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The Paralytic cur'd at Jerusalem, and commanded to carry his Bed upon the Sabbath-day. The murmuring of the Jews hereupon, and the Speeches of- Christ concerning himself and his Father ; and the Truth of his Doftrine confirmed by the Testimonies of John and the Scriptures,

AFterwards thePaflbver drawing near, which happened that year the 16th of ■ri April, Jesus, as he was wont, went up to Jerusalem to celebrate that Festival,, according to the Law. Now there was in the City a Pool in which they us'd towasli Sheep, and adjoining to it a Building consisting of five Porches, in which were laid persons sick of all manner of Distempers, who had been given over by the Physicians, iuch as the Blind, the Lame, and the Paralytic, who all waited for the troubling of the Water, that they might throw themselves into it, and thereby recover their Health, or use of their Limbs. For it was constantly reported, * that


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4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling'of the water stepped in, was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

6 When Jesus saw him Iy, and knew that he had been now a long time in that cjfe, he faith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

■^ 7 The impotent man an

swered him, Sir, I man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another sleppeth down before me. • 8 Jesus faith unto him,

Rife, take up thy bed, and walk.

9 And immediatly the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the fame day "was the sabbath. V

that at a certain time of the year an Angel came down and stir'd up the Water, and that whoever first leap'd in after it, was perfectly cur'd of whatever Distemper he labour'd under. When Jesus came to this place, he took notice of one toat had been afflicted with the Palsy eight and thirty years : which when he understood, he ask'd him whether he didnot desire to recover his former strength. The man told him he most earnestly desir'd it, but that he had no body to. throw him into the Pool after the troubling of it \ and that while he endeavour'd to crawl into it, he was always prevented by lome stronger than himself; so that he had all along been frustrated. Jesus taking pity of the man, and to [hew the Power he . had received from his Father, Arise, said he, take up thy Bed upon thy shoulders, and walk away with it. He had no sooner spoke these words, but the man recover'd his Strength, and did as he was commanded. It happen'd to be the Sabbath-day, which made several of the Jews who saw the man walking off with

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10 The Jews therefore siid unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath-day; it is not lawful for thee to carry rtybed. J

11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed and walk.

12 Then asked they him, What man is that which laid unto thee, Take up thy bed and walk?

13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.

14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and laid unto him, Behold, thou art made whole, fin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee..

his Bed upon his shoulders, put him in mind of it, and that therefore it was not lawful for him to carry any Burden whatsoever from one place to another. But he replied, he had no scruple upon him on this account, having been commanded to • carry his bed from one of the Porches of the Sheep-pool, by him who had cur'd him of the Palsy by a word's speaking, who he said was without doubt a Prophet, and uncapable of commanding any thing unlawful, since God had perform'd so remarkable a Miracle on his behalf!

Hereupon they ask'd with indignation, who it was that had set him upon this (ervile Imployment on the Sabbath-day, and thereby made him transgress the Law? The sick man knew not Jesus by name, and therefore look'd round about to shew him to 'em, but in vain j for Jesus had withdrawn himself from ;he Crowd immediatly after he had perform'd the Cure. Some time after Jesus met him in the Temple, and admonilh'd him, that since he had recover'd his Health by the favour of God, he ought now to thiuk upon a Reformation of Manners, and serioufly to set about it, lest by his Ingratitude to God he should draw down much more grievous Punishments upon himself than those he had been lately delivers from. The man upon these words pre/ently knew Jesus., and inquiring out * his

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1 $ The man departed, and told the Jews that it wasJesus which had made him whole.

16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to flay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath-day.

17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

18 Therefore the Tews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also, that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

19 Then answered Jesus, and did unto them, Verily verily, I fay unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

his name, he went to those who had demanded of him who it was that bid him carry his Bed upon the Sabbath-day, and told them that it was Jesus of Nazareth that had cur'd him. They looking on Jesus as a Violator of the Sabbath, were inflam'd with Anger, and judg'd him to have committed a Crime worthy of Death, and consulted how they might contrive to have iome capital Punishment inflicted on him, not daring to satisfy their Malice by their own Power, the Romans having depriv'd the Jews of the Authority of determining in Capital Causes.

Jesus flighting their Anger, told them that his heavenly Father pour'd out innumerable Benefits on Men indifferently upon any Day, and without respect had upon this account to the Sabbath, and that therefore they had no reason to blame him, if he propos'd him for his Example. The Jews were the more inrae'd at this, supposing he had insinuated that it was not necessary to observe the Sabbath j and that he had spoken irreligiously in stiling God his Father, instead of that usual Phrase among the Jews, Our Father: Thereby seeming to make himself equal with God , but especially for saying, that in doing many things on the Sabbathdav, he did but imitate him. Jesus told them. The Son truly could do nothing of his own accord, but that he exactly" follow'a the Pattern set him by his Father z, and that like him he did not restrain himself from doing good, even on the Sabbathday. Matthew. Mark. Luke.


. . 20 For the Father loveth

the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them: even so ■the Son quickeneth whom he will.

22 For the Father judgeth no man-, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son, honourethnot the Father which hath sent him.

^ 24 Verily verily I say

unto you, He that heareth

my word, and believeth on

." him that sent me, hath e

verlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

day. The Father so loves the Son, that the Son, in every thing he does, acts by a Power deriv*d from the Father •, but you shall fee greater things than these, and worthy of Admiration: for as the Father not only heals the sick, but raises from the dead whomsoever he pleases ; so also shall the Son restore to Lire whomsoever he has a mind to. Nor has the Father invested him onlv with a Power of doing good to Men, but has also constituted him Judg over them •, for the Father judges no man by himself, having transfer'd this Office to the Son. They therefore that worship the Father, must worship the Son also, as he who will be their Judg hereafter •, but whoever will not worship the Son, neither will he worship the Father, who has sent him among Men on purpose to be worship'dby them.

Beassur'd that whoever obeys me, and believes in God, whose Messenger lam, shall undoubtedly obtain eternal Life, and shall suffer no Punishment, but be translated immediately after bis Death into a blessed state of Immortality. Which

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