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given unto him, that even fuch mighty works arc 3 wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter,

the son of (a) Mary, the brother of James and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour,

but in his own country, and among his own kin, 5

and in his own house. And he could there do no

mighty (b) work, fave that he laid his hands upon 6 a few fick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled

because of their unbelief. And he went round

about the villages, teaching7

And he calleth unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two, and two, and gave them 8 power over unclean fpirits, And commanded them

that they should take nothing for their (c) journey,

fave a staff only: no fcrip (d), no bread, no money :9 in their purse : Sut be shod with fandals : and not 10 put on two coats. And he said unto them, In what

place foever ye enter into an .(e) houfe, there abide 11 till ye depart from that place. And whosoever fall

not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet, for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, (a) See Mat. xiii. 54, 55. Note.

(6) They, despised him so much, that they gave him no opportunity to work miracles.

(c) The special providence of God will fupply you, on this extraordinary occasion, with whatever you stand 'in 'necd of. Mat. X. 9.

(d) Scrip is an old word, fignifying a bag or wallet. Whill our Lord forbids his apostles to encumber themfelves with any unnecessary article of cloaths or provision on the journey, he yei allows them to take a staff and sandals for their cafe in travelling; imposing no useless austerities upon them, like those practised in the Church of Rome.

(e) Go not from one house to another to seek for better entertainment. Luke X. 7, 8. but be content with what you find in the first house that will receive you.

it Thall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha 12 in the day of judgment than for that city. And

they went out, and preached that men should repent. 13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed (f) with 14 oil many that were fick, and healed them. And

king (8) Herod heard of him, (for his name was spread abroad) and he said that John the Baptist

was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty 05 works do fhew forth themselves in him. Others

said that it is Elias. And others said, That it is 16 a prophet, or as one of the prophets. But when

Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John whom 17

I beheaded, he is risen from the dead. For Herod himself had sent forth, and laid hold upon (b) John,

and bound him in prison for Herodias' fake, his bro18 ther Philip's wife; for he had married her. For

John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee 19 to have thy brother's wife.

wife. Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him, 20 but she could not. For Herod feared John, know

ing that he was a just man, and an holy, and

observed him, and when he heard him, he did 21 many things, and heard him gladly (). And when

a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birti

day made a fupper to his lords, high captains, and 22 chief estates of Galilee: And when the daughter

of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and

pleased Herod, and them that sat with him, the c) The apostles anointed fick persons, in order to the recovery of their health. See James v. 14, 15. not (as Romish priests do) to prepare them for the other world.

(8) Herod had the title of King, though he had but a fourth part of his father's dominions. See Mat. xiv. 1. .

() See Mat. xiv. 9.

3) With a respectful and anxious attention. Herod had in many things followed St. John's directions; and until he was incensed against him on Herodias's account, had been pleased with his preaching 5

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king said unto the damfel, Alk of me whatsoever 23 thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he sware

unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will 24 give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. And

The went forth, and said unto her mother, What

shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the 25 Baptift. And fhe came in straightway with hafte

unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou

give me by and by, in a charger, the head of Jelun 26 the Baptist. And the king was exceeding forry, yet

for his oath's sake, and for their fakes which fat with 27 him, he would not reject her (k). And immediately

the king sent an executioner, and commanded his

head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him 28 in the prison, And brought his head in a charger, and

gave it to the damsel : and the damsel gave it to her 29 mother. And when his disciples, heard of it, they

came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb. 30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto

Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had 31 done, and what they had taught. And he said unto

them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while for there were many coming and

going, and they had no leisure for much as to eat. 32 And they departed into a desett place by ship pri33 vately. And the people faw them departing, and many

knew him (!), and ran afoot (on) thither out of all

cities, and out-went them, and came together unito 34 him. And Jesus, when he came out, faw much

people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as fheep not having a fhepherd : and he began to teach them many things.

(k) See Mat. xiv. 9. Note..

il Though he wilhed to be in private, and departed fecretly, yet many of them who knew his person, observing which way be was going, ran afoot to the place.

(m) Going by land, they were sooner at the place,

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And when the day was now far spent, his disciples

came unto him, and faid, This is a desert place, 36 and now the time is far passed (n): Send them away,

that they may go into the country round about, and

into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they 37 have nothing to eat. He answered and faid unto

them (o), Give ye them to eat. And they say unto

him, Shall we go and buy two hundred penny worth 38 of bread, and give them to eat ? He faith unto

them, How many loaves have ye? go and see (P).

And when they knew, they fay, Five, and two 39 fishes. And he commanded them to make all fit 40 down by companies upon the green grass. And

they sat down in ranks by hundreds, and by fifties. 41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two

fifhes, he looked up to heaven; and blefied, and
brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to

fet before them; and the two filhes divided he 42 among them all. :" And they did all eat, and were 43 filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the 44 fragments, and of the fishes.

And they that did eat 45 of the loaves, were about five thousand men. And

straightway he constrained his disciples to get into

the ship, and go to the other (9) side before unto 46 Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. And

when he had sent them away, he departed into 47 a mountain to pray.

And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on 48 the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; (for

the wind was contrary unto them) and about the fourth
watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking

upon the fea, and would have passed (r) by them. (n) It is growing late in the day.

See Mat. xxii. 19. John vi. 7. Note.
See Mat. xv. 34. Note.

See Mat. xiv. 22. Luke xiv. 23.
G) As if he intended to pass by them.

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49 But when they saw him walking upon the fea, they 50 supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out. (For

they all saw him, and were troubled.) And immedia

ately he talked with them, and faith unto them, Be 51 of good cheer, It is I, be not afraid. And he went

up unto them into the ship, and the wind ceased : and

they were fore amazed in themselves beyond mea52 sure, and wondered. For they considered not the

miracle of the loaves, for their heart was (s) hardenedi 53 And when they had paffed over, they came into the 54 land of Gennefaret, and drew to the shore. And

when they were come out of the ship, straightway 55 they (t) knew him, And ran through that whole re

gion round about, and began to carry about in beds

those that were fick, where they heard he was.56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or

cities, or country, they laid the fick in the streets, and befought him that they might touch, if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole,

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and certain of the scribes, which came from Jeru: 2 falem. And when they saw some of his disciples

eat bread with defiled (that is to say, with unwashen) 3 hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees and als

the Jews, except they walh their hands oft, eat; 4 not, hulding the tradition of the elders. And when

they come froin the market, except they wash, they: eat not.. And many other things there be, which

(s) Their heart was hardened, not from wilfül obftinacy, but from the flowness of their apprehension and capacity. They did not conlider as they ought to have done, that nothing could be difficult to the power which had performed the miracle of the loaves. (1) The people of those parts knew him,

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