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shalt not commit adultery: Thou shalt not steal: Thou shalt not bear false witness: 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.'

shalt not commit murder: Thou | twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one that hath left houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, on account of my name, shall receive a hundred-fold, and shall inherit aionian life.

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20 The young man said to him, "All these things I have kept [from my youth]: what want I more?" 21 Jesus said to him, "If thou desire to be per- CH. XX. 1 "For the kingfect, go sell what thou hast, dom of heaven, is like а. and give to the poor; and householder who went out earthou shalt have treasure in hea-ly in the morning, to hire laven: and come and follow me." bourers into his vineyard. 2 22 But the young man hearing | And having agreed with the lathese words, went away sorrow-bourers for a denarius a day, ful: for he had great posses- he sent them into his vineyard. sions. 3 And he went out, about the third hour, and saw others standing idle, in the market-place, 4 and said to them, 'Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you.' And they went. 5 Again, he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did in like manner. 6 And about the eleventh [hour] he went out, and found others standing, and said to them, "Why stand ye here, all the day, idle?' 7 They said to him, 'Because no one hath hired us.' He said to them, 'Go ye also into the vineyard, [and whatsoever is right ye shall receive.]'

27 Then Peter answering, said to him, "Lo! we have left all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore ?" 28 And Jesus said to them, " Verily I tell you, that ye, who have followed me in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory,

8 "So, in the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire; beginning from the last, to the first.' 9 Then came those of the eleventh hour, and they reyourselves also, shall sit onceived every one a denarius. 10

23 Then said Jesus to his disciples, "Verily I tell you, that a rich man will with difficulty enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." 25 But the disciples hearing this, were greatly amazed, saying, "Who then can be saved?" 26 But Jesus looking at them, answered, "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."

30 "But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

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may sit, the one on thy right hand and the other on thy left, in thy reign." 22 But Jesus answering, said, "Ye know not what ye ask. Can ye drink of the cup of which I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We can.” 23 Then he said to them, "Ye will drink indeed of my cup: but to sit on my right hand, and on [my] left, is not mine to give, except to those for whom it is prepared by my Father."

24 And the ten hearing this, were moved with indignation against the two brethren. 25 But Jesus calling them to him, said; "Ye know that the rulers of the gentiles have dominion over them, and the great ones exercise authority upon them. 26 It shall not be so among cho-you; but whosoever desireth to be great among you, let him be your servant; 27 and whosoever desireth to be chief among you, let him be your slave: 28 even as the Son of man came not to be served, but to serve; and to give his life a ransom for many.'


17 AND as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve [disciples], privately on the way, and said to them, 18 "Lo! we are going up to Jerusalem and the Son of man will be delivered up to the chief priests and Scribes, 19 who will condemn him to death, and will deliver him up to the gentiles, that they may deride and Scourge and crucify him: and the third day he will rise again."

29 AND on their going out from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. 30 And, lo! two blind men, sitting by the wayside, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, "Have pity on us, Master, son 20 THEN, the mother of the of David." 31 Then the mulsons of Zebedee came to him, titude rebuked them, that they together with her sons, doing might be silent; but they cried him obeisance, and asking a cer- the more, saying, "Have pity tain thing of him. 21 And he on us, Master, son of David." said to her, "What desirest 32 Then Jesus stopping, called thou?" She said to him, "Com-them, and said, "What do ye mand that these my two sons want me to do for you?" 33


But the first coming, they sup-
posed that they should receive
more; and they also received
every one a denarius. 11 And
having received it, they mur-
mured against the householder,
12 saying, These last have
worked but one hour, and thou
hast made them equal to us, who
have borne the burden and the
heat of the day.' 13 But he an-
swering one of them, said,
Friend, I do thee no wrong:
didst thou not agree with me
for a denarius? 14 Take what
is thine, and depart now it is
my will to give to this last, even
as to thee. 15 May I not do
what I will with mine own? Is
thine eye evil, because I am
good? 16 Thus, the last will
be first, and the first last for
many are called, but few


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They said to him, "Sir, that | ed, saying, "Who is this?" 11 our eyes may be opened." 35 And the crowd answered, “It Then Jesus being moved with is Jesus, the prophet of Nazatender compassion,touched their reth in Galilee." eyes, and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

CH. XXI. 1 AND when they drew near to Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphagé, to the mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples; 2 saying, to them, "Go into the village, over against you, and immediately ye will find an ass tied, and a colt with her : loose them, and bring them to me. 3 And if any one say aught to you, ye shall say, The Master hath need of them :' and immediately he will send them." 4 Now [all] this was done, so that it was fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 "Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy king cometh to thee; meek, and riding upon an ass, even a colt, the foal of an ass."

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12 And Jesus went into the temple [of God,] and drove out all those who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of those who sold doves; 13 and said to them, "It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer;' but ye have made it a den of robbers." 14 And the blind and the lame came to him, in the temple; and he healed them.


15 And the chief priests and the scribes seeing the wonderful things which he did, and the boys shouting in the temple, and saying, "Hosanna to the son of David!" were full of indignation; and said to him, "Hearest thou what these say?" 16 And Jesus said to them, "Yes! Have ye never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?"" 17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and lodged there.

18 NOW in the morning, on his returning to the city, he hungered. 19 And seeing a fig-tree on the way-side, he went to it; and finding nothing on it, except leaves only, he said to it, "Let no fruit grow on thee henceforth to the age." And forthwith, the fig-tree withered away. 20 And the disciples seeing it, wondered, saying, "How soon hath the fig-tree withered away!" 21 Then Jesus answering, said to them,

"Verily I tell you, if ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do what hath been done to the fig-tree, but even if ye shall say to this mountain, 'Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea,' it shall be done. 22 And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."

23 AND when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him, as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority dost thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?" 24 And Jesus answering, said to them, "I also will ask you one thing; which if ye tell me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 Whence was the baptism by John? from heaven, * or from men?" And they reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did ye not believe him? 26 But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the people for all account John as a prophet." 27 And they answering Jesus, said, "We know not." He also said to them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.


28 "But what think ye of this? A man had two sons; and coming to the first, he said, Son, go work to-day in [my] vineyard,' 29 and he answering, said I will not,' but afterwards, changing his mind, he went. 30


And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering, said, 'I go, Sir ;' and went not. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said to him, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Verily I tell you, that the publicans and the harlots lead the way for you into the kingdom of God. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him. And ye, although ye saw it, did not change your minds afterwards, so as to believe him.

33 "Hear another parable: A man, who was a householder, planted a vineyard, and put a hedge about it, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country. 34 And when the season of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, to receive his fruits. 35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one and killed another, and cast stones at another. 36 Again he sent other servants more respectable than the first, and they treated them in like manner.

37"But last of all, he sent to them his son, saying, 'They will reverence my son.' 38 But the husbandmen seeing the son, said among themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and seize on his inheritance." 39 So taking him, they cast

See Luke xx. 4, and the note there.

him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 When therefore, the owner of the vineyard cometh, what will he do to those husbandmen ?" 41 They answered him, "He will wretchedly destroy those wretches, and will let out the vineyard to other husbandmen, who will render him the fruits in their seasons."

42 Jesus said to them, "Have ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord's doing, and is it wonderful in our eyes?' 43 Therefore I tell you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a people bringing forth its proper fruits. 44 [And whosoever falleth on this stone will be broken by it: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will crush him to pieces.]"

45 And the chief priests and Pharisees hearing his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. 46 But though they sought to apprehend him, they feared the multitudes, because they accounted him as a prophet.

CH. XXII. 1 Upon this, Jesus spake to them again in parables, saying, 2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a king, who made a marriagefeast for his son; 3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage-feast; but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those that are invited, Behold, I have prepared Į

my dinner; mine oxen and fatlings are killed and all things are ready; come to the marriage.' 5 But they made light of it, and went away, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise: 6 and the rest, seizing his servants, abused and killed them.

7" But the king hearing this, was enraged; and sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, The marriage-feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore into the cross roads, and all that ye find, invite to the marriage.' 10 So those servants went out into the high ways, and gathered together all, as many as they found, both bad and good; and the marriagefeast was filled with guests. 11 Now the king coming in to see the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment; 12 and said to him, Friend, how camest thou hither, not having a wedding-garment?' And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him, hand and foot, and [take him away, and] put him forth into the outer darkness: there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 14 For many are called, but few chosen."

15 THEN the Pharisees retired, and took counsel how they might insnare him in discourse. 16 And they sent to him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that thou art true, and teachest the

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