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38. Jesus therefore again groaning in himself, comech to the Grave. It was a Cave, and a Stone lay upon it.

39. Jesus said, Take ye away the Stone. Martha, the Sister of him that was dead, faith unto him, Lord, by this time he STINKETH : for he hath been dead four Days.

40. Jesus faith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that if thou wouldft BELIEVE, thou shouldft see the GLORY of God?

41. Then they took away the Stone from the Place where the Dead was laid. And Jesus Lift up his Eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

42. And I knew that thou heareft me always: but bem cause of the People which stand by, I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

43. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud Voice, Lazarus, CONE FORTH.

44. And he that was DEAD came forth, bound Hand and Foot with Grave-clothes : and his face was bound about with a Napkin. Jesus faith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

45. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the Things which Jesus did, BELIEVED on him.

46. But some of them went their ways to the PHARISEES, and told them what Things Jefus had done. (a) Psal. ii. 1. Why do the Hea

47: Then (a) gathered the then rage, and the People imaChief Priests and the Phari- gine a VAIN THING?

2. The Kings of the Earth set sees a Council, and said, themselves, and the Rulers take What do we? for this Man COUNSEL together, against the doth many MIRACLES.

LORD, and against his ANOINTED. 48. If we let him thus alone, all Men will beLIEVE on him ; and the Romans shall come, and take away both our Place and Nation.

49. And one of them named Caiaphas, being the HIGH PRIEST that same Year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,

50. Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one Man Should die for the People, and that the whole Nation perish not.

51. And this fpake he not of HIMSELP: but being High Priest that Year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that Nation :

32. And not for that NATION only, but that also he Mould gather together in one, the Children of God that were SCATTERED abroad,

53. Then

53. Then from that Day forth, they took COUNSEL together for to put him to Death.

54. Fesus therefore walked no more openly among the Fews; but went thence unto a Country near to the Wilderness, into a City called Ephraim, and there continued with his Disciples.

55. And the Jews Passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the Country up to Jerusalem before the Paffover, to purify themselves.

56. Then Tought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the Temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the Feast ?

57. Now both the Chief Priests and the Pharifees had given a Commandment, that if any Man knew where he were, he should thew it, that they might Take him.

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CHRIST, by divers PARA

BLES, represents the spiritual Nature of his King. dom :

Many of which are explained, and ap

plied to their just and spiritual Meaning by Our Saviour himself, and to

Places in the New TesTAMENT refer.

which many

CHRIST'S Parabolical Sermon to the

Multitude by the Sea-side, of the Sower of Seed, with the Explanation of it.

Matt. xiii. 1. Mark iv. 1. Luke viii. 4. [21.] HE fame Day went Jefus out of the

House, and fat by the Sea-side. [L.] And when much People were gathered together, and were come to him out of

every City, [Mr.] he began again to teach by the Sea-side, [M] and great Multitudes were gathered together unto him, fo that he went into a Ship, and the whole Multitude stood on the Shore, [Mr.] and was by the Sea on the Land. [M.] And he spake unto them, [Mr.) and taught them many

things by PARABLES, and said unto them, [L.] by a PARABLE, [ Mr.) hearken, Behold, there went out a Sower to fow (L.) his Seed : [Mr.) And it came to pass as he sowed, some fell on the WAY-SIDE, (L.) and it was troden down, (Mr.) and the Fowls of the Air came and devoured it up. And some fell upon STONY GROUND, where it had not much Earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had not depth of Earth : (L.) and as soon as it was sprung up [11.) it was scorched, (L.) because it lacked Moisture; [Mr.) and because it had no Root, it withered away. [L.) And some fell among THORNS, and the Thorns sprang up with it, and choked it, [Mr.) and it yielded no Fruit. [I.] And other fell on GOOD GROUND, and sprang up, and bare Fruit, (Mr.] that sprang up and increased, and brought forth, some thirty, and some fixty, and some an hundred. [L.] And when he had said these Things, he cried, and said unto them, He that hath Ears to hear, let him hear. And when he was alone, (M.) the Disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakert thou unto them in Parables ? [Mr.) And they that were about him, with the Twelve, asked him of the Parable, (L.) say. ing, What might this Parable be ? [M.] And he antwered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the MYSTERIES of the Kingdom of Heaven ; but to them it is not given. [Mr.] But all these Things are done in Parables, that seeing, they may fee, and not perceive ; and hearing, they may hear, and not understand : left at any time they should be converted, and their Sins Thould be forgiven. [M.] For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he hall have more Abundance : but whosoever hath not, from him fhall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore fpeak I to them in Parables: because they SEEING, SE E not; and HEARING, they HEAR not, neither do they UNDERSTAND. And in them is fulfilled the Prophecy in Esaias, which faith, By Hearing, ye shall hear, and shall not understand : and Seeing, ye shall fee, and shall not perceive. For this peoples Heart is waxed gross, and their Ears are dull of hearing : and their Eyes they have closed; left at any time they should fee with their Eyes, and hear with their Ears, and should understand with their Heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But bleffed are your Eyes, for they fee; and your Ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, many PROPHETS and RIGHTEOUS Men have

defired

that

defired to see those Things' which ye fee, and have not
seen them; and to hear those Things which ye hear, and
have not heard them. [Mr.)
And he said unto them, Lord is perfect, converting the

(a) Psal. xix. 3. The Law of the Know ye not this PARABLE? Soul : the Teltimony of the Lord and how then will ye know is fure, making wise the fimple. all Parables ? [M.] Hear ye are right, Rejoicing the Heart:

8. The STATUTES of the Lord therefore the Parable of the che Commandment of the Lord is Sower. [L.] Now the Pa- pure, ENLIGHTNING the Eyes. rable is this : [Mr.] The

PS. cxix. 9. Wherewith shall a Sower foweth the WORD. By taking heed thereto, according

young Man CLEANSE his Way ? [L.] The (a) Seed is the to thy WORD. WORD of God. [Mr.] And

u. Thy Word) have I hid in my these are they by the Way; gainst thee.

HEART, that I might not sin 2side, (L.) that hear, (Mr.] 105. Thy WORD is a LAMP unto where the WORD is fown: my feet, and a Light unto my

PATH. but when they have heard, Heb.iv. 1. Let us therefore FEAR, SATancomethimmediately, left a Promise being left us of enand, taketh away the Word tring into his Rest, any of you

Thould seem to come short of it. that was sown in their Hearts,

2. For unto lis was the GOSPEL [L.) out of their Hearts, left preached, as well as unto them: but they fould BELIEVE and the WORD preached did not profit be SAVED. [M.] When any in them that lieard it.

them not being MuXED with Faith one heareth the Word of the

ul. Let us LABOUR therefore to Kingdom, and understand- enter into that Rest, leit any Man eth it not, then cometh the FALL after the same Example of

UNBELIEF.
WICKED ONE, and catcheth

12. For the Word of God is quick away that which was sown and powerful, and sharper than any in his Heart : This is he two-edged Sword, piercing even to which received Seed by the Spirit, and of the Joints and Mar

the dividing afunder of Soul and Way-side. [Mr.] And these row, and is a DISCERNER of the are they likewise [M.] that THOUGHTS and INTENTS of the

Heart. received the Seed in ftony

13. Neither is there any CREAPlaces ; [Mr.] who when ture that is not manifest in his they have heard the Word, Sight: but all things are NAKED,

and opened unto che Eyes of him immediately they receive it with whom we have to do. with Gladness: and have no 1 Pet. ii. 1. Wheretore laying a. Roor in themselves, and so fide all MALICE, and all GUILE, ENDURE but for a Time, (L.) and Hypocrisies, and Envies, and

Evil-speakings, which for a while believe :

2. As new-born Babes, desire the [Mr.] Afterward, when Af- sincerc Milk of the WORD, that ye FLICTION (6) or Persecution may grow thereby:

3. It so be ye have tasted that the ariseth for the Word's fake, Lord is gracious. immediately they are offend (6) i Pet. ii. 20. For what Glory

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