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21 From that time Jesus began to shew unto

his disciples that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders, and

chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and 22 be raised again the third day.* Then Peter

took him aside, and began to expostulate with

him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord : this 23 shall not be unto thee.t But he turned, and

said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan ; thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things which are of God, but those

which are of men.I 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any

man will come after me, let him deny himself, 25 and take up his cross, and follow me. For

whosoever will save his life, shall lose it : and

whosoever will lose his life for my sake, shall 26 find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall

gain the whole world, and lose his own soul ?

or what shall a man give in exchange for his 27 soul? For the Son of man shall come in the

glory of his Father, with his angels ; and then

* He would prepare their minds for the idea of his sufferings and death, and remove the false opinions they had formed of his being a powerful prince from whom they were expecting present and temporal glory.

† Peter was sanguine, and had yet many things to learn. Ile was yet to learu that his Master was to suffer before he should reign.

# This shews, that every person who opposes the truth is an alversary or Satan.

$ Those who would live in ease anil make it their chief care to provide for the present life, will lose eternal happiness. And those who are ready to devote their life and talents to the service of Christ, will secure immortal life.

he shall reward every man according to his 28 works. Verily I say unto you, There are

some standing here, who shall not taste of death till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.*

CHAP. XVII.

1 AND after six days, Jesus taketh Peter, James

and John his brother, and bringeth them up 2 into an high mountain apart. And was trans

figured before them : and his face did shine as

the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3 And behold there appeared unto them Moses 4 and Elijah talking with him. Then answered

Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here

three 'tabernacles : one for thee, and one for 5 Moses, and one for Elijah. While he yet

spake, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them : and behold, a voice out of the cloud,

which said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom 6 I am well pleased : hear ye him.” And when

"he disciples heard it, they fell on their face, 7 and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and

touched them, and said, Arise, and be not

* This coming of Christ must refer to his judgments iu the destruction of Jerusalem, which took place in about forty years after.

8 afraid. * And when they had lifted up their
9 eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. And

as they came down from the mountain, Jesus
charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no

man, until the Son of man be risen again from 10 the dead. And his disciples asked him, say

ing, Why then do the scribes say that Elijah 11 must first come? And Jesus answered and

said unto them, Elijah truly shall first come, 12 and restore all things. But I say unto you,

that Elijaht is come already, and they knew
him not, but have done unto him whatsoever

they chose : so also shall the Son of man suf13 fer of them. Then the disciples understood

that he spake unto them of John the Baptist. 14 And when they were come to the multitude,

there came to him a man, kneeling down to 15 him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my

son ; for he is lunatic,f and sore vexed: for

* This must have made a great impression on the minds. of these three favored disciples. Peter refers to this event in his second epistle, i. 17.

† Elijah : John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah.

| Curing this disorder is called casting out a devil or demon. It would be rash in any one to undertake to decide, in these cases ; but it may be proper to quote the following remarks of a learned and pious divine, viz.

“It is not the design of revelation to teach us philosophy, but moral and religious truths—and we find that the same writers usually speak of things according to the popular and commonly received opinions of those times."

The miraculous power of Christ is not affected by either interpretation. It requires supernatural ability to cure inveterate diseases by a word; as well as to dispossess a person of an evil spirit.

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oft-times he falleth into the fire, and oft into 16 the water. And I brought him to thy disci17 ples, and they could not cure him. Then

Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you ?

how long shall I suffer you ? bring him hith18 er to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil, *

and he departed out of him : and the child 19 was cured from that very hour. Then the

disciples came to Jesus apart, and said, Why 20 could not we cast him out? And Jesus said

unto thein, Because of your unbelief : for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it

shall remove ; and nothing shall be impossible 21 unto you. Howbeit, this kind goeth not out

but by prayer and fasting. 22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said

unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed 23 into the hands of men: And they shall kill

him, and the third day he shall be raised

again : and they were exceedingly sorry. 24 And when they were come to Capernaum,

they that received tribute-morey came to Pe

ter, and said, Doth not your Master pay tri25 bute? He saith, Yes. And when he was

come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon ? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tri

bute ? of their own children, or of strangers ? 26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus

* The demon, the evil spirit.

saith unto him, Then are the chilcrcn free, 27 Notwithstanding, lesst we should offend them,

go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh' up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money : that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

CHAP. XVIII.

1 AT the same time, the disciples came unto

Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the 2 kingdom of heaven 3* And Jesus called a

little child unto him, and set him in the midst 3 of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, ex

cept ye be converted, and become as little

children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom 4 of heaven.Whosoever therefore shall humble

himself as this little child, the same is great5 est in the kingdom of heaven. I And whoso

shall receive one such little child in my 6 name, receiveth me. But whoso shall offend

one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned

in the depth of the sea. 7 Wo unto the world because of offences :

* They did not mean in heaven, but in the Messiah's kinglom, which they supposed he would establish.

† See John jii. 3. 5.

# He is among the most excellent in the Christian church who is docile, humble, teachable, and candid,

§ Or cause to offend.

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