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obfcurity and perplexedness of his Stile, which makes his Paraphrafe fomewhat difficult, and of less general Ufe; and befides, it was never printed by it felf withcut 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 Paraphrafe upon jome Books of the Old Testament; And all who defire to understand the Scriptures fully, will ever wish that his Lordship had gone through the whole Writings both of the Old and New Teftament in the fame Way. Others who have written gocd Expofitions upon the Holy Scriptures, have either made large Commentaries, of less general and conftant Ufe; or have infifted chiefly on fuch Critical Obfervations, as are proper only for the Learned.
I have endeavoured in thefe Papers to express the full Senfe of the Evangelift in the plainest Words, anḍ to continue the Sense without interruption by the clearest Tranfitions I could. I have all along confulted the best Expofitors, and felected out of every one what seemed to difcover the most natural Meaning of the Text. And where any thing remarkable offered it felf to my Thoughts, different from what I met with in Commentators; I fet it down in fhort Notes in the Margin. But other Critical Obfervations I have generally omitted,(excep ting what use is made of them in the Paraphrafe,) that I might not fwell the Marginal Notes into a Commentary, and trouble the Reader with repeating what others had faid already. Through the whole, I have fincerely endeavoured to reprefent the Doctrine of our Saviour in its Original Simplicity, without reffect to any Controverfies in Religion; And wherefoever I may have mistaken the Senfe of the Evangelift, I shall be always defirous to be better informed.
The Hiftory of the Magi, or Wife Men, coming to worship
Chrift's Fafting and Temptation, ver. 1.
preach, ver. 12. His choofing Apoftles, ver. 18.
Chrift's Sermon on the Mount, beginning with the Beatitudes,
ver. 1. Chrift's Difciples to be Examples to the World, ver.
13. The Gospel fulfils and improves the Law, ver. 17.
In the Cafe of Murder and Anger, ver. 21.
of Adultery, ver. 27. In the Cafe of Divorces, ver. 31.
In the Cafe of Swearing, ver. 33. In the Cafe of Revenge,
ver. 38. Of loving our Enemies, ver. 43.
Of Alms, ver. 1.
Of Fafting, ver.
16. Of the Oppofition between this World and the next,
Of Cenforioufness and rash Judgment, ver. 1. Of importunate
Prayer, ver. 7. Of Equity, ver. 12. Of the difficulty of
a Religious Life, ver. 13. Of falfe Teachers, ver. 15. Of
the Neceffity of Obedience, ver. 21. The Conclufion of
A Leprous Perfon healed, ver. 1.
healed, ver. 5. Peter's Mother-in law healed, ver. 14.
The Poverty of Chrift, ver. 18. Of Perfeverance, ver.
21. A Tempeft miraculously stilled, ver. 23. Devils caft
cut of a Man, and entring into Swine, ver. 28.
A Palfie cured; and Chrift's Power of remitting Sins, occa-
fionally afferted, ver. 1. The calling of Matthew, and
"Chrift's eating with Publicans and Sinners, ver. 9. The
Difciples not fafting, 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 Minifters, ver. 35.
Christ's Inftruction to his Apostles, at their being sent out
to preach, ver. I. The Bleffing of those who receive them,
Chrift's Anfwer to John the Baptift's Question, who he was,
ver. 1. Chrift's Teftimony of John the Baptift, ver. 7.
The Jews perverfeness in judging of John and Christ, ver.
16. Chrift's upbraiding the Jewish Cities for their Impe-
nitence, ver. 20. The Wisdom of God in revealing the
Gospel to the Simple, ver. 25. Chrift's Invitation of Sin-
ners to embrace the Gospel, ver. 27.
The Difciples 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. Blafphemy against
the Holy Ghoft, ver. 31. Hypocrifie of the Pharifees, ver,.
33. Their unreasonable in asking a Sign from Heaven,
ver. 38. Obedience the chief thing respected by Chrift,
Parable of the Sower, ver. 1. Why Chrift fpake in Para-
bles, ver. 10. Parable of the Tares, ver. 24.
Muftard-Seed, ver. 31. Of the Leaven, ver. 33.
Explication of thefe Parables, ver. 19 and 34. Parable
of the hidden Treafure, ver. 44. Of the Pearl, ver. 45.
Of the Fibing-Net, ver. 47. The Ufe and Application of
them to the Difciples, ver. 51. Chrift defpifed in his own
Herod's Opinion of Chrift; and the Hiftory of John Bap-
tift's Death, ver. I. Five thoufand Men fed with five
Loaves and two Fishes, ver. 13. Chrift and Peter's walk-
ing upon the Sea, ver. 22. Many Sick healed at Gene-
The Pharifees Hypocrify and vain Traditions reproved, and
the true Notion of Cleanness stated, ver. 1.
of Canaan's Daughter healed, ver. 21. Many others cu-
red in Galilee, and four thousand fed with feven Loaves
The Pharifees ask a Sign from Heaven, and are denied, ver. 1.
The Difciples warned to take heed of the Leaven of the
Pharifees and Sadducees, ver. 5. The Peoples Opinion of
Chrift, and Peter's Confeffion of him, ver. 13. Jefus fore-
tells his Death, and rebukes Peter for Speaking against it,
yer. 21. The neceffity of bearing Afflictions and Perfecu-
Innocence and Humility requifite to the making good Chriftians,
ver. 1. Of Scandal, and of Chriftian Reproof, ver. 6.
and 15. Of forgiving the Penitent; and the neceffity of
fhewing Mercy to others, that we our felves may obtain it of
Of Divorces, ver. 1. Of Marriage, ver. 10.
young Man about Religious Perfection, ver. 16.
Temptation of Riches, ver. 23. The Reward of those wha
lofe all for Chrift's Sake, ver. 27.
The Parable of the Labourers hired into the Vineyard, ver. 1.
Jefus again foretelleth his Paffion, ver. 17. Upon occafion
of Salome's Petition, he teacheth his Difciples Humility,
Chrift rideth into Jerufalem, ver. 1. Driveth the Traders
out of the Temple, ver. 12. Children make Acclamations
to Jefus, ver. 14. Jefus curfeth the Fig. tree, ver. 18.
Silences the fews with a Question about John the Baptift's
Authority, ver. 23. Shows by 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 Pharifees 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 Punishment of
wicked Chriftians, ver. 12. Of paying Tribute to Cæfar,
ver. 15. The Sadducees confuted, and the Refurrection pro-
ved, ver. 23. Which is the greatest Commandment, ver.
34. The Pharifees filenced with a Question about Chrift's