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given. And they that sat the mercy which giveth thee such a

Saviour. at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also ? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. .

CHAPTER VIII.

Feb. 25, June 25, Oct. 22.

And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, and certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he 5 When the word falls upon minds spake by a parable: 'A sower hardened by a course of sin, as a went out to sow his seed : road by continual treading, it cannot and as he sowed, some fell sink into the understanding ; conse

quently the first temptation removes by the way side ; and it was

it. trodden down, and the fowls

6 If a heart be stubborn in its own of the air devoured it. And will, it is like a rock without depth of some fell upon a rock; and soil ; without love to God and his as soon as it was sprung up, arise, than the seed, which sprang

Christ. No sooner do trials of faith it withered away, because it

up quickly, as quickly perisheth; lacked moisture. ?And some and giveth no fruit. fell among thorns; and the

7 Should cares or pleasures get the thorns sprang up with it, and mastery, those weeds choke the good choked it. And other fell seed : it pineth away. on good ground, and sprang be, there is an honest and good heart

8 We learn that, fallen though we up, and bare fruit an hundred Infirmity, therefore, is no excuse for fold. And when he had said sluggishness ; a vile nature no palthese things, he cried, He liation of sin. Strength and holiness that hath ears to hear, let

are ours in Christ. him hear. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

10 And he 10 So Jesus wills that his people said, Unto you it is given to hear the instruction of the ministers know the mysteries of the of his word now. kingdom of God: but to others in parables ; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed 12 Man is well taught, by his daily

by the

is the word of God. 12 Those labour, the true view of his state as way side are they that

a son of Adam * hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy ; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which

17 If we profess to be of the light, enter in may see the light. let our light shine to God's glory, by " For nothing is secret, that the good works of a holy life. shall not be made manifest ; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come

18 Be always very attentive to the abroad. 18 Take heed there word, lest what you hear one day be fore how ye hear : for who- forgotten the next, and you at last soever hath, to him shall be

lose what you seem to have. given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, 21 What an encouraging thought ! desiring to see thee. And Jesus loves his faithful servants, he answered and said unto even as though they were his kinthem, My mother and my

dred. brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it. Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto

Man, when he looks upon the fields ripe for harvest, considers that the ground, which giveth" forth that rich abundance, is by nature as surely under curse as the soul is by nature under sin. Whence then the good fruit ? Even by God's blessing of sun and shower upon man's labour, care, and watchfulness ; for man prepared the earth, and planted therein the good seed, which was God's gift. This reflection gives the mind a spring for new exertion. Even so we will strive diligently in plucking evil from our heart ; we will break up the hard and proud selfvill natural to it; we will sow therein the good seed, which is the word of God; and we will watch that no enemy plant evil with it. We will do all this : and our trust for success upon our labours shall be in the blessing from on High. Thus is the Christian encouraged. (See Matt.

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the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake ; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. ?' And they 24 A twofold miracle ! The wind came to him, and awoke him, obeyed his voice, and even the waves saying, Master, master, we

were still at his instant bidding * perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water : and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this ! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him. And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.

28 What a contrast ! Jesus exer28 When he saw Jesus, he cised his power to benefit mankind; cried out, and fell down be- the devils theirs to injure them. fore him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him : and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion : because many devils were entered into him. And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain : and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what was done ; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind : and they were afraid. They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed. Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him

The wind does sometimes lull suddenly; but never, save by miracle, did the wares suddenly cease their agitation.

to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again. * Now the man out of whom

38 Unless duly called to the ministhe devils were departed be- try, men are not required to neglect sought him that he might be their lawful worldly business. Whowith him: but Jesus sent him so leadeth a holy life, he it is who

liveth to God's glory. away, saying, Return to thine own house, and show how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him. * And it came to pass, that,

40 Jesus returned to Capernaum. when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him. And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue : and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house : for he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and say- 46 The same “ virtue," or power, is est thou, Who touched me? ever vouchsafed to all who draw

And Jesus said, Somebody nigh to him in faith. He will heal hath touched me: for I per

all their infirmities also. ceive that virtue is gone out of me.

And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. While he yet spakė, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. 62 And

52 So Stephen “fell asleep" in death all wept, and bewailed her: --a token of the calm and happy but he said, Weep not; she

rest which the blessed find in heaven. is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.

56 Art thou a mourning parent? 56 And her parents were asto- The same voice which said to the nished: but he charged them daughter of Jairus, “ Maid, arise !" that they should tell no man

shall one day call thy loved one from what was ne.

the grave, and present her to thee

glorified—to part again no more. Cherish this faith ; there is healing in it.

CHAPTER IX.

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1 The miraculous powers thus given disciples together, and gave to them over evil spirits, proved that them power and authority they were sent from God. over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, 3 Their whole strength, soul and and to heal the sick. 3 And body, was to be sustained miracuhe said unto them, Take lously. nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money ; neither have two coats apiece. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where. Now

7 Herod was perplexed and con

science-stricken. (See Mark vi. 16.) Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him : and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; and of some, that Elias had appeared ; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. And Herod said, John have I beheaded : but who is this, of whom I hear such things ? And he desired to see him. And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done.

And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. And the people, when they knew it, followed him : and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.

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