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father perceived, therefore, that it was at the very hour at which Jesus said unto him, “Thy son is well :” and he believed, and his whole household.

This again is the second miracle that Jesus wrought, on coming out of Judea into Galilee.


During the Pentecost, our Lord heals the Infirm Man at Bethesda : his subsequent Discourse before the Sanhedrim.


AFTER these things there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is at Jerusalem near the sheep-gate a bath, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porches. In these were lying a [great] number of infirm persons, blind, lame, withered, [waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the bath, and troubled the water : whoever therefore went in first after the troubling of the water, became whole, whatsoever disease he had.] 1

Now a certain man was there, who had been in an infirm state for thirty and eight years. Jesus seeing him lying there, and knowing that he had now been in that state for a long time, saith unto him, “Dost thou desire to become whole?" The infirm man answered him, “Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the bath : but while I am coming, another goeth down before me.” Jesus saith unto him, “Rise, take up thy bed,and walk.” And immediately the man became whole, and took up his bed, and walked. Now on that day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that had been cured, “It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.” He answered them, “He that made me whole, the same said unto me, 'Take up thy bed, and walk.”

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2 Bethesda signifies house of mercy.

3 Or, pallet : v. H. n.

They asked him therefore, “Who is the man that said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk ’?” But he that was healed knew not who it was : for Jesus had withdrawn away privately, a multitude being in the place. After these things Jesus findeth him in the temple; and he said unto him, “Behold, thou art become whole: sin no more, lest some worse thing befall thee.” The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him whole.

And on this account the Jews persecuted Jesus, because he did these things on the sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father worketh until now, and I also work." On this account, therefore, the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath, but also spoke of God as his own Father, making himself equal to God.3 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, except what he seeth the Father doing : for what things soever he doeth, these also the Son in like manner doeth : for the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that he himself doeth : and he will show him greater works than these, so that ye will wonder. the Father raiseth the dead, and giveth them life, so also the Son giveth life to whom he will. Nor indeed doth the Father judge any one ; but he hath committed all judgment unto the Son, that all may honour the Son, as they honour the Father : he that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father who sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and cometh not into condemnation, but hath passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God : and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so he hath also given to the Son to have life in himself; and he hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.1 Wonder not at this : for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth ; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life ; but they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of condemnation. I cannot do any thing of myself : as I hear I judge : and my judgment is righteous, because I seek not mine own will, but the will of him who sent me.

For as

1 Griesbach omits “and sought to kill him.” 2 Archbishop Newcome renders the clause—"making himself like God.” Perhaps putting himself on a level with God would most exactly express the import of this charge.

If I alone bear testimony concerning myself, my testimony is not true. There is another that beareth testimony concerning me; and I know that the testimony which he testifieth concerning me is true. Ye sent unto John, and he bare testimony unto the truth. Yet I require not testimony from man : but I say these things that ye may be saved. He was a burning and shining light; and ye were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than that of John : for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, these very works which I am doing, bear testimony concerning me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father who sent me, hath himself borne testimony concerning me. Have

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ye never heard his voice, nor seen his appearance ? 1 and have ye not his word abiding among you ?—that ye believe not on him whom he hath sent! Ye search the scriptures, because in them ye think ye have everlasting life : and they are they which bear testimony concerning me: and yet ye are not willing to come to me, that ye may have life. I require not glory from men : but I know you, that ye have not the love of

I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another should come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, who require glory from one another, and seek not the glory which cometh from God alone? Think not that I will accuse you to the Father : there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For if ye had believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote concerning me. But if

ye believe not his writings, how will ye



words ?”1

God in you.


MATT. xii. 148.

MARK ii, 23-28.

The Walk through the Corn-fields on the Second-first Sabbath. 1

LUKE iv. 14, 15. vi. 1–5. AND Jesus returned in the power of the spirit into Galilee: and a report went forth concerning him throughout all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.

Now it came to pass on the second-first sabbath that he was going through the corn fields : now his disciples hungered, and began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat, rubbing them in their hands. But certain of the Pharisees, seeing it, said unto him, “Behold, thy disciples are doing that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. And Jesus answering them said, “Have ye never read this—what David did, when he had need, and he himself hungered, and they who were with him ? how he went into the house of God, in the days of Abiathar the high-priest, and took the showbread, and ate, which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone, and gave also to them who were with him? Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and yet are blameless ?5 But I say unto you, that a greater than the temple is here. (But if ye had known what this meaneth, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,'8 ye would not have condemned the guiltless.)" And he said unto them, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath : therefore the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath.”

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Christ Rejected at Nazareth.?

LUKE iv. 16-30.

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up : and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day; and he stood up to read.

And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,9 «The spirit of the Lord is upon me:

10 wherefore


[bottom of last page, ] M., Mk. : them, L. 2 M. : Behold, why are they doing on the sabbath that which is not lawful ? Mk.: Why are ye doing that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath ? L. 31 Sam, xxi. 6. 4 v. H. n.: Lev. xxiv.5-9. 5 Numb. xxviii. 9. 6 Hos. vi. 6. 70. H. n. & Or, unrolled the book : 80 in verse 20, rolled up the book. 9 Is. lxi. 1. 10 Or, (with a different punctuation,) The spirit of the Lord is upon me, wherefore he hath anointed me: he hath sent me to preach glad tidings, &c.


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