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time is fulfilled and the reign 1 " What is this? what new of God approacheth: reform, doctrine is this? for with auand believe the good tidings." thority he commandeth even

16 Now, walking by the sea the impure spirits, and they of Galilee, he saw Simon, and obey him." 28 And his fame Andrew his brother, casting asoon spread abroad through net into the sea : for they were the whole country of Galilee. fishers. 17 And Jesus said to 29 AND going immediately them, “ Come, follow me, and out of the synagogue, they I will make you fishers of went, with James and John, into men.” 18 And immediately, the house of Simon and Anleaving [their] nets, they fol- drew. 30 Now the mother of lowed him.

Simon's wife lay sick of a fever; 19 Passing on a little further and immediately they told him [thence), and seeing James the of her. 31 And approaching, son of Zebedee, and John his he took her by the hand, and brother, who also were in a raised her up: and immediateship, mending their nets, ly the fever left her, and she 20 he immediately called them : ministered to them. whereupon, leaving their father 32 Now in the evening, about Zebedee in the ship, with the sunset, they brought to him, all hired servants, they followed that were sick, and the demohim.

niacs. 33 And the whole city was 21 And they went to Caper- assembled at the door. 34 And naum; and (going] directly to he cured many that were sick the synagogue, on the sabbath, i of various diseases, and cast he taught the people. 22 And out many demons: and sufferthey were amazed at his doc- ed not the demons to say that trine: for he taught them as they knew him. having authority, and not as 35 And in the morning, hav. the scribes. 23 And there was in ing risen before day, he went their synagogue a man with an out, and departed into a desert impure spirit ; and he cried place, and there prayed. 36 out, saying, 24" (Ah !7 Jesus ! And Simon, and his company, Nazarene! what hast thou to do went in search of him. 37 And with us? art thou come to having found him, they said to destroy us? I know who thou him, They all seek thee.” 38 art, the holy one of God.” 25 And he said to them, “Let us And Jesus rebuked him, saying, go into the neighbouring towns, “ Be silent, and come out of that I may preach there, also : of him.” 26 And the impure for I came forth with this despirit, having convulsed him,and sign." 39 And he preached in having cried with a loud voice, their synagogues, throughout came out of him. 27 And all were all Galilee; and cast out deamazed, so that they reasoned mons. amongst themselves, saying, 40 And a leper came to him,

beseeching him, and kneeling who were present, reasoned down to him, saying, “ If thou thus in their hearts, 7 6 How wilt, thou canst cleanse me.” 41 doth he speak such blaspheAnd Jesus, being moved with mies? who can forgive sins, but compassion, extended his hand, God alone ?” 8 Now Jesus, imtouched him, and said, “I will; mediately perceiving, in his be thou cleansed.” 42 And son spirit, that they reasoned thus his speaking], the leprosy, im- within themselves, said to them, mediately departed from him, " Why reason ye thus in your and he was cleansed. 43 And hearts ? 9 Which is easier? to having strictly charged him, say to the paralytic, · Thy sins he immediately sent him away; are forgiven thee?' or, to say, 44 and said to him, “See thou Arise, take up thy couch, and tell no one any thing : but go, walk ? 10 But that ye may show thyself to the priest, and know that the Son of man hath offer for thy cleansing what power, on earth, to forgive sins, Moses commanded ; for a tes- (he said to the paralytic,) I say timony to them.” 45 But going to thee, 11• Arise, take up thy out, he began to publish much, couch, and go home.'” and to spread abroad the re- 12 And immediately he arose, port; so that Jesus could no took up his couch, and went more, openly, enter into the out before them all ; so that all city, but was without, in desert were amazed, and glorified God, places : and they came to him saying, “ We never saw it from all parts.

thus!" Ch. II. 1 And after some 13 And he went out again, days, he again entered into Ca- towards the sea : and all the pernaum ; and it was known multitude came to him, and he that he was in a house. 2 And taught them. immediately, many were as- 14 And passing on, he saw sembled ; so that not even the Levi, the son of Alpheus, sitting parts about the door could any at the toll-office, and said to longer contain them : and he him, “ Follow me.” And rising preached to them the word up, he followed him.

3 And they came to him, 15 And it came to pass, that, bringing a paralytic, carried by as he was eating in this man's four. 4 And not being able to house, many publicans and sinapproach him, because of the ners placed themselves at tacrowd, they removed the cover-ble, with Jesus and his disciing where he was: and through ples : for many of these people the opening, let down the couch followed him. 16 And the on which the paralytic lay. 5 scribes and the Pharisees secNow Jesus perceiving their ing him eating with the publifaith, said to the paralytic,“Son, cans and sinners, said to his thy sins are forgiven thee." disciples, “ Wherefore doth he .6 But some of the scribes, I eat and drink with the publicans

and sinners ?" 17But on hearing | entered the house of God, this Jesus said to them, “ The [in the days of Abiathar the whole need not a physician, but high-priest, and ate the loaves the sick; I came not to call the of the presence, which none righteous, but sinners.”

but the priests could lawfully 18 NOW the disciples of eat, and gave, also, to those John, and the Pharisees, were with him ?" 27 And he said to accustomed to fast: and they them, “ The sabbath was made came and said to him, “Why for man; not man for the sabe do the disciples of John, and of bath. 28 So that the Son of man the Pharisees fast, but thy dis-is lord even of the sabbath." ciples fast not ?" 19 And Jesus Ch. III. 1 AND he entered said to them, “ Can the com. again into the synagogue; and a panions of the bridegroom fast, man was there who had a withwhile the bridegroom is with ered hand. 2 And they watchthem ? [As long as they have ed him, whether he would cure the bridegroom with them, they on the sabbath; that they might cannot fast.] 20 But the days accuse him. 3 And he said to will come, when the bridegroom the man who had the withered will be taken from them; and hand, “ Stand up in the midst." then, in that day, they will fast. 4 Then he said to them, “ Is it 21 No one seweth a piece of un-lawful to do good on the sabdressed cloth upon an old gar- bath, or to do evil ? to save ment: otherwise, the new piece life, or to kill ?" But they kept which filleth it up, taketh from silent. 5 And looking round the old, and a worse rent is on them, with anger, being made. 22 And no one putteth new grieved at the hardness of their wine into old leathern bottles: hearts, he said to the man, otherwise, the new wine “ Stretch forth thy hand." And bursteth the bottles, and the he stretched it forth: and his wine is spilled, and the bottles hand was restored. 6 And the are destroyed: but new wine Pharisees, with the Herodians, must be put into new bottles.” going immediately out, conspir. 23 And it came to pass, that ed against him, how they might he went through the corn-fields destroy him. on the sabbath ; and his disci. 17 But Jesus with his disciples began, as they went, to ples, withdrew to the sea : and pluck the ears of corn. 24 And a great multitude [followed] the Pharisees said to him, [him] from Galilee, and from “See, why do they, [on] the Judea, and from Jerusalem, 8 sabbath, that which is not law- and from Idumea, and from ful ?" 25 And he said to them, beyond Jordan; they also about " Have ye never read what | Tyre and Sidon, even a great David did, when he had need, multitude, having heard what when both he himself, and those great things he did, came to with him, hungered ? 26 how he him. 9 And he spake to his

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 dethey 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 an 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-1 27 “ No one can plunder the eases, and of casting out de- goods of the strong one, by en. mons. 16 Now these were Simontering 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 ; 1 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 shali 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 dueTNUOTOS, sin, which Griesbach las 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 Newcome. The sin against the holy spirit is, ver. 30, plainly stated to be, ascribiug 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 chris. tianity 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, [calling 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 7 forgiven." the sea; and the whole multi. 13 And he said to them, tude were near the sea, on the “Do ye not understand this land.

I parable? how then will ye un2 And he taught them manyderstand 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 a 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.

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