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came unto him,
ND it came to
pass, that as
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on him to hear the
word of God, 18 And Jesus walk 16 Now as he walk
he stood ing by the sea of Ga- ed by the sea of Ga- by the lake of Gennelilee, faw two bre- lilee, he law Simon, farech :
himself from them, and put them to the trouble of seeking after him; nor would they afterwards fuffer him to depart from them, till Jesus told them, he was commanded to go to all the neighbouring Towns and Villages, and declare unto 'em that the heavenly Kingdom of the Meffiah would be shortly establish d. Accordingly he preach'd the Gospel in every Synagogue and Town of Galilee, and caft the evil Spirits out of the possess’d;, which it was evident he perform’d by a Power deriv'd froin God, and not from Magic Arts, of which those evil Spirits themselves are the Authors.
Being at a certain time by the Lake of Gennes ureth, and the People presling upon him to hear him, he faw two Fisherboats, in one of which was Peter and
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thren, Simon called and Andrew his bro 2 And saw two
them, and were wash-
3 And he entred
4 Now when he had left fpeaking, he faid
unto Simon, Lanch out into the deep, and let down your nets for draught.
s And Simon anIwering, said
6 And when they
their ner brake. Andrew, in the other James and John with their Father Zebedee. These, as we said before, were Partners, and were now cleansing their Nets by the Sea-side. Jejies desir’d Peter to take him into his Boat, that he might from thence with more conyeniency, instruct the People, who throng'd to hear him... Being enterd, he sat down, and preached to them. After he had made an end of his Sermon, he commanded Peter to lanch out into the Sea, and let down his Nets for a Draught. Then Peter told him that they had labour'd all night in vain, having caught nothing; but that at his command they would make another Trial. They bad no sooner let down their Net, but they inclos'd a vait number: of Fishes, insomuch that the Net was broke with the weight of 'em in several places; ,
9 For he was asto. nished, and all that were with him, at the
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19 And he faith 17 And Jesus said 10 * And Jefus said unco them, Follow me, unto them, Come ye unto Simon, Fear not; and I will make you after me, and I will from henceforth thou fishers of men. make you to become fhalt catch men.
fishers of men. 20 And they straight 18 And straight. Do way left their ners, way they forsook their and followed him. nets, and followed
which forc'd 'em to cry out to their Partners in the other Boat to come and help them, who presently row'd up, and came to their assistance. Having drawn the Net up, they had such a vast quantity of Fish, as almost funk both their Boats. Peter struck with astonishment at the Miracle, prostrated himself at the feet of Jesus, befeeching him to depart from him, who was unworthy to entertain fo great a Guest, being a linful Man, and afraid of offending him by some imprudent Adion. They were all alike terrified, wondring at the success that attended their Obedience to Jesus, after a whole night spent in fruitless Labour. Bat Jesus said to Andrew and Peter, Be of good comfort; henceforward, being my Disciples, you fhall become Fishers of Men. Upon this they came alhore, and leaving their Boats and their Nets, they instantly followed Jesus, and went along with him to
21 And going on 19 And when he 10 And so was also
22 And they im 20 And straigheway
with the hired fer. forsook all, and fol-
24 And his fame went throughour all Syria : and they
the other Boat, in which was John and Fames, who had not observ'd the Miracle, not knowing that it was at the command of Jesus that they let down their Nets into the Lake. Therefore having secur'd their Filh, they were busied in mending their Net, which, as was noted before, had been broke in several places by the weight of the Filh. These men also, at the command of Jesus, without any hesitating, left their Boat and their Father Zebedee in it, with the rest of the Crew they had hir'd to assist them in their Imployment, and follow'd Jesus. Accompanied with these Disciples, Jesus continued his Progress thro Galilee, instructing the People in the Synagogues of all the Towns they pass’d through, in the Duties of Religion, and healing the Sick that were brought unto him, by a word's speaking. His Fame by this means was spread not only over all Galilee, but through the Country of Celo-Syria, and the Sick were brought to him from all parts, with
CHA P. IV. brought unto him all fick people that were taken with divers diseases, and torments, and those which were poffefled with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsie ; and he healed them.
25 And there followed him great multitudes of people, from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan.
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out excepting those that were incurable by all the Skill of the Physicians, fuch as the Demoniack, Lunatick, and those that had the Palsy, all which were cur'd by him as readily as those who were uneasy under the slightest Infirmity. Which Miracles got him a vast number of Disciples out of Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and the Country beyond Jordan.
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