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not two sparrow8 sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Fa. thers. But the very hairs of your head. are all. mumbered. Fear ye not therefore ; ye are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth : ill came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her inother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. * He that loveth father or inother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he thať taketh not his cross, and followeth after ine, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. He that receiveth you, receiveth me; and he that receiveth me, receiv eth him that sent me. i He that receiveth a prophet, in the name of a prophet, shall receive a prophet's reward ; and he that receiveth a righteous man, ia the name of a righteous man, shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold wai ter only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you,
he shall in no wise lose his reward. * At that time Jésus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it 'seemed good in thy sight. All
things are delivered unto me of iny Father: and no man knoweth'the Son but the Father; neither know. eth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to
whomsoever the Son will reveal hiin. Come unto -me, all'ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.' : Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Por my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn;' and his disciples were an hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath-day, But he said unto thein, Have ye not read what David did when he was an hungered, and they that were with him ; how he en. tered into the house of God, and did eat the shew. bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath-days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? But I say unto you,
. But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath-day
And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: and, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, is it lawful to heal on the sabbathdays ? that they might'accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit
on the sabbath-day, will be not lay hold on it, and lift it out? how much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath-days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. i
* He that is not with me is against me; and he thạt gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to conie. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers! how can ye, being evil, speak good things for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man, out of the good treasure of the heart, bringeth forth good things : and an evil man, out of the evil treasure, bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, désiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and brethren stand without, desiring' to speak with thee." "Bnt'he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is "niy inother ? and who are my bietliren. And he stretched forth his hend
toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
* The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea-side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat ; and the whole inultitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow: and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up. Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth ; and forth with they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth : and when the sun was up, they were scorched ; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them. But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundred-fold, some sixty-fold, some thirty-fold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables ? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance; but whosoever liath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables : because they seeing, see not; and hear. ing, they hear not; neither do they understand, And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall bear, and shalluot understand ; and seeing ye shall see, and shall
not perceive: for this people's heart is waxed. gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed ; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But bleg. sed are your eyes, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. Bat he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it: yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while ; for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offend. ed. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word ; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him,