The prophete Ionas with an introduccion before teachinge to vnderstonde him and the right vse also of all the scripture/ and why it was written/ and what is therin to be sought/ and shewenge wherewith the scripture is locked vpp that he which readeth it/ can not vnderstonde it/ though he studie therin neuer so moch: and agayne with what keyes it is so opened/ that the reader can be stopped out with no sotilte or false doctrine of man/ from t

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Excerpt W. T. vn to the Christen reader. As ye ?“vious Philistenes stopped ye welles of Abraham ??d filled them vpp with erth / to put ye memoriall out of m?«de / to ye entent yt they might chalenge ye grounde: even so the fleshly m?«ded ypocrites stoppe vpp the vaynes of life which are in ye scripture / wt the erth of theyr tradici??s / false similitudes & lienge allegories: & yt of like zele / to make ye scripture theyr awne possessi?? & marchaundice: and so shutt vpp the kingdome of heven which is Gods worde nether enter?«ge in th?“ selues nor soferinge them that wolde. ¶ The scripture hath a body with out / ??d within a soule / sprite & life. It hath wt out a barke / a shell ??d as it were an hard bone for ye fleshly mynded to gnaw vppon. And within it hath pith / cornell / mary & all swetnesse for Gods electe which he hath chosen to geve them his spirite / & to write his law & ye faith of his sonne in their hertes. ¶ The scripture c??teyneth .iii. th?«ges in it first ye law to c??demne all flesh: sec??daryly ye Gospell / yt is to saye / promises of mercie   for all yt repent & knowlege their sinnes at the preach?«ge of ye law & c??sent in their hertes that the law is good / & submitte them selues to be scolers to lern to kepe the lawe & to lerne to beleue ye mercie that is promised th?“: & thridly the stories & liues of those scolars / both what chaunces fortuned th?“ / & also by what meanes their scolemaster taught th?“ and made them perfecte / & how he tried the true from the false. ¶ When ye ypocrites come to ye lawe / they put gloses to ??d make no moare of it then of a worldly law which is satisfied with ye outwarde worke and which a turke maye also fulfill. Wh?“ yet Gods law never ceaseth to c??demne a man vntill it be written in his herte and vntill he kepe it naturally without c??pulsion & all other respecte saue only of pure love to God and his neyboure / as he naturally eateth wh?“ he is an hongred / without c??pulsi?? & all other respecte / saue to slake his hongre only. ¶ And wh?“ they come to the Gospell / there they m?«gle their leuen & saye / God now receaueth vs no moare to mercie / but of     mercie receaueth vs to penaunce / that is to wete / holy dedes yt make them fatt belies & vs their captiues / both in soule and body. And yet they fayne theyr Idole ye Pope so mercifull / yt if thou make a litle money glister in his Balams eyes / there is nether penaunce ner purgatory ner any fast?«ge at all but to fle to heven as swefte as a thought and at the twinkellynge of an eye. ¶ And the liues stories and gestes of men which are c??tayned in the bible / they reade as th?«ges no moare perteyn?«ge vn to th?“ / then a of Rob?« hode / & as th?«ges they wott not wherto they serue / saue to fayne false disc??t & iuglinge allegories / to stablish their kingdome with all. And one ye chefest & fleshliest studie they have / is to magnifie ye sayntes aboue measure & aboue ye trueth & with their poetrie to make them greater then euer God make them. And if they finde any infirmite or synne asscribed vn to ye saintes / that they excuse with all dilig?“ce / diminush?«ge the glorie of ye mercie of God & robbinge wretched sinners of all theyr c??forte / & thinke therby to flater the sayntes   and to obtayne their fauoure & to make speciall aduocates of th?“: even as a man wold obtayne ye fauoure of wordely tirantes: as they also fayne the saintes moch moare cruell then ever was any heath?“ man & moare wrekefull and vengeable then ye poetes faine their godes or their furies yt torment ye soules in hell / if theyr eu?“s be not fasted & their images visited & saluted wyth a Pater noster (whych prayer only oure lippes be accoynted with oure hertes vnderst??dinge none at all) and worsheped wt a candell & ye offer?«ge of oure deuoci??/ in ye place which thei haue chosen to heare ye supplicaci??s & meke petici??s of their clientes therin. ¶ But thou reader th?«ke of ye law of God how yt it is all to gether spirituall / & so spirituall yt it is neuer fulfilled wt dedes or werkes / vntill they flow out of thyne herte wt as greate loue toward thy neyboure / for no deseru?«ge of his ye though he be thine enimie / as Christ loued ye ??d did for the / for no deseru?«ge of thyne / but ev?“ wh?“ thou wast his enimie....
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