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14 And Jesus said unto him, “ Man, who made me a judge 15 or a divider over you ?” And he said unto them, “ Take

heed and beware of covetousness : for a man's life con

sisteth not in the abundance of the things which any one 16 possesseth.” And he spake a parable unto them, saying,

“ The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plenti17 fully : and he thought within himself, saying, " What

shall I do, because I have no place where I can store my 18 crops ?' Then he said, “I will do this: I will take down

my barns, and build greater; and there I will store all 19 my produce and my goods. And I will say to my soul*,

Soul, thou hast many goods laid up for many years ; take 20 thine ease, cat, drink, be merry.' But God said unto

him, “ Thou inconsiderate man, this night thy soul is re

quired of theet: then whose will the things be which 21 thou hast provided ?' So is he who layeth up treasure for

himself, and is not rich towards God.” 22 Then he said to his disciples, “ Therefore I say unto

you, Take no anxious thought for your] life, what ye shall eat : nor for the body, with what ye shall be clothed.

24 Observe the ravens, that they neither sow nor reap;

which have neither store-house, nor barn; and yet God

feedeth them. How much better are ye than the fowls ? 25 Now which of you by taking anxious thought can add 26 one cubit to his stature ? If therefore ye be not able to de

even that which is least, why take ye anxious thought 27 for the rest? Observe how the lilies grow: they neither

labour nor spin; and yet I say unto you, Even Solomon 28 in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But

if God so clothe the herb, which to-day ist in the field,

and to-morrow is cast into the furnace ; how much more 29 will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? Wherefore, seek

not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor be 30 ye tossed about in mind. For after all these things the

* his soul, i.e. himself, $fourisheth, n.

+ shall be demanded from thee, N.

nations of the world seek; and your Father knoweth that 31 ye have need of these things. But seek the kingdom of

God; and (all] these things shall be added unto you. 32 “ Fear not, little flock: for it is your Father's good 33 pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what ye have,

and give alms : provide yourselves bags which grow not

old, a treasure in the heavens which faileth not, where 34 no thief approacheth, nor moth corrupteth. For where

your treasure is, there will be your heart also. 35 “ Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burn36 ing; and yourselves like men who are looking for their

master, when he will return from the marriage ; that,

when he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him 37 immediately. Happy are those servants, whom their

master, when he cometh, shall find watching : verily I say unto you, that he will gird himself, and will make

them place themselves at meat, and will come and serve 38 them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or

come in the third watch, and find them doing thus; happy 39 are those servants. Now ye know this, that if the mas

ter of the house had known at what hour the thief would

come, he would have watched, and would not have suf40 fered his house to be broken into. Wherefore be ye also

ready ; for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye

think not.” 41. Then Peter said unto him, “ Master, speakest thoa 42 this parable unto us, or unto all likewise?And the Lord

said, “ Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom

his master will place over his household to give them their 43 portion of food in due season ? Happy is that servant,

whom his master, when he cometh, shall find doing thus. 44 In truth I say unto you, that he will place him over all 45 that he hath. But if that servant say in his heart, • My

master delayeth his coming;' and begin to strike the menservants and the maid-servants, and to eat and drink and 46 be drunken ; the master of that servant will come in a

day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour of

which he is not aware ; and having discarded him* will 47 appoint him his portion with the unfaithful. And that

servant, who knew his master's will, and prepared not

himself, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with 48 many stripes : but he who knew it not, and committed

things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And to whomsoever much hath been given, of him much shall be required : and to whom men have trusted much,

of him they will ask the more. 49 “I came to send fire on the earth; and what do I 50 desire ? () that it were already kindledt! I have also a

baptism to be baptized with : and how am I straitened 51 till it be accomplished ! Suppose ye that I came to spread

peace on earth? I say unto you, No; but ratherf divi52 sion. For henceforth five in one house will be divided, 53 three against two, and two against three. The father will

be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother-in-law against her daughter-in

law, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law." 54 And he said to the multitudes also : “ When ye see a

cloud rising out of the west, immediately ye say, "There 55 cometh a shower ;' and so it happeneth : and when ye see

the south wind blow, ye say, “There will be heat ;' and 56 it happeneth. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the appear

ance of the earth and of the sky : but how is it that ye 57 do not discern this time? And why even of yourselves 58 judge ye not what is right ? For when thou goest with

thine adversary to the magistrate, while thou art on the way, use thine endeavour to be delivered from him ; lest he drag thee away to the judge, and the judge deliver

* Campbell, will cut him asunder, and x,

+ and what do I desire, if it be already kindled? Now, N. See Grotius, Pearce. Griesbach, and Newcomer's note.

I only, N. See Schleusner's Lex.

thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. 59 I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means depart thence,

till thou have paid the very last mite.” Ch. xm. Now there were present at that time some who told

Jesus of the Galileans; whose blood Pilate had mixed 2 with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said unto

them, “ Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I say unto you, No: but, unless ye repent, ye will all 4 perish in such a manner. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and killed them ; think ye that

they were transgressors above all men who dwelt in Jeru5 salem ? I say unto you, No; but, unless ye repent, ye 6 will all perish in like manner.” He spake also this parable : “ A certain man had a fig-tree planted in his vine

yard; and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none. 7 Then he said to his vine-dresser, · Behold, these three

years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and find none : 8 cut it down ; why doth it even take up the ground ?' And

he answered and saith unto him, “Sir, suffer it to remain 9 this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: and

if it bear fruit, well : but if not, afterwards thou mayest

cut it down.'" 10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the 11 sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman that had a

spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed toge12 ther, and could in no wise raise herself up. And when

Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, 13 “ Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.” And

he put his hands on her : and forthwith she was made 14 straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the syna

gogue spake, being moyed with indignation because Jesus had wrought a cure on the sabbath ; and said to the multitude, “ There are six days in which men ought to work : in them therefore come and be cured, and not on

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15 the sabbath-day.” The Lord therefore answered him,

and said, “ Thou hypocrite, doth not every one of you, on

the sabbath, loose his ox or his ass from the manger, and 16 lead him away to water him ? And ought not this woman,

being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan * hath bound,

lo, these eighteen years, to be loosed from this bond on 17 the sabbath-day?” And as he said these things, all his

adversaries were ashamed : and all the multitude rejoi

ced for all the glorious things done by him. 18 He said also, “ To what is the kingdom of God like? 19 and to what shall I liken it? It is like a grain of mus

tard-seed, which a man took and put in his garden ; and

it grew, and became a great tree, and the fowls of the 20 air lodged in its branches.” [And] again he said, “ To 21 what shall I liken the kingdom of God ? It is like leaven,

which a woman took and mixed with three measures of

meal, till the whole was leavened.” 22 And he went through the cities and towns, teaching, 23 and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then one said unto

him, “ Master, are there few who will be saved ?" And 24 he said unto them, “ Strive to enter in by the narrow

doort: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, 25 and will not be able. When once the master of the house

hath risen up, and hath shut the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, “ Lord,

Lord, open unto us.' But he will answer and say unto 26 you, I know not whence ye are.' Then ye will begin

to say, "We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and 27 thou hast taught in our streets. But he will say, I tell

you, I know not whence ye are ; depart from me, all ye 28 workers of iniquity.' There will be weeping and gnash

+ Satan is the personification of the principle of opposition: diseases are attributed to Satan, not because the devil is, or was supposed to be, the author of them; but, be cause they are destructive to health, ease, and enjoyment. See Acts x. 38; 1 Cor. v. 5; 2 Cor. xii. 7; 1 Tim, i. 20.

+ strait door, N. gate, R. T.

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