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5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept
the left side thereof. Then the angel that earth standing out of the water and in the talked with me answered and said unto me, water; whereby the world that then was being Knowest thou not what these be? And I overflowed with water, perished. But the said, No, my Lord. Then he spake unto me, heavens and the earth which are now, by the saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Ze- same word are kept in store; reserved unte rubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, fire against the day of judgment, and perdition but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not igneZec. iv, 2-6. John bare witness of him rant of this one thing, that one day is with the (Jesus), and cried, saying, This was he of Lord as a thousand years; and a thousand years whom I spake, He that cometh after me is as one day. The Lord is not slack concernpreferred before me: for he was before me. ing his promise, as some men count slackness; And of his fulness have all we received, and but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing grace for grace. John i. 15, 16. He whom that any should perish, but that all should God hath sent speaketh the words of God: come to repentance. 2 Pe. iii. 4-9. That for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto which ye have already hold fast till I come. him. John iii. 34. Ye are not in the flesh, Re. ji. 25. but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of They all slumbered and slept.] and he God dwell in you. Now, if any man have (Jesus) cometh unto the disciples, and findeta not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. them asleep: and saith unto Peter, What! Ro, viii. 9. He which stablisheth us with you could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God, who and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh.is the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Co. i. 21, 22. The weak. He went away again the second time, fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long- and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this car suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith : meek- may not pass away from me, except I dnak ness, temperance; against such there is no it, thy will be done. And he came and avand law. Ga. v. 22, 23. But ye have an unction them asleep again; for their eyes were hesty. from the Holy One, and ye know all things : Mat. xxvi. 40, 41, 42, 43. By night on any the anointing which ye have received of him bed I sought him (said the church) when abideth in you, and ye need not that any man my soul loveth; I sought “him" ("Chrul teach you ; but as the same anointing teacheth but I found him not. Can. iii. l. I sleeps you of all things, and is truth, and no lie, but my heart waketh. It is the voice of my and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, in him. I John ii. 20. 27. These be they my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiledi (the mockers) who separate themselves, sen- for my head is filled with dew, and my locks sual, having not the Spirit. Jude 19. with the drops of the night. Can. v. 2. The
5 The bridegroom tarried.] See verse 19. mariners were afraid (at the mighty tempest), If that evil servant shall say in his heart. My and cried every man to his god; and cast Lord delayeth his coming: the Lord of that forth the wares that were in the ship into the servant shall come in a day he looketh not sea, to lighten it of them : but Jonah was gone for him. Mat. xxiv. 48. The vision is yet down into the sides of the ship: and he hay, for an appointed time, but at the end it shall and was fast asleep. So the shipmaster came to speak, and not lie : though it tarry, wait for him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, it; because it will surely come; it will not O sleeper? Arise, call upon thy God; if tarry. Hab. ii. 3. If that servant say in his be that God will think upon us, that we heart, My Lord delayeth his coming; and perish not. Jonah i. 5, 6. Simon, sleepest shall begin to beat the men- servants, and thou (said Jesus, when he found the discapar maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be sleeping)? Couldest not thou watch one hour! drunken ; the Lord of that servant will come watch and pray, lest ye enter into temptation in a day when he looketh not for him. L. the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. xii. 45, 46. A certain man planted a vine- Mar. xiv. 37, 38. Nevertheless, when the yard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and Son of man cometh, shall he find faith an went into a far country for a long time. Lu. the earth. Lu. xviii. 8. Knowing the time, xx. 9. Ye have need of patience, that after ye that now it is high time to awake out of sleep have done the will of God ye might receive for now is our salvation nearer than when e the promise. For yet a little while, and he believed. Ro. xiii. 11. Wherefore he saith that shall come will come, and will not tarry, Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from base He. x. 36, 37. Where is the promise of his dead; and Christ shall give thee light by coming (say the scoffers), for since the fathers v. 14. Therefore let us not sleep as do others, fell asleep, all things continue as they were but let us watch and be sober; for they are from the beginning of the creation ? For this sleep, sleep in the night, and they that they willingly are ignorant of, that by the drunken are drunken in the night. But word of God the heavens were of old, and the us, who are of the day, be sober ; putung
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom 6 cometh ; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, 7
the breastplate of faith and love, and for an descend from heaven with a shout, with the helmet, the hope of salvation. 1 The. v. 6, voice of the archangel, and with the trump 7, 8. Be sober, be vigilant ; because your of God : and the dead in Christ shall rise first. adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh 1 The. iv. 16. The day of the Lord will about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Pe. come as a thief in the night; in the which the
heavens shall pass away with a great noise, : 6 At midnight, &c.] Therefore be ye also and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, ready; for in such an hour as ye think not, the earth also, and the works that are therein the Son of man cometh. Mat. xxiv. 44. shall be burnt up. 2 Pe. iii. 10. Take ye heed, watch and pray; for ye know Behold, the bridegroom cometh, &c.] See not when the time is. For the Son of man is verse 31. Our God shall come, and shall not as a man taking a far journey, who left his keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, house, and gave authority to his servants, and and it shall be very tempestuous round about to every man his work; and commanded the him. He shall call to the heavens from above, porter to watch. Watch ye, therefore, for ye and to the earth, that he may judge his people. know not when the master of the house Gather my saints together unto me; those cometh; at even, or at midnight, or at the cock- that have made a covenant with me by sacricrowing, or in the morning; lest coming sud- fice. And the heavens shall declare his rightedenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say ousness : for God is judge himself. Ps. 1. 3— uinto you, I say unto all; watch. Mar. xiii. 6. Then shall all the trees of the wood re33-37. Thou fool (said God to the rich joice before the Lord; for he cometh, for he man in the parable)! this night thy soul shall cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge be required of thee; then whose shall those the world with righteousness, and the people things be which thou hast provided? “ If with his truth. Ps. xcvi. 12, 13. Let the "he" (" the Lord of the servants") shall come hills be joyful together before the Lord; for in the second watch; or come in the third he cometh to judge the earth : with rightewatch ; and find them "so" (" watching"), ousness shall he judge the world, and the blessed are those servants; and this know, people with equity. Ps. xcviii. 8, 9. To you that if the good man of the house had known who are troubled (God will recompense), rest what hour the thief would come, he would with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be rehave watched, and not have suffered his vealed from heaven with his mighty angels, house to be broken through. Be ye there. in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that fore ready also ; for the Son of man cometh know not God, and that obey not the gospel at an hour when ye think not. The Lord of our Lord Jesus Christ : who shall be of that (wicked) servant will come in a day punished with everlasting destruction from the when he looketh not for him, and at an hour presence of the Lord, and from the glory of when he is not aware, and will cut him in his power : when he shall come to be glorified sander, and will appoint him his portion with in his saints, and to be admired in all them that the unbelievers. Lu. xii. 20. 38, 39, 40. 46. believe (because our testimony among you was But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye believed) in that day. 2 The. i. 7-10. And have no need that I write unto you. For Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, propheyourselves know perfectly that the day of the sied of " these" (" false teachers"), saying, Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of when they shall say, Peace and safety; then his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and sudden destruction cometh upon them, as to convince all that are ungodly among them travail upon a woman with child, and they of all their ungodly deeds which they have shall not escape. 1 The. v. 1, 2, 3. Behold, ungodly committed, and of all their hard I come as a thief; blessed is he that watcheth. speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken Re. xvi. 15.
against him. Jude 14. 15. A cry made. And he (the Son of man) shall Go ye out to meet him.] See verse 1. And send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our and they shall gather together his elect from God; we have waited for him, and he will the four winds, from one end of heaven to the save us: this is our Lord; we have waited other. Mat. xxiv. 31. Marvel not at this for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his (that judgment is given to the Son of man), for salvation. Is. xxv. 9. Therefore (as they the hour is coming, in the which all that are did not return to the Lord) thus will I do unto in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall thee, o Israel: and because I will do this come forth; they that have done good, unto unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. the resurrection of life; and they that have Am. iv. 12. Behold, I will send my mes. done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. senger, and he shall prepare the way before Jolas «, 28, 29. For the Lord himself shall me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall sud
8 and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, 9 Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise
answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: 10 but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And
denly come to his temple, even the messenger while : for when tribulation or persecution of the covenant, whom ye delight in : behold, ariseth because of the word, by and by be is he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. But offended. Mat. xiii. 20, 21. "So" (" as the who may abide the day of his coming ? and flag without water") are the paths of all that who shall stand when he appeareth ? for he forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap. perish : whose hope shall be cut off, and whose Mal. ii. 1, 2. Let us be glad and rejoice, trust shall be a spider's web. Job viii, 13, 14 and give honour to him : for the marriage of Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put only the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made and the spark of his fire shall not shine. Job herself ready. And to her was granted that xviii. 5. How oft is the candle of the wicked she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and put out? and how oft cometh their destruction white; for the fine linen is the righteousness upon them? God distributeth sorrows in his of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, anger. Job xxi. 17. The path of the just is Blessed are they which are called unto the as the shining light, that shineth more and marriage supper of the Lamb. Re. xix. 7, 8, 9. more unto the perfect day. The way of the
7 All those virgins arose, &c.] Let your wicked is as darkness; they know not at what loins be girded about and your lights burning. they stumble. Pr. iv. 18, 19. The light of Lu. xii. 35. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that the righteous rejoiceth, but the lamp of the ye look for such things, be diligent, that ye wicked shall be put out. Pr. xiii. 9. Who may be found of him in peace, without spot, curseth his father or his mother, his laup and blameless. 2 Pe. iii. 14. Nevertheless I shall be put out in obscure darkness. Pr. have somewhat against thee (said the faithful XX. 20. Take heed therefore how ye best i witness to the angel of the church of Ephesus), for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; because thou hast left thy first love: remem- and whosoever hath not, from him shall be ber therefore from whence thou art fallen, and taken even that which he seemeth to have repent, and do the first works; or else I will Lu. viii. 18. Let your loins be girded about, come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy and your lights burning. Lu. xii. 35. candlestick out of his place, except thou re Gone out.] Let us therefore fear; lest a pent. Re. ii. 4, 5. Be watchful, and strength- promise being left us of entering into his resh en the things which remain, that are ready any of you should seem to come short of it to die ; for I have not found thy works perfect He. iv. l. before God. As many as I love I rebuke and 9 Lest there be not enough, &c.] None chasten : be zealous therefore and repent. them (who trust in their wealth, &c.) can by Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any means redeem his brother, nor give to any man hear my voice and open the door, God a ransom for him, (for the redemption of I will come in to him, and will sup with him, their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) and he with me. Re. iii. 2. 19, 20.
that he should still live for ever, and not see 8 Give us of your oil.] Think not to say corruption. Ps. xlix. 7, 8, 9. And it shall within yourselves, We have Abraham to our come to pass (said God of the utter rejection father; for I say unto you, that God is able of the Jews), if they say unto thee, Whither of these stones to raise up children unto Abra. shall we go forth ? then thou shalt tell them, ham. Mat. iii. 9. Father Abraham, have Thus saith the Lord; Such as are for death, mercy on me (said the rich man, being in tor- to death; and such as are for the sword, ta ments), and send Lazarus, that he may dip the sword; and such as are for the famioe, to the tip of his finger in water, and cool my the famine; and such as are for the captivity, tongue, for I am tormented in this flame. Lue to the captivity. Je. xv. 2. Though these xvi. 24. Pray ye to the Lord for me (said three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in It Simon the sorcerer), that none of these things (the land that sinneth against God), they which ye have spoken come upon me. Ac. should deliver but their own souls by their viii. 24. Behold, I will make them of the righteousness, saith the Lord God. If synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, cause noisome beasts to pass through the and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, them to come and worship before thy feet, that no man may pass through because of the and to know that I have loved thee. Re. beasts, though these three men were in it, as iii. 9.
live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver For our lamps, &c.] He that received seed neither sons nor daughters; they only sball be into stony places, the same is he that heareth delivered, but the land shall be desolate. A the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet xiv. 14, 15, 16. 20. hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a But go ye rather to them that sell) HA
while they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open 11
every one that thirsteth, come ye to the all pleasing; giving thanks unto the Father, waters; and he that hath no money, come ye, which hath made us meet to be partakers of buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk, the inheritance of the saints in light. Col. i. without money and without price. Wherefore 12. Henceforth there is laid up for me a do ye spend money for that which is not crown of righteousness, which the Lord the bread? and your labour for that which satis- righteous Judge shall give me at that day, fieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and and not to me only, but unto all them also eat ye that which is good, and let your soul that love his appearing. 2 Ti. iv. 8. Wheredelight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, fore, gird up the loins of your mind; be sober, and come unto me, hear, and your soul shall and hope to the end, for the grace that is to live; and I will make an everlasting covenant be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus with you, even the sure mercies of David. Christ. 1 Pe. i. 13. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found; And the door was shut.] And they that call ye upon him while he is near. Let the went in to the ark), went in male and female wieked forsake his way, and the unrighteous of all flesh, as God had commanded him man his thoughts, and let him return unto the (Noah), and the Lord shut him in. Ge. vii. Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and 16. Say unto them (the Israelites), As truly to our God, for he will abundantly pardon, as I live, saith the Lord (to Moses and Aaron), Is Iv. 1, 2, 3. 6, 7. Repent therefore of this as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do thy wickedness (said Peter to Simon the sor- to you; your carcases shall fall in this wilcerer), and pray God, if perhaps the thought derness; and all that were numbered of you, of thine heart may be forgiven thee. Ac. viji. according to your whole number, from twenty 22. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and years old and upward, which have murmured increased with goods, and have need of no- against me, doubtless ye shall not come into thing, and knowest not that thou art wretched, the land, concerning which I sware to make and miserable, and poor, and blind, and na- you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of ked, I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. But the fire, that thou mayest be clothed, and that your little ones, which ye said should be a the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; prey, them will I bring in, and they shall and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou know the land which ye have despised. But mayest see. Re. iii. 17, 18.
as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in 10 The Bridegroom came. See verse 6. this wilderness. And your children shall wanBehold, he cometh with clouds; and every der in the wilderness forty years, and bear eye shall see him, and they also which pierced your whoredoms, until your carcases be him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail wasted in the wilderness. After the number because of him. Even so, Amen. Re. i. 7. of the days in which ye searched the land, Behold, I come quickly, and my reward is even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye with me, to give every man according as his bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye work shall be. He which testifieth these shall know my breach of promise. Nu. xiv. things, saith, Surely I come quickly; Amen. 28-34. Unto whom (the people that do err Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Re. xxii. 12. 20. in their hearts) I sware in my wrath (saith
They that were ready.] See verses 20--23. God), that they should not enter into my rest, And they (in the famine of the word) shall Ps. xcv. 11. When once the master of the wander from sea to sea, and from the north house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, even to the east ; they shall run to and fro to and ve begin to stand without, and to knock seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto it. In that day shall the fair virgins and us. And he shall answer and say unto you, young men faint for thirst. Am. viii. 12, 13. I know you not, whence ye are. Lu. xiii. 25. Let your loins be girded, and your lights To whom sware "he" (" the Lord") that buming; and ye yourselves like unto men they should not enter into his rest, but to that wait for their Lord, when he will return them that believed not? So we see that they from the wedding; that when he cometh and could not enter in because of unbelief. He. knocketh, they may open unto him imme- iii. 18, 19. He that is unjust, let him be diately. Blessed are those servants whom unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be the Lord when he cometh shall find watching filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him Verily I say unto you, that he shall gird him- be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him self, and make them to sit down to meat, and be holy still. Re. xxii. 11. will come forth and serve them. Lu. xii. 36, 11 Saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.] Not
7. We also do not cease to pray for you, every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but
12 to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know 13 you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the 14 hour wherein the Son of man cometh. For the kingdom of hearen
is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own ser15 vants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave
he that doeth the will of my father which is 43, 44. Therefore watch, and remember, that in heaven. Many will say unto me in that by the space of three years I ceased not to day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in warn every one night and day with tears thy name? and in thy name cast out devils ? Ac. xx. 31. Watch thou in all things, endure and in thy name done many wonderful works? afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make And then will I profess unto them, I never full proof of thy ministry. 2 Ti. iv. 5. knew you; depart from me, ye that work. 14 As a man travelling.) See chap. xxi. iniquity. Mat. vii. 21, 22, 23. Follow peace 33. A certain nobleman went into a far with all men, and holiness; without which no country to receive for himself a kingdom, and man shall see the Lord. Looking diligently, to return. And he called his ten servants, lest there be any fornicator or profane person, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his them, Occupy till I come. Lu. xix. 12, 13. birthright. For ye know how that afterward, And delivered unto then his goods. There when he would have inherited the blessing, was a certain rich man, which had a steward, he was rejected; for he found no place of and the same was accused unto him, that be repentance. He. xii. 14-17.
had wasted his goods. L. xvi. I, &c. Har. 12 I know you not.] For the Lord know- ing then gifts, differing according to the grace eth the way of the righteous, but the way of that is given to us, whether prophecy, let u the ungodly shall perish. Ps. i. 6. The prophesy according to the proportion of faith: foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: hatest all workers of iniquity. Ps. v. 5. or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, exhorteth, on exhortation. He that giveth, and canst not look on iniquity. Wherefore let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, look est thou upon them that deal treach with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with erously, and holdest thy tongue when the cheerfulness. Ro. xii. 6, 7, 8. Who then wicked devoureth the man that is more right- Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by eous than he ? Hab. i. 13. Then shall ye whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in every man. 1 Co. ii. 5. Let a man so se thy presence, and thou hast taught in our count of us as of the ministers of Christ, and streets. But he shall say, I tell you I know stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, you not whence ye are; depart from me, all it is required in stewards that a man be found ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weep- faithful. I Co. iv. 1, 2. Now there are aing and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see versities of gifts, but the same Spirit. But Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the the manifestation of the Spirit is given to prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you every man to profit withal. For to one is yourselves thrust out. And they shall come given, by the Spirit, the word of wisdom : t from the east, and from the west, and from the another the word of knowledge, by the same north, and from the south, and shall sit down Spirit; to another faith, by the same Spirit, in the kingdom of God. And behold, there to another the gifts of healing, by the same are last which shall be first, and there are Spirit; to another the working of miracles, first which shall be last. Luc. xii. 26-30. another prophecy, to another discerning of Now we know that God heareth not sinners: spirits, to another divers kinds of tongues, to but if any man be a worshipper of God, and another the interpretation of tongues. But all doeth his will, him he heareth. John ix. 31. these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, dividing to every man severally as he wil. i co and they follow me. John X. 27. If any xii. 4-12. God hath set some in the church, man love God, the same is known of him. I first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdiy Co. viii. 3. But now, after that ye have teachers; after that miracles, then gifts all known God, or rather are known of God, healings, helps, governments, diversities of how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly tongues. Are all apostles ? are all prophets! elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in are all teachers ? are all workers of miracles? bondage ? Ga. iv. 9. Nevertheless the foun- have all the gifts of healing? do all speak dation of God standeth súre, having this seal: with tongues? do all interpret? But coret The Lord knoweth them that are his; and earnestly the best gifts. I Co. xii. 28, 29, 3 let every one that nameth the name of Christ And he gave some apostles, and some predepart from iniquity. 2 Ti. ii. 19.
phets, and some evangelists, and some pastors 13 Watch, therefore.] Sec chap. xxiv. 42 and teachers. Ep. iv. 11. Use hospitality