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Luke 9


 1 Then (*) (1) called he his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to heal diseases.


(*) Matthew 10:1; Mark 3:13; Mark 6:7 .

(1) The twelve Apostles are sent forth at the only commandment of Christ, and furnished with the power of the holy Ghost; both that none of the Israelites might pretend ignorance, and also that they might be better prepared to their general embassy.


 2  (*) And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to cure the sick.


(*) Matthew 10:7 .


 3 And he said to them, (*) (♣) Take nothing to your journey, neither (♠) staves, nor scrip, neither bread, nor silver, neither have two coats apiece.


(*) Matthew 10:9; Mark 6:8 .

(♣) To the end they might do their charge with greater diligence when they had nothing to let them.

(♠) Or, rods


 4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there (a) abide, and (*) thence depart.


(a) When you depart out of any city, depart from thence where you first took up your lodging; so that in few words, the Lord forbiddeth them to change their lodgings; for this publishing of the Gospel, was as it were a through passage, that none in Judea might pretend ignorance, as though he had not heard that Christ was come.

(*) He willeth them not to tarry long, but to preach from town to town.


 5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, (*) shake off the very (♣) dust from your feet for a testimony against them.


(*) Luke 10:11; Matthew 10:14; Mark 6:11; Acts 13:51 .

(♣) Which was a sign of detestation, and of the vengeance which was prepared for such contemners of Godís benefits which are unworthy that one should receive any thing at their hands.


 6 And they went out, and went through every town preaching the Gospel, and healing everywhere.


 7  ∂ (*) (2) Now Herod the Tetrarch heard of all that was done by him; and he (b) doubted, because that it was said of some, that John was risen again from the dead;


(*) Matthew 14:2; Mark 6:24 .

(2) So soon as the world heareth tidings of the Gospel, it is divided into divers opinions, and the tyrants especially are afraid.
(b) He stuck as it were fast in the mire.


 8 And of some, that Elijah had appeared, and of some, that one of the old Prophets was risen again.


 9 Then Herod said, John have I beheaded; who then is this of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.


 10  ∂ (*) (3) And when the Apostles returned, they told him what great things they had done. (♣) Then he took them to him, and went aside into a (c) solitary place, near to the city called Bethsaida.


(*) Mark 6:30 .

(3) They shall lack nothing that follow Christ, no not in the wilderness.

() Matthew 14:13; Mark 6:32 .
(c) The word signifieth a desert; note this was not in the town Bethsaida, but part of the fields belonging to the town.


 11 But when the people knew it, they followed him; and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need to be healed.


 12  (*) And when the day began to wear away, the twelve came, and said unto him, Send the people away, that they may go into the towns and villages round about, and lodge, and get meat; for we are here in a desert place.


(*) Matthew 14:15; Mark 6:35; John 6:5 .


 13 But he said unto them, (*) Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes, (d) except we should go and buy meat for all this people.


(*) Christ forsaketh not them that follow him, but sendeth them sufficient relief.

(d) This is imperfectly spoken, and therefore we must understand something, and this, we cannot give them to eat, unless we go and buy, etc.


 14 For they were about five thousand men. Then he said to his disciples, Cause them to sit down by fifties in a company.


 15 And they did so, and caused all to sit down.


 16 Then he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looked up to heaven, and (e) blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples, to set before the people.


(e) He gave God thanks for these loaves and fishes, and withal prayed him to feed this so great a  multitude with so small a quantity, and to be short, that this whole banquet might be to the glory of God.              


17 So they did all eat, and were satisfied; and there was taken up of that remained to them, twelve baskets full of broken meat.


 18  ∂ (*) (4) And it came to pass, as he was (f) alone praying, his disciples were with him, and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?


(*) Matthew 16:13; Mark 8:27 .

(4) Although the world be tossed up and down, between divers errors, yet we ought not to contemn the truth, but be so much the more desirous to know it and be more constant to confess it.
(f) Alone from the people.


 19 They answered, and said, John Baptist, and others say, Elijah; and some say, that one of the old Prophets is risen again.


 20 And he said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answered, and said, The Christ of God.


 21 And he warned and commanded them, (*) that they should tell that to no man,


(*) For he knew best his convenient time which was appointed for him to be manifested in.


 22  (5) Saying, (*) The Son of man must suffer many things, and be reproved of the Elders, and of the high Priests and Scribes, and be slain, and the third day rise again.


(5) Christ himself attained to the heavenly glory by the cross and invincible patience.

(*) Matthew 17:22; Mark 8:31 .


 23  ∂ (*) And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross (g) daily, and follow me.


(*) Luke 14:27; Matthew 10:38; Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:35 .

(g) Even as one day followeth another, so doth one cross follow another, and the cross is by the figure Metonymy, taken for the miseries of this life; for to be hanged, was the sorest and cruelest punishment that was amongst the Jews.


 24  (*) For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it, and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.


(*) Luke 17:33; Matthew 10:39; Matthew 16:25; John 12:25 .


 25  (*) For what advantageth it a man, if he win the whole world, and destroy himself, or lose himself?


(*) Matthew 16:26; Mark 8:36 .


 26  (*) For whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his glory, and in the glory of the Father, and of the holy Angels.


(*) Luke 12:9; Matthew 10:33; Mark 8:38; 2 Timothy 2:12 .


 27  (*) And I tell you of a surety, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the (♣) kingdom of God.


(*) Matthew 16:28; Mark 9:1 .

(♣) Established and enlarged by the preaching of the Gospel.


 28  (*) (6) And it came to pass about an eight days after those words, that he took Peter and John, and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.


(*) Matthew 27:2; Mark 9:2 .

(6) Lest the disciples of Christ should be offended at the debasing himself in his flesh, he teacheth them that it is voluntary, shewing therewithal for a space the brightness of his glory.


 29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was changed, and his garment was white and glistered.


 30 And behold, two men talked with him, which were Moses and Elijah,


 31 Which appeared in glory, and told of his (h) (*) departing, which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.


(h) What death he should die in Jerusalem.

(*) That is, what issue he should have and how he should die.


 32 But Peter and they that were with him, were heavy with sleep, and when they awoke, they saw his glory, and the two men standing with him.


 33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here; let us therefore make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah, and wist not what he said.


 34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud and (*) overshadowed them, and they feared when they were entering into the cloud.


(*) For otherways they had not been able to comprehend his great majesty.


 35  (*) And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is that my beloved Son, hear him.


(*) Matthew 3:17; Mark 1:11; 2 Peter 1:17 .


 36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone; and they kept it close, and told no man in (i) (*) those days any of those things which they had seen.


(i) Until Christ was risen again from the dead.

(*) They concealed it until Christís resurrection, as Mark writeth.


 37  ∂ (7) And it came to pass on the next day, as they came down from the mountain, much people met him.


(7) Christ is offended with nothing so much as with incredulity, although he bear with it for a time.


 38  (*) And behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, behold my son, for he is all that I have.


(*) Matthew 17:14; Mark 9:17 .


 39 And lo, a spirit taketh him, and suddenly he crieth, and he teareth him, that he foameth, and with much pain departeth from him, when he hath (k) bruised him.


(k) As it fareth in the falling sickness.


 40 Now I have besought thy disciples to cast him out, but they could not.


 41 Then Jesus answered, and said, (*) O generation faithless, and crooked, how long now shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.


(*) Under the color that his disciples could not heal the sick man, he reproveth them, which would have diminished his authority.


 42 And whiles he was yet coming, the devil rent him, and tare him, and Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him to his father. 


 43  ∂ (8) And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God, and while they all wondered at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples,


(8) We have no cause to promise ourselves rest and quietness in this world, seeing that they themselves which seemed to fawn upon Christ, do shortly after crucify him.


 44  (l) (♣) Mark these words diligently; (*) for it shall come to pass, that the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.


(l) Give diligent ear unto them, and when you have once heard them, see that you keep them.

(*) Matthew 17:22; Mark 9:31 .

(♣) Greek, put these words into your ears.


 45 But they (*) understood not that word, for it was hid from them, so that they could not perceive it; and they feared to ask him of that word.


(*) They were so blinded with this opinion that Christ should have a temporal kingdom, that they would not understand when he spake of his death.


 46  ∂ (*) (9) Then there arose a disputation among them, which of them should be the greatest.


(*) Matthew 18:1; Mark 9:35 .

(9) The end of ambition is ignominy; but the end of modest obedience is glory.


 47 When Jesus saw the thoughts of their hearts, he took a little child, and set him by him,


 48 And said unto them, Whosoever receiveth this little child in my Name, receiveth me, and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth him that sent me; for he that is least among you all, he shall be great.


 49  ∂ (*) (10) And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy Name, and we forbad him, because he followeth thee not with us.


(*) Mark 9:38 .

(10) Extraordinary things are neither rashly to be allowed, nor condemned.


 50 Then Jesus said unto him, Forbid ye him not; for he that is not against us, (*) is with us.


(*) For as much as he letteth us not, and God is glorified by his occasion.


 51  ∂ (11) And it came to pass, when the (*) days were accomplished, that he should be received up, he (m) settled himself fully to go to Jerusalem,


(11) Christ goeth willingly to death.

(*) Of his death whereby he was exalted.
(m) Word for word; he hardened his face, that is, he resolved with himself to die, and therefore ventured upon his journey, and cast away all fear of death, and went on.


 52 And sent messengers before him, and they went and entered into a town of the Samaritans, to prepare him lodging.


 53 But they would not receive him, because his (*) behavior was as though he would go to Jerusalem.


(*) Or face, or apparel; for they knew he was a Jew, and as touching the Samaritanís opinion of the Temple, read John 4:20; also they hated the Jews because they differed from them in religion.


 54  (12) And when his disciples, James and John saw it, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command, that fire come down from heaven, and consume them, even as (*) Elijah did?


(12) We must take heed of the immode rateness of zeal, and fond imitation, even in good causes, that whatsoever we do, we do it to God's glory, and the profit of our neighbor.

(*) 2 Kings 1:10 .


 55 But Jesus turned about, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not of what (n) (*) spirit ye are.


(n) So speak the Hebrews, that is, you know not what will, mind, and counsel you are of; so the gifts of God are called the spirit, because they are given of God's Spirit, and so are they, that are contrary to them, which proceed of the wicked spirit, as the spirit of covetousness, of pride, and madness.  

(*) He reproveth their rash and carnal affection, which were not led with Elijahís spirit.   


 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy menís lives, but to save them. Then they went to another town.


 57  ∂ (13) And it came to pass that as they went in the way, (*) a certain man said unto him, I will follow thee, Lord, whithersoever thou goest.


(13) Such as follow Christ, must prepare themselves, to suffer all discommodities.

(*) Matthew 8:19 .


 58 And Jesus said unto him, The (*) foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven have nests, but the Son of man hath not whereon to lay his head.


(*) We must not follow Christ for riches and commodities, but prepare ourselves to poverty and to the cross by his example.


 59  (14) But he said unto another, Follow me. And the same said, Lord, suffer me first to go and (*) bury my father.


(14) The calling of God ought to be preferred, without all controversy before all duties that we owe to men.

(*) That is, till he be dead and I have done my duty to him in burying him.


 60 And Jesus said unto him, (*) Let the dead bury (o) their dead; but go thou, and preach the kingdom of God.


(*) We may not follow what seemeth best to us, but only Godís calling; and here by dead he meaneth those that are unprofitable to serve God.

(o) Who notwithstanding that they live in this frail life of man, yet are strangers from the true life, which is everlasting and heavenly.


 61  (15) Then another said, I will follow thee, Lord; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at my house.


(15) Such as follow Christ, must at once renounce all worldly cares.


 62 And Jesus said unto him, No man that putteth his hand to the plough, and (*) looketh back, is apt to the kingdom of God.


(*) To be hindered, or entangled with respect of any worldly commodity, or stayed to go forward for any pain, or trouble.



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