CHA P. XII. CH A P. II. C H A P. VI. 4 How he encred 26 How he went 4. How he went ininco che house of God, into the house of God to the house of God,

in the days of Abiathar the high

priest, and did eae

and did eat

and did take che shew-bread, which the shew-bread, which and eat the shewwas not lawful for is not lawful to eat, bread, and gave also him to eat, neither for but for the priests, to them that were them which were with and gave also to them with him, which is him, bur only for the which were with him? not lawful to ear, but : priests?

for the priests alone? s or have ye not read in the law, how that on the fabbathdays the priests in the temple profane the fabbath,

and are blameless ?

6 But I say unto you, that in this place is one greater than the temple.

27 And he said un s And he said unto
to them,

The fabbach
was made for man, and
not man for the fab-

House of Abiathar, who afterwards was High Priest, and with his permission not only eat himself, but divided among his Retinue the Loaves that had been consecrated to God, and which it was not lawful for any to eat besides the Priests. Moreover, said he, have you not read in Moses, that Sacrifices are to be offer'd up to God on the Sabbath, whereby the Priests violate the Rest due to that Day; and yet who ever blam'd them for it? Now, it was the necessity that David was in, being, unprovided of any other victuals, that excus'd his making use of the dedicated Bread ; and the necessary Service of the Temple does also absolve the Priests., In like manner, 'twas Hunger that press’d my Disciples to the making use of the Ears of Corns and this they did, being fatigu'd with their accompanying me in my Journey, whom it is much more their interest to attend on, than on the daily Sacrifices of the Temple. Besides, know ye not that the Rest of the Sabbath was instituted for the good of Men, not that it should be so strictly obfery'd by them as to endanger their Lives by it, as if it had been made the very end of their Creation ? If you had read, and daly weigh'd those Words of God

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7 But if ye had known what this mcaneth, I will have mercy and not facrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of

28 Therefore the That the Son of man man is Lord even of Son of man is Lord is Lord also of the the fabbath-day.

also of the fabbath. fabbath. 9 And when he was departed thence,

6 And it came to CHA P. III.

pass also on another

he went into . A Nagain in to the into the synagogue,

that he entred
their synagogue.

and taught : 10 And behold,

and there was a and there was there was a man which man there which had a man whose right had his hand withered: a withered hand.

hand was withered.
2 And they watch 7 And the scribes
ed him,

and Pharisees watched

whether he whether he would
would heal him on the heal on the fabbath-
fabbath-day, that they day : that they might
might accuse him. find an accusation a-

gainst him.

8 But he knew their thoughts,

mention'd by the Prophet, Hof.6. 6. I desir’d Mercy and not Sacrifice, you would have comprehended how God prefers those Virtues that are for the benefit of human Society, before all external Rites, not excepting those which are accounted the most facred by you, and you would have acquitted my Disciples for having thro necessity deviated from the Duty of the Day in this one particular, rather than to have pass'd this unjust Censure upon that Adion.

Upon another Sabbath-day, having enter'd the Synagogue of a certain place he then resided at he saw a man whom the Palsy had depriv'd of the use of his right hand.

Wherefore some of the Pharisees and Lawyers that were present, obfervd Jesus to see whether he would perform a Cure upon the Man, that they might accuse him of having violated the Sabbath. But he perceiving their Intentions, calld the







C H A P. VI. 3 And he saith un

and said to the
to the man which had man which had the
the withered hand, withered hand, Rise
Stand forth.

up, and stand forth
in the mids.

And he arose,

and stood forth. they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the fabbathdays ? that they might accuse him.

11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pic on the sabbath-day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the fabbath-days.

4 And he faith un 9 Then said Jesus to them,

unto them,

I will ask

you one thing,
Is it lawful to do Is it lawful on the
good on the fabbath- fabbath-days to do
days, or to do evil ? good, or to do evil ?
to save life, or to kill? to save life, or to de-

stroy it?

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fick man to him, and plac'd him in the middle of the Synagogue. These men hereupon ask'd Fesus whether it were lawful to do Cures upon the Sabbath-day, that according to his Answer they might have something to accuse him of. Jesus not at all afraid of their Malice, ask'd 'em whether it were not lawful, according to the opinion of the Doctors, and their ordinary practice, if a Sheep fall into a Ditch, to drag it out on the Sabbath-day? Why then, said he, Thall it not be lawfal to do good to Man, who is of fo much more value than a Brute Beast ? But I will put another question to you: Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath-day ; or (if this be not) is it lawful to do evil ? May we by the Law preserve Life, or



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but they held their peace.

5 And when he had 10 And looking
looked round about round about upon
on them

them all,
with anger, being
grieved for the harda

ness of their hearts, 13 Then saich he

he faith

he said to the man, Stretch unto the man, Stretch unto the man, Stretch torth thine hand: and forth chine hand. And forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth, he stretched it out: he did so: and his and it was restored and his hand was re- hand restored whole, like as the o- stored whole as the whole as the other. ther.



14. Then the Pha. 6 And the Phari. risees went out,

sees went forth,

with the Herodians, and held a and straightway counsel against him, took counsel againit how they might de him, how they might troy him.

destroy him.

ir And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

destroy it? But they made him no reply, concealing their Malice under a fullen Silence, having nothing to object, and yet unwilling to assent to what he had faid into 'em.

Fejus then looking round about with indignation at their Obstinacy, with a loud Voice commanded the Paralytic. to stretch out his Right Hand, which immediately recover'd its former firength and motion. . Upon light of this Miracle, the Pharisees and Sadduces, who were commonly callid Herodians, tho of contrary Factions to one another, left the Synagogue in a rage, as not having been able to make any reply to the Questions proposa by Jesus, and consulted how to put him to death, or at least infict fome grievous Punailument upon him, whom they look'd on as a Violator of the Sabbath.


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Jesus understanding their Design, departed from thence with his Disciples, and came to the Country about the Lake of Gennesareth, to which place also a vast mula: titude repair’d, not only out of the adjoining parts of Galilee, but also from Judea and Jerusalem it felf, out of Idumaa, Peren, and Phenicia, about Tyre and Sidon, by reason of his Miracles, the Report of which had been spread all over those Countries.

Therefore he order'd his Disciples to have a Boat in readiness for him, that he might avoid the Press of the Multitude that throngʻd about him : for he not only cur'd those he spoke to,or on whom he laid his Hands; but also they that only touch ed his Clothes, were healed of their Infirinities. Besides, those that were poffefs d,


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