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8你们出去 到底是要 看 甚么 ?要看穿 细软 衣服 的人 么?那穿 细软 衣服的人是 在王 宫 里 。
8But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
8 Verse 8. A man clothed in soft raiment?] A second excellency

in John was, his sober and mortified life. A preacher of the

Gospel should have nothing about him which savours of effeminacy

and worldly pomp: he is awfully mistaken who thinks to prevail on

the world to hear him and receive the truth, by conforming himself

to its fashions and manners. Excepting the mere colour of his

clothes, we can scarcely now distinguish a preacher of the Gospel,

whether in the establishment of the country, or out of it, from

the merest worldly man. Ruffles, powder, and fribble seem

universally to prevail. Thus the Church and the world begin to

shake hands, the latter still retaining its enmity to God. How

can those who profess to preach the doctrine of the cross act in

this way? Is not a worldly-minded preacher, in the most peculiar

sense, an abomination in the eyes of the Lord?



Are in kings' houses.] A third excellency in John was, he did

not affect high things. He was contented to live in the desert,

and to announce the solemn and severe truths of his doctrine to

the simple inhabitants of the country. Let it be well observed,

that the preacher who conforms to the world in his clothing, is

never in his element but when he is frequenting the houses and

tables of the rich and great.

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