And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent you, and believe the gospel.
Faith and repentance keep up a Christian's life, as the natural heat and radical moisture do the natural life. Faith is like the innate heat; repentance like the natural moisture. And, as the philosopher saith, if the innate heat devour too much the radical moisture, or, on the contrary, there breed presently diseases; so, if believing make a man repent less, or repenting make a man believe less, this turneth to a distemper. Lord, cast me down (said a holy man upon his death bed) as low as hell in repentance; and lift me up by faith into the highest heavens, in confidence of Thy salvation.
Parallel VersesKJV: And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.