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have been made in the first days of our Religion, that men might “remember the Words of the LORD JESUS." Such were the λογοι πιστοί and the εντολαί Κυρίου of the first century. (1 Cor. xiv. 37.) Not only does Eusebius mention works of this kind by Papias and Hegesippus, but the method and arrangement which we find on examination to pervade at least St. Matthew's Gospel and St. John's, would suggest that the Words of CHRIST, recorded by each, and inserted in their narrative of events, were taken from traditional dińyngers, of which we know there were many, (St. Luke i. 1,)—the story not unfrequently following the line of the Teaching.

Every Discourse, and indeed every Aphorism of our LORD, found in St. Matthew and St. John, will in the following pages be placed in the Evangelists' own order. No word will be omitted; except of course fragmentary expressions connected with miracles, or such parts of short dialogue as would be incomplete without the connexion.

Those Sacred Words which are exclusively reported by St. Mark and St. Luke will be given by themselves —with as little repetition as possible of the Sayings mentioned in the other Evangelists.

As to the Translation; it seemed right, on most grounds, to retain on the whole the Authorized Version; but it was necessary to change some words and phrases here and there, unless the risk were to be incurred of very distinctly putting forth as “Words of CHRISTsome which were not His. In making any such changes of the familiar English in St. Matthew, the text of the Vatican has generally been translated. As to St. John, the carefully revised version of Drs. Moberly, Barrow and Alford, Mr. Humphrey and the Bishop of Gloucester has been adhered to in almost every instance.

The Oracular introduction of so many of our LORD'S sayings, “ AMEN, AMEN,” has been retained, with the feeling that it was significantly used to mark in a special way the declarations so introduced—to express which, the common “Verily, verily,” is certainly inadequate; as well as inconsistent with the importance attached to it by the Apostle of Patmos, who gives “the AMEN,” the “Faithful and True WITNESS," as the Name claimed expressly by our LORD for Himself.

The subjoined Analyses of the subjects of the Discourses in St. Matthew and St. John, in their own order, may illustrate the Unity of the Divine Teaching, in a form that may make the whole more easy of reference to those who use this Divine Collection either as a book of Instruction in schools, or of Edification for themselves.




I. Our LORD's Words at His Baptism by St. John Baptist.

His Words in the Temptation in the Wilderness.
His Calling all men to Repent.
His Calling Simon and Andrew to Follow Him.
His Sermon on the Mount: to multitudes.

“Beatitudes” proclaimed, as His New Law.
The old Law vindicated :-(greater and lesser commands

6th Commandment explained.
7th Commandment explained.

9th Commandment explained.
Rule of Perfection :
Unworldliness-Mutual Charity.

Separation from Evil-Adherence to CHRIST.
II. His Special Teaching :

As to the Gentiles.
As to the Forgiveness of Sins.

As to the present Position of His Disciples.
III. His Discourse to the Twelve, on their Mission :

His Message to St. John the Baptist :

Inquiries concerning Him.



V. His Woes pronounced on the unbelieving cities of Galilee;

and welcome to believers. VI. His Reasonings with the Pharisees

as to the Sabbath,

the Source of His Mission :
its Moral Evidence :-(Miracles wrongly sought :)

His earthly connexions.
VII. His Parables.

The Sower— Tares-Mustard Seed

Leaven-Treasure-Pearl-Net. VIII. His Rebuke of certain Traditions of the Pharisees, and

of His Disciples' slowness, and the Pharisees'

reluctance of faith.
IX. His Reply to Peter's Confession.

His Warning, as to His Cross.
His Command of Silence as to the Vision of the

His Prophecy as to His Crucifixion and Resurrection.
X. His Doctrine of Conversion.

Who are the “ Children of His Kingdom,” and “His

His Law of Forbearance among brethren in HIM.
His Parable of Mutual Forgiveness.
His Rule of Marriage : and Purity.
His Words on receiving Children.
His Counsel of Perfection, beyond Commandments.
His Parable of the Labourers.

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