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9 baptize you with the holy Ghost (6). Andet came
to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Naza
reth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he faw
the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove (c) II descending upon him. And there came a voice
from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, 12 in whom I am well pleased. And immediately the 13 Spirit driveth him into the wilderness (d). And he
was there in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan, and was with the wild beasts, and the angels
ministered unto him. 14
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the 15 kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfil
led, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent 16 ye, and (e) believe the gospel. Now as he walked
by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon, and Andrew
his brother, cafting a net into the sea : (for they 17 were fishers.) And Jesus said unto them, Come
ye after me, and I will make you to become (f) fishers 18 of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, 19, and followed him. And when he had gone a little
further thence, he faw James the son of Zebedee,
and John his brother, who also were in the ship 20 mending their nets. And straightway he called
them: and they left their father Zebedee in the fhip with the hired servants, and went after him.
And they went into Capernaum, and straightway (6) He will, besides the baptism of water, cleanse and purify your fouls with the graces of the holy Spirit, and enable you by his wonderful gifts to promote the cause of truth and righteousness, agaiuft all oppofition.
(c) See Mat. iii. 16.
ld He went into the wilderness by the divine impulse of the holy Spirit. Mat. iv. 1.
(e) Receive it as the means of salvation. c) Mat. iv. 19. Noter
on the fabbath-day he entered into the synagogue, 22 and taught. And they were astonished at his
doctrine: for he taught them as one that had autho23 rity, and not as the (8) scribes. And there was in
their fynagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and 24 he cried out, Saying, Let us alone, what have we to
do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth ? art thou
come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the 25 holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, say26 ing, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And
when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried 27 with a loud voice, he came out of him.
were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority com
mandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do 28 obey him. And immediately his fame spread abroad,
throughout all the region round about Galilee. 29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the
synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and 30 Andrew, with James and John. But Simon's wife's mother lay fick of a fever, and anon they tell him
And he came and took her by the hand, and lift her up; and immediately, the fever left her, 32 and she (1) ministered unto them.
when the fun did set, they brought unto him all that
were diseased, and them that were poffeffed with 33 devils. And all the city was gathered together at
And he healed many that were sick of
31 of her.
And at even,
34 the door.
(g) The scribes restrained the commandments of God to the mere letter of the law, and taught the people a superstitious exacta nels in outward ceremonies, according to the customs handed down from their fore-fathers. But our blessed Saviour, with the authority of a divine instructor, taught them to disregard these things, and to place religion on the solid foundation of purity of heart, and in- . tegrity of life. See Mat. vii. 29.
(h) She was so perfectly recovered that she was able to attend on and entertain them.
divers diseases, and cast out many devils, and fuf
fered not the devils to speak, becaufe they knew him. 35 And in the morning rising up a great while before
day, he went out, and departed into a folitary place, 36 and there prayed. And Simon, and they that were 37 with him, followed after him. And when they had
found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. 38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next
towns, that I may preach there allo; for therefore 39 came i forth. And he preached in their fynagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.
And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If 41 thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus,
moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and
touched him, and faith unto him, I will, be thou 42 clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately
the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. 43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him 44 away; And faith unto him, See thou say nothing
to any man; but go thy way, shew thyfélf to the (i) priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things
which Mofes commanded for a testimony unto them. 45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and
to blaze abroad the matter; insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places : and they came to him from every quarter.
1 AND again he entered into (a), Capernaum, after
Some days, and it was noised that he was in the 2 house. And straightway many were gathered toge
fi) See Mat. viii. 4. Note.
Vá) He retired from the multitude, and went privately to Caper. Baum, 5
ther, insomuch that there was no room to receive
them, no not so much as about the door: and he 3 preached the word unto them. And they come
unto him, bringing one fick of the (b) palfy, which 4 was born of four. And when they could not come
nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the (c) roof where he was: and when the had broken it
up, they let down the bed wherein the fick of the 5 pally lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said
unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven 6 thee. But there were certain of the fcribes sitting 7 there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth
this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive 8 fins but God only? And immediately, when Jesus
perceived in his spirit, that they so reasoned within
themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these 9 things in your hearts ? Whether is it eafier to say
to the fick of the palsy(d), Thy sins be forgiven
thee: or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed and 10 walk ? But that ye may know that the Son of man
hath power on earth to forgive (e) fins, (he faith to 11 the sick of the palsy) I say unto thee, Arise, and
take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and
went forth before them all, insomuch that they were all amazed; and glorified God, saying, We never
saw it on this fashion. 13 And he went forth again by the sea-side, and all
the multitude reforted unto him, and he taught them. (6) So helpless that he had four persons to carry him. (c) The roofs of he Jewish houses were flat, to which they had
of going up, viz. by stairs on the outside in a court-yard, and by a trap-door from within, Mat. x. 27. It was by unfastening this infide door, that they found means to let the sick man down into the house.
(d) The pally in this instance may have been the consequence and punishment of the man's fins. But whether it was so or not, the
power of Christ to heal was equally evident in this miracle. (e) See Mat, ix, 6. Note (c).
14 And as he passed by, he saw (f) Levi the son of
Alpheus, fitting at the receipt of custom, and faid
unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed 15 him. And it came to pass, that as Jesus sat at meat
in his house, many publicans and finners fat also
together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were 16 many, and they followed him. And when the scribes
and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and finners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that
he eateth and drinketh with publicans and finners ? 17 When Jesus heard it, he faith anto them, They
that are whole have no need of the (g) physician, but they that are fick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
And the disciples of John, and of the Pharisees, used to fast, and they come, and say unto him,
Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees 19 fast, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto
them, Can the children of the bride-chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them (b)? as long as
they have the bridegroom with them they cannot 20. fast. But the days will come, when the bridegroom
shall be taken away from them, and then shall they 21 fast in those days. No man also seweth a piece of
new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece
that filled it up, taketh away from the old, and the 22 rent is made worfe. And no man putteth new wine
into old bottles, else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is fpilled, and the bottles will
(f) The person here called Levi was St. Matthew,
(g) Though you think yourselves in perfect health, and want no. physician, suffer me at least to relieve such as know they want and are desirous of my assistance ; for to such and such only I am ready to offer it.
(h) Can the guests at a wedding faft? Would that be right and becoming on such an occasion?