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talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood 47 without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him,

Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to 48 speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told

Scribes; and some of them ye shall kill and perce unto them. Let their eyes be darkened, crucify, and some of them shall ye scourge in that they may not see, and bow down their your synagogues, and persecute them from city back alway. Ro. xi. 7–10. Ye, brethren, to city: that upon you may come all the became followers of the churches of God, righteous blood shed upon the earth, from which in Judea are in Christ Jesus; for ye the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood also have suffered like things of your own of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew countrymen, even as they have of the Jews; between the temple and the altar. Verily I who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their say unto you, all these things shall come upon own prophets, and have persecuted us. And this generation. o Jerusalem, Jerusalem, they please not God, and are contrary to all thou that killest the prophets, and stonest men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles, them which are sent unto thee, how often that they might be saved, to fill up their sinis would I have gathered thy children together, alway; for the wrath is come upon them to even as a hen gathereth her chickens under the uttermost. 1 Th. ii. 14, 15, 16. her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your 46 Yet talked to the people.) When his house is left unto you desolate: for I say friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth till on him; for they said, He is beside himself

. ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the There came then his brethren and his mother, name of the Lord. Mat. xxiii. 32-39. and standing without, sent unto him, calling Verily I say unto you, this generation shall him. And the multitude sat about him; and not pass till all these things be fulfilled. they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and Mat. xxiv. 34. I will send them prophets thy brethren without seek for thee. And he (said God) and apostles; and some of them answered them, saying, Who is my mother, they shall slay and persecute: that the blood or my brethren ? And he looked round about of all the prophets which was shed from the on them which sat about him, and said, Befoundation of the world may be required of hold my mother and my brethren ; for whothis generation, from the blood of Abel unto soever shall do the will of God, the same is the blood of Zacharias, which perished be- my brother, and my sister, and mother. tween the altar and the temple. Verily I say Mar. iii. 21–35. Unto "you" ("his disunto you, it shall be required of this genera- ciples") it is given to know the mysteries of tion. Lu. xi. 49, 50, 51. And when he the kingdom of God, but to others in parables; (Jesus) was come near, he beheld the city, that seeing they might not see, and hearing and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, they might not understand. Then came to even thou, at least in this thy day, the things him his mother and his brethren, and could which belong unto thy peace! but now they not come at him for the press. And it was are hid from thine eyes : for the days shall told him by certain, which said, Thy mother come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast and thy brethren stand without, desiring to a trench about thee, and compass thee round, see thee. And he answered, and said unto and keep thee in on every side ; and shall lay them, My mother and my brethren are these thee even with the ground, and thy children which hear the word of God, and do it. L. within thee ; and they shall not leave in thee viii. 10. 19. 20, 21. one stone upon another, because thou knewest His brethren stood without.] His brethren, not the time of thy visitation. Lu. xix. 41- James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas, and 44. If I had not come and spoken to them his sisters, are they not all with us? Mat. (said Jesus), they had not had sin ; but now xiii. 55. Is not this (Jesus) the son of Mary, they have no cloak for their sin. He that the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had and Simon ? Mar. vi. 3. After this he went not done among them the works which none down to Capernaum, he and his mother, and other man did, they had not had sin; but now his brethren, and his disciples, and they conhave they both seen and hated both me and tinued there not many days. John ii

. 12 my Father. John xv. 22, 23, 24. Israel hath His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart not obtained that which he seeketh for, but hence, and go into Judea, that the disciples the election hath obtained it, and the rest also may see the works that thou doest

. were blinded, (according as it is written, God Neither did his brethren believe in him. hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes But when his brethren were gone up, then that they should not see, and ears that they went he also up unto the feast, not openly, should not hear,) unto this day. And David but as it were in secret. John vii. 3. 5. 10. saith, Let their table be made a snare, and “These all” (“the apostles") continued with a trap, and a stumbling-block, and a recom- one accord in prayer and supplication with him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he 49 stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will 50

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the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto and with his brethren. Ac. i. 14. Have we you. And when he had so said, he shewed not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as unto them his hands and his side. Then well as other apostles, and as the brethren of were the disciples glad when they saw the the Lord, and Cephas? 1 Co. ix. 5. Other Lord. John xx. 17–20. of the apostles saw I none, save James the 50 Do the will of my Father.] See chap. vii. Lord's brother. Ga. i. 19.

20, 2). This is my beloved Son (said the voice 48 Who is my mother.] See chap. x. 37. from the cloud of transfiguration) in whom I am The multitude sat about him, and they said well pleased, hear ye him. Mat. xvii. 5. Whounto him, Behold thy mother and thy bre- soever shall do the will of God, the same is my thren without seek for thee. And he an- brother, and my sister, and mother. Mar. swered them, saying, Who is my mother, or iii. 35. My mother and my brethren are these my brethren ? Mar. iii. 32, 33. And he which hear the word of God, and do it. Lu. (Jesus) said unto “them” (“ Joseph and his viii. 21.

to pass, as he spake mother"), How is it that ye sought me? wist these things, a certain woman of the comye not that I must be about my Father's pany lifted up her voice, and said unto him, business? And they understood not the Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the saying which he spake unto them. And he paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea, went down with them, and came to Nazareth, rather blessed are they that hear the word of and was subject unto them: but his mother God, and keep it. Lib. xi. 27, 28. Jesus ankept all these sayings in her heart. Lu. ii. swered and said unto them (the Jeu:s), This 49, 50, 51. When they (at the marriage in is the work of God, that ye believe on him Cana of Galilee) wanted wine, the mother of whom he hath sent; this is the will of him Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. that sent me, That every one which seeth Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to the Son, and believeth on him, may have do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. everlasting life; and I will raise him up at John ii. 3, 4. Henceforth know we no man the last day. John vi. 29. 40. Ye are my after the flesh; yea, though we have known friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth John xv. 14. Moses truly said unto the faknow we him no more. 2 Co. v. 16.

thers, A prophet shall the Lord your God 49 His disciples.] Go quickly (said the angel raise up unto you of your brethren like unto to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary), and tell me. Him shall ye hear in all things whathis disciples that he is risen from the dead; soever he shall say unto you; and it shall and behold, he goeth before you into Galilee: come to pass, that every soul which will not there shall ye see him; lo, I have told you. hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from Mat. xxviii. 7. He (Jesus) looked round among the people. Ac. iii. 22, 23. Sirs about on them which sat about him, and said, (said the keeper of the prison to Paul and Behold, my mother and my brethren. Mar. Silas), what must I do to be saved? And ii. 34. I have given unto "them” (" which they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, thou gavest me out of the world') the words and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Ac. which thou gavest me. And they have re- xvi. 30, 31. The times of this ignorance God ceived them, and have known surely that I winked at, but now commandeth all men came out from thee; and they have believed every where to repent. Ac. xvii. 30. Wherethat thou didst send me. I pray for them; upon, O king Agrippa (said Paul), I was not I pray not for the world, but for them which disobedient unto the heavenly vision; but thou hast given me, for they are thine. Nei- shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at ther pray I for these alone, but for them also Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of which shall believe on me through their word. Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they John xvii. 8, 9, 20. Touch me not (said Jesus should repent and turn to God, and do works to Mary Magdalene), for I am not yet as- meet for repentance. Ac. xxvi. 19, 20. In Jesus cended to my Father; but go to my brethren, Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh and your Father; and to my God and your by love. Ga. v. 6. In Christ Jesus neither God. Mary Magdalene came and told the circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncirdisciples that she had seen the Lord, and cumcision, but a new creature. Ga. vi. 15. that he had spoken these things unto her. Put off the old man with his deeds, and put Then the same day, at evening, being the on the new man which is renewed in knowfirst day of the week, when the doors "ge, after the image of him that created shut where the disciples were asserk!

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1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea

barian, Scythian, bond nor free; but Christ Behold, I and the children which God hath is all in all. Col. iii. 9, 10, 11. And (Christ) given me. Porasmuch then as the children being made perfect, he became the author of are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himeternal salvation unto all them that obey him. self likewise took part of the same, that He. v. 9. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness through death he might destroy him that had and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive the power of death, that is the devil: and with meekness the ingrafted word, which is deliver them, who, through fear of death, were able to save your souls. But be ye doers of all their life-time subject to bondage. Por the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your verily he took not on him the nature of angels ; own selves. Ja. i. 21, 22. He that hath but he took on him the seed of Abraham. suffered in the flesh, hath ceased from sin; Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be that he no longer should live the rest of his made like unto his brethren, that he might be time in the flesh, to the lusts of men, but to a merciful and faithful high priest in things the will of God. 1 Pe. iv. 1, 2. The world pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he the sins of the people. He. ii. 11-17. See that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. chap. xxviii. 10. 1 John ii. 17. This is his (God's) command- And sister.] Thou hast ravished my heart, ment, that we should believe on the name of my sister, my spouse (saith Christ to his his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as Church), how much better is thy love than he gave us commandment. And he that wine, and the smell of thine ointments than keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, all spices ? A garden inclosed is my sister, and he in him. And hereby we know that my spouse, a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. he abideth in us by the Spirit which he hath Can. iv. 9, 10. 12. I am come unto my gargiven us. 1 John iii. 23, 24. Blessed are den, my sister, my spouse (saith Christ to his they that do his commandments, that they Church). Open to me, my sister, my love, may have right to the tree of life, and may my dove, my undefiled; for my head is filled enter in through the gates into the city. Re. with dew, and my locks with the drops of the xxii. 14.

night. Can. v. 1, 2. Have we not power to The same is my brother.] Verily I say lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other unto you (said the king in the description of apostles ? 1 Co. ix. 5. I am jealous over you the last judgment), Inasmuch as ye have done with godly jealousy; for I have espoused you it (fed the hungry, clothed the naked, &c.) to one husband, that I may present you as a unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye chaste virgin to Christ. 2 Co. xi. 2 Hashave done it unto me. (Again), verily I say bands love your wives, even as Christ also unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of loved the Church, and gave himself for it, the least of these, ye did it not to me. Mat. that he might sanctify and cleanse it with xxv. 40. 45. Be not afraid (said Jesus to the washing of water by the word. That he Mary Magdalene and the other Mary), go, tell might present it to himself a glorious Church, my brethren, that they go into Galilee, and not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such there they shall see me. Mat. xxviii. 10. thing; but that it should be holy, and without I will declare thy name unto my brethren; in blemish. Ep. v. 25, 26, 27. the midst of the congregation will I praise And mother.] When Jesus therefore 53W thee. Ps. xxii. 22. Go to my brethren (said his mother, and the disciple standing by Jesus to Mary Magdalene), and say unto whom he loved, he saith unto his mother

, them, I ascend unto my father and your Woman, behold thy Son!

Then saith he to Father, and to my God and your God. John the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from xx. 17. Whom he did foreknow, he also did that hour that disciple took her unto his own predestinate to be conformed to the image of home. John xix. 24. 27. Entreat the elder his Son, that he might be the first-born among women as mothers, the younger as sisters, many brethren. Ro. viii. 29. Both he that with all purity. Ti. v. 2. sanctifieth, and they who are sanctified, are all of one, for which cause he is not ashamed Chap. XIII.- Sat by the sea side.) He to call them brethren, saying, I will declare (Jesus) went forth again by the sea side, thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of and all the multitude resorted unto him, and thy church, will I sing praise unto thee. And he taught them. Mar. ii. 13. He began again, I will put my trust in him. And again, again to teach by the sea side ; and there was

side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so 2 that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in 3 parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when 4

gathered unto him a great multitude, so that cedars of Lebanon. Now, therefore, if ye he entered into a ship and sat in the sea, and have done truly (said Jotham to the Shechemthe whole multitude was by the sea on the ites) and sincerely, in that ye have made land. Mar. iv. 1.

Abimelech king, and if ye have done well with 2 Great multitudes.] See chap. iv. 25. Jerubbaal and his house, and have done unto Great multitudes came unto him, having with him according to the deserving of his hands them those that were lame, blind, dumb, (for my father fought for you, and advenmaimed, and many others, and cast them tured his life far, and delivered you out down at Jesus' feet. Mat. xv. 30. The of the hand of Midian, and ye are risen sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a up against my father's house this day, and lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh have slain his sons, threescore and ten percome, and unto him shall the gathering of the sons, upon one stone, and have made Abimepeople be. Ge. xlix. 10. When much people lech, the son of his maid servant, king over were gathered together, and were come to the men of Shechem, because he is your him out of every city, he spake by a parable. brother); if ye then have dealt truly and A sower went out to sow his seed, and as he sincerely with Jerubbaal, and with his house sowed some fell by the way side, and it was this day, then rejoice ye in Abimelech, and trodden down, and the fowls of the air de- let him also rejoice in you. But if not, let voured it. And some fell upon a rock, and fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, men of Shechem, and the house of Millo; and because it lacked moisture. And some fell let fire come out from the men of Shechem, among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with and from the house of Millo, and devour Abiit, and choked it. And other fell on good melech. Ju. ix. 8–20. And the Lord sent ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hun- Nathan unto David, and he came unto him, dredfold. And when he had said these things, and said unto him, There were two men in he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him one city, the one rich and the other poor; the hear. Lu. viii. 4-8.

rich man had exceeding many flocks and So that he went into a ship.] There was herds; but the poor man had nothing, save gathered unto him a great multitude, so that one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and he entered into a ship and sat in the sea ; and nourished up: and it grew up together with the whole multitude was by the sea on the him, and with his children ; it did eat of his land. Mar. iv. l. And he entered into one own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay of the ships (of the two standing by the lake in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. Gennesaret) which was Simon's, and prayed And there came a traveller unto the rich him that he would thrust out a little from the man, and he spared to take of his own flock, land. Lu. v. 3.

and of his own herd, to dress for the way3 In parables.] See verse 10—13. 34, 35. faring man that was come unto him; but 53. Jesus answered and spake unto them in took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for parables, and said (the parable of the mar- the man that was come to him. And David's riage of the king's son). "Mat. xxii. 1. Now anger was greatly kindled against the man ; learn a parable of the fig-tree: when his and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, the man that hath done this thing shall surely ye know that summer is nigh. Mat. xxiv. die : and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, 32. The trees went forth on a time to anoint because he did this thing, and because he had a king over them; and they said unto the no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou olive tree, Reign thou over us ; but the olive art the man. 2 Sa. xii. 147. I will incline tree said unto them, Should I leave my fat- mine ear to a parable, I will open my dark ness, wherewith by me they honour God and saying upon the harp. Ps. xlix. 4. I will man, and go to be promoted over the trees ? open my mouth in a parable, I will utter dark Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, sayings of old. Ps.lxxviii. 2. Now will I sing and reign over us. And the vine said unto to my well-beloved a song of my well-beloved, them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth touching his vineyard. My well-beloved hath God and man, and go to be promoted over a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: and he fenced the trees? Then said all the trees unto the it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and bramble, Come thou, and reign over us. And planted it with the choicest vine, and built a the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth tower in the midst of it, and also made a wineye anoint me king over you, then come and press therein ; and he looked that it should bring put your trust in my shadow ; and if not, let forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. fire come out of the bramble, and devour the And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men

he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and

af Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my him, and sent him away empty. And again vineyard. What could have been done more to he sent unto them another servant; and at my vineyard, that I have not done in it? Where- him they cast stones, and wounded him in the fore, when I looked that it should bring forth head, and sent him away shamefully handled. grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? And now And again he sent another, and him they go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vine- killed ; and many others, beating some, and yard : I will take away the hedge thereof, and killing some. Having yet therefore one son, it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall his well-beloved, he sent him also last onto thereof, and it shall be trodden down. And them, saying, They will reverence my son. I will lay it waste; it shall not be pruned, nor But those husbandmen said among themselves, digged; but there shall come up briers and This is the heir, come let us kill him, and the thorns; I will also command the clouds that inheritance shall be ours; and they took hin, they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard and killed him, and cast him out of the vineof the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and yard. What shall therefore the Lord of the the men of Judah his pleasant plant ; and he vineyard do? He will come and destroy the looked for judgment, but behold oppression; husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto for righteousness, but behold a cry. Is. v. others. And have ye not read this Scripture, 1–7. Son of man, put forth a riddle (said. The stone which the builders rejected, is the Lord to Ezekiel), and speak a parable become the head of the corner! This was (the parable of the two eagles and vine) unto the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our the house of Israel, &c. Ez. xvii. 2. Then eyes. And they sought to lay hold on him, said "I” (“ Ezekiel"), Ah, Lord God! they but feared the people ; for they knew that say of me, Doth he not speak parables ? Ez. he had spoken the parable against them. xx. 49. Utter a parable unto the rebellious Mar. xii. i–12. Unto you it is given (said house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Jesus to his disciples) to know the mysteries Lord God, Set on a pot, set it on, and also of the kingdom of God, but to others pour water into it (shewing the destruction of in parables; that seeing they might not Jerusalem). Gather the pieces thereof into it, see, and hearing they might not undereven every good piece, the thigh, and the stand. Lu. viii. 10. Peter said unto him, shoulder ; fill it wit the choice bones. Take Lord, speakest thou this parable (of the good the choice of the flock, and burn also the man of the house who would have watcked bones under it, and make it boil well, and let if he had known what hour the thief world them seethe the bones of it therein, &c. Ex. come) unto us, or even to all ? Lu. xii. 4l. xxiv. 3-5. In that day shall one take up a And he spake "this parable" unto them parable against you, and lament with a dole- (" that of the lost sheep"), saying, What man ful lamentation, and say, We be utterly of you having an hundred sheep, if he lose spoiled, he hath changed the portion of my one of them, doth not leave the ninety and people. Mi. ii. 4. Shall not all these take nine in the wilderness, and go after that up a parable against him, and a taunting which is lost until he find it? And when he proverb against him” (“ a proud man”), and hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders say, Woe to him that increaseth that which rejoicing; and when he cometh home, he is not his! How long! And to him that calleth together his friends and neighbours

, ladeth himself with thick clay. Hab. ii. 6. saying unto them, Rejoice with me, for I have And he (Jesus) called them (the Scribes) unto found my sheep which was lost. Lu. 1. him, and said unto them, in parables, How 3-6. These things have I spoken unto yon in can Satan cast out Satan? Mar. iii. 23. proverbs. But the time cometh when I shall And he taught them many things by parables. no more speak unto you in proverbs ; but I And said unto them, Know ye not this shall shew you plainly of the Father. John parable? And how then will ye know all xvi. 25. parables ? And with many such parables (as A sower went forth to sow.] Behold, there the sower, the seed which groweth imper- went out a sower to sow. And it came to ceptibly, and the grain of mustard seed) spake pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, he the word unto them; and without a and the fowls of the air came and devoured it parable spake he not unto them. Mar. iv. up. And some fell on stony ground, where it 2. 13. 33, 34. And he began to speak unto had not much earth, and immediately it them by parables. A certain man planted a sprang up, because it had no depth of earth vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and but when the sun was up it was scorched; digged a place for the wine fat, and built a and because it had no root, it withered away, tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went and some fell among thorns; and the thorns into a far country. And at the season he sent grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit

. to the husbandmen a servant, that he might And other fell on good ground, and did yield receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of fruit, that sprang up and increased, and the vineyard; and they caught him, and beat brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty,

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