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ye How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh 45 from God only? Do not think that I will accuse

you to the Father : there is one that accuseth you, 46 even Mofes, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed

would have believed me: for he wrote of 47 me (9). But if ye believe not his writings, how shall

ye believe my words ?

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lee, which is the sea of Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles 3

which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he fat with his 4 disciples. And the paflover, a feast of the Jews, was

nigh. 5

When Jesus then lift up his eyes, and saw a great company coming unto him, he faith unto Philip,

Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat (a)? 6 (And this he said to prove him (b): for he himself 7 knew what he would do.) Philip answered him, Two

hundred penny-worth of bread (c) is not sufficient

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will receive them. They had done fo before the coming of Christ (Alls v. 36, 37.) and after his death impoftors arose who had many followers.

(9) Though you pretend so great a veneration for Moses, you do not in fa&t believe him

; for if you did, you must have received me

n upon his authority. The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a profhet like unto me (saith he) unto him ye shall hearken. Deut. xviii. 15.

(a) See Mat. xv. 34. Note.

(6) To raise his attention, and make trial of his fajth; for he had before determined with himself what he was about to do.

(c) Two hundred Roman pence (the cсin then current among the Jews) at seven-pence halfpenny English, amounted to fix pounds nine shillings and two-pence: which was probably a larger sum than the disciples were possessed of.


for them, that every one of them may

take a little. 8. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, 9 faith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath

five barley-loaves, and two fmall fishes: but what are 10 they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men

fit down. Now there was inuch grass in the place: so

the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given

thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disci

ples to them that were set down; and likewise of the 12 fifhes, as much as they would.

When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the frag13 ments that remain, that nothing be loft. Therefore

they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which

remained over and above unto them that had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle

that Jesus did, faid, This is of a truth that prophet 15 that should come into the world. When Jesus there

fore perceived that they would come and take him

by force to make him a king, he departed (d) again 16 into a mountain himself alone. And when even was 17 now.come, his disciples went down unto the fea, And

entered into a ship, and went over the sea towards

Capernaum: and it was now dark, and Jesus was not 18 come to the And the sea arose (e), by reason of 19 a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed

about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see

Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the 20 ship: and they were afraid. But he faith unto them, 21 It is I, be not afraid. Then they willingly received

(d) They were ftruck with aftonishment and refpeét; and Jesus, who knew the thoughts and defigns of men, perceived their intention and withdrew himself.

(e) The wind being contrary (Mark vi. 48.) they had rowed but three or four miles during the whole night, until the fourth watch, which began at three o'clock in the morning.

him into the ship: and immediately (f) the ship was

at the land whither they went. 22 The day following, when the people which stood

on the other side of the sea, faw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his difci

ples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone 23 away alone : (Howbeit there came other boats from

Tiberias, nigh unto the place where they did eat 24 bread, after that the Lord had given thanks.) When

the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there,

neither his disciples,' they also took shipping, and 25 came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when

they had found him on the other side of the fea, they 26 said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Je

sus answered then, and said, Verily, verily I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because


did eat of the loaves, and were filled. 27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for

that meat which endureth unto everlasting life (8),

which the Son of man shall give unto you : for him 28 hath God the Father fealed. Then said they unto

him, What shall we do, that we might work the 29 works of God? Jesus answered and faid unto them,

This is the work of God (h), that ye believe on him 30 whom he hath sent. They said therefore unto him,

(f) As foon as Jesus came into the vessel, it immediately reach. ed the place they were going to.

(g) Our blessed Saviour's meaning is, not to discourage that la. bour and industry, which the providence of God hath made necessary. to men in their respective stations, and the neglect of which is therefore finful;' but he recommends comparatively as of much higher importance than any concerns of this world, a careful preparation for the next.

Mat. vi. 33. The miracles the Son of Man performs, are as it were the seal of his authority from God the Father, to give eternal life to such as believe and obey him.

(h) Care to embrace and obey the gospel covenant, is the work that God requires of you.


What fign fhewest thou then, that we may sce, and 31 believe thee (i)? what doft thou work! Our fathers

did eat manna in the defart; as it is written, He gave 32 them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said un

to them, Verily, verily I say unto you, Mofes gave

you not that bread from heaven; but my Father 33 giveth you the true bread from heaven (k). For the

bread of God is he which cometh down from hea34 ven (1), and giveth life unto the world. Then said

they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life :

he that cometh to me, shall never hunger; and he that 36 believeth on me, shall never thirst(m), But I said unto you,



also have seen me, and believe not. 37 All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me; and

him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out (n). 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own 39 will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the

Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which

he hath given me, I lould lose nothing (0), but should 40 raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will

of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the:

Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life : 41 and I will raise him up at the last day. The Jews.

then murmured at him, because he said, I am the

(i) Not satisfied with the miracles they had seen, not even with that of the loaves by which they were fed, they fill demand, as a. further proof, a sign from heaven. Mat. xvi. 1. Moses brought food from Heaven, could be visibly do the like?

(k) Moses was but the instrument in the hand of God; and it is God who now offers you the greatest of all bleflings, through me, even eternal life.

(1) That is the bread of God that cometh down from heaven and giveth life, not as the manna did to one, nation, but to the whole world; not for a short time, but to all eternity.

(m) Will have no need of any other support for ever.

(n) All that accept of the gift of the Father will believe in me, and shall be accepted by me.

(a) I should luffer none to be lofta

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42 bread which came down from heaven. And they said,

Is not this Jesus the Son of Joseph, whose father and

mother we know how is it then that 'he faith, I 43 came down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered

and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No

man can come to me, except the Father which hath fent me, draw him : and I will raise him up at 45 the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they

fhall be all taught of God (p). Every man therefore

that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, 46 cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the 2: Father, fave he which is of God, he hath seen the

Father. Verily, verily I say unto you, He that be48 lieveth on me hath everlasting life.' I am that bread 49

of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilder50 ness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh

down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and 51 not die. I am the living bread, which came down

from heaven : If any man eat of this bread, he thall live for ever (9): and the bread that I will give, is

my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove amongst themselves, fay

ing, How can this man give us his flesh to eat (r)?


53 Then


(0) There are two ways by which men are taught of God, viz. by the good principles of the heart, and by divine revelation. All they who had a good disposition, could not but reverence his wisdom and power; and if they consulted the scriptures of the Old Testament, they must have seen that he was there plainly described as the Alessiah ; the time and place of his birth, the family from which he {prung, and the manner of his life, being all exactly

, foretold. (1) To eat of the bread of life, is to receive and digest the hea, venly doctrine of Chrif, by obedience to which we shall be prea pared for everlasting life. See Matti xvi; 19.

(r) This figurative mode of speech was naturally suggested by the occasion. The multitude had followed Christ for the sake of the loaves, expe&ling to be fed again, as they had been the day before ; and being disappointed, affcet io despise the miracle, and extol Moses for having wrought a greater in bringing bread from heaven. Our



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