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19 Go ye and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the

20 holy spirit*; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, to the end of the aget-"

• As a symbolieal profession of that holy religion, which originated with the Father, Was taught by Christ, the son (that is, the servant and messenger of God) and confinned by the gifts of the holy spirit. Some have ealled in qucstion the genuineness of t this verse, but without sufficicnt authority. It is, however, evident that it was not intended to prescribe an invariable formula in the administration of baptism, for the apostles themselves baptized simply into the name of Jesus. See Acts vifi. 16; xix. 5; K. 48. That the holy spirit is here named in connexion with the Father and the Son, is no proof that the spirit has a distinct personal existenee. Sce Acts xx. 32; Eph. vi. 10. Much less can this phraseology be alleged as an argument that the three names express thrce divine and equal persons. Sce l Chron. xxix. 20. Some would render the passage, upon, or conrrrning, the name, etc. that is, receiving them to instruetion upon these subjects. See Cappe's Dissertations.

t To the end of the age, i. e. to the end of the Jewish dispensation; till the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple;—soon after which miraculous powers were withdrawn, and no personal appearances of Jesus Christ are recorded. See Bp. Pearce, Wakefield, etc.

The postscripts to Matthew's History are various, and of little authority, viz. *The end of Matthew's gospel: which was written by him at Jerusalem [or in Palestine] in the Hebrew language, eight year s after Christ's aseension, and was translated by James, the Lord's brother.''





1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God*.

2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiaht, " Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who will prepare thy wayf:

3 The voice of one crying in the desert,' Prepare ye the way

4 of the Lord, make his paths straightJohn, accordingly^ baptized in the desert, and proclaimed*! the baptism of re

5 pentance, for the remission of sins. And all the region of Judea, and all they of Jerusalem, went out unto him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing

6 their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a leathern girdle about his loins; and he ate lo

7 custs and wild honey. And he proclaimedtt, saying, " One mightier than I cometh after me; the latchet of whose

8 sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he will baptize you with the holy spirit."

9 And it came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in Jor

• Or, of Jerns Christ, a son of God.

t" in the prophets," R. T. If * Isaiah" is the truc reading, Ahp. Neweomc observes that the remainder of the verse must be an early interpolation from Malachi iii. s.

J "before thce," R. T. and N. These words are omitted in Gricsbach's second edition.

[ Sec Waki field. f N. m. preached, N. t. It N. m. preached, w. t.

10 dan. And immediately going up out of the water, he saw the heavens rent, and the spirit, as a dove, descend

11 ing upon him. And a voice came from heaven, sayingi "Thou art my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased."

12 And immediately the spirit sendeth him forth into the

13 desert: and he was tempted by Satan forty days*; and was with the wild beasts: and the angels ministered unto him.

14 Now after John had been delivered up to prison, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaimingt the glad tidings [of the

15 kingdom] of God, [and] saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of Goddraweth near: repent, and believe the gospel."

16 Now as he walked by the lake of Galilee, he saw Simon, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake: for

17 they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, "Come

18 after me, and I will make you to be fishers of men." And immediately they left [their] nets, and followed him.

19 And he went on a little further thence, and saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were

20 in a ship mendingf their nets. And immediately he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after Jesus.

51 And they enter into Capernaum; and immediately on

22 the sabbath he taught in the synagogue. And thefieoflle were amazed at his doctrine : for he taught them as hav

23 ing authority, and not as the scribes. And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit)/; and he

24 cried out, saying, "Ah! what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I

25 know who thou art, the holy One of God." And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him."

• i. e. he was exposed to various trials for the diseipline of his mind. See note on Matt. ir.

+ N. m. preaching, N. t. t preparing, N. II an insane parson. 26 And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him, and had

27 cried with a loud voice, he come out of the man. And all were astonished, so that they reasoned among themselves, saying, " What is this ? what new doctrine is this? for with authority he commandeth even the unclean

28 spirits, and they obey him." And immediately his fame went forth through all the country about Galilee.

29 And they immediately went out of the synagogue, and went with James and John into the house of Simon

30 and Andrew. Now the mother of Simon's wife lay sick 31 of a fever; and immediately they tell him of her. And he came near and took her by the hand, and raised her up: and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

32 Now when evening was come, and the sun was set, they brought unto him all that were sick, and those

33 that had demons. And all the city was gathered to

34 gether at the door. And he cured many that were sick of various diseases, and cast out many demons: and suffered not the demons to say that* they knew him.

35 And in the morning he rose up, while much of the night remained, and went out, and departed into a desert place,

36 and prayed there. And Simon, and those that were with

37 Simon, followed after him. And when they had found

38 him, they say unto him, "All men seek thee." And he saith unto them. " Let us go into the neighbouring towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore I am come

39 forth." And he preached in their synagogues, throughout all Galilee; and cast out demons.

40 And a leper cometh to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying to him, "If thou wilt,

41 thou canst make me clean." And Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched forth his hand, and touched him,

42 and saith to him, "I will; be thou made clean." And

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when he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed

43 from the man, and he was made clean. And Jesus strictly charged him, and immediately sent him away; and

44 saith unto him, "See thou tell no man any thing: but go, show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded; for a testimony

45 unto them." But he went forth, and began to publish much, and to spread abroad the matter; so that Jesus could no more openly enter * into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from all parts.

Ch. Ii. And he entered again into Capernaum, after some

2 days; and it was known that he was in a house. And immediately many were gathered together; so that not even the parts about the door could any longer contain them : and he preached the word unto them.

3 And they come to him, bringing one sick of the palsy,

4 who was carried by four. And when they could not come near him because of the multitude, they uncovered the roof t where he was : and when they had broken it up, they let down the couch on which the sick of the

5 palsy lay. Now when Jesus saw their faith, he saith to the sick of the palsy, "Son, thy sins are forgiven thee."

6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, and reasoning

7 thus in their hearts," Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins, but one; that is, God?"

8 And when Jesus immediately perceived in his spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, he said unto them,

9 "Why reason ye so in your hearts? Which is easier? to say unto the sick of the palsy, 'Thy sins are forgiven thee ? i or to say, 'Arise, take up thy couch, and walk?'

10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)

11 I say unto thee, 'Arise, take up thy couch, and go to

• Or, would not for a time enter openly. Sec ch. ii. 1. t Or, removed the covering.

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