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that sinde'th his lise, shall lose it: and he that loseth his lise for my sake., shall sind it (aa).

40 He that receiveth you, receiveth me; and he that

41 receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth a prophet, in the name of a prophet, shall receive a prophet's reward i and he that receiveth a righteous man, in the name of a righteous man, shall

42 receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup. of cold water only, in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in. no wise lose his reward.

CHAP. XI.

1 A ND it came pass, when Jesus had made an end of,

commanding his twelve disciples, he departed.

2 thence to teach and to preach in their cities. Now when John had heard in the prison the works of'

3 Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look

4 for. another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do

5 hear and see (a) : The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear,, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel

6 preached to them. And blessed is he whosoever, shall not be offended in me (£)..

7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into.

(aa) He that endeavours to save his lise by unworthy and wicked means, will in the end be the greatest loser. On the other hand, he that presers Iris daty to his life, will find his reward in a better and everlasting lise hereafter. Mark x. 30.

(a) Jesus appeals to the predictions of the prophet* concerning the miracles to be performed by the Messiah. See Isaiah xxxv. 5, G. lxi. 1.

(b) Blessed is he who lays aside his prejudices, and impartially considers the proofs which 1 give of my - divine authority. See John x*. ag. Note.'

'. C 5 the the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing

9 are in Icing's houses. But what went ye out for to. see ? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than

10 a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy sace, which

11 (hall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say , unto you, Among them that are born of women, there hath not risen a greater than (c) John the

* Baptist: notwithstanding, he that is least in the king

12, dom of heaven, is greater than he. And from the

days of John the Baptist, until now, the kingdom of

heaven fuffereth violence (a), and the violent take it

13 by force. For all the prophets, and the law, prophe

14 fied until John (e). And if ye will receive it(f),

15 this is Elias which was for to come. He that hath ears to hear (g), let him hear.

16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto (h) children sitting in the markets, and

17 calling

(c) John Baptist was greaser than all the Jewish prophets, being the immediate forerunner of Christ: but Christians are still more highly savoured than John; for they have the happiness of living under that dispensation which he did but foretel, and are-in the actual enjoyment of those privileges and benesits, for which he only prepared the way. Oh! that men would therefore praise the Lord for bis goodness, and endeavour by the holiness of their lives to make it efsectual to their salvation!

(d) Persons of all kinds arc pressing and urgent to become Christians. See Chap. xxi. 31.

(<ri From that time the doctrine they taught was more clearlyexplained and more firmly cstablished by the gospel. See Chap.

v. "7

(J) If I can make you apprehend my meaning. See Chap. in. 3.

xvii. 12.

(g) This is a matter of great importance, and requires the serious attention of all who arc well dilposed.

(//) God vouchsafes to vary his manner of dealing with men according to the different circumstances of the times, and yet they will

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17 calling unto their sellows, And saying, We. have piped unto you, and ye have not danced: we have

18 mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say,

19 (?) He hath a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say,Behold, a man gluttonous, and a wine-bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners: but wisdom is justified of her children.

20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because, they re

21 pented not. Wo unto thee, Chorazin, Wo unto thee, Bethsaida: for if the mighty Works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they .would have repented long ago in sackcloth and

22 ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon, at the day of judgment,

23 than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell (k); for if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have

24 remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom, in the day of judgment, than for thee.

25 At that time Jesus answered and said (/), I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because (ot)

not be pleased. However, they who have capacity and attention duly to consider it,, must acknowledge both the wisdom and goodness of ibis proceeding.

(i) He is mad and beside himself.

(A) Thoii Capernaum, which art more highly savoured than any other place upon earth, having the privilege of my chies residence, of hearing my heavenly doctrine, mid seeing my miracles, shalt nevertheless, for thy unbelief and disobedience, be utterly destrqyed. » (/) By answering andsaying in this and many other passages, no

more is meant than discoursing on any subject, even when nothing had been said before to be replied to.

(m) Because, that is, whereas thou thonghtest fit not to reveal these things to tbem who are proud of their own knowledge and .wisdom, thou hast neverthelefs'vouchtascd to make them known to the humble and meek. See I Cer. i. 18, (3c. . I C 6 , thou

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thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent,

26 and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father,

27 for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth («) the Son, but the Father: neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

28 Come unto me all ye that labour, and are heavy

29 laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in

30 heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

CHAP. XII.

1 A T that time Jesus went on the sabbath-day .**. through the corn, and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to

2, eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not law

3 ful to do upon the sabbath-day. But he said unto them, Have ye not read (a) what David did whe* he was an hungred, and they that were with him;

4. How he entred into the house of God, and did eat the shew-bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but

5 only for the priests? Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath-days the priests in the

4> temple prosane the sabbath, and are blameless? But I say unto you, that in this place is one greater than

1 the temple (/'). But if ye had known what this mean

(n) No man can know the gracious counsels of the Father, nor the nature and office of the Son, but by revelation.

(a) See Sam. xxi. 6.

(6) If the temple deserves your respect, much more doth he who is greater than cither David, or any who are employed in the service of the temple, even the Lord of the temple.

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eth, I will have mercy and not (t) sacrifice, ye 8 would not have condemned the guiltless. For tho g Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath-day. And

when he was departed thence, he went into their

synagogue.

10 And behold, there was a man which had bis hand withered; and they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath-days? that they might accuse

11 him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it sall into a pit on the sabbath-day, will he not lay

12 hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? wherefore it is lawful to do

13 well on the sabbath-days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand: and he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council

15 against him, how they might destroy him. But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he

x6 healed them all, And charged them that they

17 should not make him known: That it might be (d)

fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet,

I8 saying, Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,

my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased: I will

put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew (e) judg

19 ment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry, neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoaking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judg

21 ment unto victory (/). And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

(c) Not sacrifice, signifies, rather than sacrifice. See Chap. ix. 13.

(d) Thus was fulfilled. See Chap. i. 22. Note (d).

(«) To shew judgment is, to teach the. law and will of God. .(./') Notwithstanding his meekness, his religion shall finally prevail against all opposition,'

22 Then

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