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the glory of the Lord shall be re- how the Lord had shewed great vealed, and all flesh shall see it mercy upon her; and they re

together : for the mouth of the joiced with her. And it came to 59. 6. Lord hath spoken it. The voice pass, that on the eighth day they

said, “Cry. And he said, came to circumcise the child; and
" What shall I

they called him Zacharias, after “ flesh (x) is grass, and all the the name of his father. And his 60.

goodliness thereof is as the mother answered and said, “Not 7.

6 flower of the field : the grass "so; but he shall be called “ withereth, the flower fadeth : “ John.” And they said unto 61. “ because the Spirit of the Lord her, “ There is none of thy kin

“ bloweth upon it: surely the 6 dred that is called by this 8. “ people is grass.

“ name.” And they made signs 62. " withereth, the flower fadeth


to his father, how he would have « but the word of our God shall him called. And he asked for a 63. 9. • stand for ever.” O Zion, that writing-table, and wrote, saying,

bringest good tidings, get thee up “ His name is John." into the high mountain; O Jeru- marvelled all. And his mouth 64. salem, that bringest good tidings, was opened immediately, and his lift up thy voice with strength: tongue loosed, and he spake, and lift it up, be not afraid ; say unto praised God. And fear came on 65.

the cities of Judah, " Behold all that dwelt round about them : 10. your God!” Behold, the Lord

and all these sayings were noised God will come with strong hand, abroad throughout all the hilland his arm shall rule for him :

country of Judea : and all they 66. behold, his reward is with him, that heard them laid them up in 11, and his work before him. He their hearts, saying,

" What shall feed his flock like a (y) shep- 66 manner of child shall this be?” herd; he shall(z)gather the lambs And the hand of the Lord was with his arm, and carry them in with him. And his father Za- 67. his bosom, and shall gently lead charias was filled with the Holy those that are with young.

Ghost, and prophesied, saying,

“ Blessed be the Lord God of 68. The Gospel. Luke i. 57. (a) “ Israel; for he hath visited and Elisabetu's full time came that “ redeemed his people, and hath 69.

she should be delivered ; and she “ raised up an horn of salvation 58. brought forth a son. And her < for us in the house of his ser

neighbours and her cousins heard “ vant David; as he spake by the 70.

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(y) “ Shepherd.” The Messiah is v. 11. elsewhere spoken of under the name of a shepherd. See ante 52. note on Matt. ii. 5. and ante 137. on John X. II.

(z) “ Shall gather,” &c. i.e. shall be to his followers what a shepherd who so gathers his lambs, &c. is to his flock: full of tender care and attention.

(a) See ante p. 7. where this passage occurs, and is commented upon.

“ mouth of his holy prophets,

Fifth Sunday after Trinity. 66 which have been since the

The Collect. 71. “ world began: that we should

" be saved from our enemies, GRANT, O Lord, we beseech

" and from the hand of all that thee, that the course of this world 72. “ hate us ; to perform the mercy may be so peaceably ordered by

“ promised to our fathers, and thy governance, that thy Church

“ to remember his holy cove- may joyfully serve thee in all god73. nant, the oath which he sware

ly quietness, through Jesus Christ to our father Abraham, that

our Lord. Amen. 74. “ he would grant unto us, that

we, being delivered out of the The Epistle. Peter iii. 8.

“ hand of our enemies, might Be ye all of one mind, having 75. serve him without fear, in ho

compassion one of another; love “ liness and righteousness before as brethren, be pitiful, be courte“ him, all the days of our life. ous: not rendering evil (a) for 9. " And thou, Child, shalt be

evil, or railing for railing ; but “ called The Prophet of the contrariwise blessing ; knowing “ Highest : for thou shalt go that ye are thereunto called, that

“ before the face of the Lord to ye should inherit a blessing. 77. prepare his ways; to give For (6) “ he that will love life, 10.

“ knowledge of salvation unto « and see good days, let him re

“ his people, by the remission of « frain his tongue from evil, and 78. “ their sins, through the tender “ his lips that they speak no

mercy of our God; whereby “ guilelet him eschew evil, 11.

“ the Day-spring from on high " and do good; let him seek 79.

“ hath visited us, to give light “ peace, and ensue it. For the 12. " to them that sit in darkness


of the Lord are over the 66 and in the shadow of death, to “ righteous, and his ears are

" guide our feet into the way of open unto their prayers : but 80. “ peace.” And the child

grew, " the face of the Lord is against and waxed strong in spirit, and " them that do evil.” And who 13. was in the deserts till the day of is (c) he that will harm you,

if his shewing unto Israel.

ye be followers of that which is



(a) “ Evil for evil.” St. Paul gives the same advice to the Roman converts, Rom. xii. 17.“ Recompence to no man “evil for evil ;" and to the Thessalonians, i Thess. v. 15: See that none render “ evil for evil unto any one." Christianity does not san&tion retaliation; on the contrary, it inculcates forgiveness of injuries as an essential duty, and treats the right to avenge as the peculiar privilege of God.

“ Vengeance is « mine, I will repay, saith the Lord,” Rom. xii. 19. The example in this respect is furnished by our Saviour, who

according to 1 Pet. ii. 23. “ When he “ was reviled, reviled not again ;

when “ he suffered, he threatened not."

(6) “ For," &c. What follows to 4.10. the end of verse 12. is transcribed from Ps. xxxiv. 12. &c. St. Peter therefore uses that authority to inforce the duty of the moderation he was recommending.

(c) “ Who is he,” &c. To follow if good, is the surest way to avoid persecution; but even if the good are persecuted, they have this for their confort

, their persecutors are not « of God," and have not God's san&ion,

14. good? But and if ye (d) suffer the lake of (8) Gennesaret, and 2.

for righteousness' sake, (e) happy saw two ships standing by the are ye: and “ be (f) not afraid lake: but the fishermen were

“ of their terror, neither be gone out of them, and were wash15.

« troubled ; but sanctify the ing their nets. And he entered 3. “ Lord God in your hearts." into one of the ships, which

was (b) Simon's, and prayed him The Gospel. Luke v. I.

that he would thrust out a little It came to pass, that, as the from the land. And he sat down, people pressed upon him to hear and taught the people out of the the word of God, he stood by ship.

ship. Now when he had left 4, speaking, he said unto Simon, Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy " Launch out into the deep, Apostle Saint Peter many excel


(d) For “ suffer read “ do suffer." 0.14

(e) “Happy." Our Saviour has given this assurance in his Sermon on the mount, Matt. v. 10. 11. post. “Blessed “ are they which are persecuted for “ righteousness sake, for theirs is the “ kingdom of heaven ; blessed are ye " when men shall revile you, and perse“ cute you, and shall say all manner of “ evil against you, falsely, for my sake :

rejoice and be exceeding glad, for

great is your reward in heaven.” So 1 Pet. iv. 14. “ If ye be reproached for

" the name of Chirst, happy are ye.5.14 (f) “ Be not afraid,” &c. This pas

sage is transcribed from Is. viii. 12. 13. God said unto Isaiah," say ye not a con“ federacy, to all them to whom this “ people shall say a confederacy, neither 6 fear


their fear, nor be afraid ; sanc. tify the Lord of hosts himself, and « let him be your fear, and let him be “ your dread, and he shall be for a sanc“ tuary.The meaning therefore here is, that they should disregard all earthly persecutions, should have no fear or dread but of God, and that they should

find him a sanctuary against all evils. 9.I. (8) “ The Lake of Gennesareth.”

The same as the sea of Galilee or Tiberias. It was in and near Galilee that Jesus chiefly lived, appointed his disciples, and performed his miracles, he also appeared there after his resurrection : So that he eminently fulfilled the prophecy Is. ix. 2. “ The people that walketh in “ darkness (alluding to the people of “ Galilee) have seen a great light; they " that dwell in the land of the shadow “ of death, upon them hath the light “ shined.” As the beginning of Is. ix. is not very clear in our translation, and as Bishop Lowth has done away the obscurity, it may be of service to introduce his translation, “ But there shall

« not hereafter be darkness in the land “ which was distressed; in the former time « he debased the land of Zebulun and “ the land of Naphtali ; but in the latter - time he hath made it glorious ; even “ the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, “ Galilee of the nations. The people “ that walketh in darkness, have seen a

great light, they that dwelt in the is land of the shadow of death, unto “ them hath the light shined. Thou “ hast multiplied the nation, thou hast “ increased their joy, they rejoice before " thee, as with the joy of harvest, as they rejoice, who divide the spoil. For “ the yoke of his burthen, the staff laid “ on his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor « hast thou broken, as in the day of “ Midian. For the greaves of the armed “ warrior in the conflict, and the gar"s ment rolled in much blood shall be for

a burning, even fuel for the fire, for “ unto us, &c.” Mr. Mede had before improved the translation, (Mede on Revel. 77. 78.) and he refers the debase. ment of the land of Zebulun, &c. to the times of Tiglathpileser, and notices that there was a highway called “ the

way of the sea,” leading from Syria through the middle of Capernaum to Jordan, and thence by the sea of Galilee into Egypt. He observes also that our Saviour spent the greatest part of his time during his ministry in Galilee, of which Capernaum was the capital, not being in Judea, but at the time of the feasts, whereas he went through all Galilee with his apostles over and over, teaching the Gospel in all the synagogues and villages, and doing miracles, so that as this land had been eminently afflicted, he made it eminently glorious by his presence. See also Kidder 95.

(b) “ Simon's," i. e. St. Peter's.

v. 3.

" and let down your nets for a lent gifts, and commandedst hin 5. draught.” And Simon answer- earnestly to feed thy flock; Make ing said unto him, “ Master, we

we beseech thee, all Bishops and “have toiled all the night, and Pastors diligently to preach thy “ have taken nothing : neverthe- holy Word, and the people obe

« less at thy word I will let down diently to follow the same; tha 6. “ the net.” And when they had they may receive the crown o

this done, they inclosed a great everlasting glory, through Jesu

multitude of fishes : and their Christ our Lord. Amen. 7. net brake. And they beckoned

unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should

For the Epistle. Acts xii. 1. come and help them. And they ABOUT that time, Herod the

came, and filled both the ships, king stretched forth his hands, to 8. so that they began to sink. When vex certain of the Church. And

Simon Peter saw it, he fell down he killed (1) James the brother of at Jesus' knees, saying, “ Depart John with the sword. And be. " from me; for I am a sinful

cause he saw it pleased the Jews, 9. man, O Lord.” For he (i) was

he proceeded further to take Peter astonished, and all that were with also. Then were the days of un

him, at the draught of the fishes leavened (m) bread. And when 10. which they had taken: and so he had apprehended him, he put was also (k) James and John, the

him in prison, and delivered him sons of Zebedee, which were

to four quaternions of soldiers to partners with Simon. And Jesus

keep him; intending after Easter said unto Simon, “Fear not;

to bring him forth to the people

. c from henceforth thou shalt Peter therefore was kept in pri11. 66 catch men.” And when they

son ; but prayer was made withhad brought their ships to land,

out ceasing of the Church unto they forsook all, and followed God for him. And when Herod him.

would have brought him forth,

the same night Peter was sleeping Saint Peter's Day.

between two soldiers, bound with The Collect.

two (n) chains: and the keepers O ALMIGHTY God, who by thy before the door kept the prison.


(i) “ Astonished.” The miracle was likely to make the stronger impression, because according to verse 5. they had been toiling all night, and had caught' nothing. It was therefore well timed.

(k) “ James and John,'' i. e. that James, who according to Acts xii. 2. was afterwards killed by Herod, and St. John the Evangelist.

(1) “ James," i.e. the son of Zebedee, the brother of St. John the Evangelist.

(m) “ The days of unleavened bread," i.e. the time of the passover, corresponding with our Easter. See Deut.

xvi. 1, 2, 3.

9. 10.

(n) “ Bound with two chains.” The practice was to fasten one end of a chain to a soldier, and the other end to the prisoner.

7. And, behold, the (0) angel of the " hand of Herod, and from all

Lord came upon him, and a light “ the expectation of the people
shined in the prison : and he 66 of the Jews."
smote Peter on the side, and
raised him up, saying,

« Arise up

The Gospel. Matt. xvi. 13. (9)
“ quickly." And his chains fell WHEN Jesus came into the coasts
8. off from his hands. And the angel of Cesarea Philippi, he asked

said unto him, “ Gird thyself, his disciples, saying, “ Whom do
“s and bind on thy sandals :" and “ men say that I, the Son of man,
so he did. And he saith unto him, “ am ?" And they said, “ Some 14.

“ Cast thy garment about thee, say that thou art John the 9.

and follow me.” And he went Baptist ; some, (s) Elias ; and out, and followed him; and wist “ others, Jeremias, or one of the not that it was true which was “ prophets.” He saith unto them, 15.

done by the angel; but thought “ But whom say ye that I am ?” 10. he saw a vision. When they were And Simon Peter answered and 16.

past the first and the second ward, said, “ Thou art the Christ, the
they came unto the iron gate that “ Son of the living God.” And 17.
leadeth unto the city, which Jesus answered and said unto
opened to them of his own ac- him, “ Blessed art thou, Simon
cord: and they went out, and “ Barjona (t): for flesh (u) and
passed on through one street ; 6 blood hath not revealed it unto

and forthwith the angel departed " thee, but my Father which is 11. from him. And when Peter was “ in heaven. And I say also unto 18.

come to himself, he said, “ Now " thee, That thou art (x) Peter ;
“1(P) know of a surety that the “ and upon (y) this rock I will
" Lord hath sent his angel, and “ build my Church; and the
" hath delivered me out of the gates (z) of hell shall not pre-



D.13 g. 14

(0) For“ the angel,” the reading should be “ an angel.

().“ I know,” &c. This miracu.
lous deliverance was calculated to con-
firm Peter's faith (if it could have re-
quired confirmation), was a reward to
him for his former intrepidity, and an
assurance that God could deliver by su-
pernatural means.

(9) See Clarke's 18th Sermon, 213.
(s) " Elias."
Why Elias ?

reason is obvious: the Jews were expect.
ing the Messiah, from the prophecy,
Dan. ix. 15. ante 63. and from taking
the prophecy in Mal iv. 5. (" Behold
" I will send you Elijah the prophet,
“ before the coming of the great and
“ dreadful day of the Lord") in a
literal sense, they supposed that Elias
must first come.

(1) “ Barjona," i.e. the son of Jona ;

he is called “ the son of Jona or Jonas,"
John i. 42.-xxi. 15, 16, 17.

(u) “Flesh and blood," &c. i.e. you v. 17.
have collected it not from human tes-
timony, but from the miracles I have
wrought, which are the testimony of God.

(*) “ Peter," i. e. a rock, or foun- v. 18. dation stone: he was at first called Simon only (see Matt. X. 4.John i. 42.) and when Jesus saw him, he said unto him, thou shalt be called Cephas, which is, by interpretation, a stone. John i.42.

Upon this rock," i. e. upon v.18. such faith, courage, constancy, &c. as thine, In Eph. ii. 20. the church is considered as built

upon the founda. “tion of the apostles and prophets, “ Jesus Christ himself being the chief

corner-stone, in whom all the building “ fitly framed together, groweth unto a “ holy temple in the Lord.”

(z) “ Gates of hell," j.e, the coun- v.18,

v. 17

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