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be forgiven to men: 32 and whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him; but whosoever speaketh against the holy spirit, it will not be forgiven him, neither in this nor in the coming age. 33 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by the fruit. 34 “Ye brood of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of his good treasure bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of his evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I tell you, that every idle word which men shall speak, they shall give account of in a day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justi. fied, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” 38 THEN some of the Scribes and of the Pharisees interposed, saying, “Master, we desire to see a sign from thee.” 39 But he answering said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and a sign shall not be given it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the bowels of the fish, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment together with this generation, and will condemnit; be

cause they repented at the preaching of Jonah ; and, behold a greater than Jonah is here. 42 The queen of the south will arise in the Judgment together with this generation, and will condemn it: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 43 “Now when the impure spirit is gone out of a man, he passeth through dry places, seeking rest; and findeth none. 44 Then he saith, ‘ I will return into my house whence I came out:” and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and set in order. 45 Then he goeth, and taketh with him seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in, and dwell there : and the last state of that man becometh worse than the first. Thus will it be also to this evil generation.” 46 NOW while he discoursed to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. 47-Then one said to him, “Behold thy mother and thy brethren stand without desiring to speak with thee.” 48 But he answering said to him that told him, “Who is my mother ? and who are my brethren 7° 49 And stretching forth his hand towards his disciples, he said, “Behold my mother and my brethren 50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.” CH. XIII. 1 NOW the same day Jesus having gone out of the house, sat by the sea-side. 2 And such great multitudes flocked about him, that he went into a ship, and sat: and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 And he spake many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold a sower went out to sow : 4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell by the way-side, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 And some fell on rocky places, where they had not much earth : and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of earth; but when the sun was risen, they were scorched; and because they had not root, they withered. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up, and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground, and yielded fruit, some a hundred-fold, and some sixty, and some thirty. 9 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” 10 And the disciples coming near, said to him, “Why speakest thou to them in parables?” 11 And he answering said to them, “To you it is given to know the mysteries of the reign [of heaven o but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath improved, to him shall be given, and he shall abound : but whosoever hath not improved, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath. 13 I therefore speak to them in parables, because seeing, they see not; and hearing, they hear not, nor understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy

of Isaiah, which saith, “By hearing ye will hear, and will not understand; and seeing ye will see, and will not perceive. 15°For the heart of this people is become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; so that they see not with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, nor understand with their heart, nor are converted, that I should heal them.’ 16 But happy are your eyes, for they see; and your ears for they hear. 17 For verily I tell you, that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see the things which ye behold, and have not seen them ; and to hear the things which ye hear, and have not heard them. 18 “Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the doctrine of the reign, and considereth it not, the evil one cometh, and snatcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 And he who received seed on rocky places, is he that heareth the word, and immediately receiveth it with joy; 21 yet hath not root in himself, but endureth a short time: and when affliction or persecution ariseth because of the word, he instantly relapseth. 22 And he who received seed among thorns, is he that heareth the word; and the anxious care of this age and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground, is he that heareth the word, and considereth it ; who likewise beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundred Jold, and some sixty, and some thirty.” 24 He put forth to them another parable, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field : 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel among the wheat, and went away. 26 But when the blade sprang up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared also the darnel. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said to him, “Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field — whence then hath it darnel 2 28 And he said to them, “An envious man hath done this.” Then the servants said to him, * Wilt thou therefore that we go and gather them up to 29 But he said, ‘No ; lest while ye gather up the darnel, ye root up the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest, I will say to the reapers, “Gather up first the darnel, and bind them [into] bundles to be burnt: but gather the wheat into my barn.’” 31 He gave them another parable, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard-seed, which a man took and sowed in his field : 32 which indeed is the least of all seeds: but, when it is grown, it

* The principle of evil personified. “Sons of the evil one” are wicked men. Old Testament are called sons of Belial, or worthlessness: i. e. worthless men. 1 Kings xxi. 10, See 2 Cor. vi.15. Markiv. 15, note.

is the greatest of herbs, and becometh a tree; so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches.” 33 He spake to them another parable : “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and mixed with three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.” 34 All these things Jesus spake to the multitudes in parables; and without a parable he did not speak to them : 35 thus was fulfilled the word spoken by the prophet, saying, “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things, which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.” 36 THEN [Jesus] sent away the multitude, and went into a house : and his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the darnel of the field; 37 And he answering said to them, “He who soweth the good seed is the Son of man : and the field is the world: and the good seed are the sons of the kingdom ; and the darnel are the sons of the evil one : and 29 the enemy that sowed them ls the impostor * : and the harvest is the end of the age : and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the darnel are gathered up, and burnt in the fire; so will it be in the end of [this] age : 41 the Son of man will send forth his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all the causes of offence,

Such in the 1 Sam, ii. 12;

and the workers of iniquity; 42 and will cast them into a furnace of fire : there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then will the righteous shine forth as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field; which when a man hath found, he keepeth it secret, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchantman, seeking goodly pearls: 46 who, having found one very costly pearl, went and sold all all that he had and hought it. 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net cast into the sea, that inclosed fishes of every kind: 48 which, when it was filled, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 49 So will it be in the end of the age : the angels will come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous, 50 and will cast them into a furnace of fire: there will be weeping, and gnashing of teeth.” 51 [Jesus said to them,) “ Understand ye all these things ’’ They answered him, “Yes [Master].” 52 Then he said to them, “Therefore every scribe, instructed in the reign of heaven, is like a householder, who bringeth forth, out of his store-house, things new and old.” 53 And it came to pass that,

when Jesus had ended these parables, he departed thence. 54 AND being come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue; so that they were amazed, and said, “Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works & 55 Is not this the carpenter’s son 2 is not his mother called Mary 2 and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas 56 and are not all his sisters with us? Whence therefore hath this man all these things?” 57 And they were confounded at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour, except in his own country, and in his own house.” 58 And he did not many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. CH. XIV. 1 AT that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus; 2 and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works are wrought by him.” 3 (For Herod had apprehended John, and bound him, and put him in prison, because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife. 4 For John had said to him “ It is not lawful for thee to have her.” 5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they accounted him as a prophet. 6 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. , 7 Upon which he promised with an oath to give her whatever she should ask. 8 And she, having been before instructed by her mother, said, “Give me here the head of John the Baptist in a basin.” 9 And the king was sorry; yet, because of his oaths, and of his guests, he commanded it to be given; 10 and sent and beheaded John in the prison. 11 And his head was brought in a basin, and given to the damsel: 12 and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took up the body, and buried it: and went and told Jesus). 13 And when Jesus heard of it, he withdrew from thence by ship into a desert place privately ; and when the people heard of it, they followed him by land from the cities. 14 AND [Jesus] went out, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion towards them, and cured their sick. 15 And in the evening, his disciples came to him, saying, “This is a desert place, and the day is now advanced ; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.” 16 But Jesus said to them, “They need not go : give ye them to eat.” 17 And they said to him, “We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.” 18 And he said, “Bring them hither to me.” 19 And commanding the multitudes to place themselves on the grass, he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed God, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples; and the disciples

to the multitudes. 20 And they all ate, and were filled : and they took up the remainder of the fragments, twelve panniers full. 21 And those that had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. 22 AND immediately he compelled the disciples to get into a ship, and go before him to the other side, until he sent away the multitudes. 22 And having sent the multitudes away, he retired by himself to a mountain to pray: and in the evening, he was yet there, alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed by the waves: for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night, he went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And the disciples seeing him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is an apparition:” and they cried out through fear. 27 But Jesus immediately spake to them, saying, “Take courage : it is I; be not afraid.” 28 And Peter answering him, said, “Master, if it be thou, bid me come to thee on the water.” 29 And he said, “Come.” Then Peter went down out of the ship, and walked on the water, that he might go to Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind strong, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Master, save me.” 31 And Jesus immediately stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, and said to him, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt 27° 32 And on

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