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the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. See Isaiah xl. 3.
III. 5. Every valley shall be filled, and every &c. See Isa. xl. 4.
III. 7. O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? See Matthew iii. 7.
III. 8. Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. See Matt. iii. 8, 9.
III. 9. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore &c. See Matthew iii. 10.
III. 11. He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
Be ye so charitably affected, as that ye can be well contented to part with whatsoever is superfluous to you, for the relief of the necessity of those that want.
III. 13. Exact no more than that which is appointed you. Do not grate on the subject, in exacting more tribute and larger fees, than the law hath appointed for you.
III. 16. I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: &c. See Matthew iii. 11.
III. 17. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; &c. See Matthew iii. 12.
III. 22. And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, &c. See Matthew iii. 16.
III. 23. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, &c.
And Jesus himself was now entering into the thirtieth year of his age; being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, but indeed the Son of the Only True God, who gave flesh unto him, by the miraculous power of his Spirit, of the substance of the Virgin Mary; which Mary was the espoused wife of Joseph; and her natural father was Heli, the father-in-law to Joseph; which Heli was the natural son of Matthat, &c.
IV. 1. And was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. See
Matt. iv. 1.
IV. 4. It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. See Matthew iv. 4.
IV. 14. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him &c.
And Jesus, who, in all his motions and actions, was directed and led by the Holy Spirit, returned, by the power of the same Spirit, into Galilee, after his baptism.
IV. 18. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, &c. See Isa. Ixi. 1.
IV. 23. And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.
Ye are ready to take up this proverb against me, Physician, heal thyself: Sir, begin with your own, ere you look to the winning of others with your miracles: you have done wonders in Capernaum, why do ye not gratify your own country rather, with your miraculous works?
IV. 30. But he passing through the midst of them went his way.
But he, by his Divine Power restraining their violence, and delivering himself from their hands, went away from them.
V. 8. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
O Lord, I am not worthy to have the honour of thy presence in this ship of mine; for I am a sinful man, and therefore depart thou away from me.
V. 10. From henceforth thou shalt catch men. See Matt. iv. 19.
V. 24. But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power &c. See Matthew ix. 6.
V. 27. Sitting at the receipt of custom. See Matthew ix. 9, V. 32. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. See Matthew ix. 13.
V. 34. Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? See Matthew ix. 15.
V. 36, 37. No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; &c. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; &c. See Matthew ix. 16, 17.
VI. 9. Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
Surely, the very not doing of good, when we may, is evil: to forbear the giving cure to this distressed man, would come justly under this taxation. Tell me therefore, whether is it lawful to do good on the sabbath day by healing this man, or evil by refusing to heal him? &c.
VI. 20. Blessed are ye poor: for your's is the kingdom of God. See Matthew v. 3.
VI. 25. Woe be unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
Woe be to you, that pamper yourselves with plenty of all earthly delicates; feasting yourselves without fear! for the time shall come, wherein ye shall be held short of all worldly comforts, and be pinched with extremity of want.
VI. 29. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him &c. See Matthew v. 39.
VI. 37. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: &c. See Matthew vii. 1.
VII. 8. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, &c. See Matthew viii. 9.
VII. 9. I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. See Matthew viii. 10.
VII. 20. Art thou he, or shall we look for another? See Matth. xi. 3.
VII. 24, 25. What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see, &c.? See Matthew xi. 7, 8, 9.
VII. 28. Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: &c. See Matthew xi. 11.
VII. 31–35. Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, &c. For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of Man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, &c. But wisdom is justified of all her children. See Matthew xi.
VII. 37. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, &c.
And, behold, a woman in the city, who was noted for an infamous offender, hearing, &c.
VII. 47. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
She finds, that her sins are many, and that those her many sins are, upon her repentance, forgiven to her; and, in the sense of that mercy from me her Saviour, she loveth much.
VII. 50. Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
That faith of thine, which hath moved thee to have recourse unto me for mercy and forgiveness, hath delivered thee from the danger of all thy sins, and put thee into the state of salvation. Go now away, in the peace of a good conscience; and be comforted in God, who hath remitted thee.
VIII. 2. Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils.
Mary, called Magdalene, who had been possessed with many devils, which were ejected by his power.
VIII. 3. And many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
And other faithful Matrons, who, in a thankful acknowledg ment of Christ's mercy to them, according to the usual manner of those countries, attended him in his journey; and, being wealthy, ministered to him of their substance.
VIII. 16. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, corereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but &c. See Matt.
VIII. 17. Nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, &c. See Matthew x. 26.
VIII. 21. My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it. See Matthew xii. 49, 50.
VIII. 46. And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me : for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
What speakest thou of a mere bodily touch? I know many do thus touch me, without any sensible effect; but now I feel a touch of faith, which hath so wrought upon me, as to fetch virtue from me.
VIII. 52. He said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. See Matthew ix. 24.
IX. 5. Shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. See Matthew x. 14.
IX. 27. But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God. See Matthew xvi. 28.
IX. 33. Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; &c. See Matthew xvii. 4.
IX. 41. O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? &c. See Matthew xvii.
IX. 50. For he that is not against us is with us. See Mark ix. 39.
IX. 51. When the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.
When the time of his suffering drew near, he put on firm resolutions, notwithstanding all the malice and practices of his enemies, to go up to Jerusalem.
IX. 53. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
And they of that Samaritan village, professing to bear a great hatred to the Jews, refused to lodge him and his; because they saw great reason to think they were Jews, and that their errand was to go up to Jerusalem.
IX. 55. But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
Ye do not well consider, whence this so uncharitable motion comes; from what temper, from what spirit: surely not from the spirit of meekness, which would best become you; but from
a fiery and furious spirit of rash and misgoverned zeal, which transporteth you.
IX. 58. Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man &c. See Matthew viii. 20.
IX. 60. Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. See Matthew viii. 22.
IX. 62. No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
If thou do once put thy hand to this husbandry of God, it is not for thee to cast back thy thoughts upon the world; for, whosoever shall so do, makes and shews himself unfit for this spiritual employment in my Church.
X. 1. After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
After these things were done, and that Jesus was returned from Galilee to Judea, he appointed, besides the twelve which had together with himself preached the Gospel in Galilee, seventy Disciples also; and sent them two and two, before him, into every city of Judea, whither he would come after them.
X. 2. The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: &c. See Matthew ix. 37.
X. 4. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: &c. See Matthew x. 10.
X. 7. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: &c. See Matthew x. 11.
X. 11. Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we wipe off against you. See Matthew x. 14.
X. 13. For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have &c. See Matthew xi. 21.
X. 15. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. See Matthew xi. 23.
X. 18. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan, as lightning fall from heaven.
He said unto them, I saw the power of Satan sensibly abated and suddenly dejected, by this your preaching of the Gospel; even as when he first fell down from heaven, and was suddenly cast down to hell.
X. 19. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the powers of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Behold, I give you power over all whatsoever creatures are in their nature hurtful unto men, whether by their poison, or by their teeth, or sting; and over whatsoever the malice of devils might use to your harm and offence; so as nothing that men, or noisome creatures, or devils can do unto you, shall be able to hurt you.