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Of the labourers in the vineyard. CHAP.

will give you. And they went their way. 5. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle * 7. They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. 8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. 9 And when they came that were hir

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with the baptism that I am baptized with : but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. 24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. 25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you : but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

ed about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. 10 But when the first came, they sup- . posed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the good-man of the house, r 12 Saying, These lasthave wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny ? 14 Take that thine is, and gothy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what , I will with mine own 2 is thine eye evil because I am 16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. 17 || And Jesus going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, 18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, 19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify

27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. 29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. 30." And behold, two blind men sitting by the way-side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, () Lord, thou son of David. 31 And the multitude rebuked them,

| because they should hold their peace: 13 But he answered one of them, and

but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. 32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you ? 33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 34 So Jesus had compassion on them. and touched their eyes : and immediately their eyes received sight, and they

followed him. CHAP. XXI. 1 Christ rideth into Jerusalem usion an ass. 12 and casteth out the buyers and sellers. A. when they drew nigi, unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, 2 Saying unto them, Go into the village

him ; and the third day he shall rise again. 20 s Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children, with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. 21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou ? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left in thy kingdom. 22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with ? They say unto him, We are able. 23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized

over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her : loose them, and bring them unto me. 3 And if any man say aught unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. 4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saving, 5 Telive the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. 6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, 7 And brought the ass and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set /im thereon,


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8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strewcd them in the way. 9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David : blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord : Hosanna in the highest. 10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? 11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. 12 || And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves. 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. 15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of avid ; they were sore displeased, 16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast prefected praise? 17 || And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany, and he lodged there. 18 Now in the "...i as he returned into the city, he hungere 19 And when he saw a fig-tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the figtree withered away. 20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the figtree withered away ! 21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this


ovhich is done to the fig-tree, but also, if ye shall say unto 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 of And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority ? 24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which

Parable of the vineyard

if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25. The baptism of John, whence was it 2 from heaven, or of men 2 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? 26 But if we shall say, Of men; wefear the people: for all hold John as a prophet 27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these thin 28's But o, think ve? Acertainman had two sons; and he came to the first,and said, Son, go work to-day in my vineyard 29. He answered and said, I will not; but afterward he repented, and went 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir; and went not. 31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father 2 They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlos go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came untoyou in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not : but the publicans and the hards believed him : and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him, 33 "I Hearanother parable; There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a wine-press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: 34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. 35 And the husbandmen took his ser: vants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another, 36 Again he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. 37 But last of all, he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. 38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir ; come, let us kill him, and le: us seize on his inheritance. 39 And they caught him, and casthin out of the vineyard, and slew him. 40 When the Lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen 2 41. They say unto him, He will miser. bly destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husband. men, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. 42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never

readin the scriptures, Thestone whichtho The farable of the marriage. yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. 32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? 34 || Wherefore behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes; and some of them ye shall kill and crucify, and some of them shall ye scourge in our synagogues, and persecute them rom city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. CHAP. XXIV. 1 The destruction of the temple foretold. 29 Of Christ's coming to judgment. ND Jesus went out, and departed from the temple : and his disciples

builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43. Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone, shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. 45 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet CHAP. XXII. 1The marriage of the king's son. 11 The wedding-garment. 15 Offaying tri bute, 23 and of the resurrection. t A*. Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: | and they would not come. 4. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. 5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise. 6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. 7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth : and he sent forth his ar- || mies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage, 10 So those servants went out into the high ways, and gathered together all as mony as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding wasfurnished with guests. 11 of And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding-garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in 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 cast him into utter darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few are

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15 s Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel, how they might entangle him in his talk. 16 And they sent unto him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man : for thou regardest not the person of men. 17 Tell us therefore, what thinkest thou? is it lawful to give tribute unto Cesar, or not? 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, `Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites ? 19 Shew me the tribute-money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is

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25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased; and having no issue, left his wife unto his brother. 26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 27 And last of all the woman died also. 28 Therefore in the resurrection, whose

wife shall she be of the seven 2 for they

all had her. 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine. 34", But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 35 Then one of them which was a lawyer, asked him a guestion, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great com


mandment in the law?


760 Christ exploseth the Pharisces.ST. MATTHEW.

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. o While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,

4. Saying, what think ye of Christ? |

whose son is he ” They say unto him, The son of David. 43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool 2 45 If I)avid then call him Lord, how is he his son 2 46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man, from that day forth, ask him any more questions. CHAP. XXIII. 1 The scribes and Pharisees good doctrine, but evil examples of life. 34. The destruction of Jerusalem foretold. HEN spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do: but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens, and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders ; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fin

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9 And call no man your father upon
the earth: for one is your Father which
is in heaven. -
10 Neither be ye called masters: for
one is your Master, even Christ.
11 But he that is greatest among you,
shall be your servant.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself, |
shall be abased ; and he that shall hum-
ble himself, shall be exalted.
13||But woe unto you, scribes and Phar-
isees, hypocrites for ye shut up the king-
dom of heaven against men: for ye neither

.4gainst hysiocrisy. go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering, to go in. 14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites : for ye devour widows houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greate damnation. ! 15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees hypocrites' for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is | made, ye make him two-fold more th: child of hell than yourselves. 16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoevershall swearby thetemple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor. 17 Ye fools, and blind : for whether is greater, the gold, or the tem that §§ the § ple 18 And whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever swear. eth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty 19 Ye fools, and blind: for whetheri, greater, the gå, or the altar that sanct: fieth the gift : 20 Whoso therefore shall swear by th: altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereom. 21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him tha. dwelleth therein. 22 And he that shall swearby heaver, sweareth by the throne of God, and to him that sitteth thereon. 23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites' for ye pay tithe of mint, an: anise, and cummin, and have omitted th: weightier matters of the law, judgment. mercy, and faith : these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undoor 24 Ye blind guides, which strain at : gnat, and swallow a camel. 25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisee hypocrites' for ye make clean the outsià. of the cup and of the platter, but with: they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thoublind Pharisee, cleanse first th: 7thich is within the cup and platter, th: the outside of them may be clean also. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees hypocrites' for ye are like unto white

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Destruction of Jerusalem foretold. CHAP. xxiv.

came to him for to shew him the build- |

ings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things 2 verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3 T And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these

things be 2 and what shall be the sign of |

thy coming, and of the end of the world 2 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive fou. y 5 For many shall come in my name,saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars, and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled : for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers porces. 8 As these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

Signs of Christ's coming. 761 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. , 13 But he that shall endure unto the | end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the o shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet,stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand,) 16 Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains:

not come down to take any thing out of his house : 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days : 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath-day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved : but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you. Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shallarise false Christs,and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26. Wherefore, if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert ; go not forth : behold, he is in the secret cham| bers ; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east,and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is,there will the eagles be gathered together. 29 || Immediately after the tribulation of those days, shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven : and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man comin in the clouds of heaven with power an great glory. 31 And he shallsend his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four *::::: from one end of heaven to the Other.

Now learn a parable of the fig-tree;

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