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The CONTENTS.

Unfaithfulnefs of Guards being capital among the Romans.

p. 335

It was InQoJJible all tie Watch fioudfall ajleep at once. 338
Double Vigilance was required of them at the Paflbver. ibid.
The Rabbi's Blunder in fuppofing Galilean Fifoermen might
learn Fraud from Herodotus. 340

And in faying that Matthew implicitly called the Refurrec-
tion of Lazarus, a known Impofture. 343

ChriftV appearing to the Chief-PrieJis cou'd not have convinced
them. 345

The Incredulity of the Apo files jlrengthend their Teflimony. 346
Some Alteration in Jefus'j Afpett might caiife fome to doubt
whether ke was the fame Perfon. 34!

St. Paul'j Tcjtimony, concerning fome Appearances of Jefus,
omitted by all the Evangelijls, is as credible as theirs. 34-8
All the Appearances in the Gofpels are conjljlent and credi-
ble. 350
The lock't Doors might be miraculoujly opend. 353
Jefus only bade Thomas put his Hand upon Kisjlde. 3 54
He commijjton'd his Apojlles to tejiify his Refurreffion, and up-
braid his Crucifyers. 356
Which they did with an amazing Courage and Steddynefs. 3 5&
This was a convincing Proof of their Hone fly, 3^
Their Conduct before, and after the Refurrettior, compa-
red, ibid.
The Gift of Tongues was undoubtedly miraculous. %6z
All Fraud here is jhoivn to be impracticable. 363
This Gift was bejlow'd only on the Apoftles at Pentecojt. 365
A g*eat Company of the PRIESTS themfefoes, (and federal
Pharifces afterwards) were converted. 3<SS
The Uprightnefs of ths Apojtles proved by their whole Beha-
viour. 3/0
Neither Revenge KOI- Ambition coud ingage them in any
Fraud. 37 i
Paul'j Conversion is an additional Proof of Chrift'j Refurrec-
tion. 375
It was attended with a train of miraculous Events : 3/8
And cou'd flow from no thing, but irrejijtible Conviction. 3 8
His Integrity loth before, and after his Conversion uncjuejlion~
able.. ibid.
It gives the Jlrongejl Alteration to the Afcenfion of Jefus ;
and confrms the Teftimony of 'the ether Applies. $81
Jefus'j Miracles were a convincing Proof of his divine Mif-
fton. 382
Three Marks by which falfc Prophets may be diftinguifi't
from true. 383

All



The CONTENTS.

All applicable to Jelus, bis L/oftrine, Charaffer t and Mira-
cles, p. 384

Since his time, neither Apollonius, nor other fuppofed workers
of Miracles, pretended to a divine Mijjton. 3 8 5

Nor does it appear that any falfe Prophet ever appeal'd to
Miracles as a "Proof of his being fent from God. 38$

If Popifh Miracles were fuppofed to be true, they ceu'd not
prove the Truth ef the Romifti Dottrine. 387

"They cou'd only confirm the Doctrine of the Gofpcl, by accom-
tlifhing tie Prophccys concerning falfe Prophets, and
Anti-chrift. 388

The Gift of Miracles alone may be a fufficient Proof of a Pro-
phet's Miffion : 3 90

Tho' other Gifts add a higher degree of Evidence to it. 39 r

'The chief Proofs of the ChrtJtian-Religion fummd up. 394

Why the Truth ef the Gofpels was fuppofed throughout the
Conference. " 39 5

"There is no Reafon to doubt whether the Gcfpels were writ by
the Perfons whofe Names they bear. 39 7

No material Alteration coud happen to any of them, fa as not
to be dif covered. 3 9 &

It was eafy at Jirjl to dijlinguijl) the true Gofpels from fpuri-
ous ones. 399

"The Evangelifts coud neither be miflaken, nor credulous. 400

Evident Proofs of their Impartiality. 401

"The fufpetting Fraud and Craft to be conceal'd under the
Jlrongeft Appearances of Candour, leads to Scepticifm. 404

It was impracticable for the Evangelijls to impofe falfe Accounts
of Chrift'j Miracles andDoftrine, tipon* the World. 405

Such an Account of the Miracles noiv examined, as might rea-
fonably have been expected from Impoftors. 407

"Thofe very Circumflances of the Miracles which Mr. W. cavils
at, are mo ft convincing Proofs of their Truth, and of the
Evangelists' Integrity. 409

The Conclusion. 410



ERRATA.

jN Page 21. Line 12. for cafe, read cafe p. 23. I. 6. r. caft fix p.
* 31. 1. i. r. rubicund p. 36. 1. 3. r. is ufed p. 43. \.y. fa is. r.
in. p. 49. 1. 7 8. r. wonder at her exerting p. j-f . 1. 17. r. extiafting
it p. 119. 1. 10. r. Blood of the p. 201. 1. 2. r. appeal'd p. 241. 1. 34.
for Body, r. Boy.-p. aSi.l. 89. /> Humility, r. Humanity, ibid. J. 34.
r. fpiritual Guides. p. 283. 1. 7. r. Men might be. - - p. 336. 1. ar.
r- Icter was.

A CON-




CONFERENCE

UPON THE

MIRACLES

O F

Our Blefled Saviour,



SECT. I.

M. a Detft: T. a See f tick : N. a Chrijliatt.

HERE is your Divine, Sir? I
expected you would have been
clofely engaged by this time.

y. There he is coming a-crofs.
the Court.
M. Has he good Senfe ?
y. You may guefs at that by his undertaking
to anfwer Mr. Woolfton*s Objections againft the
Miracles ofjefus.

M. That makes me fear he is one of thofe
conceited Fools who think themfelves fit for
every thing.

B y. You




A Conference upon

SECT. r. <r. You will find him a plain, honeft, well-
" meaning Man , with no greater Share of Pride y
than thofe will always be charged with, who
judge for themfelves , and dare own that they
differ from the Sentiments of celebrated Authors.

M. Is he not a Bigot ?

C T. Far from it. He talks very freely, in the
Pulpit, as well as in Converfation ; without
difiembling his Sentiments ; or thinking him-
felf obliged to efpoufe the Notions of others.
But here he comes. I beg of you don't mock
him at firft. Pray walk in Mr. N. This, Sir, is
my Friend, Mr. M. whom you have often heard
me fpeak of as a great Admirer of Mr. Ws.
He is much fitter to defend his Difcourfes, and
Objections than I ; and has happened to come
very feafonably to eafe me of a Task to which
I mould not have been equal.

N. I'm very glad to fee any Friend of Mr. Ts.

M. Sir, your Servant.

f. I expected you fooner, Mr. N. you ufe
to be more punctual.

N. Juil as I was fetting out, I was called a-
way upon a little Bufmefs that cou'd not well
be delay'd , elfe I had been here an Hour ago,
according to my promife.

M. I fuppofe, Sir, you have been faying a
young Soul, or treating about Tythes. What
pity is it that a Man of Senfe fhould have his
Studies interrupted with Trifles : and be forced
fometimes to leave the moft agreeable Compa-
ny, to go and name a Child ; or pray, over a
Cbriftiati Corpfe !

7*. Such Avocations are unavoidable.

M. Your Cafe is really pitiable, Mr. A".
When a credulous Blockhead is bufy'd about fu-
perltitious Fooleries, he has fome Satisfaction
in fancying that he is doing good ^ or at leaft

difchar-



Our S A v I o u R'.T Miracles. 3

clifcharging his Duty. This makes him rife SJSCT. T
chearfully in a frofty Night, or walk a dirty
Mile, to fn.atch a harmlefs Infant out of the Paws
of the roaring Lion. But it muft go much againft
the Grain, when you are forced to break your
reft, or leave your Book, to frighten a poor Babe
with throwing a little cold Water in its Face.

N. One may give a ridiculous turn not only
to indifferent Ufages, and decent Rites, but
to the moft reafonable and necefTary Things.
You might ridicule the Ceremonies of a Coro-
nation ; or the Form of adminiftering an Oath.
Nay, I don't know, but one might banter Tem-
perance itfelf i and make Integrity appear a fil-
ly kind of Thing. The Fable of the Bees has
made great advances that way , and it is hard
to tell where this Humour will flop. Our Deifts
pretend to expofe only Error, Folly, and Su-
perftition : But I'm afraid it will at length be
thought the fureft Tefl of Wit to laugh at eve-
ry Thing that is good and virtuous j and to put
Honefty out of Countenance.

M. If you cannot bear a Jeft, Sir, without
growing fo very ferious upon it ; you and I
would not be fit to converfe much together.
Mr. 7". tells me you have had Mr. fF*s Dif-
courfes in your Hands thefe three Months : And
I was in hopes that your perufmg them might
have cured your fqueamim Delicacy, and re-
conciled you to Railery and Freedom. If you
have cqnfider'd his Objections impartially, I
dare fay the Eyes of your Underftanding are
now open'd j though you may not think it pru-
dent to own, that you believe as little as I do
of the literal fenfelefs Stories you meet with
in the Gofpels.

N. I aflure you, Sir, my Faith is fo far from

being maken by Mr. Ws Difecurfes, that they

B 2 have



4 A Conference upon

SECT. I. have rather confirmed it. I have read them care-
f u jjy . anc j cc ,nfider'd every Objection and Dif-
culty he has propofed : But I can fee none of
thofe Inconftftencies and Absurdities that he pre-
tends to find in the literal Sence of our Saviour's
Miracles.

M. Sir, you have a great many Pounds a
Year for ' believing : It is your Intereft, and
your Trade to defend every Abfurdity you
meet with in Scripture : And you are hired to
think (or rather to talk and act) according to
the Model eftablilh't by Law : fo that I don't
wonder at your Handing out againft the plain-
eft Demonftrations. When Mr. W. publifh'd
his Difcourfes^ he had no more Hopes of convin-
cing the hireling Priefts^ than of receiving a fa-
tisfactory Anfwer from them to his Objections.
But if you really think his Arguments weak
and inconclufive, why don't you publilh a plain
Confutation of them ?

N. I fancy it will be fafeft for me firft to try
my Strength and Skill in Controverfy off-hand.
And if I fucceed tolerably well in this en-
counter, it will encourage me to publiih. my
Thoughts. If you pleaie then, Sir, we will
fpend the Day (as Mr. C T. and I had appointed)
in examining Mr. TiPs Objections freely and
calmly. And when Mr. T. has heard what
may be faid on both Sides of the Queftion, he
will either be confirmed in his fceptical Notions,
or be convinced of the Truth of Chriftianity.

M. I'm ready. But you muft not expect that
I'll be tied up to the dull Rules of difputing :
and be obliged to reduce every Confequence I
draw, to a Syllogifm in Barbara, or Barahpton.

N. I'm as little fond of chopping Logick as
you are. The lefs Form the better. Only let
us keep to the Point , argue upon clear Ideas ;

and



Cur S A v I o u R'J Miracles. 5

and ufe no Word without a determinate Mean- SKCT.T.
ing. If we do this, common-fenfe will readily
mew us, when it is that we feparate Notions
which are neceflfarily connected ; or join incon-
fiftent ones, in any Proportion, or Argument
we ufe.

M. But what if we fhou'd differ in our No-
tion of Inconfiftcncies ; and not agree about
Contradictions ?

N. We muft then flop mort ; or appeal to
Mr. '/. who will be a Moderator between us.
He muft prefide in our Difpute ; and prevent
thofe DigrefTions that generally render fuch
Conferences ufelefs and unpleafant.

<T. I reckon I mall feldom need to interpofe.
But if there fhou'd be occafion for me to cau-
tion either of you againfl wandering from the
Point in Hand, I'll freely ufe the Power you
give me, and endeavour to render your Debate
as fair, inflructive, and friendly, as I believe
you both intend it.

M. I'm afraid, Mr. TV. you will never be
able to bear the freedom I always ufe in talking
upon every Subject. My way is blunt and plain.
I call a Spade a Spade ; and, without any fcru-
ple, make free with the greatefl Perfonages,
or with any Scripture-Phrafe that comes patly
in.

N. I find, Sir, you refemble your Friend Mr.
W. in your Humour, and way of talking, as
much as in your Notions. But certainly fool-
ing and jelling upon a facred Character, or a
ferious Subject, is not only indecent, but mock-
ing. It can never have any good Effect \ but
is often attended with the worfl Confequences.
It is contrary to the Wifdom and Gravity of a
Philofopher, and to the good Manners of a Gen-
tleman. It darkens the Truth \ difguiles Pco-
B 3 H<*



A Conference ufon

pie's Characters -, and throws all Things into
Confufion.

M. It feems then I muft abftain from all Ap-
pearance' of Wit, as the worit kind of Evil \
and fet a watch to the Door of my Lips, for
fear of committing a Jeft.

TV. There is no Jeft, nor Wit, in playing
thus with the Words of Scripture. If there
were, every pert thoughtlefs Fool might out-
do you in your own way. It requires neither
Judgment, nor Invention ; but only a ready
Memory, a fmall fhare of Senfe, and a ftrong
bent to Profanenefs. I can bear with as much
freedom as any one , and am a hearty Friend
to Mirth and good Humour. Butftill I think
there is fome Rule and Meafure for Wit and
Ridicule, as well as for other Things. You
cannot approve of Jefts that are fpiteful, petu-
lan, or mifapply'd. Mr. W. himfelf would
not jeer a Judge upon the Bench ; nor banter
the literal Senfe of the Act for fettling the Pro-
t eft ant Succeffion, fo as to leave His Majefty on-
ly a myftical Right to the Crown, or -zfyiritual
Dominion over the Hearts of his Subjects. Far
lefs would your Friend or you talk plain Trea-
fon at Court , nor even lampoon a noble Lord
by name, though you might fancy he defer-
red it.

M. Mr. W. and I are fuch faithful Subjects,
that we can never do any thing to make our
Loyally fufpected : Nor would we willingly fall
under an Action of Scan. Mag. But if ?.ny Lord
whatever Ihould pretend to come directly from
Heaven with a Commiffion to be Lord of Lords,
and Authority to give Laws to Mankind ; I
fhou'd not fcruple to call him either an Impojlor y
or an Enthufiaft. And if his Domefticks Ihou'd
curfe and damn me for not believing that he



Our S A v i o u R'-T Miracles.

is exactly as old as his own Father ; I cou'd SECT. I.
not but think them either Fools, or Knaves.

N. If the real Pretenfions of that LORD you
allude to, had not fufficicnt Evidence to fupport
them, he cou'd not but fall into Contempt :
But if he produced his Credentials, and had the
great Seal of Heaven to his Commiflion : If he
did fuch Things as no Man cou'd poffibly do,
unlefs God had fent and impower'd. him ; to
reject his Authority, when fo well eftablifh't,
mufl be an Affront to the Almighty himfelf :
And to treat his Vice-gerent with Contempt,
wou'd be the height of Profanenefs.

M. But while the Vice-gerent's Authority is
in Difpute, he is no more to me than another
Man : And it muft be ridiculous to infift upon
my paying him that boundlefs Refpect and Ho-
mage he claims, before I am convinced that he
has a Right to them.

N. We will fuppofe him then to wave his
Privileges and Titles, while we examine his
Credentials. But on the other hand, you ought
to mew him common Civility : And if you will
not call him Lord, at leaft forbear treating him
with Infolence and Indignity.

M. I'll endeavour to pleafe you if I can. But
I am fo much ufed to Satyr, Invective, and Ri-
dicule, that I am apt to forget my felf fome-
times, and to give Offence to weak Brethren.

N. Mofl Errors and Difputes flow from the
ambiguity and abufe of Words. Every -one al-
moft has a Language, (or a way of expreffing his
Thoughts) that is peculiar to himfelf. So that we
cannot be fare of an Author's true Meaning, till
we are fomewhat acquainted with his Character,
his Capacity, his Humour and Tafle j his Learn-
ing, Profeffion, Principles, and Party. For Proof
of this Remark, I appeal to our WeeklyPolitical
B 4 Papers j



8 A Conference upon

SECT. I. Papers , and to all Mr. W's Writings. What
he and you reckon Sheer-Wit, others think to
be mere Bujfoonry. And what is called Satire
and Ridicule when thrown into a Pamphlet, or
a Journal, would pafs for downright Railing and
Scolding in common Difeourfe. Among the Wits
of Billinfgate, one may often hear more ingeni-
ous Banter, fmarter Scoff's, and finer Railery,
than we find in any Piece your Friend has pub-
lifhed.

Mr. tfw- ^ Gentlemen, that we may not lofe time in
fc"i'c. filft Preamble, I wou'd have you come directly to
the Point ; and enquire, "Whether the literal
" Story of many of Jefus's Miracles, as they
" are recorded in the Evatigelijls, andcommon-
" ly believed by Chriflians, implies Improba-
" bilitys, Incredibilitys, and the grofleft Ab-
" furditys".

TV. Before we proceed to this enquiry, it will
be proper for Mr. M. to declare how far the
Teftimony of the Evangelifts is to be admitted
concerning the Miracles of Jefus. For fome-
times Mr. W. feems to allow their Account of
them to be true, and on other occafions he treats
them as no better than Fictions. When the Cir-
cumftances of any Action related in the Gofpels,
furnim him with Objections againft the Mira-
culoufnefs of it, he feems to grant that the
Fact is fairly ftated. But when he finds no
room for cavilling at the Miracle, if the Fact
be admitted , then he fufpects the Evangelifts
of Miftake, or Fraud, in relating it.

' M. The Reafon is plain. Some Things in
the Gofpels have a fhew of Probability ; and
there can be no Danger in allowing them to be
true : But other Narrations are directly abfurd
und incredible ; and have evident Marks of

Fraud



Our SAVIOUR'.? Miracles. 9

Fraud upon them. Now thefe every confide- SECT. I.
rate Man muft reject.

N. When you fay that the Gofpels contain
Things that are abfurd and incredible , don't
you mean Things, that, if true, are plainly mi-
raculous ?

M. I mean Sir, that is a captious Quefti-
on. By abfurd and incredible Things, I mean
, Things that are inconfiftent, contrary to Senfe
and Reafon ; and therefore impoflible to be
true.

N. If you can mew that there are fuch Things
related in the Gofpels, this will juftify your re-
jecting them. But let us take care to judge
candidly of doubtful Things, and ambiguous
Exprefilons.

T. We muft judge of the Gofpels, and of
the Facts they contain, the fame way that we
judge of other Books ; by the Rules of Criti-
cifm and common-fenfe.

TV. I defire no more. Only let it be remem-
ber'd, that all the Evangelifts, except St. Luke,
were illiterate Men, who, in their plain artlefs
way, reprefent Things to us exactly as they
appear'd to them. Their Account of Facts
cannot reafonably be queftion'd : becaufe they
had a perfect Knowledge of what they relate ;
and cou'd have no Intereft, Pleafure, or Ad-
vantage, in deceiving the World. But we may
freely examine whether the Facts they have
recorded were really miraculous.

T. Your Diftinction betwixt the Truth of a
Fact, and the Miraculoufnefs of it, is juft.
Tho* an Evangelift may feem to have believed
any particular Fact he relates, to be mira-
culous i that does not determine us. While
we admit his Teftimony to be true, as to the




^-Conference upon

Fact itfelf ; we have the lame Righ^thathe had
to judge whether it be a Miracle.

M. But when any Fad: that appears undoubt-
edly Miraculous, is related With abfurd and in-
confiftent Circumitances, that is a fufficient
Reafon for our rejecting fuch a Story as falfe
and incredible.

N. I grant it. And I hope you will agree
on the other hand, that when an Objection of
this kind is drawn from the Gofpels ; and the
Evangelifts are brought in to be as it were Evi-
dence againft themfelves, or one againft the o-
ther, by any fuppofed Inconfiftency, or feem-
ing Contradiction in their Account of Things ;
then their Words, or Teilimony for themfelves,
or the one for the other, ihou'd be admitted as
equally valid and credible in bar to fuch Ob-
jection: I mean, that we ought to interpret
their Words, as we wou'd the written Depofi-
tions of other Perfons : and let one part of their
Teflimony explain the other, without wrefting
their Expreflions into Contradictions, and In-
con fifte'ncys.

T. That is but fair. And now, Gentlemen,
I think your preliminary Points are fully fettled.
If I underitand you right, Mr. M. you are
willing to admit the Teilimony of the Evange-
lifts, in all Things that are confiftent and cre-
dible ; and that contain no Abfurdity, or Con-
tradiction in them.
M. Yes, Sir.

T. And you grant, Mr. N. that abfurd and
incredible Things cannot be proved by any
Teftimony whatever.

JV. Certainly.

Mr. wool- 7*. Then the IfTue to be try'd is, whether the
Scour litfral Story of Jffys's Miracles, be an abfurd
P. $/, *>.' aK incredible Romance.

N. This



Our S A v i o u R 'f Miracles. 1 1

N. This is your Friend's Affertion, Sir, Let SECT. I.
us now examine his Proofs, and Demonftrati- ^~/~v~\J
ons, as he calls them. If we have time, we will
confider all his Objections : So begin as he does
with our Saviour's driving the Buyers and Sellers Matr.xxi.i 2

r 7 ~> I J Mar - XI. If.

out of the Temple. Luk.xxi.^

M. That was a moft aftonijhing Miracle, ifoifc. i. P .*
the Thing was literally true.
, N. Let us not confound two diftinct Facts.
Jefus drove the Buyers and Sellers from the
Temple twice : Firft, when he enter'd upon his
Miniitry ; and a fecond time when he had al-
moft finim'd it. The firft Cafe is related by ch .
St. John only, who tells us, that Jefus then call
out, not only the Traders themfelves, butfome
Sheep and Oxen they had there. This feems to
have had fome Influence upon thefe People :
And probably reflrain'd them from the grorTeft
Inftance of their polluting the Temple, by ma-
king it a Market for Cattle. Though they af-
terwards return'd to their wonted Stations and
Bufmefs, it is likely they did not bring any
Sheep or Oxen again into the Temple. For,
when Jefus drove out the Traders a fecond time,
none of the Evangelifts fpeak of any Thing be-
fides the 'Tables of Money-Changer s^ and the Seats
of them that fold Doves. In the firft Cafe, there
might perhaps be fomething miraculous. For
fince the Authority and Fame of Jefus as a
Prophet, could fcarce have been eftablifhed
when he had but juft enter'd upon his Mini-
ftry, it feems furprizing that he mould have
met with no Oppofition in his Attempt. St.
John tells us indeed, that Jefus wrought Mira- j oht Ut ^
cles at the Paffover ; which was the time when
he drove out the Buyers and Sellers. If thefe
Miracles were done in the Temple, or known
p the Traders there, we cou'd not then won-

der



1 2, A Conference upon

SKCT. I. der at their not refilling him. But when he caft

COT^/ them out the fecond time, there cou'd not be
the leaft occalion for his exerting a miraculous
Power. However, fince you feem to queflion
whether the Fa<5b be literally true ; let us hear
a little of your Reafoning againfl the Letter
of it.

M. If Jefus drove the Buyers and Sellers out
of the Temple, he muft appear more than a
Man : And have put on an awful and maje-
ftick Countenance to effect it.

Difc. i P . TV. It is very likely he did fo. But is this
any Argument againft the literal Senfe, or real
Truth of the Story ?

ibid. p. 13. M. It is hard to conceive how any one in the
form of a Man, could execute fuch a Work
upon a great Multitude of People, who ,were
none of his Difciples, nor had /any Regard for
him.

N. The difficulty you may find in concei-
ving how a Thing could be done, is no Objec-
tion to the Truth of it. The firft time that Je-
fus caft out the Buyers and Sellers, we may
fuppofe (what you cannot reckon abfurd or in-
credible) that they were flruck with fuch a pa-
nick Fear, as feized thofe who came to appre-
hend him in the Garden of Gethfemane. With
an aweful Look and a Voice of Authority, he

joh.xviii-4. only faid to them, ffffomfeekye? 1 am be:
And immediately they llagger'd back, and fell
to the Ground. Or, if you think there was no
Miracle in the Cafe of driving out the Traders
in the Temple ; you need only fuppofe, that
they had either feen, or heard of, the Miracles
he did at the PafFover : And were thereby in-
duced to revere him as a Prophet, and reftrain'd
from oppofing him. The next time they were
caft out, there cou'd be no need of a miracu-
lous



Our SAVIOUR'/ Miracles. 1 5

lous Power to effe<5b it. They then made but SECT. r.
a fmall Part of the Multitude that filled the ^W/
Temple. He hadjuft enter* djerufalem amidft
the acclamations of the People , who, to mew
their vail Refpecl: and Veneration for him, ftrew-
ed the Branches of Trees, and even fpread their Mt. xxi. g.
Garments in the way he pafs'd through. And
the whole Multitude of the Difciples rejoiced and
praifed God, for all the mighty Works they
had feen Jefus do, and cried, .Hofanna to the
Son of David : Blefied is he that cometh in the
Name of the Lord. Jefus went thus attended *
into the Temple, andcaft out them that bought
and fold in the Outer Court, which w.as ap-
pointed for the Gentile Profelytes toworfhip in:
And faid, // is written, my Houfe Jhall be called
the Houfe of Prayer, but ye have made it a De:t
of 'Thieves: Intimating, that they had profaned
the Temple, not only by making it a common
Houfe of Merchandize, but by the Fraud, Ex-



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