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and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead: and, lo,

he will go before you into Galilee; there ye shall see him. 8 Lo, I have told you.” And they quickly went out of the

sepulchre, with fear and great joy; and ran to tell his dis9 ciples. And (as they went to tell his disciples",] lo, Jesus

met them, saying, “ Hail.” And they came near, and took 10 hold of his feet, and did him obeisance. Then saith Jesus

unto them, “ Fear not: go, tell my brethren, that they depart into Galilee; and there shall they see me.”

Now, as they were going, lo, some of the guard came into the city, and told the chief-priests all the things which 12 had been done. And when they had assembled with the

elders, and had taken counsel, they gave much money to 13 the soldiers, saying, “Tell the people, His disciples came 14 by night, and stole him away while we slept.' And if this

be heard of by the governor, we will prevail on him, and 15 render you secure.” So they took the money, and did as

they were taught: and this report is spread abroad among

the Jews until this day. 16 Afterward the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to a 17 mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when

they saw him, they did obeisance to him: but some had

doubted *. 18 And Jesus came near, and spake unto them, saying, “Allt 19 power is given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye

and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy spirit *; 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have com

1 “as they went to tell his disciples:" these words are omitted in many Mos. and versions, N. ; therefore, R.T.

* Or,

some doubted," i. e. while Jesus was at a distance, and till he came near enough to be distinctly seen and heard : ver. 18. See Bp. Pearce, Beza conjectured that instead of onde the true reading is ovos, “ nor did they doubt at all;" but this conjecture, though very plausible, is unsupported by manuscripts.

+ All is often used in a limited sense, as ch. xx. 23, shows it is here. Also in John xvi. 30. Comp. Mark xiii. 32. Christ's dominion was spiritual. Matt, xwv, 31; John xvii. 2; xviii, 36, 37. Sn.

manded you: and, lo, I am with you always to the end of the age +.”

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Amen, R. T.

* As a symbolical profession of that holy religion which originated with the Father, was taught by Christ, the son, that is, the servant and messenger of God, and confirmed by the gifts of the holy spirit. Some have called in question the genuineness of this verse, but perhaps without sufficient authority. It is, however, evident that it was not intended to prescribe an invariable formula in the ad. ministration of baptism, for the apostles themselves baptized simply into the name of Jesus. See Acts viii. 16; xix.5; x. 48. That the holy spirit is here named in connexion with the Father and the Son, is no proof that the spirit has a distinct personal existence. See Acts xx. 32 ; Eph. vi. 10. Much less can this phraseology be alleged as an argument that the three names express three divine and equal persons. See 1 Chron. xxix. 20. Some would render the passage, upon, or concerning, the name, &c. that is, receiving them to instruction upon these subjects. See Cappe's Dissertations.

+ To the end of the age, i. e, to the end of the Jewish dispensation; till the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple ;-—soon after which miraculous powers were withdrawn, and no personal appearances of Jesus Christ are recorded. See Bp. Pearce, Wakefield, &c.

The postscripts to Matthew's History are various, and of little authority, viz. “ The end of Matthew's gospel: which was written by him at Jerusalem (or in Palestine) in the Hebrew language, eight years after Christ's ascension, and was translated by James, the Lord's brother, or by John."



1 THE beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of

God'. 2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah”, “Behold, I send

my messenger before thy face, who will prepare thy ways: 3 The voice of one crying in the desert, ‘Prepare ye the way 4 of the Lord, make his paths straight;'” John, accordingly",

baptized in the desert, and proclaimed the baptism of re5 pentance, for the remission of sins. And all the region of

Judea, and all they of Jerusalem, went out unto him, and

were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their 6 sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, and with

a leathern girdle about his loins; and he ate locusts and 7 wild honey. And he proclaimed', saying, “ One mightier

than I cometh after me, the latchet of whose sandals I am 8 not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have bap

tized you with water: but he will baptize you with the holy spirit.”

And came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in Jordan. 10 And immediately going up out of the water, he saw the

heavens rent, and the spirit, as a dove, descending upon him.


Or, of Jesus Christ, a son of God. 2“ in the prophets," R.T. If “ Isaiah” is the true reading, Abp. Newcome observes that the remainder of the verse must be an early interpolation from Malachi iii. 1. 3 before thee, R. T. and N. 4 See Wakefield. 5 N. m. preached, N.t. 6 and they of Jerusalem went out to him and were all baptized, R. T. ?preached, N. t.

11 And a voice came from heaven, saying, “ Thou art my be

loved son, in whom' I am well pleased.” 12 And immediately the spirit sendeth him forth into the de13 sert: and he was in the desert tempted by Satan forty days *;

and was with the wild beasts: and the angels ministered

unto him. 14 Now after John had been delivered up to prison, Jesus

came into Galilee, proclaiming the glad tidings of [the 15 kingdom of] God, [and] saying, “ The time is fulfilled,

and the kingdom of God draweth near: repent, and believe

the gospel.” 16 Now as he walked' by the lake of Galilee, he saw Simon,

and Andrew his brother", casting a net into the lake: for 17 they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, “ Come after 18 me, and I will make you to be fishers of men." And im19 mediately they left [their] nets, and followed him. And he

went on a little further (thence), and saw James the son of

Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in a ship 20 mending' their nets. And immediately he called them: and

they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired

servants, and went after Jesus. 21 And they enter into Capernaum; and immediately on the 22 sabbath (he entered) into the synagogue and taughte. And

the people were amazed at his doctrine: for he taught them 23 as having authority, and not as the scribes. And there was

in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit", and he 24 cried out, saying, “ Ah! what have we to do with thee,

thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I 25 know who thou art, the Holy One of God.” And Jesus

i in thee, Mss. Simon, Mss.

? preaching, N. 3 And as he passed, Mss. 4 the brother of 5 preparing, N. 6 he taught in the synagogue, N. 7 an

Or, what hast thou to do with us, thou Jesus the Nazarene?


insane person. N. m.

* He was there, R. T. The words “there in the desert" are omitted by Newcome. The whole was a visionary scene. See Matt. iv. and the note there. rebuked him, saying, “ Be silent, and come out of him.” 26 And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him, and had 27 cried with a loud voice, he came out of the man. And all

were astonished, so that they reasoned among themselves, saying, “ What is this? what new doctrine is this?? for

with authority he commandeth even the unclean spirits, and 28 they obey him.”

And immediately his fame went forth through all the country about Galilee. 29 And they immediately went out of the synagogue, and a

went with James and John into the house of Simon and 30 Andrew. Now the mother of Simon's wife lay sick of a 31 fever; and immediately they tell him of her. And he came

near and took her by the hand, and raised her up: and im

mediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them. 32 Now when evening was come, and the sun was set, they

brought unto him all that were sick, and those that had de33 mons. And all the city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he cured many that were sick of various diseases, and

cast out many demons: and suffered not the demons to say

that they knew him. 35

And in the morning he rose up while much of the night remained, and went out, and departed into a desert place, 36 and prayed there. And Simon, and those that were with 37 Simon, followed after him. And when they had found him, 38 they say unto him, “ All men seek thee.” And he saith

unto them, “Let us go into the neighbouring towns, that

I may preach there also: for therefore I am come forth 4.” 39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Gali

lee; and cast out demons. 40 And a leper cometh to him, beseeching him, and kneeling

down to him, and saying to him, “ If thou wilt, thou canst 41 make me clean." And Jesus, moved with compassion,

stretched forth his hand, and touched him, and saith to hiin,

· Or, what is this new doctrine ? with authority he even commandeth, &c. The Mss, vary. 2 he went, Mss. 3 speak; for-N. #lam comc, Mss.

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