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TH E same day went Jesus out of the house, and set by the 1 Sea fide. 2. And great b multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a c Ship, and fat, and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3. And he spake many things unto them in Parables, saying, Behold, a A Sower went forth to sow. 4. And when he sowed, some Seeds fell by the ways fide, and the fowls came and devoured them up. 5. Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6. And when the Sun was up, they were scorched, and because they had not • root, they withered away. 7. And some fell among * Thorns: and the thorns sprung up and choked them. 8. But other fell into s good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundred-fold, some sixty-fold, some thirty-sold. o. Who hath h Ears to hear, let him hear. 10. And the disciples came and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in Parables? 11. He answered and said unto them, Because it is * given (1) unto you to know the mysteries


ciiion nor Uncircumcision, Barba- built up in him, and stablisiied in rian, Scythian, Bond nor Free : but the Faith, as ye have been taught. Christ is all, and in all. See on fJer. 4.3. Breakup your fallowMat. 7. 14. ground, and sow not among

* * Mar. 4. 1: And he began 5 Thorns. again to teach by the Sea side: 8 Gen. 2 6. 11. Then Isaac sowed and there was gathered unto him in that Land, and received in the a great multitude, so that he entred fame Year an hundred-fold, and the into a Ship, and satin the Sea.—• Lord blessed him.

b'."Luk. 8.4. And when mi^ch jo ht See on Mat. 11. 15. People were gathered together, 5 t Mat. 16. 17. Blessed art thou and were come to him out of «ve- Simon Barjona: for rlefli and ry City.— blood hath not revealed it unto thee,

c f Luk. 5.3. — And he sat but my Father which is in Headown and taught the People tut oflc ven. Mar. 4. 11. And he (aid untht Skip. to them, Unto you it 1$ given ro

d * Luk. 8. 5. A Sower went cut know the Mystery of the Kingdom to/aw his Seed.r-». of God.— Mat. 11. — Thou

'Eph. 3.17. Rotted and ground- hast hid these things from the wise ed in love. Col. 1.7. Rooted and 30 .< .. and

(1) These Words do not imply that God denies that Kmxlcdge which.

of the kingdom of heaven, but k to them it is not git* en. 12. For ' whosoever hath, to him shall be given;1 and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away, even that he hath, 13. Therefore speak I to them in Parables: because they seeing, see not: and hearing, they hear not, neither d< they understand. 14. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, whicli faith, m By hearing ye lhall hear,


and prudent, but hast revealed them are a rebellious house. * Mar

x;nto Babes. Ps. 2jr 14. Thesecret 4. 12. That seeing they may see

of the Lord is with them that fear and not perceive, and /bearing the)

him: and he will shew them his may hear, and not understand

covenant, f 1 Cor. a. 10. But 5 lest at any time they should bi

God hath repealed them unto us by converted, and their Sins should bi

bis Spirit: for the Spirit search- forgiven them. * Luk. 8. 10. Ant

eth all things, yea, the deep things he said unto them, Unto you it I

of God. + 1 Joh. a', vf. But the given to know the Mysteries of tft

anointing which ye have received jo Kingdom of God: but to othej

of him abideth in you: and ye in Parables; that seeing they migh

rieed not that any man teach you: not fee, and hearing they mi

But, as the fame anointing teach- not understand. * Joh. 1 a. 40. .

eth you of all things, and is truth, hath blinded their Eyes, and ha;

and is no lie: and even as it hath , j ned their Heart; that the;

taught you, ye (hall abide in fliould not fee with their Eyq

him. nor understand with their Heart

k a Cor. 4. 3. If our Gospel be and be converted, and I sliouf

bid, it is hid to them that are heal them. * Act. 18. 16. Go d

lost. so this People, and fay, Hearing ye

1 See the Note on Luk. 19. z6. stall hear, and shall not und«

«t>*Isa. 6.9. Go tell this Peo- stand; and feeing ye shall fee, anc

pie, Hear ye indeed, but understand not perceive.. * Rom. n. 8 Aq

not, and fee ye indeed, but per- cording as it is written, God hath

«ive not. Isa. 29.10. The Lord ay given them the Spirit of Slumben

hath poured out upon you the Spi- Ryes that they stiould not fee, and

rit of deep Sleep, and hath closed Ears that they fliould not hear, u»

your Eyes: the Prophets and to this day. 2 Cor. 3., 1^. The!

your Rulers, the Seers hath he Minds were blinded t for unto thii

covered. fEiek. 12. 2. Son of3°day remainerh the fame Vail uo

man, thou dwellest in the midst taken away, in the Reading tX

of a rebellious House, which have old Testament, which Vail is doa

Byes to fee, and/« not; they have away in Christ.

Ears to hear, and hear not: for they


is necessary to Salvation, to any Person disposed to receive and eta* brace it; but pur Lord's Meaning seems to be, To you who are dispo" sed to attend to, and improve by my Doctrine, I discover and make il known; but to those who are ready to flight and disobey it, and are oil willing to receive prosit thereby, I do not vouchsafe that clear Kno#" Jedge thereof which I impart to you.

and (i) sliall not understand: and seeing ye shall see, and sliall not perceive. 15. For this peoples heart is waxed gross, and their ears are n dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they ihould lee with x\»ir eyes, and hear with their ears, and ihould understand with their heart, and ihould be converted, and I ihould Jieal them. 16. But 0 blessed are your eyes, for they iee; and your ears, for they hear. 17. For verily, I fay ui> to you, That p many Prophets and righteous Men have


MHeb. 5.11. Ofwhom[Mel- made known unro the Sons of chi'sedec] we have many things to Men, as it is now revealed unto his sty, tad hard to be uttered; seeing holy Apostles and Prophets by the ye are dull of Hearing. Spirit. Heb. u. 13. These all

0 t Mit. 16. 17. The Words tin- j died in Faith, not having received ier Ver. 11. * Luk. 10. 23, 24. the Promises, but having seen therrt And he turned him to his Disci- asar ojs, and were persuaded of ski, and said privately, B/r fed are them, and embraced them, and fie Ejei which see the things that confessed that they were Strangers ye/«f. For I tell you that many I0 and Pilgrims on Earth. + Gen. Prophets and Kings have desired to 49. 10. The Sceptre shall not desee the things, &e. as in Mat. 13. part from Judah, nor a Lawgiver i). +Joh. 20. 19. Jesus faith un- from between his feet, till Shiloh to him* Thomas, because thou come.—' \ Darn. 2. 44. In the hifiseen me, thou hast believed ; ,j Days of these Kings, fha.ll the God UefdiTc they which have not seen, of heaven sec up a Kingdom which and yet have believed. sliall never be destroyed.— f Hag.

't Luk. 10. 14. Many Prophets *. 7. I will ihake all Nations, and ind Kings have desired, &c st the desire of all Nations (hall come, here, j i Pet. i, tt. [ThtPrtfhets] 10and I will fill this House with Searching what, or what manner of Glory, faith the Lord of Hosts. Times the Spirit of Christ which + Zech. 6.11, Thus speaketh the was in them did signifie. —r Eph. Lord of Hosts, faying, Behold, the 3. $. Which mother Ages was not Man

(1) It would be as agreeable to the Original, to render these Words. Hearing ye •asiU hear, and will not understand, &c. as to render them Hearing ye jhaS hear, &c. And this would effectually prevent the common People from thinking that the Scripture teaches that God decrees the Sins of Men. For then these Places would at first sight appear to be only Predictions, that Men would do such and such things, and they would not seem to be Expressions of the Will of God that they Ihould do them. There are very many such Places in the New Testament. For Example, Perilous Times will [not(hail] come; Men will [not shall) be lovers of themselves. 2 Tim. 3.1,2. There wiS [not shall] be false Teachers among you, who pf ivily will [not Jhall] bring in damnable Helesies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many will [not JMt] follow their pernicious ways, 2 Pet. 2. t.

desired to see those things which ye see, and have nj seen them: and to hear those things which ye hear, ad have not heard them. 18. «|[ * Hear ye therefore til Parable of the sower. 19. When any one heareth t4 word * of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, the cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that whic was sown in his heart: this is he which received fee by the way-side. 20. But he that received the seed ir to stony Places, the fame is he that heareth the1 worf and -anon c with joy receiveth it. 21. Yet hath he n( root in himself^ but dureth for a while: for when tribi lation or persecution arifeth because of the word, by an by he A is offended. 22. He also that ' received feed; mong the f thorns, is he that heareth the word; z{ the care of this world, and the E deceitfulnefs of rich! choke the word, and he becometh h unfruitful.- 23. & he that received feed into the good ground, is he thi heareth the wordj and understandeth it, which all

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Man whose name is the Branch, -< Pt Mat, 19. 23. Verily I ft and he sliall grow up out of his unto you, that a rich Man (ha Place, and he (hall build the Tern- hardly enter into the Kingdoms pie of the Lord. Heaven. -■ •+ Mar. 10. 23. Jed

a + Mar. 4. 14. The Sower sow- 5 looked round about, and faith urn eth the Word, t Luk. 8.11. Now his Disciples, How hardly sliall the the Parable is this: The Seed is that have Riches enter info it the Word of God. Kingdom of God? t Luk. 18. %

b t Mat. 4. 2?. —Preaching And when Jesus saw that hew the Gospel of the kingdom. — 10 very sorrowful, he said, How hd

c flsa. 58. 2. They seek me ly,$cc. as in Mar. 10. 23. + ill daily, and delight to know my 6. 9. They that will be rich, n ways.— They ask of me the Ordi- into Temptation, and a Snare, an nances of Justice ; they take delight into many foolisli and hutffl in approaching to God. tjoh. j.1* Lusts, which drown Men inD« 35. He was a burning and a stiining strustion and Perdition, light: and ye were willing for a f f Jer. 4. 3. —Break up yoii

season to rejoice in his light. Mar. fallow Ground, and sow not » 6. 20. When he [Herod] heard mong Thorny. him [John], he did many things,20 g Prov. 23. y. Wilt thou W and heard him gladly. thine Eyes upon that which is not

d t Mat. 11. 6. Blessed is he who- {ot Riches certainly make them soever sliall not be offended in me. selves Wings, they fly away as it Job. 6.60. Many therefore of his Eagle toward Heaven. Disciples when they heard this, 25 "2 Tim. 4. 10. Demas had sa!d, this is an hard faying, who forsaken me, having kv:d this P* can hear it? sent World.

'beareth fruit, and bringeth forth some an hundred-fold, some sixty, some thirty. 24. % Another Parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good feed in his field. 25. But while men stept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26. But when the fclade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27. So the servants of the Householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou low good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28. He laid unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29. But he said, k Nay •, lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will fay to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but1 gather the wheat into my barn. 31. .^j* Another Parable put- he forth unto them, faying, The m kingdom of heaven is like to a n grain of (1) mustardfeed, which a man took and sowed in his field. 32. Which indeed is the least of all feeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree: lb that the birds of the air come and lodge in


'Ps. r. 3. He shall be like a Tree shall we liken the Kingdom of God.—

planted by the Rivers of Water, * Luk. 13. 19. It is like a grain

that bringeth forth his Fruit in bis of Mustard-feed which a man took

Season. Gal. 5. 11, &c. The Fruit and cast into his Garden, and ic of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, y grew and waxed a great Tree: and

&e. Joh. 1 y. 8. Herein is my the Fowls of the Air lodged in

Father glorified, that ye tear much the Branches of it.
Fruit. n Mich. 4- 1. In the last Days

k r Thef y. 14. Comfort the see- ic lhall come to pass, that the ble-minded, support the weak. ic Mountain of the House of the Lord

1 t Mat. 3.12. —He willthrough- shall be establiflicd in the Top of

Jy purge his floor, and gather his the Mountains, and it shall be

Wheat into the Garner.— exalted above the Hills, and Peo

m * Mar. 4. 30. Whereunto pie lhall flow unco it.

(1) This Plant grew to a much greater Bulk in this Country than here; insomuch that it is affirmed by one, that he had a Plant of Mustard-seed in his Ground so large, that he could g>t *» into the Branches thereof as into a fig-tree.

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