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The Parable of the Sower explained.


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had said these things, he cried,

him hear. 9. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

10. And he

said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12. Those by the way-side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe, and be saved. 13. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and

AND it came to pass after- He that hath ears to hear, let ward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, 2. And certain women which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 3. And Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others which ministered unto him of their substance. 4. And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: 5. A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way-side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 7. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up, with it, and choked it. 8. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundred-fold. And when he

are choked with cares and riches
and pleasures of this life, and
bring no fruit to perfection.
15. But that on the good
ground are they, which, in an
honest and good heart, having
heard the word, keep it, and
bring forth fruit with patience.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XIII. v. 1—23.
p. 62, 63.]


The Light of the Gospel ought to be spread abroad.---Who are Christ's Relatives.

16. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it

with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a

candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. 17 For nothing is secret that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. 18.

Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

[See the Reflections on Matt. V. v. 14, 15. p. 18, 19.]

19. Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. 20. And it was told him by certain, which said, Thy mother and thy brethren

stand without, desiring to see thee. 21. And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XII. v. 46-50. p. 61.]


The Tempest stilled,--A Legion of Demons cast out.

22. Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. 23. But as they sailed he fell asleep and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. 24. And they came to him, and awoke

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him, saying, Master, master, we perish! Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25.

And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they, being afraid, wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

[See the Reflections on Matt. VIII. v. 24-27. p. 39. And on Mark V. v. 1-20. p. 160.]

26. And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. 27. And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man which had devils | long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house,

but in the tombs. 28. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee torment me not. 29. (For he had commanded


the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) 30. And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion because many devils entered into him. 31. And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. 32. And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain; and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them and he suffered them. 33. Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. 34. When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. 35. Then

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they went out to see what was
done; and came to Jesus, and
found the man, out of whom
the devils were departed, sitting
at the feet of Jesus, clothed,
and in his right mind: and they
were afraid. 36. They also
which saw it told them by what
means he that was possessed of
the devils was healed.
Then the whole multitude of
the country of the Gadarenes
round about besought him to
depart from them; for they were
taken with great fear and he
went up into the ship, and re-
turned back again. 38. Now
the man out of whom the devils
were departed besought him
that he might be with him: but
Jesus sent him away, saying,
39. Return to thine own house,
and shew how great things God
hath done unto thee. And he
went his way, and published
throughout the whole city how
great things Jesus had done unto

[See the Reflections on Matt. VIII. v. 28–34.
p. 40, 41.]


Jesus heals a Woman diseased with an Issue of Blood, and restores the Daughter of Jairus to Life.

40. And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him. 41. And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would

come into his house: 42. For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went, the people thronged him. 43. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be

healed of any, 44. Came be hind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. 45. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter, and they that were with him, said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 46. And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. 47. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and, falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 48. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole: go in peace. 49. While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to


him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. 50. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. 51. And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. 53. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. 54. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. 55. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway and he commanded to give her meat. 56. And her parents were astonished; but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.

[See the Reflections on Matt. IX. v. 18-31. p. 44, 45.]


The Apostles sent forth.---Herod is perplexed concerning Christ.

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your feet, for a testimony against them. 6. And they departed, and went through the towns,

preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

[See the Reflections on Matt. X. v. 1-14. p. 46, 47.] 7. Now Herod the tetrarch | others, That one of the old

heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some that John was risen from the dead 8. And of some, That ; Elias had appeared; and of

prophets was risen again. 9. And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.

[See the Reflections on Mark VI. v. 14-17. p. 164.]


Jesus feeds five thousand People; and enforces Self-denial.

10. And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. 11. And the people, when they knew it, followed him and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. 12. And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place. 13. But he said unto them, Give


ye them to eat. And they said, We have more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. 14. (For they were about five thousand men.) And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. 15. And they did so, and made them all sit down. 16. Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes ; and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. 17. And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.

[See the Reflections on Matt. V. v. 14—21. p. 69.]

18. And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disci

ples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say

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