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ed Cephas, which is by interpretation, a stone (r). 43 The day following, Jesus would go forth into Ga
lilee, and findeth Philip, and faith unto him, Follow 44 me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of An45 drew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and faith
unto him, We have found him of whom Moses in
the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus of Naza46 reth, the son of Jofeph. And Nathanael said unto
him, Can there any good thing come out of Naza47 reth (s) ? Philip faith unto him, Come, and fee. Jesus
saw Nathanael coming to him, and faith of him,
Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile (). 48 Nathanael faith unto him, Whence knowest thou
me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that
Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig49 tree, I saw thee (u). Nathanael answered and faith
unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God, thou art 50 the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto
him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the
fig-tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things 51 than these. And he saith unto him, Verily, verily I
fay unto you, Hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God (w) ascending and descending upon the Son of inan.
(1) Cephas is the same as Peter, and signifies a Rock. (s) See Chap. vii. 41. 52.
(1) A sincere upright man, such as every one that profefesh the true religion ought to be.
(u) I saw thy actions, and thy heart.
(w) The angels of God were always obedient to his orders, and Sometimes visibly attended on bim, particularly at his resurrection and ascenGon.
A ND the third day (a) there was a marriage in Cana
of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the 3 marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother 4 of Jesus faith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus
faith unto her, Woman (5), what have I to do with 5 thee? mine hour is not yet come.
His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he faith unto you, do 6 it. And there were set there fix (c) water-pots of
stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, 7 containing two or three firkins a piece. Jesus saith
unto them, Fill the water-pots with water. And 8 they filled them up to the brim. And he faith unto
them, Draw out (d) now, and bear unto the gover-9 nor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler
of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine,
drew the water knew), the governor of the feast 1o called the bridegroom, And faith unto him, Every
(a) The third day after his discourse with Nathanael; or perhaps the third day of the marriage feast, which usually continued eight days.
(6) The expression of woman, in the antient languages, conveys no idea of disrespect, but is used to ladies of the first rank, and even i9 queens.
This is an affair in which you are no way concerned ; leave it therefore to me, and I will choose a proper time for it.
(c) The water-pots were set there, that the guests might wash their hands before they made their meal, which is still the conítane practice of the Jews.
The Syrian firkin held somewhat more than seven pints of our measure,
(d) Thus did our Lord graciously provide wine sufficient for a large company (the rest of the eight days.)
But in those countries, 'It is to be observed, wine was not only a liquor used for pleasure, but the common drink, as beer is with us. N 2
man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and
ciples believed on him.
his mother, and his brethren, and his difciples; and
they continued there not many days. '13
Ánd the Jews paffover was' at hand, and Jesus 14 went up to Jerusalem, And found in the (f) temple
those that fold oxen, and sheep, and doves, and the 15 changers of money, fitting: And when he had made
a fcourge of small cords, he drove them all out of
out the changers money, and overthrew the tables ; 26 And said unto them that fold doves, Take these
things hence; make not my Father's house an house 17 of merchandize. And his difciples remembered that
it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten
18 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him,
What sign Thewest thou unto us, seeing that thou ro doeft these things ? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will up
Then said the Jews, Forty and lix years was this temple in building (8), and wilt thou rear it up 21 in three days ? But he spake of the temple of his
-20 raise it
(e) It is not to be imagined, that there was any excess in drinking in our blesed Lord's presence. The expression well drunk in this place, cannot possibly imply more than being cheerful within the bounds of fobriety, and the original word is often so used in other authors.
) Places dedicated to the fervice of God ought not to be put to any profane and common use, but treated with suitable reverence and respect.
ig) It had been forty-six years in building, from the time when it was begun by Herod, to the time of this discourse with the Jews:
22 body (b). : When therefore he was risen from the
dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them: and they believed the scripture (i), and
the word which Jesus had said. 23
Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name (k), when 24 they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did
not commit himself unto them(1), because he knew all. 25 men, And needed not that any should testify of
man: for he knew what was in man.
CH A P. III. I THERE was a man of the Pharisees, named Nico
demus, a ruler of the Jews (a): The same came to Jefus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man
can do those miracles that thou doeft, except God be 3
with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily,
verily I say unto thee, except a man be born again, 4 he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus faith
unto him, How can a man be born when he is old?
can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, 5 and be born? Jesus' answered, Verily, verily I say
unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of
the Spirit (b), he cannot enter into the kingdom of 6 God. That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and 7 that which is born of the Spirit, is ípirit. Marvel
(h) See Matt. xxvii. 40. (i) What was told in fcripture of the death and resurrection of Chrift.
(k) Many believed him to be the Messiah.
(1) Jesus did not trust them so far as to profess himfe]f the Melo fiah ; because he foresaw that such a declaration might have exalperated the Jews, and hastened his destruction before the time.
(a) One of their great council called the Sanhedrim.
(6) The birth I-am speaking of is not a natural but a spiritual birth, reprefented by baptism, and effected by the holy Spirit.
not that I said unto thec, Ye must be born again, 8 The wind bloweth where it lifteth, and thou hearest
the found thereof; but canst not tell whence it cometh and whither it goeth : fo is every one that is born of 9 the Spirit(c). Nicodemus answered and said unto him, Jo How can these things be? Jesus answered and said
unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowelt II not these things ? Verily, verily I say unto thee, We
speak that we do know, and testify that we have 12 feen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told
you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ve 13 believe if I tell you of heavenly things? And no
man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came
heaven (a), 14
And as Mofes lifted up the serpent in the wilder15 nefs, even so must the Son of man be lifted up (c): That
whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but
have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should 17 not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent
not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
() The wind blows without any controul or direction from us: it is known only by its effects : fu likewise are the influences of the holy Spirit of God secret and invisible, being entirely internal, and known to others only by the temper and disposition they inspire.
(d) No man hath gone up into heaven to search into the secret counsels of God; and therefore no man can reveal them but the Son, who came down from heaven, and in his divine nature is continually present there.
(è) Meaning that he should die on a cross. See Chap. xviii. 32.
f) The end of Christ's coming into the world. was the falvation of mankind. If it has not that effect, it is their own fault; for if they will embrace and obey the Gospel, they will escape con,