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come to an agreement with him on the way; lest he bring thee before the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. 59 I tell thee, Thou wilt by no means be released, till thou hast paid the very last mite."

CH. XIII. 1 NOW there were present, at that time, some who informed him of the Galileans; whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering, said to them, "Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, No: but, unless ye reform, ye

will all perish in such a manner. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower of Siloam fell, and killed them; think ye that they were transgressors above all men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, No; but, unless ye reform, ye will all perish in like manner."


6 He spake also this parable: "A certain man had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none. 7 Then he said to his vine-dresser, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and find none: cut it down; why doth it even take up the ground?' 8 And he answering, said to him, Sir, suffer it to remain this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 9 perhaps it will bear fruit: but if not, thou mayest afterwards cut it down."


10 NOW he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11 And, lo, there was a woman who had for eighteen years a spirit of infirmity, and was bowed together, and could in no wise raise herself up. 12 And Jesus observing her, he called her to him, and said to her, "Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity." 13 And he put his hands on her and immediately she stood upright, and glorified God.


14 But the ruler of the synagogue spake, being moved with indignation, because Jesus had wrought a cure on the sabbath, and said to the multitude, "There are six days in which men ought to work: in them, therefore, come and be cured, and not on the sabbath." 15 The Lord therefore answered him, and said, "Thou hypocrite, doth not every one of you, on the sabbath, loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to water? 16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom the adversary* hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, to be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day ?" 17 And on his saying these things, all his opposers were ashamed: and the whole multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things done by him.

18 HE said also, "To what is the kingdom of God like? and to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mus

*Zaravas, satan, is the personification of the principle of opposition: diseases are attributed to satan, not because the devil is, or was supposed to be, the author of them; but, because they are destructive to health, ease, and enjoyment. See Acts x. 38; 1 Cor. v. 5; 2 Cor. xii. 7; 1 Tim. i. 20.

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tard-seed, which a man took | north and the south, and shall

be guests in the kingdom of
God. 30 And, behold, there are
last, who will be first, and there
are first, who will be last."

and put in his garden; and it
grew, and became a [great]
tree, and the fowls of the air
lodged in its branches." 20
[And] again he said, "To
what shall I compare the king-
dom of God? 21 It is like lea-
ven, which a woman took and
mixed with three measures of
meal, till the whole was lea- | them,

31 On the same day, some of the Pharisees came near, saying to him, " Go out, and depart hence for Herod intendeth to kill thee." 32 And he said to

22 AND he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying towards Jerusalem. 23 Then one said to him, "Master, are there few who will be saved?" And he said to them, 24 "Strive to enter in by the narrow door: for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.

25 "When once the master of the house hath risen up, and hath shut the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, 'Master! Master! open for us.' But he will answer, and say to you, I know not whence ye are.' 26 Then ye will begin to say, 'We have eaten and drank in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.' 27 But he will say, 'I tell you, I know not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.'

28 "There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and yourselves excluded. 29 And they shall come from the east and the west, and [from] the

"Go and tell that fox, Behold, I shall cast out demons, and I shall work cures to-day and to-morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. 83 However, I must needs continue my course to-day, and to-morrow; and depart the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

34" O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets, and stonest those that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathereth her brood under her wings! but ye would not. 35 Behold, your habitation shall be left by you.* And I tell you, Ye shall not see me, till the time come when ye shall say, 'Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord." "

CH. XIV. 1 AND it came to pass, that when Jesus had, on the sabbath, entered into the house of one of the rulers among the Pharisees, to eat bread, they watched him. 2 And, lo! there was before him a certain man, that had a dropsy. 3 Wherefore, Jesus spake to the teachers of the law and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful

* So Improved Version. Gr. "left (or cast off) to you,”

to work a cure on the sabbath?" 13 But when thou makest a

4 And they remained silent.
Then Jesus took hold of him,
and cured him, and sent him
away; 5 and [resuming his dis-
course] he said to them, "Which
of you shall have an ass or an
ox fallen into a pit, and will
not immediately draw him
out on the sabbath?" 6 And they
could not reply to these things.

feast, invite the poor, the maim-
ed, the lame, the blind; 14 and
thou shalt be happy: (for they
cannot recompense thee;) for
thou shalt be recompensed in
the resurrection of the righte-

7 Then he spake a parable to
those that were invited, when |
he marked how they chose out
the chief places; saying to
them, 8" When thou art in-
vited by any one to a marriage-
feast, take not the chief place;
lest a more honourable man
than thou be invited by him;
9 and he that invited thee and
him come, and say to thee,
'Give place to this man;' and
then thou begin, with confu-
sion, to take the lowest place.

10 But when thou art invit-I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them: I beseech thee have me excused.' 20 And another said, 'I have married a wife; and therefore I cannot come,' 21 So [that] servant came, and told his master these things.


"Then the master of the house was angry, and said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the lame, and the blind.' 22 And the servant said, 'Sir, it is done as thou hast commanded, and still there is room.' 23 And the master said to the servant, Go out to the highways and hedges,

ed, go and take the lowest place; that, when he who invited thee cometh, he may say to thee, Friend, go up higher:' then thou wilt have honour in the presence of those that are at meat with thee. 11 For every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."

15 And one of the guests, hearing these things, said to him, "Happy is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God." 16 Then Jesus said to him, "A certain man made a great supper, and invited many: 17 and sent his servant at supper time, to say to those who were invited, Come, for all things are now ready.' 18 And they all, with one consent, began to excuse themselves. The first said to him, I have bought a field, and I must needs go and see it: I beseech thee have me excused.' 19 And another said,



12 Then he said also to him who had invited him, "When thou makest a dinner, or a supper, invite not thy friends, nor thy brethren, [nor thy kinsmen,] nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also invite thee again, and a recompense be made thee.

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and compel them to come in; | the dunghill; but it is thrown that my house may be filled. away. He that hath ears to hear, 24 For I assure you, that none let him hear." of those men who were invited shall taste of my supper.'


CH. XV. 1 THEN all the publicans and sinners drew near to him to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them."

25 AND great multitudes went with him; and he turned and said to them, 26 "If any one come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, and even his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and computeth the expense, whether he have sufficient to complete it? 29 Lest perhaps, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it, begin to deride him, 30 saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish."

31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down, first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him who cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Else, while he is yet far off, he sendeth an embassy, and asketh conditions of peace. 33 In like manner, then, whosoever among you biddeth not farewell to all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

34 Salt is good: but if the salt become insipid, with what shall it be seasoned? 35 It is fit neither for the land, nor for

3 And he spake this parable to them, saying, 4" What man among you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the desert, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And having found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And coming home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying to them,

Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.' 7 I tell you, that, in like manner, joy will be in heaven over one sinner who reformeth, more than over ninety and nine righteous persons, who need no reformation.

8 "Or what woman, having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and seek carefully until she find it? 9 and having found it, she calleth together her friends and neighbours, saying, 'Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.' 10 In like manner, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who reformeth.

* "persuade, entreat, importune. The verse refers to sending the apostles, etc. to preach every where." Newcome."

11 He said also,* "A certain man had two sons: 12 and the younger of them said to his father,Father, give me the portion of wealth which falleth to me.' And he divided to them their living. 13 And, not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and went into a distant country, and there wasted his property in profligate living. 14 Now when he had spent all, a grievous famine spread throughout that country; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; who sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he desired to fill his belly with the charub-pods which the swine ate and yet no one gave to him.

sinned against heaven, and in thy sight; [and] I am no more worthy to be called thy son.'

22" But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and clothe him; and put a ring on his hand, and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf, and kill it: and let us eat and be joyful: 24 for this my son was dead, and is alive again; [and] [was] lost, and is found. And they began to be joyful.

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25"Now the elder son was in the field; and, as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 Then he called to him one of the servants, and inquired what these things meant. 27 And the servant said to him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him in

17" Then coming to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have abun-health.' dance of bread, while I am 28" And he was angry, and here perishing with hunger! would not go in his father 18 I will arise and go to my fa- therefore came out, and enther, and will say to him, Fa-treated him. 29 And he answerther, I have sinned against hea-ing, said to the father, 'Lo, these ven, and in thy sight: 19I am many years I have served thee, no more worthy to be called nor have I at any time transthy son: make me as one of gressed thy commandment: and thy hired servants.' yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might be joyful with my friends: 30 but when this thy son came, who hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.'

20" Then he arose, and went to his father. But when he was yet far off, his father saw him, and had compassion on him, and running, he fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, Father, I have

31 And he said to him, 'Child, thou art always with me, and


"This parable shows how graciously God receives sinners: ver. 20: and how great the displeasure of the Jews was at the reception of the sinful gentiles into the evangelical covenant." Newcome.

+"Pliny informs us, that the siliqua or charub-tree grew plentifully in Syria; and from Colu mella we learn, that they afforded food to swine." Parkhurst.

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