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CH A P. X.
him of his raiment, and wound
31 And by chance there came
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came, and looked on hiin, and passed by on the other side.
33. But a certain Samaritan, as he journied, came where he was : and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him..
35 And on che morrow when he departed, he took out: cwo – pence, and gave them to the: hoft, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever chou spendestmore, when I come again, I will repay chee.
36 which now of these three, chinkest chou, was neighbour to him that fell among the thieves ?.
who not only stript him, but left him on the road half dead with the Wounds they had given him. It happen'd that a Priest came by that way, and after him a Levite, who both saw the poor man in that condition, but gave him no assistancez and pursued their journy. A Samaritan that paffed by not long after, faw him also and had compassion on him; and going to him, dressed his Wounds with Oil and Wine, and carefully bound them up : Then setting him on the Beast on which he himself rode, he convey'd him to the next Inn, where he continued to apply every thing necessary for his recovery. The next day, being obliged to continue his journy, besides the charges he had bin at the day before, he left Mony in the Innkeeper's hands to compleat the Cure, with a promise that if that were not fufficient, at his return he would defray the whole colt, ordering him withal to take care of him, and see that he wanted nothing. Having told this ttory, Jesus ask'd the Lawyer which of the three Travellers, the Priest, the Levite, or the Simaritan, might be thought the man's. Neighbor that was ftript and wounded by the Thieves?
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38 Now it came to pass, as
39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sar at Jesus feet, and heard his word.
40 Bur Martha was cumbred
41 And Jesus answered, and
The Lawyer answer'd, that he was to be esteem'd his Neighbor who performd the offices of Humanity to him. Then said Fesus, Go thy ways, and imitate him whose ađion thou hast commended. In which words he represented to his hearers that they were to account all men their Neighbors, as such to whom they were link'd by the common ty of human Nature, and that there ought to be a mutual intercourse : of the offices of Humanity between men, of what Nation or Religion foever they were, and not only among the Jeros; á Doctrine very different from what they vulgarly taught; and yet the Lawyer had no reason to be offended at it, fince he : could not say that it was unlawful for a Jem to do that to a Samaritan, which he himself had acknowledged was praiseworthy from a Samuritan to a Jero.
Jesus being now upon his return to Galilee, passed thro Bethany, a Village, but two miles distant from Jerusalem, where livid Martha and Mary two religious Women, together with their Brother Lazarus. Jesus being known to them, was receiv'd and entertain'd in their House, in which as soon as he entred, he fat downl, and according to his custom began to preach to them. Mary was fo delighted with his Dodrin, that laying all other business alide, Me fat down at his feet, diligently liftning to him: Now Martha, who was in the mean time busied in providing things neceffary for the reception of her Guests, seeing Mary sițidly by him, desir’d him to command her to aslist her. Jesus answer'd, Martha, thou are disturb’d with much care about thy worldly concerns, whereas one thing only is necessary, viz. the : Knowledg of my Doctrin, which will instruct thee in the way to obtain eternal
Happiness, . .
certain place, when he ceased,
2 And he said unto them,
3 Give us day by day our
4. And forgive us our fins;
s And he said unto theme
6 For a friend of mine in his journy is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him:
Happiness. Thy Sister Mary, who has made this her great business, has chosen that part which shall be attended with an everlasting Reward; whereas the fruit of all other things is perishing, and of short continuance.
Jesus being gone from hence, one day after he had ended his privat Devotions, one of his Disciples who was not present when he gave that form of Prayer to them, which we have related chap. 22. thus addrest himself to him : Master, Fohn thé Baptist instructed his Followers after what manner it became them to offer their Supplications to God; do thou also teach us fome Form of Prayer. Jesus therefore repeated it to them, and upon this occasion added several Reflections on the neceflity and efficacy of Prayer. If a Friend, said he, come to any of you at midnight, intreating you to lend him three Loaves, that he may have werewith
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7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shur, and my children are with me in bed ; I cannot rise and give thee.
8 I say unto you, Though he will nor rise and give him, because he is his friend; yet because of his importunity, he will rise and give him as many as he needech.
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you : seek, and ye shall find : knock, and ir shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findech : and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
II If a fon Thall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone ? or if be ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent ?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
to entertain an unlook'd for Guest; 'tis likely you will tell him he comes at an unseasonable hour, that the Doors are all made fast, and you and all your Family in bed; nevertheless if he continues bis fuit to you, tho he could not obtain that kindness on the score of Friendfhip, yet he will at last prevail by his importunity, and thus extort from you as many Loaves as he wants. So also in your Petitions to God you ought not to despond because your Prayers are not heard immediatly, but continue constant and persevering in that Duty.
Whatever you stand in need of to carry you thro your holy course of Life, pray to God for it, and you shall not fail of his aslistance. Knock, as I may fay, at the Gate that shuts you out from what is convenient for you to possess, and it shall be opened to you: for whoever asks as becomes him, shall have his Requests granted; and whoever with an unfeigned zeal for Truth searches after fomething necessary for him, shall surely find it; and whoever knocks as he ought against the door that is between him and what he is in quest of, shall have it open'd to him.
Do not distrust the Good-will of God towards you, when you pour out your Petitions to him : for who among you, if a Son asks for a Loaf of Bread, or a Fish, wil in lieu of them give him a Stone or a Serpent ; or instead of an Egg
Ở H A P. XI.
14 And he was casting out a
Is But some of them said, He castech our devils through Beelzebub, the chief of the devils.
16 And other tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.
17 Bur he knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against 'it felf, is brought to desolation : and á house divided against a house, fallech.
*18 If Saran also be divided against himself, how shall his
put a Scorpion into his hand ? If you then, who are defiled with so many Vices, are wont to give things profitable to your Children, and to remove whatever may be hurtful to them, how much rather will your heavenly Father bestow upon those that ask it of him, that most happy disposition of mind which will incite them to the practice of every Virtue ?
Jesus having thus express'd himself on this subject, there was brought to him one poffeffed with an evil Spirit, wbich had depriv'd him of his Speech. Jesus commanded the Damon to go out of him, who immediatly obey'd, and the man recover'd the perfect use of his Speech, to the great astonishment of the Spectators, who knew how difficult ii was to dilodg there evil Spirits. But some were fo inveterat against him, as to attribute this miraculous Power, not to the divine Allistance, but to Beelzchub chief of those evil Spirits. Others demanded a Miracle of him, not out of any zeal for the knowledg of the truth, but only to try what he would do, and upon occasion to make use of it against him.
But Jesus, who was not unacquainted with their most hidden Designs, defended himself against the Calumny of the former in the same manner he did against a like accusation, as we have already deliver'd, by representing to them, that every State and Family divided into several Parties and Factions, was in a fair way to be ruin'd: So, said he, if the Empire of the evil Spirits be distracied by inward