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to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given : 12 for, whosoever hath, to him more shall be given, and he shall abound: but, whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables: because, seeing, they see not; and hearing, they hear not, neither understand : 14 and in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, “ In hearing ye will “hear, yet ye will not under“stand; and in seeing ye will “see, yet ye will not per“ ceive : 15 “ for the heart of this “people is become gross; and “with their ears they are dull “ of hearing, and their eyes “they have closed; lest they “should see with their eyes, “ and hear with their ears, and “understand with their heart, “and be converted, and I “should heal them.” 16 But, blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear: 17 for, verily I tell you, That many prophets and just men have desired to see the things which ye see, and have not seen them ; and to hear the things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

18 Hear ye, therefore, the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, but understandeth it not, the wicked one cometh, and snatcheth away that which was sown on his heart : this is he who received seed by the way side: 20 and he who received the seed on stony places, is he who heareth the word, and at first receiveth it with joy: 21 yet he hath not root in himself, but lasteth only for a while ; for, when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, presently he stumbleth: 22 he, also, who received seed among the thorns, is he who heareth the word; but the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful : 23 but, he who received seed on the good ground, is he who heareth the word, and understandeth it; who also beareth fruit, and yieldeth, one an hundredsold, another sixty, and another thirty. 24 Another parable he put forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but, while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the corn, and went away:

c. iii. 12.

26 but when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 And the servants of the owner came and said to him, Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 he said to them, An enemy hath done this: they said to him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them? 29 but he said, Nay; lest when ye gather the tares, ye root up the corn with them: 30 let both grow together until the harvest; and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather ye the corn into my barn. 31 Another parable he put forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard-seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field : 32 which is, indeed, the least of all seeds ; but, when it is grown up, it is the greatest of herbs, and becometh as a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches. 33 Another parable he spake to them; The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

34 All these things Jesus spake to the multitude in parables; and without a parable he spake not to them :

35 so that the word was fulfilled which was spoken through the

prophet, saying, “I will open P. lxxviii. 2.

“my mouth in parables; I “will utter things which have “been kept secret from the “foundation of the world.” 36 Then he sent the multitude away, and went into the house : and his disciples came to him, saying, Declare to us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said to them, He who soweth the good seed, is the Son of man ; 38 and the field, is the world; and the good seed, are the children of the kingdom; but the tares, are the children of the wicked one ; 39 and the enemy that sowed them, is the devil; and the harvest, is the end of the world; and the reapers, are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so will it be in the end of the world : 41 the Son of man will send forth his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom every cause of stumbling, and all who do iniquity; 42 and will cast them into a furnace of fire: there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth:

43 then will the just shine Dan. xii. 3.

forth as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father: he who hath ears, let him hear. 44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hid in a field; which, when a man hath found, he hideth, and through his joy goeth and selleth all he hath, and buyeth that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant, seeking fine pearls: 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. 47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind;

53 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these parables, that he departed from thence.

54 And when he was come Luke, iv. 16.

into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished; and said, From whence hath this man this wisdom, and these powers ? 55 is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas 2 and are not all his sisters with us? 56 from whence then hath he all these things? Yet they believed not in him.

57 And Jesus said to them, A Mark, vi. 4.

Luke, iv. 24.

prophet is not without honour, John, iv. 4.

48 which, when it was full, they drew to the shore, and sat

down, and gathered the good into baskets, but cast the bad away : 49 so will it be at the end of the world: the angels will go forth, and separate the wicked from among the just; 50 and will cast them into the furnace of fire: there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 Have ye understood all these things? They say to him, Yea: 52 and he said to them, Therefore, every scribe who is made a disciple of the kingdom of heaven, is like a householder, who bringeth out of his store things both new and old.

save in his own country, and in his own house: 58 and he did not many

mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

CHAPTER XIV.

T that time Herod, the tetrarch, heard of the fame of Jesus; 2 And said to his servants, Is this John the Baptist He is

risen from the dead; and there

fore mighty powers work in him 2 3 For, Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake

c. iv. 12.

of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip :

4 for, John had said to him, It is not lawful for thee to have her:

5 and though he was willing

to put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they regarded him as a prophet. 6 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod: 7 whereupon he promised, with an oath, that he would give her whatsoever she should ask: 8 and having been instructed beforehand by her mother, she said, Give me here, on a dish, the head of John the Baptist. 9 And the king was grieved : nevertheless, on account of his oath, and of them who sat with him at the table, he commanded it to be given her: 10 and he sent and beheaded John in the prison: 11 and his head was brought on a dish, and was given to the damsel: and she carried it to her mother. 12 And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it; and went and told Jesus:

13 and when Jesus heard of

it, he departed privately from thence by ship to a desert place: but when the people heard

this, they followed him by land out of the cities. 14 And when Jesus came out of the ship, he saw a great multitude, and had compassion on them, and healed their sick: 15 and when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and it is now late; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves food : 16 but Jesus said to them, They need not go away; give ye them to eat: 17 and they say to him, We have here only five loaves, and two fishes: 18 he said, Bring them hither to me. 19 And he bade the multitude to sit down on the grass: and taking the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake them, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples gave them to the multitude: 20 and they all eat, and were satisfied: and they took up of the broken pieces that remained, twelve baskets full : 21 and they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. 22 And straightway he constrained his disciples to embark in the ship, and to go before him to the other side, while he should dismiss the multitudes: 23 and when he had dismissed the multitudes, he went up on a mountain apart, to pray; and when it was evening, he was there alone. 24 But the ship was already many furlongs from the land, tossed by the waves: for the wind was contrary: 25 and in the fourth watch of the night he went to them, walking on the sea: 26 and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, It is a phantom ; and they cried out through fear. 27 But Jesus straightway spake to them, saying, Be of good courage; it is I; be not afraid : 28 and Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come to thee on the water: and he said, Come: 29 and Peter, going down from the ship, walked on the water, and went toward Jesus: 30 but, seeing the wind boisterous, he was afraid ; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me ! 31 and immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, and caught him, and said to him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they came into the ship, the wind ceased:

33 and those in the ship worshipped him, saying, Truly, thou art the Son of God. 34 And crossing over, they came into the land of GenneSaret : 35 and the men of that place knew him, and sent word to all the country around: 36 and they brought to him all that were diseased; and besought him, that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched it were thoroughly cured.

CHAPTER XV.

HEN came Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem to Jesus, saying, 2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders ? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3 But he answered and said to them, And why do ye transgress the commandment of God, by your tradition ? 4 for, God said, Honour thy father and mother; and, He that curseth father or mother, let him be put to death: 5 but ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or mother, “Whatever thou mightest be “benefited by, from me, is dedicated for a gift,” will not fail in honour to his father or mother: 6 thus, ye have rendered the

Mark, vii. 11.

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