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Thou art Simon the son of Jo'na: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, a stone (r).

43 The day following, Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow

44 me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of An

45 drew and Peter. Philip sindeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus of Naza

4.6 reth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Naza

47 reth (s) ? Philip saith unto him, Come, and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him. Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile (/).

48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig

49 tree, I saw thee («). Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God, thou art

50 the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig-tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things

51 than these. And he saith unto him, Verily, verily I say unto you, Hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God (w) ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

(r) Cephas is the fame as Peter, and signifies a Rock, (i) See Chap. vii. 41. 58.

(f) A sincere upright man, such as every one that proseffeth the true religion ought lo be.

(a) I law thy actions, and rby heart.

(w) The angels of God were always obedient to his orders, and sometimes visibly attended oQ .him, particularly at his resurrection and ascension.

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CHAP. II.

X AND the third day (a) there was a marriage in Cana

*\ of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.

5t And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the

3 marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother

4 of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman (£), what have I to do with

5 thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the. servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do

6 it. And there were set there six (c) water-pots of stone, after the manner of the purisying of the Jews,

n containing two or three firkins a piece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill 'the water-pots with water. And

8 they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out Ul) now, and bear unto the gover-

g nor of the seast. And they bare it. When the ruler

of the seast had tasted the water that was made wine,

and knew not whence it was (but the servants which

drew the water knew), the governor of the seast

10 called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every

(a) The third day after his discourse with Nathanael; or perhaps the third day of the marriage fcail, which usually continued eight days.

(6) The expression of -woman, in the antient languages, conveys no idea of disrespect, but is used to ladies of the first rank, and eveu to queens.

This is an affair ia which you are no way concerned; leave it therefore to me, and I will choose a proper time for it.

(c) The water-pots were set there, that the guests might wash their hands before they made their meal, which is still the constant practice of the Jews.

The Syrian firkin held somewhat more than seven pints of our measure.

(d) Thus did our Lord graciously provide wine sufficient for a targe company (the rest of the eight days.)

But in those countries, 'Tt is to be observed, viiie was not only a Hq,uor used for pleasure, but the common drink, as beer it with us.

N 2 man

•man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well (e) drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manisested forth his glory; and Ais disciples believed on him.

12 After this, he Went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, aid his brethren, and his disciples; and they continued there not many days.

13' And the Jews pasibver was'at hand, and'Jesus

14 went tip'to Jerusalem, And sound in the (f) temple those that sold oxen, and sheep, and doves, and the '15 changers of money, sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep and the oxen; and poured out the changers money, and overthrew the tables;

16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house

i] of merchandize. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

18 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou

it) doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto

them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will

-20. raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and fix years

was this temple in building (g), and wilt thou rear it up

21 in three days? But he spake of the temple of his

le') It is not to he imagined, that there was any excess in drinking iti our bleflrd Lord's presence. The expression .well drunk in this place, caniiot possibly imply more than being cheerful within the bounds of sobriety, and the original word is often so used in other authors.

is) Places dedicated to the service os God ought not to be put to any prosane and common use, but trcaied with suitable reverence gnd respect. •

ig) It had been forty-six years in building, from the time when it was begun by Herod, to the time of this discourse with the Jews.

•. /' 22 body.

22 body (h). . When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said thi3 unto them: 'and they believed the scripture (/), and the word which Jesus had said.

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the pasiover, in the seast day, many believed in his name ( A), when

24 they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them (/), because he knew all.

25 men, And needed not that any should testify o£ man: for he knew what was in man.

C H A P. IIL

1 rT,HERE was a man of the Pharisees, named Nico-l

2 demus, a ruler of the Jews (a): The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no mair can do those miracles that thou doest, except God be

3 with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man be born again,

4 he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, Hbw can a man be born when he is old t can' he enter the second time into his mother's womb,

3 and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of .water, and ,of the Spirit (b), he cannot enter into, the kingdom of

6 God. That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and

7 that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. Marvel

(h) Sec Matt, xxvii. 40.

(/) What was told in scripture of the death and resurrection of Christ.

(k) Many believed him to be the Messiah.

(I) Jesus slid not trust them so far as to prosess himself the Mesr fiah; because he foresaw that such a declaration might have exasperated the Jews, and hastened his destruction before the time.

(a) One of their great council called the Sanhedrim.

(b) The birth I am speaking of is not a natural but a spiritual Virth,f represented, by baptism, and efsected by the holy Spirit.

N 3 'not. not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof; but canst not tell whence it comcth .and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of g theSpirit(c). Nicodemus answered and said unto him, jo How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master os Israel, and knowest

11 not these things? Verily, verily I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have

12 seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ve

13 believe if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came

f down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven (d),

14 And -as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilder

15 ness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up (e): That whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but

'have eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his onlybegotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should

17 not perish, but have everlasting lise. For God sent not his Son into the world to copdemn the world i but that the world through him might be saved (f)%

(<.) The wind blows without any controul or direction from us: it is known only by its essects: so likewise are the influences ef the holy Spirit of Goo> secret and invisible, being entirely internal, and known to others only by the temper and dispoGtion they inspire.

(d) No man hath gone up into heaven to search into the secret counsels of God; and therefore no man can reveal them but the Son, who came down from heaven, and in his divine nature is continually present there. ,

(e) Meaning that he should die on a cross. See Chap, xviii. 32.

{/) The end of Chrisl's coming into the world was the salvation of mankind. If it has not that essect, it is their own sault; for if they will embrace and obey the Gospel, they will escape condemnation.

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