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Chapter Verre iv. 13 Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip,) 'And

leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Ca

pernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the " borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim. (Here

another prophecy of little importance is quoted 17 from Isaias.) From that time Jesus began to

preach and say-Repent, for the kingdom of

heaven is at hand.' (This is what John had 18 preached before.) • And Jesus walking by the ' sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called

Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net ' into the sea : for they were fishers. And he 19 « faid unto them, Follow me, and I will make

? you fishers of men : and they straightway left 20 their nets, and followed him. And going from

thence he saw other two brethren, James the 21 • son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship

o with Zebedee their father, mending their nets : 22 - and he called them, and they iinmediately left

" the ship and their father, and followed him.' Mark, as usual, gives nearly the same account : they both omit a very remarkable scene which was exhibited at Nazareth, the place where from his infancy to his baptisin, (about thirty years) he had dwelt with Joseph, his mother, brethren, and sisters. Luke records it thus And Je.

sus returned (from the wilderness) in the power

of the spirit into Galilee : and there went out 'a fame of him through all the region round * about. · And he taught in their fynagogues,


" being glorified of all. And he came to Naza

reth, where he had been brought up: and, as ' his custom was, he went into the synagogue on

the fabbath day; and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto himn the book of

the prophet Isaias : and when he had opened " the book, he found the place where it was

written—The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gos

pel to the poor ; he hath sent me to heal the “ broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the

captives,' (why omit, ' and the opening of

the prison to them that are bound ?' And why add),' and recovering of sight to the blind, to • set at liberty them that are bruised ? To preach

the acceptable year of the Lord.' He closed the book, gave it to the minister, and sat down. Perceiving he had drawn the people's attention, he said This day is this scripture fulfilled in

your ears. And all bare him witness, and won• dered at the gracious words which proceeded

out of his mouth. And (yet) they said Is

not this Joseph's son? And he said unto them, • Ye will surely say unto me this proverb-Phy'fician, heal thyself:' (What had he done that he was so assured of this reproof?) · Whatsoever we.

have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in

thy country.' (What that was, we are not told; and from what followed, we may suppose theirs was a hear-fay account, in which they placed no


confidence.) • And he said, Verily I say unto • you, no prophet is accepted in his own coun.

try. But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the

Heaven' was shut up three years and fix • months, when great famine was throughout all

the land : büt unto none of them was Elias

sent, save unto Saripta, a city of Sidon, unto • a woman that was a widow. And many lepers 6 were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the pro• phet : and none of them was cleansed, fave • Naaman the Syrian. And all they in the syna

gogue, when they heard these things were

filled with wrath, and rose up, and thrust him ' out of the city, and led him unto the brow of • the hill, whereor their city was built, that they ' might cast him down headlong. But he pas

fing through the midst of them, went his way, • and came down to Capernaum.' Where he cast out devils, healed the fick, &c. Here a question naturally arises in the mind-Why did Je. sus refuse (or neglect) to do those miracles in Nazareth; in the midst of his relations, his friends, and acquaintance, which it was said he had done, and which he soon after did again do in Capernauin? Were none of them worth converting? In this state we find his brethren, at a future period intreating him. (John, ch. vii. v. 3, 4, 5.) ? Depart hence (Galilee) and go into Judea, that thy disciples also may see the works that

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I thou dost, for there is no man that doth any • thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be

known openly: if thou do these things, thew

thyself to the world. For neither did his brea " thren believe in him.' It cannot be faid, in reply, that those who would not believe his word, would not be influenced by his works, and therefore miracles in this case would have been usea lefs ; Jesus himself said to the Jews in the temple- If I do not the works of my father, be" lieve me not. But if I do; though ye believe ' not me, believe the works : that ye may know

and believe that the Father is in me, and I in ' him.' Vide John, ch. x. V. 37, 38.

Luke proceeds to inform us-that being thus difgracefully ejected from Nazareth, Jesus returned to Capernaum ; where, to the astonishment of the people, he taught them upon the fabbath days

For his word was with power. In the synagogue there, a man, possessed by an unclean spirit, cried aloud, Let us alone, what have we

to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth ? Art

thou come to destroy us? I know thee who I thou art : The Holy One of God.' (As Satan appears here to be divided against himself, no wonder he could not stand.) Jesus commanded him to be filent, and leave the man; and the devil having thrown the man in the midst without hurting him, obeyed, to the astonishment of the spectators. Immediately after this Jesus

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entered the house of Simon, whose wife's mother lay there in a dangerous fever. At their request " he stood over her, and rebuked the fever, and

it left her; and immediately the arose and • ministered unto them. At sun setting they

brought to him all that were sick or diseased, " and he cured them. And devils also came out ' of many, crying out, and saying-Thou art • Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them,

suffered them not to speak, for they knew that "he was Chrift. (If these devils were foolish enough to proclaim, what was their interest to conceal; and what he himself insinuated when he read and commented upon the prophecy of Efaias; why impose this silence ?) • And when it was day, • (were these things done in the dark?) he de

parted and went into a desert place : and the

people sought him, and came unto him, and • stayed him, that he should not depart from

them. And he said unto then, I must preach o the kingdom of God to other cities also, for

therefore am I sent. And he preached in the < fynagogues of Galilee.' Notwithstanding this reception, this applause, this intreaty at Capernaum ; we find, Matth. ch. xi. v. 23, 24. Jesus denouncing vengeance against it, in these terms

And thou Capernaum, which art exalted unto Heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have

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