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FOUR GOSPEL S:
THE NATURAL Order of eacH IS PRESERVED.
PARAPHRASE AND NOTES.
BY JAMES MACKNIGHT, D. D.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND CHARACTER,
That thou mightest know the certainty of those things wherein thou hast been
LUKE i. 4.
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PARAPHRASE & COMMENTARY
HARMONY OF THE FOUR GOSPELS.
Jefus cures a Centurion's flave in Capernaum.
AVING finished his fermon, Jefus went into Capernaum
and cured a centurion's flave who was dangerously ill. Luke vii. 1. Now when he had ended all his fayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 2. And a certain Centurion's fervant, who was dear unto him, was fick and ready to die. 3. And when he heard of Jefus, he * fent_unto him the elders of the Jews, befeeching him that he would come and heal bis fervant This centurion feems to have been what they called a profelyte of righteousness; for he was a lover of the Jewish nation on account of their religion, and had built them a fynagogue for worship, probably in fome heathen country, the inhabitants of Capernaum standing in no need of fuch a favour. His attachment to the Jews, and his uncommon generofity, could not fail to make him greatly beloved in that country.-Hence the elders of Capernaum, where he now refided, heartily efpoused his caufe on this occafion, for they presented his petition to Jefus, and urged it from the confideration of his character.
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came to Jefus, they befought him inftantly, faying, That worthy for whom he should do this. 5. For he loveth our nation, and be hath built us a fynagogue.-Jefus, who embraced every opportunity of doing good, whether to the bodies or fouls of men, did not decline this that was now offered to him. He cheerfully went with the elders as they defired: But in the way, fome of the centurion's friends whom he had fent, met JeVOL. II. A
* Ver. 3.
Sent unto him the elders of the Jews.] Thefe elders were not the moft aged perfons in Capernaum, but either the magiftrates of the town, or the rulers of the fynagogue, (agxicuvayayoi). For as it was anciently the custom of the Jews, to intrult the management of public affairs to perfons advanced in years, as having moft wildom and experience, they called all who difcharged thofe offices elders, even when in later times they were admitted to them, without any regard to their age at all.