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3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The Voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Eord, make his paths straight.
4 ^f And the same John had his raiment of camels hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins ; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan,
6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 ^j But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducecs come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come.'
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.
9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
10 And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit it hewn down and cast into the lii t.
Ill indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am pot worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost aud with fire:
12 Whose fan it in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, aud gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. . 13 % Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, aud comest thou to me:
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so Bow: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. . . • 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the hearent were opened onto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a drive, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo, a voice from heaveu, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
1 Christ fasteth, is tempted, and orercomcth. 17 He 6e
ginneth to preach, and calleth some to be his disciples. 'T'HEN was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that, proceeded! out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, he shall give his angels charge concerning'thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash tlvy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will 1 give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship nre.
10 Then said Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11 Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
\3 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernatim> which is upon the sea-coast, in the borders of Zabulon, and Nephtlialim: •
14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet; saying,
15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea beyond J ordan, Galilee of the Gentiles:
16 The people which sat in darkness, saw great light: and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death, light is sprung up.
17 ^f From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
18 And Jesus walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon, called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: (for they were fishers)
19 And he saitli unto 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 other two brethren, James, the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets: and he called them.
22 And they immediately left the ship, and their father, and followed him.
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease among the people.
24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases, and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
25 And there followed him great multitudes of people, from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and
from Judea, and from beyond Jordan.
CHAP. V. 3 Who are blessed. 13 The apostles are a light to the
uorld. 21 The law expounded. A ND seeing the multitudes, he' went up into a mountain: and- when he was set, his disciples came unto him.
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 ^f Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'
. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the' merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peace-makers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
13 ^f Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost bis savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
'.14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel: but on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see . your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or oue tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven : but whosoever shall do, and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
21 If Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill: and whosoever shall kill, shall be in danger of the judgment:
22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause, shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
23 Therefore, if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way, first be reconciled to thy brother, aud then come and offer thy gift.
25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him: lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30 Aud if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it
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