Thematic Bible: Jesus Christ


Thematic Bible




what if you should see the son of man ascend up where he was before?




God who at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake in time past to the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his SON, whom he hath constituted heir of all things, by whom also be made the world.



but to the son he saith, "God is thy throne for ever and ever; the sceptre of thy kingdom is a sceptre of equity. thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy peers." again, "thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thy hands. read more.
they shall perish, but thou shalt remain: and they all shall come to an end like an old garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall never end."



In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God. the same was in the beginning with God. all things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made.

your father Abraham long'd to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. then said the Jews to him, you are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham? Jesus said to them, verily, verily I say unto you, before Abraham was I AM.

for the same temper of mind ought to be in you as was in Christ Jesus: who tho' he was the image of God, did not affect to appear with divine majesty, but divested himself thereof, by assuming the form of a servant: being made in the likeness of men,

he is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of the whole creation. for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are on earth, both visible and invisible, the thrones, and the sovereigntys, the principalitys, and the powers: all were created by him, and for him: he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Since then the children were made subject to a state of mortality, so he himself likewise was subject to the same condition: that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who thro' fear of death were all their life-time in a state of slavery. for he is not the deliverer of angels; but the deliverer of Abraham's posterity.

for if Joshuah had given them rest, David would not afterwards have mentioned another day.



Jesus answered them, saying, destroy this temple, and within three days I will raise it up.



then said Jesus, let her alone: against the day of my burial hath she kept this.

but, alas, the time is coming, yea, is already come, when ye shall be dispers'd every one to his own retreat, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the father is with me.

we are now going to Jerusalem, where the son of man will be betrayed to the chief priests, and to the Scribes, who will condemn him to die, and deliver him up to the Gentiles, to be insulted, scourged, and crucified: but the third day he shall rise again.

but he answered them, this wicked degenerate race demand a miracle; but no other miracle shall they have, except that of the prophet Jonas. for as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly: so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Some time after, while they were in Galilee, Jesus said to them, the son of man will be betrayed into the hands of men: they will kill him, but the third day he shall be raised again. at which they were exceeding sorry.

ye know that in two days the feast of the passover will begin, and the son of man be delivered up to be crucified.

and as they were eating, he said, 'tis indeed true that one of this company shall betray me.

to this he answered, he that has his hand in the dish with mine, he it is that will betray me. the son of man is going to die, pursuant to the scripture: but wo to that man by whom the son of man is betrayed: it had been better for that man, if he had never been born.

and at his return, he said to his disciples, is this a time to sleep and take your rest? the hour draws nigh, and the son of man is betrayed into the hands of the gentiles. rise, let us be gone, there he is, the traytor is just upon us.

in the mean time he gave his disciples this intimation, "the son of man is going to be delivered up into the hands of men, who will put him to death, and three days after he is put to death he shall rise again."

When they were on the road to Jerusalem, Jesus led the way, and they followed behind full of apprehension and fear. then Jesus calling the twelve apostles to him again, acquainted them with what should befal him. now, said he, we are going to Jerusalem, where the son of man will be delivered up to the chief priests, and to the Scribes, who will condemn him to die, and deliver him to the Gentiles. they will treat him with ignominy, subject him to the lash, spit upon him, and at last put him to death. but on the third day he will rise again.

the son of man must suffer many indignities: be rejected by the rulers, the chief priests, and Scribes: be put to death: and the third day be raised again. Then he said to the whole company, if any one will be my follower, let him renounce himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me. for whoever would save his life, shall lose it: and he that would lose his life, out of love to me, shall save it.

Afterwards Jesus took the twelve aside, and said to them, now we are going to Jerusalem where all that the prophets have writ concerning the son of man shall be accomplished. for he shall be delivered to the Gentiles by the Jews, who will treat him with mockery, insult him, spit in his face, scourge him, and put him to death; and the third day he shall rise again.

I say not this of you all; for I know whom I have chosen: and that passage of the scripture must be fulfilled, "He that eateth bread with me, hath lift up his heel against me." I tell it you now before it happens, that when it is come to pass, you may believe that I am the Messias. I declare unto you, he that receiveth him that I send, receiveth me: and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me. read more.
When Jesus utter'd these words, he was troubled in spirit, and said without disguise, I assure you, that one of you shall betray me. then the disciples looked one on another, being in pain to know who he meant. now the favourite disciple of Jesus sat next to him at table. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, to ask who it was he meant. then accordingly bending his head to Jesus's ear, he whisper'd, Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, he it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have made it. and when he had made the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. and after he had taken the sop, Satan entred into him. then said Jesus to him, what you do, do quickly.

Simon Peter said to him, Lord, where are you going? Jesus answered him, you cannot at present follow me, where I am going; but hereafter you shall. Peter said to him, Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for your sake. Jesus answered him, you lay down your life for my sake! Verily, verily I say unto thee, the cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.



then said Jesus to Peter, sheath thy sword: the cup which my father hath given me, shall I not drink it?




as those high priests of the law were, to offer up daily sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people: having done this once for all, by offering up himself.

therefore doth my father love me, because I lay down my life, but I shall reassume it. no man can take it from me, but I voluntarily lay it down: I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. this is the order I have received from my father.


for then must he have suffered several times since the beginning of the world, when in the consummation of the ages, he has appeared once for all to expiate sin by offering himself as a sacrifice.





Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he. "if therefore it is me you look for, let these go their way."

and he said to them, I have ardently desired to eat this passover with you, before I suffer.

the son of man is going to die, pursuant to the scripture: but wo to that man by whom the son of man is betrayed: it had been better for that man, if he had never been born.

do you think my father, if I should now desire it of him, would not instantly send me more than twelve legions of angels? but how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, which say, that thus it must happen?

Again he retired, and prayed, uttering the same words.

Now the time of his assumption drawing nigh, he was fix'd in his resolution to go to Jerusalem:

they answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. I am he, said Jesus. and Judas who was to betray him, was also with them.



which the Pharisee, who had invited him, observing, he thus argued with himself, if this man were a prophet, he could not but know that the woman, who is so busy with him, is a person of a loose character.


and they endeavoured to seize him, but were afraid of the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

all that were present were seized with dread, and glorified God, saying, a great prophet is risen up among us, and God has visited his people.

till then I must be stirring about, to-day, and to-morrow, and the next day: for a prophet cannot be put to death any where, but at Jerusalem.

what about? said he. why, about Jesus the Nazarean, said they, who was a prophet, eminently recommended, by his doctrine and his works, to the approbation of God and of all the people;


The people, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, cry'd out, this is of a truth that prophet who was to come into the world.

many of the people therefore, who heard this discourse, said, this man is certainly a prophet.

they therefore question'd the blind man again, what do you say of the man that made you see? he is a prophet, said he.

who came to Jesus by night, and said to him, rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher sent from God: for no man can perform the miracles that you do, except God be with him.


this is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, "a prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear."

and whoever he be that will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people."

how shall we escape, if we neglect that salutary doctrine? which was first published by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those that heard him;

for Moses said to the fathers, "a prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, of your brethren, like unto me; observe whatever he shall say to you. and whoever he be that will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people."


Upon his expressing himself thus, one of the officers there present, struck Jesus on the face, saying, answerest thou the high priest so? Jesus replied, if I have said any thing injurious, show then wherein; but if I said right, why do you smite me?

Jesus having said this, lift up his eyes to heaven, and said, "father, the hour is come; glorify thy son, that thy son also may glorify thee. for thou hast given him power over all men, that he might give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. and this is life eternal, to acknowledge thee to be the only true God, and Jesus to be the Messiah whom thou hast sent. read more.
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. and now, O father, glorify me in heaven, with the glory which I had before the creation of the world. I have displayed thy name among those whom you have chosen out of the world for me: thine they were, and you gave them me; and they have kept thy word. now they believe that the instructions you gave me came from thee. for I have given to them the instructions which you gave me; and they have received them; and have sincerely believ'd that I came from thee, and are persuaded that thou didst send me. "It is for them I pray: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me, because they are thine. for every thing that is mine is thine, and what is thine is mine, and I am glorified by them. and now I shall be no more in the world, but they will be in the world, when I am come to thee. holy father keep them by that authority, with which thou hast invested me, that they may be one, as we are. by your authority I have kept them, during my being with them in the world: those that you gave me I have kept, and not one of them is lost, except the son of perdition: according as the scripture foretold. now that I am coming to thee, while I am here, I make these requests for them, that their joy in me may be compleat. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.


for he whom God hath sent, saith nothing but what is divine: for God hath given him the spirit without restriction. the father loveth the son, and hath given all things into his hand.

then said they to him, what art thou? and Jesus answered them, I am what I just now told you. I have many things to say against you: but I only say He that sent me is worthy of belief; and what I have heard of Him, that only I publish to the world. but they did not perceive that he meant the father. read more.
Jesus said therefore to them, when ye have lift up the son of man, then shall ye know what I am, and that I do nothing of my self, but speak as my father hath instructed me. he that sent me, is with me: the father hath not left me alone, for I always do what is agreeable to him.

Then Jesus rais'd his voice, and said, he that believeth on me, does not so much believe on me, as on him that sent me. and he that contemplates me, contemplates him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me, might not abide in darkness. read more.
but if any man hear my words, and does not believe them, it is not I that condemn him: for I came not to condemn the world, but to save the world. he that rejecteth me, and does not embrace my doctrine, hath one that condemns him: the doctrine that I have delivered, that shall condemn him in the last day. for I have not spoken for my self; but the father who sent me, he commission'd me, what I should teach, and what I should speak. and I know that it is a commission of eternal life: whatever therefore I say, I deliver just as the father directed me.

I am the genuine vine, and my father is the vintager. every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he takes away: as for the branch that bears fruit, he prunes it clean, to make it more fruitful. you are already clean by the instructions I have given you. read more.
be attach'd to me, and I shall be so to you. as the branch cannot bear fruit of it self, except it be attach'd to the vine: so neither can you, except you continue attach'd to me. I am the vine, you are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for independent of me ye can do nothing. if a man abide not in me, he is cast away as withered branches that are gather'd up to be thrown into the fire, where they are burned. if ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask what ye will, and you shall obtain it. my father will be honour'd by your bearing much fruit, and you will have the honour of being my disciples. as the father has loved me, and I have loved you: so do you persevere in your love to me. your love to me will be in keeping my commandments: even as I love my father by keeping his commandments. These things have I spoken to you, that you might have some present comfort, and that hereafter your joy might be compleat. this is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. there cannot be greater love than that of a man, who lays down his life for his friends. you will be my friends, if you do what I have commanded you. henceforth I do not treat you as servants; for the servant is unacquainted with his master's affairs: but I have treated you as friends; for what I have learnt of my father, I have communicated to you.

His disciples said to him, what you say now is plain, and not enigmatical. now we are convinc'd that you know all our difficulties, and have no occasion that any man should propose them to you: by this we believe that you were sent from God. Jesus answered them, you now believe. read more.
but, alas, the time is coming, yea, is already come, when ye shall be dispers'd every one to his own retreat, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the father is with me. these things I have appriz'd you of, that ye might repose your confidence in me. the world shall give you trouble: but take courage, I have overcome the world.

In my former treatise, I gave an account, O Theophilus, of all the actions and doctrine of Jesus, to the time of his assumption, after he had given the apostles he had chosen, the orders they were to execute by the holy spirit. to whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, of which they had many proofs, during the forty days he appear'd to them, and inform'd them about the reign of the Messias:



In my former treatise, I gave an account, O Theophilus, of all the actions and doctrine of Jesus, to the time of his assumption,

But don't you assume that title, for you have but one doctor, who is the Christ; as for you, you are all brethren alike.


for he preach'd in their synagogues with universal applause.

who came to Jesus by night, and said to him, rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher sent from God: for no man can perform the miracles that you do, except God be with him.

On another sabbath-day it happen'd, that he went into the synagogue to preach, where a man was present, who had the palsy in his right hand.

they dispatch'd therefore some of their disciples, together with the Herodians, who thus address'd themselves to him; master, we know that you are sincere, and faithfully teach the divine law without fear or flattery: for you have no regard to the outward quality of men.

When he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the magistrates came to him as he was teaching, and said, by what authority dost thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?

when they were come, they said to him, master, we know that you are sincere, that you are not influenced by any one, for you have no regard to the person of men: but teach us the way of God according to truth. now should we pay tribute to Cesar, or no? shall we pay, or shall we not pay?

they address'd him therefore in this manner; master, we know that what you say and teach is all right. you are not influenc'd by the quality of men, but explain the divine law with sincerity:

Jesus, to avoid this crowd of people, went to a mountain: and when he was set down, his disciples came to him.

When Jesus had made an end of giving his twelve disciples their instructions, he departed thence to go and preach to the Jews in their cities:

At the same time Jesus said to the company, you come to apprehend me with swords and clubs, as if in pursuit of a robber; I was every day with you teaching in the temple, and ye did not then seize upon me.

He began again to teach by the sea-side: but there was so great a crowd gathered about him, that he was oblig'd to go into a ship, where he sat down, and stay'd on board while the people stood on the shore.

but they were the more vehement, saying, he promotes sedition by speading such doctrine thro' all Judea, from Galilee to this place.


after that, he poured water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.




I who am a person of a mean presence, when among you, but exert myself upon your account, when absent; I Paul intreat you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, not to let me exert that authority,


by assuming the form of a servant: being made in the likeness of men, and his whole exterior showing nothing more than a meer man, he abased himself, and carried his submission so far as to die, even the death of the cross.

for who is greatest, he that sits at table, or he that waits? is it not the person at table? yet I am among you as one that serves.

and while Jesus was at table in Matthew's house, several publicans and loose people happen'd to come in, who sat down with him and his disciples.

After this Jesus left the place, and seeing a publican named Levi, sitting at the custom-house, he said to him, follow me. immediately he rose up, left all his affairs, and became his disciple.

if I then, tho' lord and master, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.

the passage of the scripture which he read, was this, "he was led as a sheep to the slaughter, and like a lamb before his shearer, was dumb, so opened he not his mouth: in his humiliation he was judged, he was taken off: and who shall describe the men of his time? for the land has taken away his life."



then said they to him, what art thou? and Jesus answered them, I am what I just now told you. I have many things to say against you: but I only say He that sent me is worthy of belief; and what I have heard of Him, that only I publish to the world. but they did not perceive that he meant the father. read more.
Jesus said therefore to them, when ye have lift up the son of man, then shall ye know what I am, and that I do nothing of my self, but speak as my father hath instructed me. he that sent me, is with me: the father hath not left me alone, for I always do what is agreeable to him.


But Jesus answered them, my father works without intermission, and so do I. therefore the Jews were the more eager to kill him, because he had not only violated the sabbath, but likewise, because he had said that God was his proper father, making himself equal with God. upon which Jesus said to them, verily, verily I say unto you, the son can do nothing of himself, except he sees the father do it: for whatever he doth, that the son does likewise. read more.
for the father loveth the son, and sheweth him all that he himself doth: and he will shew him greater works than these, so that you will be surprized.

Jesus answer'd, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me, shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me, shall never thirst. but I have already told you, that tho' you have seen me, you do not believe. all those whom my father gives me, shall come to me; and I will not reject any that come to me. read more.
for I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me.

it was not for any sin of his, said Jesus, or of his parents: but that the works of God might be displayed thro' him. I must perform the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night is coming, when no man can work.

Jesus answered him, he that loves me, will observe my precepts: and my father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. he does not love me, who does not observe my precepts: for the doctrine which you have heard, is not mine, but the father's who sent me. this is what I have to tell you, for the little time that I am with you. read more.
but the advocate, the holy spirit, whom the father will send for my sake, he will explain every thing to you, and make you remember, all that I have told you. I bid you farewell! I give you my last farewell; but I do not give it out of common formality: don't be concern'd for me, or apprehensive for your selves. ye have heard me say, "I am going away, and shall come again unto you." if ye loved me, ye would rejoice at my going to the father: for the father is greater than I. this I have told you now, before it come to pass, that when it is come to pass, ye may believe. my conversation will now be but short with you, for the prince of the world is coming: not that he has any thing against me, but that the world may know that I love the father, by my executing the commands which my father gave me: arise, let us go hence.

Jesus having said this, lift up his eyes to heaven, and said, "father, the hour is come; glorify thy son, that thy son also may glorify thee. for thou hast given him power over all men, that he might give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. and this is life eternal, to acknowledge thee to be the only true God, and Jesus to be the Messiah whom thou hast sent. read more.
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

And indeed it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats, should take away the guilt of sin. wherefore at his appearing in publick, he saith, "sacrifice and offering thou wouldst not, but a body hast thou prepared me: in burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure: read more.
then said I, lo I come, as in the volume of the book it is written of me, to do thy will, O God." after having said, "victims, oblations, holocausts, and sacrifice for sin, thou wouldst not, neither hadst pleasure therein," tho' they are all prescrib'd by the law; he immediately adds, "lo, I come to do thy WILL, O God." he abolishes the first to establish the second: in consequence of which WILL we are sanctified by the oblation which Jesus Christ has made once for all of his own body.


but Jesus answer'd, I assure you, except ye eat the flesh of the son of man, and drink his blood, ye will have no life in you. he that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. for my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. read more.
he that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

My dear children, these things I write unto you, that ye may avoid sin. but if any man has failed, we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ the just. he is the the victim that has expiated our sins: and not ours only, but likewise the sins of the whole world. if we keep his commandments, that is a proof that we know him. read more.
he that says, he knows him, and does not keep his commandments, is a lyar, and an enemy to the truth: but he that observes his precepts, loves God with a true and perfect love: 'tis by this we know that we are truly christians. he that says he is attach'd to Christ, ought to regulate his conduct by his example.

Philip said to him, Lord shew us the father, and we are satisfied. Jesus said to him, have I been with you so long, and don't you know me yet? Philip, he that hath seen me, hath seen the father; why then do you say, shew us the father? don't you believe that I am in the father, and the father in me? the words that I speak unto you, I speak indeed, tho' not from my self; but as to the works, the father, who dwells in me, he is the agent. read more.
believe me, I am in the father, and the father in me: at least believe me upon account of the very works. I assure you, he that believeth on me, shall likewise perform the works that I do; nay, greater works than these shall he do; because for that end am I going to my father. and if in my name ye shall ask any thing of the father, whereby he may be glorified by the son, I will effect it. when ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. if ye love me, keep my commandments. and I will pray the father, and he shall give you another advocate, to abide with you for ever; even the spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees nor knows him: but ye shall know him, for he shall dwell with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come again to you. yet a little while, and the world shall see me no more: but ye shall see me: because I shall live again, and ye shall live also. then shall you know, that I am in my father, and you in me, and I in you.

for consider, brethren, that not many worldly wise, not many men of power, not many men of birth are among you that are called. but God hath chosen those who are foolish in the opinion of the world, to confound the wise; and the weak men of the world to confound the mighty: those who were looked upon by the world as vile, as despicable, as nothing, these has God chosen to reduce their sufficiency to nothing. read more.
that no man might glory before God; for from him it is that ye believe in Christ Jesus, whom God has made to us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that,

beware lest any one seduce you by the vain illusions of philosophy, founded upon human traditions, and meer shadows, and not upon Christ: for in him all divine plenitude does substantially reside. and ye are filled by him, who is the chief of all principality and power: read more.
by whom also ye have obtain'd the true spiritual circumcision, not effected by men, when you were by a christian circumcision divested of all your carnal affections, which were buried (as Christ was) in your baptism, by virtue of which you rise (as he did) to a new life, through a belief of that divine power, which raised him from the dead.

beloved, if our heart condemn us not, we may securely confide in God. whatever we ask, we shall receive it of him, because we keep his commandments, and do what is agreeable to him. now this is his commandment, that we believe in his son Jesus Christ, and that we love one another, as he commanded us. read more.
he that observes his commandments, dwelleth in God, and God in him: and hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the spirit which he hath given us.

we know that we are the children of God, and the rest of the world are subject to the evil spirit. We know that the son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding to know him that is true: and we are with him that is true, by his son Jesus Christ. "he is the true God, who is the author of eternal life."


that is to say, master! Jesus said to her, touch me not: for I am not yet ascended to my father: but go to my brethren, and say to them, "I ascend unto my father and your father, even my God and your God."

Now after the Lord had convers'd with them, he was assum'd up to heaven, where he sat on the right hand of God.

then he open'd their minds to make them understand the scriptures, and said to them, thus it is written, and thus it behov'd Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preach'd in his name, among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. read more.
you are witnesses of these things. and I am going to send you what my father has promis'd you. but continue in the city of Jerusalem, until you shall be endued with power from on high. At length he led them out as far as Bethany; and stretching out his hands, he gave them his benediction. and while he was blessing them, he was taken from them, and carried up into heaven.

for no man hath penetrated into the secrets of heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the son of man, who is in heaven. but as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up:

Now before the feast of the passover, Jesus perceiving that his hour was come, when he was to pass out of this world, and go to the father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. while they were at supper, (the devil having now put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him) Jesus, though he knew that the father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and was going to God,

but to every one of us a different charge is given, according to the distribution which Christ has made; wherefore 'tis said, " when he ascended up on high, he made a number of captives, and gave gifts to men." now his having ascended, what does it mean, but that he had descended into the lower parts of the earth? read more.
he that descended, is the same too that ascended far above all heavens, to perfect all things.

thus baptism, which corresponds to the deluge, does now save us, not as it is a cleansing from external filth, but as it is an engagement to lead a divine life, from the belief of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who being ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God, where angels, dominations, and potentates have been subjected to him.


these are they who were not defiled with women: for they are virgins: these are they who follow the lamb wherever he goes: these were ransom'd from among men, being the first fruits unto God, and to the lamb.






Then there came to me one of the seven angels, who had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, "come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the lamb's wife."

when he had taken the book, the four animals, and the four and twenty elders fell down before the lamb, every one of them having harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of the saints.

for the lamb who is in the midst before the throne, shall feed them, and shall lead them to living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

and they sung the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the lamb, saying, "great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou king of ages.


the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the names of the twelve apostles of the lamb.



And I beheld, and saw before the throne, in the midst of the four animals, and in the midst of the elders, a lamb which seem'd to have been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Then I beheld another beast coming out of the earth, it had two horns like a lamb, but it spake like a dragon.

After this I beheld, and there was a great multitude, which no man could number, of every nation, tribe, people, and language, who stood before the throne, and before the lamb cloathed in white robes, having palms in their hands. They cried with a loud voice, "salvation from our God who sits upon the throne, and unto the lamb.'

I did not see any temple there: for the Lord God almighty, and the lamb are its temple. the city had no need either of the sun, or of the moon to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamb is the luminary thereof.















Being one body, acted by one spirit, since you all have but one expectation in view; there is but one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all.

Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye did not believe me: the works that I do in my father's name, they testify of me. but, as I said before, you do not believe; because ye are not of my sheep. my sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. read more.
it is I that give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any one force them out of my hand. my father who gave them me, is greater than all: so that no one is able to force them out of my father's hand.

Jesus answered him, he that loves me, will observe my precepts: and my father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. he does not love me, who does not observe my precepts: for the doctrine which you have heard, is not mine, but the father's who sent me. this is what I have to tell you, for the little time that I am with you. read more.
but the advocate, the holy spirit, whom the father will send for my sake, he will explain every thing to you, and make you remember, all that I have told you. I bid you farewell! I give you my last farewell; but I do not give it out of common formality: don't be concern'd for me, or apprehensive for your selves. ye have heard me say, "I am going away, and shall come again unto you." if ye loved me, ye would rejoice at my going to the father: for the father is greater than I.


now I commend you, brethren, for remembring all my orders, and for keeping the rules I delivered to you. but I would have you take notice, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the wife, is the man; and the head of Christ, is God.

and when all things shall be reduced under subjection to him, then shall the son also himself be subject to him that put all things under his subjection, that God may be all in all.


Concerning the Logos, the author of Life, we declare what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have consider'd, and what has been the object of our touch. for the life was manifested, we have seen it, we testify of it, and denounce unto you, that eternal life which was with the father, and was manifested unto us. what we have seen and heard, we declare unto you, that ye also may be of the same society with us: and truly associated with the father, and with his son Jesus Christ.



giving thanks to the father, who has qualified you to share in that light he affords to his people: who has deliver'd you from the state of darkness, and has translated you into the kingdom of his beloved son. It is by him, that we have obtain'd the redemption, even the remission of our sins: read more.
he is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of the whole creation. for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are on earth, both visible and invisible, the thrones, and the sovereigntys, the principalitys, and the powers: all were created by him, and for him: he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Jesus having said this, lift up his eyes to heaven, and said, "father, the hour is come; glorify thy son, that thy son also may glorify thee. for thou hast given him power over all men, that he might give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. and this is life eternal, to acknowledge thee to be the only true God, and Jesus to be the Messiah whom thou hast sent. read more.
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. and now, O father, glorify me in heaven, with the glory which I had before the creation of the world.

In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God. the same was in the beginning with God. all things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made. read more.
the Life was produc'd in him, and the Life was the Light of men.


there a great crowd of people came to him, bringing with them the lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and laid them down at Jesus feet, and he healed them:

at that very time, he cured several of their diseases and distempers, dispossessing evil spirits, and restoring sight to many that were blind.

who came to Jesus by night, and said to him, rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher sent from God: for no man can perform the miracles that you do, except God be with him.

as Jesus landed, he saw a great multitude, and was touch'd with compassion towards them, and healed their sick.

Thus went Jesus about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all sorts of diseases and infirmities among the people: so that his fame was spread over all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were afflicted with any diseases or pains, demoniacs, lunatics, and paralytics; and he healed them.

and he healed many that were variously affected with diseases, and cast out many demons, not allowing them to say that they knew him.

Now whilst he was in Jerusalem at the feast of the passover, many believed in him when they saw the miracles which he did.

At length he came down the hill with them, and stayed with the rest of his disciples in the plain, where a great multitude of people from all Judea, from Jerusalem, and the maritime country of Tyre and Sidon, came to hear him, and to have their diseases cured. many that were tormented by evil spirits came likewise, and were cured. so that all the people strove to touch him: for a divine virtue flowed from him, which healed them all.


and said, I declare to you, except ye lay aside your ambition, and become as children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of the Messias. he therefore who shall become as void of ambition as this child, he shall be greatest in the kingdom of the Messiah.

and he said to them, ye are from beneath, I am from above: ye are of this world, I am not of this world.

Another parable he propos'd to them in these words. the state of the gospel in this world may be compar'd to a man who sowed good grain in his field: but while the people slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. but when the blade was sprung up, and bore grain, the tares appeared too. read more.
so the servants of the yeoman came and said, Sir, did not you sow your field with good grain: how comes it then to have tares? 'tis some enemy, said he, has done this. the servants replied, shall we go then and pull them up? no, said he, lest in pulling up the tares, you should root up the wheat with them. let both grow together till the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will thus direct the reapers, first of all gather the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: then lodge the wheat in my barn. He propos'd another parable to them, which was this; the gospel-state is like a grain of mustard-seed which a man took to sow in his field. 'tis one indeed of the smallest grains: but when it is grown, it is the largest of the pulse kind, and becomes a tree: so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches. Another of his parables was this; the gospel-state is like unto leaven, which a woman took and mixt with three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. All these things spake Jesus to the multitude in parables, and did not discourse to them without some parable. so that this saying of the prophet was fulfilled, "I will talk in parables, I will utter what has been kept secret from the foundation of the world." Then Jesus leaving the multitude, went into the house: and his disciples coming to him, said, explain to us the parable of the tares of the field. he answered them, he that soweth the good seed, is the son of man: the field is the world: the good seed are the children of the kingdom: but the tares are the children of the wicked one: the enemy that sowed them is the devil: the harvest is the conclusion of the age: and the reapers are the angels. as then the tares are gathered and burnt in the fire; so shall it be at the conclusion of the age. the son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all that make others offend, and those who do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. then shall the just shine out like the sun, in the kingdom of their father. he that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hid in a field: a man finds this treasure and buries it again, then goes in great joy, sells all that he hath, and purchases that field. Again, the heavenly kingdom is like a merchant-man, who is in quest of curious pearls: and meeting with one of great value, presently sells all that he has to make the purchase. Again, the gospel-kingdom is like a net that is cast into the sea, and draws all sorts of fish: when it is full, they drag it to shore, then sit down, and pick out the good to lay by, but throw the bad away. so it shall be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and after they have separated the wicked from the just, they shall cast the wicked into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then Jesus said to them, have ye understood all this?

as see here! or see there! for even now the kingdom of God is commenc'd among you.

Jesus answered, my kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, I should have had my guards to prevent my falling into the hands of the Jews: whereas my kingdom is of another nature. upon this Pilate said to him, you are then a king? Jesus answered, you say right, for I am a king. to this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, to persuade mankind of the truth. every one that loves truth is observant of my directions.

Wherefore, henceforth I have no regard to any man for his external appearance: for tho' I formerly look'd for worldly grandeur in the Messiah, yet now I see things in another light. therefore, if any man be a christian, he is in a new creation: the old state of things is chang'd to one entirely new.

for tho' I am involv'd with the world, I don't sustain the war with their poor arts: our military arms are not so defective, but divinely effectual to demolish all their ramparts; to level all the barriers they contrive for obstructing the divine doctrine, and to make their pride captive to the authority of Christ.



but since you did not abandon me in my trials,


presently after the spirit convey'd him into the desart. where he continued forty days, being tempted by Satan: and when he was among the wild beasts, angels ministred unto him.


Then was Jesus led up by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil: there having fasted forty days and forty nights, he at length grew hungry. whereupon the tempter came to him, and said, "If thou be the Son of God, command these stones to become bread." read more.
but Jesus answered him, It is written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every thing that God shall prescribe." then the devil took Jesus with him to Jerusalem, and having set him on the wing of the temple, he said to him, if you are the Son of God, throw your self down: for it is written, "he will charge his angels to take care of you, and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest you bruise your foot against a stone." Jesus replied, it is likewise written, "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." Again, the devil accompanyed him up a very high mountain, and representing to him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them: all these things, said he, will I give you, if you will prostrate your self and worship me. Then said Jesus to him, get thee hence Satan: for it it written, "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve ." whereupon the devil left him, and immediately angels came and ministred unto him.

Now Jesus being full of the holy spirit, return'd from Jordan, and was led by the spirit into the desart, being forty days tempted by the devil, without eating any thing all that while: but that time expired, he at last was seiz'd with hunger. then the devil said to him; if you are the son of God, command this stone to become bread. read more.
but Jesus answered him, it is written, "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every thing that God appoints." then the devil took him to the top of a high mountain, and in an instant represented to him all the kingdoms of the world. all this power, said he, will I give thee, and the glory of them: for they are at my disposal, and where I please, I bestow them. if therefore you will worship me, they shall be all your own. but Jesus answered him, avant, satan, for it is written, "thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." next, the devil brought him to Jerusalem, and setting him on the battlements of the temple, said to him, if you be the son of God, throw your self down from this height, for it is written, "he shall charge his angels to watch for your preservation: and they shall bear you up in their hands, for fear your foot should hit against a stone." but Jesus replied, it is said, "thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." and when the whole temptation was ended, the devil left him for a time.


In the mean time Peter was sitting without in the court: and a servant maid came to him, and said, you likewise was one of Jesus the Galilean's comrades. but he denied it before them all, saying, I know nothing of the matter. and when he was going out at the porch, another maid saw him, and said to those that were by, this fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. read more.
but he denied it again, and swore I don't know the man. soon after they that stood by coming up, said to Peter, certainly you are one of them, for thy speech bewrays thee. then he fell to solemn imprecations, and swore, "I don't know the man." and immediately the cock crew: when Peter remembred what Jesus had said to him, "before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice." and he went out, and wept bitterly.

And they that had apprehended Jesus, led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the Scribes and the senators were assembled. but Peter followed him at a distance to the high priest's palace, and going in, he sat with the officers to see the event.

In the mean time Peter was in the entry of the hall, where one of the maids belonging to the high priest came: and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked earnestly upon him, and said, you too was with Jesus the Nazarene. but he denied it, saying, I don't know him, neither am I acquainted with any such you mention. and he went out into the porch, when the cock crow'd. read more.
the maid saw him a second time, and said to the standers-by, this is one of them: but he denied it again. a little time after, they that stood by, still urg'd Peter, saying, you are certainly one of his disciples, for your speech shows you to be a Galilean. but he fell a cursing, and swore, I don't know the man you mention, and the cock crowed for the second time. then Peter calling to mind that expression of Jesus, "before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice," he cover'd his head and wept.

as Simon Peter then stood there warming himself: they said to him, art not thou also one of his disciples? which he denied, and said, I am not. one of the servants of the high priest, kinsman to him whose ear Peter struck off, said, did not I see thee in the garden with him? but Peter denied this too, and immediately the cock crew.

Jesus they led away to the high priest's, where all the chief priests, the rulers and Scribes, were assembled. Peter followed at a distance, even into the palace of the high priest: where he sat down among the servants to warm himself at the fire.

Then they seized him and carried him away to the high priest's house, and Peter followed at a distance. now as they had made a fire in the middle of the hall, and people were sitting all round it, Peter too sat down among them. but one of the servants seeing him by the fire, star'd him in the face, and said, this man was with him too. read more.
but he renounc'd Jesus, saying, woman, I don't know him. a little while after another seeing him, said, you are even one of them. but Peter said to him, man, I am not. about an hour after another confidently affirm'd, saying, this fellow was certainly with him; for he too is a Galilean. Peter reply'd, man, I don't know what you would say, and immediately while he was yet speaking, the cock crew. whereupon the Lord turned about, and look'd upon Peter. then Peter remembred what the Lord had said to him, "before the cock-crowing you shall deny me thrice." and Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

they brought him first to Annas; for he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was the high priest at that time: the same Caiaphas, who in council told the Jews, "it was expedient that one man should die for the people." Simon Peter followed Jesus, with another disciple, who being known to the high priest, was admitted into his palace at the same time with Jesus, read more.
whilst Peter stood without at the door. but that other disciple, who was known to the high priest went out, and spoke to her that kept the door, who let Peter in. then said the damsel, that kept the door, to Peter, are you also one of this man's disciples? I am not, said he. now the servants and officers that were there, had made a coal-fire, for it was cold, to warm themselves: and Peter stood warming himself among them.


Jesus answer'd, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me, shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me, shall never thirst. but I have already told you, that tho' you have seen me, you do not believe. all those whom my father gives me, shall come to me; and I will not reject any that come to me. read more.
for I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me.

for no man hath penetrated into the secrets of heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the son of man, who is in heaven. but as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up:

but to every one of us a different charge is given, according to the distribution which Christ has made; wherefore 'tis said, " when he ascended up on high, he made a number of captives, and gave gifts to men." now his having ascended, what does it mean, but that he had descended into the lower parts of the earth? read more.
he that descended, is the same too that ascended far above all heavens, to perfect all things.

Jesus therefore repeated what he had said, "I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your incredulity, so that whither I go, ye cannot come." then said the Jews, what, will he kill himself? that he says, "whither I go, you cannot come." and he said to them, ye are from beneath, I am from above: ye are of this world, I am not of this world.



but Jesus answer'd, I assure you, except ye eat the flesh of the son of man, and drink his blood, ye will have no life in you. he that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. for my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. read more.
he that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

Jesus having said this, lift up his eyes to heaven, and said, "father, the hour is come; glorify thy son, that thy son also may glorify thee. for thou hast given him power over all men, that he might give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. and this is life eternal, to acknowledge thee to be the only true God, and Jesus to be the Messiah whom thou hast sent. read more.
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. and now, O father, glorify me in heaven, with the glory which I had before the creation of the world. I have displayed thy name among those whom you have chosen out of the world for me: thine they were, and you gave them me; and they have kept thy word. now they believe that the instructions you gave me came from thee. for I have given to them the instructions which you gave me; and they have received them; and have sincerely believ'd that I came from thee, and are persuaded that thou didst send me. "It is for them I pray: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me, because they are thine. for every thing that is mine is thine, and what is thine is mine, and I am glorified by them. and now I shall be no more in the world, but they will be in the world, when I am come to thee. holy father keep them by that authority, with which thou hast invested me, that they may be one, as we are. by your authority I have kept them, during my being with them in the world: those that you gave me I have kept, and not one of them is lost, except the son of perdition: according as the scripture foretold. now that I am coming to thee, while I am here, I make these requests for them, that their joy in me may be compleat. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not pray you to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the malignity of it. they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. sanctify them by the truth: thy word is truth. as thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. and for their sakes I consecrate myself, that they also might be consecrated by the truth. neither pray I for these alone, but for those also who shall believe on me through their preaching. that they all may be one, as thou, father, art in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. and the glory which thou gavest me, I have given them: that they may be one, even as we are one. I in them, and thou in me, that they may have a perfect union, and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. father, I desire that they also whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am going; that they may behold my glory which thou hast given me: for thou didst love me before the foundation of the world; yet, O righteous father, the world hath not known thee; but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. to them I have declared thy name, and will declare it: that thou mayst love them as thou hast loved me, and I have loved them."

Philip said to him, Lord shew us the father, and we are satisfied. Jesus said to him, have I been with you so long, and don't you know me yet? Philip, he that hath seen me, hath seen the father; why then do you say, shew us the father? don't you believe that I am in the father, and the father in me? the words that I speak unto you, I speak indeed, tho' not from my self; but as to the works, the father, who dwells in me, he is the agent. read more.
believe me, I am in the father, and the father in me: at least believe me upon account of the very works. I assure you, he that believeth on me, shall likewise perform the works that I do; nay, greater works than these shall he do; because for that end am I going to my father. and if in my name ye shall ask any thing of the father, whereby he may be glorified by the son, I will effect it. when ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. if ye love me, keep my commandments. and I will pray the father, and he shall give you another advocate, to abide with you for ever; even the spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees nor knows him: but ye shall know him, for he shall dwell with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come again to you. yet a little while, and the world shall see me no more: but ye shall see me: because I shall live again, and ye shall live also. then shall you know, that I am in my father, and you in me, and I in you.

beloved, if our heart condemn us not, we may securely confide in God. whatever we ask, we shall receive it of him, because we keep his commandments, and do what is agreeable to him. now this is his commandment, that we believe in his son Jesus Christ, and that we love one another, as he commanded us. read more.
he that observes his commandments, dwelleth in God, and God in him: and hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the spirit which he hath given us.

for tho' he was crucified with the appearance of weakness, yet he lives by the power of God; tho' we are afflicted upon his account, we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; bring yourselves to the proof; are you so little acquainted with yourselves, as not to know whether Jesus Christ be in you? but if you are destitute of proofs,



But don't you assume that title, for you have but one doctor, who is the Christ; as for you, you are all brethren alike. don't stile any one among you, Father upon earth; for he alone is your father, who is in heaven. neither take the title of masters, for you have but one master, who is the Messias.

since we are this day to be examined about the cure of a cripple, and by what means he was recovered; be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you entirely recover'd. this is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but is become the chief of the angle. read more.
salvation is not to be had by any other: for there is no other name under heaven given to men whereby we can be saved.

As to the eating therefore of what is offered in sacrifice to idols, we know that the heathen deities have no real existence, and that there is but one God. for tho' there are several titular deities, both in heaven and on earth: such as the whole crowd of gods, and lords among the Gentiles; yet to us there is but one God, the father, from whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.


for some time ago one Theudas started up, pretending to be something extraordinary, who was join'd indeed by about four hundred men: but he was no sooner put to death, than his followers all dispers'd, and were reduc'd to nothing. after this man, Judas of Galilee appear'd, at the time of the registry, and seduc'd many people: he also perished, and all his followers were dispersed.

Jesus answered them, take care not to be deceived by any one: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ: and shall deceive many.

Then if any shall cry, the Messiah is here, or he is there: give no credit to it. for there shall arise false Messiahs, and false prophets, and shall shew such astonishing miracles and prodigies, as to deceive, if that can do it, the very converts themselves. remember, I have forewarn'd you. read more.
wherefore, if they shall say to you, now he is in the desert, do not stir: or now, he is in the secret chambers, believe them not.

Jesus answer'd by saying, take care not to let any one impose upon you; for many shall come in my name, and say, I am the Messiah; and deceive many.

Then if any one shall say to you, Christ is here, or, he is there, don't believe it. for false Christs, and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and prodigies, so as to seduce, if it were possible, even the very elect. be you therefore upon your guard: remember I have forewarned you against all events.

they will tell you, here he is, or, he is there: but don't go out to follow them; for as the lightning flashes from one extremity of the sky to the other, so shall the appearance of the son of man be.

he answered, take care, that you be not seduced: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ. it won't be long e'er this happens, therefore do not follow them.


At length they enter'd into a debate, which of them should be the greatest. but Jesus perceiving what they thought, took a child and set him before him: then said to them, whoever receives such a child in my name, receives me: and he that receives me, receives him that sent me. for he that is least among you all, he shall be greatest.

but Jesus perceiving they designed to come and take him by force to make him a king, retired again upon a mountain all alone.

Then the mother of Zebedee's children, with her two sons, came and threw herself at his feet, desiring a favour of him. and he said to her, what would you have? grant, said she, when you are upon the throne, that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left. but Jesus answered them, ye know not what ye ask. can ye bear to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? they said to him, we can. read more.
he replied, ye shall indeed drink of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, I cannot grant to any but those whom my father has destin'd thereto.

At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, who is to be the greatest in the kingdom of the Messiah? and Jesus called a child to him, set him in the midst of them, and said, I declare to you, except ye lay aside your ambition, and become as children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of the Messias.

Being therefore in his presence, they asked him, saying, Lord, is this the time when you will restore again the kingdom to Israel? and he said to them, it is not for you, to know the times or the seasons, which the father hath reserv'd in his own disposal.

the crowd that march'd before and behind crying out, Hosanna, blessed be he that comes in the name of the Lord; blessed be the kingdom of our father David, which is now come, Hosanna in the highest heavens.


beware lest any one seduce you by the vain illusions of philosophy, founded upon human traditions, and meer shadows, and not upon Christ: for in him all divine plenitude does substantially reside. and ye are filled by him, who is the chief of all principality and power: read more.
by whom also ye have obtain'd the true spiritual circumcision, not effected by men, when you were by a christian circumcision divested of all your carnal affections, which were buried (as Christ was) in your baptism, by virtue of which you rise (as he did) to a new life, through a belief of that divine power, which raised him from the dead. Even you, who were in a dying sinful state, and were uncircumcised Gentiles, has God raised to life, as he did Christ, having pardoned all your sins: and cancell'd the obligation of the ceremonial law, which was disadvantageous to us, removing that which divided us, and nailing it to the cross. and having divested principalitys and powers, he made them an example of obedience, and caus'd them to triumph in Christ.

I therefore bear with every thing for the sake of the converts, that they may obtain that salvation, which Jesus Christ has procur'd us, even eternal glory.


neither the high, nor the low, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God by Christ Jesus our Lord.


And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans, write, "these things saith the AMEN, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;




and display to all the world that mysterious dispensation, which from all past ages has been conceal'd in the secret purpose of God, who created all things:


again, "thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thy hands.

for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are on earth, both visible and invisible, the thrones, and the sovereigntys, the principalitys, and the powers: all were created by him, and for him: he is before all things, and by him all things consist.


Pilate having order'd the chief priests, the senators, and people to appear, he said to them, you have represented this man to me as one that was stirring up the people to a revolt: you see I have examin'd him in your presence; yet I don't find he is guilty of the crimes you have laid to his charge: no, nor even Herod; for I referr'd you to him, and you see nothing that is capital, has been made out against him. read more.
I will therefore order him to be whipp'd, and then release him. now as it was customary for the governor to release one of the prisoners at the feast; all the people cry'd out, let this man die, and release to us Barabbas. Barabbas had been imprison'd for murder in a riot he had rais'd in the city. Pilate therefore, desirous to release Jesus, expostulated with them again. but they cry'd out, crucify him, crucify him. however he urg'd it a third time, why, what crime has he done? I don't find he has done any thing that deserves death: I will therefore order him to be whipp'd, and so dismiss him. but they persisted with great clamour in their demands, to have him crucified: and as the people and chief priests redoubled their clamours, Pilate determin'd to grant their request. accordingly he discharg'd the prisoner they desired, him that was committed for riot and murder; but he abandon'd Jesus to their discretion.

Now it was customary at that feast for the governor to release a prisoner, such as the people should nominate. there happen'd to be then in custody a notorious criminal, nam'd Barabbas. therefore when they were assembled, Pilate said to them, who would you have releas'd? Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ? read more.
for he was sensible that they had delivered him up out of meer envy. Whilst he was sitting on the tribunal, his wife sent this message to him, pray, have nothing to do with that just man: for to-day I have suffered very much on his account in a dream. but the chief priests and senators persuaded the people to demand Barabbas, and put to death Jesus. the governor therefore having asked, which of the two would you have me release? they said, Barabbas. Pilate replied, what shall I do then with Jesus, who is called Christ? they all cried out, let him be crucified. the governor said, why, what mischief has he done? but they cried out the more, let him be crucified. Pilate perceiving he was so far from prevailing, that they were more tumultuous, he took water, and washed his hands before all the people, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: you are answerable for it. at this all the people cry'd out, "his blood be on us, and on our children." Then he released to them Barabbas: but he order'd Jesus to be scourged, and delivered up to be crucified.

Now during the feast, it was customary to release a prisoner, to be nominated by the people. Barabbas lay then confin'd with other seditious, who had committed murder in an insurrection. the populace therefore fell a roaring, and desired him to do as was always practis'd. read more.
but Pilate answered them, saying, do you chuse to have Jesus releas'd, the king of the Jews? for he perceived plainly, it was out of malice, that the chief priests had prosecuted him. but the chief priests incited the people to demand, that he would rather release Barabbas. Pilate still urg'd them again, and said, what then would you have me do with him, that you stile king of the Jews? and they cried out again, crucify him. Pilate replied, why, what harm has he done? but they cried out more furiously, crucify him. Pilate therefore willing to humour the people, released to them Barabbas, and having caused Jesus to be scourg'd, he deliver'd him to be crucified.

but as it is customary with you to get me to discharge some prisoner at the time of the passover, would you have me release the king of the Jews? upon which they all cried out again: not him, but Barabbas. now Barabbas was a robber.

Then Pilate order'd Jesus to be scourged. and the soldiers having made a crown of thorns, they put it on his head, and threw a purple robe about him. hail king of the Jews! said they, and struck him on the cheeks. read more.
Pilate therefore went out again, and said to them, observe, I bring him out to you, to acquaint you that I find no fault in him. so Jesus marched out wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. and Pilate said to them, here's the man. as soon as the chief priests and officers saw him, they cried out, "crucify him, crucify him." Pilate said to them, take him yourselves, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. the Jews answered him, we have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he pretended to be the son of God. Pilate upon hearing that, was still more apprehensive. and went again into the Pretorium, and said to Jesus, who was your father? but Jesus gave him no answer. then said Pilate to him, won't you give me an answer? don't you know that it is in my power to crucify you, or to release you? Jesus answered, you could not have any power over me, except you deriv'd it from above: therefore they who delivered me into your hands are the most culpable. upon this, Pilate propos'd to release him: but the Jews cried out, if you let this man go, you are not Cesar's friend: he that sets up for king, opposes Cesar. Pilate therefore hearing them talk at this rate, order'd Jesus to be brought forth, and then sat down in a place of Mosaic work on his tribunal, in Syriac call'd Gabbatha. it was then about the sixth hour of the day before the sabbath of the passover: and he said to the Jews, behold your king. but they cried out, away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate said to them, shall I crucify your king? the chief priests answered, we have no king but Cesar. upon which he delivered him up to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took Jesus and led him away.


where they brought a man on a bed, lying sick of the palsy: and Jesus perceiving their faith, said to the paralytic, take courage, my son, thy sins are forgiven.



only it was fit you should know that the son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins: arise, then, said he, to the paralytic, take up thy bed, and march home.

however, to let you see that the son of man has power on earth to forgive sins, rise, said he, to the sick of the palsy,

but that ye may know, that the son of man hath power to forgive sins, rise, said he, to the paralytick, 'tis I command you, take up your bed, and go home.


who perceiving their faith, said to him, O! man, your sins are forgiven you.

wherefore, I tell you, her sins, which are numerous, are forgiven; and that is the reason of all this love: but his love is less, to whom less is forgiven. then he said to her, your sins are forgiven. but they who sat at table with him, began to ask one another, who is this, that pretends even to forgive sins? read more.
but he said to the woman, your faith hath saved you: go in peace.


In the mean time Peter was in the entry of the hall, where one of the maids belonging to the high priest came: and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked earnestly upon him, and said, you too was with Jesus the Nazarene. but he denied it, saying, I don't know him, neither am I acquainted with any such you mention. and he went out into the porch, when the cock crow'd. read more.
the maid saw him a second time, and said to the standers-by, this is one of them: but he denied it again. a little time after, they that stood by, still urg'd Peter, saying, you are certainly one of his disciples, for your speech shows you to be a Galilean. but he fell a cursing, and swore, I don't know the man you mention, and the cock crowed for the second time. then Peter calling to mind that expression of Jesus, "before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice," he cover'd his head and wept.

And before he had done speaking, Judas one of the twelve appear'd, with a numerous retinue, arm'd with swords and staves, being sent by the chief priests and elders of the people. now he that was to betray him, gave them this signal, the person I shall kiss, is the very man, be sure to secure him. and immediately advancing to Jesus, he said, master, I salute you, and kissed him. read more.
Jesus said to him, friend, what are you come about? when the others advancing, seized upon Jesus, and secur'd him. At which, one of Jesus's company laying his hand upon his sword, drew it, and striking at a servant of the high priest's, took off his ear. but Jesus said to him, put up your sword in its place: for all that take to the sword, shall perish by the sword. do you think my father, if I should now desire it of him, would not instantly send me more than twelve legions of angels? but how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, which say, that thus it must happen? At the same time Jesus said to the company, you come to apprehend me with swords and clubs, as if in pursuit of a robber; I was every day with you teaching in the temple, and ye did not then seize upon me. but all this was to be done, in pursuance of what the prophets had predicted. then all the disciples abandon'd him, and fled.

All of a sudden, while he was yet speaking, appear'd Judas, one of the twelve, attended by a great number of people with swords and clubs, who were sent by the chief priests, the Scribes, and rulers. now he that betrayed him, had given them this signal, you will see me salute one with a kiss, that's he: seize him, and don't let him escape. then advancing, he went directly up to him, saying, master, master, and kissed him. read more.
and they violently laid hands on him and secured him. but one of those that stood by, drew his sword against a servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear. but Jesus addressing himself to them, said, why do you come with swords and clubs against me, as if you were to apprehend some robber? I was daily among you, teaching in the temple, and you did not then seize upon me. but the scriptures are thereby accomplished. then all his disciples abandon'd him and fled. But a certain youth, that was stript to his inmost vest, followed him, and was seized by the soldiers. but he slipt from his vest, and fled away naked. Jesus they led away to the high priest's, where all the chief priests, the rulers and Scribes, were assembled. Peter followed at a distance, even into the palace of the high priest: where he sat down among the servants to warm himself at the fire.

Before he had done speaking, the company appears, Judas one of the twelve marching in front, who advanc'd to Jesus to give him a kiss. but Jesus said to him, Judas is it thus you betray the son of man, with a kiss? they who were about him seeing what would happen, said to him, shall we smite with the sword? read more.
and one of them struck a servant of the high priest, and slash'd off his right ear. but Jesus oppos'd, and said, forbear, stop there. and having touch'd his ear, he healed him. then said Jesus to the chief priests, the officers of the temple, and the rulers, who were come to take him, are you come here with swords and staves as in pursuit of a robber? I was daily with you in the temple, and you never offer'd to seize me: but now you have your hour, and the prince of darkness his day.

now Judas, who was to betray him, knew the place: for Jesus and his disciples had frequently assembled there. Judas then having got a company of soldiers, and officers, by order of the chief priests and Pharisees, came thither with lanterns, torches, and with arms. but Jesus who knew every thing that should happen to him, advanc'd, and said to them, who do you look for? read more.
they answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. I am he, said Jesus. and Judas who was to betray him, was also with them. upon Jesus his saying to them, I am he, they fell backward to the ground. then he asked them again, who do you look for? and they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he. "if therefore it is me you look for, let these go their way." so that what he said was accomplished, "of those which thou gavest me, have I lost none." but Simon Peter drew his sword, and struck off the right ear of Malchus, a servant belonging to the high priest. then said Jesus to Peter, sheath thy sword: the cup which my father hath given me, shall I not drink it? Then the soldiers, the captain, and the officers of the Jews seized on Jesus, and having bound him,




upon which Paul said, John indeed administer'd the baptism of repentance, but with this admonition, that they should believe in him, who was to come after, that is, in Jesus the Messias.





salute one another with social affection. peace be with every christian among you. Amen.


it is the action of the mind that vivifies, that of the body profits nothing: the words that I have delivered to you, spiritually understood, give life. but there are some of you who do not believe. (for Jesus knew from the beginning, who they were that did not believe, and who should betray him.)

I am the genuine vine, and my father is the vintager. every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he takes away: as for the branch that bears fruit, he prunes it clean, to make it more fruitful. you are already clean by the instructions I have given you.

I know you are Abraham's offspring; but ye seek to kill me, because my doctrine doth not penetrate into you. what I have learnt from my father, that I tell: and what you have learnt from your father, that you do. they answered him, Abraham is our father. if you were Abraham's children, said Jesus, you would act like Abraham. read more.
but now ye seek to kill me, the man who has told you the truth, such as I have learnt it of God: Abraham did not act thus. your actions are like your father. at this they reply'd, we are no bastards; we have but one father, even God. Jesus said to them, if God were your father, ye would love me: for I was commissioned by God to come; I did not come of my self, but he sent me. why do not you understand my language? unless because ye cannot bear my doctrine? you, who have the devil for your father, will execute the designs of your father: he was a murderer from the beginning, and deserted the truth, since he has no love for the truth: when he lyes, he speaks like himself: for he is a lyar, and the father of a lyar. but as to me, because I tell you the truth, you do not believe me. which of you can convict me of sin? if then I say the truth, why don't you believe me? he that is of God, does therefore observe what God says: which you do not observe, because ye are not of God.

Then Jesus rais'd his voice, and said, he that believeth on me, does not so much believe on me, as on him that sent me. and he that contemplates me, contemplates him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me, might not abide in darkness. read more.
but if any man hear my words, and does not believe them, it is not I that condemn him: for I came not to condemn the world, but to save the world. he that rejecteth me, and does not embrace my doctrine, hath one that condemns him: the doctrine that I have delivered, that shall condemn him in the last day.

Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man can come to the father, but by me. if you had known me, you would likewise have known my father: and from henceforth you shall know him, nay, you have seen him. Philip said to him, Lord shew us the father, and we are satisfied. read more.
Jesus said to him, have I been with you so long, and don't you know me yet? Philip, he that hath seen me, hath seen the father; why then do you say, shew us the father? don't you believe that I am in the father, and the father in me? the words that I speak unto you, I speak indeed, tho' not from my self; but as to the works, the father, who dwells in me, he is the agent. believe me, I am in the father, and the father in me: at least believe me upon account of the very works.


Am I not free? am I not an apostle? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not you become christians by my labour?

and last of all, he was seen by me too, who am as it were an abortive;

then he said, the God of our fathers has singled you out to be acquainted with his will, to see the just one, and to hear the words of his mouth:

but rise upright upon thy feet: for I have appear'd to thee in order to establish you my minister in testifying both what you have seen, and what I shall hereafter show to you,

The night following, the Lord appear'd to him, and said, Paul, take courage; for the same remonstrances that you have made concerning me at Jerusalem, you must likewise make at Rome.

As he was on his journey, and near Damascus, on a sudden, a light from heaven surrounded him, and he fell to the ground, and heard a voice which said to him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? and he said, who art thou, Lord? and the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is hard for thee to kick against the goad. Then trembling with the fright Saul said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? and the Lord said to him,] read more.
but rise, and go into the city, and you shall be told what you must do. the mean while the men who accompany'd him, remain'd astonish'd, hearing a voice, but seeing no one. at length Saul rose from the ground; and when he opened his eyes, he could not see: so that they led him by the hand, and brought him to Damascus, where he was three days without sight, and did neither eat nor drink. Now there was a disciple at Damascus, named Ananias, to whom the Lord said in a vision, Ananias! and he said, Lord, here I am. and the Lord said unto him, arise, and go to the street called Straight, and enquire at the house of Judas, for one Saul of Tarsus: for he is there at prayer. (at that very instant Saul saw in a vision the said Ananias come in, and put his hand on him, to restore his sight.) then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard from many that this man has done a world of mischief to thy saints at Jerusalem: he is now here, and is impower'd by the chief priests, to imprison all that make profession of thy name. go, said the Lord to him: for he is the instrument I have chosen, to bear my name to the Gentiles, to kings, and to the children of Israel. for I will make him see how much he must suffer for my name. Ananias therefore departed, and being arrived at the house, he put his hands on Saul, and said, brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus that appeared to you on your journey hither, hath sent me, that you might obtain your sight, and be filled with the holy spirit.


then I saw JESUS, who said to me, "make haste, and go out of Jerusalem immediately: for they will not receive the attestations you would give of me." Lord,



though then ye shall ask in my name: I need not promise, that I will pray the father for you;




tho' then you cannot ask any thing of me in person, whatever ye shall ask the father in my name, I assure you he will grant it. hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be compleat.


When Jesus had spoken these words, he pass'd with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into which he entred with them.

And when they had sung an hymn, they went to the mount of Olives.

Then, having sung an hymn, they went out towards the mount of Olives.

After this, Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemani, and said to the disciples, stay here, while I go there and pray. but he took with him Peter, and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be in a very great agony of grief. and he said to them, "my soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death:" stay here and watch by me. read more.
Then advancing a little further, he fell prostrate in prayer, and said, "O my father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not mine, but thy will be done." then returning to the disciples, and finding them asleep, he said to Peter, what, could ye not watch by me one hour? watch and pray that ye may not sink under the trial: the mind indeed is vigorous, but the flesh is weak. again, he went away the second time, and prayed thus, "O my father, if I cannot avoid drinking this cup, thy will be done." then returning, he found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. then he left them once more, and went to prayers the third time, using the same words. and at his return, he said to his disciples, is this a time to sleep and take your rest? the hour draws nigh, and the son of man is betrayed into the hands of the gentiles. rise, let us be gone, there he is, the traytor is just upon us.

At length they came to a place call'd Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, stay here, whilst I shall be at prayer. but he took with him Peter, James, and John. then he began to be in a great consternation and anguish of mind. and he said to them; my soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. read more.
then advancing a little further, he fell on the ground, and prayed, that this anxiety might pass from him. saying, father, all things are possible to thee, take away this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done. Then he return'd, and having found them sleeping, he said to Peter, Simon, are you asleep? could you not watch one hour? watch and pray, that you may not yield to temptation: the mind indeed is vigorous, but the body is weak. Again he retired, and prayed, uttering the same words. then he return'd and found them still sleeping, for their eyes were heavy, and they did not know how to give an answer. after that he came a third time, and said to them, sleep on now and take your rest. 'tis done, the time is come, and the son of man is to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. rise, let us be going: see, the traitor is just upon us.

Then he went out, and retired as usual to the mountain of olives, where his disciples followed him. at his arrival there, he said to them, pray that you may withstand the trial. At length he withdrew from them about a stone's cast, where falling upon his knees, read more.
he pray'd in these words, father, "O that you would divert this cup from me! nevertheless not my will, but thine be done." then an angel from heaven appear'd to him, and comforted him. and being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was like grumes of blood falling to the ground. then rising from prayer, he came to his disciples, and finding them asleep, oppress'd with grief, why do you sleep? said he, rise, and pray that you may withstand the trial.





then he said, the God of our fathers has singled you out to be acquainted with his will, to see the just one, and to hear the words of his mouth:

Whilst he was sitting on the tribunal, his wife sent this message to him, pray, have nothing to do with that just man: for to-day I have suffered very much on his account in a dream.



While he was speaking, somebody came from the ruler of the synagogue's house, who said to him, your daughter is dead; 'tis in vain to importune the master any farther. but when Jesus heard that, he said to Jairus, be not afraid: only believe, and she shall recover. being come to the house, he suffer'd nobody to go into the room with him, except Peter, John and James, and the young woman's father and mother. read more.
the company there were all in tears lamenting for her: but he said don't weep; she is not dead, but asleep. upon which, they knowing she was really dead, treated him with derision. but Jesus oblig'd them to withdraw; then grasping her hand, he said, my child, arise. immediately she came to life, and rose up: and he order'd, that something should be given her to eat. and her parents were seized with astonishment: but he charg'd them not to let the fact be known to any one.

When Jesus came to the ruler's house, he found a set of flute-players and a crowd of people making a lamentable cry, and he said to them, withdraw, for the maid is not dead, but asleep. and they treated him with contemptuous laughter. but when the company were turn'd out, he went in, and grasping her hand, the maid rose up. read more.
the fame whereof was spread over all the country.

Whilst he thus entertain'd them, the ruler of the synagogue came and made his address to him, saying, my daughter is upon the point of death: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. so Jesus arose, together with his disciples, and follow'd him.

when one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, came, and as soon as he saw him, fell at his feet, and earnestly intreated him, saying, "my little daughter is at the last extremity, pray come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed, and live." so Jesus went with him, attended by a great crowd, that press'd about him.

Before he had done speaking, messengers came from the ruler of the synagogue's house, who said, "your daughter is dead, why do you give the master any further trouble?" Jesus, upon hearing that, immediately said to the ruler of the synagogue, "be not afraid, only believe." and he suffered no man to follow him, except Peter, and James, and John the brother of James: read more.
being come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeing a tumultuous crowd of people weeping and howling, at his going in he said to them, what's the meaning of this uproar, what do you weep for? the damsel is not dead, but asleep. upon which they fell a laughing: however, having turned them all out, and taking with him the father and the mother of the damsel, and those that had accompany'd him, he entred in where the damsel was lying. then taking her hand, he said to her, Talitha cumi, that is to say, damsel, arise, 'tis I command you. immediately the damsel arose, and walked, for she was twelve years of age: and they were struck with astonishment. but he strictly charged them not to mention it to any one, and order'd something should be given her to eat.

Some time after, a person nam'd Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came to Jesus, and upon his knees desired him to come to his house: for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, who lay a dying. as he was on the way, the crowd press'd after him,


and which the architects rejected, will be an occasion to the incredulous of their stumbling, and bruising themselves thereby:










In the evening a rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself was Jesus's disciple, went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus; which Pilate ordered to be delivered to him. Joseph then having taken the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, read more.
and laid it in a monument which he had lately caused to be hewn out in the rock: and having rolled a large stone to the door of the sepulchre, he went away. in the mean time Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary were sitting over against the sepulchre. Now the next day after the preparation of the sabbath, the chief priests and Pharisees went together to Pilate, saying, sir, we remember that this impostor, when he was alive, said, "after three days I will rise again." pray therefore order a guard to be posted at the sepulchre till the third day, for fear his disciples should come and steal him away, and then tell the people, "he is risen from the dead:" for this last imposture would be of worse consequence than the first. to whom Pilate replied, you have a guard, go then, and make it as secure as you can. accordingly they went, and having clapt a seal upon the stone, they posted a guard to secure the sepulchre.

Now, as soon as the evening was come; because it was then the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, one Joseph of Arimathea, an honourable senator, who was himself in expectation of the kingdom of God, ventur'd to come and wait upon Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Pilate surpriz'd that he should be dead so soon, sent for the Centurion, and ask'd him, if he had been dead any time. read more.
and being satisfied of it, he granted the body to Joseph; who taking down the body, wrapped it in a fine linnen cloth, which he had bought, and laid it in a sepulchre, which was hewn out of a rock, and roll'd a stone for a door to the sepulchre: and Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of Joses, took notice where he was laid.

There was likewise present a counsellor, named Joseph, a man of probity and justice, one who had never abetted the contrivances and proceedings of the Jews. he was of Arimathea, a city of Judea, and one of those, who were in expectation of the Messiah's reign. this very man went to Pilate, and begg'd the body of Jesus. read more.
and he took it down, and wrapp'd it in linnen, and laid it in a sepulchre, hewn out of a rock, wherein nobody had ever yet been deposited. now that day was the preparation, and the sabbath then drew on. the women therefore, who had accompanied Jesus from Galilee, followed Joseph, to the sepulchre, to see how the body was disposed of. then they went home, and provided spices and perfumes: after which they rested the sabbath-day, as the law appointed.

Now for fear the bodies should remain upon the cross on the sabbath-day, for it was then the eve of the pascal-sabbath, a day of high solemnity, the Jews desired Pilate that their legs might be broke, and that they might be taken away. accordingly the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who was crucified with him. then they came to Jesus, and finding that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. read more.
but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and immediately blood and water issued out. he that relates this, was an eye-witness of it, and his relation is true: and he is so assured, what he says is true, that you may rely upon it. for these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, "a bone of him shall not be broken." and again the scripture saith elsewhere, "they shall look on him whom they pierced." after this, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but for fear of the Jews a conceal'd one, pray'd Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave: so he went and took the body of Jesus. Nicodemus, who formerly went to Jesus by night, came likewise and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. they took therefore the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, according to the manner of burial among the Jews. now near the place where he was crucified, there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, in which no body had ever yet been laid. as this sepulchre was nigh at hand, they laid Jesus therein, because the time of the preparation of the Jews was expiring.


and as they were eating, he said, 'tis indeed true that one of this company shall betray me. at which they were exceedingly concern'd, and began every one of them to ask, Lord, is it I? to this he answered, he that has his hand in the dish with mine, he it is that will betray me. read more.
the son of man is going to die, pursuant to the scripture: but wo to that man by whom the son of man is betrayed: it had been better for that man, if he had never been born. then Judas, he who was to betray him, said, master, is it I? Jesus replied, yes.

and as they sat eating, Jesus said, verily I say unto you, one of you that is eating with me, will betray me. and they were seized with sorrow, all successively asking him, is it I? but he answered them, saying, it is one of the twelve, he that eats of the same mess with me. read more.
the son of man is going indeed, according to what is written of him: but wo to that man, by whom the son of man is betrayed: it would be better for that man, if he had never been born.

yet there's the hand that is to seize me, now upon the table. the son of man indeed must die, as it was decreed: but wo to that man by whom he is betrayed. upon this they began to enquire of one another, which of them it was that should do such an action.

When Jesus utter'd these words, he was troubled in spirit, and said without disguise, I assure you, that one of you shall betray me. then the disciples looked one on another, being in pain to know who he meant. now the favourite disciple of Jesus sat next to him at table. read more.
Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, to ask who it was he meant. then accordingly bending his head to Jesus's ear, he whisper'd, Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, he it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have made it. and when he had made the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. and after he had taken the sop, Satan entred into him. then said Jesus to him, what you do, do quickly. but the company at table did not know what he meant by saying so. for as Judas had the purse, some of them thought, that Jesus had ordered him to buy what was necessary against the feast: or give something to the poor. Judas then having received the sop, immediately went out: and it was night.


and after they had thus insulted him, they took the robe off, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. As they were going along, they met a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: and compelled him to carry the cross. when they were come to a place called Golgotha, a word which signifies a skull, read more.
they gave him a mixture of wine and gall: but when he had tasted it, he refused to drink.

Their mockery ended, they stript him of his purple, and put his own cloaths on him; then led him away to be crucified. one Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he pass'd by in his return out of the country, was compell'd to carry the cross. so they brought him to a place called Golgotha, that is, the place of a skull. read more.
there they offered him myrrhed wine to drink, but he did not take it.

As they were conducting him to execution, they seiz'd upon one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming to town, and oblig'd him to carry the cross after Jesus, who was followed by a great crowd of people, and several women, who beat their breasts and lamented him. but Jesus turn'd about and said to them, daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for your selves, and for your children. read more.
for now the time is coming, when it will be said, happy are the barren, and they who never bare, happy the breast, that never gave suck. then shall they cry to the mountains, fall on us; and to the hills, cover us. for if the green wood burn thus, how will the dry wood flame? At the same time, two malefactors were led along to be crucified with Jesus.

upon which he delivered him up to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took Jesus and led him away. and he bearing his cross, marched out to a place called the skull, which is in the Syriac, Golgotha: where they crucified him,


As soon as it was day, all the chief priests and senators of the people consulted measures against Jesus how they might put him to death. and when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor of Judea.

When Jesus appear'd before the governor, the governor asked him, art thou the king of the Jews? and Jesus answer'd yes. but when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he return'd no answer. whereupon Pilate said to him, don't you hear how many things they lay to your charge? read more.
but he made no answer to any thing he said, so that the governor was very much surpriz'd.

Early in the morning the chief priests, the rulers, and Scribes, even the whole council, after having deliberated together, caus'd Jesus to be bound, then led him away and deliver'd him to Pilate. Pilate therefore ask'd him, art thou the king of the Jews? and he made answer, yes. the chief priests continuing to accuse him with much clamour, read more.
Pilate spake to him again, and said, will you make no defence for your self? don't you hear what they urge against you? but Jesus still made no answer; so that Pilate was much amaz'd.

At length the whole assembly broke up, and Jesus was conducted to Pilate: and thus they began their charge, we found this man subverting our nation, opposing the giving tribute to Cesar, asserting that he himself is Christ the king. then Pilate ask'd him, art thou the king of the Jews? Jesus answer'd him, 'tis as you say. read more.
at last Pilate said to the chief priests, and to the people, I don't find any crime in this man. but they were the more vehement, saying, he promotes sedition by speading such doctrine thro' all Judea, from Galilee to this place.

Then they led Jesus early in the morning from Caiaphas, to the Pretorium: but the Jews themselves did not enter into the Pretorium, lest they should be defiled: and so not be in a condition to eat the passover. Pilate therefore went out to them, and said, what crime do you object to this man? they answered him, if he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him to you. read more.
Pilate then said to them, take him your selves, and judge him according to your law. but the Jews said to him, it is not lawful for us to put any man to death. so that what Jesus had said, to signify the death he should die, was actually accomplished. Then Pilate entred into the Pretorium, and addressing himself to Jesus, said to him, are not you the king of the Jews? Jesus answered him, is it your opinion that I am, or did others give it you as theirs? Pilate answered, am I a Jew? your own nation, and the chief priests have delivered thee up to me: what hast thou done? Jesus answered, my kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, I should have had my guards to prevent my falling into the hands of the Jews: whereas my kingdom is of another nature. upon this Pilate said to him, you are then a king? Jesus answered, you say right, for I am a king. to this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, to persuade mankind of the truth. every one that loves truth is observant of my directions. what is truth? said Pilate. and upon saying this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, I don't find he is guilty of any crime.


Now the chief priests, the senators and the whole council, endeavour'd to get false evidence against Jesus, that he might be condemn'd to die. but they found none: and though many false witnesses came, it was not found sufficient. at last there came two false witnesses, who charg'd him with saying, "I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days." read more.
and the high priest arose, and said to him, have you nothing in answer to that charge they bring against you? but Jesus made no reply. and the high priest said to him, I conjure thee by the living God, to tell us, are you the Christ the son of God? Jesus reply'd, I am: moreover I declare to you, within a while ye shall see the son of man sitting on the right hand of God, and coming on the clouds of heaven. then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, he has spoke blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? you yourselves have now heard his blasphemy. what is your opinion? they reply'd, he deserves to die. then they spit in his face, some beat him on the head, others slapt him on the cheeks, crying now Christ divine, who 't is that struck you?

Now the chief priests, and the whole council endeavour'd to get evidence against Jesus, to condemn him to die; but they found none. there were indeed several, who depos'd what was false against him: besides, what they deposed was insufficient. at last there appear'd some, who gave in false evidence against him, read more.
saying, we heard him say, "I will pull down this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands." but neither did this evidence appear sufficient. then the high priest rising up in the midst of the assembly, ask'd Jesus, saying, have you nothing to plead for your self? what say you to the evidence they give against you? but Jesus remain'd silent, and gave no answer. then the high priest asked him again, and said to him, art thou the Christ, the son of the most High? and Jesus answered, I AM. and ye shall see the son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. then the high priest rent his robes, and said to the council, what occasion is there for any more witnesses? you have heard the blasphemy, what is your opinion? and they all pronounc'd, that he deserved to die. then some began to spit on him, others cover'd his face and struck him on the head, crying out, divine, who it is. and the domestics slapt him on the cheeks.

In the mean time, they who held Jesus, treated him with insults and buffoonry. they made him blind-fold, they slapt him on the face, and cry'd out, divine who it was that smote thee. and besides all this, they loaded him with the most impious invectives. read more.
As soon as it was day, the rulers of the people, the chief priests and the Scribes being assembled, they order'd him to be brought before their council, and said to him, if you are the Christ, say so. but he answer'd, if I should tell you so, you will not believe it. and if I should argue it with you, you will neither answer me, nor let me go. but in a little time the son of man shall be seated on the powerful right hand of God. then said they all, art thou then the son of God? you are in the right, answer'd he, for I am so. upon this they cry'd, what occasion have we for further evidence? for we ourselves have heard enough from his own mouth.

In the mean time, the high priest having question'd Jesus about his disciples, and his doctrine. Jesus answered him, I spoke openly to the world; I was continually teaching in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither all the Jews resort, and in secret have I said nothing. why do you question me? ask those who heard me, what discourse I had with them: they know very well what I said.


after they had crucified him, they shared his clothes among them by casting losts: and they took their post to watch him there. and they set an Inscription over his head, denoting the reason of his execution, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. read more.
At the same time, two robbers were crucified with him: one on his right hand, the other on his left. the passengers all the while reviling him, shook their heads at him, and cry'd, you that could destroy the temple, and rebuild it in three days, now save thy self: if thou art the son of God, come down from the cross. the chief priests, with the scribes and senators, derided him in like manner. he saved others, said they, but cannot save himself: if he be the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. he relied upon God; if he be such a favourite, let God then deliver him: for he us'd to say he was the son of God. one of the robbers too, who were crucified with him, treated him with the same reproach. Now from the sixth hour to the ninth, the whole land was cover'd with darkness. and about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI? that is to say, "my God! my God! why hast thou forsaken me?" some of the standers by, when they heard that, said, he calls upon Elias. immediately one of them ran to fetch a spunge, which they steep'd in vinegar, and fastning it to the end of a stick, they presented it to him, to drink: while the rest cry'd, now let us see whether Elias will come to save him. but Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and then expir'd. Immediately the vail of the temple was rent in two, from the top to the bottom; the earth trembled, the rocks split, the graves opened, and the bodies of many saints who slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared to many. now the centurion, and they that were with him, to guard Jesus, having observ'd the earthquake, and all that had happened, were under great apprehensions, and said, certainly this was the son of God. And several women were there who look'd on at a distance, and had followed Jesus from Galilee, to assist him with their service. among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and of Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.

after they had crucified him, they shared his garments, by casting lots for them: to determine what each of them should take. now it was the third hour of the day, when they crucified him, and the inscription of the charge against him was thus express'd, THE KING OF THE JEWS. read more.
at the same time they crucified two robbers, one on his right hand, the other on his left. so that this passage of scripture was fulfill'd, "and he was numbred with the transgressors." besides the people that pass'd by, shook their heads, and impiously said: ah, you that can destroy the temple, and rebuild it in three days, save your self, and come down from the cross. in like manner the chief priests and the Scribes in derision said to one another: he pretended to save others, himself he cannot save. let the Messiah, the king of Israel, descend now from the cross: let us see that, and we will believe on him. and they that were crucified with him, threw their reproaches at him. Now from the sixth hour the whole land was cover'd with darkness until the ninth hour. and at the ninth hour Jesus cry'd out with a loud voice, saying, ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTANI, that is, MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME? some there present upon hearing that, said: observe, he calls upon Elias. then one of the soldiers ran and dipp'd a spunge in vinegar, which he fastned to a stick, and offered him to drink. now let us, said they, see whether Elias will come to take him down. then Jesus cry'd with a loud voice, and expired. Immediately the veil of the temple was rent in two, from the top to the bottom. and the Centurion who stood over-against him, observing that he expired with so great a cry, said, certainly this man was the son of God. there were likewise several women, who were spectators at a distance: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the minor, and of Joses and Salome: who had attended Jesus, and supply'd him with necessaries when he was in Galilee: besides many other women, who came up with him to Jerusalem.

accordingly, when they came to the place call'd Calvary, they crucified him there, and the two malefactors; the one at his right, the other at his left. and Jesus said, "father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." then they divided his raiment among them by throwing lots, while the people who stood looking on, and the senators themselves contemptuously said, he sav'd others; if he be Christ, the elect of God, let him save himself. read more.
the soldiers too, who came to bring him vinegar, insulted him, saying, if thou art the king of the Jews, save thy self. they likewise put the following inscription over his head, in Greek, in Latin, and in Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Now one of the malefactors, that was crucified with him, impiously said, if thou art the Christ, save thy self, and us. but the other answered, and thus reprov'd him, art thou under no awe of God, thou that art condemned to the same punishment? as for us, it is with justice, that we suffer the penalty due to our crimes: but as for him, what misdemeanour has he been guilty of? then said he to Jesus, Lord, remember me when you enter into your kingdom. Jesus answer'd, verily I tell you, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise. About the sixth hour, it was dark all over the land till the ninth hour. the sun was obscured, and the veil of the temple was rent in two. and Jesus cryed with a loud voice, saying, father, into thy hands I commend my spirit; and in pronouncing these words, he expired. The centurion upon seeing what had happen'd, gave glory to God, and said, certainly this was a righteous man. and all the people that had crowded to that sight, went home striking their breasts at the thoughts of those events. As for his acquaintance, they all stood at a distance, with the women that followed him from Galilee, and were spectators during the whole transaction.

and two others with him, one on each side, and Jesus in the middle. and Pilate caused an inscription to be put over the cross, in these words, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. now this inscription was read by many of the Jews: for Jesus was crucified nigh the city: and it was written in Syriac, Greek, and Latin. read more.
thereupon the chief priests of the Jews went to Pilate, saying, don't write, "The king of the Jews;" but that he said, I am king of the Jews. Pilate answered, what I have writ, I have writ. The soldiers, after they had crucified Jesus, took his garments (and made four parts, to every soldier a part) and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. they said therefore among themselves, let us not rent it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: so that the scripture was fulfilled, which said, "they parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots." this was what the soldiers actually did. In the mean time the mother of Jesus, and her sister Mary, the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene, were standing by the cross. when Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing by, he said to his mother, woman, behold thy son. then he said to the disciple, behold thy mother. and from that time the disciple took her to his own home. after this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be be fulfilled, said, I thirst. now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon a stick of hyssop, and held it to his mouth. when Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished: and bowing his head, he expir'd.


As they came near to Jerusalem, about Bethphage and Bethany, by the mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, and said to them: go to yonder village that faces you, and upon your entrance into it, you will find a colt tied, that never was yet backed; loose him, and bring him to me. if any one should ask you, why you do so? tell him, the Lord has occasion for it, and immediately he will send it hither. read more.
accordingly they went, and finding the colt tied before a door, where two ways met, they untied it. upon which some people there said to them, what do you mean by untying the colt? and they answered as Jesus had directed, so they let them go. then they brought the colt to Jesus, and throwing their garments upon it, he mounted thereon. many spread their clothes in the way, others lopt down the branches of trees to strew them in the road. the crowd that march'd before and behind crying out, Hosanna, blessed be he that comes in the name of the Lord; blessed be the kingdom of our father David, which is now come, Hosanna in the highest heavens. Jesus having made his entrance into Jerusalem, went into the temple, and after he had survey'd the whole, it being then late, he departed with the twelve to Bethany.

When they drew nigh to Jerusalem, and were come to Bepthphage, to the mount of Olives, Jesus dispatched two disciples, saying, go to yonder village, and you will immediately find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them to me. if any man oppose you, say, the Lord wants them; and then he will send them. read more.
all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, " tell ye the daughter of Sion, behold, thy king cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting on an ass, even a colt, the fole of an ass." and the disciples went, and having done as Jesus commanded them, they brought the ass with the colt, threw their clothes on them, and mounted him thereon: abundance of people spread their garments upon the ground; others lop'd down branches from the trees, and strewed them in the way: while the crowd that were marching before, and behind, cried out, "Hosanna to the son of David: blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord, Hosanna, Hosanna." and when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was in an uproar, saying, who is this? and the crowd said, 'tis Jesus the prophet of Nazareth in Galilee.

when he was advanc'd near Bethphage, and Bethany, to the mountain call'd the Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, go to the village opposite to you: at your entrance there, you will find a colt ty'd, that was never yet back'd: untie it and bring it here. if any one should ask you, why you untie it, let this be your answer, because the Lord has occasion for it. read more.
Accordingly the messengers went, and found the colt, as Jesus had told them. as they were untying the colt, the owners said, why do you untie the colt? they answer'd, because the Lord has occasion for it. so they brought it to Jesus. and throwing their garments upon the colt, they mounted Jesus thereon. and all the way, as he marched, they strewed with their clothes. Just as he advanc'd to the declivity of the mountain of Olives, the whole troop of disciples began to express their joy in loud acclamations, praising God, for the many miracles they had seen. "blessed be he, said they, whom the Lord hath sent to be our king. prosperity from heaven, and glory from the most high." upon this some of the Pharisees, who were in the crowd, said to him, master, rebuke your disciples. but he answer'd them, if they should be silent, the stones would exclaim. as he drew nigh, he beheld the city, and bewail'd its fate, in these words, "O that thou hadst consider'd, at least in this very day, the opportunity you had of being happy! but now alas! it is vanish'd from your eyes." for the time will shortly come, when your enemies shall open their trenches before thee, hem you in, and closely besiege you: they will level you to the ground, extirpate your inhabitants, and bury your buildings in ruins: because you have not consider'd the overtures I made you.

The next day, a crowd of people that were come to the feast, hearing that Jesus was on the road to Jerusalem, took branches of palm-trees, and went to meet him, crying, "Hosanna, blessed is the king of Israel that comes in the name of the Lord." now Jesus was riding upon a young ass, which he got by the way; as it is written, read more.
"fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy king comes sitting on an ass's colt." this passage his disciples did not understand at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, they remembred how they had mounted him, and perceiv'd that those words related to him. the people that were present testified, that he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead. and it was upon the rumour of this miracle, that the people crowded to him. the Pharisees therefore said among themselves, don't you perceive we lose ground? you see what a world of followers attend him.


At evening his disciples came to him, saying, this is a desert place, and dinner-time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go to buy themselves provisions in the villages. but Jesus said to them, that's needless, let them eat what you have. we have nothing here, said they, but five loaves, and two fishes. read more.
bring them hither, said he. then giving orders for the company to sit down on the grass, he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks; then breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave them to his disciples, and the disciples to the company: who all of them eat, and were filled: and they carried away twelve baskets full of fragments that were left. now they that had eaten, were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

but as the day was far advanc'd, his disciples came to him, and said, this is a desart place, and it is now late. dismiss the company, that they may go to the neighbouring farms and villages to buy provisions, for they have nothing to eat. Jesus replied, do you your selves give them something to eat. shall we go then, said they, to purchase bread, to the value of two hundred denarii, for them to eat? read more.
go see, said he, how many loaves you have: and having examin'd, they told him, five, and two fishes. then he order'd the people to sit down in distinct companies upon the green grass. and they sat down in several divisions, some consisting of an hundred, and some of fifty. Jesus then having taken the five loaves and the two fishes, look'd up to heaven and gave thanks; then breaking the loaves, he gave them to his disciples to distribute among the people: for whom he likewise divided the two fishes. so that they all eat a sufficient share, though the fragments of bread they took up, with what remain'd of the fishes, amounted to twelve baskets full; the company that were entertain'd being about five thousand men.

As the day began to decline, the twelve came to him, and said, dismiss the multitude, that they may go to the nearest towns and villages for lodging and provisions: for here we are in a desart place. and he said to them, do you yourselves give them something to eat. they replied, we can furnish only five loaves and two fishes, unless we go and buy provisions for all this people: for they were about five thousand. but Jesus said to his disciples, make them sit down by fifties in a company. read more.
accordingly they ranged them, and made them all sit down. then he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he ask'd blessing: then divided them, and gave them to his disciples to be distributed among the people: and tho' they all eat sufficiently, there was a surplusage of twelve baskets full of fragments carried away.

Jesus then lifting up his eyes, and seeing a great company coming to him, said to Philip, where can we buy bread to feed this people? (this he said to prove Philip: for he himself knew what he had to do.) Philip answered him, two hundred penny-worth of bread is not sufficient to furnish every one of them a little. read more.
one of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, there is a lad here, who hath five barley-loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? but Jesus said, make the men sit down. and as there was much grass in the place, they sat down to the number of about five thousand. then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed to them that were sate down; and likewise of the fishes, as much as they would. when they were filled, he said to his disciples, gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. they gathered them therefore, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley-loaves, which remained after they all had been eating. The people, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, cry'd out, this is of a truth that prophet who was to come into the world.


Then he talk'd to them much in parables, and said, a sower went out to sow. and in sowing, part of the grain fell in the high-way, and the fowls light and peck'd them up: another part fell upon stony places, where it had not much earth: and it soon sprung up, because the soil was shallow: read more.
so that as the sun arose it was scorched, and for want of root, withered away. another part fell among thorns: and the thorns grew up and choked it. but another part falling upon good soil, became fruitful, some grains yielding an hundred, some sixty, and some thirty. he that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

a husbandman went out to sow his corn: and as he was sowing, some fell upon the beaten road, which was crush'd under foot, or devoured by the birds. some fell upon very stony ground, which no sooner sprung up, but it wither'd away, for want of moisture: some fell among thorns; but the thorns over-grew it, and starv'd it. read more.
but some of the corn fell into good soil, and grew up, yielding a hundred grains for one. then raising his voice he concluded with these words, he that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Hear then the meaning of this parable of the sower. when any one heareth the doctrine of the gospel, and considers it not, then comes the wicked one, and catches away what was sown in his heart: he is the person meant by the high-way, where some of the seed was sown: but the stony ground, where other seed fell, denotes the man that heareth the word, and at first receives it with pleasure: read more.
but having no root in him he has only an occasional faith: for as soon as any oppression or persecution arises upon account of the gospel, he presently relapses. he that is meant by the thorny ground, where other seed fell, is one that heareth the word: which by cares of this life, and the deceitful love of riches, is soon stifled, and becomes unfruitful: but the ground that received the grain, represents those, who hear the word, and consider it, who all become fruitful, some in one degree, and some in another.

He began again to teach by the sea-side: but there was so great a crowd gathered about him, that he was oblig'd to go into a ship, where he sat down, and stay'd on board while the people stood on the shore. then he addressed himself to them in many parables, and thus began his instructions. give your attention to what I say, a sower went out to sow: as he sowed, read more.
some of the seed happened to fall by the wayside, which the birds light upon, and devoured. some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth, and it soon sprang up, for want of a sufficient depth of earth. but when the sun was up, it was scorched, and for want of root, withered away. some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choaked it, so that it yielded no fruit. but part of it fell on good ground, which sprang up, and grew so fruitful, that some grains produced thirty, others sixty, and some an hundred. he that hath ears to hear, said he, let him hear.

the sower is he that soweth the word. they who receiv'd seed by the wayside, are those in whom the word is sown, who no sooner have heard it, but satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. in like manner, they who receive seed on stony-ground, are such as upon hearing the word, do immediately receive it with joy. read more.
but having no root at the bottom, they are only occasional professors, for if they meet with any trouble or persecution upon account of the word, immediately they revolt. as for those, who receive seed as among thorns: they are such as hear the word. but the cares of this life, the deceitful love of riches, and a crowd of different passions, stifle the word, and it becomes unfruitful. they who receive seed as on good ground, are such as hear the word and entertain it, and bring forth fruit, some in one degree, and some in another.

now the meaning of the parable is this: the seed sown signifies the word of God. by the beaten road is meant, they who only hear: the word, by the lurking wiles of the devil, being hinder'd from taking root in their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. by the stony ground is understood such persons as receive indeed the doctrines they hear, with joy: but for want of resolution, believe only occasionally, and desert when the trial comes. read more.
the ground over-run with thorns denotes such as have embraced the doctrine, but are so immerst in the business, enjoyments, and pleasures of life, as not to improve it to any real advantage. but by the good ground is meant such persons as have received the doctrine with simplicity and sincerity, abide by it, and practise it with perseverance.


When Jesus heard that, he embark'd, to retire privately to a desert place: of which the people being inform'd, they followed him on foot out of the cities. as Jesus landed, he saw a great multitude, and was touch'd with compassion towards them, and healed their sick. At evening his disciples came to him, saying, this is a desert place, and dinner-time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go to buy themselves provisions in the villages. read more.
but Jesus said to them, that's needless, let them eat what you have. we have nothing here, said they, but five loaves, and two fishes. bring them hither, said he. then giving orders for the company to sit down on the grass, he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks; then breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave them to his disciples, and the disciples to the company: who all of them eat, and were filled: and they carried away twelve baskets full of fragments that were left. now they that had eaten, were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

Now the apostles met together in a body before Jesus, and gave him a full account, both of what they had done, and what they had taught. then Jesus said to them, come, let us retire privately to some place of solitude, to repose your selves a while. for such a crowd of people were continually coming and going, that they had not even time to eat. so they privately set sail for the desart (of Bethsaida.) read more.
but the people saw them embark, and many perceiving where they were bound, they ran thither a foot from all parts: and arrived at the place, before the passengers were come. so that when Jesus landed, he found there a numerous assembly: which rais'd his compassion, because they were like so many sheep straggling without a pastor. whereupon he gave them various instructions. but as the day was far advanc'd, his disciples came to him, and said, this is a desart place, and it is now late. dismiss the company, that they may go to the neighbouring farms and villages to buy provisions, for they have nothing to eat. Jesus replied, do you your selves give them something to eat. shall we go then, said they, to purchase bread, to the value of two hundred denarii, for them to eat? go see, said he, how many loaves you have: and having examin'd, they told him, five, and two fishes. then he order'd the people to sit down in distinct companies upon the green grass. and they sat down in several divisions, some consisting of an hundred, and some of fifty. Jesus then having taken the five loaves and the two fishes, look'd up to heaven and gave thanks; then breaking the loaves, he gave them to his disciples to distribute among the people: for whom he likewise divided the two fishes. so that they all eat a sufficient share, though the fragments of bread they took up, with what remain'd of the fishes, amounted to twelve baskets full; the company that were entertain'd being about five thousand men.

The Apostles, upon their return to Jesus, acquainted him with what they had done. and taking them with him, he retired into a desart place over-against the city of Bethsaida: where the people, who were inform'd of it, followed him: which he did not discountenance, but explained to them the reign of the Messiah, and relieved those, who wanted to be cured. As the day began to decline, the twelve came to him, and said, dismiss the multitude, that they may go to the nearest towns and villages for lodging and provisions: for here we are in a desart place. read more.
and he said to them, do you yourselves give them something to eat. they replied, we can furnish only five loaves and two fishes, unless we go and buy provisions for all this people: for they were about five thousand. but Jesus said to his disciples, make them sit down by fifties in a company. accordingly they ranged them, and made them all sit down. then he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he ask'd blessing: then divided them, and gave them to his disciples to be distributed among the people: and tho' they all eat sufficiently, there was a surplusage of twelve baskets full of fragments carried away.

At length Jesus passed over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias; where a great multitude followed him, invited by the miraculous cures which they saw him perform. Jesus therefore went up a mountain, where he sat down with his disciples. read more.
for it was just before the passover, which is a feast of the Jews. Jesus then lifting up his eyes, and seeing a great company coming to him, said to Philip, where can we buy bread to feed this people? (this he said to prove Philip: for he himself knew what he had to do.) Philip answered him, two hundred penny-worth of bread is not sufficient to furnish every one of them a little. one of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, there is a lad here, who hath five barley-loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? but Jesus said, make the men sit down. and as there was much grass in the place, they sat down to the number of about five thousand. then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed to them that were sate down; and likewise of the fishes, as much as they would. when they were filled, he said to his disciples, gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. they gathered them therefore, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley-loaves, which remained after they all had been eating. The people, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, cry'd out, this is of a truth that prophet who was to come into the world.


now there had been a great earthquake; for an angel of the lord descending from heaven, was come, and had rolled away the stone from the door, and was sitting upon it. his aspect was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. for fear of whom the keepers shook, and were almost struck dead. read more.
but the angel spoke to the woman, and said, don't be frighted, I know you are seeking Jesus, who was crucified. he is not here: he is risen according to his word: come, see the place where the Lord was laid. then go immediately to tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and that, he goes before you into Galilee, there shall ye see it is him; 'tis I that say it. And they instantly left the sepulchre, with fear and joy, and ran to carry his disciples this good news. as they were making the way to his disciples, Jesus himself met them, and said, I salute you. and they came, and embraced his feet, and worshipped him. then said Jesus to them, be not afraid: go bid my brethren repair to Galilee, and there shall they see me. Now when they were gone, some of the guards went into the city, and informed the chief priests of all that had happened. and when they were assembled with the senators, and had consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, thus instructing them; do you say "his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. if this come to the governor's ears, we will appease him, and secure you." so they took the money, and did as they were directed: and this report is still current among the Jews at this day.

When the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, after having bought aromatic drugs to embalm him, went to the sepulchre very early in the morning, the first day of the week, at sun-rising. and they said to one another, who will remove the stone from the mouth of the sepulchre for us? read more.
(for it was very great.) but when they were near in view, they perceiv'd that the stone was roll'd away. upon their entring into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting towards the right, cloathed in a long white garment: at which they were frighted. but he said to them, don't be frightned: you look for Jesus the Nazarene: he is risen, he is not here: see the place where he lay. go, tell Peter and the rest of his disciples, that he is gone before you into Galilee: there you will see him, as he foretold you. at this they started out, and fled from the sepulchre in a violent consternation, without speaking a word to any by the way: they were so frighted. Now Jesus being risen early on the first day of the week, he appear'd first to Mary Magdalene, whom he had dispossess'd of seven demons. immediately she went to those who frequented Jesus, and were then bemoaning themselves in tears, and acquainted them with it. but though they heard that he was alive, and had appear'd to her, they did not believe.

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they went to the sepulchre with the spices they had provided, accompanied by several others. and having found that the stone had been remov'd from the sepulchre, they entred in, but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. read more.
whilst they were in great perplexity about it, all of a sudden, two men appear'd before them in robes of light. upon which they were frightned, and bowed themselves to the very ground: but the men said to them, why do you look among the dead for one that is alive? he is not here, but is risen: remember what he told you, when he was yet in Galilee, that the son of man must be deliver'd into the hands of sinful men; be crucified; and the third day rise again. then they remembred his words; and upon their return from the sepulchre, they related the whole matter to the eleven, and all the other disciples. it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and others with them, who gave the apostles this relation: which however appear'd to them such a delirious tale, they could not give credit to any of them. yet Peter got up, and ran to the sepulchre, where stooping down he saw nothing but the linnen lying there: upon which he went away wondring with himself at such an event.

The first day of the week early in morning Mary Magdalene, when it was yet dusky, came to the sepulchre, and found the stone was taken away from the sepulchre. upon this she went in great haste to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, they have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter immediately departed, and that other disciple, to go to the sepulchre. read more.
they both set out together: but the other disciple out-ran Peter, and came first to the cave, where stooping down he saw the linen clothes lying; but did not go in. Simon Peter who followed him, being come, went into the cave, and saw the linen clothes lying there; as for the napkin that had been put about his head, it was not in the same place as the linen clothes, but lay folded up by it self. then the other disciple, who arriv'd first, went into the cave likewise, and he saw, and believed what Mary had said. for as yet they did not understand from the scripture, that he was to rise again from the dead. After this the disciples return'd to their own home. but Mary stood at the entrance of the cave weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down to look into the sepulchre, and saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, the one at the head, the other at the feet. and they said to her, woman, why do you weep? "because, said she, they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him." having thus said, she turned about, and saw Jesus standing, but knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, woman, why do you weep? who do you look for? she supposing him to be the gardener, said to him, sir, if it be you that have convey'd him away; tell me where you have laid him, and I will take care to have him remov'd. Jesus said to her, Mary! she bowing her self, cry'd rabboni! that is to say, master! Jesus said to her, touch me not: for I am not yet ascended to my father: but go to my brethren, and say to them, "I ascend unto my father and your father, even my God and your God." so Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples, that she had seen the Lord, and that he had said these things to her.


for I have given to them the instructions which you gave me; and they have received them; and have sincerely believ'd that I came from thee, and are persuaded that thou didst send me.

I have many things to say against you: but I only say He that sent me is worthy of belief; and what I have heard of Him, that only I publish to the world.

don't you believe that I am in the father, and the father in me? the words that I speak unto you, I speak indeed, tho' not from my self; but as to the works, the father, who dwells in me, he is the agent.

he does not love me, who does not observe my precepts: for the doctrine which you have heard, is not mine, but the father's who sent me.


to them I have declared thy name, and will declare it: that thou mayst love them as thou hast loved me, and I have loved them."

for I have not spoken for my self; but the father who sent me, he commission'd me, what I should teach, and what I should speak. and I know that it is a commission of eternal life: whatever therefore I say, I deliver just as the father directed me.




Jesus return'd by the influence of the spirit into Galilee, where his same quickly spread over all the country;

But after John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, spreading the good news of the kingdom of the Messiah.

Two days after, he departed thence, and went into Galilee: (tho' Jesus himself had declared, that a prophet is not honoured in his own country.) when he was come into Galilee, he was well received by the Galileans, who had seen all that he did at Jerusalem during the feast: for they likewise went to the feast.


who came to Jesus by night, and said to him, rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher sent from God: for no man can perform the miracles that you do, except God be with him.

God who at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake in time past to the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his SON, whom he hath constituted heir of all things, by whom also be made the world.

I have displayed thy name among those whom you have chosen out of the world for me: thine they were, and you gave them me; and they have kept thy word.

for no man hath penetrated into the secrets of heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the son of man, who is in heaven.



to them I have declared thy name, and will declare it: that thou mayst love them as thou hast loved me, and I have loved them."



When he went aboard the vessel, his disciples followed him. and on a sudden so great a storm arose at sea, that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. and his disciples came and awaked him, saying, Lord, save us: we are sinking. read more.
and he answer'd, why are you afraid, o incredulous people? then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. but the crew were all amaz'd; what is this man, said they, that even the winds and the sea obey him?

The same day in the evening, he said to them, let us cross over to the other side of the lake. when they had dismiss'd the people, the bark he was in, set sail, in company with other small barks. at length a violent storm ensued, and the waves beat into the ship, that it began to fill, read more.
whilst Jesus was at the stern, asleep on a pillow: upon which they awak'd him, crying out, master, have you so little concern to let us sink? then he rose, and rebuked the wind, hush, said he, and be still. immediately the wind subsides, and a settled calm ensued. why, said he, are ye so frighted? are ye still so void of faith? and they were exceedingly afraid, and said to one another, who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

The same day Jesus went on board a vessel with his disciples, and said to them, let us pass over to the other side of the lake: and so they put off to sea. while they were rowing, Jesus fell asleep: when there blew such a storm of wind upon the lake, as fill'd the boat with water, and endanger'd their lives. then they came to wake him, crying, master, master, we are sinking. then he rose up, and rebuked the wind, and the waves: and both subside to a calm. read more.
but to his disciples he said, where is your faith? while they, seiz'd with fear and admiration, said to one another, who can this man be, that he commands even the winds, and the waves, and they obey?







then said Jesus to them, I shall be the occasion of your revolting all from me this night: for it is written, "I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered."


Then they brought to him a demoniac, who was both blind and dumb: and he cured him so effectually, that he recovered both his speech and his sight; which made the people cry out with amazement, "Is not this the son of David?" but the Pharisees upon hearing this said, he exorcizes devils, by virtue only of Beelzebub the prince of the devils. read more.
Jesus perceiving what they surmized, said to them, any kingdom once divided against itself will soon be desolate: nor can any city or house divided against itself, long subsist. if satan expels satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom last? and if I by Beelzebub exorcize devils, by whom do your children exorcize them? wherefore even they shall be your judges. but if I exorcize devils by the spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is set up among you. besides, how could any one enter into the house of a man of might to rob him of his goods, except he first master the strong man? and then indeed he might plunder his house. "He that is not for me, is against me: and he that is not active for me, is a Deserter." wherefore I declare to you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men; but blaspheming the holy Spirit shall not be forgiven them. and if any one speaks against the son of man, it may be forgiven him: but if any one speaks against the holy spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age, nor in that to come. Either allow the tree to be good, and its fruit good; or else say the tree is corrupt, and its fruit corrrupt: for a tree is distinguished by its fruit. O degenerate race, how can ye, wicked as ye are, utter any thing that is good? for "'tis the overflowing of the heart that the mouth dischargeth." a good man out of the good treasure produces good things: and an evil man, out of the evil treasure, produces evil things. but I declare unto you, that men shall give an account at the day of judgment, of every scandalous expression they utter. for by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. After this they went into an house, and the crowd press'd again upon them, so as to hinder them from taking their meal. when his relations heard of this, they went to his relief, for it was said, he fainted away. read more.
Some Scribes, who were come from Jerusalem, said, he is confederate with Beelzebub, the prince of the demons enables him to dispossess demons. but calling them to him, he said by way of similitude, how can satan dispossess satan? if a kingdom be divided against it self, that kingdom cannot last. if a family be divided against it self, it is impossible for it to subsist. so if satan rise up in opposition to his own interest, his power cannot subsist, but must entirely cease. no one can enter into a strong man's house, and plunder his goods, unless the man be first secur'd. I declare unto you, all the sins which men may commit, and whatsoever blasphemies they may utter, may be forgiven them. but he that shall blaspheme against the holy Ghost, shall never be pardoned, but shall be obnoxious to eternal punishment. this was in answer to their saying, he was influenc'd by an impure spirit.

At another time Jesus was casting out a demon, that was dumb: and as soon as the demon was gone out, the dumb man spoke: and the people wondred. but some of them said, he casteth out demons by Beelzebub the prince of the demons.

but Jesus perceiving their suspicions, said to them, every kingdom divided against itself will soon be desolate: one family divided against another, falls to ruin. so if satan be divided against himself, how can his kingdom subsist? for you assert, that I cast out demons by Beelzebub. but if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? wherefore they shall be your judges. read more.
but if I cast out demons by the finger of God, it follows, that the reign of the Messiah is now begun among you. when a man that is stout and well arm'd guards his palace, his possessions are safe. but if a stronger than he should assault, and overcome him, he will strip him of all his furniture on which he relyed, and divide the plunder. He that does not join with me, is against me: and he that is not active for me, is a deserter.


At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, and said to his servants, this is John the baptist, he is risen from the dead, and consequently is invested with miraculous power.

but when Herod's birth-day was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced in publick, and made such an impression upon Herod, that he promised her upon oath, to give whatever she should ask; who being before instructed by her mother, pray, said she, order John Baptist's head to be brought here in a charger. read more.
and the king relented: nevertheless out of regard to the oath, and to those who sat with him at table, he commanded it to be brought to her. and pursuant to order, John was beheaded in the prison, whence his head was brought in a charger, and given to the young lady, who carried it to her mother. upon which, his disciples came to take away the body, and having buried it, they went to tell Jesus what had happened.

In the mean time king Herod heard of Jesus, whose name was now celebrated, and he said, John the Baptist is risen from the dead, no wonder then that he works miracles. others said, 'tis Elias. others, 'tis a prophet, or one equal to a prophet. but Herod, from what he had heard, said, 'tis John himself, whom I caused to be beheaded, who is risen from the dead.

however, a favourable opportunity happen'd for her, upon Herod's making an entertainment the birth-night, for all the great officers of the court, and army, and persons of the first distinction in Galilee. for Herodias made her appearance there, and danc'd with such an engaging air in the eye of Herod, as well as of all the company, that the king thus addrest himself to the young lady, "ask of me whatever you please, and it shall be granted." nay, he ratified his promise with an oath, "I will give you whatever you require, said he, tho' it be even the half of my kingdom." read more.
then she withdrew, and said to her mother, what shall I ask? the head of John the Baptist, said she. upon which she instantly fled to the king, and said, I desire to have John the Baptist's head brought hither immediately in a charger. at this the king was exceedingly concern'd; however, in regard to his oath, and to those who were at table with him, he would not refuse her; but immediately dispatch'd the proper officer with orders to bring the head of John the Baptist. accordingly he went, and beheaded him in the prison, and bringing the head in a charger, he presented it to the young lady, who gave it to her mother: of which John's disciples being inform'd, they came to fetch his corps, which they laid in a sepulchre.

Now Herod the tetrarch was inform'd of all his transactions: and was perplex'd at the relation of some, that John was risen from the dead: whilst others said, Elias appear'd: and others, that one of the old prophets was come to life again. but Herod said, John was beheaded by my order, who then can this be, who, they say, performs such strange things? and he desired to have a sight of Jesus.


to this he answered, he that has his hand in the dish with mine, he it is that will betray me.



and as they sat eating, Jesus said, verily I say unto you, one of you that is eating with me, will betray me. and they were seized with sorrow, all successively asking him, is it I? but he answered them, saying, it is one of the twelve, he that eats of the same mess with me. read more.
the son of man is going indeed, according to what is written of him: but wo to that man, by whom the son of man is betrayed: it would be better for that man, if he had never been born.








I conjure you in the name of God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is to judge the living and the dead, at his appearance in his kingdom,









if therefore God has bestow'd the same favour upon them, as on us, after we had believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, how could I make any opposition to the divine will?


my dear children, I am with you but for a little while. you shall seek me: but as I said to the Jews, so now I say to you, "where I am going you cannot come."


Within a little while ye shall not see me: but within a little while ye shall see me again, because I am going to the father.

Jesus therefore repeated what he had said, "I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your incredulity, so that whither I go, ye cannot come."

then said Jesus, I shall be with you but for a little time, and then I shall go to him that sent me. ye shall seek me, but shall not find me: and where I shall go, thither ye cannot come.

the poor you will always have with you; but me you will not always have.


I declare unto you, said he, that some of you here present shall not die, till they see the kingdom of the Messiah usher'd in with power.

from that time began Jesus to let his disciples know that he should go to Jerusalem, there suffer many indignities from the senators, chief priests, and scribes, be put to death, and be raised again the third day. then Peter taking him aside, began to expostulate with him, saying, God forbid, Sir, this should ever happen to you. but he frown'd upon Peter, and said, out of my sight pernicious obstacle to my designs; your views are all worldly, regardless of what is divine. read more.
Then addressing himself to his disciples, if any man, said he, would follow me, let him renounce himself, take up his cross, and so follow me. for whosoever will save himself, shall be a looser: and whosoever shall suffer loss for my sake, shall be a gainer. what advantage is it to a man to gain the whole world at the price of his life? or what would not a man pay down to preserve his life? for the son of man shall come in the glory of his father, with his angels; and then shall be make retribution to every man according to his works. I declare unto you, some are here present, who shall not die, till they have seen the son of man enter into his kingdom.

At length he began to inform them, that the son of man should suffer many indignities, be rejected by the chief priests, Scribes, and senators, be even put to death, and after three days should rise again. and this he said in such an undisguised manner, that Peter took him aside, and pretended to reprimand him. but Jesus return'd, and looking upon his disciples, he gave Peter this rebuke, be gone, thou adversary, your views are all worldly, regardless of what is divine. read more.
Then addressing himself to the people, and his disciples, he said, he that desires to be under my conduct, let him renounce himself, and follow me. for he that would save his life, shall lose it; and he that would lose his life out of love to me and the gospel, he shall save it. what advantage is it for a man to gain the whole world with the loss of his life? or what would not a man bestow to preserve himself? whosoever therefore shall be asham'd of me, and of my doctrine in this degenerate and corrupted age, of him likewise shall the son of man be asham'd, when he shall come with the glory of his father, accompanied with holy angels.

the son of man must suffer many indignities: be rejected by the rulers, the chief priests, and Scribes: be put to death: and the third day be raised again. Then he said to the whole company, if any one will be my follower, let him renounce himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me. for whoever would save his life, shall lose it: and he that would lose his life, out of love to me, shall save it. read more.
what advantage is it for a man to have gain'd the whole world, if he himself runs into utter loss and ruin? for whoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my doctrine, of him shall the son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in the glory of his father, and of the holy angels. I declare unto you, there are some here present, who shall not die, till they see the Messiah reign.


And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans, write, "these things saith the AMEN, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;



for I have given to them the instructions which you gave me; and they have received them; and have sincerely believ'd that I came from thee, and are persuaded that thou didst send me.

who was faithful to him that constituted him such, as Moses likewise was faithful in all his administration of God's house.


he is not here: he is risen according to his word: come, see the place where the Lord was laid.

but he said to them, don't be frightned: you look for Jesus the Nazarene: he is risen, he is not here: see the place where he lay.

he is not here, but is risen: remember what he told you, when he was yet in Galilee,

The first day of the week early in morning Mary Magdalene, when it was yet dusky, came to the sepulchre, and found the stone was taken away from the sepulchre. upon this she went in great haste to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, they have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter immediately departed, and that other disciple, to go to the sepulchre. read more.
they both set out together: but the other disciple out-ran Peter, and came first to the cave, where stooping down he saw the linen clothes lying; but did not go in. Simon Peter who followed him, being come, went into the cave, and saw the linen clothes lying there; as for the napkin that had been put about his head, it was not in the same place as the linen clothes, but lay folded up by it self. then the other disciple, who arriv'd first, went into the cave likewise, and he saw, and believed what Mary had said. for as yet they did not understand from the scripture, that he was to rise again from the dead. After this the disciples return'd to their own home. but Mary stood at the entrance of the cave weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down to look into the sepulchre, and saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, the one at the head, the other at the feet. and they said to her, woman, why do you weep? "because, said she, they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him." having thus said, she turned about, and saw Jesus standing, but knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, woman, why do you weep? who do you look for? she supposing him to be the gardener, said to him, sir, if it be you that have convey'd him away; tell me where you have laid him, and I will take care to have him remov'd. Jesus said to her, Mary! she bowing her self, cry'd rabboni! that is to say, master! Jesus said to her, touch me not: for I am not yet ascended to my father: but go to my brethren, and say to them, "I ascend unto my father and your father, even my God and your God." so Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples, that she had seen the Lord, and that he had said these things to her.


afterwards he appear'd to the eleven, as they were all sitting at table, and he reproved them for their incredulity and obstinacy in not giving credit to those, who had seen him after his resurrection. Then he said to them, go ye into all parts of the world, and preach the gospel to all mankind. he that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that disbelieves, shall be condemned. read more.
they that believe shall be endued with these miraculous gifts: in my name they shall cast out demons: they shall speak new languages: they shall handle serpents, and if they drink any mortal poison, it shall do them no hurt: they shall lay hands on the sick, and the sick shall recover.

While they were thus talking, Jesus himself appear'd in the midst of them, and said to them, peace be with you. but they were in a consternation and fright, imagining, that they saw a spirit. upon which he said to them, why are you in this confusion? what is it, that your minds are so perplex'd? read more.
behold my hands, and my feet. for I am bodily present, touch me and consider me; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see me have: all the while holding out his hands and his feet, as he was speaking. but as they were diffident of so joyful an event, and still in amaze, he said to them, have you any thing here to eat? and they gave him a piece of broil'd fish, and of a honey-comb; which he took, and did eat in their presence. then he said, this is what I told you, while I was yet with you, that what has been written concerning me in the law of Moses, in the prophets, and in the psalms, must be all accomplished. then he open'd their minds to make them understand the scriptures, and said to them, thus it is written, and thus it behov'd Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preach'd in his name, among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. you are witnesses of these things. and I am going to send you what my father has promis'd you. but continue in the city of Jerusalem, until you shall be endued with power from on high.

The same day at evening, being the first day of the week, the doors of the house where the disciples were, being shut, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, peace be with you. and when he had so said, he show'd them his hands and his side. the disciples were therefore extremely glad when they saw it was the Lord. then said Jesus to them again, "peace be with you: as my father hath sent me, even so send I you." read more.
and when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "receive ye the holy spirit. whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye leave unpardoned, they are lest unpardoned."














as he saith too in another place, "thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec."

This appears still more clear from another priest's arising like Melchisedec,

for it is said, "thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec."


At length they came to Jericho, and as he was leaving Jericho, accompanied by his disciples, and a great number of people, a blind man called Bartimeus sat begging in the high-way. when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he cried out, and said, Jesus, son of David, have pity on me. but many of the company rebuk'd him, in order to silence him. at which he cry'd out with more earnestness, son of David have pity on me. read more.
Jesus therefore stood still, and ordered him to be called; so they called to the blind man, and said, take courage, rise, he calls you. upon which he threw off his loose coat, and went to Jesus; who thereupon spoke to him, and said, what would you have me do for you? the blind man replied, Lord, I desire to have my sight. and Jesus said to him, go your way, your faith has cur'd you, and immediately he had sight, and followed Jesus in the road.

At their departure from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. and there were two blind men sitting by the way-side, who hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, "have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David." and the people reprimanded them, to make them hold their tongue: but they bawl'd out the more, have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. read more.
then Jesus stood still, and calling them, said, what would ye have me do for you? they said to him, grant Lord that we may have sight. Jesus then having compassion on them, touched their eyes: and immediately they had their sight, and they followed him.

As they were near Jericho, a blind man happen'd to sit begging by the road, who hearing the noise of a crowd passing by, ask'd what the matter was. they told him, Jesus the Nazarene is passing by. read more.
then he cry'd out, Jesus son of David, have pity on me. those who led the way bid him hold his tongue. but he bawl'd out the louder, son of David have pity on me. then Jesus stopp'd, and order'd them to bring the man to him, who being come nigh, he ask'd him, what would you have me do for you? he said, Lord, I desire to have sight. have sight, said Jesus, your faith has obtain'd you a cure. and immediately he saw: and followed Jesus, glorifying God: and all the people, who were eye-witnesses, gave praise unto God.


Upon this the Pharisees withdrew, and consulted how they might insnare him in his discourse. they dispatch'd therefore some of their disciples, together with the Herodians, who thus address'd themselves to him; master, we know that you are sincere, and faithfully teach the divine law without fear or flattery: for you have no regard to the outward quality of men. tell us therefore, what is your opinion? is it lawful to pay tribute to Cesar, or no? read more.
but Jesus perceiving their malice, said, why, hypocrites, would you insnare me? shew me the tribute money. and they brought him a penny. and he said unto them, whose image and inscription is this? they answer'd, Cesar's. then said he to them, render therefore unto Cesar, the things which are Cesar's: and unto God, the things that are God's. on hearing this, they were filled with admiration, and so leaving him, they went their way.

Then they sent some of the Pharisees, and of the Herodians to insnare him in his discourse. when they were come, they said to him, master, we know that you are sincere, that you are not influenced by any one, for you have no regard to the person of men: but teach us the way of God according to truth. now should we pay tribute to Cesar, or no? shall we pay, or shall we not pay? but he, perceiving their hypocrisy, said to them, why do you lay snares for me? read more.
let me see a penny. and when they brought it, he asked them, whose image and inscription is this? they said, Cesar's. to which Jesus reply'd, render to Cesar what belongs to Cesar, and to God what belongs to God. and they were surprized at the answer.

they watch'd then, and suborn'd spies, who under pretence of their tender consciences, might ensnare him in his discourse, and so betray him to the civil power and jurisdiction of the governor. they address'd him therefore in this manner; master, we know that what you say and teach is all right. you are not influenc'd by the quality of men, but explain the divine law with sincerity: should we pay tribute to Cesar, or no? read more.
but Jesus perceiving their malicious design, said to them, why do you practise upon me? show me a penny: whose image and inscription is this? they answer'd, Cesar's. render then, said he, to Cesar, what belongs to Cesar, and to God, what belongs to God. so not being able to take any advantage from his words, before the people, they said no more, being surpriz'd at his answer.


Immediately one came near him, saying, good master, what good shall I do, to obtain eternal life? and he said to him, why do you stile me good? there is but one that is good, that is God. but if you would enter into life, keep the commandments. he reply'd, which? Jesus said, "thou shalt do no murder, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness, read more.
honour thy father and thy mother: and, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." the young man answer'd, all these things have I practis'd from my youth: what is it that is further required? Jesus said, if thou wilt be perfect, go sell your estate, give the value to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: then come and follow me. but when the young man heard that, he went away dejected: for he had great possessions.

When he was set out upon his journey, there met him one, who kneeling down before him, said, good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus said to him, why do you call me good? there is but one, who is good, that is God. you know the commandments, "do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, defraud not, honour your father, and mother." read more.
to which he answered, master, said he, all these precepts have I observed from my youth. then Jesus looking upon him with a favourable eye, said, there is one thing still to be done; go, sell all your estate, and give it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; then come, take up the cross, and follow me. but he was troubled at this answer, and went away very sorrowful, for he had a great estate.

Then a person of distinction ask'd him this question, good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus replied, why do you call me good? there is but one who is good, that is God. you know the commandments, "do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honour thy father and mother." read more.
all these, said he, have I observ'd from my youth. upon hearing that, Jesus said to him, one thing you have yet to do: sell all you have, and give it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: then come, and follow me. upon hearing this he was very sad: for he had a large estate. Jesus perceiving him so very dejected, said, how difficult is it for those, who have riches, to enter into the kingdom of God!


About that time the Sadducees, who say there is no future life, came and propos'd this question, master, said they, by the law of Moses, in case a man die without children, his brother is oblig'd to marry his wife, in order to perpetuate his brother's name. now there happen'd among us seven brothers, the first married but died without issue, leaving his wife to his brother: read more.
the same happen'd to the second, and the third, and so on to the seventh. last of all the woman died too: now if there be another life after this, whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all married her. Jesus answered them, you are mistaken, for want of a true notion of the scriptures, and of the divine power. for in the other life after this, there will be no such thing as marriage; but they will be as the angels of God in heaven. now as to the state of life after death, have ye not read that expression of God himself, " I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?" God is not a benefactor to the dead, but to the living. when the people heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

Then the Saducees, who deny the resurrection, came and asked him, saying, master, Moses has left it us in writing, that if a man dies, and leaves his wife without any children, his brother should marry his widow, in order to perpetuate his name. now there were seven brothers: the first married a wife and died, leaving her without any children. read more.
the second married her, and he died too without leaving her any children: the third did the same. so that all the seven married her, but left no children. last of all she died. at the time therefore of the resurrection, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all married her. Jesus answered them, don't you see you are in a mistake, by being unacquainted with the scriptures, as well as with the power of God? for when they shall rise from the dead, they neither will marry, nor be given in marriage, but be immortal like the angels in heaven. and as for the dead, that they will actually rise, have you not read in the book of Moses those words, which God pronounc'd out of the bush to him, "I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?" he is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: and therefore you greatly mistake the meaning.

Afterwards some of the Pharisees, who deny there is any resurrection, accosted him with this question, master, said they, Moses left it in writing, if any man has a brother, who dies in marriage without leaving children, he is obliged to take the widow, to perpetuate his brother's line. now there were seven brothers, the first of which marry'd, and died without children. read more.
the second after marrying the widow, died likewise without children. then the third took her, and so she was married to all seven, who all died without leaving any children. at last the woman died too. at the resurrection therefore, to which of them will she be wife? for she had been married to all the seven. Jesus answered, in this life men and women marry. but they, who shall be accounted worthy to obtain the resurrection to an eternal life, shall have no concern in marriage, as being immortal: for by the resurrection they will inherit a nature truely angelical and divine. now that the dead are raised, may be inferr'd from Moses's relation concerning the bush, where he stiles the Lord, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. for he is not the God of the dead, but of the living. they are all then alive with respect to him. which some of the Scribes approving, said to him, master, what you maintain is very just: and after that they did not venture to ask him another question.


When they were on the road to Jerusalem, Jesus led the way, and they followed behind full of apprehension and fear. then Jesus calling the twelve apostles to him again, acquainted them with what should befal him. now, said he, we are going to Jerusalem, where the son of man will be delivered up to the chief priests, and to the Scribes, who will condemn him to die, and deliver him to the Gentiles. they will treat him with ignominy, subject him to the lash, spit upon him, and at last put him to death. but on the third day he will rise again.

As Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples in private, and said to them, we are now going to Jerusalem, where the son of man will be betrayed to the chief priests, and to the Scribes, who will condemn him to die, and deliver him up to the Gentiles, to be insulted, scourged, and crucified: but the third day he shall rise again.

Afterwards Jesus took the twelve aside, and said to them, now we are going to Jerusalem where all that the prophets have writ concerning the son of man shall be accomplished. for he shall be delivered to the Gentiles by the Jews, who will treat him with mockery, insult him, spit in his face, scourge him, and put him to death; and the third day he shall rise again. read more.
but they comprehended nothing of all this: his discourse was a riddle to them, and they could not find out the meaning.


Then they brought young children to him, that he might lay his hands upon them: but his disciples rebuked those that presented them. which Jesus observing was much displeas'd with them, and said, suffer little children to come unto me, do not hinder them: for of such is the kingdom of God. I declare unto you, he that shall pretend to be admitted into the kingdom of God, and has not the temper of a little child, shall not enter therein. read more.
then he embraced them, and laying his hand upon them, he gave them his blessing.

Then they brought children to him in order to have his blessing: and the disciples rebuked them. but Jesus said, let the children alone, and don't hinder them from coming to me: for of such does the gospel-kingdom consist. and he laid his hands upon them, and departed thence.

And as they were presenting children to him, for the imposition of hands, his disciples observing it, rebuk'd those that brought them. but Jesus called the children to him, and said to his disciples, let the children come to me, without any hindrance, for they who belong to the kingdom of God, must be like them. I declare unto you, he that does not come with the disposition of a child shall not enter into the kingdom of God.


At their departure from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. and there were two blind men sitting by the way-side, who hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, "have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David." and the people reprimanded them, to make them hold their tongue: but they bawl'd out the more, have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. read more.
then Jesus stood still, and calling them, said, what would ye have me do for you? they said to him, grant Lord that we may have sight. Jesus then having compassion on them, touched their eyes: and immediately they had their sight, and they followed him.

As they were near Jericho, a blind man happen'd to sit begging by the road, who hearing the noise of a crowd passing by, ask'd what the matter was. they told him, Jesus the Nazarene is passing by. read more.
then he cry'd out, Jesus son of David, have pity on me. those who led the way bid him hold his tongue. but he bawl'd out the louder, son of David have pity on me. then Jesus stopp'd, and order'd them to bring the man to him, who being come nigh, he ask'd him, what would you have me do for you? he said, Lord, I desire to have sight. have sight, said Jesus, your faith has obtain'd you a cure. and immediately he saw: and followed Jesus, glorifying God: and all the people, who were eye-witnesses, gave praise unto God.

At length they came to Jericho, and as he was leaving Jericho, accompanied by his disciples, and a great number of people, a blind man called Bartimeus sat begging in the high-way. when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he cried out, and said, Jesus, son of David, have pity on me. but many of the company rebuk'd him, in order to silence him. at which he cry'd out with more earnestness, son of David have pity on me. read more.
Jesus therefore stood still, and ordered him to be called; so they called to the blind man, and said, take courage, rise, he calls you. upon which he threw off his loose coat, and went to Jesus;



wherefore God has highly exalted and given him a name, which is above every name;




Presently after Jesus obliged his disciples to embark, and cross over to the other side before him, whilst he dismiss'd the people. and when he had dismiss'd them, he retired by himself to a mountain to pray: where he stay'd all alone till the latter part of the evening. by this time the vessel was half sea over, violently toss'd with the waves, for the wind was contrary. read more.
at the dawn of day, Jesus came to them walking on the sea. the disciples seeing him walking on the sea, cry'd out in a fright, an apparition; and they scream'd for fear. but Jesus immediately call'd to them, take courage, said he, it is I, don't be afraid. Peter answered, Lord, said he, if it be you, bid me come upon the water to you. Jesus said, come. and Peter getting out of the ship, walk'd on the water to go to Jesus. but finding the wind boisterous, he was afraid: and beginning to sink, cried out, Lord, save me. immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, and caught him, diffident man, said he, why were you in suspence? and when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. then they that were in the ship, came and worshipped him, saying, of a truth thou art the son of God.

Soon after Jesus obliged his disciples to embark for Bethsaida, on the opposite shore, while he was dismissing the people. and when they had taken their leave, he retired to a mountain to pray. It was now late in the evening, and the bark in full sea, when Jesus, who was ashore all alone, read more.
perceived his disciples had much ado to bear up against the wind, which was contrary; about the fourth watch of the night, he came up, and would have pass'd by them. when they saw him walking upon the sea, they thought it was an apparition, for they all saw him, and were greatly terrified. but at the instant Jesus spoke to them, and said, take courage, it is I, don't be afraid. and as soon as he was got aboard, the wind ceased; which still encreas'd their astonishment and admiration: for they were so stupid, they did not comprehend the miracle of the loaves.

The people, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, cry'd out, this is of a truth that prophet who was to come into the world. but Jesus perceiving they designed to come and take him by force to make him a king, retired again upon a mountain all alone. When even was come, his disciples went to the sea, and going on board a ship, read more.
they cross'd the sea to Capernaum: now when it was dark, Jesus was not come to them: but the sea ran high, by reason of the wind that blew hard. so when they had rowed about five and twenty, or thirty furlongs, seeing Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh to the ship, they were frightned. but he said to them, it is I, be not afraid. then they readily received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they were bound.


He propos'd another parable to them, which was this; the gospel-state is like a grain of mustard-seed which a man took to sow in his field. 'tis one indeed of the smallest grains: but when it is grown, it is the largest of the pulse kind, and becomes a tree: so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches.

Then he said, what does the kingdom of God resemble? to what shall I compare it? it is like a grain of mustard-seed, which a man took, and sowed in his garden: it grew, and became so large, that the birds of the air built their nests in its boughs.

Again he said, to what shall we compare the state of the gospel? or by what parable shall we represent it? it is like a grain of mustard-seed, which when sown in the earth, is less than any other grain that is sown there. but after it is sown, it grows up, and becometh larger than other plants of the pulse kind, and shooteth out its branches so high, that the fowls of the air may lodge under its shadow.


Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus, and said, where would you have us make the preparations for the paschal-supper? and he said, go into the city to such a man, and say to him, the master sends you word that his time is at hand, and he designs to keep the passover now at your house with his disciples. the disciples then did as Jesus appointed, and made ready the passover. read more.
The even being now come, he sat down with the twelve. and as they were eating, he said, 'tis indeed true that one of this company shall betray me. at which they were exceedingly concern'd, and began every one of them to ask, Lord, is it I? to this he answered, he that has his hand in the dish with mine, he it is that will betray me. the son of man is going to die, pursuant to the scripture: but wo to that man by whom the son of man is betrayed: it had been better for that man, if he had never been born. then Judas, he who was to betray him, said, master, is it I? Jesus replied, yes. While they were yet eating, Jesus took bread, and having given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to the disciples, saying, take, eat; this represents my body. and he took the cup, and having given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, drink ye all of it: for this represents my blood, the blood of the new covenant which is shed for mankind for the remission of sins. but this I tell you, I shall not drink any more wine with you from this time forth to the day, when I shall drink with you, of the spiritual wine, in my father's kingdom. And when they had sung an hymn, they went to the mount of Olives.

On the first day of unleavened bread, when the paschal lamb is kill'd, his disciples said to him, where would you have us go and prepare for your eating the paschal lamb? upon which he dispatch'd two of his disciples, and said to them: go into the city, and you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house: "thus saith our master; where is the chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?" read more.
and he will shew you a large upper room ready furnished: there make preparation for us. his disciples therefore went away, and being come into the city, they found every thing, as he had told them; and they prepared the paschal lamb. There he came in the evening with the twelve. and as they sat eating, Jesus said, verily I say unto you, one of you that is eating with me, will betray me. and they were seized with sorrow, all successively asking him, is it I? but he answered them, saying, it is one of the twelve, he that eats of the same mess with me. the son of man is going indeed, according to what is written of him: but wo to that man, by whom the son of man is betrayed: it would be better for that man, if he had never been born. When they had been eating, Jesus took bread, and having given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to them, and said, take it, this represents my body. and he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. and he said to them, this represents the effusion of my blood (the sanction of the new covenant) for mankind. but this I tell you, I will never more drink of this fruit of the vine, from this time forth to that day, when I shall drink with you of the spiritual wine in the kingdom of God.

The day of unleaven'd bread being come, when the paschal-lamb was to be sacrific'd, Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, go, and make provision for our eating the paschal-lamb. they ask'd him, where would you have us prepare it? read more.
he answered, when you are in the city, you will meet a man with a pitcher of water; follow him to the house, where he goes in: and say to the man of the house, our master sent to ask for a room, where he may eat the passover with his disciples. and he will show you a large upper room ready fitted: there prepare the supper. so they went, and having found every thing as Jesus had said, they made ready the passover. The hour of eating being come, he, and the twelve apostles sat down to table. and he said to them, I have ardently desired to eat this passover with you, before I suffer. for I declare unto you, I shall not celebrate this passover with you any more, to the time, when it shall have its accomplishment in the kingdom of the messiah. having then taken the cup, and given thanks, he said, take this, and distribute it to one another. for I tell you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine to the time when the kingdom of God shall come. then he took bread, and having given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to them, saying, this represents my body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of me. and after supper he likewise gave the cup, saying, this cup is the new testament sealed by my blood, which is shed for you.


Then they brought to him a demoniac, who was both blind and dumb: and he cured him so effectually, that he recovered both his speech and his sight; which made the people cry out with amazement, "Is not this the son of David?" but the Pharisees upon hearing this said, he exorcizes devils, by virtue only of Beelzebub the prince of the devils. read more.
Jesus perceiving what they surmized, said to them, any kingdom once divided against itself will soon be desolate: nor can any city or house divided against itself, long subsist. if satan expels satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom last? and if I by Beelzebub exorcize devils, by whom do your children exorcize them? wherefore even they shall be your judges. but if I exorcize devils by the spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is set up among you. besides, how could any one enter into the house of a man of might to rob him of his goods, except he first master the strong man? and then indeed he might plunder his house. "He that is not for me, is against me: and he that is not active for me, is a Deserter." wherefore I declare to you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men; but blaspheming the holy Spirit shall not be forgiven them. and if any one speaks against the son of man, it may be forgiven him: but if any one speaks against the holy spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age, nor in that to come. Either allow the tree to be good, and its fruit good; or else say the tree is corrupt, and its fruit corrrupt: for a tree is distinguished by its fruit. O degenerate race, how can ye, wicked as ye are, utter any thing that is good? for "'tis the overflowing of the heart that the mouth dischargeth." a good man out of the good treasure produces good things: and an evil man, out of the evil treasure, produces evil things. but I declare unto you, that men shall give an account at the day of judgment, of every scandalous expression they utter. for by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. After this they went into an house, and the crowd press'd again upon them, so as to hinder them from taking their meal. when his relations heard of this, they went to his relief, for it was said, he fainted away. read more.
Some Scribes, who were come from Jerusalem, said, he is confederate with Beelzebub, the prince of the demons enables him to dispossess demons. but calling them to him, he said by way of similitude, how can satan dispossess satan? if a kingdom be divided against it self, that kingdom cannot last. if a family be divided against it self, it is impossible for it to subsist. so if satan rise up in opposition to his own interest, his power cannot subsist, but must entirely cease. no one can enter into a strong man's house, and plunder his goods, unless the man be first secur'd. I declare unto you, all the sins which men may commit, and whatsoever blasphemies they may utter, may be forgiven them. but he that shall blaspheme against the holy Ghost, shall never be pardoned, but shall be obnoxious to eternal punishment. this was in answer to their saying, he was influenc'd by an impure spirit.

At another time Jesus was casting out a demon, that was dumb: and as soon as the demon was gone out, the dumb man spoke: and the people wondred. but some of them said, he casteth out demons by Beelzebub the prince of the demons. others, to try him, desir'd he would show some miraculous sign in the heaven. read more.
but Jesus perceiving their suspicions, said to them, every kingdom divided against itself will soon be desolate: one family divided against another, falls to ruin. so if satan be divided against himself, how can his kingdom subsist? for you assert, that I cast out demons by Beelzebub. but if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? wherefore they shall be your judges. but if I cast out demons by the finger of God, it follows, that the reign of the Messiah is now begun among you. when a man that is stout and well arm'd guards his palace, his possessions are safe. but if a stronger than he should assault, and overcome him, he will strip him of all his furniture on which he relyed, and divide the plunder. He that does not join with me, is against me: and he that is not active for me, is a deserter. When the impure spirit is gone out of a man, he wanders about the wilds in quest of some repose: but finding none, I will return, says he, to the abode I have quitted. and at his return he findeth it swept and garnished. then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself: they all enter in and dwell there, and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.


Presently after Jesus obliged his disciples to embark, and cross over to the other side before him, whilst he dismiss'd the people. and when he had dismiss'd them, he retired by himself to a mountain to pray: where he stay'd all alone till the latter part of the evening. by this time the vessel was half sea over, violently toss'd with the waves, for the wind was contrary. read more.
at the dawn of day, Jesus came to them walking on the sea. the disciples seeing him walking on the sea, cry'd out in a fright, an apparition; and they scream'd for fear. but Jesus immediately call'd to them, take courage, said he, it is I, don't be afraid. Peter answered, Lord, said he, if it be you, bid me come upon the water to you. Jesus said, come. and Peter getting out of the ship, walk'd on the water to go to Jesus. but finding the wind boisterous, he was afraid: and beginning to sink, cried out, Lord, save me. immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, and caught him, diffident man, said he, why were you in suspence? and when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. then they that were in the ship, came and worshipped him, saying, of a truth thou art the son of God. When they were over, they came into the territory of Gennesaret. where being known by the people of that place, they sent about all that country, and presented to him all that were diseased, praying him to let them only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touch'd it were made perfectly whole.

Soon after Jesus obliged his disciples to embark for Bethsaida, on the opposite shore, while he was dismissing the people. and when they had taken their leave, he retired to a mountain to pray. It was now late in the evening, and the bark in full sea, when Jesus, who was ashore all alone, read more.
perceived his disciples had much ado to bear up against the wind, which was contrary; about the fourth watch of the night, he came up, and would have pass'd by them. when they saw him walking upon the sea, they thought it was an apparition, for they all saw him, and were greatly terrified. but at the instant Jesus spoke to them, and said, take courage, it is I, don't be afraid. and as soon as he was got aboard, the wind ceased; which still encreas'd their astonishment and admiration: for they were so stupid, they did not comprehend the miracle of the loaves. Being got to the other side of the lake, they came to the country of Gennasereth, where they landed. no sooner were they ashore, but the people, who presently perceiv'd it was Jesus, came flocking from all quarters, carrying their sick on their beds to the places where they heard he was: and to whatever cities, towns, or villages he went, they expos'd the sick in the publick streets, entreating him, they might but touch the border of his garment; for as many as did so, were recover'd.

but Jesus perceiving they designed to come and take him by force to make him a king, retired again upon a mountain all alone. When even was come, his disciples went to the sea, and going on board a ship, they cross'd the sea to Capernaum: now when it was dark, Jesus was not come to them: read more.
but the sea ran high, by reason of the wind that blew hard. so when they had rowed about five and twenty, or thirty furlongs, seeing Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh to the ship, they were frightned. but he said to them, it is I, be not afraid. then they readily received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they were bound.


Jesus return'd by the influence of the spirit into Galilee, where his same quickly spread over all the country;

But after John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, spreading the good news of the kingdom of the Messiah.

After this, Jesus having heard that John was confined in prison, retired into Galilee.

Jesus therefore knowing the Pharisees had heard that he made more disciples, and baptized more than John, (though Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples) he left Judea, and returned into Galilee.


at which they were all so amazed, that they ask'd one another, what's the meaning of all this? what new doctrine is here? for he commands with authority even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.

and when he was come into his native country, he taught them in their synagogue, in such a manner that they cry'd out with astonishment, how came this man by all this wisdom, and extraordinary power?

the officers answered, never did man speak like this man.

and they were astonished at his doctrine, for he spoke with authority.


And when they were come to the multitude, a man came kneeling to him, and cry'd, Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is grievously afflicted with the epilepsy; he often falls into the fire, and frequently into the water. I presented him to your disciples, but they could not cure him. read more.
upon which Jesus answered, incredulous and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. and Jesus rebuked the demon, and he departed out of him: so that the child was cured from that very hour. then came the disciples to Jesus in private, and said, why could not we cast him out? because of your incredulity, said Jesus: for I tell you truly, if ye had ever so little faith, ye might say to this mountain, remove hence to yonder place, and it should remove; and nothing would be too difficult for you. however, such a distemper is not to be removed but by prayer and fasting.

When he was come to the other disciples, he found a great crowd about them, and the Pharisees disputing with them. as soon as they saw him, they were over-joyed, and ran to salute him. then he ask'd the Scribes, what were you debating with them? read more.
and one of the crowd answer'd, master, I have brought to you my son, who is possess'd with a dumb spirit, which no sooner comes on him, but it throws him down: then the child foams, gnashes his teeth, and grows meager. then said Jesus, incredulous people, how long shall I be with you? must I be always assisting you? bring him before me. so he was brought to him, and as soon as he saw him, the spirit threw him into convulsions, and he fell upon the ground, where he wallowed foaming. Jesus then asked the father, how long is it since this befel him? from his infancy, said the father. it has frequently thrown him into the fire, and into the water, to the hazard of his life; if therefore you can do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said to him, provided you can believe, there is nothing but what may be effected for those that believe. immediately the child's father cryed out with tears, I do believe, oh supply the defect of my faith. Jesus observing the people came crowding to him, rebuked the evil spirit, saying, thou dumb and deaf spirit come out of the child, never to enter more, it is I command it. and the spirit came out of him, having made him roar, and thrown him into such agonies, that he became like one that was dead, and many were of opinion he actually was so. but Jesus taking him by the hand, raised him up, and he was perfectly recovered. now when Jesus was retired to his own house, his disciples asked him in private, why could not we cast this spirit out? Jesus answered, such a miracle is not effected but by prayer and fasting.

The next day, when they were come down from the mountain, a multitude of people happen'd to meet him: when one of the company cry'd out, master, I beseech you, cast your eyes upon my son, for he is my only child: he is frequently seized by a spirit, which makes him immediately roar, then throws him into convulsions with foaming, and never leaves him, but with difficulty and bruises. read more.
I desired your disciples to cast out this spirit; but they were not able. then said Jesus, O incredulous, and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? bring hither your son. as the child was advancing, the demon threw him down, into convulsions: but Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, cured the child, and delivered him to his father. and all the people were astonished at such an instance of divine power: and as they were admiring whatever Jesus did, he said to his disciples,


Then Jesus address'd himself to them in this parabolical manner. a certain person planted a vineyard, made a fence about it, clear'd the way for a wine-press, built a tower, and committed it to the care of vine-dressers, while he was travelling abroad. at the time of vintage he sent his servant to the vine-dressers to receive the profits of his vineyard. but they seized on him, and beat him, and sent him home empty. read more.
after this he sent another servant to them, him they assaulted with stones and cudgels, and sent him back with contempt. then he sent another, whom they killed: and of several more, some they beat, some they killed. at last, having one only son, whom he loved, he sent him to them; surely, said he, they will reverence my son. but these husbandmen said to one another, this is the heir, come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be our own. so they seized upon him, and dragg'd him out of the vineyard, and killed him. now what will the master of the vineyard do? on his return, said they, he will destroy those vine-dressers, and give his vineyard to others. have you not read, said he, this passage of scripture, "the stone which the builders rejected, is become the principal stone of the angle. it is the Lord, that has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes." then they contriv'd how they might seize him, for they perceived, that he applied the parable to them; but for fear of the people they left him, and went away.

Hear another parable: a certain landlord planted a vineyard, hedged it round, set up a wine-press in it, and built a tower, then lett it out to tenants, and went into a foreign country. and when the fruit-season came on, he sent his servants to the tenants, to receive the fruits of it. but they seiz'd his servants, beat some, killed one, and stoned another. read more.
then he sent a greater number of servants, than at first: who met with the same treatment. but last of all, he sent his son, saying, they will reverence my son. but when the tenants saw the son, they said among themselves, this is the heir, come, let us kill him, and then seize on his inheritance. so seizing upon him, they turn'd him out of the vineyard, and slew him. when the master therefore of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants? they answered, he will give those wretches no quarter, and will let out his vineyard to such as shall duly account for the profits thereof. Jesus reply'd, did ye never read in the scriptures, " that very stone which the builders rejected, is become the principal stone of the angle, this the Lord effected, and it is marvellous in our eyes." wherefore I declare to you, the gospel dispensation shall be taken from you, and given to a nation that shall make a proper use thereof. and whosoever shall stumble at this stone, shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, he shall be entirely crush'd.

Then he propos'd this parable to the people, a man planted a vineyard, let it out to husbandmen, and then went a travelling for some time. at vintage, he sent a servant to the husbandmen, to demand the profits of the vineyard. but they beat him and sent him away empty. again he sent another servant, him they likewise beat, insulted, and sent away empty. read more.
he still sent a third, whom they wounded and drove away. upon which the master of the vineyard said, what shall I do? I will send my beloved son: perhaps his presence will engage their respect. but when the husbandmen saw him, they said to one another, this is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be our own. so they kill'd him, and threw him out of the vineyard. what punishment now will the master inflict upon them? he will come and destroy these husbandmen, and give his vineyard to others. but they, taking the hint, cried out, God forbid. then Jesus looking upon them, said, what is the meaning then of that expression, "the stone, which the builders rejected, is become the chief stone of the angle." whoever falls upon that stone shall be bruised, but on whom it falls, it will crush him to pieces.




and he that contemplates me, contemplates him that sent me.

if you had known me, you would likewise have known my father: and from henceforth you shall know him, nay, you have seen him. Philip said to him, Lord shew us the father, and we are satisfied. Jesus said to him, have I been with you so long, and don't you know me yet? Philip, he that hath seen me, hath seen the father; why then do you say, shew us the father? read more.
don't you believe that I am in the father, and the father in me? the words that I speak unto you, I speak indeed, tho' not from my self; but as to the works, the father, who dwells in me, he is the agent.

for every thing that is mine is thine, and what is thine is mine, and I am glorified by them.


Some time after, while they were in Galilee, Jesus said to them, the son of man will be betrayed into the hands of men: they will kill him, but the third day he shall be raised again. at which they were exceeding sorry.

Having left that place, they went a private way through Galilee: for he was willing to be conceal'd. in the mean time he gave his disciples this intimation, "the son of man is going to be delivered up into the hands of men, who will put him to death, and three days after he is put to death he shall rise again." but they did not comprehend the meaning, and were ashamed to ask him about it.

and all the people were astonished at such an instance of divine power: and as they were admiring whatever Jesus did, he said to his disciples, give attention to what I now say, namely, that the son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men. but they did not comprehend that expression: it was as a riddle, which they could not understand, and they were afraid to desire him to explain the meaning of that expression.


And when they were come to the multitude, a man came kneeling to him, and cry'd, Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is grievously afflicted with the epilepsy; he often falls into the fire, and frequently into the water. I presented him to your disciples, but they could not cure him. read more.
upon which Jesus answered, incredulous and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. and Jesus rebuked the demon, and he departed out of him: so that the child was cured from that very hour. then came the disciples to Jesus in private, and said, why could not we cast him out? because of your incredulity, said Jesus: for I tell you truly, if ye had ever so little faith, ye might say to this mountain, remove hence to yonder place, and it should remove; and nothing would be too difficult for you. however, such a distemper is not to be removed but by prayer and fasting.

When he was come to the other disciples, he found a great crowd about them, and the Pharisees disputing with them. as soon as they saw him, they were over-joyed, and ran to salute him. then he ask'd the Scribes, what were you debating with them? read more.
and one of the crowd answer'd, master, I have brought to you my son, who is possess'd with a dumb spirit, which no sooner comes on him, but it throws him down: then the child foams, gnashes his teeth, and grows meager. then said Jesus, incredulous people, how long shall I be with you? must I be always assisting you? bring him before me. so he was brought to him, and as soon as he saw him, the spirit threw him into convulsions, and he fell upon the ground, where he wallowed foaming. Jesus then asked the father, how long is it since this befel him? from his infancy, said the father. it has frequently thrown him into the fire, and into the water, to the hazard of his life; if therefore you can do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said to him, provided you can believe, there is nothing but what may be effected for those that believe. immediately the child's father cryed out with tears, I do believe, oh supply the defect of my faith. Jesus observing the people came crowding to him, rebuked the evil spirit, saying, thou dumb and deaf spirit come out of the child, never to enter more, it is I command it. and the spirit came out of him, having made him roar, and thrown him into such agonies, that he became like one that was dead, and many were of opinion he actually was so. but Jesus taking him by the hand, raised him up, and he was perfectly recovered. now when Jesus was retired to his own house, his disciples asked him in private, why could not we cast this spirit out? Jesus answered, such a miracle is not effected but by prayer and fasting.

The next day, when they were come down from the mountain, a multitude of people happen'd to meet him: when one of the company cry'd out, master, I beseech you, cast your eyes upon my son, for he is my only child: he is frequently seized by a spirit, which makes him immediately roar, then throws him into convulsions with foaming, and never leaves him, but with difficulty and bruises. read more.
I desired your disciples to cast out this spirit; but they were not able. then said Jesus, O incredulous, and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? bring hither your son. as the child was advancing, the demon threw him down, into convulsions: but Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, cured the child, and delivered him to his father. and all the people were astonished at such an instance of divine power: and as they were admiring whatever Jesus did, he said to his disciples,


Now after the Lord had convers'd with them, he was assum'd up to heaven, where he sat on the right hand of God. as for the disciples, they went and preached the gospel in all parts: the Lord co-operating with them, and confirming their doctrine by the miracles that accompany'd it.

At length he led them out as far as Bethany; and stretching out his hands, he gave them his benediction. and while he was blessing them, he was taken from them, and carried up into heaven. and they worship'd him, and with great joy return'd to Jerusalem, read more.
where they daily praised and blessed God in the temple.

After this discourse, while they beheld, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. and as they were looking stedfastly toward heaven, as he mounted up, on a sudden, two men appear'd before them robed in white, who said, "ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up to heaven? this same Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall descend in the same manner as ye have seen him ascend thither." read more.
then they returned to Jerusalem, from the mountain of olives, which is a sabbath-day's journey from it.


Then Jesus address'd himself to them in this parabolical manner. a certain person planted a vineyard, made a fence about it, clear'd the way for a wine-press, built a tower, and committed it to the care of vine-dressers, while he was travelling abroad. at the time of vintage he sent his servant to the vine-dressers to receive the profits of his vineyard. but they seized on him, and beat him, and sent him home empty. read more.
after this he sent another servant to them, him they assaulted with stones and cudgels, and sent him back with contempt. then he sent another, whom they killed: and of several more, some they beat, some they killed. at last, having one only son, whom he loved, he sent him to them; surely, said he, they will reverence my son. but these husbandmen said to one another, this is the heir, come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be our own. so they seized upon him, and dragg'd him out of the vineyard, and killed him. now what will the master of the vineyard do? on his return, said they, he will destroy those vine-dressers, and give his vineyard to others. have you not read, said he, this passage of scripture, "the stone which the builders rejected, is become the principal stone of the angle. it is the Lord, that has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes." then they contriv'd how they might seize him, for they perceived, that he applied the parable to them; but for fear of the people they left him, and went away.

Hear another parable: a certain landlord planted a vineyard, hedged it round, set up a wine-press in it, and built a tower, then lett it out to tenants, and went into a foreign country. and when the fruit-season came on, he sent his servants to the tenants, to receive the fruits of it. but they seiz'd his servants, beat some, killed one, and stoned another. read more.
then he sent a greater number of servants, than at first: who met with the same treatment. but last of all, he sent his son, saying, they will reverence my son. but when the tenants saw the son, they said among themselves, this is the heir, come, let us kill him, and then seize on his inheritance. so seizing upon him, they turn'd him out of the vineyard, and slew him. when the master therefore of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants? they answered, he will give those wretches no quarter, and will let out his vineyard to such as shall duly account for the profits thereof. Jesus reply'd, did ye never read in the scriptures, " that very stone which the builders rejected, is become the principal stone of the angle, this the Lord effected, and it is marvellous in our eyes." wherefore I declare to you, the gospel dispensation shall be taken from you, and given to a nation that shall make a proper use thereof. and whosoever shall stumble at this stone, shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, he shall be entirely crush'd. When the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he meant them. and they endeavoured to seize him, but were afraid of the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

Then he propos'd this parable to the people, a man planted a vineyard, let it out to husbandmen, and then went a travelling for some time. at vintage, he sent a servant to the husbandmen, to demand the profits of the vineyard. but they beat him and sent him away empty. again he sent another servant, him they likewise beat, insulted, and sent away empty. read more.
he still sent a third, whom they wounded and drove away. upon which the master of the vineyard said, what shall I do? I will send my beloved son: perhaps his presence will engage their respect. but when the husbandmen saw him, they said to one another, this is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be our own. so they kill'd him, and threw him out of the vineyard. what punishment now will the master inflict upon them? he will come and destroy these husbandmen, and give his vineyard to others. but they, taking the hint, cried out, God forbid. then Jesus looking upon them, said, what is the meaning then of that expression, "the stone, which the builders rejected, is become the chief stone of the angle." whoever falls upon that stone shall be bruised, but on whom it falls, it will crush him to pieces. The chief priests, and the Scribes perceiving that he had applied this parable to them, were eager to seize upon him at that very time; but they were afraid of the people.


Jesus answered them, is it not written in your law, "I said ye are Gods?" if the law stiles them Gods, who received the orders of God, and if the scripture is of any authortiy, how can you say that I blaspheme, I whom the father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, because I said I am the son of God? read more.
if I do not the works of my father, believe 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.

Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man can come to the father, but by me. if you had known me, you would likewise have known my father: and from henceforth you shall know him, nay, you have seen him. Philip said to him, Lord shew us the father, and we are satisfied. read more.
Jesus said to him, have I been with you so long, and don't you know me yet? Philip, he that hath seen me, hath seen the father; why then do you say, shew us the father? don't you believe that I am in the father, and the father in me? the words that I speak unto you, I speak indeed, tho' not from my self; but as to the works, the father, who dwells in me, he is the agent. believe me, I am in the father, and the father in me: at least believe me upon account of the very works.

Jesus having said this, lift up his eyes to heaven, and said, "father, the hour is come; glorify thy son, that thy son also may glorify thee. for thou hast given him power over all men, that he might give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. and this is life eternal, to acknowledge thee to be the only true God, and Jesus to be the Messiah whom thou hast sent. read more.
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. and now, O father, glorify me in heaven, with the glory which I had before the creation of the world. I have displayed thy name among those whom you have chosen out of the world for me: thine they were, and you gave them me; and they have kept thy word. now they believe that the instructions you gave me came from thee. for I have given to them the instructions which you gave me; and they have received them; and have sincerely believ'd that I came from thee, and are persuaded that thou didst send me. "It is for them I pray: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me, because they are thine. for every thing that is mine is thine, and what is thine is mine, and I am glorified by them. and now I shall be no more in the world, but they will be in the world, when I am come to thee. holy father keep them by that authority, with which thou hast invested me, that they may be one, as we are. by your authority I have kept them, during my being with them in the world: those that you gave me I have kept, and not one of them is lost, except the son of perdition: according as the scripture foretold. now that I am coming to thee, while I am here, I make these requests for them, that their joy in me may be compleat. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not pray you to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the malignity of it. they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. sanctify them by the truth: thy word is truth. as thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. and for their sakes I consecrate myself, that they also might be consecrated by the truth. neither pray I for these alone, but for those also who shall believe on me through their preaching. that they all may be one, as thou, father, art in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. and the glory which thou gavest me, I have given them: that they may be one, even as we are one. I in them, and thou in me, that they may have a perfect union, and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.




for no man hath penetrated into the secrets of heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the son of man, who is in heaven.



is not this the carpenter's son? is not Mary his mother? and James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas, are they not his brothers?

is not he the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joses, of Juda and Simon? are not these his sisters, who are here with us? and they were scandalized at him.

have not we the liberty to take a christian woman with us in our travels, as well as the rest of the apostles, as the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas did?

but other of the apostles saw I none, except James the Lord's brother.


When a woman, who had been troubled with an hemorrhage twelve years, came behind him, and touch'd the hem of his garment. for she said within her self, if I do but touch his garment, I shall be cured: but Jesus turned about, and looking upon her, said, daughter lay aside your fears, thy faith hath cured thee: and the woman was cured from that instant.

Now there was a woman, who had been affected with an hemorrhage twelve years: having suffered much from several physicians, she had spent all her fortune, and instead of being any thing the better, she rather grew worse. but having heard of Jesus; she came behind him in the crowd, and touched his garment. read more.
for said she, if I do but touch his clothes, I shall be cured. and immediately the source of her disorder was dried up: and she sensibly perceived she was healed of that indisposition. Jesus conscious of the influence he had exerted, immediately turned towards the crowd, and said, who touched my clothes? his disciples replied, you see the multitude press about you, and do you ask, who touched you? however, he looked about to see who it was. then the woman, conscious of what had been effected in her, came trembling with fear, and falling down before him, confess'd the whole truth. and he said to her, daughter, thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace, entirely freed from your indisposition.