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robbers : but the sheep did not hear them.
9 I am the door : by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
10 The chief comech not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
il I am the good shepherd :. the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is an hireling and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and Heeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scatterech the sheep.
13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth nor for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine..
Is As the Father knoweth. me, even so know I the Father :
Robbers, whose business it was to mislead the Sheep, that is, to pervert the Good, who never gave ear to them. I only am the Gate; whoever imbraces my Doctrin Shall enter into the Sheepfold, and remain in safety, and be nourished with the food of my Doctrin. The Thief comes only that he may steal and kill the Sheep, and the Impostor's business is to make a prey of those he can impose on. I am come to Mankind, as the Shepherd visits his Flock, not that they may have wherewith to supply the mere necessities' of Life, but a Plenty of it. I am that true Shepherd who am ready to expose my Life in defence of the Sheep. But the Hireling, who feeds the Flock of another man, seeing the Wolf coming, forsakes his charge, and leaves 'em to be devour'd and dispersd by him, being only a mercenary, and consequently thinking it not worth while to run the hazard of his Life for them. But I am, as I said, the true Shepherd, who know my Sheep, and am known by them. My Father knows whatever I design, and I know what it is he expects from me,
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and I lay down my life for the Theep.
16 And other sheep. I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of my self : I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.
20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?
21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil: Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
and whenever it is necessary, will not refuse to lay down my Life for 'em, because it is his good pleasure. But other Sheep I have beside thole of the Jewish Nation, whom I am to bring into one Sheepfold, together with the believing Jews. They, when acquainted with the Gospel, will perceive its divine Original , and so it will fall out, that all my Sheep Shall be gathered into one Sheepfold, and be under the care of one Shepherd. And my Father loves me, because I am dispus'd to dy, that I may bring Salvation to them: But the Life I Mall lose for their fakes, I Thall also recover. No one can take it from me, if I consent not; but I will freely lay it down for a short time, for I have the power confer'd upon me of parting with it, and resuming it again. These Commands I have receiv'd from my Father.
Upon this Speech of Fesus, the Jews were again divided in their opinions concerning him ; fome saying that he was over-run with Melancholy, or pofleffed with an evil
spirit; while others said, that this was not the Speech of a man out of his wits, and ask'd one another whether the Demons could give fight to the Blind ?
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17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unco us through thy name.
18 And he said unto them, I beheld Sacan as lightning, fall from heaven.
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and Scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and noching shall by any means hurt you.
20 Norwichstanding in this rejoice' nor, that the spiries are subject to you: but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
CH A P. XLI. The Seventy Disciples return to Jesus. His Discourse with them; he news them
the advantage of their holy Vocation. His answer to a Lawyer who inquir'd of him the way to obtain eternal Life, concerning him that may be said to be our Neighbour. He is entertain'd by Martha and Mary. His Doctrin concerning Prayer. One cured that was possess’d with a dumb Dæmon, which Miracle Christ maintains against the calumny of the Pharisees. He shomo's who are blessed, and treats of the Obstinacy of the Jews who requir'd a Miracle.
He is invited to Dinner by a Pharisee, mbereupon be inveigbs against the Hypocrites wbo laid frares for him. ΤΗ HE Feast of Tabernacles being ended, Fefus departed from Jerusalem, and
the 70 Disciples, who, as we said, were sent out into divers places to publish the approach of the Kingdom of the Melih, return’d to him. They were filled with joy, because God had bin so propitious to them, as to cast out the evil Spirits at their invocating him. Jcfus told them, that while they had bin publishing the Gospel, his design was to destroy the Empire of those evil Spirits, which he foresaw was nigh, and that he had seen them precipitated like Lightning from Heaven, into which they had as it were exalted themselves, by the general Impiety of Mankind.
But, said he, to incourage you to go on couragiously in your Ministry, I give you the power of treading upon Serpents and Scorpions, without receiving any hurt from them, a Power which will secure you against all the attempts of the evil Spirits and other Enemies of the Gospel. However, rejoice not so much be. cause the Demons are subjected to you, as because your Names are registred in the Kingdom of the Mefiah.
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22 All things are delivered to
23 And he turned him unto bis disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see.
24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye fee, and have not seen them ;
and ro hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Fesus having said this, and considering what sort of men they were whom he imployed in publising his Gospel, broke out into this joyful exclamation: I thank thee, O Father, the Lord of all things, and acknowledg thy Wisdom in the method thou hast chosen for the propagating thy Gospel among the Jews, whose divine Original is not perceiv'd' by those that are vulgarly esteem'd Wife and Learned, whereas it is clearly manifested to men of far less Learning and Politics, who are wont to be directed by them. Even so Father, because it has pleas’d thee for thy own most wise Designs, which it is impossible for men to fathom.
Then addressing himself to the Auditory : Whatsoever I say, I have received from the Father, nor does any one know my purposes besides him; so also no one knows the pleasure of the Father but the Son, and they to whom the Son will reveal it. Then taking the Apostles aside, he told them in privat, that they were highly bless’d who saw the things that they then faw, namely Himself, and the Miracles perform'd by him. For, said he, many Prophets and religious Princes have desired to see these times in which so many are reclaim'd from their Vices by the Miracles wrought among them, and to hear those Discourses by which you are inform'd of the means of obtaining eternal Happiness, and yet never saw or heard any thing like them.
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25 And behold, a cercain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what ihall I do to inheric eternal life?
26 He said unto him, What is written in the law ? how readest thou ?
27 And he answering, said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thy self.
28 And he said unto him, Thou haft answered right : this do, and thou shalt live.
29 Eur he willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And wbo is my neighbour?
30 And Jesus ansiering, said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped
Upon this, a certain Lawyer, to try whether he would say any thing contrary to the Law, put this question to him : Master, what advice do you give me to obtain this eternal Happiness ? Jesus knowing his design, ask'd him what the Law of Moses prescrib'd in this case, bidding him quote fome Passage out of it. The Lawyer cited these words, which comprehend the Sum and Substance of the whole Law: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and thy Neighbor as thy self : Deut. 6. 5. Levit. 19. 18. Which words, if taken in that large sense the Gospel puts upon them, and not in the Jewish interpretation of them, contain the summary of the whole Duty of Man. Jesus therefore replied ; Thou answerest right, do this, and thou 11 alt obtain eternal Happiness. The Lawyer, to shew his Probity and Devotion, ask'd Jesus who might by the Law be accounted our Neighbour; that upon hearing, his Anfwer he might profess he had observ'd the Law in this particular alfo: for he made no question but he should easily be believ'd to have observed the former part, which enjoins the Love of God, since it was certain that not he only, but many others of the Fews, rejecting the fi&itious Deities and Idols of the Gentiles, applied them. selves folely to the Worship of the true God.
Fesus; to few him he was far from loving his Neighbour like himself, since that Appellation belong'd to such also as the Jews thought they might justly hate, made this answer: A Jed travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho, was set upon by Robbers, Sf2