Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
so when they had further threatned them, they let them go, not finding it practicable to punish them, because of the people, who all glorified God for that which was done.
but the people who reverenc'd them,
When the people saw what Paul had done, they cry'd out in the Lycaonian tongue, the Gods have assum'd a human form, and are descended among us.
having presented them to the Officers, they said, these men, who are Jews, raise great disorders in our city, and preach such maxims,
the barbarians seeing the venomous creature hang fast to his hand, said to one another, this man is a murderer, no doubt; for, escaped from the wreck, the divine justice still pursues him to death.
1 Corinthians 4:10
we are made fools for our attachment to Christ, while you, who are christians too, still pass for the wise: we are in poverty, but you are in power: you meet with esteem, but we find contempt.
Blessed shall you be when men shall revile and persecute you, and falsely charge you with all manner of evil for your attachment to me.
if the disciple fare as well as his master, and the servant as his lord, is not that sufficient? if they style the master of the house Beelzebub, much more will they call his domestics so.
wherefore, brethren, chuse out of your number seven persons of good reputation, full of the holy spirit and wisdom, who may have the management of this affair:
they answered, Cornelius the centurion, a man of probity and piety, one that has an universal good character among the Jews, was divinely admonish'd by an holy angel to send for you to his house, to hear what you had to say to him.
there one Ananias a religious observer of the law, who had the good word of all the Jews in that place, came to see me,
this man is known to be a pernicious fellow that goes about the world to raise seditions among the Jews: he is the ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes,
but we should be glad to know your sentiments: for as to this sect, we are sensible it is every where inveigh'd against.
and why may we not do evil, that good may come?" which is slanderously reported to be our maxim, by some, whose condemnation is just.
1 Timothy 3:7
besides, he ought to stand fair in the opinion of unbelievers, lest he fall into disgrace, and the ambushes of the accuser.
1 Timothy 4:10
for to that end we expose ourselves to trouble and reproach, because we hope in the living God, who is the saviour of all men, especially of believers.
let us therefore decamp, and bear the reproach of following his example:
1 Peter 4:14
if you suffer indignities in the cause of Christ, you are happy: for the glorious spirit of God rests upon you.
3 John 1:12
Demetrius has the applauses of all men, and the testimony of his own virtue: we likewise certify in his behalf, and you know that our testimonial deserves credit.
you shall see I will make those of the synagogue of satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but do lye: you shall see I will make them come, and throw themselves at your feet, and they shall know that you are the objects of my love.
saying, sir, we remember that this impostor, when he was alive, said, "after three days I will rise again."
and the people were much divided about him: for some said, he is a good man: others said, not at all; but he seduces the people.
they dispatch'd therefore some of their disciples, together with the Herodians, who thus address'd themselves to him; master, we know that you are sincere, and faithfully teach the divine law without fear or flattery: for you have no regard to the outward quality of men.
when they were come, they said to him, master, we know that you are sincere, that you are not influenced by any one, for you have no regard to the person of men: but teach us the way of God according to truth. now should we pay tribute to Cesar, or no? shall we pay, or shall we not pay?
he that speaks from himself, has a view to his own glory: but he that has a view to his glory that sent him, deserves credit, and is a stranger to all imposture.