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13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by

ship into a desert place, apart: and when the people

had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of 14 the cities.

And Jefus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward

them, and he healed their fick. 15 And when it was evening his disciples came to

him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time (c) is now paft; send the multitude away, that they may

go into the villages, and buy themselves vićtuals. 16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give 17 ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have 18 here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring 19 them hither to me. And he commanded the mul

titude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven,

he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his dis20 ciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they

did all eat, and were filled : and they took up of the 21 fragments that remained, twelve baskets fuli. And

they that had eaten were about five thousand men,

beside women and children. 22 And straightway Jesus constrained (d) his disciples

to get into a ship, and go before him unto the other 23 side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes

away,
he went

up mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was 24 come, he was there alone.

But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, toffed with waves : for the 25 wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night (e), Jesus went unto them walking on the sea.

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(c) The day is spent.
(d) Persuaded his disciples. See Luke xiv. 23.

(e) The Jews distiuguilhed the time of the night by four watches. See Mark xiii. 35. The first watch, which was called evening, beo gan at six o'clock, and ended at nine. The second continued to midnight: The third to three o'clock in the morning, which they

called

26 And when the disciples faw him walking on the sea,

they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they 27 cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake un

to them, saying, Be of good cheer, it is l, be not 28 afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if

it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come

down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go 30 to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he

was afraid: and beginning to fink, he cried, saying, 31 Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched

forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him,

Othou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind 33 ceased. Then they that were in the ship, canie and

worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the

Son of God. 34

And when they were gone over, they came into 35 the land of Gennesaret.

And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they fent out in

to all that country round about, and brought unto 36 him all that were difeafed, And befought him,

that they might only touch the hen of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

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THEN
HEN came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees,

which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders (a)?

for they wash not their hands when they eat 3 bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why called cock-crowing: and the fourth watch was from three until sunrise, or fix in the morning : when the day, properly so called, began.

(a) Traditions are doctrines and practices handed down from former times, but without authority of Scripture. Sce some particr. lars of this kind in Mark vii. 4, 8. The Romanilts have an kewise their traditions, on which they lay great stres. Ú

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do you also transgress the commandment of God 4 by your tradition? For God commanded, saying,

Honour thy father and mother : and, he that curf5 eth father or mother, let him die the death. But

ye fay, Whosoever shall (6) fay to his father, or

his mother, It is a gift by whatsoever thou mightest 6 be profited by me, And honour not his father or

his mother, he fall be free. Thus have ye made the
commandment of God of none effect by your tra-

dition. Ye hypocrites, well did Efaias prophefy of 8 you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me

with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; 9

but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do
worship me, teaching for doctrines the command-
ments of men.

And he called the multitude, and said unto them, 1 (c) Hear and understand. Not that which goeth

into the mouth defileth a man ; but that which com12 eth out of the mouth, this defileth a man. Then

came his disciples, ' and said unto him, Knowest

thou that the Pharisees were offended after they 13 heard this saying ? But he answered and said, Every

plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, 14 Thall be rooted up. Let them alone : they be blind

leaders of the blind, And if the blind lead the blind, 15 both fhall fall into the ditch. Then answered Peter,

and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. 16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understand17 ing? Do not ye yet understand (d), that whatsoever

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(6) That is, Whosoever shall dedicate to God, for some pious use, what he ought to give for the support of his parents, he is not bound by the commandment. Alas! how unworthy a notion this is, to imagine, that God will accept a present or bribe, to set aside the force of his own laws, and overthrow the first principles and duties of nature !

(c) Attend and consider, that ye may understand.

(d) Observe how strong this argument is against placing religion in the distinction between flesh and fish; allowing the one to

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entereth in at the mouth, goeth into the belly, and 18 is caft out into the draught ? But those things which

proceed out of the mouth, come forth from the heart, 19 and they defile the man. For out of the heart pro

ceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, 20 thefts, false witness, blafphemies. These are the

things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands, defileth not a man.

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the 22 coasts of Tyre and Sidon (e). And behold, a woman

of Canaan came out of the same coafts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord,

thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed 23 with a devil. But he answered her not a word.

And his disciples came and befought him, saying, 24 Send her away, for she crieth after us.

But he answered and said, I am not sent, but unto the lost sheep 25 of the house of Israel (f). Then came she and wor26 shipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he ana

fwered, and said, It is not meet to take the childrens 27 bread, and to cast it to dogs. And the said, Truth,

Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fali 28 from their master's table. Then Jesus answered

and said unto her, I woman, great is thy faith : be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter

was made whole from that very hour. 29 And Jesus departed from thence, and came nighunto

the fea of Galilee, and went up into a mountain, and 30 sat down there. And great multitudes came unto

him, having with them those that were lame, blind,

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bu eaten on certain days, and forbidding the other: whereas there
can be no moral defilement in the nature of any kind of food ; for
every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be
received with temperance and thanksgiving, 1 Tim. iv. 4. See Note
on Aals xv. 21,
(e) See Mark vii. 26.

The house of Israel are the principal and immediate object of my compaffion. Chap. X. 5, 6.

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dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down 31 at Jesus' feet, and he healed them: Infomuch that the

multitude wondered when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the

blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel (g). 32 Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said,

I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing

to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest 33 they faint in the way. And his disciples fay unto

him, Whence should we have so much bread in the 34 wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude ? And Je

fus faith unto them, How many loaves have ye (b)? 35 and they faid, Seven, and a few little fishes. And he

commanded the multitude to fit down on the ground. 36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and

gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his dis37 ciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they

did all eat, and were filled : and they took up of the 38 broken meat that was left, feven baskets full. And

they that did eat, were four thousand men, beside 39 women and children. And he fent away the multi

tude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala (1)

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1 THE Pharisees also, with the Sadducees, came, and

tempting, desired him that he would shew them 2. a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto

(3) These miracles seem to have been performed in the presence at lcast, if not on the persons of Gentiles, who therefore say the God of Israel to distinguish him from their own gods.

(k) He asks not this quefion, because he did not know; but in order that, by their declaration of the very fmall quantity of provie fions, they might bear witness to the truth and greatness of the miracle. Mark vi: 38.

(1) Magdala lay on the coast of the sea of Galilee, and was the place from whence one of the Mary's was called Magdalene.

them,

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