Synoptic Gospels keyed to Henry Burton Sharman, Records of the Life of Jesus (§§)

§ 29 (§ 52A + Mat 9:2-8 | Mar 2:1-12 | Luk 5:12-26)     index     qtext    parallels

§ 30 (Mat 9:9-13 | Mar 2:13-17 | Luk 5:27-32)     index     qtext    parallels

§ 31 (Mat 9:14-17 | Mar 2:18-22 | Luk 5:33-39)     index     qtext    parallels

§ 3928 + Mat 8:5-13 | Luk 7:1-10)     index     qtext    parallels

§50 (Mat 8:18-27 | Mar 4:35-41 | Luk 8:22-25)     index     qtext    parallels

§51 (Mat 8:28-34 | Mar 5:1-20 | Luk 8:26-39)     index     qtext    parallels

§52-53 (Mat 9:18-34 | Mar 5:21-43 | Luk 8:40-56)     index     qtext    parallels

§ 55, 56A-B (Mat 9:35-38 | Mar 6:34 ; Luk 10:2)     index     qtext    parallels

§ 39 (§28 + Mat 8:5-13 | Luk 7:1-10)

Mat 8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a [T: +certain] centurion, beseeching [T: and besought] him,      qtext

Mat 8:6 And saying [G: and said; T: saying], Lord [GT: Master], my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, [GT: +and is] grievously tormented [GBT: pained].

Mat 8:7 And Jesus saith [GT: said] unto him, I will come and [B: When I come, I will] heal him.

Mat 8:8 The centurion answered and said [G: saying], Lord [G: Master; T: Sir], I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

Mat 8:9 For I am a man [G: am a man also; BT: also myself am] under authority [G: +of another; T: power], having [GBT: and have] soldiers under me: and I say to this man [GT: one], Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.      qtext

Mat 8:10 When Jesus heard it [GT: that; B: him], he marvelled, and said to them that followed [GBT: +him] , Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not [G: even; B omits] in Israel.

Mat 8:11 And [G: But; BT omit] I say [T: +therefore] unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down [BT: rest] with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.      qtext

Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.      qtext

Mat 8:13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed [T: believest], so be it done [GBT: omit] unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame [G: the same; T: the self] hour.      qtext


(Mat 8:5-13 | Luk 7:1-10) WPT 128

[Mat 8:5-10 cf Luke 7:1-9]

(Mat 8:5) RBA 472; RBAF 430

(Mat 8:5f) WPR 298, WPT 74

(Mat 8:8-10 | Luk 7:6-9) WPR 510

(Mat 8:9 | Luk 7:8) IP1: 59; IP4: 235; WPR 48; WPT 128

(Mat 8:11) GF7: 150 [158]; GFT 117; JN2: 239; IP3: 34; RBA 232

(Mat 8:11f) IP1: 210

(Mat 8:12) IP1: 197, 202, 254; IP4: 354, 396; HPS 134

(Mat 8:13 | Luk 7:10) WPR 575, WPT 357f


(Mat 8:5-13 | Luk 7:1-10)

[Other texts citing Mat 8:5-13: WPT 128f (2 Pet 1:19)].

(Mat 8:9 | Luk 7:8)

IP1:58 (1658): Learn then, and know in thyself that Spirit of prophecy [Rev 19:10] which spoke in the martyrs. Hear that, come to that, keep to that; feel the union, the fellowship, the spreading of that in thee. When that bids thee go, go; when that bids thee come, come; when that bids thee do this, do it [Mat 8:9 | Luk 7:8].

WPR 48 (1669): [True honour] is manifest from the case of the centurion in Christ's time, who made not the honour and respect due to him from his soldiers to consist in hats, gestures, or vain ceremonies, but in the ready execution of his commands, as when he said to one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, do this, and he doth it [Mat 8:9 | Luk 7:8]; nor is [hat-honour] practiced now among soldiers (as being an effeminate custom, unworthy of masculine gravity), yet they are obedient, and truly honour their office.

(Mat 8:11)

GF7: 150 (1658): be patient, and keep low and down in the power of the Lord God, that there ye may come to enjoy the kingdom of peace, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the same [Mat 8:11]. For blessed are all ye that lie down in the power of the Lord, and rise up in it, and in faith remain; through which power ye come to be preserved and united to the God of life and truth.

RBA 231f (1678, X.2): [from the etymology of ekklesia] the Church is no other thing but the society, gathering, or company of such as God hath called out of the world and worldly Spirit, to walk in his Light and Life.... out of which Church we freely acknowledge there can be no salvation, because under this church are comprehended all ... (though outwardly strangers and remote from those who profess Christ and Christianity in words and have the benefit of the Scriptures) as become obedient to the holy Light and testimony of God in their hearts, so as to become sanctified and cleansed from the evils of their ways. For this is the universal or catholic Spirit by which many are called "from the four corners of the earth [Isa 11:12] and shall sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob [Mat 8:11]".

(Mat 8:11f)

IP1:210 (1659): They shut up the true kingdom [Mat 23:13]; but they opened another kingdom; they opened the kingdom another way [John 10:1] (which was in truth shutting of it); and they had disciples and children of the kingdom, whom they tickled with the hope of life, and fed with promises and comforts; but these the Lord would shut out. "Many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven; but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness [Mat 8:11f]."

(Mat 8:12)

Other texts citing Mat 8:12: IP1:254 (under Luk 16:23f)

HPS 134 (Esther Biddle, 1662): Oh then! if you have not done justice, nor loved mercy [Mic 6:8], or did the thing that was just in the sight of the Lord, then shall you be banished from the presence of the King of Heaven for evermore, into utter darkness, where there is weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth [Mat 8:12], and you shall be a stink to the ages to come.

(Mat 8:13 | Luk 7:10)

WPR 575, WPT 357f (1694): Seeing upon a serious trial of all things, nothing else would do but Christ himself; the light of his countenance, a touch of his garment, and help from his hand; who cured the poor woman's issue [Mat 9:20-22 | Mar 5:25-23 | Luk 8:43-48], raised the centurion's servant [Mat 8:13 | Luk 7:10], the widow's son [Luk 7:12-15], the ruler's daughter [Mat 9:18,23-25 | Mar 5:35-43 | Luk 8:49-55], and Peter's mother [Mat 8:14f | Mar 1:30f | Luk 4:38f]: And like her, they no sooner felt his power and efficacy upon their souls, but they gave up to obey him in a testimony to his power....


§50 (Mat 8:18-27 | Mar 4:35-41 | Luk 9:57-60 §81AB, 8:22-25)

Mat 8:18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes [G: +of people; T: much people] about him, he gave commandment [GBT: commanded ; G +them] to [B +that they should] depart unto the other side [GBT: go over the water].

Mat 8:19 And a certain scribe came [G: Then came there a certain scribe; T: And there came a scribe], and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.      qtext

Mat 8:20 And Jesus saith [GT: said] unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air [G: heaven] have nests; but the Son of man hath not where [GT: whereon] to lay [GBT: rest] his head.      qtext

Mat 8:21 And another of [B: +the number of; T: that was one of] his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

Mat 8:22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.      qtext

Mat 8:23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.      qtext

Mat 8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch [G: so] that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

Mat 8:25 And his disciples came to him [G: omits; T: in to him], and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

Mat 8:26 And he saith [GT: said] unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and [G: +so] there was [BT: followed] a great calm.      qtext

Mat 8:27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even [GBT: both] the winds and the sea [BT: winds and sea] obey him!      qtext


(Mat 8:19 | Luk 9:57) JN3: 98; WTG 342 (AM) [cf Rev 14:4]

(Mat 8:20 | Luk 9:58) GF2: 254; GF7: 65 [49]; GF8: 255 [396]; JN1: 367, 490; JN2: 3; JN3: 417, 420; EQ 112 (JN), 156; HPS 55; JSS 36

(Mat 8:22 | Luk 9:60) WPR 133

(Mat 8:23-27 | Mar 4:36-41 | Luk 8:23-25) GF5: 278; GF8: 59 [307]; SIW 43, 170 [cf Mar 4:36-41; Luk 8:22-25]

(Mat 8:26a | Mar 4:40 | Luk 8:25a) GF7: 157 [169]; WPR 230; WPT 37

[Mat 8:26b see under Mar 4:39]

(Mat 8:27 | Mar 4:41 | Luk 8:25b) GF5: 288; EQ 192; HPS 268; WPR 146; WTG 174 (EH)


(Mat 8:19 | Luk 9:57)

WTG 342 (Ann Moore, 1760): O Lord! If thou wilt be pleased to go with me, I will go when and where thou pleases [Mat 8:19]

(Mat 8:20 | Luk 9:58)

GF2:254 (1682): In him sit down [Eph 2:6], who is above the subtle foxes in their holes, and the fowls of the air in their nests; I say, sit down in Christ, who hath no place among them to lay his head [Mat 8:20 | Luk 9:58]; he is your rest.

JN1:490 (1655): Christ wandered up and down and had not whereon to lay his head [Mat 8:20 | Luk 9:58], and many followed him. And the apostles wandered to and fro and had "no certain dwelling place" [1 Cor 4:11]. Now had you lived in their days you would have reproached them, as you do those that follow them now, and so here I charge you to be acted by a contrary spirit to Christ, the prophets and apostles.

JSS 36 (17–): ...truly the son of man, swaddled and laid in the manger [Luke 2:7], scarce finding where to lay his head [Mat 8:20]

(Mat 8:22 | Luk 9:60)

WPR 133 (1673): Oh, that the cross of Christ may evermore be precious among you. And you, whom the Lord of late hath more particularly extended his loving kindness unto, leave the dead to bury their dead [Mat 8:22 | Luk 9:60]; part with all that you may have eternal life [Mat 19:16,21]....

(Mat 8:23-27 | Mar 4:36-41 | Luk 8:23-25)

SIW 43 (Lydia Rawlinson Lancaster, 1754): Oh! how he stood at the helm, steered my course, and bore up my head through the strong rolling waves, when mighty tossings were likely to overwhelm me, had not the rock of his presence attended and rebuked the winds and set bounds to the seas. [Mat 8:23-27]

(Mat 8:26a | Mar 4:40 | Luk 8:25a)

GF7:157 (1658): To all the elect, chosen and faithful [Rev 17:14] ..., who have not feared the waves of the sea, nor the winds [Mat 8:26]; who fear not the storms nor the weather; whose anchor holds, which is the hope, the mystery [Col 1:27], which anchors the soul [Heb 6:19] which is immortal, to the immortal God.

(Mat 8:27 | Mar 4:41 | Luk 8:25b)

GF5:[286,] 288 (1676): And let New England professors see ... whether or no they have not sometimes cast some poor people into the sea, on pretence of being witches.... Who with thy dark spirit imagines, that the witches can fetch or pluck the wind out of God's fist [Prov 30:4]. Oh! abominable! it is much if the Lord doth not let his wind fly at you, and raise a storm against you, who are erred from the faith [1 Tim 6:10] of the holy men of God [2 Pet 1:21]; for Christ commandeth the winds and they obey him. Luk 8:25.

HPS 268 (Joan Vokins, 1691): As we were sailing on the sea, it opened in my heart to visit Friends at Nevice; but the owner of the vessel being a hypocritical professor, caused my exercise to be the more; but the power of the Lord was manifest; and the winds and the sea obeyed [Mat 8:27], that we were carried to Nevice against his will....

WTG 174 (Elizabeth Hudson, 1749): he...conducted us safe through the tossing waves of a troubled sea and preserved us from showing any unbecoming diffidence of that power whom the wind and seas obey– [Mat 8:27]


§51 (Mat 8:28-34 | Mar 5:1-20 | Luk 8:26-39)

Mat 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs [GBT: which came out of the graves], exceeding [G: very; B: and were very; T: and were out of measure] fierce, so that no man might pass [GBT: go] by that way.

Mat 8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? [GBT: O Jesus...what have we...] art thou come hither to torment us before the time [T: +be come] ?      qtext

Mat 8:30 And there was a good way [G: afar] off from them an herd of many [GT: a great herd of] swine feeding.      qtext

Mat 8:31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away [G: omits; T: our way] into the herd of swine.

Mat 8:32 And he said unto them, Go [T: +your ways]. And when they were come out [G: So they went out; BT: Then went they out], they went [GBT: and departed] into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place [G: ran headlong; B: rushed headlong; T: was carried with violence headlong] into the sea, and perished [G: died] in the waters [GT: water] .

Mat 8:33 And they that kept them [GT: the herdmen] fled, and went their ways [G: when they were come] into the city, and told every thing [G: they told all things], and what was befallen to the [G: was become of them that were; B: was done of the; T: had fortuned unto the] possessed of the devils.

Mat 8:34 And, behold, the whole [GT: all the] city came out to meet [T: and met] Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would [GT: to] depart out of their coasts.      qtext


(Mat 8:29) MFS 88; WPR 138

(Mat 8:30-32 | Mar 5:11-13 | Luk 8:32f) JN2: 210

(Mat 8:34 | Mar 5:17) IP1: 380


(Mat 8:29)

WPR 138 (1677): The divine sense in the soul is begotten by the Lord. 'Tis his Life and Spirit, his holy breath and power, that quickeneth the soul, and maketh it sensible of its own state, and of God's will; and that raiseth fervent desires in it to be eternally blessed. This is that which Satan rageth at; he feareth his Kingdom, he findeth that he is come that will cast him out of his possessions. He cryeth out, "Why art thou come to torment me before my time?" [Mat 8:28] He is the father of vain thoughts, he begetteth them in the mind, on purpose to draw the mind off from that sense....

(Mat 8:30-32 | Mar 5:11-13 | Luk 8:32f)

JN2:210 (1655): And the light is in the world where all are sinners, but none have the life but who receive it, and are led out of the world by it; to such sheep Christ is keeper, who follow him out of uncleanness, and for such he is become an undertaker, the strong man to bind and cast out [Mat 12:29], who believe he will do it for them; but the swine he keeps not, the shepherd they will not follow, there the devil must enter and hath power, and into the sea must they run headlong [Mat 8:30-32 | Mar 5:11-13 | Luk 8:32f].

(Mat 8:34 | Mar 5:17)

IP1:380 (1660): He did not hold forth to them whatever he knew to be the truth, requiring them to believe it; but was content with them in their state, and waited till their capacities were enlarged, being still satisfied with the honesty and integrity of their hearts in their present state of weakness. Nor did he strive to reign over the world, or call for fire from heaven, when they would not receive him [Luk 9:54f], or express indignation when they desired him to depart out of their coasts [Mat 8:34 | Mar 5:17], or pray for twelve legions of angels when they came to betray him [Mat 26:53], and most unrighteously sought his life; but the life he had received of his Father he gave up as a ransom for his disciples, yea, and for his enemies [Mat 20:28].


kjv §29 (§ 52A + Mat 9:2-8 | Mar 2:1-12 | Luk 5:12-26)

Mat 9:2 And, behold [GT: lo], they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a [G: Laid on a; B: lying in a; T: lying in his] bed: and Jesus seeing their faith [BT: when Jesus saw the faith of them, he] said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer [G: comfort]; thy sins be [G: are] forgiven thee.

Mat 9:3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within [G: with; T: in] themselves, This man blasphemeth.      qtext

Mat 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts [GBT: when Jesus saw their thoughts, he] said, Wherefore think ye evil [G: +things] in your hearts?

Mat 9:5 For whether is [G: +it] easier, to say, Thy sins be [G: are] forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

Mat 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power [G: authority] on earth to forgive sins [BT: to forgive sins in earth], (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto [T: home to] thine house.

Mat 9:7 And he arose, and departed to his [GT: +own] house.

Mat 9:8 But when the multitudes [G: multitude; T: people] saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto[G: authority to] men.


(Mat 9:2 | Mar 2:1-5 | Luk 5:16-20) GF6:189

(Mat 9:3-6 | Mar 2:6-9 | Luk 5:21-34) JWJM 251f

(Mat 9:3 | Mar 2:5f | Luk 5:21) JN1:397f


(Mat 9:3-6 | Mar 2:6-9 | Luk 5:21-23)

JWJM 251f (17–): If depth of knowledge and a high title had been sufficient reasons to make a splendid show, [Christ] would have made it. He told the woman of Samaria sundry things relative to her past life [John 4:16-19], made mention of the decease of Lazarus [John 11:14], and answered the scribe who accounted him a blasphemer, without information [Mat 9:3-6 | Mar 2:6-9 | Luk 5:21-23], and having the spirit without measure [John 3:34] knew what was in man. The title of Lord he owned, nor was it ever more justly given to any–that in riches and wisdom and greatness there was none on earth equal to him; and as he lived in perfect plainness and simplicity, the greatest in his family cannot by virtue of their station claim a right to live in worldly grandeur without contradicting his doctrine who said: "It is enough for a disciple to be as his master" [Mat 10:25].

(Mat 9:3 | Mar 2:6f | Luk 5:21)

JN1:397f : [Mat 9:3, see under Mat 23:5-7]


§ 30 (Mat 9:9-13 | Mar 2:13-17 | Luk 5:27-32)

Mat 9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of [G: sitting at the; T: sit a-receiving of] custom: and he saith unto [GT: said to] him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.      qtext

Mat 9:10 And it came to pass, as Jesus [T: he] sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and [G: that came hither] sat down [G: +at the table; T: +also] with him [GBT: Jesus] and his disciples.      qtext

Mat 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw it [GT: that] , they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?

Mat 9:12 But when Jesus heard that [G: it], he said unto them, They that be [GT: The] whole need not a [BT: the] physician, but they that are sick.      qtext

Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth [G: this is], I will have [T: have pleasure in] mercy, and not sacrifice [T: in offering] : for I am not come to call the righteous, but [GT: +the] sinners to repentance.      qtext

[cf Hos 6:6]


(Mat 9:9 | Mar 2:14 | Luk 5:27f) GF2: 343; GF4: 318; GF7: 288 [249]; JN1: 134; WPR 63, 299; WPT 74

(Mat 9:10-13 | Mar 2:15-17 | Luk 5:29-32) GF6: 189; MFU 431; JN2: 40; SBD 11

(Mat 9:11 | Mar 2:16 | Luk 5:30) IP1: 203

(Mat 9:12 | Mar 2:17 | Luk 5:31) GF3: 256; JN2: 192; JN3: 55, 114; IP1: 128; IP2: 41; IP3: 278, 426, 447; IP4: 189; WPR 172

(Mat 9:12f | Mar 2:17 | Luk 5:32) GF3: 529

(Mat 9:13 | Mar 2:17 | Luk 5:32) GFNJ 497; GF2: 317f; GF4: 20f, 67f; GF6: 274, 316, 324; LB (E113); HPS 174; RBA 360; RBAF 314; WPR 465, 592, 640 [cf Hosea 6:6, Mat 12:7]


(Mat 9:9 | Mar 2:14 | Luk 5:27f)

[Other texts citing Mat 9:9: JN1:134 (under Mat 10:37]

GF2:343 (1689): Jesus saw Matthew "sitting at the receipt of custom, and he said unto him, follow me. And he arose and followed him." Mat 9:9. And Christ employed Matthew to gather his people, that were scattered from God; another manner of treasure than the outward custom of the Romans.

WPR 63 (1669): Nor were the Apostles, the immediate messengers of the Lord Jesus Christ, other than poor men, one a fisherman, one a tentmaker [Acts 18:1-3], and he that was of the greatest (though not the honestest) employment was a customer [customs gatherer, Mat 9:9] (perhaps some waiter or the like); therefore it is very unlikely that any of them were followers of the fashions of the world.

(Mat 9:10-13 | Mar 2:15-17 | Luk 5:29-32)

JN2:40 (1656): Thou says Christ accompanied with prodigals and harlots, and then says try John 15:2, and there thou art tried to be a liar and a fruitless branch cut off; and though Christ taught prodigals and harlots, yet he was not a companion with them [Mat 9:10-13 | Mar 2:15-17 | Luk 5:29-32]; neither can thy harlot's mind, who art out of the light, know him or his company.

(Mat 9:12 | Mar 2:17 | Luk 5:31)

[Other texts citing Mat 9:12 | Mar 2:17 | Luk 5:31]: IP4:95f (John 3:14)]

GF3:256 (1659): He saith, "The Bible is the soul's physic: and people must depend upon the spirit's speaking in the scriptures." A. The soul's refreshment is Christ, and its physician Christ [Mat 9:12 | Mar 2:17 | Luk 5:31]; many have the Bible, and do not know it, and the scriptures, as the Pharisees had; the soul's physician is that which the scriptures speak of: many may have the words, the Bible, and yet not have the thing it speaks of; and they that have the thing it speaks of, have both.

IP1:128 (1659): Christ is the skillful Physician [Mat 9:12 | Mar 2:17 | Luk 5:31]; he cures the disease, by removing the cause. The unskillful physicians, they heal deceitfully; crying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace [Jer 6:14, 8:11], while that which breaks the peace is standing: but Christ doth not so, but slays the enmity in the heart by the blood of his cross, so making peace [Eph 2:15f]. And this is true peace, certain peace.

IP3:278 (1672): Indeed the physician is come inwardly and spiritually, and he inwardly heals and restoreth his people.... But there are some who are so sound and whole in their notional apprehensions and practices, that they have no need of the physician [Mat 9:12 | Mar 2:17 | Luk 5:31], and them the physician passeth by, as unworthy of him, and whom he intendeth shall have no share with him. "Ephraim is joined to idols" (he is well, he hath enough, he hath no need of me) "let him alone," saith the Lord [Hos 4:17].

WPR 172f (1682): The whole needs not the physician [Mat 9:12 | Mar 2:17 | Luk 5:31], the full have no need to sigh, nor the rich to cry for help. Those that are not sensible of inward wants, that have no fears or terrors upon them, who feel no need of God's power to help them, nor the light of his countenance to comfort them; what have such to do with prayer? ... They pray the will of God may be done [Mat 6:10 | Luk 11:2]; and do constantly their own....

(Mat 9:13 | Mar 2:17 | Luk 5:32)

GF4:20f (1653): Christ saith, I call sinners to repentance [Mat 9:13 | Mar 2:17 | Luk 5:32]; that light in thee calls thee to repentance, and if thou hearkenest to that, thou hearkenest to Christ, and if thou hatest that [John 3:20], thou hatest Christ, and God.... And thou that sayest thou had not come to repentance, if thou hadst not known the letter, thou deniest Christ, who came to call sinners to repentance before the letter was; it is he that calls sinners to repentance, and not the letter....

GF6:316 (1685): Let all destroyers and persecutors about religion consider this, how short they have been of the practice of the law of God, and the nobility of true christianity; and let them all go learn this lesson what the Lord saith, "I will have mercy, and not sacrifice." [Mat 9:13, Hos 6:6]


§ 31 (Mat 9:14-17 | Mar 2:18-22 | Luk 5:33-39)

Mat 9:14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?      qtext

Mat 9:15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber [G: children of the marriage chamber; T: wedding children] mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days [T: The time] will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.      qtext

Mat 9:16 [G: +Moreover] No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment [GT: pieceth an old garment with a piece of new cloth], for that which is put in to fill it up [G: that that should fill it up; B: then the piece; T: then] taketh [G: +away; B: +away something; T: he away the piece again] from the garment, and the rent is made worse [G: breach is worse; T: rent is made greater].      qtext

Mat 9:17 Neither do men [G: they] put new wine into old bottles [GBT: vessels (4x)]: else the bottles [G: +would] break, and the wine runneth out [G: would be spilt] , and the bottles [G: +should] perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are [GT: so are both] preserved [T: saved; BT +together].      qtext


(Mat 9:14f | Mar 2:18-20 | Luk 5:33-35) IP1: 203f; IP3: 32

(Mat 9:15 | Mar 2:19f | Luk 5:34f) JN2: 256; IP1: 204; IP3: 40; IP4: 80; HPS 427 (EB)

(Mat 9:16f | Mar 2:21f | Luk 5:36-8) GF8: 158 [354], 285 [402]

(Mat 9:17 | Mar 2:22 | Luk 5:37f) GF4: 38, 261; GF6: 247; GF7: 67 [51], 278f [245]; GF8: 64 [311], 153 [353]; JN2: 75; WDS 153; IP1: 239; IP3: 473; EQ 173; HPS 296; WPR 508; WPT 267 [see also Luk 5:37-39]

(Mat 9:14f | Mar 2:18-20 | Luk 5:33-35)

IP1: 203f (1659): Again, they excepted against him, that he did not teach is disciples to fast and pray, as John did, Luk 5:33, but could suffer them to transgress the traditions of the elders. Mat 15:2. He was not strict after the Jewish way of devotion, nor strict after John's neither; but against the traditions of the godly elders of the Jewish church; against sanctifying of the Lord's sabbath (justifying his disciples in plucking ears of corn thereon [Mat 12:1-8 | Mk 2:23-26 | Luk 6:1-5]; whereas their forefathers the Jews were not so much as to gather manna on that day [Exo 16:22-27]; against fasting and prayer; for he justified his disciples in that they did not fast and pray as John did, saying, how could they mourn while the bridegroom was with them? Mat 9:15. And consider which way the Jews (in the state they stood) could understand such an answer as this, to rest satisfied therewith.

(Mat 9:15 | Mar 2:19f | Luk 5:34f)

JN2:256 (1655): And thou tells of the children of the bridechamber, cannot mourn while the bridegroom is with them [Mat 9:15 | Mar 2:19f | Luk 5:34f], and of putting people into a watching frame of spirit. I say, what bridegroom knows thou with thee, who deny the light of Christ and the infallible spirit in thee? And what spirit wilt thou watch withal; the lying spirit [1 Ki 22:22] never knew him nor must enter with him, but is shut out with the sorcerers and whoremongers.

IP3:40 (1667): Did not the bridegroom go away [Mat 9:15 | Mar 2:19f | Luk 5:34f], as to his appearance in flesh, that he might come again in Spirit? Did not the apostles, who knew his appearance in flesh, and his tabernacling among them, know also afterwards his appearnce in Spirit, and his tabernacling in them? And were not their hearts filled with joy unspeakable, and full of glory [1 Pet 1:8], because of the presence of the bridegroom?

HPS 427 (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1679): And now it rises in me to write a word do comfort you, you friends of the Bridegroom [John 3:29], that mourn for his withdrawing [Mat 9:15 | Mar 2:19f | Luk 5:34f], and eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling [Ezek 12:18], as those who find no comfort till you do enjoy him. Wait without weariness, and you shall behold his countenance, and hear his pleasant voice, which will revive your spirits; but still be you mindful when you hear things unutterable [2 Cor 12:4], that you keep low and humble, and so shall you be kept from the snares of the Devil.

(Mat 9:16f | Mar 2:21f | Luk 5:36-38)

GF8:157f (1678): So ... they that are in old Adam are old creatures; and are in their old things, old ways, old worships, and old religions, and have the old garments [Mat 9:16], and the old bottles, that hold the old wine, and cannot endure the new [Mat 9:17]; and have the old, rusty, moth-eaten treasure [Mat 6:19]. And they that are in Christ, the heavenly and spiritual second Adam [1 Cor 15:45/47], who maketh all things new [Rev 21:5], are new creatures, and spiritual men, and are heavenly-minded [Rom 8:6?], and are new bottles, that hold the new wine and the new heavenly treasure [Mat 6:20], and have the new clothing, the fine linen, the righteousness of Christ [Rev 19:8], and are the new and living way [Heb 10:20], over all the dead ways.

(Mat 9:17 | Mar 2:22 | Luk 5:37f)

[Other texts citing Mat 9:17: GF7:297 (under Luk 5:37-39), HPS 296 (Mat 16:6)

GF7:278f (1666): So where the election is risen, and hath put down Cain, Core, Egypt, Sodom, the first birth slain, which brought all the wrath into the vessel, and the old bottle broken; here is a new bottle that holdeth the new wine [Mat 9:17], and vessels of honour, and vessels of mercy, in the election before the world began; and you have all things made new, a new heaven and a new earth. [Rev 21:1,5]. [more under Gen 27:30-36]

GF8:153 (1678): And here is water in your own wells, that you may drink out of your own wells or cisterns [Prov 5:15], and to have grapes off their own vines, from which they may have the new wine in their new bottles [Mat 9:17], to glad and cheer their hearts with the wine from the heavenly branch of the heavenly vine, of which the Lord is the husbandman [John 15:1]; and this must every one of God's people feel.

IP3:473f (1671): Ah! many have had some touches of the light, some true appearances thereof, and tastes of the glory; but who hath been so united to the light, as to keep out of all that corrupteth? There is somewhat still lives near, that would fain be mixing with it.... It is better to know the old bottle emptied, yea, broken, than filled with new wine [Mat 9:17 | Mar 2:22 | Luk 5:37f]. And how many have taken themselves to be new made, who, when the Spirit of the Lord hath come to search them by his pure, eternal light, have been found and are found in the old nature and spirit!

WPR 508 (1693): If any say, that Christ commanded that [baptism or the Supper] should be done till he come [1 Cor 11:23-26]; they say that he that said so, told his disciples also, that he would come to them again [John 14:3; quotes Mat 16:28, John 14:17]; and that he would drink no more of the fruit of the vine, till he should drink it new with them in the Kingdom of God [Mat 26:29| Mar 14:25]. Which is the new wine that was to be put into the old bottles, Luk 5:37, and is the wine of the kingdom ... which kingdom is within [Luk 17:20].


§52-53 ( § 31 + Mat 9:18-34 | Mar 5:21-43 | Luk 8:40-56)

Mat 9:18 While he spake these things [GT: thus spake]unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead [GT: deceased]: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.      qtext

Mat 9:19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did [GT: with] his disciples.

Mat 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment [BT: vesture]:      qtext

Mat 9:21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch [G: +but; BT: +but even] his garment [BT vesture; GBT: +only], I shall be whole [BT: safe].

Mat 9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said [G: seeing her, did say; T: beheld her saying], Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole [BT: safe] . And the woman was made whole from that hour [G: at that same moment; BT: from (T: even) that same hour].

Mat 9:23 And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people [G: multitude] making a noise [G: making noise; T: raging],      qtext

Mat 9:24 He said unto them, Give place [GT: Get you hence]: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

Mat 9:25 But when [G: And when; T: As soon as] the people [G: multitude] were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

Mat 9:26 And the fame hereof went [G: this bruit went; B: the fame of this went; T: this was noised] abroad into [GT: throughout] all that land.

Mat 9:27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou [G: O; BT: O thou] Son of David, have mercy on us.

Mat 9:28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men [GBT: omit] came to him: and Jesus saith [GT: said] unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

Mat 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.      qtext

Mat 9:30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them [G: gave them great charge; T: charged them], saying, See that no man know [BT: +of] it.

Mat 9:31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame [BT: name] in [GT: throughout] all that country [GBT: land] .

Mat 9:32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.

Mat 9:33 And when [T: as soon as] the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes [G: multitude; T: people] marvelled, saying, It was never so [G: The like was never] seen in Israel.

Mat 9:34 But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils [T: by the power of the chief devil].      qtext


[Mat 9:18, see under Mat 9:23-25]

(Mat 9:20-22 | Mar 5:25-34 | Luk 8:43-48) GF8: 106 [320]; MFU 314; HPS 436 (EB); WPR 156, 575, WPT 357

(Mat 9:22 | Mar 5:34 | Luk 8:48) GF6: 17; GF8: 133 [342]; GFEJ 334, 353; IP3: 145

(Mat 9:23-25 | Mar 5:35-42 | Luk 8:49-55) WPR 575, WPT 130, 358

(Mat 9:29) JN2: 174; IP3: 447

(Mat 9:34) GF4: 335; GF6: 255; GF8: 8 [265]; IP1: 204 [cf Mat 12:24]


(Mat 9:20-22 | Mar 5:25-34 | Luk 8:43-48)

[Other texts citing Mar 5:25-34: WPR 575, WPT 357 (under Mat 8:13)]

MFU 314 (1660, to Charles II, asking that he spare the Regicides): Triumph in mercy; and now let this bloody issue be stopped that hath run twelve years [Mar 5:25-34 | Luk 8:43-48 | Mat 9:20-22]. And forgive thine enemies and let them have their lives for a prey [Jer 21:9].... [more under Mat 6:14]

HPS 536 (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1679): And we find the woman, that was twelve years diseased ...[etc]. And Christ did not reprove her for speaking to him, but he said unto her, "Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole, go in peace." [Mar 5:25-34]

( Mat 9:18, 23-25 | Mar 5:35-42 | Luk 8:49-55)

[Other texts citing Mar 5:35-42: WPR 575, WPT 358 (under Mat 8:13)

(Mat 9:29)

JN2:174 (1655): ...the devil whose work you are doing knows full well that if he can but have people to believe they cannot be free, he knows they are safe with him forever coming at it: no faith, no obtaining, according to every man's faith shall it be unto them [Mat 9:29]....

(Mat 9:34)

GF6:255 (1684): And is not this holy ghost reproving the world [John 16:8] for their judgment, which is not from the holy ghost, but from the unclean ghost, and by the judgment of that unclean ghost it is said, that the prophets were fools, and spiritual men were mad [Hos 9:7]? And that John had a devil [Mat 11:18], and that Christ by the prince of devils, did cast out devils [Mat 9:34], and that Christ was a deceiver, and a blasphemer, and that the apostles were deceivers, and that Paul was a babbler [Acts 17:18] and a pestilent fellow [Acts 24:5].


§ 55, 56A-B (Mat 9:35-38; Mar 6:34 §60B, Luk 10:2)

Mat 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel [T: glad tidings] of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every [T: all manner sickness and] disease among the people.

Mat 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes [G: multitude; T: people], he was moved with [GT: had] compassion on them, because they fainted [G: were dispersed; B: were destitute; T: were pined away], and were scattered abroad, [BT: +even] as sheep having no shepherd.

[cf Mar 6:34]

Mat 9:37 Then saith [GT: said] he unto his disciples, [G: +Surely] The harvest truly is plenteous [GT: is great], but the labourers are few;      qtext

Mat 9:38 Pray ye therefore [GT: Wherefore pray] the Lord of the harvest, that he will [G: that he would; T: to] send forth labourers into his harvest.      qtext


(Mat 9:37 | Luk 10:2a) GFJN 21; GF7: 18 [4]; JN3: 552 (RH); IP1: 341; WPR 601; WPT 404; WTG 204 (EH); SIW 39

(Mat 9:37f | Luk 10:2) GF6: 292; JN1: 262, 282; WDS 102

(Mat 9:38 | Luk 10:2b) GF3: 480, 503; MFU 124; JN1: 183, 254; HPS 135, 302; DFR 95


(Mat 9:37 | Luk 10:2a)

[Other texts citing Mat 9:37: IP1:341 (Mat 10:23]

GFJN 21 (16–): And I saw the harvest white [John 4:35], and the Seed of God lying thick on the ground, as ever did wheat that was sown outwardly, and none to gather it [Mat 9:37]; and for this I mourned with tears.

WTG 204 (Elizabeth Hudson, 1750): ...without Divine aid cannot even labour or travail in spirit, though sensible of the want of labourers in the harvest [Mat 9:37]

(Mat 9:38 | Luk 10:2b)

GF3:503 (1659): Your ordination and call is by men, contrary to the apostles and Christ, who saith, "not by man or of man [Gal 1:1]," and Christ said, "pray to the Father that he may send labourers into the vineyard [Mat 9:38 | Luk 10:2b]," and such you persecute.

MFU 124f (1655?): And now he trying what his saints and people will do for him in this his Day and time, working in his harvest wherein he is sending his labourers into his harvest [Mat 9:38], which he calls forth to work while tis day, lest the night come when no man can work [John 9:4].

JN1:182f (1653): He hath overthrown kingdoms and nations for abusing and going about to stop the mouths of those that he sent [2 Chr 36:15f]; and hath reproved kings for their sakes, saying touch them not [1 Chr 16:22 | Psa 105:15]: but these were such as he sent; for he never betrusted the powers of the earth to choose him messengers to go on his message [Mat 9:38 | Luk 10:2b]. And hath he now put power in your hand that you should not suffer him to choose his own messengers, by whom he will send to his own people? And have you the message to put into their mouths? and must they go on your errand or his? and will you not give him leave to choose his own servants and what he will employ them about?

DFR 95 (1768): Second, we believe without hesitation, that ministers, who are sent forth by the Lord of the Harvest [Mat 9:38 | Luk 10:2], to preach the Gospel, are favoured with a certain sense of the real states of the people they minister to, so that they are enabled to speak more fully and more particularly to the circumstance and condition of an assembly, than one of the assembly could have done, by all the outward knowledge he had or could obtain.


Synoptic Gospels keyed to Henry Burton Sharman, Records of the Life of Jesus (§§)

§ 29 (§ 52A + Mat 9:2-8 | Mar 2:1-12 | Luk 5:12-26)     index     qtext    parallels

§ 30 (Mat 9:9-13 | Mar 2:13-17 | Luk 5:27-32)     index     qtext    parallels

§ 31 (Mat 9:14-17 | Mar 2:18-22 | Luk 5:33-39)     index     qtext    parallels

§ 3928 + Mat 8:5-13 | Luk 7:1-10)     index     qtext    parallels

§50 (Mat 8:18-27 | Mar 4:35-41 | Luk 8:22-25)     index     qtext    parallels

§51 (Mat 8:28-34 | Mar 5:1-20 | Luk 8:26-39)     index     qtext    parallels

§52-53 (Mat 9:18-34 | Mar 5:21-43 | Luk 8:40-56)     index     qtext    parallels

§ 55, 56A-B (Mat 9:35-38 | Mar 6:34 ; Luk 10:2)     index     qtext    parallels

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