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plentifully: 17 and he thought, Not even Solomon in all his within himself, saying, What glory was arrayed like one of shall I do, because I have no these. 28 But if God so clothe place where I can store my the herb, which to-day is in the crops?' 18 Then he said, "I field, and to-morrow is cast inwill do this : I will take down to the furnace; how much more my barns, and build greater; will he clothe you, 0


of little and there I will store all my faith ? 29 Wherefore, be ye not produce and my goods. 19 And anxiously inquisitive about what I will say to my soul,* Soul, ye shall eat, or what ye shall thou hast many goods laid up drink; neither be ye in agitated for many years; take thine ease, suspense. 30 For after all these eat, drink, and be merry.' 20 things the nations of the world But God said to him, “Thou seek; and your Father knoweth inconsiderate man, this night that ye have need of these thy soul is required of thee: things. 31 But seek ye the king. whose then will the things be dom of God; and (all] these which thou hast provided ?' 21 things shall be added to you. So is he, who layeth up treasure

32 “ Fear not, little flock: for for himself, and is not rich to

it hath pleased your Father to wards God.

22 Then he said to his disci. give you the kingdom. 33 Sell ples, “ Therefore I charge you, your possessions, and give alms: Take no anxious thought for provide for yourselves bags

which do not wear out, an in[your] life, what ye shall eat: nor for the body, with what ye heavens, which faileth

exhaustible treasure, in the

not, shall be clothed. 23 The life is

where no thief approacheth, a greater gift than food; and

nor moth consumeth. 34 For the body, than clothing. 24 Ob

where your treasure is, there serve the ravens, that they neither sow nor reap; which have

also will be your heart. neither store-house, nor barn; 35 “ Let your loins be girdand yet God feedeth them. ed about, and your lamps burnHow much better are ye than ing; 36 and yourselves like men the fowls ?

who are looking for their mas. 25 “ Now which of you, by ter, when he shall return from taking anxious thought, can add the marriage; that, when he one cubit to his stature ? 26 If cometh and knocketh, they may therefore ye be not able to do open to him immediately. 37 even that which is least, why Happy are those servants, whom take ye anxious thought for the their master, when he cometh, rest ? 27 Observe how the li- shall find watching: verily I lies grow: they neither labour tell you, that he will gird himnor spin; and yet I tell you, I self, and will make them place

* A part here is taken for the whole; In Vuxn pou the soul of mo, or my soul, is the same as myself. The same word is rendered life in verse 22 and 23.

themselves at meat, and will, cording to his will, shall be come and serve them.

beaten with many stripes : 48 38 “And if he shall come in but he who knew it not, and the second watch, or come in committed things worthy of the third watch, and find them stripes, shall be beaten with doing thus; happy are those few. For much will be required (servants). 39 Now ye know this, of every one to whom much is that if the master of the house given; and the more a man is knew at what hour the thief entrusted with, the more will would come, he would watch, be exacted from him. and not allow him to break into 49 “ I came to send fire on his house. 40 Wherefore be ye the earth ; and what do I dealso prepared; because at an sire? O that it were already hour when ye are not aware, the kindled ! 50 I have also a bapSon of man will come.”

tism to be baptized with : and 41 Then Peter said to him, how am I straitened till it be "Master, dost thou speak this accomplished ! 51 suppose ye parable to us alone, or to all that I came to spread peace on present ?" 42 Whereupon the earth ? I tell you, No; but raLord said, “ Who then is that ther division. 52 For hencefaithful and wise steward, whom forth five in one house will be his master will place over his divided, three against two, and household to give them their two against three. 53 Father portion of food in due season? I will be divided against son, and 43 Happy is that servant, whom son against father; mother his master, when he cometh, against daughter, and daughter shall find doing thus. 44 In against mother; mother-in-law truth I tell you, that he will against her daughter-in-law, place him over all that he and daughter-in-law against hath.

her mother-in-law." 45 « But as to that servant 54 And he said also to the who shall say in his heart, My multitudes : • When ye see a master delayeth his coming;' cloud rising out of the west, and shall begin to strike the immediately ye say, "There men-servants, and the maid-ser-cometh a shower ;' and so it fants, and to eat and drink and happeneth: 55 and when ye see be drunken ; 46 the master of the south wind blow, ye say, that servant will come in a day • There will be heat;' and it when he looketh not for him, happeneth. 56 Ye hypocrites, and in an hour of which he is ye can discern the appearance not aware; and having dis- of the earth and of the sky: but carded him, will appoint him how is it that ye do not discern his portion with the unfaithful. this time? 57 And why even of

47 " And that servant, who yourselves judge ye not what knew his master's will, and pre- is right? 58 For when thou pared not himself, nor did ac- goest with thine opponent to 12

the magistrate, endeavour to

come to an agreement with him 10 NOW he was teaching on the way; lest he bring thee in one of the synagogues on the before the judge, and the judge sabbath. 11 And, lo, there was deliver thee to the officer, and a woman who had for eighteen the officer cast thee into prison. years a spirit of infirmity, and 59 I tell thee, Thou wilt by no was bowed together, and could means be released, till thou in no wise raise herself up. 12 hast paid the very last mite." And Jesus observing her, he

Ch. XIII. 1 NOW there called her to him, and said to were present, at that time, some her, “ Woman, thou art loosed who informed him of the Gali- from thine infirmity." 13 And leans; whose blood Pilate had he put his hands on her : and mingled with their sacrifices. 2 immediately she stood upright, And Jesus answering, said to and glorified God. them, “ Suppose ye that these 14 But the ruler of the syna. Galileans were sinners above gogue spake, being moved with all the Galileans, because they indignation, because Jesus had suffered such things? 3 I tell wrought a cure on the sabyou, No: but, unless ye reform, bath, and said to the multitude, ye will all perish in such a man- "There are six days in which men ner. 4 Or those eighteen, upon ought to work: in them, therewhom the tower of Siloam fell, fore, come and be cured, and and killed them; think ye that not on the sabbath.” 15 The they were transgressors above Lord therefore answered him, all men who dwelt in Jerusalem? and said, Thou hypocrite, doth 5 I tell you, No; but, unless ye not every one of you, on the reform, ye will all perish in sabbath, loose his ox or his ass like manner.”

from the stall, and lead him 6 He spake also this parable: away to water? 16 And ought A certain man had a fig-tree not this woman, being a daugh. planted in his vineyard; and ter of Abraham, whom the adhe came seeking fruit on it, and versary * hath bound, lo, these found none. 7 Then he said to eighteen years, to be loosed his vine-dresser, Behold, these from this bond on the sabbath three years I

come seeking day?" 17 And on his saying fruit on this fig-tree, and find these things, all his opposers none: cut it down ; why doth were ashamed: and the whole it even take up the ground ?' multitude rejoiced for all the 8 And he answering, said to glorious things done by him. him, “Sir, suffer it to remain this year also, till I shall dig 18 He said also, “ To what about it, and dung it: 9 perhaps is the kingdom of God like? it will bear fruit: but if not, thou and to what shall I compare it? mayest afterwards cutit down."" | 19 It is like a grain of mus.

* Eatavas, satan, is the personification of the principle of opposition : diseases are attributed to satan, not because the devil is, or was supposed to be, the author of them; but, because they are destructive to health, ease, and enjoyment. See Acts X. 38; 1 Cor. v. 5 ; 2 Cor. xij. 7;

1 Tim.i. 20.

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tard-seed, which a man took north and the south, and shall and put in his garden; and it be guests in the kingdom of grew, and became a [great] God. 30 And, behold, there are tree, and the fowls of the air last, who will be first, and there lodged in its branches.” 20 are first, who will be last." [And] again he said, “ To 31 On the same day, some of what shall I compare the king-the Pharisees came near, saydom of God? 21 It is like lea- ing to him,“ Go out, and depart ven, which a woman took and hence : for Herod intendeth to mixed with three measures of kill thee.” 32 And he said to meal, till the whole was lea- them, 6 Go and tell that fox, vened."

Behold, I shall cast out demons, 22 And he went through the and I shall work cures to-day cities and villages, teaching, and to-morrow, and the third and journeying towards Jeru- day I shall be perfected. 83 salem. 23 Then one said to However, I must needs continue him, “ Master, are there few my course to-day, and to-mor. who will be saved ?" And he row ; and depart the day followsaid to them, 24 “ Strive to ing: for it cannot be that a proenter in by the narrow door : sphet perish out of Jerusalem. for many, I tell you, will seek 34 “ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, to enter in, and will not be able. that killest the prophets, and

25 “When once the master stonest those that are sent unto of the house hath risen up, and thee; how often would I have hath shut the door, and ye be- gathered thy children together, gin to stand without, and to as a hen gathereth her brood knock at the door, saying, under her wings! but ye

would Master! Master ! open for us.' not. 35 Behold, your habitaBut he will answer, and say to tion shall be left by you.* And you, I know not whence ye I tell you, Ye shall not see me, are. 26 Then ye will begin to till the time come when ye say, • We have eaten and drank shall say, Blessed be he that in thy presence, and thou hast cometh in the name of the taught in our streets.' 27 But Lord.'” he will say, "I tell you, I know CH. XIV. 1 And it came to not whence ye are; depart from pass, that when Jesus had, on me, all ye workers of iniquity,' the sabbath, entered into the

28 “ There will be weeping house of one of the rulers and gnashing of teeth, when ye among the Pharisees, to eat shall see Abraham, and Isaac, bread, they watched him. 2 and Jacob, and all the prophets, And, lo ! there was before him in the kingdom of God, and a certain man, that had a dropyourselves excluded. 29 And sy. 3 Wherefore, Jesus spake they shall come from the east to the teachers of the law and and the west, and ( from] the Pharisees, saying, “ Is it lawful

* So Improved Version. Gr. “ left for cast off) to you."

to work a cure on the sabbath?" | 13 But when thou makest a 4 And they remained silent. feast, invite the poor, the maim. Then Jesus took hold of him, ed, the lame, the blind; 14 and and cured him, and sent him thou shalt be happy : (for they away ; 5 and [resuming his dis- cannot recompense thee;) for course] he said to them,“Which thou shalt be recompensed in of you shall have an ass or an the resurrection of the righteox fallen into a pit, and will ous.” not immediately draw him 15 And one of the guests, out on the sabbath ?" 6 And they hearing these things, said to could not reply to these things. him, “ Happy is he who shall

7 Then he spake a parable to eat bread in the kingdom of those that were invited, when God.” 16 Then Jesus said to he marked how they chose out him, “ A certain man made a the chief places; saying to great supper, and invited many: them, 8" When thou art in- 17 and sent his servant at supvited by any one to a marriage- per time, to say to those who feast, take not the chief place; were invited, Come, for all lest a more honourable man things are now ready.' 18 And than thou be invited by him ; they all, with one consent, be9 and he that invited thee and gan to excuse themselves. The him come, and say to thee, first said to him, “I have bought

Give place to this man;' and a field, and I must needs go and then thou begin, with confu- see it: I beseech thee have me sion, to take the lowest place. excused. 19 And another said,

10 But when thou art invit. I have bought five yoke of ox. ed, go and take the lowest en, and I go to try them : I beplace; that, when he who in- seech thee have me excused.' vited thee cometh, he may say 20 And another said, 'I have to thee, . Friend, go up high- married a wife ; and therefore er:' then thou wilt have hon- I cannot come, 21 So [that] our in the presence of those servant came, and told his masthat are at meat with thee. 11 ter these things. For every one that exalteth " Then the master of the himself shall be humbled; and house was angry, and said to be that humbleth himself shall his servant, Go out quickly be exalted."

into the streets and lanes of the 12 Then he said also to him city, and bring in hither the who had invited him, “ When poor, and the maimed, and the thou makest a dinner, or a sup- lame, and the blind.' 22 And per, invite not thy friends, nor the servant said, “Sir, it is done thy brethren, [nor thy kinsmen,] as thou hast commanded, and nor thy rich neighbours; lest still there is room.' 23 And the they also invite thee again, and master said to the servant, Go a recompense be made thee. out to the highways and hedges,

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