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Christ stilleth the tempest, S. Matthew. and cureth the palsy.
somuch that the ship was covered with the waves; but he was asleep.
25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us; we perish.
26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose,
and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
27 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 Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? 30 And there was a goodway off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
32 And he said unto them, Go. And, when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine; and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
33 And they that kept them
fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing; and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.
34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and, when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.
1 Christ cureth the palsy, 9 calleth Matthew, 10 eateth with publicans and sinners. AND he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed; and Jesus, seeing their faith, said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
4 And, Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts ?
5 For whether is it easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk?
6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
7 And he arose, and departed to his house.
8 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; a 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 sat down with him and his disciples.
11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice; for I am not come to call the righteous,b but sinners to repentance. 14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? 15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride-chamber mourn as
A ruler comes to Jesus. long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.c
16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment; 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 bottles, 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; but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
19 And Jesus arose and fol
c The meaning of the 15, 16, and 17th verses is; as it would be unbecoming those invited to the joyful ceremony of a wedding, to mourn and fast; and as it would not be proper to mend an old garment with new, undressed cloth, or to put new wine into old, decayed, leathern bottles;* so it would be equally improper for my disciples to mourn and
a Receipt of custom, the toll or cus- fast, while I, the great head, and as tom house.
b I came not to call the righteous; were there any such, they would not need the salvation I offer; and the self-righteous, not realizing their sins, will reject it; but I came to call to repentance, sinners of a humble and teachable disposition.
it were, the bridegroom of the church, am present with them; but they will have abundant cause to mourn when they shall be deprived of my presence.
* The bottles of the ancients were made of leather.
Bloody issue healed. S. Matthew. lowed 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 touched the hem of his garment.
21 For she said within her self, If I may but touch his garment I shall be whole.
22 But Jesus turned him ahout; 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.)
23 And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels d and the people making a noise,
24 He said unto them, Give place; for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
25 But when the people were put forth he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.
26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land. 27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.
28 And when he was come into the house the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
29 Then touched he their d Minstrels, musicians.
A dumb man healed.
eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.
31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.
33 And when the devil was cast out the dumb spake; and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.
34 But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of devils.
35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, e and healing every sickness, and every disease, among the people.
36 But when he saw the multitudes he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous,f but the labourers are few:
38 Pray ye, therefore, the
e Gospel of the kingdom, the Christian religion.
verted and made meet for my kingf The barvest of souls to be condom.
The apostles sent
Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers g into his harvest.
1 The apostles are sent to do miracles, 5 and to preach. AND when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease. 2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and Joan his brother;
3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alpheus, and Lebbeus, whose surname was Thaddeus ;
4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also be trayed him.
5. These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house, of Israel. 7 And, as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils; freely ye have received, freely give.
9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass,in your purses; g The labourers, able and faithful preachers.
forth to preach.
10 Nor scrip a for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves; for the workman is worthy of his meat.
11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
12 And when ye come into an house, salute b it.
13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it ;c but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city shake off the dust of your feet. d
15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrahe in the day of judgment than for that city.
a Scrip, a small bag; see I Sam. xvii. 40
b Salute, to wish health and pros❤ perity; to greet or kiss.
c Let your peace, &c. i e. the bles sings of peace and consolation, which you pronounce, shall rest on it.
d Dust of your feet. The Jews thought there was so peculiar a boli ness in the land of Israel, that when they came from a beathen country, they
stopped at its borders, and wiped the dust from their shoes, lest it should pollute the Holy Land.
e Sodom and Gomorrah were situ
ated on the borders of the Dead Sea,
or, as some suppose, where that sea now is. In the time of Abraham they were notorious for their wickedness, which drew down the judgment of Heaven in their total destruction. See Gen. xix. 24, 25-
The apostles instructed. S. Matthew. The apostles comforted.
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be ye, therefore, wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17-But beware of men; for they will deliver you up to the councils, f and they will Scourge you in their synagogues:
18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony h against them and the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak; for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child; and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake; but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another; for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone.
f Councils, a court of justice. g Scourge, to chastise or whip. b Testimony, a witness to them, and to the Gentiles of the truth and power of my religion.
over the cities of Israel till the Son of man be come. i
24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called k the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
26 Fear them not, therefore; for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid that shall not be known.
27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light; and what ye hear in the ear,l that preach ye upon the housetops.
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not, therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
i Ere the Son of man come in judgment upon the Jews in the destruction of Jerusalem, and in their dispersion among the nations.
k If they have called (me) the great Head of the church Beelzebub, or the prince of evil spirits.
In the ear, in secret.