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be esteemed as if he received me : And he that receives me, shall be accepted as if he had heard and obeyed the Words of God himself.
41. He that receives a 41 He that receia Preacher of Righteousness, veth a prophet in
the name of a promerely upon the account of
phet, shall receive a his bearing that Character, prophets reward; and without any temporal Con- he that receiveth a sideration; and Mall enter- righteous man, in the
name of a righteous tain, and encourage, and as
man, shall receive a fist him; shall be look'd up- righteous mans reon to have an Interest both ward. in his Work and in his Re: ward. And he that Thall entertain a righteous Mans merely upon the account of his being a righteous Man, without any other Consideration ; shall be entitled to a share of his Reward: 42. And whosoever shall
42 And whoso do any the smallest kindness, ever shall give to
drink unto one of or give any the least afsi- these little ones, a stance, to the meanest of my cup of cold water Disciples, merely upon ac- only, in the name of count of his being a Disciple, say unto you, he shall without any worldly Confi- in no wise lose his derations ; Assuredly I tell reward. you, he shall by no means go unrewarded.
CH A P.
C H A P. XI.
AND it came to HEN Jesus had pass, when Jesus
thus instructed had made an end of commanding his his Apostles, and sent them twelve disciples, he forth to preach the Gospel , departed thence to
he departed, and travelled teach and to preach himself through many Ciin their cities.
ties of the Jews, teaching and instructing the Peoplė, and confirming his Doctrine with Signs and Mira
cles. 2 Now when John
2. The report of which had heard in the pri- Miracles spreading over all son the works of the Country, came also at Christ, he sent two of his disciples.
length to the Ears of John the Baptist , whom Herod for, his freedom in reproving his Faults had shut up in Prison : But his Disciples were admitted to come to him in the Prison, and they acquainted him with the Fame of Jesus's Miracles. Whereupon John sent two of thein to Jesus.
3. And bad them * ask 3 And said unto him, Whether He were in him, Art thou he that
should come, or do deed the expected Messias,
we look for another? or whether they should look for another. 4 Jesus, upon their ask
4 Jesus answered ing this Question, wrought and said unto them, immediately several Miracles Go and shew John a
gain those things before their face, and then which ye do hear bid them judge what he and see : was by his Works; Go, saith he, and tell John what things ye have not only heard, but also seen with your Eyes.
5. "Tell him that the 5 The blind reBlind receive their fight; the lame walk, the
ceive their fight and that the Lame walk; that the lepers are cleansed, Leprous Persons are clean- and the deaf hear, sed; that the Deaf hear the dead are raised that the Dead are raised z have
up, and the poor
the gospel and that poor, and meek, preached to them. and humble Men, have the glad tidings of Salvation preached unto them.
Tis probable Fohn did this, not so much that he doubted himself of Christ's being the Meffias, but to satisfie his Dutciples, who it seems had some small æmulation against Jesus and his Disciples, as may be gathered from Matth. 9. 14.
6 And blessed is 6. And bletled is he, whohe whosoever shall foever shall not be ashamed not be offended in of my Doctrine, or t dil
, couraged by any temporal
Evils from obeying it. 7 And as they 7 T With this Answer departed, Jesus began the Disciples returned to to say unto the mulo John : And when they were John, What went ye gone, Jesus took occasion out into the wilder to speak to the People connessto see? A reed cerning John ; and he said, fhaken with wind?
What was it that ye went out into the Wilderness unto John to see ? I presume it was not for nothing, and in mere trifling, that ye went out in such Multi
tudes. 8 But what went 8. What was it then, ye out for to see ?
that ye went out to see A man clothed in
Was it in expectation of soft raiment ? behold, they that wear
of feeing some great Person, soft clothing, are in finely clothed, and appearing kings houses.
in great delicacy and fplendor? No; The Wilderness was not a proper place, to expect such a Sight as that in.
Thus the word orandrerile des signifies in other places, and most evidently, Matth. 13.21.
9. What then was it that 9 But what went Je went out to fee? Was it ye out for to see? A in hopes to see a Prophet? unto you, and more
prophet? yea, I say Yea verily, and a Prophet it then a prophet. was that ye did see, and a much greater one too, than any of the Proph:ts that went Before him. 10. For this was he, of
10 For this is he whom the Prophet Malachi of whom it is writ
ten, Behold, I send foretold, that he should be my messenger before fent as a Forerunner , to thy face, which shall make ready the Way for prepare thy way be
fore thee. the coming of the Messias, and to prepare Mens Hearts for the reception of the Gospel. II. Assuredly I tell you,
11 Verily I say
unto you, among that of all the Prophets and
them that are born holy Men, that ever yet ap- of women,there hath peared upon the face of the not risen a greater Earth, there never was any tist: 'notwithftand
then John the Bapequal to John the Baptist ; ing, he that is leaft nevertheless, the meanest in the kingdom of Pitacher of the Gospel in heaven, is greater
then he, the Kingdom of the Messiah, has a greater and more excellent Office and Ministry than he. 12. 'Twas John the Bapa
12 And from the tist that first declared open- days of John the ly the coming of the Meffi- Baptift, until now, ah, and preached publickly
the kingdom of heaven suffereth vio