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not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have 31 taken upon me to speak unto the Lord : Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will 32 speak yet but this once : Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. And the Lord 33
feared in the assembly of the saints; and to be we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, had in reverence of all them that are about we know that we have the petitions that we him. Ps. Ixxxix. 7. Then said I, Woe is desired of him. If any man see his brother me! for I am undone, because I am a man sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, of unclean lips. Isa. vi. 5. My thoughts are and he shall give him life for them that sin not your thoughts, neither are your ways my not unto death. There is a sin unto death : ways, saith the Lord; for as the heavens are I do not say that he shall pray for it. 1 John higher than the earth, so are my ways higher v. 15, 16. than your ways, and my thoughts than your He said, I will not destroy, &c.] And the thoughts. Isa. lv. 8, 9. Wherefore we re Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, ceiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, and behold it is a stiff-necked people: now let us have grace, whereby we may serve God therefore let me alone, that my wrath may acceptably, with reverence and godly fear; wax hot against them, and that I may confor our God is a consuming fire. Heb. xii. sume them. And the Lord repented of the 28, 29.
evil which he thought to do unto his peo31 Behold now, &c.] See verse 27 and com. ple. Exod. xxxii. 9, 10. 14. Now there Ask, and it shall be given you ; seek, and ye fore I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto sight, shew me now thy way (said Moses), you. If ye, being evil, know how to give that I may know thee, that I may find grace good gifts unto your children, how much more in thy sight; and consider that this nation is shall your Father which is in heaven give thy people. And he said, My presence shall go good things to them that ask him ? Matt. with thee, and I will give thee rest.
Exod. vii. 7. 11. I say unto you, Though he (to xxxij. 13, 14. And the Lord passed by whom his friend came at midnight) will not before him (Moses), and proclaimed, The rise and give him, because he is his friend, Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, yet because of his importunity, he will rise long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and give him as many (loaves) as he needeth. and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forLuke xi. 8. Men ought always to pray, and giving iniquity, and transgression, and sin, not to faint. Luke xviii. 1. See verse 29 and and that will by no means clear the guilty ; com. (Having boldness) by a new and living visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the way which he hath consecrated for us, through children, and upon the children's children, the veil, that is to say his flesh. Let us draw unto the third and to the fourth genenear with a true heart, in full assurance of ration. Exod. xxxiv. 6, 7. And he (Moses) faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, evil conscience, and our bodies washed with O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among pure water. Heb. x. 20. 22.
us (for it is a stiff-necked people), and pardon 32 Ok let not the Lord be angry, &c.] See our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine verse 30 and com. The sacrifice of the wicked inheritance. And he (the Lord) said, Behold is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer I make a covenant : before all thy people I of the upright is his delight. Prov. xv. 8. will do marvels, such as have not been done I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, in all the earth, nor in any nation, and all the and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee people among which thou art shall see the and give “thee" ("the Messiah”) for a cove work of the Lord : for it is a terrible thing nant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles, that I will do with thee. Exod. xxxiv. 9, 10. to open the blind eyes, to bring out the pri- And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will soners from the prison, and them that sit in this people provoke me ? and how long will darkness out of the prison house. Isa. xlii. it be ere they believe me, for all the signs 6, 7. And the prayer of faith shall save the which I have shewed among them? And the siek, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy have committed sins, they shall be forgiven. word. Numb. xiv. 11. 20. If there be a The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous messenger with him, an interpreter, one among man availeth much: Elias was a man subject a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness, to like passions as we are, and he prayed then he (God) is gracious unto him, and he earnestly that it might not rain ; and it rained will be favourable unto him. Job xxxiii. 23, not on the earth by the space of three years 24. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to and six months. James v. 16, 17. And if forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them
went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
1 AND there came two angels to Sodom at even ; and Lot sat in the
gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them, rose up to meet them; 2 he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; And he said,
Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up
early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will 3 abide in the street all night. And he pressed upon them greatly ;
and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he
made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did that call upon thee. Ps. Ixxxvi. 5. Thus Levite who was in search of his concubine wife) saith the Lord, As the new wine is found in said unto him, “We” are (" himself and sera the cluster, and one saith Destroy it not, for a vant”) passing from Bethlehem-Judah, toward blessing is in it; so will I do for my servants' the side of Mount Ephraim ; from thence am l. sakes, that I may not destroy them all. Isa. So he brought him into his house, and gave Ixv. 8. Who is a God like unto thee, that provender unto the asses: and they washed pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the trans their feet, and did eat and drink. Judges til. gression of the remnant of his heritage ? He 17. 21. And they (the two disciples going to retaineth not his anger for ever, because he Emmaus) drew nigh unto the village whither delighteth in mercy. Micah vii. 18. Ask, and they went, and he made as though he would it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; have gone further. But they constrained him, knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Matt. saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evenvii. 7. Now unto him that is able to do ex- ing, and the day is far spent. And he went ceeding abundantly above all that we ask or in to tarry with them. Luke xxiv. 28, 29. think, according to the power that worketh in And when she (Lydia) was baptised, she beus, unto him be glory, &c. Ephes. iii. 20. sought us, saying, Come into my house, and The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous abide there. And she constrained us. dets man availeth much. James v. 16.
xvi. 15. 33 The Lord went his way, &c.] And 3 Pressed upon them, &c.] And it fell on the men rose up from thence, and looked a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them
was a great woman; and she constrained him to bring them on the way. And the men to eat bread. 2 Kings iv. 8. Though he turned their faces from thence, and went (whose friend came to him at midnight) will toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet be not rise and give “him" (" the friend") fore the Lord. Gen. xviii. 16. 22.
because he is his friend, yet because of his And Abraham returned, &c.] And early in importunity he will rise and give him as the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his many (loaves of bread) as he needech. Luke sons and his daughters, and blessed them: xi. 8. Go out (said the man who made a great and Laban departed, and returned to his supper), into the highways and hedges, and place. Gen. xxxi, 55.
compel them to come in, that my house way
be filled. Luke xiv. 23. See Luke xxiv. 28, Chap. I.–1 Rose up to meet them, &c.] 29, preced. com. For the love of Christ conChap. xviii. 1. The stranger did not lodge in straineth us, because we thus judge, that if the street, but I opened my doors to the tra one died for all, then were all dead. 2 Cor. veller. Job xxxi. 32. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have A feast.] See chap. xviii. 6. 8. and com. entertained angels unawares. Heb. xiii. 2. And Abraham made a great feast the saine
Bowed himself, &c.] See chap. xviii. 2. day that Isaac was weaned. Gen. xxi. 8. And and com.
Levi made him a great feast in his own house : 2 Turn in, I pray.] See com. verse 1. and there was a great company. Luke v. 29
. Wash your feet.] See com. chap. xviii. 4. There (at Bethany) they made him” (“ Jesus")
Nay; but we will abide in the street, &c.] And a supper, and Martha served. John xii. 2. Be when he (the old man of Gibeah) had lifted up his not forgetful to entertain strangers. Hed. eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of xiii. 2. the city : and the old man said, Whither goest Unleavened bread.] See chap. xvii. 6. and thou ? and whence comest tbou? And he (the com. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened
eat. But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men 4 of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said 5 unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night?
bread. Even the first day ye shall put away of these abominations, even the souls that leaven out of your houses: for whosoever commit them shall be cut off from among their eateth leavened bread from the first day until people. Levit. xviii. 29. If a man also lie the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from with mankind, both of them have committed Israel. And they baked unleavened cakes of an abomination: they shall surely be put to the dough which they brought forth out of death; their blood shall be upon them. Levit. Egypt, for it was not leavened. Exod. xii. 15. xx. 13. Now as they were making their 39. And Gideon went in and made ready a hearts merry (the old man of Gibeah and the kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour. Levite), behold the men of the city, certain Judges vi. 19. And the woman (who provided sons of Belial, beset the house round about, food for Saul) had a fat calf in the house; and and beat at the door, and spake to the master she hasted, and killed it, and took flour, and of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth kneaded it, and did bake unleavened ead the man tha came into thine house, that we thereof. 1 Sam. xxviii. 24. Therefore let us may know him. Judges xix. 22. Except the keep the feast, not with old leaven; neither Lord of Hosts had left unto us a very small with the leaven of malice, and wickedness : remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and but with the unleavened bread of sincerity we should have been like unto Gomorrah. and truth. I Cor. v. 8.
Isa. i. 9. Therefore the showers have been 4 Before they lay down, &c.] They sleep withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; not, except they have done mischief; and and thou (Judah) hadst a whore's forehead, their sleep is taken away, unless they cause thou refusedst to be ashamed. Jer. iii. 3. some to fall. Prov. iv. 16. (The Lord hateth) Were they ashamed when they had committed an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, abomination ? Nay, they were not ashamed, feet that be swift in running to mischief. neither could they blush; therefore they shall Prov. vi. 18. That they (the wicked) may do fall among them that fall : at the time that I evil with both hands earnestly, the prince visit them, they shall be cast down, saith the asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; Lord. Jer. vi. 15. Behold, this was the iniand the great man, he uttereth his mischievous quity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of desire : so they wrap it up. Micah vii. 3. bread, and abundance of idleness, was in her, Their feet are swift to shed blood. Rom. and her daughters, neither did she strengthen iii. 15.
the hand of the poor and needy. Neither All the people, &c.] See chap. xiii. 13, and hath Samaria committed half of thy (Jerusacom.; and xviii. 20. And the whole congre- lem's) sins; but thou hast multiplied thine 'gation of the children of Israel murmured abominations more than they, and hast justiagainst Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. fied thy sisters in all thine abominations, which Exod. xvi. 2. Thou shalt not follow a multi- thou hast done. Ezek. xvi. 49. 51. (The tude to do evil. Exod. xxiii. 2. Run ye to Gentiles) changed the glory of the incorruptiand fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and ble God into an image made like to corsee now, and know, and seek in the broad ruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there beasts, and creeping things, wherefore God be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh also gave them up to uncleanness, through the the truth, and I will pardon it. Wherefore lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a own bodies between themselves. For this *wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard cause God gave them up unto vile affectioris, shall watch over their cities; every one that for even their women did change the natural goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces; be use into that which is against nature. And cause their transgressions are many, and their likewise also the men, working that which is backslidings are increased. The prophets pro- unseemly, and receiving in themselves that phesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by recompence of their error which was meeta their means; and my people love to have it Rom. i. 23—27. Know ye not that the un*so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? righteous shall not inherit the kingdom of Jer. v. 1. 6. 31. But the chief priests and God ? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, elders persuaded the multitude that they nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. nor abusers of themselves with mankind, &c. Then answered all the people, and said, His &c. shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cor. blood be upon us and on our children. Matt. vi. 9. The law is not made for a righteous xxvii. 20. 25.
but for whoremongers, for them that 5 Where are the men, &c.] See chap. iv. I, defile themselves with mankind, &c. I l'im.
for whosoever shall commit any i. 10. But evil men and seducers shall wax
6 bring them out unto us, that we may know them. And Lot went out 7 at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I 8 pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two
daughters which have not known man ; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes:
only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under 9 the shadow of my roof. And they said, Stand back. And they said
again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a
worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. Let us do evil, that good may come ? whose 2 Tim. iii. 13.
damnation is just. Rom. iii. 8. 6 Lot went out, &c.] And the man (of Therefore came they.] See com. chap. xviii. Gibeah), the master of the house, went out 5. And the bramble said unto the trees, If unto them, and said unto “them" (the “ Gi- in truth ye anointme king over you, then beathites"), Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, come and put your trust in my shadow; and do not so wickedly; seeing that this “man" if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and (“the Levite”) is come into mine house, do devour the cedars of Lebanon. Judges in. not this folly. Judges xix. 23.
15. Is not this the fast that I have chosen ? 7 I pray you, brethren, &c.] See verse 4. Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and T'hou shalt not lie with mankind; it is an that thou bring the poor, that are cast out, to abomination. Lev. xviii. 22. If a man lie thy house? Isa. Iviji. 6, 7. with mankind, both of them have committed 9 Stand back.) And the Philistine (Goliath) an abomination : they shall be put to death. said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy Lev. xx. 13. There shall be no whore of the flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the beasts of the field. 1 Sam. xvii. 44. Now sons of Israel. Deut. xxiii. 17. See Judges therefore know, and consider what thou (Auxix. 23, at verse 6. Then said David, Ye shall gail) wilt do ; for evil is determined (said one not do so, my brethren, with that which the of David's young men) against our master Lord hath given us (the recovered spoil from (Nabal), and against all his household; for he the Amalekites at Ziklag); for who will hearken is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot unto you in this matter? | Sam. xxx. 23, 24. speak to him. 1 Sam. xxv. 17. He that And (God) hath made of one blood all nations reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame, of men.
Aets xvii. 26. Wherefore God also and he that rebuketh a wicked man getterà gave them (the Gentiles) up to uncleanness himself a blot: reprove not a scorner, lest he through the lusts of their own hearts, to dis- hate thee; rebuke a wise man, and he will honour their own bodies between themselves. love thee. Prov. ix. 7, 8. I have spread out Rom. i. 24. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, nor adulterers, shall inherit the kingdom of which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to God. 1 Cor. vi. 9. Even as Sodom and me; for I am holier than thou : these are a Gomorrah, and the cities about them, in like smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the manner giving themselves over to fornica- day. Isa. Ixv. 2. 5. Thou (Judah) hadst a tion, and going after strange flesh, are set whore's forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed. forth, for an example, suffering the vengeance Jer. iii. 3. Were “they" (“the people of of eternal fire. Jude 7.
Judah”) ashamed when they had committed 8 I have two daughters, &c.) And Aaron abomination ? Nay, they were not at all said, Let not the anger of my Lord wax hot: ashamed, neither could they blush; therefore thou knowest the people, that they are set on they shall fall among them that fall; at the mischief. E.rod. xxxii
. 22. And Reuben spake time that I visit them they shall be cast down, unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if saith the Lord. Jer. vi. 15. and Jer. viii, 12. I bring him not to thee; deliver him into my Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, hand, and I will bring him to thee again. neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest Gen. xlii. 37. Behold now here is my daughter, they trample them under their feet, and turn à maiden, and his (the Levite's) concubine ; again, and rend you. Matt. vii. 6. them I will bring out now, and humble ye This one fellow', &c.] See chap. xiii. 12 them, and do with them what seemeth good And he (the Hebrew) said (to Moses), Who unto you;
but unto this man do not so vile a made thee a prince and a judge over us? thing. Judges xix. 24. For he (Peter at the Erod. ii. 14. And the next day he (Moses) transfiguration) wist not what to say, for they shewed himself to them as they strove, and were sore afraid. Mark ix. 6. For if the would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, truth of God hath more abounded through my ye are brethren ; why do ye wrong one to lie unto his glory, why yet am I also judged another ? But he that did his neighbour as a sinner? And not rather (as we be slander- wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made ously reported, as some affirm that we say), thee a ruler and judge over us? Wilt thou
judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. · But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into 10 the house to them, and shut to the door. And they smote the men 11 that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door. And the 12 men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides ? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place : For we will destroy this place, because 13 the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it. And Lot went out, and spake 14
kill me, as thou didst the Egyptian yesterday? of the foolish wearieth every one of them, Aets vii. 26, 27, 28. And (the Lord) deli- because he knoweth not how to go to the vered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversa- city. Eccles. x. 15. Thou art wearied in the tion of the wicked: for that righteous man greatness of thy way (Jerusalem); yet saidst dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, thou not, There is no hope. Isa. lvii. 10. Why wered his righteous soul from day to day gaddest thou about so much (Judah) to change with their unlawful deeds. 2 Pet. ii. 7, 8. thy way? Jer. ii. 36.
And they pressed sore,&c.] And the Lord said, 12 Hast thou here any, &c.] And the Lord Behold the people, the people is one (who built said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house Babel). And now nothing will be restrained from into the ark. Gen. vii. 1. Depart, I pray them (said God), which they have imagined to you, from the tents of “these wicked men" do. Gen. xi. 6. And if any man said unto him, (“Korah, Dathan, and Abiram"), and touch Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all and then take as much as thy soul desireth; their sins. Numb. xvi. 26. But Joshua had then he would answer him, Nay, but thou shalt said unto the two men that had spied out the give it me now ; and if not, I will take it by country (Jericho),Go into the harlot's(Rahab's) force. 1 Sam. ii. 16. A wise man feareth, house, and bring out thence the woman and and departeth from evil; but the fool rageth, all that she hath, as ye sware unto her. And and is confident. Prov. xiv. 16. Let a bear the young men that were spies went in, and robbed of her whelps meet a man rather than brought out Rahab, and her father, and her a fool in his folly. Prov. xvii. 12. A stone mother, and her brethren, and all that she is heavy, and the sand weighty, but a fool's had; and they brought out all her kindred, wrath is heavier than them both. Prov. xxvii. and left them without the camp of Israel. 3. Yea, the heart of the sons of men is full Josh. vi. 22, 23. And they (Judah) shall be of evil, and madness is in their heart, while my people, and I will give them one heart and they live, and after that they go to the dead. one way, that they may fear me for ever, for Eccles. ix. 3. The beginning of the words the good of them and of their children after of bis mouth is foolishness, and the end of his them. Jer. xxxii. 38. And (God) delivered just talk is mischievous madness. Eccles. x, 13. Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the wicked; for that righteous man dwelling the form of his visage was changed against among them, in seeing and hearing vexed his Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego: therefore righteous soul from day to day with their be spake and commanded, that they should unlawful deeds. 2 Pet. ii. 7, 8. heat the furnace one seven times more than Son in law, &c.] And Lot went out and it was wont to be heated. Therefore because spake unto his sons in law, which married the king's commandment was urgent, and the his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire place ; escape for thy life, look not behind slew those men that took up Shadrach, Me- thee, neither stay thou in all the plain ; escape sbach, and Abed-nego. Dan. iii. 19. 22. to the mountains, haste thee, escape thither,
11 Blindness.] And when they (the Syrians) &c. Gen. xix. 14. 17. 22. Come out of "her" came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the (“ Babylon") my people, that ye be not parLord, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, takers of her sins, and that ye receive not of with blindness. And he smote them with her plagues. Rev. xviii. 4. blindness, according to the word of Elisha. 13 The cry of them is waxen great, &c.] 2 Kings vi. 18. And now behold, the hand See chap. xiii. 13. and com. Behold the hire of the Lord is upon “thee" (" Elymas" the of the labourers which have reaped down your sorcerer), and thou shalt be blind (said Paul): fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, and immediately there fell on him a mist and crieth, and the cries of them which have a darkness, and he went about seeking some reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord to lead him by the hand. Acts xiii. 11. of Sabaoth. James v. 4.
They wearied themselves, &c.] The labour The Lord hath sent us, &c.] And God sent