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FOUR GOSPELS.

IK WHICH

?HE NATURAL ORDER OF EACH IS PRESERVED.
WITH A

PARAPHRASE AND NOTES.

By JAMES MACKNIGHT, D. D.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,

SOME ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND CHARACTER,
OF THE AUTHOR.

That tbou migbtrft knovi the certainty of those things wherein thou ha/i teen
instructed. LuKE i. 4.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

*THE THIRD EDITION.

VOL. II.

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PARAPHRASE & COMMENTARY

k ON THE

HARMONY OF THE FOUR GOSPELS.

SECT. XXXIX.

Jesus cures a Centurion's slave in Capernaum.
Luke vii. i,—10. See § 28.

HAVING 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 audience of the people, be entered into Capernaum. 2. And a certain ceaturion's servant, wbo was dear unto bim, was sick and ready to die. 3. And wben he heard of Jesus, he * sent unto him the tldirs of the Jews, beseeching bim that be would come and heal bis servant This centurion seems to have been what they called a proselyte of righteousness; for he was a lover of the Jewish nation on account of their religion, and had built them a synagogue for worship, probably in some heathen country, the inhabitants 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

dders 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 consideration of his character. 4. And vien they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That be was worthy for whom be should do this. j. For he loveth our nation, and he 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 him. He cheerfully went with the elders as they desired: But in the way, some of the centurion's friends whom he had sent, met JeVol. II. A sus

* Ver. 3. Sent unto him the elders of tie jfevjs.~\ These riders were rot the most aged persons in Capernaum, but tither the magistrates of the town, or the rulers of the synagogue, {a^yjuvmyuyti). For as it was anci»otly the custom of the Jews, to intrust the management of public affairs to persons-advanced in years, as having most wisdom and experience, they called all who discharged those offices elders, even when in later-times thty tre admitted to them, without any rcgaid to tli<ir age at all.

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