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17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Efaias ; and when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18. The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hach sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of fight to the blind, to set at liberty chem that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down: and the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this
scripture fulfilled in your ears. to read some Lesson out of the Prophets, as was practis'd among the Jews. The Minister of the Synagogue therefore reached him the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, which turning over, he happen'd upon the place where it is written, ch. 61. 1, 2. The Spirit of the Lord Godis upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim Liberty to the Captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.' When he had read these words, he clos'd the Book, and restor'd it to the Minister : All mens eyes being fix'd upon him, he sat down, and preach'd unto them, telling 'em that this day that Prophecy of Isaiah was fúlfold.
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22 And all bare him witness, and wondred at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son ?
23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely fay unto
me this proverb, Physician, heal thy felf: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy countrey.
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44 For Jesus himself rily I say unto you, No teftified, that a propher propher is accepted in his hath nó honour in his own countrey.
They all extold him, and wonder'd at the fingular Gracefulness of his Speechi, inquiring of one another whether this was not the Son of Joseph ? Whence then faid they, has this man acquir'd so much Learning, having been so long educated by such mean Parents ? But they gave no credit to the Miracles they had heard of, because they never saw him perform any in their presence. Which fesus perceiving, I know very well, said he, that you are ready to object this Proverb to me, Phyfician, heal thy self : That is, if I would be effeem'd as a Prophet in this city,'I ought to show fome Miracles also in my own Country, and the place in which I have been bred and educated, as I have done in other parts, and especially at Capernaum. But you are to take notice, that no Prophet has ever been receiv'd by his own Countrymen with that Honor that was due to him, and that there are very few who deserve fo great a favour as to have Miracles wrought among them. There were doubtless many poor Widows among the Jews in the days of Elias, when there had been no Rain for two and forty months. together, and a terrible Famine raged over all the Land of Palestine. Nevertheless,
27. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet: and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard thefe things, were filled with wrath,
29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the ci. ty, and led him unto the brow of the hill (whereon their city was built) that they might cast him down headlong.
30 But he passing through the mids of them CHA P. IV. went his way :
45 Then when he was come inco Galilee,the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem
at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.
the Prophet was sent but to one poor Widow, who liv'd at Sarepta in the Territory of the Sidonians. So also in the time of Eliseus, there were many Jews infected with a Leprosy, yet only Naaman a Syrian was cur'd by him of that Disease.
The Nazarenes were greatly inrag'd by this Speech of Jesus, it plainly appearing that he look'd upon 'em as a People of very little Religion, who would have no regard to any of God's Prophets, and consequently were unworthy of having any Miracles. Performed among them. Hereupon they unanimously rose up, and hurried him away to the Brow of the Hill on which Nazareth was built, intending to precipitate him from it : But the Divine Power rescued him from their impious Hands, becoming
on a sudden invisible to 'em, and none knowing how he had escap'd 'em. Fesus afterwards went into the other parts of Galilee, where he was more kindly entertain'd, there being many in that Country who had seen the Miracles he had wrought the last Passover at Jerusalem.
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46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee,where he made the water wine. And there was a certain noble man, whose fon was. fick at Capernaum.
47. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son : for he was at the point of death.
48 Then said Jesus unto him, Excepc ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
49 The noble man faith. unto him, Sir, come down cre my child die.
50 Jesus faith unto him, Go thy way; thy fon liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.
si And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy fon liveth.
While he was at Cana, the place where he had the same year turn'd Water into Wine, a certain Officer of Herod the Tetrarch, who had heard of his return out of Judea into Galilee, came to him, and desir’d him to go with him to Capernaum, and heal his Son, who was dangerously ill. This he was requested likewise by the rest of the Jews, who would scarce believe on him upon any other account; which made Jesus upbraid 'em, saying, Unless I work miracles among, you, you will not give credit to those that have been Eye-witnesses of them, nor have any respect to my Doctrine, nor the Testimony of John, which ought to be of fo great moment. with you. But the Officer vehemently press’d him to go along with him, his Son being at the point of death. Jesus bid him return to Capernaum, affuring him his Son was recover'd. The man hereupon went home joyfully, believing what Jesus had said to him: Being not far from the City, his Servants met him, and brought him the good news of his Son's Recovery, The Father ask'd 'em at what time
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$? Then enquired he of 'them the hour, when he began to amend : and they Taid unto him, Ye. sterday at the seventh hour the fever left him,
53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy fon liveth; and himself be. lieved, and his whole house.
54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judea into Galilee.
he began to mend, who told him the Fever left him about the seventh hour, which was the very hour in which Jesus told him his Son was recover'd; the Man therefore with all his Family believed that Jesus was sent by God to the Jewish Nation, This was the second Miracle that Jesus wrought that year in Galilee ; for the first was his miraculous Escape out of his Countrymens hands at Nazareth, as has been before related.