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"A disciple is not above his Persecution teacher, nor a servant above his to be exmaster. Suffice it for the disciple pected. to be as his teacher; and the servant as his master. If men have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they 26 so call his family? Nevertheless Yet gos- fear them not, for there is nothing pel must be preached.
with her mother, and the daughter- CHAP.
He who loveth father or mother 37 more than me, is not worthy of Every me; and he who loveth son or thing must give way daughter more than me, is not to our duty. worthy of me. And he who taketh 38 not his cross and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He 39 who gaineth or seeketh to preserve his life by deserting his duty, shall lose it; and he who loseth his life for my sake shall gain it hereafter.
"He who receiveth you, re- 40
to be re
covered which shall not be reveal-ceiveth me; and he who receiveth Good men ed; and nothing hidden which me, receiveth him that sent me. spected for 27 shall not be known. What I tell He who receiveth a teacher in the God's sake. you in darkness, that speak ye in name of, or because he is a teacher, light, and what ye hear in the ear, shall receive a teacher's reward; proclaim upon the house tops. and he who receiveth a righteous 28 "And fear not them who can man in the name of a righteous Why men kill the body, but are not able to man, shall receive a righteous not to be kill the soul; but rather fear him man's reward. who is able to destroy both soul 29 and body in hell. Do not two sparrows sell for three farthings? And yet one of them falleth not to the ground without the will of 30 your Father; and the very hairs of 31 your head are numbered. Fear not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Our relation to Christ
"Every one who shall confess me before men, I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me beacknow- fore men, I will also deny him beledged. fore my Father who is in heaven.
34 "Think not that I came to Sad per- bring peace on earth, I came not Christiani- to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man at variance with his father, and the daughter
And whosoever 42
And when Jesus had finished CHAP. these commands to his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in the cities of Galilee. Now when John had 2 heard in prison of the works of John's Christ, he sent two of his disciples Christ. to say unto him, "Art thou he 3 that was to come, or should we look for another?" Jesus answer- 4 ed and said unto them, "Go tell John what ye see and hear; the 5 blind receive sight, and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and
arising from human folly and vice.
Is not ready to bear his cross to the place of crucifixion, as I shall do.
5 Probably John wondered that the Messiah did not rescue his fo.erunner.
drinking, and they say, "He hath a CHAP.
CHAP. the poor have the gospel preached to them. And happy is he who shall not offend because of me." And as these departed, Jesus Character said unto the multitudes concernof John, ing John, "What went ye out into the desert to see? A reed 8 shaken by the wind? But what Then he began to reprove the 20 went ye out to see? A man clothed cities in which most of his mighty Impenitent reproved. in delicate apparel? Behold, those works had been done, because they who wear delicate apparel are in repented not. "Alas for thee 21 9 the palaces of noblemen. But Chorazin! alas for thee Bethsaida! what went ye out to see? A for if the mighty works which have teacher? yea, I say unto you, and been done in you had been done in 10 much more than a teacher. For Tyre and Sidon, they would have this is he of whom it is written; repented long ago in sackcloth and "Behold, I send my messenger ashes. But I say unto you, it shall 22 others, by before thy face to prepare thy way be more tolerable for Tyre and being pre- before thee." Verily I say unto Sidon in the day of judgment, dicted as you; Among those that have been than for you. And thou Caper- 23 born of women, there hath not naum, which art exalted to the arisen a greater than John the Bap- skies by wealth and pride, shalt be tist; but the least person employed brought down to the grave; for in preaching the kingdom of heaven if the mighty works which have 12 is greater than he. Indeed from been done in thee, had been the time of John the Baptist's done in Sodom, that city would public preaching unto the present, have remained to this day. But 24 the kingdom of heaven continues I say unto thee, it shall be more
the forerunner of Christ.
to be violently opposed, and its tolerable for the land of Sodom, violent opposers labour to destroy in the day of judgment, than for 13 it. And this is the more wonder-thee."
ful, since the prophets and the At that time Jesus said, "I give 25 law were your teachers until John,glory to thee, O Father, Lord of Jesus glo14 and he, if ye can receive it, is heaven and earth, for showing Father. the person meant by the Elijah these things which thou hast per15 who was to come. Whoso hath mitted to be hidden from men of ears to ears, let him hear. wisdom, and understanding, to babes: yea, O Father! I give 26 glory to thee, because it thus seemeth good in thy sight. All 27 things relating to the salvation of men, were delivered to me by my Father, and no one acknowledgeth
ness of the Jews.
"But to what shall I liken this Perverse- generation? It is like children sitting in the street, and calling to their companions, saying, We piped for you, but ye danced not; we began the mournful strain, but ye did not join in the lamentation.'the For John came neither 3 eating nor
By falling off from a belief of the gospel. In religions knowledge, in the power of working miracles, and in other spiritual endowments.
Son but the Father, nor any the Father, but the Son, and he
and xlvii. and Ezekiel, chap. xxvi. xxvii.
To a very low and wretched state.
3 He observed abstinence and austerity.
7 As he did when Jesus was baptized.
CHAP. to whom the Son chooses to reveal Now how much better is a man CHAP. XII.
28 "Come unto me, all ye who Invitation labour with your heavy burdens, to learn of and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden light."
than a sheep? Wherefore it is law-
Then the Pharisees went out 14 and consulted against Jesus, how Charges they might destroy him; but Jesus the multiAt that time Jesus went on the knowing it, withdrew thence, and XII. sabbath through the corn-fields, great multitudes followed him, him known Jesus vin- and his disciples being hungry be- and he cured them all, and charged to others. dicates his gan to pluck the ears of corn, and them not to make him known. disciples against the to eat. The Pharisees seeing this, Thus was fulfilled the word of 17 Pharisees. said unto him, "Behold! thy dis- the prophet Isaiah, saying, "Be- 18 ciples do that which it is not law-hold my servant whom I have Isa. xli. 1. 3 ful to do on the sabbath." But he chosen, my beloved in whom I am said unto them, "Have ye not read well pleased; I will put my spirit what David did, when himself and upon him, and he shall publish his companions were hungry? true religion to the nations. He 19 4 how he went into the house of will not strive nor cry, nor will God, and ate of the show-bread, his voice be heard in the public which it was not lawful either for places with noise and clamour; the 20 him or his companions to eat, but bruised reed he will not break, and 3 for the priests only? Or have ye the dimly burning taper he will not read in the law, that on the not quench, until he shall establish sabbaths the priests in the temple true religion for ever, and in his 21 break the sabbath and are blame-name, the nations shall hope.". 6 less. But I say unto you, something greater than the temple is demoniac, was brought unto him, Cures a 7 here. Now if ye had known what and he cured him, so that the this meaneth, "I love mercy bet-blind and dumb man both spake ter than sacrifice," ye would not and saw. And all the people were 23 8 have condemned the guiltless. For astonished, and said, "Is this the the son of man is master even of S son of David?" But when the 24 the sabbath." Pharisees heard it, they said:
Cures a withered
Then a blind and dumb man, a 22
This man could not cast out these demons but through Beelzebub the prince of the demons.”
blind and dumb man
the objection of the
9 And he passed on thence, and went"
1 Jewish rites and traditions.
offering to God.
3 That is, the Messiah of whom the Jews were then in expectation.
CHAP. stand? And, if I through Beel- thy words thou shalt be con- CHAP. XII. zebub cast out demons, by whom demned.”
XII. do your sons cast them out? Then some of the scribes and 38 They therefore shall be your Pharisees spake, saying, "Master, Pharisees 28 judges. But if I by the power we wish to see a sign from thee." require a of God cast out demons, then But he answered, An evil and is the kingdom of God already ungodly race of men seeketh a sign, 29 come upon you. How can any but no sign shall be given them, one enter into a strong man's except the sign of the prophet house and plunder his goods? he Jonah. The men of Nineveh 41 must first bind the strong man, will rise up in the place of judg and then he may plunder his ment with this generation, and will 30 goods. He that is not with me condemn them, for they repented is against me, and he who gather- at the preaching of Jonah, and eth not with me scattereth abroad. behold something greater than Jo31 Wherefore I say unto you, every nah is here. The queen of the 42 other kind of sin and evil speak-south will rise up in the place of ing may be forgiven men, but this judgment with this generation, and evil speaking against the spirit or will condemn it, for she came from power of God will not be for- a distant part of the earth to hear 32 given. Even he who speaketh the wisdom of Solomon; and against the son of man may be behold! something greater than forgiven; but whosoever speaketh Solomon is here. against the holy spirit, he will not be forgiven, either in this age, or 33 that which is to come. Either make the tree good, and its fruit will be good, or suppose the tree bad, its fruit will be bad also; for the tree is known by its fruit.
"Ye brood of vipers, how can Upbraids ye who are evil speak good things? the Phari- for out of the abundance of the 35 heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasury of the heart bringeth forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasury of his heart bringeth forth 36 evil things. But I say unto you, that every wicked word, which men shall speak, they shall give account 37 of in the day of judgment. For by thy words, as well as by thy thoughts and actions, thou shalt be considered as righteous, and by
1 Your professors of the healing art, how do they cure those diseases which are supposed to be occasioned by demons ?
Neutrality in the cause of Christ is criminal.
That is, there is no hope of repentance.
"When the unclean spirit is 48 gone out of a man, it passeth through desert places, in search of rest and finding none, it saith: I 44 will turn back to my house whence I came;' and when it is come, it findeth the house ready for its reception, swept and put in order. Then it goeth and taketh with it 45 seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and dwell there: so the last state of that man becometh worse than the first. Thus it will be also to this evil generation."
Now while he was yet speaking 46 to the people, behold! his mother who are and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then 47 one said to him, "Behold! thy mother and thy brethren are standing without, desiring to speak with thee." But he answered and said 48
A sign from heaven, Luke xi. 16.
5 As the diseases of madmen often increase in violence after a transient recovery, so men of no principle go on to higher degrees of wickedness.
CHAP. to him that told him, "Who is, they see not, and hearing they hear CHAP. my mother? and who are my bre-not, nor understand. And in them, XIII. 49 thren? And he stretched forth is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, his hands towards his disciples and said, "Behold! my mother and 50 my brethren: for whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.'
which saith, "Ye will hear with Isa. vi. 6. your ears and not understand, and ye will see with your eyes, and not perceive; for the heart of this 15 people is become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their The same day Jesus went out eyes have they closed, so that of the house, and sat by the side they neither see with their eyes, Parable of of the lake. And great multitudes nor hear with their ears, nor were gathered together unto him, understand with their heart, nor so that he went into a vessel and are converted that I should heal sat in it, and the whole multitude them." But happy are your eyes 16 3 stood on the shore. And he spake for they see, and your ears for they many things unto them in para-hear, and that not only on account bles, saying, "Behold! a sower of your making a right use of 4 went out to sow; and as he sowed, your senses, but also because some seeds fell by the way-side, the things which you hear and and the birds came and devoured see are great and important; for 17 5 them. Some fell on rocky places, verily I say unto you, that many where they had not much earth, prophets and righteous men have and they sprang up very quickly, desired to see those things which because they had not depth of ye see, and have not seen them, 6 earth; but when the sun was risen, and to hear the things which they were scorched, and because hear, and have not heard them. they had no root, withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked 8 them, "But others fell on good ground, and yielded fruit, some an hundred fold, some sixty, some 9 thirty. He that hath ears to hear let him hear."
And the disciples came near and said unto him, "Why speakest why Jesus thou to them in parables?" He parables to answered, "Unto you it is given to know the hitherto unknown truths of the kingdom of heaven, 12 but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath much by improving what was given him, to him will be given in abundance, but whosoever hath little, from neglecting to improve what he had, shall have even that which he hath 13 taken away. I therefore speak to them in parables, because seeing
"Hear ye therefore the parable 18 of the sower. When any one Parable of heareth the word concerning my explained. kingdom, and considereth it not, the evil one cometh, and snatcheth away that which was sown from his heart. This is he who received seed as the ground by the way-side did. And he who re- 20 ceived seed on rocky places, is he that heareth the word, and immediately receiveth it with joy, yet hath not 21 root in himself, but endureth only a short time; for when tribulation or persecution cometh because of the word, he immediately falleth away. And he who received seed 22 among thorns, is he that heareth the word; but the anxious care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. But he who 23 received seed on the good ground,
1 A bad disposition personified.