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make prayers,

trary, by your great and hypocritical pretences to Piety, ye your felves are far more incurable than even these known and most open Sinners.

33. About this time fome of 33 And they the Jews, who were Disciples of John said unto him, Why Baptist, and had been accustomed to

do the disciples of Fastings, and greater Austerities than John fast often, and

and ordinary ; being somewhat displeafed likewise the disciples at that freer way of living, which of the Pharisees; but Jesus seemed to allow his Difciples ; thine eat and drink ? came to Jesus and said : How is it, that though you commend the Holiness of our Master, John the Baptist, and profess to be your self a Teacher of extraordinary Piety, yet you permit your Disciples to live with greater Liberty, and suffer them to omit those Mortifications and Austerities, which both the Disciples of John, and also of the Pharisees, constantly practise ; fasting often, and setting apart, at least, fome Days in every week for Prayer and Abstinence?

34. Jesus answered ; I do not con- 34 And he said demn you for your Conftancy and Ab

unto them, Can ye ftinence in Fastings; but every thing make the children of

the bride-chamber is good only in its proper Season; and

faft, while the bridethis is by no means a fit time to put groom is with them? my Disciples upon fuch Austerities. For as it would be very unreasonable, to require the Friends of a Bridegroom to Fast, just at the time of the Wedding, and while they are with the Bridegroom at the Feast : So it is by no means proper to make my Disciples Fast, so long as I, their Master, am with them.

35 But the days 35. But the time will come, and will come, when the that shortly, when I Thall be taken a- bridegroom shall be

from way from them; and then they will have Occasions enough, of Mourning they fast in those

them, and then thall and Fasting

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36 And he spake 36. Moreover Jefus illustrated to them
allo á parable unto the reasonableness of this bis Proceed-
them, No man put ing, by a plain Similitude.
teth a piece of a new dent Man, said he, puts a piece of new
garment upon
old: if otherwise, Cloth into an old Garment, which it
then both the new will by no means fuit or agree with;
maketh a rent, and fo it would be very improper for

the piece that was Disciples to mix Mourning and Rejoy-
taken out of the new, cing together, by entring into a Course
agreeth not with the of severe and strict Abstinence at the

time that I am personally present with

37. Again, as no wise Man puts
37 And no man
putteth new wine in- new, and strong Wine into old and * . See
to old bottles, elle weak Bottles: So it would be very un- Note on
the new wine will fit, to burden my Disciples with heavy Mat. ix.
burft the bottles, and and unnecessary Injunctions of Fast- 17.
be spilled, and the ing and Abstinence, while I am yet
bottles shall perish.

forming their Minds, and giving them
the first Instructions about their Mi-

38 But new wine

38. For all these barely positive and
must be put into new prudential Precepts, ought always to
bottles and both be accommodated with Wisdom and
are preserved. Discretion, to the Condition of the

Persons, and to the Circumstances of
the Time.

39. And most especially, at the set-
39 No man also
having drunk

old ting up any new Institution, nothing

burdensomé and unnecessary, ought by

for any means to be imposed, but with
he faith, The old is the greatest Gentleness and Modera-

tion; that Men may by degrees be pre-
vailed upon to change their Customs,
and amend their Lives.

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pass on the fe.

Jesus shows, that positive Institutions must give place to Ne

celsity or moral Duty, ver. 1. Chuses his Apostles, ver. 13.
Heals many Diseases, ver. 18. The Blessedness of the Righte-
ous, and of those that suffer for Religion,

ver. 20. The Misery
of worldly Men, ver. 24. That Charity must be universal and
extend even to Enemies, ver. 27. That doing Good ought to
be the principal Business of Mens Lives, ver. 30. That Mini-
flers ought to practise what they teach, ver. 39 and 41, &c.
That Suffering for Religion must be expected, ver. 46. Obez

dience the only Proof of Sincerity, ver. 44. 1.9 N

OW on the Sabbath after 1 AND it came to

the second Day of the Paf-
fover ; as Jesus was walking with his cond labbath after

Disciples through the Corn-fields ; his the first, that he went
Disciples being hungry, plucked the fields ; and his dis-

through the corn-
Ears of Corn, and rubbing out the Corn ciples plucked the
with their hands, began to eat.

ears of corn, and did
2. Which when some superstitious eat, rubbing them in
Pharisees, that were present, observ- their hands.
ed; they immediately reproached the

2 And certain of
Disciples, for breaking the Sabbath ;

the Pharisees said unand Jefus himself, for not rebuking that which is not

to them, Why do ye

lawful to do on the
3 & 4. But Jesus in vindication of sabbath-days?
his Disciples, replied ; Ye who pretend

3 And Jesus an-
to be the greatest Masters, and to have swering them, faid,
the most exact Skill in interpreting the Have ye not read fo
Law; do ye not remember, the Scrip- much as this

, what 1 Sam. xii. ture relates, how David and his Men,

David did,
when they were hungry upon a Jour- gred, and they which

himself was an hun-
ney, eat Shew-bread out of the Taber-
nacle, which the Law allowed only the

were with him :

How he went inPriests to eat; and yet David is no to the house of God, where accused as guilty of a Crime in and did take and so doing?

eat the shew-bread, and gave also to




me ?

them that were with 5. 'Tis evident therefore, that God him, which is not

never design'd by any merely positive lawful to eat but for and ceremonial Institution, such as the priests alone? And he said un

the Confecration of Bread; the friet 5 to them, That the Jewish Observation of the Sabbath, and Son of man is Lord the like ; to put such Difficulties upon also of the sabbath. Men, as to hinder them from per

forming either any greater Duty, or complying with any urgent and necessary Occasion of Life. So that in these Cases of Necessity or Duty, a positive Institution may be dispensed with by any Man; and how much more by

' 6 And it came to 6. On another Sabbath-Day, Jesus pass also on another went into the Synagogue to preach; fabbath, that he en- and there was present in the Congretered into the synagogue and taught : gation, a Man whose Right-hand was and there was a man withered, the Flesh being wasted away, whose right hand and the Sinews shrunk up, so that it was withered.

was become utterly useless. 7 And the Scribes

7. Upon which Occasion, the and Pharisees watch- Scribes and Pharisees again watched ed him, whether he

Jefus, to see if he would cure the would heal on the fabbath day :

Man upon the Sabbath-day; that they

that they might find an might find out some Pretence to acaccusation him.

8. But Jefus, knowing their 8 But he knew their Thoughts, and resolving to reprove thoughts, and said their Hypocrisy openly in the presence to the man which of all the People; bád the Man with had the withered

the withered Hand, rise up, and stand hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the forth in the midst of the Congregation. mids. And he a

Which he, in full hopes of a present rose, and stood forth. Cure, joyfully did.

9 Then said Jesus 9. Then Jesus, looking about upunto them, I will on the People, and directing himself alk you one thing, to the Pharisees, said, I appeal to Is it lawful on the fabbath-days to do your felves ; Judge ye, and declare


in the presence of this Congregation : good, or to do evil ?

Which do to save life, or to and most acceptable to God?

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Work of Mercy and Charity ; or to neglect it on pretence of keeping the Sabbath more strictly?

10. To which Question, when the 10 And looking Pharisees were ashamed to give any

round about

upon their obstinate Malice and Hypocrify, forth thy hand. And Answer; Jesus in great Indignation at them all, he said un

to the man, Stretch bad the Man stretch forth his Hand; he did to : and his which as soon as he had done, it re

restored turned to its perfect strength and found- whole as the other, ness in an instant. 11. Whereupon the Pharisees falling

11 And they were into the utmost Rage, and resolving to

filled with madness,

and communed one destroy Jesus by any means whatsoever,

with another what went out and consulted among themfelves, how they might most certainly fus.

they might do to Jeprocure his Death.

12. But to return to the History 12 And it came to of Jesus's chusing and instructing his pass in those days, Disciples. After many had believed that he went out inon him, and become his constant Fol- a mountain lowers, he retired one Evening to the pray, and continued

all night in prayer Top of a Hill : where he spent the

to God. whole Night in Meditation and Prayer. 13. And the next Morning, calling

13 . And when all his Disciples together about hini, it was day, he calhe chose out of them Twelve Men,

led unto him his whom he called Apostles ; appointing

disciples : and of

them he chose them to preach the Gospel in his Life- twelve, whom also time, through all the Cities of Judæa; he named apostles : and designing to send them after his Resurrection, with an extraordinary Commiffion to establish the Christian Religion in the other parts of the World.



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14, 15, & 16. Now the Names of the twelve, were these :

1. Simon Peter.
2. Andrew,
3. James.
4. Yohn.
5. Philip.

14 Simon (whom he also named Peter) and Andrew his bro

James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,


15 Matthew

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