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23但我必向他们声明:‘我从来不认识你们;你们这些作恶的人,离开我去吧!’
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
23 Verse 23. Will I profess] ομολογησω, I will fully and plainly

tell them, I never knew you-I never approved of you; for so the

word is used in many places, both in the Old and New Testaments.

You held the truth in unrighteousness, while you preached my pure

and holy doctrine; and for the sake of my own truth, and through

my love to the souls of men, I blessed your preaching; but

yourselves I could never esteem, because you were destitute of the

spirit of my Gospel, unholy in your hearts, and unrighteous in

your conduct. Alas! alas! how many preachers are there who appear

prophets in their pulpits; how many writers, and other evangelical

workmen, the miracles of whose labour, learning, and doctrine, we

admire, who are nothing, and worse than nothing, before God,

because they perform not his will, but their own? What an awful

consideration, that a man of eminent gifts, whose talents are a

source of public utility, should be only as a way-mark or

finger-post in the way to eternal bliss, pointing out the road to

others, without walking in it himself!



Depart from me] What a terrible word! What a dreadful

separation! Depart from ME! from the very Jesus whom you have

proclaimed in union with whom alone eternal life is to be found.

For, united to Christ, all is heaven; separated from him, all is

hell.