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the spirit into the Temple: and when the Parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for him after the custom ot'the law, 28. Then took he him up in his arms, and bleised God, and said, 29. Lord, e now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. 30. For mine eyes * have ieeu thy E salvation: 31. Which thou hast prepared before the face of all People: 32. h A light to lighten the Gentiles, aud the'jLlory of thy People Israel. 33. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 34. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this Child is (1) let for the 1 tall and rsing again of many in Israels and

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Salvation. V Isa. 40. 1. Comfort ye, the Salvation of God is sent unto *»w/«rf ye.myPeopIc,faith youiGod. the Gtmiles.

et Gen. 46. 30. Israel said unto "Psal 118. »». The S/o« which. Joseph, New Ut me die, since I the Builders refused is become tbe have seen thy Face, because thou 5 Htad Stone in the Corner. * Isa art yet alive, -f Phil. 1. 23 .1 am 14, 15. He stall be for a Sanctuary; in a strait betwixt two, having a e/e- but for a Stone of Stumbling, w& fire to depart,and to be with Christ, for a Rock of Offence to botbtbe which is far better. Houses of Israel, for a Gin, and

ftLuk. 3. 6 flsa.52. 10. — iofcr a Snare, to the Inhabitants of AH the Ends of the Earth stall fee Jerusalem. And many among the Salvation of our God. them stall stumble and fall, and be

* Asts 4. 12. Neither is there broken, and be snared,and be taken. Salvation in any other: for there Isa. 28. 16. Behold, 1 lay in Zion is none ether Name under Heaven | 5 for a Foundation, a Stone,z tried Stem, given among Men, whereby we a precious corner-stone, a sure must be saved. Foundation — Dan. x. 34> M"

ht Isa.42.6M the l ord—will— Thou sawest till thar a Stone mi give thee for a Covenant of the Peo- cut out without Hands, wb'CB pie, for a Light of the Gentiles. 10fmote the Image upon his tectrhc t Isa. 49. 6. I will also give thee were of Iron and Clay, and for a Light to the Gent lies, that thou them to pieces.— And the Stm mayst be my Salvation to the End that broke the Image became > of the Earth. + Acts. 13. 47. I great Mountain, and fi'led tbe have set thee to be a Light of the 2, whole Earrh. f Has 14.9 ~~ 1"e Gentiles.— + Acts 28 28. Be it Ways of the Lord are right, and known therefore unto you, that "*

(1) There can be nothing more evident from the whole Tenor of th°

New-Testament, as well as from many particular Texts, than this TiuTM;

That the Design of the Coming of Jesus Christ into the World, w« »

the Salvation of Mankind. How then, may it be said, are these WOtdj

. of good old Simeon, inspired by the Holy Spirit, to be undeistood? }

answer. That though the Salvation of Men was what our Lord had *

View by his coming, yec to many, through unreasonable jPr<jW<«{ K

limit fora kJign which fliall be spoken against. 3^ (Yea, 1 a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be evealed. 36. And there was one Anna a prophetess, the daughter ofPhanuel, of the

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tie Jnst sliall walk in them: but fled, unto the Jews a stumbling block the Trmfgreftrs fllall fall therein. and unto the Greeks foclijhness; but + Zech. ia. 3 In that Day will I unto them which are called, both make Jerusalem a burdensome Stone Jews and Greeks, Christ the Power for all the People; all that burden ^ of God, and the Wisdom of God. thmfihcs with it shall be cut in f 2 Cor. 2. 16. To the one we are Pieces, though all the People of the favour of Death unto Death; the Earth be gathered together a- and to the other, the Savour of Lift gai'nstit. f Mat. 21.44. Luk. 20. unto Life, t 1 Pet. 1.7,8. Un18. Whosoever shall fall on this 10 to you therefore which believe he Stm, fcall be broken: bur on is precious: but unto them which whomsoever it shall fall, it will be Disobedient, the Stone which the Sv'md him to powder. Joh.3.19. Builders disallowed, the same is Jksisthe Condemnation, that Light made the Head of the Corner, iscome into the World, and Men 15 And a Stone of Stumbling, and a lmdt>*t)tniss rather thanLight.be- Rock of Offence, even to them "use their Deeds were Evil. Act. which fiumble at the Word, being 4- H. This is the Stone which was Disobedient.

fetatnoughtbyyouBuilders.which k 7 Act. 28. 22.— Concerning is become the Head of the Corner. i° this Sect, we know that every TRom. 9. 52, 33. They stumbled where it is spoken against. « that stumbling Stone; as it is 1 V PsiL4»- I°- As with a Swrd bitten, Behold, I lay in Sion a in my Bones, mine Enemies re. failing Stone, and Rock of Offence: pro ach mt.— Vjoh. 19. ay Now and whosoever believeth on him *5 there stood by the Cross of Jesus stall not be ashamed. t 1 Cor. his Mother.— '•13)24. We preach Christ cruci

3?ainst his Person and Doctrine, and fiom an unwillingness to forsake their Sins, and amend their Lives, the Event and Confluence of his CcmH * as their falling into 3 worieCondition than that they were in before. TMl it is no Way inconsistent with the divine Perfections to deny Mercy and Salvation to those who refuse to accept thereof, on the reasonable and necessary Conditions it is offered to them upon, name'y, ^a'tn, Repentance, and sincere Obedience; or to punish them for their Refusal. But these can have no Reason to complain, the Fault not beWS in God, but in themselves. And this is conformable to the Account the Holy Scriptures give of this Matter. This is the Condensation, fays ourLord, Job. 3.19. that Light is come Into the World, and Men loved Darh ^h"her than Light, because the!? Deeds were Evil. It was Mens Difobedin" that made them stumble at the Word, 1 Pet. 2. S. We cannot therebonder that our Lord was a Stone of Stumbling, and a Rock of Offence, and that many refused to believe his Doctrine, which condemned those c'"rses they were resolved to follow, and thereby fell into a worse Conation than they were by Nature,

Tribe of Afer •, she was of a great age, and had lived witia husband (i) seven years from her virginity: 37. An-ilb rras a Widow of about fourscore and four years: whirhi parted not from the Temple, but served God withfaSaj and prayers m night and day. 38. And she coming intb instant, gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake offt to all them that n looked for redemption in * Jeruliie sJOr, Israel'}. 39. And when they had performed all dq according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Gi lee, to their own city Nazareth. 40. And the Child ° §R and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom •, and I grace of God was upon him. 41. Now his Parents went Jerusilem p every year at the feast of the pafsover. 41J (2J when he was twelve years old,they went up to JeruSM after the custom of the Feast. 43. And when they had fj filled the days, as they returned, the Child Jesus rarriel hind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his Mother knew! of it. 44. But they supposing him to have been m * Company, went a days journey :, and they sought hil mong their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45. And when! found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem,« ing him. 46. And it came to pass, that after three ij they found him in the Temple, sitting in the midst ot doctors, both hearing them, and asking them queii

m See the Note on Acts 20. 31. Month of Abib, and keep the I "Ver. 15. + Mar. 1 j. 43. Joseph wr unto the Lord thy God. j of Arimathea,an honourable Coun- Times in the Year shall all thyi scllor, which also waited for the appear before the Lord thy

Kingdom of God. ".' Luk. 24. 5 in the Place which he shallch< a 1. We truftedthzt it had been he in the Feast of unleavened Ba which lhould have redeemed Is- &c.

rael. 1 Psal.42. 4. I had gene wirl

0 t Ver. 52. Luk. 1. 80. Multitude, I went with them W

p * Deut. 16. 1, 16. Observe the 10 House of God.—

(1) The Evangelist here describes the eminent Piety and Cbifii, this good Woman. When she was married, she was a pure Virgin;) her Husband dying in seven Years, she lived a Widow. She frequen Fasted, and constantly attended on the publick Worship of God in Temple, being present both at the Evening and Morning Service, at I accustomed Hours of Prayer, which is doubtless the Meaning of the Words, foe departed not, &c. for it is not to be supposed that fhenct went from the Temple.

(2) Year of our Lord 8, which reaches to the End of the Chapter.

47. And all that heard him were a astonished at his understanding and answers. 48. And when they law him, they were amazed, and his Mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have fought thee sorrowing. 49. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? b wist ye not that I must be about myc Fathers business? 50. And they d understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 51. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and wasc subject unto them: but his mother f kept all these sayings in her heart. 52. And Jesus B increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

CHAP. III.

Year of our Lord 26.

NO W in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cesar, Pontius Pilate being governour of Judea, and herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetach of Iturea, and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lyfanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2. h Annas andCaiaphas being the high Priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. 3. And 'he came into all the

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1 tMat. 7. 28. The People were e Mar. 6. 3. Is not this the Car

tfndfbei at his Doctrine, f Mar. fenter, the Son of Mary.—

1 • They were aflonijked at his * Dan. 7. 28. —I kept the Mat

Doctrine, t Luk. 4. 22, 32. And ter in my Heart. See on ver. 19.

JU bare him witness, and voondred 5 z Ver^o.t 1 Sam2.26.The Child

Itthe gracious Words that pro- Samuel grew on, and was in Favour

«cded out of his Mouth. They both with the Lord, and also with

J*W iflonijhed at his Doctrine, for Men.

nil Word was with Power, tjoh. h +Joh. 11. 49. One of them ]■ '5.46. The Jews marvelled.i0named Calaphas, being the High

Never Man spake like this Man. Priest that fame Year. + Joh. 18.

Psal. 40. 8. I delight to do thy 13. And led him away to Annas

0 my God: Yea, thy Law first, (for he was Father in Law ro

>s within my Heart. Joh. 4. 34. Caiaphas, which was the High

My Meat is to do the Will of him Priest that fame Year J t Act. 4.

Jnt sent me, and to finish his 6. And Annas the High Priest, and

W°rk. Caiaphas, and John, and Alexan

Joh. s. 16. Take these things der, and as many as were of the

hence; maije not my Fathers Kindred of the High Priest, were House an House of Merchandise. 20 gathered together at Jerusalem.

- t Sec on Luk. 9. 45. I* Mat.3.1. See on Mar. 1. 4. country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins j 4. As it is written in the book of' the words of Elaias the Prophet, saying, The k voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5. Every (1) valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low ^ and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooths 6. And 1 all flesh, shall see the salvation of God. 7. Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the 111 Wrath to come? 8. Bring forth therefore fruits * worthy of r_Or, meet for~~\ repentance, and begin not to fay within your selves, n We have Abraham to our father: for I fay unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 9. And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: 0 every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 10. And the People asked him, faying, p What shall we do then? 11. He anfwereth and faith unto them, He that hath (2) two coats, let him'impart to him that hath none :, and he that hath meat, let

k * Isa. 40. 3. f Mat. 3. 3. Brethren, within thy Gates, in tjoii. 1.23. See on Mar. 1 3. thy Land which the Lord thyGoJ

't 'si- ya. 10. All the Ends of giveth thee, thou (halt not btrfa the Earth shall see the Salvation of thy Heart, nor shut thy Handfrom pur God. Psal.98.■>.The Lord hath j thy poor Brother. *Jam. 1. 15, '<>. made known his Salvation: his If a Brother ot Sister be naked, and Righteousness hath he openly shewed destitute of daily Food ; And one in the Sight of the Heathen. of you say unto them, Deput

,n See on Mat. 3. 7. in Peace, be you warmed, and filled:

n See on Mat. 3.9. ,0 notwithstanding ye give them »»'

0 r See on Mat 3. 10. and on those things which are needful's Mat. 7. 19. the Body; what doth it profit?

v f See on Act:. 2 37. * 1 Joh. 3. 17. W'hofo hath this

1 + Deut. 1 j. 7. Iir there be a- Worlds Good, and sceth his frith* lrong you a poor Man cf one of thy 15 hilt

(1) These are figurative Expressions, and denote that all Impediimin to the Gospel, and to our Salvation, shall, if we are not wantingto our stives,be removed. The Æufion is taken from great Princes, who, before they went any great Journey, used to send Men before to fill up, and iru.ke the Ways linoirh and even.

(2 i These Words do nor imply, that a Man may not have two Coats; but Bounty is here recommended to the Rich, and they are required to ter litve the Neceflicies of the Pmr in Proportion to their A'tiUtj.

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