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like: 48. He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock; and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it; for it was founded upon a rock. 49. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth: against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

do not gather figs, nor of a bramble-bush gather they grapes. 45. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart | bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. 46. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47. Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is [See the Reflections on Matt. V. v. 44—48. p. 23. VII. p. 2. p. 29. and v. 24-29. p. 33.]


The Centurion's Servant healed.


NOW when he had ended all

his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 2. And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 3. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant, 4. And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 5. For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. 6. Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself; for I

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am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7. Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 8. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 9. When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 10. And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

[See the Reflections on Matt, VIII. v. 5—13. p. 34, 35.]


Widow's Son restored to Life.

11. And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. 12. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 13. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not, 14. And he came and touched the bier and they that bare him

stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

15. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. 16. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. 17. And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the region round about.

We adore this instance of thy compassion to a poor widow, in which, as in every thing, thou resemblest thy Father. O teach all widows and fatherless and afflicted persons of every kind to put their trust in thee; and to take comfort when they think that though their condition may be forgotten or neglected by men, thou regardest it. And make us cheerfully to embrace every opportunity of helping or comforting such. When thou hadst raised the dead to life, thou didst not take him along with thee, but delivered him to his mother. May we ever look on relative duties as a very acceptable part of thy service. And, O merciful Saviour, who hadst pity on this sorrowful woman, and didst restore her child to temporal life; grant spiritual life to the souls of our children for thy mercies sake.


Christ's Testimony concerning John the Baptist.

18. And the disciples of John 19. And John calling unto him shewed him of all these things. two of his disciples, sent them

to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 20. When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 21. And in the same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits and unto many that were blind he gave sight. 22. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. 23. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. 24. And when the messengers of John

were departed, he began to speak unto the people coucerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 25. But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behoid, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in king's courts. 26. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much ́ more than a prophet. 27. This is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 28. For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XI. v. 1—15. p. 52, 53.]

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Give us, Lord, with these true penitents baptized by John, humbly to approve thy counsel in the method of salvation; and save us from the wicked dispositions of the Pharisees, which made them reject it.

31. And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? 32. They are like unto children sitting in the market-place, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto

you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. 33. For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor danking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. 34. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye

say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a wine-bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. 35. But

Wisdom is justified of all her children.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XI. v. 16—19. p. 53.]

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A Woman anoints the Feet of Jesus Christ.

36. And one of the Pharisees | wash his feet with tears, and desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. 37. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment. 38. And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to

did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 39. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him; for she is a sinner.

Thou knowest we are like this woman in the multitude and greatness of our sins. Oh, make us like her in being saved by thee. Blessed be thy name, thou rejectest not the greatest sinners. Yea, it plainly appears from this passage, that thou canst make them the greatest saints. And that there is nothing to hinder their reception; but if they believe in thee, they shall be saved.

Lord, give us the faith that this woman had, which respected not the healing of any bodily disease, but the pardon of her sins, and the salvation of her soul. She had a high esteem of thee, and thought nothing too worthy for thy entertainment. She was ashamed and afraid because of her vileness to approach thy sacred person; yet she could not stay away: but, like the publican, who dared not to lift up his eyes to heaven, she stood behind thee: and finding that thou sufferedst her to come near, this encouragement made her weep plentifully, so that she bathed thy feet with her tears and wiped them with the hairs of her head: and being now convinced more and more of thy mercy, her gratitude emboldened her to kiss thy feet, which, in token of her

great reverence mixed with this love, she also anointed with the ointment.

40. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. 41. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty: 42. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me, therefore, which of them will love him most? 43. 43. Simon answered and said, I suppose that he to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 44. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my

| feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 45. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman, since the time | I came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 46. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 47. Wherefore, I say unto thee, her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 48. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 49. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also! 50. And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace,

How encouraging is it to sinners like us, to hear thy vindication of her, and thy declaration of her pardon and acceptance. We bless thee, if ever thou hast been pleased to look upon any of us in our vile and loathsome condition, and to draw our hearts towards thee, and affect us with an apprehension of thy astonishing goodness. O, grant that if our faith has not yet been right, it may be so now. Give us, O merciful Jesus, now to believe in thee, as this woman did. Thou just now sufferest us to approach thee with this request. Thou givest us this new opportunity, after we have long abused thy patience; and thou givest us in reading thy word this encouraging example. Lord, we would wash thy feet with our tears. We would humbly adore and love thee with all our heart, with all our strength, with all our mind. What shall we do for thy glory? Lord, direct and strengthen us.

[See also the Reflections on Matt. XXVI. v. 1-13. p. 115, 116.]

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