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Matt. xxi, 17—19. Mark xi, 11–15. John xii, 32—50.

*will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die. The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever : and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the 5 light, lest darkness come upon you : for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While


have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide bimself from them,

*But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they 10 believed not on him : that the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor 15 understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. *Nevertheless among the chief rulers also


believed on him ; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the praise of men more than 2* the praise of God.

*Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, 25 I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth hiin: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I bave not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and 30 what I should speak. And I know that bis commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

And when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, 'he left them, and went out of the city unto Bethany, %5 ?with the twelve ; 'and he lodged there.

And 'now 'on the morrow, 'in the morning, when they were come from Bethany, -as he returned into the city, 'he was hungry: and seeing a fig tree in the way, 'afar off having leaves, 'he came to it, ?if haply he might find any thing thereon ; and when he came to it, he found nothing 40 Whereon but leaves only; "for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever, Plet no fruit grow on thee henceforth for ever. ?And his disciples heard it, 'and presently the fig tree withered away.

2 And they came to Jerusalem : and Jesus went into the temple, and 45 began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold

Matt. xxi, 20—27. Mark xi, 15–33. Luke xix, 47, 48 ; xx, 1–7.

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?doves; and would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer ? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might 5 destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

And when even was come, he went out of the city.

2 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried ap from the roots. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, 10 How soon is the fig tree withered away! ?And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say


you, have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also that 'if 15 ye, 'whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass ; 'it shall be done, ?he shall have whatsoever he saith. And all things, whatsoever ye

shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

20 2Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that

receive them, and ye

shall have then. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your

Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven 25 forgive your trespasses.

And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him, and could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

And it came to pass, that on one of those days, 'when he was come 30 Pagain to Jerusalem, 'into the temple, 'as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, land as he was walking in the temple, *the chief priests and the scribes came upon him, land with the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, 'and spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is 35 he that gave thee this authority ? to do these things ? And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, 'one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things; and answer me: "The baptism of John, whence was it? 'was it from heaven, or of men ? answer me. And they reasoned with 40 themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say 'unto us, 2 Why then did ye not believe him? but if we shall say, Of men ; 'we fear the people, all the people will stone us, for they be persuaded, dall hold John as a prophet, they feared the people : for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed. And they answered and said 45 unto Jesus, We cannot tell whence it was. ?And Jesus answering saith unto them, 'Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

Matt. xxi, 28-42. Mark xii, 1–10. Luke xx, 9–17.

"But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to-day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir : and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his 5 father? They say unto him, The first.

Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, 10 repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

And he began to speak unto them by parables. Then began he to speak to the people this parable, 'hear another parable: There was ’a certain

man, la certain householder, which planted a vineyard, 'and set an hedge about it, and hedged it round about, and digged a wine-press 15 in it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time. And at the season 'when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard : 3but the husbandmen 'caught him, and beat him, 20 and sent him away empty. ?And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and they beat him also, and wounded him in the head, sand entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty, "shamefully handled. And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out. And again be sent another, and 25 him they killed : lagain, he sent ’many 'other servants more than the first : and they did unto them likewise, beating some, and killing some.

Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him. Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last 30 unto them, "last of all he sent unto them his son, 'saying, They will reverence my son.

But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, 'and let us seize on his inheritance, that the inheritance may

2let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be 35 ours. And they caught him, 'and they took him, 'and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew, 'and killed him.

When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, 40 which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, ?he will come, and destroy the husbandmen, 'he shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, 45 idid ye never read in the scriptures, have ye not read this scripture, 'The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the

be ours,

Matt. xxi, 42—46 ; xxii, 1–17. Mark xii, 12—14. Luke xx, 19–21.

'corner : this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes ? Therefore

say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken : but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and 5 Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

8And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him, but they feared the people, 'they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet : "for they perceived, they knew that he had spoken the parable against them : and they left him, and 10 went their way.

And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent 15 forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise : and the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew 20 them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth : and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, 25 and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man 30 which had not on a wedding garment: and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness ; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are 35 chosen.

Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. 'And they watched him, 'and they send unto him their disciples, 'certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, 'spies, which should feign themselves just men, ?to catch him in his words, Sthat they 40 might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.

And when they were come, they say unto him, "and they asked him, saying, 'Master, we know that thou art true, 'that thou sayest and teachest rightly, 'and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thon 45 for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men, Sneither acceptest thou the person of any. "Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou ?

Matt. xxii, 17—35. Mark xii, 15—28. Luke xx, 23–38.

a penny, that I

'Is it lawful to give tribute unto Cæsar, or not? 'shall we give, or shall we not give? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, 'be perceived their craftiness, and knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me, 'ye hypocrites ? Shew me the tribute money, "bring me

may see it. And they brought unto him a penny. And 5 he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription ?

They say unto him, Cæsar's. *And Jesus answering said unto them, 'Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar's; and unto God the things that are God's. When they had heard these words, they marvelled 'at him.

10 *And they could not take hold of his words before the people : and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace, 'and left him, and went their way.

?Then 'the same day 'came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him, saying, Master, 15 Moses wrote unto us, 'Moses said, If a man die, having no children, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take, 'shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

"Now there were with us seven brethren : and the first, when he had married a wife, 'and died without children, 'having no issue, left his wife 20 unto his brother. ?And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed : and the third likewise Stook her; and in like manner the seven also had her, and left no seed : and they left no children, and died. And last of all the woman died also. ?In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife sball she be 'of the seven ? ?for 25 'all ?the seven had her to wife. And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God ? 'Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: but they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that 30 world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage. For in the resurrection, 'when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage ; but are as the angels 'of God 'which are in heaven.

Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels ; 35 and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

'But as touching the resurrection of the dead, 'that they rise. 'Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he called the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God 40 spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 'God is not the God of the dead, but of the living : for all live unto him: 'ye therefore do greatly err. 'And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

"But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to 45 silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, 'one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning

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