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SOME ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND CHARACTER

OF THE AUTHOR.

Tat tbou mightest know the certainty of those things wherein thou hast been

Luke i. 4.
inftruited,

IN TWO VOLUMES.

THE THIRD EDITION.

VOL. II.

EDINBURGH:

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1804.

A

PARAPHRASE & COMMENTARY

ON THE

HARMONY OF THE FOUR GOSPELS.

SECT. XXXIX.
Fejus cures a Centurion's have in Capernaum.

Luke vii. 1,-10. See § 28.
AVING finished his sermon, Jesus went into Capernaum

and cured a centurion's slave who was dangerously ill.
Luke vii. 1. Now when be bad ended all bis sayings in the audi-
ence of tbe people, be entered into Capernaum. 2. And a certain
centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was fick and ready
to die. 3. And when be heard of Jesus, be * sent unto him the
elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and beal
bis fervant This centurion seems to have been what they call-
ed a profelyte of righteousness ; for he was a lover of the Jewish
nation on account of their religion, and had built them a syna-
gogue for worship, probably in some heathen country, the inha-
bitants of Capernaum standing in no need of such a favour. His
attachment to the Jews, and his uncommon generosity, could not
fail to make him greatly beloved in that country. Hence the
elders of Capernaum, where he now resided, heartily espoused
his cause on this occasion, for they presented his petition to Jesus,
and urged it from the confideration of his character.
uben they came to Jesus, they bėsought him instantly, saying, That

wortby for whom he jould do this. 5. For he loveth qur nation, and be hath built us a synagogue.- Jesus, who embraced every opportunity of doing good, whether to the bodies or fouls of men, did not decline this that was now offered to himn. He cheerfully went with the elders as they desired : But in the way, some of the centurion's friends whom he had sent, met JeA

sus 3. Sent unto him the elders of the Jews.] Thefe elders were not the moft aged persons in Capernaum, but either the magistrates of the own, or the rulers of the synagogue, (węgiruvaywyos). For as it was anciently the custom of the Jews, to intiult the management of public affairs to perfons advanced in years, as having most wisdom and experience, they called all who discharged those offices elders, even when in latertimes they tre admitted to them, without any regud to their age at all.

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