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34 nevertheless, I must go on to-day, and to-morrow, and the day following; for it cannot be, that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.
35 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent to thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathereth her brood under her wings, but ye would not
36 behold, your house is abandoned to you: for I tell you, Ye will not know me, even while ye shall say, “Blessed “ is he who cometh in the “ name of the Lord '''
AND it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chiefs of the Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him : 2 and, behold, a man who had a dropsy was before him: 3 and Jesus answering spake to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day, or not? 4 but they were silent: and he took hold of him, and healed him, and let him go : 5 and he answered them, saying, Whose child, or whose ox, among you shall fall into
a pit, who will not straightway pull it out on the sabbath day? 6 and they were not able to make answer to these words. 7 And he spake a parable to those who had been invited, observing how they chose the first seats; saying to them: 8 When thou art invited by any one to a marriage, sit not down in the first seat; 9 lest a more honourable person than thou be invited by him, and he that invited thee and him come and say to thee, Give place to this person; and thou begin with shame to take the last place: 10 but, when thou art invited, go and sit down in the last place; that when he that invited thee cometh, he may say to thee, Friend, come up higher : then thou wilt have honour in the presence of all them that sit down with thee: 11 for, every one that exalteth himself will be abased ; but he who humbleth himself will be exalted. 12 And 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 repayment be made thee:
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13 but, when thou makest a feast, invite the beggars, the maimed, the lame, the blind; 14 and thou wilt be blessed : for, they have not wherewith to repay thee; but thou wilt be repaid, at the resurrection of the just. 15 And one of them that sat with him, hearing these words, said to him, Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God! 16 and he said to him, A certain man made a great supper, and invited many: 17 and he sent his servant, at the time of the supper, to say to them that had been invited, Come; for all things are now ready: 18 and they all began at once to excuse themselves: The first said to him, I have bought a farm, and I am obliged to go and see it: I pray thee have me excused; 19 and another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and am going to prove them, I pray thee have me excused; 20 and another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I am not able to come. 21 And that servant came, and told his lord these things: 22 then the master of the house was angered, and said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither
the beggars, and the maimed, and the blind, and the halt: 23 and the servant said, Lord, what thou commandedst is done, and there is yet room: 24 and the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled : 25 for I tell you, That not one of those who were invited, shall taste of my supper. 26 And great multitudes went along with him; and he turned, and said to them: 27 If any one cometh to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple: 28 whoever, therefore, beareth not his cross when he cometh after me, cannot be my disciple. 29 For, which of you, when he intendeth to build a tower, doth not first sit down and count the cost, to see if he have wherewith to finish it 2 30 lest, when he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all who see it begin to mock him, 31 saying, This man began to build, but was not able to finish : 32 or, what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not first sit down, and consult, whether he is able with ten thousand men, to meet him who cometh against him with twenty thousand! 33 and if he is not able; while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an embassy, and sueth for peace: 34 so, therefore, every one of you that renounceth not all that he hath, cannot be my disciple. 35 Salt is good : but if the salt lose its savour, with what shall it be seasoned 2 36 it is good neither for the land, nor for the dunghill;
they cast it out. He who hath
ears to hear, let him hear.
CHAPTER XV. ND all the publicans and
sinners drew near to him to hear him : 2 and the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them : 3 and he spake to them this parable, saying, 4 What man of you, if he have an hundred sheep, and lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he findeth it 2 5 and when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing :
6 and when he cometh 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 so will joy be in heaven for one sinner that repenteth, more than for ninety and nine just persons, who have no need of repentance. 8 or, what woman, if she have ten pieces of silver, and lose one piece, doth not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and search diligently till she findeth it 2 9 and when she hath found it, she calleth together her friends and neighbours, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost: 10 so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God, for one sinner that repenteth. 11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of substance that falleth to me: and he divided to them his living: 13 and not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and departed to a distant country, and there wasted his substance in riotous living :
14 and when he had spent all, a great famine arose in that country; and he began to be in want : 15 and he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed his swine : 16 and he longed to be fed with the husks which the swine did eat; for no one gave him any thing. 17 But, coming to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father have bread more than enough, and I am perishing here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee: I am no more worthy to be called thy son; make me as one of thy hired servants: 19 and he arose, and went to his father: 20 but, while he was yet a long way off, his father saw him, and had compassion on him; and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him : 21 and the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee; I am no more worthy to be called thy son; make me as one of thy hired servants: 22 but the father said to his servants, Bring forth quickly the best robe, and put it on
him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 and bring in the fatted calf, and kill it ; and let us eat, and be joyful: 24 for, this my son was dead, but is alive; he was lost, but is found : and they began to be joyful. 25 But his elder son was in the field : and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing :
26 and calling to him one of
the servants, he asked what these things meant : 27 and he said to him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound: 28 and he was angered, and would not go in ; therefore his father went out, and entreated him : 29 and he answered and said to his father, Lo, so many years have I served thee, and never transgressed thy commandment; yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might rejoice with my friends: 30 but, as soon as this thy son came, who hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou killedst for him the fatted calf: 31 and he said to him, Son, thou art always with me, and all that is mine, is thine: 32 but it behoved us to rejoice, and be glad; for this thy brother was dead, but is alive; and was lost, but is found.
ND he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, who had a steward ; and the same was accused to him of wasting his goods: 2 and he called to him, and said to him, What is this that I hear of thee! give in the account of thy stewardship ; for thou canst no longer be steward: 3 and the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh from me the stewardship: I cannot dig ; and to beg I am ashamed: 4 I know what I will do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. 5 And calling to him every one of his lord's debtors, he said to the first, How much owest thou to my lord? and he said, An hundred measures of oil: 6 and he said to him, Take back thy bond, and sit down, and quickly write fifty: 7 then he said to another, And how much owest thou? and he said, An hundred measures of corn: and he said to him, Take back thy bond, and write fourscore.
8 And the lord acknowledged, of the unjust steward, that he had done prudently: for, the children of this world are more prudent, in their generation, than the children of the light: 9 and I also say to you, Make for yourselves friends, with the mammon of iniquity; such as, when ye fail, may receive you into eternal habitations. 10 He who is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much : and he who is unjust in that which is least, is unjust also in much : 11 if, therefore, ye have not been faithful in the unjust mammon, who will intrust to you the true? 12 and if ye have not been faithful in that which is foreign to us, who will commit to you that which is ours? 13 no servant can Serve two masters: for, either he will hate the first, and love the second; or else he will hold to the first, and despise the second: ye cannot serve both God and mammon. 14 And the Pharisees also, who were avaricious, heard all these things: and they derided him : 15 and he said to them, Ye are they who justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for, that which is highly esteemed among men,