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and it shall be opened to you 10 For whosoever asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.

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11 "Now if a son shall ask any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if also, he shall ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 or if also he shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion? 13 If ye therefore, bad as ye are, know how to give good things to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give a holy spirit to those that ask him?"


14 AND he was casting out a demon, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the demon was gone out, that the dumb spake and the multitudes wondered. 15 But some of them said, "He casteth out demons through Beelzebub, prince of the demons." 16 (And others trying him, sought of him a sign from heaven.) 17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself, is brought to desolation; and house after house falleth. 18 Now if the adversary also be divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? for ye say that I cast out de

demons, then indeed the reign of God hath overtaken you.

21" When the strong one, armed, guardeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 22 but if a stronger than he attack and overcome him, he will strip him of all his armour, in which he 23 He who is not for me, is trusted, and dispose of his spoils. against me: and he who gathereth not with me, scattereth. 24" When the impure spirit



eth through dry places, seekgone out of a man, he passsaith, I will return ing rest; and, finding none, he my house whence I came out.' 25 And having come, he findeth it swept and set in order. 26 Whereupon he goeth and bringeth seven other spirits, more evil than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the latter state of that man becometh worse than the first."*

27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, that a certain woman, from amidst the crowd, raising her voice, said to him, " Happy the womb which bare thee, and the breasts which have nourished thee." 28 But he said, "Yea, rather, happy they, who hear the word of God and obey it."

29 Now the crowds being collected in a body, he began

mons by Beelzebub. 19 But to say, "This is an evil gene

if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Wherefore they shall be your judges. 20 But if I by the finger of God cast out

ration: it demandeth a sign; and a sign shall not be given it, except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son

A relapse into vice, like a relapse into insanity, renders the case more hopeless than


of man also, be to this genera-, tion.

31 "The queen of the south country will rise in the judgment against the men of this generation, and will condemn them for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon

is here.

32 "The men of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment against this generation, and will condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here.

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42" But alas for you, Pharisees! for ye pay tithe of mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God: now these ye ought to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 43 Alas for you, Pharisees! for ye love the chief seats in the synagogues, and sa33" Now no one, having light-lutations in the market-places. ed a lamp, putteth it in a secret 44 Alas for you! for ye are like place, or under a measure, but concealed tombs, which men on a light-stand; that those walk over without knowing it." who come in may see the light. 34 The lamp of the body is the eye; when [therefore] thine eye is clear, thy whole body also is enlightened; but when thine eye is dim, thy body also is in darkness. 35 Take heed therefore, that the light which is in thee be not darkness. 36 If thy whole body therefore be enlightened, having no part dark, the whole will be so enlightened, as when a lamp enlighteneth thee by its bright


37 AND as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and going in, he placed himself at table. 38 And the Pharisee was surprised to observe, that he had not first washed before dinner. 39 Then the Lord said to him, "Now ye Pharisees make clean the

45 Then one of the teachers of the law answering, said to him, "Master, thus saying, thou reproachest us also." 46 And he said, "Alas for you, lawyers also! because ye lade men with intolerable burdens, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. 47 Alas for you! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48 Ye therefore bear witness that ye consent to the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build [their tombs.]

49 "Wherefore also the wisdom of God hath said, 'I will send unto them prophets and apostles; and some of them they will kill, and others they will persecute: 50 so that the blood of all the prophets which hath

of the world, will be required of this generation: 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the temple:' yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation.

been shed from the foundation | power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, Fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for twopence? and yet not one of them is forgotten before God: 7 but even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

52 "Alas for you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye yourselves have not entered in, and those who were entering in ye have hindered."

53 And while he said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be greatly incensed, and to provoke him to speak of many things; 54 [laying wait for him and seeking] to catch something out of his mouth, [that they might accuse him.]

CH. XII. 1 IN the mean time, when myriads of the multitude were gathered together, so that they trod upon one another, he began to say to his disciples, "Above all things, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy. 2 For there is nothing covered, which shall not be revealed; or hidden, which shall not be known.

3"Because that which ye have spoken in the dark, shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have whispered in closets, shall be proclaimed upon the house-tops.

4. "And I charge you, my friends, Fear not them who kill the body, and after that can do no more. 5 But I will warn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him who, after he hath killed, hath

8" Moreover I say to you, Whosoever shall acknowledge me before men, him the Son of man also, will acknowledge before the angels of God. 9 But he who denieth me before men, shall be denied in the presence of the angels of God. 10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who [blasphemeth] against the holy spirit, it will not be forgiven.

11 “And when ye are brought to synagogues, and to principalities and powers, take no anxious thought how or what ye shall speak in defence, or what ye shall say: 12 for the holy spirit shall teach you, in that hour, what ye ought to say."

13 AND one of the multitude said to him, "Master, speak to my brother, that he divide our inheritance with me." 14 And Jesus said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?" 15 And he said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which any one possesseth." 16 And he spake a parable to them, saying, "There was a certain rich man, whose ground brought forth

plentifully: 17 and he thought, Not even Solomon in all his

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within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no place where I can store my crops?' 18 Then he said, 'I will do this I will take down my barns, and build greater; and there I will store all my produce and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul,* Soul, thou hast many goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.' 20 But God said to him, Thou inconsiderate man, this night thy soul is required of thee: whose then will the things be which thou hast provided?' 21 So is he, who layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God."

glory was arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothe the herb, which to-day is in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the furnace; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? 29 Wherefore, be ye not anxiously inquisitive about what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; neither be ye in agitated suspense. 30 For after all these things the nations of the world seek; and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But seek ye the kingdom of God; and [all] these things shall be added to you.

32" Fear not, little flock: for it hath pleased your Father to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell provide for yourselves bags your possessions, and give alms:

which do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure, in the heavens, which faileth


22 Then he said to his disciples, "Therefore I charge you, Take no anxious thought for [your] life, what ye shall eat: nor for the body, with what ye shall be clothed. 23 The life is a greater gift than food; and the body, than clothing. 24 Observe the ravens, that they neither sow nor reap; which have neither store-house, nor barn; and yet God feedeth them.ed about, and your lamps burnHow much better are ye than the fowls?

25"Now which of you, by taking anxious thought, can add one cubit to his stature ? 26 If therefore ye be not able to do even that which is least, why take ye anxious thought for the rest? 27 Observe how the lilies grow they neither labour nor spin; and yet I tell you,

where no thief approacheth, nor moth consumeth. 34 For where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.

35" Let your loins be gird

ing; 36 and yourselves like men who are looking for their master, when he shall return from the marriage; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him immediately. 37 Happy are those servants, whom their master, when he cometh, shall find watching: verily I tell you, that he will gird himself and will make them place

A part here is taken for the whole; Tux ou the soul of me, or my soul, is the same as myself. The same word is rendered life in verse 22 and 23.

themselves at meat, and will cording to his will, shall be

come and serve them.

38 "And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them doing thus; happy are those [servants]. 39 Now ye know this, that if the master of the house knew at what hour the thief would come, he would watch, and not allow him to break into his house. 40 Wherefore be ye also prepared; because at an hour when ye are not aware, the Son of man will come."

41 Then Peter said to him, "Master, dost thou speak this parable to us alone, or to all present?" 42 Whereupon the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will place over his household to give them their portion of food in due season? 43 Happy is that servant, whom his master, when he cometh, shall find doing thus. 44 In truth I tell you, that he will place him over all that he hath.

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45But as to that servant who shall say in his heart, My master delayeth his coming;' and shall begin to strike the men-servants, and the maid-servants, and to eat and drink and be drunken; 46 the master of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour of which he is not aware; and having discarded him, will appoint him his portion with the unfaithful.

47" And that servant, who knew his master's will, and prepared not himself, nor did ac


beaten with many stripes: 48 but he who knew it not, and committed things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For much will be required of every one to whom much is given; and the more a man is entrusted with, the more will be exacted from him.

49" I came to send fire on the earth; and what do I desire? O that it were already kindled! 50 I have also a baptism to be baptized with: and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! 51 suppose ye that I came to spread peace on earth? I tell you, No; but rather division. 52 For henceforth five in one house will be divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 Father will be divided against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."

54 And he said also to the multitudes : "When ye see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately ye say, 'There cometh a shower;' and so it happeneth: 55 and when ye see the south wind blow, ye say,

There will be heat;' and it happeneth. 56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the appearance of the earth and of the sky: but how is it that ye do not discern this time? 57 And why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? 58 For when thou goest with thine opponent to the magistrate, endeavour to

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