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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

fea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, cafting 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

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

with Zebedee their father, mending their nets : 22 ' and he called them, and they immediately 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 baptisın, (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 synagogues,

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being glorified of all. And he came to Nazarreth, where he had been brought up: and, as ' his custom was, he went into the synagogue on

the sabbath day; and stood up for to read. . And there was delivered unto him 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 gof. 6 pel to the poor ; he hath sent me to heal the s 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 fight 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 wondered 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-lay account, in which they placed no

confidence.)

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 “ fent, fave unto Saripta, a city of Sidon, unto • a woman that was a widow. And many lepers

were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the pro

phet : and none of them was cleansed, save “ 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 Jesus 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

thou

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 less; Jesus himself faid to the Jews in the templeIf 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 sabbath days

For his word was with power.' In the syna: gogue there, a män, 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

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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Chapter Versether for this stay of several days at Jerusalem

unknown to her (which by the bye is something extraordinary) he replied Wist ye not that I ' must be about my father's business. He, however, returns with them to Nazareth,' and was " subject unto them. From this period Luke gives no account of him till he was baptized in Jordan and began his public ministry; and this, according to the best accounts we have, was about the age of thirty.

We will now proceed with Matthew's history,

where, after a long chasm, he first mentions John fi. the Baptist. In those days came John the Bap

tist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and z' saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of hea

ven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken 3of by the prophet Isaias, saying-The voice of

one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the 6 way of the Lord, make his paths straight.' After describing his dress and food, he tells us, all Jerusalem, all Judea, and the region round Jordan, went to him, confessed their fins, and were

baptized by him in Jordan. To the Pharisees 7 and Sadducees who came there, he faid-'0

• generation of vipers ! who hath warned you to 6 flee from the wrath to come?' He advises thein to works suited to repentance; tells them, that being the sons of Abraham will not avail them ; that at that time the ax was laid to the roots, and every barren tree should be cut down and cast

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