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lence, and the vio- God's Design of accepting lent take it by force. Repentance as the Conditi
on of the Gospel-Salvation : And from that tiine forwards all sorts of People, not only Jews, but even Gentiles also, and Publicans, and the greatest Sinners, have pressed in to hear this gracious Doctrine, and to accept the Terms of Repen
tance and Forgiveness. 13 For all the 13. For till the time of prophets, and the John, Men had only the law prophesied until John.
Guidance and Direction of the Law and the Prophets; but since that time, the Gospel hath been begun to be
published to the World. 14 And if ye will 14. And if ye will bear receive it, this is E- that I should tell you the lias which was for to
Truth, this John is the Person whom the Prophets foretold should appear in the Power and Spirit of Elias, to prepare the Way for the coming of the Mel
siah. 15 He that hath
15. Whoever is desirous ears to hear, let him or willing to be taught and hear.
instructed, let him observe what I say.
16. But the Men of this 16 . But where Generation are perverse and unto thall I liken obstinate ; and whatever we is like unto children
this generation ? It fay or do, they will be sure fitting in the marto interpret crolly and per- kets, and calling unversly. No Arguments can
to their fellows, persuade them to hearken to Instruction, and no manner of Behaviour can remove their Prejudices against us : But they are just like Children in a froward and
pevish humour. 17. For as Children in
17 And saying, such an humour, do every We have piped unto thing just contrary to what you, and ye have
not danced: we have their Companions desire and mourned into you, expect ; If others laugh and and ye have not laplay, they will be sad and mented. sullen ; if others be forrowful, they will laugh and mock : Even so the Men of this Generation cannot be wrought upon either by one way of Teaching, or another.
18. For John the Baptist, 18 For John came when he came to preach neither eating nor to them, came folitary in drinking, and they
say, He hath a devil, the Wilderness, with great Austerity and Severity of Life, with Fasting and Abftinence, with Mortification
and Self-denial : And they said, He is mad, and hath a
Devil. 19 The Son of
On the contrary, man came eating and Christ comes to them withdrinking, and they say, Behold, a man
out this Austerity, in a freer gluttonous and a way of Conversation : And wine-bibberga friend they call him a loose Perof publicans and fin-fon, a Glutton and a Winejuftified of her chil- drinker, and a Companion dren.
of the worst of Men. But when the
the perverseness of Men has said and done all that it can, Wisdom will still vindicate it self and
appear to be Wisdom,in whomfoever it be found, and in what manner foever it be
exercised. 20 ( Then began
20. | Then began Jehe to upbraid the cities wherein moft fus to upbraid the Cities of his mighty works wherein he had wrought were done, because most of his Miracles, for they repented not.
their invincible Obstinacy and Malice ; that though he had taught them such excellent Doctrine, and proved his Authority by such undeniable Miracles, yet they could not be persuaded to repent.
21. And he said, Wo un 21 Wo unto thee, to you the Inhabitants of Chorazin, wo untó Chorazin and Bethsaida : if the mighty works
thee, Bethsaida : for For if God had vouchsafed which were done in to Tyre and Sidon the same you, had been done demonstrations of his Power,
in Tyre' and Sidon, and the same offers of his pented long ago in
they would have reMercy, that he has graci- lackcloth and ashes. oufly been pleased to make unto you; they might long fince have repented in all Humility.
22. Therefore I tell you, 22 But I say unthe punishment of the In to you, It shall be habitants of Tyre and Sidon, Tyre and Sidon at
more tolerable for hall be more tolerable than the day of judgment, that which shall be inflicted then for you. upon you in the Day of Vengeance : Because ye have withstood greater Convictions, and rejected the offer's of greater Mercy.
23. And thou Capernaum, 23 And thou,Cawhich art now so great, pernaum, which art and flourishing, and proud fhalt be brought
exalted unto heaven, a City ; shalt be utterly de- down to hell: for if stroyed and brought to no the mighty works thing. For if God had which have been
done in thee, had done' the 'fame wonder
been done in Sudom, ful things in Sodom , that it would have rehe has done in thee, it mained until this might have repented and day. have escaped that dreadful
Vengeance which fell up
on it.. 24 But I say un 24. Therefore the overto you, that it shall throw of Sodom shall apbe more tolerable for the land of So- pear to have been more todom, in the day of lerable, than that dreadful judgment, then for destruction which shall be theę.
inflicted on the Inhabitants of Capernaum in the Day of Vengeance.
25 (At that time 25. After these things, Jefus answered and Jesus prayed, and said : 1 said, I thank thee,
return thee Thanks and Father, Lord of heaven and earth, be- Praise , 0 Father, the Alcause thou hast hid mighty Creator and All-wise these things from the Governor of the World ; for wife and prudent, that in the infinite Wisdom and hast revealed them unto babes. of thy Divine Providence
thou haft so ordered the Di. fpensations of thy Mercy, that the Mysteries of the Gospel and the Means of attaining eternal Happiness, are not so much understood and embraced by the cunning, politick and proud Men of this World, as by the modest and humble and
meek. 26 Even so Fa " 26. Most justly, O Father, ther,for so it seemed hast thou so disposed things: good in thy fight. For thus it became infinite