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and did eat the (hew-bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the fabbathdays the priests in the temple profane the sabbath,and are blameless?

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House of Abiathar, who afterwards was High Priest, and with his permission not only eat himself, but divided among his Retinue the Loaves that nad been consecrated to God. and which it was not lawful for any to eat besides the Priests. Moreover^ said he, have you not read in Moses, that Sacrifices are to be offer'd up to God on the Sabbath, whereby the Priests violate the Rest due to that Day ;. and yet who ever blam'd them for it? Now, itjvas the necessity that David was in, being unprovided of any other Victuals, that excus'd his making use of the dedicated Bread j and the necessary Service of the Temple does also absolve the Priests. Iii like manner, 'twas Hunger that press'd my Disciples to the making use of the Ears of Corn j and this they did, being fatigud with their accompanying me in my Journey, whom it is much more their interest to attend on, than on the daily Sacrifices of the Temple. Besides, know ye not that the Rest of the Sabbath was instituted for the good of Men, not that it should be so strictly observed by them as to endanger their Lives by it. as if it had been made the very end of their Creation ? If you had read, and duly weigh'd those Words of God

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6 And it came to pass also on another sabbath,

that he entred into the synagogue,

and taught:

and there was a man whose right hand was withered.

7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him,

whether he would heal on the fabbathday: that they might find an accusation against hinf.

8 But he knew their thoughts,


mention'dby the Prophet, Hof.6.6. 1 delk'd Mercy and not Sacrifice, yon would have comprehended now God prefers those Virtues that are for the benefit of human Society, before all external Rites, not excepting those which are accounted the most sacred by you; and you would have acquitted my Disciples for having thro necessity deviated from the Duty of the Day in this one particular, rather than to have paft'd this unjust Censure upon that Action.

Upon another Sabbath-day, having enter'd the Synagogue of a certain place he then resided at,he law a man whom the Palsy had depriv'd of the use of his right hand.

Wherefore some of the Pharisees and Lawyers that were present, observ'd Jests to see whether he would perform a Cure upon the Man, that they might accuse idea of shaving violated the Sabbath. But he perceiving their Intentions, call'd the

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and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forjh in the mids.

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and they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbathdays? that they might accuse him.

11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have

one sheep, and if it .

fall into a pit on the sabbath-day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

12 How much then is a man better than a sheep ? Wherefore it is lawful to do weIl«on the sabbath-days.

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sick ,man to him, and plac'd him in the middle of the Synagogue. These men hereupon ask'd Jesus whether it were lawful to do Cures upon the Sabbath-day, that according to his Answer they might have something to accuse him of. Jesus not at all afraid of their Malice, ask'd 'em whether it were not lawful, according to the opinion of the Doctors, and their ordinary practice, isa Sheep fall into a Ditch, to drag it out on the Sabbath-day? Why then, said he, shall it not be lawful to do gooes to Man, who is of so much more value than a Brute Beast? Bat I will put another question to you: Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath-day } or (if this be not) is it lawful to do evil ? May we by the Law preserve Life, or

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12 Then faith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand: and he sketched it forth, and it was restored whole, like as the other.

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5 And when he had looked round about on them

with anger, being g'rievetWor the hardness of their hearts,.

he faith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

6 And the Pharisees went forth,

with the Herodians,

and straightway took counsel against him, how they might destroy him.

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destroy it? But they made him no reply, concealing their Malice under a sullen Silence, having nothing to object, and yet unwilling to assent to what he had said unto em.

Jjsw then looking round about with indignation at their Obstinacy with a K>ud Voice commanded the stretch out his Right Hand, which immediately recover'd its former strength and motion. Upon sight of this Miracle the Pharisees and Sadduces, who were commonly call'd Herodians, thoof contrary Factions to one another, left the Synagogue in a rage, as not having been able to make any reply to the Questions propos d by Jtfa and consulted'how to put him to, death, or at least inflict some grievous.Puniihment upon him, whom they look d on as aYialator of the Sabbath..

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7 But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples

to the sea:

and a great multitude followed him

from Galilee and from Judea,

8 And from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from beyond Jordan: and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.

9 And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him, because of the multitude, lest they Ihould throng him.

10 For he had healed many,

insomuch that they pressed upon him lor to touch him, as many as had plagues.

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Jesus understanding their Defign, departed from thence with his Disciples, and came to the Country about the Lake of Gennesaretb, to which place also a vast multitude repair'd, not only out of the adjoining parts of Galilee, but also from Judea and Jerusalem it self, out cf Idunu.i, Perœa, and Phœnicia, about Tyre and Sidon, by reason of his Miracles, the Report of which had been (pread all over those Countries.

Therefore heorder'd his Disciples to have a Boat jn readiness for him, that he might avoid the Press of the Multitude that throng'd about him : for he not only cur'd those he spoke to,or on whom he laid his Hands \ but also they that only touched his Clothes, were healed of their Infirmities. Besides, those that were posseted,

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