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sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. 4. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. 5. And he could there

do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 6. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages teaching.

Lord, save us from being offended at that poverty and those mean circumstances to which thou humbledst thyself for our sakes. The more we know thee in thy humiliation, may we honour thee the more, as we have just cause to do. Lord, deliver us from that dreadful and wretched sin of unbelief, which punishes itself by refusing to receive blessings at thy hand. Lord, give us true faith, and increase it to the highest degree.

[See also the Reflections on Matt. XIV. v. 53-58. p. 67.]


The Apostles sent forth to Preach.

nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. 12. And they went out, and preached that men should repent. 13. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

7. And he called unto him | whosoever shall not receive you, the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; 8. And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: 9. But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. 10. And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. 11. And

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


Herod's Opinion ●oncerning Christ. John the Baptist beheaded.

14. And king Herod heard | daughter of the said Herodias of him; (for his name was came in, and danced, and pleased spread abroad;) and he said, Herod and them that sat with That John the Baptist was him, the king said unto the risen from the dead, and there- damsel, Ask of me whatsoever fore mighty works do shew forth thou wilt, and I will give it thee. themselves in him. 15. Others 23. And he sware unto her, said, That it is Elias. And Whatsoever thou shalt ask of others said, That it is a prophet, me, I will give it thee, unto or as one of the prophets. 16. the half of my kingdom. 24. But when Herod heard thereof, | And she went forth, and said he said, It is John, whom I unto her mother, What shall I beheaded he is risen from the ask? And she said, The head of dead. 17. For Herod himself John the Baptist. 25. And she had sent forth and laid hold came in straightway with haste upon John, and bound him in unto the king, and asked, saying, prison for Herodias' sake, his I will that thou give me by and brother Philip's wife: for he by in a charger the head of John had married her. 18. For John the Baptist. 26. And the king had said unto Herod, It is not was exceeding sorry; yet for his lawful for thee to have thy bro- oath's sake, and for their sakes ther's wife. 19. Therefore He- which sat with him, he would rodias had a quarrel against him, not reject her. 27. And immeand would have killed him; but diately the king sent an execushe could not. 20. For Herod tioner, and commanded his head feared John, knowing that he to be brought: and he went and was a just man and an holy, and beheaded him in the prison, observed him; and when he 28. And brought his head in a heard him, he did many things, charger, and gave it to the damand heard him gladly. 21. And sel: and the damsel gave it to when a convenient day was her mother. 29. And when his come that Herod on his birth- disciples heard of it, they came day made a supper to his lords, and took up his corpse, and high captains, and chief estates laid it in a tomb. of Galilee; 22. And when the

See the Reflections on Matt. XIV. v. 1-13. p. 68.]


Jesus feeds five thousand People.

30. And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. 31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. 32. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. 33. And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. 34. And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. 35. And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed. 36. Send them away, that they may go into the country round about,

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and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. 37. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? 38. He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see, And when they knew, they say, five, and two fishes. 39. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. 40. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. 41. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. 42. And they did all eat, and were filled. 43. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. 44. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XIV. v. 14-22,

p. 69.]

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when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. 48. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. 49. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: 50. For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. 51. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.

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52. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened. 53. And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore. 54. And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him, 55. And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was. 56. And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XIV. v. 23–36. p. 70, 71.]


Of God's Commandments, and the Folly of human Traditions. Sin alone defileth a




there be which they have reHEN came together unto ceived to hold, as the washing him the Pharisees, and of cups, and pots, brazen vescertain of the scribes, which sels, and of tables. 5. Then came from Jerusalem. 2. And the Pharisees and scribes asked when they saw some of his dis- him, Why walk not thy disciciples eat bread with defiled, ples according to the tradition that is to say, with unwashen, of the elders, but eat bread with hands, they found fault. 3. unwashen hands? 6. He anFor the Pharisees, and all the swered and said unto them, Jews, except they wash their Well hath Esaias prophesied of hands oft, eat not, holding the you hypocrites, as it is written, tradition of the elders. 4. And This people honoureth me with when they come from the mar- their lips, but their heart is far ket, except they wash they eat from me. 7. Howbeit in vain not. And many other things do they worship me, teaching

for doctrines the command-out a man, that entering into ments of men. 8. For laying him can defile him but the aside the commandment of God, things which come out of him ye hold the tradition of men, as those are they that defile the the washing of pots and cups: man. 16. If any man have ears and many other such like things to hear, let him hear. 17. And ye do. 9. And he said unto when he was entered into the them, Full well ye reject the house from the people, his discommandment of God, that ye ciples asked him concerning the may keep your own tradition. parable. 18. And he saith 10. For Moses said, Honour unto them, Are ye so without thy father and thy mother; and, understanding also? Do ye not Whoso curseth father or mother, perceive, that whatsoever thing let him die the death. 11. But from without entereth into the ye say, If a man shall say to man, it cannot defile him; his father or mother, It is Cor- 19. Because it entereth not into ban, that is to say, a gift, by his heart, but into the belly, whatsoever thou mightest be and goeth out into the draught, profited by me; he shall be purging all meats? 20. And free. 12. And ye suffer him no he said, That which cometh more to do ought for his father out of the man, that defileth or his mother; 13. Making the man. 21. For from within, the word of God of none effect out of the heart of men, prothrough your tradition, which ceed evil thoughts, adulteries, ye have delivered: and many fornications, murders, such like things do ye. 14. Thefts, covetousness, wickedAnd when he had called all the ness, deceit, lasciviousness, an people unto him, he said unto evil eye, blasphemy, pride, them, Hearken unto me every foolishness: 23. All these evil one of you, and understand. things come from within, and 15. There is nothing from with- defile the man.


[See the Reflections on Matt. XV. v. 1—20. p. 72.]


Christ heals the Daughter of a Canaanitish Woman.

24. And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid. 25. For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean

spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet. 26. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation: and she besought him that he would. cast forth the devil out of her daughter. 27. But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first

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