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22他们立刻 捨了 船 ,别了父亲 ,跟从了 耶稣 。
22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
22 Verse 22. Left the ship and their father] By the ship, το

πλοιον, we are to understand the mere fishing-boat, used for

extending their nets in the water and bringing the hawser or rope

of the farther end to shore, by which the net was pulled to land.

But why should these be called to leave their employment and their

father, probably now aged? To this I answer, that to be obedient

to, provide for, and comfort our parents, is the highest duty we

owe or can discharge, except that to God. But, when God calls to

the work of the ministry, father and mother and all must be left.

Were we necessary to their comfort and support before? Then God,

if he call us into another work or state, will take care to supply

to them our lack of service some other way; and, if this be not

done, it is a proof we have mistaken our call. Again, were our

parents necessary to us, and in leaving them for the sake of the

Gospel, or in obedience to a Divine command, do we deprive

ourselves of the comforts of life? No matter: we should prefer

the honour of serving the Most High, even in poverty and humility,

to all the comforts of a father's house. But what an honour was

the vocation of James and John, to old Zebedee their father! His

sons are called to be heralds of the God of heaven! Allowing him

to have been a pious man, this must have given him unutterable

delight.

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