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2 Therefore said he untol 9 And heal the sick that are them. The harvest truly is great, therein, and say unto them, The but the laborers are few; pray kingdom of God is come nigh ye therefore the Lord of the unto you. harvest, that he would send forth / 10 But into whatsoever city laborers into his harvest. ye enter, and they receive you
3 Go your ways: behold, I not, go your ways out into the send you forth as lambs among streets of the same, and say, wolves.
T 11 Even the very dust of 4 Carry neither purse, nor your city, which cleaveth on us, scrip, nor shoes : and salute no we do wipe off against you : man by the way.
notwithstanding, be ye sure of 5 And into whatsoever house this, that the kingdom of God ye enter, first say, Peace be to is come nigh unto you. this house.
| 12 But I say unto you, That 6 And if the son of peace be it shall be more tolerable in that there, your peace shall rest upon day for Sodom than for that city. it: if not, it shall turn to you 13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! again.
woe unto thee, Bethsaida ! for if 7 And in the same house re- the mighty works had been done main, eating and drinking such in Tyre and Sidon, which have things as they give : for the la- been done in you, they had a borer is worthy of his hire. Go great while ago repented, sitting not from house to house
in sackcloth and ashes. 8 And into whatsoever city ye 14 But it shall be more tolenter, and they receive you, eat erable for Tyre and Sidon at the such things as are set before you. judgment, than for you. besides the twelve apostles, who had God, and supplicate for each other received special benefit from his all kinds of prosperity. Now, the instructions, and whom he taught business on which these disciples more privately. See Mark 4: 10.were sent was too urgent to be thus From among such attendants, doubt-delayed. Compare 2 Kings 4:29. less, he selected the seventy here | 5–7. Compare Matt. 10: 11–13. mentioned.
| Peace be to this house. Such was a 2. Compare Matt. 9 : 37, 38. The frequent form of salutation. See on saying in this verse was probably re- Mait. 5: 47. || The son of peace ; that peated by the Saviour on different oc- is, a person whose character makes it casions.
suitable that he should receive the 3. Compare Matt. 10 : 16.
blessing implied in the salutation. 4. Carry, &c. Compare Matt. 10: See on Matt. 8:12. The same idea 9, 10. | Salute no man by the way. is expressed in Matt. 10:11, 13, by Salutation among the people of the the term worthy. Go not from East was of a very formal character, house to house, See on Matt. 10: 11. and occupied much time. On such 9. The kingdom of God; the Mes. occasions, they would repeat, as often siah's reign on earth. See on Matt. as ten times, the ceremony of grasp-13: 2. ing hands and kissing, and the in- 10—12. Compare Matt. 10:14, 15. quiries respecting each other's health. 13–15. Compare Matt. 11:21 They would give special thanks to 23.
15 And thou, Capernaum, beheld Satan, as lightning, fall which art exalted to heaven, from heaven. shalt be thrust down to hell. I 19 Behold, I give unto you
16 He that heareth you, hear-power to tread on serpents and eth me; and he that despiseth scorpions, and over all the you, despiseth me; and he that power of the enemy: and nothdespiseth me, despiseth him that ing shall · by any means hurt sent me.
you. 17 And the seventy returned 20 Notwithstanding, in this again - with joy, saying, Lord, rejoice not, that the spirits are even the devils are subject unto subject unto you; but rather reus through thy name.
joice because your names are 18 And he said unto them, I written in heaven. 16. Heareth ; hears and receives of God and man, to whose malign your message, and acts accordingly. influence is ascribed the opposition
Our Lord's instructions to the sev- which the cause of Christ would enenty disciples are substantially the counter. Compare Matt. 13 : 39. same as those before given to the Rom. 16 : 20. twelve apostles. The employment 20. Your names are written in and the circumstances in each case heaven. Allusion is made to ancient were much alike.
practices, in respect to citizenship. 17. Returned; from having gone The names of citizens were enrolled abroad, according to their Lord's di- in a book, and when any persons rection. Compare v.1.
were admitted to the rights of citizen18. Satan, as lightning, fall from ship, their names were inserted in heaoen. A figurative manner of de this list. Thus heaven is spoken of scribing the speedy destruction of as a city, or a commonwealth, the Satan's power over men. Lightning citizens of which are enrolled in a is an emblem of great quickness of certain book. The Saviour directed motion; to fall from heaven signifies these disciples to rejoice, not so much to be thrown down from the seat, and because they had been specially emfrom the exercise, of power. The powered against evil spirits, as beidea, then, is, Satan is stripped of his cause they were enrolled among the power; the power of the adversary citizens of heaven, and would come will rapidly fall. Jesus, in a vivid to the possession of eternal life. way of speaking, represents himself as beholding this fall. The same! REMARKS. 1. The cause of Christ figure is used in Is. 14 : 12, in respect is destined finally to triumph. v. 18. to the fall of Babylon, where Babylon 2. Opposition to the cause of is spoken of as the morning-star fallen Christ will be unavailing. v. 19. It from heaven.
always has been, on the whole, una19. Serpents and scorpions. Such vailing. Though tlie champions of noxious animals are emblems of what the cross die, like other men, yet God ever might prove hostile and injuri- raises up successors. Though hol. ous to the Saviour's cause; and the low-hearted men may be found special care of divine providence was, among the company of Christ's serin this verse, promised to the Sa-vants, and may exert a bad influence, viour's early ministers. The apostle yet there will always be those who Paul experienced, in a signal manner, are “ chosen and faithful,” by whose this special care of providence. See labors he will accomplish his designs. Acts 28: 3—6. Compare Ps. 91 : 13. Though the cause of Christ may || The enemy; Satan, the great enemy seem, in some individual instances,
21 In that hour Jesus re- to see those things which ye see, ioiced in spirit, and said, I and have not seen them; and to thank thee, O Father, Lord of hear those things which ye hear, heaven and earth, that thou hast and have not heard them. hid these things from the wise 25 And, behold, a certain and prudent, and hast revealed lawyer stood up, and tempted them unto babes: even so, Fa- him, saying, Master, what shall ther; for so it seemed good in I do to inherit eternal life? thy sight.
| 26 He said unto him, What 22 All things are delivered to is written in the law ? how read. me of my Father: and no man est thou ? knoweth who the Son is, but the 27 And he, answering, said, Father; and who the Father is, Thou shalt love the Lord thy but the Son, and he to whom the God with all thy heart, and with Son will reveal him.
| all thy soul, and with all thy 23 And he turned him unto strength, and with all thy his disciples, and said privately, mind; and thy neighbor as thyBlessed are the eyes which see self. the things that ye see.
28 And he said unto him, 24 For I tell you that many Thou hast answered right : this prophets and kings have desired do, and thou shalt live. to be overborne, yet, as a whole, it is here equivalent to teacher. || What going on “conquering and to con shall I do, &c. This was an inquiry
that excited much interest at that 3. No external circumstances on time. See Matt. 19: 16. Mark 10: earth, not even those which are con- | 17. There seems, too, to have been nected with our Christian profession, prevalent a belief that there were should be a principal ground of joy. certain acts of obedience which would v. 20.
infallibly secure eternal life, without 4. The prospect of an abode in its being sufficiently considered that heaven is a most reasonable ground the heart must be right. See Matt. of joy. v. 20. Have we that trust in | 22: 36. ll To inherit; to obtain. Christ, that love to him, and that 26. In the law; strictly, the law of spirit of habitual obedience to him, Moses. But here the word is probato which the promise of heaven is bly to be understood in a large sense, made ?
as equivalent to the term Scriptures.
See Matt. 22: 40. 21, 22. Compare Matt. 11: 25–27. 27. Compare Matt. 22: 37-40. 23, 24. Compare Matt. 13:16, 17. | 28. This do; cherish such a state
25. Lawyer; a teacher or' ex- of heart, and pursue such a course pounder of the laws of Moses. See on of conduct. This supreme love to 7:30. || Tempted ; tried him, put his God, producing a cheerful obedience knowledge and skill to the test, and to his will, and having the promise of wished to bring him into a dispute eternal life, is true piety. It may be and difficulty. Jesus professed to well to observe here, that the gospel teach the true religion. The doctors of Jesus Christ shows us the way of the law, among the Jews, were by which men, sinful beings, can also professed teachers of religion. come to the possession of this suOne of them now wished to try Je-preme love and obedience to God. It sus on a certain question. | Master ; is by submission to Christ, springing
29 But he, willing to justify | way; and when he saw him, he himself, said unto Jesus, And passed by on the other side. who is my neighbor ?
32 And likewise a Levite, 30 And Jesus, answering, when he was at the place, came said, A certain man went down and looked on him, and passed from Jerusalemn to Jericho, and by on the other side. fell among thieves, which strip- 33 But a certain Samaritan, ped him of his raiment, and as he journeyed, came where he wounded him, and departed, was : and when he saw him, he leaving him half dead.
had compassion on him, 31 And by chance there 34 And went to him," and came down a certain priest that bound up his wounds, pouring from a heart renewed by the Holy human being is to be considered as Spirit. See Rom. 8:1-4.
not entitled to the compassion and 29. The word neighbor, though | kindness required by the precept, used in the Scriptures in the broadest Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyextent of meaning, as equivalent to self. By selecting a Samaritan, as another person, was explained by the furnishing assistance to a distressed Jewish teachers as having a limited Jew, who had been neglected by prinmeaning; so that they felt at liberty cipal religious men of his own nato teach, Thou shalt love thy neigh- tion, this lesson was most happily bor, and hate thine enemy. See enforced; for between Jews and saMatt. 5: 43. There was room, then, maritans there was no friendly interin the view of this person, still, for course. To Jericho. Jericho was inquiring as to the meaning of the about twenty miles, nearly east, from word neighbor, in the connection in Jerusalem. The road from Jericho which it had now been introduced. to Jerusalem was a very favorable As the inquiry which he had present. one for robbers. At the present day, ed had been answered simply by a it passes through a series of rocky reference to the Scriptures, he proba- defiles, and the surrounding scenery bly felt a desire for a discussion of the is of the most gloomy aspect. subject, so as to draw out in detail the 31. By chance; or, as we say, he views of Jesus, who professed to be happened to be travelling that way. a teacher. Willing to justify himself; || A certain priest; one of the chief wishing to show himself a righteous, religious men of the nation. But, a good man ; professing a desire to though having the reputation of pieunderstand the direction, in order that ty, he wholly neglected his suffering he might live according to its mean- countryman. ing, and obtain eternal life.
32. A Levite. The Levites were 30. And Jesus, answering, said, &c. specially devoted to the service of re, The parable which now follows must ligion. The tribe of Levi had been be explained as an answer to the in- set apart for the service of the sancquiry, Who is my neighbor ? and to tuary, and for the religious interests this inquiry it is a most appropriate of the nation. || Came and looked on and satisfactory answer. The answer him; and thus saw the pressing naconveyed by the parable is this: Eo-ture of the case. ery and any human being, who is 33. Samaritan. See on Matt. 10: within the reach of your kind re-15. John 4:9. gards and kind treatment, is your 34. Oil and wine. These articles neighbor, whether he be a special were frequently used for medical purfriend, an acquaintance, or a stranger, poses. The wounds of the unhappy a foreigner, or even an enemy. Nó man needed to be washed, and the
in oil and wine, and set him on a certain village: and a certain his own beast, and brought him woman, named Martha, received to an inn, and took care of him. him into her house.
35 And on the morrow, when 39 And she had a sister called he departed, he took out two Mary, which also sat at Jesus' pence, and gave them to the feet, and heard his word. host, and said unto him, Take 40 But Martha was cumbered care of him : and whatsoever about much serving, and came thou spendest more, when I to him, and said, Lord, dost come again, I will repay thee. thou not care that my sister hath
36 Which now of these three, left me to serve alone? bid her thinkest thou, was neighbor therefore that she help me. unto him that fell among the 41 And Jesus answered, and thieves ?
said unto her, Martha, Martha, 37 And he said, He that thou art careful, and troubled showed mercy on him. Then about many things : said Jesus unto him, Go, and do 42 But one thing is needful ; thou likewise.
and Mary hath chosen that good 38 Now it came to pass, as part, which shall not be taken they went, that he entered into away from her. blood to be stanched. The wine of mended in this Samaritan; go, practhat country would be suitable for tise the principle of true, impartial that purpose, while, afterwards, the love to man. Compare 1 John 3:17. oil would have a soothing tendency. It was customary for persons who REFLECTIONS. 1. How lovely is were travelling a considerable dis. the spirit which the gospel enjoins tance to take with them various arti- and inspires! It includes all ‘men cles of necessity and convenience. within its kind regards, whatever be See Gen. 28: 18.
their external condition. 35. The host; the keeper of the 2. If we would have this genuine, public house.
extensive love to our neighbor, we 37. He that showed mercy, &c. | must begin by having supreme love Thus, without any intricate discus- to God, and by conforming ourselves sion, Jesus led this doctor of the law to his holy character. to a' proper answer, - showing him that the precept requiring love to | 38. A certain village; Bethany. See one's neighbor includes every human John 11:1. Matt. 21 : 17. being, even though he be a stranger, 39. His word; his instructions. or belong to a hostile community. 42. One thing is needful; the favor The doctor of the law having pro- of God, salvation; as is explained by posed the question, with the ostensi- the Saviour's mentioning “ thut good ble design of showing himself to be part," namely, eternal life, the blessed a righteous man, and with the osten- portion which will endure forever. sible purpose of acting towards his Thus our Lord would discourage neighbor according as the discussion an undue solicitude about temporal respecting the meaning of the word matters and outward appearances. should issue, Jesus then urged on Our bodies will soon be laid in the him the practical consequence - Go grave; the earth and the works thereand do likewise ; cherish the same in will be burned up. But our souls disposition which you have com- I are immortal; and there is endless