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RECORDS OF CHRIST'S MINISTRY.

PART I.

THE PREACHING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST:
AND THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST, TO HIS FIRST MIRACLE.

SECT. I.*

General View of the Dispensation by Jesus Christ; His Power and Dignity.

MATT.

MARK

LUKE

JOHN I.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. "He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father), full of

• The rendering in this Section is according to the common version in the Appendix will be given twe other renderings.

MATT.

MARK

LUKE

JOHN I.

grace and truth.-15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, "This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me."-16 For* of his fulness have all we

received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18 No one hath seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

SECT. II.

General View of the Ministry of the Baptist.

MATT. III.

Now in those days

MARK I.

THE beginning of the gospel of Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, was this:

2 As it is written cometh John the Bap. in Isaiah the prophet, † tist, preaching in the 'Behold, I send my mesdesert of Judea, 2 and senger before thy face, saying, "Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven draweth near."

who shall prepare thy
way;' The voice of
one crying in the desert,
Prepare ye the way of the
LORD, make his paths

3 For this is he that was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, straight;' so John came saying, 'The voice of baptizing in the desert,

LUKE III.

Now in the fifteenth
year of the government of
Tiberius Cæsar, Pontius
Pilate being governor of
Judea, and Herod being
tetrarch of Galilee, and
his brother Philip being
tetrarch of Iturea and of
the region of Trachonitis,
and Lysanias being te-
trarch of Abilene,
2 under
the high-priest Annas,
and Caiaphas, the word
of God came unto John,
the son of Zachariah, in
the desert. And he came
into all the region about
the Jordan, proclaiming
the baptism of repentance
for the remission of sins: §

as it is written in
the book of the words
of Isaiah the prophet,
saying, 'The voice of

one crying in the desert, and proclaiming the one crying in the desert,

• Griesbach reads ort, rendered for in ver. 15, 17.

JOHN

+R. T., in the prophets. Mill thinks the original reading was, in the prophet.-The passages cited are Mal. iii. 1, and Is. xl. 3.

R. T., under the high-priests Annas and Caiaphas, which reading Kuinoel prefers.

Or, proclaiming "Baptism of repentance for remission of sins".

MATT. III.

Prepare ye the way of baptism the LORD, make his for the paths straight.'

Now this John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his food was locusts and

wild honey.

5 Then went forth unto him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about the Jordan;

and they were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said unto` them, "Ye broods of vipers! who hath warned you to flee from the wrath about to come? Bring forth therefore fruit meet for repentance : 9 and think not to say within yourselves, We have

Abraham for our fa

ther;' for I say unto you, God is able from these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10 But even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down

and cast into the fire.

sins.

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Now John was

clothed with camel's hair, and with a leathern girdle about his loins; and he ate locusts and wild honey.

5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judea, and all the in habitants of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

paths straight. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked places shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; 6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'

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7 Then said he to the multitudes that came forth to be baptized by him, "Ye broods of vipers! who hath warned you to flee from the wrath about to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father; for I say unto you, God is able from these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 9 But even now the ax is

lying at the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down

and cast into the fire."

JOHN

MATT. III,

11 I indeed am baptizing you with water unto repentance but he that cometh after me is might ier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry: he will baptize you with

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10 And the multitudes asked him, saying," What therefore shall we do?"

But he answereth and
saith unto them, "Let
him that hath two vests,
give one to him that
hath none; and let him
that hath provisions, do
likewise."

12 Now there came
also publicans to be bap-
tized;
and they said un-
to him, "Rabbi!* what
shall we do?" 13 And

he said unto them, "Ex-
act no more than that
which is appointed for
you."

14 And the soldiers+
also asked him, saying,
"And what shall we
do?" And he said unto
them, "Use not violent
extortion towards any
one, neither accuse any
falsely; and be content
with your wages."

15 Now as the people were in expectation, and all were reasoning in their hearts concerning John, whether he were the Christ; 16 John answered 7 And he preached, them all, saying, "I indeed saying, "There cometh am baptizing you with after me one mightier water; but one mightier than I, the thong of than I is coming, the whose sandals I am not thong of whose sandals I worthy to stoop down am not worthy to unloose: and unloose. • I indeed he will baptize you with

JOHN

* Aidaσkadog will be rendered Rabbi, when this seems best to express the force of the word. The associations with Teacher are not yet sufficiently fixed; and Master is often ambiguous in its import. It is evident from John i. 38, that διδασκαλος is the rendering of ῥαββι.

† στρατευόμενοι, persons engaged in military service. Luke often uses στρατιώτης, soldier, and it seems, therefore, reasonable to conclude that he meant to denote that these persons were actually engaged in some warlike expedition.

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SECT. III.

LUKE III.

the holy spirit and with fire: 17 whose winnowingshovel is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshingfloor; and he will gather the wheat into his gra nary, but will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

18 Giving, therefore, many and different exhortations, he continued publishing his glad tidings to the people.*

19 But Herod the te trarch, being reproved by him concerning Herodias his brother's wife, and concerning all the evil things which Herod did, 20 added this also above all, that he shut up John in prison.

The Baptism of Jesus, near Bethabara.

13 THEN Cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized by him. 14 But

John forbad him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by thee, and comest thou to me?" 15 But Jesus answering said unto him, "Suffer it now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness."+ Then he suffered him. 16 And Jesus, having

MARK I.

9 AND it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

JOHN

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* Πολλα μεν ουν και έτερα παρακαλων ευηγγελίζετο τον λαόν.

+ Or, every righteous ordinance, πασαν δικαιοσυνην,

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