4 Iohn baptizeth. 6 His apparell and meate. 9 Iesus is baptized. 12 He is tempted. 14 He preacheth the Gospel. 21 and 39 He teacheth in the Synagogues. 23 He healeth one that had a deuil. 29 Peters mother in lawe. 32 Many diseased persons. 40 The Leper.
1 The beginning of the Gospel of Iesus Christ, the Sonne of God:
2 [Note:  Iohn goeth before Christ as it was forespoken by the Prophets. ] As it is written in the [Note: [a] This is the figure Metonymia, wherby is meant the bookes of the Prophets, Malachie and Esay. ] Prophets, [Note: Mal.3.1. ] Behold, [Note: [b] The Prophet vseth the present tence, when he speaketh of a thing to come, being as sure of it, as if he sawe it. ] I send my messenger [Note: [c] A Metaphor taken from the vsage of Kings, which vse to haue vshers go before them. ] before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
3 [Note: Isa.40.3. luk.3.4. ioh.1.15. ] The voyce of him that cryeth in the wildernesse is, Prepare the way of the Lord: make his paths straight.
4 [Note:  The summe of Iohns doctrine, or rather Christs is remission of sinnes and amendment of life. ] [Note: Mat.3.1. ] Iohn did baptize in the wildernesse, and preach the [Note: [d] The Iewes vsed many kindes of wasshings: but here is spoken of a peculiar kind of wasshing, which hath all the partes of true baptisme, amendement of life, and forgiuenesse of sinnes. ] baptisme of amendement of life, for remission of sinnes.
5 And al ye countrey of Iudea, & they of Hierusalem went out vnto him, and were all baptized of him in the riuer Iordan, confessing their sinnes.
6 [Note: Matth.3.4. ] Nowe Iohn was clothed wt camels heare, and with a girdle of a skinne about his loynes: and he did eate [Note: Leuit.11.22. ] Locusts and wilde hony,
7 [Note: Matth.3.11. luke 3.16. iohn 1.26. actes 1.5. & 2.4. & 11.16. and 19.4. ] [Note:  Iohn and all ministers cast their eyes vpon Christ the Lord. ] And preached, saying, A stronger then I commeth after me, whose shoes latchet I am not worthy to [Note: [e] The Euangelist his meaning was to expresse the condition of the basest seruant. ] stoupe downe, and vnloose.
8 Trueth it is, I haue [Note: [f] He sheweth that all the force of baptisme proceedeth from Christ, who baptiseth within. ] baptized you with water: but he will baptize you with the holy Ghost.
9 ¶ [Note: Matth.3.13. luke 3.21. iohn 1.33. ] [Note:  Christ doeth consecrate our baptisme in himselfe. ] And it came to passe in those dayes, that Iesus came from Nazareth, a citie of Galile, and was baptized of Iohn in Iordan.
10 [Note:  The vocation of Christ from heauen, as head of the Church. ] And assoone as [Note: [g] Iohn that went downe into the water with Christ. ] he was come out of the water, Iohn saw the heauens clouen in twaine, and the holy Ghost descending vpo him like a doue.
[Christ tempted. Newe doctrine.]
11 Then there was a voyce from heauen, saying, Thou art my beloued Sonne, in whome I am [Note: [h] Looke Mat.3.17. ] well pleased.
12 [Note: Mat.4.1. lu.4.1. hebr.2.18. ] [Note:  Christ being tempted ouercommeth. ] And immediatly the Spirite [Note: [i] Here is no violent and forcible driuing out meant: but the diuine power claddeth Christ (who had liued vntil this time as a priuate man) with a newe person, & prepareth him to the combate that was at hande, and to his ministerie. ] driueth him into the wildernesse.
13 And he was there in the wildernesse fourtie daies, and was tempted of Satan: hee was also with the wilde beastes, and the Angels ministred vnto him.
14 ¶ [Note: Mat.4.12. luk.4. 14. iohn 4.43. ] [Note:  After that Iohn is taken, Christ sheweth himselfe fullie. ] Now after that Iohn was committed to prison, Iesus came into Galile, preaching the Gospel of the kingdome of God,
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdome of God is at hand: repent and beleeue the Gospel.
16 ¶ [Note: Mat.4.18. luke 5.2. ] [Note:  The calling of Simon & Andrew. ] And as he walked by the sea of Galile, he saw Simon, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, (for they were fishers.)
17 Then Iesus said vnto them, Folow me, and I will make you to be fishers of men.
18 And straightway they forsooke their nets, and folowed him.
19 [Note:  The calling of Iames and Iohn. ] And when hee had gone a litle further thence, he sawe Iames the sonne of Zebedeus, and Iohn his brother, as they were in the ship, mending their nets.
20 And anon hee called them: and they left their father Zebedeus in the shippe with his hired seruants, and went their way after him.
21 ¶ So [Note: Mat.4.13. luke 4.31. ] they entred into [Note: [k] From the citie Nazareth. ] Capernaum, and straightway on the Sabbath day hee entred into the Synagogue, and taught.
22 And they were astonied at his doctrine, [Note: Mat.7.28. luke 4 32. ] for he taught them as one that had authoritie, and not as the Scribes.
23 ¶ [Note:  He preacheth that doctrine, by which alone Satan is driue out of the world, which also he confirmeth by a miracle. ] And there was in their Synagogue a man [Note: [l] Word for word, a man in an vncleane spirit, that is to say, possessed with an euill spirite. ] in whome was an vncleane spirite, and hee cried out,
24 Saying, Ah, what haue we to do with thee, O [Note: [m] Hee was borne in Bethleem, but through the errour of the people, he was called a Nazarean, because hee was brought vp in Nazareth. ] Iesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy vs? I knowe thee what thou art, euen that [Note: [n] He alludeth to that name that was written in the golden plate which the high Priest wore, Exod.28.36. ] holy one of God.
25 And Iesus rebuked him, saying, Holde thy peace, and come out of him.
26 And the vncleane spirit [Note: [o] Looke beneath, chap.9.20. ] tare him, & cried with a loude voyce, and came out of him.
27 And they were all amased, so that they demaunded [Note: [p] As men amased. ] one of another, saying, What thing is this? what newe doctrine is this? for he [Note: [q] By his owne authoritie, or as a Lord. ] commandeth euen the foule spirites with authoritie, and they obey him.
28 And immediatly his fame spred abroade throughout all the region [Note: [r] Not onely into Galile, but also into the countries bordering vpon it. ] bordering on Galile.
29 ¶ [Note: Matt.8.14. luke 4.38. ] [Note:  By healing of diuers diseases, he sheweth that he hath brought true life into the world. ] And assoone as they were come out of the Synagogue, they entred into the house of Symon and Andrew, with Iames and Iohn.
30 And Symons wiues mother lay sicke of a feuer, and anon they told him of her.
31 And he came and tooke her by the hand, and lifted her vp, and the feuer forsooke her by and by, and shee ministred vnto them.
32 And whe euen was come, at what time the sunne setteth, they brought to him all that were diseased, & them that were possessed with deuils.
33 And the whole citie was gathered together at the doore.
34 And he healed many that were sicke of diuers diseases: and he cast out many deuils, & [Note: [s] For it belongeth not to the deuils to preach the Gospel, Acts 16,18. ] suffred not the deuils to say that they knewe him.
35 And in the morning very early before day,
[Iesus came to preach.]
Iesus arose & went out into a solitarie place, and there praied.
36 And Simon, and they that were with him, followed carefully after him.
37 And when they had found him, they sayde vnto him, All men seeke for thee.
38 Then he said vnto them, Let vs go into the [Note: [t] Villages which were as Cities. ] next townes, that I may preach there also: for I came out for that purpose.
39 And hee preached in their Synagogues, throughout all Galile, and cast the deuils out.
40 ¶ [Note: Matt.8.2. luke 5.12. ] [Note:  By healing the leprous, he sheweth that he came for this cause, to wipe out ye sinnes of the world with his touching. ] And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, & kneeled downe vnto him, & said to him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me cleane.
41 And Iesus had compassion, and put foorth his hand, and touched him, and said to him, I wil: be thou cleane.
42 And assone as he had spoken, immediatly ye leprosie departed fro him, & he was made cleane.
43 And after he had giue him a streight commandement, he sent him away forthwith,
44 [Note:  He witnesseth that he was not mooued with ambition, but with the onely desire of his Fathers glory, and loue towardes poore sinners. ] And sayde vnto him, See thou say nothing to any man, but get thee hence, and shewe thy selfe to the [Note: [u] All the posteritie of Aaron might iudge of a Leper. ] [Note: Leuit.14.4. ] Priest, and offer for thy clensing those things, which Moses commaunded, for a testimoniall vnto them.
45 But when he was departed, [Note: Luke 5.15. ] hee began to tel many things, and to publish the matter: so that Iesus could no more openly enter into the citie, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from euery quarter.
3 and 4 One sicke of the palsie, hauing his sinnes forgiuen him, is healed. 14 Matthewe is called. 19 Fastings and afflictions are foretolde. 23 The disciples plucke the cares of corne. 26 The shewbread.
1 After [Note: Matt.9.1. luke 5.18. ] [Note:  Christ sheweth by healing this man which was sicke of the palsie, that men recouer in him through faith onely, al their strength which they haue lost. ] a fewe daies, hee entred into Capernaum againe, and it was noysed that he was in the [Note: [a] In the house where he vsed to remaine: for hee chose Capernaum to dwell in, and left Nazareth. ] house.
2 And anon, many gathered together, in so much that the [Note: [b] Neither the house nor the entrie was able to holde them. ] places about the doore coulde not receiue any more and he preached the word vnto them.
3 And there came vnto him, that brought one sicke of the palsie, borne of foure men.
4 And because they could not come nere vnto him for the multitude, they vncouered ye roofe of the house where hee was: and when they had broken it open, they [Note: [c] They brake vp the vpper part of the house, which was plaine, & let downe the man that was sicke of the palsie into the lower part where Christ preached, for they could not otherwise come into his sight. ] let downe the [Note: [d] The word signifieth the worst kinde of bed, where upon men vse to laie downe themselues at noonetide, and such other times to refresh themselues: we call it a couche. ] bed, wherein the sicke of the palsie lay.
5 Nowe when Iesus sawe their faith, he saide to the sicke of the palsie, Sonne, thy sinnes are forgiuen thee.
6 And there were certaine of the Scribes sitting there, and [Note: [e] In their mindes disputing vpon that matter, on both sides. ] reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why doeth this man speake such blasphemies? [Note: Iob 14.4. isai 43.25. ] who can forgiue sinnes, but God onely?
8 And immediatly when Iesus perceiued in his spirite, that thus they reasoned wt themselues, he sayde vnto them, Why reason yee these things in your hearts?
9 Whether is it easier to say to the sicke of the palsie, Thy sinnes are forgiuen thee? or to say, Arise, and take vp thy bed, and walke?
10 But that ye may knowe, that the Sonne of man hath authoritie in earth to forgiue sinnes, (he sayde vnto the sicke of the palsie.)
11 I say vnto thee, Arise and take vp thy bed, and get thee hence into thine owne house.
12 And by and by he arose, and tooke vp his [Page]
[Who neede the Physition.]
bed, and went foorth before them all, in so much that they were all [Note: [f] Word for worde, past themselues, or out of their wittes. ] amased, and glorified God, saying, We neuer sawe such a thing.
13 ¶ [Note:  The Gospel offendeth ye proude, and saueth the humble. ] Then he went foorth againe towarde the sea, and all the people resorted vnto him, and he taught them.
14 [Note: Mat.9.9. luke 5.27. ] And as Iesus passed by, hee sawe [Note: [g] Matthewes other name. ] Leui the sonne of Alpheus sit at the receit of custome, and said vnto him, Folowe me. And he arose and followed him.
15 ¶ And it came to passe, as Iesus sate at table in his house, many Publicanes & sinners sate at table also with Iesus, and his disciples: for there were many that followed him.
16 And when the Scribes and Pharises sawe him eate with the Publicanes and sinners, they sayd vnto his disciples, Howe is it, that hee eateth and drinketh with Publicanes and sinners?
17 Now when Iesus heard it, hee sayde vnto them, The whole haue no neede of the Physicion, but the sicke. [Note: 1.Tim.1.13. ] I came not to call the righteous, but the sinners to repentance.
18 [Note: Mat.9.14. luke 5.33. ] [Note:  The superstitious and hypocrits do rashly put the summe of godlines in things indifferent, and are here for three causes reprehended. First, for that not considering what euery maus strength is able to beare, they rashly make all maner of lawes concerning such things, without all discretion. ] And the disciples of Iohn, and the Pharises did fast, and came and saide vnto him, Why doe the disciples of Iohn, and of the Pharises fast, and thy disciples fast not?
19 And Iesus saide vnto them, Can the children of the marriage chamber fast, whiles the bridegrome is with them? as long as they haue the bridegrome with them, they cannot fast.
20 But the daies will come, when the bridegrome shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast in those daies.
21 Also no man soweth a piece of newe cloth in an olde garment: for els the newe piece that filled it vp, taketh away somewhat from the olde, and the breach is worse.
22 Likewise, no man putteth newe wine into old vessels: for els the new wine breaketh the vessels, and the wine runneth out, and the vessels are lost: but newe wine must be put into new vessels.
23 ¶ [Note: Matt.12.1. luke 6.1. ] [Note:  Secondarily, for that they make no differece betweene the lawes which God made concerning the same things, and lawes that are made of things which are vtterly vnlawfull. ] And it came to passe as hee went through the corne on the [Note: [h] Word for word, on the Sabbaths, that is, on the holy daies. ] Sabbath day, that his disciples, as they went on their way, began to plucke the eares of corne.
24 And the Pharises saide vnto him, Beholde, why doe they on the Sabbath day, that which is not lawfull?
25 And he saide to them, Haue yee neuer read what [Note: 1.Sam.21.6. ] Dauid did when he had neede, and was an hungred, both he, and they that were with him?
26 Howe he went into the house of God, in the daies of [Note: [i] 1.Sam.21.1. He is called Achimedech and his sonne Abiathar, but by conference of other places, it is plaine, that both of them had two names, Zooke 1.Chro.24.6. 2.Sam.8.17. and 25.29. 1.King.2. 26. 2.King 25.18. ] Abiathar the hie Priest, and did eat the shewe bread, which were not lawfull to eate, but for the [Note: Exod.29.33. leu.8.31. & 24 9. ] Priests, and gaue also to them which were with him?
27 And hee sayde to them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.
28 Wherefore the Sonne of man is Lorde, euen of the [Note: [k] Hath the Sabbath day in his power, & may rule it as him listeth. ] Sabbath.
1 The withered hande is healed. 6 The Pharises consult with the Herodians. 10 Many are healed by touching Christ. 11 At his fight the deuils fall downe before him. 14 The twelue Apostles. 24 The kingdome deuided against it selfe. 29 Blasphemie against the holy Ghost. 33 Christes parents.
1 And [Note: Mat.12.9. luke 6.6. ] [Note:  Thirdly, for that they preferred the ceremoniall lawe (which was but an appendant to the morall lawe) before the morall lawe. Whereas contrariwise, they should haue learned out of this, the true vse of the ceremoniall lawe. ] he entred againe into ye Synagogue, & there was a man which had a [Note: [a] That is, vnprofitable and dead. ] withered had.
[Conspiracie against Christ.]
2 And they watched him, whether he would heale him on the Sabbath day, that they might accuse him.
3 Then he saide vnto the man which had the withered hand, Arise: stand forth in the middes.
4 And he saide to them, Is it lawfull to doe a good deede on the Sabbath day, or to doe euil? to saue the [Note: [b] A figuratiue speach, by the figure Synecdoche. For this kinde of saying, To saue the life, is as much, as to saue the man. ] life, or to kil? But they held their peace.
5 Then hee looked rounde about on them [Note: [c] Men, when they haue wrong done vnto them, are angrie, but not without vice: but Christ is angrie without vice, neither is he sory so much for the iniurie that is done to his owne person, as for their wickednesse: and therefore he had pitie vpon them, and for that cause is he saide to haue mourned. ] angerly, mourning also for the [Note: [d] As though their heart had beene so closed vp, & growê together, that whole some doctrine could preuaile no more with them. ] hardnesse of their hearts, and saide to the man, Stretch foorth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hande was restored, as whole as the other.
6 ¶ [Note:  The more the trueth is kept vnder, the more it commeth out. ] And the Pharises departed, & straightway gathered a councill with the [Note: [e] Looke Mat.22.36. ] Herodians against him, that they might destroy him.
7 But Iesus auoided with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude followed him from Galile, and from Iudea,
8 And from Ierusalem, & from Idumea, and [Note: [f] Which Iosephus calleth stonie or rockie. ] beyonde Iordan: and they that dwelled about Tyrus & Sidon, when they had heard what great things he did, came vnto him in great number.
9 And he commanded his disciples, that a litle shippe should [Note: [g] Should alwaies be readie for him. ] waite for him, because of the multitude, lest they shoulde throng him.
10 For hee had healed many, in so much that they preassed vpon him to touch him, as many as had [Note: [h] Diseases wherewith God scourgeth men as it were with whippes. ] plagues.
11 And when the [Note: [i] In them whome they had entred into: or by the figure called Metonymia, for the which were vexed with the vncleane spirites. ] vncleane spirits sawe him, they fel downe before him, & cried, saying, Thou art the Sonne of God.
12 And he sharply rebuked them, to the ende they should not vtter him.
13 ¶ [Note: Chap.6.7. mat. 10.1. luke 9.1. ] Then hee went vp into a mountaine, and called vnto him whome he woulde, and they came vnto him.
14 [Note:  The twelue Apostles are set apart to be trained vp to the office of the Apostleship. ] And hee [Note: [k] Chose & appointed out twelue to be familiar and conuersant with him. ] appoynted twelue that they should be with him, and that he might send them to preache,
15 And that they might haue power to heale sicknesses, and to cast out deuils.
16 And the first was Simon, and hee named Simon, Peter,
17 Then Iames the sonne of Zebedeus, & Iohn Iames brother (and surnamed them Boanerges, which is, the sonnes of thunder,)
18 And Andrew, and Philippe, & Bartlemew, and Matthewe, and Thomas, and Iames, the sonne of Alpheus, and [Note: [l] Whom Luke also calleth Iudas: and for difference sake, the other Iudas is called Iscariot. ] Thaddeus, and Simon the Cananite,
19 And Iudas Iscariot, who also betraied him, and they came [Note: [m] The disciples who Christ had taken to be of his traine and to liue with him, come home to his house, to be with him alwaies after. ] home.
20 And the multitude assembled againe, so that they could not so much as eate bread.
21 [Note:  None are worse enemies of ye Gospel, then they that least ought. ] And when his [Note: [n] Word for word, they yt were of him, that is, his kinsfolks: for they that were mad were brought to their kinsmen. ] kinsfolkes heard of it, they went out to laie hold on him: for they sayde that he was beside himselfe.
22 ¶ [Note: Mat.9.34. & 12. 24. luke 11.15. ] And the Scribes which came downe fro Hierusalem, saide, He hath Beelzebub, & through the prince of the deuils he casteth out deuils.
23 But he called them vnto him, and said vnto them in parables, How can Satan driue out Sata?
24 For if a kingdome bee deuided against it selfe, that kingdome can not stand.
25 Or if a house bee deuided against it selfe, that house can not continue.
26 So if [Note: [o] Satans impes or bande. ] Satan make insurrection against himselfe, and be deuided, hee can not endure but is at an ende.
[Of the seede sowen.]
27 No man can enter into a strong mans house, and take away his goods, except hee first binde that strong man, and then spoyle his house.
28 ¶ [Note: Matth.18.31. luke 12.10. 1.iohn 5.16. ] [Note:  They onely are without hope of saluation, which do maliciously oppugne Christ, whom they know. ] Verely I say vnto you, all sinnes shalbe forgiuen vnto the children of men, and blasphemies, wherewith they blaspheme:
29 But hee that blasphemeth against the holy Ghost, shall neuer haue forgiuenesse, but is culpable of eternall damnation.
30 [Note: [p] These are the wordes of the Euangelist. ] Because they saide, Hee had an vncleane spirit.
31 ¶ [Note: Matth.12.46. luke 8.19. ] Then came his [Note: [q] Vnder this name Brother, the Hebrewes vnderstand all that are of the same stocke and kinred. ] brethren and mother, and stoode without, and sent vnto him, and called him.
32 And the people sate about him, and they said vnto him, Beholde, thy mother, and thy brethren seeke for thee without.
33 But hee answered them, saying, Who is my mother and my brethren?
34 [Note:  The spirituall kindred is farre otherwise to be accounted of, then the carnall or fleshly. ] And hee looked rounde about on them, which sate in compasse about him, and saide, Beholde my mother and my brethren.
35 For whosoeuer doeth the will of God, he is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
4 The parable of the sower, 14 And the meaning thereof. 18 Thornes. 21 The candle. 26 Of him that sowed, and then slept. 31 The graine of mustard seed. 38 Christ sleepeth in the shippe.
1 And [Note: Matth.13.1. luke 8.4. ] hee began againe to teache by the [Note: [a] Sea side of Tiberias. ] sea side, and there gathered vnto him a great multitude, so that hee entred into a shippe, and sate [Note: [b] In a ship which was launched into the sea. ] in the sea, and all the people was by the sea side on the land.
2 And he taught them many things in parables, and said vnto them in his doctrine,
3 [Note:  The selfe same doctrine of the Gospel is sowen euery where, but it hath not like successe in deede through the fault of man, but yet by the iust iudgement of God. ] Hearken: Beholde, there went out a sower to sowe.
4 And it came to passe as he sowed, that some fell by the way side, and the foules of the heauen came, and deuoured it vp.
5 And some fell on stonie grounde, where it had not much earth, and by and by sprang vp, because it had not depth of earth.
6 But assoone as ye Sunne was vp, it was burnt vp, and because it had not roote, it withered away.
7 And some fell among the thornes, and the thornes grewe vp, and choked it, so that it gaue no fruite.
8 Some againe fell in good grounde, and did yeelde fruite that sprong vp, and grewe, and it brought foorth, some thirtie folde, some sixtie folde, and some an hundreth folde.
9 Then he said vnto them, He that hath eares to heare, let him heare.
10 And whe he was [Note: [c] Word for word, solitarie. ] alone, they that were [Note: [d] They that followed him at the heeles. ] about him with the twelue, asked him of ye parable.
11 And he saide vnto them, To you it is giuen to knowe the mysterie of the kingdome of God: but vnto them that are [Note: [e] That is to say, to strangers, and such as are none of ours. ] without, all thinges bee done in parables,
12 [Note: Esai.6.9. matth.13.14. luke 8.10. iohn 12.40. actes 28.26. rom.11.8. ] That they seeing, may see, and not discerne: and they hearing, may heare, and not vnderstand, least at any time they should turne, and their sinnes should be forgiuen them.
13 Againe he said vnto them, Perceiue ye not this parable? howe then should ye vnderstand all other parables?
14 The sower soweth the worde.
15 And these are they that receiue the seede by the wayes side, in whome the worde is sowen:
[The candle lighted.]
but when they haue heard it, Satan commeth immediatly, and taketh away the worde that was sowen in their heartes.
16 And likewise they that receiue the seede in stony ground, are they, which whe they haue heard the word, straightwayes receiue it with gladnesse.
17 Yet haue they no roote in themselues, and endure but a time: for when trouble and persecution ariseth for the worde, immediatly they be offended.
18 Also they that receiue the seede among the thornes, are such as heare the word:
19 But the cares [Note: [f] Which pertaine to this life. ] of this world, and the [Note: 1.Tim.6.17. ] deceitfulnes of riches, and the lustes of other things enter in, and choke the word, and it is vnfruitfull.
20 But they that haue receiued seede in good ground, are they that heare the worde, and receiue it, and bring foorth fruite: one corne thirtie, another sixtie, and some an hundreth.
21 ¶ [Note:  Although the light of the Gospel be reiected of the world, yet it ought to be lighted, if it were for no other cause then this, that the wickednes of the world might be made manifest. ] Also he saide vnto them, [Note: Matth.5.15. luke 8.16. and 11.33. ] Commeth the candle in, to be put vnder a bushell, or vnder the bed, and not to be put on a candlesticke?
22 [Note: Matt. 10.26. luke 8.17. and 12.2. ] For there is nothing hid, that shall not be opened: neither is there a secret, but that it shall come to light.
23 If any man haue eares to heare, let him heare.
24 [Note:  The more liberally that we communicat such gifts as God hath giuen vs with our brethren, the more bountifull wil God be toward vs. ] And he said vnto them, Take heede what ye heare. [Note: Matth.7.2. luke 6.38. ] With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured vnto you: and vnto you that heare, shall more be giuen.
25 [Note: Matth.13.12. and 25.29. luke 8.18. and 19.20. ] For vnto him that hath, shall it be giuen, and from him that hath not, shall be taken away, euen that he hath.
26 ¶ [Note:  The Lord soweth and reapeth after a maner vnknowen to men. ] Also he said, So is the kingdome of God, as if a man should cast seede in the ground,
27 And [Note: [g] That is, when he hath done sowing, should paße the time both day and night, nothing douting but that the seede would spring, which groweth both day and night. ] shoulde sleepe, and rise vp night and day, and the seede should spring and growe vp, he [Note: [h] It is the part of the ministers, to labour the ground with all diligence, and commend the succeße to God: for that mightie working whereby the seede commeth to blade and eare, is secret, and is onely knowe by the fruite. ] not knowing howe.
28 For the earth bringeth foorth fruite [Note: [i] By a certaine power which mooueth it selfe. ] of it selfe, first the blade, then the eares, after that full corne in the eares.
29 And assoone as the fruite sheweth it selfe, anon hee putteth in the sickle, because the haruest is come.
30 ¶ [Note: Matth.13.31. luke 13.19. ] [Note:  God farre otherwise then men vse, beginneth with the least, and endeth with the greatest. ] He saide moreouer, Whereunto shall wee liken the kingdome of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
31 It is like a graine of mustarde seede, which when it is sowen in the earth, is the least of all seedes that be in the earth:
32 But after that it is sowen, it groweth vp, and is greatest of all herbes, and beareth great branches, so that the foules of heauen may builde vnder the shadow of it.
33 And [Note: Matth.13.34. ] with many such parables he preached the word vnto them, [Note: [k] According to the capacitie of the hearers. ] as they were able to heare it.
34 And without parables spake hee nothing vnto them: but he [Note: [l] Word for word, Loosed, as you would say, read them the hard riddels. ] expounded all thinges to his disciples apart.
35 ¶ [Note: Matth.8.23. luke 8.22. ] Nowe the same day when euen was come, he saide vnto them, Let vs passe ouer vnto the other side.
36 And they left the multitude, and tooke him as he was in the shippe, and there were also with him other little shippes.
37 [Note:  They that saile with Christ, although he seeme to sleepe neuer so soundly when they are in danger, yet they are preserued of him in time conuenient, being awaked. ] And there arose a great storme of winde, and the waues dashed into the shippe, so that it was now full.
38 And he was in the sterne asleepe on a pillow: [Page]
[A Legion of deuils.]
and they awoke him, and saide to him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39 And hee rose vp, and rebuked the winde, and saide vnto the sea, Peace, and be still. So the winde ceased, and it was a great calme.
40 Then he saide vnto them, [Note: [m] How commeth it to paße that you haue no faith? ] Why are ye so fearefull? how is it that ye haue no faith?
41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, Who is this, that both the winde and sea obey him?
2 One possessed in healed. 7 The deuill acknowledgeth Christ. 9 A legion of deuils 13 entreth into swine. 22 Iairus daughter. 25 A woman is healed of a bloodie issue. 26 Physicians. 34 Faith. 39 Sleepe.
1 And [Note: Matth.8.28. luke 8.26. ] [Note:  Many haue the vertue of Christ in admiration, and yet they will not redeeme it with the losse of the least thing they haue. ] they came ouer to the other side of the sea into the countrey of the [Note: [a] Looke Mat.8.30. ] Gadarens.
2 And when he was come out of the shippe, there met him incontinently out of the graues, a man [Note: [b] Word for word, in an vncleane spirit: now they are said to be in the spirit, because the spirit holdeth them fast locked vp, and as it were bound. ] which had an vncleane spirit:
3 Who had his abiding among the graues, and no man could binde him, no not with chaines:
4 Because that when hee was often bounde with fetters and chaines, he plucked the chaines asunder, and brake the fetters in pieces, neither could any man tame him.
5 And alwayes both night and day he cryed in the mountaines, and in the graues, and strooke himselfe with stones.
6 And when he saw Iesus afarre off, he ranne, and worshipped him,
7 And cryed with a loude voyce, and saide, What haue I to doe with thee, Iesus the Sonne of the most high God? I [Note: [c] That is, aßure me by an othe, that thou wilt not vexe me. ] will that thou sweare to me by God, that thou torment me not.
8 (For hee saide vnto him, Come out of the man, thou vncleane spirit.)
9 And he asked him, What is thy name? and hee answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
10 And hee [Note: [d] That deuil that played the meßager for his felowes. ] prayed him instantly, that hee would not send them away out of the countrey.
11 Now there was there in the [Note: [e] This whole countrey is for the greater part of it very hilly, for the mountaines of Galaad runne through it. ] mountaines a great heard of swine, feeding.
12 And all ye deuils besought him, saying, Send vs into the swine, that we may enter into them.
13 And incontinently Iesus gaue them leaue. Then the vncleane spirites went out, and entred into the swine, and the heard ranne headlong from the high banke into the [Note: [f] Strabo in the sixtenth booke saith that in Gadar is there is a standing poole of very naughtie water, which if beastes taste of, they shead their heare, nailes, or houes and hornes. ] sea, (and there were about two thousand swine) and they were choked vp in the sea.
14 And the swineheards fled, and told it in the citie, and in the countrey, and they came out to see what it was that was done.
15 And they came to Iesus, and sawe him that had bene possessed with the deuil, and had the legion, sit both clothed, and in his right minde: and they were afraide.
16 And they that saw it, tolde them, what was done to him that was possessed with the deuil, and concerning the swine.
17 Then they began to pray him, that hee would depart from their coastes.
18 And when he was come into the shippe, he that had bene possessed with the deuil, prayed him that he might be with him.
19 Howbeit, Iesus would not suffer him, but said vnto him, Goe thy way home to thy friendes, and shewe them what great thinges the Lorde
hath done vnto thee, and howe hee hath had compassion on thee.
20 So he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis, what great things Iesus had done vnto him: and all men did marueile.
21 ¶ And when Iesus was come ouer againe by ship vnto the other side, a great multitude gathered together to him, & he was neere vnto the sea.
22 [Note: Matth.9.18. luke 8.41. ] And [Note: [g] The whole companie aßembled not disorderly, but in euery Synagogue there were certaine men which gouerned the people. ] beholde, there came one of the rulers of the Synagogue, whose name was Iairus: and when he sawe him, he fell downe at his feete,
23 And besought him instantly, saying, My litle daughter lyeth at point of death: I pray thee that thou wouldest come and lay thine hands on her, that she may be healed, and liue.
24 Then hee went with him, and a great multitude folowed him, and thronged him.
25 ( [Note:  Iesus being touched with true faith, although it be but weake, doeth heale vs by his vertue. ] And there was a certaine woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelue yeeres,
26 And had suffred many things of many physicions, and had spent all that she had, and it auailed her nothing, but she became much worse.
27 When she had heard of Iesus, shee came in the preasse behinde, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may but touch his clothes, I shalbe whole.
29 And straightway the course of her blood was dried vp, and she felt in her body, that she was healed of that plague.
30 And immediatly when Iesus did knowe in himselfe the vertue that went out of him, he turned him round about in the preasse, and said, Who hath touched my clothes?
31 And his disciples said vnto him, Thou seest the multitude throng thee, and sayest thou, Who did touche me?
32 And he looked round about, to see her that had done that.
33 And the woman feared and trembled: for she knewe what was done in her, and shee came and fell downe before him, and tolde him the whole trueth.
34 And hee saide to her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole: go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.)
35 While hee yet spake, there came from the same ruler of the Synagogues house certaine which said, Thy daughter is dead: why diseasest thou the Master any further?
36 [Note:  Fathers apprehend by faith the promises of life euen for their children. ] Assoone as Iesus heard that word spoken, he said vnto the ruler of the Synagogue, Be not afraide: onely beleeue.
37 And he suffered no man to folow him saue Peter and Iames, and Iohn the brother of Iames.
38 So hee came vnto the house of the ruler of the Synagogue, and sawe the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
39 And he went in, and said vnto them, Why make ye this trouble, and weepe? the childe is not dead, but sleepeth.
40 [Note:  Such as mocke and scorne Christ, are vnworthy to be witnesses of his goodnesse. ] And they laught him to scorne: but hee put them all out, and tooke the father, and the mother of the childe, and them [Note: [h] The three disciples. ] that were with him, and entred in where the childe lay,
41 And tooke the childe by the hand, & saide vnto her, Talitha cumi, which is by interpretation, Mayden, I say vnto thee, arise.
42 And straightway the mayden arose, and walked: for shee was of the age of twelue yeeres, and they were astonied out of measure.
43 And he charged them straitly that no man should knowe of it, and commaunded to giue her meate.
2 Christ preaching in his countrey, his owne contemne him. 6 The vnbeliefe of the Nazarites. 7 The Apostles are sent. 13 They cast out deuils: they anoynt the sicke with oyle. 14 Herods opinion of Christ. 18 The cause of Iohns imprisonment. 22 Dauncing. 27 Iohn beheaded, 29 buried. 30 The Apostles returne from preaching. 34 Christ teacheth in the desart. 37 Hee feedeth the people with fiue loaues. 48 The Apostles are troubled on the sea. 56 The sicke that touch Christes garment, are healed.
1 And [Note: Matt.13.54. luke 4.16. ] [Note:  The faithlesse world doeth no whit at all diminish the vertue of Christ, but wittingly and willingly depriueth it selfe, of the efficacie of it being offered vnto them. ] he departed thence, and came into his owne countrey, and his disciples followed him.
2 And when the Sabbath was come, he began to teach in the Synagogue, and many that heard him, were astonied, and sayd, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdome is this that is giuen vnto him, that euen such [Note: [a] The worde signifieth powers, or vertues, whereby are meant those wonderfull workes that Christ did, which shewed and set forth the vertue & power of his Godhead to all the world, Mat.7.22. ] great workes are done by his hands?
3 Is not this that carpenter Maries sonne, the brother of Iames & Ioses, and of Iuda & Simon? and are not his [Note: [b] After the maner of the Hebrewes, who by brethren & sisters, vnderstande all their kinsfolkes. ] sisters here with vs? And they were offended in him.
4 Then Iesus sayd vnto them, A [Note: Mat.13.57. luke 4.24. iohn 4.44. ] Prophet is not without [Note: [c] Not onely that hath that honour which of right is due to him taken from him, but is also euill spoken of and misreported. ] honour, but in his owne countrey, and among his owne kindred, & in his own house.
5 And he [Note: [d] That is, hee would not: for we must needes haue faith if we will receiue the workes of God. ] could there doe no great workes, saue that hee layd his hands vpon a fewe sicke folke, and healed them,
6 And he marueiled at their vnbeliefe, [Note: Matth.4.23. luke 13.22. ] and went about by ye townes on euery side, teaching.
7 ¶ [Note: Chap.3.14. matt. 10.1. luke 9.1. ] [Note:  The disciples are prepared to that generall Apostleship, by a peculiar sending foorth. ] And he called vnto him the twelue, and began to send them forth two and two, and gaue them power ouer vncleane spirits,
8 [Note:  Faithfull Pastours ought not to haue their mindes set, no not on things that are necessarie for this life, if they may be an hinderance vnto them, be it neuer so litle. ] And commanded them that they should take nothing for their iourney, saue a staffe onely: neither scrip, neither bread, neither money in their girdles:
9 But that they should be shod with [Note: Act.12.8. ] [Note: [e] The worde signifieth properly womens shooes. ] sandals, & that they should not put on [Note: [f] That is, they should take no change of garments with them, that they might be lighter for this iourney, and make more speede. ] two coates.
10 And he sayd vnto them, Wheresoeuer ye shall enter into an house, [Note: [g] That is, change not your ynnes in this short iourney. ] there abide till ye depart thence.
11 [Note: Mat.10.14. luke 9.5. ] [Note:  The Lord is a most seuere reuenger of his seruants. ] And whosoeuer shall not receiue you, nor heare you, when ye depart thence, [Note: Acts.13.51. and 18.6. ] shake off the dust that is vnder your feete, for a witnes vnto them. Verely I say vnto you, It shalbe easier for Sodom, or Gomorrha at the day of iudgement, then for that citie.
12 ¶ And they went out, and preached, that men should amend their liues.
13 And they cast out many deuils: and they [Note: Iam.5.14. ] [Note: [h] That oyle was a token and a signe of this marueilous vertue: and seeing that the gift of healing is ceased a good while since, the ceremonie which is yet reteined of some, is to no purpose. ] anointed many that were sicke, with oyle, and healed them.
14 ¶ [Note: Matth.14.1. luke 9.7. ] [Note:  The Gospel confirmeth the godly, and vexeth the wicked. ] Then King Herod heard of him (for his name was made manifest) and sayd, Iohn Baptist is risen againe from the dead, and therefore great [Note: [i] The worde signifieth Powers, whereby is meant the power of working miracles. ] workes are wrought by him.
15 Other sayd, It is Elias, and some sayd, It is a Prophet, or as one of [Note: [k] Of the olde Prophets. ] those Prophets.
[The inconuenience of dauncing.]
16 [Note: Luke 3.19. ] So when Herod heard it, he said, It is Iohn whom [Note: [l] Commaunded to be beheaded. ] I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.
17 For Herod him selfe had sent forth, & had taken Iohn, and bound him in prison for Herodias sake, which was his brother Philippes wife, because he had maried her.
18 For Iohn sayd vnto Herod, [Note: Leuit.18.16. and 20.21. ] It is not lawfull for thee to haue thy brothers wife.
19 Therefore Herodias [Note: [m] Sought all meanes to doe him hurt. ] layd waite against him, & would haue killed him, but she could not:
20 For Herod feared Iohn, knowing that hee was a iust man, and an holy, and reuerenced him, and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him [Note: [n] The tyrant was very well content to heare sentence pronounced against him, but the seede fell vpon stonie places. ] gladly.
21 But the time being conuenient, when Herod on his birth day made a banket to his princes and captaines, and chiefe estates of Galile:
22 And the daughter [Note: [o] Which the same Herodias had not by Herodes Antipas, but by Philip, and Iosephus calleth her Salome. ] of the same Herodias came in, & daunced, and pleased Herod, and them that sate at table together, the King sayd vnto the mayde, Aske of me what thou wilt, and I will giue it thee.
23 And he sware vnto her, Whatsoeuer thou shalt aske of me, I will giue it thee, euen vnto the halfe of my kingdome.
24 [Note: Matth.14.8. ] So [Note: [p] For women vsed not to sit at table with men. ] she went forth, & said to her mother, What shal I aske? And she said, Iohn Baptists head.
25 Then she came in straightway with haste vnto the King, & asked, saying, I would that thou shouldest giue me euen now in a charger the head of Iohn Baptist.
26 Then the King was very sory: yet for his othes sake, and for their sakes which sate at table with him, he would not refuse her.
27 And immediatly the King sent the [Note: [q] The worde signifieth one that beareth a dart, and the Kings garde was so called, because they did beare dartes. ] hangman, and gaue charge that his head shoulde be brought in. So he went and beheaded him in the prison,
28 And brought his head in a charger, and gaue it to the maide, and the maide gaue it to her mother.
29 And when his disciples heard it, they came and tooke vp his body, and put it in a tombe.
30 ¶ [Note: Luke 9.10. ] And the Apostles gathered themselues together to Iesus, and tolde him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
31 [Note:  Such as followe Christ shall want nothing, no not in the wildernes, but shall haue abundance. And howe wicked a thing is it, not to looke for this transitorie life at his hands, who giueth euerlasting life? ] And he sayd vnto them, Come ye apart into the wildernes, & rest a while: for there were many commers and goers, that they had not leasure to eate.
32 [Note: Matth.14.13. luke 9.10. ] So they went by ship out of the way into a desart place.
33 But the people sawe them when they departed, and many knewe him, and ran a foote thither out of all cities, and came thither before them, and assembled vnto him.
34 [Note: Matth.9.36. and 14.14. ] Then Iesus went out, and sawe a great multitude, and had compassion on them, because they were like sheepe which had no shepheard: [Note: Luke 9.11. ] and he began to teach them many things.
35 [Note: Matth.14.15. ] And when the day was nowe farre spent, his disciples came vnto him, saying, This is a desart place, and nowe the day is farre passed.
36 Let them depart, that they may goe into the countrey and townes about, and buy them bread: for they haue nothing to eate.
37 But he answered, and said vnto them, Giue yee them to eate. And they said vnto him, [Note: [r] This is a kinde of demaund and wondring, not without a priuie mocke, which men do commonly vse, when beginning to be in a fume, they denie to doe a thing. ] Shall we goe, and buy [Note: [s] Which is about twentie crownes, which is fiue pound. ] two hundreth peny worth of bread, and giue them to eate?
[Christ walking vpon the Sea.]
38 [Note: Mat.14.17. luke 9.13. iohn 6.9. ] Then he sayde vnto them, Howe many loaues haue ye? goe and looke. And when they knewe it, they sayd, Fiue, and two fishes.
39 So he commanded them to make them all sit downe by [Note: [t] Word for word, by bankets, after the maner of the Hebrewes, who haue no distributiues, as Chapter 6.7. Nowe he calleth the rowes of the sitters, bankets. ] companies vpon the greene grasse.
40 Then they sate downe by [Note: [u] The worde signifieth, the beds in a garden, and it is worde for worde, by beddes and beds, meaning thereby that they sate downe in rowes one by another, as beddes in a garden. ] rowes, by hundreds, and by fifties.
41 And he tooke the fiue loaues, and the two fishes, and looked vp to heauen, and gaue thanks, and brake the loaues, and gaue them to his disciples to set before them, and the two fishes he deuided among them all.
42 So they did all eate, and were satisfied.
43 And they tooke vp twelue baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.
44 And they that had eaten, were about fiue thousand men.
45 ¶ [Note:  The faythfull seruants of God after their litle labour, are subiect to a great tempest, which Christ doeth so moderate, being present in power although absent in body, that he bringeth them to an happie hauen, at such time and by such meanes, as they looked not for: A liuely image of the Church tossed to and fro in this worlde. ] And straightway he caused his disciples to goe into the ship, and to goe before vnto the other side vnto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.
46 Then assoone as he had sent [Note: [x] His disciples. ] them away, he departed into a mountaine to pray.
47 [Note: Mat.14.23. iohn 6.15. ] And when euen was come, the ship was in the mids of the sea, and he alone on the land.
48 And he saw them troubled in rowing, (for the winde was contrary vnto them) and about the fourth watch of the night, hee came vnto them, walking vpon the sea, and would haue passed by them.
49 And when they saw him walking vpon the sea, they supposed it had bene a spirit, & cried out.
50 For they all saw him, and were sore afrayd: but anon he talked with them, & said vnto them, Be ye of good comfort: it is I, be not afrayd.
51 Then he went vp vnto them into the ship, and the winde ceased, and they were [Note: [y] They were so farre from leauing to be amased, when they knewe that it was no spirit, that they were much more astonished then euer they were before, when they sawe the winde and the seas obey his commandement. ] much more amased in them selues, and marueiled.
52 For they had not [Note: [z] Either they perceiued not, or had not well considered that miracle of the fiue loaues, insomuch that that vertue of Christ was no leße strange to them, then if they had not bene present at that miracle which was done but a litle before. ] considered the matter of the loaues, because their hearts were hardened.
53 ¶ [Note: Mar.14.34. ] And they came ouer, and went into the land of Gennesaret, and arriued.
54 [Note:  Christ being reiected in his owne countrey, and arriuing vpon a sudden amongst them of whome he was not looked for, is receiued to their great profite. ] So when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knewe him,
55 And ran about throughout all that region round about, and began to cary hither & thither in couches all that were sicke, where they heard that he was.
56 And whithersoeuer he entred into townes, or cities, or villages, they laide their sicke in the streetes, and prayed him that they might touch at the least the edge of his garment. And as many as touched [Note: [a] Or the hemme of the garment. ] him, were made whole.
2 The Apostles are found fault with, for eating with vnwashen hands. 4 The Pharises traditions about washings. Hypocrites. 8 Mens traditions more set by then Gods. 10 Parents must be honoured. 14 The things that doe in deede defile a man. 25 The woman of Chanane. 32 The deafe dumme man is healed.
1 Then [Note: Matth.15.2. ] [Note:  None doe more resist the wisdome of God then they that should bee wisest, and that vpon a zeale of their owne traditions: for men doe not please themselues more in any thing then in superstition, that is to say, in a worship of God fondly deuised of themselues. ] gathered vnto him the Pharises, and certaine of the Scribes which came from Hierusalem.
2 And when they sawe some of his disciples
[Of mens traditions.]
[Note: [a] Word for word, eate bread: a kinde of speache which the Hebrewes vse, taking bread for all kinde of foode. ] eate meate with [Note: [b] For the Pharises would not eate their meate with vnwashen hands, because they thought that their hands were defiled with common handling of things, Matth.15.11,12. ] common hands, (that is to say, vnwashen) they complained.
3 (For the Pharises, and all the Iewes, except they wash their hands oft, eate not, [Note: [c] Obseruing diligently. ] holding the tradition of the Elders.
4 And when they come from the [Note: [d] That is to say, from ciuill affaires and worldly, they goe not to meate, vnleße they wash themselues first. ] market, except they wash, they eate not: and many other things there be, which they haue taken vpon them to obserue, as the washing of cups, and [Note: [e] By these wordes are vnderstood all kindes of veßels which are appointed for our dayly vse. ] pots, and of brasen vessels, and of beds.)
5 Then asked him the Pharises and Scribes, Why [Note: [f] Why liue they not? a kinde of speach taken from the Hebrewes: for amongst them, the way is taken for trade of life. ] walke not thy disciples according to the tradition of the Elders, but eate meate with vnwashen hands?
6 [Note:  Hypocrisie is alwayes ioyned with superstition. ] Then hee answered and sayd vnto them, Surely [Note: Isai.29.14. ] Esay hath prophecied well of you, hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth mee with lippes, but their heart is farre away from me.
7 [Note:  The more earnest the superstitious are, the more they are mad, in promising them selues Gods sauour by their desertes. ] But they worship me in vaine, teaching for doctrines the commandements of men.
8 [Note:  The deuises of superstitious men doe not onely not fulfill the Law of God (as they blasphemously perswade themselues) but also doe vtterly take it away. ] For ye lay the commaundement of God apart, and obserue the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and of cups, and many other such like things ye doe.
9 [Note:  True religion, which is cleane contrary to superstition, consisteth in spirituall worship: and all enemies of true religion, although they seeme to haue taken deepe roote, shall be pluckt vp. ] And he sayd vnto them, Well, ye reiect the commandement of God, that ye may obserue your owne tradition.
10 For Moses sayd, [Note: Exod 20.12. deut.5.16. ephes.6.2. ] Honour thy father and thy mother: and [Note: Exod.21.17. leuit.20.9. prou. 20.20. ] Whosoeuer shall speake euill of father or mother, let him [Note: [g] Without hope of pardon, he shalbe put to death. ] die the death.
11 But yee say, If a man say to father or mother, Corban, that is, By the gift that is offered by mee, thou mayest haue profite, hee shall be free.
12 So ye suffer him no more to doe any thing for his father, or his mother,
13 Making the worde of God of none authoritie, by your tradition which ye haue ordeined: and ye doe many such like things.
14 [Note: Matth.15.10?. ] Then he called the whole multitude vnto him, and sayd vnto them, Hearken you all vnto me, and vnderstand.
15 There is nothing without a man, that can defile him, when it entreth into him: but the things which proceede out of him, are they which defile the man.
16 If any haue eares to heare, let him heare.
17 And when hee came into an house, away from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.
18 And he sayde vnto them, What? are ye without vnderstanding also? Doe ye not knowe that whatsoeuer thing from without entreth into a man, cannot defile him,
19 Because it entreth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught which is the [Note: [h] For that that goeth into the draught, purgeth all meates. ] purging of all meates?
20 Then he sayd, That which commeth out of man, that defileth man.
21 [Note: Gene.6.5. and 8.21. ] For from within, euen out of the heart of men, proceede euill thoughtes, adulteries, fornications, murthers,
22 Theftes, [Note: [i] All kinde of craftineße whereby men profite themselues by other mens loßes. ] couetousnes, wickednes, deceite, vncleannes, a [Note: [k] Cankered malice. ] wicked eye, backbiting, pride, foolishnesse.
23 All these euill things come from within, and defile a man.
[The childrens bread.]
24 ¶ [Note: Matth.15.21. ] [Note:  That which the proude do reiect when it is offered vnto them, that same doe the modest and humble sinners as it were violetly wring out. ] And from thence he rose, and went into the [Note: [l] Into the vttermost coastes of Palestine, which were next to Tyrus and Sidon. ] borders of Tyrus and Sidon, and entred into an house, and woulde that no man should haue knowen: but he could not be hid.
25 For a certaine woman, whose litle daughter had an vncleane spirit, heard of him, and came, and fell at his feete,
26 (And the woman was a [Note: [m] By profeßion, prophane. ] Greeke, a [Note: [n] Neighbour or neere to Damascus. ] Syrophenissian by nation) and she besought him that he would cast out the deuill out of her daughter.
27 But Iesus saide vnto her, Let the children first be fedde: for it is not good to take the childrens bread, and to cast it vnto [Note: [o] He vseth this word Whelpes rather then the word Dogs, that he may seeme to speake more cotumeliously. ] whelpes.
28 Then shee answered, and saide vnto him, [Note: [p] As if she said, It is as thou sayest Lorde, for it is enough for the whelpes, if they can but gather vp the crommes that are vnder the table: therefore I craue the crommes, & not the childrens bread. ] Trueth, Lord: yet in deede the whelpes eate vnder the table of the childrens crommes.
29 Then he said vnto her, For this saying goe thy way: the deuil is gone out of thy daughter.
30 And when shee was come home to her house, shee founde the deuill departed, and her daughter lying on the bed.
31 ¶ [Note:  As the Father created vs to this life in the beginning in his onely Sonne, so doeth he also in him alone renue vs vnto euerlasting life. ] And hee departed againe from the coastes of Tyrus and Sidon, and came vnto the sea of Galile, through the middes of the coastes of [Note: [q] It was a litle countrey, and so called of tenne cities, which the foure gouernments doe runne betwene and compaße, Plinie, booke 3.chap.8. ] Decapolis.
32 And they brought vnto him one that was deafe and stambered in his speache, and prayed him to put his hand vpon him.
33 Then hee tooke him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers in his eares, and did spit, and touched his tongue.
34 And looking vp to heauen, hee sighed, and said vnto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.
35 And straightway his eares were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and hee spake plaine.
36 And he commanded them, that they should tell no man: but howe much soeuer hee forbad them, the more a great deale they published it,
37 And were beyonde measure astonied, saying, [Note: Gene.1.31. eccle.39.21. ] Hee hath done all thinges well: he maketh both the deafe to heare, & the domme to speake.
1 The miracle of the seuen loaues. 11 The Iewes seeke signes. 15 To beware of the leauen of the Pharises. 22 A blinde man healed. 27 The peoples sundry opinions of Christ. 29 The Apostles acknowledge Christ. 31 Hee foretelleth his death. 33 Peter, Satan. 35 To saue and lose the life. 38 To be ashamed of Christ.
1 In [Note: Matth.15.32. ] those dayes, when there was a very great multitude, and had nothing to eate, Iesus called his disciples to him, and said vnto them,
2 I haue compassion on the multitude, because they haue nowe continued with mee three dayes, and haue nothing to eate.
3 And if I sende them away fasting to their owne houses, they woulde [Note: [a] Word for word, they will fall on sunder, or be dißolued, for when men fall in a sound, their ?sy?nowes fall one from another. ] faint by the way: for some of them came from farre.
4 Then his disciples answered him, Whence can a man satisfie these with bread here in the wildernes?
5 And hee asked them, Howe many loaues haue ye? And they said, Seuen.
6 Then he commaunded the multitude to sit downe on the grounde: and hee tooke the seuen loaues, and gaue thankes, brake them, and gaue to his disciples to set before them, and they did set them before the people.
7 They had also a few small fishes: and when he had giuen thankes, he commaunded them also to be set before them.
[The Pharises leauen.]
8 So they did eate, and were sufficed, and they tooke vp of the broken meate that was left, seuen baskets full.
9 (And they that had eaten, were about foure thousand) so he sent them away.
10 ¶ [Note: Matth.15.39. ] And anon he entred into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.
11 [Note: Matth.16.1. ] [Note:  The stubberne enemies of the doctrine of the Gospel, giuing no credite to the miracles already done, require newe: but Christ being angrie with them, doeth vtterly forsake them. ] And the Pharises [Note: [b] A common kinde of speach, which the Hebrewes vse, whereby is ment that the Pharises went from their houses of purpose, to encouter with him. ] came foorth, and began to dispute with him, seeking of him a signe from heauen, and tempting him.
12 Then hee [Note: [c] These sighes came euen from his heart roote, for the Lord was very much mooued with these mens so great infidelitie. ] sighed deepely in his spirit, and saide, Why doeth this generation seeke a signe? Verely I say vnto you, [Note: [d] Word for word, If a signe be giuen: It is a cutted kinde of speach very common among the Hebrewes: wherein some such words as these must be vnderstoode, Let me be taken for a lyer, or some such like. And when they speake out the whole, they say, The Lord doe thus & thus by me. ] a signe shall not be giuen vnto this generation.
13 ¶ So he left them, and went into the ship againe, and departed to the other side.
14 ¶ [Note: Matth.16.5. ] And they had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the shippe with them, but one loafe.
15 [Note:  We must especially take heede of them which corrupt the worde of God, what degree soeuer they be of, either in the Church, or in ciuill policie. ] And he charged them, saying, Take heede, and beware of the leauen of the Pharises, and of the leauen of Herod.
16 [Note:  They that haue their minds fixed on earthly things, are vtterly blinde in heauenly things, although they be neuer so plainely set foorth vnto them. ] And they reasoned among themselues, saying, It is, because we haue no bread.
17 And when Iesus knew it, he said vnto them, Why reason you thus, because ye haue no bread? perceiue ye not yet, neither vnderstande? haue ye your hearts yet hardened?
18 Haue yee eyes, and see not? and haue yee eares, and heare not? and doe ye not remember?
19 [Note: Iohn 6.11. ] When I brake the fiue loaues among fiue thousand, how many baskets full of broken meate tooke ye vp? They said vnto him, Twelue.
20 And when I brake seuen among foure thousande, howe many baskets of the leauings of broken meate tooke ye vp? And they said, Seuen.
21 Then he saide vnto them, [Note: [e] How commeth it to paße, that you vnderstande not these things which are so plaine and euident? ] Howe is it that ye vnderstand not?
22 [Note:  A true image of our regeneration, which Christ, separating vs from the world, worketh and accomplisheth by litle and litle in vs. ] And hee came to Bethsaida, and they brought a blinde man vnto him, and desired him to touch him.
23 Then he tooke the blinde by the hand, and ledde him out of the towne, and spat in his eyes, and put his handes vpon him, and asked him, if he sawe ought.
24 And he looked vp, and said, I [Note: [f] He perceiued some moouing of men, when hee coulde not discerne their bodies. ] see men: for I see them walking like trees.
25 After that, he put his hands againe vpon his eyes, and made him [Note: [g] Hee commaunded him againe, to trie in deede, whether hee coulde see well or no. ] looke againe. And hee was restored to his sight, and sawe euery man a farre off clearely.
26 [Note:  Christ wil not haue his miracles to be separated from his doctrine. ] And hee sent him home to his house, saying, Neither goe into the towne, nor tell it to any in the towne.
27 ¶ [Note: Matth. 16.13. luke 9.18. ] [Note:  Many praise Christ, which yet notwithstanding spoyle him of his praise. ] And Iesus went out, and his disciples into the townes of Cesarea Philippi. And by the way hee asked his disciples, saying vnto them, Whome doe men say that I am?
28 And they answered, Some say, Iohn Baptist: and some, Elias: and some, one of the Prophets.
29 And he said vnto them, But whome say ye that I am? Then Peter answered, and saide vnto him, Thou art that Christ.
30 [Note:  Christ hath appointed his times to the preaching of the Gospel: and therefore here deferreth it to a more commodious time, least sudden haste should rather hinder then further the mysterie of his comming. ] And he sharpely charged them, that concerning him they should tell no man.
[Christ must be heard.]
31 [Note:  Christ suffred all that he suffred for vs, not vnwillingly, neither vnawares, but foreknowing it, and willingly. ] Then hee began to teache them that the Sonne of man must suffer many things, and should be reproued of the Elders, and of the hie Priestes, and of the Scribes, and be slaine, and within three dayes rise againe.
32 [Note:  None are more mad then they that are wise beside the word of God. ] And he spake that thing boldly. Then Peter tooke him aside, and began to rebuke him.
33 Then he turned backe, & looked on his disciples, and rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behinde me, Satan: for thou [Note: [h] This is not godly, but worldly wisdome. ] vnderstandest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men.
34 ¶ [Note:  The disciples of Christ must beare stoutely, what burden soeuer the Lord layeth vpon them, and subdue the affections of the flesh. ] And hee called the people vnto him with his disciples, and saide vnto them, [Note: Matt.10.38. and 16.24. luk.9.23. and 14.27. ] Whosoeuer will followe me, let him forsake himselfe, and take vp his crosse, and follow me.
35 For whosoeuer will [Note: Mat.10.39. and 16.25. luke.9.24. and 17.33. ] saue his life, shall lose it: but whosoeuer shall lose his life for my sake and the Gospels, he shall saue it.
36 [Note:  They are the most foolish of all men, which purchase the enioying of this life, with the losse of euerlasting blisse. ] For what shall it profite a man, though he should winne the whole world, if he lose his soule?
37 Or what exchange shall a man giue for his soule?
38 [Note: Mat.10.33. luke 9.26. and 12.9. ] For whosoeuer shall be ashamed of mee, and of my wordes among this adulterous and sinfull generation, of him shall the Sonne of man be ashamed also, when he commeth in the glorie of his Father with the holy Angels.
2 Christes transfiguration. 7 Christ must be heard. 11 Of Elias and Iohn Baptist. 14 The posseßed is healed. 23 Faith can doe all things. 31 Christ foretelleth his death. 33 Who is greatest among the Apostles. 36 Christ taketh a childe in his armes. 42 To offend. 50 Salt, Peace.
1 And [Note: Matth.16.28. luke 9.27. ] he saide vnto them, Verely I say vnto you, that there be some of them that stande here, which shall not taste of death till they haue seene the [Note: [a] When he shall begin his kingdome through the preaching of the Gospel: that is to say, after the resurrection. ] kingdome of God come with power.
2 [Note: Matth.17.1. luke.9.28. ] [Note: [a] The heauenly glory of Christ, which should within a short space be abased vpon the crosse, is auouched by visible signes, by the presence and talke of Elias and Moses, and by the voyce of the Father himselfe, before three of his disciples, which are witnesses against whom lieth no exception. ] And sixe dayes after, Iesus taketh vnto him Peter, and Iames, and Iohn, and carieth them vp into an hie mountaine out of the way alone, and his shape was changed before them.
3 And his rayment did [Note: [b] Did sparkle as it were. ] shine, and was very white, as snowe, so white as no fuller can make vpon the earth.
4 And there appeared vnto them Elias with Moses, and they were talking with Iesus.
5 Then Peter answered, and said to Iesus, Master, it is good for vs to be here: let vs make also three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
6 Yet hee knewe not what he saide: for they were [Note: [c] They were beside themselues for feare. ] afraide.
7 And there was a cloude that shadowed them, and a voyce came out of the cloude, saying, [Note: Matth.3.17. and 17.5. chap.1.11. ] This is my beloued Sonne: heare him.
8 And suddenly they looked roud about, and sawe no more any man saue Iesus only with them.
9 [Note:  The Lord hath appointed his times for the publishing of the Gospel. ] [Note: Matth.17.9. ] And as they came downe from the mountaine, he charged them, that they should tell no man what they had seene, saue when the Sonne of man were risen from the dead againe.
10 So they [Note: [d] Euen very hardly as it were. ] kept that matter to themselues, and [Note: [e] They questioned not together touching the generall resurrection which shalbe in the latter day, but they vnderstoode not, what he ment by that which he spake of his owne peculiar resurrection. ] demaunded one of another, what the rising from the dead againe should meane?
11 [Note:  The foolish opinion of the Rabbines is here refelled touching Elias comming, which was that either Elias should rise againe from the dead, or that his soule should enter into some other bodie. ] Also they asked him, saying, Why say the Scribes, that [Note: Malach.4.5. ] Elias must first come?
[The power of faith.]
12 And he answered, and said vnto them, Elias verely shall first come, and restore all things: and [Note: Esai.53.4. ] as it is written of the Sonne of man, hee must suffer many things, and be set at nought.
13 But I say vnto you, that Elias is come, (and they haue done vnto him whatsoeuer they would) as it is written of him.
14 ¶ [Note: Matth.17.14. luke 9.38. ] [Note:  Christ sheweth by a miracle euen to the vnworthy, that he is come to bridle the rage of Satan. ] And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the Scribes disputing with them.
15 And straightway all the people, when they behelde him, were amased, and ranne to him, and saluted him.
16 Then hee asked the Scribes, What dispute you among your selues?
17 And one of the companie answered, and said, Master, I haue brought my sonne vnto thee, which hath a dumme spirit:
18 And wheresoeuer he taketh him, he [Note: [f] Vexeth him inwardly, as the colike vseth to doe. ] teareth him, and he fometh, and gnasheth his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples, that they should cast him out, and they could not.
19 Then he answered him, & said, O faithlesse generation, how long now shall I be wt you! how long now shall I suffer you! Bring him vnto me.
20 So they brought him vnto him: & assoone as the spirit [Note: [g] So soone as Iesus had looked vpon the boye that was brought vnto him, the deuil began to rage after his maner. ] sawe him, hee tare him, and hee fell downe on the ground walowing and foming.
21 Then he asked his father, How long time is it since he hath bin thus? And he said, Of a childe.
22 And oft times he casteth him into the fire, & into the water to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, helpe vs, and haue compassion vpo vs.
23 And Iesus said vnto him, If thou canst beleeue it, [Note: [h] There is nothing but Christ can and will doe it, for them that beleeue in him. ] al things are possible to him yt beleeueth.
24 And straightway the father of the childe crying with teares, saide, Lorde, I beleeue: helpe my vnbeliefe.
25 When Iesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the vncleane spirit, saying vnto him, Thou domme & deafe spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, & enter no more into him.
26 [Note:  The neerer that the vertue of Christ is, the more outragiously doeth Satan rage. ] Then the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out, and he was as one dead, in so much that many said, He is dead.
27 But Iesus tooke his hande, and lift him vp, and he arose.
28 [Note:  We haue neede of faith, and therefore of prayer and fasting, to cast Satan out of his olde possession. ] And when hee was come into the house, his disciples asked him secretly, Why could not we cast him out?
29 And he saide vnto them, This kinde can by no other meanes come foorth, but by prayer and fasting.
30 ¶ [Note: Matth.17.22. luke 9 22. ] And they departed thence, and [Note: [i] He and his disciples together. ] went together through Galile, and hee would not that any should haue knowen it.
31 [Note:  Christ forewarneth vs with great diligence, to the ende we should not be oppressed with sudden calamities, but the slothfulnes of man is wonderfull. ] For he taught his disciples, and saide vnto them, The Sonne of man shalbe deliuered into the handes of men, and they shall kill him, but after that he is killed, he shall rise againe the third day.
32 But they vnderstoode not that saying, and were afraide to aske him.
33 [Note: Matth.18.1. luke 9.46. ] [Note:  Onely humilitie doeth exalt. ] After, he came to Capernaum: and when he was in the [Note: [k] Where he was wont to make his abode. ] house, he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among you by the way?
34 And they helde their peace: for by the way they reasoned among themselues, who should bee the chiefest.
35 And he sate downe, and called the twelue, and said to them, If any man desire to be first, the
[To auoide offences.]
same shalbe last of all, and seruant vnto all.
36 And he tooke a litle childe, and set him in the middes of them, and tooke him in his armes, and sayd vnto them,
37 Whosoeuer shall receiue one of such litle children in my Name, receiueth me: and whosoeuer receiueth mee, receiueth not [Note: [l] He doeth not only receiue me, but also him that sent me. ] me, but him that sent me.
38 ¶ [Note: Luke 9.49. ] [Note:  God, who is the authour of an ordinarie vocation, worketh also extraordinarily so oft as it pleaseth him. But an extraordinarie vocation is tried by the doctrine and the effectes. ] Then Iohn answered him, saying, Master, we sawe one casting out deuils by thy Name, which followeth not vs, and we forbade him, because he followeth vs not.
39 [Note: 1.Cor.12.3. ] But Iesus sayd, Forbid him not: for there is no man that can doe a miracle by my Name, that can lightly speake euill of me.
40 For whosoeuer is not against vs, is on our part.
41 [Note: Matth.10.42. ] And whosoeuer shall giue you a cup of water to drinke for my Names sake, because ye belong to Christ, verely I say vnto you, he shall not lose his rewarde.
42 [Note: Matth.18.6. luke 17.1. ] [Note:  God is so seuere a reuenger of offences, that it is better to suffer any losse, then to be an occasion of offence vnto any. ] And whosoeuer shal offend one of these litle ones, that beleeue in me, it were better for him rather, that a milstone were hanged about his necke, and that he were cast into the sea.
43 [Note: Matth.5.29. and 18.8. ] Wherefore, if thine hand cause thee to offend, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life, maimed, then hauing two hands, to goe into hell, into the fire that neuer shalbe quenched,
44 [Note: Esai.66.24. ] Where their [Note: [m] Their worme which shalbe cast into that flame. ] worme dyeth not, & the fire neuer goeth out.
45 Likewise, if thy foote cause thee to offend, cut it off: it is better for thee to go halt into life, then hauing two feete, to be cast into hell, into the fire that neuer shalbe quenched,
46 Where their worme dyeth not, & the fire neuer goeth out.
47 And if thine eye cause thee to offende, plucke it out: it is better for thee to goe into the kingdome of God with one eye, then hauing two eyes, to be cast into hell fire,
48 Where their worme dyeth not, and the fire neuer goeth out.
49 [Note:  We must be seasoned and powdred by God, both that we may be acceptable sacrifices vnto him, and also that we being knit together, may season one another. ] For euery man shalbe [Note: [n] That is, shalbe consecrate to God, being seasoned with the incorruptible worde. ] salted with fire: and [Note: Leuit.2.13. ] euery sacrifice shalbe salted with salt.
50 [Note: Matth.5.13. luke 14.34. ] Salt is good: but if the salt be vnsauerie, wherewith shall it be seasoned? haue salt in your selues, and haue peace one with another.
9 The wife, onely for fornication, is to be put away. 13 Litle children are brought to Christ. 17 A rich man asketh Iesus, bowe he may poßeße eternall life. 28 The Apostles forsooke all things for Christes sake. 33 Christ foresheweth his death. 35 Zebedeus his sonnes request. 46 Blinde Bartimeus healed.
1 And [Note: Matth.19.1. ] he [Note: [a] That is to say, departed and went from thence: for in the Hebrew tongue, sitting and dwelling are all one, and so are rising and going forth. ] arose from thence, and went into the coastes of Iudea by the farre side of Iordan, and the people resorted vnto him againe, and as he was wont, he taught them againe.
2 Then the Pharises came and asked him, if it were lawfull for a man to put away his wife, and tempted him.
3 And he answered, and sayde vnto them, What did [Note: Deut.24.1. ] Moses commaund you?
4 And they sayd, Moses suffered to write a bill of diuorcement, and to put her away.
5 [Note:  God did neuer allowe those diuorces, which the Lawe did tolerate. ] Then Iesus answered, & sayd vnto them, For the hardnes of your heart he wrote this [Note: [b] Looke Mat.19. For Moses gaue them no commandement to put away their wiues, but rather made a good prouise for the wiues against the stubburne hardneße of their husbands. ] precept vnto you.
6 But at the beginning of the creation [Note: Gene.1.27. matt.19.4. ] God made them male and female:
7 [Note: Gene.2.24. 1.cor.6.16. ephes.5.31. ] For this cause shall man leaue his father and mother, and cleaue vnto his wife.
8 And they twaine shalbe one flesh: so that they are no more twaine, but one flesh.
9 [Note: 1.Cor.7.10. ] Therefore, what God hath coupled together, let not man separate.
10 And in the house his disciples asked him againe of that matter.
11 And he sayd vnto them, [Note: Matth.5.32. and 19.9. luke 16.18. ] Whosoeuer shal put away his wife and marrie another, committeth adulterie [Note: [c] Whom he putteth away, for he is an adulterer by keeping company with another. ] against her.
12 And if a woman put away her husband, & be married to another, she committeth adulterie.
13 ¶ [Note: Matth.19.13. luke 18.15. ] [Note:  God of his goodnes comprehendeth in the couenant not onely the fathers but the children also: and therefore he blesseth them. ] Then they brought litle children to him, that he should touch them, and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
14 But when Iesus sawe it, he was displeased, and said to them, Suffer the litle children to come vnto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdome of God.
15 Verely I say vnto you, Whosoeuer shall not receiue the kingdome of God [Note:  We must in malice become children, if we will enter into the kingdome of heauen. ] as a litle childe, he shall not enter therein.
16 And he tooke them vp in his armes, and put his hands vpon them, and blessed them.
17 ¶ [Note:  Two things are chiefly to bee eschewed of them which earnestly seeke eternal life: that is to say, an opinion of their merits or deseruings, which is not onely vnderstood, but condemned by the due consideration of the Lawe: and the loue of riches, which turneth aside many, from that race wherein they ran with a good courage. ] And when hee was gone out on the way, there came one [Note: Matth.19.16. luke 18.18. ] running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I doe, that I may possesse eternall life?
18 Iesus sayde to him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, euen God.
19 Thou knowest the comandements, [Note: Exod.20.13. ] Thou shalt not commit adulterie. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not steale. Thou shalt not beare false witnesse. Thou shalt [Note: [d] Neither by force nor deceite, nor any other meane whatsoeuer. ] hurt no man. Honour thy father and mother.
20 Then he answered, and said to him, Master, all these things I haue obserued from my youth.
21 And Iesus looked vpon him, & loued him, and sayde vnto him, One thing is lacking vnto thee. Go and sell all that thou hast, and giue to the poore, & thou shalt haue treasure in heauen, and come, followe me, and take vp the crosse.
22 But hee was sad at that saying, and went away sorowfull: for he had great possessions.
23 And Iesus looked round about, & sayd vnto his disciples, Howe hardly doe they that haue riches, enter into the kingdome of God!
24 And his disciples were afraide at his words. But Iesus answered againe, and sayd vnto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches, to enter into the kingdome of God!
25 It is easier for a camel to goe through the eye of a needle, then for a riche man to enter into the kingdome of God.
26 And they were much more astonied, saying with themselues, Who then can be saued?
27 But Iesus looked vpon them, & sayd, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
28 ¶ [Note: Matth.19.27. luke 18.28. ] [Note:  To neglect all things in comparison of Christ, is a sure way vnto eternall life, so that we fall not away by the way. ] Then Peter began to say vnto him, Loe, we haue forsaken all, & haue folowed thee.
29 Iesus answered, and sayd, Verely I say vnto you, there is no man that hath forsaken house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my sake and the Gospels,
30 But he shal receiue an [Note: [e] An hundred folde as much, if we looke to the true vse and commodities of this life, so that we measure them after the will of God, and not after the wealth it selfe, and our griedy desire. ] hundred folde, now [Page]
[Christs cup and baptisme.]
at this present, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands [Note: [f] Euen in the midst of persecutions. ] with persecutions, and in the world to come, eternall life.
31 [Note: Matth.19.30. luke 13.30. ] But many that are first, shall be last, and the last, first.
32 ¶ [Note: Matth.20.17. luke 18.31. ] [Note:  The disciples are againe prepared to patience not to be ouercome by the foretelling vnto them of his death, which was at hand, and therewithall of life which should most certainely followe. ] And they were in the way going vp to Hierusalem, and Iesus went before them and they were troubled, and as they followed, they were afraide, and Iesus tooke the twelue againe, and began to tell them what things should come vnto him,
33 Saying, Beholde, we goe vp to Hierusalem, and the Sonne of man shall be deliuered vnto the hie Priests, and to the Scribes, and they shall condemne him to death, and shall deliuer him to the Gentiles.
34 And they shall mocke him, and scourge him, and spit vpon him, and kill him: but the third day he shall rise againe.
35 ¶ [Note: Matth.20.20. ] [Note:  We must first striue, before we triumph. ] Then Iames & Iohn the sonnes of Zebedeus came vnto him, saying, Master, [Note: [g] We pray thee. ] we would that thou shouldest doe for vs that we desire.
36 And he sayd vnto them, What would ye I should doe for you?
37 And they said to him, Graunt vnto vs, that we may sit, one at thy right hand, and the other at thy left hand in thy glory.
38 But Iesus sayd vnto them, Ye knowe not what ye aske. Can ye drinke of the cup that I shal drinke of, and be baptized with the baptisme that I shall be baptized with?
39 And they said vnto him, We can. But Iesus sayd vnto them, Ye shall drinke in deede of the cup that I shall drinke of, and be baptized with the baptisme wherewith I shalbe baptized:
40 But to sit at my right hand, and at my left, is not mine to giue, but it shalbe giuen to them for whome it is prepared.
41 And when the ten heard that, they began to disdaine at Iames and Iohn.
42 [Note:  The Magistrates according to Gods appointment rule ouer their subiects: but the Pastors are not called to rule, but to serue, according to the example of the Sonne of God himselfe, who went before them, for so much as he also was a Minister of his Fathers wil. ] But Iesus called them vnto him, and sayd to them, [Note: Luke 22.25. ] Ye know that [Note: [h] They to whome it is decreed and appointed. ] they which are princes among the Gentiles, haue domination ouer them, and they that be great among them, exercise authoritie ouer them.
43 But it shal not be so among you: but whosoeuer will be great among you, shall be your seruant.
44 And whosoeuer will be chiefe of you, shall be the seruant of all.
45 For euen the Sonne of man came not to be serued, but to serue, and to giue his life for the raunsome of many.
46 ¶ [Note: Matth.20 29. luke 18.35. ] [Note:  Christ onely, being called vpon by fayth, healeth our blindnesse. ] Then they came to Iericho: and as he went out of Iericho with his disciples, and a great multitude, Bartimeus the sonne of Timeus, a blinde man, sate by the wayes side, begging.
47 And when hee heard that it was Iesus of Nazareth, he began to crye, and to say, Iesus the Sonne of Dauid, haue mercy on me.
48 And many rebuked him, because he should holde his peace: but hee cryed much more, O Sonne of Dauid, haue mercy on me.
49 Then Iesus stood still, & commanded him to be called: and they called the blind, saying vnto him, Be of good comfort: arise, he calleth thee.
50 So he threwe away his cloke, and rose, and came to Iesus.
51 And Iesus answered, & said vnto him, What wilt thou that I doe vnto thee? And the blinde
[Christs ryding into Hierusalem.]
sayd vnto him, Lorde, that I may receiue sight.
52 Then Iesus sayde vnto him, Goe thy way: thy fayth hath saued thee. And by and by, he receiued his sight, and folowed Iesus in the way.
1 Christ entreth into Hierusalem riding on an asse. 13 The fruitleße fig tree is cursed. 15 Sellers and buyers are cast out of the Temple. 23 The force of faith. 24 Faith in prayer. 25 The brothers offences must be pardoned. 27 The Priests aske by what authoritie he wrought those things that he did. 30 Whence Iohns baptisme was.
1 And [Note: Matt.21.1. luke 18.29. ] [Note:  A liuely image of the spirituall kingdome of Christ on earth. ] when they came nere to Hierusalem, to Bethphage and Bethania vnto the mount of Oliues, he sent forth two of his disciples,
2 And sayd vnto them, Goe your wayes into that towne that is ouer against you, and assoone as ye shall enter into it, ye shall finde a colte tied, whereon neuer man sate: loose him, and bring him.
3 And if any man say vnto you, Why doe ye this? Say that the Lord hath neede of him, and straightway he will send him hither.
4 And they went their way, and found a colt tyed by the doore without, in a place where two wayes met, and they loosed him.
5 Then certaine of them, that stoode there, sayd vnto them, What doe ye loosing the colt?
6 And they sayde vnto them, as Iesus had commanded them: So they let them goe.
7 ¶ [Note: Iohn 12.14. ] And they brought the colte to Iesus, & cast their garments on him, and he sate vpon him.
8 And many spred their garments in the way: other cut downe branches off the trees, & strawed them in the way.
9 And they that went before, and they that folowed, cryed, saying, Hosanna: [Note: [a] Well be it to him that commeth to vs from God, or that is sent of God. ] blessed be hee that commeth in the Name of the Lord.
10 [Note: [b] Happy and prosperous. ] Blessed be the kingdome that commeth in the Name of the Lorde of our father Dauid: Hosanna, O thou which art in the highest heauens.
11 [Note: Matth.21.10. luke 19.45. ] So Iesus entred into Hierusalem, and into the Temple: and when he had looked about on all things, and now it was euening, he went forth vnto Bethania with the twelue.
12 [Note: Matth.21.19. ] And on the morowe when they were come out from Bethania, he was hungry.
13 [Note:  An example of that vengeance which hangeth ouer the heads of hypocrites. ] And seeing a fig tree afarre off, that had leaues, he went to see if he might finde any thing thereon: but when he came vnto it, hee found nothing but leaues: for the time of figges was not yet.
14 Then Iesus answered, and sayd to it, Neuer man eate fruite of thee hereafter while the world standeth: and his disciples heard it.
15 ¶ [Note:  Christ sheweth in deede, that he is the true king and high Priest, and therefore the reuenger of the diuine seruice of the Temple. ] And they came to Hierusalem, & Iesus went into the Temple, & began to cast out them that solde and bought in the Temple, and ouerthrewe the tables of the money changers, and the seates of them that solde doues.
16 Neither would hee suffer that any man should cary a [Note: [c] That is, any prophane instrument, of which those felowes had a number, that made the court of the Temple a market place. ] vessell through the Temple.
17 And he taught, saying vnto them, Is it not written, [Note: Isai.56.7. ] Mine house shalbe [Note: [d] Shall openly be so accompted and taken. ] called the house of prayer vnto all nations? [Note: Iere.7.11. ] but you haue made it a denne of theeues.
18 And the Scribes and hie Priestes heard it, and sought howe to destroy him: for they feared him, because the whole multitude was astonied at his doctrine.
19 But when euen was come, Iesus went out of the citie.
[Whence Iohns baptisme was.]
20 ¶ [Note: Matth.21.19. ] [Note:  The force of faith is exceeding great, and charitie is euer ioyned with it. ] And in the morning as they iourneyed together, they saw the figge tree dried vp from the rootes.
21 Then Peter remembred, and said vnto him, Master, beholde, the figge tree which thou cursedst, is withered.
22 And Iesus answered, and said vnto them, Haue [Note: [e] The faith of God is that assured faith and truct which we haue in him. ] the faith of God.
23 For verely I say vnto you, that whosoeuer shall say vnto this mountaine, Be thou taken away, and cast into the sea, and shall not wauer in his heart, but shall beleeue that those things which he saieth, shal come to passe, whatsoeuer he saieth, shall be done to him.
24 [Note: Matth.7.7. luke 11.9. ] Therefore I say vnto you, Whatsoeuer ye desire when ye pray, beleeue that [Note: [f] Word for worde, that you receiue it, speaking in the time that nowe is, to shewe the certaintie of the thing and the performance in deede. ] ye shall haue it, and it shalbe done vnto you.
25 [Note: Matth.6.14. ] But when [Note: [g] When you shall appeare before the altar. ] ye shall stand, and pray, forgiue, if ye haue any thing against any man, that your Father also which is in heauen, may forgiue you your trespasses.
26 For if you will not forgiue, your Father which is in heauen, will not pardon you your trespasses.
27 ¶ [Note: Matth.21.23. luke 20.1. ] [Note:  The Gospel hath bene assaulted long time since, vnder the pretence of an ordinarie succession. ] Then they came againe to Hierusalem: and as he walked in the Temple, there came to him ye hie Priestes, & the Scribes, & the Elders,
28 And said vnto him, By what authoritie doest thou these things? and who gaue thee this authoritie, that thou shouldest doe these things?
29 Then Iesus answered, and saide vnto them, I will also aske of you a certaine thing, & answere ye me, and I will tell you by what authoritie I do these things.
30 The baptisme of Iohn, was it from heauen, or of men? answere me.
31 And they thought with themselues, saying, If we shall say, From heauen, he will say, Why then did ye not beleeue him?
32 [Note:  A rewarde of an euill conscience to be afraide of those, of whom they should and might haue bene feared. ] But if we say, Of men, we feare the people: for all men counted Iohn, that he was a Prophet in deede.
33 Then they answered, and saide vnto Iesus, We cannot tell. And Iesus answered, and said vnto them, Neither will I tell you by what authoritie I doe these things.
1 Of the vineyarde. 10 Christ the stone refused of the Iewes. 13 Of tribute to be giuen to Cesar. 18 The Sadduces denying the resurrection. 28 The first commandement. 31 To loue God and the neighbour is better then sacrifices. 36 Christ Dauids sonne. 38 To beware of the Scribes and Pharises. 42 The poore widdowe.
1 And [Note:  The calling of God is not tied either to place, person, or time, without exception. ] he began to speake vnto them in [Note: [a] This word, parable, which the Euangelists vse, doeth not onely signifie a comparing of things together, but also darke speaches and allegories. ] parables, [Note: Esai 5.1. iere.2.2. matth 21.33. luke 20.9. ] A certaine man planted a vineyard, and copassed it with an hedge, & digged a pit for the winepresse, and built a tower in it, & let it out to husbandmen, & went into a strange countrey.
2 [Note: [b] When the fruites of the ground vse to be gathered. ] And at the time, he sent to the husbandmen a seruant, that he might receiue of the husbandmen of the fruite of the vineyard.
3 But they tooke him, and beat him, & sent him away emptie.
4 And againe he sent vnto them another seruant, and at him they cast stones, and brake his head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
5 And againe he sent another, and him they slew, & many other, beating some, & killing some.
6 Yet had he one sonne, his deare beloued: him also he sent the last vnto them, saying, They will reuerence my sonne.
[Sadduces denying the resurrection.]
7 But ye husbandmen said among themselues, This is the heire: come, let vs kill him, and the inheritance shalbe ours.
8 So they tooke him, & killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
9 What shall then the Lord of the vineyard doe? He will come and destroy these husbandmen, and giue the vineyard to others.
10 Haue ye not read so much as this Scripture? [Note: Psal.118.22?. isai.28.16. matth.21.42. actes 4.11. rom.9.33. 1.peter 2.8. ] The stone which the builders did refuse, is made the head of the corner.
11 This was done of the Lord, and it is marueilous in our eyes.
12 Then they went [Note: [c] They were gree?die and very desirous. ] about to take him, but they feared the people: for they perceiued that he spake that parable against them: therefore they left him, and went their way.
13 ¶ [Note: Matth.22.15. luke 20.20. ] [Note:  The Gospel winneth the authoritie of the Magistrate with the seruice of God. ] And they sent vnto him certaine of the Pharises, and of ye Herodians that they might take him in his talke.
14 And when they came, they saide vnto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou [Note: [d] Thou doest not so iudge by outward appearance, that the trueth is thereby darkened any whit at all. ] considerest not the person of men, but teachest the [Note: [e] The way whereby we come to God. ] way of God truely, Is it lawfull to giue tribute to Cesar, or not?
15 Should we giue it, or should we not giue it? but he knew their hypocrisie, and said vnto them, Why tempt ye me? Bring me a peny, yt I may see it.
16 So they brought it, and he said vnto them, Whose is this image and superscription? and they said vnto him, Cesars.
17 Then Iesus answered, and saide vnto them, [Note: Rom.13.7. ] Giue to Cesar the things that are Cesars, and to God, those yt are Gods: & they marueiled at him.
18 ¶ [Note:  The resurrection of the body is auouched, against the foolish ignorance and malice of the Sadduces. ] [Note: Matth.22.23. luke 20.27. ] Then came the Sadduces vnto him, (which say, there is no resurrection) & they asked him, saying,
19 Master, [Note: Deut.25.5. matth.22.24. ] Moses wrote vnto vs, If any mans brother die, and leaue his wife, and leaue no children, that his brother should take his wife, and rayse vp seede vnto his brother.
20 There were seuen brethren, and the first tooke a wife, and when he died, left no issue.
21 Then the seconde tooke her, and he died, neither did he yet leaue issue, & the third likewise:
22 So those seuen had her, and left no yssue: last of all the wife died also.
23 In the resurrection then, when they shall rise againe, whose wife shall she be of them? for seuen had her to wife.
24 Then Iesus answered, and saide vnto them, Are ye not therefore deceiued, because ye knowe not the Scriptures, neither the power of God?
25 For when they shall rise againe from the dead, neither men marry, nor wiues are married, but are as the Angels which are in heauen.
26 And as touching the dead, that they shall rise againe, haue ye not read in the booke of Moses, howe in the bush God spake vnto him, saying, I [Note: Exod.3.6. matth.22.32. ] am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Iacob?
27 God is not ye God of the dead, but the God of the liuing. Ye are therefore greatly deceiued.
28 ¶ [Note: Matth.22.35. ] [Note:  Sacrifices and outward worship, neuer pleased God, vnlesse such necessarie dueties as we owe to God and our neighbours went afore. ] Then came one of the Scribes that had heard them disputing together, and perceiuing that he had answered them well, he asked him, Which is the first commandement of all?
29 Iesus answered him, The first of all the commandements is, [Note: Deut.6.4. ] Heare, Israel, The Lord our God is the onely Lord.
[The poore widowe.]
30 Thou shalt therefore loue the Lorde thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soule, and with all thy minde, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandement.
31 And the second is like, that is, [Note: Leuit.19.18. matth.22.39. rom.13.9. galat.5.14. iames 2.8. ] Thou shalt loue thy neighbour as thy selfe. There is none other commandement greater then these.
32 Then that Scribe said vnto him, Well, Master, thou hast saide the trueth, that there is one God, and that there is none but he,
33 And to loue him with all the heart, and with all the vnderstanding, and with all the soule, and with all the strength, and to loue his neighbour as himselfe, is more then all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
34 Then when Iesus saw that he answered discreetely, he saide vnto him, Thou art not farre from the kingdome of God. And no man after that durst aske him any question.
35 ¶ [Note: Matth.22.41. luke 20.41. ] [Note:  Christ proueth his Godhead euen out of Dauid himselfe, of whom he came according to the flesh. ] And Iesus answered & said teaching in the Temple, Howe say the Scribes that Christ is the sonne of Dauid?
36 For Dauid himselfe said by [Note: [f] Word for word, in the holy Ghost, and there is a great force in this kind of speache, whereby is meant, that it was not so much Dauid, as the holy Ghost that spake, who did in a maner possesse Dauid. ] ye holy Ghost, [Note: Psalm.110.1. ] The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footestoole.
37 Then Dauid himselfe calleth him Lord: by what meanes is he then his sonne? and much people heard him gladly.
38 [Note: Marke 23.6. luke 11.43. and 20.43. ] [Note:  The maners of ministers are not rashly to be folowed as an example. ] Moreouer he saide vnto them in [Note: [g] Whiles he taught them. ] his doctrine, Beware of the Scribes which loue to goe in [Note: [h] The worde is a stole, which is a kinde of womans garment, long euen downe to the heeles, and is taken generally, for any garment made for comelinesse, but in this place it seemeth to signifie that fringed garment mentioned in Deuteronomie 22.11. ] long robes, & loue salutations in the markets,
39 And the chiefe seates in the Synagogues, and the first roumes at feastes,
40 Which [Note: Matth.23.14. luke 20.47. ] deuoure widowes houses, euen vnder a colour of long prayers. These shall receiue the greater damnation.
41 [Note:  The doing of our dueties, which God alloweth, is not esteemed according to the outward value, but to the inwarde affects of the heart. ] [Note: Luke 21.1. ] And as Iesus sate ouer against the treasurie, he beheld how the people cast [Note: [i] Money of any kinde of metall, as the Romanes vsed, who in the beginning did stampe or coyne brasse, and after vsed it for currant money. ] money into the treasurie, and many rich men cast in much.
42 And there came a certaine poore widowe, & she threw in two mites, which make a quadrin.
43 Then he called vnto him his disciples, and said vnto them, Verely I say vnto you, that this poore widowe hath cast more in, then all they which haue cast into the treasurie.
44 For they all did cast in of their superfluitie: but she of her pouertie did cast in all that she had, euen all her liuing.
1 Of the destruction of Ierusalem. 9 Persecutions for the Gospel. 10 The Gospel must be preached to all nations. 26 Of Christs comming to iudgement. 33 We must watch & pray.
1 And [Note: Matth.24 1. luke 21.5. ] [Note:  The destruction of the Temple, citie, and whole nation is afore tolde, and the troubles of the Church: but yet there are annexed many comforts, and last of all, the ende of the world is described. ] as he went out of the Temple, one of his disciples said vnto him, Master, see what maner stones, and what maner buildings are here.
2 [Note: Luke 19.43. ] Then Iesus answered and saide vnto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone vpon a stone, that shall not be throwen downe.
3 And as he sate on the mount of Oliues, ouer against the Temple, Peter, and Iames, and Iohn, and Andrew asked him secretly,
4 Tell vs, when shall these things be? and what shalbe the signe when all these things shalbe fulfilled?
5 And Iesus answered them, & began to say, [Note: Ephes.5.6. 2.thes.2.3. ] Take heede lest any man deceiue you.
6 For many shall come in my Name, saying, I
[Endure to the end.]
am Christ, and shall deceiue many.
7 Furthermore when ye shall heare, of warres, & rumours of warres, be ye not troubled: for such things must needes be: but the end shall not be yet.
8 For nation shal rise against nation, & kingdome against kingdome, and there shalbe earthquakes in diuers quarters, and there shalbe famine and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorowes.
9 But take ye heede to your selues: for they shall deliuer you vp to the Councils, and to the Synagogues: ye shalbe beaten, and brought before rulers and Kings for my sake, for a [Note: [a] The hearing of you preaching, shall be a most euident witnesse against them, so that they shall not be able to pretend ignorance. ] testimoniall vnto them.
10 And the Gospel must first be published among all nations.
11 [Note: Matth.10.19. luke 12.11.and 21.14. ] But when they leade you, & deliuer you vp, [Note: [b] We are not forbidden to thinke before hand, but pensiue carefulneße whereby men discourage theselues, which proceedeth from distrust, and want of confidence and sure hope of Gods assistances that carefulnesse we are willed to beware of, Looke Matth.5.27. ] be not carefull before hand, neither [Note: [c] By any kinde of artificious & curuing kinde of tale what to speake. ] studie what ye shall say: but what is giuen you at the same time, that speake: for it is not ye that speake, but the holy Ghost.
12 Yea, and the brother shall deliuer the brother to death, and the father the sonne, and the children shall rise against their parents, and shall cause them to die.
13 And ye shall be hated of all men [Note: [d] For me. ] for my Names sake: but whosoeuer shall endure vnto the end, he shalbe saued.
14 [Note: Matth.24.15. Luke 21.20. ] Moreouer, when ye shall see the abomination of desolation (spoken of by [Note: Dan.9.27. ] Daniel the Prophet) [Note: [e] When the Heathen and prophane people shall not only enter into the Temple, and defile both it, & the citie, but also cleane destroy it. ] set where it ought not, (let him that readeth, consider it) then let them that be in Iudea, flee into the mountaines,
15 And let him that is vpon the house, not come downe into the house, neither enter therein, to fetch any thing out of his house.
16 And let him that is in the fielde, not turne backe againe to take his garment.
17 Then wo shalbe to the that are with child, and to them that giue sucke in those dayes.
18 Pray therefore that your flight be not in the winter.
19 For [Note: [f] This is a kind of speach which the Hebrewes vse, and it hath a great force in it, for it giueth vs to vnderstand, that in all that time one miserie shall so followe vpon another, as if the time it selfe were very miserie it selfe: So the Prophet Amos 5.20. saith that the day of the Lord shalbe darkenesse. ] those dayes shalbe such tribulation, as was not from the beginning of ye creation which God created vnto this time, neither shalbe.
20 And except that the Lorde had shortened those dayes, no flesh shoulde be saued: but for the elects sake, which he hath chosen, he hath shortened those dayes.
21 Then [Note: Matth.24.23. luke 17.23. and 21.8. ] if any man say to you, Loe, here is Christ, or, lo, he is there, beleeue it not.
22 For false Christes shall rise, and false prophets, and shall shewe signes and wonders, to deceiue if it were possible the very elect.
23 But take ye heede: beholde, I haue shewed you all things before.
24 ¶ Moreouer in those dayes, after that tribulation, [Note: Isa.13.10. ezek.32.7. ioel 1.10.and 3.15. ] the sunne shall waxe darke, and ye moone shall not giue her light,
25 And the starres of heauen shall fall: and the powers which are in heauen, shall shake.
26 And then shall they see the Sonne of man comming in ye cloudes, with great power & glory.
27 [Note: Matth.24.32. ] And he shall then send his Angels, & shal gather together his elect from the foure windes, and from the vtmost part of the earth to the vtmost part of heauen.
28 Nowe learne a parable of the figge tree. When her bough is yet tender, and it bringeth foorth leaues, ye knowe that sommer is neere.
29 So in like maner, when ye see these things
[The day of the Lord.]
come to passe, knowe that the kingdom of God is neere, euen at the doores.
30 Verely I say vnto you, that this generation shall not passe, till all these things be done.
31 Heauen and earth shall passe away, but my woordes shall not passe away.
32 [Note:  The latter day is not curiously to be searched for, which the Father alone knoweth: but let vs rather take heede, that it come not vpon vs vnaware. ] But of that day and houre knoweth no man, no, not the Angels which are in heauen, neither the Sonne himselfe, but the Father.
33 [Note: Mat.24.13. ] Take heede: watch, and praie: for yee knowe not when the time is.
34 For the Sonne of man is as a man going into a strange countrey, & leaueth his house, & giueth authoritie to his seruaunts, and to euery man his woorke, and commandeth the porter to watch.
35 Watch ye therefore, (for ye know not whe ye master of the house will come, at eue, or at midnight, at the cocke crowing, or in the dawning,)
36 Least if he come suddenly, he should finde you sleeping.
37 And those things that I say vnto you, I say vnto all men, Watch.
1 The Priestes conspiracie against Christ. 3 The woman powring oyle on Christes head. 12 The preparing of the Passeouer. 22 The institution of the Supper. 41 Christ deliuered into the handes of men. 43 Iudas betraieth him with a kisse. 53 Christ is before Caiaphas. 66 Peters denial.
1 And [Note: Mat.26.2. luke 12.1. ] [Note:  By the will of God, against the counsell of men, it came to passe that Christ should be put to death vpon the solemne day of the Passeouer, that in all respects the trueth might agree to the figure. ] two daies after followed the feast of the Passeouer, and of vnleauened bread: and the hie Priests, & Scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.
2 But they sayde, Not in the feast day, least there be any tumult among the people.
3 [Note: Mat.26.6. iohn 12.2. ] And when hee was in Bethania in the house of Simon the leper, as he sate at table, there came a woman hauing a boxe of oyntment of spikenarde, very costly, and shee brake the boxe, and powred it on his head.
4 [Note:  Rash iudgements are frustrate before God. ] Therefore some disdained among themselues, and sayde, To what ende is this waste of oyntment?
5 For it might haue bene sold for more then [Note: [a] Which is about sixe pounds English. ] three hundreth pence, and bene giuen vnto the poore, and they murmured against her.
6 But Iesus saide, Let her alone: why trouble yee her? shee hath wrought a good worke on me.
7 [Note:  Christ suffered himselfe to be anointed once or twise for certaine considerations: but his will is to be daily anoynted in the poore. ] For yee haue the poore with you alwaies, and when yee will yee may doe them good, but me yee shall not haue alwaies.
8 [Note:  This woman by the secrete instinct of the Spirite, anointing Christ, setteth before mens eyes, his death and buriall which were at hande. ] She hath done that she coulde: she came afore hand to anoynt my body to the burying.
9 Verely I say vnto you, wheresoeuer this Gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done, shalbe spoken of in remembrance of her.
10 ¶ [Note: Mat.26.14. luke 22.4. ] [Note:  Couetousnesse cloked with a zeale of charitie, is an occasion to betraie and crucifie Christ. ] Then Iudas Iscariot, one of the twelue, went away vnto the hie Priestes, to betray him vnto them.
11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised that they woulde giue him monie: therefore he sought howe he might conueniently betraie him.
12 ¶ [Note: Mat.26.17. luke 22.8. ] [Note:  Christ being made subiect to the Lawe for vs, doeth celebrate the Passeouer according to the Lawe: and there withall by a miracle sheweth that notwithstanding he in the flesh shal straightway suffer, yet yt he is God. ] Nowe the first day of vnleauened bread, [Note: [b] That is, vpon which day, & at the euening of the same day, which was the beginning of the fifteenth, Looke Matt.26.17. ] when [Note: [c] They vsed to sacrifice. ] they sacrificed the [Note: [d] This is spoken thus, by the figure Metopyrnia, which is vsual in Sacraments, and by the Passeouer is meant the Pascal lambe. ] Passeouer,
[The Lords Supper.]
his disciples sayde vnto him, Where wilt thou that we goe and prepare, that thou mayest eate the Passeouer?
13 Then hee sent foorth two of his disciples, and sayde vnto them, Goe yee into the citie, and there shall a man meete you bearing a pitcher of water: followe him.
14 And whithersoeuer he goeth in, say yee to the good man of the house, The Master sayeth, Where is the lodging where I shal eate the Passeouer with my disciples?
15 And he wil shewe you an [Note: [e] The Greeke word signifieth that part of the house that is highest from the ground, to what vse soeuer it be put, but because they vsed to suppe in that part of the house, they called it a supping chamber. ] vpper chamber which is large, trimmed and prepared: there make it readie for vs.
16 So his disciples went foorth, and came to the citie, and found as he had said vnto them, and made readie the Passeouer.
17 ¶ And at euen he came with the twelue.
18 [Note: Psal.41.10. mat.26 20, 23. luke 22.14. iohn 13.18,21. ] [Note:  The figure of the lawe, which is by and by to bee fulfilled, is abrogated: and in place thereof are put figures of the newe couenant answerable vnto them, which shall continue to the worlds ende. ] And as they sate at table and did eate, Iesus said, Verely I say vnto you, that one of you shall betray me, which eateth with me.
19 Then they began to be sorowful & to say to him one by one, Is it I? And another, Is it I?
20 And he answered and sayde vnto them, It is one of the twelue that [Note: [f] That vseth to eate meat with me. ] dippeth with mee in the platter.
21 Truely the Sonne of man goeth his way, as it is written of him: [Note: Act.1.16. ] but woe bee to that man, by whome the Sonne of man is betrayed: it had beene good for that man, if hee had neuer beene borne.
22 [Note: Mat.26.26. 1.cor.11.24. ] And as they did eate, Iesus tooke the bread, and when hee had giuen thankes, he brake it and gaue it to them, and sayde, Take, eate, this is my bodie.
23 Also he tooke the cuppe, and when he had giuen thankes, gaue it to them: and they all dranke of it.
24 And he saide vnto them, This is my blood of that newe Testament, which is shed for many.
25 Verely I say vnto you, I wil drinke no more of the fruit of ye vine vntill that day, that I drinke it newe in the kingdome of God.
26 And when they had sung a Psalme, they went out to the mount of Oliues.
27 ¶ [Note: Iohn 16.32. ] [Note:  Christ foretelleth howe he shall be forsaken of his, but yet that hee will neuer forsake them. ] Then Iesus said vnto them, Al ye shall be offended by mee this night: for it is written, [Note: Zach.13.7. ] I will smite the shepheard, and the sheepe shall be scattered.
28 But after that I am risen, I will goe into [Note: Chap.16.7. ] Galile before you.
29 [Note:  Here is set forth in an excellent person, a most sorowfull example of mans rashnesse and weakenesse. ] And Peter saide vnto him, Although all men should be offended at thee, yet would not I.
30 Then Iesus saide vnto him, Verely I say vnto thee, this day, euen in this night, before the cocke crowe twise, thou shalt denie me thrise.
31 But he saide [Note: [g] That doubling of woordes, setteth out more plainely Peters vehement affirmation. ] more earnestly. If I shoulde die with thee, I will not denie thee: likewise also saide they all.
32 ¶ [Note: Mat.26.36. luke 22.39. ] [Note:  Christ suffering for vs in that flesh which hee tooke vpon him for our sakes, the most horrible terrours of the curse of God, receiueth the cup at his Fathers handes, which hee being iust, doeth straightway drinke of for the vniust. ] After, they came into a place named Gethsemane: then hee saide to his disciples, Sit yee here, till I haue praied.
33 And hee tooke with him Peter, and Iames, and Iohn, and hee began to be troubled, and in great heauinesse,
34 And saide vnto them, My soule is very heauie, euen vnto the death: tarie here, and watch.
35 So he went forward a litle, and fell downe on the ground, and praied, that if it were possible, that houre might passe from him.
36 And he saide, [Note: [h] This doubling of the woorde, was vsed in those daies, when their languages were so mixed together: for this woorde, Abba, is a Syrian woorde. ] Abba, Father, all things are possible vnto thee: take away this cup from me: neuertheles not yt I will, but yt thou wilt, be done.
37 [Note:  An horrible example of the sluggishnesse of men, euen in the disciples whome Christ had chosen. ] Then hee came, and founde them sleeping, and said to Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watche one houre?
38 ¶ Watch ye, and pray, that ye enter not into tentation: the spirite in deede is ready, but the flesh is weake.
39 And againe hee went away, and praied, and spake the same wordes.
40 And he returned, & founde them a sleepe againe: for their eyes were heauie: neither knewe they what they should answere him.
41 And he came the third time, and said vnto them, Sleepe henceforth, and take your rest: it is ynough: the houre is come: beholde, the Sonne of man is deliuered into the hands of sinners.
42 Rise vp: let vs go: loe, he that betraieth me, is at hand.
43 [Note: Mat.26.47. luke 22.47. iohn 18.3. ] [Note:  As men did willingly spoyle God their Creator of his praise in forsaking and betraying him, so Christ willingly, going about to make satisfaction for this ruine, is forsaken of his owne, and betraied by one of his familiars as a thiefe, that the punishment might be agreeable to the sinne, and we who are very traitours, forsakers, and sacrilegers might be deliuered out of the deuils snare. ] And immediatly while hee yet spake, came Iudas that was one of the twelue, and with him a great multitude with swordes and staues from the hie Priests, and Scribes, and Elders.
44 And he that betraied him, had giuen them a token, saying, Whomsoeuer I shall kisse, he it is: take him and leade him away [Note: [i] So diligently, that he scape not out of your hands. ] safely.
45 And assoone as hee was come, hee went straightway to him, and saide, Haile Master, and kissed him.
46 Then they laide their handes on him, and tooke him.
47 And [Note: [k] That is, Peter. ] one of them that stoode by, drewe out a sword, and smote a seruant of the hie Priest, and cut off his eare.
48 And Iesus answered and saide to them, Ye be come out as against a thiefe with swordes, and with staues, to take me.
49 I was daily with you teaching in the Temple, and yee tooke me not: but this is done that the Scriptures should be fulfilled.
50 Then they [Note: [l] All his disciples. ] all forsooke him, and fled.
51 [Note:  Vnder pretence of godlinesse, all things are lawfull to such as doe violence against Christ. ] And there followed him a certaine yong man, clothed in [Note: [m] Which he cast about him, when he hearing that sturre in the night suddenly ranne foorth: whereby we may vnderstande with howe great licenciousnesse these villaines violently set vpon him. ] linnen vpon his bare bodie, and the yong men caught him.
52 But he left his linnen cloth, and fled from them naked.
53 [Note: Mat.26.57. luke 22.54. iohn 18.24. ] So they led Iesus away to the hie Priest, and to him came [Note: [n] The highest council was assembled, because Christ was accused as a blasphemer and a false prophet: for as for the other crime of treason, it was forged against him by the Priests, to enforce Pilate by that meanes to condemne him. ] together all the hie Priestes, and the Elders, and the Scribes.
54 And Peter folowed him afarre off, euen into the hall of the hie Priest, and sate with the seruants, and warmed himselfe at the fire.
55 [Note:  Christ, who was so innocent that he could not be oppressed, no not by false witnesses, is at the length, for confessing God to be his father, condemned of impietie before the hie Priest: that we, who denied God & were in deede wicked, might be quit before God. ] And the [Note: Mat.26.59. ] hie Priests, and all the Councill sought for witnesse against Iesus, to put him to death, but found none.
56 For many bare false witnesse against him, but their witnesse agreed not together.
57 Then there arose certaine, and bare false witnesse against him, saying,
58 We hearde him say, [Note: Iohn 2.19. ] I will destroy this Temple made with hands, & within three daies I will builde another, made without hands.
59 But their witnesse yet agreed not together.
60 Then the hie Priest stoode vp amongst them, and asked Iesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is the matter that these beare witnesse
61 But hee helde his peace, and answered nothing. Againe the hie Priest asked him, and sayde vnto him, Art thou that Christ the Sonne of the [Note: [o] Of God, who is most worthie of all praise? ] Blessed?
62 And Iesus said, I am he, [Note: Mat.24.39. ] and yee shall see the Sonne of man sitte at the right hande of the power of God, and come in the clouds of heauen.
63 Then the hie Priest rent his clothes, and sayd, What haue we any more neede of witnesses?
64 Ye haue heard the blasphemie: what thinke yee? And they all condemned him to be worthie of death.
65 [Note:  Christ suffering all kind of reproch for our sakes, getteth euerlasting glory to them that beleeue in him. ] And some began to spit at him, and to couer his face, and to beate him with fists, and to say vnto him, Prophesie. And the sergeants smote him with their roddes.
66 [Note: Mar.26.69. luke 22.55. iohn 18.25. ] [Note:  An heauie example of the frailnesse of man, together with a most comfortable example of the mercie of God, who giueth the spirite of repentance and faith to his elect. ] And as Peter was beneath in the hal, there came one of the maides of the hie Priest.
67 And when shee sawe Peter warming him selfe, shee looked on him, and sayde, Thou wast also with Iesus of Nazareth.
68 But he denied it, saying, I knowe him not, neither wot I what thou saiest. Then he went out into the porche, and the cocke crewe.
69 [Note: Mat.26.71. luke 22.58. ] Then [Note: [p] If we compare the Euangelists diligently together, we shall perceiue that Peter was knowen of many through the maidens report: yea and in Luke, when the seconde deniall is spoken of, there is a man seruant mentioned & not a maide. ] a maid sawe him againe, and bega to say to them yt stood by, This is one of them.
70 But hee denied it againe: and anon after, they that stoode by, sayde againe to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art of Galile, and thy speach is like.
71 And he began to curse, and sweare, saying, I knowe not this man of whom ye speake.
72 [Note: Mat.26.75. iohn 13.38. ] Then the seconde time the cocke crewe, and Peter remembred the woorde that Iesus had saide vnto him, Before the cocke crowe twise, thou shalt denie me thrise, and waying that with himselfe, he wept.
1 Of the thinges that Christ suffered vnder Pilate. 11 Barabbas is preferred before Christ. 15 Pilate deliuereth Christ to be crucified. 17 He is crowned with thorne. 19 They spit on him, and mocke him. 21 Simon of Cyrene carieth Christes crosse. 27 Christ is crucified betweene two theeues. 26 He is railed at. 37 Hee giueth vp the ghost. 43 Ioseph burieth him.
1 And [Note: Mat.27.1. luke 22.66. iohn 18.19. ] [Note:  Christ being bound before the iudgement seat of an earthly Iudge, in open assemblie is condemned as guiltie vnto the death of the crosse, not for his owne sinnes, (as appeareth by the Iudges owne woordes) but for all ours, that we most guiltie creatures being deliuered fro ye guiltines of our sinnes, might be quitted before the iudgement seate of God, euen in the open assemblie of the Angels. ] anon in the dawning, the hie Priestes helde a Councill with the Elders, and the Scribes, and the whole Council, and bound Iesus, and led him away, and [Note: [a] It was not lawfull for them to put any man to death, for all causes of life and death were taken away from them, first by Herode the great, and afterwarde by the Romanes, about fourtie yeeres before the destruction of the Temple, and therefore they deliuer, Iesus to Galile. ] deliuered him to Pilate.
2 Then Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Iewes? And hee answered, and sayde vnto him, Thou sayest it.
3 And the hie Priestes accused him of many things.
4 [Note: Matth.27.12. luke 23.3. iohn 18.35. ] Wherefore Pilate asked him againe, saying, Answerest thou nothing? beholde howe many things they witnesse against thee.
5 But Iesus answered no more at all, so that Pilate marueiled.
6 Nowe at the feast, Pilate [Note: [b] Vsed Pilate to deliuer. ] did deliuer a prisoner vnto them, whomesoeuer they woulde desire.
7 Then there was one named Barabbas, which was bounde with his fellowes, that had made insurrection, who in the insurrection had committed murther.
8 And the people cried aloude, and began to
[Christ condemned and crucified.]
desire that he woulde doe as he had euer done vnto them.
9 Then Pilate answered them, and said, Will ye that I let loose vnto you the King of ye Iewes?
10 For he knewe that the hie Priestes had deliuered him of enuie.
11 But the high Priestes had moued the people to desire that he would rather deliuer Barabbas vnto them.
12 And Pilate answered, and said againe vnto them, What will ye then yt I doe with him, whom ye call the King of the Iewes?
13 And they cried againe, Crucifie him.
14 Then Pilate said vnto them, But what euill hath he done? And they cryed the more feruently, Crucifie him.
15 So Pilate willing to content the people, loosed them Barabbas, & deliuered Iesus, when he had scourged him, that he might be crucified.
16 Then the souldiers led him away into the hall, which is the common hall, and called together the whole band,
17 [Note: [a] Christ, going about to take away the sinnes of men, who went about to vsurpe the throne of God himselfe, is condemned as one that hunted after the kingdome, and mocked with a false shewe of a kingdome, that we on the other side, who shall in deede be eternall kings, might receiue the crowne of glorie at Gods owne hand. ] And clad him with purple, and platted a crowne of thornes, and put it about his head,
18 And began to salute him, saying, Haile, King of the Iewes.
19 And they smote him on the head with a reede, and spat vpon him, and bowed the knees, and did him reuerence.
20 And whe they had mocked him, they tooke the purple off him, and put his owne clothes on him, and led him out to crucifie him.
21 [Note: Matth.27.32. luke 23.26. ] And they [Note:  The rage of the wicked hath no measure, but in the meane season, euen the weakenesse of Christ, being in paine vnder the heauie burden of the crosse, doeth manifestly shewe, that a lambe is led to be sacrificed. ] compelled one that passed by, called Simon of Cyrene (which came out of the countrey, and was father of Alexander and Rufus) to beare his crosse.
22 [Note: Matth.27.33. luke 23.33. iohn 19.17. ] [Note:  Christ is led out of the walles of the earthly Ierusalem, into a foule place of dead mens carkases, as a man most vncleane, not touching himselfe, but touching our sinnes, which were laid vpon him, to the end that we being made cleane by his blood, might be brought into the heauenly Sanctuarie. ] And they brought him to a place named Golgotha, which is by interpretation, the place of dead mens skulles.
23 And they gaue him to drinke wine mingled with myrrhe: but he receiued it not.
24 [Note: Luke 23.34. ] [Note:  Christ hangeth naked vpon the crosse, and as the wickedest caytife that euer was, most vilie reproued: that we being clothed with his righteousnesse, and blessed with his curses, and sanctified by his onely oblation, may be taken vp into heauen. ] And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots for them, what euery man should haue.
25 And it was the third houre, when they crucified him.
26 And ye title of his cause was written aboue, That king of the ievves.
27 They crucified also with him two theeues, the one on ye right hand, & the other on his left.
28 Thus the Scripture was fulfilled, which sayth, [Note: Esai.53.12. ] And he was counted among the wicked.
29 And they that went by, railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, [Note: Iohn 2.19. ] Hey, thou that destroyest the Temple, & buildest it in three dayes,
30 Saue thy selfe, and come downe from the crosse.
31 Likewise also euen the hie Priests mocking, said among themselues with the Scribes, He saued other men, himselfe he cannot saue.
32 Let Christ the King of Israel nowe come downe from the crosse, that we may see, and beleeue. They also that were crucified with him, reuiled him.
33 ¶ Nowe when the sixt houre was come, [Note:  Howe angrie God was against our sinne, which he punished in our suretie his sonne, it appeareth by this horrible darknesse. ] darkenesse arose ouer [Note: [c] By this worde land he meaneth Palestina: so that the strangenesse of the wonder, is so much the more set foorth in that, that at the feast of the Passeouer, and in the full moone, when the Sunne shined ouer all the rest of the worlde, and at midday, that corner of the worlde, wherein so wicked an act was committed, was ouercouered with most grosse darkenesse. ] all the land vntill the ninth houre.
34 And at the [Note:  Christ striuing mightily with Satan, with sinne and with death, all three armed with the horrible curse of God, grieuously tormented in body hanging vpon the crosse, and in soule plunged in the depth of hell, yet he riddeth him selfe, crying with a mightie voyce: and notwithstanding the wounde which he receiued of death, in that that he dyed, yet by smiting both things aboue, and things beneath, by renting of the vaile of the Temple, and by the testimonie wrung out of them which murdered him, he sheweth euidently vnto the rest of his enemies, which are as yet obstinate, and mocke at him, that he shalbe knowen out of hand to be conquerour and Lord of all. ] ninth houre Iesus cryed with a loude voyce, saying, [Note: Psal.22.1. matth.27.46. ] Eloi, Eloi, lamma-sabachthani? which is by interpretation, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
35 And some of them that stoode by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.
36 And one ranne, and filled a [Note: Psal.69.22. ] spondge full of vineger, and put it on a reede, and gaue him to drinke, saying, Let him alone: let vs see if Elias will come, and take him downe.
37 And Iesus cryed with a loude voyce, and gaue vp the ghost.
38 And the vaile of the Temple was rent in twaine, from the toppe to the bottome.
39 Nowe when the Centurion, which stoode ouer against him, sawe that he thus crying gaue vp the ghost, he saide, Truely this man was the Sonne of God.
40 ¶ [Note:  Christ to the great shame of men which forsooke the Lord, chose women for his witnesses, which behelde all this whole action. ] There were also women, which beheld afarre off, among whom was Marie Magdalene, and Marie (the mother of Iames the lesse, and of Ioses) and Salome,
41 Which also when he was in Galile, [Note: Luke 8.2. ] folowed him, and ministred vnto him, and many other women which came vp with him vnto Hierusalem.
42 [Note: Matth.27.57. ] And nowe when the night was come (because it was the day of the preparation that is before the Sabbath)
43 [Note: Luke 23.50. iohn 19.38. ] Ioseph of Arimathea, an [Note: [d] A man of great authoritie, of the councill of the Sanhedrin, or els taken into counsell by Pilate. ] honorable counsellour, which also looked for the kingdome of God, came, and went in [Note: [e] If we consider what danger Ioseph cast himselfe into we shall perceiue howe bolde he was. ] boldly vnto Pilate, and asked the body of Iesus.
44 And Pilate marueiled, if he were already dead, and called vnto him the Centurion, and asked of him whether he had bene any while dead.
45 And when he knewe the trueth of the Centurion, he gaue the body to Ioseph:
46 Who bought a linnen cloth, & tooke him downe, and wrapped him in the linnen cloth, and laide him in a tombe that was hewen out of a rocke, and rolled a stone vnto the doore of the sepulchre:
47 And Marie Magdalene, and Marie Ioses mother, behelde where he should be layed.
1 Of Christes resurrection. 9 He appeareth to Marie Magdalene and others. 15 He sendeth his Apostles to preache. 19 His ascension.
1 And [Note: Luke 24.1. iohn 20.1. ] when the Sabbath day was past, Marie Magdalene, and Marie the mother of Iames, and Salome, bought sweete oyntments, that they might come, and anoynt him.
2 Therefore early in the morning, the first day of the weeke, they came vnto the sepulchre, when the Sunne was nowe risen.
3 And they saide one to another, Who shall rolle vs away the stone from the doore of the sepulchre?
4 And when they [Note: [a] When they cast their eyes toward the sepulchre. ] looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away (for it was a very great one)
5 [Note: Matth.28.1. iohn 20.12. ] So they went into the [Note: [b] Into the caue, wherein the sepulchre was cut out. ] sepulchre, and saw a yong man sitting at the right side, clothed in a long white robe: and they were sore troubled.
6 But he said vnto them, Be not so troubled: ye seeke Iesus of Nazareth, which hath bene crucified: he is risen, he is not here: behold the place where they put him.
7 But goe your way, and tell his disciples, and Peter, that he will goe before you into Galile: there shall ye see him, [Note: Chap.14.28. matth.26.32. ] as he said vnto you.
8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre: for they trembled, and were amased: neither said they any thing to any man: for they were afraide.
9 ¶ [Note:  Christ himselfe appeareth to Mary Magdalene to vpbraide the disciples incredulitie. ] And when Iesus was risen againe, early the first day of the weeke, he appeared first to Marie Magdalene, [Note: Iohn 20.16. luke 8.2. ] out of whom he had cast seuen deuils:
10 And shee went and tolde them that had bene with him, which mourned and wept.
11 And when they heard that he was aliue, and had appeared to her, they beleeued it not.
12 ¶ [Note: Luke 24.13. ] [Note:  Christ appeareth to two other disciples, and at length to the eleuen. ] After that, he appeared vnto two of them in an other forme, as they walked and went into the countrey.
13 And they went, and told it to the remnant, neither beleeued they them.
14 ¶ [Note: Luke 24.36. iohn 20.19. ] [Note: [c] The Euangelist considered not the order of the time, but the course of his historie, which he deuided into three partes: The first sheweth howe he appeared to the women, the second, to his Disciples, the third, to his Apostles, and therefore he saith, finally. ] Finally, he appeared vnto the eleuen as they sate together, and reproched them for their vnbeliefe and hardnesse of heart, because they beleeued not them which had seene him, being risen vp againe.
15 [Note:  The Apostles are appointed, and their office is limitted vnto them, which is, to preach that, which they heard of him, and to minister the Sacraments, which Christ hath instituted, hauing besides power to doe miracles. ] And he saide vnto them, [Note: Matth.28.19. ] Goe ye into all the worlde, and preach the Gospel to [Note: [d] Not to the Iewes onely, nor in Iudea onely, but to al men, and euery where: and so must all the Apostles doe. ] euery creature.
16 He that shall beleeue and be baptized, shalbe saued: [Note: Iohn 12.48. ] but he that will not beleeue, shalbe damned.
17 And these tokens shall folowe them that beleeue, [Note: Actes 16.18. ] In my Name they shall cast out deuils, and [Note: Act.2.4.& 10.46 ] shall speake with [Note: [e] Strange tongues, such as they knewe, not before. ] newe tongues,
18 [Note: Act.28.5. ] And shall take away serpents, and if they shall drinke any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: [Note: Actes 28.8. ] they shall lay their handes on the sicke, and they shall recouer.
19 [Note: Luke 24.51. ] [Note:  Christ hauing accomplished his office on earth, ascendeth into heauen, from whence (the doctrine of his Apostles being confirmed with signes) he will gouerne his Church, vnto the worldes end. ] So after ye Lord had spoken vnto them, he was receiued into heauen, & sate at the right hand of God.
20 And they went foorth, and preached euery where. And the [Note: Hebr.2.4. ] Lorde wrought with them, and confirmed [Note: [f] To wit, the doctrine: therefore doctrine must goe before, and signes must followe after. ] the worde with signes that folowed. Amen.