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7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say

unto the multitudes concerning John, What

went ye out into the wilderness to see? A 8 reed shaken with the wind ? But what went

ye out to see ? A man clothed in soft rai

ment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing 9 are in kings' houses. But what went ye out

to see ? A prophet ? yea, I say unto you, 10 and more than a prophet. For this is he of

whom it is written, Behold, I send my mes

senger before thy face who shall prepare thy 11 way before thee. Verily I say unto you,

among them that are born of women, there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist :

notwithstanding, he that is least in the king12 dom of heaven is greater than he.* And from

the days of John the Baptist, until now, the

kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the 13 violent take it by force. For all the prophets 14 and the law prophesied until John.† And if

ye will receive it, this is Elijah who was to 15 come.[ He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. S 16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation ?

It is like unto children sitting in the markets 17 and calling unto their fellows,|| and saying,

* That is, the Christian church. Those who are made acquainted with all the doctrines of the gospel, and were endowed (as were the first preachers) with miraculous powers, were, in a sense, superior to John the Baptist.

† See Luke xvi. 16.

| Prophesied of by Malachi; and John did come in the spirit of Elijah.

$ He who is desirous to hear, let him listen and understand.

| They are inconsistent and perverse.

We have piped unto you, and ye have not

danced ; we have mourned unto you, and ye 18 have not lamented. For John came neither

eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a 19 devil. * The Son of man came eating and

drinking, and they say, Behold, a man gluttonous, and a wine-bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.f But wisdom is justified

of her children. 20 Then he began to reprove severely the

cities wherein most of his mighty works were 21 done, because they repented not. Wo unto

thee, Chorazin; wo unto thee, Bethsaida : for if the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would

have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable

for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment. 23 than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which

art exalted unto heaven, shall be brought down to hell: for if the nighty works which have

* That is, is insane, or actuated by a strange sort of spirit-not that they probably supposed him possessed of an evil spirit.

† Evidences of a cavilling disposition in the Jews, who made objections to every thing they disliked. The conduct both of "John and Jesus was highly appropriate, and such as was adapted to the character each was to sustain.

I Tyre and Sidon were cities on the Mediterranean sea, and not far distant from the northern parts of Judea, where Christ was now preaching. Their destruction, as predicted by the ancient Jewish prophets, had been remarkable.

Ś Capernaum and Chorazin were in Galilee, near the sea or lake of that name; and in those cities, and the neighboring villages, Christ spent a great portioa of his ministry.

been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, 24 it would have remained until this day. But I

say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment,

than for thee. 25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I

thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hidden these things from the

wise and prudent,* and hast revealed them 26 unto babes.t Even so, Father, for so it seemed 27 good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me

of
my

Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father ; neither knoweth any man the Father, but the Son, and he to

whomsoever the Son shall reveal him. 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are 29 heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Ị Take

my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am

meek and lowly in heart : and ye shall find rest 30 unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and

my burden is light.

* Learned and philosophic.
+ Unlearned and humble men.

I Though the gospel enjoins self-denying duties, yet its sincere votaries receive consolation and joy, which the world cannot impart.

CHAP. XII.

1 ABOUT that time Jesus went through the

cornfields on the sabbath day; and his disci

ples were hungry, and began to pluck the ears 2 of corn, and to eat. But when the Pharisees

saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon

the 3 sabbath-day. But he said unto them, Have

ye not read what David did when he was hungry, and they that were with him ? How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shew-bread, which was not lawful for him to

eat, neither for them who were with him, 5 but only for the priests? Or have ye not read

in the law, how that on the sabbath-days the

priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and 6 are blameless ?* But I say unto you, that in 7 this place is a greater than the temple. But

if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have

mercy, in preference to sacrifice, ye would not 8 have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of 9 man is Lord even of the sabbath-day.t And

when he was departed thence, he went into

their synagogue. 10 And behold, there was a man who had a

withered hand. And they asked him, saying,

* They profaned it, in a sense, by preparing and offering sacrifices-for they were forbidden in the law to do any thing; yet as it was a duty to sacrifice on the sabbath, they were blameless.

+ He can alter the day, or dispense with the peculiar duties of it, if he see fit.

Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath-days ? that il they might accuse him. And he said unto

them, What man is there among you who shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a

pit on the sabbath-day, will not lay hold on 12 it, and lift it out ? How much then is a man

better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to 13 do well on the sabbath-days. * Then saith he

to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole,

like as the other. 14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a

council against him, how they might destroy 15 him. But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew

himself from thence : and great multitudes 16 followed him, and he healed them all, and

charged them that they should not make him 17 known. That it might be fulfilled which was 13 spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Behold

my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will

put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew 19 judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive

nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice 20 in the streets. A bruised reed he shall not

* This argument was so convincing, that they could not reply to it.

+ Lest the people insist on his assuming the title and the authority of a temporal prince, which was their idea of the Messiah: And this would occasion tumult and confusion among the Jews and Romans.

# Christ was unlike the vociferous bawlers of the present age. He made no attempt to excite the people against their rulers, nor attempt to gain followers by addressing the passions and prejudices of the people.

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