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II And it came
pass the day after, that
he went inco a cicy
called Naim ; and many
of his disciples went
with him, and much peo-

12 Now.when he came
nigh to the gate of the
city, behold, there was a
dead man carried out,
the only son of his mo-
cher, and she was a wi-
dow : 'and much people
of the city was with

13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and laid unto her, Weep not.

14 And he came and touched the bier, and they char bare him siood still) and he said, Young man, I say unto chce, Arise.

15 And he that was dead, sat up, and began to speak ; and he delivered him to his mother.

The next day he went to Naim another City of Galilee, being attended by a great many of his Disciples and a Multitude of other people

. At his entrance into the Town they met a Funeral: The Deceased was the only Son of a Widow of that place, and the Corps was follow'd by a great many of the Citizens. Jesus taking notice of the Widow's Tears, and compassionating her Misery, bid her be of good comfort ; and immediately approaching the Bier, he took hold of it, upon which they that carried it stopd. Then Jesus with a loud Voice bid the Youth arife, who immediately obey'd the Divine Summons, rais d himself, and began to speak. Thus Jesus rescued this dead Person from the Grave, and restor'd him to his







16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us ; and, That God hath visited his people.

17 And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the region round about.

18 And the disciples of John Chewed him of all these things.

19 And John calling unto him two of his difciples, sent them unto Jesus,

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Mother. All that saw the Miracle were struck with a religious Terror, and gave thanks to God for having sent fo great a Prophet to them, and for manifesting his Care and Protection of the People, whom he had chofe by this and many other Miracles that Jesus wrought among them. The Fame of this Miracle, by which was fulfillid that Prophecy of Jesus, that the Dead should shortly hear his Voice, was spread throughout Judaa and all the neighbouring Country.

C H A P. XXIV. John being in prison sends two of his Disciples to Jesus to inquire of

him who he was, to whom Jesus demonstrates himself to be the Merfiali, not by Words, but by his Miracles : Afterwards he reproves the unbelieving Jews, and invites al to become his Disciples.


HE Disciples of Folan the Baptist, who, as we have related, was imprison'd

at Macherus, acquainted him with the Miracles Jelves wrought, and the Doctrine lie deliver’d. John, who knew him to be the Meffiab by a Revelation from Heaven, wonder'd there had not been a greater Change in the Affairs of the Fewish Nation, since Fesus had entred upon his Ministry above a Twelvemonth. He called therefore two of his Disciples to him, and sent them to Jesus to inquire


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3 And said unro him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

saying, Art chou he chat should come, or look we for another?

20 When che men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto chee, saying, Art chou he that should come, or look we for another?

21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities, and plagues, and of evil spirits ; and unto many that were blind he gave fight.

22 Then Jesus answering, said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have Teen and heard,

how that the blind see, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor

4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and New John again those things which ye do hear and fee :

s The blind receive their fight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleanfed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up,

of him, as sent by him, whether he was not that Person that was to come (not daring publickly to call him Meffiab or King, lest by expresiing himself too plainly he might irritate the Romans, as also the unbelieving Jews) or whether they were to expect another ? They immediately obey’d, and repair'd to Jesus according to the Instructions they receiv'd from foon.

It happen'd that when these Disciples came to Jesus, he was imploy'd in publishing his Gospel, restoring Health to the Sick troubled with divers Infirmities, casting the evil Spirits out of many human Bodies, and restoring Sight to the Blind.

Jesus answer'd them therefore to this purpose : Return to your Master, and tell him, I have given you no direct Answer to his Question, but have ordered you to relate unto him what you have seen me do, and heard me teach. Now the Blind (as you perceive) thro‘my means recover their Sight, the Lame are cur’d of their Infirmity, the Lepers are cleans'd, the Deaf hear, the Dead are restor'd








and the poor have the gospel preached to them. .

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

7 And as they departed, Jerus began to lay unto the mulcirudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to fee? A recd shaken with the wind ?

the gospel is preach-

23 And blessed is he
whosoever shall not be
offended in me.

24 And when the mefsengers of John were deparced, he began to speak unto the people concerne: John, What went ye ouc into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with che wind ?

25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment ? behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings courts.

8 Eur what wene ye out for to see ? A man clothed in fufc raiment ? behold, they that wear Toft cloching are in kings houses.

to Life, and the Poor have the Laws and Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven promulgʻd to them ; and blessed, said he, Niall all they be that are not alienated from me by reason of my external Appearance. By which words he insinuated that John ought not to have a less Opinion of him for not performing those Exploits which the Femos generally expected from the Meffiah. This was all the Reply that Jesus made them, as thinking it not convenient to make a publick Declaration of his being the Mediah, leaving that Truth to be collected from his Doctrine and Miracles, to which argument he referred John : for such an open Profession would have added no weight to it, and might cause an Insurrection among the Jews, who were very much gall’d with the Roman Yoke, and therefore desirous of á Revolution, and expected their Meffiah should reign over them like a glorious Conqueror, after having freed them from the Tyranny of the Romans,

The Disciples of Jo'm having left Jefus, he began to discourse to the People concerning To!n. What was the reafon, said he, you went into the Desert where John liv'd before he was cast into prífon? Did you go to fee Reeds shaken with the Wind, or John ? him without doubt. But what was there fo remarkable in John ? Did you expect to find a Courtier, and one conspicuous for his rich Apparel? His Raiment çon know was as mean as pollible, and fuch gaudy Perfors were to be fien daily in the Courts of Herod and Philip. In which words Jefus intimated, tho obfcurely, that the Reign of the Merah lhould be no ways like any terrestrial Reign, fince Jolm, who was the Forerunner of him, did not in the least resemble any of the Courtiers of the Tetrarch of Galilee or Trachonitás. Eut (continued


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he) what was it you were thus earnest to see in the Deserts where John lived ? You expected, no doubt, to find a Prophet, and truly I esteem him greater than a Prophet, since 'tis concerning this Person that God says in Malachi, Behold, I will send my Messenger, and be shall prepare the way before me, ch. 3. I. Now take notice that there never was a greater Prophet than Fonn the Baptift: for he has had clearer Revelations concerning the Meffiah than all of them, and he it is who was imploy'd in promulging the Laws of the approaching Reign of the, which were almost wholly unknown before ; and yet the meanelt Person that shall become a Member of my Church {hall excel him in this particular. From the time that John the Baptist began to exhort you to Repentance, the Kingdom of the Meffah has as it were been seiz'd on by Men, whom you look upon as unjust and violent, the Tax-gatherers for instance, and others of that stamp, who have chearfully submitted to mine and John's Baptism.

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