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4 the one coming.* May we expect another? In reply to which, 5 Jesus said to them, Go and tell John what you hear and see. Blind men see, and lame walk. Lepers are cleansed and deaf hear. Dead are raised and poor have glad tidings proclaimed 6 to them. And happy is he to whom I shall not prove a stum7 bling block. And as they were going away, Jesus began this discourse to the people concerning John, What did you go out 8 to the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what went ye out to see? A man clothed with soft raiment? Behold they, who wear delicate apparel, frequent the palaces 9 of kings. But what went ye out to see? A prophet? Yes I tell

you, and something more than a prophet; for this is he of 10 whom it is written, "Behold I send my messenger before thy 11 face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.t" Verily I say to you, Among them who are born of women, there hath not arisen a greater than John the baptist: but the least in the kingdom 12 of heaven is a greater than he. Now ever since the days of John

the baptist, the kingdom of the heavens is invaded and inva13 ders are forcibly taking possession of it. For till the appear

ance of John, all the prophets and the law were the public in14 structors. Indeed, if you will bear to be told it, he is Elias who 15 was to come. Whoever hath ears to hear let him hear.

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Now to what shall I compare this generation? It is like boys in the market place who call to their play fellows, saying, "We 17 have played to you on the pipe, but you have not danced; We 18 have sung to you songs of woe, and you have not lamented." 19 For John came, abstaining from meat and drink, and they say he hatha demon. The son of man came eating and drinking; and they say, Behold a gluttonous man and a wine drinker; a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified by her children.

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Then he began to upbraid the cities in which the most of his miracles had been done, because they had not reformed. 21 Alas for thee Chorazin! Alas for thee Bethsaida! For had the miracles, which have been performed in you, been done in

* Or the coming one, or he who is coming, pusros a phrase used to denote the Messiah. See Ps. 118. 26. Hab. 2. 3. Zach. 9. 9. + Malachi, 3. 1.

Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sack22 cloth and ashes. But I say to you, the condition of Tyre and Sidon will, in a day of judgment, be more tolerable than 23 yours. And thou Capernaum, which hast been exalted to hea

ven, shalt be brought down to the mansion of the dead; for if the miracles, which have been done in thee, had been done in 24 Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I say to you, that the condition of the land of Sodom will, in a day of judg ment, be more tolerable than thine.

At that time Jesus took occasion to say, I thank thee, O father, Lord of heaven and earth; that thou having hid these things from the wise and prudent, hast revealed them to babes. 26 Yes, O father, because it thus seemed good in thy sight. All 27 things are delivered up to me by my father; and none but the father knoweth the son; nor doth any know the father,

but only the son, and he to whom the son is pleased to reveal 28 him. Come to me all ye who labour and are heavily burden29 ed and I will give you rest. Take upon you my yoke and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke easy and my burden

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About this time, as Jesus was walking through corn fields on the sabbath days, his disciples were hungry and be. 2 gan to pluck some ears, and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this they said to him, See! Thy disciples are doing that 3 which it is not lawful to do on a sabbath. Whereupon he said

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to them, Have you not read, what David did when he was 4 hungry, and they who were with him? How he went to the house of God and ate the presence loaves, which it was not lawful for him or his company to eat, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the law, that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple break the sabbath and are blame6 less? Now I say to you, There is one here greater than the 7 temple. And if you had known the meaning of this, "I desire

mercy rather than sacrifice," you would not have condemn8 ed the innocent. For the son of man is lord even of the sabbath.

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Having departed thence, he went into their synagogue and 10 lo! there was a man there who had his hand withered. And

they asked him with a design to accuse him; Is it lawful to 11 heal on the sabbath days? And he said to them, What man is there among you, who having one sheep, if it fall into a pit on the sabbath days, will not take hold of it and lift it up? 12 Of how much greater value then is a man than a sheep? 13 Therefore it is lawful to do good on the sabbaths. Then he

said to the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it 14 out. And his hand was restored sound as the other. There

upon the Pharisees went out and conspired against him that 15 they might destroy him. But Jesus, knowing this, withdrew

from that place; and great multitudes followed him, and he 16 healed them all; and strictly charged them not to make him 17 known; so that there was a full confirmation of what was 18 spoken by the prophet Esaias saying, "Behold my servant

whom I have chosen! My beloved in whom my soul is well pleased! I will put my spirit upon him; and he will publish 19 judgment to the nations. He will not contend nor raise a cla20 mour; nor shall any one hear his voice in the streets. A bruis

ed reed he will not break, nor extinguish a dimly burning ta21 per, until he render his judgment victorious. In his name therefore let the nations trust.*"

Then there was brought to him a demoniac, blind and dumb, and he healed him, so that he who was blind and dumb 23 both spake and saw. And all the people were astonished and 24 said, Is this the son of David? But the Pharisees, hearing them

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said, This man expelleth the demons, only by Beelzebub, the 25 chief of the demons. Thereupon Jesus, knowing their thoughts,

said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. And no city or family divided against itself can 26 subsist. Now if Satan expelleth Satan, he is at variance with 27 himself, how then can his kingdom subsist? Besides if I expel demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons expel them? 28 Let them therefore be your judges. But if I expel the demons

by the Spirit of God, then indeed the reign of God over you 29 is come. How can any one enter the house of the strong and

*Es. 42. 1. &c.-This quotation from Esaias is not from the Septuagint, as we now have it. In anbstance, they agree, but are very different in phraseology.

plunder his goods, unless he first bind the strong one, in which 30 case he may then plunder his house. He who is not for me is against me; and he who gathereth not with me, scattereth. 31 Therefore I say to you, All manner of sin and slander may be forgiven men; but this slanderous speaking against the spirit is 32 not to be forgiven men-Even though one speak against the son

of man, it may be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the holy Spirit is not to be forgiven, either in the present age, 33 or in that to come.* Either make the tree good and its fruit

good, or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad. For the tree is 34 known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! how can you who are evil speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the 35 mouth speaketh. The good man out of the good treasure of his produceth good things; and the bad man, out of his bad 36 treasure produceth bad things. Now I assure you in respect to every idle word which men shall utter, they shall give an ac37 count thereof in a day of judgment. For by thy words thou

shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. 38 Then some of the Scribes and Pharisees interposed, say. 39 ing, Teacher, we desire to see a sign from thee. In reply to which he said to them, An evil, and an adulterous generation demand a sign, but no sign shall be given them, save the sign of 40 the prophet Jonas. For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so the son of man will be 41 three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Ninive will be raised up at the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it; because they repented at the proclamation of Jonas; and behold something greater than Jo42 nas is here. The queen of the sout of the south will be raised up at the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it, because she came from the extremities of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon. And behold something greater than Solomon is here.

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When the unclean spirit hath gone out of the man, it walk44 eth through dry places seeking rest, but doth not find it. Then

*Neither in the present age (that is the age under the Mosaic law) nor in that to come (i. e. the age under the Messiah.)

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it saith I will return to my habitation from which I came out. And when it is come, it findeth it unoccupied, swept and fur45 nished. Then it goeth and bringeth with it seven other spirits worse than itself, and they enter and dwell there. So the last state of that man is worse than the first. Thus also will it be with this wicked generation.

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Now, while he was speaking to the people, lo! his mother and his brethren were standing without, desiring to speak with 47 him. And one said to him, lo! thy mother and thy brethren 48 are standing without, desiring to speak with thee. In reply to which he said to him who told him, Who is my mother? And who are my brethren? Then, stretching out his hand towards his disciples, he said, Behold my mother, and my brethren! for whoever will do the will of my father who is in heaven, the same is my brother and sister and mother.

XIII. And on the same day, Jesus having gone out of the 2 house, sat down by the sea side; but such great multitudes 3 flocked to him that he went on board the vessel and sat down, and all the multitude stood on the shore, and he spake many 4 things to them in parables, saying, Behold the sower went out

to sow; and as he was sowing, some grains fell on the high5 way and the birds came and devoured them. And others fell on rocky ground, where they had little earth; these sprang up immediately, because they had no depth of soil; but soon as 6 the sun arose they were scorched; and for want of root wither7 ed away and some fell among the thorns, and the thorns 8 sprang up and choaked them. And some fell on good ground

and yielded increase; some an hundred; some, sixty; and 9 some, thirty fold. Whoever hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10 Then the disciples accosted him, saying, Why speakest 11 thou to them in parables? And he in reply said to them, To

you it hath been granted to know the secrets of the reign of 12 the heavens; but to them it hath not been granted. For to him

who improveth, more shall be given and he shall abound: but from him who improveth not, even that which he hath shall 13 be taken. To them I speak in parables for this reason, because they overlook what they see, and are inattentive to what

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