was at length to publish to the world. He, who took every opportunity to introduce religious discourse, would not neglect it at home, amongst his kinsmen. o doubt he gave them many private admonitions, suited to their cases; for he not only saw their behaviour, but knew their hearts, and addressed (as he often did in the case of the Scribes and Pharisees) to their secret reasonings, cavils, and objections; and reproved their lusts and passions which did not appear to others. When he entered upon his ministry, they had often heard him preach in his own city. They had gone in company with him to several DIS. VI.] UBELIEF OF CHRIST's BRETHRE. 45 feasts at Jerusalem, as near relations used to go together. They had conversed with him by the way, and had heard him, with all plainness, tenderness, and seriousness, address his country- men there. Many gracious words had proceeded out of his mouth in their hearing; coming with all the force and ad- vantage which united dignity, wisdom, and love, could give them. Further, 2. They had seen his miracles ; yea, many of them. Had they only seen one, namely, his first miracle at Cana, where they were present — his turning the water into wine, one would have thought, that one alone should have engaged their belief, as it did that of some of his disciples, John ii. 11, 12. They had seen many other of his miracles in their own town and neigh- bourhood ; in their journeys to Jerusalem, and some which he performed there at the feasts. They had seen him restoring sight to the blind, speech to the dumb, hearing to the deaf, and health and soundness to the sick, the paralytic, and the luna- tic : miracles, the most beneficent in themselves, and performed with the greatest modesty : miracles of such a nature, that there was not the least room to suspect any artifice or collusion in them. ay, in the advice they gave him in the preceding verses (v. 3, 4), they plainly acknowledge that he had -^per- formed " mayiy miracles ;" so that they had clear evidence of his divine mission.