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not lawful? 25. And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungered, he, and they that were with him? 26. How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar | the high priest, and did eat the shew-bread, which is not lawful

to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? 27. And he said unto thein, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28. Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XII. v. 1-8. p. 56.]

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But they held their peace. 5.

AND he entered again into And when he had looked round

the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. 2. And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath-day; that they might accuse him. 3. And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. 4. And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath-days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill?

about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. 6. And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they night destroy him.

Lord, keep us from that hardness of heart, which was the object of thy anger and grief. Thou lookedst round on thy obstinate and malicious adversaries with anger: hence we see, that anger is not absolutely sinful. At the same time, thou wast affected with grief. May we never be angry, but upon such occasions as would have excited thy anger; and may we be grieved, as thou wast, for the sins and miseries of wicked men. Thou saidst to the man who had the withered hand," Stretch out thy hand, "and he stretched it out and it was healed." When thou commandest us to believe, may we, like this man, without objecting our inability, endeavour to comply with

thy call; and, O gracious Redeemer, do thou secretly convey the power along with it.

[See also the Reflections on Matt. XII. v. 9—14. p. 56, 57.]


Jesus performs many Miracles.-The twelve Apostles Ordained.

him known. 13. And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. 14. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to

7. But Jesus withdrew him- | self with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judea, 8. And from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multi-preach. 15. And to have power tude, when they had heard what great things he did came unto him. 9. And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him. 10. For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had many as had plagues. 11. And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. 12. And he straitly charged them that they should not make

to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: 16. And Simon he surnamed Peter; 17. And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder; 18. And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, and Simon the Canaanite, 19. And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him : and they went into an house.

[See Reflections on Matt. X. v. 1—15. p. 46—48.]


Christ Vindicateth his Miracles.

20. And the multitude com- | eth together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. 21. And when his friends heard

of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

Infinitely wise God! how didst thou humble thyself to suffer such an imputation, and what was the ground of it? Because thou preferredst the work of him that sent thee to thy food. We find afterwards, thou wast said to have a devil, and to be mad. Lord, give us to adhere firmly to the rule of thy word, and of thy blessed example, without being moved at the censures or reproaches of carnal or worldly men. What should we

care for the severest of them, after what befel thee? Thou knowest, Lord, that these men who account serious and earnest religion madness, are themselves mad. They prefer time to eternity, and their own dreams to the wisdom of God. O that thou wouldst awaken them, and make them come to themselves. What poor praise is it to be accounted wise by the world; and what a small matter to be reckoned foolish or mad in their judgment. 22. And the scribes which I but hath an end. 27. No man came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. 23. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? 24. And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, I

can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. 28. Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29. But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation : 30. Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

[See the Reflections on Matt. IX. v. 34. p. 45. and XII. v. 22-30. p. 58, 59.]


Who are Christ's Relatives.

31. There came then his bre- | titude sat about him; thren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. 32. And the mul

and they

said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. 33. And he an

swered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? 34. And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my

brethren! 35. For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XII. v. 46–50. p. 61.j



The Parable of the Sower explained.


ND he began again to teach by the sea-side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. 2. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, 3. Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 4. And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way-side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. 5. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 6. But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased, and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and❘ some an hundred. 9. And he said unto them, He that hath


ears to hear, let him hear. And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12. That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. 13. And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? 14. The sower soweth the word. 15. And these are they by the wayside, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness : 17. And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when af

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[See the Reflections on Matt. XIII. v. 1–23. p. 62, 63.]


They who receive Light are to diffuse it abroad.

unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye

21. And he said unto them, | him hear. 24. And he said Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candle-mete, it shall be measured to stick? 22. For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. 23. If any man have ears to hear, let

you; and unto you that hear shall more be given. 25. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

[See the Reflections on Matt. V. v. 14—16. p. 18.]


The Parables of the Seed growing imperceptibly, and of the Mustard-Seed.

26. And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27. And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 28. For the

earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. 29. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

Lord, grant that the seed of thy grace may really be sown in our hearts; and may we know that it is really sown by its growing up. When we compare its different periods, may we find, that it hath evidently grown,

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