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And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from 9 Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the 10 heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him. And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art 11 my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. 12 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of 13 Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

Now, after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, 14 preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The 15 time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. -Now as he walked by the Sea of Gal- 16 ilee, he saw Simon, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea : for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come 17 ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And 18 straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. And 19 when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. And straightway he called them: and they 20

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East. The sense is couched in fig- and destiny. – Was with the wild
ures; as if he had sai “ I am not beasts. An intimation, that he was
worthy to perform the most menial far in the uncultivated and wild
service for the Coming One, he is so region.
much my superior."

14 - 20. See Mat. iv. 12 – 22, and 9-11. See notes, Mat. iii. 13 - the notes. John was put in prison. 17. - Straightway. It is remarked Notes on Mat. xiv.3 – 12.- Preachby critics, that Mark uses this word ing. Proclaiming. Haynes pertiin the original about forty times in nently asks, “Did any of the great his Gospel, which is as many as in philosophers attempt the like glorious all the rest of the New Testament. embassy to mankind? The time is Peculiarities like this are interest- fulfilled, i. e. for the coming of the ing to trace, as individualizing the Messiah. Believe the gospel. Trust writer.

in, welcome these glad tidings. 12, 13. See notes, Mat. iv. 1-11, Forsook their nets, and followed him. in which it is maintained that the “And now what a change, like the temptations of Jesus were similar to change of a dream, or of enchantours; that they were chiefly inward; ment, has passed over their lives, that appetite, vanity, and ambition, dividing what was from what was to sought to convert his divine gifts be! It was long before they theminto instruments of selfishness, and selves were aware how entire and make him forget his high calling how stupendous it was. In a few


left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.

And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the 22 Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. And

they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one 23 that had authority, and not as the scribes. And there was in

their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus

of Nazareth ? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who 25 thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, say26 ing, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the un

clean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came 27 out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they

questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what

new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even 28 the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. And immediately


years, they are to be the principal One of God, i. e. the Prophet or Mesactors in the most extraordinary siah. events of recorded time. – A few 26. Torn him. As the disease years more, and the fame and the left him, he was thrown into violent doctrine of these fishermen have spasms, such as accompany that disgone out into all lands."

order. 21 - 28. Parallel to Luke iv. 31- 27. What thing is this? We may

see here the use of miracles in one 21. Capernaum. A town on the respect. They arrested attention, west shore of the Lake of Galilee, they stimulated curiosity, they made where Jesus lived after he left Naza- the senses instruments of good to the reth. – Taught. It was customary soul. The people beheld in one, to invite persons, particularly stran- who could cure the most inveterate gers, who attended at the synagogue, disorders, a being whose words were to address or exhort the people. Acts to be listened to with the most proxiii. 15.

found interest. The proofs of Jesus' 22. Taught them as one that had miraculous power were indubitable. authority. See note on Mat. vii. 29. He did not choose objects upon which

23, Ă. A man with an unclean to exert it, but cured whoever was spirit. See note on Mat. iv. 24. The brought. He restored all without Jews attributed sickness and insanity exception, and was never defeated. to possession by evil spirits. This His cures were at the same time appears to have been a case of epi- sudden and perfect, and extended to lepsy, if we may judge from the con- every kind of disorder. vulsions into which he was thrown, formed his wonders in broad day, in ver. 26; Luke iv. 34. — Let us alone. the presence of multitudes, under By some construed as an interjection, every variety of place and circumah! - Art thou come to destroy us 2 stance. Well might the spectators See on Mat. viii. 29. - The Holy be amazed! The impulses communi

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his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.

And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, 29 they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever; and 30 anon they tell him of her. And he came and took her by the 31 hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them. And at even, when the sun did 32 set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. And all the city was gathered to- 33 gether at the door. And he healed many that were sick of 34 divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him. And in the morn- 35 ing, rising up a great while before day, he went out and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon, 36 and they that were with him, followed after him. And when 37 they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I 38 may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. And he 39

cated to them have never ceased to his Messiahship to be proclaimed. vibrate on the human soul. Jesus To set up such a claim now, would has vindicated his right to teach and equally embarrass his ministry, with command us, by doing the works the officiousness of aspiring friends, which no man could do, except God and the hate of exasperated enewere with him, as well as by speak- mies. ing the words of the Father.

35-38. Departed into a solitary 29-34. See on Mat. viii. 14-17. p!ace, and there prayed. Luke iv. 42,

32. At even, when the sun did set. 43. We have a glimpse here into Was set. It was the Sabbath, verse the more retired hours of our blessed 21. The Jewish day ended at sunset, Saviour, when the crowds had withand accordingly after that hour, they drawn, and diseases no longer vanwould not be guilty of violating ished at his touch. While his habits the Sabbath by bringing the sick. of private devotion reveal to us the Devils, in this connexion, should al- lustre of his piety, they indirectly ways be rendered demons. No Jew recommend to us the imitation of his supposed any one was possessed with delightful example. If his pure spirit devils, in our sense of that word, but required prayer, and thirsted for comwith demons, the spirits of bad men- munion with God, can it be viewed a superstition which corresponds to as any thing short of folly or madness the belief in witchcraft and ghosts in us, so imperfect and sinful as we of modern times.

are, to reject the high exercises of 34. To speak, because they knew devotion, and never, or but rarely, him. Margin reads, to say that they address our Father in heaven ? knew him. It was not yet time for For therefore came I forth. The object

preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast

out devils. 40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling

down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst 41 make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth

his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou 42 clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy 43 departed from him, and he was cleansed. And he straitly 44 charged him, and forthwith sent him away; and saith unto him,

See thou say nothing to any man; but go thy way, show thyself

to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which 45 Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.


The Paralytic. Conversations of Jesus. AND again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and 2 it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many

were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to

receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached 3 the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one 4 sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 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

of his coming was to proclaim every popular excitement were produced, where his glad tidings.

the seditious spirit of the Jewish 39. Compare Mat. iv. 23. — Cast people, or the quick jealousy of the out devils, i. e. cured diseases and priests and Romans, might be arousinsanity, attributed to demons. ed, and the gospel perish in its

40- 45. See Mat. viii. 1-4. The embryo state. miracle here recorded occurred after the Sermon on the Mount, which

CHAPTER II. Mark has entirely omitted. - Jesus 1-14. Compare Mat. ix. 1.-9, could no more openly enter into the and the comments thereupon. city. The healed leper, contrary to 4. The press. The dense crowd. the strictest charge from Jesus, bla- Uncovered the roof broken it up zoned his cure abroad so as to em- A knowledge of the construction of barrass his benefactor. If too great houses in Judea is here necessary.

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down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus 5
saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins
be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting 6
there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus 7
speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And 8
immediately, when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so
reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason
ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the 9
sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise,
and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the 10
Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the
sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, 11
and go thy way into thy house. And immediately he arose, 12

up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

And he went forth again by the sea-side; and all the multi- 13 tude resorted unto him, and he taught them. And as he passed 14 by, he saw Levi the son of Alpheus, sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. And it came to pass, that as Jesus sat at meat in 15 his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many, and they followed him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw hini eat with 16 publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners ? When 17 Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole, have

They brought the sick man on a lit- confidence in his healing power
ter, and, finding it impossible to ap- was thus most strikingly manifest-
proach Jesus below, they went up by ed.
the stairs, usually placed in the gate- 10. Power on earth to forgive sins.
way of the house, to the flat roof. The same power which God had
They then rolled back the awning, delegated to his Son, was also given
which was spread over the court, and to the apostles. Mat. xvi. 19, xviii.
which is called the roof in the text, 18; John xx. 23.
and broke up, or removed, a part of 14. Levi, supposed to be the same
the balustrade, or parapet, and let as Matthew, for two names were not
down the couch, by the tiling, directly uncommon among the Jews.
into the midst of the place where 15-22. See notes on Mat. ix. 10
Jesus was teaching. Their perfect -17.

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