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throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.

40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.

41 f'And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:

42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.

43 C And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,

44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort : thy faith hath made thee whole : go in peace.

49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.

50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not : believe only, and she shall be made whole.

51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.

j Matt. ix. 18. Verse 41. Then came a man, named Jai- maining part of this chapter, see the notes rus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. on Matt. ix. 18—26, and on Mark v. -On the miracles recorded in the re


52 And all wept and bewailed her : but he said, Weep not ; she is not dead, but sleepeth.

53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.

54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.

55 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.

56 And her parents were astonished : but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.


i Christ sendeth his apostles to work miracles, and to preach. 7 Herod desired to

see Christ. 17 Christ feedeth five thousand : 18 inquireth what opinion the world had of him : foretelleth his passion : 23 proposeth to all the pattern of his patience: 28 The transfiguration. 37 he healeth the lunatick : 43 again forewarneth his disciples of his passion : 46 commendeth humility : 51 biddeth them to shew mildness towards all, without desire of revenge. 57 Divers would follow him, but upon conditions.

| Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.

4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.

5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.

6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

7 T Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done

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CHAPTER IX. Verse 1. Then he called Verse 7. Herod the tetrarch.-See his twelve disciples.-See notes on the notes on Matt. xiv. 1, &c., and Mark whole of Matt. x

vi. 20.

by him : and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead;

8 And of some, that Elias had appeared ; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.

9 And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things ? And he desired to see him.

10 | And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. : 11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.

12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals : for we are here in a desert place. 13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat.

And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.

c Matt. xiv. 13.

d Matt. xiv. 15.

Verse 11. And he received them.-All sand, see the notes on Matt. xiv. 15—29, the evangelists speak of the kindness and and Mark vi. 35. St. John informs us compassion with which our Lord treated that this miracle was wrought when the these eager multitudes who followed hiin passorer was nigh. This explains the into the desert, to hear his words and to reason why so great a concourse of see his miracles; and to describe this they people were passing through Capernaum use various expressive phrases. Matthew at the time, and appear to have flocked to says that “ he was moved with compassion him in such numbers, that he found towards them.” St. Mark heightens this it necessary to retire; and that fire by adding, “because they were as sheep thousand should follow him into the having no shepherd ;” they had no spi. desert, when it was ascertained in what ritual guides : and St. Luke completes part he was. At this season all the this picture of the benignity and mercy great roads were crowded with people of him who pitied their destitution, and, going up to Jerusalem; and Josephus as the good shepherd, took these thou- states that the number of persons who sands of the lost sheep of the house of were present at one of these festivals was Israel under his gracious charge. They reported to Nero to have been upwards had indeed intruded upon his solitude; of two millions and a half, collected from but he received them, and spake unto them all parts. The officer who made the calof the kingdom of God, and healed them culation reckoned ten persons to each that had need of healing.

passover lamb. On the miracle of feeding the fire thou

14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.

15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.

16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.

17 And they did eat, and were all filled : and there was taken


of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets. 18And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him : and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am ?

19 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.

20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am ? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing;

22 Saying, 'The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

23 & And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

25 h For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.

27 ' But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here,

e Matt. xvi. 13

f Matt. xvii. 12.
i Matt. x. 33.

g Matt. x. 38. h Matt, xvi. 26; Mark viii. 36.

į Matt. xvi. 28.

Verses 18–27. Whom say the people Baptist, 8c.—See the notes on Matt. that I am ? They answering said, John the xvi. 13-28.

which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up

into a mountain to pray.

29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias :

31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

* Or, things.

k Matt. xvii. 1.


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Verse 29. And as he prayed, the fashion sufficient reason. To depart from life is of his countenance. See the notes on the common lot; but to fulfil his decease Matt. xvii. 1, &c.

or departure from the world was peculiar Verse 31. Who appeared in glory, and to Christ, because his death was the grand spake of his decease. This interesting cir- subject of prophecy, the event upon which cumstance is added by St. Luke. Be- the salvation of the world was suspended, cause etogos, rendered here decease, in and the accomplishment of which estaclassical writers means a military expedic blished for ever the plan of our redemption, a going out to war, some interpreters tion. With this event Moses and Elias, have indulged the fancy that the subject like the other prophets, had been familiar of conversation among these exalted per- whilst upon earth : the former had set sonages was Christ's going forth as it up types of it; and the latter, as a spiritual were to battle against the rebellious Jews, man and the great restorer of the law, and destroying Jerusalem. But in addi- well enough understood their import. tion to the critical reasons against this in- The grand doctrine, Without shedding terpretation, the word is familiarly used of blood there is no remission,” was held by the lellenists for death, as exitus and by them all; and their faith had looked excessus by the Latins; and, as it has beyond the blood of lambs and goats been well remarked, was one of those which flowed from their typical altars. terms which handed down the tradition In that faith which rested solely upon the of the immortality of the soul; death not merit of the lamb which “God should being the termination of being, but A DE- provide for a burnt offering” they died; PARTURE only into another state. “When and now the shedding of the blood of the dead is at rest,” says the author of Christ, the true propitiation, was about Ecclus., xxxviii. 23, “ let his remembrance to confirm them and all the glorified in rest, and be comforted for him, ev etoda their title to those realms of light into avevualos aulov, in the departure of his spi- which they had been admitted in anticirit.” St. Peter also uses the same word, pation of Christ's sacrifice, as well as to * That ye may be able after my decease, open the same gate of salvation to future etodov, to have these things always in re- ages. Who then can wonder, when such membrance.” The phrase, to accomplish consequences depended upon the accomor fulfil a death or departure from the plishment of the predicted death of our world, gives a strong peculiarity to the Lord, that this should be the subject of passage before us.

No parallel phrase to their converse ? the intention of which express death is to be found in profano was not, as some have dreamed, to preor sacred writers; and for this there is pare our Lord's mind for his sufferings;

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