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thee. And, behold, certain of the Scribes said within themselves, 3 This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, 4

that believe are justified from all things, from heard the blasphemy, what think ye? And which ye could not be justified by the law of they all condemned him to be guilty of death. Moses, Ac. xiii. 38, 39. David also de Mar. xiv. 64. The Jews answered “him" scribeth the blessedness of the man unto (" Jesus "), saying, For a good work we whom God imputeth righteousness without stone thee not, but for blasphemy; and beworks, saying, Blessed are they whose ini- cause that thou, being a man, makest thyself quities are forgiven, and whose sins are co- God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written vered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord in your law, I said ye are gods? If he called will not impute sin. Ro. iv. 6–8. We also them gods unto whom the word of God came, joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Scripture cannot be broken, say ye by whom we have now received the atone- of him whom the Father hath sanctified, and ment. Ro. v. 11. We do not cease to pray sent into the world, Thou blasphemest, because for you (said Paul), giving thanks unto the I said, I am the Son of God ? John x. 33–36. Father which hath made us meet to be par. Then they suborned men, which said, We takers of the inheritance of the saints in have heard him speak blasphemous words light; who hath delivered us from the power against Moses and against God: and they of darkness, and hath translated us into the stirred up the people, and the elders, and the kingdom of his dear Son. In whom we have Scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, redemption through his blood, even the for- and brought him to the council, and set up giveness of sins. Col. i. 12–14. See chap. false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth xiv. 27.

not to speak blasphemous words against this 3 Certain of the Scribes, &c.] See chap. vii. holy place, and the law. Ac. vi. 11, 12, 13. 29. and com.

There were certain of the 4 Knowing their thoughts.] Jesus knew Scribes sitting there (where they brought their thoughts (that Jesus cast out devils by to Jesus the man sick of the palsy), and rea- Beelzebub), and said unto them, Every kingsoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus dom divided against itself is brought to desospeak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins lation ; and every city or house divided against but God only? Mar. ii. 6, 7. From itself shall not stand. Mat. xii. 25. And within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil they reasoned among themselves (why Jesus thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, said, Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, fc.) thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, las- saying, it is because we have taken no bread, civiousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, which when Jesus perceived, he said unto foolishness. All these evil things come from them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye within, and defile the man. Mar. vii. 21, 22, among yourselves, because ye have brought 23. And the Scribes and the Pharisees began no bread ? Mat. xvi. 7, 8. If we have forto reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh gotten the name of our God, shall not God blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God search this out? For he knoweth the secrets alone ? Lu. v. 21. Now when the Pharisee of the heart. Ps. xliv. 20, 21. Thou knowest which had bidden" him” (“ Jesus") saw "it" my down-sitting and mine up-rising; thou (the woman anointing Jesus' feet"), he spake understandest my thought afar off.

Ps. within himself, saying, This man, if he were cxxxix. 2. When Jesus perceived in spirit a prophet, would have known who and what that they so reasoned within themselves (saymanner of woman this is that toucheth him; ing, Who can forgive sins but God only), he for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering, said unto them, Why reason ye these things said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat (the in your hearts ? Mar. ii. 8. They reaparable of the creditor and two debtors) to say soned among themselves, saying, It is beunto thee; and he saith, Master, say on. Li. cause we have no bread (that Jesus said, Be=' vii. 39, 40.

ware of the leaven of Herod, &c.). And when This man blasphemeth.] Tlen (when Jesus Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why had said, Ye shall see the Son of man coming in reason ye because ye have no bread? Perthe clouds of heaven, fc.), the high priest ceive ye not yet, neither understand ? Have (Caiaphas) rent his clothes, saying, He hath ye your heart yet hardened? Mar. viii. 16, spoken blasphemy; what further need have 17. Shall we give or shall we not give (triwe of witnesses ? Behold, now ye have heard bute, said the Pharisees, &c. to Jesus), but his blasphemy. Mat. xxvi. 65. He that he knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall Why tempt ye me? Bring me a penny, that surely be put to death; and all the congrega- I may see it. Mar. xii. ló. When Jesus tion shall certainly stone him; as well the perceived their thoughts (when they said who stranger, as he that is born in the land, when can forgive sins but God alone), he answering he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall said unto them, What reason ye in your be put to death. . Le. xxiv. 16. Ye have hearts ? Lu. v. 22. . He (Jesus) knew their

5 Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts ? For whether is easier, to 6 say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But

thoughts (as they watched whether he would thy mind (the mind of Gog in his evil attempts heal on the Sabbath day), and said to the man in the latter years), and thou shalt think an which had the withered hand, Rise up, and evil thought. Ez. xxxviii. 10. Peter said, stand forth in the midst. Lu. vi. 8. Jesus Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to answering said unto "him” (“Simon"), I lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part have somewhat to say unto thee. And he of the price of the land ? While it remained saith, Master, say on. Lu. vii. 40. There was it not thine own? And after it was sold, arose a reasoning among them (his disciples), was it not in thine own power? Why hast which of them should be greatest; and Jesus thou conceived this thing in thine heart? perceiving the thought of their heart, took a Thou hast not lied unto men but unto God. child and set him by him. Lu. ix. 46, 47. He How is it that ye have agreed together (said (Jesus) knowing their thoughts, said unto Peter to Sapphira) to tempt the Spirit of the them, Every kingdom divided against itself Lord? Behold, the feet of them which have is brought to desolation; and a house divided buried thy husband are at the door, and shall against a house falleth. Lu. xi. 17. Jesus carry thee out. Ac. v. 3, 4. 9. Peter said did not commit himself unto them (the Jews), unto “him” (" Simon " the sorcerer), Thy because he knew all men, and needed not that money perish with thee, because thou hast any should testify of man; for he knew what thought that the gift of God may be purwas in man. John ii. 24, 25. When Jesus chased with money. Thou hast neither part knew in himself that his disciples murmured nor lot in this matter, for thy heart is not at it (that Jesus said, He that eateth me even right in the sight of God. Repent, therefore, he shall live by me), he said unto them, Doth of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perthis offend you ? But there are some of you haps the thought of thine heart may be for that believe not. For Jesus knew from the given thee. Ac. viii. 20, 21, 22. See chap. beginning who they were that believed not, xv. 19. and who should betray him. John vi. 61. 64. 5 Whether is easier, to say.] Whether is it Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins ask him, and said unto them, Do you enquire be forgiven thee, or to say, Arise, and take up among yourselves of that I said, a little while thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know and ye shall not see me, and again a little that the Son of man hath power on earth to while, and ye shall see me. I came forth forgive sins (he saith to the sick of the palsy), from the Father, and am come into the world. I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, Again I leave the world, and go to the Father. and go thy way into thine house; and immeNow are we sure (said his disciples) that thou diately he arose, took up the bed, and went knowest all things, and needest not that any forth before them all, insomuch that they man should ask thee: by this we believe that were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, thou camest forth from God. John xvi. 19. 28. We never saw it on this fashion. Mar. ii. 30. He (Jesus) saith unto “ him” (“ Peter”) 9-12. Whether is easier to say, Thy sins be the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou forgiven thee, or to say, Rise up and walk ! me? Peter was grieved because he said unto But that ye may know that the Son of man him the third time, Lovest thou me? And hath power upon earth to forgive sins (he said he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all unto the sick of the palsy), I say unto thee, things, thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into saith unto him, Feed my sheep. John xxi. thine house. And immediately he rose up 17. The word of God is quick, and powerful, before them, and took up that whereon be and sharper than any two-edged sword, lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul God. Lu. v. 23, 24, 25. and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and Arise, and walk.] Then (at the coming of is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of Christ's kingdom) the eyes of the blind shall the heart. Neither is there any creature that be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be is not manifest in his sight; but all things unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap are naked and opened unto the eyes of him as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: with whom we have to do. He. iv. 12, 13. for in the wilderness shall waters break out, I will kill her children with death, and all the and streams in the desert. Is. xxxv. 5, 6. churches shall know that I am he which Jesus saith unto him (the impotent man), Rise, searcheth the reins and hearts; and I will take up thy bed, and walk. Afterward Jesus give unto every one of you according to your findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, works (saith the Lord). Re. ii. 23.

Behold, thou art made whole; sin no more, Wherefore think ye evil, &c.] Thus saith lest a worse thing come unto thee. My the Lord God, It shall also come to pass, that Father worketh hitherto, and I work (sand at the same time shall things come into Jesus); therefore the Jews sought the more

that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith be to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed 7 to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, 8

to kill him : because he not only bad broken nant of his heritage? He retaineth not his the sabbath, but said also, that God was his anger for ever, because he delighteth in Father, making himself equal with God. mercy. Mi. vii. 18. Why doth this man John v. 8. 14. 17, 18. Then Peter said (to thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive the lame man who was laid at the gate of the sins but God only? But that ye may know temple), Silver and gold have I none, but such (said Jesus) that the Son of man hath power as I have, give I thee. In the name of Jesus on earth to forgive sins (he saith to the sick Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And of the palsy), I say unto thee, Arise, and take he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. up; and immediately his feet and ancle-bones Mar. ii. 7, 10. The Scribes and Pharisees received strength; and he, leaping up, stood began to reason, saying, Who can forgive and walked, and entered with them into the sins but God alone? Lu. v. 21. As the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising Father raiseth up the dead and quickeneth God. And all the people saw him walking them, even so the Son quickeneth whom he and praising God: and they knew that it will. For the Father judgeth no man, but was he which sat for alms at the beautiful hath committed all judgment unto the Son ; gate of the temple: and they were filled with that all men should honour the Son, even as wonder and amazement at that which had they honour the Father. He that honoureth happened unto him. And as the lame man not the Son, honoureth not the Father which which was healed held Peter and John, all hath sent him. John v. 21, 22, 23. Him hath the people ran together unto them in the God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince porch that is called Solomon's. And when and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, and forgiveness of sins. Ac. v. 31. And they His (Christ's) name, through faith in his stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, name, hath made this man strong, whom ye Lord Jesus, receive my spirit; and he kneeled see and know ; yea, the faith which is by him down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay hath given him this perfect soundness in the not this sin to their charge. And when he presence of you all. Ac. iii. 6-11. 16. If had said this he fell asleep. Ac. vii. 59, 60. we (said Peter) this day be examined of the To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also. good deed done to the impotent man, by what For if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave means he is made whole: be it known unto it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of you all, and to all the people of Israel, that Christ. 2 Co. ii. 10. Now then we are amby the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, bassadors for Christ, as though God did bewhom ye crucified, whom God raised from the seech you by us. We pray you in Christ's dead, even by him doth this man stand here stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2 Co. v, 20. before you whole. Ac. iv, 9, 10. And Peter Be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, said unto him (who had kept his bed eight forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's years, and was sick of the palsy), Eneas, Jesus sake hath forgiven you. Ep. iv. 32. Put on Christ maketh thee whole; arise, and make therefore, as the elect of God, holy and bethy bed: and he arose immediately. Ac. ix. loved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humble34. And there sat a certain man at Lystra, ness of mind, meekness, long-suffering, forimpotent in his feet, being a cripple from his bearing one another, and forgiving one anomother's womb, who never had walked ; the ther; if any man have a quarrel against any, same heard Paul speak, who stedfastly be- even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. holding him, and perceiving that he had faith Col. iii. 12, 13. to be healed, said with a loud voice, Stand Arise, take up thy bed.] See verse 5, and upright on thy feet; and he leaped and walk

And there was a woman which had a ed. And when the people saw what Paul spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was had done, they lifted up their voices, saying, bowed together, and could in no wise lift up in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called down to us in the likeness of men. Ac. xiv. her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou 8+11.

art loosed from thine infirmity; and he laid 6 That the Son of man hath power on earth.] his hands on her, and immediately she was I, even I am he that blotteth out thy trans- made straight, and glorified God.' Lu. xiii. gressions for mine own sake, and will not 11, 12, 13. remember thy sins. Is. xliii. 25. Who is a 8 When the multitudes saw it.] And all God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, the people were amazed, and said, Is not this and passeth by the transgression of the rem- the Son of David ? Mat. xii. 23.' The mul


9 and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. And

as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man named Matthew,

sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow 10 me. And he arose, and followed him. And it came to pass, as

titude wondered when they saw the dumb to Scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with pubspeak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to licans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, walk, and the blind to see. And they glori- How is it that he eateth and drinketh with fied the God of Israel. Mat. xv. 31. Imme- publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, diately "he" (" the sick of the palsy") arose, he saith unto them, They that are whole have took up the bed, and went forth before them no need of the physician, but they that are all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and sick : I came not to call the righteous, but glorified God, saying, We never saw it on sinners to repentance. Mar. ii. 14-17. this fashion. Mar. ii. 12. And (they) were After these things (the healing the sick of the beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath palsy), he (Jesus) went forth, and saw a pubdone all things well ; he maketh both the deaf lican named Levi sitting at the receipt of to hear, and the dumb to speak. Mar. vii. 37. custom; and he said unto him, Follow me. And they were all amazed, and they glorified And he left all, rose up, and followed him. God, and were filled with fear, saying, We Lu. v. 27, 28. Then drew near unto him ali have seen strange things to-day. Lu. v. 26. the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And there came a fear on all, and they glori. And the Pharisees and Scribes murmured, fied God, saying, That a great prophet is saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth risen up among us, and God hath visited his with them. Lu. xv. 1, 2. And behold, there people. Lu. vii. 16.

was a man named Zaccheus, which was the chief And glorified God.] See preced. com. Im- among the publicans: and he was rich; and he mediately he (the sick of the palsy) rose up sought to see Jesus, who he was, and could not for before them, and took up that whereon he the press, because he was little of stature. And lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying he ran before and climbed up into a sycamoreGod. Lu. v. 25. And one of "them" tree to see him, for he was to pass that my. ("the ten lepers"), when he saw that he was And when Jesus came to the place, he looked healed, turned back, and with a loud voice up and saw him, and said unto him, Zaccheus, glorified God. Lu. xvii. 15. When the cen- make haste and come down, for to-day I must turion saw what was done (the sun darkened abide at thy house. And he made haste and and the vail of the temple rent, when Christ came down, and received him joyfully. And gave up the ghost), he glorified God, saying, when they saw it they all murmured, saying, Certainly, this was a righteous man. Lu. That he was gone to be guest with a man xxiii. 47. When they (the Jews) had further that is a sinner. And Zaccheus stood, and threatened "them” (Peter and John), they let said unto the Lord, Behold Lord, the half them go, finding nothing how they might of my goods I give to the poor, and if I have punish them, because of the people; for all taken any thing from any man by false acumen glorified God for that which was done. sation, I restore him four-fold. And Jesus Ac. iv. 21. Afterwards I came (said Paul) said unto him, This day is salvation come to into the regions of Syria and Cilicia, and was this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of unknown by face unto the churches of Judea, Abraham. For the Son of man is come to which were in Christ. But they had heard seek and to save that which was lost. La. only that he which persecuted us in times xix. 2—10. past now preacheth the faith which once he Follow me.] See chap. iv. 18-22 He destroyed. And they glorified God in me. (Elijah) departed thence, and found Elisha Ga. i. 21-24. See chap. xv. 21.

the son of Shaphat, who was plowing vilk 9 Named Matthew. ] Jesus saith unto twelve yoke of oven before him, and he with " them" ("the chief priests and elders"), the twelfth. And Elijah passed by him, and Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and cast his mantle upon him. And he left the harlots go into the kingdom of God before oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, you: for John came unto you in the way of I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, righteousness, and ye believed him not; but and then I will follow thee. And he said unto the publicans and harlots believed him. Mat. him, Go back again; for what have I done to xxi. 31, 32. And as he (Jesus) passed by thee? And he returned back from him, and (the sea side), he saw Levi the son of Alpheus took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto boiled their flesh with the instruments of the him, Follow me: and he arose and followed oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did him. And as Jesus sat at meat in his house, eat. Then he arose and went after Elijah, many publicans and sinners sat also together and ministered unto him. I Ki. xix. 19, 90, with Jesus and his disciples. And when the 21. When it pleased God, who separated me

Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came, and sat down with bim and his disciples. And when 11 the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard 12 that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician,

from my mother's womb, and called me by a fire that burneth all the day. Is. Ixv. 5. his grace to reveal bis Son in me, that I But their Scribes and Pharisees murmured might preach him among the heathen ; im- against his (Jesus) disciples, saying, Why do mediately I conferred not with flesh and ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners ? blood. Ga. i. 16. See chap. xxi. 31.

Lu. v. 30. Then drew near unto him all • 10 As Jesus sat at meat.] See verse 9, and the publicans and sinners for to hear him. com. Levi made him a great feast in his own And the Pharisees and Scribes murmured, house, and there was a great company of saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth publicans, and of others that sat down with with them. Lu. xv. 1 2. They all murhim. But their Scribes and Pharisees mur- mured, saying, That he was gone to be guest mured against his disciples, saying, Why do with a man that is a sinner. Lu. xix. 7. ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? I wrote unto you in an epistle, not to company And Jesus answering, said unto them, They with fornicators, yet not altogether with the that are whole need not a physician, but they fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, that are sick. Lu. v. 29, 30, 31.

or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then Many publicans and sinners.] See chap. v. must ye needs go out of the world : but 46, 47. Now we know that God heareth not now I have written unto you not to keep sinners; but if any man be a worshipper of company, if any man that is called a brother God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or John ix. 31. I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; who hạth enabled me, for that he counted me with such an one no not to eat. 1 Co. v. 9, faithful, putting me into the ministry, who 10, 11. We who are Jews by nature, and was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a and injurious; but I obtained mercy, because man is not justified by the works of the law, I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant, believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. justified by the faith of Christ, and not by This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all the works of the law, for by the works of the acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the law shall no flesh be justified. Ga. ii. 15, 16. world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. For every high priest taken from among men Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that is ordained for men in things pertaining to in me, first Christ Jesus might shew forth all God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrilong-suffering, for a pattern to them which fices for sins. Who can have compassion on should hereafter believe on him to life ever- the ignorant, and on them that are out of lasting. I Ti. i. 13-16.

the way, for that he himself also is compassed 11 They said unto his disciples.] When with infirmity. He. v. 1, 2. If there come the Scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with any unto you, and bring not this doctrine publicans and sinners, they said unto his (the doctrine of Christ), receive him not into disciples, How is it that he eateth and drink- your house, neither bid him God speed. eth with publicans and sinners. Mar. ii. 16. 2 John 10. When he (Jesus) came to his disciples, he saw 12 They that be whole need not a physician.] a great multitude about them, and the Scribes Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am questioning with them. And straightway all weak. O Lord, heal me! for my bones are the people, when they beheld him, were vexed. Ps. vi. 2. Lord, be merciful unto greatly amazed, and running to him, saluted me (said David), heal my soul; for I have him. And he asked the Scribes, What ques- sinned against thee. Ps. xli. 4. He healeth tion ye with them? Mar. ix. 14, 15, 16. the broken heart, and bindeth up their

Why eateth your Master, &c.] The Son wounds. Ps. cxlvii. 3. Heal me, O Lord, of man came eating and drinking, and they and I shall be healed. Save me, and I shall say, Behold a man gluttonous and a wine- be saved, for thou art my praise. Je. xvii. bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners; 14. I will restore health unto thee, and I but wisdom is justified of her children. Mat. will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord : xi. 19. I have spread out my hands all the because they called thee an outcast, saying, day (saith the Lord) unto a rebellious people ; This is Zion whom no man seeketh after. a people that provoketh me to anger con- Je, xxx. 17. Behold, I will bring it health tinually to my face, which say, Stand by thy- and cure, and I will cure them, and will self, come not near to me, for I am holier reveal unto them the abundance of peace and than thou; these are a smoke in my nose, truth. Je, xxxiii. 6. I will heal their backVOL. II.


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