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31 Or what king, going to make .war ágainst another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand ?
32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambasságe, lo and desireth conditions of peace.
33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not 'allthat he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned ?11
35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but "men cast it out.12 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
CHAP. XV. I The parable of the lost sheep: 8 of the piece of silver : Il of the
prodigal son. THEN drew near unto him all the Publicans and sinners for to hear him.
10' ambassadors. Ma. what shall be seasoned therewith ? Ma. Cr. Ud. 12 cast it out at the doors. Ma.
Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. Heb. vi. 11 : And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end.
€ Pro. xx. 18: Every purpose is established by counsel : and with good advice make war.
f Phil. ii. 7, 8: But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord : for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.
& See on MARK, ix. 50.
* JOHN, xv. 6: If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
CHAP. XV. a Mat. ix. 10: As Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many Publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
2 And the Pharisees and Scribes 'murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and 'eateth with them.
3 | And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath 'found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my 'sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, 5 more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
5 Mat. ix. 11: When the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with Publicans and sinners?
Acts, xi. 3: Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. 1 Cor. v. 9-11: I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep eompany, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one no not to eat. Gal. ii. 12: For before that eertain came from James, he (Peter) did eat with the Gentiles.
«See on Mar. xviii. 12.
* Ps. cxix. 176: I have gone astray like a lost sheep: seek thy servant: for I do not forget thy commandments. “ 1 Pet. it. 10, 25: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now Have obtained' mercy. For ye were as sheep going astray, but are now returned unto the shepherd and bishop of your souls.
3 See on Luke, v. 32.
8 9 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
9 And when she hath found it, she calieth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is "joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
11 | And he said, A certain man had two sons :
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth
And he divided unto them his 'living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into
1 drachma, here translated a piece of silver, is the eighth part of an ounce, which cometh to sevenpence halfpenny, and is equal to the Roman penny. See Mat. xviii. 28. A. V.
Ezek. xviii. 23, 32: Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die ? saith the LORD God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? for I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the LORD God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. do. xxxiii. 11: Say unto them, As I live, saith the LORD God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel ? Acts, xi. 18: When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. PHILE. 15, 16: For perhaps he (Onesimus] therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever; Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord ?
MARK, xii. 44: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. 1 John, iii. 17: Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty "famine in that land ; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the 'husks2 that the "swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger !
18 "I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against "heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But
2 the fruit of the carob tree. Ham. k Amos, viii. 11, 12: Behold, the days come, saith the LORD God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
* Isa. xliv. 20: He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand? Hos. xii. 1: Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind : he daily increaseth lies and desolation.
m Ps. lxxiii. 22: So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
* Ps. xxxii. 5: I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.
•Dan. iv. 26 : Thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule. Mat.xxi. 25; The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven or of men ?
when he was yet a "great way off, his father 'saw him, and had 'compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, 'I have sinned against heaven, and in 'thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, "Bring forth the best robe, and put it on bim; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
p Acts, ii. 39: The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. Eph. ii. 13, 17: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.And came and preached peace to you.which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
9 Ezek. xvi. 6: When I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou, wast in thy blood, Live.
* Is A. xlix. 15: Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will not I forget thee. Micah, vii. 18: He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
* Ecclus. xxi. 1: My son, hast thou sinned?' do so no more, but ask pardon for thy former sins.
Ps. li. 4: Against thee, thee only have I sinned, and done evil in thy sight.
u Isa. Ixi. 10: I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation; he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with orna. ments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Zec. ii. 3--5: Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.