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Of hearing the word. S. Matthew. that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; i depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not; for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell; and great was the fall of it.

28 ¶ And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine;

29 For he taught them as one having authority,j and not as the scribes.k


2 Christ cleanseth the leper, 5

i Never knew you, never acknowledged and approved as mine such negligent and slothful servants.

j Having authority from God.

Not as the scribes, who taught them only the traditions of men.

The leper cleansed.

healeth the centurion's servant, 14 Peter's mother-inlaw, 16 and many other diseased; 18 sheweth how he is to be followed; 23 stilleth the tempest on the sea; 28 driveth the devils out of the two men possessed, 31 and suffereth them to go into the swine.

WHEN he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

2 And, behold, there came a leper, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. a

5 ¶ And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, b beseeching him,

6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

8 The centurion answered, and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof; but speak the

a For a testimony unto them, that the cure is really performed.

b Centurion, a Roman officer, who commanded a hundred men.

Christ healeth many.

Chap. viii.

word only, and my servant shall be healed.

9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me; and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

10 When Jesus heard it he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven:

12 But the children of the kingdom c shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

14 ¶ And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.

15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she arose and ministered d unto them.

Children of the kingdom, the Jews, who had hitherto been the favoured people of God; but now for their obstinacy, unbelief and rejection of the Saviour, they themselves were about to be rejected.

d Ministered, waited upon or served.

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16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils; and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick;

17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

18 Now, when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.e

19 And a certain scribef came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.g

23 And when he was entered into a ship his disciples followed him.

24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, in

e The other side of the lake.
f Scribe. See Matt. ii. 4. g

g Let the dead, &c. Let those who are dead in trespasses and sins, and are insensible to the concerns of the soul and eternity, employ themselves in burying those, who are really and literally dead.

Christ stilleth the tempest, S. Matthew. and cureth the palsy.

somuch that the ship was covered with the waves; but he was asleep.

25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us; we perish. 26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

28 ¶ And when he was come to the other side, into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? 30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.

31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

32 And he said unto them, Go. And, when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine; and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

33 And they that kept them

fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.

34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and, when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.


1 Christ cureth the palsy, 9 calleth Matthew, 10 eateth with publicans and sinners, AND he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.

2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed; and Jesus, seeing their faith, said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.

4 And, Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts ?

5 For whether is it easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk?

6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

And he arose, and departed to his house.

8 But when the multitude

Matthew called.

Chap. ix. A ruler comes to Jesus.

saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

9¶ And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom; a and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.

10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.

11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?

12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice; for I am not come to call the righteous,b but sinners to repentance.

14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not ? 15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride-chamber mourn as

a Receipt of custom, the toll or custom house.

b I came not to call the righteous; were there any such, they would not need the salvation I offer; and the self-righteous, not realizing their sins, will reject it; but I came to call to repentance, sinners of a humble and teachable disposition.

long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.c

16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment; for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made


17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish; but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead; but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.

19 And Jesus arose and fol

The meaning of the 15, 16, and 17th verses is; as it would be unbecoming those invited to the joyful ceremony of a wedding, to mourn and fast; and as it would not be proper to mend an old garment with new, undressed cloth, or to put new wine into old, decayed, leathern bottles; so it would be equally improper for my disciples to mourn and fast, while I, the great head, and as it were, the bridegroom of the church, am present with them; but they will have abundant cause to mourn when they shall be deprived of my presence.

*The bottles of the ancients were made of leather.

Bloody issue healed. S. Matthew. lowed him, and so did his disciples.

20 T (And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment.

21 For she said within her self, If I may but touch his garment I shall be whole.

22 But Jesus turned him about; and, when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.)

23 And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels d and the people making a noise,

24 He said unto them, Give place; for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

25 But when the people were put forth he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

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26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land, 27 ¶ And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, erying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.

28 And when he was come into the house the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

29 Then touched he their d Minstrels, musicians,

A dumb man healed. eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.

31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.

33 And when the devil was cast out the dumb spake; and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.

34 But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of devils.

35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, e and healing every sickness, and every disease, among the people.

36 But when he saw the multitudes he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd."

37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous,f but the labourers are few:

38 Pray ye, therefore, the

e Gospel of the kingdom, the Christian religion.

verted and made meet for my kingf The harvest of souls to be condom.

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