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The apostles are Chap. xi. sent forth to preach.

32 Whosoever, therefore, phet in the name of a prophet, . shall confess me before men, shall receive a prophet's rehim will I confess also before ward; and he that receiveth my Father which is in heaven. a righteous man in the name

33 But whosoever shall de- of a righteous man, shall reny me before men, him will I ceive a righteous man's reward. also deny before my Father 42 And whosoever shall which is in heaven.

give to drink unto one of these 34 Think not that I am little ones a cup of cold water come to send peace on earth; only in the name of a disciple, I came not to send peace, but verily I say unto you, He shall a sword.

in no wise lose his reward. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his fa

CHAP. XI. ther, and the daughter against 2 John sendeth his disciples to her mother, and the daughter. Christ. » The testimony of in-law against her mother-in Christ concerning John. 20

Christ upbraideth the un36 And a man's foes shall thankfulness and impenitence be they of his own household. of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and

37 He that loveth father or Capernaum, 25 and praismother more than me, is not eth his Father's wisdom in worthy of me; and he that revealing the Gospel to the loveth son or daughter more simple. than me, is not worthy of me.. AND it came to pass, when

38 And he that taketh not Jesus had made an end of comhis cross m and followeth after manding his twelve disciples, me, n is not worthy of me. he departed thence, to teach

39 He that findeth o his life and to preach in their cities. shall lose it, and he that los- 2 Now, when John had eth his life for my sake shall heard in the prison a the works

of Christ, he sent two of his 40 ^ He that receiveth you, disciples, receiveth me; and he that re. 3 And said unto him, Art ceiveth me, receiveth him that thou he that should come, b or sent me.

do we look for another? 41 He that receiveth a pro- 4 Jesus answered, and said

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m That taketh not his cross, That will not endure self-denial, affliction, and persecution, for the sake of the Gospel. , " And followeth after me. To follow Christ is to imitate his example.

Findetb bis life, preserveth his life.

a In prison. John the Baptist was imprisoned, because he objected to the marriage of Herod with Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip ; see Matt. xiv. 3, &c. and Mark, vi. 17.

6 He that should come. The Messiah or Christ the Saviour,

Christ's testimony S. Matthew. of John the Baptist. unto them, Go, and shew John least in the kingdom of heaven again those things which ye do is greater than he. hear and see :

12 And from the days of 5 The blind receive their John the Baptist until now, sight, and the lame walk; the the kingdom of heaven sufferlepers are cleansed, and the eth violence, e and the violent deaf hear; the dead are rais- take it by force. ed up, and the poor have the 13 For all the prophets and Gospel preached to them. the law prophesied until John. ' 6 And blessed is he, whoso. 14 And if ye will receive it, ever shall not be offended in this is Elias, f which was for me.

to come. And, as they departed, 15 He that hath ears to hear, Jesus began to say unto the let him hear. multitudes concerning John, - 16 | But whereunto shall I What went ye out into the wila liken this generation ? It is derness to see ? A reed shak- like unto children sitting in en with the wind ? c

the markets, and calling unto 8 But what went ye out for their fellows, to see ? A man clothed in soft17 And saying, We have raiment ? Behold, they that piped unto you, and ye have wear soft clothing are in kings' not danced; we have mourned houses.

unto you, and ye have not la9 But what went ye out for mented. to see ? A prophet? yea, I 18 For John came neither say unto you, and more than a eating nor drinking, and they prophet.

say, He hath a devil. * 10 For this is he of whom it19 The Son of man came is written, d Behold, I send my eating and drinking, and they messenger before thy face, say, Behold a man gluttonous, which shall prepare thy way and a wine-bibber, a friend of before thee.

publicans and sinners; but 11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of

e Suffereth violence, &c. women there hath not risen a

In this greater than John the Baptist; « ever since John the Baptist began

verse Jesus says to the multitude, notwithstanding, he that is to preach and proclaim the Gospel of

my kingdom, even to the present moc The meaning of the 7, 8, & gth ment, it has suffered violence and opverses is, that John the Baptist, whom position, and the violent opposers multitudes flocked into the wilder. would, if possible, take it by force, ness to see, was no ordinary person, as they would besiege and destroy a but greater than any of the ancient city.” prophets.

d It is written, see Mal. iii. 1. of Elias, or Elijah, Mal iv. 5, 6.

Chorazin upbraided. Chap. xii. Christ's yoke easy. wisdom is justified of her chil. 24 But I say unto you, That dren. So

it shall be more tolerable for 20 † Then began he to up- the land of Sodom in the day braid the cities wherein most of judgment, than for thee. of his mighty works h were 25 † At that time Jesus andone, because they repented swered, and said, I thank thee, not.

O Father, Lord of heaven and 21 Wo unto thee, Chora- earth, because thou hast hid zin! i wo unto thee Bethsai- these things from the wise and da! i for if the mighty works prudent, n and hast revealed which were done in you had them unto babes. O been done in Tyre and Sidon, 26 Even so, Father, for so they would have repented long it seemed good in thy sight. ago in sackcloth k and ashes. 27 All things are delivered

22 But I say unto you, It unto me of my Father; and shall be more tolerable for no man knoweth the Son, but Tyre and Sidon at the day of the Father; neither knoweth Judgment than for you. any man the Father, save p the

23 And thou, Capernaum, Son, and he to whomsoever which art exalted unto hea- the Son will reveal him. ven, m shalt be brought down 28 Come unto me, all ye to hell; for if the mighty that labour and are heavy works which have been done laden, and I will give you rest. in thee had been done in So- 29 Take my yoke q upon dom, it would have remained you, and learn of me; for I until this day.

am meek and lowly in heart;

el and ye shall find rest unto your & But wisdom, or true religion will always be supported and defended so by its friends.

30 For my yoke is easy, and b Mighty works. Miracles. my burden is light.

i Chorazin and Bethsaida are the same place. Here our Lord opened

CHAP. XII. the eyes of the blind man; and here Christ reproveth the blindness he preached and performed other miracles; but for the blindness and

of the Pharisees concerning obstinacy of the people, he denoun

the breach of the sabbath. 31 ced wo upon them, which speedily overtook them, as the place was soon n Wise and prudent, the learned and greatly distressed by the Romans. worldly wise.

& Sackcloth, a coarse cloth worn by 0 Babes, 'the ignorant, but humble the Jews to express mourning. and docile.

| Asbes. To express great humili- Save, except. ty and grief the Jews sprinkled them 9 Take my yoke, &c. subject yourselves with ashes.

selves to the restraints of my religion, . mExalted unto heaven,&c. see Matt. its restraints and duties are easy, and

the burden it imposes is light. A

iv. 13

Pharisees reproved. S. Matthew. Of Sabbath-breakers. Of blasphemy against the 8 For the Son of man is Holy Ghost.

Lord even of the Sabbath-day. AT that time Jesus went on 91 And when he was dethe sabbath-day a through the parted thence, he went into corn; and his disciples were their synagogue. C an hungered, and began to 10 And, behold, there was a pluck the ears of corn, and to man which had his hand witheat.

ered; and they asked him, 2 But when the Pharisees saying, Is it lawful to heal on saw it, they said unto him, the sabbath-days ? that they Behold, thy disciples do that might accuse him. which is not lawful to do upon 11 And he said unto them, the sabbath-day.

What man shall there be 3 But he said unto them, among you that shall have one Have ye not read what David sheep, and if it fall into a pit did when he was an hungered, on the sabbath-day, will he not and they that were with him; lay hold on it, and lift it out ?

4 How he entered into the 12 How much then is a man house of God, and did eat the better than a sheep ? Whereshew-bread, which was not fore it is lawful to do well on lawful for him to eat, neither the sabbath-days. for them which were with him, 13 Then saith he to the but only for the priests? man, Stretch forth thine hand.

5 Or, Have ye not read in the And he stretched it forth; and law, how that on the sabbath. it was restored whole, like as days the priests in the temple the other. profane the sabbath b and are , 14 | Then the Pharisees' blameless ?

went out, and held a council 6 But I say unto you, That against him, how they might in this place is one greater than destroy him. the temple.

15 But when Jesus knew in But if ye had known what it he withdrew himself from this meaneth, I will have mer- thence; and great multitudes cy, and not sacrifice, ye would followed him, and he healed not have condemned the guilt- them all;

16 And charged them, that a The Jews' Sabbath-day was our they should not make him Saturday. It continued from Friday known : at sunset, to Saturday at sunset.

17 That it might be fulfil6 Profane the Sabbath, &c. The led which was spoken by Esal. priests in the temple violate the rest, enjoined to be observed on the Sab

i as d the prophet, saying, bath, or perform such works, as 6 Synagogue, a meeting house, or would not be considered lawful for house for public worship among the others.

Jews.

d Esaias, Isaiah.

less.

tory.

Dumb man healed. Chap. xii. Of blasphemy, &c.

18 Behold my servant, and every city or house dividwhom I have chosen; my be- ed against itself shall not loved, in whom my soul is well stand : pleased; I will put my Spirit 26 And if Satan cast out upon him, and he shall shew Satan, he is divided against judgment to the Gentiles.e himself; hoys shall then his · 19 He shall not strive f nor kingdom stand ? ery; neither shall any man 27 And if I by Beelzebub h hear his voice in the streets. cast out devils, by whom do

20 A bruised reed shall he your children cast them out ? not break, and smoking flax therefore shall they be your sball he not quench, till he judges. send forth judgment unto vic- 28 But if I cast out devils

by the Spirit of God, then the 24 And in his name shall kingdom of God is come unto the Gentiles g trust.

you. 22 1 Then was brought un- 29 Or else how can one ento him one possessed with a ter into a strong man's house, devil, blind and dumb; and he and spoil his goods, except he healed him, insomuch that the first bind the strong man and blind and dumb both spake then he will spoil his house. and saw.

30 He that is not with me, 23 And all the people were is against me; and he that amazed, and said, Is not this gathereth not with me, scatthe son of David ?

tereth abroad. 24 But when the Pharisees 31 F Wherefore I say unto heard it, they said, This fellow you, All manner of sin and doth not cast out devils but by blasphemy shall be forgiven Beelzebub, the prince of the unto men; but the blasphemy devils...

against the Holy Ghost shall 25 And Jesus knew their not be forgiven unto men. thoughts, and said unto them, 32 And whosoever speakEverykingdom divided against eth a word against the Son of itself is brought to desolation; man, it shall be forgiven

him; but whosoever speaketh Shew judgment to the Gentiles, against the Holy Ghost, it carry my religion and its blessings to shall not be forgiven him, neiother nations.

ther in this world, neither in f shall not strive, &c. The 19 and the world to come. 20th verses figuratively describe a 33 Either make the tree person of a most gentle and benevo- mood and his from: lent character.

good, and his fruit good; or & Gentiles. The Jews called all else make the tree corrupt, nations, but their own, Gentiles. The 6 Beelzebub, the prince of evil spia word signifies nations.

rits.

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