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MATTHEW. MARK,

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John. CHA P. VIII. 46 Which of you convincech me of fin ? And it I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

47. He that is of God, hear., eth Gods words : ye therefore hear them not, because ye are nor of God.

48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we noc well that thou art a Samarican, and hast a devil ?

49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil ; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.

So And I seek nor mine own glory : there is one that seekech and judgech.

51 Verily verily I say unto you, If a man keep my laying, he shall never see death.

52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham

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Is there any one of you that can demonstrate, I have not receiv'd my Commission from God ? No, not one: and therefore you have no just reason to distrust me. Every one that loves God, and owns him for his Father, will most chearfully hearken to his Doctrin; and the true reason why you will not listen to me, is because you do not respect God as your Father, by your Obedience to him.

Some of the Jews, exasperated with this Speech of Jesus, told him, that they could easily infer from bis Discourses that he was not undeservedly call'd a Samiritan, or an Enemy to the Jewish Nation, and that he proclaim'd himself to be possessed with an evil Spirit by thus reviling the People of God., Jesus said, I am not pol

fefs’d with an evil Spirit, but diligently. wey my Father's Will; yet you Night. : what I say to you, and for that reason make this attempt to defame me. . 'Tis

not out of a desire of Reputation that I speak to you, neither is it your Opinion that I value, but the pleasure of God himself, that they to whom Í am sent by: him Should receive me as hiş Ambassador; and they shall be most severely panishd who act contrary to the Wilt of God in this particular. Every one that believes my Sayings shall not dy for ever, but partake of endless Happiness : whereas who ever despites my Do&rin, Mall fuffer eternal Puniihment in the world to come.

These men retorted, that it was plain from his Discourse he was agitated with an evil Spirit, since the Abraham and the Prophets, who were most holy and accept

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MATTHEW, MARK

LUKE,

JOHN.
CHA P. VIII.
is dead, and the prophets ;
and thou sayest, if a man keep
my saying, he Thall never taste
of death.

53 Art thou greater than
our father Abraham, which is
dead? and the prophets are
dead: whom makest thou thy
self?

54 Jesus answered, if I honour my self, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me, of whom ye say, that he is your God :

55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.

56 Your father Abraham rejoyced to see my day, and he saw it, and was glad.

57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty

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able to God, were all dead, yet he made a tender of Immortality to the Observers of his Precepts. Then they ask'd him whether he thought himself a greater Fa

yorite of God than Abraham and the Prophets who were dead. Whom, said they, makest thou thy self, that thus promisest to thy Disciples what God thought not fit to grant to those pious and devout persons ? If I spoke honourably of my self, said Fejus, without any arguments to corroborate my Pretensions, such boasting would indeed be vain and trifling. But my Father, by the Miracles he has enabled me to perform, shows you who I am, and what value you ought to set upon me; and him you call your God. Yet are you ignorant of that Worship which is acceptable to him : But I know it, and Mould I disown it, I should be a Liar like to you. Now I profess to be acquainted with the Will of God in this particular, and Í faithfully execute his Commands. Abraham himself, whom you brag of as the Founder of your Nation, greatly defired to see those times in which God had decreed to reveal himself to Men, which was to come to pass in this Age by my means; and these days he foresaw by the good will of God, and was greatly rejoic'd at it. Now Jesus by this meant a prophetical Revelation of things to come, which these unskilful and malignant Femos interpreted, as if he had made himself contemporary with Abraham. They said therefore; One may plainly fee by thy Looks that thou art not yet fifty years of age, how is it poflible then that thou

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years old, and hast thou seen Abraham ?

58 Jesus said unto them, Verily verily I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

59 Then took they up ftones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went : out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and to paffed by.

CHA P. IX.
ND as Jesus paffed by,

he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Maiter, who did fin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

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shouldst have seen Abraham? (Whereas Jesus had said no such thing, but only that Abraham had feen these times, of the Meffian by the good pleasure of God, who reveald them to him.)

Wonder not, faid he, if I'affirm that Abraham saw these days; for God had-decreed to send me to acquaint Mankind with his Laws, and the Rewards annex'd to the observance of them, long before Abraham had a being. With which words the Jews were so very much offended, he seeming by them ta prefer himself to Abrabam, that they took up Stones to throw at him. But Jesus having cast a Mist be fore their Eyes, fav’d himself thro the midst of them, and so escap'd their Fury.

CH A P. XL.

Jesus cures a man that was born blind, and has several Discourses concerning

the cause of his Blindness, and his Cure'; which having ben perform’d on the Sabbath-day, fills the Jews with rage against him. He shows that he is the true Shepherd, and that be must lay down bis Life for his Sheep. The Jews are divided in their Opinions concerning bim.

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S Fesues pafs'd by, a certain man was plac'd in the way who was born blind.

The Apostles taking notice of him, ask'd their Mafter the reason of his Blindness; Is it, said they, the punishment of fome Sins committed by his Soul in a precedent state, or of some Sin of either of his. Parents ? Jejus replied : This

MATTHE W. MARK,

LUKE,

John.

CHA P. IX. 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man finncd, nor his parents : but that the works of God fhould be made manifest in him.

4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while ic is day: the night cometh when no man can work.

s As long as I am in the world, I am the light of che world. ha 6 When he had chus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle ; and he anoinced the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

7 And said unto him, Go wash in the pool of Siloam (which is by interpretation, Senr.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he

that fát and begged ? Blindness is not the punishment of his or his Parents Sins ; but God did not hinder his being born blind, that his Power might one day be manifested in the cure of it. While the time of my Ministry lasts, I must exert that Power of working Miracles with which he that fent me has intrusted me; for the time draws near, in which I shall not be corporeally present among Men, nor show those Miracles I now do, in their presence." As men therefore are follicitous to complete their days-work before the Night steals upon them, so must I while I am here on earth lay hold on the occasion, if I would have my miraculous Power be observ'd by Men. While I am among them I must inlighten their minds by my Doctrine, in like manner as I Ihall

bestow the sense of Seeing on this man in presence of you all. Having thus spoke, he spat on the ground, and made a kind of Clay of the Dust and Spittle mixt together, with which he anointed the blind man's Eyes. Then said he to him, Go thy way, and wash thy Eyes in the Pool of Siloam (which signifies sent.) The man having done as he was order'd, return'd from the Pool with the perfect use of his Eyes. His Neighbors, and those that had seen him before, and knew he was born blind, inguir'd of one another whether he was not that very person who was wont to beg an Alms in the Road of those that passed by ? Some said it was the

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9 Some laid, This is he: 0. chers said, He is like him : but he said, I am he.

10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus, made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unro me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash : and I went and washed, and I received fight.

12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know noc.

13 They brought to the Phari. sees him that aforecime was blind.

14 And it was the fabbath-day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

Is Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his fight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do fee.

15 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepech not the fabbath-day. Others said, How

very fame : Others denied, and would only have it that he very much resembled him. But the man bimselt plainly discover'd who he was.

They ask'd him therefore after what manner he had got his Eye-light, with which he bad not bin before endued. He replied, that he had bin cur'd by Jesus, and in the manner we have related.

They ask'd then where Jesus was: he told them he knew not, because as he parted from him he went and walned in the Pool of Siloam, and had not beheld him since he had acquir'd bis Eye-light. Upon hearing of this, they hurried him away with them to the Sanhedrim, that by this man's Testimony they might accuse Jefus of having violated the Sabbath; for it was on the Sabbath-day he had anointed the Eyes of the blind man with the Clay he made. The Pharisees again de manded of him in the Sanhedrim by what means he had obtain'd his sight; which the man ingenuously related to them. Upon this occasion fome of the Pharisees argued that Jesus could not be sent by God, because he had broke the Sabbath ;

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