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MATTHE W. MARK.

LUKE

JOHN.

CH A P.

XII.

CHA P. III.

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Satan cast our Satan? Every king 24 And if a kingdom divided against ic dom be divided against Telt is brought to de- it felt, that kingdom solacion : and every cannot stand. city or house divided 25 And if a house be against it felf, shall divided against it self, not stand.

that house cannotstand. 26 And if Satan cast 26 And if Satan our Satan, he is divid- rise up against himself, ed against himself; and be divided, he how Îhall then his cannot stand, but hach kingdom stand? an end.

27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out ? therefore they shall be your judges.

28 But if I cast out devils by the spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unco you.

dom, a City or Family be distracted by Factions and Parties, 'tis impoffible that Kingdom, City or Family should continue long in safety. In like manner, if these evil Spirits be thus at variance one with another, their Empire must quickly fall, and they cease being formidable to Man; which is a point you will not allow.

You say 'tis by the Authority of Beelzebub that I cast out the evil Spirits, and offer no reason for your Calumny. If a man should retort it upon your Disciples, who pretend to have the like Authority over the Damons, without producing any ground for such a Calumny, Would you think he had any right thus tv detraé from them? What defence foever they are able to make for themselves, consider I lhall have an equal Right to it, and take notice, that this injurious Cálumny of yours will be condem'd by whatever answer they can make upon such an occafion,

But if I banish the Demons from the Bodies of Men by the Power of God, and it is not to be denied by you, all must" then conclude I have been sent by Gud to Men with the good tidings of the approach of the Kingdom of God.

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29 Or else, how can 27 No man can en

enter into a ter into a strong mans strong mans house, house, and spoil his and spoil his goods, goods, except he will except he first bind first bind the strong the strong man? and man, and then he will then he will spoil his spoil' his house. house.

30 He that is not with me, is against me : and he that gathereth not with me scatterech abroad.

31 Wherefore I say 28 Verily I say ununto you, all manner to you, all fins shall of fin and blasphe. be forgiven unto the my shall be forgiven fons of men, and blafunto men : buc the phemies wherewith blasphemy against the Soever they shall blafboly Ghost, it shall not pheme: be forgiven unto men.

Can a man rob another, a valiant Person, and despoil him of his Goods before : his Face, and while he is able to defend them ? He can only expect to do it with : impunity after having bound him, or otherways fecur'd him from making any Opposition. Thus'tis that I lay wast and destroy the Empire of the Demons ty casting them out of the Bodies of Men. Know you not that proverbial Saying? He that is not with me is against me, he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad : which signifies that Neuters are often look'd upon as Enemies. How can you then possibly fufpect me to be a Favourer of those evil Spirits, who am fo far from being a : mere Spectator of the Misfortunes they afflict men with, that I oppose them in every thing I do and say ?

It being then thus manifeft that my design is by the ruin of the Devil's Empire to enlarge the Kingdom of God, you may take notice that in thus calumniating my Miracles as proceeding from the Asistance of the evil Spirits, you have ipcur'd the : Gailt of the most heinous of all Crimes, and are become obnoxious to the most dreadful of all Panishments : For any Sin whatsoever, any impious Ad or Saying, Shall be forgiven men upon their fincere Repentance; but this Calumny, againft the Miracles I have perform’d by the Power of the Holy Ghost Shall never be forgiven those that have been Eye-witnesses of them, because such men are so degenerated, that 'twould be next to an impossibility to reclaim them. Whoever shall detract

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32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the son of man, it shall be forgiven him : bur whosoever 29 But he chac shall speaketh against the blaspheme against the

holy Ghost, it shall holy Ghost, hach ne- not be forgiven him, yer forgiveness, but is neither in this world, in danger of eternal neither in the worlá damnation : to come.

30 Because they said, He hath an un

clean spirit. 33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good ; or elle make the tree

corrupt, and his fruit corrupt : for the tree is known by his fruit.

34 O generation of vipers, how can ye being evil, speak good things ? for out of the

from me, not having known me, nor the Reasons which manifest my Authority, if this man, when he comes to be acquainted with them, retract his Error, and repents of such his Detraction, he may obtain Forgiveness. But whoever having feen the Miracles I have wrought by the Power of the Holy Ghost, Ihall obstinately continue to calumniate them, can by no other argument be induc'd to repent, and consequently cannot expect any Mercy from God. These things were said by Jesus, because the Pharisees and Doctors of the Law had declar’d his Miracles were perform'd by a Power deriv'd from the evil Spirits.

He then continued to speak unto them to this effect: Either pronounce the Tree good by reason of the good Fruit it bears, or if you condemn it, low us the bad Fruit it has produc'd : for the Tree is known by its Fruit. If I exhort men only to the pursuit of Virtue, you ought to infer that my exhortation proceeds from a dif position inflam'd with a Zeal for Virtue ; or if you censure my Adions as proceeding from an evil Temper, you ought to warrant this Censure by producing an instance of something evil in my Doctrine. But O you degenerated Race of Men, fo truly like envenom'd Serpents, 'twill be impoflible for you to be more candid in your Judgments, while you continue thus debas’d by Wickedness: For being

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35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart, bringech forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure, bringeth forth evil things.

36 But I say unto you, That every idle word thac men shall 1peak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy tvords -chou shalt be condemned.

38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Mafter, we would see a sign from thee.

39 But he answered and said to them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the propher Jonas.

plung’d in Vice, the Discourse must favour of the general Corruption : whereas there is a beauteous Harmony in every thing a good man says and does; and the different Expressions of these men discover the different Notions they are both ftock'd with. But I forewarn you that men Mall be severely punili'd hereafter for every word that shall be pronounc'd with a design to draw men off from the purfuit of Virtue : For were there no ill consequence attending it, your Words are the demonstation of the inward Frame and Temper of your Mind.

After Jesus had said this; several of the Lawyers and Pharisees, not out of any love of Truth, but merely to tempt him, desir'd him to perform some Miracle before them ; but Jesus, who was not wont to refuse this Favour to such as really Itood in need of this Conviction, and desir'd it out of a Principle of Piety, thus replied: This depravid and vitious Age, whatever pretences they make to the true Worship of God, require a Miracle from me, as if I had not hitherto perform'd any ; but they shall receive no other from me to induce them to believe on me than a Miracle like to that of the Prophet Jonas : for as that Prophet continued three

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40 For as Jonas, was three. days and three nighcs in the whales belly, so shall the Son. of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

41 The men of Niniveh. Thall rise in judgmenc. with this generation, and shall condemn it, because they repenced at the preaching of Jonas, and behold, a greater than. Jonas is here.

42 The queen of the fouth Shall rise up in the judgment. with this generation, and shall condemn ir : for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, a greater than Solomon is here..

43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walkech through dry places, feeking rest, and findeth none.

44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from: days in the Belly of the Whale that had swallowed him up out of which he was. deliver'd alive and unhurt, in like manner shall I rise again after I have been buried three days in the Sepulchre. In the day of Judgment the Example of the Ninivites fall be objected to the Men of this Age, and Mall be one argument for their Condemnation : for the Inhabitants of that City repented at the preaching of the Prophet; but the present Jews are not in the least affected with the words and Miracles of a Person much greater than Fonas. They shall also be reproached with, and condemned by the Example of the Queen of the Saba,ins, who came from the remoteft part of Arabia to be a witness of the Wisdom of Solomon, and return'd into her Country after she had heard his Discourses with admiration whereas there is among the Jews of this Age one infinitely superior to Solomon, and yet they lightly esteem his Doctrine : But let them take notice of the Punishment that attends their Obstinacy. When the evil Spirit hath been dispoflefled of the Body of any person, and is prohibited from reentring für some time, he wanders about in Solitudes in quest of some place to rest in; but finding none, he bethinks himself.at laft of the habitation from which he had been of late expellid. If the Person in

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