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was affuatly nothing but Deceit and Col-
Jufion in all the Miracles that Jefus wrought.

-This is a plain begging of the Queftion :
fuch a grofs Fallacy as one wou'd not
think thofe cou'd fall into, who value
themfelves fo much upon their Acutenefs

and Penetration. There are fo many, and

fuch



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SFCT. V. fuch manifeft Abfurditys in this Suppofition
of Fraud, that the moft credulous unthinking
Deift can fcarce digeft them. I mention'd
fome few of them in the Cafe of raifing the
Widow's Son. And the very fame Contra-
dictions and Abfurditys attend the Suppofi-
tion of an Impoilurein the raifing of Lazarus.
He was a Friend and Difciple ofjefus indeed :
but what made him fo? At firft he muft have
labour'd under the fame Prejudices againft
JefuS) and his Doctrine, that other Jews
had : and no thing cou'd have removed thofe
Prejudices, and reconciled him to Jefus,
but the utmoft Conviction, that he was
a divine Prophet, the MeJJiah^ or the Son
of God. Lazarus cou'd not love nor va-
lue one whom he knew to be an Impo-
ftor. Far lefs wou'd he have hazarded his
own Life, merely to promote the honour
of fuch a wicked worthlefs Perfon as he
mufl have reckon'd Jefus, if he had pro-
pofed to Lazarus the vileft Impofture. But
how can you think it poflible fuch a Cheat
cou'd be carry'd on ? Mortal Sicknefs can-
not be counterfeited. The very attempt
to do it for a few Days muft make it
real. Artful People may affume any li-
ving Aire they pleafe : but they cannot
put on the pale ghaftly form of Death j
nor feign the fades Hippocratica. Lazarus
was a Man of Note. He had many Friends
at Jerufalem, which was but two Miles
from his Houfe. Some of thofe many Jews
who came to condole with his Sifters up-
on his Death, and feveral of his Acquain-
tance and Neighbours in fytbany^ muft

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certainly have vifited him in his Sicknefs. SECT.V.
And if it had been only- feigned ; fome or V^*W4
other of them mud have found it out.
His Phyficians muft certainly have known
it : and fo muft thofe who vuajb't the pre- see A<a* i*
tended Corpfe, and wrapt it up. When 37 *
his Death was heard of, not 'only fome of
his Friends from Jerufalem, but his Neigh-
bours muft according to the Jewi/h Cuftom,
have come to comfort his Sifters, and to
lament and bewail with them over their
deceafed Brother. Thefe. Friends and
Neighbours cou'd not avoid looking upon
the Corpfe: Cuftom and Curiofity muft
have led them to it. So that if there had
been any Cheat in the Cafe, it muft una-
voidably have been difcover'd. Such a Se-
cret muft have been communicated to fo
many Perfons : and there were fo many
probable Accidents that might help to dif-
cover it, that it was morally impofllble
that any who had ' common-fenfe fhou'd
attempt it, or hope to fucceed in it. They
cou'd fee nothing but the grolfeft Folly,
Wickednefs, and ImpofTibility in the Plot;
and Hazard, Ruin, Difgrace, and real Death,
in the certain Difcovery of it. But if fuch
a Plot cou'd have appear' d feafible, and
have been actually laid ; Jefus wou'd cer-
tainly have been at Hand to direct and
conduct it. If he had not liked to be at
his Friend Lazarus' 's Houfe, he wou'd have,
been either in Bethany , or very near to it,
for the eafyer, furer, and quicker convey-
ing of Intelligence : and wou'd not have
left fuch a very hazardous difficult Scheme

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Sficr.V. (which "a thoufand Accidents might have
VxV^ crofs't, retarded, or di-fappointed) to the
mannagement of others. Yet thus it hap-
pen'd. He was fo far from being near Be-
thany, that he was not in Judea ; but at
Toh. x. 40. Bethabara beyond Jordan, about fifty Miles

Cn. i. as. rr *

orr.

7*. However diftant Jefus was from Be-
thany ; and tho* he had retired with pri-
vacy for fear of the Jews, we find his
Friends knew where he was : and that the
Sifters fent him Intelligence when the Plot
began to work. He and they had pro-
bably concerted Meafures before he went-
ofF. And his going afide to a convenient
diftance juft before, looks as if it had been
defign'd only to conceal the Cheat the
better. With the fame view perhaps he
ftay'd two Days where he was, after he
heard that Lazarus was fick ; that he might
come exactly at the Day and Hour agreed
on for the Refurre<5tion of Lazarus.

N. How eafy it is to joyn inconfiilent
Facts and Circumftances fo, as to form
fome Appearance of a Defign and Con-
trivance, where nothing cou'd poffibly be
intended. The true ftate of the Cafe is

job. x- iz. this. Jefus was at Jerufalem at the Feaft of
Dedication^ which happen'd in December.

, By the freedom of his Difcourfe there, he

ver. 31. f enraged the Jews that they took up
Stones to throw at him, and threaten'd to
kill him upon the fpot. But he efcaped

Ver : < * out of their hands, and withdrew beyond
Jordan. Bethany lay in his way from Je-
rufdlem to Betbabara : fo that he cou'd not

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avoid calling upon his Friends there ; and SECT. V.
Jetting them know whither he was go- VXYNJ
ing. But this was no lefs than two Months
before the Death of Lazarus. And no-
body can fuppofe that a Plot of a feigned
Sicknefs and Death, fhou'd be concerted
fo long beforehand. St. John indeed men-
tions the Death of Lazarus in the begin-
ning of the very next Chapter, after the
account of Chrift's retiring beyond Jordan.
But his Gofpel is chiefly a Collection of
fome unconnected Difcourfes and Facts
that the other Evangelifts had omitted.
And the Series of the Gofpel-Hiitory mows
that about the Space of * two Months
muft have intervened betwixt his leaving
Judea, and his returning to Bethany to
raife Lazarus. The very Journey muft
have taken up feveral Days : St. John tells
us that Jefus abode at Bethabara : that many job. x. 40.
reforted to him from neighbouring Places.
He intimates that he did Miracles there , Ver - 4-
tho* John the Baptift did none : and adds"
that many there believed on him. You fee
now, Sir, that Jefus did not retire juft a
little before the Death of Lazarus ; nor
to a convenient diftance from Bethany as
you reprefented. Prudence and Self-pre-
fervation obliged him to withdraw about
two Months before Lazarus dyed. And
Jefus was then two, or three Days Journey
from Bethany ; which was far from being a

convenient

* See Mr. W H i s T o N'S Short view of the Chro-
nology of the Old Teftament, and of the Harzno-
y of the four JLvangdijls t p. 385.



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SECT.V. convenient diftance for giving Advice, or
^^T^ Afliftance, upon any fudden Emergency,
in the mannagemenc of fuch a Plot as you
fuppofe to have been laid. Indeed every
Circumftance attending this whole Tranf*-
action feems to have been providentially
order'd in fuch a manner as to prevent
all pofiible Sufpicion of Fraud. The Rea-
fon of Jefus's tarrying two Days beyond
Jordan after he heard that Lazarus was
fick, is plainly told us. His Sillers fent
to Jefus to come and prevent their Bro-
ther's Death : they thought of nothing elfe.
(For when he came near to Bethany, Martha
job. XL 21. went out to meet him, and faid, Lord, if
thou hadft been here, my Brother bad not
dyed. And when he told her that her Bro-
ther fhou'd rife again ; me reply'd, that me
knew he Ihou'd rife again at the general Re-
furreftion. As yet me did not think of
any other.) Now when Jefus firft heard of
Lazarus's being fick, and knew that he
lay then at the Point of Death, he delay'd
his Journey into Judea a-little, that La-
zarus might be not only dead, but bury'd,
before Jefus came to Bethany : for He had
then refolved to raife him to Life. There-
fore he told his Difciples that Lazarus
was dead. " And I am glad for your
" fakes (faid he) that I was not there, [in
" his Sicknefs,] to the intent ye may be-
" lieve" : that is, that your Faith maybe
the more firmly eftablifh't when ye. fee
fuch an aftonifhing Miracle as my raifmg
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our SAV i o u R'J Miracles. 257

?*. If meafures had not been concerted before- SECT, V:
hand, how came Jefus to know fo exaffly when ^OTN-^
Lazarus dyed? The mcfTage fent him by the
Sifters was only that their Brother was Jick.

M. All thefe matters might eafily have been
agreed upon : and the true defign of the mef-
fage might be to let Jefus know that the Sick-
nefs fucceeded well ; and that Lazarus wou'd
be ready to rife exactly on the day appointed.

N. We need not have recourfe to fuch ab-
furd fuppofitions, in order to account for
Cbrift's knowing the precife time when Lazarus
dyed. His intelligence concerning fuch diftant
Facts was divine : and he gave many convincing
proofs of his being endued with fupernatural
knowledge. While he was at Cana he allured /oh. iv. jo
the nobleman of Capernaum, that his Son who y2 ' 53 '
lay there at the point of death, .was recover'd,
and well. And when the nobleman inquired of
his Servants, he found that the child's Fever left
him the very fame hour that Jefus told him of
it. He fent home the Canaanitijh woman ; af- Mat xv ^
faring her that the Devil was gone out of her
Daughter : and me found it fo. He told Peter ch.xvii. 27.
he fhou'd catch a Filh that had a piece of mo-
ney in its mouth: and with that piece Peter
payed the tribute-money. He declared to the
Woman of Samaria many of the moft fecretj h.; v 19 ,
tranfaclions of her life ; as me herfelf frankly
owned. He told two of his Difciples the par-
ticular place and circumftances of their finding Lukexix.a?,
a Cojt that he fent them for: and they found * f -
every thing happen exactly as he faid. He
fent others of them into Jerufalem ; and allured
them they wou'd find a man carrying a pitcher ch.xxii.io:
of water ; and that if they followed him, they
fhou'd find a furninYt room in the Houfe heen-
ter'd into, where they were to prepare the paf-
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SECT. V. fover : and every thing happen'd juft as Jejut
j^v^ had told them. He likewife kne w what was in
a?.'"' *' men's hearts; and often difclofed their fecret
Luk.xx.2o, thoughts. When the Pbarifees came to enfnare
aj< him, with a great compliment, and a captious

queftion, about paying tribute to Ctzfar; he
knew their craftynefs and hypocrify , and difap-
Luk.ri. 7,8. pointed their defign. When they watch* t him
at other times, to find fome handle for an accu-
fation againft him, but faid nothing; he knew
their thoughts-, and plainly difcover'd it to them
by his Difcourfe. And he did the fame on o-
ch.xi.iy. ther occafions. When the Scribes faid 'within
Mii.ix.4. themfehes that he blafphemed (becaufe he faid
to the Paralytick, thy Sins be forgiven tbee 9 ) Je-
fus knowing their thoughts, faid, wherefore think
ye evil in your hearts? Befides all this, he plainly
foretold many future improbable Events whicn
joh.xviii. 4 . were all punctually accomplinYt. tit foreknew
all things that Jhou d come upon him ; and foretold
. 33, that he fhou'd fuffer at Jerufalem: that he fhou'd
be deliver'd up to the Gentiles or Romans ; and
be mock't, fcourged, fpit upon, crucify'd, and

xvii. killed : that he fhou'd rife again the third

^ a y : t ^ at Judas wou'd betray him : that Peter
wou'd deny him thrice ; and the reft of his Dif-
ver.si. ciplesforfake him : that Mary's anointing him
ver.i 3 . fhou'd be remember'd wherever the Gofpel is
Matxx'.ii P reacn 't : that his Apoftles ffrou'd be perfecu-
34. ted from City to City ; be fcourged imprifon'd

c&.xx-.v.?. nnci kili'd : that they fhou'd be bated of all men -,
ch x 17,18 ^ e ^ e ^ ver ' c ^ U P to Councils and Synagogues;
and be brought before Kings and governours,
for his fake: that then he wou'd by his holy
Luk <xx - Iii4 , Spirit fupply them with fuch words and wifdom
jy. as their adverfarys fliou'd not be able to gainfay

Lutxi'iao, "or rcfift. He foretold that Jerufalem fhou'd
4. be encompafs't with armys and be made defo-

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our SAVIOUR'/ Miracles. 259

late: that in thofe days of vengeance there SECT. V.
fhou'd be great diftrefs in the land^ and wrath J^^N*
upon the Jewilh People : that they fhou'd fall by r. '
the edge of the Sword ; and be led Captives into vS'**' 15 '
all Nations : that Jerusalem fhou'd be trodden JJ 1 - *
down by the Gentiles : and that in the Temple Mat.wiv.i,
there fhou'd not be left one Stone upon another *'
that fhou'd not be thrown down. For the punc-
tual accomplifhment of thefe laft prophecys we
have the exprefs and unqueftionable teflimony
of Jofephus. Jefus likewife foretold that he
fhou'd afcend into Heaven : that he would be- Job. *>" ft.
ftow the Gift of the Holy-Spirit upon his Apo- ch.'S.'it,
ftles, within a few days after his afcenfion : A 8 ai.j-, .

and that they fhou'd then be endued with power Luk - **."
from on high , to go and preach the Gofpel unto w
all nations. In thefe prophecys there is no dark-
nefs, nor ambiguity : no diftant intimations, fe-
condary views, or myftical meanings. All is
natural, plain, and obvious : they are clearly,
ftrictly, literally true : as the correfponding In-
vents evidently proved. Thefe are fo many de-
monftrations of Cbrift's being endued with fu-
.pernatural knowledge ; and of his acting by di-
vine authority. So that I cannot enough won-
der Mr. T. that you fhou'd ask how Jefus knew
the exact time when Lazarus dyed. He knew
it the fame way that he knew and declared the
mznydiftattt Transactions, undfecret Thoughts,
and future Events that I have mention'd. Your
fufpicions therefore of a plot and fecret meafures
concerted betwixt Jefus and Lazarus ^ appear to
be intirely groundlefs and abfurd.

5T. If there was no fuch Scheme form'd, how
came Martha to know fo exactly the day and
hour when Jefus wou'd be at Bethany ? Was /he
endued with fupernatural knowledge too ? Or
did Ihe fend out to watch his coming ? Infidels
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260 A Conference upon

SECT. V. will be apt to fufpect that Jefus fent one before
**^Y^ him to get intelligence how the Funeral fucceed-
ed ; and whether all things were prepared for
the refurreftion. If there was no fecret that
Martha cou'd not fafely trull with the MefTen-
ger, why did fhe leave her Sifter, and her Friends
from Jerufalem^ who came to condole with her,
and flip away privately to meet Jefus ; as if me
had been afraid led they mou'd know of his
being near ? Did fhe doubt whether he wou'd
venture upon the raifing of Lazarus before fo
many witneffes ? And what was it that Jefus cou'd
have to fay to the Sifters in fuch hafte, that he
cou'd not ftay till he came to the Houfe .^ Thefe
things look dark and fufpicious ; and want ex-
plaining.

N. No thing is eafyer than to form the ap-
pearance of fome deep defign out of plyable,
unmeaning, accidental circumftances of Facts.
There is not the leaft myftery nor difficulty in
all that you object. Jefus had narrowlyefcaped
being ftoned to death the laft time he was at Je-
rufalem. He was therefore obliged to come to
Bethany in the moft private manner. There he
was fo well known that it would have been high-
ly imprudent for him to have gone to Lazarus'
houfe. And he cou'd not go to raife him from
the dead, without calling his Sifters to have
them, as well as his Difciples* to be witnefles of
Luir.x. 4 o, j t< Martha, being the moft eager and active,
went firft to meet him : and when me came
back, fhe brought her Sifter Mary with her to
Jefus. What their difcourfe was, St. John has
told us. It is fo very natural, fimple, and un-
defigning, that his head muft be ftrangely turn'd
who can find any think like fraud, or myftery
in that interview , or in any part of the tranfac-
tion. You might as well fancy that the Jews

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our SAVIOURS Miracles.

who came to comfort the Sifters, were engaged SECT. V.
in the plot too : and that they knew of Ckrift's VxV^
coming to raife Lazarus -, and contrived to be
there, on purpofe to give the greater credit to the
miracle. This is full as likely as that Mary
and Martha fhou'd have been concern'd in any
Fraud on this occafion. What tho the Jews
wept for Lazarus; you might urge that, tho
this had a great mew of fincerity, it might on-
ly be a prologue to a farce : and that the Jews Difc.j-.p.
had their tears as much at command, as the Wi- J^ 8<
dow of Nain had, when me wept for her only
Son! No thing can be more extravagant than
fuch fuppofitions : and yet they are as plaufible
as any thing you have urged to fupport your fuf-
picion of fraud.

M. I fhou'd not lay any ftrefs on fuch flight
fufpicions, if the Sequel of the tranfaction did
not confirm them. The whole Story is full of
abfurditys that all tend to raife our diftruft. At
prefent I fhall infift only on a few of them. Difc./.p.
And firft I cannot but obferve that Jefus is faid 3*
to have wept and groan* d for the death of Laza-
rus. But why fo ? Was it not an abfurdity to
weep at all for the death of one whom he was
about to raife to life? AStoical apathy had bet-
ter become him, than fuch childilh effeminate
grief.

N. The Jews who were prefent fancy'd that
Jefus wept out of tendernefs and affection to- j oh ^ lt #,
wards Lazarus \ becaufe they knew not that Je-
fus was going to raife him to life. But why
Ihou'd you, who know that this was his defign,
imagin that he wept for Lazarus ? The Evan*
gelift does not fay fo : He only tells us that
Jefus wept. Now if it wou'd have been abfurd
in Jefus to weep for Lazarus j it is equally ab-
furd to fuppofe chat he did fo.

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SECT. v. M. What other occafion cou'd there be for
\-s~Y**J his weeping ?

N. It might proceed, partly from that over-
flowing tendernefs and humanity which his fym-
pathizing in the grief of Mary and Martha
raifed in him ; and partly from a compafiionate
forrow and concern for the obftinacy and impe-
nitence of the Jews. As he fet an example of
every other focialvirtue,and amiable difpofition j
fo it became him in a particular manner to re-
commend to his Difciples,not only a tender and
affectionate fympathy in the affliction of friends ;
but a compafiionate Concern for our obftinate
Enemys.

M. He might have mown and taught this in
a manlyer way. Weeping is an effeminate weakr
nefs, unworthy of a wife man. We excufe it
in women and children : but in Men it is always
mean and foolifh.

N. Since a compafiionate Sympathy is natu-
ral to us ; every proper and unaffected expref-
fion of fuch humane Sentiments is juft and right ;
whether it be by tears, words, ifilence, or any
other fignificant Sign. To weep excefiively, or
on trifling occafions, wou'd mow great folly
and meannefs of Spirit. But to mare in the
grief of worthy Friends , and feelfomewhat of
their diftrefs , and even to mow our fympathy
by mingling our tears with theirs , or to be
deeply grieved at the obftinacy and ruin of our
Enemys , is fo far from being a fign of weak-
nefs, that it is a proof of that true Good nefs,
that juft Compafllon, and generous benevolence
towards mankind, which is the height and per-
fection of all Virtue. Homofum ; (fays 'Terence S)
lownani nihil a me alienum puto. There is more
of true Nature, Humanity, Wifdom, and Good -
nefs in that fingle Sentence, than in all the wild

extra-



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extravagant rants of Epiffettts^ or Seneca. That SECT. V.
ftoical Apathy they recommended was a ridicu-
lous affectation : it is foolim , brutal , and
really impracticable : And it is happy for the
World that it is fo. Jefus knew human-nature
far better than thofe vain philofophers. By his
Doctrine, and his Example, he recommended to
his Followers every humane, tender affection,
and every proper expreffion of Friendfhip and
Efteem towards worthy perfons ; and of bene-
volence towards all. Of both thefe he gave a
fignal proof by his weeping when he faw Mary's
tears, and the compafiionate grief of the Jews.
He kindly fympathized in her Sorrow ; and
Ihowed the tendered Companion towards thofe
obftinate People whofe welfare he earneftly
wifht ; at the fame time that he forefaw their
impenitence and final ruin.

M. Jefus's Sorrow for the impenitence of the
Jews, (fuppofing that he 'certainly knew it) is a
better reaion for his weeping, than his fympa-
thizing in the gritf of Mary and Martha.

N. Either of thefe reafons wou'd fufficiently
account for his weeping: tho the latter was pro-
bably the chief occafion of it. He knew the
obftinacy and invincible prejudices of fome of
the Spectators ; and of the generality of the
Jewifh people : that the aitonifhing Miracle he
was going to work, wou'd not have its due ef-
fect upon them- This recalled to his mind that
Scene of Mifery and defolation which he fore-
faw wou'd overtake them ; and foon after ex-
prefly foretold. He grieved therefore, zn&figb'd
deeply, at the view of the Calamitys that per-
verfe people were bringing upon themfelves ;
and which all his endeavours, his Miracles and
fufferings cou'd not prevent. This melancholy
profpecfc often afflicted his compaflionate gene-.
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SECT.V. rous Soul, in the moft fenfiblc manner -, and
*~-v-v^ made him mow his pity, and tender concern for
j.uk.xix.4i,his Countrymen, by 'weeping over Jerufalem,
when he confider'd the terrible miferys that
were certainly to overwhelm them. How ge-
nerous was the Grief of Jefus! how heroick
were his Tears ! If his Grief had flown from an
envious Emulation, or an infatiable third of
vain Glory j I fhou'd have own'd his weeping
to be foolifh, mean, and unmanly. Such were
the tears of thofe renowned Robbers, Alexan-?
<&r, and Ccefar, The one wept becaufe he had
no more Worlds to conquer : and the other when
he faw his Rival's Statue in the Temple of Her-
cules i and confider'd that at his age, Alexander
had far outdone him in his Conquefts 5 that is,
had been guilty of greater injuftice, and mif-
chiefs -, and more extenfive ravage and ruin a-
mong mankind. The weeping of thofe two
Heroes (as they are falfely called) mows that they
were felfim, wicked, unsociable wretches , who,
toraife their Fame, embroil'd the world in blood
and confuiion ; and every-where fpread terror,
deftruction, and all the dire calamitys of war.
It mows they were themfelves greater Slaves than
any they ever made ; (abject Slaves to the moft
tyrannical unmanly Paflions ,) and loft their
liberty in the height of their triumphs. But
the Grief and tears of Jefus flowed from theno-
bleft Motives ; Wifdom, Goodnefs, Friend-
fhip, Companion, and every view that is juft
and laudable. He fympathized with his Friends
and grieved for his Enemys. He wept when he
confider'd that all the labours of his Love were
loft upon them : that all the Miracles he
wrought, and the other means he ufed for their
Converfion, tended only tp harden them in their
He wept becaufe he cou'd not fub-

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due their prejudices, and conquer their obfti- SECT.V.
nacy : becaufe he cou'd not reconcile them to VxV\
Truth and Virtue; in order to prevent their
ruin, and promote their Intereft and Happinefs.
He had the beft, and moil benevolent Spirit.
He was a lover of Mankind ; truly Great be-
caufe ever juft, good, and generous. He took
delight in nothing but in doing good to all :
and cou'd never be grieved at any thing but the
impenitence, and ingratitude, the wickednefs and
mifery, of thofe whom he endeavour'd to re-
claim i and to render truly wife, virtuous, and
happy.

M. It wou'd be no great conceffion, if I
fhou'd allow Jefus to be a greater Hero in his
way than Alexander or Cafar. Whether there
was any juft caufe for his weeping, may be doubt-
ed. But certainly there cou'd be no occafionDirc.f.p.
for his calling Lazarus out of his cave with a 4-
loud Voice. Was his Soul at fo great a diftance
from his Body that he cou'd not hear a ftill and
low voice ? The dead can hear the whifper of
the Almighty, if power go along with it, as
foon as the Sound of a Trumpet.

N. Such terms as loud, great, ftrong, and the
like are fometimes to be underftood compara-
tively. He who leaves off whifpering, or talk-
ing very low, is faid to fpeak aloud ; tho his
voice may be very moderate. And fince Jefus
had probably fpoken with a lower voice before ;
he now fpake more aloud ; and faid with an ac-
cent of earneftnefs and Authority, Lazarus
fome forth. By loud, St. John meant fuch an
audible voice as all the people prefent might ea-
fily hear. In the fame manner St. Paul fpake,
when he cured one that was born a Cripple:
faid with a loud voice, ftand up right on thy feet:



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