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and the father and the mother

of che maiden. and faw 38 * and secch the people and the the tumult, and them minstrels making a that wept and wailed 52 And all wept noise, greatly.

and bewailed her: 39 And when he

was come in, he faith 24 He said unto unto them, Why make

but them, Give place, ye this ado, and weep? he said, Weep not; for the maid is not the damsel is not dead, she is not dead, but dead, but sleepeth.

bur sleepech. sleepech. And they laugh 40 And they laugh 53 And they laugh ed him to scorn. ed him to scorn: ed him to scorn,


that she was dead. 25 But when the

bur when he

54. And he put them people were put forth, had put them all out, all out,

he takech the father and the mother of the damsel, and

them that were with 'he went in,

him, and entrech in
where the damsel was

and took her by the 41 And he took the

and took hand,

damsel by the hand, her by the hand, and
Band said unto her, called, saying, Maid,

Talitha cumi, which arise.
is, being interpreted,

Damsel (I say unto
thee) arise.

together with the Parents of the deceased. Being entred, he found the Mourners and Pipers, with other Preparations for the Funeral, ready, according to the manner of the Feros. Jesus therefore told them they need not make such a Tumult, nor be fo much concernd for their suppos'd Loss, for that the Maid was only asleep, that she Thould quickly be wak'd out of it, and that she should not die this time : But they began to jeer him, well knowing that she was really dead. Nevertheless, Fefuss bid 'em all depart out of the Room in which the Girl lay, except her Parents : then taking her by the hand, Maid, said he, arise. The words were no sooner pronounc'd, Dd









it: *

55 And her fpirit

came again, and the 42. And siraightway

and she maid arose.

che damsel arose, arose straightway:

and walked;
for the was of the
age of cwelve years :
* and com-

and he com-
manded that some manded to give her
thing should be given mear.
her to ear.

* And they 56 And her pa-
were astonished with rents were astonish-
a great astonishment.

43 And he charg but he charged ed them straitly, that them that they should no man should know tell no man what was

done. 26 And the fame thereof went abroad into all that land.

27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. 28 And when he

come into the house, the blind men came to him: and but her Soul return'd unto her, and the immediately got up, being about twelve years old. Then Jesus, to demonstrate that this was no magical līlusion, and to convince them that she was perfe&ly recover'd, order'd 'em to give her something to eat. The Parents could not but look upon this Miracle with the greatest admiration; and were so filld with joy for the miraculous Favour bestowed on them, that they would have spread the Rumor of it far and near, if Jesus had not exprelly charged them not to divulge it, left it should occasion a too numerous Resort of men unto him.

Nevertheless, the Fame of it went through all the Country, from which many infer'd that he was the Mefiah. Being now upon his return home, there followed him two blind men to the House where he lodg'd, crying all the way they went, O Son of David, have mercy on us. Jesus therefore ask'd them whether they had




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Jesus saith unto them, Believe
ye that I am able to do this?
They said unto him, Yea,

29 Then couched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, Sec that no man know it.

31 But they, when they were departed, fpread abroad his fame in all that country,

32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man poffessed with a devil.

33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake : and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Ifrael.

34 But the Pharisees said, He cafteth out, devils through the prince of the devils.

such a great Idea of the Power wherewith he was invested by God, as to be persuaded he was able to restore them to their sight. They replied, they were firmly persuaded that he was able. Fesus therefore touchd their Eyes, and told them he was willing they should be cur'd, since they had this just notion of the divine Power by which he acted: Upon which they both immediately recovered. Jesus forbid them to publish this so great a Miracle for the reason before mention d, and particularly because they 'bad ftifd him the Mefiah. But they, as soon as they were out of his fight, could not refrain themselves, as thinking it injurious to their Benefactor not to divulge what was so very much to his honour.

Shortly after there was brought to Jesus a man poffeffed with an evil Spirit, which had depriv'd him of the use of bis Speech. Fefus taking pity of him, commanded the Demon to depart out of him, who instantly obeyed, and the man began to speak. Now this fort of Demon being the most difficult of all to be calt out, the Multitude wonder'd that it should obey the very first Summons, affirming they had never seen the like. But the Pharisees, who were bitter Enemies to Jesus, endeavour'd to persuade the People that he cast out the evil Spirits by an Authority deriv'd from the Prince of them ; that therefore he was a Magician, and not a Prophet.

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C H A P,




CHA P. XIII. CH A P. VI. 54. i

ND he went was come into his own

from thence, country,

and came into his
own country, and his
disciples follow him.

2 And when the

fabbath-day was come,

he caught he began to teach in them in their syna. the synagogue : and gogue, insomuch that many hearing bim they were astonished, were astonished, say-and said, whence ing, From whence hach this man this hath chis man these wisdom, and these things ? and what mighty, works? wisdom is this which

is given unto him,
that even such migh-

ty works

are wrought by his hands ?


Jesus goes to Nazareth, and by reason of his mean Condition is not

esteemed by his Countrymen as a Prophet. He takes a progress into the Country, and teaches in every Town he passes through. He furnishes his Apofiles with Instructions for propagating the Gospel, who having received their Commission, set forward on their Journey.

ago, but ftaid a very little while there, his Countrymen having design'd to throw him down headlong from the Mouutain, as we have related chap. 14. so far were they from embracing his Doctrine : But their Anger being appeas'd by Time, and he having acquir’d a greater Reputation by the many Miracles he wrought after he left them, he hop'd to find them in a better disposition to receive the Truth.

Accordingly he went to Nazareth, together with his. Apostles, and on the Sabbath-day discours'd before the People in the Synagogue concerning the Laws and Promises of the Kingdom of Heaven. Many of his Hearers wonder'd how it was possible for him to speak with so much Eloquence, and perform so many Miracles as they had been credibly inform’d of. They ask'd one another therefore





C H A P. VI. 55 Is not this the

3 Is not this the carpenters fon? Is not carpenter, the son of his mother called Ma- Mary, che brother of ry? and his brethren, James and Joses, and James, and Joses, and Juda, and Šimon ? Simon, and Judas?

56 And his sisters, and are not his sisters are they not all with us? here with us ? whence then hath this man all these things?

57 And they were And they were offended in him. offended at him.

But Jesus said 4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet unto them, A prois not without honour, pher is not without save in his own coun- honour, but in his try, and in his own own country,

and house.

among his own kin,

and in his own house. 58 And he did not 5 And he could many mighty works there do no mighty there,


fave that he laid his hands upon a few fick folk, and healed them.

6 And he marvelled because of because of their untheir unbelief.


whether he were not the Son of Joseph the Carpenter, and bred up among them to the same Trade ; whether his Mother's name was not Mary; and whether his Relations James, Foses, Simon, and Jude, Sons of another Mary, and their Sisters were not all still Inhabitants of Nazareth? How then, said they, can a man of so mean Parentage, who has dwelt so long among us at Nazareth, acquire fo great Learning? Therefore none of the Nazarenes would believe on him ; for which reason Jesus applied this proverbial saying, A Prophet is no where less esteemed than among his own Countrymen, to them, as he had done the last time he was among them, and for which they were so emrag'd against him. These men therefore not being induc'd to believe on him by the Relation of the many Miracles wrought by him, he had no opportunity of performing any among them, which he was wont to do only in favour of Believers. Nevertheless he cur'd a few fick People that were brought to him, by laying his Hands on them, but did no other Miracle among them by reason of their amazing Obstinacy, who had nothing to object against him but the meanness of his Family.


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