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“ should do to you, do ye' even so to them : “ for this is the law and the prophets.

“ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is “ the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth “ to destruction, and many there be which go “ in thereat; because strait is the gate, and nar“ row is the way, which leadeth unto life, and “ few there be that find it.

“ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are

ravening wolves Ye shall know them by “ their fruits." Do men gather grapes of thorns, “ or figs of thistles ? Even so every good tree

bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree

bringeth forth evil fruit. A good man out of “ the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth " that which is good ; and an evil man out of “ the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth “ that which is evil: for of the abundance of “the heart his mouth speaketh.

“ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord,

Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; “ but he that doeth the will of my Father which “ is in heaven. Many will say to me in that 6 day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in “ thy name ? and in thy name have cast out “ devils ? and in thy name done many wonder“ ful works? And then will I profess, unto “ them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye " that work iniquity.

“ Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings " of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him šo unto a wise man, which built his house upon “ a rock : and the rain descended, and the “ floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon

* By their lives and doctrives.

that house; and it fell not: for it was “ founded upon a rock. And every one that “ heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth " them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, “ which built his house upon the sand: and “ the rain descended, and the floods came,, “ and the winds blew, and beat upon that “ house ; and it fell : and great was the fall of “ it.” And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the Scribes. When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.


37. The Servant of the Centurion is healed.

Now when he had ended all his Place. sayings in the audience of the people,

Capernaum he entered into Capernaum. And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this : for he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. Then Jesus went with them. And when

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he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent-friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself; for I am not worthy that shouldest enter under my roof : wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee : but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, ' having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth ; and to another, Come, and he cometh ; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, “I say unto you,

I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. Many shall

come from the east and west, and shall sit “ down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, “ in the kingdom of heaven : but the children “ of the kingdom' shall be cast out into outer “ darkness : there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.



38. The Widow's Son is raised from the dead at


And it came to pass the day after, Place. .

Nain. that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the



If my orders are obeyed, how much more shall yours, who can command the powers of nature!

b The Gentiles. • The Jews.

gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her,

Weep not.” And he came and touched the hier:' and they that bare him stood still. And he said, “Young man, 1 say unto thee, “ Arise.” And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all : and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the region round about.

39. Jesus's Answer to the Disciples sent by John

the Baptist.

And the disciples of John shewed Place.

Galilee. him of all these things. And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another ? When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come ? or look we for another? And in the same hour he cured many of their infir

a Or coffin without a lid. b Hath favoured. . That he was a great prophet, invested with divine power.

d John, who had already borne witness to Jesus, did not send them for his own intorination, but their conviction.

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mities and plagues, and of evil spirits ; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, “ Go your way, " and tell John what things ye have seen and “ heard; how that the blind see, the lame “ walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf heat, " the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is

preached. And blessed is he whosoever shall * not be offended in me.

And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, “What went ye out into the “ wilderness for to see ? a reed shaken with the * wind ? but what went ye out for to see ? a “ man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they “ which are gorgeously apparelled, and live de

licately, are in king's courts. But what went ye out for to see ? a prophet ? yea,


say unto you, and much more than a prophet. “ For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which “shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I

say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than " John the Baptist : notwithstanding he that is “ least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than ** he. And from the days of John the Baptist " until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth * violence, and the violent take it by force. “ For all the prophets and the law prophesied

until John. And if ye will receive it, this is


a What miracles. • Shall believe in my divine mission. The mean condition of Jesụs was the chief stumbling-block to the Jews.

c Mal. 3.1.
* Men earnestly embrace the gospel.

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