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into his belly, whence all impurities in the victuals 20 pass into the sink. But, added he, that which

proceedeth out of the man, is what polluteth the 21 man : for from within the human heart proceed

vicious machinations, adulteries, fornications, mur22. ders, thefts, insatiable desires, malevolence, fraud, 23 immodesty, envy, calumny, arrogance, levity. All

these evils issue from within, and pollute the man. 24 Then he arose and went to the frontiers of Tyre Mat. 15; 21.

and Sidon ; and having entered a house, he desired

that none might know of him ; but he could not be 25 concealed. For a woman, whose little daughter had

an unclean spirit, hearing of him, came and threw 26 herself at his feet ( the woman was a Greek, a na

tive of Syrophenicia), and entreated him, that he 27 would cast the demon out of her daughter. Jesus

answered, Let the children first be satisfied; for

it is not seemly to take the children's bread, and 28 throw it to the dogs. She replied, True, Sir, yet

even the dogs under the table eat of the children's 29 crumbs. He said to her, For this answer go 30 home'; the demon is gone out of thy daughter. Im

mediately she went home, and found her daughter

lying upon the bed, and freed from the demon. . 31 Then leaving the borders of Tyre and Sidon, he

returned to the sea of Galilee, through the precincts 32 of Decapolis. And they brought to him a deaf man,

who had also an impediment in his speech, and en33 treated him to lay his hand upon him. Jesus hav.

ing taken him aside from the crowd, spat upon his
own fingers, and put them into the man's ears, and
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SECT. IE. 34 touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven,

and sighing, he said, Ephphatha, that is, Be open35 ed. Immediately his ears were opened, and his 36 tongue loosed, and he spoke distinctly. Jesus charg

ed them to tell nobody : but the more he charged

them, the more they published it, saying, with in37 expressible amazement, He doth every thing well:

he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to

speak. Mat. 15; 32. VIII. At that time the crowd being very numerous,

2 and having no food, Jesus called his disciples, and

said to them, I have compassion on the multitude ;

for they have attended me now three days, and 3 have nothing to eat; and if I send them home

fasting, their strength will fail by the way; for 4 some of them are come from afar. His disciples

answered, Whence can we supply these people 5 with bread here in the desert ? He asked them,

How many loaves have ye? They said, Seven. 6 Then commanding the multitude to place themselves

upon the ground, he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, broke them, and gave them to his

disciples, that they might distribute them to the peo7 ple, and they distributed 'them. They had also a

few small fishes, which, after the blessing, he like- . 8 wise ordered to be presented. So they ate, and

were satisfied ; and the fragments which remained 9 were carried off in seven maunds. Now they who

had eaten were about four thousand. Mat. 16; 1: 10 Having dismissed them, he immediately embark

ed with his disciples, and went into the territory of


. ch. 8, 11 Dalmanutha. Thence some Pharisees came, who

began to argue with him, and, in order to prove
12 him, demanded of him a sign in the sky. Jesus

answered, with a deep groan, Wherefore doth this
generation require a sign? Verily I say unto ·

you, that no sign shall be given to this genera-
13 tion. After that, leaving them, he reimbarked

and returned." 14. Now the disciples had forgotten to bring bread, Mat. 16; 5 15 having only one loaf with them in the bark. Then Lu. 12; 2.

Jesus gave them this caution : Attend; beware of

the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of 16 Herod. They reflecting hereon, said among them17 selves : It is because we have no bread. Jesus re

marking it, said unto them: Why make ye this

reflection, that ye have no bread? Are ye yet so 18 thoughtless, so inattentive ? Is your understand

ing still blinded? Have you no use of your eyes, 19 or of your ears? or do ye not remember? When

I distributed the five loaves among the five thou

sand, how many baskets full of fragments did ye 20 carry off? They answered, Twelve. And when

the seven among the four thousand, how many 21 maunds full of fragments did ye carry off? They

said, Seven. How then is it, proceeded he, that

ye do not apprehend me?
22 When Jesus came to Bethsaida, they brought to

him a blind man whom they entreated him to touch.
23 He took the blind man by the hand, and led him

out of the village. Then having put spittle on his
eyes, and laid his hands upon him, he asked himing

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SECT. v. 24 whether he saw. Having looked up, he said, I see

men, whom I distinguish from trees only by their 25 walking. And Jesus laid his hands upon the man's

eyes, and made him look again. And he was so 26 perfectly cured, as to see every object clearly.

And Jesus sent him home, saying, Neither go into the village, nor tell aught to any of the villagers.



Mat. 16; 23. 27 JESUS went thence with his disciples to the vil. Lu. 9; 18.

lages of Cesarea Philippi, and by the way he asked 28 them, saying, Who do men say that I am ? They

answered, John the Baptist ;' but some say, 29 · Elijah;' and others, one of the Prophets. He 30 said to them, But who say ye that I am ? Peter an

swering, said to him, Thou art the Messiah. Then

he charged them to tell nobody this concerning him. Mat. 16; 21. 31 And he began to inform them that the Son of Man Lu. 9, 22.

must suffer many things, and be rejected by the el. ders, and the chief priests, and the scribes, and be

killed, and that in three days he must rise again. 32 This he spoke so plainly,that Peter taking him aside, 33 reproved him. But he turning, and looking on his

disciples, rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee hence,

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ch. 9. adversary, for thou dost not relish the things of

God, but the things of men. 34 Then having called both to the people, and to his Mat. 16; 24

disciples, he said, Is any man willing to come under Jo. 12; 25.

my guidance ? Let him renounce himself, and 35 take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever

would save his life, shall lose it; and whosoever

will lose his life, for my sake and the gospel's, shall 36 save it. What would it profit a man, if he should

gain the whole world, with the forfeit of his life ? : 37 or what will a man not give in ransom for his life? 38 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my Mat. 10; 33.

Lu. 12; 9. words, in this adulterous and sinful generation ; of him likewise the Son of Man will be ashamed,

when he shall come in the glory of his Father, acIX. companied by the holy messengers. He added,

Verily I say unto you, there are some standing here, who shall not taste death, until they see the reign of God ushered in with power.

2 AFTER six days Jesus took Peter, and James, Mat. 17; 1

Lu. 9; 28 and John, apart to the top of a high mountain, 3 and was transfigured in their presence. His gar

ments became glittering, and were, like snow, of

such a whiteness, as no fuller on the earth could 4 imitate. There appeared to them also Elijah and 5 Moses, who were conversing with Jesus. Then Pe.

ter said to Jesus, Rabbi, it is good for us to stay

here: let us make three booths, one for thee, and 6 one for Moses, and one for Elijah: for he knew 7 not what he said, they were so terrified. And there

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