with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not ; 11 from henceforth thou shalt catch (c) men. And

when they had brought their ships to land, they forfook all, and followed him,

And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city (d), behold, a man full of leprosy; who seeing Jefus, fell on his face, and befought him, saying,

Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying,

I will; be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy 14 departed from him. And he charged him to tell

no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest (e),

and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses 15 commanded, for a testimony unto thein. But so

much the more went there a faine abroad of him :

and great multitudes came together to hear, and to 16 be healed by him of their infirmities. And he with

drew himself into the wilderness, and prayed. 17

And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law fitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem : and

the power of the Lord was present to heal them (f). 18 And behold, men brought in a bed a man which

was taken with a palsy: and they fought means to 19 bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when

they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went upon the (g) house-top, and let him down through the

tiling with his couch, into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him,

() See Mat. iv, 19. Note.
(d) In Capernaum. See Mark ii. 1.
(e) See Mat. vii. 4.

(f) To heal such as came for that purpose; whereas the Pharifees and doctors came to hear, and make their malicious and profane remarks. See Verse 21. (g) See Mark ii. 4.

21 Man,

21 Man, thy fins are forgiven thee. And the scribes

and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is

this which speaketh blasphemies? who can forgive 22 fins, but God alone? But when Jefus perceived

their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What 23 reason ye in your hearts? Whether is eafier to

say, Thy fins be forgiven thee, or to say, Rise up 24 and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of

man hath power upon earth (b) to forgive fins, (he said unto the tick of the pally) I say unto thee, Arise,

and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. 25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took

up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own 26 house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed,

and they glorified God, and were filled with fear,

saying, We have seen strange things to-day. .27

And after these things he went forth, and saw a

publican named (i) Levi, fitting at the receipt of 28 cuftom: and he laid unto him, Follow me. And he 29 left all, rose up, and followed him. And Levi

made him a great feast in his own house; and there

was a great company of publicans, and of others 30 that fat down with them. But their scribes and

Pharisees (k) murmured against his disciples, saying,

Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and fin31 ners? And Jesus answering, said unto them, They

that are whole need not a (2) physician: but they 32 that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but

finners to repentance. 33 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of

John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the (n) See Mat. ix. 6. Note. (i) Levi was the fame person at St. Matthew. See Mat. ix. 9. (n) The scribes and Pharisees of that place.

all I converse with finners for the fame reason that physicians visit the fick. The end of my coming into the world is to heal and save : men's souls. I therefore juftly apply my remedies to fuch as want and desire them; not to those who think they have no need of them.


difciples of the Pharisees ; but thine eat and drink? 34 And he said unto them (m), Can ye make the children

of the bride-chamber fast, while the bridegroom is 35 with them? But the days will come, when the

bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and

then shall they fast in those days. And he spake also 36 a parable unto them, No man putteth a piece of

new garment upon an old: if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was

taken out of the new, agreeth not with the old. 37 And no man patteth new wine into old bottles;

else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be

spilled, and the bottles shall perish (n). But new 38 wine must be put into new bottles; and both are 39 preserved. No man also having drunk old wine,

straightway desireth new: for he faith, The old is better (0).

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1 AND it came to pass on the second (a) sabbath af

ter the first, that he went through the corn-fields: and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did 2 eat, rubbing them in their hands. And certain of

the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that

which is not lawful to do on the fabbath-days ? 3 And Jesus answering them faid, Have ye not read

(m) See Mat. ix. 15, 16. (n) It would be improper to unite the spiritual and heavenly doctrine of the new dispensation with the auflere discipline of the old; injunctions of that kind being found dangerous and fatal to religion, engrossing men's attention, and causing a disregard and neglect of duties infinitely more important and cffential. See Mat. ix. 16. Mark ii. 91.

(0) Opinions and practices of every kind long used, are obstinately adhered to; and the most excellent system of religion, though taught in the word of God, is rejected on the mere suspicion of novelty. (a) The second fabbath after the passover..


so much as this, what David did, when himself was 4 an hungred, and they which were with him (b): How

he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shew-bread, and gave also to them that were

with him, which is not lawful to eat but for the 5 priests alone? And he said unto them, That the

Son of man is Lord also of the fabbath, 6 And it came to pass also on another fabbath, that

he entered into the fynagogue and taught: and there 7 was a man whose right hand was withered. And

the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he

would heal on the fabbath-day: that they might 8 find an accusation against him. But he knew their

thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the

And he rose, and stood forth. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing, Is it

lawful on the (c) fabbath-days to do good, or to do 10 evil? to save life or to destroy it? And looking

round about upon them all, he said unto the man, ni Stretch forth thy hand. And he did fo: and his

hand was restored whole as the other. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night 13 in prayer to God.

And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, 14

whom also he named Apostles (d): Simon (whom he

also named (e) Peter) and Andrew his brother; 15 James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Mat

9 midit.


(6) Scè i Samuel xxi. 6 (c) See Mark ii. 27.

(d) Apostle fignifies a messenger or person fent on any particular occasion. Observe the humility of the title, by which those great inftruments under our blessed Saviour in propagating the Gospel were distinguished. (e) See Mat. X. 2.

16 thew

thew and Thomas; James the son of Alpheus and 16 Simon called Zelotes (f); And Judas the brother

of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the

traitor. 17

And he came down with them, and stood in the plain: and (g) the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the sea-coast of Tyre and Sidon, which

came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and 19 they were healed. And the whole multitude fought

to touch him : for there went virtue out of him,

and healed them all. 20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and

faid, Blessed be ye () poor : for yours is the king21 dom of God.

Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blefled that

weep now: for fhall laugh. Blessed are ye when inen shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their

company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your 23 name as evil, for the Son of man's fake. Rejoice

ye in that day, and leap for joy: for behold, your

reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner 24 did their fathers unto the prophets. But wo unto you that are rich : for have received


confola25 tion. Wo unto you

that are full : for


shall hun. ger. Wo unto you that laugh now : for ye

shall 26 mourn and weep. Wo unto you when all men shall

speak well of you (i): for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

are ye

22 ye


27 But

(f) Simon was so common a name, that it is generally diftine guilhed by fome addition. This Simon Zelotes is also called the Canaanite. Mat. x. 4. (5) And with him stood the company,

&c. (h) Poor in fpirit. See Mat. v. 3. and Note.

(i) If you fallely represent the nature of iny religion, and countea dance and indulge men in fin, your base compliances may gain their

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