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10 and to my servant, Do this,' and he doth it. Jesus hearing this, was astonished, and said to those who followed, Verily I say unto you, not even in Israel have I found so great faith. Mal. 1, 11. 11 But I assure you that many will come from the east and from the west, and will be placed at table with Abraham, and 12 Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom shall be thrust out into darkness, where will 13 be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then Jesus said to the centurion, Go home; be it to thee according to thy faith. That instant his servant was cured.
Mar. 1, 29
Mar. 1, 32 16
Lu. 4, 40
Lu. 9, 57°
Lu. 9, 59.
Mar. 4, 37.
Mar. 5, 1'
Lu. 8, 26.
14 Then Jesus having entered Peter's house, saw his wife's 15 mother lying sick of a fever: and having touched her hand, the fever left her; whereupon she arose and entertained him. In the evening, they presented to him many demoniacs; and he expelled the spirits with a word, and cured all the sick; 17 thus verifying the saying of the Prophet Isaiah, "He hath himself carried off our infirmities, and borne our distresses.”
Jesus seeing himself crowded on all sides, gave orders to 19 pass to the opposite shore. Meantime a scribe accosted him,
saying, Rabbi, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 20 Jesus answered, The foxes have caverns, and the birds of the air have places of shelter, but the Son of Man hath not where to repose his head.
Another, one of his disciples, said to him, Master, permit 22 me to go first, and bury my father. Jesus answered, Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.
THEN entering the bark, his disciples followed him. Soon 24 after there arose in the sea so great a tempest, that the bark was covered with the billows. But he being asleep, his disciples 25 came and waked him, saying, Save us, Master, we perish. 26 He answered, Why are ye timorous, O ye distrustful? Then
he arose, and having commanded the winds and the sea, a great 27 calm ensued; insomuch, that every one exclaimed with admiration, What personage is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey!
When he was come to the other side, into the country of the Gadarenes, there met him two demoniacs, issuing out of the 29 monuments, so furious, that nobody durst pass that way. These
instantly cried, saying, What hast thou to do with us, Jesus, Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the 30 time? Now there was feeding at some distance a great herd 31 of swine. And the fiends besought him saying, If thou expel 32 us, permit us to go into the herd of swine. He answered, Go.
And when they were cast out, they went into the swine; on which the whole herd rushed down a precipice into the sea, and 33 perished in the waters. Then the herdsmen fled into the city, and reported every thing, and what had happened to the demoniacs. 34 Presently the whole city went out to meet Jesus, and having
seen him, entreated him to depart out of their territory.
IX. Then having gone aboard the bark, he repassed, and went 2 to his own city; where they brought to him a paralytic, laid Mar.2, 3. upon a bed. Jesus, perceiving their faith, said to the para3 lytic, Son, take courage, thy sins are forgiven thee. Where4 upon some of the scribes said within themselves, This man Lu. 7, 48.
blasphemeth.' But Jesus knowing their sentiments, said, Why 5 do ye harbour evil thoughts? which is easier; to say, 'Thy
sins are forgiven;' or to say [with effect], Arise and walk?' 6 But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power upon
the earth to forgive sins, Arise, (said he then to the paralytic,) 7 take up thy bed and go home. Accordingly he arose, and 8 went home. And the people saw and wondered, glorifying God, who had given such power to men.
As Jesus departed thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, Mar. 2, 14. sitting at the toll-office; to whom he said, Follow me. And Lu. 5, 27 he arose and followed him.
Afterwards Jesus, being at table in a house, many publicans Lu. 5, 29 and sinners came, and placed themselves with him and his dis11 ciples. Some Pharisees observing this, said to his disciples,
Why doth your teacher eat with publicans and sinners? 12 Jesus hearing them, answered, The whole need not a physician, 13 but the sick. Go, therefore, and learn what this meaneth,
"I require-humanity, and not sacrifice:" for I came to call, Hos. 6, 6. not the righteous, but sinners [to repentance].
I Tim. 1, 15. 2,
Lu. 5, 33
Then John's disciples, accosting him, said, We and the Mar. 218 Pharisees often fast: why do thy disciples never fast? Jesus 15 answered, Do the bridemen mourn while the bridegroom is
with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom 16 shall be taken from them, and then they will fast. Nobody mendeth an old garment with undressed cloth; else the patch 17 itself teareth the garment, and maketh a greater rent. Neither do people put new wine into old leathern bottles; otherwise the bottles burst; and thus, both the wine is spilt, and the bottles are rendered useless. But they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
While he was speaking, a ruler came, and prostrating him- Mar. 5, 22self, said, My daughter is by this time dead; but come, and Lu. 8, 4119 lay thy hand upon her, and she will revive. And Jesus 20 arose, and, as he followed him, with his disciples, a woman,
who had been twelve years afflicted with a bloody issue, coming Mar 5, 35 behind, touched the tuft of his mantle; for she said within 21 herself, 'If I but touch his mantle, I shall recover :' Jesus 22 turning about, saw her, and said, Daughter, take courage,
thy faith hath cured thee. And the woman was well from
Lu. 8, 51.
23 Being come into the ruler's house, and seeing the players on Mar. 5, 38the flute, with the crowd making a bustle, he said to them, 24 Withdraw, for the damsel is not dead, but asleep. And
Lu. 11, 14 32
ch. 12, 22.
25 they derided him: But when the people were put out, he entered, and having taken her by the hand, the damsel arose. 26 Now the fame of this action spread through all that country. When Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, 28 crying, Son of David, have pity upon us. Being come into the house, the blind men approached: and Jesus said to them, Do ye believe that I can do this? They answered, Yes, master. 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, Be it unto you according 30 to your faith. Immediately their eyes were opened. And
Jesus strictly charging them, said, Take care that nobody 31 know it. But being departed, they spread his fame through all that country.
They were scarcely gone, when a dumb demoniac was pre33 sented to him. The demon being expelled, the dumb spake, and the people wondered, saying, Nothing like this was ever Mar. 3, 22. 34 seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said, He expelleth the demons by the prince of the demons.
Mar. 6, 6.
SECT. V.-THE CHARGE TO THE APOSTLES.
THEN Jesus went through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the glad tidings of the reign, and curing every disease and every malady among the Mar. 6, 34. 36 people. But when he saw the multitudes he had compassion upon them, because they were scattered and exposed, like a 37 flock without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, The 38 harvest is plentiful, but the reapers are few: entreat, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that he would send labourers to reap it.
Lu. 10, 2.
Acts 13, 46.
Mar. 3, 13 X.
Lu. 9. 1'
Lu. 6, 13.
Mar. 6, 8
Lu. 10, 7.
1 Tim. 5, 18.
And having called to him his twelve disciples, he gave them power to expel unclean spirits, and to cure diseases and mala2 dies of every kind. Now these are the names of the twelve apostles. The first Simon, called Peter, and Andrew his 3 brother, James, son of Zebedee, and John his brother, Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas, and Matthew the publican, James 4 son of Alpheus, and Lebbeus surnamed Thaddeus, Simon the 5 Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, he who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus commissioned, instructing them, and saying,
Go not away to the Gentiles, nor enter a Samaritan city; 6 but go directly to the lost sheep of the stock of Israel. And 7 as ye go, proclaim, saying, 'The reign of heaven approacheth.' 8 Heal the sick, cleanse lepers, expel demons; freely ye have 9 received, freely give. Put not gold, or silver, or brass in 10 your girdles; carry no scrip, no spare coats, shoes, or staves; for the workman is worthy of his maintenance.
And whatever city or village ye enter, inquire what person of worth dwelleth there; and abide with him until ye leave
12 the place. When ye enter the house, salute the family. If 13 the family be worthy, the peace ye wish them shall come upon them: if they be not worthy, it shall rebound upon 14 yourselves. Wheresoever they will not receive you, nor re
gard your words, in departing that house, or city, shake the 15 dust off your feet. Verily I say unto you, the condition of Acts 15, 51. Sodom and Gomorrha shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment than the condition of that city.
16 Behold! I send you forth as sheep amidst wolves. Be, Lu. 10, 3. therefore, prudent as the serpents, and harmless as the doves.
17 But be upon your guard with men; for they will deliver you ch. 24, 9. 18 to councils, and scourge you in their synagogues; and ye
Lu. 12, 11
shall be brought before governors and kings on my account, 19 to bear testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when Mar. 13, 11 they deliver you up, be not anxious how, or what shall ye speak; for what ye should speak, shall be suggested to you 20 in that moment. For it shall not be ye that shall speak; 21 but the Spirit of my Father who will speak by you. Then Lu. 21, 16the brother will consign the brother to death; and the father the child; and children will arise against their parents, and 22 procure their death. And for my name ye shall be hated universally. But the man who persevereth to the end, shall
Therefore, when they persecute you in one city, flee to another, for verily I say unto you, ye shall not have gone through the cities of Israel, ere the Son of Man be come. 24 A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his Lu. 6, 40. 25 master. It is enough for the disciple to be as his teacher, & 15, 20.
Jo. 13, 16
and for the servant to be as his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call his domestics?
Lu. 8, 17.
Therefore fear them not; for there is nothing hidden that Mar. 4, 22. ! shall not be detected; nothing secret that shall not be known. & 12, 2. 27 What I tell you in the dark, publish in the light; and what 28 is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the house-tops. And fear not them who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul; fear rather him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?* Yet neither of them falleth to the ground without the will of your Father. 30 Nay, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not 31 then, ye are much more valuable than many sparrows. Who- Lu. 12, 8 32 soever, therefore, shall acknowledge me before men, him Mar. 8, 38.
& 9, 26.
will I also acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven. 2 Tim. 2, 12. 33 But whosoever shall disown me before men, him will I also
disown before my Father who is in heaven.
34 Think not that I am come to bring peace to the earth. I Lu. 12, 51 35 came, not to bring peace, but a sword. For I am come to
Mic. 7, 5.
* Assarion, value three farthings sterling.
ch. 16, 24. Mar. 8, 34 Jo. 12, 25. Lu. 9, 23. & 17, 33.
make dissension betwixt father and son, betwixt mother and 36 daughter, betwixt mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, so that a man's enemies will be found in his own family. He who Lu. 14, 26 37 loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me. He who loveth son or daughter more than me, is not wor38 thy of me. He who will not take his cross and follow me, is 39 not worthy of me. He who preserveth his life, shall lose it; but he who loseth his life, on my account, shall preserve it.
Lu. 10, 16. 40
Jo. 13, 20.
Lu. 7, 18.
Isa. 35, 5.
He that receiveth you, receiveth me; and he that receiveth 41 me, receiveth him who sent me. He that receiveth a prophet, because he is a prophet, shall obtain a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man, because he is a Mar. 9, 41. 42 righteous man, shall obtain a righteous man's reward: and whosoever shall give any of these little ones, because he is my disciple, were it but a cup of cold water to drink; verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
Isa. 61, 1.
Lu. 7, 24.
Mal. 3, 1.
Lu. 16, 16.
Mal. 4, 5.
Lu. 7, 31
XI. WHEN Jesus had made an end of instructing his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and give warning in the
SECTION VI. THE CHARACTER OF THE TIMES.
2 NOW John having heard in prison of the works of the Mes3 siah, sent two of his disciples, who asked him, Art thou he that 4 cometh, or must we expect another? Jesus answering, said unto them, Go and relate to John what ye have heard and 5 seen. The blind are made to see, the lame to walk, the deaf to hear; lepers are cleansed; the dead are raised; and good 6 news is brought to the poor: and happy is he to whom I shall not prove a stumbling-block.
7 When they were departed, Jesus said to the people concern8 ing John, What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind? But what went ye to see? A man effeminately dressed? It is kings' palaces [not deserts] 9 that such frequent. What then went ye to see? A prophet? 10 Yea, I tell you, and something superior to a prophet: For this is he concerning whom it is written, "Behold I send 11 mine angel before thee, who shall prepare thy way." Verily
I say unto you, among those that are born of women, there hath not arisen a greater than John the Baptist. Yet the 12 least in the reign of heaven shall be greater than he. From the first appearing of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven is invaded, and invaders take possession by 13 force. For till John appeared, all the Prophets and the Law 14 were your instructors; and if ye will bear to be told it, this 15 is the Elijah that was to come. Whoever hath ears to hear,
let him hear.
But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like boys