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TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND CHARACTER,

OF THE AUTHOR.

That tbou mighteft know the certainty of those things wherein thou haft been
inftruéted,

Luke i. 4.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

THE THIRD EDITION,

VOL. II.

EDINBURGH:

PRINTED BY J. RITCHI E.
SOLD BY MESS. CREECH, HILL, OGLE 8 AIKMAN, CONSTABLE & CO. MANNERS
& NILLER, LAING, AND GUTHRIE & TAIT, EDINBURGH ; M. OGLE,
GLASGOW ; E. LESLIE, DUNDEE; LONGMAN & REES,

BUTTON, WILLIAMS, AND OGLE, LONDON,

1804.

PARAPHRASE & COMMENTARY

ON THE

. . ON THE
HARMONY OF THE FOUR GOSPELS.

SECT. XXXIX.
Jejus cures a Centurion's have in Capernaum.

Luke vii. 1,-10. See § 28. HAVING finished his sermon, Jesus went into Capernaum 11 and cured a centurion's slave who was dangerously ill. Luke viï. 1. Now when be bad ended all bis sayings in the audience of tbe people, be entered into Capernaum. 2. And a certain Centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick and ready to die. 3. And when be heard of Fefus, be * fent unto him the elders of the Yews, befeeching him that be would come and beal bis fervant. This centurion seems to have been what they called a profelyte of righteousness ; for he was a lover of the Jewish nation on account of their religion, and had built them a synagogue for worship, probably in some heathen country, the inhabitants of Capernaum standing in no need of such a favour. His attachment to the Jews, and his uncommon generosity, could not Tall to make him greatly beloved in that country.-Hence the (lders of Capernaum, where he now resided, heartily espoused his cause on this occasion, for they presented his petition to Jesus, and urged it from the confideration of his character. 4. And uber tbey came to Hesus, they befought him instantly, saying, That be was worthy for whom he jould do this. 5. For he loveth qur nation, and be hath built us a synagogue.-- Jesus, who em. raced every opportunity of doing good, whether to the bodies or louls of men, did not decline this that was now offered to him. fie cheerfully went with the elders as they desired : But in the Way, some of the centurion's friends whom he had fent, met JeVOL. II. . .

fus "Ver. 3. Sent unto him the elders of the Jews. These clders were not the moft aged persons in Capernaum, but either the magiftrates of the "n, or the rulers of the synagogue, (aexiouraywryos). For as it was anis the custom of the Jews, to intruft the management of public affairs perinns advanced in years, as having most wisdom and experience, they

all who discharged those offices eldors, even when in latertimes they admitted to them, without any regud to their age at all.

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