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spirit into the wilSpirit of God retired into derness, to be temthe Wilderness, to prepare pted of the devil. himself for his Ministry by Prayer and Fafting, and to resift and vanquish the temptations of the Devil.

2. In this place he continued fasting for forty days had fafted forty days

and forty nights, he and forty nights together,

afterward as Mofes and Elias, the two hungred. great Prophets under the Law,had done, after which he grew hungry:

3. Upon this Occasion, 3 And when the the Devil hoping to prevail the tempter came to upon him through the in- him, he faid, If thou

be the Son of God, firmity of his Body, to do command that these somewhat that might ar- stones made gue fome distrust in his bread. Mind concerning the Providence of God, assaults him with his first Temptation; saying, If you are indeed the Son of God, make proof now of your Power, to your own Relief, and

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be turned into Bread. 4 But he answer 4 But Jesus answered; ed and said , It is Tis not by mere Bread, (as written,

Man shall not live by bread a

the Scripture {aith , Deut.. lone, but by every 3.) that the Life of Man word that proceed is sustained, but by the Proeth out of the mouth vidence and the Blessing of of God.

God. 5 Then the devil 5. This Temptation faitaketh him up intó ling; the Devil carries him the holy city, and into Jerusalem, and placeth setteth him on a pin- him upon the edge of the nacle of the temple, Battlements of the Tem

ple; 5 And faith unto 6. And faith , If you be him, If thou be the the Son of God, throw your Son of God, caft thy self down now, and try if self down : "for it is written He shall God will miraculously pregive angels serve you ; For if you

be charge concerning indeed the Son of God, you thee, and in their hands they shall bear have a Promise in Scripture thee up, left at any (Psalm 91. 11..) that he time thou dash thy shall give his Angels charge foot against a ftone. concerning thee, and in their

hands they shall bear thee up, left at any time thou dash thy

foot against a stone. 7. Jesus said unto ! 7 But Jesus answered ; him, It, is written a Again the Scripture faith, gain, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord (Deut: 6. 16.). Thou shalt not thy God.

tempt the Lord thy God. In present Dangers we are to

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rely upon God; but we must not wilfully throw our selves into Danger, on purpose to tempt his Power or Goodness to work a Miracle to preserve us.

8. This temptation like 8 Again, the dewise failing; the Devil re

vil taketh him up

into an exceeding folves to make one trial high mountain, and more ; and carrying him fheweth him all the

the up into an exceeding high kingdoms of Mountain, he at once made world, and the glory to him a representation of all the Kingdoms of the World, in their greatest splendor and glory , 3. And faith, All thefe

9 And faith unto things will I give you ; you him, All these things Thall have all the Riches, will I give thee, if and Honour, and Pleasure, and worship me. that the whole World can afford; if you will but pay me an acknowledgment and worship me.

10. But Jesus answered 10 Then faith Jewith Indignation ; Depart fus unto him, Get from me, Satan; For the thee hence, Satan :

for it is written, Scripture faith (Deut. 6.13) Thou shalt worship Thou shalt worship the Lord the Lord thy God, thy God, and him only shalt and him only shalt

thou serve. thou serve.

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11. The Devil being thus vil leaveth him, and thrice disappointed and bafand miniftred unto fled, and despairing to fuchim.

ceed in any other Tempta. tions, departed from Jefus : And good Angels came and ministred unto him, rejoycing at his Victory, comforting him after his Trial, and refreshing him after his long Fast.

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12 į Now when 12. ( After these things, Jesus had heard that Jesus hearing that John the John was cast into Baptist was cast into Prisori prilon, he departed into Galilee,

by Herod, retired into Ga. 13' And leaving 13. And leaving NazaNazareth, he came reth, he came and dwelt in and dwelt in Caper Gapernaum, a City of great the sea-coast

, in the resort near the Lake of borders of Zabulon Tiberias on

the Borand Nephthalim: ders of Zabulon and Neph

. 14 That it might 1 14. Where by his grabe fulfilled which cious presence and continuwas spoken by Eraias

ance among them, was rethe prophet, saying,

markably fulfilled that Pro. phecy of Efaiah, ( Ifai. 9. 1.) i

15. The dimnefs shall be 15 The land of Zabulon, and the land no more, as in the time of of Nephthalim,by the her vexation. But as at the

firft he f made contemptible way of the sea beyond the Land of Zebulun and Jordan , Galilee of

the Gentiles: the Land of Naphtali : So afterwards he shall make them * glorious ; even by the way of the Sea beyond Jordan , Galilee of the Gentiles. :16. The People which . sat

16 The people

which fat in darkin Darkness, Saw great Light; ness, faw great light: and to them which fat in the and to them which Region and Shadow of Death, fat in the region and

shadow of death,light Light is Sprung up.

is sprung up. 17. From this time Jesus

17 (From that began his Ministry, preach- time Jeļus began to ing to the People that they preach, and to say, should repent and reform Repent, for the king

dom of heaven is at their Lives; for that now God was about to establish the Kingdom of the Melliah, and to make his last dispensation or discovery of his Will to Mankind; wherein no external or ceremonial Performances, but only Faith and true Repentance and sincerely renewed Obe

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t: *. So Mr. Mede most truly renders the words 527 and on. I have added also the first words of the Verle, which perhaps he needed not to have rejected to the foregeing Chapter.

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