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13 but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth,

I will have mercy, and not sacrifice : for I am not come to call


slidings, I will love them freely; for mine which is in my members. O wretched man anger is turned away from him. Ho. xiv. 4. that I am! who shall deliver me from the They that are whole have no need of the body of this death ? Ro. vii. 9—24. Because physician, but they that are sick : I came not thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with to call the righteous, but sinners to repent- goods, and have need of nothing, and knowest

Mar. ii. 17. Jesus answering, said not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and unto them (the Scribes and Pharisees), They poor, and blind, and naked; I counsel thee that are whole need not a physician, but they to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou that are sick. Lu. v. 31. A woman having mayest be rich; and white raiment, that an issue of blood twelve years, which had thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame spent all her living upon physicians, neither of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint could be healed of any, came behind him thine eyes with eye-salve that thou mayes (Jesus), and touched the border of his gar- see, Re. iii. 17, 18. See chap. xviii. 11, ment: and immediately her issue of blood 13 Go ye and learn.] He (Jesus) said staunched. Lu. viji. 43, 44. The people unto them (the Pharisees), Have ye not read when they knew it (that Jesus went aside what David did when he was an hungered privately into a desert place, &c.) followed and they that were with him? Or have y him. And he received them, and spake unto not read in the law, how that on the Sabbad them of the kingdom of God, and healed days the priests in the temple profane the them that had need of healing. Lu. ix. II. Sabbath, and are blameless ? But if ye hai The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with known what this meaneth, I will have mercy himself, God, I thank thee that I am not as and not sacrifice, ye would not have con other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, demned the guiltless. Mat. xii. 3. 5. 7 or even as this publican; I fast twice in the Have ye not read, that he which made then week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And (the man and his wife) at the beginning the publican, standing afar off, would not made them male and female, Mat. xix. 4 lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven ; but Did you neyer read in the Scriptures, Th smote upon his breast, Saying, God be mer- stone which the builders rejected, the sam ciful to me a sinner. Lu. xviii, 11, 12, 13. is become the head of the corner; this is th I was alive without the law once, but when Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eye the commandment came, sin revived, and I Mat. xxi. 42. As touching the resurrectio died. And the commandment which was of the dead, have ye not read that which wa ordained to life, I found to be unto death, spoken unto you by God, saying, I am th for sin taking occasion by the commandment God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, an deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the God of Jacob? God is not the God the law is holy, and the commandment holy the dead, but of the living. Mat. xxj. 31 and just and good. Was then that which is 32. As touching the dead, that they rise good made death unto me? God forbid ! but have ye not read in the book of Moses, ho sin, that it might appear sin, working death in the bush God spake unto him, saying, in me by that which is good, that sin by the am the God of Abraham, and the God commandment might become exceeding sinful. Isaac, and the God of Jacob? Mar, xii. 2 For we know that the law is spiritual; but What is written in the law (said Jesus toll I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which lawyer who tempted him, saying, What sha I do, I allow not: for what I would, that do I I do to inherit eternal life)? how readest thou not, but what I hate, that I do. If then I Lu. X. 26. Is it not written in your la do that which I would not, I consent unto (said Jesus to the Jews, who declared the the law that it is good. Now then it is no stoned him for making himself God), I said y more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. are gods? John X. 34. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) I will have mercy.) To do justice an dwelleth no good thing, for to will is present judgment is more acceptable to the Lord the with me; but how to perform that which is sacrifice. Pr. xxi. 3. I desired mercy, an good I find not, for the good that I would, not sacrifice ; and the knowledge of Gd I do not; but the evil which I would not, more than burnt offerings. Ho. vi. 6. Wheri that I do. Now, if I do that I would not, with shall I come before the Lord, and bo it is no more I that do it, but sin that myself before the high God ? Shall I com dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when before him with burnt offerings, with calvi I would do good, evil is present with me: of a year old ? Will the Lord be pleased wil for I delight in the law, after the inward man. thousands of rams, or with ten thousand rive But I see another law in my members, of oil ? Shall I give my first-born for my tran warring against the law of my mind, and gression, the fruit of my body for the s bringing me into captivity to the law of sin of my soul ? He hath shewed thee, Oma

the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Then came to him the 14

what is good, and what doth the Lord God But now the righteousness of God, without require of thee, but to do justly, and to love the law, is manifested, being witnessed by the mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? law and the prophets. Even the righteousMi. vi. 6, 7, 8.

ness of God, which is by faith of Jesus Christ To call the righteous.] The Son of man unto all, and upon all them that believe, for is come to save that which was lost : how there is no difference ; for all have sinned, think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and come short of the glory of God. Ro. iii. and one of them be gone astray, doth he not 10—24. Know ye not, that the unrighteous leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the shall not inherit the kingdom of God ? Be mountains, and seeketh that which is gone not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, astray? And if so be that he find it, verily nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall not astray. Mat. xviii. 11, 12, 13. They inherit the kingdom of God, and such were that are whole have no need of the physician, some of you ; but ye are washed, but ye are but they that are sick; I came not to call the sanctified, but ye are justified in the name righteous, but sinners to repentance. Mar. of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our ii. 17, and Lu. v. 32. And he (Jesus) spake God. 1 Co. vi. 9, 10, 11. I thank Christ this parable unto them, saying, What man Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for of you having an hundred sheep, if he lose that he counted me faithful, putting me into one of them, doth not leave the ninety and the ministry, who was before a blasphemer, nine in the wilderness, and go after that and a persecutor, and injurious; but I obtained which is lost until he find it? And when he mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief, hath found it, he fayeth it on his shoulders And the grace of our Lord was exceeding rejoicing, and when he cometh home, he abundant with faith and love, which is in calleth together his friends and neighbours, Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found my worthy of all acceptation, That Christ Jesus sheep which was lost. I say unto you, That came into the world to save sinners, of whom likewise joy shall be in heaven over one I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might and nine just persons which need no repent- shew forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to ance. Lu. xv. 3—7. Either what woman them which should hereafter believe on him having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one to life everlasting. 1 Ti. i. 12—16. piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the But sinners to repentance.] See chap. iii. house, and seek diligently till she find it? 2. 8; iv. 17. and com. Woe unto thee, And when she hath found it she calleth her Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the friends and her neighbours together, saying, mighty works which were done in you had Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would which I had lost. Likewise I say unto you, have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. There is a joy in the presence of the angels Mat. xi. 20, 21. Seek ye the Lord while he of God over one sinner that repenteth. Lu. may be found : call ye upon him while he is xv. 8, 9, 10. The Son of man is come to Let the wicked forsake his way, and seek and to save that which was lost. Lu. the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let xix. 10. As it is written, There is none him return unto the Lord, and he will have righteous, no not one ; there is none that mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will understandeth, there is none that seeketh abundantly pardon. Is. lv. 6, 7. I say unto after God; they are all gone out of the way, you, That likewise joy shall be in heaven they are together become unprofitable: there over one sinner that repenteth, more than is none that doeth good, no not one. Their over ninety and nine just persons, which need throat is an open sepulchre, with their tongues no repentance. Lu. xv. 7. Thus it is written, they have used deceit, thé poison of asps is And thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to under their lips, whose mouth is full of curs- rise from the dead the third day; and that ing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to repentance and remission of sins should be shed blood ; destruction and misery are in preached in his name among all nations, begintheir ways, and the way of peace have they ning at Jerusalem. Lu. xxiv. 46, 47. Repent not known : there is no fear of God before and be baptized, every one of you (said Peter to their eyes. Now we know that what things the men of Judea, fc. on the day of Pentecost), soever the law saith, it saith to them who in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission are under the law, that every mouth may be of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the stopped, and all the world may become guilty Holy Ghost. Ac. ii. 38. Repent ye therefore before God. Therefore by the deeds of the and be converted, that your sins may be law there shall no flesh be justified in his blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall sight; for by the law is the knowledge of sin. come from the presence of the Lord. Ac. iii.


disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft,

19. Him (Jesus) hath God exalted with his again into Galilee. John iv. 1, 2, 3. See right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for chap. xi. 2. to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness Why do we and the Pharisees fast.] See of sins. Ac. v. 31. Then hath God also to chap. vi. 16, and com. John came neither the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. eating nor drinking, and they say, He bath Ac. xi. 18. The times of this ignorance (in a devil. The Son of man came eating and worshipping idols) God winked at; but now drinking, and they say, Behold a man glutcommandeth all men every where to repent. tonous and a wine-bibber ; a friend of pubBecause he hath appointed a day, in the which licans and sinners. But wisdom is justified he will judge the world in righteousness by that of her children. Mat. xi. 18, 19. Most men man whom he hath ordained, whereof he hath will proclaim every one his own goodness : given assurance unto all men, in that he but a faithful man who can find ? Pr. xx. 6. hath raised him from the dead. Ac. xvii. The disciples of John, and of the Pharisees, 30, 31. I kept back nothing that was profit- used to fast; and they come and say unto able unto you, but have shewed you, and have him (Jesus), Why do the disciples of John, taught you publicly (said Paul), and from and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples house to house : testifying both to the Jews fast not? Jesus said unto them, Can the chiland also to the Greeks, repentance toward dren of the bride-chamber fast while the God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. bridegroom is with them? As long as they Ac. xx. 20, 21. I have appeared unto thee have the bridegroom with them, they cannot for this purpose (said Jesus to Paul), to make fast ; but the days will come when the bridethee a minister and a witness, both of these groom shall be taken away from them, and things which thou hast seen, and of those then shall they fast in those days. No man things in the which I will appear unto thee, seweth a piece of new cloth on an old gardelivering thee from the people, and from the ment, else the new piece that filleth it up Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to taketh away from the old, and the rent is open their eyes, and to turn them from dark- made worse. And no man putteth new wine ness to light, and from the power of Satan, into old bottles, else the new wine doth burst unto God; that they may receive forgiveness the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the of sins, and inheritance among them which bottles will be marred; but new wine must are sanctified by faith that is in me. Ac. xxvi. be put into new bottles. Mar. ii. 18-22. 16, 17, 18. Whereupon, o king Agrippa, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and I was not disobedient unto the heavenly make prayers, and likewise the disciples of vision, but shewed first unto them of Damas- the Pharisees, but thine eat and drink? And cus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the he said unto them, Can ye make the children coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, of the bride-chamber fast while the bridethat they should repent and turn to God, and groom is with them ? but the days will come do works meet for repentance. Ac. xxvi. 19, when the bridegroom shall be taken away 20. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of from them, and then shall they fast in those all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into days. And he spake also a parable unto the world to save sinners. Ti. i. 15. Be them, No man putteth a piece of new garment gentle unto all men, in meekness instructing upon an old ; if otherwise, then both the new those that oppose themselves ; if God per- maketh a rent and the piece, that was taken adventure will give them repentance to the out of the new agreeth not with the old. And acknowledging of the truth, and that they no man putteth new wine into old bottles, may recover themselves out of the snare of else the new wine will burst the bottles, and the Devil, who are taken captive by him at be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But his will. 2 Ti. ii. 25, 26. The Lord is not new wine must be put into new bottles, and slack concerning his promise as some men both are preserved. No man, also, having count slackness; but is long-suffering to us- drunk old wine, straightway desireth new : ward, not willing that any should perish, but for he saith, The old is better. Lu. v. 33–39. that all should come to repentance. 2 Pe. And he (Jesus) spake this parable unto certain iii. 9.

which trusted in themselves that they were 14. The disciples of John.] Now when righteous, and despised others. Two men John had heard in the prison the works of went up into the temple to pray, the one a Christ, he sent two of his disciples (to Jesus). Pharisee and the other a Publican; the Mat. xi. 2. There arose a question between Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himsel, some of John's disciples, and the Jews, about God, I thank thee that I am not as other men purifying. John iii

. 25. When therefore the are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that as this Publican : I fast twice in the week, I Jesus made and baptized more disciples than give tithes of all that I possess. Lu. xviii. John (though Jesus himself baptized not, but 9-12. his disciples), he left Judea, and departed

but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the 15 children of the bride-chamber mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. No man putteth a 16

15 Can the children of the bride-chamber whose name was Cleopas, answering, said mourn] Then shall the kingdom of heaven unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerube likened unto ten virgins, which took their salem, and hast not known the things which lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. are come to pass there in these days? And And five of them were wise and five were he said unto them, What things? And they foolish. They that were foolish took their said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, lamps, and took no oil with them; but the which was a prophet mighty in deed and wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. word before God and all the people ; and While the bridegroom tarried they all slum- how the chief priests and our rulers delivered bered and slept. And at midnight there was him to be condemned to death, and have crua cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; cified him. But we trusted that it had been go ye out to meet him. Then all those vir- he which should have redeemed Israel; and gins arose and trimmed their lamps. And beside all this, to-day is the third day since the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your these things were done. Lu. xxiv. 13—21. oil, for our lamps are gone out. But the wise Because I have said these things unto you answered, saying, Not so, lest there be not (that I go my way to him that sent me, said enough for us and you: but go ye rather to Jesus,) sorrow hath filled your heart. Verily, them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And verily, I say unto you, that ye shall weep and while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, lament, but the world shall rejoice; and ye and they that were ready went in with him to shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be the marriage ; and the door was shut. Mat. turned into joy. Ye now, therefore, have xxv. 1–10. And it came to pass, when they sorrow, but I will see you again, and your saw him (Samson, who came to make a feast heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man before his marriage, that they brought thirty taketh from you. John xvi. 6. 20. 22. And companions to be with him. And Samson said when "he" ("Jesus”) had spoken these things, unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you while they beheld, he was taken up, and a Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of cloud received him out of their sight, and the strong came forth sweetness, &c. Jua xiv. while they looked stedfastly toward heaven 11, 12. “She" ("the king's daughter") shall as he went up, behold, two men stood by be brought unto the king in raiment of needle- them in white apparel. Ac. i. 9, 10. work; the virgins her companions that fol- And then shall they fast.] In that day (of lowed her shall be brought unto thee; with the invasion of Jewry by the Persians) did the gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought. Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to They shall enter into the king's palace. Ps. mourning, and to baldness, and to girding xlv. 14, 15. He that hath the bride is the with sackcloth. Is. xxii. 12. Now there bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom were in the church that was at Antioch which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius This my joy therefore is fulfilled.

29. Cyrene, and Manaen which had been Blessed are they which are called unto the brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and marriage-supper of the Lamb. Re. xix. 9. Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and And I, John, saw the holy city, new Jerusa- fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me lem, coming down from God out of heaven, Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. have called them. And when they had fasted Re. xxi. 2.

and prayed, and laid their hands on them, When the bridegroom shall be taken from they sent them away. Ac. xiii. 1–3. When them.] And, behold, two of "them" (* his they” (Paul and Barnabas") had ordained disciples") went that same day (the first day them elders in every church, and had prayed of the week) to a village called Emmaus, with fasting, they commended them to the which was from Jerusalem about threescore Lord, on whom they believed. Ac. xiv. 23. furlongs, and they talked together of all these Defraud ye not one the other, except it be things which had happened. And it came to with consent for a time, that ye may give pass, that while they communed together and yourselves to fasting and prayer. 1 Co. vii. 5. reasoned, Jesus himself drew near and went of the Jews (said Paul) five times received I with them; but their eyes were holden that forty stripes save one.

Thrice was I beaten they should not know him. And he said with rods, &c. &c. In weariness and painunto them, What manner of communications fulness, in watchings often, in hunger and are these that ye have one to another, as ye thirst, in fastings often, in cold, and nakedwalk, and are sad? And the one of them, ness. 2 Co. xi. 27.

piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to

fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles : else the bottles

break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish : but they 18 put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. While

he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead :

16 For that which is put in.] Let my lord, unto the people, There are six days in which I pray thee, pass over before his servant (said men ought to work, in them therefore come Jacob to Esau), and I will lead on softly, and be healed, and not on the sabbath-day. according as the cattle that goeth before me Lu. xiii. 14. A certain ruler asked him, sayand the children be able to endure, until I ing, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit come unto my lord unto Seir. Ge. xxxiii. 14. eternal life? Lu. xviii. 18. After the readThe rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the ing of the law and the prophets, the rulers of lot of the righteous, lest the righteous put the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye forth their hands unto iniquity. Ps. cxxv. 3. men and brethren, if ye have any word of He shall feed his flock like a shepherd; he exhortation for the people say on. Ac. shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry xiii. 15. them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those Worshipped him.] See chap. ii. 2. 11. iv. 9. that are with young. Is. xl. 11. 'I have yet and viii. 2. When they" ("the disciples") were many things to say unto you, but ye cannot come to the multitude, there came to him a cer. bear them now. John xvi. 12. I, brethren, tain man, kneeling down to him. Mat. xvii. 14. could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, Then came to “him" (" Jesus") the mother but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipChrist. I have fed you with milk, and not ping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. with meat; for hitherto ye were not able to Mat. xx. 20. And when they (the eleven bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 1 Co. disciples) saw him (Jesus) they worshipped iii. 1, 2. And now abideth faith, hope, cha- him, but some doubted. Mat. xxviii. 17. rity, these three, but the greatest of these is Behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the charity. 1 Co. xiii. 13.

synagogue, Jairus by name, and when he saw 17 Old bottles.] “They" (" the inhabitants him he fell at his feet. Mar. v. 22. One of of Gibeon") did work wilily (with Joshua and them (the ten lepers) when he saw that he with Israel), and went and made as if they was healed, turned back, and with a loud had been ambassadors, and took old sacks voice glorified God; and fell down on his face upon their asses, and wine-bottles, old, and at his feet, giving him thanks; and he was a rent, and bound up. Jos. ix. 4. Behold, my Samaritan. Lu. xvii. 15, 16. As Peter was belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is coming in (to Cornelius' house), Cornelius met ready to burst like new bottles. Job xxxii. 19. him, and fell down at his feet and worshipped I am become like a bottle in the smoke, yet him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand do I not forget thy statutes. Ps. cxix. 83. up, I myself also am a man. dc. X. 25, 26.

18 Behold, there came, &c.] Behold, there My daughter is even now dead.] See verse cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, 24. My little daughter (said Jairus the ruler) Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he lieth at the point of death ; I pray thee come fell at his feet, and besought him greatly, and lay thy hands on her, that she may be saying, My little daughter lieth at the point healed; and she shall live. Mar. v. 23. A of death, I pray thee come and lay thy hands certain centurion's servant, who was dear on her that she may be healed : and she shall unto him, was sick and ready to die. And live. Mar. v. 22, 23. Behold, there came a when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that synagogue; and he fell down at Jesus' feet, he would come and heal his servant. And and besought him that he would come into when they came to Jesus, they besought him his house ; for he had one only daughter, instantly, saying, that he was worthy for about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. whom he should do this ; for he loveth our Lu. viii. 41, 42.

nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. Ruler.] While he (Jesus) yet spake, there Then Jesus went with them. And when he cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's was now not far from the house, the centurion house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not the Master. Lu. viii. 49. And trouble not thyself, for I am not worthy that the ruler of the synagogue answered with thou shouldest enter under my roof; whereindignation, because that Jesus had healed fore' neither thought I myself worthy to come (the woman who had a spirit of infirmity unto thee. But say in a word, and my sereighteen years) on the sabbath day, and said vant shall be healed. For I also am a man


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