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be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. 28. And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs. 29. And he said unto

her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. 30. And when she was come to her house, she i found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XV. v, 21–28. p. 73.]

SECT. XXVII.

A deaf and dumb Man healed.

31. And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis. 32. And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. 33. And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; 34. And looking up to heaven he sighed,

and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. 35. And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. 36. And he charged them that they should tell no man; but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; 37. And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well; he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

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We see something singular in the manner of thy working this miracle. Very lately thou healedst the woman of Canaan's daughter by a word: doubtless, thou couldst have cured this man as easily. The reason of thy taking a different way was, certainly, worthy of thyself, though we cannot pretend to assign it. But in thy leading him aside from the multitude, we think we see their unbelief, which rendered them unworthy to see the miracle performed, and thy declining the applause of such persons. And in thy putting thy fingers into his ears, and spitting and touching his tongue, we cannot but adore thy condescension in performing such mean but kind offices to poor sinners. And in thy looking up to heaven, we observe thy communion with thy Father;

and in thy sighing, thy concern for the miseries and perverseness of mankind; according to what was prophesied of thee, that thou wouldst be a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. And, lastly, in thy saying, "Be opened," the divine energy of thy word, which can work without any means, and is necessary to make means effectual. Lord, we are naturally deaf to thy voice: we are dumb in thy praises. O be pleased to put thy hand upon us, and heal us. Then shall we hear that voice which is sweeter than any melody, and shall receive daily instruction from the fountain of wisdom: then shall our tongues be like the pen of a ready writer in declaring thy glory.

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CHAP. VIII.

SECT. XXVIII.

Jesus feeds four Thousand.

How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. 6. Ånd he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven leaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. 7. And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed and commanded to set them also before them. 8. So they did eat and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. 9. And they that had

N those days, the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, 2. I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: 3. And if I send them away fasting to their houses, they will faint by the way for divers of them came from far. 4. And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilder-eaten were about four thousand: ness? 5. And he asked them, and he sent them away,

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[See the Reflections on Matt. XVI. v. 29—39. p. 74.j

SECT. XXIX.

Jesus reproves the Jews who required a Sign, and cautions his Disciples against the Doctrine of the Pharisees.

10. And straightway he en- | ples, and came into the parts of pered into a ship with his disci- Dalmanutha. 11. And the

Pharisees came forth, and be- | saith, Why doth this generation gan to question with him, seek-seek after a sign? Verily I say ing of him a sign from heaven, unto you, There shall no sign tempting him. 12. And he be given unto this generation. sighed deeply in his spirit, and

Here is another instance of thy grief, occasioned by the perverseness of wicked men. Lord, give us the same mind that was in thee. May we have real sorrow from the many instances of impiety, unbelief, and various kinds of wickedness, which we see around us; and may we have sincere joy from every instance of the advancement of thy kingdom. And let us not be ashamed of that sorrow; but may we be ashamed of vain mirth, of which there was nothing in thee.

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your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? 19. When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. 20. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. 21. And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

13. And he left them, and I neither understand? have ye entering into the ship again, departed to the other side. 14. Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf. 15. And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. 16. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. 17. And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet,

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[See the Reflections on Matt. XVI. v. 1—12. p. 75.]

SECT. XXX.

The Blind restored to Sight.

22. And he cometh to Beth- | hand, and led him out of the saida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23. And he took the blind man by the

town: and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought? 24. And he looked

every man clearly. 26. And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the

up, and said, I see men, as
trees, walking. 25. After that
he put his hands again upon his
eyes and made him look up:
and he was restored, and saw town.

This man thou tookest by the hand, and leddest him out of the town; and when thou hadst spit on his eyes, and laid thy hands upon them, thou askedst him if he saw ought. Here is something similar to the manner of thy curing the deaf man, from which like instructions are to be gathered. How happy was he to be led by thy hand! Lord, for thy name's sake lead us; we are naturally blind in the things of God. O do thou take us by the hand: we commit ourselves entirely to thy management. The man at first saw indistinctly; but when thou hadst put thy hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up, he saw every man clearly. Thou hast been graciously pleased to open our eyes a little, and to give us some spiritual light we hope, (for which may thy name be blessed for ever and ever); but our sight, thou knowest, is still weak and indistinct. Lord, put thy hands again upon our eyes, and make us to see clearly.

SECT. XXXI.

Peter's Confession of Christ. Jesus foretells his Sufferings.

27. And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Cesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am? 28. And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others,

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One of the prophets. 29. And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. 30. And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XVI. v. 13—20. p. 76.]

and be killed; and after three days rise again. 32. And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to of rebuke him. 33. But when he

31. And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes,

had turned about and looked on
his disciples, he rebuked Peter,
saying, Get thee behind me,
Satan; for thou savourest not
the things that be of God, but
the things that be of men. 34.
And when he had called the peo-
ple unto him, with his disciples
also, he said unto them, Who-
soever will come after me, let
him deny himself, and take up
his cross, and follow me. 35.
For whosoever will save his life
shall lose it; but whosoever
shall lose his life for my sake
and the gospel's, the same shall
save it.
$6. For what shall it
profit a man, if he shall gain
the whole world, and lose his

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Lord, kill pride, and ambition, and vain-glory. Let us not love pre-eminence; but may we be ready to serve all. O make us little children, and give us affectionately to receive all such in thy name. Save us from doing what thou reprovedst in John, who forbad one casting out devils, because he followed not the apostles. Give that catholic spirit, that candid, and charitable, and forgiving temper, which is suitable to the words spoken by thee on that occasion; and may we rightly understand them. Lord, let us never forget, that the giving a cup of water to any one because he belongs to Christ, shall not go unrewarded; and what a dreadful guilt it is to offend one of the little ones that believe in thee. And if our hand offend us, give us to cut it off; if our foot offend us, give us to cut it off; if our eye offend us, give us to pluck it out: and all this without hesitation, or selfpity; remembering that it is unspeakably better so to do, than to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched; and that those terrible words were thrice repeated by thee. Lord, save us from neglecting such a remarkable warning from thy mouth, who art so pitiful, and of tender mercy. Oh give us the salt of thy grace: make us holy, living sacrifices, acceptable to God, through thy merits; and then we shall never be cast into

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