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I. Bout this time it hapned that Jesus walked through the Cornfields on the Sabbath day with his Disciples: And as they were going, the Disciples being hungry, and knowing what they were * permitted by the Law in such case to do, plucked the Ears of Corn, and rubbing out the Corn with their Hands, began to eat it. 2. But the Pharisees, who watched all Occasions of reproaching them, observing that it was the Sabbath day when they did this, said to Jesus ; See you not how your Disciples break the Sabbath P Why do you not then reprove them?

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sus went on the Sabbath-day through the corn, and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of of corn, and to eat.

' 2. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath-day.

* When thou comes into the standing Corn of thy neighbours, them thou maist pluck the ears with thine hand, Deut. 23.25.

3 But he said unthem, Have ye not read what David did when he was an hungred, and they that were with him,

4 How he entred into the house of God, and did eat the shew-bread , which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests 2

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5. Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbathdays the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless P

6 But I say unto you,that in this place is one greater then the temple.

7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath-day.

9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue.

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9. " On “ another Sabbath-day Jesus entered into the Synagogue; and then there offered it self an occasion of confirming the same Doctrine by a Miracle in the Synagogue, which

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he had before preached in the Fields. Io. For there happened to be in the Synagogue a Man having a withered Hand 5 and the Jews still watching for somewhat whereof they might accuse Jesus, observed him and † asked whether he would think it lawful to heal the Man on the Sabbathday. 11. But Jesus said to them, Who is there among you so strićt and scrupulous an Observer of the Sabbath, as that if but a Beast of his should by any Accident come in danger of its Life, or of any great Mischief, he would not imme. diately relieve it, though it were the Sabbath-day? 12. If then the fear of the loss of a Beast, be accounted by you a sufficient Excuse for breaking the , Sabbath ; how much more

10 * And behold, there was a man which had his hand withered: and they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath-days 2 that they might accuse him.

11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you,that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath-day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out 2

12 How much then is a man better then a sheep? where fore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath-days.

t By their Jax, iTool, their mutterings one to another,

Luke 6.8.

13 Then

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