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upon that house ; and it fell : and great was the fall of it. And 28 it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine : For be taught them as one 29 having authority, and not as the Scribes.

two or three witnesses; of how much sorer 29 Having authority, &c.] See chap. v. punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought 20. 28. 32. 44. and com. When he was come worthy, who hath trodden under foot the into the temple, the chief priests and elders of Son of God, and hath counted the blood the people came unto him as he was teaching, of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified and said, By what authority doest thou these an unholy thing, and hath done despite things? And who gave thee this authority ? unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him And Jesus answered, and said unto them, I that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell I will recompense, saith the Lord. And me, I in likewise will tell you by what authoagain, the Lord shall judge his people. It is rity I do these things. The baptism of John a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the whence was it ? from heaven, or of men ? living God. He. x. 26–31. If after they And they reasoned with themselves, saying, have escaped the pollutions of the world If we shall say from heaven, he will say unto through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour us, Why did ye not then believe him? But Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, if we shall say, Of men ; we fear the people ; and overcome, the latter end is worse with for all hold John as a prophet. And they anthein than the beginning. For it had been swered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And better for them not to have known the way of he said unto them, Neither tell I you by righteousness, than after they have known it, what authority I do these things. Mat. xxi. to turn from the holy commandment deli- 23—27. All power is given unto me in vered unto them ; but it is happened unto them heaven and in earth (said Jesus when he apaccording to the true proverb, the dog is peared to the eleven after his resurrection). turned to his own vomit again, and the sow Mat. xxviii. 18. I will raise them up a prothat was washed to her wallowing in the mire, phet from among their brethren like unto 2 Pe. ii. 20—22.

thee (said the Lord to Moses), and I will put 28. The people were astonislied, &c.] When my words in his mouth, and he shall speak lie (Jesus) was come into his own country, unto them all that I shall command him. he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will that they were astonished, and said, Whence not hearken unto my words which he shall hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty speak in my name I will require it of him. works? Mat. xiii. 54. Thou (saith the De. xviii. 18, 19. Where the word of a king Psalmist, of the Messiah) art fairer than the is, there is power, and who may say unto him, children of men; grace is poured into thy What doest thou? Ec. viii. 4. The Lord lips, therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. God hath given me the tongue of the learned, Ps. xlv. 2. And they were astonished at his that I should know how to speak a word in doctrine, for he taught them as one that had season to him that is weary: he wakeneth authority, and not as the Scribes. Mar. i. morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear 22. And when the Sabbath day was come, to hear as the learned. Is. I. 4. The prohe (Jesus) began to teach in the synagogue : phet that hath a dream let him tell a dream, and and many hearing him were astonished, say- he that hath my word let him speak my word ing, From whence hath this man these things ? faithfully: what is the chaff to the wheat ? And what wisdom is this which is given unto saith the Lord. Is not my word like as fire ? him, that even such mighty works are saith the Lord, and like a hammer that wrought by his hands ? Mar. vi. 2. And breaketh the rock in pieces. Je. xxiii. 28, all bare him witness, and wondered at the 29. Truly I am full of power by the Spirit gracious words which proceeded out of his of the Lord, and of judgment, and of might, mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and son ? And they were astonished at his doc- to Israel his sin. Mi. iii. 8. I will give you trine, for his word was with power. Lu. iv. a mouth, and wisdom, which all your adver22. 32. But the chief priests and the Scribes saries (said Jesus to his disciples) shall not and the chief of the people sought to destroy be able to gainsay nor resist. Lu. xxi. 15. him, and could not find what they might do, Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet for all the people were very attentive to hear shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of him. Lu. xix. 47, 48.

And the Jews mar- your brethren, like unto me, him shall ye velled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, hear in all things whatsoever he shall say having never learned ? The officers an- unto you. And it shall come to pass, that swered, Never man spake like this man. every soul which will not hear that prophet John vii. 15. 46.

shall be destroyed from among the people. CHAPTER VIII.

1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes 2 followed him. And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped

Ac. iii. 22, 23. They were not able to resist gnat and swallow a camel. Mat. xxxii. the wisdom and the spirit by which "he" 15—24. Then the Pharisees and Scribes (Stephen") spake. Ac. vi. 10. The word asked him (Jesus), Why walk not thy disciof God is quick and powerful, and sharper ples according to the tradition of the elders, than any two-edged sword, piercing even to but eat bread with unwashen hands? He the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and answered and said unto them, Well hath of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is of the thoughts and intents of the heart. written, This people honoureth me with their Neither is there any creature that is not mani- lips, but their heart is far from me ; how beit, fest in his sight. But all things are naked in vain do they worship me, teaching for doo and opened unto the eyes of him with whom trines the commandments of men. Full well we have to do. He. iv. 12, 13.

ye reject the commandment of God, that ye And not as the Scribes.] Then came to may keep your own tradition, making the Jesus Scribes and Pharisees, which were of word of God of none effect through your traJerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples trans- dition which ye have delivered, and many gress the tradition of the elders ? for they such like things do ye. Mar. vii. 5-13. wash not their hands when they eat bread. Jesus said unto them (the priests and Scribes), But he answered and said unto them, Why Neither tell I you by what authority I do do ye also transgress the commandment of these things. Beware of the Scribes (said God by your tradition ? For God com- Jesus) which desire to walk in long robes, and manded, saying, Honour thy father and mo- love greetings in the markets, and the highest ther, and he that curseth father or mother seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms let him die the death. But ye say, Whoso- at feasts; wbich devour widows' houses, and ever shall say to his father or his mother, It is for a shew make long prayers; the same shall a gift by whatsoever thou mightest be profited receive greater damnation. Lu. XX. 46, 47. by me, and honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made CHAP. VIII.-1 Great multitudes followed the commandment of God of none effect by him.] See verse 18. and chap. iv. 25, and your tradition; ye hypocrites, well did Esaias com. Great multitudes came unto him, har. prophesy of you, saying, This people drawething with them those that were lame, blind, nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast me with their lips, but their heart is far from them down at Jesus' feet, and he healed them. me; but in vain they do worship me, teach- Mat. xv. 30. As “they" ("Jesus and his ing for doctrines the commandments of men. disciples") departed from Jericho, a great Mat. xv. 1-9. The Scribes and the Pharisees multitude followed him. Mat. xx. 29. He (said Jesus to the multitude) sit in Moses' (Jesus) charged “him" ("the leper whom ke seat : all therefore whatsoever they bid you had cleansed") to tell no man: but so much observe, that observe, and do : but do not ye the more went there a fame abroad of him; after their works, for they say, and do not. and great multitudes came together, to hear, For they bind heavy burdens, and grievous to and to be healed by him of their infirmities be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders : Lu. v. 15. And there went great multitudes but they themselves will not move them with with him, and he turned and said unto them, one of their fingers. But all their works they If any man come to me and hate not his do for to be seen of men: they make broad father, and mother, and wife, and children, and their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life their garments, and love the uppermost rooms also, he cannot be my disciple; and whosoever at feasts, and the chief seats in the syna- doth not bear his cross and come after me gogues. Mat. xxiii. 2–6. Woe unto you cannot be my disciple. Lu. xiv. 25—27. Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye com- 2 Behold, there came a leper.] There came pass sea and land to make one proselyte; a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling and when he is made ye make him twofold down to him, and saying, If thou wilt thou more the child of hell than yourselves; ye canst make me clean. Mar. i. 40. It came pay tithe of mint and anise, and cummin, and to pass when he was in a certain city, behold, have omitted the weightier matters of the a man full of leprosy; who, seeing Jesus, fell law, judgment, mercy, and faith ; these ought on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if ye to have done, and not to leave the other thou wilt, thou canst me clean. Lu. v. 12. undone ; ye blind guides, which strain at a A leper.] Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers,

him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And 3

raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have the king (Azariah), so that he was a leper received, freely give. Mat. x. 8. When Jesus unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the several house. 2 Ki. xv. 5. Then Uzziah leper, there came unto him a woman having (the king) was wroth, and had a censer in his an alabaster box of very precious ointment, hand to burn incense; and while he was wroth and poured it on his (Jesus) head as he sat with the priests (who withstood him), the at meat. Mat. xxvi. 6. The priest shall leprosy even rose up in his forehead, before look upon "it" (" the leprosy"), and behold, the priests in the house of the Lord, from beif the rising of the sore be white reddish in his side the incense altar; and Azariah the chief bald head, or in his bald forehead, as the priest, and all the priests looked upon him, leprosy appeareth in the skin of the flesh, he and behold, he was leprous in his forehead, is a leprous man, he is unclean ; the priest and they thrust him out from thence ; yea shall pronounce him utterly unclean; his himself hasted also to go out because the plague is in his head. And the leper in Lord had smitten him. And Uzziah the king whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, was a leper unto the day of his death, and and his head bare, and he shall put a covering dwelt in a several house, being a leper ; for he upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, was cut off from the house of the Lord. 2 Ch. unclean. All the days wherein the plague xxvi. 19, 20, 21. Many lepers were in Israel shall be in him he shall be 'defiled; he is in the time of Eliseus the prophet, and none unclean, he shall dwell alone ; without the of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the camp shall his habitation be. Le. xiii. 43-46. Syrian. Lu. iv. 27. As he (Jesus) entered Command the children' of Israel (said the into a certain village, there met him ten men Lord to Moses), that they put out of the that were lepers, which stood afar off; and they camp every leper, and every one that hath an lifted up their voices and said, Jesus, master, issue, and whosoever is defiled by the dead. have mercy on us; and when he saw them he Both male and female shall ye put out; said unto them, Go, shew yourselves unto the without the camp shall ye put them, that priests. And it came to pass, that as they they defile not their camps, in the midst went, they were cleansed ; and one of them, whereof I dwell. Nu. v. 2, 3. The anger of when he saw that he was healed, turned back, the Lord was kindled against them (Miriam and with a loud voice glorified God and fell and Aaron), and he departed. And the down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks ; cloud departed from off the tabernacle, and and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering, behold Miriam became leprous, white as snow, said, Were there not'ten cleansed ? but where and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and be- are the nine ? there are not found that rehold, she was leprous. Nu. xii. 9, 10. Take turned to give glory to God, save this stranger: heed in the plague of leprosy, that thou and he said unto him, Arise, go thy way, observe diligently, and do according to all thy faith hath made thee whole. L. xvii. that the priests, the Levites, shall teach you: 12—19. as I commanded them, so ye shall observe to Worshipped him.] See chap. ii. 2. 11. and do. Remember what the Lord thy God did iv. 9. and com. Then came she (the woman of unto Miriam by the way, after that ye were Canaan) and worshipped him, saying, Lord, come forth out of Egypt. De. xxiv. 8, 9. I help me. Mat. xv. 25. The servant (of the am this day weak (said David, after the murder king in the parable) fell down and worshipped of Abner by Joab), though anointed king, and him, saying, Have patience with me, and I these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard will pay thee all. Mat. xviii. 26. And as for me : the Lord shall reward the doer of evil" they" ("the women," who had been at the according to his wickedness. 2 Sa. iii. 39. sepulchre) went to tell his disciples, behold, Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king Jesus met them, saying, An hail; and they of Syria, was a great man with his master, came, and held him by the feet, and worand honourable, because by him the Lord had shipped him : then the eleven disciples went given deliverance unto Syria ; he was also a away into Galilee, 'into a mountain where mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. Jesus had appointed them; and when they The leprosy of Naaman (said Elisha) shall saw him they worshipped him. Mat. xxviii

. cleave unto “ thee" (his " servant Gehazi”), 9, 17. And there came a leper to him beand unto thy seed for ever. And he went seeching him, and kneeling down, and saying out from his presence a leper as white as snow. unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me 2 Ki. v. 1. 27. There were four leprous men at clean. Mar. i. 40. When he (who had the the entering in of the gate (of Samaria), and legion of devils) saw Jesus afar off, he ran and they said one to another, Why sit we here worshipped him, and cried with a loud voice, until we die ? if we say, We will enter into the and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, city, then the famine is in the city, and we thou Son of the most high God ? I adjure thee shall die there ; and if we sit still here, we die by God, that thou torment me not. Mar. v. also. 2 Ki. vii. 3, 4. And the Lord smote 6, 7. It came to pass when he was in a cer

Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou 4 clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus

saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew

tain city, behold, a man full of leprosy, who Jesus put forth his hand, and touched “him" seeing Jesus, fell on his face, and besought (“the man full of leprosy"), saying, I will, him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy make me clean. Lu. v. 12. If all prophesy, departed from him. Lu. v. 13. He (Jesus) and there come in one that believeth not, or came and touched the bier (of the widow's one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is son, of Nain), and they that bare him stood judged of all; and thus are the secrets of his still. And he said, Young man, I say unto heart made manifest; and so falling down on thee, arise. Lu. vii. 14. As the Father his face, he will worshp God, and report that raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth tkes, God is in you of a truth. 1 Co. xiv. 24, 25. even so the Son quickeneth whom he will

If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.] John v. 21. When he (Jesus) thus had spo And when he (Jesus) was come into the ken (to Martha, saying, if thou wouldest be house, the (two) blind men came to him. lieve, thou shouldest see the glory of God), he And Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. I am able to do this? They said unto him, John xi. 43. If I had not done among them Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, (in the world) the works which none other saying, According to your faith be it unto man did, they had not had sin; but now have you. Mat. ix. 28, 29. And he did not many they both seen and hated both me and my mighty works " there" (" in his own country'') Father. John xv. 24. because of their unbelief. Mat, xiii. 58. Oft- And immediately his leprosy was cleansed] times (said the father of the child that had the Jesus answered and said unto them (Joker's deaf and dumb spirit) it hath cast him into disciples), Go and shew John again those the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him; things which ye do hear and see; the blind but if thou canst do any thing, have com- receive their sight, and the lame walk, the passion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the him, If thou canst believe, all things are pos- dead are raised up, and the poor have the sible to him that believeth. And straightway Gospel preached unto them. Mat. xi. 4, 5. the father of the child cried out, and said with Then (upon the remonstrance of his serrarts) tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine un- “he" ("Naaman") went down, and dipped belief. Mar. ix. 22, 23, 24.

himself seven times in Jordan, according to 3 Put forth his hand.] Naaman was wroth the saying of the man of God; and his iesh (at being ordered by Elisha to go and wash came again like unto the flesh of a little child, seven times in Jordan), and went away, and and he was clean. 2 Ki. v, 14. Go shew said, Behold, I thought he will surely come yourselves unto the priests (said Jesus to the out to me, and stand and call on the name ten lepers). And it came to pass, that as they of the Lord his God, and strike over the place, went they were cleansed. And one of them, and recover the leper. 2 Ki. v. 11.

when he saw that he was healed, turned back, I will ; be thou clean.] Let there be light and with a loud voice glorified God. L. (said God), and there was light. Ge. i. 3. xvii. 14, 15. He spake, and it was done ; he commanded, 4 See thou tell no man.] See chap. vi. l; and it stood fast. Ps. xxxiii. 9. Jesus, moved xvi. 20. Their eyes (of the two blind mer) with compassion, put forth his hand and were opened ; and Jesus straitly charged them, touched “him" ("the leper"), and saith unto saying, See that no man know it. Mat. ix. him, I will be thou clean. Mar. i. 4). And 30. And he (Jesus) charged "them" (" whom he (Jesus) arose, and rebuked the wind, and he had healed") that they should not make said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the him known ; that it might be fulfilled which wind ceased, and there was a great calm. was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Mar. iv. 39. And “he" (“Jesus") took the Behold my servant whom I have chosen ; my “ damsel" ("Jairus's daughter") by the hand, beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased : and said unto her, Talitha-cumi ; which is, I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not arise. Mar. v. 41. And (Jesus) looking up strive nor cry, neither shall any man hear his to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him voice in the streets. Mat. xii. 16-19. Then (that was deaf, and had an impediment in his charged he his disciples, that they should tell speech), Ephphatha ; that is, Be opened. Mar. no man that he was Jesus, the Christ. Mat. vii. 34. When Jesus saw that the people xvi. 20. And as they came down from the came running together, he rebuked the foul mountain (of transfiguration), Jesus charged spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and the Son of man be risen again from the dead. enter no more into him. Mar. ix. 25. And Mat. xvii. 9. And he straitly charged him

thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. And when Jesus was entered into 5 Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

(the leper), and forth with sent him away; mony against them and the Gentiles. Mat. and saith unto him, See thou say nothing to X. 18. And it came to pass when the king any man, but go thy way, shew thyself to of Israel (Jehoram) had read the letter (sent the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those by the king of Syria, by the leper Naaman), things which Moses commanded, for a tes- that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I a God, timony unto them. Mar. i. 43, 44. And he to kill and to make alive, that this man doth charged “them” (that were astonished at send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? Jairus's daughter being restored to life) straitly. Wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how that no man should know it; and commanded he seeketh a quarrel against me. And it was that something should be given her to eat. so when Elisha the man of God had heard Mar. V. 43. He charged "them” (the mul- that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, titude who witnessed the cure of the deaf man”) that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore that they should tell no man; but the more hast thou rent thy clothes ? Let him come he charged them, so much the more a great now to me, and he shall know that there is a deal they published it. Mar. vii. 36. He prophet in Israel. 2 Ki. y. 7, 8. Go thy charged " him" (" a man full of leprosy'') to way, shew “thyself" ("the leper ") to the tell no man (of his cure), but go and shew priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleans, which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto ing according as Moses commanded, for a them. Mar. i. 44. Whosoever shall not re-i testimony unto them. I receive not honour ceive you, nor hear you (said Jesus to his from men. John v, 14. 41. He that speaketh disciples), when ye depart thence, shake oft of himself, seeketh his own glory; but he that the dust under your feet for a testimony seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is against them. Mar. vi. 11. Ye shall be true, and no unrighteousness is in him. John brought before rulers and kings for my sake, vii. 18. I seek not mine own glory; there is for a testimony against them. Mar. xiii. 9. one that seeketh and judgeth. John viii. 50. Offer for thy cleansing (said Jesus to the man

Shew thyself to the priest.] See Mat, iii. full of leprosy) according as Moses com15; and v. 17, with com. When a man shall manded, for a testimony unto them. Lu. v. have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab 14. They shall lay their hands on you (said or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his Jesus to his disciples), and persecute you, flesh like the plague of leprosy, then he shall delivering you up to the synagogues, and into be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one prisons, being brought before kings and rulers of his sons the priests ; if the priest see that for my name's sake, and it shall turn to you behold the scab spreadeth in the skin, then for a testimony. Lu. xxi. 13. If I do not the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is the works of my Father, believe me not: but a leprosy. But if the bright spot stay in his if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the place, and spread not, it is a burning bile; works; that ye may know and believe that and the priest shall pronounce him clean. the Father is in me, and I in him. John X. Le. xiii. 2. 8. 23. This shall be the law of 37, 38. the leper in the day of his cleansing; He shall 5 Entered into Capernaum.] See Mat. iv. be brought unto the priest, and the priest shall 13. and com. And he entered into a ship go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall (from the country of the Gergesenes), and look, and behold, if the plague of leprosy be passed over and came into his own city. Mat. healed in the leper, then shall the priest com- ix. l. And he entered into Capernaum after mand to take for him that is to be cleansed, some days, and it was noised that he was in two birds alive and clean, and cedar-wood, the house. Mar. ii. 1. Now when he had and searlet, and hyssop, &c. &c. And the ended all his sayings in the audience of his priest shall make an atonement for him that people, he entered into Capernaum. Lu. is to be cleansed before the Lord. Le, xiv. vii. 1. 2, 3, 4. 31. The Lord is well pleased for A centurion.] Now when the centurion, his righteousness' sake: he will magnify the and they that were with him watching Jesus, law, and make it honourable. Is. xlii. 21. saw the earthquake, and those things that And when he (Jesus) saw them (the ten were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly lepers), he said unto them, Go shew your- this was the Son of God. Mat. xxvii. 54. selves unto the priests: and it came to pass, And when the centurion which stood over that as they went they were cleansed. Lilo against him saw that he (Jesus) so cried out xvii. 14.

(saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama Sabachthani), and For a testimony unto them.] And ye shall gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was be brought before governors and kings for my the Son of God. Mar. xv. 39. A certain censake (said Jesus to his disciples), for a testi- turion's servant, who was dear unto him, was

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