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on ye bestowed no labour : other men laboured, and

ye are entered into their labours (p). 39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed

on him, for the saying of the woman, which testified, 40 He told me all that ever I did. So when the Sama

ritans were come unto him, they befought him that

he would tarry with them : and'he abode there two 41 days. And many more believed, because of his own 42 word: And said unto the woman, Now we believe,

not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Chrift,

the Saviour of the world. 43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went 44 into Galilee (9): For Jesus himself testified, that a pro45 phet had no honour in his own country (r). Then

when he was come into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having feen all the things that he did at

Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the 46 feaft. So Jefus came again into Cana of Galilee,

where he made the water wine. 47

And there was a certain nobleman, whose fon was fick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him, and befought him that he would come down,

and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. 48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs 49 and wonders, ye will not believe.

The nobleman faith unto him, Sir, come down ere my 50 child die. Jesus faith unto him, Go thy way;

thy fon liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.

(D) The common proverb, One Soweth and another reapeth, is verified in your case; for you are sent into the field to reap, where you have not had the labour of preparing the ground, or sowing the feed.

(9) That is, he went to Galilee, but not to Nazareth, where his own relations lived.

(r) See Matt. xiii. 57.

51 And as he was now going down, his fervants met 52 him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then en

quired he of them the hour, when he began to

amend: and they said unto him, Yesterday (s) at the: 53 seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew

that it was at the fame hour, in the which Jesus said.

unto him, Thy son liveth; and himfelf believed, and 54 his whole house. This is again the second miracle

that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judea into Galilee.

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FTER this there was a feast of the Jews, and

Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at lerusalem by the sheep-market a pool, which is caļled in

the Hebrew tongue, Bethesda (a), having five (b) 3 porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent

folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the inoving of the water. For an angel (c) went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water

stepped in, was made whole of whatsoever disease he 5

had. And a certain man was there, which had an 6 infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus faw

him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time

in that case, he faith unto him, Wilt thou be made 7 whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I

have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another

(s) About one o'clock afternoon.
la) Bethesda is the house of mercy:
(6) Five separate divisions for the sick.

(c) Not that an angel visibly defcended from heaven, but the mi. raculous virtue of the water was ascribed (according to the Jewish way of speaking) to the power of some angel, who was employed by God for that purpose.

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8 steppeth down before me. Jesus faith unto him, 9 Rile, take up thy bed and walk. And immediately

the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and

walked : and on the same day was the fabbath. 10

The Jews therefore faid unto him that was cured, It is the fabbath-day: it is not lawful for thee to II carry thy bed. He answered them, He that made

me whole, the same faid unto me, Take up thy bed, 12 and walk (d). Then asked they hini, What man is

that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed and 13 walk? And he that was healed, witt(e) not who it

was : for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multi14 tude being in that place. Afterwards Jesus findet

him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, tho:1

art made whole: sin no more, lest a worft thing 15 come unto thee. The man departed, and told the

Jews, that it was Jefus which had made him whole. 16 And therefore did the Jews perfecute Jesus, and fought

to flay him, because he had done these things on the

fabbath-day. 17

But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hi18 therto, and I work (F). Therefore the Jews fought

the more to kill him, because he not only had broken

the fabbath, but faid also, that God was his Father, 19 making himfelf equal with God. Then answered

Jefus, and said unto them, Verily, verily I say unto
you, the Son can do nothing of himself (3), but what he

were Gnful.

(d) He to whom God had given power to work a miraculous cure upon me, would not have ordered me to carry my bed, if it

(e) Wiff not, did not know. Luke ii. 49.

(f) Though the fabbath was by God's own appointment, yet bis providence never ceaseth on that day, as well as at other times, to work in preserving and governing the world, and doing good to his creatures; and it is by his authority and command, that I likewise go about doing good on the labhath-day, as well as at other times.

(8) The Son cannot ałt on a separate interest from the Father ; so far from it, that whatever is done by the Son is by authority from the Father, and tends to promote his glory, Verse 30.

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feeth the Father do: for what things soever he do20 eth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Fa

ther loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that

himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works 21 than these, that ye may marvel. For as the Father

raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them : even fo 22 the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father

judgeth no man; but hath committed all judgment 23 unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son,

even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth

not the Son, honoureth not the Father which hath 24 fent him. Verily, verily I say unto you, He that

heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me,

hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condem25 nation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily,

verily I say unto you, The hour (h) is coming, and

now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the 26 Son of God: and they that hear fhall live. For as

the Father hath life in himfelf; so hath he given to 27 the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him

authority to execute judginent also, because he is the 28 Son of man (i). Marvel not at this : for the hour is

coming, in the which all that are in the graves (k.) 29 shall hear his voice, And shall come forth, they that

have done good, unto the resurrection of life, and

they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of 30 damnation. I can of mine own self do nothing: as !

hear, I judge: and my judgment is just ; because I

(2) The time is near, or rather is come already, when they who are dead in a moral sense, viz. in trefpaffes and sins, frall hearken to the precepts of the Gospel, and by repentance secure to themselves everlasting life.

(2) Because, being the Son of God, he condescended to become the Son of man.

(k) Our blessed Saviour here speaks of those that were naturalty dead, whom he is to call forth from their graves at the day of juegment. Perhaps this may relate likewife to those who were relto, ed to life by our blessed Lord, viz. Lazarus, &c.




seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father

which hath sent me (1). 31

If I bear witness (m) of myself,iny witness is nottrue. 32 There is another that beareth witness of me, and

I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me,

is true. Ye fent unto John, and he bare witness unto 34 the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: 35 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 : forthe works which the Father hath given me to finish,

the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that 37

the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself which hath fent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye

have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen. 38 his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you:

for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not (n). 39 Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have

eternal life, and they are they which testify of me.. 40

And will not come to me, that ye might have life, 41 I receive not honour from men. But I know (0) you,


have not the love of God in you. I am come my Father's name (D), and ye receive me not : if

another (1) Think not however that my judgment will be partial and arbitrary. It will on the contrary be inost juft and righteous, such as will

prove that I have no other end in view, but to advance the glory and perform the will of God.

(m) If I produced no other evidence than my bare word, I could not expect it to be received: but I can appeal to the holy Spirit of God in the miracles I wrought, that I am come from God. Verse 36. Chap. viii. 18. (n) When


hear his word, ye do not attend to it, so as to retain it in your hearts; and you reject him who is sent to deliver it

(0) Others you may deceive by your pretended piety: but me you cannot, for I know you.

(p) With authority from my Father, as my works shew. Others will come, who can give no such proof of their commission, and you


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