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CHA P. VII. The Second Argument, to prove St. Mark's Gospel not to be an
Epitome of St. Matthew's, because his Accounts are generally largery. and contain many more particular Circumstances, than St. Matthew's do. This evidenced by several
Instances. Arg. II. ST. Mark's Gospel is not an abridgement or epitome
of St. Matthew's, because for the most part his accounts are much more large and full, and related with many more particular circumstances, than the same accounts are by St. Matthew. There is scarce any one story related by both these Evangelists, in which St. Mark does not add some considerable circumstances, which St. Matthew has not ; and if this be fo, I think there can be no more convincing evidence, that St. Mark did not design to epitomize St. Matthew: but if we were to conclude any thing of this nature from comparing them together, the conclusion must be, that St. Matthew in all these parts did design to abridge St. Mark.
The matter of fact, which I have here asserted, will easily appear to be true to any one, who reads these two Gospels with this view, and compares them together. To save the reader the pains, I have collected some instances, and set them down in such a manner, that by a bare casting the eye upon them, the truth of that which I contend for, will sufficiently appear, viz. that St. Mark is generally larger in his accounts than St. Matthew.
A Table of several instances, in which St. Mark relates his
stories more fully and with more particular circumstances, 'than St. Matthew.
The story of the devils cast into the swine.
Chap. V. Ver. 28. And when he was Ver. 1. And they came ocome to the other side, into ver unto the other side of the the country of the Ger- sea, into the country of the gesenes, there met him two Gadarenes. possessed with devils, coming 2. And when he was come out of the tombs, exceeding out of the ship, immediately fierce, so that no man might there met him out of the pass by that way.
tombs, a man with an unclean fpirit;
3. Who had his dwelling among the tombs, and no man could bind him, no not with chains.
4. Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces; neither could any man tame him.
5. And always night and day he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying and cutting himself with stones.
6. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worship
ped him; 29, And behold they cri. 7. And cried with a loud ed out, saying, What have we voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou to do with thee, Jesus, thou VOL. III.
.: St. Matthew.
Chap. V. Son of God? Art thou come Son of the most high God? hither to torment us, before I adjure thee by God, that the time?
thou torment me not.
8. (For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.)
9. And he asked him, what is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion; for we are many.
10. And he befought him much, that he would not fend them away out of the coun
try. 30. And there was a good II. Now there was there way off from them, an herd of nigh unto the mountains, a many swine feeding.
great herd of swine feeding. 31. So the devils besought 12. And all the devils behim, saying, If thou cast us fought him, saying, Send us out, suffer us to go away into into the swine, that we may the herd of swine.
enter into them. 32. And he said unto them, 13. And forthwith Jesus Go; and when they were gave them leave, and the uncome out, they went into the clean spirits went out, and herd of swine, and behold the entered into the swine, and the whole herd of swine ran vio- herd ran violently down a lently down a steep place into steep place into the sea, (they the sea, and perished in the were about two thousand) and waters.
were choaked in the sea. 33. And they that kept 14. And they that fed the them Aed, and went their swine fled, and told it in the ways into the city, and told city and in the country. And every thing, and what was they went out to fee what it befallen to the pofseffed of was that was done. the devils.
15. And they come to Je
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16. And they that saw it told them, how it befel to him, that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning
the swine. 34. And behold the whole 17. And they began to city came out to meet Jesus; pray him to depart out of and when they saw him, they their coasts. besought him, that he would 18. And when he was depart out of their coasts. come into the ship, he that
had been possessed with the devil, prayed him, that he might be with him.
19. Howbeit Jesus fufe · fered him not, but faith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
20. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis, how great things Jesus had done for him; and all men did marvel.
The story of the paralytick healed.
St. Mark CHAP. IX. is Chap. II. 1. And he entered into a 1. And again he entered into ship, and passed over, and Capernaum, after some days, came into his own city. and it was noised that he was
in the house.
2. And straightway many were gathered together, infomuch that there was no room to receive them, no not so much as about the door ; and he preached the word unto
them. 2. And behold they brought Z. And they come unto to him a man sick of the pally, him, bringing one sick of the lying on a bed.
pally,which was borne of four.
4. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was; and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the
sick of the pally lay. 2. And Jesus seeing 5. When Jesus saw their their faith, &c.
The story of Jairus the Ruler of the Synagogue's daughter file
stored to life.
Chap. IX. Ver. 18. While he spake these things unto them, behold there came a certain ruler and worshipped him, faying, My daughter is even
Chap. V. Ver, 22. And behold there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,