GENEVA BIBLE 1599
The Bible of the Pilgrims who founded America and also the Bible of the Reformation.
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1 Then he (1) entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his (a) own city.
(1) Sins are the causes of our afflictions, and Christ only
forgiveth them if we believe.
(a) Into Capernaum, for as Theophylact saith, Bethlehem brought him forth, Nazareth brought him up, and Capernaum was his dwelling place.
2 And (*) lo, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy lying on a bed. And Jesus (b) seeing their (♣) faith, said to the sick of the palsy, Son be of good comfort; thy (♠) sins are forgiven thee.
(*) Mark 2:3; Luke 5:28 .
(b) Knowing by a manifest sign.
(♣) And also his faith that had the palsy; for except we have faith, our sins cannot be forgiven.
(♠) Jesus toucheth the principal cause of all miseries, which is sin.
3 And behold, certain of the Scribes said with themselves, This man (c) blasphemeth.
(c) To blaspheme, signifieth amongst the divines to speak wickedly; and amongst the more eloquent Grecians, to slander.
4 But when Jesus saw their thoughts, he said, Wherefore think ye evil things (*) in your hearts?
(*) Because they did maliciously refuse Christ, who offered himself unto them.
5 For whether is it (*) easier to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee, or to say, Arise, and walk?
(*) Christ speaketh according to their captivity, for they more esteemed outward miracles, than the virtue and power of Jesus Christ, whereby their sins might be forgiven.
6 And that ye may know that the Son of man hath authority in earth to forgive sins, (then said he unto the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go to thine house.
7 And he arose, and departed to his own house.
8 So when the multitude saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, which had given such authority to men.
9 ∂ (*) (2) And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man sitting at the (d) receipt of custom, named Matthew, and said to him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
(*) Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27 .
(2) Christ calleth the humble sinners unto him, but he
contemneth the proud hypocrites.
(d) At the customerís table, where it was received.
10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, behold, many Publicans and (e) sinners that came thither, sat down at the table with Jesus and his disciples.
(e) The customersí fellows which were placed by the Romans, after that Judea was brought into the form of a province, to gather the customs, and therefore of the rest of the Jews, they were called sinners, that is to say very vile men.
11 And when the Pharisees saw that, they said to his disciples, Why eateth your Master with Publicans and sinners?
12 Now when Jesus heard it, he said unto them, The (*) whole need not a Physician, but they that are sick.
(*) He reproveth the vain persuasion of them, which thought themselves whole, and contemned the poor sick sinners, which sought Jesus Christ to be their physician.
(♠) Which are puffed up with vain confidence of your own righteousness.
(*) Hosea 6:6; Matthew 12:7 .
(♦) God requireth not ceremonies, but brotherly love of one towards another.
(♣) 1 Timothy 1:15 .
14 ∂ (*) (3) Then came the disciples of John to him, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, and thy disciples fast not?
(*) Mark 2:18; Luke 5:33 .
(3) Against naughty emulation in matters indifferent.
15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the (f) (*) children of the marriage chamber mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
(f) An Hebrew kind of speech, for they that are admitted into a marriage chamber are as the nearest about the bridegroom.
(*) Christ would spare his disciples a while, not burdening them to much, lest he should discourage them.
16 Moreover, no man pieceth an (*) old garment with a piece of (g) (♣) new cloth; for that which should fill it up, taketh away from the garment, and the breach is worse.
(*) Christ compareth his disciples for their infirmity, to old garments, and vessels, which are not able as yet to bear the perfection of his doctrine, which he meaneth by new cloth and new wine.
(g) Raw, which was never put to the fuller.
(♣) Or, raw and undressed.
17 Neither do they put new wine into (*) old (♣) vessels; for then the vessels would break, and the wine would be spilt, and the vessels would perish; but they put new wine into new vessels, and so are both preserved.
(*) The mind which is infected with the dregs or superstitious ceremonies, is not meet to receive the pleasant wine of the Gospel.
(♣) Bottles or bags of leather or skins, wherein wine was carried on asses or camels.
18 ∂ (*) (4) While he thus spake unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is now deceased; but come and lay thine hand on her, and she shall live.
(*) Mark 5:22; Luke 8:41 .
(4) There is no evil so old, and incurable, which Christ cannot heal by and by, if he be touched with true faith, but lightly as it were with the hand.
19 And Jesus arose and followed him with his disciples.
20 (And behold, a woman which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment.
21 For she said in herself, If I may touch but his garment only, I shall be whole.
22 Then Jesus turned him about, and seeing her, did say, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole at that same moment.)
23 (5) Now when Jesus came into the Rulerís house, and saw the (h) (*) minstrels and the multitude making noise,
(5) Even death itself giveth place to the power of Christ.
(h) It appeareth that they used minstrels at their mournings.
(*) Players upon flutes or pipes or other instruments, which in those days they used at burials.
24 He said unto them, Get you hence; for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
25 And when the multitude were put forth, he went in and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.
26 And this (♥) bruit went throughout all that land.
(♥) To report, to noise abroad.
27 (6) And as Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, O son of David, have mercy upon us.
(6) By healing these two blind men, Christ sheweth that he is the light of the world.
28 And when he was come into the house, the blind came to him, and Jesus said unto them, (*) Believe ye that I am able to do this? And they said unto him, Yea, Lord.
(*) He would prove whether they bare him that reverence which was due to Messiah.
29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
30 And their eyes were opened, and Jesus gave them great charge, saying, See that no man know it.
31 But when they were departed, they spread abroad his fame throughout all that land.
32 ∂ (*) (7) And as they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.
(*) Luke 11:14 .
(7) An example of that power that Christ hath over the devil.
33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake; then the multitude marveled, saying, The like was never seen in Israel.
34 But the Pharisees said, (*) He (♣) casteth out devils, through the prince of devils.
(*) Matthew 11:18; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15 .
(♣) This blasphemy proceedeth of extreme impiety, seeing all the people confessed the contrary.
35 ∂ And (*) Jesus went about all cities and towns, teaching in their Synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the (♣) kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
(*) Mark 6:6; Luke 13:22 .
(♣) Whereby God gathereth his people together, that he may reign over them.
36 (8) But (*) when he saw the multitude, he had compassion upon them, because they were dispersed, and scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
(8) Although the ordinary pastors cease, yet Christ hath not cast off the care of his Church.
(*) Mark 6:34 .
37 Then said he to his disciples, (*) Surely the (♣) harvest is great, but the laborers are few.
(*) Luke 10:2; John 4:35-36 .
(♣) He meaneth the people are ripe, and ready to receive the Gospel, comparing the elect to a plentiful harvest.
38 Wherefore pray the Lord of the harvest, that he would (i) (*) send forth laborers into his harvest.
(i) Word for word, Cast them out; for men are very slow in so holy a work.
(*) Or, thrust forth.
1 Corinthians 14:8
And also if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to battle?
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