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ed Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea ; for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and ảe called them, and they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him."

Now let us compare this with the fifth chapter of St. Luke. “And it came to pass that as the people pressed upon him to hear the Word of God, he stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two ships standing by the lake, but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all

the night and taken nothing; nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when he had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes, and their net brake ; and they beckoned to their partners which were in the other ship that they should come and help them ; and they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord; for he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken ; and so was also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon.

with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not, from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all and followed him."

The narrative of St. Luke may be reckoned the supplement to that of St. Matthew; for that both relate to the same event I think indisputable. In both we are told of the circumstances under which Andrew, Peter, James and John became the decided followers of Christ ; in both they are called to attend him in the same terms, and those remarkable and technical terms; in both the scene is the same, the grouping of the parties the same, and the obedience to the summons the same. By comparing the two Evangelists, the history may be thus completed :Jesus teaches the people out of Peter's boat, to avoid the press ; the boat of Zebedee and his sons, meanwhile, standing by the lake a little further on. The sermon ended, Jesus orders Peter to thrust out, and the miraculous draught of fishes en


Peter's boat not sufficing for the fish, he beckons to his partners, Zebedee and his companions, who were in the other ship. The vessels are both filled and pulled to the shore; and now Jesus, having convinced Peter and Andrew by his preaching and the miracle which he had wrought, gives them the call. He then goes on to Zebedee and his sons, who having brought their boat to land were mending their nets, and calls them. Such is the whole transaction, not to be gathered from one, but from both the Evangelists. The circumstance to be remarked, therefore, is this : that of the miracle, St. Matthew says not a single word ; nevertheless, he tells us, that Zebedee and his sons were found by our Lord, when he gave them the call, “ mending their nets.” How it happened that the nets wanted mending he does not think it needful to state, nor should we have thought it needful to inquire, but it is impossible not to observe, that it perfectly harmonizes with the incident mentioned by St. Luke, that in the miraculous draught of fishes the nets brake. This coincidence, slight as it is, seems to me to bear upon the truth of the miracle itself. For the " mending of the nets,” asserted by one Evangelist, gives probability to the “breaking of the nets,” mentioned by the other—the breaking of the nets gives probability to the large draught of fishes—the large draught of fishes gives probability to the miracle. I do not mean that the coincidence proves the miracle, but that it marks an attention to truth in the Evangelists; for it surely would be an extravagant refinement to suppose, that St. Matthew designedly lets fall the fact of the mending of the nets, whilst he suppresses the miracle, in order to confirm the credit of St. Luke, who, in relating the miracle, says, that through it the nets brake.

Besides, though St. Matthew does not record the miraculous draught, yet the readiness of the several disciples on this occasion to follow Jesus, (a thing which he does record,) agrees, no less than the mending of the nets, with that extraordinary event; for what more natural than that men should leave all for a Master whose powers were so commanding ?


Matt. iv. 21.-“ And going on from thence,

he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother,

in a ship with Zebedee their father.Ch. viii. 21.—66 And another of his disciples

said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go

and bury my father.Ch. xx. 20.-66 Then came to him the mother

of Zebedee's children, with her sons, worshipping him and desiring a certain

thing of him.” Ch. xxvii. 55.-" And many women

there, beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him. Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.



WHEN the coincidence which I shall found upon these passages first occurred to me, I felt some doubt whether, by producing it, I might not subject myself to a charge of over

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