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disciples, that a small ship not even eat bread. 21 And his should attend him, because of kinsmen hearing this, went the crowd, lest they should out to lay hold on him : for they throng him. 10 For he had said, “ He is beside himself.” cured many; so that those who 22 And the scribes, who had had grievous diseases, pressed come down from Jerusalem, upon him, to touch him, 11 said, “ He hath Beelzebub;* And the impure spirits, when and, by the prince of the de, they beheld him, fell down be- mons,

he casteth out defore him, and cried, saying, mons.” 23 Then calling them, " Thou art the Son of God." he said to them, in parables, 12 But he charged them much, “ How can ạn adversary, cast that they should not make him out an adversary ? 24 And if a known.

kingdom be divided against it13 And he went up a moun-self, that kingdom cannot stand, tain, and called to him whom 25 And if a house be divided he desired; and they came to against itself, that house canhim. 14 And he appointed not stand: 26 and if the advertwelve, that they might be with sary rise up against himself, him; and that he might send and be divided, he cannot them forth to preach, 15 and to stand; but must have an end. have the power of curing dis 27 “ No one can plunder the eases, and of casting out de goods of the strong one, by en. mons. 16 Now these were Simon tering his house, unless he first (whom he surnamed Peter ;) 17 overpower the strong one: and and James the son of Zebedee, then, indeed, he may plunder and John the brother of James ; his house. (now he had surnamed them 28 “Verily I tell you, All Boanerges, that is, Sons of sins will be forgiven the sons of thunder ;) 18 and Andrew, and men, and the blasphemies Philip, and Bartholomew, and wherewith soever they shall Matthew, and Thomas, and blaspheme : 29 but he who James the son of Alpheus, and shall blaspheme against the Thaddeus, and Simon the Ca- holy spirit, hath not forgivenaanite, 19 and Judas Iscariot; ness [to the age]; but is liable who also delivered him up. to aionian punishment.”+ 30 He

20 AND they went into a said this, because they affirmed house. And the crowd collect that he had an impure spirit. ed again, so that they could 31 His mother, therefore, and

* A heathen god, a human ghost : the supposed chief of possessing demons. See Luke xi. 15.

+ The word deflagrupatos, sin, which Griesbach has placed in the margin, but has given it his mark of strong probability, is believed by many to be the true reading : it is a Hebraism for punishment, the effect of sin. See Newcone.. The sin against the holy spirit is, ver. 30, plainly stated to be, ascribing the miracles of Christ and his apostles to demoniacal agency. They who acted thus, could not be converted to the christain faith, because they resisted the strongest possible evidence. They remained therefore in the same forlorn state in which christianity found them: which is expressed by the phrase, “ he hath not forgiveness."

his brethren came; and, stand-others fell on good ground, and ing without, they sent to him, yielded fruit, which sprang up, Ecalling him). 32 Now the and increased, and brought crowd who sat around him, said forth, some thirty, and some to him, “Lo! thy mother, and sixty, and some a hundred fold.thy brethren, are without seek-9 Then he said, “ He that hath ing thee." 33 And he answer ears to hear let him hear,” ed them, saying, “Who is my 10 And when he was in primother, or my brethren?" 34 vate, those who were about him, And looking round on those with the twelve, asked him who sat (around him], he said, concerning the parable. 11 And “Behold my mother, and my he said to them, “ To you is brethren. 35 For whosoever given [to know) the mystery of shall do the will of God, he is the reign of God: but to those my brother, and my sister, and who are without, all things are mother."

spoken in parables; 12 so that Ch. IV.1 AND again, he be- seeing they see, and do not pergan to teach by the sea-side, ceive; and hearing they hear, when so great a multitude ga- and do not understand, neither thered about him, that he went are they converted, nor their into a ship, and sat therein on (sins] forgiven.” the sea; and the whole multi 15 And he said to them, tude were near the sea, on the “Do ye not understand this land.

parable? how then will ye un2 And he taught them many derstand all parables ? 14 The things by parables, and said to sower soweth the word. 15 And them, in his teaching, 3 the way-side, where the word « Hearken: Behold, a sower is sown, denoteth those, who went out to sow: 4 and it came have no sooner heard the word, to pass as he sowed, that some than the adversary * cometh seed fell by the way-side, and and taketh away that which was the fowls came and devoured it. sown in their hearts. 16 And 5 And some fell on a rocky the rocky places, in like manplace, where it had not much ner, denote those who, when earth; and immediately it they have heard the word, imsprang up, because it had no mediately receive it with joy; depth of earth. 6 But the sun 17 yet, having no root in having risen, it was scorched; themselves, endure but for and, because it had no root, short time : for afterward, it withered. 7 And some when affliction, or persecution fell among thorns; and the ariseth because of the word, thorns grew up, and choked it, they immediately relapse. 18 and it yielded no fruit. 8 And And the ground overrun with


* i. e. the enemies of truth and goodness.

thorns, denoteth those who 30 He said also, “ Whereunto hear the word; 19 and the may we liken the kingdom of anxious cares of the age, and God? or with what comparison the deceitfulness of riches, and may we compare it? 31 It is like the desire of other things en a grain of mustard-seed, which, tering in, choke the word ; and when it is sown in the ground, it becometh unfruitful. 20 And is less than all the seeds that the good ground on which some are in the ground. 32 But when · grains yielded thirty, some six- it is sown, it shooteth up, and ty, and some a hundred fold, becometh the greatest of all denoteth those who hear the herbs, and spreadeth out great word, and retain it, and produce branches ; so that the fowls of the fruit thereof."

the air can lodge under its sha21 He said also to them, dow." " Is a lamp brought to be 33 And in [many] such paput under a measure, or un- rables he spake the word to der a couch ? and not to be them, as they were capable of set on a light-stand ? 22 For hearing it. 34 But without a there is no secret which is not parable he told them nothing : to be made manifest; nor was and in private he explained all any thing hidden, but that things to his disciples. it should be made public. 23 35 NOW on that day, the If any one have ears to hear, evening being come, he said to let him hear."

them, “ Let us pass over to the 24 He said also to them, other side.” 36 And having dis“ Consider what ye hear : with missed the multitude, they took what measure ye deal out, it him, as he was, into the vessel. shall be measured to you. 25 And there were with him other For whosoever hath improved, small vessels also. 37 And a to him shall be given : and great storm of wind arose: and whosoever hath not improved, the waves beat into the ship, so from him shall be taken, even that it was now filled with water. that which he hath."

38 And he was in the stern, 26 He said also, “ So is the asleep on a pillow : and they kingdom of God, as if a man awoke him, saying, “ Teacher, should cast seed into the carest thou not that we perish?" ground; 27 and should sleep by 39 Then arising, he rebuked night, and rise by day; and the the wind, and said to the sea, seed should spring up and “Peace, be still.” And the grow, he knoweth not how. wind ceased, and there was a 28 (For the earth bringeth forth great calm. 40 And he said to fruit of itself; first the blade, them, “ Why are ye so fearful? then the ear, then the full corn how is it that ye have not faith p” in the ear.) 29 But when the 41 And they feared greatly, and grain appeareth, immediately said one to another, “Who is he putteth in the sickle, be- I this, that even the wind and the cause the harvest is come."

sea obey him?"

Ch. V. 1 THEN they passed, ter into them." 13 And immeover to the other side of the diately [Jesus] gave them leave. sea, into the country of the And the impure spirits went Gadarenes. 2 And as he went out, and entered into the swine: out of the ship, immediately, and the herd ran violently down there met him, out of the a steep place, into the sea, tombs, a man with an impure ([now hey were] about two spirit,* 3 who had his dwelling thousand, and were drowned among the tombs ; and no man in the sea. 14 And those who was able to bind him, not even kept them fled, and told it in with chains; 4 for he had been the city, and in the country. often bound with fetters and And the people went out to see chains, and the chains had been what had been done. 15 And rent asunder by him, and the they came to Jesus; and saw fetters broken : nor was any the demoniac, [who had the lea man able to tame him. 5 And gion,] sitting, [and] clothed, he was always, night and day, and in his right mind : and in the tombs, and in the moun they were afraid. 16 And those tains, crying out, and cutting who saw it, told them how it himself with stones. 6 But see- had befallen the demoniac; and ing Jesus afar off, he ran and also concerning the swine. 17 did him obeisance ; 7 and cried And they began to entreat him out with a loud voice, and said, to depart out of their borders. “ What hast thou to do with 18 And on his entering into me, Jesus, Son of the most high the ship, he who had been pos. God? I adjure thee, by God, sessed, besought Jesus that he that thou torment me not.” 8 might be with him: 19 yet he (For Jesus had said to him, suffered him not; but said to him " Come out of the man, thou “ Go home to thy friends, and impure spirit.”)

tell them what great things the 9 Then he asked him, Lord hath done for thee, and “What is thy name?" And he that he hath had pity on thee.” replied “My name is Legion ; 20 And he departed, and befor we are many." 10 And he gan to publish in Decapolis besought him greatly, that he what great things Jesus had would not send them away, out done for him : and all were of the country.

11 Now a amazed. [great] herd of swine was feed 21 And Jesus having again ing there, (toward the moun- passed over, in the ship, to the tain.] 12 And (the demons] be other side, a great crowd gasought him, saying, “Send us thered around him, while he was into the swine, that we may en on the shore. 22 And, [lo!]

* This man was raving mad, and imagined himself possessed by a legion of demons, whose organ he was compelled to be. When healed, he is said, ver. 15, to be in his right mind; which implies that his disorder was insanity, See Farmer on Dem. p. 100.

there came one of the rulers of “ Daughter, thy faith hath resthe synagogue, (named Jairus;] tored thee: go in peace, and and seeing him, he fell down at be freed from thy disease.”

he , mesgreatly, saying, « My little sengers came from the ruler of daughter lieth at the point of the synagogue's house, saying, drath : I pray that thou wouldst" Thy daughter is dead : why come and put thine näds on troublest thou the Teacher, any her, that she may be cured, and further ?” 36 But Jesus, hearing she will live.” 24 And he went this message delivered, [immewith him; and a great multi- diately] said to the ruler of the tude followed him, and crowd- synagogue, “ Be not afraid ; ed upon him.

only believe.37 And he suf25 And a [certain] woman, fered no one to follow him, but having an issue of blood twelve Peter, and James, and John the years, 26 who had suffered many brother of James. 38 And havthings of many physicians, and ing come to the house of the had spent all she had, and was ruler of the synagogue, and in no degree relieved, but, on perceiving a tumult, and the the contrary, had become worse, people weeping and wailing im27 having heard of Jesus, came moderately, 39 he said to them in the crowd, behind him, and as he entered, “Why do ye touched his mantle. 28 (For weep and make a tumult? the she said, “ If I may but touch child is not dead, but sleepeth.” his clothes, I shall be healed.") 40 And they derided hin. But 29 And immediately, the foun- having sent them all out, he took tain of her blood was dried up; the father and the mother of the and she knew, in her body, that child, and those who were with she was cured of that disease. him, and entered in where the

30 And Jesus immediately child was. knew, in himself, the power 41 And having taken the child which had proceeded from him, by the hand, he said to her, "Taand turning about in the crowd, litha cumi ;” which is, being said, " Who touched my interpreted, “ Damsel,” (I say clothes ?”! 31 And his disci- to thee) “ arise." 42 And imples said to him, “ Thou seest mediately, the damsel arose the crowd thronging thee; and and walked : for she was twelve sayest thou, "Who touched years old. And they were ex

32 And he looked ceedingly astonished. 43 And round about, to see her who he charged them, strictly, that had done this thing. 33 But the no one should know it; and woman, fearing and trembling, ordered something to be given knowing what had been done her to eat. in her, came and fell down be Ch. VI. 1 AND he went out fore him, and told him all the thence, and came to his own truth. 34 And he said to her, I country, accompanied by his dis

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