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C H A P. XI. kingdom stand? because ye say that I caft out devils through Beelzebub.
19. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your fons cast them out ? therefore Tall they be your judges.
20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
21 When a strong man armed kecpeth his palace, his goods are in peace.
22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and cvercome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
23 He that is not with me, is against me ; and he that gathereth nor with me, scattereth.
Dissensions and mutual Oppositions, how should it continue to the end of all things, according to your opinion? But this would be the case if, as you pretend, I cart the evil Spirits out of the Bodies of men by the alliance of the chief among them. If I, whose Doctrin contains nothing but most holy Rules for the direction of men in the way to Happiness, am accus'd of having expel'd the Demons by magic Arts, what judgment shall we pass on your own Countrymen who indeavor to do the fame? Whatever they can plead in their behalf, I may alledg in my own juftification ; so that I need not appeal to any other Judges. But on the contrary, if I cast out these Dæmons by a Power confer'd upon me by God himself, as is evident, you must needs own that I have truly acquainted you with the approach of the Kingdom of God. A stout man, dextrous, and well arm'd, is provided and secure against the attempts of the Thief, till a stronger than himself overpowers him, and disarming him, makes plunder of his Goods. Thus do I drive the Demons out of the Bodies of Men, which they had feiz'd on as so many dwelling places; and from hence 'tis plainly infer’d, 'I ad by a superior, and consequently å divine Power.
Jesus then, in answer to those that demanded a Miracie, pretending they were not against his Doctrin, spake to this effect: Whoever believes not in me, I thall account as an Adversary ; and whoever increases not the number of my Disciples, will be look'd on by me as if he indeavoured to seduce them froin me , according to that proverbial saying, He that is not with me, is against me ; and he that gathereth not witia me, scattereth. Do not therefore imagin ’tis lawiul for you to be
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25 And when he cometh, he
26 Then goech he, and takech to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
27 And it came to pass as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lift up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb char bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
28 Eur he said, Yea, rather blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.
neuters in the case, or that you will gain my favour by not being Enemies to me. Now observe what the condition of those will be on whom my Miracles have made no impression. When the evil Spirit has bin banish'd from some human Body, he wanders in folitary and dry places, to find out some place to rest in ; but being disappointed, he bethinks himself of returning to that Body from which he was expeld, to see if by any means he can get a readmission. If it happens that the man who had bin freed, be not induc'd to reform his Life; being by God left to the power of the Demon, his Body becomes like a House cleansed and fitted for the entertainment of a wilh'd for Friend. The evil Spirit perceiving this, carries with him others worse than himself, 'and with them takes possession of the man's Body: and thus this latter condition of the man is made vastly more miserable than the former. So you who have bin made happy with the certain knowledg of the way to Bliss, and a sight of my Miracles; if instead of a greater purity of Life (the condition to be perform'd on your part) you go on to indulge your self in your former Vices, and prove ungrateful to your Benefactor, know that God will leave you to your Vices, and that you will be more severely punisid than if I had never appeared among you.
After he had spoke thus unto 'em, a certain Woman cried out with a loud Voice : Blessed is the woman that bare thee, and brought thee up! But Fefus replied, Blessed are they that study to conform their Actions to the Rules of my Gospel, and not those that are allied to me by confanguinity, unless they also believe mý
29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a fign, and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.
30 For as Jonas was a sign to the Ninivites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generacion.
31. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them : for she came from the utmost parts of the earth, to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold a greater than Solomon is here.
32 The men of Niniveh shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
Doctrin. There being at that time a great concourse of People round about him in expectation of seeing fome Miracle perform'd by him, as if he had not wrought enough among them, he cried out ; o degenerat Age, which after the many Miracles I have perform'd in the midst of them, still require more ! But they thall not have their expectation answer'd, and hereafter they shall see none equal to that which will befal me, and in some fort resembles what happen'd of old to the Prophet Fonas : For as he was a sign to the Ninivites, so Thall I be to the Jews of this age, tho they do not distinguish me from any of the Vulgar. However, this will make no impreslion on them; for which reason the Queen of the Sabe ans at the last day shall be compar'd with these
men, who will be condemnd on that comparifon : for the, tho a loveraign Princess in the remotest part of Arabia, scrupld no; to take a long journy to Jerusalem, that the might hear the wife Discourses of Solomon, whose Fame was at that time celebrated over all the East; and having heard him; return'd fully satisfied, and in admiration of his Wisdom. The Fews have now with them one vastly preferable to Solomon, and a Preacher of far weightier things, and yet they will scarce give ear to him, or, if they hear him, they
despise him. The Ninivites who repented at the preaching of Jonas shall be compar'd with them, and condemn them, who have no regard to the Doctrin of a Prophet of far greatter
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33 No man when he hath lighted a candle,purreth it in a fecret place,neither under a bushel ; but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is fingle, thy whole body allo is full of light: but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doch give. thee light.
37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee befought him to dine with him: and he went in and sac down to meat.
38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.
authority than Jonas. I am not however to leave off preaching the Gospel, nor my Disciples : it being the very end for which I chose them, and am my self come into the world, the Gospel being like a Lamp, which is not lighted to be hid, or put under a Bushel, but being plac'd on high, to give light to all that enter. The Eyes, like a Lamp, inlighten the whole Body: If they therefore have no ill aspect or envious glance, there will be no mark of baseness in the other parts; but all will shine with a promismg sweetness and generosity. But if they betray a sordid Temper, if you look repiningly upon other mens Happiness, the whole Body will feem clouded with these Vices. Take heed therefore, that that which ought to be clear and bright with the rays of Virtue, be at no time thus obscur’d. Thus it is in your power to Nine out like a Light plac'd on high, if you are all of a piece, and your Virtues not shaded with Vice.
After Jesus had thus recommended his Dodrin, a certain Pharisee came and invited him to dinner. Jesus accordingly went, and sat down with him. The Pharifee was surpriz’d to see him sit down without the usual Ceremony of washing before
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40 Ye fools, did not he that
41 But rather give alms of such things as you have: and behold, all things are clean unto you.
42 But wo unto you Pharifees : for ye riche mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pafs over judgment and the love of God: chese ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
43 Wo unto you Pharisees; for ye love the uppermost fears in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.
meal ; which Jesus observing, took that occasion to rebuke those fort of men for their Hypocrisy. The generality of you Pharisees, said he, take great care about an external Cleanliness, while at the same time you neglect the inward Purity of the Mind, so that very often a rapacious fordid disposition is cover'd with a demure and starch'd appearance to the World; tho this be altogether as absurd as to make clean the outside of your Vessels, without taking care to walh away the filth within. O unthoughtful men! does not the Author of your being, whom you think to please by thefe ceremonial Washings, take as much notice of your Mind, which he would have in like manner pure from all vitious defilements, as being the Creator of both Soul and Body ? Wherefore, without this great concern for an external Cleanliness, purge your Minds first from Avarice, and every other Vice. In so doing, however you may appear to the eyes of Men, you will be truly clean, that is, acceptable in the sight of God. In the mean time, consider how great Punishments you contract by indeavoring to appear religious in the observance of those lesser Duties, such as the paying tithe of Mint and Rue and other Herbs, if at the - fame time you are void of Justice and sincere Devotion. First therefore, as I said, you are to love God, and exercise Juitice towards Men, and then these external Rites need not be neglected. But as the case now stands, you highly provoke the Justice of God, by feigning your felves men of moderation, while you are unmeasurably ambitious of honourable Posts, and Salutations from the People ; and real Virtue is fet alide as an indirect means for obtaining the Applause you court,