch. the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh xxxiii. 12-24. I tell you, in that night weak. Mat. xxvi. 38-41. Take ye her there shall be two men in one bed; the one watch and pray, for ye know not when shall be taken, and the other shall be left time is : for the Son of mar is as a me Two women shall be grinding together, the taking a far journey, who left his house, and one shall be takent, and the other left. Two gave authority to his servants, and to every men shall be in the field, the one shall be man his work ; and commanded the porter taken, and the other left. And they an- watch. Watch ye, therefore ; for ye know
your Lord doth come.' But know this, that if the goodman of the 43 house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye 44 think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and 45
not when the master of the house cometh ; when “they" (" the labourers who were first at even, or at midnight, or at the cock- kired to work in the vineyard") had received crowing, or in the morning ; lest coming "it" (a "penny" as their hire) they mursuddenly he find you sleeping: and what I mured against the good man of the house. say unto you, I say unto all, watch. Mar. Mat. xx. 11. Let us solace ourselves with xiii. 33–37. Let your loins be girded about, loves (said the strange woman), for the good and your lights burning; and ye yourselves man is not at home, he is gone a long journey. like unto men that wait for their Lord, when Pr. vii. 19. he will return from the wedding, that when Had known in what watch.] See verse 42. he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto For yourselves know perfectly, that the day him immediately. Blessed are those servants, of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night; whom the Lord when he cometh shall find for when they shall say, Peace, and safety, watching: verily I say unto you, that he then sudden destruction cometh upon them, shall gird himself, and make them to sit as travail upon a woman with child, and down to meat, and will come forth and serve they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are them. And if he shall come in the second not in darkness, that that day should overtake watch, or come in the third watch, and find you as a thief. 1 The. v. 2, 3. The day of them so, blessed are those servants. And this the Lord will come as a thief in the night; know, that if the good man of the house had in the which the heavens shall pass away known what hour the thief would come, he with a great noise, and the elements shall would have watched, and not have suffered melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the his house to be broken through. Be ye works that are therein shall be burnt up. therefore ready also: for the Son of man Seeing then that all these things shall be cometh at an hour when ye think not. Lu. dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye xii. 35–40. Watch ye, therefore, and pray to be in all holy conversation and godliness. always, that ye may be accounted worthy to 2 Pe. iii. 10, 11. escape all these things that shall come to pass, Would not have suffered, &c.] If a thief and to stand before the Son of man. Lu. xxi. be found breaking up, and be smitten that he 36. Love is the fulfilling of the law : and die, there shall no blood be shed for him. If that knowing the time, that now it is high the sun be risen upon him, there shall be time to awake out of sleep ; for now is our blood shed for him ; for he should make full salvation nearer than when we believed. Ro. restitution. If he have nothing, then he shall xiii. 10, II. Watch ye, stand fast in the be sold for his theft. Ex. xxii. 2, 3. faith ; quit you like men, be strong. 1 Co. 44 Be ye also ready, &c.] While “they'' xvi. 13. Ye are all the children of light, and ("the foolish virgins") went to buy (oil for the children of the day; we are not of the their lamps), the bridegroom came, and they night, nor of darkness, therefore let us not that were ready went in with him to the sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be marriage ; and the door was shut. Watch sober. 1 Th. v. 5, 6. The end of all things therefore ; for ye know neither the day nor is at hand, be ye therefore sober, and watch the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. unto prayer. 1 Pe. iv. 7. Be sober, be Mat. xxv. 10, 13. Be ye therefore ready vigilant ; because your adversary the Devil, also; for the Son of man cometh at an hour as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking when ye think not. Lu. xii. 40. Let your whom he may devour. ] Pe. v. 8. Be moderation be known unto all men: the Lord watchful, and strengthen the things which is at hand. Phi. iv. 5. Grudge not one remain, that are ready to die. Remember, against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: therefore, how thou hast received and heard; behold, the judge standeth before the door. and hold fast, and repent. If, therefore, thou Ja. v. 9. Let us be glad and rejoice, and shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a give honour to him; for the marriage of the thief; and thou shalt not know what hour I Lamb is come, and his wife hath made will come upon thee. Re. iii. 2, 3. Behold, herself ready. Re. xix. 7. I come as a thief; blessed is he that watcheth, 45 Is a faithful and wise servant.) Then and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, Peter said unto “him” (“ Jesus”), Lord, and they see his shame. Re. xvi. 15.
speakest thou this parable (of a good and For ye know not what hour.] See verses wicked steward) unto us, or even to all ? And 3644. Take ye heed, watch and pray, for the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and ye know not when the time is. Mar. xiii. 33. wise steward, whom his Lord shall make 43 Good man of the house had known.) And ruler over his household, to give them thier VOL. II.
wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household 46 to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant; whom
portion of meat in due season ? Blessed is came unto me. Then shall the righteous that servant whom his Lord when he cometh answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee shall find so doing. Lu. xii. 41, 42, 43. He an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and that is faithful in that which is least, is gave thee drink! When saw we thee 3 faithful also in much, and he that is unjust stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and in the least, is unjust also in much. If there clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or fore ye have not been faithful in the un- in prison, and came unto thee! And the righteous mammon, who will commit to your King shall answer and say unto them, Verily trust the true riches ? Lu. xvi. 10, 11. And I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done if ye have not been faithful in that which is it unto one of the least of these my brethren, another man's, who shall give you that which ye have done it unto me. Mat. xxv. 35-40. is your own ? Lu. xvi. 12. Well, thou good Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed servant (said the nobleman in the parable to themselves! Should not the shepherds feed his faithful servant), because thou hast been the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye dothe you faithful in a very little, have thou authority with the wool, ye kill them that are fed, but over ten cities. Lu. xix. 17. Take heed ye feed not the flock. Ez. xxxiv. 2, 3. When therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than you overseers to feed the church of God these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord, thou which he hath purchased with his own blood. knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Ac. xx. 28. Let a man so account of us as Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest there mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord, the in stewards that a man be found faithful. knowest that I love thee. He saith ents 1 Co. iv. 1, 2. And I thank Christ Jesus him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest counted me faithful, putting me into the thou me? Peter was grieved because he ministry. 1 Ti. i. 12. And the things that said unto him the third time, Lovest thon thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, me? And he said unto him, Lord, the the same commit thou to faithful men, who knowest all things, thou knowest that I love shall be able to teach others also. 2 Ti. ii. 2. thee! Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house John xxi. 15, 16, 17. And I, brethren, could as a servant, for a testimony of those things not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but which were to be spoken after. He. iii. 5. unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I As every man hath received the gift, even so have fed you with milk, and not with meat; minister the same one to another as good for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, stewards of the manifold grace of God. If neither yet now are ye able. 1 Co. iii. I, % any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of And “he" (" Jesus") gave some apatie, God. Ifany man minister, let him do it as of the and some prophets, and some evangelists, and ability which God giveth, that God in all things some pastors, and teachers; for the perfecting may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom of the saints, for the work of the ministry. be praise and dominion, for ever, and ever. for the edifying of the body of Christ, till Amen. 1 Pe. iv. 10, 11. I know thy works we all come in the unity of the faith, and (said the faithful witness to the angel of the of the knowledge of the Son of God, untos church in Pergamus), and where thou dwellest, perfect man, unto the measure of the stature even where Satan's seat is ; and thou holdest of the fulness of Christ. Ep. iv. 11, 12, 13 fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, The elders which are among you, I exhort, even in those days wherein Antipas was my who am also an elder, and a witness of the faithful martyr, who was slain among you, sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of where Satan dwelleth. Re. ij. 13.
the glory that shall be revealed. Feed the To give them meat in due season.] Every flock of God which is among you, taking the Scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom oversight thereof, not by constraint, but wil of heaven is like unto a man that is an lingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind, householder, which bringeth forth out of his Neither as being lords over God's heritage treasure things new and old. Mat. xiii. 52. but being ensamples to the flock. 1 Pa v. 1I was an hungred (said the King in the last 46 Blessed is that servant, &c.] Come, ye judgment to those on his right hand), and ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave prepared for you from the foundation of the me drink ; I was a stranger, and ye took me world. Mat. xxv. 34. Blessed are those ser in ; naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, vants whom the Lord when he cometh shall hrad and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye watching. Verily I say unto you, that