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of Tiberius, 19. from of Antipas and After Christ according The Tear of Rome,782. the 28th of August.

Philip, 32

to the Vulgar Æra, 29. MATTHEW MARK.

LUKE,

John. CH A P. XIX. CH A P. X.

CH A P. X. ND it came to A"

pass, that when Lelus had finished chele ? AN pomhemarole

40 And wentafrom Galilee, and and cometh into the came into the coasts of coasts of Judea by the

way again beyond

Jordan, Judca, beyond Jordan: farther side of Jordan

into the place where John at first baptized; and there

he abode. 2 And great mulci- and the people refort

40 And many re cudes followed him, to him again;

forted to him,
and, as he was
wont, he caught them

again.
and he healed
chem there.

and said, John did no miracle :

CH A P. XLIX.

The fourth year of Christ's Ministry. Jesus departs from Galilee into Judæa.

He shews the unlawfulness of Divorce, lays bis hands on some young Children ; answers the question of the young man who inquir'd the way to eternal Life: Ricbes one great Obstacle. The Rewards promis'd the Disciples. The Favors of God diverse, which is illustrated in a Similitude.

WHEN the Feast of Dedication was over,

Jesus return’d from Judaa into Galilee, but continued not long there ; for leaving that Country, which was under the Government of Herod, he went towards the Confines of Judea, through that part of the Country situated nigh the Banks of Jordan; and in the beginning of the fourth year of his Ministry settled in that place where John at firit baptized the Penitents, ch. 7. To this place many repair'd to hear him, and fome also to be cur'd of their Infirmities ; for, according to his custom, he expounded the Laws of the Kingdom of Heaven to his Hearers, and cur'd all the Sick presented to him. Those therefore that remember'd they had seen John baptizing there, and heard his Doctrin, said one to another; John indeed did no miracle, but every

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MATTHEW.

MARK:
LUKE.

John.
CHA P. XIX. * H A P. A.

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but all things that John spake of this man were true.

42 And many be

lieved on him there. 3 The Pharisees 2 And the Pharisees also came unto him, came to him, and asked rempting him, and him, Is it lawful for a saying unto him, Is it man to put away his lawful for a man to wife ? tempting him. put away his wife for every cause?

4 And he aniver 5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, ed and said to them, * Have ye nor read, that 6 Bur from the behe which made them at ginning of the creathe beginning, made tion, God made them them male and female ? male and female.

5 And said, For 7 For this cause shall this cause shall a man a man leave his father Icave father and mo- and mother, and cleave ther, and fhall cleave to his wife, to his wife : and they 8 And they cwain twain shall be one flesh. shall be one tiesh : su

6 Wherefore they then they are no more are no more twain, but twain, but one flesh. one flesh. What there. 9 What therefore fore God hath joined God hath joined totogether, ler not man gether, let no man put pur afunder.

alunder. thing he foretold of Jesus is confirm'd by the event: for which reason many believ'd in him.

Whilst Jesus was in these parts, several Pharisees came to him, who having bin told that he did not admit of Divorce, hop'd to have an opportunity to catch at something that might create him envy and hatred, as one who condemn’d what was not prohibited by their Law, and fix'd the 'odious name of Adultery upon a common and allowed Practice. Is it then lawful, said they, for a Husband to put away his Wife on every night occasion, as is commonly done? Jesus knowing their intention, yet not afraid of it, replied: Have you not read how in the beginning God created one of each Sex, and transmitted this Law to their Pofterity, that as those first persons were made out of one substance, the Husband ought to live in fo ftrict a union with his wife, that forfaking his own Parents, they might seem to be united into one fub ance? Those therefore whom God has fo nearly

allied, cannot be parted by Man without the breach of that original Law, and consequently à notorious Sin, of which they are guilty who affirm it lawful for a man to be

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MATTHEW.

MARK.
CHA P. XIX.

C HA P. x 1
3 And he answered and said
unto them, whac did Moses

command you ?
7 They say unto him, why
did Moses then command to 4 And they said, Moses suf-
give a writing of divorcement, fered to write a bill of divorce.
and to put her away? ment, and to put her away.
8 He saith unto chem, Mo s

* For the hardness ses, because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you of your hearts, suffered you this precept. to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not fo.

9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, excepe it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is pur away, doth commit adulcery.

10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.

11 And he faith unto them, Whosoever shall pur away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

12 And if a woman thall put away her husband, and be

divorc'd from his Wife. Upon this the Pharisees imagining he had contradicted the Law of Mofes, he ask'd 'em what it was that Mofes commanded in this case? They replied, that Moses allow'd them to repudiate their Wives, provided they gave them a Certificate of the Divorce. 'Tis true, said he, Moses permitted it, becaufe he faw you obftinately bent upon your Lusts, tho 'tis plainly contrary to God's primitive Institution. But I declare to you, that whoever pats away his Wife for any other reason than that of Adultery, and afterwards marrys another, is guilty of Adultery in the light of God, as he also is that marrys a Woman thus divorc'd.

After thefe Discourses, being return'd home, his Apostles ask'd him in privat concerning that matter they thought they did not well understand, since he seemed to be more severe than he needed. But Jefus repeating what he had said before the Pharisees, affur'd them, that whoever married another, after having put away his Wife, was guilty of Adultery; as likewise was that Woman who should marry

another

MATTHEW.

MARK.
Luxe.

JOHN
CH A P. XIX. C H A P. X. CHA P. XVIII.

married to another,
The committeth adul-

tery.
10 His disciples say @
unto him, if the case
of the man be so with
his wife, it is not good
co marry.

si But he said unco them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.

12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mothers womb : and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men : and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heavens fake. He thar is able to receive it, let him receive it.

13 Then were there 13 And they brought 15 And they brought
brought to him little young children to him, to him also infants,that
children, that he should that he should touch he would touch them :
puc his hands on them, them :
another Husband during the life of the former, since the Law kad respect to both.
The Apostles, who had bin bred up in Jewis Customs, then told him, that in
this cale it was much more eligible to live a single Life. On this Fesus minded
them that it was not in every ones power to live chastly in a single state, without
God's special aslistance; for which reason Marriage was necessary, as the furest
means to restrain an exorbitant Lust. Some indeed can be contented in fach a
state ; others have bin abus'd, and made Eunuchs; a third fort have shook off this
unmanly weakness, and are happy in a single state, which they imploy wholly in
Piety and Devotion. If a man on due consideration judges he can live in such a
Itate, without endangering his Virtue, he is not forbid to chuse it; but if he finds
it neceffary to marry, let him not think of altering his condition afterwards, tho
it be attended with inconveniences, which he must resolve to bear with patience,
and a resignation to the Will of God.
At that time certain little Infants were brought to him, whom the Parents delir'd

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MATTHEW.
MARK

Luke,
CH A P. XIX. C H A P, X. CHA P. XVIII.
and pray:
and the disciples

and his disciples but when his dirrebuked them.

rebuked those that ciples saw it, they

brought them. rebuked them.
14 But Jesus said, 14 Eur when Jesus 16 Buc Jesus called
Saffer little children, law, it, he was much them to him, and said,
and forbid them not displeased, and said to Suffer little children to
to come unto me: for them, Suffer the little come to me, and forbid
of such is the king- children to come to them not : for of such :
dom of heaven. -

me, and forbid them is the kingdom of
nor: for of such is the God.
kingdom of God.

15: Verily I say unto 17 Verily I say unro
you, whosoever shall you, whosoever shall
nor receive the king- not receive the king-
dom of God as a little dom of God as a little...
child, he shall not en- child, shall in no wise -
ter cherein.

enter therein.
16 And he took.
them up in his arms,
put his hands upon

them and blessed them.
15 And he laid his
hands on them, and
departed thence

17 And when he was: gone forth into

the way, there came 16 And behold, one one running, and kneel. 18 And a certain came and said unto ed to him, and asked ruler asked him, say." him, Good master, him, Good - master, ing, Good master,

him to lay his hands on, and bless ; but the Apostles thinking they were unnecessarily troublesom to their Master, chid them, and would have turn'd them away; which Fesus perceiving, and taking this occasion to repeat an admonition to them, too* which they seem'd not to have fufficiently attended ; Take heed, laid he; you do not prohibit these little Children to be brought to me; I am to remind you, that they only whose Dispositions resemble the Innocence and Simplicity of these Babes, Thall partake of the Rewards that will be distributed in the Kingdom of Htaver. I declare to you, that whoever does not sake off his Prejudices, evil Habits and Vices, when he professes himself my Disciple, shall not be reckon'd as a Denison in that Kingdom. Then taking the Infants in his armsy. he laid his hands on them, and blefled them.

After this he departed from that place, and upon the road was met by a young : man of a noble Family among the Jews ; who falling down at his feet, Good :

Master,

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