PREFACE BY THE AUTHOR
INTRODUCTIONCHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS TO CHRISTIANITY (paragraphs 5-71).
R. Isaac of Troki and the Chizzuk Emunah (paragraphs 1-4)CHAPTER II. JEWS AND CHRISTIANS AS THE OBJECTS OF GOD's AFFECTION (paragraphs 72-104).
- Its relation to heathenism
- Supposed proofs that Jesus is not Messiah.a. His Genealogy
b. His Actions
c. The Time of Messiah's coming
d. The Signs of His coming.
- One Kingdom and One King
- One Religion and that the Religion of Israel
- The Abolition of Idols
- Freedom from Sin
- Gog and Magog
- Wild Beasts
- No Troubles in Israel
- The Shekinah to return
- The Mount of Olives
- The River of Egypt and the Euphrates
- The Life-giving Stream
- The New Temple
- The Resurrection of the DeadCHAPTER III. A CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN PASSAGES IN THE LAW (paragraphs 105-179).
- The asserted rejection of the Jews and the choice of Christians
- The reason why Jews have not a king
- The permanence of Christianity
- The humiliation of the Jews
- The Restoration of the Jews and the destruction of the Nations
- The length of the present exile
- The Return of the TribesCHAPTER IV. A CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN PASSAGES IN THE PROPHETS (paragraphs 180-275).
- The Doctrine of the Trinity in Unity
(Gen 1:1, 26) 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth...26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
- The Fall
- The Seed of the Woman
(Gen 3:15) And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
- The Seed of Abraham and the blessings through it
(Gen 22:18) And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
(Gen 49:10) The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
- The Dietary Laws
(Deut 14:3, 4) Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing. These are the beasts which ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat,
- The Law, its demands and its permanence.a. Its demands generally
b. Sabbath or Sunday
c. The permanence of the lawCHAPTER V. A CONSIDERATION OF A FEW PASSAGES IN THE HOLY WRITINGS (paragraphs 276-284).
- The Law from Zion
(Isa 2:3, 51:4) 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem...51:4 Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.
- The Virgin
(Isa 7:14) Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
- The Child
(Isa 9:6, 7) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
- The Servant
- Uncleanness of Heart
(Isa 64:6) But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
- Religion to permeate all life
(Jer 3:16) And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
- A sojourner in the land
(Jer 14:8) O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?
- The Return to Palestine
(Jer 17:4, 18:7) 17:4 And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever...18:7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
- Rachel weeping
(Jer 31:15) Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.
- A New Covenant
(Jer 31:31) Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
- Holy Days
(Hosea 2:11) I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
- "They have sold the righteous for silver"
(Amos 2:6) Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
- The Return to Palestine
(Amos 5:2) The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up.
- Bethlehem the birthplace of Messiah
(Micah 5:2) But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
- The latter glory of this house
(Hagg 2:9) The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.
- "Thy King cometh unto Thee"
(Zech 9:9) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
- The Martyr
(Zech 12:10) And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
- The Shepherd smitten
(Zech 13:7) Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
- "In every place incense is offered"
(Mal 1:11) For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
- The coming of Elijah
(Mal 4:5) Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:CHAPTER VI. A FEW ADDITIONAL DIFFICULTIES ADDUCED BY R. ISAAC (paragraphs 285-295).
- "The LORD saith unto my Lord"
- "One like unto a son of man"
(Dan 7:13, 9:25-27)
- The Apocrypha
- One Religion
- Quotations from the Old Testament in the New
- The punishment of nations which illtreat the Jews
- Was it the will of Jesus to suffer?
- Christians and good works
- Are Christians faithful to the New Testament?
Preamble to Part 2 (paragraphs 296-299)
St. Matthew (paragraphs 300-380)
- The genealogies of the Lord Jesus
- The virgin
(Matt 1:22, 23; Isa 7:14) Matt 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us...Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
- The perpetual virginity of Mary
(Matt 1:25) And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
- Christ and Egypt
(Matt 2:15; Hosea 11:1) Matt 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son...Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
- Rachel weeping
(Matt 2:16-18) Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
(Matt 2:22) But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:
- The temptation of our Lord Jesus Christ
(Matt 4:1-11; Mark 1:12, 13; Luke 4:1-13)
- The light in Galilee
(Matt 4:13-16; Isa 9:1, 2) Matt 4:13-16 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up...Isa 9:1, 2 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
- Catching men alive
(Matt 4:18, 19) And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
- The permanence of the law
(Matt 5:17-19; Luke 16:17) Matt 5:17-19 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 heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven...Luke 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
- "Love your enemies"
(Matt 5:44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
- The Son of Man
(Matt 8:20) And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
- Messiah and peace
(Matt 10:34, 35) 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, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
- The sender and the sent
(Matt 10:40) He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
- Until John
(Matt 11:13, 14; Luke 16:16) Matt 11:13, 14 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come...Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
- "A word against the Son of Man"
(Matt 12:32) And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
- The words of the men of Nazareth
(Matt 13:55) Is not this the carpenterís son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
- The dietary laws
- "Why callest thou me good?"
(Mark 10:18-21) And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
- "Not mine to give"
(Matt 20:23) And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
- The Son of Man as minister
(Matt 20:28) Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
- Zachariah son of Barachiah
(Matt 23:35) That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
- The anointing of Jesus' feet
(Matt 26:6, 7; John 12:3) Matt 26:6, 7 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat...John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
- Christ's will to suffer
(Matt 26:39) And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
- The thirty pieces of silver
(Matt 27:9, 10; Zech 11:12, 13) Matt 27:9, 10 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potterís field, as the Lord appointed me...Zech 11:12, 13 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
(Matt 27:46) And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
- The victorious Christ
(Matt 28:18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
St. Mark (paragraphs 381-400)
- David and the shewbread
(Mark 2:24-26) And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
- Mark 3:31-35. His mother and His brethren
(Mark 3:31-35) There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
- The fig-tree cursed
(Mark 11:12-14) And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
- Knowledge of the Day of the Lord
(Mark 13:32) But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
St. Luke (paragraphs 401-422)
- The message of the angel Gabriel to the virgin Mary
(Luke 1:30-33) And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
- The feast of the conception of the blessed virgin Mary, December 8.
(Luke 2:6, 7) And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
- The Virgin Birth
- The genealogies once more
- The proclamation at Nazareth
(Luke 4:17-21) And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
- Turning the other cheek
(Luke 6:27-29) But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
- Washing hands
(Luke 11:37-41) And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner. And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also? But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.
- The parable of the rich man and Lazarus
- Christ prays His Father to forgive His enemies
(Luke 23:34) Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
St. John (paragraphs 423-455)
- John the Baptist denies that he was either Elijah or the Prophet
(John 1:21) And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
- Christ addresses His mother by the title of "woman"
(John 2:4, 19:26) 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come...19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
- Herod's temple forty-six years in building
(John 2:20) Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
- The incarnate Christ
(John 6:38) For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
- The unbelief of the Lord's brethren
(John 7:5) For neither did his brethren believe in him.
- R. Joshua ben Perachiah
(John 7:15) And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?
- The adulteress
- Did Jesus claim to be God?
(John 8:40) But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
- One flock and one shepherd
(John 10:16) And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and they shall become one flock, one shepherd.
- Jesus one with the Father
(John 10:30) I and my Father are one.
- Jesus calls Himself the Son of God
(John 10:33-36) The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
- The Son is one with the Father
(John 10:38, 14:11, 20, 17:21-23) John 10:38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him...14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very worksí sake...14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you...17:21-23 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
- All things were given by the Father to the Son
(John 13:3, 16:15; Matt 28:18) John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;..16:15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you...Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
- A new commandment
(John 13:34) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
- Jesus and God
(John 17:3; 1 Tim 1:17) John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent...1 Tim 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
- Judas and the soldiers
- The crucifixion of Jesus the destruction of the Jewish kingdom
(John 19:15) But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
- My God and your God
(John 20:17) Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
The Acts (paragraphs 456-506)
- The restoration of the kingdom
(Acts 1:6, 7) When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
(Acts 5:34-39) Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
- Abraham and Terah
(Acts 7:4) Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.
- The promise to Abraham
(Acts 7:7) And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.
- The number of those who went down to Egypt
(Acts 7:14) Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.
(Acts 7:15, 16) So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers, And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.
- Damascus or Babylon
(Acts 7:43; Amos 5:26, 27) Acts 7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon...Amos 5:26, 27 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.
- Simon Magus
(Acts 8:9-11) But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
- All foods made clean
(Acts 10:11-16) And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
- The length of the reign of King Saul
(Acts 13:21) And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.
- The second Psalm
- "To see corruption"
(Acts 13:35; Psa 16:10) Acts 13:35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption...Psa 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
- The yoke of the law
(Acts 15:10, 11) Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
- The remnant of Edom
(Acts 15:17; Amos 9:12) That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things...Amos 9:12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.
- Forbidden foods
(Acts 15:20, 29) 20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood...29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
- The mother of Timothy
(Acts 16:1) Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:
- The circumcision of Timothy
(Acts 16:3) Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.
- The jailor's question
(Acts 16:30, 31) And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
- St. Paul called a god by the ignorant heathen
(Acts 28:6) Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
The Epistles of St. PaulRomans (paragraphs 507-522)
- Death from Adam to Moses
(Rom 5:14) Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adamís transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
(Rom 9:24-26; Hosea 2:23, 1:6, 9, 2:1) Rom 9:24-36 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God...Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God...Hosea 1:6 And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away...Hosea 1:9 Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God...Hosea 2:1 Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah.
- The stone of stumbling
(Rom 9:32, 33; Isa 28:16, 8:14) Rom 9:32, 33 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed...Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste...Isa 8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
- Neither up to heaven nor down to the abyss
(Rom 10:6-9; Deut 30:11-14) Rom 10:6-9 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved...Deut 30:11-14 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
- The deliverer out of Zion
(Rom 11:26; Isa 59:20) Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:...Isa 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
- Satan under our feet
(Rom 16:20; 1 Thess 2:18) Rom 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen...1 Thess 2:18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
1 Corinthians (paragraphs 523-535)
- The incestuous man at Corinth
(1 Cor 5:1) It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his fatherís wife.
- Christians are to judge angels
(1 Cor 6:3) Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
- Persuading Jews to become Christians
(1 Cor 7:18-20; Gal 5:3) 1 Cor 7:18-20 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called...Gal 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
- Accuracy in numbers
(1 Cor 10:8; Num 25:9) 1 Cor 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand...Num 25:9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.
- Victory over death
(1 Cor 15:54, 55; Isa 25:8; Hosea 13:14) 1 Cor 15:54, 55 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?...Isa 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it...Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
Galatians (paragraphs 536-545)
- James the Lord's brother
(Gal 1:19) But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lordís brother.
- The Messiah accursed!
(Gal 3:13) Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
- Abraham's seed
(Gal 3:16) Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Ephesians (paragraphs 546-547)
- Gifts among men
(Eph 4:8; Psa 68:18) Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men...Psa 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
1 Thessalonians (paragraph 548)
- You and God
(1 Thess 2:10) Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
James (paragraphs 549-551)
- St. James and St. Paul
(James 2:24; Gal 2:16; Rom 3:20) James 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only...Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified...Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
The Epistle to the Hebrews (paragraphs 552-578)
- The Epistle to the Hebrews
- a. The sonship of Christ
(Heb 1:5; Psa 2:7) Heb 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?...Psa 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
b. The sonship of Christ, continued
(Heb 1:5; 2 Sam 7:14) Heb 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?...2 Sam 7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
c. Angels worship the Messiah
(Heb 1:6; Psa 97:7) Heb 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him...Psa 97:7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.
d. "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever."
(Heb 1:8; Psa 45:6) Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom...Psa 45:6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
e. "Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows."
(Heb 1:9; Psa 45:7) Heb 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows...Psa 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
- The eighth Psalm
(Heb 2:6-9; Psa 8:4-6) Heb 2:6-9 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man...Psa 8:4-6 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
- The new covenant
(Heb 8:8; Jer 31:31) Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:...Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
- "A body didst thou prepare for me."
(Heb 10:5-7; Psa 40:6-8) Heb 10:5-7 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God...Psa 40:6-8 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
The Revelation (paragraphs 579-584)
- The omission of Daniel in Revelation 7:5-8
(Rev 7:5-8) Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
- Addition and subtraction
(Rev 22:18 sq) For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Conclusion (paragraphs 585-594)
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