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ing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac,

and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of 29 God, and you yourselves removed out. And men shall

come from the east and the west, and [from] the north

and the south, and shall be guests in the kingdom of 30 God. And, behold, there are last who will be first, and 31 there are first who will be last."

On the same day some of the Pharisees came near, saying unto him, “ Go forth, and depart hence : for 32 Herod desireth to kill thee.” And he said unto them,

“Go and tell that fox, Behold, I shall cast out demons,

and I shall work cures to-day and to-morrow, and the 33 third day I shall be perfected. However, I must needs

continue my course to-day, and to-morrow; and depart the

day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out 34 of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the

prophets, and stonest those that are sent unto thee ; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a

hen gathereth her brood under her wings ! but ye would 35 not. Behold, your habitation shall be left by you*. Andt

I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, till the time come when ye shall say, " Blessed be he that cometh in the

name of the Lord.'” CH. XIV. And it came to pass when Jesus had entered, on the

sabbath, into the house of one of the rulers among the 2 Pharisees, to eat bread, that they watched him. And,

behold, there was before him a certain man, that had a 3 dropsy. Wherefore Jesus spake to the teachers of the

law and Pharisees, saying, “ Is it lawful to work a cure 4 on the sabbath ?” And they remained silent. Then Je5 sur took him, and cured him, and sent him away ; and

spake unto them, and said, “ #Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not immediately

• left unto (or by) you desolate. R. T.

† And, verily, R. T. Or, Whose ox or ass among you shall fall into a pit, and he will not immediately daw it out, etc.

6 draw him out on the sabbath-day?” And they could not

answer him again to these things. 7 Then he spake a parable to those that were invited,

when he marked how they chose out of the chief places; 8 saying unto them, “ When thou art invited by any man

to a marriage-feast, take not the chief place ; lest a more 9 honourable man than thou be invited by him ; and he

that invited thee and him come, and say to thee, "Give

place to this man ;' and then thou begin to take the 10 lowest place with shame. But when thou art invited, go

and take the lowest place; that, when he who invited thee cometh, he may say unto thee, · Friend, go up

higher :' then thou wilt have honour in the presence of 11 those that are at meat with thee. For every one that ex

alteth himself shall be humbled ; and he that humbleth

himself shall be exalted.” 12 Then he said to him also that invited him, “ When

thou makest a dinner, or a supper, invite not thy friends, nor thy brethren, nor thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neigh

bours; lest they also invite thee again, and a recompense 13 be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, invite the 14 poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind ; and thou shalt

be happy : (for they cannot recompense thee ;) for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the righte

ous.” 15 And wlien one of the guests heard* these things, he

said unto Jesus, " Happy is he who shall eat bread in the 16 kingdom of God.” Then Jesus said unto him, “A cer17 tain man made a great supper, and invited many : and

sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were 18 invited, • Come, for all things are now ready.' And

they all, with one consent, began to excuse themselves.

• So W. when one of those who were guests with Jesus heard these things, he said ninto him, X.

The first said unto him, 'I have bought a field, and I must needs go and see it: I beseech thee have me ex19 cused.' And another said, I have bought five yoke of

oxen, and I go to try them: I beseech thee have me ex20 cused.' And another said, I have married a wife ; and 21 therefore I cannot come,' So [that] servant came, and

told his master these things. Then the master of the house was angry, and said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in

hither the poor, and the maimed, and the lame, and the 22 blind.' And the servant said, “Sir, it is done as thou 23 hast commanded, and still there is room. And the mas- :

ter said to the servant, Go out to the highways and

hedges, and compel* men to come in; that my house may 24 be filled. For I say unto you, that none of those men

who were invited shall taste of my supper.'” 25 And great multitudes went with him ; and he turned 26 and said unto them, “ If any man come to me, and hate

not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and

brethren, and sisters, and even his own life also, he can27 not be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his 28 cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For

which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not

down first, and computeth the expense, whether he have 29 sufficient to complete it? Lest perhaps, after he hath laid

the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that be30 hold it begin to deride him, saying, “This man began to 31 build, and was not able to finish.' Or what king, going

to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to

meet him who cometh against him with twenty thou32 sand ? Else, while he is yet far off, he sendeth an em33 bassy, and asketh conditions of peace. In like manner,

• persuade, entreat, importune. The verse refers to sending the apostles, etc, to preach every where. N.

then, whosoever among you biddeth not farewel to all

that he hath*, he cannot be my disciple. 34 “Salt is good : but if the salt have lost its savour, with 35 what shall it be seasoned ? It is not fit for the land, or

for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears

to hear, let him hear.” Ch. xv. Then all the publicans and sinners drew near unto 2 Jesus to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes

murmured, saying, “ This man receiveth sinners, and 3 eateth with them." And he spake this parable unto 4 them, saying, “ What man among you, having an hun

dred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the

ninety and nine in the desert, and go after that which is 5 lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he 6 layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he

cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, “Rejoice with me; for I have 7 found my sheep which was lost.' I say unto you that, "in like manner, joy will be in heaven over one sinner who repenteth, more than over ninety and nine righteous

persons, who need no repentance. 8 « Or what woman, having ten pieces of silver, if she

lose one piece, doth not light a lamp, and sweep the 9 house, and seek carefully until she find it? And when

she hath found it, she calleth together her friends and

her neighbours, saying, Rejoice with me; for I 10 have found the piece which I had lost.' In like man

ner, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the

angels of God over one sinner who repenteth." 1. He said also,t “ A certain man had two sons: and the 12 younger of them said to his father, · Father, give me the

portion of goods which falleth to my share.' And he di13 vided unto them his substance. And, not many days

all his substa

This parable shows how graciously God receives sinners; ver. 2: and how great the displeasure of the Jews was at the reception of the sinful gentiles into the evangeliegl covenant. N.

after, the younger son gathered all together, and went

into another country, and there wasted his substance by 14 living dissolutely. And when he had spent all, a great

famine arose in that land ; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that coun16 try; who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he

desired to fill his belly with the husks which the swine 17 ate : and yet no man gave him food. Then he came to

himself, and said, “How many of my father's hired ser

vants have abundance of food, and I perish here with 18 hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say

unto him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in 19 thy sight: I am no more worthy to be called thy son: 20 make me as one of thine hired servants.' Then he arose,

and went to his father. But when he was yet far off,

his father saw him, and had compassion on him, and 21 ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son

said unto him, · Father, I have sinned against heaven, and

in thy sight; and am no more worthy to be called thy 22 son : make me as one of thine hired servants.' But the

father said to his servants, · Bring forth quickly* the best

robe, and clothe him with it; and put a ring on his 23 hand, and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf, 24 and kill it : and let us eat and be joyful : for this my son

was dead, and is alive again ; [and] was lost, and is 25 found.' And they began to be joyful. Now his elder

son was in the field ; and, as he came and drew near to 26 the house, he heard music and dancing. Then he called

to him one of the servants, and inquired what these 27 things meant. And the servant said unto him, • Thy bro

ther is come ; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, 28 because he hath received him in health. And he was

angry, and would not go in : his father therefore came

* quickly.] See Gricsbach, and Newcomo's note : he omits it in the text.

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