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§ 29. The call of Simon Peter and Andrew, and of James

MARK.
CH. I. 16-20.

MATTHEW.
CH. IV. 18-22.

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Matth. iv. 21, with Zebedee their father.] The death of Zebedee is nowhere mentioned in the gospels; yet an undesigned coincidence, and proof of the veracity of the Evangelists, is evident by comparing this place with others, in which his death is tacitly alluded to. Thus, in Chap. viii. 21, it is related that "another of his disciples said

and John, with the miraculous draught of fishes. Near Capernaum.

JOHN.

LUKE.

CH. V. 1-11.

6 And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes and their net brake.

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unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father;" and in Chap. xx. 20, it is said, "Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children, with her sons, worshipping him." &c. See also Chap. xxvii. 55. BLUNT, Veracity of the Gospels, Sec. I. 2. See note on Mark vi. 3; Post, § 55.

30. The healing of a demoniac

MATTHEW.

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31. The healing of Peter's wife's mother CH. VIII. 14-17.

MARK.

CH. I. 21-28.

stroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

CH. IV. 23-25.

25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey

him.

28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.

CH. I. 29-34.

29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever; and anon they tell him of her.

31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

32. Jesus with his disciples

32 And at even when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.

33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.

34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.

CH. I. 35-39.

35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out a Is. liii. 4.

Mark i. 26. torn him.] There is no inconsistency between this place, and the last clause of Luke iv. 35. The word translated torn, signifies to move, agitate, convulse. It occurs only twice in the Septuagint. In 2. Sam. xxii. 8, the Hebrew signifies to be shaken, ut in terræ motu. In Jer. iv. 19, it is applied to commotion of mind. Here,

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the demoniac was violently agitated; but the agitation left no lasting bad effect; he was restored to perfect health and soundness. NEWCOME.

Luke iv. 42. when it was day.] This clause may be rendered "when the day was coming on," and thus be reconciled with the words of Mark, who says it was a great while before day, namely, before broad day-light. SCOTT, in loc.

32. Jesus with his disciples

MATTHEW.

CH. IV. 23-25.

23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease among the people.

24 And his fame went throughout all Syria and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan.

4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man: but go thy way,

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33. The healing

CH. VIII. 2-4.

CH. I. 40-45.

2 And behold, there came a leper 40 And there came a leper to him, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if beseeching him, and kneeling down thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

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Matth. viii. 4. tell no man.] "The miraculous cure of the leprosy was thought by the Jews to be characteristic of the Messiah; and therefore there was peculiar reason for enjoining this man silence." Benson's Life of Christ, p. 340. NEWCOME. For the consequences of a premature full manifestation of himself as the Messiah, by awakening the jealousy of the Roman government, might, humanly speaking, have impeded his ministry. Yet there was great propriety in the private exhibition, to the priesthood, of full proof that he was the Messiah; after which, their obstinacy in rejecting him was inexcusable. In this, and divers other instances our Lord mani

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