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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
36 g And
36 G And he spake 36. Moreover Jesus illustrated to them
Cloth into an old Garment, which it
time that I am personally present with
37. Again, as no wise Man puts
forming their Minds, and giving them
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 No man also
39. And most especially, at the sethaving drunk old ting up any new Institution, nothing wine, straightway burdensome and unnecessary ought by
for any means to be imposed, but with
tion; that Men may by degrees be pre-
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.
ver. 20. The Misery
OW on the Sabbath after 1 AND it came to
the second Day of the Paf-
through the corn-
ears of corn, and did
2 And certain of
the Pharisees said unand Jefus himself, for not rebuking that which is not
to them, Why do ye
lawful to do on the
3 And Jesus an-
Law; do ye not remember, the Scrip- much as this, what 1 Sam. xii. ture relates, how David and his Men,
himself was an hun-
were with him :
How he went in-
eat the shew-bread,
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 necefsary 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; sabbath, that he entered into the syna
and there was present in the Congregogue 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 would heal on the Man upon the Sabbath-day; that they
Jefus, to see if he would cure the fabbath day : they might find an might find out some Pretence to acaccusation him.
8. But Jesus, 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 ftand 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 ask you one thing, to the Pharifees, faid, I appeal to 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?
think is the best Service, you
to destroy it? take the first opportunity of doing a
against cuse him.
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
upon Answer; Jesus in great Indignation at them all, he said untheir obstinate Malice and Hypocrisy, forth thy hand. And
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 sound- 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, went out and consulted among them- they might do to Je
with another what felves, how they might most certainly fus. procure 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
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.
14, 15, & 16. Now the Names of the twelve, were these :
1. Simon Peter.
14 Simon (whom