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in the wilderness, ner, as powerful Princes
and levelled before them, so
this Man was by his preach-
ception of the Gospel.
. all Humility, Holiness, and
common and meanest kind
was of the + coursest fort. fome un-
al diffeness of Repentance ; much People, both of Jerusalem the Sense. and of all Judea, came out
to him ; 6 And were bap
6. And they were bap-
their former Sins, and pro-
amendment of Life.
7. Now among the
ny of the Pharisees and Sad he faid unto them; duces, Men of great Pride, O generation of vivaluing themselves on their pers, who hath warn
to being descended from Abra- the wrath to come ? bam and the Patriarchs, and trusting in their strict observance of certain outward and ceremonial Rites of the Law: These Men John feverely reproved, saying; O ye perverse and hypocritical Generation of Men ; Think not that by being baptized by me, or by any other ritual or external Performance, you can escape the Wrath and Judgment of God.
8. But if ye will indeed 8 Bring forthi escape it, repent and forsake therefore fruits meet
for repentance. your Sins ; reform your Lives to the Obedience of God's Commands; and this do with such Humility and Conftancy, as may prove the Truth and Sincerity of your Repentance.
9 And do not imagine that you shall escape the
And think not
to say within your Wrath of God, by being felves, We have Athe Children of Abraham ; braham to our faFor if you imitate not his ther : for I say unto Faith and his Piety, God you, that God is a
ble of these stones to
raise up children un God will caft you off, and to Abraham.
adopt Men from among the Gentiles, or even raise Men out of the Stones of the Earth, (rather than fave you in your wickedness) who shall succeed in the Faith, and in the Obedience, and in the Bleffing of Alra.
bam. 10 And now also 10. Nor is there any more the ax is laid unto
time of delay. God is non the root of the trees:
about to offer the last Ditherefore every tree which bringeth not spenfation of Repentance forth good fruit is and Mercy : And if you do hewen down and cast into the fire.
not immediately repent and reform your Lives,
his Vengeance hangs over you as fruitless Trees ready to be cut down, and you shall be utterly and irrecovera.
bly destroyed. 11 I indeed bap II. And I indeed, as a tize you with water Sign to oblige you to rebut he that cometh pent and prepare your felves after me, is mightier for the coming of the Mefthen I, whose shoes I siah, do baptize you with am not worthy to Water. But when he himbear: he shall bap- felf thall
appear, who is so tize you with the holy Ghoft, and with far Superiour to me, as that fire.
I account not my self worthy to do the meanest Offices for him, he Thall bapG2
tise you with the powerful Influence of his Holy Spirit, whose appearance shall be as Fire, [ AEts 2. 3. ]
12. And he shall through 12 Whose fan is ly try the Spirits of Men, in his hand, and he
will throughly purge as when with a Fan one
his floor, and gaseparateth the Chaff from ther his wheat inthe Corn; and those who to the garner : but are sincere and good, he shall he will burn up the
chaff with unquenche preserve and reward ; but able fire. those who are wicked and incorrigible, he shall condemn to utter destruction, as the Chaff to the Fire.
13 | Thus John instru 13 ( Then Cocted those that were to be meth Jesus from Ga
lilee to Jordan unto baptized by him : And John, to be baptized while he was thus bapti. of him. zing, Jesus himself came down from Galilee to Jor. dan, to be baptized of him.
14. But John, knowing 14 But John forhim now by immediate re
bad him, saying, I velation to be the Person, tized of thee, and
have need to be bap† whom God by the Signal comeft thou to me?
* By this History of St.Mattbew, Fohn seems to have known Christ before he baptized him ; whereas in St. John, Christ feerns to have been first made known to him by the descent of the Holy Ghost after his Baptism. It is most probable, that God having before given Folon that Token to know Christ by, did upon Chrift's coming to be baptized, reveal to folin that this was the Person, upon whom he should prefently see the Signali
of the visible descent of the Holy Ghost would immediately discover to be the Meffiah, refused to baptize him, saying, It is much more fit that you should baptize
me, than I you. 15 And Jesus an 15 But Jesus faid to him ; fwering", said unto You shall baptize me nothim, Suffer it to be so now : for thus it withstanding : For thus God becometh us to ful hath appointed to initiate fil all righteousness
. me into my Ministry ; and Then he suffered thus it becomes us to give him.
an Example of doing all things decently and with order : Then John baptized
him. 16 And Jesus when 16. Jesus being thus bap
was baptized, tized, came up out of the went up ftraightway
Water and `immediately out of the water : and lo, the heavens Fobn saw the appointed Towere opened -unto ken : The Clouds opened, him, and he saw the and the Spirit of God deSpirit of God dea scending like a dove, scended like a Dove, and and lighting upon rested upon Jesus. him.
17. And with it a Voice 17 And lo, a voice
was heard out of Heaven, from heaven, saying, This is my beloved saying, This is
beloved Son, in whom I am Son, the Meffiab sent into well pleased.
the World to reveal the Will of God to mankind; him believe ye and obey.