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7 Behold, I P come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things.
9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not : for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book : worship God.
10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book : for the 'time is at hand.
11 * He that is unjust, let him be unjust still : and he which is filthy,let him be filthy 3 still : and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still : and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I u come quickly; and 'my
2 polluted. Ne. 3 polluted. Ne. shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.
p Ver. 10, 12, 20. See on Rev. iii. 11. 4 See on Act's, X. 26.
See on Rev. x. 4. s See on 1 Cor. vii. 29.
· Ezek. j. 27 : But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear : for they are a rebellious house. Dan. xii. 10: Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. Hos. xiv. 9: The ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein. 2 TIM. Ui. 13: But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
u Zep. i. 14: The great day of the Lord is near, it is near and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. See on Rev. iii. 11.
" Isa. xl. 10: Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and ħiś arm shall rule for hiñ: behold, his reward is
reward is with me, to "give every man according as his work shall be.
13 *I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 » Blessed are they that do his commandinents, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in • through the gates into the city.
15 for without are o dogs, and a sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have e sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the 8 bright and morning star.
* there may be a privilege to theta in. Pu. 5the unchaste. Rh. concerniny. Ham. with him. do. Ixii. 11 : Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh ; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
w See on Mat. xvi. 17. * See on Rev. i. 8.
y Dan. xii. 12: Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and fire and thirty days, Lukr, zii, 37,38: Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them *), blessed are those servants. 1 John, iii. 24 : And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the spirit which he hath given us.
2 See on Rev. ii. 7.
c Phi. jii. 2: Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, be. ware of the concision.
See on I Cor. x. 20.
17 And the Spirit and b the bride say, i Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is kathirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
18 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 :
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away
his part out of the book of life,' and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, • Surely I come quickly; P Amen.
4 Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The "grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
7 from the tree of life. A. V.
h Rev. xxi. 2, 9.
i Isa. ii. 5 : 0 house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
Rev. xxi. 6. See on John, vii. 37. See on Gal. i. 9. m See on Luke, X. 20. n Rev. xxi. 2. • Ver. 7, 12. P St. John ends his Gospel with Amen.
9 2 Tim. iv. 8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Heb. ix. 28 : So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
See on Rom. xvi. 20, 24.
Seeming Contradictions reconciled.
The following remarks on the discrepancies between the several Gospels, from the inimitable pen of Dr. Paley, may not improperly introduce this part of the work:
I know not a more rash or unphilosophical conduct of the understanding than to reject the substance of a story, by reason of some diversity in the circumstances with which it is related. The usual character of human testimony is substantial truth under circumstantial variety. This is what the daily experience of courts of justice teaches. When accounts of transactions come from the mouths of different witnesses, it is seldom that it is not possible to pick out apparent or reab inconsistencies between them. These inconsistencies are studiously displayed by an adverse pleader, but oftentimes with little impression upon the minds of the judges; on the contrary, a close and minute agreement induces the suspicion of confederacy and fraud. When written histories touch upon the same scenes of action, the comparison almost always affords ground for a like reflection. Numerous, and sometimes important, variations present themselves; not seldom, also, absolute and final contradictions; yet neither one nor the other are deemed sufficient to shake the credibility of the main fact. The embassy of the Jews to deprecate the execution of Claudian's order to place his statue in their temple, Philo places in harvest, Josephus in seed-time; both contem, porary writers. No reader is led by this inconsistency to doubt whether such an embassy was sent, or whether such an order was given. Our own history supplies examples of the same kind. In the account of the Marquis of Argyle's death, in the reign of Charles the Second, we have a very remarkable contradiction. Lord Clarendon relates that he was condemned to be hanged, which was performed the same day: on the contrary, Burnet, Woodrow, Heath, Echard, concur in stating that he was beheaded; and that he was condemned upon the Saturday, and executed upon the Monday. Was any reader of English history ever sceptic enough to raise from hence a question, whether the Marquis of Argyle was executed or not? 'Yet this ought to be left in uncertainty, according to the principles upon which the Christian history has sometimes been attacked. Dr. Middleton contended, that the different
hours of the day assigned to the crucifixion of Christ, by John and by the other evangelistş, did not admit of the reconcilement which learned men had proposed; and then concludes the discussion with this hard remark :-'We must be forced, with several of the critics, to leave the difficulty just as we found it, chargeable with all the consequences of manifest inconsistency.' But what are these consequences ?
Bv no means the discrediting of the history as to the principal fact, by a repugnancy (even supposing that repugnancy not to be resolvable into different modes of computation) in the time of the day in which it is said to have taken place.
“A great deal of the discrepancy, observable in the Gospels, arises from omission; from a fact or a passage of Christ's life being noticed by one writer, which is unnoticed by another. Now omission is, at all times, a very uncertain ground of objection. We perceive it, not only in the comparison of different writers, but even in the same writer, when compared with himself. There are a great many particulars, and some of them of importance, mentioned by Josephus in his 'Antiquities,' which, as we should have supposed, ought to have been put down by him in their place in the Jewish Wars.' Suetonius, Tacitus, Dio Cassius, have, all three, written of the reign of Tiberius. Each has mentioned many things omitted by the rest, yet no objection is from thence taken to the respective credit of their histories. We have in our own times, if there were not something indecorous in the comparison, the life of an eminent person, written by three of his friends, in which there is very great variety in the incidents selected by them ; some apparent, and perhaps some real contradictions; yet without any impeachment of the substantial truth of their accounts, of the authenticity of the books, of the competent information or general fidelity of the writers.
“But these discrepancies will be still more numerous when men do not write histories, but memoirs; which is perhaps the true name and proper description of our Gospels: that is, when they do not undertake, or ever meant to deliver, in order of time, a regular and complete account of all the things of importance, which the person, who is the subject of their history, did or said; but only, out of many similar ones, to give such passages, or such actions and discourses, as offered themselves more immediately to their attention, came in the way of their inquiries, occurred to their recollection, or were suggested by their particular design at the time of writing.
" This particular design may appear sometimes, but not always, nor often. Thus I think that the particular design which St. Matthew had in view, whilst be was writing the history of the resurrection, was to attest the faithful performance of Christ's promise to his disciples to go before them