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and ye have not danced ; we have mourned unto you, 18 and ye have not lamented.' For John came neither eat

ing nor drinking; and men say, 'He hath a demon*.' 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking; and they

say, · Behold a glutton and a wine-bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners t.' And yet wisdom is justified by.

her children.” 20 Then he began to reprove the cities in which most of

his mighty works had been done, because they repented 21 not. “ Alas for thee, O Chorazin ! alas for thee, O Beth

saida ! For if the mighty works, which have been done in

you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would 22 have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I

say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and 23 Sidon in a days of judgement than for you. And thou,

Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be brought down to the grave: for if the mighty works, which have

been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it might 24 have remained until this day. But I say unto you, that

it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in a day

of judgement, than for thee.” 25 At that time.Jesus spake and said, “I praise thee, O

Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that having hidden

these things from the wise and understanding, thou hast 26 revealed them to babes, Yes, Father; for so it hath 27 seemed good in thy sight. All things have been delivered

unto me by my Father || : and no one knoweth the Son 1, but the Father; neither knoweth any one the Father, but the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son chooseth to

* i. e. he is melancholy, or insane. ti. e. of tax-gatherers, and heathen.
the day, N.

f though thou hast hidden, yet &c., N. ll i. e. all things relating to my Father's will have been communicated to me. John viii. 28; xii. 49. Bp. Pearce.

I can acknowledge, W. The meaning is, that no one but the Father can fully comprehend the object and extent of the Son's commission, and po one but the Son comprehends the counsels and desigus of the Father with respect to the instruction and reformation of mankind.

28 reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that are wearied and 29 heavily laden; and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and hum30 ble in heart: and ye shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burthen is light.” Ch. xii. At that time Jesus went on the sabbath through the corn-fields: and his disciples hungered, and began to 2 pluck the ears of corn and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, “Behold, thy disciples do that which it is not lawful to do on the sabbath.” 3 But he said unto them, “Have ye not read what David did, when both he hungered and those that were with him 2 4 how he entered into the house of God, and ate the shewbread, which it was not lawful for him to eat, nor for 5 those that were with him; but for the priests alone? Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbaths the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and yet are 6 blameless But I say unto you, that one greater than the 7 temple is here. But if ye had known what this meaneth, ‘I desire pity, and not sacrifice, ye would not have 8 condemned the blameless. For the Son of man is Lord of the sabbath.” 9 And he passed on thence, and went into their syna10 gogue. And behold, there was a man that had a withered hand. And they asked Jesus, saying, “Is it lawful to work a cure on the sabbath P” that they might accuse 11 him. And he said unto them, “What man of you will there be, who shall have one sheep; and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath, will he not lay hold on it, and lift 12 it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep ! Wherefore it is lawful to do good” on the sabbath.” 13 Then saith he to the man, “Stretch forth thine hand.” And he stretched it forth ; and it was restored sound, as 14 the other. Then the Pharisees went out, and took coun15 sel against Jesus, how they might destroy him. But

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Jesus knew it, and withdrew thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he cured them all; and strictly charged them that they should not make him known: so that it was fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, saying, “Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall publish his law to the gentiles. He will not strive, nor cry out; nor will any one hear his voice in the streets. The bruised reed he will not break, and the smoking taper he will not quench, until he send forth his cause to victory. And in his name the gentiles shall hope.” TheN was brought to him one who had a demon, blind and dumb : and Jesus cured him, so that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were astonished, and said, “Is this the son of David P” But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “This man doth not cast out demons, but by Beelzebub prince of the demons".” And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself cannot stand. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself: how then can his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? wherefore they shall be your

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then the kingdom of God is come unto you. How can any one enter into a strong man's house, and plunder his goods, unless he first bind the strong man 2 and then he may plunder his house. He that is not with me, is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth. Wherefore I say unto you, All sin and blas

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phemy will be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the spirit” will not be forgiven unto men: and whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him; but whosoever speaketh against the holy spirit, it will not be forgiven him, neither in this age, nor in the age to come. Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by the fruit. Ye brood + of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things 2 for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of his good treasure bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of his evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, that every idle word which men shall speak, they shall give account of in a day; of judgement. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Then some of the scribes and of the Pharisees spake, saying, “Master, we requests to see a sign from thee.” But he answered and said unto them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and a sign shall not be given it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the fish, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgement together with this generation, and will condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here. The queen of the south will rise in the judgement together with this generation, and will condemn it: for she came from the ends of the earth to * In attributing my miracles to the power of Satan. Mark iii. 30. N.—They who ascribed the miracles of Jesus and his apostles to demoniacal agency, resisted the strongest possible evidence of the truth of the christian religion, and were therefore in

capable of being converted to the belief of it. † O generation, N. } the day, N. § desire, N,

hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than

Solomon is here. 43 “ Now when the unclean spirit is gone out of a man,

he passeth through dry places, seeking rest; and findeth 44 none. Then he saith, 'I will return into mine house

whence I came out:' and when he is come, he findeth 45 it empty, swept, and set in order. Then he goeth, and

taketh with him seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man becometh worse than the first. Thus

will it be also to this evil generation.” 46 Now while he yet spake to the people, behold, his

mother and his brethren stood without, seeking to speak 47 with him. Then one said unto him, “ Behold, thy mo

ther and thy brethren stand without, seeking to speak 48 with thee.” But he answered and said to him that told

him, “Who is my mother? and who are my brethren ?" 49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and 50 said, « Behold

my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father that is in heaven,

he is my brother, and sister, and mother." CH. XIII. Now on that day Jesus went out of the house, and 2 sat by the side of the lake. And great multitudes were

gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, 3 and sat: and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And

he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, 4 « Behold, a sower went out to sow: and as he sowed,

some seeds fell by the way-side, and the birds came and 5 devoured them. And some fell on rocky places, where

they had not much earth: and immediately they sprang 6 up, because they had not depth of earth : but when the

sun was risen, they were scorched; and, because they 7 had not root, they withered. And some fell among 8 thorns; and the thorns grew up, and choked them. But

others fell on good ground, and yielded fruit, some an

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