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obscurity and perplexednefe of his Stile, which makes his Paraphrase somewhat difficult, and of less general Use; and besides, it was never printed by it self without his large Notes. The Right Reverend Father in God Dr. Patrick Lord Bishop of Ely, has with admirable Learning and Judiciousness brought this way of Writing to Perfection, in his Paraphrase upon Jome Books of the Old Testament •, And all who desire to understand the Scriptures fully, will ever wish that his Lordship had gone through the whole Writings both of the Old and New Testament in the fame Way. Others who have written good Expositions upon the Holy Scriptures, have either made large Commentaries, of less general and constant Use; or have insisted chiefly on such Critical Observations, as are proper only for the Learned.

1 have endeavoured in these Papers to express the full Sense of the Evangelist in the plainest Words, and to continue the Sense without interruption by the clearest Transitions I could. I have all along consulted the best Expositors, and selected out of every one what seemed to discover the most natural Meaning of the Text. And where any thing remarkable offered it self to my Thoughts, different from what I met with in Commentators; I set it down in short Notes in the Margin. But other Critical Observations Ihavegenerally omitted,(excepiing what use is made of them in the Paraphraje,) that I might not swell the Marginal Notes into a Commentary, and trouble the Reader with repeating what others bad said already. Through the whole, I have sincerely endeavoured to represent the Doctrine of our Saviour in its Original Simplicity, without respect to any Controversies in Religion; And wheresoever I may have mistaken the Sense of the Evangelist, I snail be always desirous to h better informed.


Of Alms, ver. i. Of Prayer, ver. 5. Of FaJsing, ver.

l6. Of the Opposition between this World and the next,

ver. 19.


OfCenforioufness andrajh Judgment, ver. X. Of importunate

Prayer, ver. 7. Of Equity, ver. 12. Of the difficulty of

a Religious Life, ver. 13. Of false Teachers, ver. 15. Of

the Necessity of Obedience, ver. 21. The Conclusion of

Christ's Sermon, ver. 28.


A Leprous Person healed, ver. 1. A Centurion's Servant

healed, ver. 5. Peter'* Mother-in law healed, ver. 14.

The Poverty of Christ, ver. 18. Of Perseverance, ver.

21. A Tempest miraculously filled, ver. 23. Devils call

cut of a Man, and entring into Swine, ver. 28.


A Paste cured; and Christ's Power of remitting Sins, occa-

sionally asserted, ver. 1. The calling of Matthew, and

'Christ's eating with Publicans and Sinners, ver. g. The

Disciples not fasting, defended, ver. 14. A Woman raised

from the dead, and a Bloody-flux cured, ver. 18. Two

blind Men cured, ver. 27. A dumb Man cured, ver.32.

The want of good Ministers, ver. 35.


Christ's Instruction to his Apostles, at their being sent out

to preach, ver. I. The Blessing of those who receive them,

ver. 40.


Chrifl's Answer to John the Baptist's Question, who he was,

ver. 1. Christ's Testimony of John the Baptist, ver. 7.

The Jezvs perverfeness in judging of John and Christ, ver.

16. Christ's upbraiding the JewiJh Cities for their Impe-

nitence, ver. 20. The Wisdom of God in revealing the

1 Gospel to the Simple, ver. 25. Christ's Invitation of Sin-

ners to embrace the Gospel, ver. 27.


The Disciples plucking and eating Corn on the Sabbath-day vin-

dicated, ver. 1. A withered Hand healed, ver. 9. A


blind and dumb Man healed, ver. 22. Blasphemy against

the Holy Ghost, ver. 31. Hypocrisie of the Pharisees,ver,.

33, Their unreasonable in asking a Sign from Heaven,

ver. 38. Obedience the chief thing respected by Christ,

ver. 46.


Parable of the Sower, ver. 1. Why Christ spake in Para-

bles, ver. 10. Parable of the Tares, ver. 24. Of the

Mustard-Seed, ver. 31. Of the Leaven, ver. 33. 77*

Explication of these Parables, ver. 19 and 34. Parable

of the hidden Treasure, ver. 44. Of the Pearl, ver. 45.

Of the Fijhing-Net, ver. 47. The Use and Application of

them to the Disciples, ver. 51. Christ despised in his own

Country, ver. 53.


Herod's Opinion of Christ; and the History of John Bap-

tist's Death, ver. 1. Five thousand Men fed with five

Loaves and two Fifties, ver. 13. Christ and Peter'* walk-

ing upon the Sea, ver. 22. Many Sick healed at Genc-

saret, ver. 34.


The Pharisees Hypocrisy and vain Traditions reproved, and

the true Notion of Cleanness stated, ver. I. The Woman

of Canaan'* Daughter healed, ver. 21. Many others cu-

red in Galilee, and four thousand fed with seven Loaves

and a few Fifties, ver. 29.


The Pharisees ask a Sign from Heaven, and are denied, ver. 1.

The Disciples warned to take heed of the Leaven of the

Pharisees and Sadducees, ver. 5. The Peoples Opinion of

Christ, and Peter'* Confession of him, ver. 13. Jesus fore-

tells his Death, and rebukes Peter for speaking against it,

ver. 21. The necessity os bearing Afflictions and Persecu-

tions, ver. 24.


Christ's Transfiguration, ver. 1. That John the Baptist was

Elias, ver. 10. A Lunatick healed, and the Disciples re-

buked for want of Faith, ver. 14. Christ foretelleth his

Death and Resurrection, ver. 22. Christ payeth Tribute,

yer. 24.



Innocence and Humility requisite to the making good Christians,

ver.' i. Of Scandal, and of Christian Reproof, ver. 6.

and 15. Of forgiving the Penitent; and the necessity of

Jhewing Mercy to others, that we our selves may obtain it of

God, ver. 21.


Divorces, ver. r. Of Marriage, ver. 10. Christ re-

ceived and bhsseth young Children, ver. 13. Instructeth a

young Man about Religious Perfection, ver. 16. The great

Temptation of Riches, ver. 23. The Reward of those who

lose all far Christ's Sake, ver. 27.


The Parable of the Labourers hired into the Vineyard, ver. 1.

Jesus again foretelleth his Passion, ver. 17. Upon occasion

of Salome'J Petition, he teacheth his Disciples Humility,

ver. 20. Two blind Men healed, ver. 29.


Christ rideth into Jerusalem, ver. 1. Driveth the Traders

out of the Temple, ver. 12. Children make Acclamations

to Jesus, ver. 14. Jesus curseth the Fig-tree, ver. 18.

Silences the Jews with a Question about John the Baptist's

Authority, ver. 23. • Shows try the Similitude of two Sons,

that the Jews were worse than the Gentiles, ver. 28. The

Parable of the Vineyard let out to Husbandmen, ver. 33.

The Pharisees Indignation at it, ver. 45.


The Parable of the Marriage of the King's Son, ver. 1.

The Calling of the Gentiles, ver. 9. The Punijhment of

wicked Christians, ver. 12. Of paying Tribute to Cæsar,

ver. 15. The Sadducees confuted, and the Resurrection pro-

ved, ver. 23. Which is the greatest Commandment, ver.

34. The Pharisees silenced with a Question about Christ's

being David'* Son, ver. 41.


Christ openly reproveth the Hypocrifie, and vain Traditions

and false Doctrines of the Pharisees, ver. I. Lamenteth

over Jerusalem, and foretelleth its Destruction, ver. 37.


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