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7 fick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus

8 saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be

9 healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me (c): and I say to this mart, Go, and he goeth: and to another, Come, and he cometh: and to my servant, Do this, and he

10 doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled (d), and said unto them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great saith, no not in Israel.

11 And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven:

12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing

13 of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way, and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the self same hour.

14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a sever.

15 And he touched her hand, and the sever kft her : and she arose and (e) ministred unto them.

16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with bis word, and healed all that

17 were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias' the prophet (f), saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

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(c) The orders that I give are executed at a distance. How much more certainly and persectly will your's be obeyed, who can command all the powers of nature!

(d) Jesus marvelled, because the centurion was a foreigner, who had not been brought up in the law cif Moses, and yet excelled the Jews in so readily believing his divine power.

(<) Was so persectly recovered that she attended on them.

(f) That it might be fulfilled signifies no more than Thu» was

18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes atiout him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.

19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master,

20 I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him. The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the son of man hath

21 not where to lay his head (g). And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and

22 bury my sather. But Jesus said unto him, Follqw me, and let the dead bury their dead (//).

23 And when he was entred into a ship, his dis

24 ciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the. waves: but he was asleep.

25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him,

26 saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye searful, O ye of little saith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea,

27 and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

28 And when he was come to the other side, into . the country of the Gergefcnes, there met him two

possessed with devils, corning out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that

29 way. And behold, they cried out, saying, What have to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time (/)?

fulfilled. Chap. i. Note (d). This prophecy is no lets true in an higher and spiritual sense, applied to our fins. Sec Ihb. ix. E8. 1 Pet. ii. 24.

'(g) If you Wlow me, you must prepare to undergo poverty and distress; for I, though the Son of Man, described by Daniel (vii. 13.) tm exposed to the greatest hardships.

(k) The osfice you pretend to be so desirous to perform, you may be well assured, will not be neglected. Many, who are (as it ycre) dead to any concern about their own future slate, are nevertheless careful enough about the funeral rites of others. (t) .Besore the day of judgment.

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32 go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine (k): and behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the

33 waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing; and what was besallen to the possessed of the devils.

34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus j and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

I A NDhe entred into a ship, and passed over, and

2 came into his own city (a). And behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their saith, said unto the sick of the palsy, Son be of good cheer, thy sins be for

3 given thee(£). And behold, certain of the scribes

4 said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts, said, Wherefore think

5 ye evil in your hearts? For whether is it easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee? or to say, Arise, and

(k) This is the only miracle recorded to have been wrought by .Our Lord to the damage of any person; and though the nature of the guilt of the Gergesenes is not mentioned, we may be sure it must have been very great, to require such a punishment. For, God is insinitely wise, just, and holy, and can never act but for some wise, just, and holy purpose, whether that purpose be by us discoverable, or not.

(a) He chiefly lived at Capernaum; which is therefore called his own city, as well as Bethlehem where he was born, and Nazareth where he was brought up.

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hath power on earth to forgive sins (<..), (then saith he

*> to the sick of the palsy) Arise, take up thy bed, and

. 7 go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to

8 his house. But when the multitude saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom (d) : And he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.

10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and

ii sat down with him and his disciples. And when the 1-harisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why

12 eateth your matter with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

12 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (e).

14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we* and the Pharisees sast oft,

15 but thy disciples sast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride-chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with

(c^ Rut that ye may know, that the Son of man hath power (though none else on earth hath) to forgive fins, I will instantly work a miracle before your eyes. Then saith he, &c. See Mark ii. o.

(d'< St. Matthew was sitting to receive custom, becau.se he was a publican, or collector of the public taxes. See Chap. v. 46.

[c' Merry, and not sacrifice, signifies Mercy rather than sacrifice: and if Godprefers Mercy to the most sacred office's of religion, lean surely deserve no blame for keeping company with Publicans and Sinners. It is indeed the very end of my coming into the world, to reform and save sinners, who, sensible of their unworthinesi, are deiiious of.my instruction; whereas they who think themselves sufficiently righteous already, despise and resist every means of improvement. s

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them (/')'? .but the days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then mall they

16 sast. No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment (g): for that which is put in to fill it up, taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bot- . ties, and both are preserved,

18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My'daughter is even now dead [b); but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.,

19 And Jesus arose and followed him, and so did his disciples.

20 (And behold, a woman which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and

21 touched the hem of his garment. For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I

22 shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort, thy faith hath made thee whole (/). (And the woman Was made whole from that hour.)

(_/') There is a time to weep, and a time to rejoice. Whatever we do, whether of a religious, or a common nature, ought to be suited <o the. proper season.

(g) It'would be as improper to put rny dif*iples on fading and other austerities in the beginning of their instructions for my mi•nistry, as in common life it is found imprudent to join strong things to weaki to put new cloth to an old garment, or new wine into old .bottles (such as were then in use) made of skins, which of course, .when dry, are apt to crack and hurst. We find this prudence and tenderness of our Lord afterwards imitated by his apostles, who Fed their new converts with 77.7/4, and not with meat; piopofiug easy doctrines and precepts, before they led them to the more difficult. .See 1 Cor.iii. 1, a. See this anlwer of our Lord further explained, Mark ii. 21. Note, and luicv. vy.

I A) I left her at the point of death; but though past human help, thy power, I know, can restore her. Asar/iv.23. Luke viii. 41.

(i) Thy belies that I could do this, was the occasion os my fci.ai.r ing thee.

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