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he expelled demons ;-the danger of detracting from the Holy Spirit;—who accounted kinsfolks by Jesus ;—the parable of the sower, with the explanation ;-the redson for using parables ;-other moral instructions and similitudes;—Jesus stills a tempest on the sea ;-cures a demoniac who abode in tombs ; -heals a woman who had a bloody issue ;-restores the daugh. ter of Jairus to life.

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SECTION III.

THE FIRST MISSION OF THE APOSTLES.

CHAPTERS VI.

Jesus despised by his fellow-citizens ;-commissions the apostles;

-different opinions concerning him :-the death of John the Baptist :—the disciples report the execution of their mission :Jesus feeds miraculously five thousand in the desert ;-walks on the sea in the morning to his disciples, who had embarked the night before ; stills the wind, lands, and cures all who touch him.

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SECTION IV.

THE ERRORS OF THE PHARISEES.

CHAPTERS VII. VIII. 1-26.

Jesus vindicates his disciples, and charges the Pharisees with

annulling the commandment of God by their tradition :-nothing pollutes the man but vice :-a demon expelled from the daughter of a Syrophenician woman of great faith :-the cure of one deaf and dumb :-four thousand men fed in the desert : -a sign in the sky refused to the Pharisees :-the disciples cautioned against their doctrine under the name of leaven, which they interpreting literally, misunderstood :-a blind man oured.

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The opinions of the people concerning Jesus :-Peter avows him

to be the Messiah :-Jesus foretells his own death and resur. rection ;-rebukes Peter, who was scandalized at the mention of death :-warns his followers to prepare for suffering; is transfigured ;-acquaints them who the Elijah was that should come ;-cures a dumb demoniac :-humility the road to eminence in his reign :-the services of those not to be rejected who did not accompany the Apostles :—no service done for Jesus shall be unrewarded :-the danger of offences and snares :—the marriage tie may not be loosed at the pleasure of either party :- the people encouraged to bring children to Je. sus:—what must be done to obtain eternal life :-riches a great obstruction in the way to the kingdom :-the reward of those who abandon any thing for Jesus,

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SECTION VI.

THE ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM.

CHAPTERS X. 32, &c. XI. XII. 1-12.

Jesus, on the road to Jerusalem, foretells his death and resur.

rection ;-is applied to, by the sons of Zebedee, for the chief honours in his reign ;-he warns them to prepare for suffering, as the only road to honour then would be humility ;-gives sight to Bartimeus ;-rides into Jerusalem on an ass ;-the people attending him with shouts ;-devotes the barren fig-tree; drives the traffickers out of the temple ;-manifests the power of faith ;-enjoins forgiveness on all who would be forgiven of God;-silences those who controvert his authority ;-illustrates their ingratitude to God, by the parable of the husband.

men who ill-treated and killed their landlord's messengers; concludes with predicting the rejection of the Jews, and the call of the Gentiles.

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SECTION VII.

THE PROPHECY ON MOUNT OLIVET.

CHAPTERS XII. 13, &c. XIII.

Jesus eludes the craft of the Pharisees, who consult him on the

lawfulness of paying tribute to Cesar ;-vindicates the doctrine of the resurrection against the Sadducees ;-answers the scribe who questioned him about what is most important in the law;- puzzles the Pharisees with an expression in the psalms applied to the Messiah ;-warns the people against the ambition and hypocrisy of the Scribes ;-the liberality of a gift must be rated by the circumstances of the giver ;—the destruction of the temple foretold ;-the calamities by which it will be preceded ;-the signs that the Judge is at hand ;-the time un. known to all but God;--the necessity of unintermitted vigi. lance.

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The rulers consult together about the method of apprehending

Jesus :-a female disciple anoints his head :- Judas bargains with the chief priests to deliver him to them !

-Jesus eats the passover with his disciples ;-acquaints them of the treachery of one of them ;-institutes the commemoration of his death ; foretells their desertion, and Peter's denial of him ;-his distress in the garden ;-he is seized by an armed multitude conducted by Judas.

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THE CRUCIFIXION.

CHAPTERS XIV. 53, &c. xv. 1-41.

Jesus is brought before the Sanhedrim; - charged with blasphemy,

-and condemned ;-denied by Peter ;-delivered bound to the Roman procurator :-before whom he is accused by the Jew. ish rulers :-Pilate perceiving that the accusation proceeded from envy,—tries in vain to save him, under pretence of grant. ing him to the prayer of the multitude, accustomed to obtain the release of a prisoner at the passover ;-they, instigated by their rulers, demand the release of Barabbas, and the cruci. fixion of Jesus :-Pilate at last consents to gratify them :Jesus is scourged, mocked, and crucified between two malefac. tors ;-is insulted on the cross by persons of all denominations, fellow-sufferers not excepted :-his death attended with pro. digies, which strike the Roman centurion and other spectators with astonishment.

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The body of Jesus given to Joseph of Arimathea, who lays it in

his own sepulchre :-the resurrection of Jesus announced at the sepulchre to some pious women by an angel :-he appears first to Mary Magdalene ;- then to others ;-afterwards to the ele. ven, whom he sends to publish his doctrine every where, empowering them to work miracles in evidence of their mission; and is taken up into heaven.

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