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CHA P. IX. CH A P. VÌ.
35 And Jefus went And he went round about
about all the cities and villages, teaching the villages, teaching.
in their fynagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, 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, but the labourers are few.
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forch labourers into his harvest.
Jesus therefore departed from thence, and continued his Progress thro the other parts of Galilee ; and wherever he came, he cur'd the Sick that were presented to him, and publish'd the good Tidings of the Approach of the Kingdom of Heaven. For which reasons a very great Multitude followed him in all his Journies, who were proper Objects of his Pity, and who seemed to him like Sheep wandring without a Shepherd, and not having any Fold to repair unto. And indeed the condition of the Jewish Laity at that time was deplorable, not knowing what to chufe or avoid; and distracted by the disagreeing Factions of the Sadduces and Pharisees, and as yet unacquainted with the Voice of the true Shepherd sent to them from God himself. The Reflections which this state of the Jews suggested to Jesus, gave him occasion to tell his Disciples that there was a great deal of Corn ripe for the Sickle, but very few Reapers ; that therefore the Lord of that Corn ought to be intreated to provide many Labourers against the Harvest. For many now were prepar'd for the reception of the divine Doctrine of the Gospel, and only wanted proper persons to instruct them in a convenient Time and Place.
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7 And he callech un. · Thains twelve dir
ND when he 7 I 'Hen he called
his twelve dirto him his twelve dir
ciples together, ciples, he gave them
and power against unclean
gave them power and spirits, to cast them
authority over all out, and to heal all
devils, and to cure: manner of fickness,
diseases. and all manner of disease.
2 Now the names of the twelve postles are these : The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother,
3 Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas, and Matthew the publican, James the son of Alpheus, and Lébbeus, whose firname was Thaddeus,
$ Simon the Ca. riaanite, and' Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. These twelve Je
2 And he 5
sen sus sent forth, send them forth
and began to
ewo by two,
and commanded them, saying,
Fesus afterwards considering that he himself could not be present in all places where it was expedient the Gospel should be publishid, resolved to send his Apostles: abroad to all thofe places he did not visit himself. We have already set down their names, chap. 20. and it is not necessary to repeat them here. Having therefore calls them to him, be furnish'd them with a Power of casting evil
Spirits out of human Bodies, and curing all manner of Distempers; and gave them these Di
C H A P. X.
Go nor into the way of the Gentiles, and into any cicy 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
to preach kingdom of heaven is
the kingdom of God, at hand. 8 Heal the fick,
and to heal the sick. cleanse the lepers, and gave them raise the dead, cast power over unclean. out devils :
spirics, freely ye have received, freely give.
8 And commanded 3 And he said un. them that they should to them, Take nothing
take nothing for their for your journy, nei9 Frovide neither journy, fave a staff ther staves, nor fcrip, gold nor filver, nor only: no scrip, no neither bread, neither trafs in your purses: bread, no mony in mony;
10 Nor fcrip for their purse: your journy, neither 9 But be shod with two coats, neither sandals : and not puc
neither have Thoos, nor yet staves: on two coats. two coats apiece. re&tions in charge. In this your first Progress apply your felves whol.
LO the Conversion of the Jews, that after their various wandrings like strayed Sheep, they inay at last return into the right Sheepfold. This is, as it were, your time of Probation : Go not therefore into any Heathen or Samaritan City, but acquaint the Fews only with the good Tidings of the Approach of the Kingdom of the Meliab; and tell them, that the only way to participate of the Benefits that belong to it, is to lead a Life full of Piety and good Works
. And that you may give demonstration of this Commission you receive from God, I authorize you in his name to cure all manner of Distempers, to cleanse the Lepers, to raise the Dead to Life, and to expel the evil Spirits out of the Bodies of Men. All these gracious Aslistances shall accompany your Endeavours, on condition you as freely make use of them for the good of Men, as they have been freely bestowed upon you. Begin then without delay, and instantly set about this glorious work; and-be not follicitous after providing your felves with Viguals, Shooś, or any manner of Garb, or even Mony to defray the Expences of your Journy. Those that have Staves, let them keep them, and those that have not,, content
CH A P. IX.
To And he said un11 And into whát- co them, In whát 4 And whatsoever foever city or town place foever ye enter house ye enter into, ..ye shall enter, inco an house,
enquire who in it is worthy, and there
there abide till yć go abide till ye depart abide, and thence dethence.
from that place. part. 12 And when ye come inco an house, falute ic.
13 And if the house be worthy, let 'your peace come -upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whosoever 11 And whosoever Ś And whosoever Thall not receive you, shall not receive you, will not receive you, nor hear your words ; nor hear you, when when ye go out of when ye depart out ye depart thence, that city, ofhake off of that house or city, shake off the duft un- the very duft from Thake off the dust of der your feet,
your feet, your feet.
themselves without them. Consider you are under God's Protection, and the People among whom you will preach the Gospel will furnish you with all things necessary for your Subsistence; and 'tis but reasonable that the Labourer should exped to be requited, according to the Proverb. At
your entrance into any Town or Village inquire first into the Morals of the Inhabitants, whether they be men of Probity, and in expectation of the Kingdom of the Melfiah; and whosoever entertains you, continue in his House during your abode in that place, lest by leaving of him you alienate bis Mind from you : and when you first come into the Family, pray to God for a Blessing on it.
If that Family deserve to have your Bleffings confer'd upon it, God will hear your Prayers on their behalf; otherwise your Prayers shall be fruitless in respect to them, bat abundantly rewarded with Benefits on your felves. But, whatsoever Town or private Family shall refuse to entertain you, as judging the Message you are charg'd with (viz. the good Tidings of the approach of the Meffi.ub's Reign) unworthy theis Attention, at your departure from them shake off the very Dust
JOHN. CHAP. X. GH A P. VI. CH A P. IX. for a testimony
for a testimony against them.
against them 15 Verily, I say
Verily I say unto you, it shall be unto you, it shall be
tolerable for more colerable for the land of Sodom Sodom and Gomorrha and Gomorrha in in the day of judgthe day of judgment, ment, than for that. chan for that city.
cicy. 16. Behold, í send. you forth as. sheep in the midst of wolves :. be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harm
lo less as doves.
17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they Thall scourge you in their fynagogues.
18 And ye shall be brought before gover. nours and kings for my fake, for a testimony against them and the Genciles. from the Soles of your Feet, as a Token that' you will not have the least Intercourse with such an impious Race of Men ; but rest assured that the Inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrha shall be less severely punish'd in the Day of Judgment than thofe that refuse to hear you, or having heard you, contemn your Doctrine.
I send you now, and. Thall do it hereafter with greater Solemnity, as Sheep unto a company of Wolves; that is, men of an inoffensive Temper, to a barbarous and cruel People. You ought therefore to behave your felves with so much prudence, as not to irritate them by reproaching them too freely, nor by unfeasonable Interpretations of that Truth they fo much hate at present; but take heed this Prudence and Caution do not degenerate into worldly Craft, so as to make you betray the Cause of Truth, by incouraging them in their vitious Practices. Unite therefore the Cunning of the Serpent (as I may so fay) with the Harmlesnefs of Doves. Secure your felves with all neceffary Diligence againft the Artifices of the Fetus, who will perfecute you for the preaching of the Gospel, and accuse you before the Jewish Magistrates, and cause you to be punilh'd with Stripes; nor will their Malice itop here, but they will force you to plead for your Life before the Rom in Governours for having been my Difciples : By which means the Gospel will be the more taken notice of both by the Jews and Gentiles. At that time be not folli