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which they that believe on him, should receive: for the Holy Ghost (x) was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, faid, Of a truth this is the prophet. 41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some faid, Shall 42 Christ come out of Galilee (y)? Hath not the scrip

ture faid, That Christ cometh of the feed of David,

and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David 43 was (z)? So there was a division among the people 44 because of him. And some of them would have taken

him ; but no man laid hands on him. 45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and

Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye 46 not brought him? The officers answered, Never 47 man spake like this man. Then answered them the 48 Pharisees, Are ye also deceived ? Have any of the 49 rulers, or of the Pharisees, believed on him? But

this people, who knoweth not the law, are cursed. 50 Nicodemus faith unto them, (he that came to Jesus 51 by night, being one of them) Doth our law judge

any man before it hear him, and know what he 52 doeth? They answered, and said unto hiin, Art

thou also of Galilee? Search, and look : for out of 53 Galilee ariseth no prophet (aa). And every man went

unto his own house.

being neceffary for the support of life. As water is drawn from the belly, or hollow, of a fountain, fo were the streams of the doctrine of everlasting life to be spread through the world by the preaching of his disciples, and the overflowing gifts of the holy Ghoft.

(x) By the holy Ghost is to be understood, his miraculous gifts. See Acts xix. 2.

(y) He was born in Bethlehem, the very place where the prophets had foretold that Christ was to be born, though he was care ried afterwards by Jofeph and Mary, to Nazareth in Galiles. Matt.ii. 23.

(z) Where David dwelt with his Father Jeffe. 1 Sam. xvi. 1, 4. (aa) See Verse 41. Note.

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ESUS went unto the mount of Olives. And early

in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and 3 taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought

unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they 4 had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Maf

ter, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very 5 act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that 6 such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This

they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him (a). But Jefus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them

So when they continued asking him, he lift up himself, and said unto them, he that is without fin 8 among you, let him first cast a stone at her (6). And

again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their

own conscience (c), went out one by one, beginning at

the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, 10 and the woman standing in the midft. When Jesus

had lift up himself, and law none but the woman, he

said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accu11 fers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No

7 not.

(a) That they might have something to accuse him of ; viz. either by taking on himself the power and office of a judge, if he condemned her; or of screening her from the law, if he let her go free.

(6) Before any man accuses another of fin, let him carefully examine his own conscience.

(c) They were fupernaturally awed and convicted by that power, by which, at the great day, the hearts of all men shall be laid open ; and probahly our Lord's words were accompanied with such an irrefiftible look of penetration and majesty, as struck the officers to the ground who were fem to apprehend bím. Chap. xvüi. 6.

man,

man, Lord. And Jefus said unto her, Neither do I

condemn thee (d): go, and fin no more. 12 Then spake Jesus again unto thein, saying, I am

the light of the world : he that followeth me, shall

not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 13. The Pharisees therefore faid unto him, Thou bear14 est record of thyfelf; thy record is not true. Jesus

answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I eame,

and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence 15

I come, and whither I go (e), Ye judge after the 1. Aeth (f), I judge no man.

And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the 17 Father that sent me.

It is also written in your law,, 18 that the testimony of two men is true. I am one thať

bear witness (s) of myself, and the Father that sent 19 me, beareth witness of me. Then said they unto him,

Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither

know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye 30 should have known my Father also. These words

{pake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him, for his hour was

not yet come (b). 21 - Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my

ye

shall seek me, and shall die in your

way, and

(d) Our blessed Lord was not a magistrate, to order the law to be executed: but he was a judge of the heart, and knowing the fincerity of her repentance, he pronounced her pardon ; warning her at the same time against the heinousness of her sin, and charging her to amend her life.

(e) For I appeal to him from whom I came, and by whom I shall be received again, when I go away

from hence. (F) After the custom of the world, or according to your mistaken prejudices.

(g) God bore witness by the miracles he did: and if in ordinary cases the witness of two men is sufficient, certainly the evidence here must be allowed to be infinitely stronger and more decisive. If we receive the witness of men, the witnefs of God is greater. I John v.9.

(4) See Chap. vii. 30.

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