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those Rewards among the Pious, that they have been ·Prophets in my Church, that“ they have cast out evil Spirits, and performed many Miracles ; to whom I hall openly declare, that inasmuch as they did not join Sanctity of Manners with those Gifts I had bestowed upon them, they ought not to be acccounted my Disciples, and are not to expect to share with me in the Happiness of my Kingdom, since they did not throw off their vitious Habits. 'Twill be in vain for any then to call me Lord and Matter, who have not obey'd my Precepts; for they only can bę esteem'd my Disciples, whose.Practice has been conformable to my Commands.

Whoever, after having fully acquainted himself with my Doctrine, leads a Life conformable unto it, will resemble a wise Architect, who being to build a House near the Bauk of some River, lays the Foundation of it deep, and upon a Rock. .

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MATTHEW.

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John.
CHA P. VII.

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could nor Thake it : for it house : and it fell not,

was founded upon a for it was founded upon

rock. a rock. 26 And every one that

49 But he that hearheareth these sayings of

ech, and doeth not, is mine, and doeth them

like a man that without a not, shall be likened unto

foundation built an house a foolish man which built

upon the earth, his house upon the fand: 27 And the rain de.

against scended, and the Houds

which the stream did beat came, and the winds blew,

vehemently, and immeand beat upon that house:

diatly it fell, and the ruin and it tell, and great was

of that house was great. the fall of it.

28 And it came to pass when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine.

29 For he taught chem as one having auchoricy, and not as the scribes. A House thus built will be able to withstand the shock of all Storms and Tempests, nor is it to be undermin’d by the overflowing of the River: and he that lives agreeably to my Doctrine, has so well fortified himself, as not to be brib'd or frigh: ten'd from his Duty, but is fecure against the weak Efforts of all worldly Hopes and Fears. On the contrary, whoever is acquainted with my Doctrine, and neglects to live answerably to it, is like an unwary Builder, who having a House to build upon the River side, lays the Foundation of it in the Sand, and imagins it is iecur'd against every Accident, whereas the first Tempest or Inundation is able to destroy it. For he who cannot persuade himself to quit those vitious Pradices which are condemn'd by my Doctrine in cate of Persecution, will without hesitating abandon that Religion, whose Principles would restrain him from indulging himself in his beloved Vices.

When Jesus had finish'd these Discourses, the whole Multitude were in admiration both of his Doctrine, and the Authority that went along with it: for whereas the Doctors of the Law were wont to expound Moses, and the Doctrines handed down to them from their Ancestors, Jesus acted as one that had receiv'd Commission from God himself no otherwise than Moses had done before him, and propounded his Dudrine to them with the Authority of a Legislator.

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2 And a certain centurions servant, who was dear upco him, was sick, and ready to die.

3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unco him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.

4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this.

6 And saying, Lord, ' my servant lieth at home fick of the palsie, grievoufly tormented.

CH A P. XXIII.

Jesus curės the Centurion's Servant at Capernaum, and restores to Life

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It happen'd at the same time that a Servant of a certain Roman Centurion, very much belov'd by him, fell sick of the Pally, and was so very ill with it, that his Life began to be despair'd of The Centurion hearing that felves was return'd, sent some of the best Condition among the Jewish Inhabitants of the Town to him, to intreat him to repair to his sick Servant te fave his Life, and restore him to Health. These men went forthwith to Jefiesearnestly interceding with him, and urging in behalf of the Centurion, that he had always Shew'd himself a Friend to the Jewish

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JOHN.

CHA P. VIII.

CHA P. VII.

7 And Jefus faith unto him, I will come, and heal him.

5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.

6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion fent friends to him, fay. ing unto him,

8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst come ander my roof:

but speak the word only, and niy servant shall be healed.

9 For I am a man under authority, having souldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth: and to anocher, Come, and he cometh : and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

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8 For I also am a 'man set under authority, having under me souldiers ; and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth :. and to another, Come, and he cometh: and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

Nation, that he had built 'em a Synagogue at Capernaum at his own proper cost; that therefore he deserv'd to have all Favour Shewn him by the Jews, and every one of 'em in particular, Jesus being prevail'd upon by these reasons, went together with them diredly to the House of the Centurion, and being not far from it, he was accosted by some other of his Friends with this Message from him : That he did not think it in the least necessary for him to take the trouble upon him to come in person to his House, as knowing very well that he was able with one words speaking, in what place foever be were, to heal his Servant, tho at never fo great a distance from him that he look'd upon himself as unworthy to entertain fo great a Prophet, for which reason he did not wait upon him himself, but had recourse to the mediation of his Jewish Friends for the obtaining this Favour from him : That he consider'd, that as he himself, who was under the command of superior Officers, yet had Soldiers of his Company and domestick Servants, whom he might fend on what Errands, and whithersvever he pleas'd; fo Jefus, who was supreme Governour of the Universe, bad Angels at his command, any of whom dispatch'd by his Authority would be able to cure his Servant. Féfuss baving receiv'd this

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9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvel led at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel.

ji And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and west, and shall fit down with Abraham, and Ifaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teech.

13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the self-fame hour.

10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been fick.

Message from the Centurion, admir'd the singular Opinion this man had conceiv'd of the Power he was invested with ; and turning himself to the Multitude, declar'd before 'em all," that he had not met with any one among the Fews who entertain'd such elevated Notions concerning the Divine Power. He added further, that like as the Faith of this Roman Centurion, which entitld him to a par ticipation of the Benefits of the Kingdom of Heaven, exceeded that of any of the Jews, so also it should come to pass, that many Heathens from the remotest parts of the Earth should believe on him, and share the Felicity of the Kingdom of Heaven with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, those Founders of the Fewish Nation, while many of the Jews who had the Advantages and Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven propounded to them in the first place by the peculiar Bounty of God, Shall be wholly excluded from them. Fesus then dismiss'd the Friends of the Centurion, bidding, 'em tell him that in consideration of his Faith, his Servant should be cur'd: they therefore return'd, and found his Servant had recover'd exadly at the same time that Jesus told them he should be cur'd.

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