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good ground, is he that heareth is the greatest of herbs, and bethe word, and considereth it; cometh a tree; so that the who likewise beareth fruit, and birds of the air come and lodge bringeth forth, some a hundred in its branches.' fold, and some sixty, and some 33 He spake to them anothirty."

ther parable : “ The kingdom 24 He put forth to them ano- of heaven is like leaven, which ther parable, saying,

" The a woman took and mixed with kingdom of heaven is like a three measures of meal, till the man who sowed good seed in whole was leavened.” his field: 25 but while men 34 All these things Jesus slept, his enemy came and sow- spake to the multitudes in paraed darnel among the wheat, and bles; and without a parable he went away. 26 But when the did not speak to them: 35 thus blade sprang up, and brought was fulfilled the word spoken forth fruit, then appeared also by the prophet, saying, “I will the darnel. 27 So the servants open my mouth in parables; I of the householder came and will utter things, which have said to him, "Sir, didst not thou been kept secret from the founsow good seed in thy field ? dation of the world.” whence then hath it darnel ? 36 THEN [Jesus] sent away 28 And he said to them, “ An the multitude, and went into a envious man hath done this.' house : and his disciples came Then the servants said to him, to him, saying, Explain to us • Wilt thou therefore that we the parable of the darnel of the go and gather them up?' 29 But field; 37 And he answering he said, “No; lest while ye ga- said to them, “He who soweth ther up the darnel, ye root up the good seed is the Son of the wheat with them. 30 Let man: and the field is the world:

ogether until the and the good seed are the sons harvest; and in the time of the of the kingdom: and the darnel harvost, I will say to the rea are the sons of the evil one : and pers, Gather up first the dar- 29 the enemy that sowed them nel, and bind them [into] bun- is thic impostor *: and the dles to be burnt: but gather harvest is the end of the age : the wheat into my barn.'

and the reapers are the angels. 31 He gave them another 40 As therefore the darnel are parable, saying, “The king- gathered up, and burnt in the dom of heaven is like a grain fire; so will it be in the end of of mustard-seed, which a man [this] age : 41 the Son of man took and sowed in his field : 32 will send forth his angels, and which indeed is the least of all they will gather out of his kingseeds: but, when it is grown, it dom all the causes of offence,

both grow

* The principle of evil personified. “Sons of the evil one” are wicked men. Such in the Old Testament are called sons of Belial, or worthlessness : i. e. worthless men. 1 Sam. ii. 12; 1 Kings xxi. 10. See 2 Cor. vi. 15. Mark iv. 16, note.

and the workers of iniquity ; 42, when Jesus had ended these paand will cast them into a furrables, he departed thence. nace of fire : there will be weep 54 And being come into his ing and gnashing of teeth. 43 own country, he taught them Then will the righteous shine in their synagogue; so that forth as the sun, in the king- they were amazed, and said, dom of their Father. He that “ Whence hath this man this hath ears to hear, let him hear. wisdom, and these mighty

44 “ Again, the kingdom of works ? 55 Is not this the carheaven is like treasure hidden penter's son? is not his · moin a field; which when a man ther called Mary ? and his brehath found, he keepeth it se. thren, James, and Joses, and cret, and for joy thereof goeth Simon, and Judas ? 56 and are and selleth all that he hath, and not all his sisters with us? buyeth that field.

Whence therefore hath this 45 “ Again, the kingdom of man all these things?” 57 And heaven is like a merchant- they were confounded at hin. man, seeking goodly pearls : But Jesus said to them, “A 46 who, having found one very prophet is not without honour, costly pearl, went and sold all except in his own country, and all that he had and bought it. in his own house." 58 And

47 “ Again, the kingdom of he did not many mighty works heaven is like a net cast into there, because of their unbelief. the sea, that inclosed fishes of CH. XIV. 1 AT that time every kind : 48 which, when it Herod the tetrarch heard of was filled, they drew to shore, the fame of Jesus ; 2 and said and sat down, and gathered the to his servants, “ This is John good into vessels, but cast the the Baptist; he is risen from bad away. 49 So will it be in the dead; and therefore mighthe end of the age: the angels ty works are wrought by him.” will come forth, and separate 3 (For Herod had apprehended the wicked from among the John, and bound bim, and put righteous, 50 and will cast them him in prison, because of Heinto a furnace of fire: there will rodias, his brother Philip's be weeping, and gnashing of wife. 4 For John had said to teeth.” 51 [Jesus said to them,] him “ It is not lawful for thee « Understand

these to have her." 5 And when he things?” They answered him, would have put him to death, “ Yes (Master].” 52 Then he he feared the multitude, besaid to them, “ Therefore eve cause they accounted him as a ry scribe, instructed in the prophet. 6 But when Herod's reign of heaven, is like a house birthday was kept, the daughholder, who bringeth forth, out ter of Herodias danced before of his store-house, things new them and pleased Herod.? and old."

Upon which he promised with 53 And it came to pass that, an oath to give her whatever.

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she should ask. 8 And she, to the multitudes. 20 And they having been before instructed all ate, and were filled : and by her mother, said, “ Give me they took up the remainder of here the head of John the Bap- the fragments, twelve panniers tist in a basin.” 9 And the full. 21 And those that had king was sorry; yet, because of eaten were about five thousand his oaths, and of his guests, he men, besides women and chilit .

in 22 the prison. 11 And his head pelled the disciples to get into was brought in a basin, and giv- a ship, and go before him to en to the damsel : 12 and she the other side, until he sent away brought it to her mother. And the multitudes. 22 And hav. his disciples came and took up ing sent the multitudes away, the body, and buried it: and he retired by himself to a mounwent and told Jesus). 13 And tain to pray: and in the evenwhen Jesus heard of it, he with- ing, he was yet there, alone. 24 drew from thence by ship into But the ship was now in the a desert place privately: and midst of the sea, tossed by the when the people heard of it, waves : for the wind was conthey followed him by land from trary. 25 And in the fourth the cities.

watch of the night, he went to 14 And [Jesus] went out, and them, walking on the sea. 26 saw a great multitude, and was And the disciples seeing him moved with compassion to walking on the sea, they were wards them, and cured their troubled, saying, “ It is an apsick. 15 And in the evening, parition :" and they cried out his disciples came to him, say- through fear. 27 But Jesus iming, “This is a desert place, mediately spake to them, sayand the day is now advanced ; ing, “ Take courage : it is I; send the multitude away, that be not afraid.” 28 And Peter they may go into the villages and answering him, said, “ Master, buy themselves food.” 16 But Je- if it be thou, bid me come to sus said to them, “ They need thee on the water.” 29 And he not go: give ye them to eat.” said, “Come.” Then Peter went 17 And they said to him, “We down out of the ship, and walked have here but five loaves, and on the water, that he might go two fishes.” 18 And he said, to Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind “ Bring them hither to me." strong, he was afraid; and be.

19 And commanding the mul- ginning to sink, he cried out, titudes to place themselves on saying, “ Master, save me.” 31 the grass, he took the five loaves, And Jesus immediately stretchand the two fishes, and looking ed forth his hand, and took hold up to heaven, he blessed God, and of him, and said to him, brake, and gave the loaves to thou of little faith, wherefore his disciples; and the disciples didst thou doubt ?" 32 And on

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their coming into the ship, the ing for doctrines the commandwind ceased. 33 Then those ments of men."" 10 And calling in the ship came and did him to him the multitude, he said to obeisance, saying, “ Truly thou them, “ Hear, and understand. art a son of God.”

11 Not that which entereth 34 And having passed over, into the mouth defileth a man: they came into the land of Gen- but that which proceedeth out nesaret. 35 And the men of of the mouth, this defileth a that place knowing him again, man." they sent into all that country 12 Then his disciples comround about, and brought to ing, they said to him, “ Knowhim all the diseased ; 36 and est thou that the Pharisees were they besought him that they offended on hearing the word ?" might only touch the tuft of his 13 But he answering said, “ Evo mantle: and as many as touch- ery plant which my heavenly ed were perfectly cured. Father hath not planted, shall

Ch. XV. 1 THEN Scribes be rooted up. 14 Regard them and Pharisees approached Je- not: they are blind leaders of sus from Jerusalem, saying, the blind : and if the blind lead “Why do thy disciples trans- the blind, both will fall into the gress

the tradition of the elders? ditch.” 15 Then Peter answerfor they wash not their hands ing, said to him, “ Explain to us when they eat bread.” 3 But that saying." 16 And Jesus he answering, said to them, said, “ Are ye also still without “Why do ye also transgress the understanding? do ye not yet commandment of God by your perceive that whatsoever entertradition ? For God command- eth into the mouth goeth into ed, saying, Honour thy father the belly, and is cast out into and mother:' and, He who re- the vault? 18 But those things vileth father or mother, let him which proceed out of the mouth surely die. 5 But ye say, come forth from the heart; •Whosoever shall say to his fa- ) and they defile a man. 19 For ther or mother, That is devoted, out of the heart proceed evil whatever of mine that might thoughts, murders, adulteries, have profited thee; 6 [and] 80 fornications, thefts, false-witshall not honour his father or nesses, evil-speaking. 20 These his mother; it is well. Thus are the things which defile a ye have made the command-man: but to eat with unwashen ment of God of none effect by hands defileth not a man.” your tradition.

21 Then Jesus went thence, 7 “ Ye hypocrites, well hath and withdrew into the parts Isaiah prophesied of you, say about Tyre and Sidon. 22 And, ing, 8 . This people honoureth behold, a Canaanitish woman me with their lips; but their came out of those borders, and heart is far from me: 9 but in cried unto him, saying, “ Have vain do they worship me, teach-pity on me Sir, thou son of Da

vid: my daughter is grievously fasting, lest they grow faint on afflicted by a demon." 23 But the way." 33 And his disciples he answered her not a word. said to him, “ Whence should And his disciples approaching, we have so many loaves in the besought him, saying, “Send her desert, as to satisfy so great a away, for she crieth after us. multitude ?" 34 And Jesus ask. 24 Then he answering, said, “Ied them, “ How many loaves am not sent but to the lost sheep have ye?” And they said, “ Sevof the house of Israel.” 25 Then en; and a few small fishes." she came and did him obeisance,

35 And he commanded the saying, “Sir, help me." 26 But he answering said, “ It is

multitudes to place themselves

on the ground. 36 When taknot right to take the children's bread, and cast it to dogs.” 27 ing the seven loaves and the And she said, “True, Sir: and fishes, and having given thanks, yet the dogs eat of the crumbs

he brake, and gave to his disciwhich fall from their Master's ples; and the disciples to the table.” 28 Then Jesus answer

multitude. 37 And they all ing said to her, “ Woman! ate, and were satisfied : and

they took great is thy faith : be it unto


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mained of the fragments, seven thee as thou desirest." And her daughter was cured from that

baskets full. 39 Now they that hour.

ate were four thousand men, 29 AND Jesus departing

besides women and children. thence, came near the sea of

39 And he sent away the mulGalilee; and ascending a moun

titudes, and went into a ship, tain, he sat down there. 30 and came into the borders of And great multitudes flocked Magdala. to him, having with them the CH. XVI. 1 THE Pharisees, lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and and Sadducees, also, came; and, many others; and laid them trying Jesus, desired him to down at Jesus' feet: and he show them a sign from heaven. cured them : 31 so that the 2 And he answering said to multitudes wondered, when they them, “When it is evening, ye perceived that the dumb spake, say, ' It will be fair weather : for the maimed were whole, the the sky is red;' 3 and in the lame walked, and the blind saw: morning, “ It will be stormy weaand they glorified the God of ther to-day, for the sky is red Israel.

and lowering.' [Hypocrites !] ye 32 Then Jesus calling to him know how to discern the face his disciples, said, “I have of the sky; but can ye not discompassion on the multitude, cern the signs of the times? 4 because they have now continu- | An evil and adulterous generaed with me three days, and tion seeketh after a sign; and a have nothing to eat: and I am sign shall not be given it, exunwilling to send them away I cept the sign of [the prophet]

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