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Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. Who is blind, but my
ervant? or deaf, as my messenger that I send? who is blind as he that is at peace with me, and blind as the Lord's servant? Thou seest many things but thou observest not; his ears are open, but he heareth not.
Isaiah xlii, 18-20. (R.V.)
Who hath despised the day of small
Zechariah iv, 10. (R.v.)
Be not careful overmuch.
II Esdras ii, 27. (APOC.)
When Rejected the Leader must be Undismayed.
Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, as ye go forth out of that house or that city, shake off the dust of your feet.
Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; he will come and
Isaiah xxxv, 4. (R.v.)
What shall we say then to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Romans viii, 31. (a.v.)
Thou art my lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness. For by thee I run upon a troop: by my God do I leap over a wall.
II Samuel xxii, 29, 30. (R.V.)
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.
Matthew vii, 15, 16. (a.v.)
40. The word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye cloth you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. Therefore ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord; As I live, saith the Lord
God, .. Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand. . . I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down. And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid. And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God. Ezekiel xxxiv, 1-10, 15, 28, 31. (a.v.)
Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees, Ye have made void the word of God because of your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men. And he called to him the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand.
Matthew xv, 6-10. (R.V.
Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people to err; that bite with their teeth and cry, Peace; and whoso putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him: therefore it shall be night unto you, that ye shall have no vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down upon the prophets, and the day shall be black over them. And the seers shall be ashamed, and the diviners confounded; yea, they shall all cover their lips: for there is no answer of God.
Micah iii, 5-7. (R.v.)
Now go, write it before them on a tablet, and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever. For it is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy de