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apart to pray :* and when the evening was 24 come, he was there alone. But the ship was
now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: 25 for the mind was contrary : and in the fourth
watch of the night, Jesus went unto them, 26 walking on the sea. And when the disciples
saw him walking on the sea, they were
troubled, saying, It is a spirit: and they cried 27 out for fear. But immediately Jesus spake
unto them, saying, Be of good cheer : It 28 is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered
him, and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me 29 come unto thee on the water. And he said,
Come. And when Peter was come down out
of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to 30 Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous,
he was afraid ; and beginning to sink, he cried, 31 saying, Lord, save me.t And immediately
Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him,
and said unto him, I thou of little faith, 32 wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they
were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33 Then they that were in the ship came and
worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the
Son of God. 34 And when they were gone over, they came 35 into the land of Gennesareth. And when the
men of that place had knowledge of him, they
sent out into all that country round about, and 36 brought unto him all that were diseased ; and
We often read of Christ's seeking retirement for the purpose of prayer.
† A most astonishing miracle. Well might they whe saw it, exclaim of a truth, thou art the son of God,
bcsought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as inany as touched were made perfectly whole.
1 Then the scribes and Pharisees of Jerusalem 2 came to Jesus, saying, Why do thy disci.
ples transgress the tradition of thc elders ?
for they wash not their hands when they eat 3 bread. * But he answered and said unto them,
Why do ye also transgress the commandment 4 of God by your tradition?t For God com:
manded, saying, Honor thy father and thy mother: and, he that revileth father or mother, 5 let him die the death. But ye say, Whoso
ever shall say to his father or his mother, Whatever I have which might be profitable to 6 thee is a gift devoted to God ;/ and honor
not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the com
mandment of God of none effect by your 7 tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did 'Isaiah
of God or ye made the shall
* The disciples of Jesus disregarded merely the tradition or ceremony of the Jewish Rabbins : But these transgressed even the positive command of God.
+ Our Lord seldom disputed with the Jews. He rather declined occasions for it. But sometimes, as in this case, He showed them the impropriety of their construction of the law, and in the presence of the people, pointed out the evil tendency of their traditions.
# Corban signifies a gift devoted to religious use. And the Pharisees taught that a child, who should devote or pretend to devote its gains or property, should be free of all obligation to support its pareats.
Hear, and under defileth a mathis defil
& prophesy of you, saying, This people
draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and
honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is 9 far from me: and in vain they do worship me,
teaching for doctrines the commandments of
men. 10 And he called the multitude, and said unto Il them, Hear, and understand. Not that which • goeth into the mouth defileth a man : but that
which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth 12 a man. Then came his disciples, and said
unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees
were offended after they heard this saying? 13 But he answered and said, Every plant which
my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be 14 rooted up. Let them alone : they are blind
leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead 15 the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Then
answered Peter, and said unto him, Explain 16 unto us this parable. And Jesus said, Are ye 17 also yet without understanding? Do not ye
yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at
the mouth, goeth into the belly, and is cast out 18 into the draught ? but those things which pro
ceed out of the mouth, come forth from the 19 heart and they defile the man. For out of the
heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulte
ries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blas20 phemies. These are the things which defile a
man : but to eat with unwashen bands, defileth not a man.*
* In the gospel, there is nothing like superstition ; but the most sublime and rational morality.
21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into 22 the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold,
a woman of Canaan* came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David : my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples
came and besought him, saying, Send her 24 away, for she crieth after us. But he answered
and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep 25 of the house of Israel. Then she came and 26 worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But
he answered aud said, It is not meet to take
the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord : yet the dogs eat
of the crumbs which fall from their master's 28 table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her,
O woman, great is thy faith : be it unto thee,
even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made 29 whole from that very hour.t And Jesus de
parted from thence, and came nigh unto the
sea of Galilee: and went up into a mountain, 30 and sat down there. And great multitudes
came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many
others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet: and 31 he healed them : insomuch that the multitude
* Our Lord preached only to the Jews ; nor did his aposties go to the Gentile word, until after several years preaching to their own countrymen from the death of Christ. This woman was not a Jewess, though she inhabited a country bordering on Judea, and was no doubt acquainted with the Jewish scriptures which predicted the coming of the Messiah.
+ See Mark, vji. 25.
34 We have lisciples say lest they fail will not
wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of
Israel. * 32 Then Jesus called his disciples unto him,
and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat : and I will not send
them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. 33 And his disciples say unto him, Whence should
we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to 34 fill so great a multitude ? And Jesus saith unto
them, How many loaves have ye? And they 35 said, Seven, and a few little fishes. And he
commanded the multitude to sit down on the 36 ground. And he took the seven loaves and
the fishes, and gave thanks to God, and brake
them, and gave to his disciples, and the disci. 37 ples to the multitude. And they did all eat,
and were filled : and they took up of the broken 38 meat that was left seven baskets full. And they
who did eat, were four thousand men, beside 39 women and children. And he sent away the
multitude, and took ship: and came into the coasts of Magdala.
THE Pharisees also with the Sadducees caic, and tempting him, desired that he would shew Who had raised up for them a great Prophet and at