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TI And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem,
that he passed through the midst of Samaria and 12 Galilee... And as he entered into a certain village,
there met him ten men that were lepers, which 13 stood afar off (f):- And they lifted up their voices and 14 said, Jesus, Mafter, have mercy on us. And
when he faw them, he faid unto them, Go shew
yourselves unto the priests (8). And it came to pass 15 that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of
them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, 16 and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down
on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he 17 was a Samaritan. And Jefus answering said, Wers
there not ten cleansed ? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to 19. God, fave this stranger (h). And he said unto him,
Arise, go thy way; thy faith (i) hath made thes whole.
Matt. xxv. 9.
and constantly in the performance of all his commands, but must esteem himself an unprofitable servant, not worth the purchase paid for him. And if the utmost that any man can do is no more than his duty obligeth him to, the best can have no merit to plead för themselves, much less to transfer to others; and the Romish doca trine of Supererogation, that one man can make up the deficiencies of another, in virtue and religion, must fall to the ground. See
Note. (f) Lepers were obliged to stand at a distance. by the law of Moses, left they should infect others.
(g) To the Jewish priests, as the law of Moses required. See Matt. viii. 4.
(2) What a reproach to them who have the advantage of the true religion, to be more negligent of their duty than others ! See Chap.
(i) “ Thy belief that I had power to cure thee, háth been the occasion of my working this miracle.". Though none but the Samaritao had faith to deserve a.cure, yet the miracle was extended to: the other nine, to mark in a striking manner the different behaviour of. Jews and.strangers under the same circumstances, when God bad.. vouchsafed to offer salvation unto all..
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees (k), when the kingdom of God should come; he answer
ed them, and said, The kingdom of God cometh 21 not with observation. Neither shall they fay, lo
here, or, lo there : for béhold the kingdom of God 22 is within you. And he said unto the disciples, The
days will come (1), when ye shall desire to see one of
the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. 23 And they shall say to you, See here, or, see there : 24 go not after them, nor follow them. For as the
lightning that lightneth out of the one part under
heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven ; 25 fo shall also the Son (m) of man be in his day. But
first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of 26 this generation. And as it was in the days of Noe,
so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they
were given in marriage, until the day that Noe en
tered into the ark : and the flood came and destroyed 28 them all. Likewise alfo as it was in the days of Lot,
they did eat, they drank, they bought, they fold, 29 they planted, they builded. But the same day that
Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone 30 from heaven, and destroyed them all : Even thus
(k) The Pharisees ask this scoffingly, When is this kingdom you talk so much of to appear ?' His answer is, It cometh not with outward marks of splendor and triumph, but is of a moral and spiritual nature, ruling over the affections of the foul, to reform and purify them. It is therefore in your own hearts and lives that you must look for it, where, by my preaching, it ought long since to have been eftablished.
(2) The time is coming, when you will in vain wish for the advantages of my personal inftruction which you now enjoy.
(m) If any man fhall tell you that Christ is in this or that private place shortly to appear, believe it not: for, as the appearance of lightning seems to be universal and instantaneous, fo shall that of the Son of man be. He will come to judgment when he is not expeeted, and will execute it without delay in the deftruction of Jea rusalem.
shall it be in the day when the Son of man is reveal31 ed. In that day, he which shall be upon the house
top, and his stuff in the house, let him not come
down to take it away: and he that is in the field, 32. let him likewise not return back (n). Remember 33 Lot’s wife (6). Whosoever shall seek to save his life,
shall lose it : and whosoever shall lose his life, shall 34 preserve it. I tell you, in that night there shall be
two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and 35 the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other
Two men shall be in the field; the one shall 37 be taken, and the other left. And they answered
and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wherefoever the body is, thither will the eagles (p) be gathered together.
1 AND he spake a parable unto them, to this end, ,
that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared 3 not God, neither regarded man. And there was a
widow in that city, and the came unto him, saying, 4 Avenge me of mine adversary (a). And he would
(n) See Matt. xxiv. 17. Mark ii. 4.
(0) Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt, as a punishment for turning back, when she ought to have been intent on escaping from the deftruction which God was inflicting on that wicked country. Gen. xix. 26.
(P) Wherever the bulk of this wicked nation shall happen to be gathered together at the time of my coming to punish them, there may you as surely expect the blow to fall, as the ravenous birds are to be looked for where there is a carcass for them to devour. And in fact, the Jews were assembled together in unusual numbers at Jerusalem, to celebrate the feast of Pentecoft, at the exact point of time when the Roman army appeared, and shut them all up within the walls of the city. Matt. xxiv. 28. Note. (a) Do me justice.
not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, 5 Though I fear not God, nor regard'man, Yet be
cause this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, 6 left, by her continual coming, she weary me. And
the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge faith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry
day and night unto him, (b) though he bear long 8 with them? I tell you that he will avenge
them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man com9 eth (c), fhall he find faith on the earth ? And he
spake this parable unto certain which trusted in
themselves, that they were righteous, and despised 10 others : Two men went up into the temple to
pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. Il The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself;
God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this 12 publican: I fast (d) twice in the week, I give tithes 13 of all that I poffefs. And the publican standing afar
off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto hea
ven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be 14 merciful to me a finner. I tell you, this man went
down to his house justified (e), rather than the other : for every one that exalteth himself, shall be abased;
and he that humbleth himself, ihall be exalted. 15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he
would touch them: but when his disciples faw it, 16 they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto
him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto
me, and forbid them not: for of such is the king(6) Though he fees fit to try their patience and faith, and long forbears to relieve them.
(c) When Christ shall come to execute judgment upon the Jews, how few will be found who have had faith enough in him to take warning by his admonitions, and prepare themselves for that awful event!
(d) The Jews fasted on Mondays and Thursdays. (e) Approved and accepted by God.
17 dom of God. Verily I fay unto you, Whosoever
shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little 18 child, shall in no wise enter therein (f). And a
certain ruler asked him, saying, Good master, what 19 shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said
unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good 20 save one, that is God (g). Thou knowest the com
mandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill,
Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy 21 father and thy mother. And he said, All these 22' have I kept from my youth up.
Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing : sell all that thou hast, and distribute
únto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in hea23-ven: and come, follow me. And when he heard
this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. 24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he
said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter 25 into the kingdom of God (b)! For it is easier for
a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich 26 man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they 27 that heard it, said, Who then can be faved? And
he said, The things which are impossible with men, 28 are possible with God (i). Then Peter said, Lo, we 29 have left all, and followed thee. And he said unto them,
Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath
left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or chil30 dren, for the kingdoin of God's fake, Who shall
not receive manifold more in this present time (k),
and in the world to come life everlasting. 31 Then he took unto him the twelve,
and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all
(f) See Mark x, 14. Note.