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they are most serious, they would recommend me and m Labours to Almighty God, 'whofë Blessing both for my fe and them I humbly implore, for the Sake of Jesus Chrift.
To be added to the Note on Mätt. 18. 18
It can be little doubted, says Dr. Lightfoot, that Christ speaketh accori ing to the common and most familiar Sense of the Language. And I thews by many Instances, that Binding and Loofing, in the Language an Style most familiarly known to the Jewish Nation, signifie to prohib and to permit, or to teach what is prohibited or permitted, what lawfu what unlawful. See his Works, Vol. 1. p.238.
Pag. 378. Line $2. instead of, We do not, &c, read, John Baptist indee did no Miracle, but his Birth was miraculous, and fo was his Father being dumb, &c.
satisfactory Knowledge. Things that are obfeure and intricate we pur. sue with Eagerness, whilft divine Truths are usually difregarded, only because they are easie and common : or if there be some of an higher Nature, they shall possibly be rejected, because they are above, or seemingly contrary to Reason, whilst we admit several Things without Scruple, which are not reconcileable with Revelation; tho' revealed
Truths be certainly Divine, and the other either no Truths at all, or at best only human. 'This Sort of Conduct is very preposterous, for after all, true Wisdom and satisfactory Knowledge is only to be had from Revelation; and as to other Truths which are to be collected from Sense and Reason, our Ignorance of them will always be so much greater than our Knowledge, as there are a Thousand things we are ignorant of, to one Thing we throughly know. Reflections upon Learning, &c. p. 291.
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St. M AT THE WI.
HE book of the : 3 Generation of Jesus Christ, the son of B David, the fon of Abraham. 2. Abras
3* Luk. 3. 23. And Jesús him- . faith the Lord, that I will raise self began to be about thirty years unto David a righteous brauch, of Age, being (as was fupposed), and a king shall reign and profper, the Son of Jofeph, which was ihe and shall.execute judgment and juSon cf Heli.
stice in the earth. Mart. 22. 47. b Pf. 132. 11. The Lord liath What think ye of Christ? Whofe, sworn in truth unto David; he will son is he? They say unto him,
not turn from ir, Of the fruit of thy . The Son of David. : body will I set upon thy Throne. Gen. 21.2, 3. Sarah conceived,
A&. 13. 23. Of this man's Pred bachioand bare Abraham a Son in his old. God, according to his promite, rifed, .se. And Abraham called the up unto Ifrael à Saviour cfus. naine of liis Son, whom Sarah bare Jer. 23. 5. Behold, the days wole to him, lace
ham begat Isaac, aird - Isaac begat Jacob, and Jaco begat Judas and his brethren. 3. And + Judas bega 8 Phares and Zara of Thamar, and Phares begat Efrom and Efrom begat Aram. 4. And Aram begat Aminadab, and Aminadab begat Naasfon, and Naafson begat Salmoii. . And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab, and Booz begat Obed of Ruth and Obed begat Jeffe. 6. And – Jesse begat David th king, and i David the King begat Solomon of her that has been the wife of Urias. 7. And * Solomon begat Roboam, and Roboam begat Abia, and Abia begat Asa. 8. And A fá be gat Josaphat, and Josaphat begat Joram, and Joram bega (1) Ozias. 9. And Ozias begat. Joatham, and Joatham bega Achaz, and Achaz begat Ezekias. 10. And? Ezekias be gat Manasses, and Manalles begat Amon, and Amon begai
Jofias d* Gen. 25. 26. After that came Horn with Oil, and I will send his brother out, and his hand thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite; took hold of Elan's heel, and his for I have provided me a King a. name was called Jacob: and Isaac mong his Sons.
i Sam. 17. 12. was threescore years old when she s Now David was the Son of that bare them.
Ephrathite of Bethlehem Judah, e* Gen. 29. 35. And she [Leah] whose name was Jeffe conceived again, and bare a son, 2 Sam. 12. 24. David comand she said, Now will I praise the forted Bath-sheba his Wife, and Lord; therefore she called his namero went in unto her, and lay with Judah, and left bearing.
her: and she bare a Son, and he f* Gen. 38. 27. He came to called his name Solomon ; and the pass in the time of her (Tamar's) Lord loved him. travail, that behold Twins were in
Chron, 3. 10, dc. And her Womb.
Solomon's fon was Rehoboam, Abia [* Ruth 4. 18. Now these his son, Asa his fon, Jehofhaphat are the Generations of Phares: his son. Phares begat Hezron. 1 Chron. 2 King. 20, 25. Hezekiah slept 2. 5,9, &c. The Sons of Pharez ; with his Fathers And Manał Hezron and Hamul. The Sons of2cseth his Son reigned in his stead. Hezron that were born unto him, 1 Chron. 3. 13. Ahaz his son, Jerameel, and Ram, and Chelubai. Hezekiah his son, Manasseth his ń * i Sam. 16.1.
Fill thine son.
(1) Joram was the remote, not the immediate Parent of Ozias; for among the Jews, the Children of Children were accounted not only the Children, of their immediate. Parents, but likewise of those who were removed feveral generations from them. Those who desire to be satisfied why Azariah, Joash, and Amaziah, are left out, may consult Dr. Whitby and cther Commentators on this Verse. The Learned may consult Surenbusius on the texts cited out of the Old Testament in the New, who accounts for the Difficulties in the genealogy of our Blessed Lord.
Josias. 11.And Josias (1) begat (2) Jechonias and his Brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon. 12. And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel, and Salathiel begat Zorobabel. 13. And Zorobabel begat Abiud, and Abiud begat Eliakim, and Eliakim begat Azor. 14. And Azor begat Sadoc, and Sadoc begat Achim, and Achim begat Eliud. 15. And Eliud begat Eleazar, and Eleazar begat Matthan, and Matthan begat Jacob. 16. And (3) Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. 17. So all the generations from Abraham to David, are fourteen generations : and from David until the carrying away into Babylon, are fourteen Generations : and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ, are fourteen generations.
18. (4) Now the * Birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his Mother Mary was espouled to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with Child of the holy Ghost.
19. Then Joseph her husband being a B 2
(5) just m* 1 Chron. 3. 16, 17. The the House of David; and the Sons of Jehoiakim ; feconiah his Virgins name was Mary. Son, Zedekiah his Son. And the of Luk. 1.35. And the Angel Sons of Jeconiah ; Affir, Salathiel answered and said unto her, the his Son.
s Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, n* Luk. 1. 26, 27. The An- and the power of the Highest shall gel Gabriel was sent from God overshadow thee: therefore also that
To a Virgin espoused to a Holy thing which shall be born of Man, whose Name was Joseph, of thee shall be called the Son of God.
(1) † Some read, Joias begat Jakim, and Jakim begar Jechonias.
(2) Dr.Whitby proves that Jeconias in the uth Verse, is not the same Person with Jeconias ver. 12, but is indeed Jehoiachim, the Son of Josias, and his first born. This interpretation, says lie, makes up the 14 generations exactly in the second and third series; whereas they who make Jeconias, ver. 11 and 12, to be the same Person, leave only 13 in the se: cond series, if Jeconias be added to the third ; or in the third, if he be reckoned to the second: When therefore the Apostle faith by way of Inference, so all the Generations froin David, until the carrying away into Babylon, are 14. generations ver. 17, he leads us to this interpretation; be. cause this would not be true, were feconias ver. 11, and Jeconias ver. 12. one and the same Perfon.
(3) What is here faid, is very consistent with what St. Luke, Chap. 3. 23. records, where Joseph is said to be the Son of Heli. For Jacob was Josepb's own Father, and Heli was his father in law, Heli being the Father of the Virgin Mary, to whom Jofeph was espoused.
(4) The fifth Year before the cemmon account, called I he Year of our Lord.
(-) just Man, and not willing to P make her a publick exam ple, was minded to put her away privily. 20. But while he thought on these things, behold, the Angel of the Lord ap peared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph thou son of Da vid, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy Wife : 9 for tha which is * conceived [Gr-begotten] in her,is of the holy Ghofi 21 And she shall bring forth a fon, and thou shalt call hi name Jefus : for he fhall fave his people from their fins 22 (Now all this was done, that it might be fulfille which was spoken of the Lord by the Prophet, saying, - 23 Behold, a 5 Virgin shall be with child, and shall bring fort a fon, and * they ihall call his name (Or, his Name shall be called (6). Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is, "God with us. - 24. Then Joseph being raised from sleep, did as the angel o the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his Wife : 25 And knew her not tillfhe had brought forth her a first-bor fon; and he called his name Jefus.
CHAF pf Deut. 24. 1. When a Man is none other Name under Hea hath taken a Wife and married her, ven given among Men, whereby and it come to pass, that the find we must be saved. A&ts 13.38. Be i no favour in his Eyes, because he known unto you, Men and Bre hath found some cleanness in her: 5 thren, that through this Man i then let him write her a Bill of di- preached unto you the forgivenef vorcement, and give it her in her of Sins. hand, and fend her out of his House.
The Lorc Deut.22. 23, 24. If a Damfel that is himself shall give you a Sign, Be a Virgin be betrothed unto an hus-rohold, a Virgin Ihall conceive band, and a Man find her in the Ci: bear a Son, and shalt call his nami ty and lye with her: Then ye shall Immanuel. bring them both out unto the gate Hi Tim. 3. 16. Great is the of the City, and ye fhall Stone them mystery of Godliness: God was with Stones that they die, Ismanifest in the Flesh,- Rom.9
9 Luk. 1. 35. The Words unders. Of whom, as concerning the Verse 18.
Flesh Christ came, who is over all 1* Luk. 1. 31. Behold, thou: God blefled for ever. fhalt conceive in thy Womb, and a :: Exod. 13. 2. San&tifie un bring forth a Son, and shalt call hiszoto me al} the first-born, whatsoever Dame Jesus.
openetlr the Womb among the ++ Acts 4. 12. Neither is there Children of Israel, both of Man and Salvation in any other : for there beast it is mine.
(5) The Word here translated just should be rather rendered a merci ful, compassionate, or good natured Man.
(6) By an usual Idiom, or manner of speaking among the Jews, a Person is laid to be called by such or such a Name, not that he was commonly known by that Name, but because such Titles did belong to him. When therefore the jews object, that our Lord's Name was Jefus, not Emmanuel nor Wonderfal, Counselour, &c. [ifa. 9.6.) we answer, that these Titles did eminently belong to our Lord, and that therefore thefe Prophecies have received their Accomplishment according to their own Idiom, and way of speaking. For to be called Emmanuel is the same as to be Emmanuel.
s * Ifai. 7. 14: