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"Now is the judgment of this world."—John 12:31. "Fear God, and give glory to him, for the hour of his judment is come."— Rev. 14:7. I Pet. 4:17: "For the time has come that judgment must begin at the house of God."

Says Dr. clarke on this passage:

"Judgment must begin at the house of God.—Our Lord had predicted that, previously to the destruction of Jerusalem, his followers would have to endure various calamities; see Matt. 24:9-12,22. Mark 13:12-13.

John 16:2, &c. Here his true disciples are called the house or family of God. That the converted Jews suffered much from their brethren, the zealots or factions into which the Jews were at that time divided, needs little proof; and some interpreters think that this was in conformity to the purpose of God; Matt.23:35. That on you may come all the righteous blood shed from the foundation of the world."

Macknights's testimony is the same: "That the Jewish Christians were to be involved in the same punishment; and that it was proper to begin at them as a part of the devoted Jewish nation, notwithstanding they were become the house of God; because the justice of God would, thereby, be more illustriously displayed. But, probably, the word, krima, which we here translate judgment, may mean no more than affliction and distress; for it was a Jewish maxim that, when God was about to pour down some common and general judgment, He began with afflicting his own people, in order to correct and amend them; that they might be prepared for the overflowing scourge."

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