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goes from Capernaum throughout Galilee. LUKE.

JOHN. CH. IV. 42 – 44. and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them.

43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also, for therefore am I sent.

44 And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.

of a leper. Galilee. ch. V. 12 - 16. 12 And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold, a man full of leprosy : who, seeing Jesus, fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

13 And he put forth his hand and touched him, saying, I will : Be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

14 And he charged him to tell no man : but go, and shew thyself to the

fested his intent not to be generally known to the Jews as their Messiah, till the consummation of his ministry. A general announcement of his divine character at the outset would have been productive of no good ; on the contrary it would have excited the malice of the Scribes, Pharisees and Herodians against him ; would have favored the conceit of the Jews that he was to be their temporal king; would have awakened the jealousy of the Roman government; and in the natural course of things, would have prevented him from giving the many miraculous proofs which he gave of his ministry, and thus laying solid foundations for faith in his divine inission ; would have

§ 33. The healing
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MARK.
CH. VIII. 2-4.

CH. 1. 40-45. shew thyself to the priest, and offer 44 And saith unto him, See thou the gift that Moses commanded, for a say nothing to any man; but go thy testimony unto them.a

way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places : and they came to him from every

quarter.

$ 34. The healing CH. Ix. 2 -8.

CH. II. 1-12. And again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.

2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door : and he

preached the word unto them. 2 And behold, they brought to him 3 And they come unto him, bringa man sick of the palsy, lying on a ing one sick of the palsy, which was bed: and Jesus, seeing their faith, said borne of four. unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be

4 And when they could not come of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven nigh unto him for the press, they thee.

uncovered the roof where he was :

and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.

5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son,

thy sins be forgiven thee. 3 And behold, certain of the scribes 6 But there were certain of the said within themselves, This man scribes sitting there, and reasoning in blasphemeth.

their hearts,

7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins

but God only? 4 And Jesus, knowing their 8 And immediately, when Jesus thoughts, said, Wherefore think ye perceived in his spirit, that they so evil in your hearts ?

reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts ?

a Lev. xiv. 2, seq.

exposed him and his religion to the charge of ostentation, vanity, and love of power and display ; and would have deprived the world of that example which he gave, of meekness, humility and patient suffering and self-denial. According to human experience, an early assumption of regal splendor, supported by the miracles he wrought,

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of a leper. Galilee. LUKE.

CH. V. 12 - 16. priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear and to be healed by him of their infirmities.

16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

a paralytic. Capernaum. CH, V. 17 – 26. 17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem : and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

18 And behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.

19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went upon the house-top, and let him down through the tiling with his couch, into the midst before Jesus.

20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone ?

22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he, answering, said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts ?

would have been successful, and carried him to the throne instead of the cross; but it would have deprived the world of the great object of his mission. A sufficient number were enlightened to attest his miracles and proclaim his religion, and enough were left in their ignorance, to condemn and crucify him. See A. CLARKE, and Scott, in loc.

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MARK.
CH. IX. 1- 8.

ch. II. 1-12. 5 For whether is easier to say, 9 Whether is it easier to say to the Thy sins be forgiven thee ; or to say, sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven Arise, and walk ?

thee ; or to say, Arise, and take up 6 But that ye may know that the thy bed, and walk ? Son of man hath power on earth to 10 But that ye may know that the forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick Son of man hath power on earth to of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of and go unto thy house.

the palsy,) 7 And he arose, and departed to 11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take his house.

up thy bed, and go thy way into thy 8 But when the multitude saw it, house. they marvelled, and glorified God, 12 And immediately he arose, took which had given such power unto up the bed, and went forth before them

all ; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying,

We never saw it on this fashion.

$ 35. The call CH, IX. 9.

CH. II. 13, 14. 9 And as Jesus passed forth from 13 And he went forth again hy the thence, he saw a man named Matthew, sea-side ; and all the multitude resitting at the receipt of custom : and sorted unto him, and he taught them. he saith unto him, Follow me. And 14 And as he passed by, he saw he arose, and followed him.

Levi the son of Alpheus, sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.

men.

Mark ii. 14, Levi.) When a Jew became a Roman citizen, he usually assumed a Roman name. It is therefore supposed that Levi was the original Hebrew, and

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of a paralytic. Capernaum. LUKE.

ch. v. 17–26. 23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?

24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go unto thine house.

25 And immediately he arose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.

26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to-day.

of Matthew. Capernaum. ch. v. 27, 28. 27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom : and he said unto him, Follow me.

28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.

Matthew the assumed Roman name of this evangelist. Stowe’s Introd. 120. See, also, HARMER's Obs. vol. iv. p. 330 ; Obs. 94.

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