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answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those 5 things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight,

everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the will rejoice over thee with joy, he will rest in vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most his love, he will joy over thee with singHoly. Know therefore and understand, that ing. Zep. iii. 14–17. I will shake all nations, from the going forth of the commandment to and the desire of all nations shall come, and restore, and to build Jerusalem, unto the I will fill this house with glory, saith the Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks, Lord of Hosts. Hag. ii. 7. The Lord whom and threescore and two weeks; the street ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple, shall be built again, and the wall even in even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye troublous times. And after threescore and delight in : behold, he shall come saith the two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not Lord of Hosts. Mal. iii. 1. Unto you that for himself. And the people of the Prince fear my name shall the sun of righteousness that shall come, shall destroy the city and arise with healing in his wings. Mal. iv. 2. sanctuary, and the end thereof shall be with Woman, believe me (said Jesus to the women a flood, and unto the end of the war desola- of Samaria), the hour cometh when ye shall tions are determined. Da. ix. 24–26. After- neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jeruward shall the children of Israel return and salem, worship the Father. John iv. 21. Those seek the Lord their God, and David their king, men, when they had seen the miracle lande and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in Christ feeding five thousand) that Jesus did, the latter days. Hos. iii. 5. It shall come to said, This is of a truth that prophet that pass afterward that I will pour out my Spirit should come into the world. John vi. 14 upon all fesh, and your sons and your When Christ cometh (said many of the people) daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall will he do more miracles than these which dream dreams, your young men shall see this man hath done ? Others said, This is the visions. And also upon the servants, and Christ; but some said, Shall Christ come out of upon the hand-maids, in those days will [ Galilee? Hath not the Scripture said, That pour out my Spirit. And I will shew wonders Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out in the heavens, and in the earth, blood, and of the town of Bethlehem, where David was! fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be John vii. 31. 41, 42. turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, He that should come.] Blessed be he that before the great and the terrible day of the cometh in the name of the Lord, &c. Ps. Lord come. And it shall come to pass, that cxviii. 26. Blessed is he that comech in the whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest

. shall be delivered; for in Mount Zion, and Mat. xxi. 9. Mar. xi. 9. Blessed be the in Jerusalem, shall be deliverance, as the Lord King that cometh in the name of the Lord: hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord peace in heaven and glory in the highest shall call. Joel ii. 28–32. In that day will Lu. xix. 38. This is of a truth that prophet I raise up the tabernacle of David that is that should come into the world. John vi. 14 fallen, and close up the breaches thereof, and Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it the name of the Lord. John xii. 13. Yet as in the days of old. That they may possess little while and he that shall come will come, the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen and will not tarry. He. x. 37. which are called by my name, saith the Lord 5 Blind receive their sight.] See chap. ix. that doeth this. Am. ix. 11, 12. And 30; xxi. 14. In that day of the Lord) the Saviours shall come up on Mount Zion to eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, judge the Mount of Esau, and the kingdom and out of darkness. Is. xxix. 17, 18. He shall be the Lord's. 06. 21. But thou Beth- (Jesus) found the place where it was written, lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to he come forth unto me that is to be ruler the poor : he hath sent me to heal the brokenin Israel, whose goings forth have been from hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, of old, from everlasting. Mic. v. 2. Sing, O and recovering of sight to the blind, to set daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad at liberty them that are bruised. L. iv. 18. and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter He cured many of their infirmities, and of Jerusalem. The Lord hath taken away plagues, and of evil spirits, and unto many thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy, that were blind be gave sight. Then Jesus the King of Israel, even the Lord, is in the answering said unto them (John's disciples); midst of thee; thou shalt not see evil any Go your way, and tell John what things ye have more. In that day it shall be said to Jeru- seen and heard, how the blind see, the lame salem, Fear thou not, and to Zion, Let not thine walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, hands be slack. The Lord thy God in the the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel nuidst of thee is mighty; he will save, he is preached. Lu. vii. 21, 22. Now when be

and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

(Jesus) was in Jerusalem at the passover in received strength ; and he leaping up, stood the feast day, many believed in his name and walked, and entered with them into when they saw the miracles which he did. the temple, walking, and leaping, and praisJohn ii. 23. No man (said Nicodemus) can ing God. Ac. iii. 2–8. And there sat a do these miracles that thou doest, except man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a God be with him. John iii. 2. I have greater cripple from his mother's womb, who never witness than that of John (said Jesus), for had walked : the same heard Paul speak; the works which the Father hath given me who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving to finish, the same works that I do, bear that he had faith to be healed, said with a witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And John k. 36. The works that I do in my he leaped and walked. Ac. xiv. 8-10. Father's name, they bear witness of me. The lepers are cleansed.] See chap. viii. Though ye believe not me, believe the works, 1-4; x. 8. When the king of Israel had that ye may know and believe, that the read the letter (from the king of Syria), he Father is in me, and I in him. John X. rent his clothes, and said, Am I a god, to kill 25. 38. Believe me for the very work's sake. and make alive, that this man doth send unto Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that be- me to recover a man (Naaman) of his leprosy? lieveth on me, the works that I do shall he And it was so, when Elisha the man of God do also, and greater works than these shall had heard that the king of Israel had rent he do. John xiv. 11, 12. Ye men of Israel his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, (said Peter on the day of Pentecost), hear Let him come now to me, and he shall know these words, Jesus of Nazareth, a man ap- that there is a prophet in Israel. And Elisha proved of God among you by miracles and sent a messenger unto him (Naaman), saying, wonders and signs, which God did by him Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy in the midst of you, as you yourselves also flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt know (him ye have taken and crucified, &c.) be clean. Then went he down and dipped Ac. ii. 22. If we (said Peter and John) this himself seven times in Jordan, according to day be examined of the good deed done to the saying of the man of God. And his flesh the impotent man, by what means he is came again like unto the flesh of a little child, made whole, be it known unto you all, and and he was clean. 2 Ki. v. 7, 8. 10. 14. to all the people of Israel, that by the name And the deaf hear.] Bring forth the blind of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, people that have eyes, and the deaf that have whom God raised from the dead, even by him

Is. xliii. 8. He (Jesus) hath done all doth this man stand here before you whole. things well (said the people), he maketh both Ac. iv, 9, 10.

the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak. And the lame walk.] Great multitudes Mar. vii. 37. Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I came unto him (Jesus), having with them charge thee (said Jesus) come out of him, those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and enter no more into him. Mar. ix. 25. and many others, and cast them down at The dead are raised up.] See chap. ix. 24, Jesus' feet, and he healed them, insomuch that 25. And he (Jesus) came and touched the the multitude wondered when they saw the bier (on which the son of the widow of Nain dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, lay), and they that bare him stood still; and the lame to walk, and the blind to see ; and he said, Young man, I say unto thee, arise. they glorified the God of Israel. Mat. xv. And he that was dead sat up, and began to 30, 31. And the blind and the lame came speak; and he delivered him to his mother. to him in the temple, and he healed And there came a fear on all : and they glorithem. Mat. xxi. 14. A certain man, lame fied God, saying, That a great prophet is from his mother's womb, was carried, whom risen up among us, and that God hath visited they laid daily at the gate of the temple, this people. Go your way, and tell John which is called beautiful, to ask alms of them (said Jesus to John's disciples) what things ye that entered into the temple ; who seeing have seen and heard. The dead are raised, Peter and John about to go into the temple to the poor the gospel is preached. Lu. vii. asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his 14–16. 22. He (Jesus) cried with a loud eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was And he gave heed unto them, expecting to dead came forth, bound hand and foot with receive something of them. Then Peter said, grave clothes : and his face was bound about Silver and gold have I none, but such as I with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose have give I to thee; in the name of Jesus him, and let him go. John xi. 43, 44. Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk; and he And the poor have the gospel preached to took him by the right hand, and lifted him them.] See chap. v. 3. The meek shall eat up; and immediately his feet and ancle bones and be satisfied ; they shall praise the Lord


6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

that seek him; your heart shall live for ever. it must needs be that offences come ; but woe Ps. xxii. 26. He shall deliver the needy to that man by whom the offence cometh! when he crieth, the poor also, and him that Mat. xviii. 7. Then shall many be offended, hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and shall betray one another, and shall hate and needy, and shall save the souls of the one another. Mat. xxiv. 10. All ye shall be needy. Ps. Ixxii. 12, 13. Hearken to me, offended because of me (said Jesus) this night, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, seek the Lord. Look unto the rock whence and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered ye are hewn, and to the whole of the pit abroad. Mat. xxvi. 31. And he (Christ) whence ye are digged ; look unto Abraham shall be for a sanctuary ; but for a stone of your father, and unto Sarah that bare you, stumbling, and for a rock of offence, to both for I called him alone, and blessed him, and the houses of Israel, for a gin, and for a increased him. For the Lord shall comfort snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, many among them shall stumble, and fall, and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. and her desert like the garden of the Lord. Is. viii. 14, 15. And Simeon said unto Mary Joy and gladness shall be found therein, his (Jesus') mother, Behold, this child is set thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. Is. for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, li. 1-3. (The Lord hath anointed me) to and for a sign which shall be spoken against. proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and Lu. ii. 34. And he (Jesus) said unto the the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort (that were in the synagogue), Ye will surely all that mourn, to appoint unto them that say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the gar- Capernaum, do also here in thy country. And ment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet that they might be called trees of righteous- is accepted in his own country; but I tell ness, the planting of the Lord, that he might you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in be glorified. Is. Ixi. 2, 3. I will feed the the days of Elias, when the heaven was shui flock of slaughter, even you, oh poor of the up three years and six months, when grent flock. Ze. xi. 7. The Spirit of the Lord is famine was throughout all the land; frat upon me, because he hath anointed me to unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto preach the gospel to the poor. Lu. iv. 18. Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not God was a widow. And many lepers were in chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet ; and heirs of the kingdom which he hath and none of them was cleansed, saving Naspromised to them that love him? Ja. ii. 5. man the Syrian. And all they in the syns

6 Blessed is he, &c.] See chap. v. 3–12. gogue, when they heard these things, were and com. Blessed is the man that walketh filled with wrath, and rose up, and thrust him not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth out of the city, and led him unto the brow in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the hill whereon their city was built, that of the scornful; but his delight is in the law they might cast him down headlong. La. of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate iv. 23-29. Many therefore of his disciples day and night. Ps. i. 1, 2.

when they had heard this, said, This is a hard Whosoever shall not be offended.] Is not saying (ercept ye eat the flesh of the Son of this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother man, and drink his blood, ye have no lifi in called Mary? And his brethren, James, and you), who can hear it? When Jesus knew in Joses, and Simon, and Judas ? And his himself that his disciples murmured at it, be sisters, are they not all with us ? Whence said unto them, Doth this offend you? From then hath this man all these things? And that time many of his disciples went back, they were offended in him. But Jesus said and walked no more with him. John ri. Go. unto them, A prophet is not without honour, 61. 66. Others said, This is Christ, but some save in his own country, and in his own house. said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee ? Haih Mat. xiii. 55–57. Then came his disciples, not the Scripture said, That Christ cometh and said unto him, Knowest thou that the of the seed of David, and out of the town of Pharisees were offended after they heard this Bethlehem, where David was ? Joku vii. 4), saying ? (in vain they do worship me, teaching 42. They (Israel) stumbled at that stumbling for doctrines the commandments of men); but stone ; as it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion he answered, and said, Every plant which a stumblingstone, and rock of offence, and my heavenly Father hath not planted shall be whosoever believeth on him shall not the rooted up. Let them alone; they be blind leaders ashamed. Ro. ix. 32, 33. The Jews require of the blind : and if the blind lead the blind, a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom both shall fall into the ditch. Mat. xv. 12-14. but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jewi Woe unto the world because of offences ! for a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolisti

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And as they departed, Jesus began to say imto the multitudes 7 concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? 8 A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what went ye out for to see? 9 A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For 10

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ness. I Co. i. 22, 23. The natural man re- yea and nay. 2 Co. i. 17, 18. Be no more ceiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, children, tossed to and fro, and carried about for they are foolishness unto him, neither can with every wind of doctrine by the sleight of he know them, because they are spiritually men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they discerned. I Co. ii. 14. And I, brethren, if lie in wait to deceive. Ep. iv. 14. But let I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer him ask in faith, nothing wavering; for he persecution ? Then is the offence of the cross that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven ceased. Ga. v. 11. The stone which the with the wind and tossed. Ja. i. 6. builders disallowed, the same is made the 8 A man clothed in soft raiment.] See chap. head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, iii. 4. Go and loose the sackcloth from off and a rock of offence, even to them which thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot; stunble at the word, being disobedient: where- and he (Isaiah) did so, walking naked and bareunto also they were appointed. 1 Pe. ii. 7, 8. foot. Is. xx. 2. Even unto this present hour See chap. xxvi. 31.

(said Paul) we both hunger and thirst, and are 7 Jesus began to say unto the multitudes.] naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain And when the messengers of John were de- dwelling-place. 1 Co. iv. 11. In journeyings parted, he began to speak unto the people often, in weariness and painfulness, in watchconcerning John; What went ye out into the ings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings wilderness for to see ? a reed shaken with often, in cold and nakedness. 2 Co. xi. 27. the wind? But what went ye out for to see? And I will give power unto my two witnesses, a prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much and they shall prophesy a thousand two hunmore than a prophet. This is he of whom it dred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. is.written, Behold, I send my messenger be- Re. xi. 3. fore thy face, which shall prepare thy way 9 A prophet.] See verses 13, 14. And before thee. For I say unto you, among when he (Herod) would have put him (John) those that are born of women there is not a to death, he feared the multitude, because they greater prophet than John the Baptist : but counted him as a prophet. Mat. xiv. 5. I be that is least in the kingdom of God is say unto you (said Jesus to his disciples), that greater than he.

And all the people that Elias is come already, and they knew him heard him, and the publicans, justified God, not, but have done unto "him” (John") being baptized with the baptism of John. whatsoever they listed ; likewise shall also the But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the Son of man suffer of them. Then the discounsel of God against themselves, being not ciples understood that he spake unto them of baptized of them. Lu, vii. 24-30.

John the Baptist. Mat. xvii. 12, 13. I also What went ye out into the wilderness, &c.) will ask you one thing (said Jesus), which if See chap. iii. 1-5. and com. Take heed ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what therefore how ye hear; for whosoever hath, authority I do these things. The baptism of to him shall be given, and whosoever hath John, whence was it? from heaven, or of not, from him shall be taken even that which men? And they reasoned with themselves, he seemeth to have. Lu. viii. 18. Jesus saying, If we shall say from heaven, he will turned and saw them following, and saith say unto us, Why did ye not then believe unto "them" (John's two disciples"), What him? But if we shall say of men, we fear seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi (which the people ; for all hold John as a prophet. is to say, being interpreted, Master), where Mat. xxi. 24, 25, 26. And they (the disciples) dwellest thou? John i. 38. He (John) was asked him, saying, Why say the Scribes that a burning and shining light; and ye were Elias must first come ? And he answered willing for a season to rejoice in his light. and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and John v. 35.

restoreth all things; and how it is written of A reed shaken with the wind.] Reuben the Son of man, that he must suffer many (said Jacob), thou art my first-born ; unstable things, and be set at nought. But I say unto as water, thou shalt not excel. Ge. xlix. 3, 4. you, that Elias is indeed come, and they have When I therefore was thus minded, did I use done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is lightness ? or the things that I purpose, do I written of him. Mar. ix, 11, 12, 13. purpose according to the flesh, that with me (“John," said the angel to Zacharias) shall there should be yea, yea, and nay, nay? But be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall as God is true, our word toward you was not drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he


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this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger 11 before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women, there hath

not risen a greater than John the Baptist : notwithstanding he 12 that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And

shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from 1 Sa. ii. 30. He (John) shall be great in the his mother's womb. And many of the chil- sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither dren of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled God. And he shall go before him in the with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts womb. Lu. i. 15. What went ye out for to of the fathers to the children, and the dis- see ? a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, obedient to the wisdom of the just; to make they which are gorgeously apparelled, and ready a people prepared for the Lord. And live delicately, are in kings' courts. I say thou child (said Zacharias) shalt be called the unto you, among those that are born of woprophet of the Highest ; for thou shalt go men, there is not a greater prophet than John before the face of the Lord to prepare his the Baptist: but he that is least in the king. ways. Lu. i. 15, 16, 17. 76.

dom of God is greater than he. Lu. vii. a. io of whom it is written.] See chap. iii. 3. 28. He was a burning and a shining light, Behold, I will send my messenger, and he and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in shall prepare the way before me. And the his light. John v. 35. See chap. xiv. 2. Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to He that is least in the kingdom of heaven.) his temple; even the messenger of the cove- See chap. v. 19. Moreover, the light of the nant whom ye delight in. Behold, he shall moon shall be as the light of the sun; and the come, saith the Lord of hosts. Mal. iii. l. light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindbefore the coming of the great and dreadful eth up the breach of his people, and healeth day of the Lord. Mal. iv. 5. As it is writ. the stroke of their wound. Is. XXX. 26. In ten in the prophets, Behold, I send my mesa that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants senger before thy face, which shall prepare of Jerusalem ; and he that is feeble among thy way before thee. Mar. i. 2. What went them at that day shall be as David, and the ye out for to see ? a prophet? Yea, I say unto house of David shall be as God, as the angel you, and much more than a prophet. This is of the Lord before them. Zec. xii. 8. Who he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my soever shall receive this child (said Jesus) in messenger before thy face, which shall pre- my name receiveth me; and whosoever shall pare thy way before thee. Lu. vii. 26, 27. receive me, receiveth him that sent me; for

Il Born of women.] Man that is born of a he that is least among you all, the same shall woman is of few days, and full of trouble; be great. Lu. ix. 48. John bare witness of he cometh forth like a flower, and is cut him (Jesus), and cried, saying, This was he down: he fleeth as a shadow, and continueth of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is not. And dost thou open thine eyes upon preferred before me; for he was before me. such an one, and bringest me into judgment He it is, who coming after me is preferred with thee? Who can bring a clean thing out before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not of an unclean ?

Not one.

Job xiv. 1—4. worthy to unloose. John i. 15. 27. He What is man, that he should be clean ? and (Jesus) must increase, but I (John) must dehe which is born of a woman, that he should

John iii. 30. If then ye have judg. be righteous ? Job xv. 14. How then can ments of things pertaining to this life, set man be justified with God ? or how can he be them to judge who are least esteemed in the clean that is born of a woman? Job xxv. 4. church. "1 Co. vi. 4. I am the least of the Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin apostles, that am not meet to be called an did my mother conceive me. Ps. li. 5. You apostle, because I persecuted the church of hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses God. I Co. xv. 9. Unto me, who am less and sins; among whom also we all had our than the least of all saints, is this grace given, conversation in times past, in the lusts of our that I should preach among the Gentiles the flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of unsearchable riches of Christ. Ep. iii. 8. the mind; and were by nature the children of Greater than he.) This (if any wrath, even as others. Ep. ii. 1. 3.

let him come unto me and drink) spake he A greater than John the Baptist, &c.] See (Jesus) of the Spirit, which they that believe chap. iii. 11. I said indeed (said God) that on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost "thy" (" Eli's") house, and the house of thy was not yet given ; for Jesus was not yet father, should walk before me for ever. But glorified. John vii. 39. Many resorted unto now the Lord saith, Be it far from me ; for him (Jesus), and said, John did no miracle ; them that honour me I will honour, and they but all things that John spake of this man that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. were true. John X. 41. Now to him that is


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