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the Fan. Thofe who are fincere and good, he will preferve and reward; but those who are hypocritical, wicked and incorrigible, he will condemn to utter Deftruction, as ufelefs Chaff is caft into the Fire.
18. By thefe, and many other like Difcourfes, did John continue for a long time to exhort the People to repent and reform their lives, and prepare themselves to receive the Doctrine of the Gospel.
19 & 20. But at length, telling King Herod freely of his Faults, and particularly reproving him for unlawfully marrying his Brother's Wife, he fell under the Difpleafure of that wicked Prince. And though Herod had a great Efteem and Reverence for him in other refpects; yet not bearing to be reprehended for his beloved Vice, he put John in Prifon, and at laft (as one Wickedness usually draws on another) he added this to compleat all his other Cruelties, that he caufed John to be beheaded.
21 & 22. But to return to the Hiftory of Jefus. of Jefus. Jefus being now about to enter upon his publick Miniftry, and refolving to do all things in the fame Order and Manner as other Men; and knowing alfo, that this would be a proper Seafon for God to give fome publick Testimony concerning him; he came down to Jordan, and was baptized by John, among the reft of the People. And as foon as he came up out of the Water, and prayed; immediately the Clouds opened, and the Holy Ghoft defcended upon him vifibly like a Dove: And at the fame time there was heard a Voice out of Heaven, faying, This is my
So fhe is exprefsly called in the Talmud; whence 'tis probable, this is Her Genealogy. Though otherwife it may also be Supposed that Jofeph was legally the Son of Heli, as he was naturally the Son of Jacob, Mat. i. 16.
CHA P. IV.
Jefus's Fafting and Temptations, ver. I. He begins to preach, ver. 14. Preaches at Nazareth, and is admired, ver. 16, & 22. But the greater Part defpife him for the Meannefs of his Parentage, ver. 22. and have therefore the Means of Grace withdrawn from them, ver. 25. Jefus cafteth out a Devil, ver. 34. Heals Peter's Mother-in-law, ver. 38, and many other fick, ver. 40. But fuffers not the evil Spirits to tell who he was, ver. 41. He preaches in feveral Places, ver. 43.
N OW as foon as Jefus was baptized by John in Jordan, he retired into the Wilderness, by the direction of the Spirit of God which dwelt in him fully and without meafure; to prepare himfelf for his Miniftry by Prayer and Fafting; to refift and vanquish the Temptations of the Devil; and thereby to teach his Followers by his own Example, both that they must expect great Temptations upon their entring into the Profeffion of his Religion, and how they may conquer thofe Temptations by the Affiftance and Direction of the Word of God.
2. Continuing therefore in the Wilderness Forty Days together, which he spent wholly in Prayer and Fafting; he all that time refifted the Temptations of the Devil. But more particularly at the end of these Days, he overcame those three greatest and strongeft Temptations, which the Holy Ghost has thought fit fhould be left upon Re
3. For at the end of the Forty Days, when after his long Faft he began to be hungry and faint, the Devil hoping upon this Occafion to prevail upon him through the in
1 AND Jefus being full of the holy Ghoft, returned from Jordan, and into the wilderness. was led by the spirit
2 Being forty days tempted of the de
vil; and in those
days he did eat no-
3 And the devil
faid unto him, If thou be the Son of ftone that it be made God, command this bread.