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21 Jesus faith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worThip: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship che Father in spiric and in truth : for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit,and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth.
25 The woman faith unto him, I know that Meffias cometh which is called Chrift: when he is come he will tell us all things.
25 Jefus faith unto her, I that speak unto thee, am he.
upon this Mount Gerizim. Jesus said to her, Believe me Woman, the time draws near in which Men shall facrifice to God, neither on this Mountain, nor at Jerusalem ; but as for what concerns the Diffension between the Jews and the Samaritans, you of Samaria worship, God, yet are not acquainted with all his Commands, but we know all the Divine Laws: thus, that falutary Doctrine which instructs us in the right worship of God, fows first from us, a part only of which Knowledg concerning God has been derivd to you. But as I told you, the time draws near, nay is already begun, in which the true Worshippers of God must worship him not with corporeal Sacrifices offer'd up in one certain place, but with a spiritual Worship and unfeigned Devotion : for such are acceptable to God, and not those who only perform fome outward Rites. God is a pure Mind, and must be worship'd with the Mind principally, and a Religion without varnish, or any mixture of Hypocrisy. The Woman having nothing pertinent to object to this, tho a Do&rine vast. ly remote from what was commonly receiv'd among the Jews and Samaritans, told him that she knew very well that when the Meffah came, all the differences between the Jews and the Samaritans would be compos'd, and that whatever was obscure in the business of Religion, would be made clear bý him. Jesus hereupon privately told her, He was that Meffiah, which he was not wont to own among the Jewsa
29 Come, see a man which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
33 Therefore said the disci. ples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat ?
34 Jesus faith unto them, My mear is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Mean while his Disciples return'd from the Town, and wonder'd to find him difcoursing with a Woman of Samaria, tho they were ignorant of the subject of their Discourse, and durst not ask bim what it was he had demanded of the Woman. But the return'd into the Town, and persuaded the Inhabitants to go along with her to facob's Well, and see one that had told her fuch Secrets as it was impossible for him to have been inform'd of by any Man : Is not this, said she, the Meffiah fo much expected by the Samarit ans and Jews ?
The Inbabitants, persuaded by these words of the Woman, accordingly came out, while the Disciples presented felius with the Bread they had brought with them for their Refreshment, intreating him to eat: But he told them, he had other Bread. that pleas'd him better, which they knew not of. Upon this they question'd one another, whether any of them had brought him Bread privately, not knowing he had applied that word to fomething else than what is vulgarly fo callid. Jesus perceiving their Error, told them, that the Bread his Mind was refresh'd and nourilh'd with, confiltıd in a quick and punctual execution of his heavenly Father's Com
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35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then comech harvest ? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields ; for they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathererh fruit unto life eternal
; that both he that soweth, and he that reapeth may rejoyce together.
37 And herein is that saying true, One foweth, and another reapeth.
38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour : other men laboured, and ye are entred into their labours.
39 And many of the Samaricans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which certified, He told me all that ever I did.
mands. You are wont, said he, when you fow your Barley, to raise your hopes with this Proverbial Expression, 'Tis but four months between sowing and reaping: but my spiritual Harveit approaches much sooner, and if you understood what I now discourse to you about, you would say that the Corn I mean is already ripe for harvest; for the minds of many are prepar'd for the reception of my Doctrine, and great shall his reward be who reaps the Corn I speak of, that is, who brings over many to a belief in me. And whereas all that you can expect from the material Fruits of the Earth is, the sustenance of a frail and mortal Body, the spiritual Harvest that I mention shall be attended with an everlasting Life, which will afford matter of infinite Joy both to the Sower and the Reaper. You have a common Saying among you, One has sowed, and another reaped, which is applicable to the present case: for I will send you abroad to gather in that Corn which you have not fow'd; that is, you shall be the Instruments of converting many to a Faith in me, whose minds by the reading of the Prophets have been already framed for virtuous Adions, and imbued with Piety. Many of the Sichemites having heard the declaration of the Woman, made no queltion but Jesus was a Prophet, if not the
Meffiah ; and therefore desired him to continue some time with them : Accordingly he complied with their Request and was familiarly conversant with them for two days, contrary to the Custom of the Jews, who have no manner of Intercourse with the Samaritans. Jesus in this time converted many of the Inhabitants, besides those the Woman had converted, who said, they did now not believe for what they had heard from her, but were convinc'd from his own Mouth, that Jesus was that Mefiah, who should be the Saviour of all the Worshippers of the True God. Afterwards Jesus pursued his Journy into Galilee.
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and
there went out a fame of
gion round about.
15 And faying, The
15 And he caught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and, as his custom was, he went
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receiv'd by his Fellow-Citizens of Nazareth. Thereupon he departs
ESUS being fill'd with the Holy Ghost, return'd into Galilee after fohn had
been sent to the Prison of Macharys.' His Fame in the mean time was spread about all the neighbouring places; and in every Town he went through, he instructed the Jews in their Synagogues, and preached to them the necessity of a Reforma-tion and a holy Life, and a Belief of the glad Tidings he brought them of the approaching Reign of the Mefiah, if they desir'd to be partakers of the benefits of his Kingdom. This he deliver'd in the Synagogues of Galilee, where he was admir'd by almost all that heard him. Having visited several Cities of that Coast, he came at last to Nazareth, the place where he had been educated ; and according to his usual custom, he went on the Sabbath-day into the Synagogue, and stood up