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plentifully: 17 and he thought, Not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothe the herb, which to-day is in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the furnace; how much more


within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no place where I can store my crops?' 18 Then he said, 'I will do this: I will take down my barns, and build greater; and there I will store all my produce and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast many goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.' 20 But God said to him, Thou inconsiderate man, this night thy soul is required of thee: whose then will the things be which thou hast provided?' 21 So is he, who layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God."

will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? 29 Wherefore, be ye not anxiously inquisitive about what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; neither be ye in agitated suspense. 30 For after all these things the nations of the world seek; and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But seek ye the king. dom of God; and [all] these things shall be added to you.


22 Then he said to his disciples, "Therefore I charge you, Take no anxious thought for [your] life, what ye shall eat: nor for the body, with what ye shall be clothed. 23 The life is a greater gift than food; and the body, than clothing. 24 Observe the ravens, that they neither sow nor reap; which have neither store-house, nor barn; and yet God feedeth them. How much better are ye than the fowls?

32" Fear not, little flock: for it hath pleased your Father to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell provide for yourselves bags your possessions, and give alms;

which do not wear out, an in-
exhaustible treasure, in the
heavens, which faileth not,
where no thief approacheth,
nor moth consumeth. 34 For
your treasure is, there
also will be your heart.

35"Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burn. ing; 36 and yourselves like men 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 him. nor spin; and yet I tell you, I self, and will make them place

* A part here is taken for the whole; Tux ou the soul of me, 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 but he who knew it not, and committed things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For much will be required of every one to whom much is given; and the more a man is entrusted with, the more will be exacted from him.

38 "And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them doing thus; happy are those [servants].39 Now ye know this, that if the master of the house knew at what hour the thief would come, he would watch, and not allow him to break into his house. 40 Wherefore be ye also prepared; because at an hour when ye are not aware, the Son of man will come."

41 Then Peter said to him, "Master, dost thou speak this parable to us alone, or to all present?" 42 Whereupon the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will place over his household to give them their portion of food in due season? 43 Happy is that servant, whom his master, when he cometh, shall find doing thus. 44 In truth I tell you, that he will place him over all that he hath.


45" But as to that servant who shall say in his heart, My master delayeth his coming;' and shall begin to strike the men-servants, and the maid-servants, and to eat and drink and be drunken; 46 the master of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour of which he is not aware; and having discarded him, will appoint him his portion with the unfaithful.

47" And that servant, who knew his master's will, and prepared not himself, nor did ac


49"I came to send fire on the earth; and what do I desire? O that it were already kindled! 50 I have also a baptism to be baptized with: and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! 51 suppose ye that I came to spread peace on earth? I tell you, No; but rather division. 52 For henceforth five in one house will be divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 Father will be divided against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."


54 And he said also to the multitudes: "When ye see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately ye say, 'There cometh a shower; and so it happeneth: 55 and when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat;' and it happeneth. 56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the appearance of the earth and of the sky: but how is it that ye do not discern this time? 57 And why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? 58 For when thou goest with thine opponent to the magistrate, endeavour to

come to an agreement with him on the way; lest he bring thee before the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. 59 I tell thee, Thou wilt by no means be released, till thou hast paid the very last mite."

CH. XIII. 1 NOW there were present, at that time, some who informed him of the Galileans; whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering, said to them, "Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, No: but, unless ye reform, ye will all perish in such a manner. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower of Siloam fell, and killed them; think ye that they were transgressors above all men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, No; but, unless ye reform, ye will all perish in like manner."

6 He spake also this parable: "A certain man had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none. 7 Then he said to his vine-dresser, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and find none: cut it down; why doth it even take up the ground?' 8 And he answering, said to him, Sir, suffer it to remain this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 9 perhaps it will bear fruit: but if not, thou mayest afterwards cut it down.""


10 NOW he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11 And, lo, there was a woman who had for eighteen years a spirit of infirmity, and was bowed together, and could in no wise raise herself up. 12 And Jesus observing her, he called her to him, and said to her, "Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity." 13 And he put his hands on her: and immediately she stood upright, and glorified God.

14 But the ruler of the syna. gogue spake, being moved with indignation, because Jesus had wrought a cure on the sabbath, and said to the multitude, "There are six days in which men ought to work: in them, therefore, come and be cured, and not on the sabbath." 15 The Lord therefore answered him, and said, "Thou hypocrite, doth not every one of you, on the sabbath, loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to water? 16 And ought not this woman, being a daugh ter of Abraham, whom the adversary * hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, to be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" 17 And on his saying these things, all his opposers were ashamed: and the whole multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things done by him.

18 HE said also, "To what is the kingdom of God like? and to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mus

* Zuravas, satan, is the personification of the principle of opposition: diseases are attri buted 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. xii. 75 1 Tim. i. 20.

tard-seed, which a man took | north and the south, and shall be guests in the kingdom of God. 30 And, behold, there are last, who will be first, and there are first, who will be last.”

and put in his garden; and it grew, and became a [great] tree, and the fowls of the air lodged in its branches." 20 [And] again he said, "To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and mixed with three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened."

31 ON the same day, some of the Pharisees came near, saying to him, " Go out, and depart hence: for Herod intendeth to kill thee." 32 And he said to them, "Go and tell that fox, Behold, I shall cast out demons, and I shall work cures to-day and to-morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. 33 However, I must needs continue my course to-day, and to-morrow; and depart the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

34" O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets, and stonest those that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathereth her brood under her wings! but ye would not. 35 Behold, your habitation shall be left by you.* And I tell you, Ye shall not see me, till the time come when ye shall say, 'Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord." "

22 AND he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying towards Jerusalem. 23 Then one said to him, "Master, are there few who will be saved?" And he said to them, 24" Strive to enter in by the narrow door: for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.


25"When once the master of the house hath risen up, and hath shut the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, 'Master! Master! open for us.' But he will answer, and say to you, I know not whence ye are.' 26 Then ye will begin to say, 'We have eaten and drank in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.' 27 But he will say, 'I tell you, I know not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.'

28" There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and yourselves excluded. 29 And they shall come from the east

CH. XIV. 1 AND it came to pass, that when Jesus had, on the sabbath, entered into the house of one of the rulers among the Pharisees, to eat bread, they watched him. 2 And, lo! there was before him a certain man, that had a dropsy. 3 Wherefore, Jesus spake to the teachers of the law and and the west, and [from] the Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful

So Improved Version. Gr. "left (or cast off) to you."

to work a cure on the sabbath?" | 13 But when thou makest a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind; 14 and thou shalt be happy: (for they cannot recompense thee;) for thou shalt be recompensed in the resurrection of the righteous."

15 And one of the guests, hearing these things, said to him, "Happy is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God." 16 Then Jesus said to him, "A certain man made a great supper, and invited many: 17 and sent his servant at supper time, to say to those who were invited, Come, for all things are now ready.' 18 And they all, with one consent, began to excuse themselves. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must needs go and see it: I beseech thee have me excused.' 19 And another said,


4 And they remained silent. Then Jesus took hold of him, and cured him, and sent him away; 5 and [resuming his discourse] he said to them, "Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not immediately draw him out on the sabbath?" 6 And they could not reply to these things.

7 Then he spake a parable to those that were invited, when he marked how they chose out the chief places; saying to them, 8" When thou art invited by any one to a marriagefeast, take not the chief place; lest a more honourable man than thou be invited by him; 9 and he that invited thee and him come, and say to thee, 'Give place to this man; and then thou begin, with confusion, to take the lowest place. 10 But when thou art invit-'I have bought five yoke of oxed, go and take the lowest place; that, when he who invited thee cometh, he may say to thee, Friend, go up higher:' then thou wilt have honour in the presence of those that are at meat with thee. 11 For every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."


en, and I go to try them: I beseech thee have me excused.' 20 And another said, 'I have married a wife; and therefore I cannot come,' 21 So [that] servant came, and told his master these things.


"Then the master of the house was angry, and said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the lame, and the blind.' 22 And the servant said, Sir, it is done as thou hast commanded, and still there is room.' 23 And the master said to the servant, Go out to the highways and hedges,


12 Then he said also to him who had invited him, "When thou makest a dinner, or a supper, invite not thy friends, nor thy brethren, [nor thy kinsmen,] nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also invite thee again, and a recompense be made thee.

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