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40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, of a truck this is the prophet.

41 Others said, This is the Christ. Buc some faid, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?

42 Hach not the scripture said, that Christ comech of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

43 So there was a division among the people because of him.

44 And some of them would have taken him ; but no man laid hands on him.

45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharifees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?

46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.

47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye allo deceived ?

48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him ?

Many that had heard these, and other Disccurses of Jesus, concluded him to be that Prophet who was to be the Forerunner of the Meffiah; while others took him for the very Meffiah, which many also thought impossible, since, as it appeared by the Scriptures, the Á was not to be born in Galilee, but at Bethlehem the Birthplace of David, from whom also the Meffiah was to be descended. The Jeros thus disagreed, and were divided in opinion concerning him. Some were for seizing him, and carrying him to the Sanhedrim, which others disapprovd of as unjuft. Bat 'no body had the boldness to lay hold of him; and those that look'd to the Temple retarn'd to the Sanhedrim, without performing what they were fent for ; and being ask'd why they did not seize him, they replied, that they had never heard any one talk with a Majesty and Wisdom equal to him. But the Pharisees tebuk'd, them saying, What, are you also deluded by him ? Have you seen any of the Rulers or Pharisees, men skilld in the Law, and whofe Example you may fafely

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51 Doch our law judg any man before it hear him, and know what he doeth ?

52 They answered, and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look ; for out of Galilee arisech no prophet.

53 And every man went to his own house.

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follow, give credit to him ? 'Tis only the injudicious Multitude that have been guilty of such Impiety.

It happen'd that Nicodemus was present at this Affembly, he who, as we have related, came two years before to Jesus by night: This man being himself one of the Sanhedrim, desting to bring them to a better temper, ask'd them whether by the Law they could condemn any man without hearing him ?

Then said they to him : Art thou a Galilean also, and a favourer of this man, as the common people are ? If thou believest him to be a Prophet, thou mayst be convinc'd of thy mistake, if thou inquirest into the Country out of which the Prophets came; for thou wilt find that none of 'em ever came from Galilee. After thefe Debates the Sanhedrim broke up without coming to any resolution in the matter.

CH A P. XXXIX. The Judgment of Christ concerning an Adulteress

. His Discourse con cerning himself, and the Depravity of the Jews of that Age.

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N the night time Jefus retir’d, to the Mount of Olives not far from the City,
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Snares of the Sanhedrim ; but every morning he return'd to Jerusalem, and in the Temple was surrounded with a great Multitude, whom he




JOHN. CHA P. VIII. came unto him ; and he sac down, and caught them.

3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had see her in the mids,

4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was caken in. adultery, in the very act.

5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned ; but whac sayest thou ?

6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.

But Jesus stooped down, and with his: finger wrote on the ground as tho he heard them not.

7 So when they continucď asking him, he lift up himself, and said unto them, He: that is without sin among youn, ler him first cast a stone ac her.

acquainted with the Laws of the Kingdom of Heaven, and the Rewards annex'd to the observance of them. In the mean time certain Teachers of the Law and Pharisees brought to him a Woman taken in the very act of Adultery, and plac'd her. in the midit, that they might have his judgment about it in the hearing of all that were present. In order to get an answer from him, they told him she was taken in the very fact, and that he very well knew such persons by the Law of Moses were to be ston'd to death; but they desired him to give his opinion in the case. Now they put this question, not to be inform’d by him, but to render him odious to the Romans (who had depriv'd the Jews of all Power of determining in capital Cases) if he should say they ought to stone her; and to the common People among the Jews, if he mould affirm they were not obligd to keep one of the Laws of Moses. Jesus, to avoid their question by silence, stoop'd down, and made as if he wrote something on the ground, without answering a word. But the men continuing to press this question to him, he rais’d himself, and told them, that he that was without sin ought to throw the firstStone at her: in which he obscurely intimated, that since the Romans had depriv'd them of the Power of putting the Law of Moses in execution, they ought to be more indulgent, and allow her a space to repent; especially considering that if God should infict on Sinners the Punishments they have deserv'd without delay, all: Mankind must be cut off: Which consideration ought to make men less fevere in their dealings towards one another, and not to do that to others which they



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9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last : and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

19 When Jesus had lift up himself, and law pone but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those chine accusers ? hath no man condemned thee?

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee : Go, and sin no more.

12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the lighc of the world: he that followeth me, shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

would not have God to do to them, and that as they themselves desired time to repent, they would allow the same Indulgence to the Guilty., Fefus having given this answer, stoop'd again, and began to write upon the groand, as if he was thinking of somewhat elfe. The men having beard what Jefus faid, being conscious to themfelves of many Crimes, sneak’d off one by one, the eldest' first, and then the others, so that he remain d'alone with the Woman ftanding before him.

Then lifting himself up, and seeing none with him but the woman, he ask'd her what was become of her Accusers, and whether any one had condemn'd hes to any sort of Punilhment.

The Woman replied, that her Accusers were all gone off, while he was writing on the ground; and that she had not bin condemn'd by any one. Then said he, neither do I adjudg thee to any Punishment; go thy way, and for the future také care not to be guilty of the like Sin.

Jefus afterwards thus address'd himself to the Multitude that fock'd about hi : I am a Light sent to guide Mankind, that wanders in the darkness of Ignorance : Whoever will become my Disciple, shall have these Mists. dispelid, and be shown the way that leads to Life eternal. The Pharisees hearing this, interrupted him,







13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thy felf; thy record is nor true.

14 Jesus answered and faid unco chein, Tho I bear record of my self, yet my record is crue: for I know whence I came, and whicher I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

15 Ye judg after the flesh, I judg no man.

16 And yet if I judg, my judgment is true : för I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

17 It is also written in your law, that the ceftimony of two men is true.

18 I am one that bear wicness of my self, and the Father that senc me, beareth witness


of me.

19 Then said they unco him, where is thy Father?

faying, that he bore witness to himself, a Testimony on which no body could rely; and that perhaps he was blinded with Self-love. Jesus thus replied to their Objection: The Testimony 1 bear to my felf is worthy to be relied on, and you need not fear my judging otherwise than becomes me, out of a principle of Vanity or Self-love; for I know who it is that has fent me, and to whom I must return after I have executed my Office here ; both which are as yet unknown to you. You pass your censure on me from my outward appearance, which makes you think I am not to be credited. The judgment I make results from the consideration of mens Words and Adicns, and the affections of the Mind. By the Laws that Moses gave you, the concurring testimony of two Witnesses ought to be credited : In this case you have two witnesses, and the judgment I make concerning my self is conform'd to you by the Miracles my Father has enabled me to perform among you. And thus it is that you give credit to the Prophets, namely, by perceiving their Commission feald with the Miracles God has given them the Power to perform, whole Authority is above all exceptian.

The Pharifees then ask'd him where his Father was, not perceiving that it was God whom he had to callid. Then Gaid Few : You neither know me, nor bim


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