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The Paralytic curd at Jerusalem, and commanded to carry his Bed upon

the Sabbath-day. The murmuring, of the Jews hereupon, and the Speeches of Christ concerning himself and his Father ; and the Truth of his Do&trine confirm’d by the Testimonies of John and the Scrip

tures,

Fterwards the Passover drawing near, which happened that year the 16th of

April, 'Fesus, as he was wont, went up to Jerusalem to celebrate that Festival, according to the Law. Now there was in the City a Pool in which they us’d to walh Sheep, and adjoining to it a Building consisting of five Porches, in which were laid persons sick of all manner of Distempers, who had been given over by the Physicians, such as the Blind, the Lame, and the Paralytic, who all waited for the troubling of the Water, that they might throw themselves into it, and therie by recover their Health, or use of their Limbs. For it was constantly reported,

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4 For an angel went down ar a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water : whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in, was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

6 when Jesus saw him ly, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he faith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have, no man,

when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool : but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

8 Jesus faith unto hiin, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

9 And immediatly the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked : and on the same day was the fabbath.

that at a certain time of the year an Angel came down and stir'd up the Water, and that whoever first leap'd in after it, was perfe&tly curd of whatever Distemper he labour'd under. When Jesus came to this place, he took notice of one tha had been afflicted with the Palsy eight and thirty years : which when he understood, he ask'd him whether he did not desire to recover his former strength. The man told him he most earnestly desir'd it, but that he had no body to throw him into the Pool after the troubling of it, and that while he endeavour'd to crawl into it, he was always prevented by some stronger than himself; fo that he had all along been frustrated. Jesus taking pity of the man, and to shew the Power he had received from his Father, Arise, said he, take up thy Bed upon thy shoulders, and walk away with it. He had no sooner spoke these words, but the man recover'd his Strength, and did as he was commanded. It happen’d to be the Sabbath-day, which made several of the Jews who saw the man walking off with

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10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the fabbath-day ; it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up. thy bed and walk.

12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto chee, Take up thy bed and walk ?

13 And he that was healed. wist' not who it was : for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in. that place.

14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou are made whole, fin no more, left a worse thing come unto . thee.

his Bed upon his shoulders, put him in mind of it, and that therefore it was not lawful for him to carry any Burden whatsoever from one place to another. But he replied, he had no scruple upon him on this account, having been commanded to carry his bed from one of the Porches of the Sheep-pool, by him who had cur'd him of the Palfy by a word's speaking, who he said was without doubt a Prophet, and uncapable of commanding any thing unlawful, since God had perform'd fo re. markable a Miracle on his behalf.

Hereupon they ask'd with indignation, who it was that had set him upon this servile Imployment on the Sabbath day, and thereby made him transgress the Law? The sick man knew not Jesus by name, and therefore look'd round about to thew him to 'em, but in vain; for Jesus had withdrawn himself from the Crowd immediatly after he had perform’d the Cure. Some time after Jesus met him in the Temple, and admonilh'd him, that since he had recover'd his Health by the favour of God, he ought now to think upon a Reformation of Manners, and seriously to set about it, lest by his Ingratitude to God he should draw down much more grievous Punishments upon himself than those he had been lately deliver'd from. The man upon these words presently knew Fefus, and inquiring out

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15 The man departed, and
told the Jews that it was •
Jesus which had made him
whole.

16 And therefore did the
Jews persecute Jesus, and
lought to slay him, because
he had done these things on
the fabbath-day.

17 But Jesus answered them, My Father workech hitherto, and I work.

18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also, that God was his Fa. ther, making himself equal with God.

19 Then answered Jesus, and said unto them, Verily verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seech the Father do: for what things soever he docth, these allo

doeth the Son likewise. his name, he went to those who had demanded of him who it was that bid him carry his Bed upon the Sabbath day, and told them that it was Jesus of Nazaret's that had cur'd him. They looking on Jesus as a Violator of the Sabbath, were inflam'd with Anger, and judgʻd him to have committed a Crime worthy of Death, and consulted how they might contrive to have fome capital Punishment inflicted on him, not daring to satisfy their Malice by their own Power, the Romans having depriv'd the Jews of the Authority of determining in Capital Causes.

Fefus lighting their Anger, told them that his heavenly Father pour'd out innumerable Benefits on Men indifferently upon any Day, and without respect had upon this account to the Sabbath, and that therefore they had no reason to blame him, if he propos'd him for his Example

. The Jews were the more inrag'd at this, supposing he had insinuated that it was not necessary to observe the Sabbath and that he had spoken irreligiously in stiling God his Father, instead of that usual Phrase among the Jews, Our Father: Thereby seeming to make himself equal with God; but especially for saying, that in doing many things on the Sabbathday, he did but imitate him. Fesus told them, The Son truly could do nothing of his own accord, but that he exactly follow'd the Pattern set him by his Father, and that like him he did not restrain himself from doing good, even on the Sabbath

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20 For che Facher loveth che Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than there, that ye may marvel.

21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickenech them : even so the Son quickenech whom he will.

22 For the Father judg. eth no 'man; but hach committed all judgment unto the Son:

23 That all men should honour che Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth nor the Son, honoureth nor the Father which hath sent him.

24 Verily verily I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hach everlasting life, and shall noc come into condemnacion ; but is passed from death un

to life.

day. The Father fo loves the Son, that the Son, in every thing he does, acts by a Power deriv'd from the Father ; but you shall see greater things than these, and worthy of Admiration: for as the Father not only heals the sick, but raises from the dead whomsoever he pleases į so also shall the Son restore to Life whomsoever he has a mind to. Nor has the Father invested him only with a Power of doing good to Men, but has also constituted him Judg over them ; for the Father judges no man by himself, having transfer'd this Office to the Son. They therefore that worship the Father, mult worship the Son also, as he who will be their Judg here

but whoever will not worship the Son, 'neither will he worship the Father, who has sent him among Men on purpose tò be worship'd by them.

Be assur'd that whoever obeys me, and believes in God, whose Meffenger I am, shall undoubtedly obtain eternal Life, and shall suffer 'no Punishment, but be tranlated immediately after his Death'into a blessed state of Immortality. Which

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