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CHAP. VI.

$8 This is that bread which came, down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread (hall live for ever.

59 These things did he inthc synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

60 Many therefore of his disciples when they had heard this, siid, This is a hard saying, who can hear it ?_

61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?

61 W7wf and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before i

6% It is the spirit that quickneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I

is, lives to obey my Doctrine. Therefore I tell you again, that you may be sure to take notice of it; I am that Bread come down from Heaven, to which the Manna your Fathers eat of in the Desert of Arabia, is not to be compar'd: for they, as I told you, were not made immortal by it, and are all dead \ but whoever feeds on this Bread I give him, shall obtain everlasting Life.

These Diftouries were deliver'd by Jesus in the Synagogue of Capernaum j and many of his Hearers were offended at their Obscurity, because he seem'd to tell them that his own Body, which was born of Mary, came down from Heaven; and that the way to obtain everlasting Life was to eat its Flesh after it should be kill'd; a thing so strange, as did not only thwart the Jewish Institutions, but was repugnant to the Customs of all civiliz'd Nations whatever. Jesus perceiving his Disciples murmur upon this account, thus accosted them: Do these things alienate your minds from me? and cannot I persuade you to believe that I am come down from Heaven? Yet this is not more hard to be believ'd than my Return thither frem whence I came, and which some of you shall be Eye-witnesses of within these few months. Does what I told you concerning the eating of my Flesh offend you? Surely it was no hard matter to perceive that that must Tie understood after a spiritual manner, since nothing is more plain than that there could no Good redound to you from the material feeding on my Body. This is therefore to be taken in a

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Chap. VI.

spake unto you, they are spirit,, and they are life. , 64 But there are some of

you that believe not. For Jesiis knew from' the beginning, who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

6" 5 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man v can come to me,except it were given unto him of my Father.

66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

67 Then said Jesus untothe twelve, Will ye also go away?

68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Low!, to whonv shall we go? thou hast the. words of eternallife.

69 And we believe and are sure that thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.

spiritual sense for the admission of my Doctrin, which I will confirm by my Death1, and the effusion of my Blood, that I may obtain eternal Life for all that believe it and obey it. If I have spoke obscurely to you, you ought however to be persuaded there was a sound meaning couch'd under that Obscurity, tho you were not able to apprehend it •, but the true reason why you thus disbelieve me is, because you have not believ'd on God himself ( For Jesus knew from the beginning who it was that should betray him, and who they were that would disbelieve his Doctrine.) I have therefore already told you, that it is impossible for any one among the Jews to become my Disciple, unless he first believes in God my Father, who will deliver- him into my hand.

Many of his Followers were so offended at this Discourse, that they quite for.fook him; which Jesus observing, ask'd the twelve Apostles whether they also would desert him? Peter in the name of the rest cried out: To what other Teacher shall we have recourse, if we once leave thee, who only art able to direct us in the certain way that leads to eternal Happiness?

We haye believ'd and bin convine'd by most certain arguments, that thou art the Meffiab^ that is, the Son of the only true and living God. Jesus replied -:

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lOut of a multitude of Disciples I have chosen but twelve Apostles, and yet there is one in this small number that shall treat me like an Enemy. This he understood of Judas sirnamed Iseariot, one of the twelve, who would betray him, as it afterwards fell out.

CHAP. XXXIV.

The third Passives after Christ's Baptism. His Speech concerning washing of Hands, and the things by which men are really defiPd. The Daughter of a Canaanitish Woman possess*d by an evil Spirit. A dumb man, and severalsick persons cufd.

NOT long after Jesus, according to his Custom* seems to have gone to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, which that year happen'd upon the fifth of April, according to the Jewijh Calendar. But while he continued in Galilee^ there came several Pharisees and Doctors of the Law to him from Jerusalem to observe his "Words and Actions. .These having taken notice, that some of his Apostles neglected to wash their Hands before they fat down to eat, could by no means digest the

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CHAP. XV.

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2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

a But he answered and laid unto them,

7 Ye hypocrites, well did Efaias prophesy of you, saying,

8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips: but their heart is far from me.

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CHAP. VII.

3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jew, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.

4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they hare received to hold, as the washing of cups and pots, brazen vessels, and of tables.

5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?

6 He answered and said unto them,

Well hathEsaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written,

This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from, me.

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want of this Ceremony. For all the Jews, especially the Pharisees, are wont: to wash their Hands with a great deal of nicety before they offer to touch a bit of. Meat: Which custom they observe with great exactness, tho it be only a Tradition handed down from their Ancestors, and no I aw of Moses. At their return from' the Market, tho they are not conscious of having touch'd any thing reputed unclean, yet for fear they miglit have done it unawares, they will eat nothing before they have walh'd their Hands. Many such Rites are obscrv'd by them, tho there is no Law that lays any obligation on them; and they are very curious in the washing of their Pots and Cups, and other Utensils. This then being the constant practice ofthe Jews, the Pharisees came immediatly to Jesus without saying any thing to ■ his Apostles, complaining of their neglect in this particular, and demanding the reason of it. Jesus knowing their design, told them, that Isaiah gave an elegant description of such Hypocrites as themselves in these words, chap. 29.13. This People draw near me with their Mouth, and with their Lips do honour me, but have

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CHAP. XV.

9 But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines »he commandments of men.

3 *Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

4 For God commanded, faying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

5 But ye fay, Whosoever shall lay to bis father, or bis mother, It is 2 gift by whatsoever thou mightestbe profited by me,

6 And honour not his father or his mother ; befliall be free.

Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your.tradition.

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7 Howbeit, in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that yc may keep your own tradition.

10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

11 But ye say, if a man shall say to his father or mother, It k Corban, that is to fay, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he fliallbe free.

12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother:

13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered:

removed their Heart far from me\ and their fear toward me is taught by the Precept of Men. -For you observe with the utmost diligence the Traditions of Men concerning the wafliing of Cups and Pots and the like, while you break or neglect the Laws of God.

But is this true Religion, to observe inviolably the Institutions of Men, tho in opposition to the Laws of God? Moses commanded Children to honour their Parents \ and those that curse them, are by the Law to suffer death for it. But your interpretation of it is, with a proviso that the Son tells not his Father or •Mother in a passion, that he has consecrated all.his Goods to God, or that he has not taken an Oath never to confer any Benefit upon them j which impious Oath and dedication of his Goods, with which he might have assisted his Parents in their necessities, you esteem obligatory. Thus plainly do you make the Traditions of

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