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treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and "selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
45 | Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls :
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, 16 went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
47 | Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and ' gathered of every kind :
48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the
Pro.ii. 4,5: If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
w Phil. iii. 7, 8: What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus
* Isa.lv. 1: Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat, yea, come, buy wine and milk, without money and without price.. Rev. iii. 18: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed.
y Pro. iii. 14, 15: For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies; and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. do. viii. 10, 11, 19: Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired, are not to be compared to it. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
z Mat. xxii. 10 : So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good, and the wedding was furnished with guests,
gels shall come forth, and sever the wicked
AT. ii. 23: And he came and dwelt in a city called Naza-
in whom I will be glorified. Thus saith the LORD, the
17 For verily I say unto you, That ' many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those thing's which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
18 I Hear ye therefore the parable of the Sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the
And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Bless-
For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things, &c. as in Mat. xiii. 17. John, xx. 29: Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast be lieved ; blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed. 2 Cor. iv. 6. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
PGen. xlix. 10: The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a law-giver from between his feet, until Shiloh come. Dan. ii. 44: In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed. Hag. ii. 7: I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come ; and I will fill this house with glory saith the LORD of hosts, Zec. vi. 12: Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is the BRANCH, and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD. LUKE, X. 24: Many prophets and kings have desired, &c. as here. Eph. iii.5, 6: Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto the holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ, by the gospel. Heb.xi. 13. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers, and pilgrims on the earth. 1 Pet. i. 10, 11, of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you : Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify.
4 MARK, iv. 14, &c: The sower soweth the word, &c. LUKE, viü. 11: Now the parable is this : The seed is the word of God, &c.
MAT. iv. 23: Preaching the gospel of the kingdom.
ngdom, and understandeth* it not, then cometh e wicked one, and catcheth away that which is sown in his heart. This is he which received ed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony ces, the same is he that heareth the word, and on 'with joy receiveth it ; 21 Yet hath he not "root in himself, but dureth a while :5 for when tribulation or persecution seth because of the word, by and by he 'is ended.
4 considereth. We. 5 for a seasoll. Co. 1 John, ii. 13, 14: I write unto you, fathers, because ye known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, ng men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write you, little children, because ye have known the Father. ve written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young - because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in and
ye have overcome the wicked one. do. iii. 12: Not as , who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And efore slew he him ? because his own works were evil, and rother's righteous. 3A. lviii. 2: They seek me daily, and delight to know my :--They ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take ht in approaching to God. Ezek. xxxiii. 31, 32: And come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not em; for with their mouth they show much love, but their goeth after their covetousness. And, lo, thou art unto as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and lay well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but Ho them not. MARK, vi. 20: When he [Herod] heard him ], he did many things, and heard him gladly. John, v. 35: as a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for son to rejoice in his light. Gal. iv. 15: Where is then lessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it zen possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, ave given them to me. B, xix. 28: But ye should say, Why persecute we him, the root of the matter is found in me? AT. xi. 6: Blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended
do. xxiv. 10: And then shall many be offended, and
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word ; and the care of this world, and the * deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh 'unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also ? beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. do. xxvi. 31: Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad John, vi. 60: Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 2 Tim. i. 15: This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. do. iv. 16: At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: 'I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.
LUKE, xiv. 16–24: Parable of the great supper. * Pro. xxiii. 5: Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards heaven. Mat. xix. 23: Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. MARK,X. 23: Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God ? LUKE, xvii. 24: And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly, &c. as in MARK, X. 23. I Tim. vi. 9: They that will be rich, fall into temptation, and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 52 Tim. iv. 10: Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this
* Ps.i.3: He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season. John, xy. 5,8: I am the vine, ye are the branches : He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. Herein is my Father glorified, that
bear much fruit. GAL. v. 22, 23: The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Eph. v.9: The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth. Phil. i. 11: Being Alled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus