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' he said–Daughter be of good comfort, thy Chapter Verle « faith hath made thee whole. And the woman ' was made whole from that hour.' Mark says, that the woman, immediately upon her touching the garment, found the fountain of her blood was dried up, and that she was healed of her plague. Adding-And Jesus immediately knowing in himself, that virtue had gone out of him. (If virtue had gone out at all, I should suppose it went out of his garment : but I do not see what virtue had to do in the affair if she obtained her cure as a reward for her faith. A case fimilar, and at least equal to that of the centurion, though not so highly extolled.) Luke informs us that when the woman touched the border of the garment, her issue of blood was immediately ftaunched, and Jesus said, Who touched me? . When all denied ; Jesus said, Somebody hath ' touched me : for I perceive that virtue is gone

out of me.' Upon this the woman confessed the fact, afligned the cause, and declared the effect. Jesus said to her— Daughter, be of good • comfort ; thy faith hath made thee whole : go ' in peace.' How happened it that Jesus, knowing virtue had gone out of him (or his garment) did not know to whom, or for what purpose it was gone? Before (according to Mark and Luke's account) he obtained this knowledge, it had done its office; the cure was effected.

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Chapter Verse When this affair was dispatched, Jesus went ix,

23 to the ruler's house, where he saw the min. 24 ' strels and the people, making a noise. He said

unto them, give place, the maid is not dead 25 ' but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

• But when the people were put forth, he went

' in, and took her by the hand, and the maid 26 arose. And the fame thereof went abroad into

all that land.' Mark gives us a more particular account of this matter-indeed he generally embellishes or enlarges upon Matthew)—he tells us, that whilst Jesus was talking to the woman, the ruler received information that his daughter was dead. Jesus hearing this said to him— Be ! not afraid, only believe.' When he came to the house, he said – Why make ye this ado and

weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn : but when he

had put them all out, he taketh the father and " the mother of the damsel, and them that were ' with him (Péter, Jaines and John) and en' tereth in where the damsel was lying ; and he

took her by the hand, and said, I say unto thee

Arise. And straightway the damsel arose and ' walked, for she was of the age of twelve years.' In that warm climate, and especially with the Jews; this was the age of puberty : and therefore Mark might think it necessary to record that the father, mother, and three disciples, were



present. By Luke's account in his eighth chapter, Chapter Verfe it appears that Jesus only was with her when the was restored to life : and that he charged the pa

that they should tell no man what was * done.' Pity it is that Matthew, who had just been elected, was not admitted to view a miracle which would have confirmed him beyond a doubt. And how happened it that John, who it seems was present, says not a word of the mat, ter ? Matthew concludes his account of it thus

And the fame hereof went abroad into all that ix. 26

land.' Mark, on the contrary says-' And he ' charged them straightly, that no man should

know it : and commanded that something 'fhould be given her to eat. Luke's conclusion is-' And her parents were astonished : but he

charged them that they should tell no man what

was done.' Why were these orders given? or why were they not obeyed ? but more of this hereafter. We will now return to Matthew ' And when Jesus departed thence, two blind

men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou 28 Son of David, have mercy on us.

And when ' he was come into the house, the blind men

came to him: and Jesus faith unto them, Believe


that I am able to do this? They said 29 unto him, yea Lord. Then touched he their eyes saying, according to your faith, be it unto you. And their eyes were opened ; and 30



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Chapter Verse ix.

Jesus straightly charged them, saying Seo

that no man know it. But they, when they
were departed, spread abroad his fame in all

(Another instance of disobe-
'dience in this way.) As they went out, behold

they brought to him a dumb man possessed with

a devil : and when the devil was cast out, the

dumb fpake : (As this devil submitted in fi-
lence, we may surmise that he was a dumb

devil) and the multitudes marveled, saying,
34 it was never so seen in Israel. But the Phari.
• fees faid--He cafteth out the devils through the

prince of the devils. (Matthew does not record
that Jesus made any reply to this charge, but
goes on to other matter. However when this

charge was afterwards renewed Jesus answered
35 ' it. Vide ch. xii.) And Jesus went about all

the cities and villages, teaching in their syna-
gogues, and preaching the gospel of the king-
dom, and healing every sickness, and every

among the people. But when he saw
• the multitudes, he was moved with compassion

on them because they fainted, and were scat

tered abroad, as fheep having no fhepherd. " Then faith he unto his disciples—The harvest ' is truly plenteous, but the labourers are few.

Pray ye therefore the lord of the harvest, that • he will send forth labourers into his harvest.' This is a proper introduction to what follows, i.e. fending out the twelve to teach, &c. But Mark





having recorded a transaction previous to this, and omitted by Luke and John; we will exa. mine it, and then return to Matthew. Finishing the story of the ruler's daughter, he proceeds

And he went out from thence, and came in

to his own country, and his disciples follow ' him. And when the fabbath-day was come, he

began to teach in the synagogue : 'and many, hearing him, were astonished, saying, From

whence hath this man these things ? and what ! wisdom is this which is given unto him, that

even such mighty works are wrought by his ' hands ? (they must have reasoned in this man

ner, of his mighty works, from report only ; none of them, according to Mark, had been exhibited in Nazareth.) Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Jofes, and of Juda, and Simon ? And are not his fifters here with us? and they were offended

at him. That is, at his pretensions to such power. Had they seen proofs, it would have altered the case : but this could not be. We are told plainly—' And he could there do no mighty

work, save that he laid his hands upon a few ' fick folk, and healed them. And he marveled • because of their unbelief : and he went round

about the villages, teaching.' Not a single miracle recorded. I am inclined to think Joseph was at this time dead: he is not named with the family, and they call Jesus, who was the


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