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og fick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus 8 faith unto him, I will come and heal him. The
centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof:
but speak the word only, and my servant shall be 9 healed.
For I am a man under authority, haying soldiers under me (c): and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth: and to another, Come, and
he cometh : and to my servant, Do this, and he 10 doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled (d),
and said unto them that followed, Verily I say unto you,
I have not found so great faith, no not in Ifrael. II And I say unto you, that many shall come from the
east and' weft, and shall fit down with Abraham,
and Ifaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven: 12 But the children of the kingdom ihall be cast out into
outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing 13
of teeth. And Jefus said unto the centurion, Go thy way, and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the self
same hour. 14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house,
he saw his wife's mother laid, and fick of a fever. 15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her : and
she arose and (e) niinistred unto them. 16 When the even was come, they brought unto him
many that were poffeffed with devils: and he cast
out the spirits with his word, and healed all that 17 were fick : That it might be fulfilled which was
spoken by Efaias the prophet (f), saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our ficknesses.
18 Now (c) The orders that I give are executed at a distance. How much more certainly and perfe&tly will your's be obeyed, who can command all the powers of nature !
(d) Jesus marvelled, because the centurion was a foreigner, who had not been brought up in the law of Moses, and yel excelled the Jews in so readily believing his divine power.
(e) Was so perfectly recovered that she attended on them. V That it mighé be fulfilled fignifies no more than Thus was
18 Now when Jefus faw great multitudes about him,
he gave commandment to depart unto the other side. 19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, 20 I will follow thee whithersoever thou goeft. And
Jefus faith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the
birds of the air have nests; but the son of man hath 21 not where to lay his head (g). And another of his dis
ciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and 22 bury my father.
But Jesus said unto him, Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead (b). 23 And when he was entred into a tip, his dis24 ciples followed him.
And behold, there arose a great tempeft in the sea, insomuch that the ship
was covered with the waves : but he was asleep. 25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, 26 saying, Lord, save us: we perifh. And he faith
unto them, Why are ye fearful, Oye of little faith?
Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, 27 and there was a great calm. But the men marvel
led, saying, What manner of man is this, that even
the winds and the fea obey him! 28 And when he was come to the other side, into
the country of the Gergesenes, there met hiin two poffefied with devils, coming out of the tombs, ex
ceeding fierce, fo that no man might pass by that 29 way, And behold, they cried out, saying, What
have to do with thee, Jelus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the timme (i)?
fulfilled. Chap.i. Note (d). This prophecy is no less true in an higher and spiritual sense, applied to our sins. See Heb. ix. 28. 1 Pet. ii. 24.
(g) If you follow me, you must prepare to undergo poverty and distress; for I, though the Son of Man, described by Daniel (vii. 13.) am exposed to the greatest hardships.
(1) 'The office you pretend to be so desirous to perform, you may be well aflared, will not be neglected. Many, who are (as it were) dead to any concern about their own future flate, are nevertheless careful enough about the funeral rites of others.
(1) Before the day of judgment.
30 And there was a good way off from them an herd 31 of many swine feeding. So the devils besougl t
him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us 10 32 go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were
come out, they went into the herd of swine (k): and behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently
down a steep place into the fea, and perished in the 33 waters. And they that kept them Aed, and went
their ways into the city, and told every thing; and
what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. 34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus;
and when they saw him, they befought him that he would depart out of their coasts.
ND he entred into a fhip, and passed over, and
came into his own city (a). And behold, they brought to him a man fick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith, said unto the fick
of the palsy, Son be of good cheer, thy sins be for3 given thee (b). And behold, certain of the scribes 4 faid within themselves, This man blafphemeth. And
Jesus knowing their thoughts, faid, Wherefore think 5 ye evil in your hearts? For whether is it easier to
fay, Thy sins be forgiven thee? or to say, Arise, and (k) This is the only miracle recorded to have been wrought by our Lord to the damage of any person; and though the nature of the guilt of the Gergefenes is not mentioned, we may be sure it must have been very great, to require such a punishment. For God is infinitely wife, just
, and holy, and can never act but for fome wise, just, and holy purpose, whether that purpose be by us discoverable, or not.
(a) He chiefly lived at Capernaum ; which is therefore called his own city, as well as Bethlehem where he was born, and Nazareth where he was brought up.
(6) The fins for which you were punished by this discafe are forgiven, and the effect of them shall be removed.
6 walk ?
6 walk? But that ye may know that the Son of mari
hath power on earth to forgive sins (c), (then saith he
to the sick of the palsy) Arise, take up thy bed, and 7 go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to Ś his house. But when the multitude saw it, they mar
velled, and glorified God, which had given such power
9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a
man named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of cuftom (d): And he faith unto him, Follow ine. And he arose and followed him.
And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and finners came and 11 sat down with him and his disciples. And when the
Fharisees faw it, they said unto his disciples, Why 12 eateth your master with publicans and finners ? But
when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that
be whole need not a physician, but they that are fick. 13 But
go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not facrifice : for I am not come to cail
the righteous, but sinners to repentance (c). 14 Then came to him the disciples of John,
faying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, 15 but thy disciples faft not? And Jesus said unto
them, Can the children of the bride-chamber
mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with (c! But that ye may know, that the Son of man hath power (though none else on earth hath) to forgive sins, I will instantly work a miracle before your eyes. Then faith he, &c. See Mark ii. 9.
(d St. Matthew was fitting to receive cusom, because he was a publican, or collector of the public taxes. See Chap. v. 46.
le: Merry, and not facrifice, fignifies Mercy rather than sacrifice : and if God prefers Mercy to the most sacred offices of religion, I can furely deserve no blame for keeping company with Publicars and Sinners. It is indeed the very end of my coming into the world, to reform and save finners, who, sensible of their unworthiness, are delijous of my instruction ; whereas they who think themselves fufficiently righteous already, despise and refilt every means of improvement
them ()? but the days will come when the bride
groom ihall be taken from them, and then shall they 16 fast. No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an
old garment (g): for that wich is put in to fill it up,
taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles : elle
the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bot
tles, and both are preserved, 18
While he fpake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead (b); but
come and say thy hand upon her, and she ihall live. 19 And Jesus arose and followed him, and so did his disciples.
(And behold, a woman which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and 21 touched the hem of his garment,
For the faid within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I 22 shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and
when he saw her, he faid, Daughter, be of good comfort, thy faith lath made thee whole (i). (And the woman was made whole from that hour.)
(f) There is a time to weep, and a time to rejoice. Whatever we do, whether of a religious, or a common nature, ought to be suited to the proper fcalon.
(g) It would be as improper to put my disciples on falling and other austerities in the beginning of their indructions for my mi*nistry, as in common life it is found imprudent to join itrong things to weaks to put new cloth to an old garnient, or new wine into old bottles (such as were then in ufe) made of skins, wlich of course, when dry, are apt to crack and turst. We find this prudence and tenderness of our Lord afterwards imitated by his apoflles, who fed their new converts with milk, and not with incat; proposing easy doétrines and precepts, before they led them to the more diflicult. -See 1 Cor. li. 1, 2. See this answer of our Lord further explained, Mark ii. 21. Note, and Luke v. 37.
!h) I left her at the point of death ; but though pal human help, thy power, I know, can refiore her. Mark v. 23. Luke viii. 41. (i) Thy belief that I could do this, was the occasion of my huais