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And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and 24 saw the minstrels, and the people making a noise, He

said unto them, Give place; for the maid is not

dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. 25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, 26 and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. And

the fame hereof went abroad into all that land. 27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men

followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of 28 David (k), have mercy on us.

And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him :

and Jesus faith unto them, Believe ye that I am able 29 to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then

touched he their eyes, faying, According to your 30 faith, be it unto you. And their eyes were opened ;

and Jesus straightway charged them, saying, See 31 that no man know it (?). But they, when they were

departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country. 32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a 33

dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb fpake; and the multi

tudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in If34 rael. But the Pharisees said, He casteth out the devils 35 through the prince of the devils. And Jesus went

about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness, and every diseafe among the people.

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted,

and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no 37 fhepherd. Then faith he unto his disciples, The


(k) We know by the miracles which thou dost, that thou mult be the true Messiah, or Chrift, descended according to the prophets from David.

(1) Left the fame of his miracles might provoke the Jews to seize him, before he had performed all that he intended to do.


harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are 38 few (m). Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,

that he will send forth labourers into his harveft,



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ND when he had called unto him his twelve dif

ciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness, 2 and all manner of disease. Now the names of the

twelve apostles are these ; The first Simon, who is

called Peter (a), and Andrew his brother, James 3 the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, Phi

lip, and Bartholomew, Thomas, and Matthew the

publican, James the son of Alpheus, and Lebbeus (b), 4 whose surname was Thaddeus, Simon the Canaa.

nite, and Judas Iscariot (c), who also betrayed him. 5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them,

saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and 6 into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not (d). But go 7 rather to the loft sheep of the house of Israel (e). And

as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at 8 hand (f). Heal the fick, cleanse the lepers, raise the

(m) Many remain to be instructed; but there are few to instruct them.

(a) Peter was the first in order, but not in dignity; for all the Apostles had the fame commisfion, and equal authority to govern the Church. Compare Chap. xvi. 19. with xviii. 18. St. Paul also withstood. St. Peter to the face, Gal. ii. 11. being in nothing benind the very chiefest Apostles. 2 Cor. xi. 5. xii. 11. And the whole Church at Jerusalem called Peter to account. Als xi. 2.

(6) Lebbeus is another name of Jude, the brother of James, Luke vi. 16. called also Thaddeus, Mark iii. 18.

(c) Simon and Judas are called Canaanite and Iscariot from the places they were of, to distinguish them from others of the like name.

(d) At prefent.

(e) But rather use your bet diligence first to recover the House of Ifrael; for to them were the promises made, though they are now going aftray like loft sheep. (f) See Chap. iij. 2. Note. C 3.


dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely 9 give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass (8) in 10 your purses: Nor fcrip for your journey, neither two

coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: (for the workinan 11 is worthy of his meat.) ()) Andinto whatsoever city or

town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy, and 12 there abide till ye go thence (i). And when you come 13 into an house, salute it(k): And if the house be worthy,

let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, 14 let

your peace return to you (1). And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words; when

ye depart out of that house, or city, shake off the 15 dust of your feet (m). Verily I say unto you, It shall be

more tolerable for the land of Sodoin and Gomorrah,

in the day of judgment, than for that city. 16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of

wolves: be ye therefore wife as ferpents, and harm17

less as doves. But beware of men (n), for they will

deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge 18 you in their synagogues. And ye shall be brought

before governors and kings for my fake, for a 19 testimony against them and the Gentiles. But

xxii. 35.

(5) Encumber not yourselves with much provision of moncy, victuals, or apparel : but trust to the special providence of God on this extraordinary occasion. See Mark vi. 8.

Luke ix. 3, 4. (h) Those whom you instruct will provide for you, according to the justice of the proverb, the workman, 8c.

() See Mark vi. 10. Note.

kBy wishing the blessing of peace upon it, which was the usual falutation among the Jews.

(2) Your good wishes, though not accepted by them, shall not be lost: for, God in his good providence will give you that blesing which you kindly wish to others. Psalm xxxv. 13.

(m) 'Since they refuse to be benefited by you, shew them that you scorn to carry away any thing that belongs to them, even the dust of their streets.

(12) Beware of those men whom I described as wolves.

when 28 the

when they deliver you up, take no thought (9) how

or what ye shall speak; for it shall be given you 20 in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is

not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father 21 which speaketh in you. And the brother shall de

liver up the brother to death, and the father the

child: and the children shall rise up against their pa22 rents, and cause them to be put to death (P).

And ye shall be hated' of all men for my name's lake: but 23 he that endureth to the end, shall be saved (9). But

when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye fhail not have

gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of inan be 24 come(r). The disciple is not above his master, nor the 25 servant above his lord (s). It is enough for the dif

ciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord: if they have called the maiter of the house

Beelzebub, how much more small they call them of 26 his houshold ? Fear them not therefore . for there

is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and 27 hid, that shall not be known. What I tell


in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in

(0) Take no thought, fignifies be not over-anxious, as Chap. vi. 3:. In ordinary cases men are left to the due use and improvement of their natural powers; but your trials are so extraordinary, that Cou will allow you the immediate alifance of his holy Spirit, and enable you to defend the cause of truth against all opposition.

() Observe the cruel effects of falfe zeal, which provokes men to perfecute each other for difference of religion.

(9) His life shall be saved.

(r) To take vengeance on the Jews. Or perhaps this is rather to be understood of the descent of the holy Spirit, which our Şaviour calls his own coming, John xiv. 18. I will not leave you comfortless, I will come into you; meaning that the Comforter whom he would send, should come. After that event the Gospel was preached to the Gentiles.

(s) This is a proverbial expression, which our Saviour applies very frequently.


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28 the ear, that preach ye upon the house tops (t). And

fear not them which kill the body, but are not able

to kill the soul : but rather fear him which is able 29 to destroy both foul and body in hell

. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall

not fall on the ground without your Father (u). 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered (w). 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than 32 many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confefs

me before men, him will I confefs also before my Fa33

ther which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny

me before men, him will I also deny before my Fa34 ther which is in heaven. Think not that I am come

to send peace on earth (*): I came not to fend 35 peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man

at variance against his father, and the daughter

against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against 36 her mother-in-law. And a man's foes shall be they 37

of his own houshold. He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me (y); and he

that loveth fon or. daughter more than me, is not 38 worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross (2), 39 and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Не

Axls x. 9.

(t) The Jewish houses were low, and the roofs being, flat, and. defended with battlements, people went upon them for air, retirement, and other purposes. Chap. xxiv. 17. Mark ii. 4. Luke xii. 3.

(u) Shall not be deftroyed, or die.

(w) The most minute circumstance that can concern your well. being, is under the care and direction of providence.

(x) This was owing, not to the intention of Christ, but to the perverseness and persecuting spirit of men.

(y) Neither the dread of enemies, nor the love of friends (which perhaps may be more difficult to refift,) ought to prevail with us against what we know to be our duty.

(z) To take up the cross alludes to the custom of obliging persons going to execution to carry the cross. The meaning here is, to be. ready to fuffer hardships and afflictions for the sake of religion.


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