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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 synaGalileans 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, there. whom 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 daughplanted 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.

Latavas, 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. xii. 7; 1. Tim. i. 20.

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, “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. · 33 salem. 23 Then one said to However, I must needs continue him, “ Master, are there few my course to-day, and to-morwho 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 : phet 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 i 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 I 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 (or 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 maimThen 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 oxed, 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 he 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,

and compel* them to come in ; | the dunghill; but it is thrown that my house may be filled. away. He that hath ears to hear, 24 For I assure you, that none let him hear." of those men who were invited! Ch. XV.1 THEN all the pubshall taste of my supper.'” licans and sinners drew near to

25 AND great multitudes went him to hear him. 2 And the with him; and he turned and Pharisees and the scribes mursaid to them, 26 “ If any one mured, saying, “This man recome to me, and hate not his ceiveth sinners, and eateth with father, and mother, and wife, I them.” and children, and brethren, and 3 And he spake this parable sisters, and even his own life to them, saying, 4“ What man also, he cannot be my disciple. among you, having a hundred 27 And whosoever doth not sheep, if he lose one of them, bear his cross, and come after doth not leave the ninety and me, cannot be my disciple. nine in the desert, and go after

28 For which of you, intend that which is lost, until he find ing to build a tower, sitteth not it? 5 And having found it, he down first, and computeth the layeth it on his shoulders, reexpense, whether he have suf-joicing. 6 And coming home, ficient to complete it? 29 Lest he calleth together his friends perhaps, after he hath laid the and neighbours, saying to them, foundation, and is not able to Rejoice with me; for I have finish it, all that behold it, begin found my sheep which was lost.' to deride him, 30 saying,. This 7 I tell you, that, in like manman began to build, and was not ner, joy will be in heaven over able to finish.'

one sinner who reformeth, moro 31 Or what king, going to than over ninety and nine rightmake war against another king, eous persons, who need no re. sitteth not down, first, and conformation. sulteth whether he be able with 8 " Or what woman, having ten thousand to mee: him who ten pieces of silver, if she lose cometh against him with twenty one piece, doth not light a thousand ? 32 Else, while he is lamp, and sweep the house, yet far off, he sendeth an em- and seek carefully until she bassy, and asketh conditions of find it? 9 and having found it, peace. 33 In like manner, then, she calleth together her friends whosoever among you biddeth and neighbours, saying, “Renot farewell to all that he hath, joice with me; for I have found he cannot be my disciple. the piece which I had lost.' 10

34 Salt is good: but if the In like manner, I tell you, salt become insipid, with what there is joy in the presence of shall it be seasoned ? 35 It is the angels of God over one sinfit neither for the land, nor for ner who reformeth.

• " persuade, entreat, importune. The verse refers to sending the apostles, etc. to preach every where."' Newcome.

11 He said also, * “ A cer-, sinned against heaven, and in tain man had two sons: 12 and thy sight; (and I am no more the younger of them said to his worthy to be called thy son.' ". father, Father, give me the 22" But the father said to his portion of wealth which falleth servants, Bring forth the best to me.' And he divided to them robe, and clothe him; and put their living. 13 And, not many a ring on his hand, and sandals days after, the younger son ga- on his feet. 23 And bring the thered all together, and went fatted calf, and kill it : and let into a distant country, and there us eat and be joyful: 24 for this wasted his property in profli- my son was dead, and is alive gate living. 14 Now when he again ; [and] [was 7 lost, and had spent all, a grievous fa- is found. And they began to be mine spread throughout that joyful. country; and he began to be 25 “ Now the elder son was in in want. 15 And he went and the field; and, as he came and joined himself to a citizen of drew near to the house, he that country; who sent him into heard music and dancing. 26 his fields to feed swine. 16 | Then he called to him one of And he desired to fill his belly the servants, and inquired what with the charub-podst which these things meant. 27 And the the swine ate : and yet no one servant said to him, " Thy gave to him.

brother is come; and thy father 17 “ Then coming to himself, hath killed the fatted calf, be. he said, “How many of my fa-l cause he hath received him in ther's hired servants have abun- health.' dance of bread, while I am 28 « And he was angry, and here perishing with hunger! would not go in: his father 18 I will arise and go to my fa- therefore came out, and enther, and will say to him, Fa. I treated him. 29 And he answerther, I have sinned against hea- | ing, said to the father, 'Lo, these ven, and in thy sight: 19 I am many years I have served thee, no more worthy to be called nor have I at any time transthy son: make me as one of gressed thy commandment: and thy hired servants.

yet thou never gavest me a kid, 20 “ Then he arose, and went thitt I might be joyful with my to his father. But when he was friends:30 but when this thy son yet far off, his father saw him, came, who hath devoured thy and had compassion on him, and living with harlots, thou hast running, he fell on his neck, / killed for him the fatted calf.' and kissed him. 21 And the 31 And he said to him, “Child, son said to him, "Father, I have thou art always with me, and

** 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." Newcome.

+ " Pliny informs us, that the siliqua or charub-tree grew plentifully in Syria ; and from Colesa metla we learn, that they afforded food to swinc.Parkhurst.

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