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devil, blind and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

And all the people were amazed, and said, Is this not the son of David I

But wtien the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils but by Beelzebub the prince of devils.

And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them. Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to de, solation: and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.

And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand?

And if 1 by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of Gob, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Or else, how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man f and then he will spoil his house.

He that is not with me, is against rrie: and he that gat here th not with me, scattereth abroad.

Wherefore 1 say unto you, All manner of sin and blatpheray shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

And whosoever spraketh a word against the Son o Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

Either make the tree good, and his fruit good: or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak
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gooi' things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth spcaketh.

"A good man, out of the good treasure of the heart, bringeth forth good things: and an evil man, out of the Cvii treasur:, bringeth forth evil things.

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the day 6f judgment.

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words'thou shalt be condemned.

Then certain of the Scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

But he answered and said to them, An evil and adulterous. generation teeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.

For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it, because they repented at the.preaching of Jonas; and behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold a greater than Solomon is here. -.

. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none,'

. Then he saith, I will return unto my house from i whence whence I came out; and when he is come,. he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there : and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be al»o unto this wicked generation.

And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lift up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.

But lie said, Yea, rather blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. , .

Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.

But be answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother ? and who are my brethren i

And he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples, and said, Behold my mother,. and my brethren,

For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

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ANNOTATIONS And REFLECTIONS.

The cure our Saviour wrought in restoring the demoniac to the use of his reason, speech, and sight, by casting out the evil spirits, bore such evident marks pf divine power> that the multitude would willingly haye acknowledged Him to be the Messiah ; but the Pharisees, actuated by pride and envy, suggested, that He was in confederacy with the chief of tht devils. Though Jssus did not hear them say this, he was well acquainted with their secret thoughts; and, to convince I 3 them them..that He was, He answered as if they had openly accused Him, and refuted their calumny by irresistible arguments; first, observing, that supposing Him to be in confederacy with Sntau, it would be highly impolitic in Him to counteract the devil's design of establishing his power over mankind. Our Lord then retorted upon the Pharisees the reproach they cast upon him; from which we may judge that some of them pretended to cast "out evil spirits, and that some of the Jews'believed they "did so; but our Saviour knew, that in this particular they were impostors: and it was only for the sake of the argument that He seemed to allow that they were able to perform miracles. This was not a proper season fos him to expose their deceit; our Lord only meant to prove, that pasting out devils must be effected by the power of God, since Satan would certainly not lend his assistance for such a purpose; and if the Pharisees pretended to do it by divine commission, they must allow that our Lord acted by the same authority.

He that is not with me, is against me, was a maxim 'generally received among them; what, therefore, must they think of Jesus, who, so far from acting in conjunctioji with the devil, openly and professedly opposed him?

Having shewn how unreasonable and malicious their calumny was, our Lord proceeded to declare the sinful, nest of it; assuring them, that, in attrioVtiMg>'\hesc miracles which were evidently wrought by 'the Spirit of God, to the power of the devil, they were guilty of a crime of the most unpardonable kind: as it was an open affront to the divine Majesty, and would not be forgiven either in the present age of the Law, or the future age of the Messiah *. Whoever for want of light or ih

.. * This is what the Jews^meant by the present world, and the world to come.

. formation formation should deny Jesus to be the Christ, might be pardoned; because it was Only a personal reflection on him in his buxan nature: but those who blasphemed the Holy Ghost, excluded themselves from divine grace, and could not expect that assistance from it which is necessary to effect repentance, without which there is no salvation. Our Lord, therefore, warned the Pharisees not to pretend to righteousness, when they were so superlatively wicked; for, as their minds must be thoroughly corrupted before they could utter such a horrid blasphemy, their actions would of course be vicious, and their words malicious and impious. Ho then assured them, that for all idle words, which proceeded from a wicked heart, they must give account at ti e' day of judgment, and would be condemned according1/.

We may understand, then, that the unpardonable sin was blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, which consisted in saying, that Jesus cast out devils by Beelzebub; and the reason why it was unpardonable seems to be, that it implied, irreconcileable obstinacy, perverseness, and malice; and no one could be guilty of it, till he was so wicked as to have entirely forfeited the grace of God: in which case it was not probable that he should repent; but, on the contrary, that he would, like Pharoah, harden bimeVin sin.

No Christian can well commit the offence of bias, phemy against the Holy Ghost, as it was peculiar to the time of our Saviour's ministry; but they may sin against the Holy Ghost, by scoffing at the Scriptures, and ridiculing the miracles which were wrought in confirmation of Christianity; and if they do not repent, they will certainly be condemned by the righteous judge, for those idle words which they foolishly and I 4 . incotu

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