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Thou that sayft a man kould not *commit adultery, doft thou commit adultery? thou that abhorreft Idols, dost thou kcommit facrilege? 23. Thou that makest thy boast of the

law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? 24. For the n name of God is blafphemed among the Gentiles, through you, as it is n written. 25. For circumcision

. verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, tły circumcision is made uncircumcifion. 26. Therefore, if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcifion? 27. And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee who by the letter and circumcifion doft transgress the law. 28. For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcifion which is outward in the flesh: 29. But he is a Jew which is pone inwardly; and circumcision is that

of Mal. 3. 8. Will! a Man 2 8.0 Mat. 3. 9. Think not rob God ? Yet ye have robbed to say within your felves, We me: but ye say, wherein have we have Abraham to our Father : for I robbed thee? in Tithes and offerings. say unto you, that God is able of 23. + Ver. 17.

s these Stones to raise up Children 24. 1 Tim. 6. 1. Ler às ma- unto Abraham. + Joh. 8.39. They ny Servants as fare funder the answered and said unto him, A. Yoke, count their own Masters braham is our Father: Jesus faith worthy of all Honour, that the unto them, If ye were Abraham's Name of God and his Doctrine be not to Children, ye would do the Works blafpherned. + Tit. 2. 5,8. -That of Abraham. + Rom. 9. 6,7. the Word of God be not blafphemed.-- They are not all Ifrael, which are That he that is of the contrary of Ifrael: neither because they are Part may be ashamed, having no evit the seed of Abraham are they all thing to say of you.

Children. Rom. 14. 17. The

15 + 2 Sam. 12. 14. How-?? Kingdom of God is not Meat and beit, because by this Deed thou Drink, but Righteousness, Peace, and haft given great Occasion to the Foy in the Holy Ghost. t Gal. 6. Enemies of the Lord to blafpheme. 16. As many as walk according to -' lfa. 52. 5. -They that rule 20 this Rule, Peace be on them, and over them make them to howl, Mercy,and upon the Israel of God. faith the Lord, and my Name con- + Rev.2.9. I know the Blafphemy tinually every Day is blasphemed. of them which say they are Jews, * Ez. 36. 20, 23. When they en- and are not. tred unto' the Heathen whither


P + 1 Pet. 3. 4. Let it be

29. they went, they profaned my holy the hidden Man of the Heart, in Name, when they said to them, these that which is not corruptible, even are the People of the Lord, and are the Ornament of a meek and quiet gone out of his Land. I will fan- Spirit, which is in the Sight of {tifie' my great Name which was pre-30 God of great Price. phaned among the Heathen, which 9 + Col. 2. 11, : Phil.3. 3. See ye have prophoned in the midft of

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of the heart, in the ' fpirit, and not in the letter; whole praise is not of men, but of God.

HAT advantage then hath the Jew? or what pros

fit is there of circumcision? 2. Much every way : chiefly because that a unto them were(1) committed the oracles of God. 3. For what if o fome did not believe? Thall their

unbelief 29. Rom. 7. 6. That we Children. * Psal. 147. 19, 20. He hould serve in newness of spirit, fewerb his Word unto Jacob, his and not in the oldness of the Letter. Statutes and his Judgments unto it+ 2 Cor. 3. 6. Who also hath made rael. He hath not dealt fo with a. us able Ministers of the New-Teftao s ny Nation: and as for his Judge mens, not of the Letter, but of the ments, they have noc known them. Spirit: for the Letter killeth, but + Rom. 9. 4. Who are Ifraelites ; the Spirit giveth Life.

to whom pertaineth-che giving of sť 1 Cor. 4. 5.- Then [when the Law. the Lord shall come to Judgment), 3.

+ Heb.


2. Unto us fhall every Man have Praise of was the Gospel preached as well God. + 2 Cor. 10. 18. Not he unto them ; but the Word that commendeth himself is ap- preached did not profit them, not be., proved, but whom the Lord com. ing mixed with Faith in them that mendeth. t i Thef. 2. 4. As we heard it. were allowed of God to be put in ct Numb. 23. 19 God is not trust with the Gospel, even so we a Man that he should lie, neispeak, not as pleasing Men, but God, ther the Son of Man that he should which trieth our Hearts.

repent : hath he said, and shall he CHAP. III.

not do it? or hath he spoken, and 2. : Deut. 4. 8.

What Na- shall he not make it good? + Rom. cion is there fo great, thac hath 9.6. Not as though the Word of Statutes and fudgments fo righteous, God hach caken none effect.' For as all this Lan which I set before they are not all Ifrael which are of you this Day ? Psal. 78.5. He e- Ifrael. Rom. 11. 29. The Gifts and stablished a reftimony in Jacob, and as Calling of God are without

Repenappointed a Law in Israel, which he tance. + 2 Tim. 2. 13. If we be. commanded our Fathers, that they lieve not, yet he abideth faithful, fhould make them known to their he cannot deny himself.

(1) It is certain that the Jews did not receive the Books' called the Apochrypha as a part of the Scriptures of the Old Testament ; notwithstand. ing which the Apostle here reckons it to be one Advantage which the Jews had above other Nations, that unto them were committed the Oracles of God; it is likewife certain, that neither our Lord, nor his Apostles, charge them with a Breach of Trust, though they did not own nor receive them, which they questionless would have done, had the Jews finned in not receiving them. We have therefore here a very good Argument to prove against the Church of Rome, that the Apochryphal Books are not a Part of the Holy Scripture. Some of them, particularly the Books of Wisdom and Ecclefiafticus, contain excellent moral Precepts. Our Church therefore allows them to be read for example of Life, and instruition of Manners; but she doth not apply them to establish any Doctrine.




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unbelief make thè, faith of God without effe&t? 4. d God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar ; as it is written, That thou mightst be f justified in thy fay

, ings, and' mightst overcome when thou art judged. S. But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousnels of God, wliat ihall we lay? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) 6. God forbid : før then

how shall God judge the world ? 7. For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory ; why yet am I also judged as a finner?' 8. And not rather, (as we be flanderously reported, and as some affirm that we fay) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just. 8. What then? are, we better than they? No in 110 wile : for we have before * proved [Gr. charged] both Jews and Gentiles; that they are all hunder fin; 10. As it is writtén, 'There is * none righteous, no not one:

ii. There is none that understandeth, there is none that feeketh after God.

12. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable, there is none that doth good, no not óne. 13. Their 'throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the m poison of afps is under their lips : 14. Whofe n mouth is full of curfing and bitterness. 15. Their feet idrė swift to shed blood.

16. 4. . t Joh. 3:33. He that hath +

i (Ver. 1o.) Pfal. 14. 3. They received his Testimony, hath fet all gone afide, they are altogeto his Seal that God is true.

ther become filthy: there is none † Pfal. 62. 9. Surely Men that doth good, no not one. of low Degree are Vanity, and k Seeche Note on Joh. 3: Men of high Degree are a lie. 32. * Pfal. 116. 11. I said in my hafte, 13. ! it. Pfal. 5. 9. There al Men are liars.

is no faithfulness in their Mouth, 8. Wilt thou their inward Part is very Wickedness; also difännul my Judgment? wilt ,o theit Throat is an open Sepulchre, zhou condemn me, that thou mayst'they flatter with their Tongue. be righteous ? * Psal. 91.4.-Thac m + Pfal. 140. 3. They have thou mightest be justified when thou sharpned their Tongues like a speakelt, and clear when thou Serpent ; Adders Poison is under judgelt.

their Lips. Jam. 3.8. The Tongue 8. % of Gen. 18. 25.

can no Man tame; it is an unruly not the Judge of all the Earth do Evil, full of deadly Peison. right? Job 8. 3. Doch God per

+ Pfal.


His vert Judgment ? or doth the Al- Mouch is full of Cursing, and Demighty pervert Juftice ? Job 34. ceit, and Fraud : under his Tongue 17. --Wilt thou condemn him is Mischief and Vanity. that is most Just?

15. • † Prov. 1. 16. Their 9. + Gal. 3. 22, See on ver. Feet run to evil, and make haft to 23.


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16. Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17. And the

: way of peace have they not known. 18. There is no P fear of God before their eyes. 19. Now we know that what things foever the a law faith, it faith to them who are

under the law: that every * mouth may be stopped, and , all the world may become * guilty before God [Or, lubject to E the judgment of God]. 20. Therefore by the deeds of the law 5 there thall no flesh be s justified in his fight: for by the law, 1 is the u knowledge of fin. 21. But now the a righte

ousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnes*' fed by the law and the prophets; 22. Even the righteous,

ness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all, and ; upon all them that believe; for there is o 10 difference:

23. For d all have finned, and come short of the glory of God; : .24. Being justified freely !;

freelyf by his grace, B


fhed Blood. + Tra. $9. 7, 8. Their on Rom. I. 17.
Feet run to evil, and they make b. See on Rom. 1. 2.
häste to shed innocent Blood: their

+ Rom. 10. 12.

Gal. I Thoughts are Thoughts of Iniqui

3. 28. † Col. 3. 11. . See on Acts Qty, wasting and destruction are in si0.35.

their Paths : The Way of Peace 23. + Ver. 9, 19. Rom. - they know not, and there is no

11. 32. God hath .concluded them judgment in their goings: they all in unbelief, that he might have I have made them crooked Paths: mercy upon all.: + Gal. 3., 22,

t. . whosoever goech therein shall not 1. The Scripture hath concluded all know Peace.

ander fin, that the Promise by Faith 18. P Pfal. 36. 1. The Trans. of Jesus Christ might be given to gression of the Wicked faith them that believe. within my Heart, there is no fear 24.

c. Ifa. 55. 1. Ho, every of God before his Eyes.

that thirstech come ye to the

IS 19. .:

Joh. 10. 34: Jesus' Waters, and he that hath no Moanswered them, Is it not written

ney ; come ye, buy and eat, yea, in

come, buy Wine and Milk witha + Ezek. 16. 63. That thou oxt Money and without Price. Joh. 3. mayst remember and be

16. God so loved the World, that founded, and never open thy Mouth be gave his only begotten Son.any more because of thy Shame, i Tim. 2. 6. Who gave himself a when I am pacified toward thee for Ransom for all.all that thou hast done, faith the

Rom. 4. 16. Therefore Lord God.

25 it is of Faith, that it mighc # Gal. 2.16. : Eph 2. 8. be by Grace. : Eph. 2. 8. By

Grace are ye saved, through Faith; I had not

and that not of your felves : it is known Sin, bút by the Law : the Gift of God. Tit. 2. 11. The for I had not known Lust, except

Grace of God that bringeth Salvatithe Law had said, Thou shalt not


on, hath appeared to all Nen. cover.

Tit. 3. 7. That being juftific d by ar. Af Phil. 3. 9. See





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8 through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ: 25. Whom God hath * set forth [Or; fore-ordained] to be a h

Propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness 'k for the * remisioni [Or, passing over] of' sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26. To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be

: juft, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 27. Where is n boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay, but by the law of faith. 28. Therefore we conclude, that a man is justified by faith (1) without the

deeds his Grace, we should be made Heirs of this Ignorance God wink according to the Hope of eternal ed at; but now commandeth all Life.

Men every where to repent. : Eph. 1. j. In whom

27. Rom. 2. 17, 23. Be. we have Redemption through his shold, thou art called a Jew, and Blood, the Forgiveness of Sins. reftelt in the Law, and makest thy 25. 2 Cor. s.

18. All boast of God. Thou that makeit Things are of God, who hath re- thy boast of the Law, through breakconciled us to himself by Jesus ing the Law dishonourelt thou Chrift.- Joh. 2. 2. He is the God ? Rom. 4. 2. If Abraham Propitiation for our Sins: and not were justified by Works, he hath for ours only, but for the Sins of whereof co glory, but not before the whole World. 1 Joh. 4. 10.- God. t 1 Cor. 1. 29, 31. That no (God] sent his Son to be the Propie Flesh should glory in his Prefence, tiation for our Sins.

-He chat glorieth, let him glory in :: Col.

Having "s the Lord. Eph. 2. 9. Not of made Peace through the Blood of Works, leaft any Man ihould his Cross

boalt. k See on Acts 13, 38,

28. n + Rom. 8. 3. t Gal.2. 16. + Axts 17. 30. The Times 20 See on Acts 13. 39: (1) When the Apostle speaks of Justification by Faith, without the Deeds or Works of the Law, he does not intend to exclude such good Works as flow from Faith in Christ, and are an Evidence and Proof that our Faith is true and real, not hypocritical and counterfeit ; for we are most exprefly assured in the New Testament, That without Holinefs no Man Jhall see God; That God will render to every Man according to his Works; That at the Judgment of the great Day, we shall receive according to what we have

d'one , whether it be good or bad; and, That in Christ Jesus,or, now under che Gospel, neither Gircumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but Faith which worketh by Love. So that the Faith which is Saving, must be a work-ing Faith, or a Faith, which bringeth forth good Works. But the Works which cannot justifie are, (1.) Works of perfect and sinkels Obedience, there being pone such among the Posterity of fallen Adam. (2) Works done in the Strength of the Law of Mofes, without the Grace of the Go. spel. (3.) Works of the Ceremonial Law, as Circumcision, Sacrifices, and · fuch like Ritual Observances. (4.) No Works whatsoever can be relie ed on as the meritorious Causes of our Suftification for the only, meritori. sous Cause of our silification, is the Obedience and Sufferings of Jesus





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