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the world hated, and sought thy life, because thou testifiedst of it that the works thereof are evil. Give us, Lord, to follow thy example, and not to be surprized though the world hate us.

SECT. XVI.

Jesus teaches in the Temple.

14. Now about the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. 15. And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? 16. Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17. If

any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18. He that speaketh of himself, seeketh his own glory but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

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Lord, teach us to do the will of thy Father, and then we shall know of every doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether men speak of themselves. And we shall also know whether they be true men by this; if they seek not their own glory, but thine. O our divine master, may this be the sincere aim of thy poor servants in all their service.

19. Did not Moses give you | the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me? 20. The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee? 21. Jesus answered and said unto them, have done one work, and ye all marvel. 22. Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses,

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but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath-day circumcise a man. 23. If a man on the sabbath-day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath-day? 24. Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Keep us from that blindness and perverseness which made the Jews, though they allowed circumcision on the sabbath, angry at thy healing on that day: and though they pretended to be very zealous for the law of Moses,

yet not to scruple to transgress it by seeking to kill the innocent. O O give us thorough honesty, impartiality, and uprightness, that we may never judge according to the appearance, but in every case may judge righteous judgment.

he do more miracles than these
which this man hath done?
32. The Pharisees heard that
the people murmured such
things concerning him; and the
Pharisees and the chief priests
sent officers to take him.
Then said Jesus unto them,
Yet a little while am I with

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25. Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he whom they seek to kill? 26. But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? 27. Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man know-you, and then I go unto him eth whence he is. 28. Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am : and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. 29. But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me. 30. Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 31. And many of the people believed on him and said, When Christ cometh, will

that sent me. 34. Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come. 35. Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? 36. What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?

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They said, "We know this man whence he is." But him who truly sent thee they knew not: but thou knewest him; for thou art from him, and he hath sent thee. And, now, thou art gone to him that sent thee; and where thou art, thither thy persecutors cannot come. heavenly Father, give us to know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent; and in a little while we shall follow our Saviour, and live with him in thy house above, out of the reach of all enemies.

37. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus

stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto

me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, (Isa. xliv. 3. Joel ii. 28.) out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive :

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for the Holy Ghost was not
yet given; because that Jesus
was not yet glorified.)
Many of the people therefore,
when they heard this saying,
said, Of a truth this is the
Prophet.

In the last day of the feast, when there was a great concourse of people, thou didst stand and cry, If any (6 man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. We all naturally thirst after happiness: but, if we have not come to thee, this thirst has never yet been quenched. Though we have tried many ways, and drunk of many streams, all has been in vain. And now, after all we have done to provoke thee to give us up to wander in our own counsels, thou sayest to us in thy word, "Come 66 unto me and drink." We come, Lord; O help us to come. Thou sayest, "He that believeth on me, out of "his belly shall flow rivers of living water." We see, faith in thee is the great mean of obtaining all. Lord, hast thou not given us to believe that thou art the Son of the living God? And that thou art able and willing to save us? And hast thou not made us willing from our hearts to be saved by thee in thy own way? We will therefore look for thy Spirit to be poured upon us; thy Holy Spirit to sanctify us throughout, and to fill us with love, peace, and joy. O how happy shall we be if thou fulfillest our desires and hopes. Our souls shall be as a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not; that river whose streams make glad the city of God; that pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, which proceedeth out of the throne of God, and of the Lamb, shall flow through our hearts, purifying, refreshing, and gladdening all that is within us. let it be thus with us, and with all our relations and acquaintances; yea with all mankind, infinitely gracious and almighty Saviour, to the glory of thy Father, thy own glory, and the glory of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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41. Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? 42. Hath not the Scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? 43.. So there was a division among the people because of him. 44. And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. 45. Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? 46. The officers answered, Never man spake like this man. 47. Then

answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? 48. Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? 49. But this people, who knoweth not the law, are cursed. 50. Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) 51. Doth our law judge any man before it hear him, and know what he doeth? 52. They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee ? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. 53. And every man went unto his own house.

Lord, pity such as are prejudiced against thee by the unbelief of any who are esteemed great or honourable; or because thy disciples are despised. Blest be thy name, that some of us can from experience join with those who testified, "Never man spake like this man ;” And know that the more thy words and doings are inquired into, the more their glory appears. O that all the world would, for their own sakes, give thee a fair hearing, and impartially inquire into what thou hast done!

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with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. S. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the

eldest even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11. She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee; go, and sin no

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Every man went to his own house; but thou wentest to the mount of Olives, to pass the night perhaps in a poor cottage, or else in the open air; yet early in the morning, thou wast in the temple again, teaching the people. Lord, keep us from sloth and effeminacy. Make us patient to endure hardships, and diligent in thy service notwithstanding. Thou wast interrupted in thy teaching by a pretended zeal against immorality, but a real intention to insnare thee. We adore that meekness and peaceableness which made thee behave as though thou heardst them not. But since they would have an answer, blessed be that wisdom which silenced and confounded them. Thus let it fare with all who contend with thee. But alas! though they were ashamed they were not truly humbled, otherwise they would have applied for pardon to him whose divine wisdom and authority had awakened their consciences. How much better did the guilty woman, who, instead of flying out of thy presence, waited to hear thy will concerning her. Lord Jesus, we desire to take the same course. We are brought before thee by many accusers. we are cursed, and deserve to die: and we acknowledge the justice of its sentence. But when we look to thee, thou sayest, "I do not condemn you; go, and sin no "more." Blessed be thy name, though thou hadst no sin; though thou wast holy and undefiled, and separated from sinners; yet thou camest not into the world to condemn, but to save: yea, to save the chief of sinners.

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