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9 hundred-fold, and some sixty, and some thirty. He that

hath ears to hear, let him hear.” 10 And the disciples came near, and said unto him, “Why 11 speakest thou to them in parables ?” And he answered and said unto them, “Unto you it is given to know the

mysteries of the kingdom of heaven; but unto them it 12 is not given. For whosoever hath much, to him shall be

given, and he shall abound: but whosoever hath little, 13 from him shall be taken away even that which he hath. I

therefore speak to them in parables, because seeing they 14 see not; and hearing they hear not, nor understand. And

in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith,

* By hearing ye will hear, and will not understand ; and 15 seeing ye will see, and will not perceive. For the heart

of this people is become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed ; so that they see not with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, nor under

stand with their heart, nor are converted, that I should 16 heal them.' But happy are your eyes, for they see: and 17 your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, that

many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye behold, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not

heard them. 18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When 19 any one heareth the word concerning my kingdom, and

considereth it not, the evil one cometh, and snatcheth

away that which was sown in his heart. This is he who 20 received seed by the way.side. And he who received seed

on rocky places, is he that heareth the word, and imme21 diately receiveth it with joy ; yet hath not root in him

self, but endureth a short time : and when affliction or

persecution ariseth because of the word, he immediately 22 offendeth. And he who received seed among thorns, is

he that heareth the word ; and the anxious care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word,

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23 and it becometh unfruitful. But he who received seed

on the good ground, is he that heareth the word, and considereth it; who likewise beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundred fold, and some sixty, and some

thirty.” 24

He put forth to them another parable, saying, kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed 25 in his field : but while men slept, his enemy came and 26 sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. But when

the blade sprang up, and brought forth fruit, then ap27 peared the tares also. So the servants of the householder

came near, and said unto him, “Sir, didst not thou sow

good seed in thy field ? —whence then hath it tares?' 28 And he said unto them, “An enemy hath done this.'

Then the servants said unto him, “Wilt thou therefore 29 that we go and gather them up ?' But he said, “No;

lest, while ye gather up the tares, ye root up the wheat 30 with them. Let both grow together until the harvest;

and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers,

Gather up first the tares, and bind them in bundles to 31 burn them : but gather the wheat into my barn.'” He

put forth to them another parable, saying, “ The king

dom of heaven is like a grain of mustard-seed, which 32 a man took and sowed in his field: which indeed is the

least of all seeds : but, when it is grown, it is the greatest of herbs, and becometh a tree ; so that the birds of the air

come and lodge in its branches.” 33 He spake to them another parable: “ The kingdom of

heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and mixed

with three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.” 34 All these things spake Jesus to the multitudes in pa

rables; and without a parable he spake not unto them: 35 so that it was fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet,

saying, “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world."

36 Then Jesus sent away the multitude, and went into

an house: and his disciples came near to him, say

ing, “ Explain to us the parable of the tares of the 37 field.” And he answered and said unto them, “ He 38 who soweth the good seed is the Son of man: and the

field is the world: and the good seed are the sons of the

kingdom: and the tares are the sons of the evil one: 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil*: and the

harvest is the end of the age: and the reapers are the 40 angels. As therefore the tares are gathered up, and burnt 41 in the fire; so will it be in the end of this age: the Son

of man will send forth his angels, and they will gather

out of his kingdom all who cause offences, and those 42 who commit iniquity ; and will cast them into a furnace

of fire: there will be weeping, and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then will the righteous shine forth as the sun, in the

kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear

“ Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field ; which when a man hath found, he keepeth it secret t, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he

hath, and buyeth that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant, seek46 ing goodly pearls : who, when he had found one very

costly pearl, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net cast into

the sea, and gathering together fishes of every kind: 48 which, when it was filled, men drew to shore, and sat

down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the 49 bad away. So will it be in the end of the age: the

angels will come forth, and will separate the wicked from 50 among the righteous, and will cast them into a furnace

of fire : there will be weeping, and gnashing of teeth.”

* the principle of evil personified. “Sons of the evil one" are wicked men. Such in the Old Testament are called sons of Belial, or worthlessness : i. e. worthless men, 1 Sam. ii. 12; 1 Kings xxi. 10, See 2 Cor. vi. 15.

hideth it, N.

51 [Jesus saith unto them,] “ Understand ye all these 52 things ?” They say unto him, Yes, Master.” Then

said he unto them, “ Therefore every scribe, instructed in* the kingdom of heaven, is like an householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasure-house things new and

old.” 53 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these pa54 rables, that he departed thence. And when he was come

to Nazareth, his own country, he taught them in their

synagogue; so that they were amazed, and said, “ Whence 55 hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works ? Is

not this the son of the carpenter ? is not his mother called

Mary ? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, 56 and Judas ? and are not all his sisters with us ? Whence 57 therefore hath this man all these things ?” And he was

to them a cause of offending. But Jesus said unto them,

“ A prophet is not without honour, except in his own 58 country, and in his own house.” And he did not many

mighty works there, because of their unbelief. CH. XIV. At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame 2 of Jesus ; and said to his servants, “ This is John the

Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty 3 works are wrought by him.” (For Herod had apprehend

ed John, and bound him, and put him in prison, because 4 of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. For John had

said unto him, “ It is not lawful for thee to have her.” 5 And when Herod would have put him to death, he feared

the multitude, because they accounted John as a prophet. 6 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of 7 Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Upon

which he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever 8 she should ask. And she, having been before instructed

by her mother, saith, “Give me here the head of John 9 the Baptist in a basin.” And the king was grieved; yet

* made a disciple to, N.

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because of his oaths, and of his guests, he commanded it to be given her; and sent and beheaded John in the prison. And his head was brought in a basin, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it: and went and told Jesus). And when Jesus heard of it, he withdrew thence by ship into a desert place privately: and when the people heard of it they followed him by land from the cities. And Jesus went out, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and cured their sick. And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, “This is a desert place, and the day is now advanced; send the multitudes away, that they may go to the towns, and buy themselves food.” But Jesus said unto them, “They need not go : give ye them food to eat.” And they say unto him, “We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.” And he said, “Bring them hither to me.” And when he had commanded the multitudes to place themselves on the grass, he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples; and the disciples gave them to the multitudes. And they all ate, and were filled : and the disciples took up the remainder of the fragments, twelve panniers full. And those that had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. * And immediately Jesus compelled his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him to the other side, until he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up a mountain apart to pray; and when evening came, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the lake, tossed by the waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went to them, walking on the lake. And when the disciples saw him walking on the D

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