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who will not suffer you to be tempted "above that ye are able ; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

14. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, * flee from idolatry.

15 I speak as to 'wise men ;' * judge ye what I


9 them that have understanding. Pu.


Exod. xiii. 17: God led them [Israelites] not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they war, and they return to Egypt. Ps. ciii. 13, 14 : Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame, he remembereth that we are dust. do. cxxv. 3: The rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous ; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity. Dan. ii. 17: If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, o king: JAMES, i. 2: Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations. 1 Pet. i. 6: Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations. 2 Pet. ii. 9 : The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations.

"2 ESDR. ii. 32: My grace shall not fail. John, xv. 5: Without me ye can do nothing. 2 Cor. xii. 9 : My grace is sufficient for thee : for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Phi. iv. 11 : I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

w Jer. xxix. 11: I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.. JAMES, v. 11 : Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy,

* Ver. 7. 2 COR. vi. 17: Touch not the unclean thing. 1 JOHN, v. 21: Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

y I Cor. viii. 1 ; Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge.

2 Isa. i. 18: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD. do. v. 3 : Judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. LUKE, xii. 57: Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? 1 Cor. xi. 13 : Judge in yourselves.

";16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The

bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ ? 1.17 For we being many are one bread, and one body : for we are all partakers of that one bread.

18 Behold Israel e after the flesh : are. not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar ? · 19 What say I then ? that the 5 idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice h to devils, and

10 No, but. Han.

a See on MAT. xxvi. 26-28.
b See on Acts, xx. 7.
cl Cor. xii. 27. See on Rom. xii. 5.

d Rom. iv. 12 : And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. GAL. vi. 16: And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God..

e Rom. iv. 1: What shall we then say that Abraham, our father as pertaining to the flesh, hath found ? do. ix. 3, 5, 13 : For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever.. Amen. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. 2 Cor. xi. 18: Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also. '

fLev. iii. 3: And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD ; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, do. vii. 15 : The flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered.

8 1 Cor. viii. 4. See on Acts, xiv. 15.

h Lev. xvii. 7: They shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils. Deut. xxxii. 17: They sacrificed unto devils, and not to God; to gods whom they knew not. 2 Chr. xi. 15: He


not to God : and I would not that


should have fellowship with devils.

21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils : ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.12

22 Do we 'provoke the Lord to jealousy ? are we stronger than he ?

23 "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient : all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

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ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made. Ps. cvi. 37 : Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils. Rev. ix. 20, 21: The rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their

hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold. Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

12 Cor. vi. 15, 16: What concord hath Christ with Belial ? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?

Deut. xxxii. 37, 38: He shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted, which did eat the fat of

their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings ? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.

Deut. xxxii. 21: They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities.

m2 Chr. xx. 6: In thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?. JOB, ix. 4, 19: He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength : who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered ? If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong. do. xxxvii. 23: Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice. Isa. i. 24: Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies. Ezek. xxii. 14: Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it.

See on 1 Cor. vi. 12.


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24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.13

25 Whatsoever is P sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake :

26 For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof. 5:27. If any of them that believe not bid a feast, and ye be disposed to go ; 'whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.

28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that showed it, and for conscience sake: for the ' earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof;

29 Conscience, Í say, not thine own, but of

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o Ver. 33. Phi, ji. 21: For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. Rom. xv. 1, 2: 1 Cor. xiii. 5: Phi. ii. 4. See on Rom. xiv. 1.

P BARUCH, vi. 28 : As for things that are sacrificed unto them, their priests sell and abuse. 1 Tim. iv. 4: For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.

4 Ver. 28. Exod. ix. 20 : Moses said I will spread abroad my hands unto the LORD; and the thunder shall cease that thou mayest know how that the earth is the LORD's. . do. xix. 5: If ye will obey my voice in deed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people : for all the earth is mine. Deut. x. 14 : Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord's thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. Ps. xxiv. 1: The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof. do. I. 12 : The whole world is mine, and the fulness thereof.

LUKE, X.7: In the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give.

* 1 COR. viii. 10, 12: If any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols? When ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

See on ver. 26.

the other :: for "why is my liberty 15 judged 16 of another man's conscience ?

30 For if I by '7 grace 18 be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that "for which I give thanks ?

31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the . glory of God.

32 Give * none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, 19 nor to the Church of God :20

15 freedom. Pu. 16 condemned. Gen. 17 with. Co. Ma. Cr.

18 thanks. giving. A. V. 19 Gr. Greeks. A. V. 20 Be inoffensive as well to Jews and Gentiles as to the Church of God. Pu.

u Rom. xiv. 16 : Let not then your good be evil spoken of.

* Rom. xiv. 6: He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 1 Tim, iv. 3, 4: Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving

W MAT. y. 16: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. John, xv. 8: Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. Rom. xiv. 8: Whether we live, we live unto the Lord ; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord : whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. Eph. i. 12, 14: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ-unto the praise of his glory. Phi. i. 11: Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. Col. iii. 17: Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

I Thes. v. 18: In every thing give thanks. 1 Pet. iv, 11 : That God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ.

* See on Rom. xiv. 13.

y Acts, xx.28: Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 1 Cor. xi. 22 : Despise ye the Church

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