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CH A P. VI.
58 This is that bread which came, down from heaven: not as your fathers did eac manna, and are dead : he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
59 These things said he in-the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
60 Many therefore of his disciples when they had heard this, faid, This is a hard faying, who can hear it?
61 When Jefus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you ?
62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
63 It is the spirit that quickneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I
is, lives to obey my Doctrine. Therefore I tell you again, that you may be sure to take notice of it ; I am that Bread come down from Heaven, to which the Manna your Fathers eat of in the Desert of Arabia, is not to be compar'd: for they, as I told you, were not made immortal by it, and are all dead; but whoever feeds on this Bread I give him, shall obtain everlasting Life.
These Discourses were deliver'd by Jesus in the Synagogue of Capernaum; and many of bis Hearers were offended at their Obscurity, because he seemd to tell them that his own Body, which was born of Mary, came down from Heaven; and that the way to obtain everlasting Life was to eat its Flesh after it should be kill'd; a thing fo ftrange, as did not only thwart the Jewish Institutions, but was repugnant to the Customs of all civiliz'd Nations whatever. Jesus perceiving his Disciples murmur upon this account, thus accosted them: Do these things alienate your minds from me ? and cannot I persuade you to believe that I am come down from Heaven? Yet this is not more hard to be believ'd than my Return thither from whence I came, and which fome of you Shall be Eye witnesses of within these few months. Does what I told you concerning the eating of my Flesh offend you ? Surely it was no hard matter to perceive that that must be understood after a fpiritual manner, since nothing is more plain than that there could no Good redound to you from the material feeding on my Body. This is therefore to be taken in a
spake unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
64 But there are some of you that believe not.
For Jesus knew from the beginning, who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
65' And he said, Therefore said I unto you, chat no man can come to me,except it were given unto him of my Father.
66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
67 Then said Jesus unto: the twelve, Will ye also go away ?
68 Then Simon Perer answered hiin, Lord, to whom : shall we go? thou hast the. words of eternal life.
69 And we believe and are sure that thou are Christ, che Son of the living God.
spiritual sense for the admission of my Do&rin, which I will confirm by my Deatir
, and the effusion of my Blood, that I may obtain eternal Life for all that believe it and obey it. If I have spoke obscurely to you, you ought however to be persuaded there was a found meaning couch'd under that Obscurity, tho you were not able to apprehend it; but the true reason why you thus disbelieve me is, because you have not believ'd on God himself (For Jesus knew from the beginning who it was that Mould betray him, and who they were that would disbelieve his Doctrine.) I have therefore already told you, that it is impossible for any one among the Jews to become my Disciple, unless he first believes in God my Father, who will deliver him into my band.
Many of his Followers were fo offended at this Discourse, that they quite for: fook him ; which Jesus observing, ask'd the twelve Apostles whether they also would defert him? Peter in the name of the rest cried out: To what other Teacher hall
we have recourse, if we once leave thee, who only art able to direct us in the certain way that leads to eternal Happiness ?
We have believ'd and bin convinc'd by most certain arguments, that thou art the Mesiah, that is, the Son of the only true and living God.' Jejus replied:
C H A P. VĨ.
70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chofen you twelve, and one of
is a The THIRD PASSOVER devil ?
71 He spake of
Judas Iscariot the son after CHRIST's Baptism. of Simon: for he ic
was that should betray CH A P. XV. CHA P. VII.
him, being one of the
twelve. 'Hen came to I 'Hen came to
gether unto and Pharisees, which him the Pharisees, and were of Jerusalem, certain of the scribes,
which came from Je-
2 And when they
Jefus fcribes ? The
Out of a multitude of Disciples I have chosen but twelve Apostles, and yet there is one in this small number that shall treat me like an Enemy." This he understood of Judas firnamed Tscariot, one of the twelve, who would betray him, as it afterwards fell out.
CHA P. XXXIV. The third Paffover after Christ's Baptism. His Speech concerning
wassing of Hands, and the things by which men are really defil'd. The Daughter of a Canaanitish Woman possess’d by an evil Spirit. A dumb man, and several fick persons cur’d.
NOT long after Jesus, according to his Castom, seems to have gone to Jeru
Salem to celebrate the Passover, which that year happen'd upon the fifth of April, according to the Jewis Calendar. But while he continued in Galilee, there came several Pharisees and Doctors of the Law to him from Jerusalem to observe his Words and Actions. These having taken notice, that fome of his Apostles neglected to walh their Hands before they fat down to eat, could by no means digest the
3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many
ocher things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups and pots,
brazen vessels, and of tables. saying,
s Then the Pharisees and 2 Why do thy disciples scribes asked him, why walk transgress
the tradition of the not thy disciples according to elders ? for they wash noc the tradition of the elders, their hands when they eat but eat bread with unwashen bread.
hands? 3 But he answered and 6 He answered and said said unto them,
unco them, 7 Ye hypocrites, well did
Well hath Efaias Efaias prophesy of you, say. prophesied of you hypocrites, ing,
as it is written, 8 This people draweth nigh
This people unto me with their mouth, honoureth me with their lips, and honoureth me with their but their heart is far from. lips : but their heart is far me. from me.
want of this Ceremony. For all the Jews, especially the Pharisees, are wont: to wash their Hands with a great deal of nicety before they offer to touch a bit of Meat : Which custom they observe with great exactness, tho it be only a Tradition handed down from their Ancestors, and no I aw of Moses: At their return from the Market, tho they are not conscious of having touch'd any thing reputed un-clean, yet for fear they might have done it unawares, they will eat nothing before they have walh'd their Hands. Many such Rites are observ'd by them, tho there is no Law that lays any obligation on them; and they are very curious in the walhing of their Pots and Cups, and other Utensils. This then being the constant practice of the Jews, the Pharisees came immediatly to Jesus without saying any thing to his Apostles, complaining of their neglect in this particular, and demanding the reason of it. Fejus knowing their design, told them, that Isaiah gave an elegant description of such Hypocrites as themselves in these words, chap. 29. 13; This People draw near me with their Mouth, and with their Lips do honour me, but have
CH A P. XV.
CHA P. VII. 9 Bur in vain do they wor
7 Howbeit, in vain do they ship me, ceaching for do&trines worship me, teaching for doahe commandments of men. ctrines the commandments of
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the wathing of pots and cups: and many
other such like things ye do. 3 * Why do ye alco 9 And he said unto them, transgress the commandment Full well ye reject the comof God by your
tradition? mandment of God, that ye
may keep your own tradition. 4 For God commanded, io For Moses said, Honour saying, Honour thy father thy father and thy mother : and mother : and, He that and, Whoso curseth father or eurseth father or mother, ler mother, let him die the death. him die the death.
5 But ye say, Whosoever 11 But ye say, if a man shall say to his father, or his shall say to his father or momother, It is a gift by whac- ther, It is Corban, that is to Toever thou mightest be profit- fay, a gift, by whatsoever
thou mightest be profited by 6 And honour not his me; he Mall be free. father or his mother ; he shall 12 And ye suffer him no be free.
more to do ought for his fa
ther or liis mother: Thus liave ye made 13 Making the word of the commandment of God of God of none effect through none effect by your tradition. your tradition, which ye have
ed by me,
remov’d their Heart far from me ; and their Fear toward me is taught by the Precept of Men. For you observe with the utmost diligence the Traditions of Men concerning the washing of Cups and Pots and the like, while you break or neglect the Laws of God.
But is this true Religion, to observe inviolably the Institutions of Men, tho in opposition to the Laws of God ? Mojes commanded Children to honour their Parents; and those that curse them, are by the Law to suffer death for it. But your interpretation of it is, with a proviso that the Son tells not his Father or Mother in a paflion, that he has consecrated all his Goods to God, or that he has not taken an Oath never to confer any Benefit upon them; which impious Oath and dedication of his Goods, with which he might have assisted his parents in their vecessities, you esteem obligatory. Thus plainly do you make the Traditions of