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the Fan. Those who are fincere and gather the wheat ingood, he will preserve and reward ; but to his garner ; but
the chaff he will burn those who are hypocritical, wicked and
with fire unquenchincorrigible, he will condemn to utter
able. Destruction, as useless Chaff is caft into the Fire.
18. By these, and many other like 18 Discourses, did John continue for a long other things in his time to exhort the People to repent he unto the people.
exhortation preached and reform their lives, and prepare themselves to receive the Doctrine of the Gospel.
19 & 20. But at length, telling 19 But Herod the King Herod freely of his Faults, and tetrach, being reparticularly reproving him for unlaw- proved by him for fully marrying his Brother's Wife, he Herodias his brother fell under the Displeasure of that wick
Philips wife, and
all the evils ed Prince. And though Herod had a which Herod had great Efteen and Reverence for him done, in other respects; yet not bearing to
Added yet be reprehended for his beloved Vice, this above all, that he put John in Prison, and at last (as he shut up John in one Wickedness usually draws on ano
prison. ther) he added this to compleat all his other Cruelties, that he caused John to be beheaded. 21 & 22. Į But to return to the
21 Now when all History of Jesus. Jesus being now a
the people were bapbout to enter upon his publick Mini
tized, it came ftry, and resolving to do all things in pass that Jefus alfo the same Order and Manner as other
being baptized, and
praying, the heaven Men; and knowing also, that this was opened : would be a proper Season for God to 22 And the holy give some publick Testimony concern
Ghost descended in ing him ; he came down to Jordan,
a bodily shape like a and was baptized by John, among
the rest of the People. And as soon as he heaven, which faid,
a voice came from came up out of the Water, and pray- Thou art
my ed; immediately the Clouds opened, Son, in thee I am and the Holy Ghost descended up well pleased. on him visibly like a Dove : And at the same time there was heard a Voice out of Heaven, saying, This is my
Beloved Son, the Messiah, fent into the World to reveal the whole Will of God to Mankind ; His Doctrine believe ye
and obey. 23 And Jesus him
23, &c. Now Jesus was about Thirself began
ty Years of Age, when he thus began about thirty years of
to show himself publickly. And his age, being (as was fupposed the son of Genealogy upwards, is this. Jofeph, which was Joseph, his reputed Father. the son of Heli,
¿ his Virgin Mother,
+ Daughter of the son of Matthat, Heli, the Son of which was the son of Matthat, Levi, which was the
Levi, Son of Melchi, which
Melchi, was the fon of Janna, which was the son of
Which the son of Mattathias, Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was
Naum, the fon of Naum, which was the son of
Eli, Eli, which was the
Nagge, fon of Nagge,
26 Which was the Son of Máath, which Maath, was the son of Matta Mattathias, thias, which was the
Semei, Son of Semei, which
leph, was the son of Joseph, which was the fon of
Juda, Juda, the son of Joanna,
Joanna, which was the son of
Rhesa, Rhesa, which was
Zorobabel. the fon of Zorababel,
+ So she is expressly called in the Talmud ; whence 'tis probable, this is Her Genealogy. Though otherwise it may also be supposed that Joseph was legally the Son of Heli, as he was paturally the Son of Jacob, Mat. i. 16.
Melchi, Addi, Kofam, Elmodam, Er,
Fose, Eliezer, Forim, Matthat, Levi,
Simeon, Juda, 7Jeph, , Fonan, Eliakim,
which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri,
28 Which was the son of Melchi, which was the fon of Addi, which the son of Cofam, which was the son of Elmodam,which was the fan of Er, 29
Which the son of Jose, which was the fon of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the fon of Matthat, which was the fon of Levi, 30
Which the fon of Simeon, which was the fon of Juda, which was the Jon of Joseph, which was the fan of Jonan, which was the fon of Eliakim, 31
Which was the fon of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the fon of David, 33
Which was the son of Jeffe , which was ihe Son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naaslon,
33 Which was the son of Aminidab, which was the son of Aram, which was
Melea, Menan, Mattatha, Natban, David,
Feje, Obed, Booz, Salmon, Naason,
the son of Efrom,
Which was the
Which was the fon of Saruch, which was the fon of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the fon of Sala,
36 Which was the son of Cainan which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the fon of Sem
which was ibe fon of Noe, which was the son of Lamech, 37
Which the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared which was the son of Maleleel, which was the fon of Cainan,
38 Which was the font of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the fon of Adam, which was the fon of God.
* He is omitted by Moses, but inserted by the LXX. Of which fee the Criticks.
CHA P. IV.
Jesus's Fasting and Temptations, ver. 1. He begins to preach,
ver. 14. Preaches at Nazareth, and is admired, ver. 16, & 22. But the greater Part despise him for the Meanness of his Parentage, ver. 22. and have therefore the Means of Grace withdrawn from them, ver. 25. Jesus cafteth out a Devil, ver. 34. Heals Peter's Mother-in-law, ver. 38, and many other fick, ver. 40. But suffers not the evil Spirits to tell who he was, ver. 41. He preaches in several Places, ver. 43. OW as soon as Jesus was
I AND Jesus bebaptized by John in Jordan,
ing full of the he retired into the Wilderness, by the holy Ghost, returned direction of the Spirit of God which from Jordan, and dwelt in him fully and without mea- into the wilderness.
was led by the spirit sure; to prepare himfelf for his Ministry by Prayer and Fasting; to resist and vanquith the Temptations of the Devil ; and thereby to teach his Followers by his own Example, both that they must expect great Temptations upon their entring into the Profession of his Religion, and how they may conquer those Temptations by the Alsistance and Direction of the Word of God.
2. Continuing therefore in the Wil 2 Being forty days derness Forty Days together, which tempted of the dehe spent wholly in Prayer and Fasting ;
vil; and in those he all that time refifted the Tempta- days he did cat no tions of the Devil. But more parti- they were ended, he cularly at the end of these Days, he afterward hungred. overcame those three greatest and strongeit Temptations, which the Holy Ghost has thought fit should be left upon Record. 3. For at the end of the Forty
3 And the devil Days, 'when after his long Faft he said unto him, If began to be hungry and faint, the thou be the Son of Devil hoping upon this Occasion to stone that it be made
God, command this prevail upon him through the in- bread.