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law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves :
15 Which show the works of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while 'accusing or else "excusing one another ;)
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ 'according to my Gospel.
17 Behold, 9. * thou art called a Jew, and Seffect. Gen. the conscience witnessing with them. A. V. "between themselves. A. V. But if. Wh. We.
Judg. i. 7: Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me.
"Gen. xx. 5: Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother. In the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.
* ÉCCLES. xii. 14: For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. John, xii. 48: He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. Rom. iii. 6: God forbid : for then how shall God judge the world? 2 Tim. iv.8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. See on ACTS, 2. 42.
LUKE, viii. 17: For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest ; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
2 Rom. xvi. 25: Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my Gospel. 1 Tim. i. 11: According to the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 2Tim.ii.8: Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my Gospel.
a Ver. 28, Mat.iii. 9: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father : for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
John, viii. 33 : They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, / and were never in bondage to any man : how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Rom. ix. 6,7: Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of
to my Gow to him the
b restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,
18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;
19 And 'art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,
20 An instructor of the foolish," a teacher of babes, 12 which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
18 triest the things that differ. A.V. the ignorant. We. Dod. 18 of the unlearned. Ma. Cr. Bi. Gen. Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 2 Cor. xi. 22: Are they Hebrews ? so am I. Are they Iraelites ? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham ? so am I.
Rom. ix. 4: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption,--and the giving of the law.
İsa. xlv. 25 : In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. do. xlviii. 2: They call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel. Mic. ij. Il : The heads thereof judge for reward :-yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us ? none evil can come upon us. John, viii. 41: We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
Deut. iv. 8: And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? Ps. cxlvii. 19, 20: He showeth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation : and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the Lord.
e Phi. i. 9, 10: This I pray,--that ye may approve things that are excellent.
FMAT. xv. 14: Let them alone : they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. do. xxiii. 16, 17, 19, 24: Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind : for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? Ye fools and blind : for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
& Rom. vi. 17: Ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 2 Tim. i. 13: Hold fast
21 Thou therefore which "teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal ?
22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, i dost thou commit sacrilege ? 13
23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God ?
24 For the 'name of God is blasphemed 14 among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
13 robbest thou God of his honour? Co. Ma. Cr. 14 evil spoken of. Co. Ma. Cr. Bi.
the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me. do. iii. 5: Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.
h Ps. 1. 16, &c: Unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? &c. Mat. xxiii. 3, &c: All there. fore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works : for they say, and do not, &c. 1 Cor. ix. 27 : I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection : lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
MAL. iii. 8: Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me, But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. * Ver. 17.
1 Tim. vi. 1: Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour ; that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. Tit. ii. 5, 8: That the word of God be not blasphemed. That he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
m 2 Sam. xii. 14: Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme. Isa. lii. 5: They that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed. Ezek. xxxvi. 20, 23 : When they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them.
25 "For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
26 Therefore 'if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision ?
27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, Pjudge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law ? :
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, 'which is one inwardly;
n Gal. v. 3: For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
• Acts, x.34, 35: Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons : But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
P MAT. xii. 41, 42: The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemnit: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
9 Mat. iii. 9: Think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. John, viii. 39: They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. Rom. ix. 6,7: They are not all Israel, which are of Israel : Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children. do. xiv. 17: The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Gal. vi. 16: As many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. Rev. ii.9: I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not.
1 Pet. iii. 4: Let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
and circumcision is that of the heart, in the * spirit, and not in the letter ; whose "praise is not of men,'5 but of God.
CHAP. III. 1 The Jews' prerogative : 3 which they have not lost: 9 howbeit the
law convinceth them also of sin: 20 therefore no flesh is justified by the law, 28 but all, without difference, by faith only : 31 and yet the law is not abolished.
WHAT advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision ?
2 Much every way : chiefly, because that a unto them were committed the oracles of God.
3 For what if some did not believe? 'shall their unbelief make the faith' of God, without effect ?
15 from men. Ham. Pu. the faithfulness. We.
the promise. Co. Ma. Cr. the truth. Br.
s See on Acts, vii. 51.
* Rom. vii. 6: That we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. 2 Cor.iii. 6: Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
u 1 Cor. iv.5: Then [when the Lord shall come to judgment] shall every man have praise of God. 2 Cor. x. 18: Not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. 1 Thes. ii. 4: As we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the Gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
CHAP. III. a Deut. iv. 8: What nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day ? Ps.. lxxviii. 5: He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children. do. cxlvii. 19, 20: He showeth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Rom. ii. 18. do. ix. 4: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth-the giving of the law.
h Rom. x. 16: But they have not all obeyed the Gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? Heb. iv. 2: