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and compel” them to come in ; that my house may be filled. 24 For I assure you, that none of those men who were invited shall taste of my supper.’” 25 AND great multitudes went with him; and he turned and said to them, 26 “If any one come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, and even his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and computeth the expense, whether he have sufficient to complete it 2 29 Lest perhaps, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it, begin to deride him, 30 saying, “This man began to build, and was not able to finish.” 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down, first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him who cometh against him with twenty thousand 7 32 Else, while he is yet far off, he sendeth an embassy, and asketh conditions of peace. 33 In like manner, then, whosoever among you biddeth not farewell to all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. 34 Salt is good : but if the salt become insipid, with what shall it be seasoned 2 35 It is fit neither for the land, nor for
the dunghill; but it is thrown away. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” CH. XV. 1 THEN all the publicans and sinners drew near to him to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.” 3 And he spake this parable to them, saying, 4 “What man among you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the desert, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And having found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And coming home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, * Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.” 7 I tell you, that, in like manner, joy will be in heaven over one sinner who reformeth, more than over ninety and nine righteous persons, who need no reformation. 8 “Or what woman, having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and seek carefully until she find it 2 9 and having found it, she calleth together her friends and neighbours, saying, ‘Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.” 10 In like manner, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who reformeth.
• “persuade, entreat, importune. The verse refers to sending the apostles, etc. to Preach
every where.” Newcome.
11 He said also,” “A certain man had two sons: 12 and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of wealth which falleth to me.’ And he divided to them their living. 13 And, not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and went into a distant country, and there wasted his property in profigate living. 14 Now when he had spent all, a grievous famine spread throughout that country; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; who sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he desired to fill his belly with the charub-pods t which the swine ate : and yet no one gave to him.
17 “Then coming to himself, he said, “How many of my father’s hired servants have abundance of bread, while I am here perishing with hunger | 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight: 19 I am no more worthy to be called thy son : make me as one of thy hired servants.’
sinned against heaven, and in
thy sight; [and] I am no more
worthy to be called thy son.” 22 “But the father said to his
servants, ‘Bring forth the best
robe, and clothe him; and put a ring on his hand, and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf, and kill it : and let us eat and be joyful: 24 for this my son was dead, and is alive again; [and] [was] lost, and is found.’ And they began to be joyful. 25 “Now the elder son was in the field; and, as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 Then he called to him one of the servants, and inquired what these things meant. 27 And the servant said to him, ‘Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him in health.” 28 “And he was angry, and would not go in : his father therefore came out, and entreated him. 29 And he answering, said to the father, “Lo, these many years I have served thee, nor have I at any time transgressed thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might be joyful with my friends: 30 but when this thy son came, who hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.” 31 And he said to him, “Child, thou art always with me, and
20 “Then he arose, and went to his father. But when he was yet far off, his father saw him, and had compassion on him, and running, he fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, “Father, I have
* “This parable shows how graciously God receives sinners: ver. 20; and how great the displeasure of the Jews was at the reception of the sinful gentiles into the evangelical covenant.”
+ “Pliny informs us, that the siliqua or charub-tree grew plentifully in Syria; and from columella o: #. that they afforded food to invine.” Parkhurst. y yria;
all that I have is thine. 32. But it was right that we should be joyful and glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; sand] swas lost, and #.; 92 | [was] CH. XVI. 1 AND Jesus said also to his disciples, “There Was a certain rich man that had a steward ; who was accused to him as having wasted his estate. 2 And having called him, he said to him, “How is it that I hear this of thee give an account of [thy] stewardship: for thou canst be no longer steward.” 3 Then the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? for my master taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I am resolved what to do; that, when I am put out of the stew. ardship, I may be received into their houses.” 5 “So he called to him every One of his master’s debtors, and said to the first, ‘How much owest thou to my master 2' 6 And he said, ‘An hundred vessels of oil.” And he said to him, ‘Receive back thy bill, and sitting down quickly, write fifty.” 7 Then he said to another, “And how much owest thou ?’ And he said, “A hundred measures of wheat.” And he said to him, “Receive back thy bill, and write eighty.” 8 “And his master commended" the unjust steward, because he had done prudently: for the sons of this age are more prudent in their genera
tion than the sons of light. 9 And I tell you, Make to yourselves friends of the uncertain riches; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into aionian habitations. 10 “He that is faithful in a very little, is faithful also in much ; and he that is unjust in a very little, is unjust also in much. 11 If therefore ye have been unfaithful in the uncertain riches, who will entrust you with the true? 12 And if ye have been unfaithful in the things of another, who will give you even your own 2 13 “ No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or he will hold to the one, and dispise the other. Ye cannot serve God and riches.” 14 AND the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things; and they scoffed at him. 15 And he said to them, “Ye are they who justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is admired by men, is an abomination in the sight of God. 16 “The law and the prophets were until John ; from that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every one presseth into it. 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than that one tittle of the law should fail. 18" Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery; and [whosoever] marrieth her that is put away [from her husband], committeth adultery. 19 “Now there was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and feasted sumptuously every day : 20 and there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, that had laid at his porch, full of sores; 21 and delighting * to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover, the dogs also came and licked his sores. 22 “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosomt. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And in hades, he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and beTheld Abraham at a distance, and Lazarus in the folds of his mantle # 24 And crying out, he said, “Father Abraham, have pity on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am pained in this flame.’ 25 “But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime received thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art pained. 26 And, bes sides all this, between us and you a great gulf is fixed : so that they who would go over from hence to you, are not able ; nor can they pass over to us, who would come from thence.”
* “He commended the prudence of the expedient; though he could not but condemn its dis’
27 “Then he said, “I beseech thee, therefore, father, to send him to my father’s house; 28 for I have five brethren ; that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torment.”
29 “Abraham said to him ; * They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.” 30 And he said, ‘Nay, father Abraham : but if one go to them from the dead, they will reform.’ 31 Then Abraham said to him, “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one should arise from the dead.’”
CH. XVII. 1 THEN he said to his disciples, “It is impossible to prevent entirely the coming of offences: but alas for him through whom they come ! 2 It were better for him that an upper millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea, than that he should entice to sin one of these
Jore, to yourselves. “[Wow; if thy brother trespass [against thee,) rebuke him ; and, if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again, saying, “I repent;’ thou shalt , forgive him.” 5 And the apostles said to the Lord, “ Increase our faith.”
6 And the Lord said, “If ye
“With an Infinitive following. To be
* Evièvota, from tri in, and Suwor the mind. content or glad, to esteem it a great matter.” Parkhurst.
t" To recline there at a heavenly banquet. See John xiii. 25. The circumstances mentioned in ver. 23, 24, are ornaments of the parable, which are not to be understood literally.” Newcome.
* Tour woxwoo, being plural, cannot refer to Abraham's bosom. See Parkhurst.
little ones. 3 Take heed, there
had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say to this sycamore tree, “Be thou rooted up, and be thou planted in the sea;” and it would obey you. 7 “But which of you, having a servant ploughing, or feeding cattle, will immediately say to him on his return from the field, “Go, and place thyself at meat f° 8 and will not rather say to him, ‘Make ready whereon I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, whilst I eat and drink; and afterward thou mayest eat and drink P” 9 Doth he thank that servant, because he did the things commanded ? I suppose not. 10 “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all that is commanded you, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants : [for] we have done only what we ought to have done.” 11 AND it came to pass, as Jesus journeyed to Jerusalem, he went through Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain village, there approached him ten men that were lepers,
who stood afar off; 13 and they
lifted up their voices, saying,
tan. 17 And Jesus answering,
said, “Were there not ten cleansed ? but where are the nine? 18 Have none returned to give glory to God, except this alien 2° 19 Then he said to him, “Arise, depart: thy faith hath restored thee.” 20 NOW having been asked by the Pharisees, when the reign of God was to commence, he answered them and said, “The reign of God is not ushered in with parade; 21 Nor shall they say, lo, here ! or lo, there ! for, behold the reign of God is within you.” 22 Then he said to the disciples, “The days will come when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and will not behold it. 23 But when they say to you, ‘Lo, here !” [or] ‘Lo, there:’ go not after them, nor follow them. 24 For as the flash of lightning shineth in an instant from one extremity under heaven, to the other, so will the Son of man be in his day. 25 But first he must suffer many things, and be rejected by this generation. 26 “And as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage; until the day when Noah entered into the ark; and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 In like manner also, as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built : 29 but on the day when Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brim