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be marred: but new wine must be put into new
bottles (i). 23 And it came to pass, that he went through the
corn-fields on the fabbath-day, and his disciples
began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. 24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do
they on the fabbath-day that which is not lawful (k)? 25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what
David did, when he had need and was an hungered, 26 he, and they that were with him? How he went
into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high-priest, and did eat the shew-bread, which is
not lawful to eat, but for the priests, and gave also 27 to them which were with him? And he faid unto
them, The fabbath was made for man, and not 28 man for the fabbath (1): Therefore the Son of man
is Lord also of the fabbath.
ND he entered again into the synagogue, and
there was a man there which had a withered hand. 2 And they watched him, whether he would heal
him on the fabbath-day, that they might accufe 3
him. And he faith unto the man which had the 4
withered hand, Stand forth. And he faith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the fabbath-days,
(i) As no man putteth a piece of new cloth to an old garment, or new wine into old leather bottles, so neither would it be pru. dent to lay upon my disciples, who are yet weak in the faith, such injunctions as are suited only to persons better confirmed. See Mat. ix: 16. (k) It was expressly allowed by the law of Moses, Deut. xxiii.
distinction of days; but by their superstitious notion of the fabbath, it was held to be unlawful on that day.
(1) The fabbath is a gracious and merciful institution, intended for the benefit of man, and is never to be made a pretence for neglecting any work of necellity or charity.
or to do evil ? to save life, or to kill(a)? but they 5 held their peace.
And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he faith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his
hand was restored whole as the other. 6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway
took counsel with the Herodians (6) against him, how 7 they might destroy him. But Jesus withdrew him
self with his disciples to the sea, and a great multi
tude from Galilee followed him, and from Judea, 8 And from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from
beyond Jordan, and they about Tyre and Sidon, a
great multitude, when they had heard what great 9 things he did, came unto him. And he spake to his
disciples, that a small ship should wait on him, be
cause of the multitude, left they should throng him. 10 For he had healed many, insomuch that they pressed
upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues. 11. And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down
before him, and cried, faying, Thou art the Son 12 of God. And he ftraitly charged them (c), that
they should not make him known. 13 And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth un
to him whom he would : and they came unto him. 14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with
him, and that he might send them forth to preach ; 15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cart 16 out devils. And Simon he furnamed Peter. And 17 James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of
James (and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, 18 The fons of thunder.) And Andrew, and Philip,
and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and
(a) He faith this by way of answer to the question they had be. fore put to him. Mat. xii. 10.
(6) See Chap. viii. 15. c) See Mat. ix. 30.
James the fon of Alpheus, and (d) Thaddeus, and 19 Simon the Canaanite (e), And Judas Iscariot, which
also betrayed hini: and they went into an house. 20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that 21 they could not so much as eat bread. And when
his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself (f).
And the scribes which came down from Jerufalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of 23 the devils casteth he out devils. And he called them
unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can 24 Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be di25 vided against itself, that kingdon cannot stand. And
if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot 26 ftand.
And if Satan rise up against himself, and be 27 divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. No man
can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods,
except he will first bind the strong man, and then 28 he will spoil his house. Verily I say unto you, All
fins (8) shall be forgiven unto the fons of men, and
blasphemies wherewith foever they fhall blaspheme : 29 But he that shall blafpheme against the holy Ghost,
hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal 30 damnation : Because they said, He hath an unclean
There came then his brethren and his mother, and standing without, fent unto him, calling him.
(d) Thaddeus is the same person as St. Jude. le) See Matt. x. 4.
f) St. John tells, vii. 5. that neither did his brethren believe in him : some of our Lord's nearest relations were amongst the lalt to acknowledge his divine authority. When therefore on this occasion he was so intent on the instruction of the multitudes who followed him, that he had not time to take his ordinary refreshment, and was faint for want of food, they endeavoured to lay hold on him, on pretence
that he was beside himself. From their example we may learn, that the best opportunities of knowledge and improvement will be loft upon us, if we want the preparation of a teachable mind.
(g) See Mat. xii. 32,
32 And the niultitude fat about him, and they said unto
him, Behold (h), thy mother and thy brethren with33 out seek for thee. And he anfwered them, saying, 34 Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he
looked round about on them which fat about him, 35 and said, Behold my mother and my brethren. For
whosoever shall do the will of God, the fame is my brother, and my sister, and mother (i).
ND he began again to teach by the sea-side: and
there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea, and
the whole multitude was by the sea, on the land. 2 And he taught them many things by parables, and 3 said unto them in his doctrine, Hearken: Behold 4
there went out a sower to sow : And it came to pass
as he fowed, fome fell by the way-side, and the fowls 5 of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell
on stony ground, where it had not much earth, and
immediately it sprung up, because it had no depth 6 of earth. But when the sun was up, it was scorched, 7 and because it had no root, it withered away. And
some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up, and choaked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang
up and increased, and brought forth some thirty, 9 and some sixty, and some an hundred. And he said
unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And when he was (a) alone, they that were about
him with the twelve, asked of him the parable.
(h) See Mat. xii. 46.
(i) The same shall be accepted by me with equal affe&lion as my nearest relations.
(a) When the multitude was gone away, and none left with bim but his constant followers,
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them
that are without (b), all these things are done in pa12 rables : That seeing they may see (c), and not per
ceive, and hearing they may hear, and not under
stand : lest at any time they should be converted, 13 and their fins should be forgiven them. And he faid
unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will
you know all parables ? 14
The sower foweth the word. And these are they 15 by the way-side, where the word is sown, but when
they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and
the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony
ground, who when they have heard the word, im 17 mediately receive it with gladness: And have no
root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: af
terward when affliction or persecution ariseth for the 18 word's sake, immediately they are offended (d). And
these are they which are fown among thorns; such 19 as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and
the deceitfulness of riches, and the lufts of other
things, entering in, choke the word, and it becometh 20 unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on
good ground, such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty-fold, some sixty,
and some an hundred. 21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to
be put under a bushel, or under a bed ? and not to be 22 set on a candlestick (e)? For there is nothing hid
(6) Them who are not admitted to the familiarity which you (c) See Mat. xiii. 14. Note. (d) Are discouraged and fall away. See Mat. xviii. 16.
(e) The word of God, which is intended for a lantern unto our feet, and a light unto our paths, is delivered in parables, not that it may be concealed, but that the attention being employed the more