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ject she declares herself with a Confidence and Satisfaction, free from the least Suspicion of a Disappointment, If I may but touch his Garment, I shall be whole: And the publick Applause, which our Saviour gave to this remarkable Instance of her Faith, seems to intimate, that he was particularly pleased wisti her Temper of Mind, as boading something more than a mere impatience to be cured of her Disease, and proceeding indeed from a full Sense and Persuasion of his divine Character and Commission ; ' Daughter, be of good Comfort, thy Faith has made thee whole, go in Peace. And so we proceed to the other Woman, that was cured of her Spirit of Infirmity,

'Luke viii. 48.

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SECT. xiy.

Of his curing the Woman of her Spirit of Infirmity*

"T3UT this Cure, according to the The ob"J~3 Letter, was no Miracle at all, Jection* "and in some Parts of the Story incredi"ble. The Evangelist, who himself "was a (Physician, and (if he had fuffici"ent Knowledge in his Profession) "would have doubtlels told us the "worst of the Case, lays no more, "than that the Woman had a Sprit "of Weakness, i. e. was a poor - ipi"rited and vapourish "Creature, full "of Fancies,, (perhaps of the Devil's "Temptations and Power over her,) "and this, resting upon her for the "space of eighteen Tears, might well "fink, and bow down a Person of her "disconsolate and dejected Temper. "This is the whole of the Distemper: "And the Cure of it could be nothing "else, but Jefus's coming to her, and "giving her some comfortable Advice "and Admonition; whereupon stie, ha"ving an high Opinion of his Wildom ** and Goodness, might recover, and be R "after

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ThcState St. Luke as a Fhy/ician, and no doubt "srhe . merely because he was one, (as * a late Cafe. learned Master of that Science has well observ'd) when there is occasion to speak of Distempers, or the Cure of them, makes use of Words more simple, more correct\ as well as more Physical, than the other

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* Dr. Freind's Hist, of Physick, p. 222, &>.

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