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Chap. XI. to it, and found nothing came, if haply he might find thereon, but leaves only, and any thing thereon ; and when faid, Let no fruit grow on he came to it, he found no thee henceforward for ever; thing but leaves, for the time and presently the fig-tree wi- of figs was not yet. thered away.
14. And Jesus answered, and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard
20. And when the disciples faw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig-tree wi. thered away!
20. And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig-tree dried up from the roots.
21. And Peter calling to remembrance, faith unto him, Master, behold, the fig-tree, which thou cursedít, is withered away.
The story of our Saviour's Disciples preparing a place for cele
brating the pasover.
Chap. XXVI. 17. Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee, to eat the paflover?
Chap. XIV. 12. And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare, that thou mayeft eat the pafsover ? . 13. And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and faith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you
18. And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and fay unto him, The master saith, my time is at hand, I will
Chap. XIV. keep the passover at thy house a man bearing a pitcher of with my disciples.
water ; follow him.' 19. And the disciples did, 14. And wheresoever he as Jesus had appointed them; shall go in, say ye to the good and they made ready the paff- man of the house, The master over,
faith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the pafsover with my disciples ? .
15. And he will shew you a large upper room, furnished and prepared ; there make ready for us.
16. And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them; and they made ready the pafsover.
By a very cursory and transient view of the preceding instances, every one, who is unprejudiced, will conclude, that St. Mark could not possibly design to abridge St. Matthew, unless abridging and enlarging do fignify the same thing. His accounts are so much fuller, and contain so many more particular circumstances, than St. Matthew's do, that to suppose his Golpel to be an epitome of St. Matthew's, is somewhat like supposing the whole to be less than a part. Nor is it only in the instances which have been produced, that St. Mark's relations are larger than those of St. Matthew, but also in abundance of others. It would be tedious to mention all the particular instances of this nature, especially to write them down at length, as I have done the former ; I shall therefore only mention a few, and briefly hint what they are.
A Catalogue of some other instances, in which St. Mark adds
more circumstances to his relations, than St. Matthew.
Chap. i. 45. The leper's publishing what Christ had done for him, after his cure.
III. 20, 21. The multitudes following Christ, his friends laying hold on him, and charging him with distraction.
IV. 10. The disciples asking our Saviour the meaning of the parable of the lower, when he was alone.
Ver. 36. Several ships accompanying our Saviour in his voyage.
VI. 2. Our Lord's preaching on the Sabbath-day in his own country.
Ver. 5. The particular work our Saviour did in his own country, viz. healing some sick.
Ver. 6. His wondering at their unbelief.
Ver. 7. The manner of sending forth the Apostles, viz. by two and two.
Ver. 37. The disciples' unwillingness to go to buy bread for the multitude, and the sum it would cost.
Ver. 40. The manner of the multitudes sitting down to bę fed by Christ.
VII. 24. Our Saviour's desire to be concealed, but could
VIII. 3. Some of our Lord's disciples came from far.
Ver. 6, 7. The blessing the seven loaves, and blessing the fishes, mentioned as done diftinctly and separately ; St. Matthew joins the blessing the loaves and fishes both together. .
Ver. 14. The disciples had but one loaf.
IX. 10. The three disciples questioning one with another, what our Lord meant by rising from the dead.
Ver. 32. The rest of the disciples at a loss in the same particular, and afraid to ask Christ.
Chap. vi. 14-30. There are several particular circumstances in
the history of John's death, which are not mentioned by St. Matthew.
Ver. 44, 48. A further defcription of the torments and misery of hell.
X. 15. Christ's declaring, that they who did not receive the kingdom of heaven as little children, should not enter into
Ver. 32. The disciples afraid, when they were going up to Jerusalem.
Ver. 49, 50. Christ's ordering the blind man to be called, comforting him, his casting away his garment, and coming to Christ.
XI. 4. 5. A description of the place where the colt was found, and the owners demanding the reason of the two disciples, why they took it away.
XII. 32, 33, 34. The Scribe approves what our Lord had laid, repeats it, makes a just and useful remark upon it: our Saviour approves him, &c.
Ver. 37. The common people take pleasure in hearing Christ.
XIII. 3. The names of the Apostles, who made the enquiry concerning the destruction of the Temple.
XIV. 3, &c. Several particulars in the story of the wo
ment, the breaking of the box, the value of the ointment in money, &ic.
Ver. 12. The passover was to be killed on the first day of unleavened bread.
Ver. 54, 67. Peter sat warming himself at the fire.
Ver. 8. The Jews plead their privilege of having a criminal released at the passover. · Ver. 25. The precise hour, in which our Saviour was crucified. · Ver. 42. The reason why Joseph of Arimathcą came on that day to beg the body of Jesus, viz, because it was the preparation, i. e. the day before the Sabbath. - Ver. 43. The character and office of Joseph of Arimathea.
Ver. 44. Pilate wonders Christ was so soon dead. His enquiring about it.
XVI. 1. The design of Mary Magdalen, and the other Mary, to embalm the body of Jesus, with ointments they had bought for that purpose.
These are some instances of circumstances, related by St. Mark in his histories, and not by St. Matthew: a person, that will be at the pains carefully to compare these Gospels, with this view, will find many more. But these seem to be fufficient for my present purpose, sufficient to evidence, that St. Mark did not design to abridge or epitomize St. Matthew's Gospel.
CHA P. VIII.
The third Argument, by which it appears, that St. Mark's · Gospel is not an Epitome of St. Matthew's, viz. the remark
able Disagreement there seems to be between these two Evana gelifts, in several Parts of their Gospels. It is first premised, that all these are reconcileable. Then the particular
Instances of their Disagreement produced. Arg. III. T HE disagreement which there seems to be between
these two Evangelifts, viz. St. Matthew and St. Mark, in relating several circumstances of their history, is a clear and demonstrative evidence, that St Mark did not abridge. St. Matthew, nor had his Gospel lying before him, when he wrote his. To go about to collect the difference of these facred writers, to make them appear as many and as great as possible, may seem very strange and unnecessary work in one, who professes a value and respect for them. I think it needful therefore to premise, that however great and many the differences may seem to be between these two (or indeed between any of the Evangelists), yet they have all been happily recon