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Matthew. Mark. Luke. John.


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pass, when he was in
a certain city,

2 Andbchold,therc 40 And there came behold,a man full came a leper, and wor- a leper to him, be- of leprosy: who seeshipped him, saying, seeching him, and ingjesus, fell on bit Lord, if thou wilt, kneeling down to him, face, and besought thou canst make me and saying unto him, him, saying, Lord, if clean. If thou wilt, thou thou wilt, thou canst

canst make me clean, make me clean.

0^5= 41 And Jesus moved "^ %

with compassion,

3 And Jesus put • put forth 13 And he put forth hit hand, and hit hand, and touch- forth hit hand, and touched him, saying, ed him, and faith touched him, saying, I will, be thou clean, unto him, I will, be I will, be thou cleat

thou clean.

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lad spoken, imme- And ir%

And immediately his diately the leprosy de- mediately the leprosy
leprosy was cleansed, parted from him, and departed from him.
he was cleansed.


The second Tear of Christ's Ministry. Jesus cleanfeth the Leper; 4voids the Crowd; returns to Capernaum, where a vast Multitude meet to fee him. He pardons the Paralytic, and cures him; the Dotfors of the Law repining, and all others being in admiration at it.

IT happen'd while he was publishing his Gospel at a certain City of Galilee, ac•*; cording to his Custom, there came a Leper to him, who falling down at his feet, Master, (aid he, If thou wilt thou canst make me clean, which I most earnestly intreat of thee. Jesus pitying his condition, stretch d forth his Hand, and touched him, saying, I will, be thou cleans'd. The words were no (boner proDOimc'd than the Leprosy departed from him, atid his Skin recover'd its former

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Colour. The man still continuing there, Jesut rebuk'd him for it, and commanded him to depart immediately, charging him withal, not to disclose the manner how he had been curd 7 and further advis'd him to repair as soon as might be to Jerusalem, and offer himself to the examination of the Priest, who was to determin-in the cafe of Lepers, whether they were rightly heal'd or not} putting him in mind ©f the Gifts requird by the Mosaic Law, that having peiform'd all the legal Rites, his Cure might be deem'd autnentick, and he ad;udg'd to be cleans'd by a publick Declaration. By which means Jtstu avoided the Envy of the Priests, who were Judges in this Affair, and who otherwise might have calumniated him as an Invader of the Sacerdotal Off ce, and perhaps through spite would have prououne'd the man not cleansed, tho they were never so well latislied of the contrary. But the man thathad beencur'd, notable to contain his Joy, and looking upon it as a piece of Ingratitude Ib long to conceal so great a Benefit, divulgd the matter where e'er he came!, and with it the Fame ot his Benefactor, which was now so great, that Multitudes fiock'd to him to hear him, and be curd by htm: so that


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he could enter into no City publickly, without a Crowd about him; which oblig'd' him to retire into desert places, that he might have some leisure, ana be unmolested in his Devotions.

Having made a pretty long stay at Peraa, he took Ship, and return'd to Capernaum, a place- he very much resided in; and was scarce come to the House he us'd to lodg at, when the Rumor of his being arriv'd was spread over all the City. 1 his, as usual, brought a Concourse of People from all parts to hear him j and among the" rest were several Pharisees and Doctors of the Law, who came from Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem it self, and lat down in the Porch of the House. Jcsut mean while cur'd all that fled to him for Succour, by the miraculous^ewer he had receiv'd from God. j'


Mat-thew. Mark. Luke. John.

C H A P. IX. C H A P. H. CHAP. V.

2 And straightway «\3
many were gathered
together, insomuch
that there was no room
to receive them, no
not so much as about
the door: arid he
preached the word
unto them.

2 And behold, they 3 And they came l8, And .behold, brought to him a man unto him, bringing m«* brought in a bed sick of thepalsie, ly- one lick of the palsie, a man which was taken ingon a bed: which was born of with a palsie:


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4 And when they *9 And when they could not come nigh cou^ not find by what unto him for the press, way they might bring they uncovered the n'm jn> because of the roof where he was: multitude, they went and when they had un *&* house-top, broken it up, they let an(* let him down down the bed wherein through the tiling the sick of thepalsie with6»<couch,intothe lay. midst before Jesus.

For which reason there was so great a Crowd, that the Porch was unable to Contain, the Multitude. While Jesus was here preaching to the People, there came certain men. bearing upon their shoulders one stretch'd on a Couch, who wassiokof the Palsy, and endeavour'd to press thro, that they might lay him at Jejtu. Feet, and beseech him to have compassion on him •, which not being able to accomplish, the greater part being loth to quit their places, they got up into the Gallery of the House, and from thence to the top of the Porch, and draw'd up the Paralytic* and his Bed after them: Then uncovering the Roof, they let him dowrirwh. Ropes into the middle of the Porch before Jejm, who by this Action

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and Jesus seeing their
faith, said unto the
sick of the palsie, Son,
be of good cheer, thy
fins be forgiven thee.
5 And behold, cer-
tain of the scribes said
within themselves,

This man blasphe-

4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts,

said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

< For whether is easier to fay, Thy fins be forgiven thee •, or to lay, Arise and walk?


5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsie, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.

6 But there were certain of the scribes fitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,

7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies?

Who can forgive sins, but God only?

8 And immediately, when Jesus perceived

in his spirit,

that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?

0 Whether is it easier to fay to the fick of the palsie, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to fay, Arise, and take up thy bed and walk?


20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy fins are forgiven thee.

21 And the scribes
and the Pharisees be-
gan to reason, laying,

Who is this which
speaketh blasphemies?

Who can forgive sins
but God alone?

22 But when Je-
sus perceived their


he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?

23 Whether is easier to fay, Thy fins be forgiven thee; or to fay, Rise up and walk?

of theirs perceiving the singular Opinion these men had of the Divine Power with": which he wrought nis Miracles, and the assured expectation they were in of his •

Eerforming a cure upon him, addressing himself to the Paralytic, he said unto im, Son, be of good comfort, this Punishment for thv Sins is remitted to thee. Which words were taken notice of by the Pharisees and" Lawyers, and look'd upon. by them as injurious to the Deity. Jesus knowing their Thoughts by the Divine Spirit which was in him, Wherefore, said he, do you make this wrong judgment. of what I said, in your minds? There is no greater Authority requisite to pronounce those words, This Punishment for thy Sins is remitted to thee, than these,, Take up thy Bed and walk. But that you may be convine'd that I, as conic temptible.

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