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For even I who am a man under authority, have soldiers under me,

8 and I say to this man, 'Go,' and he goeth, and to another, ' Come,' and he cometh, and to my servant,

9 ' Do this,' and he doeth it." Now when Jesus heard this, he wondered at him, and turning about, said to the multitude that was following him, "I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in

10 Israel." And the messenger returned to the house, and found the servant well.

11 On the next day, Jesus was cpfcii*i the ing to a city called Nain, and maiKiin. nv o* nis d'sciples, and a great

multitude, were going with him;

12 and as he came nigh the gate of the city, behold! a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a ' widow, and much people of the city was with

13 her. And when the Lord saw her, he took pity on her,- and said,

14 " Weep not $" and he went up, and touched the bier, for the bearers stopt, and said, " * Young man,

151 say unto thee, rise up." And the dead man sat up and began to speak; and Jesus presented him to

16 his mother. And fear seized on all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet is raised up among us, and God hath kindly

17 considered his people." And this report concerning Jesus went forth through all Judca, and all the neighbouring country.

18 Now the disciples of John told him of all these things. And John calkd

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sent them to Jesus, thou he that was to come? or should we look for another?" 20 When the men came to him, they said, "John the Baptist hath sent us to thee, to say, 'Art thou he

1 The four circumstances here mentioned with so much simplicity, and conciseness, tend to raise compassion more strongly,

that was to come? or should we Chap. look for another'?" Now, imme- VI1, diately Jesus cured many of sick-21 nesses,and torments and evil spirits, and kindly gave sight to many blind people; and then gave John's 22 disciples this answer, "Go, tell John what ye have seen, and heard. The blind receive sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have the gospel preached unto them. And happy is he, whoever 23 shall not offend because of me."

Now, when the messengers of 24 John departed, Jesus began to say chancer unto the multitudes concerningof J0110* John, "What went ye out into the desert to see? a reed shaken by the wind? But what went ye out 25 to see? a man clothed in sumptuous apparel? Behold! they who are richly dressed, and live luxuriously, are in palaces. But what 26 went ye out to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet: For this is 27 he of whom it is written, 'Behold! I send my messenger before thy face, to prepare th}' way before thee.' For I say unto you, Among 23 those that are born of women, there is no greater prophet than John the Baptist; but the least in the kingdom of God, is greater than he.' And all the people, and the taxga- 29 therers, that heard liim, thankfully received the kindness of God, and were baptized with John's baptism; but the Pharisees, and the teachers 30 of the law, rejected this intention of God towards them, not ha\ing been baptized by John."

Moreover, the Lord said, "To 31 what now shall I liken the men of Perversity this generation? and what do they0'^ resemble? They are like children sitting in the streets, and calling to 32

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CHAP VII.

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Jesos anointed with precious ointment.

each other, and saying, 'We piped unto you, but ye danced not, we mourned to you, but ye wept not.'

33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread, nor drinking wine,

'and ye say, * He hath a demon.'

34 The son of man came eating and drinking, and ye say, 'Behold a glutton, and a drunkard, a friend

35 of taxgatherers, and sinners! And yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children."

Then one of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him; so he went into the Pharisee's house, and took his place at the table. And behold a woman of the' city, who had been %1 formerly a person of bad character, knowing that he was at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of perfumed oint

38 ments; and stood at his feet behind, as he reclined upon the couch, shedding tears on his feet, and wiping them with the hairs of her head, and kissing his feet, and anointing them with the ointment.

39 But when the Pharisee, who had invited him, saw this, he said within himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who, and what kind of weman this is that toucheth hin,, for she is a "sinner.

40 Then Jesus said, " Simon, I He com- have something to say unto thee." woman"16 And he saith, " Master, say it." who did it. " There was a certain creditor,

41 that had two debtors, oneof which owed him five hundred dertiarii, and

42 the other fifty. But as they were not able to pay, he freely forgave them both. Now, which of these, said he, will love him most?"

43 Then Simon answered, "I suppose, he to whom most was forgiven." And Jesus said, "Thou

44judgest rightly." Then turning

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* He knew her general character, but not tier repentance, and amendment.

to the woman, he says to Simon, "Seest thou this woman? I came into thy house, and thou gavest me no water for my feet; but she hath wetted them with her tears, and wiped them with her hair. Thou gavest me no kiss ; but she, since I came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint; but she hath anointed my feet with perfumed ointment. Wherefore I say unto you, because she hath many sins to be forgiven, and an entire confidence of forgiveness, she loved much ; but that person to whom little is forgiven, loveth little. Then he saith to her, "Thy sins are' forgiven." And the guests began to say within themselves, "Who is this that even forgiveth sins?" But he said to the woman, " Thv faith hath saved thee, go in peace."

Afterwards, Jesus journeyed through every city, and village, preaching the gospel of the, kingdom of God; and the twelve apostles were with him: and certain women, that had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, out of whom had gone many demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and several others, and ministered to him of their substance.

Now, as a great multitude assembled, and inhabitants of many cities came together to him, he spake this parable. "A sower went forth to sow his seed; and as he was sowing, some fell road side, and was trodden foot, and the fowls of the voured it. And some fell rock, and as soon as it sprang up, withered awav for want of moisture. And some ft*U among thorns, and

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CHAP, two coats a piece. And intowhatsoever house ye go, there abide,

5 and leave it not. And whosoever shall not receive you when ye go from that city, shake off the very dust from your feet, for a testimo

6 ny against them. So they went forth, and past through the villages preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

10 And the apostles returned, and Jesus con- told Jesus what they had done:

Jhem »dh and he took them with him, and the people, withdrew privately to a lonely place

11 of a city called Bcthsaida. But the multitudes found it out, and followed him; and he received them, and talked with them concerning the kingdom of God, and cured those that had need of healing.

12 Now when the day began to wear away, the twelve came to him, and said, "Let the multitude depart, that they may go into the towns, and country round about, and lodge, and get provision, for we

J3 are here in a lonely place." But he said unto them, "Do ye give them to eat.*' And they said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fishes, and therefore we cannot feed them, unless we should go and buy food for all this peo^

14 pie." Now, they were about five thousand men.

15 Then he said to'his disciples, Feeds five " Make the men sit down in comt*0"*30*' panies of fifty," And they made

16 the men sit down accordingly. So he took the five loaves, and two fishes, and looking up to heaven, bltssed God, and brake the loaves, and gave to the disciples to set be

17 fore the multitude. And all ate and were filled ; and twelve panniers of remaining fragments were taken away.

18 And alter he had been praying in a retired place, he asked those disciples that were with him, say

ing, "Whom do the multitudes say CI**P' that I am." And they answered, "John the Baptist, but some Eli-PetCT ac, jah, and others that one of the oldj^^f prophets is risen again." And he the true said unto them, "But whom say Messiah, ye that I am?" Then Peter an- 20 swered, " The Christ of God." But he charged them to tell no man 21 this thing, adding, "The son of 22 man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised up on the third day."

He said, moreover, to them all, 23 "If any one is willing to come af- Danger of ter me, let him deny himself, and^"^^ take up his cross daily, and follow Christ. me. For whosoever desireth to 2t save his life by unworthy means, shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, he will save it. For what is a man profit- 25 ed, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself? For whosoever shall 26 be ashamed of me, and of my words, of him will the son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in l.,is own glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Now 27 I tell you of a truth, There are some of those who stand here who will not taste of death, until they have seen the ' kingdom of God."

Then about eight days after this, 2S Jesus took with him, Peter, and Trinsfiga. John, and James, and went up ar,tlon' mountain to pray. And while he 29 was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his raiment became white and glistering. And 30 behold! two men talked with him; and these were Moses and Elias, who appeared in glory, and spoke 31 of his decease which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now 32 Peter, and those who were with him, were heavy with sleep, and waking they saw his glory, and those two men with him. "And as the two 33

1 The power of God displayed in judgment upon the Jews.

Chap. men weTe parting from him, Peter

a' said to Jesus, "Master, it is better

for us to continue here ; and let us

make three tents, one for thee, and

one for Moses, and one for Elias:"

34 not knowing what he said. And while he thus spake, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and the disciples. feared when these men

35 entered into the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved son,

36 hear ye him." And after the voice, Jesus was found< alone, and the disciples kept the matter secret, and told no one at that time any thing of what they had seen.

37 On the next day, when they Core of an were comedown from the mount, ^fc a great multitude met him. And,

behold! a man of the multitude

38 cried out, saying, "Master, I beseech thee, Jook with favour on my

39 son, for he is my only child ; and lo! a spirit seizeth him, and immediately crieth out, and shaketh him violently, so that he foameth, and after bruising him much, hard

40 ly goeth away from him; and I besought thy disciples to cast it out,

41 and they could not." Then Jesus said, " O faithless and perverse race, how long shall I be with you and endure you? bring thy son

42 hither to me." And whilst he was coming near, the demon dashed him on the ground, and threw him into violent convulsions. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and cured the child, and delivered

43 him to his father. And all were greatly amazed at the mighty power of God.

uTiThiT" But whl,e theywere a11 wonder

suifauils. 'n= at aH the things which Jesus

44 had done, he said unto his disciples, "Let thes.» words siuk dowa into your ears ; for the son of man is about to be delivered into the

45 hands of men." But they under

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hidden from them, and they were

afraid of asking him about it.

Now a dispute arose among 46

them, which of them should beCorrects

greatest. But Jesus perceiving- the ?cTM?~" i i r , • i i T • i tionor hit

thought or their heart, took a little apostles,

child, whom he set by him, and said unto them, " VVhosoever shall 48 receive one like this little child in my name, receiveth me, and whosoever receiveth me, receiveth him who sent me ; for he that is least among you all, shall be the greatest."

Now, when the time for his de- 51 parture out of this world was draw- and their ing nigh, he set his face stedfastly v'olenceto go to Jerusalem ; and sent mes- 52 sengers before him, who went into a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for him ) but they would not 53 receive him, because his ttice was directed towards Jerusalem. But 54 when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, " Master, shall we command fire to come down from heaven to consume them, even as Elijah did? But he turn- 55 ed and rebuked them, saying, "Ye * K'ngs know not what spirit ye are of; for', I0the son of man came not to de- 56 stroy men's lives, but to save them.'-' So they went to another town.

As they were going on the way, 57 a certain man said to him, '' Sir, I Checks will accompany thee whithersoever u'^

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thou goest. And Jesus said unto not likely him, "The foxes have holes, and w tothe birds of the air Iiave roosts, but 58 the son of man hath not ' where to rest his head." lie said also to 59 another, '' Come with me." But he answered, '' Sir, suffer me first to go, and when my father dies, to bury him." And Jesus said unto 60 him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but go thou, and publish abroad the kingdom of God."

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