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though we were not sensible of it in the mean time; and may it bring forth much fruit. And when all the fruit is brought forth, do thou gather us into thy barn. May thy kingdom spread and grow in this place; may it do so through the whole earth: and when the harvest is ripe, come and put in the sickle. Lord Jesus, hasten thy work, and come quickly.

30. And he said, Whereunto | branches; so that the fowls of shall we liken the kingdom of the air may lodge under the shaGod? or with what comparison dow of it. 33. And with many shall we compare it. 31. It is such parables spake he the word like a grain of mustard-seed, unto them, as they were able to which, when it is sown in the hear it. 34. But without a paearth, is less than all the seeds rable spake he not unto them: that be in the earth: 32. But and when they were alone, he when it is sown, it groweth up, expounded all things to his disand becometh greater than all ciples. herbs, and shooteth out great

[See the Reflections on Matt. XIII. v. 31-35. p. 64.]

SECT. XVII.

Jesus stilleth a Tempest.

35. And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and

they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39. And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41. And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

[See the Reflections on Matt. VIII. v. 24—27. p. 39.]

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come out of the ship, immedi-out, and entered into the swine; ately there met him out of the and the herd ran violently down tombs a man with an unclean a steep place into the sea, (they spirit, 3. Who had his dwell- were about two thousand,) and ing among the tombs; and no were choked in the sea. 14. man could bind him, no, not And they that fed the swine with chains : 4. Because that fled, and told it in the city, and he had been often bound with in the country. And they went fetters and chains, and the chains out to see what it was that was had been plucked asunder by done. 15. And they come to him, and the fetters broken in Jesus, and see him that was pieces; neither could any man possessed with the devil, and tame him. 5. And always, had the legion, sitting, and night and day, he was in the clothed, and in his right mind: mountains, and in the tombs, and they were afraid. 16. And crying, and cutting himself with they that saw it told them how stones. 6. But when he saw it befel to him that was possessJesus afar off, he ran and wor-ed with the devil, and also conshipped him, 7. And cried cerning the swine. 17. And with a loud voice, and said, they began to pray him to deWhat have I to do with thee, part out of their coasts. 18. Jesus, thou Son of the most And when he was come into high God? I adjure thee by the ship, he that had been posGod, that thou torment me sessed with the devil prayed him not. 8. For he said unto him, that he might be with him. 19. Come out of the mian, thou unHowbeit Jesus suffered him clean spirit. 9. And he asked not, but saith unto him, Go him, What is thy name? And home to thy friends, and tell he answered, saying, My name them how great things the Lord is Legion for we are many. hath done for thee, and hath 10. And he besought him much had compassion on thee. 20. that he would not send them And he departed, and began to away out of the country. 11. publish in Decapolis how great Now there was there, nigh unto things Jesus had done for him; the mountains, a great herd of and all men did marvel, swine feeding, 12. And all

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In this poor man we may see ourselves. could bind him; no not with chains. He had been often bound with fetters and chains; and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces. Thus it has often been with our resolutions and vows. Always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying and cutting himself with stones. So have we been perplexed and pained with confused thoughts, the fruit of our own wickedness; but we hope thou hast had pity upon us, O blessed Jesus, as upon him, when thou spakest these compassionate words : "Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit." Yes, Lord, thou hast mercifully interposed, and wrought a great deliverance for some of us. Oh speak again, and drive out the whole legion: let not one of them be left to disturb and defile souls, which, we trust, thou wilt make thy temple, for ever. Oh bring us into the happy condition of him that had been possessed with the devils, when he was seen with thee sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind. The Gadarenes were afraid when they saw this sight, and began to pray thee to depart out of their coasts. But we would with a holy astonishment admire thy grace in such a change, and, like the marr that had been possessed, pray thee that we might be with thee. And, blessed be thy name, though thou didst not suffer him to go along with thee into the ship, thou wilt not hinder us by faith to follow thee all our life long; yea, thou commandest us to follow thee. This is our comfort, our heaven upon earth, to be continually with thee; to awake in the morning seeking thy blessing; to follow thy directions all the day long; to lie down under thy protection at night; and in the silent watches, when we awake, to be still with thee: and we would also tell our friends (as this man was commanded to do,) how great things the Lord hath done for us, and hath had compassion on us.

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SECT. XIX.

The Flux of Blood healed, and the Daughter of Jairus restored to Life.

and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. 30. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? 31. And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 32. And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. 33. But the woman fearing and | trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. 34. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. 35. While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which

21. And wheir Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him; and he was nigh unto the sea. 22. And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, 23. And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. 24. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. 25. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26. And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 27. When she had heard of Je-said, Thy daughter is dead : sus, came in the press behind, why troublest thou the Master and touched his garment: 28. any further? 36. As soon as For she said, If I may touch Jesus heard the word that was but his clothes, I shall be whole. spoken, he saith unto the ruler 29. And straightway the foun- of the synagogue, Be not tain of her blood was dried up; afraid, only believe.

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Jairus besought thee to come and heal his little daughter, lying at the point of death. Thou wentest along with him. In the mean time, word was sent that she was dead, and that it was needless to trouble thee any further. But thou saidst to him, "Be not afraid; only "believe." May we not take comfort from these encouraging words with respect to our souls? They have. been not only at the point of death, but dead: yea, we may say, twice dead; yet thou sayest, "Believe in me, VOL. I.

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"I will in no wise cast out." Lord, let no difficulties deter us from believing. We believe, we believe that thou art able and willing to save us. Help, Lord, our unbelief.

37. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. 38. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. 39. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. 40. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out,

that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. 41. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha, cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. 42. And straightway the damsel arose and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. 43. And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be ther of the damsel, and them given her to eat.

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We cannot but take notice on this, and many like occasions, of thy care even of the body: how much greater must thy concern be about the immortal soul? Lord let not then our souls perish with hunger. O give us the bread of life, thou compassionate Saviour!

[See also the Reflections on these Miracles, as recorded by Matthew, IX. v. 18-31, p. 44, 45.]

SECT. XX.

Jesus, teaching in the Synagogue, is despised by his Countrymen.

CHAP. VI.

AND he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. 2. And when the sabbath-day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From

whence hath this man these

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things? and what wisdom is
this which is given unto him,
that even such mighty works
are wrought by his hands?
Is not this the carpenter, the
son of Mary, the brother of
James, and Joses, and of Juda,
and Simon? and are not his

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