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SECT. VI.

Mar. 3; 22

EH. 12.
20.“ voice be heard in the streets. A bruised reed he

will not break; and a dimly burning taper he

will not quench, till he render his laws victo21 " rious. Nations also shall trust in his name." 22 Then was brought to him a demoniac dumb and

blind; and he cured him, insomuch that he both

23 spake and saw. And all the people said with ch. 9; 34. 24 amazement, Is this the son of David ? But the

Pharisees hearing them said, This man expelleth

demons only by Beelzebub prince of the demons. Lu. 11; 15. 25 But Jesus knowing their surmizes, said to them,

By civil dissensions any kingdom may be desolat

ed; and no city or family, where such dissen26 sions are, can subsist. Now if Satan expel Sa

tan, his kingdom is torn by civil dissensions ; 27 how can it then subsist ? Besides, if I expel de

mons by Beelzebub; by whom do your sons expel 28 them? Wherefore they shall be your judges. But

if I expel demons by the Spirit of God, the reign 18. 49; 24. 29. of God hath overtaken you. For how can one

enter the strong one's house, and plunder his

goods, unless he first overpower the strong one? 30 Then indeed he may plunder his house. He

who is not for me, is against me : and he who

gathereth not with me, scattereth. Mar. 3; 28: 31 Wherefore I say unto you, though every other

sin and detraction in men is pardonable, their de32 traction from the Spirit is unpardonable: for who

soever shall inveigh against the Son of Man may obtain pardon ; but whosoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, shall never be pardoned, either

Lu. 12; 10. 1 Jo. 5; 16.

SECT. VI.

сн. 19. 33 in the present state, or in the future. Either call

the tree good, and its fruit good ; or call the tree

bad, and its fruit bad : for we distinguish the tree 34 by the fruit. Offspring of vipers, how can ye that

are evil speak good things, since it is out of the Lu. 6; 45. 35 fulness of the heart that the mouth speaketh ? The

good man out of his good treasure produceth good

things: the bad man out of his bad treasure produ36 ceth bad things. Be assured, however, that of every

pernicious word which men shall utter, they shall 37 give an account on the day of judgment. For by 1 Cor. 1; 22.

ch. 16; 1. thy words thou shalt be acquitted ; and by thy

words thou shalt be condemned. 38 Then some of the Scribes and Pharisees inter- Lu. 11: 29.

posed, saying, Rabbi, we desire to see a sign from 39 thee. He answering, said unto them, An evil and

adulterous race demandeth a sign; but no sign

shall be given them, save the sign of the Prophet 40 Jonah.

Jor. 1; 17. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the stomach of the great fish, the Son of

Man will be three days and three nights in the 41 bosom of the earth. The Ninevites will stand up Jor. 3; 5;

in the judgment against this race, and cause it to
be condemned, because they repented when they

were warned by Jonah ; and behold here some42 thing greater than Jonah. The queen of 16 the 1 K: 0:1

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CH. 12.

the wise discourses of Solomon; and behold here

something greater than Solomon. Lu. 11; 24: 43 An unclean spirit, when he is gone out of a

man, wandereth over parched deserts in search of

a resting place. And not finding any, he saith, 44 I will return to my house whence I came; and

being come, he findeth it empty, swept, and fur45 nished. Whereupon he goeth, and bringeth with

him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; 2 Pet. 2; 20. and having entered, they dwell there; and the last

state of that man becometh worse than the first :

thus will it also fare with this evil race. Mar. 3; 31. 46 While he discoursed to the people, his mother and Lu. 8; 19.

brothers were without, desiring to speak with him. 47 And one said to him, Thy mother and thy brothers 48 are without, desiring to speak with thee. He an

swering, said to him that told him, Who is my 49 mother? and who are my brothers ? Then stretch

ing out his hand towards his disciples, he said, 50 Behold my mother and my brothers. For whoso

ever doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Heb. 6; 4 & 10; 26

SECT. VII.

ch. 13.

SECTION VII.

PARABLES.

XIII. THE same day, Jesus having gone out of the Mar. 4; 1. 2 house, sat by the sea side; but so great a multitude flocked about him, that he went into a bark, and

sat down there, while all the people stood on the 3 shore. Then he discoursed to them of many things

in parables.

4 THE

sower,

said he, went out to sow; and in Mar. 4; 3. sowing, some seeds fell by the way-side, and the Lu. 8; 4. 5 birds came and picked them up: some fell on

rocky ground where they had little earth : these

sprang up the sooner, because the soil had no 6 depth : but after the sun had beaten upon them,

they were scorched, and having no root, withered 7 away. Some fell among thorns, and the thorns 8 grew up and choked them. Others fell into good

ground, and yielded increase, some a hundred, 9 some sixty, some thirty fold. Whoever hath ears

to hear, let him hear. 10 Then the disciples accosted him, saying, Why Mar. 4; 10: 11 speakest thou to them in parables? He answering,

said unto them, Because it is your privilege, and not

theirs, to know the secrets of the reign of heaven. 12 For to him that hath, more shall be given, and he ch. 25; 29.

Lu. 8; 9.

Mar. 4; 12.
Lu. 8; 10.
Jo. 12; 39.

25.

сн. 13.

SECT. VII. Mar. 4; 25. shall abound; but from him that hath not, even Lu. 8; 18.

13 that which he hath shall be taken. For this reason Isa. 6; 9. I speak to them in parables; because they seeing,

14 see not; and hearing, hear not, nor regard; insoActs, 28;

much that this prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled in

them, “Ye may indeed listen, but will not under. Ro. 11; 8.

15 “ stand; ye may look, but will not perceive. For

“ this people's understanding is stupified, their

ears are deafened, and their eyes they have clos“ed ; lest seeing with their eyes, hearing with “ their ears, and apprehending with their under

“ standing ; they should repent, and I should Lu. 10; 23. 16 “ reclaim them.” But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.

. 17 For verily I say unto you, that many prophets and

righteous men have desired to see the things which ve see, but have not seen them; and to hear the

things which ye hear, but have not heard them. Mar. 4; 14. 18 Understand ye, therefore, the parable of the Lu. 8; 11: 19 sower.

When one heareth the doctrine of the reign, but mindeth it not, the evil one cometh, and

snatcheth away that which was sown in his heart. 20 This explaineth what fell by the way-side. That

which fell on rocky ground, denoteth him who,

hearing the word, receiveth it at first with plea21 sure; yet not having it rooted in his mind, re

taineth it but a while ; for when trouble or per

secution cometh, because of the word, instantly 22 he relapseth. That which fell among thorns, de

noteth that hearer in whom worldly cares, and deceitful riches, stifle the word, and render it un

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