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24 So that the word spoken through the prophets was fulfilled, “He shall be called a “ Nazarite.”

CHAPTER III.

AND in those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying; “Repent ye: “ for the kingdom of heaven “ is at hand.” 3 For, this is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, saying, “The voice of “ him who crieth in the wil“derness, Prepare ye the way “ of the Lord, make his paths “ strait.” 4 And the same, John, had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle round his loins ; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the region on both sides of the Jordan, went out to him ; 6 and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 7 But, when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said to them, O offspring of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath which is about to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruit suited to repentance:

9 and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father: for I tell you, that God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham : 10 and already the axe is laid at the root of the trees; every tree, therefore, that bringeth not forth good fruit, is cut down, and cast into the fire. 11 I indeed baptize you with water, to repentance; but he who cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire: 12 whose fan is in his hand; and he will thoroughly purge his threshing-floor, and will gather his corn into his barn; but, the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire. 13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan, to John, to be baptized by him : 14 and John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized by thee, and comest thou to me? 15 but Jesus answering said to him, Suffer it now : for so

it becometh us to accomplish Rom. iii. 25,

the whole of justification. Then he suffered him. 16 And when Jesus had been baptized, he went up straightway out of the water ; and, lo, the heavens were opened

to him, and John saw the John, i. 32.33.

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CHAPTER IV.

THEN Jesus was led up by

“and the land of Nephthalim,

by the way of the sea, be-

“yond Jordan, in Galilee of

“ the Gentiles;

16 “the people which sat in

“darkness have seen great
“light; and on them that sat
“in the region and shadow of
“death, light hath arisen.”

c. iii. 2.

Mark, i. 16. Luke, v. 1.

17 From that time Jesus also began to preach, and to say; “Repent ye, for the kingdom “ of heaven is at hand.

18 And as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishers;

19 and he saith to them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men:

20 and they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

21 And going on from thence, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with their father Zebedee, mending their nets:

22 and he called them; and they immediately left the ship, and their father, and followed him.

CHAPTER V.

ND Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom; and healing every disease, and every infirmity, among the people. 2 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought to him all sick persons, affected with divers diseases and sufferings; and those possessed with devils, and those that

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spirit; for their's is the kingdom of heaven. 7 Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted. 8 Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth. 9 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justification; for they shall be filled. 10 Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy. 11 Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God. 12 Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God. 13 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of justification; for their's is the kingdom of heaven. 14 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say every thing evil against you, falsely, for my sake :

uke, xviii. 1.

Rom. iii. 31.

15 rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven: for so they persecuted the prophets that were before you. 16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but, if the salt lose its savour, with what shall it be seasoned 2 it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and trodden under foot by men. 17 Ye are the light of the world : a city that is set on an hill, cannot be hid. 18 Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under a bushel, but on its stand; and it shineth to all that are in the house : 19 so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. 20 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil them: 21 for, I tell you verily; Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall not pass from the law, till all things be fulfilled. 22 Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of the least of these commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do them, and teach them, the same

shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven: 23 for I tell you, that unless your justification exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, ye will not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, “Thou “shalt not kill; and whoso“ever shall kill, will be in “ danger of the judgment:” 25 but I tell you, That whosoever is angered against his brother, will be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, will be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, will be in danger of hell fire. 26 If, therefore, thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath any thing against thee; 27 leave thy gift there before the altar, and go away; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 28 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whilst thou art on the way with him; lest thy adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison: 29 verily I tell thee, Thou wilt not come out from thence, until thou hast paid the last farthing.

c. xviii. 8.

Deut. xxiv. 1.

c. xix. 9. Exod. xx. 7. Lev. xix. 12.

30 Ye have heard that it was said, “Thou shalt not commit “adultery:” 31 but I tell you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart. 32 And if thy right eye cause thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is better for thee that one of thy members should perish, than that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 33 And if thy right hand cause thee to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is better for thee that one of thy members should perish, than that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 34 It hath been said, “Who“soever putteth away his wife, “let him give her a bill of “ divorcement:” 35 but I tell you, That whosoever putteth away his wife, except on account of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is so put away, committeth adultery. 36 Again, ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, “Thou shalt not forswear thy“self, but, thou shalt perform “thine oaths to the Lord :” 37 but I say to you, Swear not at all: neither by heaven, for it is God's throne;

38 nor by the earth, for it is

his footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King : 39 neither shalt thou swear by thy head; because thou canst not make one hair white, or black: 40 but, let your word Yea, be only yea; and your Nay, only may : for whatsoever exceedeth these, is of the evil OIle. 41 Ye have heard that it hath been said, “An eye for an eye, “ and a tooth for a tooth :” 42 but I say to you, Resist not evil: but, whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also: 43 and let him who would sue thee at law, and take thy coat, have thy cloak also: 44 and whosoever shall impress thee to go one mile, go with him two. 45 Give to him that asketh

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thee; and, from him that would Deut. xv. 3.

borrow of thee, turn not away. 46 Ye have heard that it hath been said, “Thou shalt love “thy neighbour; and hate “only thine enemy:” 47 but I say to you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; 48 that ye may become children of your Father who is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth his

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