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GHA P. XII.
so But I have a baptism to be.
5! Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth ? I tell you, Nay; but rather division.
52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against cwo, and two against three.
53 The father shall be divided against che son, and the son against che father : the mother a. gainst the daughter, and the daughter against the mother : the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Then turning his Discourfe upon another Subject: Altho, faid he, my Gospel recommends mutual Charity and Forbearance, yet such is the depravity of Mankind, that it shall be the occasion of Discord and Contention, which since it cannot be avoided, considering the degeneracy of Men, I am so far from desiring it should be otherwise, that I rather with this Fire were already kindled. I know very well that the Enemies of my Gospel will exercise their Cruelty first towards me, and that I am as it were to be consecrated by the Baptism of my Blood, which they intend to shed, and I cannot but have some pangs upon me till I have fulfill'd this part of my Office. And tho by my Death I Thali procure a reconciliation for true Believers, between God and them, yet, believe me, the greatest part of men, Mhall be so far from laying aside their Heats and Animofities, that they shall make Religion it self a pretence for continuing of thein ; nay, they shall divide themselves into Parties and Factions, and persecute one another with such a rage, as if my de. fign in coming to them was to throw all things into a general disorder and confusion. Such a universal Discord shall happen upon the occasion of the spreading of my Gospel, that in a Family, consisting but of five persons fuppose, three Niall receive my Doctrin, and two shall be against it, or it two believe on me, the rest Mall gainfay it. Parents shall oppose their Children, and these their Parents : The Mother-in-law Mall quarrel with the Daughter, and thus the whole Land shall be imbroild on the account of the Gospel.
CH A P. XII.
54 And he said also to the peuple, when ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower ; and so it is.
55 And when ye see the southwind blow, ye lay, There will be heat ; and it cometh to pass.
56 Ye hypocrites, ye can dilcern the face of the sky, and of the earth: but how is it, thac ye do not discern this cime?
57 Yea, and why even of your felves judg ye not what is right?
58 When thou goest wich thine adversary to the magistrate, m thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him ; left he hale thee to the judg, and the judg deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.
59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.
Then addressing himself to the People that listned to what he said, he thas bespake them: When you see Clouds rising out of the Sea (which is Westward) you guess that there will be Rain, nor are you mistaken in your conjeure. When you perceive the South Wind blow, you can foretel that it will be sultry Weather. O ye Pretenders to Religion, you can make accurate Obfervations in such like cafes, how comes it to pass you do not observe the Signs of the Meffiah's coming? And from your daily Practice why do you not infer what is expected from you before his coming ? If you are arrested by a Creditor, you endeavor to compound the matter as soon as you can, rather than expect the determination of the Court, which you know ends in Imprisonment, till you have paid the intire Sum. Why are you not as diligent in making your peace with God by a timely Repentance, before he condemns you to that place of Torment, where it will be impollible for you to redeem your felves from the Punishment you have deferv'd?
CHA P. XIII.
season, some that told
2 And Jesus answering, said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered fuch things?
3. I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and flew them, think ye that they were finners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, Nay: but excepc ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
CHAP. XLIII. Jésus informs bis Hearers that Misfortunes very often happen to men not worse
than others. The Parable of the Fig-tree. Tbe Cure of a Woman on the Sabbath-day, which be maintains against the Cavils of the Ruler of the Synagogue. Similitudes relating to the Kingdom of God. That a jew only fall be fav’d. Jesus is warned to beware of Herod, and foretels his being put to death at Jerusalem, the Inbabitants of which be reproaches with their Obftinacy, and predicts the severe Punishments that Mall be inflicted on them. A Fter Fesus had done speaking, some of his Hearers told him of certain Galileans
who had bin murder'd at the very Altar, while they were facrificing, by Pilate the Roman Governour, insomuch that their Blood was mingled with that of the Beast that had bin sacrificd. Having heard this, he retorted thus upon them : Suppose ye that these Galileans were permitted by God to be thus butcher'd, because they were, more criminal than the rest of their Countrymen ? If you do, you pass a wrong cenfure upon them. These men were Sinners, 'tis true, but not more than others; and if God suffer'd them to be thus cruelly destroy'd, 'tis for an example to you, that being thus forewarn’d by it, you may by a seasonable Reformation appease h's moli jult Vengeance. What think you of those eighteen persons that were killd by the fall of the Tower of Siloe? Do you suppose they were greater Sinners than all the other Inhabitants of Jerusalem No, God has suffer'd them to be thus deltroy d, that the rest taking warning by their misfortune, may avoid the like by a timely Kepentance.
CHA P. XIII.
7 Then said he unto the dres-
8 And he answering, faid unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, ull I shall dig about it, and dung it:
9 And if it bear fruit, well : and if not, then after that thou shale cuc ic down. .
10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the labbath.
11 And behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wife lift up her self.
12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou are loosed from thine infirmity.
13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was
To which purpose he added this Similitude. A certain man had a Fig-tree in his Vineyard, which for three years successively bore no fruit. He therefore calld the Dresser of his Vineyard to him, and told him it had bin barren for three years together, ordering him to cut it down, that it might not take up the ground, which might be planted with a more fruitful Tree. The
man intreated him to let him try one year more, whether he could not bring it to bear by manuring the ground about it; but if after all his care it continued barren, he would willingly obey his Orders.
Jesus being at a certain time in a Synagogue of Galilee on the Sabbath-day, it happen'd that a Woman was there also who had bin afflicted for 18 years with a sore Disease by the evil Spirit, so that he was not able to stand upright. "Jelas seeing her, call'd her to him; and laying his hands upon her, faid, Woman, be thou freed from thy Infirmity. These words were no sooner pronounc'd, but the Woman
CHA P. XIII.
14 And the ruler of the syna-
is The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on. the fabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him. away to watering?
16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo these eighteen years, be loosed from chis bond on the fabbath-day?
17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoyced for all the glorious things that were done by him..
18 Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it ?
recover'd; and standing up, gave thanks to God. The Ruler of that Synagogục observing it, rebukod the Multitude with indignation for flocking to Jesus on the Sabbath-day, which they knew was a day of rest, and not on the other six days, in which it was lawful for every one to follow their Imployment, and consequently for Fesus also to cure them of their Diftempers. Jesus over-hearing him, Tharply rebuk'd him for his Hypocrisy : 0 thou Pretender, said he, why doft thou difsemble what thou canst not but know full well, namely, that there are some Works which it is not unlawful to perform on the Sabbath-day? Do not all men know it is lawful to loose an Ox or an Ass, and lead him to water ? and is it not a general pradice ? Might not I then (as I may say) loose this Woman, who is a Daughter of Abraham, from that bond with which the Devil had held hier fast for these 18 years ? This defence confounded all his Adversaries, but the generality of the People glorified God for the wonders which they faw perform'd by Jesus.
At that time Jesus reflecting on-the small number of Converts and true Believers, in-comparison of the Multitude he foresaw Thould believe on him, began to say as bie bad done in another place before ; To what is the Kingdom of God like, and