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CHAP. XII.

He reproveth the Pharisees,

and healeth the withered hand. T that time Jesus went on What man shall there be A

among the sabbath-day through you, that shall have one sheep, the corn, and his disciples were and if it fall into a pit on the an hungered, and began to pluck sabbath-day, will he not lay hold the ears of corn, and to eat. on it, and lift it out?

2 But when the Pharisees saw 12 How much then is a man it, they said unto him, Behold, better than a sheep? Wherefore thy disciples do that which is it is lawful to do well on the not lawful to do upon the sab- sabbath-days. bath-day.

13 Then saith he to the man, 3 But he said unto them, Have Stretch forth thine hand. And ye not read what David did he stretched it forth ; and it was when he was an hungered, and restored whole, like as the other. they that were with him ;

14 Then the Pharisees went 4 How he entered into the out, and held a council against house of God, and did eat the him, how they might destroy shew-bread, which was not law- him. ful for him to eat, neither for 15 But when Jesus knew it, he them which were with him, but withdrew himself from thence: only for the priests?

and great multitudes followed 5 Or have ye not read in the him, and he healed them all; law how that on the sabbath- 16 And charged them that they days the priests in the temple should not make him known: profane the sabbath, and are 17 That it might be fulfilled blameless?

which was spoken by Esaias 6 But I say unto you, that in the prophet, saying, this place is one greater than 18 Behold my servant, whom the temple.

I have chosen; my beloved, in 7 But if ye had known what whom my soul is well pleased : this meaneth, I will have mercy, I will put my spirit upon him, and not sacrifice, ye would not and he shall shew judgment to have condemned the guiltless. the Gentiles.

8 For the Son of man is Lord 19 He shall not strive, nor cry; even of the sabbath-day. neither shall any man hear his

9 And when he was departed voice in the streets. thence, he went into their syna- 20 A bruised reed shall he not gogue.

break, and smoking flax shall 10 | And behold, there was a he not quench, till he send forth man which had his hand with judgment unto victory. ered. And they asked him, say

21 And in his name shall the ing, Is it lawful to heal on the Gentiles trust. sabbath-days ? that they might 22 | Then was brought unto accuse him.

him one possessed with a devil, 11 And he said unto them, I blind and dumb ; and he healed thou shalt be condemned. 29 Or else, how can one enter 38 | Then certain of the into a strong man's house, and scribes and of the Pharisees spoil his goods, except he first answered, saying, Master, we bind the strong man? and then would see a sign from thee. he will spoil his house.

man is Lord

S. MATTHEW.

Of blasphemy against

the Holy Ghost him, insomuch that the blind word against the Son of man, it and dumb both spake and saw. shall be forgiven him : but who

23 And all the people were soever speaketh against the Holy amazed, and said, Is not this Ghost, it shall not be forgiven the son of David ?

him, neither in this world, nei24 But when the Pharisees ther in the world to come. heard it, they said, This fellon 33 Either make the tree good, doth not cast out devils, but by and his fruit good; or else make Beelzebub the prince of the the tree corrupt, and his fruit devils.

corrupt; for the tree is known 25 And Jesus knew their by his fruit. . thoughts, and said unto them, 34 O generation of vipers, how Every kingdom divided against can ye, being evil, speak good itself

, is brought to desolation; things ? for out of the abunand every city or house divided dance of the heart, the mouth against itself, shall not stand. speaketh.

26 And if Satan cast out Sa- 35 A good man, out of the tan, he is divided against him- good treasure of the heart, bringself; how shall then his king- eth forth good things: and an dom stand?

evil man, out of the evil treas27 And if I by Beelzebub cast ure, bringeth forth evil things. out devils, by whom do your 36 But I say unto you, That children cast them out? there- every idle word that men shall fore they shall be your judges. speak, they shall give account

28 But if I cast out devils by thereof in the day of judgment. the Spirit of God, then the 37 For by thy words thou shalt kingdom of God is come unto be justified, and by thy words you.

39 But he answered and said 30 He that is not with me, is to them, An evil and adulterous against me; and he that gath-, generation seeketh after a sign, ereth not with me, scattereth and there shall no sign be given abroad.

to it, but the sign of the prophet 31 Wherefore I say unto Jonas. you, All manner of sin and blas- 40 For as Jonas was three days phemy shall be forgiven unto and three nights in the whale's men: but the blasphemy against belly: so shall the Son of man the Holy Ghost shall not be for- be three days and three nights given unto men.

in the heart of the earth. 32 And whosoever speaketh a 41 The men of Nineveh shall

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Who are Christ's brethren. CHAP. XIII.

The parable of the sower. rise in judgment with this gen-, hand toward his disciples, and eration, and shall condemn it:) said, Behold my mother and because they repented at the my brethren! preaching of Jonas; and be- 50 For whosoever shall do the hold, a greater than Jonas is will of my Father which is in here.

heaven, the same is my brother,
42 The queen of the south and sister, and mother.
shall rise up in the judgment

CHAP. XIII.
with this generation, and shall
condemn it: for she came from

3 The parable of the sower and the seed :

the exposition of it. 24 The parable of the the uttermost parts of the earth tares, 31 of the mustard-seed, 33 of the to hear the wisdom of Solomon;

leaven, 44 of the hidden treasure, 45 of the

pearl, 47 of the drawnet cast into the sea : and behold, a greater than Sol- 53 and how Christ is contemned of his own

countrymen.
omon is here.
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gone out of a man, he walketh THE same day went Jesus

them up :

through dry places, seeking rest, by the sea-side.
and findeth none.

2 And great multitudes were
44 Then he saith, I will return gathered together unto him, so
into my house from whence I that he went into a ship, and
came out; and when he is come, sat; and the whole multitude
he findeth it empty, swept, and stood on the shore.
garnished.

| 3 And he spake many things 45 Then goeth he, and ta- unto them in parables, saying, keth with himself seven other Behold, a sower went forth to spirits more wicked than him- sow; self, and they enter in and dwell 4 And when he sowed, some there: and the last state of that seeds fell by the way-side, and man is worse than the first. the fowls came and devoured Even so shall it be also unto them this wicked generation.

5 Some fell upon stony places, 46 | While he yet talked to where they had not much earth : the people, behold, his mother and forthwith they sprung up, and his brethren stood without, because they had no deepness desiring to speak with him: of earth:

47. Then one said unto him, 6 And when the sun was up, Behold, thy mother and thy they were scorched; and because brethren stand without, desiring they had no root, they withered to speak with thee.

away 48 But he answered and said 7 And some fell among thorns; unto him that told him, Who is and the thorns sprung up, and my mother? and who are my choked them : brethren?

8 But other fell into good 49 And he stretched forth his ground, and brought forth fruit,

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Why Christ taught in parables. S. MATTHEW. The parable of the tares, some an hundred-fold, some six- | have not seen them; and to ty-fold, some thirty-fold. hear those things which ye hear,

9 Who hath ears to hear, let and have not heard them. him hear.

18 Hear ye therefore the 10 And the disciples came, parable of the sower. and said unto him, Why speak- 19 When any one heareth the est thou unto them in parables? | word of the kingdom, and un

11 He answered and said understandeth it not, then cometh to them, Because it is given un- the wicked one, and catcheth to you to know the mysteries of away that which was sown in the kingdom of heaven, but to his heart. This is he which rethem it is not given.

ceived seed by the way-side. 12 For whosoever hath, to 20 But he that received the him shall be given, and he shall seed into stony places, the same have more abundance: but who is he that heareth the word, and soever hath not, from him shall anon with joy receiveth it; be taken away even that he 21 Yet hath he not root in hath.

himself, but dureth for a while : 13 Therefore speak I to them for when tribulation or persecuin parables: because they seeing, tion ariseth because of the word, see not; and hearing, they hear by and by he is offended. not; neither do they understand. 22 He also that received seed

14 And in them is fulfilled among the thorns is he that the prophecy of Esaias, which heareth the word; and the care saith, By hearing ye shall hear, of this world, and the deceitfuland shall not understand ; and ness of riches choke the word, seeing ye shall see, and shall and he becometh unfruitful. not perceive :

23 But he that received seed 15 For this people's heart is into the good ground is he that waxed gross, and their ears are heareth the word, and underdull of hearing, and their eyes standeth it; which also beareth they have closed ; lest at any fruit, and bringeth forth, some time they should see with their an hundred-fold, some sixty, eyes, and hear with their ears, some thirty. and should understand with their 24 Another parable put he heart, and should be converted, forth unto them, saying, The and I should heal them.

kingdom of heaven is likened 16 But blessed are your eyes, unto a man which sowed good for they see: and your ears, for seed in his field : they hear.

25 But while men slept, his 17 For, verily, I say unto you, enemy came and sowed tares That many prophets and righte- among the wheat, and went his ous men have desired to see way. those things which ye see, and 26 But when the blade was

CHAP. XIII.

of the mustard-seed

and of the leaven. sprung up, and brought forth unto the multitude in parables ; fruit, then appeared the tares and without a parable spake he also.

not unto them: 27 So the servants of the house- 35 That it might be fulfilholder came and said unto him, led which was spoken by the Sir, didst not thou sow good prophet, saying, I will open my seed in thy field ? from whence mouth in parables ; I will utter then hath it tares ?

things which have been kept 28 He said unto them, An secret from the foundation of enemy

hath done this. The ser- the world. vants said unto him, Wilt thou 36 Then Jesus sent the multhen that we go and gather titude away, and went into the them up?

house : and his disciples came 29 But he said, Nay; lest unto him, saying, Declare unto while ye gather up the tares,

the tares, us the parable of the tares of ye root up

also the wheat with the field. them.

37 He answered and said unto 30 Let both grow together them, He that soweth the good until the harvest : and in the seed is the Son of man;

38 reapers, Gather ye together first

ye together first good seed are the children of the the tares, and bind them in bun- kingdom ; but the tares are the dles to burn them: but gather children of the wicked one ; the wheat into my barn.

39 The enemy that sowed 31 | Another parable put he them is the devil; the harvest forth unto them, saying, The is the end of the world; and kingdom of heaven is like to the reapers are the angels. a grain of mustard-seed, which 40 As therefore the tares are a man took, and sowed in his gathered and burned in the fire; field:

so shall it be in the end of this 32 Which indeed is the least world. of all seeds : but when it is 41 The Son of man shall send grown, it is the greatest among forth his angels, and they shall herbs, and becometh a tree, so gather out of his kingdom all that the birds of the air come things that offend, and them and lodge in the branches there which do iniquity; of.

42 And shall cast them into 33 | Another parable spake a furnace of fire: there shall be he unto them; The kingdom wailing and gnashing of teeth. of heaven is like unto leaven, 43 Then shall the righteous which a woman took, and hid shine forth as the sun in the in three measures of meal, till kingdom of their Father. Who the whole was leavened.

hath ears to hear, let him hear. 34 All these things spake Jesus 44 | Again, the kingdom of

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