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of Men clash with the positive Laws of God : and it were easy to reckon up many more instances of the like nature.
After this, he call'd the Multitude that followed him to hear his Doctrine, and said to them : Hearken attentively to what I am about to fay, and seriously reflect upon it. There is nothing without the man that can possibly defile him, that is, make him less good, and less acceptable to God: Tis the evil Thoughts and Dispositions flowing from within that can only be laid to pollute him. Let all that arc convine'd it is their duty to use the Faculties God has bestowed upon them in an impartial search after Truth, attend to what I say to them, and they shall easily understand the truth of it, and with what purpose it was spoken.
Afterwards, having disiniss'd the Multitude, and being alone with his Apostles, he was put in mind by them that the Pharisees were very much offended at his Doctrine, which seem a to tend to the abrogating all the Rites and Ceremonies about unclean Meats, which had been handed down to them from their Ancestors* In answer to which Jefm told them, that all those Plants which his Father had not
heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind; and if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
15 Then answered Peter, and laid unto him, Declare unto us this parable.
id" And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entreth in at the mouth,
goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught i
18 But those things which ^proceed out of the mouth, come forth from the heart, and they defile the man.
his disciples asked him concerning the parable.
18 And he faith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also?
Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entreth into the man, it cannot defile him,
19 Because it entreth not
but into the belly,
20 And he laid, That which
planted* should be rooted up, tho the mind* of the irreligious were offended at tt: By which words he signified, tho obscurely, that there was no longer any account tp be made of the ceremonial Laws, which God never design'd flioukl be perpetual^ and that the Traditions of Men were not to be regarded, which contributed nothing to Virtue, but were sometimes repugnant to it. And as for the opinion oftheie men, they ought not to set any value on it, being but blind Directors of others, fcke themselves blind, in the way to Happiness •, who according to the Proverb -would both together fall into a Ditch.
After this, Peter in the name of all the Apostles desird him to explain what he had lately told them concerning what goes into and comes out of a man. Then §ad Jesus unto them, Are you so unskilful as not toc-omprebeud the meaning of it? Pfcrceive you not that it is impollible for a man to be defiledbv the Meat he swallows, which going in at the Mouth pastes down into the Stomach, and from thence mto the Bowels, where that part from which we receive nourishment, is separated from the Excrements that are voided? Thus you see it is impossible we Ifcould be polluted by the Food we eat, that is, become the worse tor it hi God's sight. But that which, makes us less acceptable to him, proceeds out of the Soul of Man.
22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the lame coasts,
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and cried unto him,
faying, Have mercy on me,
O Lord, thou son of David;
my daughter is grievo uflyvex- '' -'
ed with a devil.
Tis from hence, as from a Fountain, that all evil, which is displeasing to God, continuaHy flows j here is the Spring-head of all evil Imaginations, Adulteries, Fornication, Murder, Theft, Rapine, Covetousness. Cheating, Lusts, Envy, Lies, Blasphemy, fride, and Intemperance. These and the like Vices proceed from within, ■from the Soul, and are the spots that defile the man, and not a Custom of eating with unwafhen bands, and the neglect of such like Ceremonies.
Jeftu from hence went into that fart of Galilee which borders on theConntry. of the Tyrians and Sidmians. Being enter'd the House he design'd tolodg at, he forhad them to make'Iiis arrival known, lest by the concourse of the Gentiles to him he should make himself obnoxious to the Jews: but it was impossible for him to conceal himself, the fame of his coming being every where divulg'd. A certain Woman of Phœnicia therefore, whose Dcughter was possess'd with an evil Spirit, hearing of it, came, and fell down at his feet as he past bv % and calling him Lord, and Son of David, intreated htm to have compassion on her, and to heal her Daughter, who was grievously tormented with the evil Spirit. The Woman, as we said, was a Phan'cian. v Ii 2 ana
and educated in the Superstition of the Greeh, and vehemently besought him to expel the Damon out of the Body of her Daughter. Jesus not deigning to receive her petition, past by withont giving her any answer. The Woman nevertheless still follow'd him with lamentable Outcries, insomuch that the Apostles, to whom she was troublesom, intreated him to dismiss her, that she might no longer purfoe them with her Clamors.
Hereupon Jesus turning himself about, told her first, that it was but just for her to stay till the Children of the Family were serv'd \ and that that Parent would do very ill who stiould throw Bread to the Dogs that was laid up for the nourishment of his Sons, meaning, that she ought to wait till all the sick persons among the Jews had bin cur'd. Next he told her he was only sent to the wandring Sheep of ihe Jevpijh Nation., and that his Commission was, to convert the Jews by his Miracles and Benefits, and not the Heathens. The Woman still urg'd him with her Cries, which made Jesus repeat that Saying to her \ The Childrens Bread ought not to be given to the Dogs. The Woman replied, (he did not deny what he said to be muit equitable, and that it was true that the Dogs were foppos'd to be suffi
- • cientJy
And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
29 And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee,
and went up into a mountain, and fat down there.
For this faying, go thy way, the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.
at And again departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, ,
through the midst of the coasts of Dccapolis^
32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech : and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.- .
ciently provided with the Scraps that fell from their Masters Table •, may T them* . siid she, have this one Request granted me, and after the many Benefits confer d upon the Jews, may I not be denied thisone Offal as it were, from their sumptuous Feast. Jesus upon this told her, that she had so great an opinion of the divine Power and Bounty, that according to her desire the evil Spirit should immediatly be banish'd from the Body of her Daughter. The Woman having heard this, return'd home, and found her Daughter lying on the Couch, and quite cured, the very moment that Jesus told her lhe should be deliver'd from the evil Spirit. After this Jesus left that Country which border'd upon many Heathen Cities, and came to the Country about Decapolis situated on the Eastern side of the Lake of Gemtejareth, where he frequently resided, and instructed his Followers sitting on a.. Mountain hard by. It happen'd while he was in those parts, there was brought to him a man who by a violent Distemper had quite lost his hearing, and was almost depriv'd of his Speech also. The man being presented to him, they that had the charge of him, besought Jesus by laying on his hands to cure him. Jesus.