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rection of damnation. I can of mine own * self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my

judgment is just; because I seek not mine 6 own will, but the will of the Father which 66 hath sent me.

“ If I bear witness of myself, my witness is * not true. There is another that beareth " witness of me; and I know that the witness t which he witnesseth of me is true. Ye sent " unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. “ But I receive not testimony from man : but " these things I say, that ye might be saved. “ He was a burning and a shining light: and

ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

“ But I have greater witness than that of “ John: for the works which the Father hath

given me to finish, the same works that I do, “ bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent

And the Father himself, which hath ti sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have * neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen * his shape. And ye have not his word abid

ing in you for whom he hath sent, him ye to believe not. “ Search the scriptures; for in them ye

think ye have eternal life: and they are they which “ testify of me. And

ye

will not come to me, " that ye might have life.

me:

• I appeal to the Holy Spirit of God in the miracles I work, as a witness of

my

divine mission. * Ye know for certain.

" I receive not honour from men. But I « know you,' that

ye

have not the love of God " in you. I am come in my Father's name, and

ve receive me not : if another shall come in “ his own name, him ye will receive. How can

ye believe, which receive honour one of ano“ther, and seek not the honour that cometh from

God only ?

“ Do not think that I will accuse you to the * Father : there is one that accuseth you, even “ Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye be- lieved Moses, ye would have believed me : 66 for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not “ his writings, how shall ye believe my words?”

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33. Jesus vindicates his disciples for plucking ears

of corn on the Sabbath.

In the way

Time. And it came to pass on

Place. A. D. 31. the secondo sabbath after After

from JerusaSecond

the first, that he went lem to Ga· Passover. through the corn fields ; lilee. and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days ? And Jesus answering them said, “ Have ye not read so much as this, what Da“ vid did, when himself was an hungred, and

they which were with him ;' how he went “ into the house of God in the days of Abia

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a You may deceive others, but you cannot deceive me. b Moses prophesied of me. Deut. xviii. 159 c The second sabbath after the passover.

See I Samuel, xxi. 6.

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“ thar the high priest, and did eat the shew“ bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, “ neither for thein which were with him, but

only for the priests ? or have ye not read in “ the law, how that on the sabbath days the

priests in the temple prophane the sabbath, " and are blameless? but I say unto you, That “ in this place is one greater than the temple. “ But if ye had known what this meaneth, I “ will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would 66 not have the condemned the guiltless.

66 The sabbath was made for man,' and not man for the sabbath : " Therefore the Son of man is Lord of the sabbath."

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34. Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on

the Sabbath, withdraws himself from the Pharisees, and heals many.

And when he was departed thence, Place, he went into their synagogue : and Galilee. there was a man whose right hand was withered. And the Scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day ; that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, “ Rise up, " and stand forth in the midst.” And he arose and stood forth. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days ? Then said Jesus unto them, “I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do

2 Even the Lord of the temple. b It means, rather than sacrifice. s The Sabbath was intended for the benefit of man,

good, or to do evil ? to save life, or to de“stroy it?" and he said unto them, “ What “ mąn shall there be among you, that shall have

one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sab“ bath day, will he not lay hold of it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than “ a sheep ?" But they held their peace.' And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, “ Stretch forth thine hand.” And he stretched it out; and his hand was restored whole as the other.

And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him. But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea : and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judea, and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from beyond Jordan ; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him. And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should thrọng him. For he had healed many ; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues. And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known,

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a Or boat.

Lest the Jews should seize hina before he had finished all he was sent to do.

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the

prophet, saying, “ Behold my servant, whom I have chosen ; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased : I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry ; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.' And in his name shall the Gentiles trust,

35. Jesus retires to a mountain, calls his disciples

to him, chooses twelve, is followed by a great multitude, and heals

many,

And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was dav, he calleth unto him whom he would : and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, (that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils,) whom also he named apostles, Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The Sons of Thunder ;) Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, and Simon called * Isaiah, 42. 1.

Teach the Gentiles.

Though a pattern of meekness, yet shall he finally conquer all opposition.

d Or messengers.

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