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9 baptize you with the holy Ghost (6). Andet came

to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Naza

reth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he faw

the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove (c) II descending upon him. And there came a voice

from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, 12 in whom I am well pleased. And immediately the 13 Spirit driveth him into the wilderness (d). And he

was there in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan, and was with the wild beasts, and the angels

ministered unto him. 14

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the 15 kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfil

led, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent 16 ye, and (e) believe the gospel. Now as he walked

by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon, and Andrew

his brother, cafting a net into the sea : (for they 17 were fishers.) And Jesus said unto them, Come

ye after me, and I will make you to become (f) fishers 18 of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, 19, and followed him. And when he had gone a little

further thence, he faw James the son of Zebedee,

and John his brother, who also were in the ship 20 mending their nets. And straightway he called

them: and they left their father Zebedee in the fhip with the hired servants, and went after him.

And they went into Capernaum, and straightway (6) He will, besides the baptism of water, cleanse and purify your fouls with the graces of the holy Spirit, and enable you by his wonderful gifts to promote the cause of truth and righteousness, agaiuft all oppofition.

(c) See Mat. iii. 16.

ld He went into the wilderness by the divine impulse of the holy Spirit. Mat. iv. 1.

(e) Receive it as the means of salvation. c) Mat. iv. 19. Noter


And they

on the fabbath-day he entered into the synagogue, 22 and taught. And they were astonished at his

doctrine: for he taught them as one that had autho23 rity, and not as the (8) scribes. And there was in

their fynagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and 24 he cried out, Saying, Let us alone, what have we to

do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth ? art thou

come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the 25 holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, say26 ing, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And

when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried 27 with a loud voice, he came out of him.

were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority com

mandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do 28 obey him. And immediately his fame spread abroad,

throughout all the region round about Galilee. 29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the

synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and 30 Andrew, with James and John. But Simon's wife's mother lay fick of a fever, and anon they tell him

And he came and took her by the hand, and lift her up; and immediately, the fever left her, 32 and she (1) ministered unto them.

when the fun did set, they brought unto him all that

were diseased, and them that were poffeffed with 33 devils. And all the city was gathered together at

And he healed many that were sick of

31 of her.

And at even,

34 the door.

(g) The scribes restrained the commandments of God to the mere letter of the law, and taught the people a superstitious exacta nels in outward ceremonies, according to the customs handed down from their fore-fathers. But our blessed Saviour, with the authority of a divine instructor, taught them to disregard these things, and to place religion on the solid foundation of purity of heart, and in- . tegrity of life. See Mat. vii. 29.

(h) She was so perfectly recovered that she was able to attend on and entertain them.

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divers diseases, and cast out many devils, and fuf

fered not the devils to speak, becaufe they knew him. 35 And in the morning rising up a great while before

day, he went out, and departed into a folitary place, 36 and there prayed. And Simon, and they that were 37 with him, followed after him. And when they had

found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. 38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next

towns, that I may preach there allo; for therefore 39 came i forth. And he preached in their fynagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.

And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If 41 thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus,

moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and

touched him, and faith unto him, I will, be thou 42 clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately

the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. 43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him 44 away; And faith unto him, See thou say nothing

to any man; but go thy way, shew thyfélf to the (i) priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things

which Mofes commanded for a testimony unto them. 45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and

to blaze abroad the matter; insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places : and they came to him from every quarter.

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1 AND again he entered into (a), Capernaum, after

Some days, and it was noised that he was in the 2 house. And straightway many were gathered toge

fi) See Mat. viii. 4. Note.

Vá) He retired from the multitude, and went privately to Caper. Baum, 5


ther, insomuch that there was no room to receive

them, no not so much as about the door: and he 3 preached the word unto them. And they come

unto him, bringing one fick of the (b) palfy, which 4 was born of four. And when they could not come

nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the (c) roof where he was: and when the had broken it

up, they let down the bed wherein the fick of the 5 pally lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said

unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven 6 thee. But there were certain of the fcribes sitting 7 there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth

this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive 8 fins but God only? And immediately, when Jesus

perceived in his spirit, that they so reasoned within

themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these 9 things in your hearts ? Whether is it eafier to say

to the fick of the palsy(d), Thy sins be forgiven

thee: or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed and 10 walk ? But that ye may know that the Son of man

hath power on earth to forgive (e) fins, (he faith to 11 the sick of the palsy) I say unto thee, Arise, and

take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and

went forth before them all, insomuch that they were all amazed; and glorified God, saying, We never

saw it on this fashion. 13 And he went forth again by the sea-side, and all

the multitude reforted unto him, and he taught them. (6) So helpless that he had four persons to carry him. (c) The roofs of he Jewish houses were flat, to which they had

of going up, viz. by stairs on the outside in a court-yard, and by a trap-door from within, Mat. x. 27. It was by unfastening this infide door, that they found means to let the sick man down into the house.

(d) The pally in this instance may have been the consequence and punishment of the man's fins. But whether it was so or not, the

power of Christ to heal was equally evident in this miracle. (e) See Mat, ix, 6. Note (c).

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14 And as he passed by, he saw (f) Levi the son of

Alpheus, fitting at the receipt of custom, and faid

unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed 15 him. And it came to pass, that as Jesus sat at meat

in his house, many publicans and finners fat also

together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were 16 many, and they followed him. And when the scribes

and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and finners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that

he eateth and drinketh with publicans and finners ? 17 When Jesus heard it, he faith anto them, They

that are whole have no need of the (g) physician, but they that are fick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

And the disciples of John, and of the Pharisees, used to fast, and they come, and say unto him,

Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees 19 fast, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto

them, Can the children of the bride-chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them (b)? as long as

they have the bridegroom with them they cannot 20. fast. But the days will come, when the bridegroom

shall be taken away from them, and then shall they 21 fast in those days. No man also seweth a piece of

new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece

that filled it up, taketh away from the old, and the 22 rent is made worfe. And no man putteth new wine

into old bottles, else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is fpilled, and the bottles will


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(f) The person here called Levi was St. Matthew,

(g) Though you think yourselves in perfect health, and want no. physician, suffer me at least to relieve such as know they want and are desirous of my assistance ; for to such and such only I am ready to offer it.

(h) Can the guests at a wedding faft? Would that be right and becoming on such an occasion?


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