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19 Go ye and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them
into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 20 holy spirit* ; teaching them to observe all things what
soever I have commanded you : and lo, I am with you always, to the end of the aget."
• As a symbolical profession of that holy religion, which originated with the Father, was taught by Christ, the son (that is, the servant and messenger of God)and confirmed by the gifts of the holy spirit. Some have called in question the genuineness of this verse, but without sufficient authority. It is, however, evident that it was not in. tended to prescribe an invariable formula in the administration of baptism, for the apostles themselves baptized simply into the name of Jesus. See Acts viii. 16; xix. 5; x. 48. That the holy spirit is here named in connexion with the Father and the Son, is no proof that the spirit has a distinct personal existence. See Acts xx. 32; Eph. vi. 10. Much less can this phraseology be allege as an argument that the three names express three divine and equal persons. See 1 Chron. xxix. 20. Some would render the passage, upon, or concerning, the name, etc. that is, receiving them to instruction upon these subjects. See Cappe's Dissertations.
+ To the end of the age, i. e. to the end of the Jewish dispensation ; till the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple ;--soon after which miraculous powers were withdrawn, and no personal appearances of Jesus Christ are recarded. See Bp. Pearce, Wakefield, ete.
The postseripts to Matthew's History are various, and of little authority, viz. “The end of Matthew's gospel: which was written by him at Jerusalem (or in Palestine) in the Hebrew language, eight years after Christ's ascension, and was translated by James, the Lord's brother."
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
i The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son
of God*. 2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiaht, “ Behold, I send
my messenger before thy face, who will prepare thy wayt: 3 The voice of one crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way 4 of the Lord, make his paths straight;' John, accordinglyll,
baptized in the desert, and proclaimed the baptism of re5 pentance, for the remission of sins. And all the region
of Judea, and all they of Jerusalem, went out unto him,
and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing 6 their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, and
with a leathern girdle about his loins ; and he ate lo7 custs and wild honey. And he proclaimedtt, saying, “ One
mightier than I cometh after me; the latchet of whose 8 sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I
indeed have baptized you with water : but he will baptize
you with the holy spirit.” 9 And it came to pass in those days that Jesus came from
Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in Jor
* Or, of Jesus Christ, a son of God.
+ “in the prophets," R. T. If " Isaiah " is the true reading, Abp. Newcome observes that the remainder of the verse must be an early interpolation from Malachi iü. 1.
" before thee,” R. T. and N. These words are omitted in Griesbach's second edition. See Wakefield.
N. m. preached, N. t. # N. m. preached, N. t.
10 dan. And immediately going up out of the water, he
saw the heavens rent, and the spirit, as a dove, descend11 ing upon him. And a voice came from heaven, say
ing, “ Thou art my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.”
And immediately the spirit sendeth him forth into the 13 desert: and he was tempted by Satan forty days*; and
was with the wild beasts : and the angels ministered unto
him. 14 Now after John had been delivered up to prison, Jesus
came into Galilee, proclaimingt the glad tidings (of the 15 kingdom of God, [and] saying, “ The time is fulfilled,
and the kingdom of God draweth near : repent, and be.
lieve the gospel." 16 Now as he walked by the lake of Galilee, he saw Simon,
and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake : for 17 they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, “ Come 18 after me, and I will make you to be fishers of men.” And
immediately they left (their) nets, and followed him. 19 And he went on a little further thence, and saw James
the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were 20 in a ship mending their nets. And immediately he
called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the
ship with the hired servants, and went after Jesus. 21 And they enter into Capernaum; and immediately on 22 the sabbath he taught in the synagogue. And the people
were amazed at his doctrine : for he taught them as hav23 ing authority, and not as the scribes. And there was in
their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit|l; and he 24 cried out, saying, “ Ah! what have we to do with thee,
thou Jesus of Nazareth ? art thou come to destroy us? I 25 know who thou art, the holy One of God.” And Jesus 26 And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him, and had 27 cried with a loud voice, he come out of the man. And all were astonished, so that they reasoned among
rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him."
• i. e. he was exposed to various trials for the discipline of his mind. See note on Matt. iv. + N. m, preaching, N. t.
# preparing, N.
illan insane person. * speak; for....N.
themselves, saying, “What is this? what new doctrine is this?
for with authority he commandeth even the unclean 28 spirits, and they obey him.” And immediately his fame
went forth through all the country about Galilee. 29 And they immediately went out of the synagogue,
and went with James and John into the house of Simon 30 and Andrew. Now the mother of Simon's wife lay sick 31 of a fever; and immediately they tell him of her. And
he came near and took her by the hand, and raised her up: and immediately the fever left her, and she mini
stered unto them. 32 Now when evening was come, and the sun was set,
they brought unto him all that were sick, and those 33 that had demons. And all the city was gathered to34 gether at the door. And he cured many that were sick
of various diseases, and cast out many demons: and suf
fered not the demons to say that* they knew him. 35 And in the morning he rose up, while much of the night
remained, and went out, and departed into a desert place, 36 and prayed there. And Simon, and those that were with 37 Simon, followed after him. And when they had found 38 him, they say unto him, “ All men seek thee." And he
saith unto them, “ Let us go into the neighbouring towns,
that I may preach there also: for therefore I am come 39 forth.” And he preached in their synagogues, throughout
all Galilee ; and cast out demons. 40 And a leper cometh to him, beseeching him, and kneel
ing down to him, and saying to him, “ If thou wilt, 41 thou canst make me clean.” And Jesus, moved with
compassion, stretched forth his hand, and touched him, 42 and saith to him, “ I will ; be thou made clean.". And when he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed 43 from the man, and he was made clean. And Jesus strict.
ly charged him, and immediately sent him away; and 44 saith unto him, “ See thou tell no man any thing : but
go, show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing
those things which Moses commanded; for a testimony 45 unto them." But he went forth, and began to publish
much, and to spread abroad the matter; so that Jesus could no more openly enter * into the city, but was without in desert places : and they came to him from all
parts. CA. II. And he entered again into Capernaum, after some 2 days; and it was known that he was in a house. And
immediately many were gathered together; so that not even the parts about the door could any longer contain
them : and he preached the word unto them. 3 And they come to him, bringing one sick of the palsy, 4 who was carried by four. And when they could not
come near him because of the multitude, they uncovered the roof † where he was : and when they had broken it
up, they let down the couch on which the sick of the 5 palsy lay. Now when Jesus saw their faith, he saith to
the sick of the palsy, “Son, thy sins are forgiven thee.” 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, and reasoning 7 thus in their hearts,“ Why doth this man thus speak blas
phemies? who can forgive sins, but one ; that is, God ?” 8 And when Jesus immediately perceived in his spirit that
they reasoned thus within themselves, he said unto them, 9 “Why reason ye so in your hearts ? Which is easier? to
say unto the sick of the palsy, 'Thy sins are forgiven
thee?' or to say, 'Arise, take up thy couch, and walk?' 10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power
on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) al I say unto thee, · Arise, take up thy couch, and go to
Or, woald not for a time enter openly. See ch. ii. 1. + Or, removed the covering.