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MATTHEW.

MARK.

LUK B.

John.

CHAP. VII.

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38 And stood at his feet
behind him weeping, and be-
gan to wash his feet with tears,
and did wipe them with the
hairs of her head, and kissed
his feet, and anointed them
with the ointment.

39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him, faw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man,' if he were a prophet, would have known who, and what manner of woman this is, thac touchech him: for the is a sinner.

40 And Jesus answering, said unto him, Simon, I have Tomewhat to say unto thee. And he faith, Mafter, fay on.

41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the ope qught five. hundred pence, and the other fifty.

42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me

preaching of Jesus, hearing that he was invited to the Banquet, took a Box of Ointment, and went with it to the Pharisee's House; and entring the Room where the Feast was serv'd up, the stood at Jesus's back, and wept so violently, that her Tears run down upon his feet, which the wip'd with the Hair of her Head, and kissed, and anointed with the Ointment he had brought with her.

The Pharisee observing this, thought within himself, that if Jesus were a Prophet, he would have known the Quality of the Woman, and therefore would not have permitted her so much as to touch him, lest any might take occasion from thence to defame him. But Jesus not unacquainted with the Pharisee's Reflection, thus addressed himself to him: I have one Question, said he, to put to thee. Simon told him he was ready to hear and answer it. Then said Félus, 'A certain man had two Debtors, to the one of whom he had lent sco pieces of Mony, to the other 50: Neither of 'em being in a condition to discharge their several Debts, he frankly forgave them

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MATTHEW.

MARA.

LUKE.

John.

CHA P. VII. therefore, which of chem will love him most?

43 Simon answered and faid, I suppose that he to whom he forgave moft. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seeft thou this woman? I corred into thine house, thou gayeft me no wacer for my feet : but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.

45 Thou gavest me no kiss : but this woman, since the cime I came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet.

46 Mine head with oyl thou didst nor anoinc : but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment...

both. Now the Question that I ask thee is, Which of the two, thinkest thou, will have the greatest sense of the Favour bestow'd upon them? Simon told him, that in all likelihood he who was discharg'd from the greatest Debt would make the most grateful acknowledgment of the Kindness of his Benefactor; at least, the difference between the Benefits feems to suppofe a proportionable Return of 'Gratitude.

Jesus approv'd of his Answer, and turning himself towards the Woman, Do you fee this Woman, said he ? Now behold an inftance of the very case I propounded to thee. You, who do not think your self under any great obligation to me, have received me no otherwise than men generally receive a common Acquaintance, or one to whom they think themselves not much, if any thing at all indebted ; but. this Woman, who looks upon her felf, as under an extraordinary Obligation to me for having been converted by my means, hath given this extraordinary demonttration of her Gratitude. When I came into your House, I had not that common Civility Mewn me as the offer of Water to walh my Feet with, but she has bath'd 'em with her Tears, and wip'd 'em with the Hair of her Head. Thou scarce falutedft me when I came into thy House, but the bath not ceased to kiss my Feet. Thou gavest me not fo much as common Oil to anoint my Head with, and the hath anointed . my Feet with costly Ointment. The height of her Gratitude arises from the

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Forgiveness of her repeated Sins; but he who has receiv'd pardon but of a few or leffer Faults, is seldom found to be so zealous in his Acknowledgment.

These were the Reasons that prevail'd with Jesus to suffer her to wash and anoint his Feet; and for a Reward and Encouragement of her Piety, Jesus further told her, her Şins were pardon'd. Which when the Gaests heard, they wonderd by what Authority Fesus pardon'd Sins, which seem'd to belong to God only.. Jesus, tho he knew the Reflections they made upon it, turning himself to the Woman, dismiss'd

her in these words : The Trust thon hadít in me as one sent by God, has been falutary to thee; go thy way, and be affur'd of thy Felicity.

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The preaching of the Gospel, and the Miracles of Christ vindicated in

opposition to the Calumnies of the Pharisees. He refuses to perform any Miracle before them, and refers them to that of his Resurrection : He upbraids them with their Obstinacy, and acquaints the People who they are he looks upon as related to him.

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ESUS afterwards continued his Progress thro Judaa, and according to his

usual Custom publish'd his Gospel in every Town and Village, being constantly attended by the twelve Apostles he had lately made choice of. Moreover, he was accompanied by several Women, on whom he had wrought his Miracles by curing them of their Distempers, and cafting the evil Spirit out of them. The most eminent among these were Mary firnam d Magdalene, out of whom Jesus had cast seven Damons; Joanna the Wife of Chuz an Officer of Herod Antipas Tetrarch of Galilee ; Susanna, and many others whose Names I omit. These supplied Felus and his Disciples with all things necessary, and aslifted them in the publishing of the Gospel

MATTHEW.

MAR K.

LUKE.

JOHN.

CHAP. XII.

22 Then was brought unco him one pofsefled with a devil, blind and dumb :. and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

23 And all the peo ple were amazed, and laid, Is not this the

CHA P. III. son of David ? 24 But when the

22 And the scribes Pharisees heard it, which came down they said,

from Jerusalem, said, This fellow doch noc cast out.devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devik.

He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils ,

castech he our devils. 25 And Jesus knew 23 And he called their thoughts, and them unto him, and said unto them,

said unto them

While he was thus imploy'd in promulging his Gospel, there was brought unto him a certain man fo grievously tormented with an evil Spirit, that he was

thereby. depriv'd of the use both of his Eyes and Tongue, whom Fefus cur'd immé : diately, and perfedly restor’d to his Sight and Speech. The whole Multitude that had been Eye-witnesses of the Miracle, stood amaz'd at it, and for this reasonfufpected him to be that King that was to be descended of the Family of David, and whom the Fews were now in expectation of: but some of the Pharisees and Doctors of the Law, who were arriv'd from Jerusalem, told them that fesus did. not cast out the evil Spirits by the divine Power, but by the assistance of Beelzebub Chief of those evil spirits ; that he was himself.. possess’d by that.Dæmon, and. acted by his Authority.

When Jesus understood this Calumny had been divulg’d by them, tho he himself had not heard them, he confuted it with these Similitudes. If, said be, a King

dom,

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