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Chapter Verse renes) there met him two, poffefsed with

devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding ' fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. " And behold they cried out, saying-What have "we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God?

Art thou come hither to torment us before the

time?' Whether this was said by the men or by the devils, is not clear by Matthew's account. Mark's differs greatly; he says—' And when he ' was come out of the ship, immediately there ' met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean

spirit. Here we have but one man, and one devil. A most outrageous one: he brake his chains and fetters often : cut himself with stones, and cried night and day in the tombs or mountains. ' But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, and cried with a loud voice

and said—What have I to do with thee Jesus, • thou son of the most high God.' (A knowing devil, and does not pray amiss.) ' I adjure thee 6 by God, that thou torment me not. For he

said unto him, come out of the man, thou uno clean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy ! name? And he answered saying—My name

is Legion : for we are many. And he be" sought him much that he would not send "them away out of the country.' (This, I suppose, was the great, or master devil, with young ones in his belly who soon join in the request.) "Now there was nigh unto the mountains, a

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besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, • that we may enter into them. And forth with • Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean fpi

rits went out (of the man) and entered into the s swine. And the herd ran violently down a steep s place into the sea ; they were about two thousand, " and were choked in the sea.' Luke says And they (the devils) besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. A herd of swine being on the mountains; the devils haying obtained his permission to enter into them, did fo : ' and the herd ran violently down a steep

place into the lake, and were choked. By this account it is plain the devils were deceived ; but whether it was effected by the supernatural power of Jesus, or the natural perverseness of the pigs, is not fo clear. Nor are we informed by Mat thew, Mark, or Luke, if the devils were choked with the pigs, or escaped half drowned. John takes not the least notice of the devils or the pigs. Matthew says not what became of the two outrageous men, after they were dispossessed. Mark and Luke clothe their man, make him a very or derly fellow, and introduce him, requesting Jesus that he might follow him ; but he is, very properly, fent home to his friends. When this transaction was reported in the city by the swinekeepers, all the inhabitants came forth and were joined by those of the adjacent country : this

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Chapter Verse produced a general and united request to Jesus

that he would depart out of their coasts. This he complied with immediately ; and, we may sup

pose, in silence, as nothing is added but that ix. i ' he entered into a ship, and passed over, and

- came into his own city. Here they brought

him a man fick of the palsy ; to whom he said, 2. Son, be of good cheer : thy sins be forgiven

thee.' This being the first time Jesus had mentioned his power to forgive fins in this world ;

certain scribes who were present, faid within 3 themselves— This man blasphemeth. And • Jesus knowing their thoughts, (by comparing

this and part of the story in page 36, we Thall • find that Jesus, though he knew the thoughts

r of men, did not know even the names of de4! vils) said, Wherefore think ye evil in your s' hearts ? For whether is it easier to say, thy fins

be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk ?

(there is some obscurity in this question) but 6! that ye may know that the Son of Man hath

power on earth to forgive fins, then faith he to '7' the sick of the palsy, Arise, take up thy bed, L' and go unto thine house : and he arose and de8 parted to his house. But when the multitude

saw it; they marvelled, and glorified God, who

had given such power unto men. It is plain, from this, they did not think he was a God; or the Son of God: but that he was, what he called himself, the Son of Man...

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Neither Mark, Luke, or John, record this Chapter Verse transaction; but in lieu of it, the two first give us two miracles : healing a bloody issue, and restoring life to a child. These, in the order of time and place, clash with that of Matthew's already recorded. Turning accidentally again to Matthew I find these are recorded by him, but are preceded by other matter more material to him.' self, and to which I will return :- And as Jesus ;v

ix. 9 passed forth from thence he saw a man named Matthew fitting at the receipt of custom : « and he faith unto him, Follow me. And he o arose and followed him. (From hence, it is ' evident that St. Matthew was not a witness to

the doctrine preached or the miracles per• formed by Jesus, previous to this time.) And it

came to pass as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold many publicans and sinners came and I sat down with him and his disciples. The Pharisees mentioned to him the impropriety of this, and Jesus replies— They that be whole 6 need not a physician, but they that are fick, "Go ye and learn what that meaneth I will ' have mercy, and not facrifice : for I am not ! come to call the righteous, but sinners 10 repentance, (It might have been added—not the

rich or learned; but the poor and ignorant.) “ Then came to him the disciples of John, fay 'ing—Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, bụt (thy disciples fast not?' He tells them, the chilD4

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Chapter Verse dren of the bride-chamber, mourn not whilst the

bride-groom is with them; but when he should be taken from them, then would they fast. Here two similies are adduced, very like some of Matthew's propheciacal quotations ; and very like some of Sancho's proverbs; that is to say-very

little to the purpose. Matthew proceeds—And !ix. 18' while he spake these things unto them, behold

there came a certain ruler, and worshipped • him. (I am inclined to think the word worship, ' in this and many other places, ought to have 'been intreat) saying—My daughter'is even now

dead, but come and lay thy hand upon her, r and she shall live. (Mark has it-My little • daughter lieth at the point of death.' Luke says

:-one only daughter, about twelve years of 19' age, and the lay a llying.) And Jesus arose, and 20" followed him, and so did his disciples. And

behold, a woman which was diseased with an is' sue of blood twelve years (Mark adds-and

had suffered many things of many physicians ; ' and had spent all that she had, and was no

thing bettered, but rather grew worse.') Luke, probably from experience, but however honestly fays— She had spent all her living upon phy“sicians, neither could be healed of any.') came

behind him, and touched the hem of his garment. 21 For she said within herself— If I may but 22 touch his garment, I shall be whole. But • Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her,

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