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stone from heaven, and destroy-said,
ed them all: 30 thus it will be,
in the day when the Son of man
shall be revealed.

Hear what the unjust judge saith.' 7 And will not God obtain justice for his chosen, who are crying to him day and night? and will he be slow in their cause? 8 I tell you, he will speedily* do them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, will he indeed find this faith in the land ?"

31 "In that day, whoever shall be on the house-top, and his goods in the house, let him not come down to take them away; and, in like manner, let not him that is in the field turn back. 32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whoever shall seek to save his life, shall lose it; and whoever shall lose his life, shall preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night two men will be on one bed; one will be taken, and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding together; one will be taken, and the other left." 36 And they answering, said to him, "Where, Master?" and he said to them, "Where the carcase is, there the eagles will be gathered together."

CH. XVIII. 1 And he spake also a parable to them, to show

that they ought to pray continu-smote [upon] his breast, saying,

God be merciful to me a sinner.' 14 I tell you, This man went down to his housef justified, rather than that: for every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."

ally, and not to be weary: 2 saying, "In a certain city there was a judge, who feared not God, nor regarded man: 3 and there was a widow in that city; who came to him, saying, 'Obtain justice for me from mine adversary.' 4 And he would not for a time: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 yet, because this widow troubleth me, I will do her justice; lest by her continual coming she weary me,' 6 And the Lord

9 AND he spake [also] this parable, to some who trusted in themselves, that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself, and prayed thus: God, I thank thee that I am not as other men, oppressors, unjust, adulterers; or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week; I pay tithes of all that I possess."

13" But the publican, standing at a distance, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but

15 AND some brought to him infants also, that he might touch them but the disciples seeing it, rebuked them. 16 But Jesus calling them to him, said, "Suffer the little children to come to me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom

* "By the destruction which the Romans will bring on the Jewish nation, before the presen race of men passes away. The beginning of this chapter is therefore connected with the close of the foregoing." Newcome.

† i. e. from the temple.

of God. 17 Verily I tell you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he can by no means enter therein."

18 AND a certain ruler asked him, saying, "Good Master, what shall I do to inherit aionian life?" 19 and Jesus said to him, "Why callest thou me good there is none good, but one, that is God. 20 Thou knowest the commandments, 'Do not commit adultery: Do no murder: Do not steal: Do

I tell you, there is no one that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who shall not receive much more in this present time; and in the coming age aionian. life."

31 THEN he assembled the twelve; and said to them, "Behold we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets will be accomplished in the Son of man. 32 For he will be deliver

thy father and [thy] mother."" 21 And he said, "All these things, I have kept from my youth."

not bear false witness: Honoured up to the Gentiles, and derided, and will be shamefully treated, and spit on : 33 and he will be scourged and killed; but the third day he will be raised from the dead." 34 And they understood none of these things: and this matter was hidden from them, and they knew not the things which were spoken.

22 And Jesus hearing these words, said to him, "Still thou needest one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute to the poor; and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me." 23 But on his hearing this, he was much grieved: for he was very rich.

24 And Jesus perceiving that he was much grieved, said, "With what difficulty will those that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." 26 And those that heard it said, "Who then can be saved?" 27 But he said, "The things which are impossible with men, are possible with God."

35 NOW it came to pass, that, as he drew near to Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way-side begging; 36 and hearing the crowd passing by, he enquired what it meant. 37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth was going by. 38 And he cried out, saying, "Jesus, thou son of David, have pity on me." 39 And those who went before rebuked him, that he might keep silence: but he called out much more, "Thou son of David, have pity on me."

40 Then Jesus stood still, and commanded the man to be brought to him: and, when he 28 THEN Peter said, "Lo, we was nigh, he asked him, 41 sayhave left all, and followed thee."ing, "What desirest thou that 29 And he said to them, "Verily I should do for thee?" And

he said, "Master, that I may receive my sight." 42 And Jesus said to him, "Receive thy sight; thy faith hath restored thee." 43 And forthwith he received sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, seeing it, gave praise to God.

seek and to save that which was lost."

11 AND while they heard these things, he proceeded to speak a parable; because he was near Jerusalem, and because the people thought that the reign of God would immediately commence. 12 He said therefore," A certain man of

CH. XIX. 1 AND Jesus enter-noble birth went into a far couned Jericho, and passed through try to receive for himself a it. 2 And, behold, there was a kingdom, and to return. 13 man named Zaccheus, who was And he called ten of his ser a chief of the publicans; and vants, and delivered to them he was rich. 3 And he sought ten pounds, and said to them, to see what kind of person Je-Traffic with these till I come.' sus was: but he could not, be- 14 But his citizens hated him, cause of the crowd; for he was and sent an embassy after him, low of stature. 4 So he ran on-saying, We are not willing that ward, and climbed up into a this man should reign over us.' sycamore tree to see him for 15 "And it came to pass, when he was about to pass that way. he was returned, having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him; that he might know how much every one had gained by traffic.

5 And Jesus looking up as he came to the place, saw him, and said to him, "Zaccheus, hasten down for to-day I must abide at thy house." 6 And he hastened wn; and received him joyfully. 7 And all seeing this, murmured, saying, "He is gone in, to be guest with a sinner."*

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16"Then the first came, saying, Sir, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.' 17 And his master said to him, 'Well done, 8 But Zaccheus standing thou good servant : because forth, said to the Lord, "Be-thou hast been faithful in a hold, Master, the half of my very little, have thou authority goods I will give to the poor; over ten cities.' 18 And the and if in any thing I have wrong-second came, saying, "Sir, ed any one, I will restore four-thy pound hath produced five fold." 9 And Jesus said to him, pounds.' 19 And he said to him "This day salvation is come likewise, Be thou also over to this house; inasmuch as he five cities.' 20 And another also is a son of Abraham. 10 came, saying, 'Sir, behold, here For the Son of man is come to is thy pound, which I have kept

• a sinner, i. e. a gentile: in opposition to which he is called by Jesus, ver. 9, a son of Abraham, in consequence of his conversion.

laid up in a napkin : 21 for I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that which thou didst not lay down, and reapest that which thou didst not sow.'

22 "[Then] his master said to him, 'Out of thine own mouth I will judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that which I laid not down, and reaping that which I did not Sow. 23 Why then gavest not thou my money to [the] bankers; that at my coming I might have obtained mine own with interest?' 24 And he said to those who stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds: 25 (Though they said to him Sir, he hath ten pounds already:') 26 For I tell you, To every one that hath improved, shall be given; but from him that hath not improved, even that which he hath shall be taken away.

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27" But those mine enemies, who are not willing that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me." 28 And having spoken thus, he went before his disciples up to Jerusalem.

do ye loose it?" thus ye shall say to him, The Master hath need of it.""

29 AND it came to pass, as he drew near to Bethphagé and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, that he sent two of his disciples, 30 saying, "Go into the village over against you; in which, as ye enter, ye will find a colt tied, whereon no man hath ever sat; loose it, and bring it hither. 31 And if any one ask you, 'Why

32 And those that were sent departed, and found as he had said to them. 33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, " Why loose ye the colt?" S4 And they said, "The Master hath need of it." And they brought it to Jesus; 35 and threw their mantles upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. 36 And as he went, they spread their mantles under him, in the way.

37 And as he now drew near to the city, at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice, and to praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works which they had seen; 38 saying, "Blessed be the King who cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest."

39 Then some of the Pharisees, from among the multitude, said to him, " Teacher, rebuke thy disciples." 40 And he answering, said to them, "I tell you, If these should keep silence, the stones would soon cry out."

41 And as he drew near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, 42 saying, "O that thou hadst known, at least in this [thy] day, the things which belong to thy peace! But now they are hidden from thine eyes. 43 For the days will come upon thee, in which thine enemies will cast a trench about thee, and

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did ye not believe him?" 6 But if we say, 'From men ;' all the people will stone us: for they are persuaded that John was prophet." 7 And they answered, that they knew not whence it was. 8 And Jesus said to them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things."

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5 And they reasoned together amongst themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'why [then]

9 Then he began to speak this parable to the people: "A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country, for a long time. 10 And at the proper season, he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they might give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.

11 "And he proceeded to send another servant: and they beat him also, and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. 12 And he proceeded to send a third: and they wounded him also, and drove him out. 13 Then said the owner of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; [on seeing him they will surely reverence him.

14" But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned amongst themselves, saying, This is the heir: [come,] let

kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.' 15 So driving him out of the vineyard, they killed him. What therefore will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 he will come and destroy these husbandmen,

CH. XX. 1 AND it came to pass, that, on one of [those] days, as he was teaching the people in the temple, and preaching glad tidings, the chief-priests, and the scribes, with the elders, suddenly came upon him; 2 and spake to him, saying, "Tell us, by what authority thou dost these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?" 3 And he answering, said to them, "I also will ask you [one] word; and tell me, 4 Was the baptismus of John from heaven*, or from

* Observe here, that "coming from heaven" signifies not local descent, but being of divine

authority. See Matt. xxi. 25; Mark xi. 30.

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