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AND Jefus being full of the holy Ghost, returned

from Jordan, and was led by the (a) Spirit 2 into the wilderness, Being forty days teinpted of

the devil; and in those days he did eat nothing:

and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. 3 And the devil faid unto him, If thou be the Son of

God, command this stone that it be made bread. 4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written,

that man shall not live by bread alone, but by 5 every word of God. And the devil taking him up

into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the 6 kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And

the devil faid unto him, All this power will I give

thee, and the glory of them; for that is delivered 7 unto me, and to whomsoever I will, I give it. If

thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee

behind ine, Saran: for it is written, Thou shalt

worship the Lord thy God, and him only thalt 9 thou serve. And he brought him to Jerusalem,

and fet him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said

unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself 10 down from hence. For it is written, He shall give 11 his angels charge over thee to keep thee; And in

their hands they shall bear thee up, left at any time 12 thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus

answering said unto hiin, It is said, Thou shalt not 13 tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had

ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season (b).

(a) By the holy Spirit. See Mat. iv. 1.

(6) Satan finding himself baflled in his personal attacks, resolved to employ the malicious Jews as his instruments to perfecute our Lord,


And Jefus returned in the power of the fpirit (c)

into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him 15 through all the region round about. And he

taught in their fynagogues, being glorified of all. 16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been

brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into

the fynagogue on the fabbath-day, and stood up for 17 to read. And there was delivered unto him the

book of the (d) prophet Efaias ; "and when he had

opened the book, he found the place where it was 18 written, The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because

he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath fent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recover

ing of fight to the blind, to set at liberty them that 19 are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the 26 Lord (e). And he closed the book, and he gave it

again to the minifter, and fat down: and the eyes

of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened 21 on him.

And he began to (f) say unto them, 22 This day is this fcripture fulfilled in your ears. And

all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious 23 words (8) which proceeded out of his mouth. And

they said, Is not this Joseph's fon? And he faid unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard

(c) Under the diretion of the holy Spirit.

(d) IJaiah lxi. 1. It was customary when any grave person went into the synagogue, to invite him to read a portion of scripture and expound it. See Als xiii. 15. (e) The acceptable year of the Lord, alludes to the joyful year

of jubilee, for the release from servitude; which, in a higher and fjie ritual sense, fignifics deliverance from the slavery of fin.

(f) That is, he began by saying ; this being but the preface to the gracious words by which he explained and applied that passage of the prophet. (8) See Mat. xiii. 54. Note. I 5


done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country (h). 24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is

I 25 accepted in his own country. "But I tell you of a

truth (i), many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias (k), when the heaven was shut up three years

and six months, when great famine was throughout 26 all the land : But unto none of them was Elias

sent, fave unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a 27. woman that was a widow. And many lepers were

in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet: and

none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the 28 Syrian. And all they in the synagogue, when they 29 heard these things, were filled with wrath, And

rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill (whereon their city

was built) that they might cast him down headlong. 30 But he passing (1) through the midst of them, went 31 his way: And came down to Capernaum, a city

of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath-days. (h) Though God is loving unto every man, and his mercy is over all his works, yet his extraordinary favours are vouchsafed only at such times, and in such measure and proportion, as best suits his infinite wisdom; and let us on all occasions remember, that what no man hath a right to claim, no man hath a right to complain when it is not granted.

(i) These instances are quoted by our Lord in order to prove, that they who are neareit to the means of grace, and opportunities of conviction, are often least inclined to profit by them, which are therefore most justly granted to others of a more humble and teachable disposition. The application to the people of Nazareth was so obvious and undeniable, that they were filled with wrath, and prepared to destroy him whom they had just before regarded with admiration: whereby they fufficiently discovered their own unworthiness.

(k) See i Kings xvii. 9. 2 Kings v.4. Elias and Eliseus are there called Elijah and Elisha.

(1) Having miraculously rendered himself invisible, he escaped from them, in like manner as he did afterwards from the Jews in ile icmple. Sec John vii. 59.

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32 And they were astonished at his doctrine : for his

word was with power (m). 33 And in the synagogue there was a man which had

a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a 34 loud voice, 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 35 holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked hin, fay

ing, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And

when the devil had thrown him in the midft, he 36 came out of him, and hurt him not. And they were

all amazed, and spake among themselves, faying, What a word is this? for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean fpirits, and they come

And the faine of him went out into every place of the country round about.

And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house: and Simon's wife's mother was

taken with a great fever; and they befought him 39 for her. And he stood over her, and rebuked the

fever (n), and it left her. And immediately she arose,

and (0) ministered unto them. 40

Now when the fun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases, brought them unto

him: and he laid his hands on every one of them, 41 and healed them. And devils also came out of

many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them, suffered them

not to fpeak: for they knew that he was Christ. 42 And when it was day, he departed and went into

a desart place; and the people fought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not


(m) The people of Capernaum being at that time better disposed than those of Nazareth, he wrought miracles there, and gave them proofs of his divine power, along with his doctrine.

(n) By a word he altayed the fever as he did the storm. Mat. viii. 26. () She attended on them.

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43 depart 43 depart from them. And he said unto them, I must

preach the kingdom of God to other cities also : for 44 therefore am I sent. And he preached in the syna

gogues of () Galilee.

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AND it came to pass, that as the people prefied

upon him to hear the word of God, he stood 2 by the lake of (a) Gennesareth, And saw two thips

standing by the lake : but the fishermen were gone 3 out of them, and were washing their neis. And he

entered into one of the ships which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from

the land: and he sat down and taught the people out 4 of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he

said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and 5 let down your nets for a draught. And Simon

answering, said unto him, Master, we have toiled

all the night, and have taken nothing : revertheless 6 at thy word I will let down the net. And when they

had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of 7 fishes; and their net brake. And they beckoned

unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they

came, and filled both the ships, so that they began 8 to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at

Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me, for I am 9 a finful man (b), O Lord. For he was astonished, and

all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes 10 which they had taken: And so was also James

and John the sons of Zebedee, which were partners (p) Thronghout all Galilee. See Mat.iv. 23.

(a) The lake of Gennefareth is otherwise called the sea of Galilee. See Mat. iv. 18.

(6) And the sense of my unworthiness makes me incapable of bearing the presence of a person endued with such extraordinary power.

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