CHAP. And they came up, and laid hold of the affair continueth among CHAP.

on his feet and did him obeisance. the Jews until this day. 10 Then saith Jesus unto them, “Fear Afterward the eleven disciples 16

not. Go tell my brethren to de- went into Galilee, to the moun- Jesus is part for Galilee, and there they tain which Jesus had appointed. seen by his

apostles in shall see me.”

And when they saw him they did Galilee, 11 As they were going, behold! obeisance unto him ; but some Soldiers are some of the guard came into the doubted. bribed to

to city, and told the chief priests all And Jesus went to them, and 18 false report that had happened. And after they said, “ All power necessary for where he had assembled with the elders, and the establishment of my kingdom

directions consulted, they gave a large sum is given me in heaven and on how to act.

of money to the soldiers, saying, earth. Go ye therefore, and make 19 13“ Tell the people, His disciples disciples of all nations, baptizing

came by night and stole him away them into the name of the Fa14 while we were asleep.' And if ther, and of the Son, and of the

this affair be brought to a hearing Holy Spirit : teaching them to ob- 20
before the governor, we will satisfy serve all the commandments which

him, and keep you from trouble." I have given you; and behold! I 15 So they took the money and did as am with you continually to the

they were taught; and this account end of the age. Amen.

* If they had been asleep they could not Barnabas, in their travels. This gospel was have told what had been done ; but it was written, A.D. 64, for the use of the Chrisdeath for Roman soldiers to sleep on guard. tians at Rome; and is, for the most part, a

Being unwilling to believe without suffi- compendious account of what we read in the cient evidence, which this interview no gospel of Matthew. Some few particulars doubt afforded them, before it was over. are occasionally added, and especial care

3 Into the profession of that religion taken to explain such terms as persons living which had its origin with God, was made out of Judea were not likely to be acquaintknown to the world by Jesus Christ, anded with. To account for the fact of the confirmed by the spiritual and miraculous first three gospels having many passages that endowments of its first teachers,

are similar, and many that are the same, we 4 So long as the gifts of the spirit con- may reasonably suppose, that the writers tinued among Christians.

occasionally represented the manner in which 5 Mark, whose name this gospel bears, some circumstances and doctrines had been was the familiar companion of the Apostle truly delivered by eye-witnesses, and ear-witPeter, and called by him his son, that is a nesses, and which had been recorded by them, person whom he converted to Christianity. or by their hearers, before any complete gosHe was probably the same person who is pel had been written. Some authentic matecalled John, surnamed Mark; to whose rials common to these writers thus existing, mother's house Peter retired, when released they were sometimes led to use the same exby an angel out of prison, Acts xii. 12, and pressions, and to place unconnected transacwho accompanied the apostles, Paul and I tions in the same order.

CHAP. crying in the desert, prepare ye of Galilee, he saw Simon, and An- CHAP, 1. the way of the Lord, make the drew his brother, casting a net into o

4 paths straight for him.” Accord- the lake ; for they were fishers; chooses Appear. ingly John came baptizing in the and Jesus said unto them, “ Come disciples; ance of

'17 desert, and proclaiming a baptism with me, and I will make you Baptist. of repentance for remission of sins. fishers of men.” And immedi- 18

5 And people from all the country of ately they left their nets and fol

Judea, and from Jerusalem, went | lowed him. Going thence a little 19 out to him, and were baptized by farther, he saw James, the son of

him in the river Jordan, upon con- Zebedee, and John his brother, in 6 fession of their sins. Now John the vessel, preparing their nets; - was clothed with camel's hair, and and as soon as he called them, 20

with a leathern girdle about his they left their father Zebedee in

loins, and he ate locusts and wild the vessel with the hired servants,
7 honey. And he proclaimed, say- and went after him. And they 21

ing, “ One is coming after me came into Capernaum: and he
mightier than I, the string of whose constantly went on the Sabbath-

sandals I am not worthy to stoop day into the synagogue and taught.
8 down and untie. I indeed baptize And the people were astonished at 22

you with water, but he will baptize his doctrine ; for he taught them
you with a holy spirit.”

as one that had authority, and not 9 In those days came Jesus of as the scribes. . Jesus is Nazareth in Galilee, and was bap | And there was in their syna. 23 pfized; tized by John in Jordan; and as he gogue a man with an unclean cures a des 10 went up out of the water, John spirit ; and he cried out saying, moniac ;

saw the heavens open, and the “ Ah! what hast thou to do with 24

spirit as a 'dove descending upon us, thou Jesus of Nazareth ? 11 him. And a voice came from the Art thou come to destroy us? I

heavens, saying, “ Thou art my know who thou art, the holy one beloved son in whom I am well of God.” And Jesus rebuked him, 25 pleased.”

saying, “ Hold thy tongue, and 12 And immediately the spirit lead come out of him.” And, the 26 tempted; eth him out into the desert, and unclean spirit, after convulsing

he continued there in the desert him, and crying with a loud amongst the wild beasts forty days, voice, came out of him. And 27 tried by Satan, and after his trial all were astonished, so that they

angels ministered unto him. reasoned amongst themselves, say

14 Now after John was delivered ing, “ What is this; what new begins to up, Jesus came into Galilee, preach- doctrine is this? for with authopreach; ing the glad tidings of the kingdom rity he commandeth even the un

15 of God, and saying, “ The time is clean spirits, and they obey him.”

fully come, and the kingdom of And his fame immediately spread 28 . God is at hand : repent and be- into all the country about Galilieve the gospel."

lee. 16. Now as he walked by the lake · As soon as they left the syna- 29

Trees were me out of with ausing

15 of the glaciame into was delive

· 1 Resembling the motion of a dove. which he fancied himself to be pos. Perhaps a bright flame, of the nature of sessed. that which was considered as a symbol of 3 Demoniacs, or insane persons, were not the divine presence, assumed this appear- ashamed or afraid to confess their knowledge

of Christ, as most others were. He means himself, and the demon with



Thion and

· gogue, they went with James and commanded, for a testimony unto CHAP.

John to the house of Simon and them.” But after his departure, he , ". Peter's. Andrew. Now the mother of și-began to talk much about it, and *

mon's wife lay sick of a fever, and to publish it, so that Jesus could 31 he came near, and took her by the no more go openly into the city,

hand, and raised her up, and imme- but continued without in lonely
diately the fever left her, and she places, and persons came to him
, ministered unto them.

from all parts. 32 Now when evening was come, After some days Jesus returned CHAP. and other and the sun was set, they brought to Capernaum, and it was heard No fons ;

unto him all their sick, and their that he was in a house there, And 2

demoniacs. And great part of the many were soon gathered together, 33 city was gathered together at the so that even the space about the

door; and he cured many that were door could not contain them, and 34 sick of various diseases, and cast he was preaching the word unto

out many demons, and suffered them.
them not to speak, for they knew | And a man with a palsy was 3

brought unto him, carried by four cures a 35 And rising up very early in the persons. And as they could not paral unites des morning, while it was dark, he come near because of the mul. active be. went into a lonely place, and was titude, they made an opening bevolence praying there, when Simon, and the through the flat roof, by forcing together; rest who had followed him, found open the trap door, and let down

37 him ; and they say unto him, “ All the couch on which the sick of
38 men seek thee." And he saith the palsy lay'. When Jesus saw 5

unto them, “ Let us go into the their faith, he saith to the sick of
neighbouring towns, that I may the palsy, - Son, thy sins are for-

preach there also; because for this given thee.”
39 purpose I am come forth." And Now some of the scribes were 6

he preached in their synagogues sitting there, and reasoning thus Declares.
throughout all Galilee, and cast in their hearts, “ Why doth her
out demons.

speak thus wickedly? who can sins on! 40 And a leper cometh to him, be- forgive sins but God only?" And in the meals a seeching him, and kneeling down Jesus, knowing at once in his own ser

"curing to him, and saying to him, “ If mind that they were thus reasoning diseases.

thou wilt, thou canst make me with themselves, said unto then., 41 clean." And Jesus, moved with " Why reason ye so in your

compassion, stretched out his hand hearts? Which is easier, to say I

and touched him, and saith, “I to the sick man, “Thy sins are for, 42 will, be thou clean." And as soan given thee,' or to say, Arise, take up

as he had spoken, the leprosy de thy couch and walk ?? But that ye 10

parted from the man, and he was may know that the son of man 43 made clean. And Jesus, after hath authority on earth to forgive

strictly charging him, sent him sins (he saith to the sick man) I 44 away, and saith unto him, “ See say unto thee, · Arise, take up thy 11

thou say nothing to any man, but couch and go home'.” And he 12 go, show thyself to the priest, and arosc immediately, and taking up offer for thy cleansing what Moses his couch, went out before them

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The bouse was built round a court, and case on the inside, down which the paralytic had stairs by which persons might ascend was carried to Jesus sitting in the court. from the outside to the roof, and also a stair

CHAP, all, insomuch that they were all frent is made. And no one putteth CHAR.

amazed and glorified God, saying, new wine into old skins; if so, the ! we never saw it thus.

new wine bursteth the skins, and 22 13 Jesus went out again by the side the wine is spilled, and the skins Calls Levi, of the lake, and all the multitude spoilt ; but new wine should be or Matthew, came to him, and he taught them. put into new skins.”

14 And as he passed on, he saw Levi, And as he was going through the 23

the son of Alpheus, sitting at the corn-fields on the Sabbath, the dis- Disciples place where custom was paid, and ciples plucked the ears of corn on 5

plucking saith unto him, “Come with me;" the way. And the Pharisees said ears of com

and he arose and went with him. unto him,“See, why are they doing on the sab

15 And many taxgatherers and hea- what is not lawful on the Sabbath. and cats thens were eating in the house, at bath?” And he said unto them, 25 with him. the same table with Jesus and his " Haye ye never read what David Sam. xxi

disciples; for many of them had and his companions did when hun-
16 accompanied him. And when the ger pressed him ; how he went into 26

'scribes and ? Pharisees saw him the house of God, and ate the
eating with these taxgatheres and show-bread, which the priests only
heathens, they said unto his disci- are allowed to eat, and gave also to
ples, “ How is it that he eateth his companions ?” And he said unto 27

and drinketh with taxgatherers and them, “ The Sabbath was made
17 heathens?” Jesus hearing this, for man, and not man for the Sab-

saith unto them, “ They who are bath. So that the S son of man is 28
well need not a physician, but they master also of the Sabbath."
who are sick ; I am not come to Again, he entered into the syna- CHAP:
call righteous men but sinners to gogue, and a man was there with a de
to repentance.”

withered hand. And the Phari- A man wit
18 Now the disciples of John and sees watched him whether he would wat
esus the Pharisees used to fast, and they cure the man on the Sabbath-day, on the

a hand cure join fasting. Hot income unto Jesus and say, "Why that they might accuse him.' And Sabbath.

'do the disciples of John and of the he saith to the man with the wither-3

Pharisees fast, and thy disciples ed hand, “Come forward into the
19 fast not?' And Jesus said unto middle.” Then he saith to them, 4

them, “ Can the companions of " Is it right to do good, or to do
the bridegroom fast, while the ill on the sabbath? to save life or
bridegroom is with them? As long to destroy it ?” But they kept si-

as they have the bridegroom with lence. Then, after looking round 5
20 them, they cannot fast. But the upon them, being angry, and at

days will come when the bride-the same time sorry for the blind-
groom shall depart from them, and ness of their heart, he saith unto

then they will fast in those days. the man, “ Stretch out thy hand,”
21 No one seweth a piece of new cloth and he stretched it out, and his

upon an old garment; if he does, hand was restored to its soundness
the new piece which filleth it up, like the other.
taketh from the old, and a worse Then the Pharisees went out, 6

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i The scribes were men well versed in the to regulate the Sabbath; if man in general is law, and who expounded it to the people; designed, it means that the rules of the Sabbut in a poor insipid manner.

bath are not binding in urgent cases. . A Jewish sect, proud, formal, and hy- 4 This shows, that neglecting to do a kind pocritical.

office, when opportunity offers, is doing 3 If Jesus is intended by the phrase, son ill. of man, the passage means that he had power

ute his

CHAP, and immediately consulted with again, so that they could not so CHAP,

11. the Herodians against him, how much as eat bread. And when his de Jesus re- they might destroy him. But Je-lown family heard of it they went 2 tires : sus withdrew with his disciples to out to secure him from injury; for those who

. wished to the lake, and a great multitude fol- some had told them that he was destroy lowed him from Galilee, and from gone out, him.: Judea, and from Jerusalem, and And the scribes who had come 22

from Idumea, and from the side of down from Jerusalem, said, ! He Scribes at8 Jordan ; and they about Tyre and hath Beelzebub, and he casteth out.prib

"miracles to Sidon, a great multitude, hearing demons by the prince of the de- an evil what great things he did, came un mons.” And calling them to him, spirit. 9 to him. And he told his disciples he said unto them in parables,

to bring a small vessel to him 'be-" How can Satan cast out Satan? 24

cause of the multitude, that they If a kingdom be divided against it-
10 might not press upon him. For self, that kingdom cannot stand.

he had cured many, so that as And if a family be divided against 25
1 many as had diseases were pushing itself, that family cannot continue
11 forward to touch him. And the stedfast. So if Satan rise up against 26

persons possessed with demons fell himself and be divided, he cannot

down before him, and cried out, continue stedfast, but must have an
1 saying, “ Thou art the son of end. No man can enter into a 27
1 2 God." But he strictly charged strong man's house, and plunder

them not to make him known. his goods, unless he first bind the

13 Then Jesus goeth up a mountair, strong man, and then he may plunChooses and calleth to him whom he would, der his goods. Verily I say unto 28 twelve

and they went unto him. And he you, all sins may be forgiven the

appointed twelve to be with him, sons of men, and all the wicked
15 and to go out to preach, and to speeches which they may utter.

have power to cure diseases, and But whosoever shall speak evil 29
to cast out demons.

against the holy spirit hath no for-
1. Simon, surnamed Peter; giveness, but is in danger of pu-
2. James, the son of Zebedee; nishment for the 2 age to come.
3. John, the brother of James ; Jesus spoke thus because they said, 30

(Now Jesus had surnamed “ He hath an unclean spirit.”
these two 'Boanerges, that is, Accordingly his brethren and 31
Sons of Thunder)

mother come, and standing with Jesus shows 18 4. Andrew ;

out send in to call him ; for the 5. Philip;

multitude was sitting round him ; to him. 6. Bartholomew;

and some said unto him, “ Behold 32 7. Matthew

thy mother and thy brethren with-
8. Thomas

out are enquiring for thee.” And 33
9. James, the son of Alpheus ; he answered them, “ Who is my
10. Thaddeus ;

mother, and who are my bre-
19 11. Simon, the Canaanite; thren?" And looking on every 34

12. Judas Iscariot, who also de side, on those who were sitting
livered his inaster up.

round him, he saith, " Behold
20 And they go into an house, and my mother and my brethren! For 35

the multitude crowded together whosoever shall do the will of God,


were dear

? Intimating the spirit and energy with which they would preach the gospel.

• The age or time of the destruction of

Jerusalem, when the Christians escaped, and
The impenitent Jews were involved in ruin.

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