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of many in Israel ; and for a sign which shall be spoken against ; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Think not that nothing shall follow upon the birth of this Divine Child, but welfare, and glory, and advancement to all men; and especially to Israel : but know, that, as he shall work the happi. ness of many, so he shall be the occasion of the fall of many also; yea, as his mercy shall save those that are the true sons of Israel, so his justice shall reject and condemn the wicked and unbelievers. Neither look, that he shall be applauded of all; yea, rather, he shall be us a common mark, whereat the arrows of contumely and reproach shall be generally shot, through the world ; and his name and religion shall be sure to receive opposition and contradiction, every where : and thereby men shall be tried ; and occasion shall be given them, to shew, either the truth or falsehood of their hearts, towards his name and profession. And thou, o Blessed Virgin, howsoever thou shalt find just cause of unspeakable joy in such a Son, yet thou shalt not be without many sorrous and heart-breakings, for those things which shall befal him, and those great indignities and hard measures which shall be offered unto him.

II. 36, 37 And had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. After the time of her virginity, she had lived seven years in wedlock with her husband; and bad, from the decease of her bus. band, continued a widow for the space of about fourscore and four years : and she spent her time, most-what, in ber devotions, and attendance upon God's public services in the temple ; giving herself to religious and pious exercises, of fasting and prayer, continually, upon all occasions.

II. 38 And spake of hiin to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem, And spake of him to all them, which looked for the coming of the Messiah, for the redemption of Israel.

II. 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in Spirit, filled with wisdom : and the grace of God was upon him. And Jesus, the Son of God, who had taken upon him the condition of our humanity, did accordingly subject himself to the infirmities and growths thereof: as, therefore, he would grow in stature of body, so also, in respect of bis human soul, he grew and increased in the qualities and graces thereof, in wisdom and knowledge; so as, according to the proportion of his age, the free gifts of the Spirit were augmented in and upon him.

II. 49 [l'ist ye not that I must be about my Father's business ? Did ye not know and consider, that, howsoever I am ready to give all due respects to thee, as my mother, according to the flesh, and to Joseph, as my reputed father, yet that I have another Father, even the great and glorious God of Heaven, whose bu

siness I must go about ; and if, in comparison of his services, I do seem to neglect you, it is not for you to think much of it.

II. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. See verse 40.

III. 2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. Under the high-priesthood, both of Anuas the father-in-law to Caiaphas, and of Caiaphasson-in-law to Annas, ruling successively; so as John preached in the several years, wherein they succeeded in government to each other.

Ill. 4 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. See Isaiah xl. 3.

III. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every &c. See Isa. xl. 4.

III. 7 O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? See Matthew iii. 7.

III. 8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and and begin not to say within yourselves, we have Abrahani to our father : for I say unto you, That Goil is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. See Matthew ji. 8, 9.

III. 9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore &c. See Matthew jii. 10.

III. 11 He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none ; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Be ye so charitably affected, as that ye can be well contented to part with whatsoever is superfluous to you, for the relief of the necessity of those that want.

III. 13 Exact no more than that which is appointed you. Do not grate on the subject, in exacting more tribute and larger fees, than the law hath appointed for you.

III. 16 I indeed baptize you with water ; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose : &c. See Matthew jjj. 11.

III. 17 IV hose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge kis floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; &c. See Matthew jii. 12.

III. 22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, &c. See Matthew jii, 16,

III. 23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, &c. And Jesus bimself was now entering into the thirtieth year of his age; being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, but indeed the Son of the Only True God, who gave flesh unto him, by the mi. raculous power of bis Spirit, of the substance of the Virgin Mary ; which Mary was the espoused wife of Joseph ; and her natural father was Heli, the father-in-law to Joseph; which Heli was the natural son of Matthat, &c.

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IV. 1 And was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. See Matt. iv. 1.

IV. 4 It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. See Matthew iv. 4.

IV. 14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee : and there went out a fame of him &c. And Jesus, who, in all his motions and actions, was directed and led by the Holy Spirit, returned, by the power of the same Spirit, into Galilee, after his baptism.

ÍV. 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, &c. See Isaiah lxi. 1.

IV. 23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself : whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. Ye are ready to take up this proverb against me, Physician, heal thyself: Sir, begin with your own, ere you look to the winning of others with your miracles : you have done wonders in Capernaum, why do ye not gratify your own country rather, with your miraculous works?

IV. 30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way. But he, by his Divine Power restraining their violence, and delivering himself from their hands, went away from them.

V. 8 When Simon l'eter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me ; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. · () Lord, I am not worthy to have the honour of thy presence in

this ship of mine ; for I am a sinful man, and therefore depart thou away from me.

V. 10 From henceforth thou shalt catch men. See Matt. iv. 19.

V. 24 But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power &c. See Matthew ix. 6.

V. 27 Sitting at the receipt of custom. See Matthew is. 9.

V. 32 I came not to call ihe righteous, but sinners to repentance, See Matthew ix. 13.

V. 34 Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? See Matthew ix. 15.

V. 36, 37 No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old ; &c. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles ; &c. See Matthew ix. 16, 17.

VI. 9 Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? Surely, the very not doing of good, when we may, is evil: to forbear the giving cure to this distressed man, would come justly under this taxation. Tell me therefore, whether is it lawful to do good on the sabbath day by healing this man, or evil by refusing to heal him? &c.

. VI. 20 Blessed are ye poor : for your's is the kingdom of God. See Matthew v. 3.

VI. 25 Woe be unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe be to you, that pamper yourselves with plenty of all earthly delicates ; feasting yourselves without fear! for the time shall come, wherein ye shall be held short of all worldly comforts, and be pinched with extremity of want.

VI. 29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him &c. See Matthew v. 39.

VI. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned : &c. See Matthew vii. 1.

VII. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, &c. See Matthew viii. 9.

VII. 9 I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. See Matthew viii. 10.

VII. 20 Art thou he, or shall we look for another ? See Matth. xi. 3.

VII. 24, 25 What went ye out into the wilderness for to see ? A rced shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see, &c. ? See Matthew xi. 7, 8, 9.

VII. 28 Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist : &c. See Matthew xi. 11.

VII. 31—35 Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, &c. For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine ; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of Man is come eating and drinking ; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, &c. But wisdom is justified of all her children. See Matthew xi. 16-19.

VII. 37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, &c. And behold, a woman in the city, who was noted for an infamous offender, hearing, &c. · VII. 47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which ure many, are forgiven ; for she loved much : but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. She finds, that her sins are many, and that those her many sins are, upon her repentance, forgiven to her ; and, in the sense of that mercy from me her Saviour, she loveth much. · VII. 50 Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

That faith of thine, which hath moved thee to have recourse unto me for mercy and forgiveness, hath delivered thee from the danger of all thy sins, and put thee into the state of salvation. Go now away, in the peace of a good conscience ; and be comforted in God, who hath remitted thee.

VIII. 2. Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils. Mary, called Magdalene, who had been possessed with many devils, which were ejected by his power.

VIII. 3 And many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. And other faithful Matrons, who, in a thankful acknowledgment of Christ's mercy to them, according to the visual manner of those countries, attended him in his journey; and, being wealthy, mi. nistered to him of their substance,

VIII. 16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but &c. See Matt. v. 15.

VIII. 17 Nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest ; neither any thing hid, &c. See Matthew x: 26.

VIII. 21 Nly mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it. See Matthew xii. 49, 50.

VIII. 46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me : for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. What speakest thou of a mere bodily touch? I know many do thus touch me, without any sensible effect; but now I feel a touch of faith, which hath so wrought upon me, as to fetch virtue from me,

VIII. 52 He said, N'eep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. See Matthew is. 24.

IX. 5 Shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. See Matthew x. 14.

IX. 27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God. See Matthew xvi. 28.

IX. 33 Master, it is good for us to be here : and let us make three tabernacles; &c. See Matthew xvij. 4.

IX. 41 O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you ? &c. See Matthew xvij. 17.

IX. 50 for he that is not against us is with us. See Mark ix. 39,

IX. 51. When the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem. When the time of his suitering drew near, he put on firm resolutions, notwithstanding all the malice and practices of his enemies, to go up to Jerusalem.

IX. 53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And they of that Samaritan village, professing to bear a great batred to the Jews, refused to lodge him and bis; because they saw great reason to think they were Jews, and that their errand was to go up to Jerusalem,

IX. 55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. Ye do not well consider, whence this so uncharitable motion comes ; from what temper, from what spirit: surely not from the spirit of meekness, which would best become you ; but from a fiery and furious spirit of rash and misgoverned zeal, which transporteth you.

IX. 58 Fores have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man &c. See Matthew viii. 20.

IX. 60 Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the. kingdom of God. See Matthew viii. 22.

IX. 62 No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. If thou do once put tby hand to this husbandry of God, it is not

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