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SECT. XX.

Jesus asserts his Authority.

48. Then answered the Jews | shall never see death. 52. Then

and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? 49. Jesus answered, I have not a devil: but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. 50. And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. 51. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he

said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. 53. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?

Thou

We adore thee humbling thyself to suffer these abominable blasphemies; and rejoice that thou art now worshipped as the true God in earth and heaven. didst not seek thy own glory. Thou didst not honour thyself: but thou honouredst thy Father, who therefore honoured thee, and sought thy glory, and judged thy enemies. We believe, Lord, if a man keep thy saying, he shall never see death, but his dissolution shall be an entrance into a blessed immortality. O increase our faith, and give us to keep thy word.

54. Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, That he is your God: 55. Yet ye have not known him:

but I know him and if I should say I know him not, I should be a liar like unto you : but I know him, and keep his saying.

O Son of God, give us the knowledge of thy Father ; and cause us after thy example, and in thy strength, to keep his saying; and when he is pleased to make himself known to us, let us not deny his grace.

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56. Your father Abraham | old, and hast thou seen Abrarejoiced to see my day and ham? 58. Jesus said unto he saw it, and was glad. 57. them, Verily, verily, I say unto Then said the Jews unto him, you, Before Abraham was, I Thou art not yet fifty years am. 59. Then took they up

stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going

through the midst of them, and so passed by.

We adore thee as greater than the patriarchs and prophets, yea than all creatures: as the infinite, eternal, unchangeable God, whose name is "I AM."

Abraham rejoiced to see thy day. How ought the children of Abraham to rejoice, that thy day is now actually come; and that, all the parts of thy humiliation on earth being fulfilled, thou art now exalted at the right hand of God. O let the thoughts of this fill our souls with heavenly joy!

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CHAP. IX.

night cometh, when no man

AND as Jesus passed by, can work. 5. As long as I am

he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3. Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day the

in the world, I am the light of the world. 6. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 7. And said unto him, Go wash in the pool of Siloam (which is, by interpretation, Sent). He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

Thy enemies sought to stone thee as a blasphemer, but it was not in their power to put thee to this kind of death; nor to kill thee at this time: Nor could they hinder thee, while thy life continued, from doing good. May we ever remember these words of thine, "I must "work the works of him that sent me, while it is day : "the night cometh when no man can work. As long as "I am in the world, I am the light of the world." Lord, give us humbly to imitate thy glorious example. When thou spakest these words, it was not long before

thy death. How long it may be to ours, thou only knowest. O give us grace to work thy works, while it is day, and to have our light shining before men, that they may glorify thy name.

Let us not, with the disciples, be hasty in judging defects or diseases of any kind, to be the fruits of extraordinary sin: Such things, thou hast taught us, may be ordered for the glory of God, and for the good of the sufferers. Grant also, merciful Saviour, that the consideration that some sins entail diseases upon posterity, may have a due influence on parents, to res train them from wickedness.

Teach us, Lord, what thou wouldst have us to learn from this miracle wrought on the man born blind, Thou didst not wait till he applied, but preventedst him with thy mercy. Thou couldst have cured him without any means; but it is said, "Thou spat on the ground, and "madest clay of the spittle, and anointedst the eyes of "the blind man with the clay." We know not, Lord, what further might be meant by this action of thine: If it be necessary that we should know, thou canst teach us: But one thing we learn from it, that thou canst make the most improbable means successful when thou pleasest: And that every thing that comes from thee has virtue in it. Thou saidst to the man, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which signifies sent, as thou wast sent by thy Father;) and he went his way and washed, and "came seeing.' Lord Jesus! thou knowest, our souls are naturally blind; O anoint our eyes with thy eyesalve; and wash us in the fountain of thy precious blood; and we shall enjoy spiritual sight, which is far better than the sight of the body.

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Thou didst this and many other miracles on the sabbath. Surely it must be right to do works of mercy on that day.

8. The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? 9. Some said, This is he:

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others said, He is like him; but he said, I am he. 10. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? 11. He answered and said,

and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. 19. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? 20. His parents answered them, and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born 21. But by what

A man that is called Jesus
made clay, and anointed mine
eyes, and said unto me, Go to
the pool of Siloam, and wash :
and I went and washed, and I
received sight. 12. Then said
they unto him, Where is he?
He said, I know not. 13.
They brought to the Pharisees
him that aforetime was blind.
14. And it was the sabbath-blind:
day when Jesus made the clay
and opened his eyes. 15. Then
again the Pharisees also asked
him how he had, received his
sight. He said unto them, He
put clay upon mine eyes, and I
washed, and do
see. 16.
Therefore said some of the
Pharisees, This man is not of
God, because he keepeth not
the sabbath-day. Others said,
How can a man that is a sinner
do such miracles? And there
was a division among them.
17. They say unto the blind
man again, What sayest thou
of him, that he hath opened
thine eyes? He said, He is a
prophet. 18. But the Jews
did not believe concerning
him, that he had been blind

means he now seeth we know
not; or who hath opened his
eyes we know not: he is of
age; ask him: he shall speak
for himself. 22. These words
spake his parents because they
feared the Jews: for the Jews
had agreed already, that if any
man did confess that he was
Christ, he should be put out of
the synagogue.
Others said, the synagogue. 23. Therefore
said his parents, He is of age;
ask him. 24. Then again call-
ed they the man that was blind,
and said unto him, Give God
the praise: we know that this
man is a sinner.
25. He an-
swered and said, Whether he
be a sinner or no, I know not:
one thing I know, that, where-
as I was blind, now I see.

Thy providence made the unbelief of the Jews instrumental in confirming the truth of this miracle. They were at the utmost pains to sift it; not, alas! from an impartial desire to know the truth, but from prejudice against its author. They first examined the man, and then his parents, and then the man a second time, whom they would fain have prejudiced against thee. But all turned out to the confirmation of the miracle.

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26. Then said they to him | 27. He answered them, I have again, What did he to thee? told you already, and ye did not how opened he thine eyes? | hear: wherefore would ye hear

hear it again? will ye also be his disciples? 28. Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. 29. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. 30. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. 31. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. 32. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one

that was born blind. 33. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. 34. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. 35. Jesus heard that they had cast him out: and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? 36. He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? 37. And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. 38. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

Glory to thy name, for thy goodness to this poor blind beggar! Thou openedst the eyes of his mind, as well as his body, and madest him to advance very quickly in knowledge and faith. At first he confessed thee to be a prophet; soon after he was not ashamed to own himself thy disciple; and at last he grew so bold as to maintain thy cause against the learned scribes. Out of the mouth of babes thou canst perfect praise, to still the enemy and the avenger. Yet, alas! they did not yield to the truth, but, giving way to their resentment and pride, cast him out of their church. This, however, did him no real hurt. He was happier than before. For it is said, "Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he "had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe "on the Son of God?" Gracious Lord! Thou forsakest not them that stand up for thy cause. Thou seekest them to comfort them, and to perfect the work of faith in their hearts. How condescending and kind was thy declaration to this poor despised man!" Thou hast both "seen the Son of God, and it is he that talketh with "thee." Lord Jesus! dost thou not still talk with us in thy blessed word? And dost thou not say to us at

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