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MATTHEW MARK.

LUKE.

John.

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CHA P. IX.

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such miracles? And there was a
division among them.

17 They say unto the blind
man again, what sayest thou
of hin, that he hath opened thine
eyes ? He said, He is a prophet.

18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his fight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

19 And they asked them, laying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind ? how chen doch he now see?

20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind :

21 But by what means he now feeth, we know not ; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age, ask him, he Thall speak for himself.

22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the

Jews : for the Jews had agreed while others contended that they could not conceive how a bad man, and a Violator of the Laws of God could perform so many and so great Miracles, as it was constantly reported bad bin done by Jesus. Thus the Members of that Affembly were divided in their Opinions concerning him. Some of them then ask'd him that had bin born blind, what his opinion was of him, who replied, he took him for a Prophet.

The man having made this profession in the Sanhedrim, there were fome who would not believe he was born blind, unless his Parents would vouch the same; who therefore were sent for, and being ask'd whether this were their Son that was born blind, and by what means he acquir'd his Eye-sight, replied ; that they knew very well this was their Son, and that he had bin blind from his birth, but that they were ignorant by whom and how he had bin cur'd, being not present when the Cure was wrought ; that they might examin their Son, who was of age to answer for himself. Now the Parents of the blind man spake thus, because they were afraid of the Sanhedrim, who, as they knew very well, had come to this Refolu

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JOHN.

CHA P. IX.

already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age, ask him.

24 Then again called they the man chac was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise : we know that this man is a finner.

25 He answered and said, Whether he be a finner or no, I know not : one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see.

26 Then said they co him again, What did he to chee? how opened he thine eyes?

27 He answered them, I have cold you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore, would ye hear it again will ye also be his disciples ?

28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses's disciples.

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tion, that if any own'd Jesus for the Mefiah, he should be turnd out of the Synagogue. For which reason they were afraid of speaking what they thought, but re ferd the Sanhedrim to the examination of their son, who, as they urg'd, was of age to answer in his own cause.

The man therefore was call'd in to the Affembly again, and commanded to speak the truth; it appearing, as they said, after a mature examination that Jesus was a contemner of the Law.

The man constantly replied, that truly for his part he knew not whether Jesus were a contemner of the Law; but he knew very well, that whereas he was perfe&ly blind before, he now enjoy'd his Sight. They demanded of him a gain what it was that Jesus did in order to cure him: The man answer'd, that he had satisfied them as to that point already, and could see no reason for their putting the same question again to him, unless they also were inelin'd to be his Disciples. The Pharisees upon this reviling him, told him; that he indeed was Jesus's Disciple, but as for them, they own'd only Moses for their Master : That they were fure Mofes

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John.

CHA P. IX. 29 We know that God fpake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

30 The man answered and said unto them, Why, herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.

31 Now we know that God heareth not finners : but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

32 Since the world began was ir noc heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was bora blind.

33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

34 They answered and said unto him, Thou waft altogether born in fins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

35. Jesus heard that they had cant him out ; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

was sent by God, but as for this Fesus they knew not whence he came, nor with what authority'he aded. The man then told them, that it was strange they Thould not know from whence Jefers was, who had performd such a Miracle as the curing one that was born blind; for, said he, it is a thing agreed on, that God never grants the requests of the Wicked, and that he performs his Mitacles in behalf of them only that revere him, and obey his Laws. 'Twas never yet heard of, that the Eyes of one born blind had bin open’d, nor did he conceive how Jesus could do any thing like it, unless by the divine Alsistance. The Members of the Assembly were vehemently offended at the man's Speech, and laid with indignation ; Dost thou attempt to inftruat us in matters relating to the Law, thou who, as it appears from thy having bin born blind, wert punilh'd in this Life for fome heinous Offences committed in a precedent state ? Upon this they commanded him to be turnd out of the Room with ignominy.

Jesus having heard of this Accident, and the Punishment inficted on him, for having publicly own'd before the Sanhedrim that he took Fesus for a Prophet, and meeting with him not long after, ask'd him whether he believ'd on the Son of

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36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that calkech with thee. /

38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into chis world: that they which see not, mighc fee; and that they which fee, might be made blird.

40 And some of the Pharisees which were nich him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also ?

41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no fin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your fin remainech.

God, or the Meshah? The man replied, that he was ready to believe on him, and desired to know who he was. Jesus perceiving him to speak from his heart; Thou hast now seen him, said he, and it is he thou now talkest with. The man hereupon fell down at his feet with this Exclamation ; Lord, I believe !

Jefus afterwards having regard to the Cure that had bin wrought upon him, thus express'd himself before a numerous Auditory : I came here on Earth with design to do good to all men; but so it happens by the obstinacy of some men, that they who were before blind shall become clear-sighted, and those that before faw hall be intirely blinded : implying, that men wholly ignorant, and as much in the dark in what relates to the underitanding of the Scriptures, as that blind man was with respect to corporeal Light, should now be enlightned with the bright beams of the Gospel ; and on the other hand those that were accounted learned and clear-sighted in the Writings of the Prophets, should in a short time be charg'd with Ignorance and Blindness.

For which reason some of the Pharisees who had heard Jefus, imagining he had reflected upon them, ask'd him whether he thought they were blind? Then said Jesus, If you were blind you would not be culpable in this matter : Now (as you would have it believed) being so clear-lighted, your Obstinacy is altogether inex. cusable.

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MATTH.W. MARK.

LUKE.

JOHN.

C H A P. X.
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Erily verily I say unto you,

He that entrech noc by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

2 But he that entrech in by the door, is the shepherd of the sheep.

3. To him che porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice : and he callech his own sheep by name, and leadech them out.

4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goech before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him : for they know not the voice of strangers.

6 This parable (pake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily verily I say unta you, I am the door of the sheep.

8 All that ever came before me, are thieves

and Then he spake to them in this Similitude : Whoever comes into the Sheepfold any other way than at the Door, is to be accounted a Thief and Robber; for the Door is never shut against the true Shepherd, but as soon as ever he knocks, the Doorkeeper opens it to him, and the Sheep know his Voice, and follow him wherever he pleases. But a Stranger's Voice they will fly from, so far will they be from following him. The Jews did not comprehend his meaning in this Parable, tho he represented to 'em not obscurely that he was that Shepherd who had bin invested with the Office by God himself, which he entred upon by performing his Miracles among them, quite contrary to the evil Spirits and those poffeffed by them, who invading the Ministry use all their tricks to surprize the Sheep. Further, the true Shepherd was easily distinguish'd by the sincere Lovers of Truth, who would also carefully avoid those Counterfeits that would allure 'em out of the Sheepfold, and expose them to the danger of being lost in an endless Labyrinth of Error.

That the Jews might therefore perceive that he discours'd to them of himself, continuing the same allegorical strain, I am, said he, the only Gate at which the Sheep can enter ; those that have before pretended to it have bin mere Cheats and

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