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thee priest in the room of Jehoiada,' &c. and Amaziah, Amos vii. 10–17. Jer. 1. 6. “their shepherds have caused them to go astray.' Lament. ii. 14.
thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee. iv. 13. “for the sins of the prophets—. Ezek. xiii. 2, &c. prophesy against the prophets of Israel,' &c. xxii. 26. her priests have violated my law.' v. 23. “her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar.' xxxiv. 2, &c. son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel— Hos. vi. 9. 'as troops of robbers, wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way,' &c. Amos viii. 11. • I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread,' &c. Mic. iii. 5, 6. “thus saith Jehovah concerning the prophets that make my people err-.' v. 11. 'the heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire—.' Zeph. iii. 4. her prophets are light and treacherous—.' Zech. xi. 15, 16. take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.' v. 17.
woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock.' xiii. 2, &c. 'I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.' Mal. ii. 1--10. now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.' John ii. 16. " he said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence,' &c. x. 10. “the thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.' 2 Pet. ii. 1, &c. “there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you.'
The duties of the whole church and of individual believers towards their ministers are stated Book I. in the chapter concerning the ministers and people ; to which many of the following texts may also be referred. Mait. ix. 37, 38. the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye there
fore the Lord of the harvest- x. 40, &c. he that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.' See also John xiii. 20. Luke viii. 18. “take heed therefore how ye hear; for whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.' Philipp. iii. 17, 18. brethren, be followers together of me,' &c. 1 Thess. v. 12, 13. we beseech
brethren, to know them that labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you ; and to esteem them very highly in love, for their work's sake.' Heb. xii. 7. remember them which have the rule over you.' v. 17, 18. obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves, for they watch for your souls as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy and not with grief, for that is unprofitable for you.' Jer. xxiii. 16. hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you; they make you vain ; they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of Jehovah.
The contrary conduct is condemned, Isai. xxx. 9, 10. this is a rebellious people, &c. Jer. xliii. 2.
saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely ; Jehovah our God hath not sent thee--, Micah ii. 6.
prophesy ye not ; say ye to them that prophesy,' &c. v. 11. if a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, sayiifg,' &c. Luke vii. 29, 30. “the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. 3 John 9. “I wrote unto the church, but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, receiveth us not.'