(1) We ought to find fault with one another, but we must beware
we do not do it without cause, or to seem holier than
others or because of hatred of others.
7:62 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast
ye your a pearls before swine, lest they trample them
under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
(2) The stiff-necked and stubborn enemies of the gospel are
unworthy to have it preached unto them.
(a) A pearl is known among the Greeks for its oriental
brightness: and a pearl was in ancient times greatly
valued by the Latins: for a pearl that Cleopatra had
was valued at two hundred and fifty thousand crowns:
and the word is now borrowed from that, to signify the
most precious heavenly doctrine.
7:73 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
(3) Prayers are a sure refuge in all miseries.
7:124 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men
should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the
b law and the prophets.
(4) An explanation of the meaning of the second table.
(b) That is to say, The doctrine of the law and prophets.
7:135 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate,
and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and
many there be which go in thereat:
(5) The example of life must not be taken from the multitude.
7:14 Because c strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
(c) The way is straight and narrow: we must pass through
this rough way and suffer, endure, be changed and so
enter into life.
7:156 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's
clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
(6) False teachers must be taken heed of: and they are known by
false doctrine and evil living.
7:217 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall
enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the
will of my Father which is in heaven.
(7) Even the best gifts that exist are nothing without
7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in thy d name? and in thy name have cast out
devils? and in thy name done many e wonderful works?
(d) By "name" here is meant mighty working power of God,
which every man witnesses that calls upon him.
(e) Properly, powers: Now these excellent works which are
done are called powers because of those things which
they bring to pass, for by them we understand how
mighty the power of God is.
7:23 And then will I profess unto them, f I never knew you:
depart from me, g ye that work iniquity.
(f) This is not of ignorance, but because he will cast them
(g) You that are given to all kinds of wickedness, and seem
to make an art of sin.
7:248 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and
doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built
his house upon a rock:
(8) True godliness rests only upon Christ, and therefore always