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cbfcurity and perplexedness of his Stile, which makes his Paraphrase somewhat difficult, and of less general Use; and besides, it was never printed by it self withcut bis large Notes. The Right Reverend Father in God Dr. Patrick Lord Bishop of Ely, has with admirable Learning and Judiciousness brought this way of Writing to Perfection, in bis Paraphrase upon some Bocks of the Old Testament; And all who desire to understand the Scriptures fully, will ever wish that his Lordship had
gone through the whole Writings both of the Old and New Testament in the same way. Others wbo have written gocd Expofitions upon the Holy Scriptures, have either made large Commentaries, of less general and constant Use; or have insisted chiefly on such Critical Observations, as are proper only for the Learned.
I have endeavoured in these Papers to express the fuil Sense of the Evangelist in the plainest Words, and to continue the Sense without interruption by the clearest Transitions I could. I have all along consulted the best Expositors, and feleEted out of every one what seemed to discover the mojt natural Meaning of the Text. And where any thing remarkable offered it self to my Thoughts, different from what I met with in Commentators ; I set it down in fort Notes in the Margin. But other Critical Observations I havegenerally omitted, excepiing what use is made of them in the Paraphrase,) that I anight rot (well the Marginal Notes into a Commentary, and trouble the Reader with repeating what others had jaid already. Through the whole, I have sincerely endeavoured to represent the Doctrine of our Saviour in its Original Simplicity, without rejjext to any Controversies 2:1 Religion ; And wberesvever I may have mistaken the Sense of the Evangelist, I shall be always desirous to be better informed.
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blind and dumb Man healed, ver. 22. Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, ver. 31. Hypocrisie of the Pharisees, vere. 33. Their unreasonable in asking a Sign from Heaven, ver. 38. Obedience the chief thing respected by Chrift, ver. 46.
CH A P. XIII. Parable of the Sower, ver. 1. Why Christ spake in Para
bles, ver. 1o. Parable of the Tares, ver. 24. Of the Mustard-Seed, ver. 31. of the Leaven, ver. 33. The Explication of these Parables, ver. 19 and 34. Parable of the hidden Treasure, ver. 44. Of the Pearl, ver. 45. Of the Fishing-Net, ver. 47. The Use and Application of them to the Disciples, ver. 51. Christ despised in his owi Country, ver. 53.
CHAP. XIV. Herod's Opinion of Christ; and the History of John Bap
tist's Death, ver. 1. Five thousand Men fed with five Loaves and two Fishes, ver. 13. Christ and Peter's walking upon the Sea, ver. 22. Many Sick healed at Genefaret, ver. 34.
CH A P. XV. The Pharisees Hypocrisy and vain Traditions reproved, and the true Notion of Cleanness stated, ver. 1.
The Woman of Canaan's Daughter healed, ver. 21. Many others cured in Galilee, and four thousand fed with seven Loaves and a few Fishes, ver. 29.
C H A P. XVI. The Pharisees ask a Sign from Heaven, and are denied, ver. I.
The Disciples warned' to take heed of the Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees, ver. 5. The Peoples Opinion of Christ, and Peter's Confession of him, ver. 13. Jesus foretells his Death, and rebukes Peter for speaking against it,
The necesity of bearing Affiliations and Perfecytions, ver. 24.
C H A P. XVII. Cbrift's Transfiguration, ver. 1. That John the Baptist was
Elias, ver. 10. A Lunatick healed, and the Disciples rebuked for want of Faith, ver, 14. Christ foretelleth his Death and Refurrection, ver. 22. Chriji payeth Tribute, yer. 24
CHA P. XVIII. Innocence and Humility requisite to the making good Christians,
ver: 1. Of Scandal, and of Christian Reproof, ver. 6. and 15. Of forgiving the Penitent; and the necessity of Dhewing Mercy to others, that we our selves may obtain it of God, ver. 21.
CHA P. XIX. E Divorces, ver. 1. Of Marriage, ver. 10. Chrift re
ceiveth and blesseth young children, ver. 13. Inftru£teth a young Man about Religious Perfection, ver. 16. The great Temptation of Riches, ver. 23. The Reward of those who lose all for Christ's Sake, ver. 27.
CHA P. XX. The Parable of the Labourers hired into the Vineyard, ver. 1.
Jefus again foretelleth his Passion, ver. 17. Upon occasion of Salome's Petition, he teacheth his Disciples Humility, ver. 20. Two blind Men healed, ver. 29.
CH A P. XXI. Christ rideth into Jerusalem, ver. 1. Driveth the Traders
out of the Temple, ver. 12. Children make Acclamations to Jesus, ver. 14. Jesus curseth the Fig. tree, ver. 18. Silences the fews with a Question about John the Baptiff's Authority, ver. 23. • Shows by the Similitude of two Sons, that the Jews were worse than the Gentiles, ver. 28. The Parable of the Vineyard let out to Husbandmen, ver. 33. The Pharisees Indignation at it, ver. 45.
CHA P. XXII. The Parable of the Marriage of the King's Son, ver. I.
The Calling of the Gentiles, ver. 9. The Punishment of wicked Christians, ver. 12. Of paying Tribute to Cæfar, ver. 15. The Sadducees confuted, and the Resurrection proved, ver. 23. Which is the greatest Commandment, ver. 34. The Pharisees filenced with a Question about Christ's being David's Son, ver. 41.
CHAP. XXIII Chris openly reproveth the Hypocrise, and vain Traditions and false Doctrines of the Pharisees, ver. 1.
Lamenteth over Jerusalem, and foretelleth its Destruction, ver. 37. 3