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Ch.9. Sinforgiven. St. Matthew.. Chr.. eateth with &c.Ch.9. fate at meat in the houle, behold, many publicans and lìnners came and fate down withhim and his dif- ciples. r r. And when the Pharifees law it, they Paid unto his dilèiples, Why eateth your mailer with pub- licans and finners? I o, a t. N. The Pharifees pretended greater ftriernefs than Chrilt s in flying from other men as tanners But they were not fo ftriel in re- forming themfelves, nor zealous of love, and doinggood. 12. But when Jefus heard that, he faid unto them, They that be whole need not a phyfrcian, but they that are lick. t 2 . My workism fave Souls s and who but Sinners have need of a Saviour. r 3. Butgo ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy and not facrifice : for I am not come to call the righteous, but finners to repen- tance, t 3. O ye thattakeon you to be theTeachers of the ignorant, what great need have you to be taught and to ftudywhat that faying mean- eth, rwill have mercyand not Sacrifice. Mercy isa far greater and more pleafing work than Sacrifice, Ceremonies, or outward Rites. And the greateft good is frill to be preferred. N. O how little do the Roman perfecuting Clergy regard this. 14. Then came to him the difci- pies ofJohn, faying, Why do we and the Pharifees faft oft, but thy difcipies fail not ? rq . We and thePharifees are ftrifter than thy Difciples : We faft oft, and ye do not. r g. And Jefus laid untothem, Can the children of the bride-chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them ? but the days will come when the bridegroom fhall be taken from them, and then (hall they faft. is. The Meffrah is the meffenger of the greaten joy : It is a matt joyful Marriage-feaft that I call them to s and that is not the feafon of failing and mourning; But when Iam taken from them, then fattingand patience in a ma- licious world, will be more feafonable. r 6. No man puttetha piece of new cloth unto an old garment; for that which is put in to fill it up, taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worfe, 17. Neither do meli put C II A P, IX. Y. A ,Nd he entred into a fhip, and i palled over, and came into his own city. a. And behold they brought to him aman lick of the pal - fie, lying on abed : andJefus feerng their faith, laid unto the lick of the pallie, Son, be of good cheer, thy fins be forgiven thee. t, 2. That is, this di(iare which is the pu- niP.sment ofthy fin is remitted, and thou shalt behealed. 3. And behold certain of the Scribes Paid within themfelves, This manblafphemeth. 4.And Jefus know- ing their thoughts, faid, Wherefore thinkye evil in your hearts ? g. For whether is eafier to fay, Thy fins be forgiven thee ? or to fay, Arife and walk ? 5. 4, 5. That is, What is Forgiving the fin, but forgiving the punifhment of it ? And is one any hardèr then the other when is is the tame thing. 6. But that ye may know that the Son ofman hath power on earth to forgive fins, (then faith he to theFick of the pallie) Arife take up thy bed, and go unto thine houle. .7. Andhe arofe, and departed to his houle. 6, 7. But your own fenfès flail tell you that can forgive fin, that is, the punishment of fin on earth -- Arise, dre. fo he was healed be- fore them,and took up his bed and went home. S. But when the multitude faw it, they marvelled, and glorified God which had given filch power unto men. 8. It made them wonder and glorifie God, that had feet a man with fo great power into the world. 9. And asJefus palled forth from thence, he law a man named Mat- thew, fittingatthereceit ofcufìom: and he faith unto him, Follow rlie, and he arofe and followed hint. s. Matthety that wrote this, aToll- gatherer; and at Chrite'; call he immediately left all and ssiiiseCed him r o. And it came to pats, as Jefus