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21. Now when all the peo-shape like a dove upon him; ple were baptized, it came to and a voice came from heaven, pass, that Jesus also being bap- which said, Thou art my belovtized, and praying, the heavened Son; in thee I am well was opened, 22. And the Ho- pleased.

ly Ghost descended in a bodily

[See the Reflections on Matt. III. v. 13–17 .p. 8, 9.]

SECT. XII.

The Genealogy of Christ, according to the Line of his reputed Mother, traced (through her male ancestors) up to Adam.

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23. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, 24. Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph, 25. Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Nahum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge; 26. Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda, 27. Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri, 28. Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the of Er, 29. Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of

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Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, 30. Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim, 31. Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David, 32. Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson, 33. Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda, 34. Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor, 35. Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was

the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala, 36. Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech, 37. Which was the son of Mathusala, which

was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan, 38. Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

[Some Reflections, applicable to this Genealogy, occur on Matt. I. v. 1-17. p. 2.]

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soever I will, I give it. 7. If thou, therefore, wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 8. And Jesus answered and said unto

AND Jesus, being full of the Holy Ghost, returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2. Be-him, Get thee behind me, Saing forty days tempted of the tan: for it is written, Thou shalt devil. And in those days he worship the Lord thy God, and did eat nothing: and when they him only shalt thou serve. 9. were ended, he afterward hun-And he brought him to Jerusagered. 3. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. 4. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. 5. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whom

lem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 10. For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 11. And in their | hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 12. And Jesus, answering, said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 13. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

[See the Reflections on Matt. IV. v. 1—11. p. 9, 10.]

SECT. XIV.

Jesus teaches in Galilee and Nazareth.

14. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 15. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. 16. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbathday, and stood up for to read. 17. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, (Is. Ixi. 1.) 18. The Spirit of the

Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

Lord, vouchsafe to do for us, all these great things which thy father has anointed thee by his Spirit to do for the poor, the broken-hearted, the captives, the blind, the bruised. Thou knowest that what is wretched and miserable in these qualities we have had a very large share of; and as to what of them implies any degree of thy grace, we can say, Blessed be thy name, thou hast given some of us to see, in some small measure, our poverty and captivity and blindness. And we earnestly beg, for the sake of all that thou hast done for sinners, that thou wouldst give such a sight and sense of our misery, and such brokenness of heart, as thou seest necessary, and thinkest good, in order to our receiving all the blessings of salvation, at thy gracious hand. Glory to thee for what thou hast already done. O grant that now the acceptable year of the Lord may shine in our souls, and may be a Jubilee of continual gratitude and praise and zeal in the service of our glorious deliverer.

22. And all bare him witness, words which proceeded out of and wondered at the gracious his mouth. And they said, Is

not this Joseph's son? 23. And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. 24. And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. 25. But I tell you of a truth, Many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the hea

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What shall we think, Lord, of what follows? They all wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of thy mouth; but they did not believe it in thee. They seem to have despised thee because of thy parentage. The language of their heart was, "Let us first see him perform here, in his own country, the miracles we have "heard he wrought in Capernaum." But thou wouldst not do any miracles among them because of their unbelief; except to save thyself out of their hands, because the hour of thy death was not yet come. Nor wast thou afraid to put them in mind, that the ancient prophets were sent sometimes not to their countrymen, but to strangers; who enjoyed the benefit of their miraculous powers, while those of their own nation were passed by. What shall we learn from this? Lord, suffer us not to be offended at any thing in thee, or thy ways, which may appear mean in the eyes of the world. And let us not have less reverence for any of thy truths because we are daily conversant in them. Save us from relying on external privileges. And oh, give us that faith which thou still requiredst in those on whom thou wroughtest thy miracles. Give us faith to be healed in our souls.

28. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29. And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto

the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 30. But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way,

Thou sufferedst the wrath of thine enemies to go a

certain length, but no farther. They thrust thee out of the city, and led thee to the brow of a hill to cast thee down headlong. But thou, passing through the midst of them, disappointedst all their fury. Let us never be afraid of the wrath of man, when we are about thy work. May we be concerned to know thy will, and to do it from motives which thou approvedst; and commit all the rest to thee.

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[See the Reflections on Matt. IV. v. 24. p. 13.]

SECT. XVI.

Peter's Mother-in-law, and others, healed.

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38. And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with great fever; and they besought him for her. 39. And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her and immediately she arose and ministered unto them. 40. Now when the sun was setting, all they that

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any sick with divers dis-
eases brought them unto him;
and he laid his hands on every
one of them, and healed them.
41. And devils also came out
of many, crying out, and say-
ing, Thou art Christ the Son of
God. And he, rebuking them,
suffered them not to speak: for
they knew that he was Christ.
42. And when it was day, he

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