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Christ heals a Leper.

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him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.

And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. And the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them. And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed by devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judæa, and from beyond Jordan 8.

Christ heals a Leper. And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold, there came a man full

Matt. iv. 23–25; viii. 14-17. Mark i. 21–39. Luke iv. 31–44.

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Christ heals a Paralytic.

of leprosy; who seeing Jesus, and kneeling down to him, fell on his face, and worshipped him, and besought him, saying unto him, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. And he straitly charged him, and forth with sent him away; and saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, and so much the more went there a fame abroad of him : insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, for great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. But he withdrew himself, and was without in desert places, and prayed, and they came to him from

every quarter

Christ heals a Paralytic. AND again he entered into Capernaum after some days: and it was noised that he

9 Matt. viii. 2-4. Mark i. 40–45. Luke v. 12

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Christ heals a Paralytic. 53 was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door : and he preached the word unto them. And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judæa, and Jerusalem : and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

And, behold, men came unto him, bringing a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed, which was borne of four. And they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, nor find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes and Pharisees sitting there began to reason within themselves, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, knowing their thoughts,

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Matthew is called.

he said unto them, Why reason ye these things? Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose up before them, took up his bed, and went forth before them all, and departed to his own house, glorifying God, insomuch that when the multitude saw it, they marvelled, and were all amazed, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to-day; we never saw it on this fashion.

Matthew is called. And after these things he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them. And as he passed forth from thence, he saw a publican, named Matthew, or Levi, the son of Alpheus, sitting at the receipt of custom : and he said unto him, Follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him?. 1 Matt. ix. 2-8. Mark ii. 1-12. Luke v. 17-26. Matt. ix. 9. Mark ii. 13, 14. Luke v. 27, 28.

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The Healing of the Cripple at the Pool of

Bethesda. AFTER this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole ? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool : but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked : and on the same day was the sabbath.

The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not

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