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CONTENTS OF THE THIRD VOLUME.
I. Ver. 1. The Book of the Generation of Jesus Christ,
the Son of David, the Son of Abraham 1
II. Ver. 1. Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of
Judea, in the days of Herod the king, be-
hold there came wise men from the East
III. Ver. 1. In those days came John the Baptist, preach-
ing in the wilderness of Judea
IV. Ver. 1. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit, into the
Wilderness, to be tempted of the Devil 28
V. Ver. 12. And seeing the multitudes, he went up into
a mountain, and when he was sat, his
VI. Ver. 19. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon
VII. Ver. 1-5. Judge not, that ye be not judged
VIII. Ver. 1. When he was come down from the mountain,
IX. Ver. 1. And he entered into a ship, and passed over,
1. The Nature and Properties of Heavenly Wisdom
2. The Patient and Docile Sufferer
4. Christ the Light and Lustre of the Church
5. Christ the Light and Lustre of the Church
The Name of Jesus fragrant
9. The Sinner a Rebel against God
10. The true Christian the best Subject .
14. The Promises an Encouragement to Holiness
15. Divine Grace and Holy Obedience
18. The Goodness of God, and the Wickedness of Man
20. The Observation of Providence
21. Imperfection and Perfectio
23. A Summary of Spiritual Privileges .
24. The Folly of Man and the Teaching of God
25. Mercy despised and the Contempt punished
26. The Confession and Prayer of Faith
27. Calamities to be cautiously interpreted
Love the Fulfilling of the Law
30. The Law written upon the Heart .
31. God's End and Design in Affliction
THE FIRST NINE CHAPTERS OF
ST. MATTHEW'S GOSPEL.
Ver. 1. The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the
son of Abraham.
As the bounty of God appears in the furniture and comforts of our natural life, in that he hath not only provided for simple necessity, but enriched it with plentiful variety; thus He hath done likewise towards the spiritual life in the provision of the Holy Scriptures, having in them so rich diversity of the kind of writings, prophecies and histories, poesies and epistles, and of the kind, and expressly on the same subject, four books written by the hands of four several men, but all led by the hand of the same Spirit, and all of them so harmoniously according together, as makes up one song; the four with a delightful variety of notes, but no mistuning, or jarring difference: those that seem to be so, being duly considered, do not only well agree, but there is still some instructive advantage in the diversity ; each recording something, some of them divers things that are not in the other; and what one hath more briefly, is more enlarged in some other : they are not so different as to
* First printed from the original MSS. in Dr. Jerment's edition of the Works, published in 1808, of which this is a corrected reprint. VOL. III.
be discordant, nor so the same as to be superfluous. Their order in the time of their writing, is, with good reason, conceived to be the same with that of their placing as we have them. This of St. Matthew was written first, and very likely in Hebrew, as more particularly for the use of his own nation, though in His purpose who set him on to work (as all the other scriptures) intended for the good of the Church in all succeeding ages. And he begins with the great mysterious point on which hangs our happiness, that which is our grand comfort, as St. Austin speaks, the manhood of God. The chapter hath these two, his genealogy, and his nativity, each particularly intituled'; for the first words are the inscription, not of the whole book, nor of the whole chapter, but only of that first part of it. The book, that is, as the Hebrew word signifies,) the roll, or list of the generation, that is, the descent, of Jesus Christ.
The account by ascending, as St. Luke does, or by descending, as this Evangelist, is altogether indifferent; neither need we, with the ancients, seek subtle and mysterious reasons of it, which are too airy to have either certain truth, or profitable use in them. The reckoning of the one only down from Abraham, and the other up to Adam, may have some more solid reason; the one having regard to the particular promise made to Abraham, and the other to the general interest of mankind, and that according to the promise made to our first parents in the garden. And this beginning in Abraham here, relishes somewhat of that we spake, of penning this gospel in Hebrew, with particular respect to the Jews for informing them first : as indeed the gospel was first to be preached to them, so might they have somewhat of the same privilege in the writing of it, He of whom it treats being born among them, and of them. And before entering to branch the lineage, the Evangelist particularly mentions David and Abraham, because of the particular promises made to them of the Messiah to come of their seed.
The great diversity of the names from David to Joseph, (of