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name of a prophet shall receive | prophesied until John. And if ye a prophet's reward; and he that will receive it, this is Elias, which receiveth a righteous man in the was for to come. He that hath name of a righteous man shall re ears to hear, let him hear. But ceive a righteous man's teward. whereunto shall I liken this geAnd whosoever shall give to drink neration? It is like unto children unto one of these little ones a cup sitting in the markets, and calling of cold water only in the name of unto their fellows, and saying, a disciple, verily I say unto you, he We have piped unto you, and ye shall in no wise lose his reward. have not danced; we have mourn

ed unto you, and ye have not CHAP. XI.

lamented. For John came neither

eating nor drinking, and they say, Jan. 13, May 13, Sept. 10.

He hath a devil. The Son of man ND it came to pass, when came eating and drinking, and A Jesus had made an end of they say, Behold a man gluttoncommanding his twelve disciples, ous, and a winebibber, a friend of he departed thence to teach and publicans and sinners. But wisto preach in their cities. Now dom is justified of her children. when John had heard in the pri Then began he to upbraid the son the works of Christ, he sent cities wherein most of his mighty two of his disciples, and said un works were done, because they reto him, Art thou he that should pented not: Woe unto thee, Chocome, or do we look for another? | razin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida ! Jesus answered and said unto for if the mighty works, which them, Go and shew John again were done in you, had been done those things which ye do hear and in Tyre and Sidon, they would see : the blind receive their sight, have repented long ago in sackand the lame walk, the lepers are cloth and ashes. But I say unto cleansed, and the deaf hear, the you, It shall be more tolerable for dead are raised up, and the poor Tyre and Sidon at the day of judghave the gospel preached to them. ment, than for you. And thou, And blessed is he, whosoever shall Capernaum, which art exalted not be offended in me. And as unto heaven, shalt be brought they departed, Jesus began to say down to hell: for if the mighty unto the multitudes concerning works, which have been done in John, What went ye out into the thee, had been done in Sodom, wilderness to see ? A reed shaken it would have remained until this with the wind? But what went day. But I say unto you, That it ye out for to see ? A man clothed shall be more tolerable for the in soft raiment? behold, they that land of Sodom in the day of judgwear soft clothing are in kings' ment, than for thee. At that time houses. But what went ye out for Jesus answered and said, I thank to see? A prophet? yea, I say thee, O Father, Lord of heaven unto you, and more than a pro and earth, because thou hast hid phet. For this is he, of whom it these things from the wise and is written, Behold, I send my prudent, and hast revealed them messenger before thy face, which | unto babes. Even so, Father : for shall prepare thy way before thee. so it seemed good in thy sight. All Verily I say unto you, Among things are delivered unto me of them that are born of women my Father: and no man knoweth there hath not risen a greater the Son, but the Father; neither than John the Baptist : notwith-| knoweth any man the Father, standing he that is least in the save the Son, and he to whomsokingdom of heaven is greater than ever the Son will reveal him. he. And from the days of John Come unto me, all ye that labour the Baptist until now the king and are heavy laden, and I will dom of heaven suffereth violence, give you rest. Take my yoke upon and the violent take it by force. you, and learn of me; for I am For all the prophets and the law | meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest into your souls. lowed him, and he healed them For my yoke is easy, and my bur| all; and charged them that they den is light.

should not make him known:

that it might be fulfilled which CHAP. XII.

was spoken by Esaias the prophet, Jan. 14, May 14, Sept. 11. saying, Behold my servant, whom AT that time Jesus went on the I have chosen; my beloved, in A sabbath day through the corn; whom my soul is well pleased : and his disciples were an hungred, I will put my spirit upon him, and began to pluck the ears of and he shall shew judgment to the corn, and to eat. But when the | Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor Pharisees saw it, they said unto cry; neither shall any man hear him, Behold, thy disciples do that his voice in the streets. A bruised which is not lawful to do upon the reed shall he not break, and smoksabbath day. But he said unto ing flax shall he not quench, till them, Have ye not read what he send forth judgment unto vicDavid did, when he was an hun- tory. And in his name shall the gred, and they that were with | Gentiles trust. Then was brought him ; how he entered into the | unto him one possessed with a house of God, and did eat the devil, blind, and dumb: and he shewbread, which was not lawful healed him, insomuch that the for him to eat, neither for them blind and dumb both spake and which were with him, but only saw. And all the people were for the priests? Or have ye not amazed, and said, Is not this the read in the law, how that on the son of David? But when the Pha. sabbath days the priests in the risees heard it, they said, This temple profane the sabbath, and fellow doth not cast out devils, are blameless? But I say unto I but by Beelzebub the prince of you, That in this place is one the devils. And Jesus knew their greater than the temple. But if thoughts, and said unto them, ye had known what this meaneth, Every kingdom divided against I will have mercy, and not sacri- itself is brought to desolation ; and fice, ye would not have condemn- every city or house divided against ed the guiltless. For the Son of itself shall not stand : and if Saman is Lord even of the sabbath tan cast out Satan, he is divided day. And when he was departed against himself; how shall then thence, he went into their syna his kingdom stand? And if I by gogue : and, behold, there was a Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom man which had his hand wither do your children cast them out ? ed. And they asked him, saying, therefore they shall be your judges. Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath | But if I cast out devils by the days ? that they might accuse him. Spirit of God, then the kingdom And he said unto them, What of God is come unto you. Or else man shall there be among you, how can one enter into a strong that shall have one sheep, and if ! man's house, and spoil his goods, it fall into a pit on the sabbath except he first bind the strong day, will he not lay hold on it, man? and then he will spoil his and lift it out? How much then house. He that is not with me is a man better than a sheep? is against me; and he that gaWherefore it is lawful to do well | thereth not with me scattereth aon the sabbath days. Then saith broad. Wherefore I say unto you, he to the man, Stretch forth thine All manner of sin and blasphemy hand. And he stretched it forth; shall be forgiven unto men : but and it was restored whole, like as the blasphemy against the Holy the other. Then the Pharisees Ghost shall not be forgiven unto went out, and held a council a men. And whosoever speaketh gainst him, how they might de a word against the Son of man, it stroy him. But when Jesus knew shall be forgiven him : but whoit, he withdrew himself from soever speaketh against the Holy thence: and great multitudes fol- | Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither | ration. While he yet talked to the in the world to come. Either people, behold, his mother and his make the tree good, and his fruit brethren stood without, desiring good; or else make the tree cor- to speak with him. Then one said rupt, and his fruit corrupt : for unto him, Behold, thy mother the tree is known by his fruit. O and thy brethren stand without, generation of vipers, how can ye, desiring to speak with thee. But being evil, speak good things ? for he answered and said unto him out of the abundance of the heart that told him, Who is my mother? the mouth speaketh. A good man and who are my brethren? And out of the good treasure of the he stretched forth his hand toheart bringeth forth good things: ward his disciples, and said, Beand an evil man out of the evil hold my mother and my brethren! treasure bringeth forth evil things. For whosoever shall do the will But I say unto you, That every of my Father which is in heaven, idle word that men shall speak, the same is my brother, and sigthey shall give account thereof in ter, and mother. the day of judgment. For by thy

CHAP. XIII. words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be con Jan. 15, May 15, Sept. 12. demned. Then certain of the THE same day went Jesus out scribes and of the Pharisees an | 1 of the house, and sat by the swered, saying, Master, we would sea side. And great multitudes see a sign from thee. But he an- were gathered together unto him, swered and said unto them, An so that he went into a ship, and evil and adulterous generation sat; and the whole multitude stood seeketh after a sign; and there on the shore. And he spake many shall no sign be given to it, but things unto them in parables, saythe sign of the prophet Jonas : ing, Behold, a sower went forth for as Jonas was three days and to sow; and when he sowed, some three nights in the whale's belly; seeds fell by the way side, and the 80 shall the Son of man be three fowls came and devoured them days and three nights in the heart up: some fell upon stony places, of the earth. The men of Nine | where they had not much earth : veh shall rise in judgment with and forthwith they sprung up, this generation, and shall condemn because they had no deepness of it: because they repented at the earth: and when the sun was up, preaching of Jonas; and, behold, they were scorched; and because a greater than Jonas is here. The they had no root, they withered queen of the south shall rise up away. And some fell among in the judgment with this gene thorns; and the thorns sprung ration, and shall condemn it: for up, and choked them : but other she came from the uttermost parts fell into good ground, and brought of the earth to hear the wisdom of forth fruit, some an hundredfold, Solomon ; and, behold, a greater some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. than Solomon is here. When the Who hath ears to hear, let him unclean spirit is gone out of a hear. And the disciples came, and man, he walketh through dry said unto him, Why speakest thou places, seeking rest, and findeth unto them in parables? He annone. Then he saith, I will return swered and said unto them, Beinto my house from whence I cause it is given unto you to know came out; and when he is come, | the mysteries of the kingdom of he findeth it empty, swept, and heaven, but to them it is not garnished. Then goeth he, and given. For whosoever hath, to taketh with himself seven other him shall be given, and he shall spirits more wicked than himself, have more abundance: but whoand they enter in and dwell there: soever hath not, from him shall and the last state of that man is be taken away even that he hath. worse than the first. Even so shall Therefore speak I to them in pait be also unto this wicked gene- rables : because they seeing see

the vein, Forgivenance: him nath

not; and hearing they hear not, So the servants of the householder neither do they understand. And came and said unto him, Sir, in them is fulfilled the prophecy didst not thou sow good seed in of Esaias, which saith, By hearing thy field ? from whence then hath ye shall hear, and shall not un it tares? He said unto them, An derstand; and seeing ye shall see, enemy hath done this. The serand shall not perceive: for this vants said unto him, Wilt thou people's heart is waxed gross, and then that we go and gather them their ears are dull of hearing, and up? But he said, Nay ; lest while their eyes they have closed; lest ye gather up the tares, ye root up at any time they should see with also the wheat with them. Let their eyes, and hear with their ears, both grow together until the harand should understand with their vest: and in the time of harvest heart, and should be converted, I will say to the reapers, Gather and I should heal them. But ye together first the tares, and blessed are your eyes, for they see :) bind them in bundles to burn and your ears, for they hear. For them: but gather the wheat into verily I say unto you, That many | my barn. Another parable put prophets and righteous men have he forth unto them, saying, The desired to see those things which kingdom of heaven is like to a ye see, and have not seen them ; grain of mustard seed, which a and to hear those things which man took, and sowed in his field: ye hear, and have not heard them. which indeed is the least of all Hear ye therefore the parable of seeds : but when it is grown, it is the sower. When any one heareth the greatest among herbs, and the word of the kingdom, and un becometh a tree, so that the birds derstandeth it not, then cometh of the air come and lodge in the the wicked one, and catcheth away branches thereof. Another parathat which was sown in his heart. ble spake he unto them ; The This is he which received seed by kingdom of heaven is like unto the way side. But he that receiv leaven, which a woman took, and ed the seed into stony places, the hid in three measures of meal, same is he that heareth the word, till the whole was leavened. All and anon with joy receiveth it; these things spake Jesus unto the yet hath he not root in himself, multitude in parables; and withbut dureth for a while : for when out a parable spake be not unto tribulation or persecution ariseth them : that it might be fulfilled because of the word, by and by which was spoken by the prophet, he is offended. He also that re saying, I will open my mouth in ceived seed among the thorns is parables; I will utter things which he that heareth the word; and have been kept secret from the the care of this world, and the foundation of the world. Then deceitfulness of riches, choke the Jesus sent the multitude away, word, and he becometh unfruitful. and went into the house : and his But he that received seed into the disciples came unto him, saying, good ground is he that heareth Declare unto us the parable of the the word, and understandeth it; tares of the field. He answered and which also beareth fruit, and said unto them, He that soweth bringeth forth, some an hundred the good seed is the Son of man: fold, some sixty, some thirty. An the field is the world; the good other parable put he forth unto seed are the children of the kingthem, saying, The kingdom of dom; but the tares are the chilheaven is likened unto a man dren of the wicked one; the enemy which sowed good seed in his that sowed them is the devil; the field: but while men slept, his harvest is the end of the world ; enemy came and sowed tares a- | and the reapers are the angels. mong the wheat, and went his As therefore the tares are gatherway. But when the blade was ed and burned in the fire ; so shall sprung up, and brought forth | it be in the end of this world. The fruit, then appeared the tares also. | Son of man shall send forth his

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angels, and they shall gather out phet is not without honour, save of his kingdom all things that in his own country, and in his offend, and them which do ini- own house. And he did not many quity; and shall cast them into mighty works there because of à furnace of fire : there shall be their unbelief. wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine

CHAP. XIV. forth as the sun in the kingdom

Jan. 16, May 16, Sept. 13. of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Again, the

Saint John Baptist, Evening, to kingdom of heaven is like unto

ver. 13. treasure hid in a field; the which T that time Herod the tetrarch when a man hath found, he hid A heard of the fame of Jesus, eth, and for joy thereof goeth and said unto his servants, This and selleth all that he hath, and is John the Baptist ; he is risen buyeth that field. Again, the king from the dead; and therefore dom of heaven is like unto a mer mighty works do shew forth themchant man, seeking goodly pearls : | selves in him. For Herod had who, when he had found one pearl | laid hold on John, and bound of great price, went and sold all him, and put him in prison for that he had, and bought it. A Herodias' sake, his brother Phigain, the kingdom of heaven is lip's wife. For John said unto like unto a net, that was cast into him, It is not lawful for thee to the sea, and gathered of every have her. And when he would kind: which, when it was full, have put him to death, he feared they drew to shore, and sat down, the multitude, because they countand gathered the good into ves ed him as a prophet. But when sels, but cast the bad away. So Herod's birthday was kept, the shall it be at the end of the world: daughter of Herodias danced bethe angels shall come forth, and fore them, and pleased Herod. sever the wicked from among the Whereupon he promised with an just, and shall cast them into the oath to give her whatsoever she furnace of fire : there shall be I would ask. And she, being before wailing and gnashing of teeth. instructed of her mother, said, Jesus saith unto them, Have ye Give me here John Baptist's head understood all these things? They in a charger. And the king was say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then sorry: nevertheless for the oath's said he unto them, Therefore every sake, and them which sat with scribe which is instructed unto the him at meat, he commanded it to kingdom of heaven is like unto a be given her. And he sent, and man that is an householder, which beheaded John in the prison. bringeth forth out of his treasure And his head was brought in a things new and old. And it came charger, and given to the damsel : to pass, that when Jesus had and she brought it to her mother. finished these parables, he de And his disciples came, and took parted thence. And when he was | up the body, and buried it, and come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, Ver. 13. When Jesus heard of insomuch that they were astonish it, he departed thence by ship into ed, and said, Whence hath this a desert place apart: and when man this wisdom, and these migh- the people had heard thereof, they ty works? Is not this the carpen followed him on foot out of the ter's son? is not his mother called cities. And Jesus went forth, and Mary ? and his brethren, James, saw a great multitude, and was and Joses, and Simon, and Ju moved with compassion toward das? And his sisters, are they them, and he healed their sick. not all with us? Whence then And when it was evening, his dishath this man all these things? ciples came to him, saying, This And they were offended in him. is a desert place, and the time is But Jesus said unto them, A pro- now past ; send the multitude

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