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35 Andjefos went And he went round
the villages, teaching.
all the cities and
in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the ■ < kingdom, and healing every fickness, and every disease among the people. #
%6 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having nosliepherd.
37 Then faith he iinto his disciples, The harvest truly it plenteous, but the labourers are few.
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will lend forth labourers into his harvest.
Jesus therefore departed from thence, and continued his Progress thro the other parts of Galilee \ and wherever he came, he cur'd the Sick that were presented to him, and publish'd the good Tidings of the Approach of the Kingdom of Heaven. For which reasons a very great Multitude followed him in all his Journies, who were proper Objects of his Pity, and who seemed to him like Sheep wandring without a Shepherd, and not having any Fold to repair unto. And indeed the condition of the Jewifij Laitv at tbattime was deplorable, not knowing what to chuse or avoids and distracted by the disagreeing Factions of the Sadduces and Pharife est and as yet unacauainted with the Voice of the true Shepherd sent to. them from God himself. The Reflections which this state of the Jews suggested to Jesus, gave him occasion to tell his Disciples that there was a great deal of Corn ripe for ihe Sickle, but very sew Reapers •, that therefore the Lord of that Corn ought to be intreated to provide many Labourers against the Harvest. For many now were prepar'd for the reception of the divine Doctrine of the Gospel, and only wanted proper persons to instruct them in a convenient Time and Place.
Mark. ^ Luke.
/JL had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease.
a Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother,
2 Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas, and Matthew the publican, James the son of Alpneus, and Lebbeus, whose sirname was Thaddeus,
4 Simon the Canaanice, and Judas IscariotjWho also betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent forth,
when he 7 And he calleth un-
and began to fend them forth
r 2 And he senr
Jesus afterwards considering that he himself could not be present in all placet where it was expedient the Golpel sliould be published, resolved to fend his Apostles abroad to all those places he did not visit himself. We have already set down their names, chap. 20. and it is not necesiary to repeat them here. Having therefore call'd them to him, he furnisiYd them with a Power of casting evil Spirits out" of human Bodies, and curing all manner of Distempers •, and gave them these Di
# rections Matthew.
Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And as ye go, preach, faying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the lick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils:
freely ye have received, freely give.
9 Provide neither gold nor silver, nor brass in your purses:
10 Nor scrip for your journy, neither two coats, neither slioos, nor yet slaves:
rections in charge. In this vour first Progress apply your selves whol , uo the Conversion of the Jews, that after their various wandrings like strayed Sheep, they may at last return into the right Sheepfold. .This is, as it were, your time of Probation: Go not therefore into any Heathen or Samaritan City, but acquaint the Jews orily with the good Tidings of the Approach of the Kingdom of the Mrffiah •, and tell them, that the only way to participate of the Benefits that belong to it, is to lead a Life full of Piety and good Works. And that you may give demonilration of this Commission you receive from God, I authorize you in his name to cure all manner of Distempers, to cleanse the Lepers, to raise the Dead to Life, and to expel the evil Spirits out of the Bodies of Men. All these gracious Assistances shall accompany your Endeavours, on condition you as freely make use of them for the good of Men, as they have been freely bestowed upon you. Begin then without delay, and instantly set about this glorious work; and be not sollicitoUs after providing your selves with Victuals, Shoos, or any manner of Garb, or even Mony to defray the Expences of your Journy. Those that have Staves, let them keep them, and those that have not, content
themselves Matthew. Mark. Luke. John.
CHAP. X. CHAP. VI. CHAP. IX.
(for the *t> *v3
workman is worthy of his meat)
10 And he skid unIi And into what- to them, In what . 4 And whatsoever soever city or town place soever ye enter house ye enter into, ye shall enter, into an house,
enquire *£j "t3
who in it is wonhy;
and there there there
abide till ye go abide till ye depart abide, and thence dethence. from that place. P*".
ia And when ye- "vJ *l3
come into an house, salute it.
12 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whosoever u And whdsoever s And whosoever shall not.receive you, shall not receive you, will not receive you, nox hear your words; nor hear you, when when ye go out of when ye depart out ye depart thence, that city, shake off of that house or city, shake off the dust un- the very dust from shaJce off die dust of dcr your feet, your feet,
themselves without them. Consider you are under God's Protection, and the People among whom you will preach the Gospel will furnish you with all things necessary for your Subsistence •, and 'tis but reasonable that the Labourer should expect to be requited, according to the Proverb.
At your entrance into any Town or Village inquire first into the Morals of the Inhabitants, whether they be men of Probity, and in expectation of the Kingdom of the Mejjiah; and whosoever entertains you, continue in his House during your abode in that place, lest by leaving of him you alienate his Mind from you : and when you first come into the Family, pray to God for a Blessing on it.
If that Family deserve to have your Blessings confer'd upon it, God will hear your Prayers on their behalf j otherwise your Prayers (hall be fruitless in respect to them, but abundantly rewarded with Benefits on your selves. But, whatsoever Town or private Family shall refuse to entertain you, as judging the Message you are charg'd with (we the good Tidings of the approach of the Mefiib's Reign) unworthy their Attention, at your departure from them [hake off the very Dust
Ee from Matthew. Mark, Luke.
for a testimony against them.
C H A P. VI.
(£|=» for a testimony
Verily I say unto you, it (hall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that. city.
i j Verily, I say unto you, it mall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep' in the midst of wolves: [ be ye therefore wise
as serpents, and harm- ',1
less as doves.
17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to the
councils, and they ]
shall scourge you in. - ■ -- 1
18 And ye (hall be ... brought before gover
nours and kings for my fake, for a testimony, against diem and the. Gentiles.
from the Soles of your Feet, as a Token that you will not have the least Intercourse with such an impious Race of Men •, but rest assured that the Inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrha Ihall be less severely punish'd in the Day of Judgment than those that refuse to hear you, or having heard you, contemn your Doctrine.
1 send you now, and shall doit hereafter with greater Solemnity, as Sheep unto * company of Wolves j that is, men of an inoffensive Temper., to a barbarous and cruel People. You ought therefore to behave your selves with so much prudence, as not to irritate them by reproaching them too freely, nor by unseasonable Interpretations of that Truth they so much hate at present j but take heed this Prudence and Caution do not degenerate into worldly Craft, so as-to make you betray the <2ausc of Truth, by incouraging them in their vitious Practices. Unite therefore the Cunning of the Serpent (as I may Ib fay) with the Harmtesiwfs of Doves. Secure your selves with all necessary Diligence against the Artifices of the J/W-S who will persecute you for the preaching of the GoTpel, and accuse you before the Jewish Magistrates, and cause you to be punilh'd with Stripes j nor will their Malice itop here> but they will force you to plead for your Life before the Rom w Governours for having been my Disciples: By which means the Gospel will be the more taken notice ;of both by the Jews and Gentiles. At that time be not solli