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5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the 'poor have the Gospel preached to them. and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

e Isa. xxix. 18: In that day, shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity; and out of darkness. do. xxxv. 4–6: Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense, he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shåll be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing. do. xlii. 7: To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house. John, ii. 23: Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast-day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. do. iii. 2: The same [Nicodemus] came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. do. v. 36: But I have greater witness than that of. John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. do. x. 25, 37, 38: Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye

believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works : that ye may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in him. do. xiv, 11: Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very work's sake.

f Ps. xxii. 26: The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him; your heart shall live for Isa. Ixi. 1: The Spirit of the Lord God is

be

upon me, cause the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek, he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted. do. lxvi. 2: To this man will I look, even to him that is

poor, of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. Luke, iv. 18: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, JAMES, ii. 5: Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this

ever.

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6 And blessed! is he, whosoever shall not be % offended in me.

7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the "multitudes concerning John, What

happy. Ma.

world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom, which he hath promised to them that love him?

$ Isa. viii. 14, 15: And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. Mat. xiii. 57 : And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. do. xxiv. 10: And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. do. xxvi. 31: Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night : for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. Rom. ix. 32, 33 : Wherefore ? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law: for they stumbled at that stumbling-stone; as it is written, Behold, I ay in Sion a stumbling-stone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 1 Cor. i. 22, 23 : For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after visdom : but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness. do. ii. 14: But he natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: or they are foolishness unto him ; neither can he know them, ecause they are spiritually discerned. Gal. v. 11: And I, rethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer perecution ? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 1 Pet. ii. ,8: Unto you therefore who believe, he is precious; but unto nem which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disalwwed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of umbling and a rock of offence.

Luke, viï. 24, 30: And when the messengers of John were eparted, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, That went ye out into the wilderness for to see ? A reed shaken ith the wind? But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the unsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. bun, v. 35. He was a burning and a shining light: and ye ere willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

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

8 But what went ye out for to see ? A man clothed in soft raiment ? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

9 But what went ye out for to see ? A prophet? yea,

I

say unto you, and more than a prophet.

10 For this is he, of whom it is written, "Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a "greater than John the Baptist : notwithstand

* greater prophet. We. tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. James, i. 6: But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed.

Mat.xiv.5: They counted him as a prophet. do. xxi. 26: All hold John as a prophet. Luke,i. 76: Thou child shall be called the Prophet of the Highest. do. xx. 6: If we say, Of men; all the people will stone us : for they be persuaded that John was a prophet.

LUKE, vii. 26 : Much more than a prophet. m Isa. xl. 3: The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Mal. iii. 1: Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me. MARK, i. 2; As it is written in the Prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. LUKE, i. 17: And he shall go before him in the spirit and power

of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. do. vii. 27: This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

n Luke, i. 15: He shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. John, v. 35: He was a burning and a shining light.

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ing 'he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is

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12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violents take it by force.

13'' For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.

14 And if ye will receive it, this is 'Elias, which was for to come.

15 'He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 'as yet. Hammond.is gotten by force. A.V. they who strive with all their might. We, they that thrust men. A. V. 6 seize it with eagerness. Doddridge. him. We. John, i. 15, 27: John bare witness of him, and cried,

saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me, is preferred before me; for he was before me. He it is who coming after me, is preferred before me, whose shoes' latchet I am not worthy to unloose. do. iii. 30: He must increase, but I must decrease.

° LUKE, xvi. 16: the Law and the Prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

9 Eph. vi. 11-13: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalidies, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

'MAL. iv. 5, 6: Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet efore the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD; and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and he heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite Ele earth with a curse.

MAL. iv. 5, 6: The words under ver. 13. Mat, xvii. 13: hen the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John e Baptist. Mark, ix. 11: Why say the Scribes that Elias ust first come. Luke, i. 17: The words under ver 10,

Mat. xiii. 9: Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Luke, i. 8: And others fell on good ground, and sprang up, and re fruit an hundred-fold. And when he had said these ngs, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Ev. ii. 7, 11, 17, 29: He that hath an ear, let him hear what Spirit saith unto the churches,

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16 ( But whereunto shall I 'liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, 17 And saying, We have piped unto you,

and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye

have not lamented. 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He hath a devil.

19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, "a friend 8 of Publicans and sinners. But 'wisdom is justified of her children.

20 q 'Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not :

21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, ? Bethsaida ; for if the mighty works, which were

8 companion. Co. 9 reproach. Pu. u Luke, vii. 31, 32: And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation ? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the market-place, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you,

and

ye have not wept.

Mat. x. 25. John, vii. 20 : The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil.

w.Mat. ix. 10: And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many Publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. LUKE, xv. 2: And the Pharisees and Scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. do. xix." 7: And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

* Ps. xcii. 5, 6: O LORD, how great are thy works ! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not: neither doth a fool understand this. PRO. xvii. 24: Wisdom is before him that hath understanding, but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. Luke, vii. 35: But wisdom is justified of all her children.

» LUKE, X. 13, &c: Woe unto thee Chorazin, &c. as in ver. 21.

John, xii. 21 : The same came therefore to Philip, which

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