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the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout al the land ; 26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save uoto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.

27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus ihe prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. 28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 And rose up, and ihrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill, whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 30 But he, passing through the midst of them, wént his way, 31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbathdays. 32 And they were astonished at his doctrine : for his word was with power.

Chap. VIII. Parable of the Sower. 4. And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable : 5 A sower went out to sow his seed : and, as he sowed, some fell by the way side ; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell upon a rock ; and as soon as it was sprung up it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundred fold. And when he had said these things he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

11 Now the parable is this; The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they

that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away, 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares, and riches, and pleasures, of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which, in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

CHAP. IX. Christ commissions his Apostles.

Then he called his twelve disciples togetber, and gave them power and authority over all de. vils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick 3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, nei. ther bread, neither money ; neither have two coats apiece. 4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. 5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them 6 And they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where:

7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him : and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead ; 8 And of some, that Elias had appear. ed ; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. 9 And Herod said, John have I beheaded : but who is this of whom I hear such hings? And he desired to see him. 10 And the


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the city called Bethsaida. 11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.

12 And when the day began to wear away, then es came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the

multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals : for we are here in a desert place. 13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes ; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. 14 For: they were about five

thousand men. And he said to his disciples, thorits et Make them sit down by fifties in a company. 15

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Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. 17. And they did eat, and were all

filled : and there was taken up of fragments - depan that remained to them twelve baskets

18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him : and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am ? 19 They answering said, John the Baptist: but some say, Elias ; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. 20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am ? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. 21 And he straightly charged them and commanded them to tell no man that thing; 22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of

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23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it : but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here which shall not taste of death till hcy see the kingdom of Goi.

28 And it came to pass about eight days after these sayings, he took Peter, and John, and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. 29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. 30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias : 31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

32 But Peter, and they that were with him, were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. 33 And it canie to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Mas. ter, it is good for us to be here : and let us make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias : not knowing what he said. 34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud and overshadowed them : and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 36 And when the voice was past, Je

and serikssus was found alone. And they kept it close, and for told no man 'in those days any of those things finazo which they had seen. f and let 37 And it came to pass, that on the next day,

4 For this when they were come down from the hill, much her plante people met him. 38 And, behold, a man of the someshile company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech God in thee, look upon my son : for he is mine only orbe cu child : 39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he madds suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he of mantea foameth again, and bruising him, hardly departa waeth from him. 40 And I besought thy disciples Birl to cast him out; and they could not. 41 And

Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you ? Bring thy son hither. 42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father. 43 And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wonder

ed every one at all things which Jesus did, he said in unto his disciples, 44 Let these sayings sink

down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. 45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them that they perceived it not : and they feared to ask him of that saying.

46 Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. 47 And Jesus perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, 48 And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me ; and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me : for he that is

least among you all, the same shall be great. 49 2 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one

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