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might have been able to have cast out could not cure him, the Devil, and to have cured my Son; but they could not.
17. Then Jesus rebuked his Disciples 17 Then Jesus anfor their want of Faith, saying: How swered and said, o long must I be with you? And how faithless and perverse many, Miracles must I work among generation, how long you, before you will firmly believe me, how long thall I fufand attain such a degree of Faith in my fer you bring him Name, to which God may annex the hither to me. Power of working all Miracles ? Let the young Man be brought hither to
18. Then they brought him to Je 18 And Jesus refus; and Jefus commanded the Devil buked the devil, and to come out of him ; and his Disease he departed out of
him : and the child was perfectly healed. 19. And when the People were gone;
was cured from that the Disciples, grieved that they had not been able to work this Miracle, came disciples to Jesus a
19 Then came the to Jesus alone, and asked him what was part, and said, Why the Reason, that they were not able to could not we cait cast out this Devil, and to heal the him out?
20. Jesus saith: 'Twas for want of 20 And Jesus faid Faith in you, as well as in those who unto them, Because desired your Help. For verily if
your unbelief : had never so little Faith in comparison, for verily I say unto answerable in any measure to your as a grain of muftOffice and your Advantages, nothing ard-seed, ye shall say should be too hard for you to effect for unto this mountain, the Glory of God and in Confirmation Remove hence to of my Doctrine; but ye should be able yonder place, and it to do even things seemingly as impof- Thall remove ; and fible, as removing Mountains, and nothing shall be imthrowing them into the Sea.
poffible unto you. 21. Only ye must remember, that 21 Howbeit this God does not grant the Power of work- kind goeth not out ing these greater Miracles, such as are
but by prayer and
fafting. casting out Devils, and the like; but to those whofe Faith is strengthened by earneft Prayer and Fafting, and ac
22 S And
companied with great Devotion and
Purity of Mind. 22 S And while 22. After this, Jefus returned with they abode in Gali- his Disciples to Capernaum through hee, Jesus said unto Galilee; And as they were in the Way, them, The Son of
Jesus, to prepare his Disciples that man shall be betrayed into the hands of they might not be overwhelmed with
Sorrow at his Death, began to re-mind men :
them again, that he must needs be delivered into the Hands of his Perfecu
23 And they shall 23. And that he must be slain by kill him, and the them, and that on the third Day he third day he shall be should rise again. But the Disciples railed again : and understood not
what he meant by they were exceeding Rising again, and they were grieved to forry.
hear of his Sufferings and Death. 24 | And when
24. Now when they were they were come to home to Capernaum, where Jesus used Capernaum, they that
to dwell; the Officers appointed to gareceived tribute-ma- ther the yearly Offering for the Service mey, came to Peter, and 'faid, Doth not of the Temple, came
to Peter and your master pay tri- asked him, if his Master would not bute?
pay the usual Offering. 25 He saith, Yes.
25 & 26. Peter said; Yes, I supAnd when he was pose so. And when they were come come into the house, into the House, and Peter was about Jesus prevented him, to ask him concerning it, Jesus preventsaying. What thinkeft thou, Simon 1 of ed him, saying ; Peter, what think whom do the kings you? If earthly Princes use to demand of the earth take cu- Tribute, not of their own Children and kom or tribute of Families, but only of others; Do you their own children, not think there is the same Reafon, or of strangers ? that I, whom you acknowledge to be 26 Peter faith un
the Son of God, should be excused to him, Of strangers. from paying any thing to the Service Jesus faith unto him, Then are the chil
of the Temple. dren free.
27. Nevertheless, that we may not 27 Notwith- give them any occasion of blaming landing, left. we us, go to the Lake, and cast in a
Hook, and take the first Fish that
shall find a piece
of Money in his Mouth : that take, should offend them, and give it to the Officers for my Of- go thou to the sea, fering and yours.
and take up the fish, that first cometh up: and when thou haft opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money : that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
CHAP. XVIII. Innocence and Humility requisite to the making good Christians,
ver. 1. Of Scandal, and of Christian Reproof, ver. 6. and 15. Of forgiving the Penitent; and the necessity of jhewing Mercy to others, that we our felves may obtain it of God, ver. 21.
IAT the same great Expectations of the Glory
time came the of Christ's Kingdom, began to dispute disciples unto Jesus, among themselves about Preheminence, greatest in the kingand who should be greatest in that greateft in the kingKingdom: till at last Jesus took Notice of the Dispute, and the Matter + was brought to be decided before him.
2 & 3. Then Jesus, setting a little 2 And Jesus called Child before them, said : Ye are in a
a little child unto great Mistake ; the Kingdom of him, and set him in God, is not like the Kingdoms of this the midst of them, present World; Men shall not there be
3 And said, Veexalted, as they are here, by striving Except
rily I say unto you,
be for Dignity and Preheminence; but they shall be esteemed only by their
+ Not that they directly asked Jefus about it, but only by his discovering their Debate, Luke ix ; 46, 47.
converted, and be. Humility, Meekness, Innocence, and come as little chil
want of Regard for the Things of the dren, ye shall not enter into the kingdom this little Child.
World ; such as are the Qualities of of heaven. 4 Whosoever
4. So that they who in their Life therefore shall hum- and Conversation shall nearest approach ble himself as this to the unaffected Humility and harmlittle child, the same less Innocence of this little Child; such is greatest in the Men shall be lookt upon as the best kingdom of heaven.
Members of my Church on Earth, and shall have the greatest degree of Glory
in Heaven. 5 And whoso
5. These, I say, are the Men, which Tall receive
shall be valued in the sight of God. And such little child in my name, receiveth he who, without respect to Temporal me.
Confiderations, shall entertain and encourage, and affist fuch Men, because they are humble and innocent, and Teachers of that Doctrine which makes Men such ; shall be rewarded, as if he
had entertained me. 6 But whoso 6. On the contrary, he that shall deshall offend one of spise or discourage, persecute or seduce these little
of these humble and innocent Perwhich believe in me, fons, which believe and obey the Gof, it were better for him that a milftone pel; better were it for him that he had were hanged about never been born, or that he had quickly his neck, and that he perished by some untimely Death. were drowned in the 7. For dreadful and terrible are the depth of the sea.
Judgments which God will send upon 7 S Wo unto the the World, for its contemning and world offences : for it mult discouraging, for its perfecuting and needs be that offene seducing innocent and good Men. Such ces come: but wo
indeed is the State of Things, and the to that man by whom Wickedness of Men, that these Things the offence cometh! must needs happen ; and the Provi
dence of God may for wife Reasons permit it to be so: But wo be to that Man, by whose Fault this shall come to pass, that any humble and good Man shall be perfecuted, discouraged, or perverted and inticed into Sin.
VOL. I. : I
8 & 9. It may perhaps seem a hard 8 Wherefore if Precept to Men of stubborn Spirits, to thy hand or thy foot avoid being the occasion of any of these offend thee, cut them Evils; they must perhaps be forced to from thee: it is bet
off, and cait them part with fome of their deareft Plea
ter for thee to enter fures, or most beloved Companions, into life halt or which may be to them like plucking maimed, rather than out a right Eye, or cutting off a right having two hands or Hand.' But if any thing as dear to
two feet, to be cast them even as a right Hand or right Eye, into everlasting fire. be the occasion of their injuring the
9 And if thine cause of Virtue and Piety ; they had pluck it out, and
, much better part with it, what diffi- cast it from thee : culties foever may attend their doing it is better for thee fo, than incur the eternal displeasure of to enter into life God.
with one eye, ra10. Take heed therefore, and do not ther than having think it a light thing, to despise or dir
two eyes to be cast
into hell-fire. courage, or any way draw into Sin, the
Take heed meanest humble and good Man. Do that ye despise not not think it a small thing to lay a Stum one of these little bling-block before those, for whom ones ; for I say unto God has so great a Concern, as to
you, that in heaven send his Angels from his own imme- their angels do aldiate Presence to minister. unto them,
behold the face
of father which and to watch over them.
is in heaven. II. Do not think it a small thing to
u For the Son of be the occasion of Their Fall, whom
man is come to save God has thought fit to send his Son into that which was loft. the World on purpose to redeem and 12 How think
ye to save:
if a man have an 12. For as a Man, that has, for Ex- hundred sheep, and
one of them be gone ample, an hundred Sheep; if one of them chance to stray and be in danger leave the ninety and
astray, doth he not to be loft, he presently leaves the rest nine, and goeth into and runs after that, and searches through the mountains, and all the Country for it ;
seeketh that which is 13. And if he chance to find it, he gone astray? expresses even a more sensible Joy up
13 And if so be on occasion of the recovery of that that he find it, veriwhich was in danger to be loft, than he rejoiceth more
ly I say unto you, at the safety of all the rest of the Flock of that meep, then vala ich had never strayed :