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they have trespasseb agoinst me, when they dwelt safely in
their land, and none made them afraid.

, thou king [Belshazzar], the most high God gave Nebuchad-
nezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:

• But tolien l)is I) cart toas liftcb up, anb l)is

minii l)arbcneb in pribe, he was deposed from his kingly throne,

and they took his glory from him : till he

knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and
that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will. And thou his
son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou

knewest all this ; but Ijast lifteb up tljnsclf against tl)e Corb

of l)eauen; and they have brought the vessels" uf his house be-
fore thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives and thy concubines,
have drunk wine in them ; and thou hast praised the gods of
silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor

hear, nor know : anb tl)c (5ob in u)l)osc I)an5 tl)n breati) is,
anb tDl)05C are all tl)n roaus, l)ast tl)ou not glorlfieb. Then

was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was
written

I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and sup-
plications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes : and I prayed unto
the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the



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great and dreadful God, keeping- the covenant and mercy to them
tliat love him, and to them that keep his commandments ; we have
sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done vvickedl}', and
have rebelled, cvax bx) bc|)artiug from tl)ii precepts anb from

tl)2 jttbgmcntS : neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the
prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and
our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us con-
fusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and
that are far oft", through all the countries whither thou hast driven
them, because of their trespass that they have trcspasscb against
tl)CC. O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of foce, to our kings, to
our princes, and to our fothers, bccaiisc u)c l)atic siniicb against

tl)CC. To the Lord our God lielong mercies and forgivenesses,
though we have rcbcllcb against Ijim ; neither have we obcncl)
tl)c uoicc of tl)c ilovb our (ilSob, to toalk in l)is laros, whicirhe

set before us by his servants the prophets. Yea, all Israel have

transgressed tl)rj lato, euen bn iieparting, tl)at tljej] migl)t txot
oben \\)X) voice ; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the
oatli that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God because

we have sinncb against l)im.

The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the
Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms, and
children of whoredoms ; for the land hath committed great

whoredom, bcparting from tl)c £orb And

I will visit upon her the days of IJaalim, wherein she burned
incense to them, and she decked herself with her ear-rings and
her jewels, and she went after her lovers, anb forgat me, saith the
Lord.

Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel : for the Lord
hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there
is no truth nor mercy, nor knomiebgc of (Pob in the land. By
swearing, and lying, and killing, and stt^aliug, and committing adul-
tery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood

My people are destroyed for lack of knouilebgc : because
thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that tliou shalt
be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgottCU tl)e lau) of tljg
(J3ob, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so
they sinncb against me: therefore will I change their glory into
shame. They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart
on their iniquity. And there shall be, like people, like priest : and
I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
For they shall eat, and not have enough : they shall commit whore-
dom, and shall not increase: bccausc tl)en \]avc left off to take

becb to tl)C £orb My people ask counsel at

their stocks, and their staff" declareth unto them : for the spirit of



Hosc.T,
i. 2, ii. 13.



Ilose.o,
iv. 1, 2, 6-12.



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THE :n"ature of sin,



Hosea, iv. 14.

Hosea,
V. 3-5.



Hosea,

vi. 6, 7.



Hosea,

vii. 11-16,

viii. 1, 13, 14,



Hosea, ix. 17,



Hosea, X. 1,2.



whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have QOUC a tDljor"

ing from unbcr tl)cir (J5ob.

The people tijat botl) not unbcrstanb shall fall.

I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me : for now, O
Ephraim, thou coramittest whoredom, and Israel is defiled. They
will not frame their doings to turn unto their God : for the spirit
of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and tl)en l)auc not knoton
tl)C Corii'. And the pride of Israel d<rth testify* to his face : there-
fore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity ; Judah also shall
fall with them.

I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and tl)e knoinlcbcjC of
©ob more than burnt-ofl:erings. But they like men have trans-
gress cb tl)C COUCnant : there have they dealt treacherously
against me.

Ephraim is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt,
they go to Assyria. When they shall go, I will spread my net
upon them ; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven ; I
will chastise them as their congregation hath heard. Wo unto them !
for tl)cn Ijanc flcb from mc : destruction unto them ! because they
have trunsgrcsscb against mc : though I have redeemed them,
yet they have spoken lies against me. And they have not cried
unto me witli their heart, when they howled upon their beds : they
assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rcbcl against
VXC. Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do
they imagine mischief against me. Tliey return, bnt not to tl)C
iUost i^igl] : they are hke a deceitful bow : their princes shall fall
by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their de-
rision in the land of Egypt Set the trumpet to

thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the

Lord, because they have transgrcsscb mj] coucnant, anb trcs-

passcb against mn lato " . They sacrifice flesh

for the sacrifices of mine ofierings, and eat it; but the Lord aceej)t-
eth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their
sins; they shall return to Egypt. For Israel hath forgotten l)is
maker, fiii<i buildeth temples; and Judah hath inulti[)lied fenced
cities : but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the
palaces thereof.

My God will east them away, becailSC tijCll bib not
l)Carkcn unto l)im; and they .shall be wanderers among the
nations.

Israel is an empty vine, |]C bringctll fortl) fritit UUtO l)im-
SClf : according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increa.sed the
altars ; according to the goodness of his land they have made
goodly images. ®|)cir Ijeart is biuibcb ; now shall they be found
faulty.



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My people are bent to btickslibiug from mc : though they
called them to the Most High, none at all would exalt him.

I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.
According to their pasture, so were they filled ; thev were filled, and
their heart was exalted : therefore have they forgottCU lUC- There-
fore I will be unto them as a lion : as a leopard by the way will I
observe them.

Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Judah, and
for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof: because they
have bcspiscb tl)C [am of t!)C t!orb,and have not kept his com-
mandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their
fathers have walked.

Hear this woi-d that the Lord hath spoken against you, O
children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up
from the land of Egypt, saying, \)oVL OUll} i]avc J kuoiDtt of all

tl)c families of tl)c carti): tl)crcforc H will pitnisl) iiou for all
gonr iniquities.

I will stretch out mine hand upon Judah and upon all the in-
habitants of Jerusalem ; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal
from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests ;
and them that worship the host of heaven upon the house-tops ;
and them that worship and that swear by the Lord, and that swear
by Malcham; and them that are tltritcb back from tl)C !!orb ;

and those that l)auc uot sougl)t tl)C Corb, nor inquircb for
l)im.

I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like
blind men, bccansc tlicn l)auc sinneb against tljc €orb :

and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their fiesh as the
dung.

Wo to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city !
She obcncb not tlje UOicc ; she received not correction ; she trustcb

not in tije £orb ; sl)c brctn not near to l)er (Sob.

Judah hath dealt treacherouslv, anil an abomination is com-
mitted in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Jubal) l).Ul) profaneb tl)C
lioliness of tl)C Corb va[)k\) 1)C loucb, and hath married the
daughter of a strange god.

I will come near to you to judgment: and I will be a swift
witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and
against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling
in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside
the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord
of hosts.

Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone aujan from
mine orbinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me,



Hosea, xi. 7.



Hosea, i
xiii. 5-7.



Amos, ii. 4.



Amos,
iii. 1, 2.



Zeph. i. 4-6.



Zeph. i. 17.



Zcphaiii.ah,
iii. ], 2.



Mai. ii. 11.



-Mai. iii. 5.



Mai. iii. 7-9.



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Malachi,
iii. 13-18.



Luke,
i. 16, 17.



John,
iii. 18, 10.



John,

V. 37, :w.



iMalltiew,
V. 1T-1'.».



Mntthew,
xi. 'JO-iJ.



and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said,
Wherein shall we return.

tOill a man rob (Sob ? |)ct i}c l)auc robbcb mc. But ye

say, Wherein have we robbed thee ? In tithes and offerings. Ye
are cursed with a curse : for 2C Ijnuc robbcb mc» even this whole
nation ?

Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord, Yet
ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? IDe l)iWC
soib, Jt is vain to sevvc (Sob : and what profit is it that we
have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully be-
fore the Lord of hosts ? And now we call the proud happy ; yea,
they that work wickedness are set up ; yea, they that tempt God
are even delivered.

Then they that fcrtreb tl)C £orb spake often one to another :
and the Lord hearkened, and heard it : and a book of remembrance
was written before him for them that fcarcb tl)C £orb, Uttb tl)at
tl)0U9l)t upon 1)16 name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord
of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels ; and I will spare
them, as a man spareth his own sou that serveth him. Then shall
ye return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, be-
tween him tljat scructl) (Sob and him tljat scructl) l]im not.

Many of the children of Israel shall he [John the Baptist,]
turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the
spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the
children, and tl)C bisobebient to the wisdom of the just; to make
ready a people prepared for the Lord.

He that believeth on him is not condemned : but he that be-
Heveth not is condemned alieady, bcctUlSC \)C l)ai\) not bclicDcb

in l\)c name of tl)c onln begotten Gon of (Sob. And tiiis is
the condemnation, tl)at ligl)t is comc into tl]e iDorlb, anb men

loueb barkness ratl)er tl]an ligbt, because tlieir deeds were evil.

The P'ather himself which hath sent me, hath borne witness

of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his

shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you : for U)l)Om l)e

Ijatl) sent, l)im ne bclieue not.

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets :
I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you,
Till lieaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass
from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore sl)all break

one of tl)ese least commanbments, ;md shall teach men so, he

shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.

Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty
Works were done, because they repented not. Wo unto thee, Cho-
razin I wo unto thee, Bethsaida ! for if the mighty works which
were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would
have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you,



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3t sljall be more tolerable for ^mc anb Sibon at tl)c baii of

jubgrncnt, tijan for tlOll. And thou, Capeniaum, which art ex-
alted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell : for if the mighty
works which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it
would have remained until this day. l!ut I say unto you, (ITIjat

it sljall be more tolerable for tl)c lanb of Sobom in tl)c ha^
of jnbgmcnt, tl]an for tljee.

i^e tljat is not toitl) me, is against me; and he that gath-
ereth not with me, scattereth abroad.

And when the people were gathered thick together, he began
to say, This is an evil generation : they seek a sign ; and there shall
no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas
was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to
this generation.

The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the
men of this generation, anb ronbemn tl)Cm : for she came from
the utmost parts of the earth, to hear the wisdom of Solomon ; and
behold, a greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh shall
rise up in the judgment with this generation, anb sl)oll conbemn
it : foi- they repented at the preaching of Jonas ; and behold, a
ofreater than Jonas is here.

Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of
man also confess before the angels of God. But he tl)at beuietl)
me before men, shall be denied before the angels of God. And
whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be
forgiven him : but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy
Ghost, it shall not be forgiven.

That servant m\)k\) kneU3 l)is Corb's tnill, and prepared
not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with
manj] stripes. But he tljat kncU) not, nnd did commit things
worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with feu) StripeS- For unto
whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required; and to
whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them. . .
. . . As ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at
hand ". . And whosoever sl)all not receiue |]0n,

nor l)Car JlOnr roorbs, when ye depart out of that house or city,
shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, Jft sl)all

be more tolerable for tl)c lanb of Gobom anb (!?>omorral) in
t\)c bail of jubgment, tl)an for tl)at citn.

Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will I confess also
before my Father which is in heaven. I'ut whosoever sl)aU benn
me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in
heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth ; I came
not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at
variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother,



Matt. xii. 30.



Luke,
xi. io-y-j.



Luke,
xii. 8-10.



Luke,
xii. 47, 48.



Matthew,
X. 5, 7, 14, 15.



Matthew,
X. 32-37.



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Matt. XV. 1-9.



Mark,
vii. 5-13.



Mark,
viii. 38.



John, viU.47.



I.iiko,
xix. 41-44.



and tlie daiigliter-in-lnw against her mother-in-law. And a man's
foes shall be they of his own household, i^c tljUt lonctl) fatl)Cr
or motljcr more tl)'.ni mc, is not worthy of me: and |)C tl)at

louctl] son or biuigl)tcr more tlinu me, is not worthy of me.

Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Je-
rusalem, saying. Why do thy discij)les transgress the tradition of
the ekiers ? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread ?

But lie answered and said unto them. Why do ye also trans-
gress tl]C COmmanilment of (5ob by your tradition? For God
commanded, .saying. Honour thy father and mother : and. He that
curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say. Who-
soever shall say to his father or his mother. It is a gift, by whatso-
ever thou mightest be profited by me ; and honour not his father
or his mother, he shall be free. ®|)ns l]nt)C ^C mobc tl)e COm-

manbmcnt of ©ot) of none effect by your tradition.

Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias j^rophesy of you, saying. This
people draweth nigh imto me with their mouth, and honoureth me

with their lips ; but tijeir \)caxt is far from me.

]3ut in vain they do worship me, teacl)ing for boctrines tl)e
commanbments of men.

Then the Phaiisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy
disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread
with unwashen hands ? He answered and said unto them. Well
hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is wi-itten. This peo-
ple lionouretli me with their lips, but tl)eir l)eart is far from me.

Howbeit, in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the

commandments of men. For laning asibc tl)c commnnbment

of (Sob, ve hold the tradition of men, as the washing of ])ots and
cups : and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto

them. Full well ye reject tl)c commanbmcnt of (Sob, that ye

may keep your own tradition. For Moses said, Uonuur thy father
and thy mother ; and. Whoso curseth father or mother, let him
die the death : but ye say. If a man .shall say to his father or
mother. It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou
mightest be profited by me ; he shall be free. And ye sufter him
no more to do aught for his father or his mother ; making tl)e
IDOrb of (Sob of none effect through your tradition, which ye
have delivered : and many such like things do ye.

Whosoever shall be asljamcb of me anb of mij iDorbs in

this adulterous and sinful generation ; of him also shall the Son
of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father
with the holy angels.

It.' that is of God |)earetll (Sob's roorbs : ye therefore hear
them not, because ye are not of God.

And when he was come near lie beheld the city, and wept
over it, saying, 3f tl)OU l)abst Unoiun, t'veii thou, at least in this



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John,
V. 42-44.



John,
xH. 47, 41



Matthew,
XXV. 14-30.



thy day, the things which behang unto thy peace ! but now they
are hid from tliine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee,
that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass
thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even
with the ground, and thy children within thee : and they shall not
leave in thee one stone upon another : bccausc tl)OU kuctUCSt ItOt

l\)c time of tl)n yisitation.

I know you, that m \)iwc iiot tl)c looc of ©ob ill rjou. I

am come in )ny Father's name, and ye rccciwc inc tXOt": if an-
other shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can
ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and sccli ttOt
tl)c Ijononr t\)al comcti) from ©ob oulii '?

If any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not :
for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that

rcfcctctl) mc, anb recciuctl) not mn iDorbs, hath one that judg-
eth him : the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him
in the last day.

The kingdom of heaven is as a man travellinsf into a far
country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them
his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two,
and to another one ; to every man according to his several abilit}^ ;
and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the
five talents, went and traded with the same, and made them other
five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained

other two. JBut l)c t\)at l)ab rccciucb one, toent anb biggeb
in tl)e cartl), a\ib l)iii Ijis lord's monen.

After a long time the lord - of those servants cometh, and
reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents,
came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst
unto me five talents : behold, I have gained beside them five talents
more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful
servant ; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee
ruler over many things : enter thou into the joy of thy lord. lie
also that had received two talents came and said. Lord, thou de-
liveredst unto me two talents ; behold, I have gained two other tal-
ents beside them. Uis lord said unto him, Well done, good
and faithful servant ; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will
make thee ruler over many things : enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came, and said. Lord,
I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast
not sown, and gatherin<; where thou hast not strawed : and I was
atraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth : lo, there thou
liast that is thine. Ilis lord answered and said unto him, ®|)0U
roicUeii unb slotljfnl seryant, thou knowest that I reap where I
sowed not, and gallier whei'e i have not strawed : thou oughtest
therefore to liave put my money to the exchangers, and then at my
coming I should have received mine own with usury.



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THE NATURE OF SIN.



John, XV. 14.

John,
XV. 16 - 25.



Jolin,
xvi. ii, 3.



John,
xvi. 7-9.



Acts,
iii. 22, 23.



Acts,
Xlil. -iU, 41.



Romnns

1. 18, 20-23,

28-32.



Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which
hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be. given, and
he shall have abundance : but from him that hath not, shall be
taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye t\)C Uliprotlt-
able SCroaUt into outer darkness : there shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth.

Ye are my friends, if JIC ho tDl)atSOCllcr J romiuauii IJOU.

If the Avorld hate you, ye know that it hated me befoi'e it hated
you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own : but
because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the
world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I
said unto you. The servant is not greater than his lord. If they
have persecuted me, they will also persecute you : if they have kept
my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they

do unto you for mil namc'0 sake, because tl)cji knora not l)im
ti]at sent me.

If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had
sin : but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me,
hateth my Father also.

3f 3 Ijab not bone among tijem tlie tuorks uiljici) none
otl)cr man bib, tl)cn l)ab not l)ab sin : but uora l)aiic tljcu boti)
seen anb Ijatcb botl) mc anb mn J^atljer. But this confeth to

pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law,
They hated me without a cause.

They shall put you out of the synagogues : yea, the time com-
eth, that whosoever killeth you, mill tl)ink tijat l)C boetl) (5ob
seruice. And these things will they do unto you, becausc tl)Cn

l)auc not knouju tl)c i'atljer, nor me.

If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you ; but
if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he
will reprove tlie world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment :

of sin, because tljen bclieue not on me.

Moses said unto the fathers, A Prophet shall the Lord your
God raise up unto you, of your brethren, like unto me ; |)im sl)all

jie l)ear in all tilings, toljatsoeucr l)c sljall san unto uou.

And it shall come to pass, that every soul U)l)icl) UjilHlOt l)Car
tl)iU prO}jl)Ct, shall be destroyed from among the people.

Beware lest that cometh upon you which is spoken of in the
prophets ; ]3ehold, lie bespiscrs, and wonder, and i)erish : for I
work a work in your days, a WDik wdiich ye shall in no wise be-
lieve, though a man declare it unto you.

The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungob-
liness anh unrigl)tcousness of men, who hold the truth in un-
right.'.iu-iifss Tlicv arc witliout excuse: bccauSC

that u)l)cu tlicu kucu) Q3ob, tl)en gloritieb l)im not as ^J?ob,
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their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be
wise, they became fools ; and changed the glory of the uncorruptible



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